2011-06-24 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Dan Guarino

Only in Broad Channel can you find boats neatly parallel parked between the cars, and cars parked along the median on Cross Bay Boulevard when the tide is high and the moon is full. Only in Broad Channel do street signs sometimes disappear in the fog. And sometimes they don’t reappear!

Heard the VFW BBQ was super AOK last Saturday! Likewise the Mardi Gras Kick Off Party hosted by prospective King and Queen Timmy Hanning and Holly Monahan. Don’t forget: every Thursday they’ve teamed up with Grassy’s for a different delicious dinner between 5 and 7 p.m. Eat in, enjoy out on the patio or get it delivered right to your door, free. All dinners $7. All proceeds to the BCAC. Check your mailboxes for each week’s special.

Bingo Redux: Christ Presbyterian Church by the Sea will be hosting bingo every Thursday in July except July 7. So on 7/14, 7/21 and 7/28 doors open at 6 p.m. Early Birds start at 6:45 p.m. and bingo starts at 7 p.m. – all at the Church Hall. Coffee, tea and cake will be served. Donation: $5.

Don’t miss the bus! The St. Virgilius Golden Age Club is headed to Trump Casino, Atlantic City on Sunday, June 26. Bus leaves Noel Road and Cross Bay Boulevard at 8:30 a.m. Cost? $40 per person. Comps? $30 slot dollars. Don’t wait. Join the fun. Call Dolores Schmitt at 718-634-9472 or Mary McCarthy at 718-945-4967.

Strange waters? If you, too, saw a tall long-legged silver squid dressed in silver sparkles, long gloves, bikini and platform shoes riding the subway last Saturday, hopefully you figured she was on her way to the annual Mermaid Day Parade in Coney Island. If not, they’ve sure got some catch and release over there. Hope you had a chance to ‘visit the neighbors’ over in Brooklyn and enjoy a great parade.

Welcome back to the Channel and welcome home, Senior Airman Keith Gallagher. Thank you for your service.

A Good Defense Is: Taking the Defensive Driving Course sponsored by St. Camillus-St. Virgilius and held from 7-10 p.m. on Thursday, July 7 and 14 in the St. Virgilius school lunchroom. Save 10 percent on your car insurance for three years or get 2 points off your license. All for $60. But seating is limited. To register call

Helen 718-945-4648 or Cindy 718- 634-5449. No test will be given and refreshments will be served.

According to BC Civic Association President Dan Mundy Jr. the next meeting on the City’s planned street raising project “is scheduled for the homeowners of West 13 Road and will take place on Tuesday, July 12 at 7 p.m. at the North Channel Yacht Club. This meeting will allow for the individual homeowners on 13th Road to sit down with the representatives of the design firm, the RBA group, to discuss the impact to their property from the proposed construction. All residents of West 13 Road are urged to attend to get fully briefed on the project’s details and impacts.

A big thanks to John Heaphy and the Yacht Club for hosting these meetings between the homeowners and the DOT, RBA and DDC group!”

To proud parents Kevin and Marina Callaghan (whose BC bungalow out over the Bay “guest starred” in HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” big first season finale!), congratulations on the marriage of daughter Kalin and new son-inlaw Kaliem. One could look high and low, but the joyous, heartfelt, musicfilled, beautiful and just plain fun celebration of love and family that was their wedding would have no equal. Joy to you.

Stand Up by sitting down and picking up a pen. Stand Up for My Library! postcards addressed to Mayor Bloomberg and calling for a halt to planned drastic cuts are available at our own Broad Channel library branch. And while you’re there pick up a book! It’s good for the circulation!

New to the neighborhood? Take care of nearly all your postal needs right here in town. Visit the Contract Postal Unit at the rear of the Bay Gull Store at Cross Bay and East 18 Street. It’s open Monday-Friday 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This week our own Christina Sullivan writes: “As the weather gets warmer and warmer, Broad Channel is preparing for summer. People are putting their boats in the water, shopping for bathing suits, and filling up their pools. While this is taking place, many summer events are also being planned. One upcoming summer event that just cannot be missed is the St. Virgilius Bible Camp Week! The Vacation Bible School is a beach-themed program funded by Jenny and Eddie Mills aimed to provide kids with a fun environment in which they can learn about God. Held in the St. Virgilius lunchroom from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during July 25- 29, 6- to 9-year-old children will have the opportunity to attend this exciting event. An information session will be held prior to the program start for parents to find out about cost, food, and other necessary pieces of information. So, as you plan your summer festivities, make sure to remember this opportunity for your kids to have summer fun while strengthening their faith!”

“Save Your Place In History”: share your old family photos (which can be copied and returned) with the Broad Channel Historical Society as they prepare their 2012 calendar. Visit www.broadchannelhistoricalsociety.org. BC memorabilia welcomed, too.

As mentioned last column Joe Carey was part and parcel of that history. As his son Joseph Carey Jr. relates, Joe, born of German and Irish descent, “entered this world on September 28, 1914 at a time when vehicle owners bought hay instead of gasoline and homeowners bought kerosene and candles instead of light bulbs, and homeowners, instead of pushing a button on a thermostat, shoveled coal into a furnace throughout the day and night to keep their house warm.”

A natural storyteller, Joe Carey regaled many here with a first-hand account of BC’s history.

We’ll share some of that story in future columns.

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