2014-07-25 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Dan Guarino

The weather has been good and Broad Channel has been out enjoying it.

Last Saturday, July 19, there was a great big block party over on the east side. There was food, drinks, barbecues going, live music playing and kids having fun. There were two huge inflatable waterslide/ obstacle courses and a dragon ride.

A lot of things may have been put on hold because of Hurricane Sandy, but people were pretty happy to be able to get together and do this again.

The VFW’s Pig Roast and Barbecue was apparently also a big success that day. Skies were a little gray, but I think the rain held off just for Broad Channel.

Just a reminder that temporary parking spaces along the Cross Bay Boulevard median are being marked off between 10th and 15th roads.

These are being set aside for residents on West 11th, 12th and 13th roads, where the street raising project will be going on. Please be considerate and leave those spots open for neighbors who will need them.

I am happy to report that the “After Stop-Left Turn Permitted On Red” sign is back up at 20th Road. I was tempted to drive around it a few times the other day when I noticed it was back.

By the way, Dorothy Fraher reports that “they finally put the outgoing mail box back on the corner of 14th Road.”

Mardi Gras news: Ruffle Bar is serving up corned beef and cabbage dinners to go after 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 30. Dinners are $10 each and you can arrange for pick up or home delivery in advance by calling 718-318-2300.

On Saturday, Aug. 2, the Ruffle Bar Pool Tournament is coming to town, with a $20 entry fee and prizes. Then on Friday night, August 18, starting at 9 p.m. there will be great live music by the very talented Mr. Big Deal.

Before they’re all sold, make sure you get a ticket for the $10,000 raffle from the “Bubba For Mayor” campaign. There will also be 18 smaller prizes.

But only 400 tickets, at $100 each, will be sold. After that you are indeed out of luck. Don’t wait. Somebody else could be buying the winning ticket right now. Contact Cindi Ciappetta at cindi.ciappetta@baml.com or touch base with anyone from the campaign right away.

All Mardi Gras proceeds this year go to the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department. Our Vollies have been there for us day and night for over a century. Have fun, support a good cause and be there for them now.

Learn new things. This Wednesday, July 30, the Broad Channel Library will feature workshops on Job Search Strategies at 1 p.m. and Beginner’s PowerPoint at 2:30 p.m. All sessions are free.

Stop in for a schedule of summer children and teen activities. Take out a few great books, audio books, movies and more while you’re there.

Father Richie lets us know that the St. Camillus-St. Virgilius parish is sponsoring “a blood drive on Sunday, Aug. 17 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The airconditioned Bloodmobile will be parked at Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 100th Street, just outside of St. Camillus Church. You must be 16-75 years old; weigh 110 pounds or more and have had no new tattoos for the past 12 months. Eat well and drink fluids on Saturday. Bring photo ID. Walk-ups are welcome. No appointment necessary. It is easy and quick. Call 718- 634-8229 for information.”

The BC Historical Society received a request for any information or pictures of the Beacon Bar & Restaurant that was located at the end of W. 10th Road in the 1960s. It was also previously known as the Brown Derby and Hugo Alt’s. If you have info, call Barbara Toborg at 718-474-1127.

Do you have possible photos for the 2015 Historical Calendar? Please get them to a member of the Historical Society: Dorothy Fraher, Dan Guarino, Frank Henglein, Kathy Louis, John McCambridge, Dan Mundy Sr., Mary O’Connell, Barbara Toborg, Jane Mary Tubridy, Joe Young or Judy Zackiewicz.

Please identify any people in the picture; provide year (approximate if not known) and who should be credited for donating the picture. Originals will be returned if requested. Thanks!

Build It Back has been an ongoing issue for Broad Channel and all of the Rockaway community.

Dan Mundy Jr. had the following to report after a recent meeting hosted by Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and designed to keep the program moving along.

“Here are some of the points we were able to address:

1) An agreement by BIB to withdraw their previous requirement that homes that were rebuilt or elevated would have to remain open on the lowest floor -- this was originally a Department of Buildings (DOB) requirement but under pressure from our Civic Association and others they relented as it was pointed out that this was a V-zone requirement and we successfully won that battle and are an AE zone.

2) Much progress on the big problem of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) making environmental assessments that were inaccurate and that designated some of our rebuilds as needing site specific Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) reviews when they did not . They agreed to simplify the process and let the contractor submit the delineation directly to DEC.

3) Specific families in Broad Channel that are waiting to rebuild were discussed and it was identified that HPD, working under BIB, was in many cases holding up the process during the contracts process. HPD agreed to push these along. We have one family cleared for rebuilding and four others very close.

4) Reimbursements were discussed and the BIB and the mayor’s rep were told that it was way too slow to date and they should be reaching out to any with application problems and speeding up the check disbursements.

5) DOB issues with front yard mapping… has been withdrawn and our old process restored – you can use the front yard for a porch and access if is within the mapped street but not the building.”

More to come!

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

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