2013-07-19 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Dan Guarino

Last Monday I knew it was summer when I saw a group of kids at the top of a stoop on the Boulevard down near West 19th Road. All sizes and ages, everyone had bathing suits and towels and was standing in the shade of the front of the house, dripping onto the brick. What a great time to be a kid and be invited to the house on the block that has a backyard pool!

Meanwhile over near West 17th, playing with the windows wide open, was a drummer getting in an afternoon of practice. Whoever you are, you’re good!

I remember on summer mornings you might hear the sounds of a bagpiper on Noel Road. If you listened hard you could hear them running through a number of tunes. However faint, it was always something special, always a thrill. Strange as it sounds, it always touched memories of childhood for me.

The Shad Creek Association’s It’s A Fluke contest was a big success!

A total of 44 boats with 120 participants aboard hit the water on Saturday morning, July 13th. Many more joined them for the weigh-in party and barbecue afterwards at the Shad Creek clubhouse. Here are the results so far: Andy Mendola won first place with a 10.15 pound fluke. Andy also won the sea robin Calcutta with a 1.90 pound robin.

Details are still coming in, but 2nd, 3rd and 4th place entries weighed-in anywhere from 5 to 4 pounds.

Winner’s names and exact fish weights will be coming in. Some people went home with impressive prizes. Everyone had a great time.

Proceeds will go to continue rebuilding the clubhouse.

There’s a lot more frames going up and rebuilding going on in the Channel, and sadly some houses being demolished because of the storm. It will be interesting to see how some things will be different in town once the recovery is done.

Stop by and really enjoy The Two Bridges Music Festival at the BCAC Field on Saturday, July 20th. It will be going on all day long. Along with other musical guests and surprises the scheduled line up will feature 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.

Last year’s event sported two stages with ongoing music throughout the day and many other entertaining activities and vendors. Gates open at 1 p.m. Music starts at 2 p.m.

Via their Facebook: “Two Bridges Festival is happy to announce once again we will be having a children’s area. There will be a bouncy castle, slides etc. to keep kids busy and happy. Please remember that the day will not only be a great time for parents but KIDS ALSO”

Elsewhere, 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 to bring desserts (cupcakes, ices, cookies, donuts or juice boxes), and avoid anything with nuts for kids with allergies.”

I am now holding the winning ticket, number 00377, for the American Legion Post 1404 big 50/50 fundraiser. The gigantic drawing will help raise monies to rebuild the Legion Hall, which is still Hurricane Sandy damaged.

Tickets are $5 each or three for $10 and they are already on sale!

Of course, I could be wrong about this being the winning ticket. So you may want to find a Legion person and get some of your own.

The drawing will be on Saturday, August 10th at the big American Legion fundraiser. Carol Corbett, who’s very involved with the Ladies Auxiliary and a former Noel Road neighbor, says “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 event will also see the return, for this night only, of the Broad Channel Theatre Group. They’ll be performing a variety of acts and skits.

It’s definitely going to be a fun night, which is something we could all use.

Tickets are $20 each. To order tables call 718-751-3698. They’re going fast! Besides the 50/50’s, there will be a cash bar and more. (Please, no bottles or coolers). Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. Be there!

The Broad Channel Historical Society met on Monday, July 15th, and work has begun on the 2014 historical calendar. There are some pretty interesting pictures of Broad Channel days gone by. Look forward also to a very unique and very funny one of a kind Broad Channel cartoon.

Meantime, 2013 calendars, including high and low tide times, are very much available. These are very special storm survivors and you can still pick ‘em at the Bay Gull Store, All American Market and Rock N Roll Bagels for only $5 each.

I remember the whole night of the storm running back and forth to the calendar, checking by flashlight to see when peak high tide was due and hoping not go underwater before it got here and the water receded!

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.

Also P.S. 47 will be getting new computers, smart boards and laptops.

This, and more, is the result of the Participatory Budgeting process.

Got BC news? Mardi Gras doings? Fun and fundraiser stuff? Send it to” workingstories@aol.com.

BTW, Janice Wilson, sharped-eyed reader from Howard Beach, noticed something was definitely missing from last week’s column. “You didn’t close with ‘Thanks for reading.’ You always write ‘Thanks for reading.’”

Frankly I am flattered, and humbled, that people not only read the column but read it so thoroughly.

So, for everyone, let me say ‘Thanks for reading!’ and ‘Thanks for reading,’ again. I owed you one!

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