2002-08-24 / Columnists

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What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

A near tragedy was averted last week when Charles Milazzo, an alert maintenance man, noticed smoke coming from the rear wall of the gymnasium at St. Camillus RC Church in Rockaway Beach. The gymnasium had been used for a card party the evening prior to the incident and fire officials believe that an errant cigarette was the cause of the small fire.

The fireworks at Rockaway Family Day last weekend kept thousands of people on the boardwalk to watch the show. The Chamber of Commerce, the organization that sponsored the fireworks, estimated that more than 5,000 people watched the fireworks show.

A concert, headlining Tony Williams and the Platters and "Juke Box Saturday Night," entertained more than 500 people on the mall at Jacob Riis Park last weekend.

Public School 183 in Rockaway Beach has been named one of the city’s "most unsafe schools" by the United Federation of Teachers. A number of Rockaway schools, including Beach Channel High School and Junior High School 198, PS 42, PS 105 and PS 104 were also placed on the list for "physical attacks against teachers, assaults and robberies" in the buildings.

Heavy rains made local streets impassable and lightening hit in at least four locations on the peninsula when heavy thunderstorms hit Rockaway on August 14.

City Councilman Walter Ward has received the endorsements of the Democratic, Republican and Conservative parties in the upcoming election. The only candidate to face Ward will be Emma C. Rohms, the Right To Life Party candidate.

Blarney Castle has beaten the previously unbeaten Grassy 11 Softball team to take over first place in the Jamaica Bay Softball League. The game was won by timely hitting by Eric Tress, John Hurley Kevin Kennedy and Eddie Gillespie.

Police investigating the report that a burglar had broken into an Arverne home found a neighborhood 17-year-old youth hiding under the bed in the home.

Officials of the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) are urging Rockaway residents who are bothered by noisy, low-flying planes to write to the agency at Kennedy Airport.

Allen Sylvane, the president of the Peninsula Hospital Center, welcomed two new board members recently, Faith Kaufman Mason and Sarah Anton. Anton is the president of the Volunteer Guild.

Richard C. Knott will be installed as Grand Knight when the Rockaway Council of the Knights of Columbus holds its annual dinner next week.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

When guests arrived at about the same time for a bris at the Fox residence in Neponsit, they caused a minor traffic jam on Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 145 Street on Sunday.

Now that there’s been a shooting at Riis Park, the fears of many Neponsit residents when the park was being developed have been revived. Locals thought that the park would create problems for their neighborhood, but nobody could have predicted a murder at the national park site.

Although there’s some question of the funding for interscholastic sports this

coming school year, Jack Kershman’s Seahorses football team has been practicing for the season.

The construction of the new firehouse in the urban renewal area has brought two large cranes to Rockaway. The two cranes look more like something to be found at Cape Canaveral for launching spacecraft.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

A series of hurricanes recently hit the Florida coast, but the weather here in Rockaway has been relatively balmy. Many locals, however, are still recovering from the effects of Hurricane Donna, which hit Rockaway two years ago.

Parents who were formerly part of the Far Rockaway High School Parent Teacher’s Association are now forming an ad-hoc committee to represent the parents of those students who will attend the new bayfront school on Beach 102 Street.

The reference department at the new Peninsula Branch Library has received a set of New York State laws.

Herbert Johnson, former director of the wildlife refuge in Broad Channel has been named as a consultant for the area’s new owner, the Gateway National Park.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

Ground for the new Arverne Post Office will be broken tomorrow. Postmaster Abe Finkel will be the master of ceremonies for the event.

Queens Veterans Post Commander Vincent Liebel, County Vice Commander Richard Shelley and Larry Waldman, chairman of the Mardi Gras Committee, have selected Lynn Connors of Far Rockaway as "Queen of Queens" in the opening ceremonies of the Mardi Gras on Saturday at Playland.


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