2002-06-01 / Columnists

LOOKING BACKWARD What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

The New York City Youth Board had granted more than $11 thousand for a summer youth recreation program in Rockaway, according to David Hooks, the youth coordinator for Community Board 14. Fourteen organization and religious groups will share in the money.

Residents are reminded to fly their American Flags on Memorial Day, May 31. The Daniel M. O’Connell Post of the American Legion will once again sponsor the Memorial Day Parade in Rockaway.

Officer of the Queens Narcotics Squad, called "Ryan’s Raiders" after its head, Detective Sergeant Ronnie Ryan, arrested more than 20 residents in the past week on narcotics charges.

The Fort Tilden Post Office has been moved to the corner of Beach 169 Street and Rockaway Point Boulevard, also known as Fort Tilden’s Building 102.

There were three major, all-hands fires in Rockaway in the past week. One of them heavily damaged the Blue Waters Restaurant in Arverne.

Lisa Gail Baron, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Irving Baron of Far Rockaway, will be graduated from Queens College next week. She has also completed a year of Hebrew Studies at the Gold College for Women in Jerusalem and will earn a teaching certificate upon graduation.

It has been 20 years since the Arverne Urban Renewal Area began to be leveled. For its twentieth century, we would like to see something good for Rockaway done with the site.

Roberto Molina of Far Rockaway has won a Pulitzer Scholarship from Columbia University. The senior at Far Rockaway High School was the editor of the school’s newspaper, The Chat.

Concrete slabs from the old West Side Highway in Manhattan have been dumped into the ocean 2 miles south of Jacob Riis Park, according to published reports.

For the second time in a row, PS 104 in Bayswater has been named as a winner in the city’s "Team Up To Clean Up" contest.

Bernard Kesolwitz of Far Rockaway has been named the new Chancellor Commander for the Rockaway-Five Towns Knights of Pythias. Ronald Weinfeld was named Vice-Chancellor.

Residents of Surfside Park in Rockaway Beach are joining to fight an unexpected rent hike mandated by an agreement between the owners of the building and the city.

Those of you who saw the "Dreams Don’t Die" television show last week were treated to shots of Rockaway Beach Boulevard nearby Playland. Shown were such Rockaway scenes as "Pinky’s Fascination," Martin’s Corner and Playland itself.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

Last Saturday night, a large group of young folks stood on the terrace at The Flicks, gazing across the bay, enthralled by sunset and the fairyland view of the Manhattan skyline.

Ramps and steps leading from Shore Front Parkway to the boardwalk at Beach 59 Street, parts of which were washed away in a winter storm, were replaced on the Memorial Day weekend.

Al Bianco, past commander of the Far Rockaway Post of the American Legion, has received lots of favorable publicity for his post’s support for prisoners of war in Southeast Asia.

Ground has been broken for a nursing home on the site of the former St. Andrew’s By the Sea Episcopal Church, across the street from the Washington Hotel.

Far Rockaway High School will hold its 130th commencement this week. The number is so high because the school graduated students in both February and June for many years.

It’s business seven days a week from now until Labor Day for the Breaker’s Restaurant on Beach 116 Street. That’s the way it is in Rockaway in the summer.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

With all of the fuss being made about the reopening of the burned-out Far Rockaway library, why isn’t anybody talking about the appearance of the branch of Beach 116 Street? Does that look like a library to you?

Winkler’s Furniture Store and Warehouse on White Street in Far Rockaway now is the only commercial building in the area graced with parking spaces surrounding the building.

Isn’t it time that somebody got around to replacing the missing bayonet from the Doughboy Statue? It has been missing for nearly ten years now.

Superintendent Mike Borodkin of the public beach here favors a get-tough policy with hooligans.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

Arverne will have its own post office building, the third to be built in Rockaway over the past three years. The building, at Beach 70 Street and the Boulevard, will be ready in about five months.

The NYC Housing Authority announced that work on the Hammel Housing Project will soon begin even though the city has not yet condemned the property.

Roxbury residents saw the results of several years of effort wiped out in a single night when lightening struck the luxurious Mayor’s Committee Building, causing a fire with completely destroyed the structure.

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