2002-07-20 / Columnists


What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

Eight city-owned blocks of land in Rockaway will be put up for bid this week as part of the city’s plan to do away with unused land. It is estimated that most of the land will go for approximately $10 thousand.

Community Board 14 will hold a public hearing on a plan to house 15 severely retarded, non-ambulatory boys at 146 Beach 59 Street, in the Ocean Village complex.

Carol Bellamy, the President of the City Council, will speak at a Chamber of Commerce meeting next week. The meeting will be held at Harbor Light on Beach 130 Street and Newport Avenue.

The United Irish Foundation will benefit from the Rockaway Irish Festival that will be held on July 30 at Beach 108 Street in Rockaway Beach.

Community School District 27 is hosting vacation day camps at six Rockaway schools. In addition, there will be a band program at JHS 180 in Rockaway Beach.

Assemblywoman Gerdi Lispchutz, the chair of the Assembly’s Casino Subcommittee, has told groups in Rockaway that the state legislature would have to pass an enabling bill this year in order to allow for a vote on the issue of casinos in Rockaway next year.

Residents of Dayton Towers and Dayton Beach Park are complaining to local police officials that many cars are parking each day on Shore Front Parkway against parking regulations. Lew Simon, a candidate for Democratic District Leader, brought the message to the police.

Police aviation and harbor units searched for several hours this week for a small plane reported down off Breezy Point, but no aircraft was found. The beach was closed for an hour because of the search.

Congressman James Scheuer, a Neponsit resident, has chosen to run for a seat in northern Queens in the upcoming election rather than challenge Congressman Joseph Addabbo for the seat that includes Rockaway. The problem came about because of recent redistricting.

On July 21, 1921, Rockaway originally honored the first resident brought home slain from World War I, Daniel M. O’Connell, who was a member of the famed 69th Regiment, Rainbow Division. The Wave ran a special story memorializing O’Connell.

Emil Lucev of Arverne is one of a growing number of Rockaway residents who has signed on to assist in starting a Rockaway Museum. He has offered a large collection of bottles found in the bay to the museum.

Sylvia Davidson and Rhea Finkelstein have been elected to the presidium of the Far Rockaway section of the National Council of Jewish Women.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

Ever since the City Planning Commission gave the go-ahead for the development of the Seaview Towers project in Edgemere, local groups have been planning a series of protests to get that approval overturned.

The strike of construction workers has slowed the construction of both Beach Channel High School and Intermediate School 53.

Fred Springer is planning a five story brick home on the site of the former tennis courts in Far Rockaway to serve a group of seniors who do not need traditional nursing home care.

There is lots of local speculation as to why Borough President Mannes quickly approved the Seaview Towers project while so many others on the Board of Estimate were opposed to the plan.

Thursday nights have been designated as "Shopping Nights" in the Far Rockaway shopping area with uniformed police on hand in force to safeguard those who shop on that night.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

There were once lots of tent cities in Rockaway during the summer months. Perhaps they should be revived as lots of local teenagers are trying to get into camps where they can sleep in "real tents."

Edgemere residents have been complaining that older residents have been buying teenagers beer for their beach parties and that lots of the youngsters spend the nights sleeping in their cars in the area.

Residents in Hammels have been petitioning the city to forget about the housing project it has planned for the area and to leave the land as a park.

Businesses in the Holland section are preparing for the expected rush when the new housing is opened in the area. Gilroy’s Restaurant has opened a brand new dining room on Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 90 Street. Almost next door, a new brick building will house Milhauser Pharmacy.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

The campaign to stop the noisy, low-flying planes over Arverne has developed into a campaign to close Idlewild Airport, says Thomas Caliguiri, the President of the Sommerville Civic Association.

Both Public School 47 in Broad Channel and Public School 106 in Edgemere have been designated as "fire traps," but there is no word as to when either will be replaced by the city.

Everett Lamar (Rocky) Bridges of the Brooklyn Dodgers was married at St. Francis de Sales Church in Rockaway Park last week. The Brooklyn Dodger team turned out en masse for the wedding and for the reception, which was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Parrott of Neponsit. Parrott is the traveling secretary for the team.

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