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The Wave’s archives were largely lost to Hurricane Sandy.

But through piecing together online sources, we are once again able to present this feature.

There may be some gaps in the record, some years may be missing, but here’s…

What The Wave Said…

10 Years Ago…

The design competition for the Flight 587 memorial has been narrowed down to five entries that will be unveiled next month, The Wave has learned

A woman was injured last week when a First Response ambulance on-call went through a red light and smashed into her car at a Rockaway Freeway intersection.

The Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways hosted its annual meeting at the Beach Club on Monday, drawing approximately 100 business people and community activists.

The woman who masterminded and bankrolled the ill-fated voyage of the “Golden Venture,” the ship that wounded up foundering on the shores of Rockaway in 1993 was convicted on Wednesday of running a global smuggling ring that included the grounding that left 10 Chinese nationals dead on our shore. More than 300 illegal immigrants, who had paid up to $40,000 apiece for a place on the decrepit ship tried to reach shore when the ship was intentionally grounded in Breezy Point.

15 Years Ago…

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be performing maintenance dredging in the East Rockaway Inlet with placement of dredged material along Rockaway’s beaches. This project, slated to start in Fall 2000, is being undertaken to combat beach erosion.

NYC Parks Commissioner Henry Stern believes that Gateway National Recreation has mismanaged Riis Park and should be back in his agency’s hands. Stern has requested Mayor Giuliani to pursue the matter. Gateway’s new superintendent, Marc Koenings, said more money is being put into Riis Park than ever before and expects continued improvement.

On Sunday, June 25, at 8 a.m., at Beach 95th Street and the ocean, there will be an 8-mile race featuring the talents of competitors from New Zealand, Australia and Hawaii. Support this event, which also kicks off a new outrigger and kayak club in Rockaway.

30 Years Ago…

Police are thanking an ambulance crew for cutting off a stolen car and putting the driver “in the slammer.” This thank you comes from Officer Noel Webster, community relations specialist of the 101 Precinct.

United States Park Police investigating a reported assault in the parking lot of the North Channel Bridge allegedly found a man with a gun who was willing to give them the gun and pay them if they would not arrest them. The man was arrested on charges of weapons possession after officers found a .25 caliber automatic pistol in his car in the parking lot.

Christening for Shea Magoolaghan, who was born in Manhattan on May 6 to Robert and Barbara Magoolaghan, will take place in the fall. Shea has a sister, Denise and a brother, Brian. Grandparents Mary and John O’Shea of Manhattan, and Frances Magoolaghan of Broad Channel also joined in welcoming him to the family.

Catamaran racers Denis Magoolaghan and Richard Boswick teamed up on June 23 to win third place in two races in the Citycats Cup Regatta on Jamaica Bay. Magoolaghan and Boswick, who are brothers-in-law, competed against more than 30 other catamarans. The annual regatta is the only major cat sailing event held in New York City waters, according to the Citycats Sailing Center located in Brooklyn.

Denis M. Ross, zoology major and son of Barbara Ross of Shore Front Parkway in Arverne, received a bachelor’s degree at the 124th annual commencement of the State University of New York College at Oswego.

40 Years Ago…

Work on the beach fill goes ahead rapidly. Pumping now proceeds east of Beach 97th Street. There’s now a wide beach from which spectators will be able to watch the fireworks this season.

Effective Monday, Engine Company 328 in Far Rockaway and Ladder Company 171 in Rockaway Park will cease to exist, a result of the city’s budget crisis. Add to that a cutback of 26 men from the 162- strong summer detail in the Far Rockaway precinct, which has residents and business people venting their dismay to local elected officials.

There was a brother act at the Rockaway Rotary Club installation at the Washington Hotel when Walter J. Blum, a past president, installed his youngest brother, Walter J. Blum, as president. Walter served a term in the office several years ago.

Richard L. Geist, president of Rockaway’s Playland, was host to the members of Rockaway’s Rotarians and their children at the big amusement park last Wednesday evening and it was the usual fun occasion.

50 Years Ago…

Maggio Brothers are having a new garage built on their property at the foot of Beach 90th Street, which will accommodate the big refuse collection trucks.

The new front on the Walter H. Blum & Sons’ insurance office building may be the start of a modernization trend along Beach 116th Street, north of the boulevard.

What’s happened to the beach in Hammels? In some places you almost have to wait for low tide so you can see the sand.

Councilman John Santucci’s bill which would ban beer consumption by minors on the public beach should have strong support from the Parks Department men who have to gather up all those cans strewn along the beach in the wake of a big crowd such as that of last weekend.

Perhaps Rockaway will be missing the boat again if we fail to make the reopening of the Rockaway courthouse a political campaign issue.

The Cross Bay and Marine Parkway bridges were clogged with traffic by weekend beachgoers, as usual.

60 Years Ago…

In an effort to have its new synagogue and religious school completed in time for the holidays, Congregation Ohab Zedek, through Irving J. Gamerov, congregation president has announced a brick sale during the week of July 3-10.

The Reverend John F. Murphy, pastor of St. Gertrude’s Church in Edgemere, was appointed pastor of St. Camillus Church, Seaside.

The 21st annual kiddie party of the John J. Corrigan Beach 90 Street Association was held Saturday afternoon with a large crowd attending.

Rockaway’s fireworks display gets underway Wednesday evening off Beach 97th Street when the first display will honor Dr. Jonas Salk, discoverer of the Salk vaccine for the treatment of polio, who is a former resident of the Rockaways.

Richard M. Groger of Arverne celebrated his birthday at his home and also marked the 36th year of the family’s residence in Rockaway.


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