2002-07-06 / Columnists

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What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

Rockaway’s first annual Irish cultural festival will be held on July 31 at Beach 109 Street and the Old Rockaway Beach Boulevard. Mickey Carton will be the featured musical performer.

Seventy-six police officers and six sergeants will be added to the complement of police officers assigned to Rockaway precincts, according to City Councilman Walter Ward. This constitutes a "summer detail," to augment the precinct’s patrol on the beach.

Gerry Hunter, the manager of the Lawrence Hotel on Beach 116 Street, a resident of the hotel, was found dead on Thursday, July 1 in a second floor hallway. Preliminary results indicated a gunshot wound to the head.

Second graders from PS 114 in Belle Harbor will sing this Saturday at a Mets game at Shea Stadium.

With the Green Bus Line on strike, local activists are saying that the strike will impact the poor residents of Rockaway disproportionably. "Many locals have been through this so many times, that they are immune to the strike," says activist Mae Fetscher of CB 14, "but the poor are not."

To fill a special need for local news, The Wave will add a special section to each week’s paper detailing the news from the western tip of the peninsula – Rockaway Point, Breezy Point and Roxbury. To that end, The Wave will be publishing Adele Paolino’s "Smokey’s Friends," which previously ran in a now-defunct paper.

Bernie Blum, president of the Friends of Rockaway, has asked the city to clear Beach 38 Street so that it can be used as a surfing beach in time for the summer months.

Rockaway’s Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom has launched a local drive to increase its membership base and to pressure local legislators to put a nuclear freeze referendum on this year’s ballot.

It’s going to be a quiet Fourth of July this year, without the fireworks displays that have been sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce in the past.

Car service on the peninsula has boomed in the wake of the Green Bus Strike. Residents should be aware of the costs of the service, because some gouging has been reported.

Marty Siegel of Far Rockaway has denied that he will soon be seeking the new Senate Seat recently created by redistricting.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

There are no mobile homes in the Arverne Urban Renewal Area as yet, but the contractors are planning to place two doublewide trailers as a construction office on the site very shortly.

Last night was Rotary Club night at Playland and members attended as a guest of Dick Geist. The fireworks display was also in their honor.

Dr. Eugene Finkel was the happiest man in town last week. He hosted a party at Shea Stadium for the Rotary Club and the Mets lost 5-4 to the San Francisco Giants.

The baymen who fish Jamaica Bay for a living are saying that the eclipse of the sun on Tuesday kept the fish from biting that day.

Brother Frank Springman of St. John’s Boy’s Home is putting together a youth football squad to take on all-comers at Riis Park. Springman says that he has more boys who want to play, but does not have the funding for a second team.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

The first building at Surfside Park is now up to the eighth floor. That leaves only four more stories to be built before the building is complete.

Panhandlers are more in evidence at the Holland Avenue Station this summer. A line they use is to ask for a subway token so that they can get to work.

Boats are returning from the offshore fishing area fully loaded. Good fishing is expected to continue for the rest of the summer.

Rockaway residents were disappointed when Wednesday’s fireworks were cancelled due to a dispute between the barge owner and the Massachusetts fireworks supplier.

Workmen have completed painting the stripes on the White Street parking lot in Far Rockaway. It is expected that the parking meters will be put in place shortly.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

The New York City Health Department has issued a warning about eating shellfish from the waters of Jamaica Bay.

There will be no stores on Newport Avenue, between Beach 116 Street and Beach 117 Street, at least for the present, according to the Rotary Club.

Delay in the installation of electrical equipment needed for the Rockaway Sewage Plant at Beach 108 Street will delay the operation of the plan until at least the fall.

Agnes Winfield, Democratic District Leader, will attend the Democratic National Convention in Chicago next week.

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