2002-11-09 / Columnists

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What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

The Rockaway Chamber of Commerce honored "country lawyer" Julius Granirer at its 57th Annual Dinner last week. The event, held at the Washington Hotel, honored Granirer for his many years of service to the community.

The biggest vote-getter locally in this week’s election was Congressman Joseph Addabbo, who polled nearly 19,000 votes on the peninsula as opposed to 759 for Mark Scott, his opponent.

Judith Melzer, the principal of the Yeshiva of Belle Harbor, will begin a lecture series this week on "How to Help Your Child In School." This lecture series will be open to all parents who reside on the peninsula.

Surfside Park tenants will rally this Saturday to protest a proposed rent increase. The rally is set for 2 p.m. in the auditorium of the St. Camillus School. The landlord has proposed a 30 percent rent increase.

With the elections out of the way, there is once again talk of placing low-income housing in the Arverne Urban Renewal Area.

Thousands of parents kept their children home from Halloween activities last week, and many wonder of the 1982 version of Halloween will not be called "the worst ever" in future years.

Tickets to the Rockaway Music and Arts Council’s 1982-1983 Sam Levenson Memorial Concert Series will go on sale this week. The first event of the year will be the American Ballet Theatre Troupe II.

With winter just around the corner, it would be nice if the construction work on Rockaway Beach Boulevard between Beach 117 Street and Beach 120 Street could be completed. Many locals wonder what the hold up has been.

Sealed bids have been placed for the reconstruction of the North Channel Bridge between Howard Beach and Broad Channel. The winning bid will be announced in about two weeks.

Plans are underway for the 90th Anniversary Issue of The Wave, which will be published sometime in May.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

Jack Blue, the president of the 100 Precinct Community Council, is heartened by the news that there might soon be a volunteer ambulance corps in the west end of Rockaway. Blue has been arguing for such a volunteer corps for many years.

Fire Commissioner Lowery has announced that he wants to close Engine Company 267 in order to save money. Doesn’t he realize what a dangerous situation that would be for the residents of Rockaway?

For a casual inspection of Intermediate School 53 in Far Rockaway, which will replace Public School 39 on Nameoke Street, it is clear that the city save a lot of money on windows. Perhaps they were trying to save on broken windowpanes.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

The former Long Island Railroad powerhouse at the Hammel Wye is resplendent in a new coat of white paint at part of its transformation into the new clubhouse for the American Irish Society.

Leon Millhouser’s new drug store has been receiving lots of attention. During Friday night’s storm, the windows were broken and a quantity of merchandise was removed despite the fact that the family lives right next door.

The mind of many World War I vets will turn back 44 years on Monday when they remember where they were for that first Armistice Day in 1918.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

Mayor Vincent Impelletteri will speak this week at the annual dinner of the Rockaway Beach Hospital, to be held at the Hotel Biltmore in Manhattan. It is expected that more than 700 people will attend the gala affair.

Rockaway resident USMC Second Lieutenant Daniel Rogers was recently killed in action in fighting in Korea.

Assemblyman J. Lewis Fox, a Democrat, beat Republican challenger George Schwach in the recent election by a count of 7208 to 5772.

The last section of Seagirt Boulevard is being completed and the entire thoroughfare, from Beach 35 Street to the Nassau County line, will be open in a few days.

Solomon Dobin, the president of the Bayswater Jewish Center, has announced that the synagogue’s new auditorium has been completed and that holiday services will be conducted in that venue from now on. The services will be conducted by Rabbi Bernard Mandelbaum and Cantor Sol Sadowski.

The Parent’s Association of PS 114 has asked the Parks Department to once again open ice skating facilities at Riis Park this winter.


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