2002-11-16 / Columnists

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What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

Environmentalists and businesspeople clashed at the meeting of Community Board 14 last week at a proposal for a piece of land at DeCosta Avenue and Beach 64 Street. A proposal for ballfields and a parking lot on the site was derided by Bernie Blum, president of the Friends of Rockaway, who wants the land kept as it is for a park.

The assistant commissioner for the city’s Department of Transportation was in Rockaway last week to speak about the Beach 116 Street upgrade, plans for a new North Channel Bridge and a new road for Breezy Point.

Temple Beth-El in Rockaway Park will hold a dinner next week to honor its cantor, Jacob Singer, on his retirement from the temple after 28 years of service.

One hundred and sixty people showed up at a recent meeting to demand a traffic light at the corner of Beach 92 Street and Beach Channel Drive. Leading the fight for the much-needed light was Mario Russo, president of the Arverne Civic Association.

Look for police officers from the 100 Precinct to begin cracking down on drivers who make illegal u-turns on Beach 116 Street.

There were four all-hands structural fires on the peninsula in the last week. Experts blame the beginning of the heating season and the use of space heaters for the increase in fires.

As usual, members of the Daniel O’Connell Post of the American Legion paid their respects to Veteran’s Day at the Doughboy Monument on Beach 92 Street. As usual, there was only a small group of people on hand to watch the ceremony.

Work has been temporarily stopped on the new building between Junior High School 180 and the sewer treatment plant.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

Far Rockaway High School is number one among public high school football teams this year, following a 28-22 win over Brooklyn Technical High School last Saturday. That win officially makes the Seahorses the city champs.

State Comptroller Arthur Levitt remembers Rockaway well. His father owned a bungalow block on Beach 29 Street. He remembers being sent to the store by his father to pick up a copy of The Wave.

One of the largest commercial banks in the city has plans to open a Rockaway branch in the near future.

New sewers in the Hammel area have done little to stop the flooding that has occurred in the area since the opening of the Dayton Towers project.

The Chase Manhattan Bank on Beach 86 Street and Mcdonald’s on Beach 92 Street have been recent victims of vandals. Both had large windows broken in recent days.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

It took a greatly augmented staff and several police officers to regulate the crowds that showed up recently at the opening of the new Weston’s restaurant nearby the Redfern Houses.

Local police are cracking down on people who put a paper bag over a parking meter to show that it is inoperative when, in fact, it is not. Those who run that scam should know that the police have a quick way of checking to see if a meter is operative or not.

There is a Pierce Arrow automobile in storage at the Beach 88 Street Garage. John Rogers, the proprietor of the garage says that the car has not been used for many years, but that the owner keeps up the storage fee.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

Al McGuire, the youngest of the three basketball-playing brothers, continues to gain fame among the pros in the National Basketball Association.

Two Broad Channel men were reportedly killed in the fighting in Korea this week. The two are Private Thomas Wilson August and Private James Farrell, both of Cross Bay Boulevard.

For the Twenty-sixth consecutive year, the First Congregational Church and Temple Beth-El will be celebrating Thanksgiving together.

Hearings at City Hall this week may well mean the end of the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway. If the plan is approved by the city fathers, the two Rockaway precincts will be merged into one.

Five babies were born at Rockaway Beach Hospital this week, four girls and one boy. A girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Dowd of Howard Beach; a girl to Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Waters of Beach 114 Street; a girl to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Toomey of Beach 99 Street; a girl to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Morrison of Broad Channel and a boy to Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Carrano of Beach 117 Street.


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