2002-12-14 / Columnists

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What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week


Residents of Surfside Park, who have been slapped with an 18 percent rent increase that was recently approved by the city's Board of Estimate, are looking to a meeting at Borough Hall next week to help them reverse the increase. City Councilman Walter Ward and State Senator Jeremy Weinstein set up the meeting.

Edward Good, and his son, Kenny of Beach 116 Street went on a week-long holiday cruise to Bermuda last week on the new MV Atlantic.

Bernie Blum, the president of the Friends of Rockaway, a local environmental group, has proposed that a concrete promenade replace the wooden from Beach 54 Street to Beach 24 Street.

Three truckloads of resurfacing material were used recently to repave Larkin Avenue, which runs from Beach 61 to Beach 67 Street. The only problem being that Larkin Avenue is in the Arverne Urban Renewal Area and is never used by traffic.

Rumors have surfaced that the entire Arverne Urban Renewal Area will soon be a park. The only question is, who will build it and who will maintain it?

Long-time residents say that the Long Island Railroad once got them to the city in 35 minutes and they wonder why they now have to put up with 2-hour subway rides to get to the same place.

The Electronic Clinic on Beach 115 Street and Beach Channel Drive is advertising the Timex Sinclair 1000 Computer, the latest in electronics, for less than $100.

Samuel Mittman, one of the first kosher butchers to open a store in Rockaway, passed away this week at age 84. He first came to Rockaway in 1923 and then opened a kosher meat market in Cedarhurst, which remained in business until 1951, when he retired.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

The Long Island Railroad strike continues to wreak havoc on the peninsula, with many residents unable to get to work. While the vastly overcrowded subway system is thought of an alternative, many local residents have decided to use personal vehicles and heavy parking fees to stay away from the public transportation system.

There is some talk that Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, now a part of the National Park Service, will soon become a military airport once again.

Christmas carolers from St. Francis de Sales Church brought cheer to the patients of Peninsula Hospital Center last week, as they strolled through the halls singing traditional Christmas songs.

Several colorful parrots arrived last week and were spotted at several points along the peninsula, including Walter Patterson's Belle Harbor yard. Locals wonder if the new Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge attracted them.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

Now that there's talk of developing an entire new community somewhere in the city, officials are focusing in the Arverne Urban Renewal Area as a prime location for that community.

While the weather has not been cooperating lately, Playland will open its doors for the holiday season beginning this week, if the snow is not too deep, says park owner Dick Geist.

President Kennedy said recently that there is a lot of work in being the President of the Unites States. Milty Jacobowitz once said the same thing about being Rockaway's Democratic District Leader.

There has been no trace of the Christmas tree that was lifted from the toll plaza at the Cross Bay Bridge. Some think that pranksters probably threw it into the bay and it just floated away.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

Games and candy were distributed to servicemen stationed at Fort Tilden by the Bernard Weber Post of the Jewish War Veterans this week.

Marking the second time in its 24-year history, Playland will open its doors for the holiday season this year. The park will operate daily until after the new year.

College students returning to Rockaway for the holidays will be honored at a special service to be held Friday night at the West End Temple.

A ground breaking ceremony will be held on December 29 for Junior High School 198, a new school that will be constructed at Beach 56 Street and Beach Channel Drive.

A January 15 meeting at City Hall will decide the fate of the Beach 116 Street Fire House that now. There is a proposal on the table to close 52 firehouses throughout the city and seven in Queens due to a fiscal crisis.


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