2014-02-07 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Dan Guarino

You didn’t blink. There was no BC Bits column last week.

Sorry, BC, but don’t worry. It’s not a trend.

Well, besides that, and the endless snow, here’s what’s happening in the Channel.

There’s one more workshop on dealing with emotional and spiritual recovery from the hurricane at Christ Presbyterian by the Sea Church.

‘How To Start Living A Meaningful and Purposeful Life Again’ is something anyone can benefit from. Even if you had been to one or two of the previous three workshops, or none at all, this would be one to come to. Certainly you will be welcomed.

Many thanks to the congregation, Reverend Manas and David Cook, who has lead the sessions, for bringing this to the BC community.

BCAC CYO 2014 spring soccer registration is on now. New players are welcome and no experience is necessary.

Signups are for 1st to 8th grade girl’s and 1st to 6th grade boy’s teams. Registration will be at the Broad Channel Athletic Club Memorial Field, at the clubhouse at 125 Cross Bay Boulevard.

Dates are Saturday, February 8th and Sunday, February 9th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Evening registration will be on Wednesday, February 5th and 12th from 6:30 - 8 p.m.

The registration fee is $75; $100 with a new uniform. Need more information? E-mail rchurchill3@gmail.com.

Been on a Manhattan bound A train recently on these single digit mornings? I hear there have been some significant signal delays.

As one caller pointed out, aren’t all the signals, as well as a lot of the equipment, brand new?

Since the storm basically destroyed almost all of the system and tracks all the way from Rockaway to Howard Beach, none of it can be any older than when the line was rebuilt last year.

Hmmm. Sounds like some calls to the MTA are in order.

Be prepared. This could be the year for your child to experience new adventures, learn new things and join the Scouts.

Broad Channel Scout Troop 282 now has open, ongoing registration every Monday night.

For Cub Scouts, boys age 6-10, registration is every Monday at 6:30 p.m., at the American Legion Hall at 209 Cross Bay Boulevard in Broad Channel.

Registration for Boy Scouts, ages 11- 18, is at 7:00 p.m. every week at the Shad Creek Association, at 529 Cross Bay Boulevard.

For more information, please call Fred at 718-877-3467.

The BC Scout Troop is not limited, by the way, to boys only living in Broad Channel. Residents of other areas are welcome.

There are many dedicated individuals who continually put their time and effort into making Broad Channel a special place. It wouldn’t be Broad Channel without them.

Then there are those parents, grandparents, interested parties and just plain good people who put a tremendous amount of energy, care and patience into giving the best to our kids.

Looking back, this has gone on for generations in our town. Looking forward, both groups are setting the best example and the best yardstick for generations to come.

Yes, it’s that time again. The 6-hour defensive driving class point and insurance reduction program is back.

Make your reservation now for the Thursday, March 6th and March 13th class to be held at St. Camillus’ Springman Hall, located at 185 Beach 99th Street in Rockaway Park.

The two-part class runs from 7 to 10 p.m. The payment of the $45 fee guarantees you a seat.

Don’t wait for a talking gecko to tell you this. Attending this class gets you a three year, 10% discount on your liability, collision and no fault insurance anduptoa4pointreduction off your driver’s license.

No test will be given and refreshments will be served.

To register call Helen 917-553- 2409 or 718-945-4648.

Proceeds help support the St. Camillus-St. Virgilius parish CCD program.

You know, I’d better check in with Allstate and see if my defensive driving class discount is up. Three years goes by so fast!

By the way, CCD stands for Confraternity of Christian Doctrine. I knew you might have been wondering. So I looked it up. You’re welcome.

The St. Virgilius Rosary Alter Society meets the third Monday of every month at 12:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall. Next meeting is February 17th. New members welcome!

March 2nd is the St. Camillus-St. Virgilius St. Patrick’s Dance. More details next week.

Over the past year many people have asked me about one particular BC Bits column called “You’re Probably From Broad Channel If…”

Written in the aftermath of Sandy, people said it reflected a lot of BC’s ‘just-after-the-storm’ experience. They even quoted their favorite lines from it.

The column recently was reprinted in the January 3rd, 2014, issue of The Wave. If you’d like a copy of your own, just go to www.rockawave.com and look up that edition under the “Archive” tab. You can even print the actual page. Enjoy!

Hey, get your tickets now for the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department’s 109th Officer's Installation Dance. It’s coming up on Saturday, February 22nd, at 8 p.m. at the American Legion Hall.

The Vollies say the “night…always promises good food, great friends, and memories.”

Catering will be by All American Channel Market, with music provided by provided by DJ's @ Work!

Tickets are $45 - available in advance or at the door. Call the firehouse at 718-474-6888 to reserve your spot, and ask about their special Couples Getaway Raffle!

All proceeds go to support the Vollies.

Many thanks to all those, including Steve Hawk, Dan Mundy, Nancy Herman, Kathy Lawless, John Porcheddu and others, who sent such beautiful pictures of icebound Broad Channel and Rockaway last week. One great thing about my job is I get to see so many great shots by so many talented photographers. I may not get to use them all, but it’s always nice to share these in print. Especially nice if a photographer is getting published for the first time.

So, got BC news? Send it to me at workingstories@aol.com!

Thanks for reading.

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