2003-01-25 / Columnists


What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

Developers are being asked to come up with a plan to build 5,000 new homes in the Arverne Urban Renewal Area. Those homes would be the first step in the construction of more than 30,000 units of new and rehabilitated housing in the area.

The Coast Guard Cutter Cape Horn will soon replace the Cape Strait at the Fort Tilden Coast Guard Station. The new 95-foot craft was designed to operate in both Jamaica Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.

The Broad Channel Veterans of Foreign Wards and the members of the Christ Presbyterian Church in Broad Channel are saying goodbye to the Reverend Richard S. Bauder on January 23. Bauder is leaving to take up a post at a church in Pennsylvania.

Detective Donnie Moran of the 100 Squad was surprised when he left the precinct on January 15. When he went to the parking lot across from the precinct, his car was gone. Moran and his partner decided to take a look around the peninsula and soon found a 15-year-old youth from Edgemere driving on Beach 59 Street.

The library at Junior High School 198 in Arverne was dedicated this week to the memory of long-time teacher Myron Steinberg, who taught at the school for 27 years and who died unexpectedly last May.

Bernie Blum, the president of the Friends of Rockaway, has once again asked that a beach in the vicinity of Beach 35 Street be designated by the city as a surfing beach.

U.S. Park Police Officer Michael Fellner, a Rockaway resident stationed at Gateway National Park, was promoted to sergeant this week.

Rental has begun for the new medical center that is being completed on Beach 116 Street. The advertising asks for doctors, dentists and other health related services and promises on site parking and custom-designed suites. The medical center has been constructed on the site of the former A and P Supermarket building.

A contractor found dumping his construction debris in front of 244 Cross Bay Boulevard in Broad Channel was arrested this week and his truck was confiscated.

Walter Roberts and Donald Palmer represented the Chamber of Commerce at the "Rockaway Stakes" race held at Aqueduct Race Track last Saturday.

Four people were seriously injured in a two-car crash on the North Channel Bridge this weekend.

Arverne resident Kevin Wilson was awarded a varsity letter from Northeastern University this week. Wilson is a senior defensive tackle on the football team and a criminal justice major at the school.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

The Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home has purchased the house on the southeast corner of Beach 92 Street and Beach Channel Drive. The home has been razed and the plot will be blacktopped to use as a parking lot.

Irving (Eskimo) Shapiro, World War I vet and former Ebbets Field refreshment vendor, has been saving bits of string for years. He reports that he now has a ball of string more than three feet in diameter and that is it growing each day.

Businessmen on Beach 116 Street thought that they had seen the worst of the burglary problem on the street until last week, when several stores were hit in one night.

There was a Rockaway delegation at President Nixon's Inauguration last week and another in Colorado to protest the war in Vietnam.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

Walter J. Roberts has taken on the task of letting the public know about the 35th Anniversary celebration of the Knights of Columbus, which will be celebrated with a gala dinner-dance.

People in Rockaway did not seem to mind the heavy fog that hit the peninsula this weekend because it was much better than the snowstorm that was predicted by the weatherman.

There are those who insist that judicial robes are in the cards for our new Democratic leader, Milton E. Jacobowitz, although the leader himself is keeping mum on the subject.

Opponents of a plan to build more low-income housing in Edgemere are marshalling their forces for a hearing that will be held by the City Planning Commission next week.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

Mr. and Mrs. George Zitzler, long-time residents of Beach 85 Street are preparing to move to Beach 86 Street because their former home will soon be demolished to make way for the Hammel Houses.

Rockaway received a boost last week when the song, "Rock-Rock-Rock-Rockaway," was introduced on the Arthur Godfrey and His Friends Television Show by Lyn Duddy, a local resident who is a writer for the Godfrey Show.

David Wexler, the principal of PS 44 in Rockaway Beach, has been ill at his Brooklyn home for the past few weeks.

Arthur Palmer, of The Wave editorial staff, is recuperating at home after an illness.

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