2003-02-08 / Columnists


What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

The Chase-Manhattan Bank will close its branch at 85-15 Rockaway Beach Boulevard on March 14. Those who use the bank are urged to instead use the branch at 257 Beach 116 Street.

There will be four public hearings next week on the petitions of a number of airlines that the federal government waives the new aircraft noise restrictions for those airlines. The closest hearing to Rockaway will be held at JFK Airport next Monday.

Two Howard Beach men were arrested this week for clamming in Jamaica Bay. The two were charged with taking shellfish from uncertified waters.

A lucky transit worker who was dodging bullets at the Beach 25 Street/Wavecrest Station of the A Line, fled the station only to find a transit patrol car riding by. He joined the police and they quickly caught the young man who had been shooting an unregistered handgun.

Alateen, an organization for teens whose parents are alcoholics will hold an organizational meeting at St. Francis de Sales Church on Beach 129 Street on Friday night.

Garden plots at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn will be distributed after a lottery is held this weekend.

Rockaway residents would like to see gambling casinos in the Arverne Urban Renewal Area, according to a survey completed by the Concerned Citizen's of Rockaway. The final tally shows that 97 out of the 100 local residents that were questioned said that they would support efforts to bring a casino to Rockaway.

Entries for the "I Love Seagirt Beach" song contest are due on April 30. The extension was announced this week by Steve Kaplansky, the executive director of the Hartman Y, one of the organizations running the contest.

The Christmas tree from Beach 116

Street was finally removed this week. Those at The Wave were beginning to believe that it was a permanent fixture.

Tuesday night's long delay on the CC Line caused many riders to arrive home much later than they usually do.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

The 2.5 inches of rain that fell on Rockaway on Friday caused a lot of trouble and inconvenience, but it really was a blessing is disguise. Just think of that it would have been like if it had been snow rather than rain.

Mayor Lindsay has been in Rockaway several times over the past few months. Perhaps he should be shown the roadway nearby the Dayton houses, where the new pavement does not meet the old. Maybe the next time he comes?

Many Rockaway residents from the west end of the peninsula attended a meeting of the City Planning Commission last week to ask for a moratorium on building nursing homes on the peninsula.

City Councilman Walter Ward has been insistent that the city should include Rockaway in any plan to extend the subway to John F. Kennedy Airport.

Many people have contacted The Wave asking about the new yellow balloons that can be seen on telephone poles around the Peninsula Hospital Center. We have found that those balloons are there for the pilots of the helicopters that sometimes bring patients to the hospital.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

The recent cold weather did not seem to stop those who constructed the new rock jetties in the Arverne and Hammel sections of the peninsula. Those jetties are already having an effect in bringing the sand back to Rockaway.

The leaders of Congregation Cnesses Israel are giving some thought to moving from its present Arverne location to another location that is closer to the new apartment houses in Edgemere.

For a seashore community, it is certainly strange that Rockaway does not host one Sea Scout post. Perhaps that is a chore that one of the local yacht clubs can take on as a civic project.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

The Park Inn Hotel was the scene this weekend of a gala gathering when more than 300 guests were on hand to honor Dr. and Mrs. Robert Gordis of Temple Beth-El on their 25th wedding anniversary.

Mr. and Mrs. Carlton Tucker of Wavecrest Gardens are vacationing in Cuba. They write that the island community is "more like Europe that Europe itself."

John Carroll, the custodian at PS 44, is planning to retire at the end of the school year.

Maureen Dolan of Beach 135 Street was honored at a bridal shower held recently at the home of Ethel Hennessy in Manhattan.

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