2011-09-16 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Dan Guarino

Yes, the first full week of September rolled and with it the first day of school. But you couldn’t help feeling a little of the excitement that morning as Moms, Dads and Grandparents headed across the Boulevard with kids in blue shirts, blouses and pants, going towards PS 47. Our watchful BC crossing guard made sure all got safely across and on to school.

Go Shamrocks! Great to see a small sea of emerald green uniforms as the BCAC officially opened its football season last Saturday. Great, too, to see so many supportive parents, grandparents, families and friends coming to cheer all the energetic young athletes who came out to play. Welcome Visitors!

Great job and many thanks to all the coaches, staff and volunteers who make the BCAC a gem and every kid a star.

Don’t forget the BCAC 50th Anniversary gala celebration Saturday, September 17, 7 p.m. at the Rockaway Knights of Columbus Hall!

Of course last Sunday’s date, September 11, was never far from our hearts and souls over the day. I am sure everyone marked the occasion in her or his own way. Amid all the tributes and coverage, here is a quiet and touching remembrance. It speaks to us all on a day that affected our community so deeply:

For me, I remember Theresa Minor Munson – the most thoughtful, loving and kind person you would ever meet. We went to grade school, then high school together, and every so often she’d pick me up from my walking, on her way home from the train station and we would catch up on the days’ events. We were to go to a shower for a mutual friend on 9/15 – and she had already bought the gift on 9/10. It was a devastating time for us all – but on that same day Diane Helm, also a classmate in grade and high school, Stella Maris, was on the plane that went into the Pentagon. I always thought of them both meeting on line at Heaven’s gate. We can pay tribute to those who left us that day – by kind words – in our memories – put into words – the gifts that they gave us – just by being themselves.

Did you know her? – Dorothy

Beautifully said, Dorothy.

Doors open for Friday night Bingo at Christ Presbyterian Church at 6 p.m. on September 16 and 23. Early Bird at 6:45 and Bingo starts at 7 p.m. Donation $5. Coffee, cake and tea will be served. All are welcome!

Cindi Ciappetta lets us know that the “Broad Channel Boy Scout Troop 282 has open registration every Monday night at 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall. We are also conducting BCAC-CYO Boys Swim Team and Swim Clinic registration on 9/18 at 1:30 p.m. and 9/24 at 1:30 p.m. – at Far Rockaway High School by the pool. For the team, they must be able to jump in and swim one 25-yard lap and for the clinic they must be at least 4 years old. The fee is $150 and includes a Speedo swimsuit, bathing cap, goggles, pool fee and CYO registration fees. If they need any further information … call 718- 474-2539.”

Psssst! If you got a ticket for parking on the Cross Bay median in BC during high tide on Wednesday, August 31, remember to bring it to the 100 Precinct to be voided. Says the West 12th Road Association’s Pete Mahon, “Please do not assume that these tickets will be voided automatically. They must be delivered to the …precinct for processing.” If you know someone holding onto a summons, let them know.

Story Time has returned to the BC Library through September. Join librarian Carol at 12 noon every Wednesday as a new children’s book is brought to life every week.

Saturday/Sunday subway riders please note: “Service on the Broad Channel branch of the “A” Line will be disrupted on multiple weekends during September, October and November, 2011.

The structural rehabilitation work requires the full closure of the Rockaway Branch south of the Howard Beach-JFK Station on the weekends of September 17-19, October 8-10, October 22-24 and November 5-7, 2011.”

Don’t miss out. Save money and lower your car insurance or drop points from your license by signing up for St. Camillus-St. Virgilius’ 6 hour defensive driving course. Recession-reduced rate $45. Earn a 10 percent insurance discount or 4 points off your license. Class will be on Wednesday, October 5 and Thursday, October 6 from 7-10 at the St. Virgilius school lunchroom. No test will be given. 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

On Sunday, September 25 at 1:00 p.m., historian Bernie Feuer and the Rockaway Artists Alliance will present “The Jamaica Bay Story,” a PowerPoint audio/visual show at the RAA’s sTudio 7 at Fort Tilden. You’ll view historic pictures of Jamaica Bay and learn about the rich history of the Bay that surrounds us.

There’ll be music in the air as Broad Channel’s American Legion Auxiliary presents their second super Doo-Wop Dinner and Show. On Saturday, October 1 the Angeltones will harmonize on hits like “Please Mr. Postman,” Dancing in the Street,” and “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” and, by popular demand, the Tribunes will be doing it all a cappella. 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.

Note: The Brooklyn pierside performance featuring BC’s Gary Russo mentioned last column took place on Sunday evening September 4.

Got BC news or info? Let’s let everyone know. Send it to workingstories @aol.com. Deadline is Friday 5 p.m. for items you’d like to see in the following Friday’s paper.

I want to thank everyone who’s taken a moment to tell me they’ve enjoyed the column.

It’s deeply appreciated.

You are what makes it worth doing. Thanks for reading.

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