2002-06-22 / Columnists

LOOKING BACKWARD What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

Rockaway’s beaches will be open with a full compliment of lifeguards beginning next Saturday. Many of the beaches were closed last week because of the city’s hiring freeze.

The powers of the United States Park Police will be extended if a bill that was passed last week is signed by the president. The new bill would give the federal park police the same powers off park property as they now do on park property. "I believe that this will really increase police presence in Rockaway," said State Senator Jeremy Weinstein in announcing the new law.

The Daniel O’Connell Post, American Legion, took three first place trophies at the recent Legion County Convention. The post had 600 members at the convention.

The commanding officer of the 100 Precinct in Rockaway Beach has announced that the local cops will enforce the curfew and all other rules for the beach this coming beach season.

Betty Montalvo met with Lew Simon, who is running for Democratic District Leader this year. Montalvo wants Simon’s help in opening a public advocate office in Rockaway so that residents do not have to travel to Manhattan to have problems resolved.

Even though denials are rampant, look for somebody to propose low-cost housing for the Arverne Urban Renewal Area.

Plans are underway for a fireworks display combined with a concert by the Seuffert Band and a lifeguard Olympics. The event will probably be held in mid-July.

Rockaway merchants should take a page from Long Beach’s book. A recent ride down Park Avenue reveals that the shopping street has a decided new look.

Jerome Belson and Sy Sheldon were presented with community service awards at a recent breakfast held by the local Jewish War Veterans.

David Zakin, the grandson of Ada Zakin, has been awarded a Master’s Of Science Degree from Ohio State University.

A boardwalk flea market will be held every Saturday and Sunday at the Boardwalk and Crest Road, directly behind the Wavecrest Gardens complex. The flea market is sponsored by the Gustave Hartman Y and the Wavecrest Gardens Senior Citizen’s group.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

James McVeigh of Beach 117 Street, a student at St. Francis de Sales School, was one of those honored this week by the Rockaway Rotary Club for scholastic achievement.

On July 1, title to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Far Rockaway will pass to the Community Committee for a South Shore Hospital, in a step that many say will lead to a merger with Long Island Jewish Hospital.

Local attorney Louis Bornstein died last week at age 68. Bornstein was involved in many community activities.

Walter J. Blum, the president of the Rockaway Rotary Club, has been collecting food and clothing for upstate disaster victims.

Charles LaMonica, owner of the Park Barber Shop for many years, is in semi-retirement. During his absence, the shop is in the hands of John Amodee from Howard Beach.

Hurricane Agnes, which struck last week, moved a buoy from the East Rockaway inlet to Edgemere.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

There is talk of moving the boardwalk back along the Arverne oceanfront to allow for a connection between Shore Front Parkway and Seagirt Boulevard.

As usual for this time of the year, many stores are opening for the summer business. This year, however, quite a few stores managed to stay open and do well during the winter months.

A number of those who have visited the Neponsit home in recent weeks have reported that the facility is not keeping up with what is needed by its residents despite the fact that those who run the facility say that it is top of the line.

Some of the doctors and directors of Peninsula Hospital say that they are planning to put another story on the new building. We guess that business is that good.

Last week, the former Rockaway Beach Hospital reopened as the Rockaway Beach Hotel. So many people spent time in that building for health reasons that they thought that it always was a hotel.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

The American-Irish Society will begin its Saturday night dances Saturday nights at Beach 108 Street. The weekly dances will begin on July 6.

The owners of Playland want to move the amusement park to greener pastures. Richard Geist has placed an ad in several New York papers asking for "250,000 square feet of land in an enterprising community where there are people who want what we are selling." Geist says that the present generation in Rockaway is not interested in his park.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Schwartz of Beach 64 Street will celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary this week.

Linda Lober, the daughter of Edward and Ruth Lober, celebrated her birthday this week. She was joined in the celebration by her sisters, Joan and Ruth.

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