2012-09-07 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Dan Guarino

Summer may be giving way to early Fall and August may be folding into September. Here in Broad Channel days may be getting shorter, but my how our memories get deeper and richer with each passing day.

We’d like to welcome all our great teachers, staff and students back for a new school year at PS/MS 47. No doubt the first day, Thursday, September 6, saw many excited kids (and parents!) ready to start new things.

There was also the possibility of a visit by Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott. And yes, we love those recorded weekly messages giving us the newest school updates and news! Only in Broad Channel!

Thursday before Mardi Gras you might have heard the strains of “The Wanderer,” “Paradise By The Dashboard Light,” “Twist and Shout,” and “Addicted To Love” coming from the Ruffle Bar.

Inside a large, happy crowd was thoroughly enjoying ‘Karaoke with DJ Miltey.’

The whole place joined in as some great and certainly game vocalists came up to ‘sing it out loud.’

Even DJ Miltey joined in a duet or two. Oh, and special thanks to my singing partner Lynn. It was a great evening.

By all reports a great time was had by many at the O’s Pub Reunion at Grassy’s the Sunday before that. Said one cheerful reunion attendee, “It was great. There were a lot of laughs, lots of old pictures, great memories. Everybody had a great time.”

Proceeds for both events went to the BCVFD.

The Broad Channel Historical Society open house on Mardi Gras Sunday conjured up memories of its own.

Combing through historic photos and items there brought forth a lot of stories and a few surprises for visitors.

One woman biked all the way from the East Village to stop in. More than a few people mentioned they had new items for the collection.

Oh, and a belated ‘welcome to the neighborhood’ to Jennifer and Alvin of Van Brunt Road.

Get a new picture of the past every month with a brand new 2013 BC Historical Calendar. Still only $5 and on sale all over town.

Certainly there were Mardi Gras parades in other nearby neighborhoods, but the Broad Channel celebration always manages to have a flavor all its own.

The Parade started off from West 9th Road a bit after 1 p.m. on Labor Day, proceeding down to West 20th Road.

There it came about, headed up the East side of Cross Bay Boulevard and finished off at the BCAC Memorial Field. Overcast skies and an early morning rain did not dampen the spirits of the marchers or the large number of parade-goers.

Following behind the honor guard of the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department, along with fire engines’ horns honking and sirens wailing, came a colorful contingent of costumed characters and fabulous floats.

Everything from a tribute to “Rockaway’s Playland 1902-1987” to “The Mayor’s Junk Food Task Force” and an ode to the “Red Solo Cup,” complete with adult dancers dressed as same, came parading by.

Also featured were “Sand Bar 2025 Electric Beach” (with real beach sand), the waves, water and slides of “The Tootsie Roll Slide,” “Broad Channel’s Best Dance Crew,” “The Pee Wee Rock Band,” and the kid-sized “Rock of Ages.”

There was the colorful entry “The Candy Shop,” battling princesses and pirates on the “74th Annual Disney Hunger Games” and a touch of early Christmas with the “Shad Creek Elves Association” overflowing float.

An elaborate forest of trees, flora, fauna, stuffed animals, Tarzan and loads of kids decked out “Welcome to the Jungle.”

And who can forget The Lone Raisin? Cheers to you!

Appropriately ending off the parade was “Toby Keith’s Tour Bus”, emblazoned with the banner “Let’s Have A Party!”

Many thanks to the NYPD and the NYPD Auxiliary for always making our annual event a safe and smooth one.

Post Parade festivities included the drawing of the $10,000 Raffle. Although this column went to press before the winners’ names were available, we do know that some lucky ticket holders walked away with one prize of $500 and fifteen won $200 apiece.

And, of course, one lucky winner claimed the $10,000 grand prize.

All raffle proceeds went to benefit the BCVFD and the BCAC. Tickets were $100 each and sales were limited to 400 tickets only.

Back To Business: Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder is bringing his office to the neighbors and neighborhoods of his district.

He and his staff will be in Broad Channel on Thursday, September 13. You can meet with them and discuss your questions and concerns from 3 to 7 p.m. at Rock ‘n’ Roll Bagels at East 21 Street and Cross

The VFW Penny Social Fundraiser is now on for Saturday, October 13.

Tables are going fast, so call 646- 344-2640, leave a message and make a reservation today!

There’ll also be VFW Bingo Sunday, September 16.

Doors open at 12:00, bingo starts 1 p.m. $5 donation includes dessert and coffee. Bring a friend for free!

Also Tuesday, September 11 the VFW will hold a memorial at 7 p.m. at 18th Road Park.

Starting Monday, September 10 the BC Library will have new hours.

It will be opened Monday, Thursday and Friday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m, Tuesday 2-7 p.m. and Wednesday 1-7 p.m. and closed Saturday and Sunday.

Stop by and pick up a new schedule for this and other neighboring libraries.

Our BC library is one of only 24 Queen Library branches that features an exterior “24/7 Self Check- In” system.

Finally, Broad Channel talents Gary Russo and Apryl Nebozenko will be singing it for the Rockaway Artists Alliance’s biggest fundraiser in years.

Their sweet sounds, along with comedy, fabulous prizes, fine food, great art and good company will be featured at the T-7 Gallery at Fort Tilden from 7–11 p.m. on Saturday, September 8.

Each $100 ticket includes a chance to win two round trip tickets from Jet Blue. Contact 917- 306-8729 for information. All proceeds go to RAA.

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

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