2013-08-30 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Dan Guarino

Sometime last week, Sunday I believe, as I was waiting for the light to change on Cross Bay Boulevard, I saw something that made me smile all day.

A little girl was pushing along on a little bicycle. It was purple, with silver and purple streamers on the handlebars and little training wheels. As she determinedly made her way on that beautiful day, there was grandma (I believe) right by her side, helping her along.

Both of them seemed to be enjoying themselves.

I hope everyone who passed them by came away with the same all day smile I did.

Well this is the BIG weekend. Mardi Gras is here!

Here’s what’s on tap.

“Countdown With Kickball” is on for Friday, August 30th starting at 7 p.m. There will be food, drinks, rides for the kids, and an adult kickball tournament at the BCAC Field. That’s at West 1st Road and Cross Bay Boulevard, in case you’re coming from ‘out of town’.

Hopefully you registered your team already by calling Tim Hanning at 917- 273-1378 or Jack Allen 646-267-5423. It’s $30 a player and includes unlimited beer for the night if you’re in the tournament.

If you’re reading about this event on Friday, please put down the paper before going tonight. I can’t be responsible if you’re going to try and read and play at the same time.

You can catch up on all the great stories tomorrow, when you can’t move and are soaking in the tub.

The blue prints are already laid out. The finest engineers, the surest builders and the wackiest creative minds in Broad Channel have been engaged for Sunday, September 1st. It’s Build Your Float day!

Don’t even think of sleeping in.

Get ready… steady… go! Monday, September 2nd is the big Mardi Gras Parade! And whether you’re marching or watching it, twice, from the sidelines, you are a part of it!

In the grand Broad Channel tradition, stepping off is 1 p.m… -ish.

The parade’s starting location is still TBD as this is being written. Registration is at the All-American Channel Market at 12:30 p.m.

The Labor Day Bash will follow at the Field. The fun will include the drawing of the annual $10,000 Raffle!

Hopefully you enjoyed Wednesday Night Bingo at the field and turned out for Thursday’s Christmas in August showing of “Home Alone.”

If you’ve never been to a Broad Channel Mardi Gras parade, a few words. One, the tradition is almost as old as Broad Channel itself. Originally started as a fond farewell to summer celebration in the days when many here were still seasonal residents, in the early 1900’s it expanded to dances, concerts, field days and even boat races and became a fundraiser for the volunteer fire brigade.

Since then many local organizations’ good works have benefitted from Mardi Gras’ summer-long fundraising. For the past decade and more, the Broad Channel Athletic Club (this year’s beneficiary) and the BC Volunteer Fire Department have alternated each year as the designated group.

Two, it’s the only parade I know of where, once it has passed by, everyone crosses over to cheer and enjoy as a second time as it turns and comes marching down the Boulevard on the other side.

Three, have fun with it!

News: The St. Virgilius Golden Age will start meeting at the BC American Legion Hall on Thursday, September 5th at 12:30 p.m. They’ll be meeting every Thursday afternoon.

Welcome home, Vicky and Phil. I was glad to meet them on the beach and learn they’re back in their home on 10th Road.

Chief Dan McIntyre tells me that on Monday, August 26th, the Broad Channel Vollies received a generous donation from a New Jersey organization. More on that as it comes in.

BC will be part of a National STOP FEMA Now Day with a rally at the American Legion on Saturday, September 28th at noon. And check your flood insurance policy! You may find, like BC’s Jeff James did, that it has skyrocketed!!

Good luck to all our St. Camillus kids starting school on Wednesday, September 4th. You’ll do great!

Welcome to new principal Lisa Kennedy!

St. Camillus-St. Virgilius Religious Education classes start again on Wednesday, September 11th. No registration fees. To register or for more info call 718-634-8229 or email: saintvirg2@aol.com

VFW Yard Sale- Saturday, September 7th, 10-4 and Sunday, September 8th, 10-3. Tables are $10. Call 646-344 -2640 for more info or to reserve a table.

Let’s keep Broad Channel beautiful! Judy Zack and the BC Civic’s Beautification is holding our First Annual Good Old Fashioned Clean Up And Weeding Campaign on Sunday, September 15th starting at 9 a.m.

Join your neighbors and friends on the last weekend of summer to spruce up and get ready for fall.

Finally, from Carol Corbett: “The BC American Legion would like to thank our town of Broad Channel for their wonderful support. Our fundraiser was a huge success due to YOU!

“Also, a special thank you to Bill Murray, who drove from Maryland to put this show together along with Liz Boyle and Tomasina Ogden.

“Thank you to all the cast from the Broad Channel Theatre Company. Without you this would not have been possible.

“Thank you also goes out to our American Legion families who were here to support us, all the organizations, businesses and bars and everyone who helped and/or donated in any way.

“Thank you all!”

Curtain Call: The Broad Channel Theatre Company players, who put on one terrific show, were Billy Murray, Craig “Milty” Boyle, Liz Hayes-Boyle, Tomasina McCambridge Ogden, Mike Beauvry, Sean O’Connor, Gerry Canning, Vida Didio, Jane Murray, Karen Brennan, Nicola, Jeanine, Tomasina Ogden, Carol Corbett and Barbara Porcheddu. Take a bow!

Thank you to Matt and Sue Whalen for the gift of a Broad Channel tide clock for my new place. It tells you how many hours to low and high tide.

The old Broad Channel method was to stand next to your house and make a pencil line six inches above your head. If the tide came above that line, then it was time to think about leaving.

Got BC news/info? Let the rest of the Channel know about it. Send to workingstories@aol.com.

Thanks for reading!

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