2003-01-11 / Columnists


What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

Twenty-one airlines that regularly use John F. Kennedy Airport have filed with the Federal Government for a waiver that allows them each to violate the new aircraft noise limits that went into affect on January 1.

Security at Floyd Bennett Field was beefed up this week in response to a threat from a caller that told National Park Service officials that "the people of Puerto Rico are against a ship being homeported at the field."

The National Park Service has asked for the help of the public in recovering historic items that were stolen from the park over the weekend. The artifacts include model weapons, patches and pictures.

Two Rockaway schools, PS 215 in Wavecrest and JHS 198 in Arverne, were the lowest performing schools in Queens in recent standardized tests, according to a report released by the Board of Education.

Pat Hanrahan, until this week the executive director of the Rockaway Local Development Corporation, has been hired by Governor Cuomo as his deputy director for scheduling.

Rockaway began the New Year with a new Congressman - Joseph Addabbo. Addabbo is not a new member of Congress. He has been representing south Queens in the House of Representatives for many years. The Wave hopes that he will do for Rockaway what he has done so well for the rest of Queens.

Dr. David Novak, the spiritual leader of the Bayswater Jewish Center, will review the book "Why Bad Things Happen To Good People," at the synagogue this week.

St. Rose of Lima Church will host a Golden Gloves boxing match this week.

Two men and a woman were arrested for attempted robbery at gunpoint the night of December 29, when a rookie transit patrolman saw the robbery in progress.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

The car which brought Mayor Lindsay to Rockaway last week was parked illegally in front of a fire hydrant. When some local kids pointed that out to a police officer, he refused to give the mayor a ticket.

Dick Geist, the owner of Playland, brought his two young daughters to the Rotary meeting last week and beamed with pride when he introduced them around the room.

People who leave their cars parked on the curb at Beach 116 Street while they "run into a store" to get a paper or a lottery ticket will probably find themselves with a parking ticket when they come back to the cars.

Far Rockaway High School's annual football dinner is set for this Sunday at the American Legion Hall in Rockaway Beach. More than 250 people are expected to attend.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

There was a problem with low pressure on the peninsula last week, and a fireboat was tied up at Beach 108 Street and the bay as a precaution. Old-timers say that this was the first time that a fireboat had been seen in Rockaway since the Arverne fire of 1925.

When the Reverend William Burke was seen on national television marching with the St. Camillus Band on New Year's Day, some on the peninsula began a campaign to name him the "Marching Priest" in honor of all the appearances he has made with the band.

Local residents, regardless of their political affiliation, are happy with the appointment of Joe Smyth as Assistant to the Borough President.

Maybe local homeowners will have forgotten by the time the next water bill comes in the mail, but many have been beating the cold spell by letting their taps run so that their pipes will not freeze.

The gale winds that hit the peninsula last week shattered many store windows and brought down lots of trees.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

Many local residents took advantage of the mild weather this weekend to take a walk on the boardwalk.

Flares and rockets turned day into night last week, and frightened many west end residents. Turned out if was only part of a drill being run by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Al McGuire, long-time Rockaway resident and the son of the owners of McGuire's Bar on Beach 108 Street, is making a mark with the New York Knicks professional basketball team this season.

Dan Topping, a resident of Wavecrest Gardens, had his driver's license revoked in Flushing court last week.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Rinaldi, moved from Beach 84 Street into the new Redfern Project in Far Rockaway this week.

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