2012-08-24 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Dan Guarino

Seemingly with the sun slanting lower in the sky a little earlier after each lovely day, “Back To School” sales moving in and “Beach Item Clearance” items moving out, August moves a little closer to September.

Still there seems to be lots of summer fun still to be enjoyed. Last Saturday it seemed that almost every car on Noel Road, and possibly in town, had taken off for destinations unknown. Sunday, though overcast, saw many boats out on the water and no doubt plenty of people on the beach or fishing off the bridges. Neighbors even talked of camping trips with the kids and grandkids. Nope. Summer isn’t quite over just yet!

It was a busy weekend last week as both the VFW and the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department presented two great summer events: a grand BBQ at the VFW and the annual Women’s Softball game hosted by the Vollies at Memorial Field!

Final score: 22-19, with The Misfits as the winners. Jeanine Dougherty did a great job organizing the game, for which festivities concluded at the Ruffle Bar.

Fittingly enough Eileen O’Hare and Patti O’Sullivan are organizing an “O’s Pub” reunion to benefit the Vollies. As their flyer says, “Everyone who worked at O’s Pub, drank at O’s Pub, wished they could have a drink at O’s Pub or (have) never even seen O’s Pub are welcome!” There will be games, music and yes, plenty of fun. Sadly, O’s is no longer with us, like many other BC pubs and bars of days gone by. However, Grassy’s will act as honorable stand-in for the event on Sunday, August 26 from 2 to 6 p.m. Still ready for fun with friends and neighbors? Come raise a glass and raise your voice for a good cause at the Ruffle Bar on Thursday, August 30 from 5 to 9 p.m. “Show off your talent while supporting the Broad Channel Vollies” as ‘Karaoke with DJ Miltey’ rolls in with a grand time for all. It’s $5 at the door and all proceeds go to the BCVFD.

Thanks to Carol Corbett and the rest of the Raisins for organizing this event.

Speaking of glasses gone by, a few years ago the Broad Channel Historical Society held a great BC Historical Day at the American Legion Hall. There were photos, newspaper articles, banners, a Nut Club jersey* and I believe a nearly complete place setting from Weiss’ Restaurant. Cup, plate, saucer – all with the Weiss logo emblazoned across them. But what was really causing a lot of buzz were the tables with the Historical Society asking for the public’s help in filling details of the Channel’s history. Any information that helps locate a BC landmark or put a name to a face in a photo is of tremendous help. The items that drew most attention as well as great reminiscences, interest and energetic debate that day? A map, a sheet of sticker dots and a small placard that said, “Help us identify and locate Broad Channel’s bars.” Many fond memories and much historical data were collected that day.

The Broad Channel Historical Society will be ‘bringing it back’ Mardi Gras weekend with 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? Bring them along to share a real piece of our vibrant and surprising history.

Catch up with 2013 with a brand new Broad Channel Historical calendar for the New Year. Inflation-proof price: $5, with a new picture of the past for every month! The BC Historical Day will even be held in a deep-rooted piece of Broad Channel history, St. Virgilius School. Use the Church Road entrance.

Copies of “Images of America: Broad Channel,” the book my wife Liz and I authored, will be on sale. I will be at the Open House and will be happy to sign as many copies as you’d like!

*(The Nut Club was a popular athletic/ social organization formed in 1933 by 20 Broad Channel boys. They played just about every sport – football, baseball, etc. – for every season.)

The congregation of Christ Presbyterian Church by the Sea announces: “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.”

Although no payment is required right away, reservations must be made in advance as they do need a headcount estimate to reserve a large enough banquet room. Please contact Joyce Adamiszyn 718-474-7769 or Janet McCarthy 718-318-6454.

Christ Presbyterian services are held at 10:15 a.m. every Sunday. Stop in sometime and you will be welcomed.

Clear your calendar for Monday September 3. The Broad Channel Mardi Gras parade is coming through! Bring your chairs, strollers and coolers. It starts at 1 p.m. Traditionally the starting point, currently TBA, is determined by which Broad Channel bar raises the most donation money, with this year’s recipient being the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Corp.

The grand Parade will conclude at the BCAC Memorial Field where there will be food and refreshments. And the $10,000 raffle will be drawn!

Tickets are still available. Contact Jack Allen at 646-267-5423 or Dan McIntyre at 346-678-5857 or 718-474- 6888.

Book Note: The Broad Channel Library will be closed on September 3 for the Labor Day holiday. Remember you can renew books, CDs, videos and other library items at www.queenslibrary.org, as well as request items and browse the catalogue.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars will be holding their big fundraiser on October 6. The proceeds help fund a beautiful Thanksgiving dinner for over 100 St. Albans Hospital vets. To continue to do their good works, the VFW could use your donations of dollars, goods, services, gift certificates- anything that would help cover costs or provide great prizes. Contact Ladies Auxiliary President Josette Turchio at 646-344-2640 or josette_ correaturchio@yahoo.com.

Got BC News? Send it to workingstories@aol.com or drop it at 126 Noel Road, right-hand mailbox.

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