2002-10-05 / Columnists


What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

Despite preparations that have cost Beach Channel High School in excess of $4 thousand, there may be no adult evening sessions at the school this year because the Board of Education is demanding rent in advance from the evening school’s director.

Four EMT’s helped police from the 100 Precinct arrest two youths who were stealing a car from Ocean Village. Two were going off duty and two were coming on duty when they same the young men. They gave chase and held them for police. The four EMT’s are Bobby Brown, Frank Stephen, Andy Cruz and Dave Simmons.

Bob Russell, the vice president of the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department, has called for new members to join his department. Most importantly, the department needs dispatchers, Russell says.

More than 220 people jammed the First Congregational Church of Rockaway Beach last weekend to say goodbye to Reverend Henry Childs, who retired after 31 years as the church’s pastor.

The West End Temple will hold its first adult Bat Mitzvah ceremony in more than 40 years next weekend. Among those who will take part in the ceremony are Anne Beck, Pauline Emanuel, Anne Herold, Dorothy Kaminsky, Eva Kanof, Miriam Levine, Anne Mark, Charlotte Mergentine, Theda Parness, Beatrice Schofield, Edith Shapiro and Francis Strupinsky. Rabbi Joseph Weiss will officiate.

Work on the new Social Security office in Far Rockaway is progressing and word is that it will be opening before the end of the year.

The Marine Parkway Bridge was closed for Thursday afternoon to allow a movie company to film "The Book Of Daniel," a new movie that should be released for summer.

Sy Sheldon, who was recently reelected as the west end’s Democratic District Leader, thanked all those who helped his reelection and urged all Democrats to get behind the election of Mario Cuomo for Governor.

The owner of Westrich’s on Beach 116 Street is urging all his customers to come in and enjoy the new, larger sandwiches he is serving.

Wavecrest Gardens, a housing complex in Edgemere, has awarded the entire 101 Precinct its "Police Officer of the Month" Award for September.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

What appeared to be an empty subway train heading towards Far Rockaway attracted some attention this week because the cars were shining and free of graffiti. Perhaps this is the beginning of something new.

Lou Romas, the custodian for Far Rockaway High School, is a man who tackles any job that comes along. When the lights refused to go on during the Far Rockaway High School – Bryant High School football game last Saturday night, Lou jumped in and tried to get the problem fixed. He was not able to complete the task, but he got a hand from the large crowd for trying. The Seahorses won the game when it was finally played on Monday by a score of 40-28.

Parks Commissioner August Heckscher announced that a number of artificial ice skating rinks around the city have been opened for the season. The rink at Riis Park is not among those on the list.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

Talk about sand in their shoes. Several residents of Hammels, who were forced out by the redevelopment plan, have already put in applications for the new Dayton Park project. They want to be as close to their old homes as possible.

Now that the season’s traffic crush is over, the NYPD is once again using the parking lot at Riis Park to train its motorcycle officers.

Dr. Bill Werner of Rockaway Park will be in charge of the sports program at the big Rotary Conclave at Bear Mountain Park this weekend. He’ll have lots of help from the members of the Rockaway Rotary Club, many of whom will be on hand.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

The buildings that stood in the way of the new Seagirt Boulevard at Beach 34 Street have now been removed and the short stretch of roadway will soon be built.

The local Pee Wee Reese Fan Club is seeking new members, according to Ellen Zimmerman of Belle Harbor, the club’s president.

Voters in the Rockaways are taking a keen interest in the coming election. It was indicated that the largest number of voters in history have been qualified for the election.

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