2002-08-17 / Columnists


What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

Rockaway Family Day next weekend will bring the Lifeguard Olympics to Rockaway for the first time. In addition, there will be numerous games for children and a visit by Ronald McDonald. There will also be a fireworks display after dark.

The Broad Channel Athletic Club will receive $23 thousand from New York City for a youth center in the community.

Cantor Reuven Caspe of the Bayswater Jewish Center was found at this Bayswater home last week, bludgeoned to death. Caspe’s body was found after members of the local congregation became worried when he did not show for services or for Bar Mitzvah lessons for local children.

Governor Hugh Carey has signed legislation cracking down on after hours clubs in New York State. Senator Jeremy Weinstein has labeled those clubs "supermarkets of crime." Assemblywoman Gerdi Lipschutz joined Weinstein in sponsoring the bill.

Police assigned to a special "Beach Patrol" nabbed the "bootlegger" who had been selling rum to bathers on Rockaway beaches this summer. The man was spotted in the Beach 98 Street men’s room, selling rum to a Brooklyn man and was arrested by officers.

Transit police officers have arrested a youth wanted for the vicious mugging of a 73-year-old woman exiting the Holland Avenue subway station a few weeks ago. Police sources say that this is a pattern crime and that the same youth had perpetrated several similar assaults in the past.

Doreen Baxter, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Baxter of Rockaway Park, has accepted a teaching position at the La Salle Academy in Manhattan. Baxter is a graduate of Manhattan College in Riverdale.

Several west end residents have written to the city, urging the Parks Department to designate Beach 149 Street as a surfing beach.

Assemblyman Andrew Jenkins has announced that he will be vying for the new State Senate seat in the Tenth Senate District that was recently created by redistricting. That seat takes in St. Albans, Hollis, Springfield Gardens Laurelton and Rosedale, as well as parts of Rockaway.

Mildred Waxman, the new president of the Shore Garden Club, presided over the club’s first meeting of the year last week. Faye Cohen of Neponsit was elected as the first vice president in charge of programs.

There is a last-minute attempt to bring the Navy Flying team, the Blue Angels, to Rockaway for Family Day next week.

With Bernie Greenbaum pulling out of the judicial race, there are now only three candidates left in the field – Jim Briody, Charlie Thomas and Moe Zucker.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

One reason for the scarcity of parking spots on Beach 116 Street is the fact that beachgoers continually go from the beach to their parking meters to put in another dime so that they can stay on the beach.

News of Francis Grogan Faust’s death last week stirred many memories in Rockaway old-timers who remember Grogan’s Famous Restaurant on Beach 92 Street. There was a time when the voice of Mrs. Grogan would delight the patrons each night.

The approaching end of the summer season calls to mind that it has been some years since there was a post season Mardi Gras to extend the season past Labor Day, the traditional end of the summer season.

Weatherwise, last weekend was almost perfect. Large crowds of visitors mingled with Rockaway residents on beaches from one end of the peninsula to the other.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

When the furnishings were taken from the courthouse on Beach 92 Street last week, along with them went portraits of such judges as Kelley, Weiner, Morris and Marguilies that had hung on the walls. Families of those judges were not given the opportunity to retrieve the portraits before they were put into storage.

Former State Senator Frederick Hammer did a good job of welcoming Governor Rockefeller when he visited Rockaway last week.

At Rohr’s Confectionary on Beach 116 Street, Tom McCafferty has been having a good summer, even if the weather has left something to be desired.

There is no drought problem in Rockaway, not with the number of bars and liquor stores in Rockaway.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

Ray Malloy, chairman of the Broad Channel Mardi Gras Committee, has won the big prize, a baseball donated by the Brooklyn Dodgers. The ball was presented at Kropp’s Tavern last Sunday.

Retired sheet metal worker Steve Chapman, who is 80 percent blind, made his third rescue of the summer last week, pulling a 26-year-old woman from the surf at Beach 115 Street.

Seventy-five residents and business owners in the Hammel Section of Rockaway have received eviction notices from the city. The area will become the site of a new housing project.

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