2003-04-26 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said
Looking Backward What The Wave Said 20

What The Wave Said

Years Ago...

"Outlaw nude bathing along the Rockaway Peninsula!" This cry is coming from State Senator Jeremy S. Weinstein and Assemblywoman Gerdi Lipschutz as they seek support from Republican and Democratic district leaders, and the entire community, to stop what they claim is greater and greater numbers of nude bathers in Jacob Riis Park from year to year.

Three Rockaway men allegedly tried to force a Brooklyn man, who was dragged out of a local pool hall, into the Ocean. Police, who are calling the incident a kidnapping, are now looking for an Edgemere resident believed to be armed and dangerous.

Riders of Green Lines Bus 601 assaulted and held down a would-be mugger as the bus was preparing to turn from Seagirt Boulevard into Beach 19 Street in Far Rockaway.

Kathleen Harkins, a student at Stella Maris High School, has been selected to receive a Presidential Scholarship to St. Francis College, in Brooklyn Heights.

Goldie Maple of Far Rockaway is campaigning actively for a second term as a member of Community Board 27. Maple’s service to her community began in 1961 when she joined the Tenants Association in Edgemere-Arverne.

Help is being sought for this year’s Irish Festival in Rockaway. The event, held between Beach 108 and 109 Streets, raised $2,000 to aid Rockaway’s elderly.

Sign o’ the times: An advertisement for Shore Car Service lists their telephone number as "GR 4-7100" Another ad for a local business says typewriters are "A perfect graduation gift!"

Elizabeth Spires, a sophomore at Far Rockaway High School, has won first prize in poetry in a creative writing contest sponsored by the City University and York Colleges.

Police are closely watching the area of Beach 116 and 117 Streets for vandals. The Wave has recently received numerous complaints regarding damage to automobiles.

United States Park Police at Gateway National Recreation Area are facing a personnel reduction. It is now feared that the Park Police won’t be able to adequately patrol the area.


Years Ago...

John Bentley Georges of Neponsit attended his first Rotary meeting yesterday at the Queens Botanical Gardens. He was with the Rockaway club contingent and was nominated for district governor in 1994. He’ll be 21 years old then.

Years of service to the 101 Precinct Community and Youth Council are not going to go unrecognized. Mal Bodenlos, former postal worker, gave generously of his time working with youth. Now the council, in appreciation, will tend him a testimonial breakfast at the Perlberg Auditorium at Peninsula Hospital.

With the price of onions being so high, Ed Totten of Beach 73 Street will reap the benefits of a bumper crop of wild onions in his backyard.

Patients have wonderful things to say about the new Peninsula Hospital nursing home that opened recently.


Years Ago...

Sylvester O’Connor is again chairman of the Queens County American Legion’s Americanism Rally which will be held at county headquarters in Jamaica.

"If the four percent city sales tax goes into effect, Far Rockaway and other localities bordering the city line will become ghost towns," said Ada Zakin, of the Far Rockaway Taxpayers and Civic Association.

Over 2,000 letters of protest were mailed by the Frank Avenue Civic Association to Borough President Mario Cariello registering objection to the planned low rent housing in Edgemere.

The clubhouse of Daniel M. O’Connell, American Legion Post 272, has been long regarded as one of the best in the country. The post is about to embark on a big improvement project that will make the clubhouse even finer.


Years Ago...

After doubling the quota of $500,000 in the first week of the Second War Loan campaign, reports made at the committee meeting showed an additional $573,000 was pledged. The total to date is $1,551,507.

Sgt. George Albert Zitler, of 85-04 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, has successfully completed aerial gunnery training at the Army Air Force School, in Texas.

The chapel of St. Rose of Lima Church was crowded with parishioners and friends recently when many came to honor the Reverend James Galvin on the 25th Anniversary of his ordination.

Return to top

Email Us
Contact Us

Copyright 1999 - 2016 Wave Publishing Co. All Rights Reserved

Neighborhoods | History



Check Out News Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with Riding the Wave with Mark Healey on BlogTalkRadio