2011-12-30 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

For weeks, no, months now, we’ve been passing an interesting site in Broad Channel. Day or night, sunshine or shadow. Just before, or just after, the bridge to Howard Beach and the rest of Queens. It’s there in our sight for a brief minute or so, and then gone. And it has become a little bit of a mystery.

As neighbor Dorothy on 14 Road writes, “I was wondering if you knew the story of why there is a white bicycle on the median as you go through the bird sanctuary. ... I stopped and looked at the bike – it appears to be a memorial – but I don’t have a clue otherwise.”

Does anybody know the story of this white, solitary bicycle stationed at nearly the edge of our island? We’d welcome any facts, any theories or even possibly a good yarn or two. Please write/e-mail this column using the contact information below. Thanks!

Come out and enjoy the first brunch of the New Year with friends, family and neighbors at the VFW on Sunday, January 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There’s nothing like it to celebrate a winter Sunday. VFW Post 260 is located at 705 Shad Creek Road, just off Cross Bay Boulevard.

According to PS/MS 47 kindergartener Isabella Fretto, the special presentation of “The Polar Express” there was “fun.” And “we got to have hot chocolate.” Held on Wednesday, December 21, the pre-holiday treat celebrating the book included the showing of the movie plus pizza for a very excited Kinder[- garten and First Grade audience. As a special treat students wore pajamas to school, just like the children in the story!

Thanks to Mrs. Stathis and Mrs. Vitale for organizing the event. The kids loved it!

Ready to step into a brand new year? Spend New Year’s Day taking a brisk walk with the American Littoral Society along the beaches and through the woods of Fort Tilden from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. As you know the American Littoral Society has its chapter headquarters, headed by our own Don Riepe, right here in Broad Channel. Also hosted by the National Park Service, the January 1 hike starts at the Fort Tilden flagpole and ends with refreshments at the Rockaway Artists Alliance sTudio 7 gallery.

Don’t go into 2012 without a program. Says the BC Historical Society: “Broad Channel 2012 Historical Calendars make great gifts!” For $5 dollars each, take a beautiful trip into Broad Channel’s past while turning each month’s page into the future. Every calendar is guaranteed good for 12 months! The 2012 edition is lovingly dedicated to Joe Carey and Liz Guarino. “Get yours at a neighborhood store today!”

Flood Mitigation Project/Street Raising Plan Update: According to West 12th Road Block Association President Pete Mahon, “Things are starting to come together on this initiative! The design plans for the street raising project on West 11th, 12th and 13th Roads were received by Community Board 14 for their review with an accompanying request to provide the comments of the Community Board back to the city by January 6th.”

“Dan Mundy of the Civic Association was able to borrow the Board’s copy of the plans” …and an e-mail attachment as well as paper copies were made available. This will “allow the residents of W 12th Road to review them during the next several days and we will then email our comments regarding same back to Dan prior to January 1st.” Residents of West 11 and 13 Roads were also asked to do the same.

Writes Broad Channel Civic Association’s Danny Mundy, “I took some time to go over the plans with my father and we came up with the following comments to submit back to the Community Board. This will, in concert with the comments from the residents and block leaders, hopefully be a good starting point when we meet with the [RBA] Design Group in January at [the] Civic meeting.”

The BC Civic Association meets the 4th Thursday of the month at the VFW Hall.

Both gentlemen noted that plans for this major project are not yet ‘set in stone’ and several design elements are still under discussion. Once approved, the project, overseen by the City’s Department of Traffic, is set to commence this summer.

Do Good in the New Year: St. Camillus/ St. Virgilius Pastor Father Richard Ahlmeyer wants us to know, “Our food pantry is open Wednesday mornings from 10 a.m. to 12 Noon at St. Camillus. Each week we distribute between 25 to 30 bags of food. We can use canned, non-perishable foods such as tuna fish, stew, peanut butter and jelly, canned fruit and vegetables. [Also] cereal, nuts, raisins and macaroni and cheese. [And] toilet paper, paper towels and soap.” Thank you.

Note: “His Final Touch” Prayer Group meets every Monday night from September to June at 7 p.m. Join them at the Meeting Room at St. Virgilius.

Great renovations! Still celebrating their 50th anniversary, the Broad Channel Athletic Club has made an impressive start on redoing their clubhouse by Memorial Field. Stop and see what they’ve done so far. Donations are still being accepted. Make checks payable to the BCAC Building Fund and send to 125 Cross Bay Boulevard, BC 11693. They also encourage all to come by a BCAC meeting, held the first Thursday every month at 8 p.m. The next is January 5 at the North Channel Yacht Club. Find out more about the project and about the organization.

Speaking of the Gateway National Recreation Area, notably represented in our own backyards by the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Floyd Bennett Field, Riis Park and Fort Tilden, one might ask – What does a National Park do in winter? Certainly not hibernate. There’s a whole host of indoor and outdoor activities for adults and kids you can learn about online. More next column.

Got BC news, event or organization info? Send it to workingstories@aol.com or drop off in the right hand mailbox at 126 Noel Road.

(Please include the full name for the organization and yourself.)

All the Best to You in the New Year and Thanks for Reading.

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