2013-07-12 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Dan Guarino

Suddenly it’s summer. And although the living isn’t exactly easy, there’s definitely the feeling that after plugging along for so long, we should stop and feel the sun on our faces.

It doesn’t take away the tasks, sometimes even the enormous ones, we have to take care of. It doesn’t mitigate the craziness that sometimes seems to pop up all around us.

But even in this slightly tilted, semioff center, semi-new normal for now, post-Sandy world we are still living in, it reminds us that there still are other things in life.

When we forget that, all we need to do is look up at the sun. Even when it’s raining, it is still there.

Hope you had a chance to really enjoy the Shad Creek Association’s It’s A Fluke tournament last Saturday, July 6th. It was a great way to kick off July in BC.

I would say we are awaiting the results with baited breath, but many people might not get the joke.

All proceeds will go to keep rebuilding the hurricane damaged Shad Creek Association clubhouse.

The very last day for BCAC Shamrock Football and Cheerleading sign up is this Saturday, July 13th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the BCAC Memorial Field.

BCAC Little League coaches Freddy, John and Timmy let us know “The CYO awards will be held Thursday, July 23rd at 7:00 p.m. at the BCAC Field. There will be no charge.

“They are just asking parents tobring desserts (cupcakes, ices, cookies, donuts or juice boxes). They are asking us to please refrain from anything with peanuts (Cashews, almonds, etc.….) to be mindful of the kids with allergies.”

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

At Christ Presbyterian Church by the Sea you can choose an area of the church you’d like to help restore: kitchen, classrooms, sanctuary, office or church hall. E-mail Thea Reggio at TReggio@presbynyc.org.

We are all stretched, no doubt. But even if you know people who live elsewhere who’d love to help, please pass this info on.

The Vollies could also still use volunteers to help bring the BC volunteer fire company up to full strength. Even if you can spare time to answer the phones, you can help.

In other matters, by now everyone has heard about the attempted push-in robbery in the Channel. There’ll be more about that elsewhere in the paper.

And everyone knows about the suspicious situations and characters around town and incidents that have already occurred.

BC residents met with Captain Adelman of the 100th Precinct at the last precinct community council meeting.

Here are some key points, especially in light of these events.

One, sign up for the NYPD’s House Watch program. If your house is empty, officers will regularly check in on it, and 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.

The other thing you can do is call the police. If something doesn’t look right, call. If, for instance, there’s work going on at one house, but the contractor keeps wandering over to another, call the police.

And report any crime. Even if it seems minor, like vandalism, or it already happened, like somebody smashed your car window.

Underreported crime means less resources are deployed in any given area and less police presence. We didn’t come through a hurricane to be overrun by crime.

Coming Saturday, July 20th, to the BCAC Field: 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 reopens its doors at Fort Tilden with “Rockaway Café-The Comeback. Dates are Fridays/ Saturdays, July 19th, 20th, 26th and 27th and Thursday, July 25th at 8 p.m., and Sundays, July 21st and 28th at 3 p.m. Don’t wait. Go to rockawaytheatrecompany.org for tickets.

Also at Fort Tilden the Rockaway Artists Alliance will host its first exhibition back at the T-7 gallery. The Salon Show has its opening reception Saturday, July 13th from 12-4 p.m.

A lot of Broad Channel and Rockaway talent, heart and soul go into these things. Come and enjoy.

I had the pleasure of ‘porch visiting’ with neighbors on Noel Road last week, just before the rain came down!

Carol Corbett was good enough to pass along this news about the big event coming to the American legion.

“So, as that old song goes: ‘Forget your troubles, come on get happy/you’ve got to chase all your blues away.’ Have some fun at the American Legion. Saturday, August 10th, is the day.

“Our fundraiser is much needed and we would like to see our town come out and support us.

“If you can’t make it to the show, we would appreciate any donation. Donations can be sent to: American Legion, 209 Cross Bay Boulevard, Broad Channel, NY 11693.

“The Broad Channel Theatre Group will be performing a variety of acts and skits for your entertainment. It’s sure to make for a fun night.

“Tickets are $20 each. To order a table now, call 718-751-3698. They are going fast! There will be 50/50’s, cash bar and more. (Please, no bottles or coolers).

“Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. Hope to see you there!”

Finally, according to Councilman Eric Ulrich, the Broad Channel Library will be getting a major facelift on the exterior of the building with new signage and renovated outdoor space. This, and more, is the result of the Participatory Budgeting process.

We’ll look forward to seeing the changes!

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

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