2002-04-13 / Columnists

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What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

Tuesday’s blizzard cancelled the meeting of Community Board 14. The meeting, which was called to discuss the proposed cul-de-sac on Beach 116 Street will be rescheduled for next week.

Death in the gas chamber is the recommendation of a jury hearing the case of the killer of Dennis McKeon, the former owner of Sally’s Coffee Shop on Beach 116 Street.

Entries for the Rockaway Ocean Run include runners from 12 states, according to race director Eli Cohan.

Tentative settlement was reached on Tuesday night between the Transit Worker’s Union and the owners of several private bus lines, including two that have routes in Rockaway. The last minute agreement averts a strike that was called for later this week.

More than 500 pounds of Passover food was distributed to needy families in the Wavecrest Gardens complex in Wavecrest. The food was donated by a Brooklyn ambulance group and distributed by officials of the complex.

We were always under the impression that it was March that came in like a lion and went out like a lamb. Since when has April been getting into the act? The nine to fifteen inches of snow on the ground and the temperature of 21 degrees make one wonder what happened to Spring?

It was an interesting sight watching the police of the 100 Precinct in Rockaway Park trying to get their doors open the morning after the snow. Every one of the cars had frozen doors.

No less than 15 cars have been pulled out of the weeds in Bayswater Park nearby Bessemund Avenue this week. All of the cars had been stripped by car thieves and dumped in the park.

The Regular Democratic Club of the Rockaways was standing room only last week when Captain Edward Fitzgerald, the commanding officer of the 100 Precinct, addressed the club. The meeting focused on crime and crime reduction.

Now that the sewer project on the West End has been completed, the streets are scheduled to be repaved. We hope that does not mean that the city will simply cover up the bumps that now exist. That would be called "covering up,’ and not repaving.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

More than 300 people attended a dedication last week for the new public library and research center that is located on the site of the old Public School 44 in Holland. The new facility is the largest of its kind in the Rockaways.

Work has just begun on an industrial park located on the bay front and Beach 80 Street. Plans are to build 200,000 square feet of industrial buildings and manufacturing facilities.

Recent arrests by local police prove again that Rockaway is not the place to live a life of crime.

Sunday afternoon, after the meeting of the Peninsula Hospital Center, a cornerstone was laid for the imposing new 200-bed nursing home.

Youngsters made good use of the topsoil that has been deposited on Beach 116 Street for the planting of trees and shrubs. They lined up to make believe that it is snow by sliding down the high piles.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

Those snow squalls on Monday and the cold weather make it seem more like December than April.

Rockaway is really being put on the map by the academic excellence of some of our young people in local schools.

Public sentiment is largely in favor of more money for our teachers, but their strike last week really disappointed lots of people. It even lowers the regard for the entire profession that many people previously held.

Lew Dick of Arverne has written a book on hypnotism, which will soon be published by a New York house.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

With Mayor Impelitteri still vacationing in Florida, approval for the city’s purchase of the Long Island Railroad’s Rockaway division, originally scheduled for next week, will be held over until May.

Mr. and Mrs. William McDonough of Beach 87 Street, residents of Rockaway for 27 years, celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary last week.

Grace English, principal of PS 42 has asked the parents to help in providing a public address system for the school.

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