2013-06-28 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Dan Guarino

After noting last week about the weather working against us, a perfect set of days arrived last weekend.

Hot (but not stifling), super sunny and welcoming. Friday, Saturday and Sunday reminded us again of what is so beautiful (and normal) in Broad Channel, and the Rockaways, too.

To top it off, after all our activities were done, it rained on Sunday night, just to cool things off!

It will definitely be perfect on Saturday, July 6th, when the Shad Creek Association launches their 19th annual It’s A Fluke contest.

Captains should report to the Shad Creek clubhouse (529 Cross Bay in BC) on Friday, July 5th, after 5 p.m. for the tournament sign up.

The fee is $25 per angler. The contest runs from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. sharp. Weigh-in will be at the clubhouse.

First prize will be $500. Second is $300. Third, fourth and fifth prizes are $200, $150 and $100. There’ll be a Calcutta for the largest Sea Robin, $5 per angler, and a side pool of $10 per boat for largest weight three fluke.

There’ll be hot dogs, soda, burgers and beer available at the weigh-in barbecue.

It’s a great time and helps a good cause. The Shad Creek clubhouse was hit hard by Sandy. All proceeds, and hopefully turn out will be huge, will go to rebuilding.

More information? E-mail Shad- CreekAssoc@aol.com.

Oh, Mr. Big Deal will be playing live at the Ruffle Bar, Wednesday, July 3rd, at 9 p.m.

The sun was shining on the Veterans of Foreign Wars this past Saturday, June 22nd. If you turned the corner of the hall, you would have found their backyard filled with people of all ages having a great time at the VFW brunch.

Hot dogs, hamburgers, corn and other great barbecue food were prepared by some great, hardworking barbecue chefs.

There was great music. While I was there it was a mix of Irish tunes and country music. The Wild Rover has always been a favorite, and it was tremendous fun singing “Friends In Low Places” (you tell ‘em, Garth Brooks!) with my former neighbor Carol Corbett and everyone else at the table.

There were great prizes and raffles, a super 50-50. There were rainbow ices, handspun cotton candy, kids running and playing, and a few little ones just starting to walk. There were people laughing and having a good time.

But mostly there were smiles. After all these crazy months, it was a wonderful thing to see!

Josette Correa-Turchio, VFW Ladies Auxiliary, showed me all the work going on in the Hall itself. More to come on that.

Meantime you can help the VFW rebuild. Donations can be sent to: VFW 705 Shad Creek Road, Broad Channel, NY 11693, Attention: VFW Rebuild Fund.

Days are dwindling for BCAC Shamrock Football and Cheerleading sign up. The last two Saturdays are June 29th and July 13th, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the BCAC Memorial Field.

A BC neighbor, Eddie V, stopped up at The Wave office last week. He told me how his house, his home, had to be demolished. Then told me about how unscrupulous (that’s the nice word) contractors made off with, and then sold, his tools! (I am sorry, but my father taught me you don’t even touch another person’s tools.)

But beyond that, after they helped themselves to whatever salvageable scrap was in the demolished house (fair enough, he thought) they began to pull out all his copper piping going to the sewer main! (Copper sells quite well on the scrap market.)

If you see/experience anything like this, call the cops. I am sure they’ll be happy to hold everyone right where they are while details like rightful ownership are investigated.

After a while would-be thieves, vultures, will know such behavior is not tolerated here. They will know to stay the hell out.

You may have read about Christ Presbyterian Church by the Sea in this column and elsewhere in The Wave. The church area and the church hall were very badly hit during the hurricane and they are still struggling with the physical, material, emotional and financial burden of trying to rebuild.

This month’s Civic Association newsletter, I think, beautifully tells of this church’s place in the community, the good works they have done and their tough climb to reach level ground again.

It also offers a way each of us can help.

According to the Channel News, “You can help this battered church return to wholeness. Choose an area of the church you’d like to help restore: kitchen, classrooms, sanctuary, office or fellowship hall. Respond to Thea Reggio at TReggio@presbynyc.org as we create a recovery registry to bring this church back into the fold.”

Can you help? Know someone who can? Send an e-mail. Reach out.

There’s a festival coming to BC! Look out for The Two Bridges Music Festival coming up on Saturday, July 20th, at the BCAC Field. Featured players at the daylong event will be the Kerry Kearney Band, Sons of Jove, Walker and the Brotherhood of the Grape, Non- Stop To Cairo, Matthew Kiss, Rattrap Bumpkin, Sixthboro, Squid and more.

This second annual event is presented through the hard work of BC broth- ers Mason and Frank Perretto, whose own band Poorhouse will also be playing. It’s sponsored by Two Bridges Home Improvement and the BCAC.

More details as we get them.

If you’d like to see the new and improved FEMA maps, you can review them online at:www.region2 coastal.com/sandy/table.

Kathy Louis has some great stuff about the original days of the Broad Channel Theatre Group. Check Facebook’s “Broad Channel... Past...Present and Future.” You might find some other very interesting things, too.

We’ll be sharing some of that BCTG past here. And of course you can see the real thing for yourself on August 10th. These talented players come together for a one-time only performance to greatly benefit the American Legion.

Mark your calendar in green. As promised, more information will be coming shortly.

Got Channel news? Mardi Gras mentions? Organizational observations? Urgent updates? Gathered gossip? Okay, maybe not the gossip. But send the rest to workingstories@aol.com.

Thanks for reading.

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