2002-06-15 / Columnists

LOOKING BACKWARD What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

Rockaway residents reacted with plans of civil disobedience this week when it was announced that most of the beaches on the peninsula would be closed this summer because the city’s hiring freeze means that no new lifeguards can be hired. Local residents and organizations are planning "walk-in’s" and swim-in’s" in response to the ban.

Bikers and joggers who regularly use the Marine Parkway Bridge are warning others that some pranksters have been hanging filament wire across the bridge’s walkway, giving those unaware of the wire a nasty cut when they walk into it.

Marion Polichak, president of the 100 Precinct Community Council and Jay Steingold, assistant administrator of St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway, joined in a presentation last week on the hospital’s programs for those impacted with drug and alcohol addiction.

There is talk of the TBTA, which runs Riis Park, raising the rates for parking at the beach parking lot. The fee, which is now $3.30, will reportedly rise to $4.

Crews are getting ready to pump millions of cubic feet of sand onto Rockaway beaches between Beach 20 Street and Beach 50 Street. It is a shame that most of that sand will go to waste because the beaches will be closed due to the city’s fiscal crisis.

The boardwalk between Beach 20 and Beach 27 Street is the next area slated for repair. The Wave would like to restate its objection to replacing the wooden boardwalk when a concrete boardwalk would make so much more sense.

Three teenagers were arrested this week for assaulting and robbing an elderly man who was waiting for the A Train at the Seaside Station on Beach 105 Street. The three were arrested by transit detectives "Haggar and The Hawk," after following leads supplied by eyewitnesses.

A memorial mass for Father Thomas Flynn, who served two local churches, will be held this week at St. Camillus Church.

Rockaway Rugby will hold its annual "Sevens" tournament at Fort Tilden on June 12. Rugby Magazine has rated the Rockaway tournament the best of its kind on the East Coast. There will be 48 men’s teams and eight women’s teams participating, many of them from out-of-state.

Patricia Hanrahan, executive director of the Rockaway Local Development Corporation and Terrence Flynn, Commissioner of the New York State Liquor Authority, will be honored this week as woman and man of the year by St. Gertrude’s Church at a dinner to be held at Stella Maris High School.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

Yesterday was the first day of summer, and Rockaway was still feeling some of the fringe effects from Hurricane Agnes, which was also the first of the season.

A Rockaway teacher was seen last week treating her students to lunch at McDonald’s for doing such a fine job this school year.

About $1,700 in scholarships are being awarded this week by Rockaway Rotary to deserving students of Rockaway schools.

The Reverend John Bracken has been doing his part to keep youthful mischief away from Beach 129 Street. The Reverend hits the street each night to talk to the teenagers, who are always hanging out on the shopping street in the early evening.

The Fireworks program on July 10 is being dedicated to the members of the Rotary Club and many of the club’s members will spend the evening as the guest of Playland.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

Wednesday night fireworks will begin next week. That is always a sure sign that summer is here.

St. Camillus is in the process of buying the old Steeplechase Baths property at Beach 100 Street and Shore Front Parkway. The property will most likely be used as a playground.

Many former owners of property in the Title I area are wondering what they might have received for their properties had not the presiding judge, Vincent Keogh been involved in scandal before their cases were decided.

The local League of Woman Voter’s will soon begin a campaign to alert local voters to the candidates and the issues in the upcoming campaign.

Loeb and Mayer’s wholesale meat and poultry business may be growing to great proportions, but its owner, Otto Meyer, is still not above making an emergency delivery to a local client when the need arises.

Residents of the bayfront area in Seaside, which was under construction as a vest-pocket housing project, wonder now if the project is not a dead issue.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

Residents of Rockaway breathed a sigh of relief last week when both the Long Island Railroad and the Green Bus Line settled labor disputes with their workers.

With approximately 125,000 people jamming Playland last weekend to beat the heat, a record throng hit the beach. Morey Amsterdam, a famous comedian, helped to select two of the finalists in the WNBT Radio contest that is being conducted at the amusement park. Two Rockaway girls, Judith Mongardi of Arverne and Lynn Klarer of Broad Channel were chosen as finalists.

The State Motor Vehicle Commissioner has announced that, beginning July 1, all drivers under the age of 21 must have automobile insurance to drive on the streets of New York City.

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