Dan Guarino Joins Wave
A longtime Broad Channel resident, readers may already know Guarino from his “Broad Channel Bits” column. He took over writing the popular feature nearly two years ago with the passing of his wife, Liz Guarino, who wrote the column for more than nine years. His written work and photography have appeared in numerous publications and online.
Guarino is an exhibiting photographer/ artist, whose works have been shown in more than three dozen exhibitions and online venues and he is a performing singer/songwriter/musician with many appearances to his credit.
An occasional actor and spoken word performer with his own CD of original poetry and music, Apples and Apples, within the last two years he has branched out into standup comedy. Most recently he appeared at the Broadway Comedy Club for a Sandy relief benefit.
Guarino is Vice President and a Board Member of the Rockaway Artists Alliance, a member of the Broad Channel Civic Association and the Broad Channel Historical Society Committee.
He is a co-founder and currently coordinates the RAA Writers Group. He organizes their monthly meetings and activities and arranges, produces, performs in and MC’s the group’s performance events. Presenting a wide range of works written/produced and performed by members, they have successfully appeared at Fort Tilden, the Neponsit Adult Day Health Care Center, The Peninsula Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation, St. Helen’s Church and other venues. He also volunteers his time at the PCECR as a strolling musician and has performed at various benefits.
A published author, he and his wife Liz developed, researched and wrote Images of America: Broad Channel, the first book chronicling the lively history of this unique island community. He and Liz presented a series of illustrated book talks and he has spoken on local history and even portrayed former President Theodore Roosevelt in historical presentations.
Professionally, Guarino gained invaluable business experience as a hands-on Manager for Time Warner Cable’s customer service New York call-center operations. Starting as a phone representative he worked his way up through various positions over a 19 year career.
Before joining Time Warner he worked for 11 years in the restaurant industry, lastly as an assistant manager.
He’s lived and raised a family in the Rockaways for more than 30 years.
Says Guarino, “I deeply love my community of the Rockaways and my ‘hometown’ of Broad Channel. It’s a place I am deeply connected to, and I am proud to know so many great, hard working people here.”
“Time and again, they are what makes this place special, what makes it go.”
“I’m looking forward to working with The Wave, to making a difference, most especially in this post-Sandy world we find ourselves living in.”