2013-05-10 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Dan Guarino

Six months and a week or two since the hurricane and I am still driving around with ceiling fan parts in my trunk. Seems like only yesterday when I had light bulbs in the cup holders and saved screws in every pocket.

I remember how we walked around in the days and then weeks afterward, picking up pieces of the past. A piece of bracket, a photo, a bit of paper with a phone number on it.

The pockets of whatever pants or sweatshirts we had, even if they were donated through someone’s good will, were sticking out with these bits and ends.

You’d be reminded of that every time you sat down in that brand new, completely neglected car you had to buy. Dealers not only pitched you with good loan rates, but also the promise of gasoline.

Where they got it when every station in New York/New Jersey had lines stretching for blocks and very little precious petrol, well, that’s something I am still not supposed to talk about!

Don’t forget to turn out with work gloves and your worst jeans on Saturday, May 11th, up on the Cross Bay median starting at 10 a.m. It’s the annual Adopt-A-Tree and Spring Planting and everyone’s invited to plant, spruce and fix up the greenery and tree pits. Flowers, flags and treats will be distributed. Recently many of the wood tree pit enclosures, damaged by the storm, were repaired, replaced and repainted, courtesy of the Broad Channel Civic Association’s Beautification Committee.

It’s time to make Broad Channel beautiful again!

Celebrate Mother’s Day. Join Christ Presbyterian by the Sea on Sunday, May 13th at 8:30 a.m. There will be a wonderful service, led by Reverend Megan Manus, to honor those special women in our lives.

In good times and hard times, Broad Channel’s churches have supported each other.

And so, in this time, this Presbyterian service will be held in St. Virgilius Church.

Come. Enjoy. Turn out and Support.

Just a heads up, there’ll be a Post- Sandy Job Fair over at the Resorts World Casino at Aqueduct on Tuesday, May 14th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. Senator Joseph P. Addabbo is one of the sponsors.

I went last year with my friend, Sophia. We were so ‘professionallydressed’ that people kept thinking we were potential employers, not job seekers.

Well, it must have worked, because one month and one hurricane later, here I was, working at The Wave.

Cindi Ciappetta lets us know our hard working Scouts are taking on a new project.

She writes, “Troop/Pack 282 of Broad Channel has begun their yearly flag drive/ fundraiser. We will be selling flags to homeowners for $20 each, same flag you see in most stores for $20-25, with wood poles and cloth flags. We will also offer to block captains 10 flags for $175 for poles along the blocks off Cross Bay Boulevard”

“Over the next few weeks you’ll begin to see flags go up on Cross Bay Boulevard and the scouts will be going to Broad Channel businesses for sponsorship. We want to thank all the residents, businesses, civic and not-for-profits that helped make this a successful program the past two years.”

Interested? Contact Rick Sorrentino at 917-204-0112, Fred Ciappetta 718-877-3467, Bob Sacco 917-709- 2892, Joe Panetta 917- 238-1507 or Jon Paul Rasinya at 917-440-0056.

I spoke to Jim Clifford, project coordinator for Project Hope which has been providing help and counseling to anyone in need in Broad Channel and on the Peninsula.

“By all means,” he affirmed, “Project Hope is staying in Broad Channel well into next year.”

What he would like to know is how many people in BC would be interested in being part of a supportive recovery group. He’ll need to know who’d be interested and what days/times they’d like to meet.

Call Jim at 718-474-2882. Support and be supported through these trying times in the Channel.

Dorothy, welcome back to your home! Welcome back to the Channel.

I had the great pleasure of being interviewed by CBS Radio news about Broad Channel and the hurricane anniversary. People tell me I looked good on the radio.

The BCAC Shamrock’s were ‘off’ last weekend, but that doesn’t mean practice wasn’t going on.

Boys and girls were tossing baseballs in serious warm-ups. Everyone cheered when an umpire turned up so they could play.

In fact there was plenty of activity down by the ball fields, ‘beach,’ park and parking lot down to the right of the Crossbay Bridge.

It was still chilly, and windy, but it was sunny and that was enough. People were fishing. Some were strolling along the shore. A guy was wandering around taking pictures. There was radio controlled car racing. And someone found a dead ray.

There also appeared to be the remains of some very old concrete and iron pilings down at the shore, not too far from the bridge. And a whole set of what’s left of very thick wood supports. The iron rebar, sticking out like frozen ropes from the concrete is twisted and sea-pitted, looks like it’s been there for a long time.

Anybody have any ideas on what this might have been?

If you haven’t been down that away, come take a stroll. At one time it housed the huge Broad Channel Baths, with two gigantic pools, tennis courts, concessions you name it. Later it was the longtime home to the Broad Channel Day Camp and the famous carousel.

Some people, like my friend Ilanna, might have missed news on what’s happening at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center.

Catch up with “Be a Bird Detective” on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 10 to 10:30 a.m.

Don’t know much about birds? That’s okay, they’ll teach you! This family friendly program is good for newcomers to Jamaica Bay.

Then check out the “Awesome Osprey” on Saturdays and Sundays from 2 to 4 p.m. through May 31st and observe the South Marsh ospreys as they prepare to raise a family.

Happy Mother’s Day. Be Well.

And thanks for reading!

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