2003-08-08 / Columnists

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Years Ago...

A 6 year old who was abducted from a day camp in Arverne was rescued by fast acting officers form the 100 Precinct, to the relief of her parents. The perpetrators are under arrest, and the Queens District Attorney promises swift prosecution.

Seven people were arrested on narcotics charges, specifically the sale of marijuana, in Edgemere over Tuesday and Wednesday of last week.

August 10 brought family day to Rockaway. Events were planned such as a skate show, a Recreation Mobile and a Children’s Theater.

Stephen G. Ray of Far Rockaway has been elected a corporate member of the United Church of Christ Board of Homeland Ministries.

Tickets for the St. Francis de Sales annual show, the "Follies," went on sale at the rectory at Beach 129 Street this week. The theme for this year’s show is "Holidays."

Belle Harbor’s Family Alcoholics Anonymous group celebrated its twenty-fourth anniversary this week. It meets at St’ Francis De Sales Small Hall.

Assemblywoman Gerdi Lipshutz objects to Governor. Cumo neglecting to inform her of meetings between LILCO and Senator D’Amato about events that will impact on Rockaway.

A 101 Precinct cop was facing jail time and a fine for allegedly filing a phony accident report that allowed several people to illegally collect insurance money from their insurance companies.

The Green Bus Lines mollified some critics by leasing buses from the Triboro Bus while the green buses that so badly need repair are being fixed, but many people who use the buses on a regular basis are still complaining about litter on the buses as well as people smoking and drinking alcohol illegally on the bus routes.

The dedication of the Memorial Circle at Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 121 Street took place this week, to honor those who lost their lives serving this country.


Years Ago...

Brick work was expected to start on the McDonald’s planned for the Corner of Mott avenue and Beach Channel Drive in the coming weeks.

Democratic Leader of Zone A in Rockaway, Sy Sheldon, aggravated constituents this week by announcing that funds had been approved for the Seagirt Towers complex without due process or a hearing in the community.

Five hundred disabled kids were expected for columnist Walter Kaner’s annual summer outing at Playland, to be held next weekend. Kaner, who brings the kids to Playland each year, is a famed columnist with the New York Daily News, and has been so for many years.

The double fare on the Rockaway Beach line of the subway system is expected to end if the MTA gets a 3.5 billion dollar bond issue that it was expected to receive in November of this year.

Frank A Showl of Long Beach has been appointed music director at the First Congressional Church at Rockaway Beach.


Years Ago...

Flooded streets in several local areas during a recent downpour heralded the beginning of a troublesome hurricane season in Rockaway.

Local resident Ruth stein won the "Tall Beauties" contest at Playland, and she was crowned by Danny Donavan, age 4.

Construction is beginning on the first three buildings in the Dayton Park Development. There is no word as yet as to when it will be completed, but rentals of apartments is reported to be brisk for the buildings. The beachfront buildings are expected to fill up rapidly and many Rockaway residents who live elsewehre on the peninsula are lining up for apartments at Dayton.

The shopping mall that many locals wanted for the former Far Rockaway Long Island Railroad station site was reluctantly labeled a dead issue this week.


Years Ago...

A card party was be held for the benefit of Michael Cullen and Maureen McMann at Joe’s Bay Club on Beach 18 Street last week.

Mrs. Anna Woods of 548 Cross Bay Boulevard was dismissed from the hospital after a short illness.

David Hegarty of Beach 127 Street had a run in with broken glass in his garage and will carry one arm in a sling for some time.

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