2002-07-27 / Columnists


What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

The New York State Department of Transportation has declared the North Channel Bridge, which connects Broad Channel with Howard Beach and the mainland, is "deficient" and in need of being replaced.

Former City Council President Paul O’Dwyer has been named as the grand marshal for the parade that will open the First Annual Rockaway Irish Festival, which will be held beginning on Saturday, July 31.

A new ventilation system has been installed in the Far Rockaway firehouse at Central Avenue, after reports that firefighters were suffering illness because of fumes.

John Fetscher, president of the Holland-Seaside Civic Association, has asked City Councilman Walter Ward for a storm sewer for the Arverne section of the peninsula. The sewer should run from Beach 90 Street to Beach 95 Street, according to Fetscher.

Overflow beach crowds, drawn to Rockaway by the continuing 98-degree temperature, caused a problem last weekend when dozens of ambulance calls were made for people with heat-related problems. According to officials of the Emergency Medical System, more than half of those calls were unnecessary.

An emergency rally for Israel has been called for Saturday evening at 8 p.m. at Temple Beth-El on Beach 121 Street in Rockaway Park. The guest speaker will be Major General Shlomo Gazit, the President of Ben Gurion University and formerly Chief of Intelligence for the Israeli Defense Forces.

The Arts for All Arts Center will sponsor a Boardwalk Art Show on the boardwalk from Beach 116 Street to Beach 126 Street during the Labor Day weekend, according to a statement by the event’s organizers.

Paddy Noonan and his band, a popular Irish group, will perform this weekend at Riis Park. Two other concerts are scheduled for this summer as well, with "Juke Box Saturday Night" the following weekend and Tony Williams and the Platters following that concert.

Neponsit resident Moe Zucker has declared his candidacy for the position of civil court judge. The seat he seeks was made vacant when Bayswater resident Herbert Posner was elevated to the Supreme Court bench. Zucker is running on the same slate as Lew Simon, who seeks the seat as Democratic District Leader.

Christine Harnisch has been chosen as the outstanding woman from Queens who will be attending Yale University next year by the Yale Club of Queens. The award was presented by club president, Jean Caplan Fox, a local lawyer. Harnisch was recently graduated from Beach Channel High School.

The Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department was once again called to Rockaway last week to handle a cardiac emergency in Rockaway Park at a time when all of the city’s apparatus was busy elsewhere.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the agency that runs John F. Kennedy Airport, is lobbying the government to exempt the airport from federal noise and pollution rules.

Approximately 500 handicapped children will be the guest this weekend of famed columnist Walter Kaner at a party at Playland.

John J. Howley of Belle Harbor, despite the terrible heat conditions recently, has spent the last two weeks with his Boy Scout troop at the Ten Mile River Scout Camp in Monticello, New York.

Local residents are waiting for information on when the Seuffert Band will return to plan at St. Rose of Lima Church.

Residents of the Grassmere Terrace area of Bayswater are watching out for strangers after a wave of muggings that left five local residents injured in the past week.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

Surfside Park’s first building now has a steel skeleton that reaches twelve stories into the air at Beach 108 Street. That is as high as the building is going to grow.

The stock market slump could not have been too bad. Jessie Plaxen, at Town and Country Travel in Far Rockaway, announces that he has a record number of locals booked for cruises next winter.

Officials of the Atlantic Improvement Company, which is undertaking the giant at Breezy Point say that all the talk of a park on that property is just rumor. The company told The Wave that it is going ahead with the high-rise buildings it has planned.

Cool weather last weekend helped the storeowners, who saw people come to their stores rather than to the beach.

Bowling used to be a winter sport, but now the summer leagues on the peninsula are just as full of local competitors.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

Time after time, cases being heard in the Beach 92 Street courthouse have to be stopped as a plane flies low overhead. This is just another in the long list of complaints that Rockaway residents have which have met with no relief. There is a growing number of residents and civic associations asking that Idlewild Airport be closed.

Thousands of people watched last weekend as a Naval aviator on the way to Floyd Bennett Field crashed into the bay. He was rescued by four fisherman.

John McDonald, a long-time veteran of The Wave’s composing room, has been home recuperating after an operation.

Mr. and Mrs. John Ciotti of Almeda Avenue in Arverne and three of their relatives were the victims of a head-on collision between their car and a tractor-trailer on a Pennsylvania highway last Friday.

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