2002-05-04 / Columnists

LOOKING BACKWARD What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

The weather was beautiful as more than 2,000 runners took part in this year’s Rockaway Ocean Run. Luis Vasquez of Brooklyn won the race with a time of 30 minutes and 19 seconds.

Rockaway residents will board buses this week to a hearing of the City Council’s Social Services Committee to ask the committee not to "mainstream" outpatients to Rockaway.

Republican district leader Ann Schockett has organized a citizen’s committee on the west end to address the problems of welfare hotels on Beach 116 Street.

Fitzgerald’s Tavern, a Rockaway fixture since 1910, suffered severe damage during a raging fire on Friday night. The Beach 108 Street fixture was so damaged that the owners say it may not be rebuilt.

The Wave has made proposals for an annual craft fair to be held on the boardwalk during the Labor Day weekend.

Sharon Rutman of Far Rockaway won a gold medal from the Titanic Society last week for her research project on the famous ship.

The commanding officers of both of Rockaway’s police precincts have asked storeowners not to sell beer to minors. According to the police, this has become a major problem in Rockaway.

The Chase-Manhattan Bank will soon begin providing mini-buses for shoppers who want to travel between the Breezy Point Cooperative and the Beach 116 shopping area.

Residents at Bay Towers on Beach 102 Street are crediting Democratic District Leader Sy Sheldon with saving their home. Although the complex is only nine years old, it was deteriorating badly when Sheldon came to its rescue, according to officials of the tenant’s organization.

The Rockaway district of the Boy Scouts of America will install its new officers this weekend. Those to be installed are Harry Warshofsky of Bayswater, Jay Rockmaker of Belle Harbor, Dan Tubridy of Broad Channel and Kenneth Huhn of Belle Harbor.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

Gerry Kenna, well-known Belle Harbor resident, has acquired Whitty’s Men’s Store on Beach 116 Street from Edward Whitty, who recently retired from the business.

People sometimes wonder about the origin of the name Arbes, the well-known real estate firm in Arverne. According to Edwin Schilling, who headed the firm for many years, the name is derived from the first letters in the words, "A Rockaway Beach Ed Schilling."

Several teenagers were hard at work this week in cleaning up along the freeway at the foot of Beach 80 Street, where a start is being made on developing a new industrial park.

It has been stated unofficially that June 30 is the date for the takeover of St. Joseph’s Hospital by the South Shore Community Hospitals.

This is the time of the year that the Reverend James McKenna becomes nostalgic. The approach of the bathing season reminds him of his student days when he worked during the summer as the Park Inn Baths.

Figures just released by the Transit Authority show that the turnstile count during the last three years on the Rockaway Division has dropped by more than 700,000 riders. The largest drops in ridership were at the Wavecrest Station and at Mott Avenue, where the drop in ridership amounted to more than fifty percent.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

Shorts and sunburned legs are in evidence throughout the peninsula, a witness to the spring weather we have been experiencing lately.

A Rockaway man leaped from a subway train going across the trestle last week to rescue a man from a foundering boat.

Walter Peterson of Dalsimer’s Florists made a delivery to the Neponsit Home For The Aged last week where love had bloomed and a wedding was taking place. He was quickly pressed into service as a master of ceremonies at what he terms was the "reception to end all receptions."

The Green Bus Lines has moved its terminal from the station plaza in Far Rockaway, but there is no word as to when the construction of the shopping center to be built on that land will begin construction.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

Rose and Anthony Carucci of Arverne are proud to announce the arrival of Patricia Ann’s sister, Kathleen Rose, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Far Rockaway. The entire family wishes her a lifetime of happiness and health.

Less worry for mothers was the keynote on Sunday, when the American Legion in Broad Channel applied reflective safety tape to bicycles brought to St. Virgilius Church.

Rapid progress is being made for the construction of the new Seagirt Boulevard, which will run from Beach 34 Street to Beach 9 Street.

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