2002-08-31 / Columnists

LOOKING BACKWARD

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

Broad Channel residents have reacted with glee to the word that they can now buy the land on which their houses are situated. Dan Tubridy, a Broad Channel resident who had been a leader in getting the city approval for people to buy their lots, held a meeting with 400 residents last week, with most indicating that they were going to buy as soon as possible.

Family Day in Rockaway on August 18 was a big hit, with games, food, a lifeguard Olympics and many things for children. "This is an example of what we can do when we work together, said a Chamber of Commerce spokesperson.

A Green Bus was rerouted to Riis Park this week when two of its tires went flat and smoke began to emanate from under the bus.

Two local residents died last week when a electric heater in their Far Rockaway basement apartment short-circuited and caused a raging fire.

The Rockaway Beach Ski and Surf Club will host the first annual Rockaway Beach Labor Day two-mile swim on Monday, September 6. Swimmers will enter the water at Beach 149 and will swim eastward to Beach 108 Street.

The Hammel Houses are not being torn down. The installation of new windows in the housing complex has led some, however, to rumor that the buildings are being readied for demolition.

The Full Gospel Tabernacle Church will show a movie on the boardwalk this Saturday at Beach 17 Street. The movie, "The Cross and the Switchblade," stars Pat Boone.

Congregation Darchay Noam in Bayswater will welcome its new rabbi, Dr. David Novack, at a special ceremony to be held this week. The ceremony will also kick off the synagogues annual Kol Nidre appeal.

Joseph Kane of Neponsit had been named by CBS Television as its new vice president for program development.

Reports of massive flooding throughout the Rockaway peninsula as a result of the large rainstorms that have hit us this week have been reported to The Wave despite the fact that new sewers have been installed in many areas of Rockaway.

Citizen’s For Andrew Jenkins, a candidate for State Senator in the newly-created 10 District, will hold a fundraising event at Pier 92 this week.

Police chased handbag snatchers into weeds and through buildings in the housing project this week when two men snatched the pocketbooks of a woman and her daughter who were leaving St. Rose of Lima Church on Beach 84 Street.

The volunteers who worked so hard to make this year’s Irish Festival on July 31 such a large success were treated to a party at the Old Boulevard Café in Rockaway Park this week. In attendance was Paul O’Dwyer, long-time Irish activist and lawyer.

Belle Harbor residents returned this week with medals in Kayaking from the Empire State Games. Adam Freedhand won three gold medals and a bronze; T.C. Sullivan won a gold and a bronze and Ali Bernhart won a gold and a certificate. Bill Hanson, their coach, won five gold medals, one for every event he entered in the state games.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

Irving (Eskimo Pie) Shapiro of Beach 116 Street just turned 84 and is being congratulated on celebrating his fiftieth wedding anniversary.

Some businessmen on the west end of the peninsula are looking to have parking meters installed on Shore Front Parkway as a way of improving their businesses.

Brookdale Village, a pair of 22-story buildings at Beach 19 Street, to contain 252 one-bedroom apartments and 29 efficiency units slated for senior citizens is the latest high-rise construction to come to the Rockaway skyline.

New York City Parks Commissioner August Heckscher dropped into the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Sanctuary this week to visit with Herbert Johnson, who is in charge of the facility. The sanctuary will soon become part of the Gateway National Park system.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

Last Wednesday evening was the season finale for the weekly fireworks displays. The last of the summer’s activities will be the fireman’s parade on Saturday.

Before the end of the year, the Far Rockaway Post Office will move its garage facility to the former Herbst Brothers building at Nameoke Street and Redfern Avenue. The building was formerly an automobile dealership for many years.

Milton E. Jacobowitz has been a blue-fishing enthusiast for many years. He gave it up this year to campaign for the position of local Democratic leader, but he tells us that the blues have not been running very well this year in any case.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

Twenty-four families will move into the new Redfern complex this week, the first to set up housekeeping in the new $7.1 million low-cost housing units.

Angered by the fire that occurred on August 23 in the old wooden schoolhouse in Broad Channel, residents demanded a meeting to ask that the city replace the wooden building with a new, modern fireproof structure.


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