2011-07-01 / Community

Broad Channel Bits

By Dan Guarino

As you read this we, all of us, are headed into a new Fourth of July, the 235th celebration since the first day the Declaration of Independence was read out loud in public. And make no mistake, the people that wrote it, the people who carried it forth and the people who went on to give it life did so knowing full well they could be tried, convicted and executed for supporting it principles.

So this July 4th we may, as always, enjoy the sizzled burgers and cold ice cream, the quiet of the backyard or deck, the drift of the tide out on the water, the thrill of a softball game, the warmth of family and friends. But in between the bang and splash of evening fireworks, we might stop and listen. We might stop and hear a story that has been told and added to for two centuries.

It is the story of people who came to a land for many different reasons, but agreed to respect each other’s right to their own reason and right to exist. It is the story of people who often disagreed, but agreed it was important to defend, even to the death, the right of all people to have an opinion and believe as they would.

It is the story of groups of people and colonies that did not necessarily have the same views, share the same causes or even want to be a part of each other. But they all realized that together we could go farther than we possibly could apart.

Together we might stand up, look up and face the world’s most powerful empire. Together, not apart, we could forge a powerful future of unknown possibilities.

Two hundred and thirty-five years later we are here because of that story. It is there for us to, hopefully, hear every day. And in our care has been placed how that story will unfold from here forward. Happy 4th of July.

Stop The Bus! There’s still time to get onboard for the St. Virgilius Gold Age club trip to Trump Casino in Atlantic City. Inadvertently listed here as taking off on June 26, the trip is actually set for Tuesday, July 26.

The bus will leave from Noel Road and Cross Bay Boulevard at 8:30 a.m. There’ll be bingo on the way up and a movie for the trip home. Cost: $40 per person. Comps: $30 in slot dollars. Take a mid-week holiday, join the fun and visit the big AC! RSVP Dolores Schmitt at 718-634-9472 and Margaret McCarthy at 718-945-4967.

Clear your pipes and save the date for next Saturday, July 9! VFW Ladies Auxiliary President Jossette Correa- Turchio tells us “…7 to 11 p.m. the VFW in Broad Channel will be holding our first Karaoke event of the summer! $10 admission includes a drink, snacks and a raffle of a Photoshop door prize! Call for reservations at 347-680-0529. Lots of laughs and fun! K.J. Teddy C! 50/50s and Raffles. All proceeds go to our past and present troops. Come out and support our troops!”

Go fish! The “It’s A Fluke!” Shad Creek Association Annual Fishing Tournament is on for July 9, 2011. Captain’s meeting/sign-up is July 7, starting 5 p.m. at the Association headquarters at 529 Cross Bay Boulevard. The contest runs 7 a.m.-3 p.m. sharp. Weigh in at the clubhouse with beverages and BBQ and weigh-in party! It’s $25 per angler, $15 for weigh-in party only. There’s a $5 Calcutta for the largest sea robin and cash prizes for the top 5 fluke. Door prizes, 50/50s and more. Come out and enjoy a great day!

Close the kitchen and take Thursday night off. Check your mailboxes for Timmy Hanning and Holly Monahan’s dinners from Grassy’s. All dinners $7. All proceeds go to the BCAC. Check for more events hosted by Holly and Timmy as they run for BC Mardi Gras Queen and King this year.

Bingo! At Christ Presbyterian Church by the Sea on Thursday, July 14, 21 and 28. Doors open at 6 p.m. Early Birds: 6:45 p.m. Bingo starts at 7 p.m. – all at the cool and refreshing Church Hall. Donation: $5. Coffee, tea and cake will be served.

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

Don’t speed, but there’s still time to sign up for the Defensive Driving Course sponsored by St. Camillus-St. Virgilius to be held Thursday, July 7 and 14 from 7-10 p.m. in the St. Virgilius school lunchroom. You’ll get 10 percent on your car insurance for three years or get two points off your license. All for $60. But seating is limited. Register now. Call Helen at 718-945-4648 or Cindy at 718-634-5449. No test will be given and refreshments will be served.

Broad Channel Civic Association President Dan Mundy Jr. reminds us that the next meeting regarding 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.

[The] meeting will allow the individual homeowners on 13th Road to sit down with the representatives of the design firm, the RBA group, and discuss the impact to their property from the proposed construction.” Go and be in the know.

Did you know the Rockaway Theatre Company and Rockaway Artists Alliance at Fort Tilden, where many BC talents exhibit, perform and volunteer, are both alive, well and still open for your enjoyment? Stop by some weekend soon.

Stand Up for My Library! postcards addressed to Mayor Bloomberg and calling for a halt to planned drastic cuts are available at our Broad Channel library branch.

And while you’re there check out a copy of “Images of America: Broad Channel” by Liz and Dan Guarino. I’ve heard it’s really good.

“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.broadchannelhistoricalsoc iety.org. BC memorabilia welcomed, too.

Meantime, got BC news? Forward it to www.workstories.com.

Thanks for reading.

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