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By Dan Guarino

As we all approach the first year mark, the anniversary of the day Hurricane Sandy engulfed our town, I know the days before that event and all the days after are standing out clearly in all of our minds. On the day after, as I went out I remember thinking, ‘This is a new page in our history. This is a whole new chapter.’ Maybe someday we’ll look back and see the night of October 29th, 2012 as one of those moments that the history of Broad Channel opened a whole new book.

Since there is so much in this week’s edition of the Wave, we’ll keep this column to ‘what’s happening that I need to know about’ basics.

The Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department is hosting the annual Halloween Parade this Saturday, October 26th, at 1 p.m. It starts at East 17th Road Park and ends at the firehouse on Noel Road. There will be cupcakes, juices and goodie bags will be handed out to all. As the BC Civic said on Facebook, “Last year there was no Halloween due to Hurricane Sandy, so let’s make it a GREAT one This Year!!!!!!!”

American Legion Halloween Party on Saturday, October 26th, 8 p.m. –midnight. $25 admission includes food, music plus two complimentary drinks. Prizes for best costumes. Call Karen at 347-306-4851 or Carol at 917-930-0546 to reserve table. Cash bar. No coolers please. All proceeds go to the Legion. The Legion hall is at 209 Cross Bay Boulevard.

On Sunday, October 27th at 7 p.m. there will be an Ecumenical Prayer Service to mark the Anniversary of Sandy at Christ Presbyterian Church by the Sea. All are invited.

Across the bridge, the Seaside Library at Beach 11th Street will be hosting a free community celebration to mark its reopening. That’s 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, October 27th. The musical high point will be a performance by Breezy Grass, with BC’s Steve Hawk on bass!

Mass Bishop Raymond Chappetto, Auxiliary Bishop of Brooklyn, will celebrate the 10 a.m. Mass at St. Camillus on Friday, November 1st — Holy Day of ALL SAINTS. All are welcome.

On Sunday, November 3rd there will be a Memorial Mass for all who died from the parish in the past two years. Fr. Ahlemeyer writes, “Because of the storm we did not have the Memorial Mass last year.” All are welcome.

In case you missed it, on Sunday, October 27th, there’s a free VIRTUS Child Safety Workshop at 1 p.m. in St. Camillus School. ALL CYO coaches and managers must attend a VIRTUS workshop. St. Camillus is at 185 Beach 99th Street. Questions? Call 718-634- 8229.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars now for the VFW Penny Social on Saturday, November 16th, at the American Legion Hall. The Legion is opening its doors for their VFW neighbors and this special event. Those doors will open at 6 p.m. and calling starts at 7 p.m. $10 admission includes raffle tickets, coffee and cake. There’s some pretty great prizes lined up. Call 646-344-2640 and reserve your table.

Proceeds will go to providing Thanksgiving dinner for the disabled veterans of the St. Albans home and also future events to support them.

While you’re still working on the “Does anybody know what’s happening with the Bayview lounge?” question, here’s a new one.

Scott Battaglia asks, “Do you have any more information on the property on West Road and Noel Road that the Broad Channel Corporation used? Where exactly was it floated from and when was it originally built? When did they add the safe that is inside? Who were other notable tenants other than the BCC and the BCAC?”

Can you fill in some of the blanks? Let me know. E-mail workingstories@aol.- com. Feel free to send any BC news, updates, questions, too.

Finally, Broad Channel says good-bye to William ‘Billy’ Mundy Sr.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Mundy family.

A FDNY firefighter (ret), a Navy veteran (enlisting at age 17), the photos posted at his wake at Hillebrand’s showed a life well and thoroughly lived. Certainly it was a life that added deeply to the fabric of Broad Channel. Billy Mundy has certainly left a legacy. He will be missed.

As we approach the first anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, I am wishing you and all around you all the best in the year ahead.

We have been through the storm. And we are still here. God bless us all.

Thanks, as always, for reading.

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