2014-01-24 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Dan Guarino

Snow up to your knees, BC? Bitter cold wind and weather?

Okay, I think we’ve said enough about that.

By the way, Janice Weide, now living on the West side, lets us know that this year July 4th falls on a Friday. (No extra points for guessing the date.) So focus on that and start making plans.

The New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program and Broad Channel Planning Committee meeting originally set for this past Tuesday has been rescheduled. Yep, the weather got it.

It is now on for Tuesday, February 4th, 7 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 209 Cross Bay Boulevard.

In July, Governor Cuomo designated 102 New York State, Sandy-hit communities as eligible for a portion of more than $750 million statewide for storm reconstruction. The plan was for citizens within each area to come together, work with the program “to create and implement…strategies for rebuilding and strengthening their communities.”

Among seven designated communities down Rockaway way, Broad Channel is eligible for up to $6 million. Not surprisingly, a strong committee was formed here and plans have been developed. All plans have to be submitted to the Governor’s office this spring and evaluated before monies are approved and released.

NY Rising and the BC Planning Committee will be presenting what they have come up with at the meeting and open up the floor for questions and comment.

If it’s about Broad Channel’s future, I know plenty of people will want to be there.

You should now be able to buy stamps at All-American Channel Market. Full postal services will be available within the next few weeks. Stop in.

“Old Salt,” written by Mary Dady Clarity and recounting the Broad Channel upbringing and adventurous career of Captain Mike Clarity, US Navy, retired, is now available at our BC Library. Check it out.

Hope you picked up a copy of last week’s Wave, which contains a whole page of vintage Broad Channel photos, generously shared by Muriel Berry Stemmann. Thanks, Muriel!

Speaking of old photos, Barbara Toborg of the BC Historical Society emailed me to note “Pat Williams, who owned the Bay Gull Store, graciously donated all the historical pictures that he framed to the Broad Channel Historical Society!”

Three cartons worth are currently residing in Barbara and Fred Toborg’s front room, on their way to joining the rest of the collection. Our thanks to Pat Williams.

It’s hard to see a Broad Channel business close up. If you know somebody who worked at Bay Gull, maybe you know somebody else who has a new job they could fill. Or maybe your neighbor knows somebody. Reach out if you can and help.

While researching a ‘quick’ article on Weiss’ Restaurant, I came across this interesting selection of timeline tidbits on the BC Historical website.  1879 - In August, construction began on railroad across Jamaica Bay.  1881 - In June, Broad Channel became a stop on the railroad.  1918 - Dance hall floated by barge to

Broad Channel from Goose Creek (to become) P.S. 47 schoolhouse.  1920 - Christ Presbyterian Church built. O'Sullivan's Pharmacy established. Electric power plant installed.

P.S. 47 opened in September.  1923 - On August 22, First Annual

Ball of Broad Channel Ice Handlers held at Queen's Capitol: admission 25 cents.  1930’s- Airfield (opens) at 1st Road.

There’s a lot more where this came from. Visit www.broadchannelhistoricalsociety.org.

Share some history by buying a brand new Broad Channel Historical Society calendar at local stores. Still $5 each and guaranteed good for the rest of the year.

Quoted from an NBC News report: “The children (of PS 47) are showing their appreciation by buying birthday supplies and packing them up for kids they don't even know. It may seem like a small gesture, but it's those little acts of kindness that can make a big difference.”

The segment aired on January 2nd and is available online. Produced by Laura Allenbaugh, it was headlined “Kids in Sandy-ravaged town discover the joy of paying it forward.”

It talked about how these children knew what it was like to see their community struggle. “They received help in the months following the storm…”

“Then, as the town got back on its feet, they wanted to give back.”

Family-To-Family is a national nonprofit relief group that has helped Broad Channel. Allison Kase and other BC people have volunteered with the group to help the children by connecting them with needy families and children across the country.

As Principal Ann Moynagh said in the NBC report, "You know, that's who they are. So I already knew how they were going to respond, but just to see it in action and the joy that they have in giving back to others...it's just heartwarming."

More than two dozen people came out last Sunday evening for the first “Dealing with Issues Involved in Emotional and Spiritual Recovery From Hurricane Sandy” workshop at Christ Presbyterian by the Sea Church.

People of all different beliefs met, talked, shared their ideas and feelings about the Sandy stress that is still active in their everyday lives.

David Cook, of the Hurricane Sandy Long Term Recovery Team from Ascension Church in Forest Hills, led the discussion, which looked toward faith for some answers.

The next session, “How To deal With Anger Towards God and Others” will be this Sunday, January 26th at 7 p.m.

Reverend Megan Manas was also on hand and added her wisdom.

Next will be February 2nd at 4:30 p.m., dealing with “How To Be Prepared Emotionally and Spiritually For Future Tragedies/Crisis.” Sunday,

February 9th at 7 p.m. will conclude with “How To Start Living A Meaningful and Purposeful Life Again.”

Sharing refreshments afterwards, as Broad Channel people often do, we chatted, listened, offered our own stories, and didn’t always agree but found support in each other.

We also each left with a small booklet called “Imagine Your Life Without Fear.”

What a life like that could be!

Got BC News? Send it to workingstories@aol.com. Or put my name on it and drop it in the mailbox at 1430 Cross Bay Boulevard.

Thanks for reading.

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