2002-05-25 / Columnists

LOOKING BACKWARD What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

Legislators and residents of South Queens are poring over maps drawn by the redistricting commission, trying to figure out what district they are in. The Tenth Senatorial District is now a minority district, taking in Far Rockaway, Rosedale, Laurelton and Woodmere. The new Sixteenth District will take in the rest of Rockaway, but nobody is sure where the line is drawn for that district.

James Conway Sullivan, Rockaway's Republican District Leader, has called for all Rockaway residents to attend a meeting of the city's Human Resources Administration to let that agency know that "we want their ill-conceived and ruinous programs stopped in Rockaway."

Jack Braunstein, a resident of Dayton Beach Park, has been elected to his sixth consecutive term as commander of the Disabled War Veterans of Rockaway Beach.

Seven Rockaway organizations are joining with the sponsors of the March for Nuclear Disarmament and Human Needs. They have set June 12 for their demonstration and rally.

Another fatal accident occurred at the Freeway and Beach 54 Street on Monday morning. Residents are beginning to speak out about the large number of accidents under the elevated structure.

Memorial Day this year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Riis Park Bathhouse.

Contrary to rumor, we have been informed by Chase Manhattan Bank that the company has no plans to close either the branch in Far Rockaway or the branch on Beach 85 Street.

Students at Far Rockaway High School who take the school's EMT course can now be certified. The course is taught by Science teacher Nicholas Coletto, who is also a certified EMT Instructor.

Borough President Donald Manes has testified at a public hearing that "Casino gambling in Rockaway is not dead." The testimony was given as a hearing of the Assembly's Casino Gambling Committee, headed by Assemblywoman Gerdi Lipschutz.

Far Rockaway residents may be eligible for financial aid for home repairs under the new Home Improvement Program. Those eligible homeowners may borrow up to $10,000 for ten years at 10 and one-half percent interest.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

Police officials at both ends of the peninsula were bombarded this week with calls from residents coming home from the holiday to find that their belongings were gone. "This happens every year at this time," one police official said.

The Reverend William C. Burke, moderator of the St. Camillus Band, turned out with four bands for the Memorial Day Parade.

Fire Lieutenant Ray McDermott, a past commander of the Daniel M. O'Connell Post, American Legion, was to have been the grand marshal of the parade at Rockaway Beach, but he had to cancel due to a bad back that he got sliding down a pole in a firehouse last week.

A year has passed since the fondly-remembered Folk Festival at Rockaway Park. That was so well done that many believed that it should have been made an annual event. Many still do.

New owners have taken over Weiss' Restaurant, a Broad Channel fixture.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

The largest number of fishing boats seen off Rockaway shores for years gathered on both the ocean and the bay shores of Rockaway last weekend.

The fine weather over the past weekend drew lots of people to Rockaway beaches for the first time this season. Many used the subway to get to Rockaway, dragging all of their beach gear with them.

Patrolman Joseph Smith, the youth officer for the 100 Precinct, says that there is a woeful lack of recreational facilities for girls in Rockaway. He says that such facilities are greatly needed.

It is generally conceded that Wednesday night fireworks bring lots of mid-week visitors to Rockaway, but those who coordinate the event are finding it harder and harder to raise the necessary funds to put on the event.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

There will be no fireworks programs this summer because the Schaefer Brewing Company abandoned the project. It is hoped, however, that Rheingold will pick up the project in 1953.

Nancy Keene of Rockaway Beach will be married this week to Master Sergeant John Larkin of Rockaway Park at a ceremony to be held at St. Rose of Lima Church.

The stalemate in negotiations between the Green Bus Lines and its employees threatens to leave Rockaway with no bus service on July 4.

Rapid Transit in Rockaway will be a tremendous benefit to both the peninsula and to Queens as a whole, according to Borough President James A. Lundy.

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