2002-10-26 / Columnists


What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

Queens narcotics police, led by Sergeant Ronald Ryan, arrested 12 and confiscated thousands of dollars worth of marijuana in Far Rockaway and Edgemere last weekend. "Ryan’s Raiders" hit many of the "smoke shops" throughout the area.

Noted Irish entertainer Dennis Day is bringing his gala show to St. Rose of Lima Church on Saturday at 3 p.m. Day, the singing star of the Jack Benny Show, will appear with piano player Jerry Powell and comedian Bill Cunningham.

The tenth anniversary of Gateway National Park was celebrated by the community this week. The Wave editorialized on the anniversary, writing that many were against the park when it was first proposed because they believed it would bring traffic, crowds and crime to the community.

Thirty-two new members were welcomed to Darchay Noam, the congregation at the Bayswater Jewish Center, in a ceremony last week. Dr. David Novack, the congregation’s Rabbi, officiated at the celebration.

The Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) has issued a statement that every aircraft flying from JFK Airport will have to be retrofitted for the new quiet engines or taken from service by 1985. FAA officials say that this will make it much quieter for Rockaway residents who live nearby the airport.

The Gustave Hartman YMHA will honor Helen Leonescu, the Democratic District Leader, at a dinner to be held at the Y Campus on Beach 19 Street.

The Catholic Guardian Society will honor Belle Harbor resident Willaim Lavin at its dinner, to be held in Brooklyn, later this month.

Landlords at the Surfside Park Houses in Rockaway Beach have reportedly asked the city to allow a 30 percent rent increase for all tenants. The tenant organization, SHAFT, is planning on fighting the rent increase.

The Council of Supervisors and Administrators (CSA) has endorsed the reelection of City Councilman Walter Ward.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

Monsignor J. Jerome Reddy has come back from Florida for a "working vacation," but he reads The Wave regularly to keep up with what is happening on the peninsula.

Max Merdinger is chairman of a committee arranging a breakfast for Temple Beth-El in honor of its cantor, Jacob Reiner. The affair will be held at the Washington Hotel on November 19.

There is a growing concern throughout the peninsula over rumors that a major portion of the residents in the new Arverne Renewal Area will be on welfare.

The Rockaway Park bowling league lost one of its most ardent bowlers with the death of Dr. Harry Altner of Rockaway Park. Dr. Altner was one of those who organized the league many years ago.

The National Bank of Far Rockaway has recently become part of the National Bank of North America.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

The W. H. Gahagan Company has done more to change the face of Jamaica Bay than any other company. After completing the fill for the new runways at Idlewild Airport, the company is now engaged in the Howard Beach fill project. It first appeared in Rockaway to take on the contract at Edgemere in 1902.

Winter arrived a bit early this year, with the first snowstorm of the year occurring last weekend. It will not officially be winter for another six weeks.

The silver anniversary of the Community Men’s Club of Arverne was celebrated on October 25 at a dinner at the Park Inn Hotel.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

Howard Schwach, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Schwach of Wavecrest, was called to the Torah this weekend at Share Zedek Synagogue in Edgemere as part of his Bar Mitzvah ceremony. A reception followed at the newly-opened Wavecrest Gardens.

Rockaway’s Playland has announced that it will once again be open on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays all year long. The park features 64 rides, including a award-winning roller coaster.

The Far Rockaway football team beat Long Beach High School by a score of 18-6. With 2,500 spectators looking on, the bigger Seahorse team scored in each of the four periods.

The explorer scouts from St. Francis de Sales spent the weekend in the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York, exploring the history of the area.

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