2011-06-17 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Dan Guarino

Seen on Cross Bay Boulevard: This bumper sticker was spotted proudly displayed in the front window of someone’s home – “Elvis, If You’re Out There We Will Find You. - United States Coast Guard Search & Rescue.”

Saturday’s the day! The VFW’s Family BBQ kicks off June 18, 2-6 p.m. at 705 Shad Creek Road. Rain date: June 19. $20 per person, $10 for kids; little ones 4 and under are free! All proceeds go to the Post. Come for the fun, the food, the fresh air and the kids’ activities. Grab a burger, a hot dog, a big plate and a cold drink. There’s a place at the picnic bench with your name on it.

Prospective King and Queen of the Broad Channel Mardi Gras Timmy Hanning and Holly Monahan have decreed, “It’s way too Hot to cook!” Henceforth they request that you check your mailbox for this week’s dinner special and make Thursday night something special with delicious dinners from Grassy’s. From 5-7 p.m. eat in, eat out on the patio there or get free delivery right to your door. All dinners are $7. All proceeds go to the BCAC.

And keep an eye out for Holly and Timmy’s first big event – ’80’s Night – coming up soon!

It’s No Fish Tale! “It’s A Fluke!” the Shad Creek Association’s 17th Annual Fishing Tournament is coming up on July 9. The Captain’s meeting/sign-up will be held on July 7 from 5 p.m. onward at the Association headquarters at 529 Cross Bay Boulevard. The contest runs from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. sharp. Weigh-in will be at the clubhouse with a BBQ and beverages at the weigh-in party! Says Shad Creek Association VP Jim Ferchland, “It’s $25 per angler, $15 for weigh-in party only. There’ll be a $5 calcutta for the largest sea robin. Cash prizes for the top 5 fluke. Door prizes, 50/50s and more. Come out and enjoy a great day!”

What’s in Your bucket?

News from Christ Presbyterian Church By The Sea: There’ll be Bingo at the Church Hall (Noel Road and Church Road) every Thursday in July. That’s July 7, 14, 21 and 28. Doors open at 6 p.m., with an Early Bird at 6:45. Bingo starts at 7 p.m. Coffee, tea and cake will be served. All for a donation of $5!

Sign on for a great road trip and join the St. Virgilius Golden Age club on Sunday, July 26 as they head for Trump Casino in Atlantic City. The bus leaves from Noel Road and Crossbay Boulevard at 8:30 a.m. Cost: $40. Comps: $30 in slot dollars. There’ll also be bingo on the way down and a movie on the way home. RSVP Dolores Schmitt 718-634- 9472 or Margaret McCarthy 718-945- 4967. Make checks payable to St. Virgilius Golden Age.

Can reading this column really save you 10 percent on your car insurance? Well, no. But the St. Camillus-St. Virgilius Parish sponsored Defensive Driving Course can. Get a reduction for up to 3 years or get 4 points off your license by attending on Thursday, July 7 and 14 from 7 to 10 p.m. at St. Virgilius at 16 Noel Road, in the old school lunchroom. Total cost: $60. No test and refreshments will be served. Call and register today. Seating is limited. Contact Helen at 718-945-4648 or Cindy at 718-634-5449. Proceeds benefit CCD Religious Education Program.

On behalf of the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department Dan McIntyre reports “The BCVFD wishes to thank all our contributors to this spring’s annual find drive. We visited each home in town at least twice … and received many other donations via the mail. For all who might have forgotten to donate or misplaced our envelope: the fund drive is our primary method of funding our operations. If you haven’t sent in your donation or have not seen us stop by, please send via the mail or contact the firehouse at our business line: 718- 474-6888 or email dmcintyre@broad channelvfd.org. We’ll pick it up and drop off your “We gave, We care” sticker. If you have donated but haven’t received a sticker please contact us.

In building news: the BCVFD Building Group has been diligently working with our state partners to finalize the application for submittal to acquire the federal appropriated monies pledged in 2005. It’s been a long, hard uphill battle but we are near the point where the project will be sent to bid, estimated for August/early September 2011. Anyone wishing to help out with the purchase of memorial brick please contact us via email and we will get the forms to you. Forms will also be available on our web site BroadChannelVFD.org. Everyone please enjoy the summer and support the fund raising efforts of our friends at the BCAC, it’s their 50th year in operation and many fun events are scheduled over the summer.”

They may be just snapshots, old family photos to you, but they really are a part of history. The Broad Channel Historical Society is seeking photos (and other BC memorabilia) for its great collection and for its 2012 calendar. Contact Barbara Toborg at 718-474-1127. Don’t delay. History is waiting.

My father taught me, among other things, that more than dates and facts, history is people. Somewhere in The Wave archives you will find a photo and this caption from several years ago “Broad Channel resident Joe Carey, 91 years young, spoke to PS 47 seventh graders about what it was like growing up in Broad Channel. Carey remembered days gone by; how he was born in a house on Shad Creek Road ...”

Joseph Arthur Carey was born on September 28, 1914 and died at age 96 ½ on March 29, 2011. His story was our history. I recently had the good fortune to meet his son Joe Carey Jr. over a great dinner hosted by mutual friends. According to Joe, his Dad “was born in Kolmel’s, a bar and hotel operated by his mother’s father on Shad Creek Road. This beginning truly made (him) a Broad Channel Man and something he took pride in over his entire life.”

I’d like to share more of Joe Carey’s story in the next column.

Meantime, got BC news? Send it to workingstories@aol.com.

Thanks for reading.

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