2002-09-14 / Columnists


What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

Efforts to save the vacant hotel at 2400 Seagirt Boulevard in Far Rockaway were unsuccessful last week as the wooden structure burned to the ground. Called the "Phoenix House," because it was last used by that anti-drug group, the hotel had been one of the grand hotels that once lined the Rockaway shore.

Chilly water and a shark alert postponed for a short time the Rockaway Ocean Swim last week, but nineteen intrepid swimmers completed the course.

Two men died last week when an elderly driver went up the wrong way on the ramp to the Marine Parkway Bridge.

An Arverne woman, Mary Wilson, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for allowing her two-year-old son to starve to death.

Congressman Joe Addabbo will speak at the Men’s Club of the Bayswater Jewish Center this week.

Marion Polichek, the president of the 101 Community Council, has announced that the organization’s installation will be held at the Bayswater Jewish Center next week.

Seventeen-year-old Rockaway resident Jake Gordon is credited with saving an elderly woman last week, when he grappled with a mugger who was trying to snatch the woman’s pocketbook at a building at 1302 Redfern Avenue in Far Rockaway.

With the closing of the movie theater in Cedarhurst, Rockaway residents are hoping for an expansion of the Surfside Theater. It is now the only game in the area.

City Councilman Walter Ward has passed along complaints about the service on the Green Bus Line to the company’s president. "Buses never come on time, pass riders by even if there is room on the bus and the air conditioning seldom works," Ward told company president William Cooper.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

A testimonial dinner in honor of Benjamin Waldbaum, recently retired principal of PS 225 will be held on November 6 at Leonard’s. Waldbaum was the school’s principal for sixteen years.

Jean Larkin, who is heading the Rockaway Coalition Campaign for George Mcgovern has reported that her candidate has lots of support in Rockaway.

There is a growing sentiment in Rockaway that parking meters be installed along Shore Front Parkway in light of the reduction in parking revenues in other parts of the west end.

It is understandable that many residents are angry that they and their friends have to park several blocks from where they live because people down for the day to use the beach have taken up all of the parking spaces.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

Dick Geist, the president of Rockaway’s Playland, has set the date for next year’s Fireman’s Parade for September 7, the day following Labor Day.

If the urban renewal plan for Arverne and Edgemere becomes a reality, what will happen to all of those businesses that recently built new facilities in the area after being forced from the Hammels area?

When municipal court justice Angelo Graci made his recent reference to developing Rockaway as a "miniature Jones Beach," he must have been referring to the oceanfront itself.

Democratic District Leader Milton Jacobowitz has been getting lots of congratulation on his recent win, many of them from Republicans.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

The Green Bus Lines is taking advantage of local high school students by doubling the price it charges students to ride to and from school, according to a local parent group. The added charges come in light of a Board of Estimate ruling that the private bus companies could increase prices for such services.

Approximately 750 signatures have been collected on petitions by Broad Channel parents seeking the city to build a new school in the community to replace the old wooden building that is now in use.

Taking the cake for sixteen years of service to community is the the Belle Harbor chapter of ORT (Organization for Rehabilitation and Training), which recently held a birthday celebration at the home of Eva Marcus, one of the organization’s founders in the local area.

State legislation will soon be sought to end the problem of low-flying and noisy planes over the Rockaway peninsula, according to Assemblyman J. Lewis Fox.

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