2012-06-15 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Dan Guarino

Just a few weeks ago many Broad Channelers got to see the space shuttle Enterprise as she flew into JFK. It was quite a sight to come to the top of the North Channel’s Joseph P. Addabbo Bridge and see her across the Bay, sitting on the runway atop the jumbo jet she came in on.

Even more people packed the kids, grandkids, family and friends onto their boats on Sunday, June 3 and joined the flotilla of sightseers as the Enterprise made her way by barge out and away across our lovely Jamaica Bay and on towards the Hudson River and Manhattan.

As you’ve seen from the pictures, there were many great views that day, but none was better than the view from Broad Channel. It was a once in a lifetime event.

On his way to exploring the island the Lenni Lanape Indians called Mannahatta and the rich lands beyond, it is said Henry Hudson stopped in Jamaica Bay. Looking eastward then he probably gazed out over what is now Broad Channel today.

In greeting the prototype shuttle Enterprise in our own way, Broad Channel itself once again continues to welcome explorers on their way to discovering surprising and strange new worlds.

A large and visibly moved crowd turned out for the 17 Road Park and George Riekers Veterans Memorial wreath laying ceremonies and Memorial Day parade on Sunday, May 27. The American Legion and the VFW along with the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, the BCVFD vollies and even Thomasina’s Dance Company joined together to honor and remember. Special guests were veterans from the St. Albans VA facility. Refreshments and beverages followed at the VFW’s ‘backyard.’

Now here’s a fish story of a different kind. The Shad Creek Association proudly presents its 18th Annual “It’s A Fluke” Fishing Tournament on Saturday, July 7. There will be a Captain’s meeting/sign-up Thursday July 5 from 5 p.m. on. The entry fee is $25 per angler and a $5 calcutta for largest sea robin.

The contest itself runs from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. sharp. Weigh-in will take place at the Shad Creek clubhouse. And there’ll be a weigh-in party afterward with a BBQ and beverages for all.

Not in the contest? Not a problem. Come and celebrate at the party. General admission is only $10.

Need more info or have questions? Feel free to email ShadCreekAssoc@aol.com. And “LIKE” them on Facebook. They can be found at – Shad Creek Assoc.

The Shad Creek Association is located at 529 Cross Bay Boulevard in Broad Channel, right on Jamaica Bay.

By the way, as the BC Civic Association notes, as “a reminder to all anglers – a saltwater fishing license is required this year! The license is free and can be obtained online at https://nyfgisales.ap psolgrp.com/fgnyia/html/index.jsp.

No doubt you’ve ‘peeked’ into the American Legion hall and noted all the work going on in there. Can’t wait till the renovations are complete and we can see the finished project in all its glory.

Congratulations to Broad Channel artists Samantha Rissmeyer and John Macrae, whose work is now showcased at the Rockaway Artists Alliance T-6 Gallery at Fort Tilden in the ‘Millennial 1980-2012’ exhibition. Organized by Tracey Greene, it highlights local artists born in the 1980s and ’90s and had a packed opening reception on Sunday, June 10. “Millenials” is on view Saturdays and Sundays from 12-4 through June 29.

“The Civic Association’s eautification Committee would like to put in a big “thank you” … to everyone who came out and supported (the Adopt-A-Tree event). The overwhelming cooperation of the community and the sense of camaraderie was more than could be hoped for. [We] would especially like to thank the Hahulski family-Jennifer and Kevin and son, Red Daniel. It could not have been done without them. They built the boxes, carted the soil and flowers and were [there] every step of the way. But the community of Broad Channel was the star of the day – balloons flying, flags waving and people all over the mall planting and being neighborly. We thought we would burst with joy. There were 39 tree pits taken care of that day - how about that! BC is sure a blooming town.”

“You’re not going to stop. You’re not going to give up. You’re gonna do that Walk.” Those are the words of Broad Channel resident Carol Oldenbuttel- Irizarry as she looks toward the “inredible challenge” she has taken on.

Over three days this October, she will walk 60 miles with a goal of raising $2,300 or more and the hope of “build- [ing] a future without breast cancer.”

The event, taking place in Philadelphia, is the Susan G. Komen 3-Day and will involve camping overnight and walking with thousands of women and men also making this journey.

Finding inspiration and feeling she can do no less, she says, “There are people with cancer who are doing this walk.”

Incredibly, Ms. Oldenbuttel-Irizarry, who is now intensively training for the trek, says she was first made aware of this charitable event through an advertisement.

“I just saw a television commercial,” she states. “I just thought I should get involved in it.”

Since signing up “there is so much I am finding out about … one woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every two minutes in the U.S. That’s why I am walking.”

Anyone who wishes to donate may mail in the form placed in their mailbox a few weeks ago. Or you can go online to The3Day.org, click on Donate and find her personal fundraising page under participant ‘Carol A. Irizarry.’

You can also call 1-800-996-3DAY. It is important to donate early, as each walker must reach her or his goal before participating in the walk.

Knowing how many lives here in the Channel have been touched by cancer, and knowing our town’s love of a good cause, no doubt that many thousands in spirit will be walking right alongside Carol.

Best of luck to you.

Got BC news? Don’t keep it to yourself! E-mail workinstories@aol.com. or drop it off at 126 Noel Road, right hand mailbox. Thanks for reading.

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