2011-08-26 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Dan Guarino

Seen at the local supermarket two weeks ago: Marching in just behind the colorful toss away flip flops, plastic bats, ice beverage buckets, charcoal bags and kites, yes we spied ‘Back To School’ supplies! Already. In August. The only thing separating the school goods from these soon to be summer clearance items was, we kid you not, a large and assorted mass of Halloween candy.

Sure we know Moms and Dads have been secretly driving up to Staples and the like to discreetly refill those book bags. But leave it to ‘modern marketing’ to blow every kid’s mid-summer holiday by reminding them that school’s start is just around the corner!

Change your plans for this Friday night August 26! The Spoiled Court presents Bingo at the VFW Hall. Early Bird Specials start at 7:30 p.m. $10 admission. Snacks and drinks available. Great prizes, raffles and a $150 Jackpot! You can’t beat that. Be there.

All proceeds go to the BCAC.

J. Guttieri writes, “My son [is running] in the seasonal Mardi Gras. He is running under the title ‘The Spoiled Court’ along with four other four-yearold children. This year we are raising money for the Broad Channel Athletic Club, celebrating its 50th anniversary.”

Best of luck to The Spoiled Court! That’s what you call getting involved early.

Soon the Broad Channel air will fill with the sounds of hammers and saws and the occasional exclamation when one or the other has missed its mark, as floats of all kinds are built and prepared for the BC Mardi Gras parade. And our dedicated Broad Channel Historical Society is preparing a portion of its collection for an open house on Sunday, September 4 from noon to 3 p.m. at the St. Virgilius School Building. (Use the Church Road entrance.)

There will be banners, pictures, trophies and all kinds of artifacts, plus new acquisitions. Having friends in for Mardi Gras? Bringing the kids to the parade? Bring them to the open house. They might even learn that the BC Mardi Gras festivities and parade are a tradition that goes back almost 100 years.

2012 BC Calendars will also be on sale for $5 each. This year’s calendar is dedicated to Broad Channelers Joe Carey and Liz Guarino.

Hope you caught last week Wednesday’s Mussels Marinara, Vodka Ravioli and Chicken Finger Kid’s Meal from the Bayview Restaurant. All delicious meals and all proceeds went to the BCAC.

And did you catch the Two Bridges Festival on Sunday the 21st from 12-4 at the Memorial Field? The first ever annual event was presented by the BCAC and brothers Frank and Mason Perretto and featured top flight local musicians like Ratrap Bumpkin, Wine with Sue, Mr. Big Deal, Poor House, The Rita Shea Band, Grim Pickens, Buckles the Monkey, The High Five and others. There was also food, drink and merchandise available from a variety of vendors as well as games, face painting, a scheduled bouncy castle, an inflatable obstacle course and cotton candy for the kids.

And yes, they were ready rain or shine with tents for all.

Well, Tuesday, September 13 is coming up along with two special elections that directly affect us all. Campaigning for the District 9 U.S. Congressional seat formerly held by Anthony Weiner will be David Weprin, Bob Turner and Christopher Woeppner. Meanwhile vying for Audrey Pheffer’s former NY State Assembly District 23 seat will be Michael Simanowitz, Marco DeSena and Justin Wax Jacobs. There’s no better time than times like these for us to cut through the rhetoric (it will be thick), look way past the labels (there will be many), and vote first and foremost for our best interests.

Yes, it is exciting to have yet another movie/television show in production in Broad Channel. But as Peter J. Mahon of the West 12th Road Block Association points out, “The motion picture “Imogene” is currently filming in Broad Channel and has displaced numerous parking spaces both on Cross Bay Boulevard as well as residential streets.” Hopefully they’ll be done soon so the rest of us can park normally again. Then we’ll just have to wait to see our BC once again in the movies. By the way, some interesting proposals for next summer’s revamp of W 12 Road have come out of meetings with residents, DOT officials and RBA design group representatives, including a ‘shared space’ concept. Look out for more details.

Book Mark: The Broad Channel Library will be closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday, September 3, 4 and 5 for the Labor Day weekend. And to all those who stood up for our Queens Libraries this Summer and prevented crippling budget cuts: Thank You for reading.

There’ll be music in the air as the Broad Channel’s American Legion Auxiliary presents their second super Doo-Wop Dinner and Show. Saturday October 1 will see the Angeltones harmonizing on such hits as “Please Mr. Postman,” Dancing in the Street,” and “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” And back by most popular demand will be The Tribunes doing it all acappella. From 7 to midnight the Legion Hall will feature these two great groups, a pasta dinner, one drink and the show all for $30 per person. Tickets are on a “1st come, best seats” basis and they’ll be going fast. For tickets and information call 718-634-7235 or 718-634- 4147.

It’s also never too early to save money on your auto insurance or drop points from your license, and save some money doing it. Sign up now for the St. Camillus-St. Virgilius sponsored six-hour defensive driving course for the recession-reduced rate of $45 and a 10 percent insurance discount or four points off your license. The class will be held Wednesday, October 5 and Thursday, October 6 from 7-10 at the St. Virgilius school lunchroom. No test will be given and refreshments will be served. But class size is limited and only payment in full guarantees a seat. Sign up now. To register call Helen at 718-945-4648 or Cindy at 718-634- 5449.

Got BC news? E-mail workinstories@aol.com. Thanks for reading.

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