2002-08-10 / Columnists

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What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

The USS Boulder, a 500-foot Tank Landing Ship will arrive at Floyd Bennett Field across the bay from Rockaway on August 12 and will be permanently stationed at the former Naval Air Station. It is the first ship to be homeported at the station in three decades. The Boulder carries a crew of 165 officers and sailors.

Tony Williams and The Platters will join the Juke Box Saturday Night performers at a concert at Riis Park Saturday night at 8 p.m.

Local police are looking to the community to help in solving the Patricia Shea case. Shea, a local resident, left her Surfside home on a Saturday night two weeks ago to assist a bedridden friend in another building in the complex. Her body was found on Sunday in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. Anybody with information is asked to contact the 100 Detective Squad.

Staff members at Gateway National Park are restoring the historic bathhouse in Riis Park, part of the Gateway Recreational Area. It is hoped that the bathhouse will be put into shape to face its second half-century.

The Wave, in cooperation with the American Red Cross, is sponsoring a course in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for all Rockaway residents. The class, which will be held at the Peninsula Library on Thursday, is limited to fifteen participants.

Esther Rubin of Far Rockaway was presented with a pin last week for 10,000 hours of service to St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway. Rubin was one of fifty volunteers recognized at the award ceremony hosted by Jay Steingold, the hospital’s administrative assistant.

The United Irish Foundation has opened a Community Action Bureau in Rockaway. Located at 170 Beach 90 Street, the foundation offers free social services advice and assistance.

The Gustave Hartman Y is sponsoring a street fair and open house in honor of its 34th year of service to the Rockaway community.

Century 21 Oceanfront Properties will sponsor the first annual Rockaway Classic Run, a 25K run that will be contested entirely on the boardwalk.

The bodies of two teens that drowned in separate incidents were pulled from waters adjacent to Rockaway last week. One drowning took place nearby the North Channel Bridge on Jamaica Bay, the other nearby Riis Park.

If nothing else, perhaps Beach 116 Street will take on the look of Little Italy when a fourth Italian restaurant opens there this week.

Bernard Blum, the president of the Friends of Rockaway environmental group, wants the land between Vernam Basin and Barbadoes Basin named Dubos Point, in honor of Rene Dubos, famed environmentalist and writer.

Jack Braunstein, the president of the Dayton Towers Civic Association, has told Congressman Joseph P. Addabbo that "there is a very great and apparent possibility of a plane crashing into a congested area of Rockaway." Braunstein says that the FAA is once again using flight paths right above the Rockaway peninsula for both arrivals and departures.

Lifeguards from Riis Park defeated teams from eight other national parks and public beaches to win the recent Lifeguard Tournament held at Newport, Rhode Island.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

Jean Larkin, Florence Kaplan, Joe Rothenberg and Norm Silverman are arranging a fundraiser for the Democrats For McGovern campaign. The group will be renting Fliks, formerly the Bay Lounge for the event.

Fire destroyed a section of Karol’s Lumber Yard on Beach 77 Street and Hammels Boulevard. Fire marshals have declared the fire of suspicious origin.

Nineteen teenagers were arrested this week for drug possession during various raids by the police.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

Gertrude Connolly, active member of the Mother’s Club and the Rosary Society of St. Virgilius Church in Broad Channel, celebrated her birthday at home with members of her family.

Jesse Plaxen of the Town And Country Travel says that Hawaii is quickly overtaking Bermuda as a favorite place for Rockaway honeymooners ever since low fares were announced by the airlines.

Commander Harold D. Flannagan and a contingent of American Legion members from the Broad Channel Post slogged their way up Fifth Avenue in the rain last week for the American Legion Parade.

Merchants on Beach 116 Street have been complaining about beachgoers "hogging" the parking meters on the street all day long, keeping shoppers from using their stores.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

One of the small communities that will be evacuated in preparation for Robert Moses’ plan to make a large recreational center and wildlife sanctuary in Jamaica Bay is Ruffle Bar, which lies about halfway between Broad Channel and Floyd Bennett Field, and which has served some fifteen families as a summer home away from the city.

Test borings for the new Jamaica Bay swing bridge and trestle are currently underway.


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