2003-01-18 / Columnists


What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

In response to several airlines filing for waivers from the new aircraft noise abatement laws, locals have joined civic associations throughout Queens to tell the airport managers that "we won't tolerate aircraft noise from JFK any longer." Aircraft officials told local residents at a recent meeting that if they were not granted the waivers, they would be forced to stop flying into New York City airports.

Dr. Frank Gerace was named to Community Board 14 this week. In addition, 20 members were reappointed to seats that they already hold on the board. Among those who were reappointed were Mae Fetshcer, Samuel Granirer, Rosemary Murphy, Salijane Seif, Robert Simmons, Mary Waldron and Ada Zakin. Borough President Donald Manes appointed them all.

State Assembly speaker Stanley Fink has appointed Assemblywoman Gerdi Lipschutz, who represents Rockaway, to chair the assembly's powerful Democratic Steering Committee.

The Wave has noticed an increase in the number of surfers who have been using Rockaway's beaches this winter. There seems to be at least 20 people surfing off Beach 88 Street each day, and more than 50 on warmer days.

Rumors are flying about who will occupy the old A and P site on Beach 112 Street. Rumors include McDonald's, Red Lobster, a western restaurant and a medical center. The Wave will let you know as soon as we do.

The third annual photo contest is now underway at the Broad Channel Wildlife Refuge in Gateway National Park. Anybody, with the exception of employees of the park service, may submit photos of taken anywhere in the park.

The Queens Borough Public Library is searching for a copy of "The History of the Rockaways," written by noted historian William Pettit. The only copy held by the library was stolen a month ago. When Petit died in 1947, he left the only copy of the book to the library and it would really like to have its copy returned as soon as possible, no questions asked.

The community board will soon make a final decision on the use of "West Lawrence" by residents in one section of Far Rockaway.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

Almost all of the merchants on Beach 116 Street have joined "Operation Bright Lights" in an attempt to stop the nighttime burglaries in the area. The crimes, however, keep happening, so it may be that Operation Bright Lights needs some refinements.

Borough President Donald Manes is expected to rule this week on the placement of a methadone treatment center on Beach 77 Street. Should he rule that the project can go ahead, we can expect many more protests by the residents in the Dayton area.

The accident on Cross Bay Boulevard Monday night left two dead and a car split completely in half. It's time to question why drivers have so little concern for their own lives or the lives of others that they would make a raceway out of a city road.

Three gunmen robbed the Peninsula Nationals Bank in Arverne on Tuesday. This is the second time in as many weeks for the bank. We wonder what the record might be?

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

Not all of the cranes that dot the Rockaway landscape are being used to build the Dayton Park apartments. Two of them are being used to build a rock jetty, which is part of the new beach protection program.

Talk of further large apartment complexes coming to Rockaway bothers some new homeowners, who worry that they have moved to a place that will one day become an apartment community rather than a homeowners community.

Surrogate John T. Clancy is finding lots of satisfaction in his new office. In the first eight days, he has granted 17 new adoptions. "I want to see Rockaway grow," he said.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

Many of the homes in the area being cleared for the new Hammels Housing Project have come down and the area is beginning to look as if it were hit by an atomic bomb.

Eugene Marcus, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Marcus of Beach 86 Street, has reported for duty in the U. S. Navy at the Naval Air Station in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

State Senator Melvin Koerner of Belle Harbor has appointed Samuel Weinstein of Beach 22 Street as research clerk.

On Saturday night, a bunco and card party was held at the Saint Virgilius parish hall in Broad Channel to benefit the parish fund.

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