2011-10-14 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Fall settles in on Broad Channel. Yard sales sprout in front yards. Bicyclists glide through the slanting sun on crisp mornings. Along the Boulevard gardeners stretch out the peaceful hours as they clear away the old summer growth and repair the borders of their adopted plot.

Temperatures last weekend were deceiving and briefly returned us all to those lazy, hazy, crazy days of … October? Still many people took the opportunity to go to the beach, go boating or just go spend relaxing hours fishing until way past sundown.

Hope you bought a ticket and had a great time at the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Penny Social last Saturday night. Those that did had the chance to win great prizes like Coach bags, a flat screen TV, a laptop, gift baskets and 50/50s. Anyone bringing items to send to troops overseas received a $3 discount on their admission.

The VFW Ladies Auxiliary also lets us know that “on October 21 8 p.m. we’re hosting our Halloween party. Best costume prizes to be awarded. Food, drinks are included. $25 per person. $40 a couple. Come spend a ghoulish fun night!!!!!” The VFW Prince-Wynn Post 260 is located on Shad Creek Road just off Cross Bay Boulevard.

Speaking of Halloween, the Christ Presbyterian Church will host its 3rd Annual Children’s Halloween Carnival. That will be on Saturday, October 29 from 12-4 p.m. If you’ve ever been to one of these events at the church hall, you’ll know they are filled with fun and games for costumed kids 12 and under. There’s nothing like it.

Admission is $5. Game tickets will be 4 for $1 and refreshments and lunch will be sold. Don’t forget there’ll be prizes for best costume! Christ Presbyterian Church is located at 102 Noel Road.

Friend In Need: On Saturday, October 22 your $10 donation gets you a great Night At The Races, including hot dogs and tap beer, from 8-12 at the American Legion Hall. Come out for a good time and help a good cause.

Football! This Saturday, October 15 the Broad Channel Shamrocks are on the road and playing at North Babylon at 6 p.m. Next week Sunday, October 23 they’re hosting Plainedge at the Broad Channel Memorial Field at 11:30 a.m.

School News: We are most fortunate here in the Channel to receive information update calls direct from the dedicated staff at PS/MS 47. For instance, with cooler weather around the corner, we know now that students may wear blue or gray sweaters and sweatshirts to school, as long they have no writing on them or they sport the PS 47 logo.

By the way, PS/MS 47 is also registered at Lands’ End! Check their school uniform section; use school code is 100147422. And every Wednesday 50 percent of every purchase made at the Bay Gull Store on Cross Bay Boulevard goes to the school.

P.S. You’ll find our PS/MS 47 School junior sales force toting cases of candy bars all over town. Buy a bar (or two) for a good cause. It’s good for you! And the school, too.

Broad Channel Historical 2012 calendars are on sale now at $5 each all around town. Pick up a few. There are great pictures of Broad Channel past and beautiful dedications to Joe Carey and Liz Guarino.

Barbara Toborg of the BC Historical Society reports, “the Historical Society has been contacted by people researching relatives who lived in Broad Channel. The Zerfass family lived here from about 1917 to 1927. The other (relative’s) name is John Hoffman, born 1903.” If you might have any information about these Broad Channelers, please feel free to send it to this column. We’ll make sure it gets to their family.

Broad Channel Boy Scout Troop 282 has open registration every Monday night at 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall. Stop by and see what it’s about. Or call 718-474-2539 for more information.

The Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department’s fund drive re-kicked off this September and donations will be gladly accepted at any time. They are always needed.

As Chief Dan McIntyre and BCVFD President Thomas Larkin put it, “Please continue to help us by supporting our efforts with your fund donations.”

“Our town is and has always been very supportive of this department, both monetarily and spiritually. We always have our friends and neighbors in mind as we perform our duties and trainings. That’s why we are here.”

Interested in volunteering? The BCVFD needs you! They will train candidates “in all aspects of our operations. Neighbors willing to perform EMS and Firefighting duties are desperately needed but we also need our most important position filled, Dispatcher.”

“We can’t help anyone if no one receives the call.” Call 718-474-6888 or visit the firehouse at 15 Noel Road to find out more.

Track and structural work continues on the Broad Channel “A” Line for two more weekends. That means that there will be no service from Howard Beach- JFK Station to the Rockaway subway branch, including Broad Channel station, on October 22-24 and November 5- 7. ‘Train buses will be available and there is a mobile Metro Card vending van at Howard Beach on the JFK parking lot side. With so much system work going on, especially on weekends, it pays to check the MTA website for alternate routes before you go.

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.

Across the Bridge: the Rockaway Artists Alliance Halloween haunted maze extravaganza at Fort Tilden will run from Saturday, October 29 thru Monday, October 31 from 6-9pm. Free parking. Free admission. Donations welcomed. Want to join the fun? Call 718-718-474-0861.

Got BC news or info? Let’s tell everyone. Send it to workingstories@aol.com Or drop it off in the right hand mailbox at 126 Noel Road, at the corner of Noel and Walton.

Include your organization name and your full name, too, so I can give credit where it is due. 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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