2002-04-27 / Columnists

LOOKING BACKWARD What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

Motorists in Rockaway have quickly realized that their old bridge tokens are roughly the same size and weight as the new, more expensive tokens and word has spread throughout the community. It will be only a matter of time, however, before the supply of the cheaper tokens is gone and residents will need to buy the more expensive brand.

Fire marshals are looking into the fire that ravaged a Beach 131 Street home on Tuesday night. The all-hands fire completely destroyed the two-story residence.

The meeting called by Republican leader James Conway Sullivan and Democratic leader Geraldine Chapey to address the problems of Beach 116 Street got acrimonious when residents began yelling at local politicians that the city is treating Rockaway as a stepchild and that the politicians are doing nothing to stop it. The main focus of resident’s ire were the welfare hotels on the street. It was reported that more than 400 local residents showed up for the meeting, something of a record as Rockaway meetings go.

The fourth annual Rockaway Ocean Run will step off this Saturday on Beach 116 Street and the Boardwalk. The six-mile race will be run entirely on the boardwalk. Organizer’s hope to make this race a yearly feature on Rockaway’s calendar.

There will be a cocktail reception on Sunday afternoon at the Broad Channel American Legion Post to kick off the campaign of William McLaughlin for New York State American Legion Commander.

One of the three suspects who stopped a man leaving his Beach 130 Street home on April 10 with guns drawn and who subsequently robbed and pistol-whipped him and his family, was arrested this morning.

We’re still finding it hard to believe that 43 lifeguard chairs at a cost of $400 each were destroyed in Rockaway last summer when only one chair was destroyed at Coney Island.

Merchants on the west end are already grumbling that the new, increased tolls on our bridges will cost them lots of revenues this coming summer.

For the first time in its six-year history, the Beach Channel High School crew team will host its own regatta this Saturday in Jamaica Bay.

Homeruns by Lisa Furg and Stacey Rabinowitz paced the Beach Channel softball team to a 12-4 win over John Adams High School.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

The St. Francis de Sales baseball program began its fifth season this week under the direction of Kevin Raphael.

The Hammel All-Stars, led by Mel Utley, former Far Rockaway High School star defeated the Rockaway All-Stars 124-87 in the finals of the Rockaway Basketball League Invitational Tournament held at Cardozo JHS. Utley won the most valuable player trophy. Attendance at the games averaged 500.

Ladder Company 121 was seen recently trying out its new ladder on some of the buildings remaining in the Arverne Urban Renewal Area.

Edward Whitty, the proprietor of Witty’s Men’s Shop, has sold the store to a young man who has lived in Belle Harbor for many years.

Buster Paterson has returned from a trip to Europe during which he visited Spain, spending some time in both Barcelona and Madrid.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

Soaring temperatures last week seemed like summer to many Rockaway residents. One of the summer stores in Edgemere was open with a big sign advertising summer swimwear.

Borough President James T. Clancy apologized to the Irish-American Band when he visited St. Camillus last week. Seems that he said lots of nice things about the band when it played at opening day at Shea Stadium, but he called the band by another name.

Watch for all kinds of suggestions to be made about what to do with the Public School 44 building now that it has been emptied of students by the opening of PS 183 last week.

Could it be that Beach Channel Drive in Belle Harbor and Neponsit might be left in deplorable condition on purpose to slow down the traffic?

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

Eugene Hicks of Beach 84 Street will become the first Negro man to be ordained to the priesthood of the Roman Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of New York next Wednesday when Cardinal Spellman conducts his ordination in St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

Mayor Vincent Impellitteri is among the high officials to participate in the ceremonies marking the opening of the new Atlantic Beach Bridge on Saturday afternoon.

The Arverne Tenant’s League completed its voluntary labor construction of a bus shelter at Beach 56 Street and Beach Channel Drive.

A Committee to Eliminate Bridge Tolls has been formed.

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