2011-05-20 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Dan Guarino

It was a gray morning in Broad Channel last Saturday; with clouds overhead and a cool breeze that made you wonder if Spring and Summer might just postpone their arrivals after all. But there was something about that certain hour of the morning where it was early, but not quite so early that you hadn’t let yourself sleep in just a little bit longer. In that hour wherever you were – on a back deck, out on the water, by an open window – if you were still enough you could feel the brisk wind on your arms and listen for the distant rumble of the A train, a soft motorboat crossing the Bay, sounds of seagulls flocking at the shore, low, honking geese in the air. If you stopped, you could breathe in and touch the peace that patiently waits for us to find it on mornings like this in Broad Channel.

There’s a busy weekend ahead of us, thankfully with something for everyone in it.

Lines will be in the water at 5 a.m. tomorrow Saturday, May 21 as the “Back House” hosts the 3rd Annual “JJ” Harnisher Memorial Striped Bass Tournament. Weigh in is 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 children’s autism charity Project Link. For more information call Mark Ott at 386-837-4805. Come Sunday there’ll certainly be some reallife fish tales to be told.

Also on Saturday, Christ Presby- terian Church at 105 Noel Road will present its annual Spring Flea Market and Plant Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Handcrafted items plus one-of-a-kind articles of all kinds will be on sale inside the church hall. Outside you’ll find flats of flowers and selections of ready for planting vegetables. It’s a good time of year to get the pots, garden soil and tools out again.

Still need something to do Saturday? There will be a Stand Up for My Library walk and rally just over the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge. At 11 a.m. one group will meet on the boardwalk at Beach 60 Street. Another will meet on the boardwalk at Beach 116 and both will walk to the Peninsula Community Library at Beach 92 and Rockaway Beach Boulevard. Have a brisk stroll for a good cause or join them at the library for the rally at 12 noon. Our busy Broad Channel library and branches across the Rockaway Peninsula as well as the entire Queens Library system face devastating budget cuts. If you’ve read a good book lately, met for an informative or entertaining event, checked out a super video, used some free computer time, or your child or teen has enjoyed a program made just for her or him, give someone else the chance to do that, too. Help keep the doors to our libraries open to all.

Our own 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. 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.

Don’t Forget: The Broad Channel Civic Association meeting is this Thursday, May 26 at 8 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 209 Cross Bay Boulevard. Members of NYC’s Department of Design and Construction will be there along with representatives of the RBA Group, the design firm that is blueprinting the City’s project to raise West 11, 12 and 13 Roads starting in Summer 2012. Residents from West 11 and 13 Roads and all of Broad Channel should come to the meeting. This is a major project which, as Civic President Dan Mundy Jr. states, “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.”

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

For teens grade 7 and older Teen Club lets you spend time with old friends and meet new ones. There’s music, food and games. Teen Club is 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.

News: Our own Margaret Wagner was recently elected president of the Rockaway Republican Club and, as she says, they are “looking for some new members. We meet about six to seven times a year at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club. Our club assists individuals who are interested in running for public office. We are involved with community projects. Some members write articles in The Wave to keep us informed on various issues. Shortly, we will begin work on another campaign for a special election for the 23rd Assembly. This is also a great club for college students to get involved in. Anyone who is interested in joining can e-mail me at mwagnerrealtor@aol.com.”

And action! The first answer to last week’s question about what production was filming in Broad Channel came from …The Wave! Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, starring Sandra Bullock, Tom Hanks and newcomer Thomas Horn, came to town with lots of trucks, equipment and personnel and spent all of Monday shooting scenes in the Channel. If you have more info or stories about the production here, send them to me.

And if you have BC news, organization information or an upcoming event (non-profit or benefit only) or anything that is new and newsworthy in the Channel, I invite you to send it to me at workingstories@aol.com.

Please send all information by 5 p.m. on Friday if you’d like to see it in the following Friday’s paper.


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