2011-05-13 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Spring comes to Broad Channel. Flowers begin to poke up through the ground. Boats take to the water. Yard sales begin to dot the boulevard and side streets.

And so also this column reappears.

My wife, Liz Guarino, took up writing Broad Channel Bits in 2002. This followed the excellent work of Kathy Louis in an earlier Broad Channel column. Liz enjoyed the column and especially all the great people she got to meet in writing it. She was proud of the fact that she got correspondence and inquiries from readers as far as away as Puerto Rico and Turkey. And she enjoyed the many events and organizations here and all the dedicated people that make them and our community something special.

Liz is gone now, as you know. And in taking up writing this column I have a high standard to live up to.

I hope you will read it, enjoy it and even become a part of it. If you have BC news, happenings or organization information, or if you have an upcoming event (non-profit or benefit only) check the end of this column to find the best way to get it to me.

I will say it here; there is no place like the Channel!

There was a great turn out for last Sunday’s VFW Mother’s Day brunch. It was great to see so many people at last enjoying a beautiful sunny morning and so many families celebrating this special day. Keep an eye out for upcoming brunches at both the VFW and the American Legion. Sooner or later you’ll meet the whole neighborhood there.

On Sunday, May 15 the VFW post at 705 Shad Creek Road will also be hosting bingo. Doors open at 12 noon. Games start at 1 p.m. Cake and coffee and 50/50 raffles will be available. Admission is $5 with all proceeds going to our vets.

If you know someone serving overseas, let a caller know so they can get something special to our servicemen and women so far away from home.

The 3rd Annual “JJ” Harnisher Memorial Striped Bass Tournament, hosted by the “Back House,” will be held on Saturday, May 21. Lines in at 5 a.m. Weigh in will be at 12 p.m. sharp. First prize is $750. Second prize - $450 and 3rd prize will be $300. A barbecue and party will follow with live music by Wine With Sue. It’s $40 for anglers and $25 for guests. All proceeds will go to the Project Link children’s autism charity. There will be a captains meeting at the Back House 7 p.m. Thursday, May 19. For more information call Mark Ott at 386-837-4805. There’ll certainly be some real-life fish tales to tell.

Also on Saturday, May 21 Christ Presbyterian Church at 105 Noel Road will present its annual Spring Flea Market and Plant Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Inside the church hall you’ll find handcrafted articles and one of a kind items of all kinds. Outside you’ll find flats of flowers and a selection of ready for planting vegetables. Either way you will find just what you were looking for!

The Broad Channel library branch is open Monday and Thursday from 1-8 p.m., Tuesday 1-6 p.m. and Wednesday and Friday 10-6 p.m. It is closed Sundays and Saturdays. Come, bring the kids and enjoy Story Time, followed by coloring, with the librarian every Wednesday starting at 12 noon.

New to the neighborhood? Garbage pick-ups are Mondays and Thursdays. Recycling goes out on Thursdays, too.

News from Broad Channel Civic Association President Dan Mundy Jr.: residents from West 11 and 13 Road and all of Broad Channel should come to the next meeting on Thursday, May 26, 8 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 209 Cross Bay Boulevard. The City is planning a major project to raise those streets, just as they are planning to raise West 12th, all starting in Summer 2012. Says Dan, “[This] project has huge implications, such as wider sidewalks which may require residents stoops and decks [to be] cut back, and we need the input on West 11 and West 13 Roads as we did from those residents of West 12 Road.” At the April Civic meeting residents were able to meet with NYC DDC officials and members of the design firm which is designing the project.

If you hadn’t already planned to be at the May meeting, come along. And bring a neighbor.

Also from the Civic Association, head of the Beautification Committee, Judy Zack, has started rebuilding the flower boxes on the Boulevard and they look great!

The Civic also commends Commander Mattie Conklin and the members of VFW Post 1602 for their kind hospitality in opening up their hall for the monthly civic meetings.

For teenagers grade 7 and older: Come to Teen Club to spend time with old friends and to meet new friends. There will be music, food and games. Teen Club will be held on Wednesday evenings from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in St. Virgilius Meeting Room, 16 Noel Road. Please use rear entrance. For more information, please call Sister Mary Anne at 718-634-5680.

Location, location, filmed on location. More and more it seems like film and television crews are discovering what we have known all along; there are no better views and more interesting backdrops than those you can get in Broad Channel. I’ll just leave you with this five word title for now: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and invite anyone who has more information on this production filming in our neighborhood to let me know for a future column. More to come!

And if you have anything that is new and newsworthy in the Channel, I invite you to send it to me at workingstories@aol.com. Please forward all information to me by 5 p.m. on Friday if you’d like to see it in the following Friday’s paper. Thank you greatly for all the support you have given Liz in all these years. With your help I promise to carry on and make this the best column it can be.

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