2012-05-04 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

“Spring comes to Broad Channel. Flowers begin to poke up through the ground. Boats take to the water. Yard sales begin to dot the boulevard and side streets.

And so also this column reappears.” – The Wave, May 13, 2011.

With these words I began writing this column one year ago, picking it up from where my late wife, Liz Guarino, writing it since 2002, left off.

To date the experience has been a terrific one. I thank everyone who’s read it, given feedback, comment and encouragement.

I thank all who’ve added to it and become a part of it. And of course, I thank you for reading.

My Mistake: Liz’s last column for The Wave appeared on February 25, 2011, not 2012. This was also the day she passed away. This date error appeared in the column two weeks ago.

The BCAC’s Opening Day parade and celebration was a great event. Saturday, April 17 saw hundreds of Shamrocks players of all sizes, moms, dads, families, the BCVFD and American Legion progress from 17th Road Park to the ball field in a small sea of multicolored uniforms. Within sight of the new and freshly renovated BCAC clubhouse there was face painting, cotton candy, bouncy rides and a complimentary barbecue.

Said one onlooker as the youthful parade went by, “It’s nice to see a team where the players hold hands.”

Game schedules are posted for view anytime in glass cases mounted outside the clubhouse.

The Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Corps fund and member drive continues. Now with warmer weather, beach, boating and driving season upon us, and the closure of our nearest hospital, they are needed more than ever.

The Vollies are asking a contribution of $75 per household. You may not know when, but it will more than pay back when you need it. Open your door to a Vollie, stop off at the firehouse, drop off a check, show your support.

Also as Chief Dan McIntyre writes to remind us, “Your donation is needed – your time is more valuable and needed.” In rebuilding their volunteer ranks, “Age is of little concern; we can provide free training for anyone who wishes to help.” Call 718-474-6888 for more information.

Next VFW Bingo: Sunday, May 6. Doors open at 12 noon. Bingo starts at 1 p.m. A $5 donation at the door includes coffee and cake.

Christ Presbyterian Church by the Sea’s pastor and congregation would like to thank all who supported and enjoyed their annual Sauerbraten Dinner.

Join them for their Spring Fair Flea Market and Plant Sale on Saturday, May 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. That will be in the Church Hall. Franks, soda, coffee and tea will be available. Mother’s Day plants and flats will be sold at the Fair and also on Sunday, May 13, Mother’s Day, outside the church.

Close the kitchen and treat Mom (and yourself) to a great VFW Mother’s Day Brunch, May 13 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the VFW Hall. Try the pancakes, waffles and eggs made to order. Don’t forget the ‘garbage’ omelet. Choice of bacon or sausage, juice or drinks, coffee, tea and desserts are all included. $8 for adults; $4 for children.

All proceeds go to support our vets.

Broad Channel’s 2nd annual Two Bridges Music Festival is coming to the BCAC Memorial Field on Saturday, May 12! Presented by the BCAC and community involved BC musicians Mason and Frank Porretto, it’ll feature two stages of live non-stop music and plenty of festive activities for all in between. “Featuring some of the best bands and artists from the area,” appearing so far are such BC and Rockaway talents as the Reda Shay Band, Poor House, Breezy Grass, Non-Stop to Cairo, Mr. Big Deal, Hoodless, Matthew Kiss, Sons of Jove, Brutal East, Soulshyne, Grim Pickens & the High Five and more!

Gates open 12 noon to 10 p.m. Adult admission is $10. Kids – free!

Says Mason Porretto, this “[Broad Channel] music fest is gonna be bigger and waaay better than [before]!”

All proceeds go to benefit the BCAC. Raindate: Saturday, May 19.

Celebrate Spring and circle your calendar in green! The BC Civic Association’s Beautification Commit-tee says we’re “looking for volunteers for the ‘Clean Up a Tree Bed and Adopt-a-Tree Event’ which [takes] place on Saturday, May 19. Kick-off time is 10 a.m. Join the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and members of the BCAC in cleaning out the tree-pits and planting flowers along the median on Cross Bay Blvd. All you have to do is show up on the Boulevard with your rakes and shovels and adopt a tree bed of your choice. We will be distributing flowers, seed mix, flags and balloons for each pit. Hope to see you there!”

Representatives from the Citizens Committee for New York City, which recently awarded a sizeable grant to help the Civic beautify our town, will be on hand, too. A hearty Broad Channel turnout would be a good thing to welcome our guests with.

Thanks to the Beautification Committee and all our weekend gardeners for all that they do.

From BC Civic Association President Dan Mundy Jr.: “Guardrail construction for the bike/walking path on the west side of Cross Bay Boulevard, along the bird sanctuary, is scheduled to start, … and be completed by June 30. Councilman Eric Ulrich [has been] instrumental in procuring funding for this project.”

Let’s hope the new and much needed barriers bring more safety and less injury and fatalities along the way.

E-mails J.M. Delahunt of W12th Road, “Anybody have [a] 1984 Survey with surveyor Albert A. Bianco’s seal on it? If yes, could I make a copy? Or can you tell me where I can find it? Dept. of Finance Records on 94th Ave has 1984/ 5/6 survey, without seal. Not what DOB needs ... looked up Bianco, his phone #’s not current ... Tried NYS Dept. of Surveys – nada.” I’ll gladly pass along any replies sent to this column.

And send BC news and information to workingstories@aol.com! Or drop off at 126 Noel Road, right hand mail box.

Thanks for reading.

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