2005-09-30 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

Fall officially arrived a bit over a week ago. The air seems crisper, maybe because temperatures are starting to cool off. It’s almost time to dig out long sleeves and sweaters and light jackets. To show the effect cooler weather has on me, I assembled the column differently this week. There is a lot of activity in our own community—and out of it also!

I got this nice email from one of our neighbors earlier this week. It read: “The BCAC announced that it is dedicating the 2005 Shamrock football season in memory of Larry Welsh.  Larry passed away in 1994 at the age of 44, but left many happy memories with his friends in Broad Channel, at the BCAC, and the NYFD where he was a firefighter. Larry played for years with the BCAC Shamrocks as #70, during which time he received numerous trophies and made numerous lifelong friends, including his coaches at the BCAC. All are invited to the dedication ceremony that will take place on Saturday, October 1, at 6 p.m. at the BCAC field after the Peanuts play their game.  The Peewees and the Seniors will also be playing home games on Saturday evening.”

The works of at least two Broad Channel artists are on exhibit at ArtSplash 2005. The exhibit is held in T6 and T7 at Fort Tilden on the Rockaway peninsula. The works, which include photography, paintings, sculpture and drawings, to name a few, can be seen on Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. The show closes on Sunday, October 16.

Monday, October 17 will be the next P.S. 47 book discussion. Anyone who reads the book is welcome to attend. More details on this in a future column.

Speaking of P.S. 47, it is its 85th anniversary and the school will celebrate it the entire school year. Anyone that has old photographs, newspaper clippings or the like is encouraged to bring the items to the school. They are hoping for things from the school’s earliest days. Telephone number is: (718) 634-7167.

The Defensive Driving Course is available next month at St. Virgilius School lunchroom. [Those who took the course in 2002 will notice that their certificates expire this year.] The Course will be held on Monday, October 17 and Wednesday, October 19 from 7 to 10 p.m. Attendance is required both nights. The Course costs $55. Participants completing it can choose from a 10 percent reduction on their auto insurance or up to 4 points off on their driver’s license. There is no test and refreshments will be served. To register call Helen at (718) 945-4648 or Cindy at (718) 634-5449. Seats are limited and payment in full guarantees seat.

The ASPCA spay/neuter van will come to Broad Channel, West 12 Road on Saturday, October 15 to trap, spay/ neuter, and release the feral cats that live on the street. The ASPCA is planning for 25 cats.

The Rockaway Theatre Company can boast Broad Channel residents among its members, so it is no surprise that numbers of our neighbors have been checking out the latest show, Rockaway Café 2005, a salute to performers well-known for their piano playing. The music of Ray Charles, Billy Joel, Fats Domino, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Barry Manilow and Elton John are featured. The former organist of St. Virgilius Church, Mike Finnegan, is one of the featured performers. The show will be running at Post Theater on Fort Tilden for two more weekends. The last show is 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 8.

On Sunday, October 9, there will be a communion brunch after the 11:30 a.m. mass at St. Virgilius. Jointly sponsored by the St. Virgilius P.A., the Rosary Altar Society and the Golden Age Club, the cost is $10 per person. The brunch will take place in the church hall of Christ Presbyterian Church.

Broad Channel Pre-K will be hosting a Bake Sale in front of the Firehouse after all the masses on Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9. All proceeds to go to the Broad Channel Pre-k. 

Remember to mark October 2 Historical Day on your 2005 historical calendar. Help celebrate the 11th annual event at the VFW Hall on Shad Creek Road from noon to 5 p.m. Hope you can bring some old pictures or other memorabilia of Broad Channel. The 2006 calendar (containing times of high tide) will be on sale for $5. Calendars can be purchased at Grassy’s, All American Deli, Channel Cutters, Broad Channel Grocery, and from members of the Historical Committee.

The first Brunch of the season will be held at the American Legion Hall on Sunday, October 2 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fluffy eggs or pancakes, potatoes, roll and butter, Bloody Mary and cake—what could be better except—no cooking! 

Christ Presbyterian Church on Noel Road will hold a Flea Market on Saturday, October 1 from noon till 3 p.m. in the church hall. Lunch will be available. All money raised from this event will be sent to their sister church in Louisiana, which is caring for survivors of Hurricane Katrina.

The historical committee needs help answering inquiries from relatives of people who once lived in the area. Please contact Barbara at (718) 474-1127 if you have any information on the following: 1) Marion Wilkens Aldrich Fleischman who lived here in the 1930’s and 40’s and had a daughter, Harriet Aldrich; 2) J.MacMillan who lived at 56 W. 13th Road in the 1940’s and was from Scotland; 3) William Grolz who owned a hotel at the Raunt in the early 1900’s.

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