2013-06-14 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Dan Guarino

Get your cameras out. On Sunday, June 23rd, the full moon will be closer to Earth than it will be all year. Only a mere 221,824 miles away. Close enough to reach out and…

…well, if weather cooperates, you can at least get a good picture of what promises to be a huge, bright view of the moon.

I was just talking with some photographers in Broad Channel last Saturday about how to get the best looking shots of the moon. Well, get set, because the moon is ready for its close up!

Hopefully you made it to the VFW fundraiser at Patty G’s on Saturday, June 8th. Proceeds from the VFW’s recent events are going to rebuild the Post.

Speaking of which, the Legion is also working to fix the damage the storm left behind. One item on the agenda is rebuilding the kitchen so brunches can start up again.

So save the date for Saturday, August 10th. As Carol Corbett tells us “The Broad Channel American Legion Ladies Auxiliary will hold a much needed fundraiser to offset our losses due to Sandy.

“Back for a one-time only performance will be The Broad Channel Theater Group to entertain you. A variety of acts will be performed in what’s sure to be a great show with lots of laughs, fun and talent.

“We were there for you; we would hope to see you all come out and pack the house in support of us.

“More details and ticket info will follow.” Stay tuned!

If you recall, the Legion had just done quite a bit of renovation before the storm hit. You may have gotten a sneak peek if you’ve used the new restrooms since then.

Some months ago I stopped in for a major Civic meeting. Walking into the spotlessly cleaned up bathroom, I was impressed. I said, out loud, that it was the most impressive men’s room I’d seen. At which point several people quickly exited the room. I suppose the meeting was about to start.

Channel Team Realty reopened last Saturday with a ribbon cutting and an honest to goodness backyard picnic.

Don’t forget to stop in at Designer Gardens and Nurseries, and all the other businesses, old and new, in BC. Even if you’re just passing through, stop in and support the hard working local Channel economy.

Welcome, PH Home Improvement, now open for business on the Boulevard.

Sign up for BCAC Shamrock Football and Cheerleading will be on Saturday June 15th, 22nd and 29th and July 13th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the BCAC Memorial Field. That’s at 125 Cross Bay Boulevard.

Age groups are Peanuts from 5-6 years old, Pee Wee from 7-8, Midget from 9 to 10 years old, Pony from 11-12 and Seniors at 13 years old.

Registration for Peanut division will be $150 per child. Pee Wee’s through Seniors is $175.

The BCAC and the Shamrocks could also use sponsors. Contact Gene at 347- 403-2591 or Sean at 347-306-0323 or e-mail Chanalana@aol.com.

You may have heard that on Thursday, June 6th, over on West 12th Road, Mike McLoughlin, checking on the house of some currently displaced neighbors, was assaulted by two thieves who were stealing copper pipes from the house.

As his grateful neighbor Sophia Vailakis-DeVirgilio put it, “Mike, not thinking about himself, acted to protect the property of his neighbors.”

With so many BC people still displaced and houses waiting for repair, it pays for everyone to be extra vigilant. Even if you are just passing through, keep your eyes open.

If you see anything that even looks suspicious, or ‘feels’ wrong, do not hesitate to call 911.

To honor Mike and also seriously discuss these concerns in the Channel, 100th Precinct Community Council President Danny Ruscillo has invited all Broad Channel residents to the next council meeting.

That will be on Wednesday, June 26th, at 7:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus, 333 Beach 90th Street, Rockaway Beach. The Council meets every month, so you might consider joining.

Either way, it would be great to see a big BC turn out on the 26th.

To quote Sophia, “We can do this...but we have to do it together!”

Hey, the BC Vollies can use your help.

“We are in desperate need since many of our members are still displaced and living off island,” says Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Chief Dan McIntyre. “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.”

Put down the paper and call 718-474-6888 if you can help. Or stop by the firehouse at 15 Noel Road.

Encouraging our next generation of Vollies, Chief McIntyre adds, “Our Junior Department is very active. All kids between 12 and 18 are welcome. (It’s) part of the Boy Scouts of America, Explorers program, Learning for Life. This is recognized by all schools to meet community service requirements now required by Department of Education.”

The BCVD is also on Facebook.

If you haven’t already, check out BroadChannel.past.present.future@groups on Facebook. It’s a labor of love started by Kathy Louis where people can post, share, and comment on their old and newer photos of Broad Channel. It’s a way of preserving the collective memory of a community and making sure all can share it.

Log on to Facebook and enter “Broad Channel…Past …Present…Future” in the search bar. You’ll find it.

Also check into “You’re Probably From Broad Channel” on Facebook. Two weeks ago there was a lively discussion of Ed Noonan’s pub, which ‘leans’ large in Broad Channel’s memory.

Finally, relax and enjoy the Rockaway Artists Alliance exhibition at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge center. It’s there till June 23rd.

BTW- some very talented friends and I will be playing at the RW Prime Steakhouse at the casino at Aqueduct starting at 7 p.m. this Saturday, June 15th.

There’s more and more happening in BC these days. Got Channel news about organizations, individuals, businesses, projects and events? Let’s get the word out! E-mail info to workingstories@aol.com.

Thanks for reading.

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