2012-09-21 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Dan Guarino

Heading down West 10th Road late last month I met a fellow photographer on his way to catch another spectacular Broad Channel late summer sunset. As the shimmering sun disappeared in the west it gave Brooklyn a beautiful glow and cast a swirling pink, red and violet glow on the rolling waves of the Bay. The sun’s long last rays and endless long streaks of clouds made Manhattan look like it was painted in. If Bob Ross never lived in Broad Channel, he should have.

Just To Note: the American Legion was finely represented in BC’s Labor Day Mardi Gras Parade. They marched along with colors flying right at the head of the parade just behind the Broad Channel Vollies.

Also marching were local politicians Joseph Addabbo, Phillip Goldfeder and Lew Simon.

You’re just in time to register for the St. Virgilius-St Camillus CYO Boys Swim Team. Registration will be this Saturday, September 22 at 1:30 p.m. at the Far Rockaway High School pool. The registration fee is $175 and includes swim suit, cap and goggles. Need more information? Call Freddy at 718-877-3467.

Sunday School classes are ready to resume at Christ Presbyterian Church By The Sea. Registration for ages 4 to 10 is this Sunday, September 23 at 10:15 a.m. in the Church Hall. Classes start next Sunday, September 30 at 10:15 a.m.

Join the Fall Equinox Hike Adventure at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center on Saturday, September 22 starting at 10:30 a.m.

On the Autumnal Equinox, day and night are nearly equal in length. This 3.5-mile hike will include discussion on traditions and customs relating to Nature on this date. Bring water and sturdy shoes. Leader: Anthony Sadasiva. Program and parking are free.

Gangway! Come aboard the American Princess at Riis Landing and enjoy a great Jamaica Bay Sunset Cruise. On Sunday, September 23 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. enjoy a Ranger-led outing, learn about our amazing Bay, its ecology, wildlife and restoration and its place in New York military history.

You might even see the world’s fastest animal go by. Look sharp!

Cost: $13 per person (cash only). Children under 5 free. Call 718-318-4340 for more information on both these great programs.

New Hours: The Broad Channel Library has new hours. It’s open Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesdays 2-7 p.m. and Wednesdays 1-7 p.m. Closed Saturdays/Sundays. Pick up a new schedule for this and other libraries.

Our BC library also features an exterior “24/7 Self Check-In” system for nearly all returns.

The next Broad Channel Civic Association meeting will be on Thursday, September 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the VFW Hall. Even if you have never been to one before it’s a good time to drop in and find out what’s going on around town.

Neighbor Cindi Ciappetta reminds that the Boy Scouts “Broad Channel Troop 282 has resumed its weekly Monday night meetings from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at the American Legion Hall. There is an open registration for scouts of all ages.” Come down and see what it’s about!

Friday Night Bingo comes to Christ Presbyterian Church on October 12! Doors open at 6 p.m. Early Bird starts at 6:45 p.m. Tea, coffee and cake will be served. Donation $5. All are welcome!

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!

According to VFW Ladies Auxiliary President Josette Turchio, we “hold this fundraiser once a year. With the funds raised we have a Thanksgiving dinner for over 100 veterans from the St. Albans Hospital … Veterans who are hospitalized and veterans who are just coming back from Iraq and … from our recent conflicts who have no home or anywhere to go for Thanksgiving come to our Post.”

She adds, “For Christmas we throw them a Christmas/Holiday dinner and dance.” Donations in dollars or of fundraiser raffle prizes are always needed. Contact Josette at the number above or at josette_ correaturchio@yahoo.com.

The final deadline for public comment on the National Park Service’s three long-term management proposals is Friday, October 5. Through CYO sports, Rockaway Little League, Rockaway Theatre Company and Rockaway Artists Alliance and other activities, many Channel people are deeply involved in both the present and the future of areas like Fort Tilden and the Wildlife Refuge.

Alternative B favors including activities like these in the future plan. However, it also talks about moving these groups out of Fort Tilden and into Riis Park. To offer your input on the proposed grand plan, go to http://parkplanning. nps.gov today. You’ll find full information on this project at www.- nps.gov/gate.

You’ve got a date with the past! It’s “BC Historical Day” from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 28 at the VFW Hall. A treasure trove of newspapers, photographs, “as well as written, audio and video reminiscences,” memorabilia and more all served up from the collection of the Broad Channel Historical Society. The Society advises there will be several new items that have recently been added. A highlight will be the 50th Anniversary video of the Broad Channel Athletic Club (BCAC) celebrated in 2011.

You know, what may be old snapshots, family notes, documents and letters or just plain old ‘stuff’ to you, may be a valuable part of Broad Channel’s past. The BC Historical Society is always looking for items that bring more of that past to life. Please contact the Historical Society or bring the items along! (Original pictures and documents will be copied and returned to donors.)

For more information contact Barbara Toborg at 718-474-1127 or email abtoborg@verizon.net.

Copies of the book “Images of America: Broad Channel” by Liz and Dan Guarino will also be on sale, and I will be happy to sign as many as you’d like.

Finally: The most direct communication I have ever seen. Seen on Cross Bay Boulevard: a Coors Light sign emblazoned with a hand drawn arrow and the word “Food”!

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

Thank you for reading!

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