2012-10-05 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Dan Guarino

Though the days are getting shorter and the temperatures cooler, here in Broad Channel there is always something to make you smile.

Spotted just the other week, a father and daughter wearing matching purple helmets came zipping along Cross Bay Boulevard on matching purple miniscooters!

There’ll be Bingo Friday night October 12 at Christ Presbyterian Church. Doors open at 6. Early Bird: 6:45. Tea, coffee and cake will be served. Donation $5. All are welcome!

The VFW Ladies Auxiliary Penny Social is almost here! It’s coming Saturday, October 13 at 7 p.m. Now at the larger American Legion Hall, the exciting night of fun will feature prizes like an Apple iPad, a Tablet, tickets to “The View,” a kayak, bicycles, an exercise machine, gift certificates, baskets and there’ll be 50/50s. Ten dollars admission includes coffee and desserts. $2 beers/3 for $5. Don’t wait! Call Josette 646-344- 2640 for reservations now!

This event helps to raise funds for the VFW’s Thanksgiving celebration for more than 100 vets from the St. Albans Hospital, with a homemade dinner and gift for each. It also makes possible a fabulous Christmas/Holiday dinner dance, and Memorial Day Parade Tshirts and Holiday Barbecue.

And it provides housewarming baskets for servicemen and women coming out of hospital and moving into new homes, and more.

You might have heard a Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department truck going up and down the streets last week Wednesday announcing the cancellation of the planned BC carnival over its PA. It was originally scheduled to run from Thursday, September 27 to Sunday, September 30 at the BCAC Memorial Field.

As Dawn McIntyre posted on the West 12th Road Block Association website, “I am sorry to say that we had to cancel the Broad Channel BCVFD Carnival for this weekend. The City would not issue the permits needed for the rides to be brought in. I just found out myself and we are in shock.”

Declaring, “We can still get together and have a night of fun,” the BCVFD went ahead with a “Gaming Night” featuring all types of games of chance at the American Legion Hall on Friday, September 28.

Ever beautiful Jamaica Bay was at its best for the Sunday, September 23 National Parks sponsored Sunset Cruise. The American Princess departed Riis Landing for a terrific hour and a half tour. Rockaway neighbor Ilanna called to say she had a grand time! She’d read about the outing in this column and decided to go!

Speaking of the Bay, BC Civic Association President Dan Mundy Jr. notes that “from all reports, it seemed the Bay was exploding with fish this year, with tremendous schools of bunker. This is a great sign that the millions of dollars in upgrades to the sewage treatment plants around the Bay are really paying off.” He advises these improvements were put in motion by “a Clean Water Act suit brought by (our own) Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers …”

Noting, “It is hard for us to imagine our church and community without her,” Joyce Adamiszyn reminds us that “our beloved Pastor Reverend Andrea Zarou will be retiring after 25 years of service to Christ Presbyterian Church.” Reverend Zarou’s last worship service will be held on Sunday, November 18 at 10:15 a.m. and, of course, all are welcomed. The congregation and community are planning a ‘surprise’ brunch in her honor at the Roma View in Howard Beach at 11 a.m. that day.

“We are keeping a low profile on the party from Reverend Zarou. [She] thinks she is attending a SMALL brunch. [So] we would appreciate keeping [preparations] as quiet as possible.”

The brunch is $50 per person and includes a gift for Reverend Zarou. There will also be the presentation of a memory book, which will include items, pictures and writing gathered from the community. Items must be in no later than October 18. Brunch monies must be received no later than November 1.

Says Joyce, “We at Christ Presbyterian Church hope you will … join us this day that will be filled with LOVE for Rev. Zarou.”

Any questions, please call Joyce at 718-474-7769 or Janet at 718-318-6454.

Broad Channel Boy Scout Troop 282 meets every Monday night from 6:30- 8:00 p.m. at the American Legion Hall. Come and see what it’s about!

BC Window Flyer: “Attention: Broad Channel VFW Post 260 needs dart players A.S.A.P. Please call Tito for details. 646-321-3754.”

From the BC Civic Newsletter: “Mark Your Historical Calendar. The BC Historical Society will sponsor Historical Day on Sunday, October 28 at the VFW Hall of Shad Creek Road from noon to 5 p.m. Come see all the new material … Bring something to contribute to the collection.” (A big ‘thanks’ to hardworking BC newsletter editor Natalie Grant.)

You might have heard about The Americana Stars Memorial, a 200-foot fabric mural designed and created by Doreen Lynn Saunders memorializing those lost on September 11, 2001 and in 1993. A unique star for each victim will be hand cross-stitched and underscored with her or his name. Learn more about the memorial project’s Sponsor-A-Star program at www.AmericanaStars.org. A “Thank You” reception will be hosted by Harbor Light Pub in Rockaway Park Saturday, October 20 from 1 to 4 p.m. for the sponsors of victim stars from Broad Channel, the Rockaways and elsewhere. There will be raffle prizes, a buffet, open bar and performances by local musicians – even a few from BC!

Never too early to get into the ‘spirit’? Mark your calendars in orange and black for Friday, November 2 as the Broad Channel American Legion presents “Halloween ‘Radio’ Bingo” at the Legion Hall.

Come dressed for Halloween. Doors open at 7 p.m. But you must have a ticket! A $20 ticket includes one board. There’ll be lots of prizes, 50/50s and a cash bar. All proceeds go to support Legion programs and their work with vets.

Reserve a table or tickets today. Call Carol 718-634-7235 or Margaret 718- 634-4206.

Got BC news, organization or event info? We’d like to hear it! Send it to workingstories@aol.com or drop a flyer/ note at 126 Noel Road, right hand mailbox. Thanks for reading!

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