2002-04-20 / Columnists

LOOKING BACKWARD What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

Rock n’ Rollers Skating Rink on Beach 116 Street will hold its final session this weekend. Local officials argue that the higher toll on the bridges to Rockaway helped to close the establishment down and that many other Rockaway businesses will follow suit in the months to come.

The Broad Channel Post of the American Legion will host the Queens County Convention next weekend.

Republican leader James Conway Sullivan and Democratic leader Geraldine Chapey will host a non-partisan town hall meeting next week to address "the problems that plague the Rockaways." The theme of the meeting will be, "Beach 116 Street – A Street At The Crossroads."

Dan Tubridy and Pat Hanrahan are accepting reservations for a $100 a plate dinner that will "continue the work of the Irish American Unity Committee." The reception will be held at Pier 92 Restaurant on May 5.

A number of "Victory Gardens" will soon spring up in the Arverne Urban Renewal Area. That announcement came recently from Assemblywoman Gerdi Lipschutz and the Peninsula Revitalization Task Force.

The Riis Park Concert Series, which was such a hit last summer, is gearing up for the coming season. Among the entertainers who are expected to appear are Tito Fuente, Paddy Noonan, Tony Williams and the Platters and Jerry Mulligan.

Father McNicholas will be leaving St. Camillus after six years of service. The Reverend Stanley Fischer will be replacing him.

Jewish congregations throughout the peninsula will commemorate Holocaust Day this month, remembering the 6 million Jews who died during the Nazi regime.

Rabbi Allan Blaine has been presented with a honorary Doctor of Divinity degree for his service to the Rockaway Park community for 14 years.

Louis Katz was installed last week at the president of the Dayton Beach Park Number One Corporation.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

The St. Camillus Sports Committee opens its first season at the newly renovated baseball fields on Beach 102 Street and Beach Channel Drive on Saturday, according to a report by commissioner Ed Moore. The opening day festivities will include a parade from Beach 116 Street, headed by Monsignor Burke and the St. Camillus Band.

Sam Berenson, who had the early concession rights at Riis Park, has joined the dietary department at Peninsula Hospital Center.

Ronald McDonald was a big hit when he visited the local restaurant on Beach 92 Street last Saturday.

Madelaine Chocolate is expanding its operation on Beach 96 Street.

Vacant lots owned by the city on DeCosta Avenue are being cleaned thanks to some recent cooperation between the Sanitation Department and the Arverne Civic Association.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

Firemen were called to the abandoned barge at the foot of Beach 88 Street by a small blaze Saturday afternoon. They chopped away a few more planks. Some more fires and the entire barge might well be demolished.

Now is the time for all good businessmen to come to the aid of the Rockaway Fireworks Committee, which aims to sponsor weekly fireworks displays on the boardwalk this summer. The committee needs lots of money to meet its goal.

Lowitt Laboratories is planning construction of a new store and plant in Arverne. If the plans materialize, the lab will become the largest manufacturer of drugs in Queens County.

Fine Easter weather brought lots of walkers to the boardwalk last week.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

Quite a few homes have already been torn down in Wavecrest to make way for the construction of Seagirt Boulevard.

Broad Channel schoolgirl Joyce Purack rescued a boy from drowning in Jamaica Bay a few days ago.

Elated over the success of a long fight for a junior high school in Rockaway, the Allied Parent’s Association hailed the action of the Board of Estimate approving the acquisition of a site between Beach 56 and Beach 57 Streets and Beach Channel Drive for the proposed school.

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