2013-05-17 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Dan Guarino

Spring is here. Let’s hope it stays.

I had the great pleasure of pulling on my work gloves, dirtying up the knees of my jeans last Saturday and meeting up with some great people at Broad Channel’s Adopt-A-Tree and Spring Planting.

As Judy Zack, head of the BC Civic Beautification Committee wrote, “We had a great turnout and so many of the folks took on more than one tree pit. Between the green boxes and the tree guards, I think BC looks beautiful and as the season gets sunnier and folks remember to water, we will be blooming all over the place.

“If you have a little space…I would like to thank the good folks of our town.”

Here’s the space; and here’s Judy’s thank you:

“There are no people like Broad Channel people. Rain or shine many neighbors and friends came out to take part in our annual Spring Planting. Thank you all for your generosity in planting one, two and three tree pits. Between the balloons flying and the smiling faces of adults and kids alike, it turned out to be a wonderful day.

“Special thanks to the Green Club from Malloy High School who volunteered their time and effort, to Jennifer, Kevin and Red Hahulski who built and placed the boxes and to Gerri Canning, Tracey Harper and Frank Bassetti whose help was priceless.

“But there’s no doubt about it, the Broad Channel community were the celebrities of the day with their ready, willing and able attitude.

“And a big thank you to our Vollies who were a huge help and took care of the watering. Thanks!”

It was raining hard overnight and morning skies were dark and gray. But in typical Broad Channel fashion all precipitation stopped before the event and held off until well after it!

My thanks to Judy and her family for their generous hospitality in inviting me in and making feel welcome afterward.

Seems as if just like Spring this year, Broad Channel was waiting for just the right minute to bloom. There’s a lot going on.

Over at the VFW Post things are happening. Get your calendars and markers out! Here’s Josette at the Ladies Auxiliary with some updates.

“The VFW is coming along. Habitat for Humanity from Westchester just donated all the insulation and sheetrock we need to start to rebuild the Hall. Little by little we are working together to get it complete. We would like to tell everyone that we are always thinking of you all.

After all that we have been through, and are still going through, may there be a light at the end of everyone’s tunnel. The Ladies Auxiliary wishes to extend a heartfelt hug to each and every one.

On May 26th the VFW will be hosting the Memorial Day parade. The parade will start at 1:30 p.m. All participants will meet at Rock N Roll Bagel at 12:30 p.m. to line up. If anyone wishes to march, please leave a message at the Post. The phone number is 718-634- 5106.

We would gladly appreciate anyone or group who would like to participate. This year we will have Joe Addabbo, Eric Ulrich, Lew Simon and Phil Goldfeder marching with us. Our honorees will be the veterans from St. Albans Hospital, the VFW and the American Legion. Also marching will be the Broad Channel Boys Scouts and Girl Scouts.

Afterwards please join us at the VFW Post for some hot dogs and beverages with our veterans.

Remember it’s Memorial Day. Let’s come outside and greet and thank our men and women who have served us.

During the next two weeks our members from the Post will be out having our Poppy Drive on Cross Bay Boulevard in Broad Channel. The funds raised provide so many activities, like Bingo, BBQs, dinners, Christmas parties and more for the entire year for our disabled and hospitalized veterans. ALL donations are used solely to support them. Thank you.

On Saturday, June 1st and Sunday, 2nd, the VFW will open our back yard to all yard salers. You can reserve a table for $10. There will be a VFW table, too! We will have raffles, a 50/50, cotton candy, hot dogs, and refreshments. Proceeds go to rebuild our VFW Post 260. Reservations for tables are required. Please leave a message at 646-344-2640.

On Saturday, June 8th, 4 to 8 p.m. there will be a “Fundraiser For VFW Post 260, Broad Channel.” This event will be hosted by Patty G’s at 86-24 Broadway in Elmhurst. 50/50s, raffles, food and more. Please come and support our nation’s heroes. All proceeds to go to rebuild VFW Post 260.

And lastly, SAVE THE DATE for our BBQ. Everyone come out and spend the day together. Saturday June 22nd. $20 adults/$10 kids donation.

Again, stay strong!”

Thanks, Josette, to you, the Ladies Auxiliary and VFW for all that you do. It’s men and women like this who make Broad Channel a special place. Fortunately BC is gifted with so many of them.

For more than 100 years the Broad Channel Vollies have come to the aid of anyone in need. Now the BCVFD can use the aid of anyone and everyone who can lend a hand.

Chief Dan McIntyre explains, this is “a call for volunteers for the BCVFD; we are in desperate need since many of our members are still displaced and living off the island. We are currently operating with 12 on island members; we need 20-25 members to meet our obligations.

Former members are especially welcome. NOW is the time to step up.

Anyone who can answer the phone is welcome.

Also our Junior Department is very active. All kids between 12 and 18 welcome. The Vollies Junior Department is part of Boy Scouts of America, Explorers program, Learning for Life. It’s recognized by all schools to meet community service requirements now required by Department of Education.”

Even if you can do a little it will mean a lot! Stop by the firehouse on Noel Road or call 718- 474-6888.

Thanks for reading!

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