2003-02-01 / Columnists


What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

Joseph Donohue has been appointed as project director for Broad Channel, to supervise the transfer of land to the residents by the New York City Department of General Services and Real Property. Donohue will work on the property appraisals for the Broad Channel project team.

Assemblywoman Gerdi Lipschutz has once again introduced legislation that would break up the state's Public Service Commission (PSC) into three separate and distinct bodies.

Community Board 14 has asked the police and the city to once again board up the house at 159 Beach 113 Street. Local residents have testified that the house has become a "hangout for lawbreakers" since it was reopened two months ago.

Parvo Virus, a disease that kills dogs, is spreading throughout the community, according to local veterinarians. Dog owners are being urged to have their pets inoculated against the disease. Local vet Jay Rogoff says, "It is a shame that so many dogs are dying from the new disease when their deaths are easily preventable."

A site on Thursby Avenue, nearby the bay, has been designated for the construction of a permanent salt storage building. The site has been used for years on a temporary basis.

The band and the Gospel Chorus from Intermediate School 53 in Far Rockaway will perform for the children at PS 104 at a special assembly this week, according to Robert Carpentier, the director of the Gospel Choir.

Contrary to rumors that abound in the community, Burger King will not be opening a new restaurant next to the Surfside Theater. The area is being used for construction debris from other Rockaway projects.

Lots of Rockaway history was lost along with the headstones for the Cornell Cemetery in Far Rockaway. That graveyard dates back to the first settlers of Rockaway and to the Revolutionary War.

Proposals are being sought by the city for the development of the former courthouse at Beach 92 Street and Beach Channel Drive. The RFP put out by the city says that it might become a restaurant or a fraternal lodge.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

Prayers of thanksgiving for the ceasefire in Vietnam and the beginning of the return of American prisoners of war were offered in local houses of worship this week.

Our nation was plunged into sadness last week by the death of former President Lyndon Baines Johnson, which left the nation without a living ex-president. Earlier this month, former President Harry Truman was buried in Independence, Missouri.

Now that the methadone clinic planned for Beach 77 has been rejected by the city planning commission, the community board is being asked to come up with an alternative to address the growing drug problem in Rockaway. It is estimated that there are more than 1,000 "hard core heroin addicts in Rockaway."

Concrete sewer pipes are being laid along Seagirt Boulevard to meet the demand expected when the new housing is built on Simms Beach. Construction on that housing will begin shortly.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

The first tenants will soon begin populating the new Surfside Park houses in the Title I Development Area. They might even be called pioneers.

The concrete pilings which support the boardwalk has been encrusted with ice where the wind-blown spray has frozen from the recent cold snap. The same is true with the bulkhead on Beach Channel Drive. That road had to be closed a number of times in recent days due to dangerous icing conditions.

By the time that firemen recovered their hoses left after the Strand Hotel Fire was put out, the hoses were so frozen stiff that they looked like so much iron pipe. The hose had to be taken back to the firehouse and warmed up before it could be put back on the engines.

Either the population of Rockaway is growing, or people are beginning to walk again. Even the cold snap did not stop a number of people from taking their usual constitutionals on the boardwalk last weekend.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

Renewed efforts to have the tolls lifted from the two bridges that take motorists from and to Rockaway were launched this week by the Committee for the Elimination of Bridge Tolls following a negative report on the subject by the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority.

Corporal George Holtmeyer, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Holtmeyer of Beach 77 Street, was discharged on Saturday, after serving for two years with our airborne forces.

Henry Dix of Beach 86 Street was recently promoted to corporal in the United States Marine Corps. The local marine is presently serving in Korea with the 11th Marine Regiment.

Mr. and Mrs. Herman Burger of Rockaway Beach have announced the birth of a son at the Rockaway Beach Hospital this week.

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