2002-09-07 / Columnists

LOOKING BACKWARD

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

Mardi Gras activities in both Broad Channel and Breezy Point are bringing thousands of people to Rockaway, according to a report from the Chamber of Commerce, an organization that would like to see a Rockaway Mardi gras as well.

Bernard Blum, the president of the Friends of Rockaway, has asked local politicians to insure that the peninsula’s waterfront property be linked to the regional recreational area planning that is now going on.

Rockaway will host ocean racers from several states at its annual "15 ½ Miles By Ocean" race.

James Conway Sullivan and Ann Schockett will serve as the Republican leaders for the new 23 Assembly District recently set up by redistricting.

New York City Mayor Edward Koch has endorsed Sy Sheldon for Democratic district leader and Charles Thomas of Neponsit for civil court judge. The endorsements were noted at a fundraiser held last week at Pier 92 restaurant.

The reunion for the Far Rockaway High School class of 1972 will be held this Saturday night at a restaurant in Flushing.

Congressman Joe Addabbo and Assemblywoman Gerdi Lipschutz have teamed up to open a campaign office at 92-16 Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

The Pisces Seafood Restaurant on Beach 112 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard opened this week with kudos for its fine food and service.

Actual working plans and a timetable for the reconstruction of Beach 116 Street are on view daily at the Chamber of Commerce office in Rockaway park as well as at the offices of Community Board 14 in Far Rockaway.

Rumor has it that the Central Theater in Cedarhurst will close its doors for good next week.

Narcotics raids were conducted by the Queens Narcotics Squad on Beach 116 Street, in Far Rockaway and in Broad Channel this week.

Although the Parks Department is enthusiastic about the many events being held in Rockaway at the end of the summer, officials of the department ask that they be notified about events so that they can assign adequate personnel.

Two hundred and seventy-seven runners, the largest contingent ever, took part in the Eighth Annual Breezy Point Run last weekend. The run, which takes in a 3 ½ mile course, was won by Greg Sullivan.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

Park Department trucks and crews were called in Wednesday morning to assist the police in picking up hundreds of capsules of some kind of drug that washed up on the beachfront between Beach 135 and Beach 140 Streets.

Consideration for the proposed merger of the South Shore Hospital (formerly St. Joseph Hospital) with Long Island Jewish Hospital will be the topic of discussion at a meeting of the Rockaway Health Council to be held next week.

Curran’s Meat Market, long a fixture on Beach 129 Street, is featuring corned beef at $1.69 a pound this week.

A Rosedale man, Arthur Murray, was arrested when he walked into the 100 Precinct in Rockaway Park this week and set a number of police records on fire.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

Our new Democratic leader, Milton Jacobowitz, has something in common with two other local men who featured prominently in the Democratic party in Rockaway – the late Judge Bill Weiner and the former Congressman Bill Brunner. Each of the three worked in Brunner’s father’s bakery early in their lives.

The new drug store on Beach 90 Street and the Boulevard is one of the most attractive businesses in Rockaway.

Although little is heard of it in public, there is a growing chapter of the John Birch Society in the west end.

Many Rockaway residents have been spending a happy summer fishing for snappers off Bill Bulloch’s deck.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

Far Rockaway High School is playing a big part in the war effort by providing special courses for young students who, before very long, may be finding themselves either in the armed forces or involved in war production.

John P. Corrigan and Agnes Winfield were reelected as leaders of the Democratic Party in the Rockaway zone at a meeting of the county committee in the Beach 81 Street Lyceum.


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