2012-10-19 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Dan Guarino

Hopefully the sudden chill of fall has not put a damper on your spirits. Or perhaps you’ve been invigorated by the turning leaves, brisk air and smell of warm fireplaces burning.

Still there’s certainly plenty enough going on around the Channel to lift you up. Hurry, you might just get in on the Shad Creek Association’s Annual Fall Pig Roast! It’s this Saturday, October 20 from 2 p.m. and, as they say, “come hungry!” There’ll be burgers, dogs, brats and hors d’oeuvres for starters. Then they’ll bring out the roast turkey, spiral ham, roast potatoes, veggies and of course the PIG!! Admission is $35 per person (adults only please) with tap beer, soda and wine included. There’ll also be 50/50s, raffles and great prizes! But act fast. Only 80 tickets in total would be sold so contact Jim Ferchland @ 917-862-8253 ASAP! The Shad Creek Association is located at 529 Cross Bay Boulevard in Broad Channel.

Scare up great fun for the kid’s next Saturday, October 27 at Christ Presbyterian Church’s fun-filled 4th annual Children’s Halloween Carnival from 12 to 3 p.m. All children 12 and under are welcome! Admission is $5 at the Church Hall, refreshments, lunch and game tickets will be sold and there’ll be prizes for best costume!

The ‘historic’ day is almost here! On Sunday, October 28 from noon to 5 p.m. the Broad Channel Historical Society brings out its great collection for all to share at the VFW Hall for the much anticipated Broad Channel Historical Day. This event brings together photos, newspapers, original documents, video and priceless memorabilia to tell the fascinating history of our island community. Many new items to the collection will be seen here for the first time.

Look for the place setting embossed with the Weiss’ Restaurant name, the Nut Club jersey, video of the BCAC’s 50th anniversary celebration and the newly discovered World War II BC honor roll. There’s even a great story on how that honor roll was found! Don’t forget to ask. Old BC Historical calendars and postcards will be given away free, and new 2013 calendars will be on sale for just $5 each. Copies of the book “Images of America: Broad Channel,” written by my late wife Liz Guarino and me will also be on sale and I will be happy to sign them for you. The BC Historical Society is always looking for new materials. Feel free to bring items/photos to the Historical Day. All pictures/documents will be copied and returned.

“What Would You Do With One Million Dollars?” asks Councilman Eric Ulrich’s flyer announcing this year’s Participatory Budgeting Process. Bring your ideas to the next open community meeting on Tuesday, October 23 7 p.m. at PS 114, 134-01 Cronston Avenue, Belle Harbor. Visit www.pbnyc.org for more info.

“Radio Bingo” is coming to the American Legion Friday, November 2. Mark your calendars orange and black for this Halloween-themed event! Come in costume and make sure you’ve got a ticket to get in! Doors open at 7 p.m. A $20 ticket includes one board. There’ll be lots of prizes, 50/50s and a cash bar. All proceeds support American Legion programs and their work with veterans. Call Carol 718-634-7235 or Margaret 718-634-4206 and reserve a table or buy tickets today.

Celebrate Veterans Day as the American Legion Auxiliary hosts a great Brunch on Sunday, November 11 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Legion Hall. Order up eggs any style, omelettes and pancakes with home fries, sausage, bacon or ham. Also enjoy delicious fresh rolls, coffee, juice and tea. Afterward sit back with homemade cakes and desserts. There’ll be 50/50s and raffles and the Legion will be doing its Sweepstakes drawing at the Brunch. Your special time Sunday time spent with family, neighbors and friends also aids a good cause. All proceeds will benefit the American Legion’s Annual Children’s Christmas Party, which will be held on December 9 at 1 p.m.

After 25 years of service to Christ Presbyterian Church, Pastor Reverend Andrea Zarou’s last service will be Sunday, November 18 at 10:15 a.m. Of course all are welcomed. While keeping a ‘low profile’ beforehand, the congregation and community are planning a ‘surprise’ brunch in her honor at the Roma View in Howard Beach at 11 a.m. that morning. The brunch is $50 per person and includes a gift for Reverend Zarou. Monies must be received no later than November 1. As Joyce Adamiszyn has beautifully written, “We at Christ Presbyterian Church hope you will…join us [for a] day that will be filled with LOVE for Reverend Zarou.” Please direct any inquiries call Joyce 718-474-7769 or Janet 718-318- 6454.

Be Prepared! The Broad Channel Boy Scouts Troop 282 meets every Monday evening at the American Legion Hall from 6:30-8:00 p.m. As the poster on the Boulevard says, “Join the Fun!” Come to a meeting and see what it’s about.

Spooky doings there will be in and around the Channel for Halloween, but unfortunately the next edition of this column will not come out until the Friday after October 31. Be sure to keep an eye out for The Wave and the flyers around town for new and exciting ghostly attractions.

One event we can mention is the Rockaway Artists Alliance free interactive, haunted Halloween extravaganza “Zoophobia!” a twisting maze menagerie of demented animals gone wild! RAA has many Broad Channel members who’ll be joining the scary fun on Friday, Saturday and Wednesday October 26, 27 and 31 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the T-7 Gallery building at Fort Tilden. Admission and parking are free. Donations are welcome.

Finally, BC Bits has been contacted by an author who’s looking for a good Broad Channel cause to support by donating sales proceeds from his new book to an BC organization in need. If you are interested please forward your contact information to this column and I’ll put you in touch directly.

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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