2002-10-19 / Columnists

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What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

Two men brandishing pistols and wearing ski masks robbed the Chemical Bank branch in Far Rockaway this week, but a quick response by officers Dennis McCabe and Neil Tennan from the 101 Precinct quickly contained the robbers in the bank and two arrests were made after a one hour standoff.

Two children died this week and a teenaged girl lost her arm in a crash on the dangerous North Channel Bridge, between Broad Channel and Howard Beach. According to police sources, this stretch of road is one of the most dangerous in Queens due to the conditions on the bridge span.

Mario Cuomo, who recently won the Democratic nomination for governor, will attend the annual gala of the Peninsula Regular Democratic Club, which will be held at Pier 92 on October 17.

Marion Polichak has once again been elected to the presidency of the 101 Precinct Community Council.

Theodore Kazimiroff, a member of the special education staff at IS 53 and the author of a new book entitled "The Last Algonquin," will be heard on WNYC radio next week as part of its "Meet The Author" series.

Even though rumors persist, the imminent sale of the city housing projects is reportedly just not true.

If nothing else, the hostage situation at the bank last week focused lots of television coverage on Rockaway.

Captain Fitzgerald, the commanding officer of the 100 Precinct, has informed The Wave that there have been only six rooftop burglaries on Beach 116 Street since January 1. The total of fourteen mentioned in this paper two weeks ago is the total for the entire precinct, not for Beach 116 Street alone.

Only 35 of the storeowners on Beach 116 Street have contributed to the holiday lighting for this year. It is expected that more owners will kick in once the Easter-Passover holidays have passed. The lighting this year is expected to stretch over the street, rather than to just line each side of the street as last year’s display did. In addition, this year’s decorations will include both Christmas and Chanukah decorations.

Gaelic language, singing and dancing will be taught by Junior and Molly McKinney at the lunchroom of St. Francis de Sales church on Friday evenings.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

Marty Silverberg swam the 50-yard freestyle in 21.5 seconds and the 100-yard freestyle in 57.7, pacing the Far Rockaway Seahorses to a victory over Aviation High School at the Far Rockaway High School pool last week.

If anybody tells you that the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway is about to be phased out, don’t believe it. According to a spokesperson for Mayor Lindsay, there are no plans to do away with the local precinct.

Borough President Donald Manes is proud of the fact that he got the telephone company to back off on its plans to charge for directory assistance. Manes says that the company erred by providing advance information about their impending plan.

Firemen probing a collapsed ceiling in Edgemere last Friday must have thought that they had hit a Mexican Piñata. When the hit the ceiling, more than $40 thousand in currency came raining down.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

The boardwalk is a great place for "sidewalk supervisors" to watch the new Surfside Park development grow. The two new high-rise buildings have already changed the Rockaway skyline.

Dr. Burton Saltpeter, a small-boat enthusiast, laments some of the changes in the bay that have been made necessary by the extension of the runways at Idlewild Airport.

Hurricane Donna is so well remembered in Rockaway that it will probably take its place beside the Blizzard of ’88 as the greatest storm ever to hit this part of the country.

Some local residents are not hurrying to get aboard the bandwagon in opposition to the proposed Breezy Point Park. They want to know more about the Atlantic Improvement Corporation’s development. One question that continues to be asked concerns the fact that Breezy Point is closed to outsiders.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

An application for a variance to allow for the alteration of a building at the beachfront and Beach 136 Street in order to make a multifamily dwelling has been turned down by the city’s Board of Standards and Appeals.

Magistrate Charles F. Murphy will hold hearings on the case of John J. O’Connell of Far Rockaway against five airlines and the Port of New York Authority in the Beach Court on November 30. The suit charges that the airlines and the PA are responsible for planes flying so low over the complainant’s home that plaster fell from his ceiling. He argues that this is the seventh time that low-flying planes have damaged his home.

Bader’s Hotel on Beach 73 Street, one of the many kosher facilities in Rockaway, has announced that it will be open all year for weddings and parties.

The Far Rockaway High School Seahorses defeated Oceanside High School in a hard-fought 14-13 football game last weekend. Davey Introbartolo was the offensive standout for the Far Rockaway team. Mike Diaks, the team’s T quarterback also assisted in the two scores.


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