2011-09-23 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Dan Guarino

Here in BC, on Thursday last week, we went from hot and very humid straight into windy, dark and cold. In one day. By Tuesday it was hot and humid again. One thing you can count on is change.

Well, the special election is over. As the winners move on and all the ‘vote for me’ phone calls, messages, ‘surveys’, flyers, postcards and letters have suddenly stopped, hopefully we won’t all echo that old empty-nest mother’s complaint; “They never call, they never write.”

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

One more special Story Time at the BC Library this Wednesday, September 28 at 12 noon. Bring the kids. Enjoy.

Get your tickets for the American Legion Auxiliary’s Doo-Wop Dinner and Show on Saturday, October 1, 7 to midnight at the Legion Hall. Two great groups, one drink and a great pasta dinner. All for $30 per person. Ticket are first come, best seat. Don’t wait. Call 718-634-7235 or 718-634-4147 for tickets and information.

Spend some neighborhood quality time Saturday afternoon, September 24, as the Broad Channel Shamrocks host East Meadow for some pint-sized football at the Memorial Field off Cross Bay. It’s sure better than watching the same old pros on TV.

This just in from the Shad Creek Association: “It’s time for the SCA’s Annual Pig Roast on Saturday, October 1 at 2 p.m.! Please come hungry ‘cause on the menu [there’ll be] burgers, dogs, brats and hors d’oeuvres to start. Then its roast turkey, spiral ham, roasted potatoes, vegetables, etc. and, of course, the PIG!! Tap beer, soda and wine included. $35 per person. Only 80 tickets will be sold!! Please contact Karen Lehr at 718-945-3920 or Bob Sacco at 917- 709-2892 for tickets!” The Shad Creek Association is located at 529 Cross Bay Boulevard in Broad Channel.

Broad Channel Historical 2012 calendars are now on sale around town and through the BC Historical Society (go to www.broadchannelhistoricalsociety.org). Getting milk, buying a coffee? Pick up a calendar! Out of town friends and relatives love them, too.

This year’s is filled with great pictures of Broad Channel ‘back then’ and is beautifully dedicated to Joe Carey and Liz Guarino.

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 September 18 at 1:30 p.m. and September 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 four 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.”

Scheduled on the agenda for Thursday’s Broad Channel Civic Association was discussion of the Westside Flood Mitigation Project with members of the DOT and the RBA Design Group providing a presentation on their “Shared Space” design proposal for West 11th, 12th and 13th Roads.

As the DOT and RBA had defined it at earlier presentations, “A shared street is a common space created to be shared by pedestrians, bicyclists and low-speed motor vehicles. They are typically narrow streets without curbs and sidewalks. Major elements [would be] decorative pavement materials, roadway [and] sidewalk on one level, drainage in center of [the] roadway, a designated ADA pedestrian path, a wider roadway for turning, street trees and bollards, and preservation of parking.”

RBA and the DOT noted the major advantages as being increased safety, fewer impacts on decks, stairs and original walls and utility poles can remain where they are. They also note that the plan provides for “improved aesthetics,” that is it will look nicer, and a “sense of place.” And it also “allows for more flexible use of space,” by creating safe “children space” and builds in room for things like block parties.

Stay tuned for more details!

Weekend subway commuters don’t forget: Service on the Broad Channel branch of the “A” Line will be disrupted in October and November. The structural rehabilitation work requires the full closure of the Rockaway branch south of the Howard Beach-JFK Station on the weekends of October 8-10, October 22-24 and November 5-7, 2011.

Drive don’t run and save yourself a seat by signing up for St. Camillus- St. Virgilius’ six-hour defensive driving course. Recession-reduced rate $45. Attending will earn you a 10 percent insurance discount or four points off your license. Class is 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. Class size is limited. Only payment in full guarantees a seat. Sign up now. Register by calling Helen at 718-945-4648 or Cindy at 718-634-5449.

Catch Broad Channel crooner Gary Russo, the ‘2nd Avenue Sinatra’ and his new video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0MfFz-yQgk.It’s magic.

Hey, this Sunday, September 25 at 1:00 p.m., historian Bernie Feuer presents “The Jamaica Bay Story” at the RAA’s T-7 gallery (sTudio 7 Gallery) at Fort Tilden. Quite a number of Broad Channel artists are also on view there in ARTsplash, the current exhibition. Some award winners, too!

Found this entry while surfing the Net: “1) Broad Channel, Queens Video Online – VideoSurf Video Search: A rough assembly of some early footage in an ongoing film portrait of Broad Channel, Jamaica ...”

What followed were 19 short videos of the A train arriving, people at the BC shoreline, lightening striking over our island …and, of course, a brief snippet from a Melbourne, Australia variety show! If you’re curious, check www.videosurf.com/videos/ Broad+Channel,+Queens.

Got BC news or info? Let’s let everyone know. Send it to working stories @aol.com. Or drop it off in the right hand mailbox at 126 Noel Road. Deadline is Friday 5 p.m. for items you’d like to see in the following Friday’s paper. Thanks for reading

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