2002-10-12 / Columnists

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What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

Community Board 14 has approved the sale of the old courthouse on Beach 92 Street and Beach Channel Drive. The city’s Department of Real Property will set up stipulations for the sale. The courthouse is now more than 50 years old and has not been in use for some years.

Three free Circle Line tours of Jamaica Bay and Gateway National Park will be available to Rockaway residents this coming Sunday. The boats will leave from Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn.

The Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways will honor "country lawyer" Julius Granirer at its anniversary dinner next month. Granirer was a major force in the development and growth of Peninsula General Hospital.

Vandals damaged Westrich’s Delicatessen sometime between Sunday night and Monday morning. The vandals broke into the Beach 116 Street restaurant through the roof in order to crate their havoc. A number of other stores on Beach 116 Street have been similarly hit in the last two weeks, but none of them as bad as the eatery.

A new play entitled, "Rockaway," will open this week at the off-Broadway Vineyard Theater in Manhattan. The play is set at an Irish bar in Rockaway in the late 1950’s. The play stars Orson Bean and was written by John Patrick Shanley.

A Far Rockaway man, Donald Palmer, 22, was arrested this week for the murder of a teenaged subway rider who refused to give up his radio.

Allen Sylvane, the president of the Peninsula Hospital Center and Dr. Louis Hoffner, the dinner co-chairman, have announced that more than 700 guests will attend the annual hospital dinner at the Sands in Atlantic Beach next week.

New to Beach 20 Street in Far Rockaway is a ladies sportswear shop. The work going into its appearance makes us believe that this is not going to be another "schlock" store on the shopping strip.

Some interested residents are trying to get the Cornell Cemetery in Far Rockaway restored. Not only are there members of the prestigious Cornell family buried there, but a number of Revolutionary War heroes are buried there as well.

One of the featured rental properties from Century 21 Oceanfront Properties was a 3-bedroom apartment in Belle Harbor for $550 per month.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

A comeback for local fishing continues. Experts tell us that the blues and weakfish are creating lots of opportunities close in and along the beach with flounders being taken in large numbers in the East Rockaway Inlet.

Peninsula Hospital Center’s new extended care facility is nearing completion.

Herman and Rose Cohen are about to close their children’s clothing shop on the boulevard in Rockaway Park. The shop, known as the "Tailored Tot," has operated in the Rockaway Park shopping district for more than 20 years.

If the South Shore Hospital in Far Rockaway, formerly the St. Joseph Hospital, closes its doors for good, will it become another nursing home? Nobody seems to be able to answer that simple question.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

It looks as though making Fort Tilden part of the New York City parks system is not in the cards. Army officials say that the fort is an important part of the New York City air defense system and it will remain so for many years to come.

Evidently, the suggestion that at least part of the old courthouse be used as a library has a lot of support in the community. More and more people are writing The Wave to support that proposal.

Leon Milhauser says that he had lots of problems with the city and its agencies when he began to build this new drugstore on the boulevard near Beach 90 Street.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

Determined to keep at least one through street in the Hammel Housing project between the boulevard and Amstel Boulevard, a committee of local leaders will meet with the New York City Housing Authority to get that agency to change its site plan to allow for that street.

A court test as to whether or not a catering hall and restaurant can be established in a R-1 Zone will be made as a result of a "not guilty" plea made by the Garden Apartments in Tuesday to complaints that it had violated zoning regulations.


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