2012-07-27 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Dan Guarino

Overheard recently: “Anybody remember last week …when it was summer?” The rains that came and washed over Broad Channel finally broke the heat, dropping temperatures as much as 20-30 degrees within hours, and left a comfortable cool behind them.

Some days it almost felt like fall. Here and there this added an odd seasonal disconnect as we woke up under blankets, went to close windows and put on jackets, sweatshirts and rain gear before going out. Or do it all in reverse.

The weather did not stop everybody from having a great summer time last Saturday at the big East Side block party in and around Church Road. Long after midnight neighbors were still enjoying the perfect weather and each other’s company.

Hope you called for your tickets by July 10 for the BCAC’s Brooklyn Cyclones Irish Night Fundraiser. Starting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 2, this should be a great event. Every $16 admission includes a free hat and all proceeds go to the BCAC.

Looking to lessen the cost of adding your kids to your auto policy? Or cut some expenses or keep your 10 percent auto insurance discount going? You might be thinking it’s a good time to take 4 points off your license.

Either way you’re just in time to sign up for the 6-hour defensive driving course given over Tuesday, August 7 and Thursday, August 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. The class will be held in the air conditioned St. Virgilius lunch room/Alumni Hall building. No test will be given and refreshments will be served. All for $45!

Better hurry though. Payment in advance guarantees you a seat, and seats are going fast. Call Helen at 718-945-4648 today to hold your spot. Proceeds go to help support the St. Virgilius children’s religious education program.

The Bus Stops Here: The Q21 bus route has partially been replaced by the Q52. The shortened Q21 line will now run only as far as 164th Avenue and Cross Bay in Howard Beach. The new Q52 line will run all day, going from Arverne to Queens Center Mall and back again with limited stops along the way.

The Rockaway Park/Woodside Q53 is not affected by these changes.

Enjoy the BC library, and the air conditioning inside, as they present programs for the BC younger set through the second week of August. Every Tuesday at 3 p.m. there will be Crafts for ages 7-10. Story Time for all ages is Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m. followed at 3 p.m. by Crafts for ages 3-6. Thursdays at 3 will be Teen and ‘Tween Crafts and Fridays it’s Board Games for all ages from 1-5 p.m.

Standing outside the Broad Channel library branch on a Sunday afternoon, a woman who was passing through was quite pleased to be able to return her books at our automatic book return. “I don’t live here,” she said, “but this is great. You really have the best of the best. I wish every library (branch) had this.”

The automatic Self Return Unit is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and will accept all returning library materials from books to music CDs to magazines to DVDs and books on audio. It even gives you a receipt!

Broad Channel on the Big Screen: This past Sunday I had the pleasure of standing on the deck of the East 10th Road BC bungalow overlooking the Bay where scenes from both “Boardwalk Empire” and “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” were filmed. The owner, a good friend, related how he stood there during the shooting of the former, an HBO series, as the ‘Al Capone’ character, prop gun drawn, came around the corner for a pivotal scene.

“Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” released in theatres last December 25, had cast and crew shooting here and in the Rockaways in early May 2011. The story follows a young boy, now traveling across the city, who lost his father in the 9/11 attacks.

Starring Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock and Tom Horn, it is now out on video. For some summer viewing check out a copy from the Broad Channel library and enjoy.

See how many neighborhood locales you can spot.

In fact, send a list and we’ll share it with everyone in the column.

Over the years, our super scenic Broad Channel home has guest starred in quite a number of film, television and cable productions. Whether playing herself, as in “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” or someplace else, like 1920s Atlantic City in “Boardwalk Empire,” she is always unmistakably Broad Channel.

The Broad Channel Historical Society has a copy of the “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” episode “Broad Channel,” first aired on USA Network on April 13, 2010. In one Internet critic’s opinion, it was “a decent outing,” but it’s nice to spot the BC locations and, if you know the neighborhood, have an unintentional laugh or two. Even if it’s at the expense of the storyline.

Okay, who can name any other films, televisions shows, documentaries or even stage productions and books that feature Broad Channel? Let us know. It would make a great list and a great addition to our Historical Society collection.

Finally, thank you to all for their inquiries and concern re: my mention last column that my current employment is coming to an end. My position, along with a good number of my colleagues, officially ends on August 23, 2012. Reason: “reorganization/position elimination.’

To answer your questions: I’m a customer service call center manager for a very large telecommunications company with direct responsibility for 80+ employees and 3-5 supervisors plus day to day responsibility for 600+ employees and overall operations. I started there 19 years ago, working my way up from the bottom and acquiring any number of other skills.

I deeply appreciate all the good wishes I have received. In the sincerest sense, there is no place like the Channel!

Any and all BC news is welcomed. Please e-mail organization, neighborhood, fundraising or non-profit event news to workinstories@aol.com. Or drop it off at 126 Noel Road, right hand mailbox.

Thanks for reading.

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