2011-10-21 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Dan Guarino

Now it is fall. October seems like it is finally settling in.

Looking to the right while heading over Cross Bay Bridge, you could, however, still see people enjoying being out of doors. Along the beach at the old Broad Channel Day Camp, and even older Broad Channel Baths, people dotted the shores of the Bay. Some came for the feel of the sand and crisp fresh air. Others basked in the incomparable contentment of wading in and fishing beside a glorious sunset.

Don’t forget: Saturday it’s a Night at the Races at the American Legion from 8 p.m. to 12 midnight. Your $10 donation includes hot dogs, tap beer and the thrill of the race. All proceeds go to A Friend In Need. Come out for a good time. Help a good cause. The American Legion Post 1404 Hall is located at 209 Cross Bay Boulevard.

Well, like a ghost, Halloween is gliding just around the corner. Here in the Channel various celebrations are in the works for young and old and everyone who just wants to get in the spirit.

The Ladies Auxiliary will start things off on Friday, October 21 at 8 p.m. with a full-fledged howling Halloween party at the VFW. Admission is $25 per person and $40 per couple. What’s included? Food, drinks, music and a great time. Dress your scary best. Prizes for best costume will be awarded. The VFW Prince-Wynn Post 260 is located on Shad Creek Road just off Cross Bay Boulevard. Says the VFW Ladies Auxiliary “Come out and spend a ghoulish fun night!”

Of course, Halloween is all about the kids. They bring the fun to it like nobody else can. If proof is needed come down as Christ Presbyterian Church by the Sea hosts its 3rd Annual Children’s Halloween Carnival on Saturday, October 29 from 12-4 p.m. Kids 12 and under. Admission is $5. Game tickets will be 4 for $1 and refreshments and lunch will be sold. If you’ve never been to one of these events at the church hall, you’ll quickly find out they are filled to capacity with entertainment, games and costumed kids having fun. There’s nothing like it.

Don’t forget there’ll be prizes for best costume! Christ Presbyterian Church is located at 102 Noel Road.

Then on Sunday, October 30 at 1 p.m., says Chief Dan McIntyre, the BCVFD is once “again sponsoring the Halloween Parade from 17th Road Park to the Firehouse, kicking off at the Park. Goodies will be distributed at the conclusion of the parade on Noel Road. Costumes are not required but appreciated. This is an event we have been running for many years. Last year over 150 marchers attended. Everyone enjoys the chance to display their costumes! One day a year is not enough.”

Not to miss October 31, the grand day itself, PS/MS 47 will have its own Halloween/ Harvest Season celebration. Kids will be allowed to come to school dressed in costume! All costumes should be appropriate and not interfere with learning, and of course, no masks or weapons are allowed. Regular dress should be worn underneath.

If the weather is good, at 8:30 a.m. the school will hold a schoolyard costume parade! Come out and enjoy the kids!

Hey there! This Sunday, October 23 the Broad Channel Shamrocks are hosting Plainedge at the Broad Channel Memorial Field at 11:30 a.m. Turn off the TV, stroll or drive down and even if you don’t have a kid in the game, come out to cheer on these determined young athletes.

Week 8 of the Shamrocks season will find them away playing at Oyster Bay on Saturday, October 29 at 6 p.m. For the last game of their season they will be home at the BC Memorial Field and hosting Rosedale on Sunday, November 6 at 11 a.m.

PS/MS 47 School News: Now that cooler weather is here, the school staffs wants parents to know 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. Also, our Broad Channel public school is registered at Land’s End! Check out the 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.

Broad Channel Historical 2012 calendars are still selling well all over town at $5 each. Get yours tomorrow. In fact pick up a few!

Barbara Toborg of the BC Historical Society reports, “the Society has been contacted by people researching relatives who lived in Broad Chan-nel. The Zerfass family lived here from about 1917 to 1927. The other [relative’s] name is John Hoffman, born 1903.” Do you have a memory, a fact, a piece of the information puzzle that might add to this family’s story? Send it to this column and I’ll make sure it gets to the Historical Society. Thanks for keeping a small part of Broad Channel history alive.

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. Chief Dan McIntyre and BCVFD President Thomas Larkin ask neighbors to “please continue to help us by supporting our efforts with your fund donations.”

More track work this weekend on the Broad Channel “A” Line. There will be no service from Howard Beach-JFK Station to Rockaway, including Broad Channel, on October 22-24 and on November 5-7. Shuttle buses will be running along Cross Bay. The BC token booth will be open as will a mobile Metrocard vending van at Howard Beach Station.

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. Let’s 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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