2012-08-10 / Milestones

Broad Channel Bits

By Dan Guarino

Channel on the Big (and little) Screen: Last column we mentioned movies and television shows shot in Broad Channel, with our photogenic neighborhood guest starring as itself or someplace else.

The Broad Channel Bits e-mail and mailbox are still open for your great info on films, TV programs, plays, and books that feature our BC home in some way. We’ll gladly publish those lists and pass them along to the Broad Channel Historical Society.

Correction: The lovely ‘houses on stilts’ referred to last column are off East 12 Road, not East 10. Thanks, Kevin, for sharing such a beautiful spot with us.

A good time was had by all at the BCAC’s Irish Night fundraiser at the Brooklyn Cyclones game on August 2. People were still talking about it as they moved on from there to a late evening fundraiser for another nonprofit group in Rockaway. Proceeds from Irish Night go towards supporting the BCAC’s great programs.

Flame on! The grill is hot and the VFW is hosting a BBQ on Saturday, August 18 from 2 to 6 p.m. Come one, come all for good summer food, drink and a great time! $20 per person for adults, $10 for kids. Children four and under: free! The VFW Hall is located at 705 Shad Creek Road.

And get ready for Bingo! at the VFW on Sunday, August 19. Doors open at 12 noon. At 1 p.m. the games begin! Admission is $5. There’ll be coffee, cake and tea served and 50/50s and raffles will be on sale.

Proceeds will go towards supplying the annual St. Alban’s Veterans Thanksgiving dinner.

It’ll be a busy Broad Channel Saturday, August 18 as the BCVFD holds a Mardi Gras fundraiser Ladies Softball Game from 2 p.m. on at the BC Memorial Field. Admission is $20 per person. Food, beer and refreshments will be sold and there’ll be an after party at the Ruffle Bar.

Any questions? Contact Jeanine at 718-634-7235.

On Thursday, August 30 raise your voice for a good cause. “Karaoke with DJ Miltey” will roll into the Ruffle Bar from 5 to 9 p.m. It’s $5 at the door with all proceeds going to the BCVFD. “Show off your talent while supporting the Broad Channel Vollies!”

Talk about the past catching up with you! The Broad Channel Historical Society will be hosting an Open House on Sunday, September 2 from noon to 2 p.m. A portion of their collection will be on display, including pictures, banners, trophies, artifacts and recent acquisitions. Got guests in town for Mardi Gras? Bring them along to share a real piece of our vibrant and surprising history.

Broad Channel 2013 calendars will be on sale at the still inflation-proof price of $5. The event will take place in a deep-rooted piece of Broad Channel history itself, St. Virgilius School. Use the Church Road entrance.

Copies of “Images of America: Broad Channel” will also so be on sale. Written by my wife, Liz Guarino, and me, it’s the first book of its kind that recounts in words and vintage pictures the often surprising history of our island home. I will be at the Open House and will be happy to sign as many copies as you’d like!

From Christ Presbyterian Church by the Sea: “After 25 years of service to … Broad Channel, the Reverend Andrea Zarou is retiring. A celebration brunch will be held at Roma View in Howard Beach on Sunday, November 18.”

Reservations must be made in advance. Though no payment is required at this time, they do need an estimated head count to reserve a banquet room large enough for the event. Please contact Joyce Adamiszyn 718-474-7769 or Janet McCarthy 718-318-6454.

Good to see some Broad Channel neighbors stopping in at the National Park Service’s ‘open house’ information tables and tent just off the boardwalk at Riis Park Bathhouse on Saturday, August 4 and Friday, August10.

As you may know, the NPS is considering three major proposals, known as Management Alternatives B, C and D, for the long-range direction of the Gateway National Recreation Area. In our immediate vicinity, that includes Jacob Riis Park, Floyd Bennett Field, the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge and Fort Tilden.

The Rangers gathered at Riis Park were thorough, well-informed and good listeners, too. The purpose of their outreach is to explain this undertaking and these options and gather comments, opinions and public guidance on the Park’s final General Management Plan. A draft will be prepared by Spring 2013; a final version submitted by Summer 2013.

According to the National Park Service, these Alternatives represent “several different approaches.” Each “includes a set of ideas that would steer park management in a different direction over the next twenty years.”

Through the CYO sports programs, the Rockaway Little League, Rockaway Theatre Company and Rockaway Artists Alliance (I am a proud member) and other activities, many of us in the Channel are deeply involved in Gateway through the Wildlife Refuge and Fort Tilden.

Alternative B opens the door for continued and, in fact, stronger community group partnerships with the Park, something many of us have been working diligently towards. To offer your input into the grand plan, go to http://parkplanning.nps.gov today. You’ll find full information on this project at www.nps.gov/gate.

Clarification: The good news is Broad Channel is not losing Broad Channel Bits. For the foreseeable future I will indeed continue to write this column for inclusion in The Wave. However, the full time job I have been doing for 19 years, as manager of a very large customer service call center, will end by August 23. The very large telecommunications company I work/worked for is “restructuring” their New York operation.

After a short break, my plan is to start looking and also creating new opportunities for myself, for which I will not turn down any help.

But in the meantime, the Broad Channel Bits goes on. Sorry for any confusion on that.

So, if you’ve got BC news, absolutely send it to workingstories@aol.com or drop it off at 126 Noel Road, right hand mailbox.

And as always, thanks for reading!

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