2013-08-23 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Dan Guarino

“There’s No Place Like Home” from Dorothy from BC “There’s No Place Like Home” from Dorothy from BC Temperatures may have cooled last week, and you might have closed some windows. Well, get ready to open them up again. Things are warming up and there’s plenty of summer left.

Look out for a lot of fun and usually free things to do on both sides of the Cross Bay Bridge.

There’s even a whole Happenings section in this very newspaper just full of things to do and enjoy.

Tomorrow, Saturday, August 24th, there is the ‘Come Help Us Rebuild The VFW Bike Run’.

Bikers will kick off from the bandshell at Forest Park, Woodhaven, at 12:30 p.m. for an escorted ride to the VFW in Broad Channel. Donations, which all go to rebuilding the VFW Post, are $20 for single; $25 with pass. There will be a BBQ at the VFW after the ride. For additional info contact Debbie 347-556- 4750. Raffles and 50/50 will be on available, too.

Get ready for the VFW Yard Sale on Saturday (10-4 p.m.) and Sunday (10-3 p.m.), September 7th and 8th. Get a table for a $10 donation. For more info or to reserve a table call 646-344 -2640.”

St. Camillus and St. Virgilius held a blood drive last Sunday, August 18th. That date was right in last week’s column, but the day showed as Saturday. If you did stop by and give your blood to anybody on Saturday, I am sure it wasn’t the New York Blood Center!

If you did come by Sunday, thanks. Your donation will save up to three lives.

Well, after I was done moving on Saturday afternoon, August 17th, on my way to return the vehicle to the rental place, I swung that big Budget truck around to see what was doing at the BCAC Field.

Saturday was ‘Build A Playground Day,” and boy, what they built was amazing. A bright, brand new playground, donated by Jet Blue and KaBoom, now stands for the whole community to enjoy. Plants and cedar chips were also put down, new paving stones were put in and more.

And by 3 p.m. these folks were already done and packing up!

A more cheerful bunch, all decked out in blue t-shirts, you couldn’t find, even after a full day of work and two previous days of prep.

What these neighbors did was incredible, and it was right here in BC.

Give these people half a day and they could rebuild the boardwalk!

Christmas is coming! The BCAC is proudly sponsoring a “Broad Channel Night At the Movies” on Thursday, August 29th, with all the Christmas trimmings. Starting at dusk at the BCAC Field, it’s only $10 per family, drinks and snacks on sale and the movie is “Home Alone.”

Get out your best Christmas PJ’s, come out and enjoy!

Get your winning ticket now for the Annual $10,000 Giveaway. Proceeds are going to the BCAC AND the BCVFD. Tickets are $100; only 400 sold! The grand drawing will be at the BCAC Field after the Mardi Gras Parade.

Call Sabrina Gross 347-804-2764, Jessica Allen 646-784-1392, Jack Allen 646-267-5423 or Danny McIntyre 347- 678-5857 to get yours!

Thanks to Jessica and Jack Allen, here’s the rundown of the Mardi Gras weekend festivities.

Friday night, August 30th, is "Countdown with Kickball" Starting at 7 p.m. at the BCAC field, there will be food, drinks, rides for the kids plus an adult kickball tournament. It’s $30 a player and includes unlimited beer for the night if you participate in the tournament. Contact Tim Hanning at 917- 273-1378 or Jack Allen 646-267-5423 to register a team.

Sunday is Build Your Float day! (Saturday is ‘recover from Friday night’ day.)

Monday, September 2nd, the highlight of the weekend, is the big day!

The Mardi Gras parade starts at 1:00 p.m. The stepping off location is still TBD.

The Labor Day Bash will follow at the Field. The fun will include the drawing of the 10k Raffle!

Got BC news, events, an upcoming benefit, fundraiser or fun program? Let’s let the rest of the Channel know about it. Send it to workingstories@aol.com.

The move went well last Saturday. Everything is now in the new apartment and fairly well situated. On Sunday I woke up in Broad Channel, and it wasn’t a dream.

There are still things to put away, blinds to put up, bits and ends to pick up and things still packed in storage three stories above the Queens-Brooklyn border. But I am home.

Sometime Saturday morning, before we arrived with the only part way filled moving truck (I am a lot more compact these days), apparently I had a visitor.

Someone had already been by. A card, a photograph, was tucked into my door. On the front was a message - a picture of a cake with yellow-gold icing that read “There’s No Place Like Home.”

Thank you, thank you, Dorothy from BC!

Finally, a word from Judy Zack of the BC Civic Beautification Committee.

“Since the summer was so strange between three heat waves and then lots of rain, the weeds took over and now we want our revenge! Jessica Allen and I are working on a Fall clean up along the Boulevard.”

“The target date is Sunday, September 15th …probably start up time will be 10 a.m., but we are still working on the details.

Cheerful volunteers will be most welcome- including families, school and civic groups. So tell your friends and mark your calendars—in green!

More information as it comes in.

Thanks for reading!

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