2011-07-22 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Dan Guarino

Despite the heat it’s nice to see people enjoying these awesome July days as we roll towards August. Just the other morning if you took an even paced stroll through Broad Channel you would have seen people on the tennis courts, joggers with strollers, parents and grandparents walking little ones along, people stopping for breakfast and sitting outside for a bite and a chat. And, of course, there’s the sparkling Bay, glinting and twinkling and peeking out between the houses as you go. Ah, Summer.

Correction: If you have Broad Channel news, send it to workingstories@aol.com. A typo somewhere along the way reduced it to ‘workstories@aol’. My apologies if you e-mailed and it didn’t get through. And yes, I’d be glad to get your information on BC news, coming events, benefits, observations, history, etc. Thanks.

Well, you might have been delayed in traffic at the Cross Bay Bridge last week, Friday. Looks like a TBTA utility vehicle caught fire and was pulled to one side of the road where the fire was put out. Damage looked to be severe, as the back half of the truck looked to be almost melted away. Haven’t heard the official report yet, but hopefully no one was hurt.

Action! Also last Friday the crew and some of the cast of “Incredibly Loud and Extremely Close” were once again filming here in the Channel. The story, based on the same-named novel, involves a 9-year-old-boy whose father was killed in the September 11 attacks. It stars Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock and John Goodman. Special Guest Appearance by: Broad Channel!

The 100 Precinct says: If you have information on suspicious activity here in the Channel, let them know. Call 718-318-4200.

Can you smell what the VFW is cooking? Join them in their backyard at 705 Shad Creek Road for another great barbecue on Saturday, July 30 from 2 to 6 p.m. It’s $20 per person for food and beverages, $10 for kids. Little ones 4 and under eat free! Rain? No problem. Rain date: Sunday, July 31. Same hours, same great time!

Visit the VFW Prince-Wynn Post 260 on Facebook.

Enjoy one more night of bingo at Christ Presbyterian Church by the Sea on Thursday, July 28. The spacious and cool Church Hall at Noel and Church Roads opens its doors at 6 p.m. Early Birds: 6:45 p.m. Bingo starts at 7 p.m. Donation: $5. Coffee, tea and cake will be served.

If you’ve enjoyed the well-kept and well decorated tree pits along the Boulevard, you know there are some hard working hands behind it all. Judy Zack, head of the Broad Channel Civic Association Beautification Committee, tells us that “enlisting volunteers to take part in the care and watering of these spaces was easy; everyone was enthusiastic and more than willing to lend a hand. Their efforts … make all the difference in the success of this project. We would like to thank the following families for their help: the Mundys, the Fordes, the Monahans, the Porcellas, the Lehrs and the Mceneaneys. Special thanks to Jennifer and Kevin Hahulski for building and placing the boxes on the Boulevard. We appreciate everyone’s support and encouragement and are hoping to expand the project next spring.”

And we’d like to thank Judy herself for heading up this effort to make our town a more beautiful place.

Hope you enjoyed a “Thanksgiving in July” full turkey dinner courtesy of prospective Mardi Gras King and Queen Timmy Hanning and Holly Monahan. Check your mailbox for more delicious dinners served up courtesy of Grassy’s every Thursday from 5-7 p.m. Eat in, enjoy on their outdoor patio or have it delivered to your door free. All at only $7 per dinner. Call 718-474-1688.

Buying batteries? Right now when you purchase specially marked packages, Duracell will make a battery donation to local volunteer fire departments, like our Broad Channel Volunteers. Batteries run emergency equipment like flashlights, radios and more.

Check out the BC Library’s activities this July and August. On Mondays 1 to 5 it’s Fun with Lanyard for all ages. Tuesdays have Story Time for all ages at 2:30 and Crafts for kids age 3-5 at 3 p.m. Wednesdays feature Crafts for ages 6-10 from 3 p.m. and Thursdays there’s Tween & Teen Crafts from 2 p.m. with a different project every week.

Come aboard Gateway National Recreation Area‘s “Jamaica Bay Ecology Cruises.” National Park Ranger Colleen Sorbera lets us know they’ll be casting off on Saturday, July 23, 1 - 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, August 10 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. (a beautiful sunset cruise) and Sunday, August 21, 1 - 2:30 p.m. Cost $12. Departure from Riis Landing across from Fort Tilden. You’ll cruise the Bay, watch the peregrine falcons, osprey, egrets, and herons and learn its ecology and history. For more information or reservations call 718- 318- 4340.

Finally, here’s something new and different from over the Bridge. Get into the swing with The Gallery Green minigolf course at Fort Tilden’s T-7 Building from July 23 to September 4. Open Saturdays and Sundays from 12 – 4 p.m. and Thursday evenings from 5 to 8, the outdoor Gallery Green is part imaginative mini-golf challenge, part interactive art project and complete fun, presented as a first this summer by the Rockaway Artists Alliance. The RAA, like the Rockaway Theatre Company, as you know, has many Broad Channel members. Come out, bring the kids and tee off!

Got more BC news? Send it to www.workingstories.com.

Thanks for reading.

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