2002-05-18 / Columnists

LOOKING BACKWARD What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

The proposals for Beach 116 Street, which include new lighting, a new parking plan that would eliminate curbside parking, new plantings and the removal of overhead utility lines have been given the green light by both the public and Community Board 12 at a public hearing before that board last week. The work is expected to be completed by Memorial Day, 1984.

Police Captain Edward Fitzgerald, the commanding officer of the 100 Precinct, is warning residents to stay off the beach after 1 a.m. "The beaches are closed from that time until one-half hour before sunrise," Fitzgerald reminds everybody.

The Prince-Wynn Post of the American Legion will once again sponsor the Broad Channel Memorial Day Parade, to be held on May 30. The parade will step off from the Shad Creek Road at 2 p.m.

The annual Hispanic Festival will once again be held at Floyd Bennett Field on Saturday, May 22.

Mayor Koch has announced that the sanitary sewers for Broad Channel, at a cost of $250 thousand are an item high on the budget list for 1983.

The Bernard Weiner Post of the Jewish War Veteran’s will honor Seymour Sheldon and Jerome Belson at its annual breakfast next week.

It would seem that security is not a big issue on Beach 116 Street. A meeting called for last week to address that problem drew only ten local businessmen.

The scheduled date for completion of the work on the old A and P building on Beach Channel Drive and Beach 112 Street is July of this year. The one-time supermarket is reputed to become a medical center for the peninsula.

Henry Waichatis, the long-time chairman for the planning board, dies suddenly this week. He served for 15 years as the head of the planning board, which recently became Community Board 14.

St. Rose of Lima bantam cheerleaders won first prize last week in the Queens County Cheerleading Contest held at Holy Cross High School in Flushing.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

Although the Army Department of Engineering sold one of its obsolete ships for junk several years ago, the ship is still tied up alongside the bulkhead in Sommerville Basin, at the foot of Almeda Avenue.

When "Fliks" opens tomorrow on Beach Channel Drive, it should be a boon to parents. It will be a place for their young people to go for dancing and entertainment. No alcoholic beverages will be sold on the premises.

Stanley Zipser is canvassing his Masonic friends, urging them to join the Roxbury Square Club, which will resume its summer meetings in Roxbury.

Gus Orlando is still talking about the forty two-pounder’s that he recently caught in Peconic Bay.

Ada Zakin held the fort all by herself last Tuesday, when she was the only person to speak in favor of delaying the construction of Seaview Towers in Edgemere.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

All that talk about people staying away from Rockaway this summer because they believed the beach had been destroyed by the March storm has been halted. The heat wave last weekend brought out record numbers of pre-season visitors to Rockaway beaches.

The Sommerville Yacht Club is ahead of the traditional Memorial Day opening. It will go into commission on Sunday, when Commodore Seth Kely will officiate at ceremonies at the Arverne Marine Center on Vernam Basin and Beach 72 Street.

Sinday’s report on the weekend’s beach crowds said that there were 50,000 at Jones Beach and 100,000 at Coney Island. Not a word about Rockaway, however. Perhaps the Chamber of Commerce took the weekend off?

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

With the opening or Riis Park, traffic on the west end is expected to get heavier each week until the proper stoplights are installed in the area.

Led by Shirley Feinstein, mothers and children formed a blockade on Beach 127 Street and Cronston Avenue to demonstrate for the placement of a stop sign at that intersection and stoplights along the avenue. The demonstration was sparked by a recent accident at that intersection.

William J. Kelley of Beach 146 Street was recently elected Judge Advocate of the Queens County Veteran’s of Foreign Wars at its convention last week.

The marbles championship of the Rockaways will be decided this week at Diamond Number One in Riis Park. The winner will be awarded his prize by Brooklyn Dodgers shortstop and marbles enthusiast Pee Wee Reese.

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