2011-08-19 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Dan Guarino

Every week through June, July and now August we’ve thought, ‘Surely we have turned a corner and there can’t be much Summer left.” But after the heat and now the rain and all the beautiful days in between, Summer remains. Even as the shadow of September, just a whisper away, floats one calendar page turn ahead of us, Summer in all its glory is still with us and still here.

While there’s still Summer to spare turn down the heat and don’t cook Thursday nights. Check your mailbox for a brand new flyer featuring news of delicious dinners served up courtesy of prospective Mardi Gras King and Queen Timmy Hanning and Holly Monahan. $7 per dinner served indoors at Grassy’s, out on their patio or delivered to your door. Every Thursday from 5-7 p.m. Call 718-474-1688 to order yours. Last week’s “St. Patrick’s Day in August” corned beef, cabbage, potatoes and carrots was a hit!

And Action! Just down the street down on Walton Road, between Noel and East 8th, they’re filming a movie; “Imogene.” This past week trucks stocked with equipment, generators, cable, rigging, food for cast and crew and dressing/make-up rooms for the actors were parked along the side streets and up along the Boulevard.

Mothers with children, neighbors and anyone just walking by stepped around puddles Monday to stop and watch film crew people coordinate shooting going on inside a corner house on Walton Road. Lines of all kinds ran in through the windows and doors.

The previous Friday morning a gentleman named Rob from the production company’s location department stopped by each house in the area. He introduced himself, explained what was being filmed, what streets would be affected, apologized for any inconvenience and thanked everyone for our patience and Broad Channel for its hospitality.

He also talked about the film itself. It turns out that one house will be used for the exterior of the house in the story, and another has been entirely redressed inside for the interior shots. Described as an indie dark comedy with a twist, the plot revolves around a moderately successful New York playwright, played by Kristen Wiig, who fakes her own suicide after “getting evicted, losing her job and getting dumped by her boyfriend.” Hoping to get attention and the sympathy of her ex, she ends up instead being remanded to the custody of her gambling addict mother, played by Annette Benning, and the confines of her home. Actor Matt Dillon plays mom’s love interest who claims to work for the CIA, but might just be plain crazy.

Ms. Benning’s character has been described as a “Jersey Shore-like mother,” which is fitting as the script by Michelle Morgan is set in New Jersey. According to Rob, Broad Channel will be subbing for the Jersey ocean front, right down to having one home set decorated with all kinds of crab and crabbing paraphernalia.

“Imogene,’ directed by Shari Berman and Robert Pulcini, additionally stars Natasha Lynne of ‘American Pie,’ Darren Criss of ‘Glee’ and others. Ms. Wiig is also listed as the executive producer and has described this film as her “passion project.” Most recently she cowrote and starred in this Spring’s very successful “Bridesmaids,” now noted as the “highest grossing …R-rated female comedy in (film) history.” “Imogene” is scheduled for a 2013 release.

If you’ll recall, Broad Channel has stood in for Jersey before. Set in Atlantic City of the 1920s, a key scene of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” was shot (no pun intended) in front of one of the bungalows on stilts out over the water.

Now for a different view of Jamaica Bay get out on the water and cast off one more time with the National Park Service’s Gateway National Recreation Area “Jamaica Bay Ecology Cruises” on Sunday, August 21, 1-2:30 p.m. Cost $12. Departure is from the Riis Landing dock, just across from the entrance to Fort Tilden. You’ll cruise the Bay, watch the peregrine falcons, osprey, egrets, and herons and learn about the Bay’s ecology and history. For more information and reservations call 718- 318-4340.

Many thanks to NPS Ranger Colleen Sorbera for sharing news of the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge’s many activities. Stop by the new visitors center for more information, to view the artwork, buy a book or just enjoy a nice stroll through the refuge.

News of Peninsula Hospital’s closing may have put off your plans to donate books, CDs, DVDs and VHS tapes to the Peninsula Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation. I’m pleased to let you know you can pack those cartons back into the car. The news from the inside is that the PCREC is remaining open and still very much needs these items. Foreign language material is always especially welcome.

Just as the August sun slanted down in the sky it was nice to stop by Memorial Field and watch the next wave of BCAC Shamrocks practicing in their football gear. Five coaches donated their time and experience in putting a dozen or so youngsters through their paces out on the field. Even on a work day evening it was nice to see over a dozen parents making the time to come out and support these future all-stars.

It was Broad Channel’s famed devotion to its kids in snapshot and just a small slice of what the BCAC has been doing for this town for 50 years now.

BCAC 50th Anniversary Journal ads are available for Gold Page-$250, Full Page-$150, half-$100 and quarter page- $50. Send ads to BCAC Journal Committee, 802 Shad Creek Road, BC 11693 or e-mail bcjournalads@aol.com.

Watch out for news of upcoming BCAC events. As you know, all BC Mardi Gras proceeds go to the BCAC this year. Your support goes a long way.

Hope you read last week’s item on the BCAC’s big birthday and its interview with Marty Feeney. A typo (mine) rendered the writer’s name as ‘Christine’ rather than ‘Christina’ Sullivan. Glad to correct that and give credit where it is well due.

Send BC news to workingstories @aol.com.

Thanks for reading.

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