2003-09-05 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino
Broad Channel Bits By Liz Guarino

Labor Weekend was forecast to be a total washout. But, fortunately, weather forecasters were off the mark. While Sunday started out overcast and looking threatening, the sun shone nicely and it turned out to be a nice day.

While Labor Day started out wet, it dried up and some of our neighbors lit their barbecues even though it was kind of cool to eat outdoors. Whatever you did, I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday weekend.

I received an email from a member of the UCO Board asking me to reprint the following message: "Check your mailboxes in the beginning of September for a form concerning your Sewer Maintenance Refund, along with instructions for obtaining your $250 refund.  Copies will also be available at the Thursday, September 25 meeting of the Civic Association."

The Fifth Annual Steven James Memorial Golf Outing will take place on Saturday, September 27 at Reis Park Pitch & Putt at 7:30 a.m. There will be coffee and tea at sign-in. There will be a Shotgun Start. Refreshments will be available on course. Food and awards will follow at North Channel Yacht Club. Donation is $35 per person; event will be limited to 144 golfers. Proceeds will be donated to Sloan-Kettering Memorial Hospital. Applications are available at NCYC.

American Legion Post 1404 will host its 20th Annual Broad Channel Senior Citizens Get Together on Sunday, September 28 at 12:30 p.m. in the Legion Hall. For the dancing and listening pleasure of the seniors, the DJ will play music from the 40’s and 50’s. The sign-up book will be in Coogan’s or call John at 718 474-4343.

HISTORICAL COMMITTEE NEWS: The 2004 Historical Calendars are on sale at local places of business and available from committee members.  The price is still only $5.

The Annual Broad Channel Historical Day is set for Sunday, October 5, from noon to 5 p.m. at the VFW Hall on Shad Creek Road.  View the historical collection-including items unable to be included in the library-such as framed maps, banners, and the newly obtained loving cups from the Broad Channel Yacht Club, circa 1920. Help the collection grow by bringing your favorite pictures of old Broad Channel.  Local artists are invited to exhibit and sell their works depicting Broad Channel. A donation of 10 percent of sales is requested.

IT’S A SMALL WORLD: One of the former Broad Channel residents who Barbara Toborg sends "Channel News" to is Edythe Oschmann Christie in Florida.  The two women also keep up a running correspondence. Edythe recently related an incident that happened while she was visiting Epcot Center with her daughter. As is Edythe’s practice, she said hello to anyone who was wearing a cap with NY on it. Well, one family she greeted was from Broad Channel! She believes the name was Hoffmann from 9 Road. She said they had a wonderful talk, even discussing Colberg’s Hardware Store of years gone by.

Recently, I was asked how I get the information I cover since I can’t possibly know everything about events that take place here without help. My information comes from lots of places and lots of contact with different neighbors, such as Eddie O’Hare. He telephoned me to let me know that about 30 Vollies came quickly to the firehouse when the lights went out in Blackout 2003 giving us around the clock protection at the firehouse.

Many stayed overnight to be available for people in the community. A small generator was run to maintain their communications, and they took up strategic positions in the community to be more available to people who might need them. The Vollies have a list of people who have breathing problems that require electricity at certain times. They went to these people’s doors to check on their well-being during the blackout.

Some people brought food and water to the firehouse during the blackout. The Vollies express their gratitude to the members of the community for their support. (We are very fortunate to have such a concerned, caring group of young people in our midst!)

Eddie did relate some sad news though. The 9 Road park has been vandalized by locals. It has been open only 5 weeks. The bottom of the boat in the park has a sitting area for the little ones. (The boat cost over $50,000 unassembled according to Eddie.)

Anyway, the sitting area was covered with graffiti by youthful vandals. The 100 Precinct is involved in the matter as well as the civic association. Most of the graffiti, thankfully, came off. Now, anyone found in the park after 9 p.m. will be taken to the precinct- to be picked up by their parents. (There are so few troublemakers, but they manage to raise a lot of ire!) Ed said: "It
is time for them to go; it is a little kids’ park, not fit for teenagers."

One volunteer has locked the park most nights, but it is very difficult for
one person to carry all of the responsibility of this task. Since a number of
people are interested in the securing of the park at night, they are asked to
call Eddie at 718 318-5504 to volunteer to be keepers of the park keys. This way, the volunteers will be able to organize themselves and share the keys and responsibility for locking and unlocking the park. And all the work should not fall on the shoulders of one person.

Of course, cleanliness of the park is an essential item. Eddie told me we
have been fortunate to have Parks workers cleaning the new park in the morning. (Parks, like so many other services is cash-strapped and shorthanded! Their employees work very hard.) Underscoring the cash flow difficulty, legislation has been passed allowing individuals to adopt a park by donating money for the upkeep of the park of choice or by maintaining the park themselves. This new legislation, which was introduced by Councilman Addabbo, passed the city council unanimously. Ninety days after Mayor Bloomberg signs the measure (he said he would), it will take effect.

Email me at: Lizbcbits@aol.com.

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