2002-12-28 / Columnists


What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

The home of Roy and Cathy Schwalm in Broad Channel was destroyed on December 20 by a roaring fire that was fought by three city fire units as well as the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department.

A number of businessmen whose establishments are in the Beach 116 Street shopping area are threatening to move their shops to other areas because of the rash of burglaries that have hit the street in past months. Marino, the owner of Tiberio Restaurant, is the leader of the movement to get more police presence on the street.

Money is available for costal development, says Bernie Blum, the president of the Friends of Rockaway. Some of the projects eligible for federal money are fishing piers and marinas, according to Blum.

The Queensboro Council on Reading has thanked three local teachers, Edith Rubin, Linda Adler and Gloria Goldstein, all who teach at IS 53 in Far Rockaway, for developing new teaching materials that will be used by teachers throughout the city to teach reading to poor readers.

There have been numerous reports of pieces of the elevated structure falling on motorists who drive along the Rockaway Freeway.

Several of the state legislators who represent Rockaway voted this week to set up a surcharge on business taxes to build up a fund that would improve the city's mass transit system. Voting for the new tax surcharge were Gerdi Lipschuitz, Andew Jenkins and Jeremy Weinstein.

Santa Claus was the center of attraction for more than 300 children who filled the American Legion Hall in Broad Channel hosted by the veteran's organization.

The other day a subway train to Manhattan pulled out of the Rockaway Park Station on Beach 116 Street at 7:01 a.m. The train pulled into 34 Street in Manhattan at 8:45 a.m. They wonder why more people do not use the subway to get to work.

There are many times that the shopping area on Beach 20 Street (Central Avenue) in Far Rockaway looks like a ghost town, even during the holiday shopping season. The area needs a large department store or some other anchor.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

The continuing strike of the elevator installers and repairmen in this city has stalled the opening of the new Peninsula Hospital rehabilitation center, which was originally scheduled to open before the new year.

Among the Christmas cards to the Beachcomber this year was a card from Emma Campbell, who was instrumental in raising funds for the Doughboy Monument on Beach 92 Street right after World War I. Emma now lives in Cedar Grove, New Jersey.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

Christmas lights on local houses seem a little brighter this year. Perhaps that is because of the large area of darkness in what was once Hammels and Seaside, now demolished for renewal projects.

It is official. The ice fishing season has begun. Charles LaMonica had several good catches along the beach in Belle Harbor and Neponsit during the cold spell last week.

Mark Harwood, the owner of Bell Boy Cleaners in Rockaway Park, says that it is amazing how few people use his free shoe-polishing machine, even when it is raining or snowing.

Poor families in Rockaway were provided of baskets of food this week by local organizations. We hope that it made their Christmas Holiday a little brighter.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

Local dignitaries will join with residents this week for the opening of the new Arverne Post Office on Beach 70 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard. George Ward, the president of the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce, will officiate at the ceremonies.

Servicemen who are stationed in Rockaway as well as at Floyd Bennett Field but come from many of the states of the union were feted this week at a Christmas party hosted by the Rockaway Rotary Club. The affair was held at Maher's Hotel.

Official ceremonies opening Junior High School 198 were held last week. Many of the city's educational elite as well as local residents attended.

More than 170 children whose parents or grandparents are members of the Far Rockaway Branch of the Workmen's Circle were invited to a Chanukah Party at the Jewish War Veteran's Hall on White Street in Far Rockaway.

Meyer's Men's Store at 1046 Central Avenue in Far Rockaway is now offering free parking at the James Street lot.

Among those offering Holiday Greetings to Wave readers were Bert's Shoes, Loeb and Mayer Meats, Weiss' Restaurant and the Tasty Shop.

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