2012-03-23 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Dan Guarino

Early last Saturday morning the fog rolled in, touching our Broad Channel with a ghostly beauty that even people living only a few miles inland seldom see.

And if you were out later on Sunday the soft evening fog and gathering dusk together painted a picture of Jamaica Bay that would take your breath away.

The Men’s Auxiliary of the VFW will be serving up a made to order brunch of eggs, pancakes or omelets, along with ham, sausage, bacon, beverages, coffee, tea and dessert. That’s this Sunday, March 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the VFW Hall on Shad Creek Road. And if you haven’t tried their waffles, now is the time! Adults: $8. Kids: $4. Bring the family. Meet up with neighbors and friends. 50/50s and raffles will be sold. The previous VFW brunch’s St. Patrick’s Day themed prizes were truly grand!

Reminder: The VFW will be hosting Bingo the 3rd Sunday of every month. Doors open at 12 noon. Bingo starts at 1 p.m. A $5 donation at the door includes coffee and cake.

By the way, the early turnout for American Legion’s Jane Fuller Brunch on Sunday, March 11 looked very good indeed. The event turned out to be a big success. Thanks to all for coming.

Members of both organizations have mentioned how many veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan desperately need support. If you know a vet who could use the understanding of those who have been there, please have them contact the VFW and/or the American Legion. They stand ready to help those who have served.

Christ Presbyterian Church is holding an Easter Sale! This Saturday, March 24 starting at 10 a.m. there’ll be cakes, cookies, Easter candy and Easter decorations for sale. Lunch will also be sold – hamburgers and fries, coffee, tea and soda. Come to the Church Hall just off Noel Road. Come early. Bring the kids.

As always, the congregation is graciously grateful to all for their support.

This Monday, March 26 St. Virgilius will host a “Mini Brunch Lenten Retreat” with Sister Ave Clarke from 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. The theme will be “Jesus’ Journey of Love.” I have yet to meet a soul who has gone to a presentation with Sister Ave and come away without being inspired.

Next Saturday night March 31 come out and Support a Friend in Need. The American Legion Hall opens its doors for A Night at the Races starting at 7 p.m. $10 donation at the door. Early Bird Specials, 50/50s and raffles for prizes like a flat screen TV, a Wii system, patio set, Kindle, iPod, BBQ baskets, Coach Bag, gift certificates and more. Info: contact Joanne Heaphy at JosieNY30@aol.com. All donations are welcomed.

Hope you got into the spirit last Sunday with the Holy Humor Sunday celebration at Christ Presbyterian Church. Noting that “laughter is good for the body and soul,” parishioners and guests alike were invited to “put on your best smile and silliest hat or best hat or no hat and join us.”

“A day of joy within the mourning season” Laetare Sunday celebrates the knowledge that Easter is yet to come. Noting that is often “much easier to cry to people than to laugh with them,” Reverend Zarou accordingly laced her sermon with well told jokes. The congregation joined in and even added a few laughs of their own. It was a good place to be. Good Friday Services will be held at 2 p.m. on April 6.

Two words come to mind, as a neighbor mentioned, after the horrific crash on the Boulevard: guard rails.

Note: The Boy Scouts Broad Channel Pack/Troop 282 meets Monday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. at the American Legion Hall.

Seen the flyers around town asking “What Would You Do With $1 Million?” but haven’t been closely following the story? Local restaurateur Robert Kaskel explains, “Councilman Ulrich of District 32 is allocating $1,000,000 of his discretionary spending to a trial program called Participatory Budgeting in New York City. I went to a meeting about this initiative last autumn and decided to get involved to help improve our neighborhood(s).

“Regardless of [which plan] you vote for…there are very excellent ideas and project proposals to improve our community and services that many of us and our children use. There will be voting locations every day from March 25 through March 31 throughout our district. Check out the link pbnyc.org/con tent/district-32-voting-dates-locations to find a convenient location and time.” He adds “ You need to be 18 years of age or older and prove that you live in District 32 – strictly within Broad Channel, Rockaway Beach, Rockaway Park, Belle Harbor, Neponsit, or Breezy Point.”

Voting locations in Broad Channel will include the BCVFD Firehouse at 15 Noel Road from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28 and the new community center at St. Virgilius on Saturday, March 31 from 3 to 7 p.m.

PS/MS 47 currently has a proposal in to buy new computers for the school.

Put a big green mark on your calendar. Christ Presbyterian Church will be selling Easter plants outside the church after services on Saturday evening April 7 and Sunday morning April 8.

Finally, about the new west side street raising project parking questions, BC Civic President Dan Mundy Jr. noted the following on February 24: “Yesterday I had a conversation with Commissioner McCarthy regarding current discussions … between DOT, DDC, the design group [and] lawyers for the city regarding this issue of parking on both sides of the new streets as we currently do.

To be clear the Commissioner has stated that this is not, at this time, an official position of the City but it is something they are looking at. She wanted to be clear that she does not have official permission to present this at this time as they are still looking at all aspects of the plan.”

Got BC news, event information or something to share about your organization? Please send it to workingstories@aol.com. Or drop it off at 126 Noel Road, right hand mail box.

Thanks for reading.

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