2013-07-26 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Dan Guarino

It didn’t slow traffic much, but an escaped roll of toilet paper, unwrapped and intact, was spotted Monday morning on the Boulevard near 6th Road. Hard to say where it was headed, but it looked perfectly at home within the southbound safety lines of the median strip.

Where it started out from, or where it was going, no one could tell. There was no wrapper for identification. And no one was spotted running after it.

Perhaps it was something else that was tossed about and displaced by Sandy. It’s been awhile, but it’s possible.

If anyone has information, or if you’ve been looking for it, please contact this column. I assure you all inquiries will be handled discreetly.

Ready to get out of the house and enjoy yourself?

Bob Prokopowicz, of the VFW Men’s Auxiliary, has some good news for you.

“The Iroquois Yacht Club will be holding its annual "Corn and Frank Party" at VFW Prince Wynn Post 260, Shad Creek Road, on Saturday August 3rd at 3 p.m.

“The donation is $20 per adult and $10 for the kids and everyone is invited.

The VFW is honored to hold this event in our yard, and again, we thank all our neighbors for all the support on the Post’s rebuilding.”

Joyce Adamiszyn, the Secretary of Record at Christ Presbyterian by the Sea Church could not have said it better. “Well, we have some GOOD news to print,” she writes.

“On Sunday, August 11th at 9:00 a.m., Christ Presbyterian Church will once again open its doors. Through many, many weeks, days, and hours put in by many volunteers, our sanctuary is ready for a Sunday morning service (again).”

This congregation has been working hard month after month to make this day happen. They have been meeting and holding services in places as diverse as the BCAC clubhouse, St. Virgilius and even at their then stripped down church hall.

They have reached out to many members of the community and beyond and have received many helping hands in return.

All are invited to share this very special day. You couldn’t meet a more welcoming group of people.

(Note: No questions will be asked, if you’re stopping by on Sunday morning after just leaving the Legion fundraiser that started Saturday night.)

The CYO Baseball awards were this past Tuesday at the BCAC field and no doubt everyone had a good time. These kids work hard and they deserve this.

Although the evening rains came and ended off things a little early, there was a good crowd during the day for the Two Bridges Music Festival at the BCAC Field on Saturday, July 20th. Mason and Frank Poretto, who organized the event, were there and their band Poorhouse was in good form.

Even with the rain, everyone I met was having a good time.

Scheduled performers included 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 others.

Proceeds from the gate as well as the sale of tickets for the great barbecue and beverages will go to the Broad Channel Athletic Club.

Don’t forget: Tickets are already on sale for the big American Legion fundraiser for Saturday, August 10th. Tickets are $20 each. To order tables now call 718-751- 3698. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Making a one and one time only reappearance will be the Broad Channel Theatre Group. Don’t miss it.

50/50’s are already on sale at $5 each or three for $10. The pot promises to be huge on this. I’d say find a Legion person and get your tickets now. (I already got mine!)

And if you can’t make it, you can still donate. Donations can be sent to: American Legion, 209 Cross Bay Boulevard, Broad Channel NY 11693.

All proceeds and donations go to rebuilding the Legion, which is still struggling with Sandy damage.

By the way, I understand that after using the Hall as an emergency center nearly 24/7 for months on end, FEMA has offered no compensation to the American Legion. If anyone has more on that story, please let me know.

But on the face of it, that’s just wrong.

Broad Channel Historical Society 2013 calendars, including tide times, are available at the Bay Gull Store, All American Market and Rock N Roll Bagels for only $5 each.

We knew it as “Imogene” when it was filming in Broad Channel, but the now titled “Girl Most Likely” has finally hit theatres. Starring Kristen Wiig, Annette Benning and Matt Dillon, parts of it were shot around town, including inside a house on Walton Road. We were also gifted for a while with a sign on Cross Bay that read “Welcome To Ocean City, New Jersey,” which BC was standing in for.

AmNewYork newspaper didn’t give it a great review, but you might want to see it for yourself. No doubt Broad Channel comes off as the star she always is.

It was such a pleasure to meet with Debbie, Mary and Kerry Harnisher, “under the awning” at the Two Bridges Festival. It was really quite by accident, but we ended up having a great time talking about all kinds of things, and the fact that none of us are any good at remembering names and faces.

One thing they said people are still talking about is the Broad Channel Bits column titled “You’re Probably From Broad Channel If…”

If you’re looking for a copy, go to www.rockawave.com and check under Archives. It appeared in the February 1st edition and also on May 31st.

Finally I’d like to thank everyone who has kept in e-mail touch with me since the storm. Wherever I have been in those weeks and months, it has helped to keep me going. There are a lot BC people out there to thank, especially Dorothy, who has reminded me again and again, ‘There’s no place like home.’

Got BC news? Mardi Gras events you’d like to let everyone know about? Fun and fundraiser stuff? Send it to workingstories@aol.com.

Thank you for reading!

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