2013-06-21 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Dan Guarino

It seems like in the months when we could have used warmer, spring weather we got freezing bitter temperatures.

When we could have used sunshine or ‘partially cloudy’ at least, to boost businesses around Memorial Day, we got pouring rain.

Well, now that people are dying to get up and out of the house, and the weather is almost in sync with our desires, there’s a lot going on in the Channel.

This weekend on Saturday, June 22nd there will be a brunch at the VFW from 2 to 6 p.m. There’s a $20 donation for adults; $10 for kids. Children four and under are free. Your donation includes DJ entertainment, food and drinks (soda, water, and beer).

Next up, the Shad Creek Association is presenting their 19th Annual "It's A Fluke" Fishing Tournament on Saturday, July 6th!

There will be a Captains’ meeting/ sign-up on Friday, July 5th from 5 p.m. onward. That will be at the Shad Creek clubhouse at 529 Cross Bay Boulevard in Broad Channel. (There’s also a great view of Jamaica Bay from there.)

Of course, all captains who intend to be in the tournament (and who wouldn’t?) must sign up by that date.

The contest itself runs from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. sharp. Weigh-in will be at the clubhouse and there’ll be a BBQ and beverages at the weigh-in party!

For more info or any questions please feel free to e-mail ShadCreekAssoc@aol.com.

Jim Ferchland of the Shad Creek Association let us know, “We took a huge hit after Sandy with almost 6 feet of water throughout the clubhouse. As I’m sure you know we are a not-for-profit organization, so a good turnout would help us recover! We got a good portion of the work done, but we have sooo much more to do.”

Every year they have 100 plus fishermen competing for various prizes. But whether you like to fish or just love to have a good time, stop in and support. You’ll definitely be glad you did.

Elsewhere we would like to report that the recent VFW fundraiser in Elmhurst was a great success.

Josette Correa-Turchio, of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, says, “I would like to thank everyone who took their time and came to donate and have a blast. I heard Elvis was at Patty G’s for the fundraiser. It was a sweet gesture for this bar to open their doors and throw a benefit for us.”

I asked Josette about how to donate to help rebuild the VFW Hall. She said, “If anyone would like to donate, they can. All donations can be sent to: VFW 705 Shad Creek Road, Broad Channel NY 11693, Attention: VFW Rebuild Fund.”

Josette also mentioned, “Our flea market went wonderfully. Everyone did very well. Thank you vendors, volunteers, and yard salers. Looking forward to our next one.”

As you may know, the long awaited second set of FEMA maps was just issued. You can review them online at:www.region2coastal.com/sandy/tabl.

“They indicate significant changes from what FEMA had previously proposed for Broad Channel,” said BC Civic Association President, Dan Mundy Jr.

“The entire island was originally proposed tobeaVzoneandisnowanA zone which is a huge win for this town and in addition the elevations which were proposed to be either 15 feet or 13 feet, depending on where you were on the island, are now reduced to ten feet for the entire island. This will be a very big help for those raising their homes. These changes are a direct result of the massive response that this town mounted and the large turnouts that we had at numerous meetings where residents expressed their strong opposition to the originally planned zoning and elevations. The Civic wants to thank everyone who turned out and participated and Senator Schumer and Senator Gillibrand and Congressman Meeks. These federal legislators were in constant correspondence with the civic association and took our message loud and clear to FEMA.”

Not long ago, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder famously said, “When FEMA has questions, they call Dan Mundy.”

Of course there is still much to do, but it shows you what momentum a small island can start.

Save the date. Saturday, August 10th. Broad Channel American Legion fundraiser. One-time only performance by the Broad Channel Theatre Group. Ticket info/details to follow. Enough said for now. Stay tuned.

By the way, the BC Shamrocks boys’ baseball team came in second in the just concluded Little League regular season.

There’s still time to sign up for BCAC Shamrock Football and Cheerleading, but why wait? Remaining sign-up Saturdays are June 22nd and 29th and July 13th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. That will be at the BCAC Memorial Field at 125 Cross Bay Boulevard.

Registration for Peanut division (5-6 years old) will be $150 per child. Pee Wee’s through Seniors, which covers kids from 7-12 years old, is $175.

Would you like to be a BCAC Shamrock sponsor? Contact Gene at 347-403- 2591 or Sean at 347-306-0323 or e-mail Chanalana@aol.com. Consider it an investment in our kids.

One thing I have noted about Broad Channel, when something needs doing, people do not hesitate to do it themselves.

In terms of safety and security, this means keeping an eye out in the neighborhood, especially with so many people not back home yet.

Whether you’re in the Channel or living elsewhere but passing through at any time, if you see anything that looks suspicious or just not quite right, call the police. Dial 911 and let the pro’s handle it.

Beyond that, Broad Channel neighbors are planning to be at the next 100th Precinct Community Council meeting. That’s on Wednesday, June 26th, at the Knights of Columbus at 333 Beach 90th Street, Rockaway Beach, at 7:30 p.m. They will specifically be talking about post-storm crime issues in the Channel.

Another thing Broad Channel people do not hesitate to do is make themselves heard.

Got Channel news? Let’s get the word out! E-mail info to workingstories@aol.com. Thanks for reading.

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