2013-08-09 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Dan Guarino

“I’m back in town/Didn’t they tell you? /that I’m back in town! /You wrote me that all was the same/so I came…” It’s a catchy little song by Melanie (Safka) and it’s been going through my head.

Well, officially, as of August 1st the displaced population of Broad Channel decreased and the returning population increased by exactly one.

Me.

But more about that next column. There’s a lot happening in the Channel!

It’s a big weekend for the American Legion and Christ Presbyterian By the Sea Church. The Legion is holding its big fundraiser bash this Saturday, August 10th. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $20 apiece. Besides all the other fun planned for the evening, the 50/50 should be huge. Chances have already been on sale for several weeks.

And there will also be the once in a lifetime return of the Broad Channel Theatre Group!

The Legion is hoping for a big Broad Channel turnout. All proceeds will go to the continuing rebuilding and repair of Sandy damage.

Just as they were there for us, let’s be there for them. And if you have friends who haven’t been to Broad Channel yet, bring them along!

It’s been a long, long road, and a worthy struggle to get there, but Christ Presbyterian is coming back home. Whatever faith you are or aren’t, please come Sunday morning, August 11th, at 9 a.m. for their first service in the church since the hurricane struck.

As Linda Kittle writes, “Our heartfelt thanks and prayers for everyone who helped to make this miracle possible. The sanctuary looks magnificent, painted a beautiful serene blue. While the work in the hall is still ongoing, we are so grateful ,especially to Allison Kase and David Cook, who spearheaded all the volunteer groups who came to help. This week there was a group from Sierra View Church in Fresno, California with others coming from Virginia, Connecticut, Maryland, and our own Manhattan— to name a few. Our very own dedicated and tireless Terry McCarthy and Donny Minor, who along with every member of their family, from wives, sons, daughters to even grandchildren, worked tirelessly and endlessly to make this dream a reality. We are forever grateful to be able to worship at Christ Presbyterian Church By The Sea once again. God Bless.”

The generosity and hard work of many, the steadfastness of those who make this church special and the persistence of faith have all made this day possible.

Come and celebrate this very special return.

Equal time: Yes, St. Virgilius RC is open, too! Weekend Masses are Saturdays at 4 p.m. and Sundays at 10 a.m. Both churches share the corners of Noel and Church Roads, and have been good neighbors to each other for years. Both invite you always to stop by.

Even with our losses and sorrows, we have a lot to celebrate. The next time you stop and talk with a good neighbor, or they pass by and wave back at you, well, that’s one more thing to celebrate. We have each other.

Broad Channel needs volunteers to build the new playground! It’s being donated to the BCAC by KaBOOM and JetBlue.

Volunteers can do one or all three days of the project. Prep Days are Thursday and Friday, August 15th and 16th from 8-5.

Build Day will be Saturday, August 17th, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Build Captain, who’ll lead project teams, report at 6:30 a.m.

There will be plenty to do, from assembling the playground to serving food to cleanup and/or helping with other tasks. The BCAC will supply food and refreshments for all volunteers. There’ll be kids’ activities, too.

If you can help, RSVP right away to BroadChannelPlayground@gmail.com with your name, email, phone number and whether you want to be a volunteer or a Build Captain.

Ruffle Bar served up a good corned beef and cabbage dinner last week. They’re doing dinners, $8 each, every Thursday in support of Mardi Gras. Call 718-318-2300 to order.

Equal time: Drink at Grassy’s! The food’s good, too!

BC trivia question: When crossing a clearly marked one-way street in Broad Channel, which direction would you expect traffic to be coming from? Yes, the correct answer is: both ways!

Signed up for the NYC Build It Back program and going for an appointment? You’ll want to know where you are going. That would be the US Army Reserve adjacent to Fort Tilden, the old military base and current National Park area.

Drive toward Breezy Point. Go past the old Coast Guard station, on your right, and the Fort Tilden entrance. You’ll see some tan brick buildings just off the road on your left. That’s it. Using GPS? The full address is U.S. Army Reserve, 415 State Road and Breezy Point Boulevard.

Still away from home? Sign up with NYPD’s House Watch program. Officers will regularly check in on your empty home. They will know who’s supposed to be there, like your contractors, and who’s not. Call or e-mail Officer Erich Hilmer at Erich.hilmer@nypd.org or 212-253-3173.

Do you hear summer sleigh bells? Jack and Jessica Allen let me know that, “the Broad Channel Athletic Club is proud to sponsor “Broad Channel Movie Night” on August 29th at the BCAC Field at dusk. This year it’s Christmas in August as the feature film is “Home Alone,” complete with all the usual Christmas Trimmings!!! Admission is $10 per family with drinks and snacks being sold at the field. So bring your favorite Christmas PJ’s and a blanket and take part in a great BC tradition!!!”

And, they write, “Tickets are still available for the Annual $10,000 Giveaway. Just like last summer, the proceeds of the raffle go to BOTH the BCAC and the BCVFD. This is a great opportunity to help two terrific BC institutions. The drawing will be after the Labor Day Parade at BCAC Memorial Field. Tickets are $100, with only 400 sold and can be purchased by contacting: Sabrina Gross 347-804-2764, Jessica Allen 646-784-1392, Jack Allen 646-267-5423 or Danny McIntyre 347- 678-5857.”

Ho-ho-ho!

Got big BC news? Send it to workingstories@aol.com.

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