2002-06-29 / Columnists

LOOKING BACKWARD What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

More than $6.4 has been placed in the city’s capital budget for sewers, a new bridge and a park in and around Cross Bay Boulevard, according to Queens Borough President Donald Manes.

Marion Polichak, president of the 101 Precinct Community Council, has announced a breakfast meeting at the precinct on June 27.

City Councilman Walter Ward has called for an increase in the number of police officers for the two Rockaway peninsulas. Citing an "increase in crime," Ward has asked for a large percentage of the new police officers due to graduate form the academy in two weeks.

Relatives, friends and neighbors mourned this week for William Louis Turks, who was killed in Brooklyn last week by a gang of White youths who dragged him from his car and beat him to death.

Brenda Williams, daughter of Preston and Pearl Williams of Rockaway Beach, was graduated with honors from Brooklyn College this week. She will begin her teaching career in September at PS 183, a school from which she graduated.

Rockaway’s population grew by 172 persons in the past year, according to the Long Island Lighting Company, which conducts an annual survey.

Word is out that Sidney Baumgarten of Far Rockaway has announced his candidacy for the new State Senate seat.

After months of complaints, there is still a major dip in the roadway at Beach 136 Street and Cronston Avenue.

The latest telephone book continues to list business on the boardwalk that no long exist. For example, an "Irving’s Waffle Shop" is listed at 69-18 Boardwalk. Perhaps the telephone company knows something that we do not.

Peter Thomas a student Junior High School 180 in Rockaway Beach, recently won a gold medal at the annual poetry contest held by the World Poet’s Resource Center.

Sixty-four Far Rockaway High School students were certified as health aides, the second largest group in the city’s history.

Carla Galtieri, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Galtiere of Belle Harbor, was presented with the Drama Award at the graduation of Polytechnic Preparatory High School in Brooklyn.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

Now that construction is beginning in the urban renewal area, many of those who have been using the vacant land as a parking lot for years will have to make other arrangements.

Mario Russo got his camera out last week and accompanied Sidney Greiff, president of the Seagirt Improvement Association, on a tour of Rockaway. The two came up with graphic evidence that our many flooding streets look more like Venice than like New York City.

A party of 200 students will visit Shea Stadium in an excursion organized by the Rockaway Rotary Club. Tickets to the game, a buffet dinner and bus transportation were all part of the package put together by past Rotary president Dr. Eugene Finkel.

The last vestiges of a the automobile graveyard at the site of the new industrial park on Beach 80 Street are disappearing. There are great things planned for that site.

Although its unofficial, those in the know are saying that there will be an 80-acre shopping plaza and recreational area in the Arverne Urban Renewal Area.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

Joe Cohen’s one-man campaign to improve the storefronts around his Toby Card Shop is bearing fruit. The Auld Shillelagh Tavern at Beach 87 Street has just put in a new storefront.

The hot weather this weekend brought out lots of traffic, but police managed to keep it moving without undue problems.

Louis Adelman of Hyman’s Shoes likes to recall the days of the famous Columbia Club in Far Rockaway.

The new public parking lot at White Street has become very popular. Many residents are taking advantage of the lot because the parking meters have not yet been installed.

One of these days we’ll see an adjustment of all of those "No Parking" signs for the winter months.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

Thirty more feet of trestle over Jamaica Bay was destroyed by fire this weekend. Rain put the fire out before fire units could respond.

Such great demand is being made of the Rockaway Beach Hospital that many patients have to be transferred to city hospitals because the local facility does not have the capacity.

Diana Russo, who has been secretary to George Wolpert, executive secretary of the Chamber of Commerce for twelve years, has resigned her chamber position.

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