2012-05-18 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Dan Guarino

Between the wind, the rain, the high tides and chill, the sun has finally been poking out here and there over Broad Channel. We knew if we waited long enough it would finally reappear.

As always in the Channel, there are plenty of reasons to get out and about and enjoy our truly beautiful corner of the world.

From a light pole flyer seen at the corner of Cross Bay and Noel Road: “Don’t Just Hug a Tree – Take Care of One Near You Today.”

This Saturday May 19 the Civic Association’s Beautification Committee launches its “Clean Up a Tree Bed and Adopt-a-Tree Event” starting at 10 a.m. The Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, the BCAC and a host of volunteers will be planting flowers, decorating and cleaning out the tree-pits that run along the median on Cross Bay Boulevard. Says the Committee, “All you have to do is show up on the Boulevard, [bring] 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!” It’s as simple as that.

Members of the Citizens Committee for New York City, who recently awarded a sizeable grant to help the Civic beautify our town, will also be there.

Come out, get your gloves dirty, enjoy a well-deserved day in the sun, and help the Channel be even more beautiful than it is now.

St. Virgilius invites all to celebrate the May Crowning at the 10 a.m. Mass this Sunday, May 20. All Rosary Alter members and First Communicants, who are encouraged to come in their new First Communion outfits, are invited to sit in the front pews and participate. Afterwards coffee, cake and tea will be served in the Alumni Hall behind the church. All are welcome.

Honor and remember all those who have sacrificed and served. The Broad Channel Memorial Day Parade will step off at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 27.

If you “received a summons for parking on the Cross Bay Boulevard median on the morning of Saturday, May 5 …”, says Pete Mahon, “[you] should make it a point to be present at the Civic Association meeting [on Thursday] May 24 in order to ascertain what, if anything, can be done to void or otherwise dismiss these tickets.”

As Civic Association President Dan Mundy Jr. e-mailed shortly after the incident, “I spoke with Captain Olexa, the 100th Precinct commanding officer, today after receiving notice of the ticket blitz for residents who were parked on the center mall. The Captain called the Traffic Department, separate from the 100 Precinct, and spoke with the highest ranking officer available, a lieutenant, and informed him of [our] situation.”

As Pete Mahon updates on the West 12th Block Association website, “Dan … has indicated that he is attempting to arrange for the Commanding Officer of the Queens Traffic Division to attend … the Civic Association meeting this month to discuss the rash of parking violations issued by his staff during the recent “Super Moon” high tides and accompanying street flooding.”

Hopefully the BC Civic Association meeting, which starts at 7:30 p.m. at the VFW Hall on Shad Creek Road, will bring about a swift and fair resolution to this issue. Please be there and support our community.

His Final Touch Prayer Group will be meeting at 7 p.m. in the Meeting Room at St. Virgilius every Monday through the end of June.

Next VFW Bingo is Sunday, June 10. Doors open at 12 noon. Bingo starts at 1 p.m. A $5 donation at the door includes coffee and cake.

No rain date was necessary for Broad Channel’s 2nd Annual Two Bridges Music Festival at the BCAC Memorial Field last Saturday, May 12!

Hundreds of people happily enjoyed the event presented by the BCAC and community. It featured food, fun and two stages of non-stop live music which included BC musicians Mason and Frank Porretto. The festival attracted people and talented musicians from all over. There were bouncy rides for the kids, fresh off the grill hot dogs and hamburgers, raffles, 50/50s and BC Shamrocks T-shirts, sweatshirts and caps to buy. Impromptu dancing even broke out!

All proceeds go to the BCAC.

It may be no surprise to some, but Broad Channel is home to a thriving band of ‘generational’ musicians, like the Porrettos. Here in the Channel there are any number of talented and involved music-making daughters and sons who, from equally talented mothers and fathers, have acquired and carry on both their love of music and of this island we call home.

Follow the BCAC Shamrocks as Little League baseball goes into full swing. Game schedules are posted in display cases outside the new clubhouse building.

It was a great VFW Mother’s Day Brunch, with tables thoughtfully reserved for families and rose corsages for all mothers. Two women who were having a lively time, in discussing such things as the annual Christmas parties with gifts from Santa for every child, aptly summed up the good works of the VFW. “They do such nice things here.”

The BC Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Corps continues its new funds and new members drive. They would deeply appreciate the contribution of $75 per household. This is certainly the season where their services are needed more than ever.

The Vollies have served as a strong pillar of our community for more than 100 years. I am sure each of us knows of a time when they came through for us. Now it’s time to come through for them.

Open your door to a Vollie, stop off at the firehouse, drop off a check, and as Chief Dan McIntyre reminds, think about donating your time as well. As they rebuild their volunteer ranks, all are welcome. “We can provide free training for anyone who wishes to help.” Call 718-474-6888 for more information.

Christ Presbyterian Church thanks all for supporting their Annual Spring Fair and Plant Sale. And they hope every BC Mom had a great day!

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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