2002-12-07 / Columnists


What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

Charles Mattina, an acting assistant principal at Junior High School 198 in Arverne was arrested this week in a sting in which he offered an undercover police investigator the sum of $17 thousand for 125 cases of allegedly stolen cigarettes worth more than $75 thousand. The sting was part of an investigation of a ring that was stealing millions of dollars worth of goods from JFK Airport.

The family of Patricia Shea, whose body was found July 26 in Brooklyn's Prospect Park, are offering a $2,500 dollar reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of her slayer. Shea was last seen alive going from one building to another at Surfside Park.

Queens District Attorney John Santucci has announced that he blocked the release of a 34-year-old mental patient who stabbed two men on Beach 116 Street in 1973, killing one and severely injuring the other.

The Rockaway Park Merchant's Association has announced a drawing for 20 free turkeys. Tickets for the drawing will be provided to residents who make a purchase at any of the stores displaying a "Holiday Lights" window card.

Students and staff at Beach Channel High School are getting ready to celebrate the school's tenth anniversary later this school year.

The Prince-Wynn Colonial Fife and Drum Corps will celebrate its second anniversary at a dinner-dance this Saturday night. The dinner-dance will be held at the Broad Channel VFW Hall on Shad Creek Road.

Now that Rockaway Beach Boulevard has been resurfaced between Beach 116 Street and Beach 121 Street, how long will it take for one agency or another to tear it up once again?

The New York City Department of Transportation has announced that it will soon repaint the double yellow line down the middle of Beach 116 Street, but that it will not repaint the lines around the parking stalls on the shopping block.

The residents of Surfside Park will rally today outside their complex to ask the city to disallow the large rent increase approved by the Board of Estimate two weeks ago. Councilman Walter Ward, who supports the tenants in their demands, has promised to attend the rally.

Westrich's Delicatessen on Beach 116 Street is offering special catering menus for New Year's Eve parties.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

Two buses carrying members of the Sea Breeze Senior Club at St. Francis de Sales Church made it to Manhattan for a showing of "No, No Nanette" in record time last week, but took almost three hours in getting from Manhattan to Rockaway due to traffic caused by the strike against the Long Island Railroad.

A number of Rockaway businesses were once again the target of vandals last weekend. Among the businesses hit were McDonald's and The Wave.

Parents whose children will soon go to the newly-built IS 53 in Far Rockaway are getting nervous as the construction time grows and so does the cost of the school, reportedly grown from $10 million to $13 million in a few short months.

The Broad Channel Seniors earned a division championship in the Pop Warner League by defeating the Long Island Tomahawks at Hofstra University last weekend

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

When somebody swiped the Christmas tree that stood in the Cross Bay Bridge toll plaza, many people blamed Walter Patterson, who is in charge of coming up with a tree for the local Rotary Club to place on Beach 116 Street. Patterson proved, however, that the organization bought the Beach 116 Street tree.

Now that the football career of Leon Cholakis has ended at Syracuse University with the Orange victory over UCLA last Saturday, friends are speculating whether the ex-Far Rockaway High School standout will look to the pros, who have been throwing offers his way.

The language that some young girls use in the street leads us to believe that more emphasis has to be put on Girl Scout programs here on the peninsula.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

Airman Third Class Nils Friberg of Rockaway Park is being hailed as a hero for rescuing a woman from the water following the crash of a Cubana Airlines plane near Kindley Field in Bermuda, where the local Air Force man is stationed.

Ground will be broken this week for a new junior high school to be built on Beach Channel Drive at Beach 56 Street.

The Parent Association of PS 42 has issued an appeal for gently used clothing that is much needed by some of the students at the school, especially warm clothing and warm coats.

Honor Den 3 of Cub Pack 81 of St. Francis de Sales Church were the guests of Joe Dimaggio on his Sunday morning television show last week.

Meyer's Clothing Store on Central Avenue in Far Rockaway, has announced longer evening hours and a pre-Christmas sale.

The 1953 Hudson Hornet is now on sale at Seideman's Auto Service on Beach 116 Street. The Hornet features a new, more powerful V-12 engine.

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