2014-03-21 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Dan Guarino

According to the calendar, spring starts March 20th.

What’s going on outside your window or once you get out your front door is another story entirely.

Congratulations to Broad Channel’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Prince-Wynn Post #260. This past Sunday, March 16th, they presented an afternoon of VFW bingo.

I believe this is one of the first events to be held in their re-opened hall. Might even be the first.

It has been a long hard road rebuilding the Post after the storm. This event is one more step towards making this hardworking organization, and our town, whole again.

Thank you, ladies and gentlemen, for all that you do.

Keep your eyes open for more doings at the VFW. Come down, enjoy and support.

Speaking of vets, new Queens Borough President Melinda Katz is inviting all vets and vets organizations to a meet-and-greet brunch at Borough Hall on Thursday, March 27th, at 11 a.m. As the invitation says, this is to “begin an open dialogue concerning veterans’ issues and improving the quality of life for veterans throughout Queens.

If you’re a vet or know a Queens vet, you can RSVP Dan Brown, the BP’s Veteran’s Affair Liaison, at 718-286- 2853 or dbrown@queensbp.org. Space is limited, so sign up now.

Broad Channel is blessed with two fine veteran’s organizations, the VFW and the American Legion. Vets, especially returning vets, are often dealing with things that few of the rest of us could fully understand. But they don’t need to go through that alone. The good people at the Legion and VFW do understand.

If you are a vet or know a vet who could benefit from their help or even just their good company, contact these organizations.

Break out the candles! Our own Hazel Lewis just celebrated her 100th birthday! Assemblyman Philip Goldfeder presented her with a special citation to mark the occasion.

Apparently Hazel has been in the Channel for 50 years.

Speaking of which, does anybody know the time limit on being a newcomer?

This Sunday, March 23rd, come out to Grassy’s and hear my talented friend, Susan Bach. She'll be playing from 3 to 6 p.m.

Put it in drive: sign up now for a brand new, 6-hour defensive driving course. It’ll be held on Wednesday, April 2nd and 9th, from 7 to 10 p.m. at St. Camillus School Auditorium, 185 Beach 99th Street. Taking this course will give you a 10 percent discount on your liability, collision and no fault insurance for the next three years. It can also take up to 4 points off your driver’s license.

Proceeds go to support St. Camillus- St. Virgilius parish religious education classes.

There is no test, and refreshments will be served. Seats are going fast, but your $45 fee will hold one for you. Call Helen at 917-553-2409 or 718-945-4648 now.

Speaking of which, it was nice to see Helen Henglein at Fort Tilden on Saturday the 15th. She taking the Rockaway Artists Alliance’s “Basic Point and Shoot Digital Photography” class taught by Jessica Schulman. In fact, I am pretty sure it was Helen that asked me if RAA had such a course. One thing lead to another, and, well, you know.

There are quite a few other RAA adult ed classes being offered which you may want to check out at www.rockawayartistsalliance.org

And there is a lot of talent going on at Fort Tilden. Right now the Rockaway Theatre Company is presenting a riotous production of “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” David, a friend of mine, said he could not stop laughing!

Go to www.rockawaytheatrecompany.org, reserve a ticket and go! You might even recognize some talents from the Channel.

I happen to know that these people are so dedicated, they even did a rehearsal for this show in the freezing cold.

A special Welcome Home to Colleen! It took a year and a half, but you ARE back.

And welcome home to the Panetta family, whose new house on Church Road is, I believe, the first modular in the Channel.

Check out the Broad Channel Pre-K Open House on Thursday, March 27th and April 3rd at the BCAC Clubhouse at 10 a.m. Space is limited. So contact Jessica Guttieri at Jessicaguttieri@yahoo.com for more info and to hold a spot.

Broad Channel on the boards: Manhattan's UP Theater Company is staging a play called “Broad Channel” by James Bosley. The play is described as “a biting new drama about a struggling blue collar family that comes to blows when...” Ah, spoilers!!

Previews begin April 30th and run Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 3, at the Cabrini Repertory Theater, 701 Fort Washington Avenue.

Got Rockaway and Broad Channel sports news and pictures? Send them to me at The Wave at dan@rockawave.com.

Posted on Facebook on “Broad Channel Civic” by Nicholas Pierro: “I was pulled over for speeding on Cross Bay Boulevard, moving southbound just after the North Channel Bridge. A 100th Precinct cop was waiting, radar enforcing the speed limit for vehicles on the bridge. He told me he's going to be there a lot. It was 9 a.m. Be careful, Broad Channel.”

Thanks Nick.

Now is a really great time to send your old BC photos and artifacts to the BC Historical Society. Why? Because very soon, with the Historical’s help, I will be starting a new book about Broad Channel. It will be a kind of a ‘Broad Channel- Then and Now,’ so having your pictures in the collection will be invaluable. (They can be copied and returned to you.) And they will be available to everyone to tell the story of Broad Channel for generations to come.

Have materials? Contact BC Historical chairperson Barbara Toborg. Or email me at workingstories@aol.com.

Finally, here is a very funny music video from another talented, good friend, Apryl Nebozenko. She wrote the updated lyrics, produced the video, arranged the great three part harmonies, and, with Joanne Kase Marnick and Joanne’s daughter Julianne, did the singing. Enjoy “Stop The Snow” at www.youtube.com/ watch?v=nLMe 7B0bmOk.

Got BC news? Send it over to workingstories@aol.com! Thanks for reading!

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