2013-07-05 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Dan Guarino


Happy Fourth of July! Here Broad Channel’s VFW Post 705 leads the way at the BC Memorial Day Parade. Photo by Dan Guarino. Happy Fourth of July! Here Broad Channel’s VFW Post 705 leads the way at the BC Memorial Day Parade. Photo by Dan Guarino. Just last week I watched the early morning hazy settle over the Channel and the Bay, making everything into a painting of soft, smudgy browns, blues and greens. Just as softly the A train glided over the bridge rails and off to the right.

I stopped and took a deep breath. Ah, low tide.

It was good to be home, even if only for a little while.

Hope everyone had a great 4th of July. Maybe this Independence Day went a little deeper for us all and we enjoyed it a little bit more as our first since the hurricane.

Cue the ominous piano music. The Shad Creek Association’s “It’s A Fluke” contest is breaking towards shore.

It will be here Saturday, July 6th. The contest starts at 7 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. sharp. (Captains, hurry and you might still catch the sign up at the Shad Creek clubhouse on Friday, July 5th from 5 p.m. on.)

It’s $25 per angler. First prize is $500. Second: $300. Third, Fourth and Fifth prizes are $200, $150 and $100. There’s a Calcutta for biggest sea robin at $5 per angler, and a side pool of $10 per boat for largest weight three fluke.

Weigh-in will be at the clubhouse afterward and there’ll be a weigh-in barbecue party. Remember, the weigh-in is for the fish, not you. Enjoy as many hot dogs, hamburgers, beer and soda as you like. You can always go running on Sunday.

All proceeds will go to keep rebuilding of the Shad Creek Association clubhouse back from Hurricane Sandy’s damage.

Last day for BCAC Shamrock Football and Cheerleading sign up: July 13th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the BCAC Memorial Field.

Helping Hands Needed: You can donate to the VFW rebuilding by sending to: VFW 705 Shad Creek Road, Broad Channel NY 11693, Attention: VFW Rebuild Fund.

You can also help make Christ Presbyterian Church by the Sea whole again by choosing an area of the church you’d like to help restore: kitchen, classrooms, sanctuary, office or fellowship hall. E-mail Thea Reggio at TReggio@presbynyc.org as we create a recovery registry to bring this church back into the fold.

If you know people who live elsewhere and would like to help, please pass this info on.

Last week Wednesday, June 26th, I attended the 100th Precinct Community Council meeting at the Knights of Columbus on Beach 90th Street. Our community and our concerns were well represented by the number of BC people there.

Both Precinct Captain Craig Adelman and NYPD Transit District 23 Captain Roberto Cruz listened fully and offered solutions to address those concerns. They even stayed afterward to speak with some of us individually.

One outcome is there will be more patrols in Broad Channel and officers will be cruising up and down the side streets along with the Boulevard.

Captain Cruz advised that there are officers assigned to the A train station from noon to 8 p.m. every day. Recognizing this as a transfer ‘choke point’ in the system, especially in summer, he told me he also has two plainclothes officers on the platform.

Especially with so many homes still empty in the Channel post-Sandy, Captain Adelman strongly suggested residents sign up for the NYPD’s House Watch program. This means officers will regularly check in on your house, be aware of who is supposed to be there, including contractors, and who isn’t.

Contact Officer Erich Hilmer at Erich.hilmer@nypd.org or 212-253- 3173.

Not surprisingly, one Broad Channel person said, “Let us know whatever we can do to help you do what you do.”

One of the best things Captain Adelman said we can do is call the police. If something doesn’t look right, call the police. If a contractor is working at one house, but keeps wandering over to another, call the police.

Even if it’s after the fact, like somebody broke into your car, or seems minor to you, like vandalism, call the police.

One, the police can’t respond to Broad Channel issues they don’t know about. Two, police resources are deployed based on reported crime stats from highest to lowest. Under reported crimes mean less assigned resources, fewer patrols, less officers, less police presence.

The Precinct Council meetings will resume in September and Pete Mahon lets us know there’ll be two members from the West 12 Road Block Association at every one.

Council President Danny Ruscillo tells me that starting next year instead of adjourning for July and August, they’ll suspend for March or February and meet all summer long.

Coming Saturday, July 20th, to the BCAC Field: the daylong The Two Bridges Music Festival. Featured players will include the Kerry Kearney Band, Sons of Jove, Walker and the Brotherhood of the Grape, Non-Stop To Cairo, Matthew Kiss, Ratrap Bumpkin, Sixthboro, Squid and more.

Just over the bridge, the Rockaway Theatre Company proudly re-opens its doors at Fort Tilden with “Rockaway CafĂ©-The Comeback. Dates are Fridays/Saturdays July 19th, 20th, 26th and 27th at 8 p.m. and Sundays July 21st and 28th at 3 p.m. See rockawaytheatrecompany.org. It’ll be a great show!

And the Rockaway Artists Alliance will host its first exhibition back at Fort Tilden since the hurricane. The Salon is coming on Saturday, July 13th. More to come!

Got Channel news? Mardi Gras happenings? Events and organization updates? Send it all to workingstories@aol.com.

Thanks for reading.

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