2012-04-06 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Dan Guarino

Along the southern edge of our island, where the Broad Channel Baths and the Broad Channel Day Camp once existed, a line of fishing poles stood anchored in the sand. And dotted along the Jamaica Bay shore were people easily enjoying the wind, the water and the orange-yellow glow of a now later setting sun. To be exact the time may have been 7:15 in the evening, but the picture was/is timeless.

If you want to experience the joy of Easter, or anything else for that matter, spend time with Broad Channel’s kids. Last Sunday, April 1, the VFW Hall was filled with delighted children who came for their annual Easter Egg Hunt.

From 1 to 4 p.m. there was laughter, excitement and fun as kids had eggs to color, pictures and crayons to draw with, games to play, franks, juice drinks, cupcakes and goody bags. And yes, there was an Easter egg hunt in the VFW ‘backyard’ with kids organized by age group and with appropriate prizes. Dora the Explorer and Diego even dropped by. Even the weather held out. The high point was the appearance of the Easter Bunny, who arrived to the sounds of swelling music and what sounded like hundreds of bouncing little feet. The special guest stayed and sat for pictures with dozens of children.

Said one participant, “Wow! My grandkid’s had a great time!”

A big ‘Thanks’ to the hardworking VFW crew for bringing joy and making everyone an honorary kid for the afternoon.

Hope everyone also enjoyed the American Legion’s Palm Sunday Brunch earlier in the day. Sad to say it will be their last brunch of the season, but keep a look out for other events and happenings.

The Legion Hall will also be undergoing some renovation work on its bathrooms in the meantime.

Don’t forget – Christ Presbyterian Church will be selling Easter Plants outside the church on Saturday evening April 7 and on Sunday, April 8 after services. That’ll be at the corner of Church and Noel Roads.

Good Friday services there will be celebrated on Friday, April 6 at 2 p.m. Easter Sunday services start at 9:15 a.m.

On Good Friday at St. Virgilius there will be the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion at 3 p.m. and Stations of the Cross at 7 p.m. Easter Sunday Masses will be celebrated at 10 a.m. and 12 noon.

As seen on Noel Road: “It’s a Girl! Gabriella Lynn. 8 pounds 7 ounces, 27 inches. 3/15/12. Emily’s little sister! Well, Gabriella Lynn, welcome to the world, and Broad Channel, too!

Celebrate Tax Day with Bingo at the VFW! On Sunday, April 15 the doors will open at 12 noon. At 1 p.m. the games begin! The VFW hosts Bingo on the third Sunday of every month. A $5 donation at the door includes coffee and cake.

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

Stop! And save 10 percent on your car insuranceorgeta4pointlicensereduction right now. Sign up for the 6-hour defensive driving course being given over Monday, April 16 and Monday, April 23 from 7 to 10 p.m. each night. Class will be held in the newly-renovated St. Virgilius Alumni Hall on Church Road just off Noel. No test will be given and refreshments will be served.

A $45 payment guarantees you a seat, but hurry. Space is limited and going fast. To register call Helen at 718- 945-3909.

All proceeds go to support the St. Virgilius children’s religious education program. Call today.

In news to warm your taste buds, Christ Presbyterian Church is presenting a sauerbraten dinner on Sunday, April 22 starting at 3 p.m. Donations are $15 per person. Reservations are a must. For reservations or free delivery call Janet at 718-318-6454, Joyce at 718-474-7769, Al at 718-474-0534 or the Church at 718-945-3443. There’ll also be a 50/50 drawing, with tickets on sale at the dinner.

Well, as you’ve read, the New York State budget has passed and the Cross Bay Bridge toll rebate has been reinstated for Broad Channel and Rockaway residents.

Commented our Assemblyman, Phillip Goldfeder, earlier, “I made a promise before I was in office to work to eliminate the Cross Bay Bridge Toll. It’s … a victory for the people in our community who fought tirelessly to end this burdensome toll.”

Still, as Pete J. Mahon of the West 12th Block Association cautions, “Keep in mind that this is not a permanent solution to the Cross Bay Bridge toll issue. It is a temporary, single year, budget fix that expires with the 2012-2013 budget. If a permanent fix to this issue is not found and this funding mechanism is not included in the 2013-2014 budget, the toll will return.”

But as Assemblyman Goldfeder states, “The return of this important rebate program is a step in the right direction towards completely eliminating this inherently unfair (toll) for the hardworking families and businesses of the Rockaways and Broad Channel.”

Hectic week? Enjoy the quiet and beauty of our neighbors to the north, the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. And stop in to experience “Naturalmente New York” at its Visitors Center. According the NPS, it is “a photographic exhibit that explores the relationship of people, urban life and the natural world at Gateway. [It’s] study in contrasts” by artists Francesca Simondi and Sebastiano Privitera.

Lastly, the final voting on the NYC Participatory Budget initiative took place on Saturday, March 31 right here in Broad Channel. The polling was held in the Community Center (Alumni Hall). On the ballot were 16 proposals for making use of up to $1 million in discretionary funds for District 32 neighborhood improvements. Several of the proposed projects involved Broad Channel’s 17th Road Park, P.S. 47 and the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department. Results should be in soon.

Don’t keep it to yourself. Forward BC news, event information or news about your organization to workingstories @aol.com. Or drop it off at 126 Noel Road, right hand mail box.

Thanks for reading.

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