2002-11-02 / Columnists


What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

Andre Thomas of Far Rockaway was charged this week with five counts of attempted murder after he fired into a crowd of approximately 30 people.

Tickets for the hayride that will be part of the Halloween ceremony at Fort Tilden will be available beginning at 5:45 on Sunday, October 31. In addition, there will be a costume party at the fort featuring prizes for winning costumes.

Ed Gormley, the proprietor of the Belle Harbor Laundry on Beach 129 Street is offering to use his metal detector to check Halloween candy for young residents. Parents are urged to bring the candy to the laundry and Gormley and his staff will check it out for safety.

The issue of The Wave that was published 20 years ago this week did not have a date beneath the masthead. For that reason, it has become a collector’s item.

Helen Leonescu, the local Democratic district leader, will be honored by the Gustave Hartman Y at its dinner-dance on Novmber 7.

The Queens Division of the Israel Bond organization will honor Phyllis Kaplan of Far Rockaway at a testimonial luncheon to be held on November 10.

Noted local historian Emil Lucev recently completed an archeological dig of sorts at Beach 104 Street and Beach Channel Drive. What he found were the footings for the 1896 Chute-The-Chutes ride that once stood at that location, as well as the roadbed for Wainright Avenue.

Rock n’ Roller’s, the roller skating arena on Beach 116 Street and the boardwalk, is scheduled to reopen on November 5. It was not a good sign that the building was shuttered all summer.

Unless more people begin patronizing the Dayton Shopping Center, many of the stores will begin to close, according to the local business development organization. Although local police have begun to patrol the shopping center more aggressively, many residents are unsure of the safety of shopping there.

Councilman Walter Ward visited Junior High School 180 this week to see for himself the changes that he funded.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

The Armistice Day ceremonies will be held at the Doughboy Monument nearby the 100 Precinct. Once again, the Daniel M. O’Connell Post will be hosting the exercises.

One oldtimer at the Neponsit home said to another, "I’ve survived World War II, three auto accidents, two bad marriages, the Great Depression, three mortgages and a lot of government changes, and my 16-year-old grandson tells me that I don’t know that life is all about.

The M & M Metal Products office on Almeda Avenue is under water from floods so often that the owners are sure that their facility is below sea level.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

In recent years, nobody has said anything about a bridge over the railroad yards at Rockaway Park to connect Rockaway Beach Boulevard to Beach Channel Drive. Motorists must still use either Beach 109 or Beach 116 Street to get from one road to the other.

The new public school, PS 183, has lots of children but no playground. PS 44, which the new school replaces, has a large playground and no children. Something seems to be wrong with that picture.

Many Rockaway residents who take winter vacations in Florida are still not sure they want to make the trip in light of the Cuban Missile Crisis two weeks ago.

Boardwalk walkers often pause these days to watch the two huge cranes lifting rocks into place for the new stone jetty that will protect the beaches in the Hammel and Arverne sections of the peninsula.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

In what is being called a victory of local community organizations, the city will place eleven stop signs at dangerous intersections in the West End within the next few weeks.

A contract for the construction of a trestle that will allow for rapid transit service in Rockaway will be signed in early 1953, according to city officials.

Party officials from both of the major parties are sure that their candidate will carry Rockaway in the upcoming presidential election. While many attended a local rally for Adali Stevenson, the edge seems to be in Dwight Eisenhower’s favor.

Jack’s Boy’s Town on Central Avenue in Far Rockaway is holding a sale this week. Boy’s flannel shirts are $1.95, while corduroy slacks are selling for $3.95 a pair.

The great adventure story, "High Noon," starring Grace Kelley and Gary Cooper is playing this week at the New Theater. Also on the bill is "The Ring," with Gerard Mohr.

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