Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Broad Channel's Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

The annual Broad Channel Tree Lighting ceremony will take place at....

Broad Channel Athletic Club
Memorial Field
December 2, 2014
5:30 pm

Holiday music by the Broad Channel Girl Scouts and the P.S. 47 Chorus
a special visit from Santa Claus!

At the ceremony our neighbor Debbie Spanburgh - O'Connor will be accepting new, unwrapped toys for children up to age 16 on behalf of the Pediatric Hematology and Onconology Department at North Shore LIJ Cohen Children's Medical Center.

Broad Channel Toys for Tots Fundraiser

Our neighbor Debbie Spanburgh - O'Connor is hosting a fund raiser to benefit the Pediatric Hematology and Onconology Department of the North Shore LIJ Cohen Children's Medical Center.

Grassy Point Bar and Grill
18-02 Cross Bay Boulevard
Broad Channel, N.Y. 1169

December 5, 2014

Drink specials and Raffles!

Drop off a new, unwrapped child's toy and receive a free drink!

Broad Channel Crafters 26th Annual Craft and Christmas Gift Sale

Happy Thanksgiving!

"Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man
has plenty; not on your past misfortunes,
of which all men have some."
[Charles Dickens]

Between the Bridges in Broad Channel

Between the Bridges in Broad Channel
Peter J. Mahon

Mother of God, the Navy Lost an Aircraft Carrier!

Charles Dickens once wrote "Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some." With that in mind, allow me to wish all of you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving celebration!

The members of our Broad Channel VFW  worked hard and long this past Sunday, preparing and serving a grand meal with all the trimmings, providing our vets with a memorable holiday experience as they hosted their annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner for the residents of St. Alban's Veterans Hospital.   Many of the vets required hands on assistance while dining and our guys and gals at the Post were more than happy to provide it.  A very special thank you to Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder and his family for stopping by to lend their support!

One of the many ways our VFW Post funds their continual efforts to reach out and provide services to our veterans at St. Albans is via the several fundraisers the Post runs each year.  And speaking of fundraisers (how's that for a segue?), stop by the Broad Channel VFW Hall Friday evening, December 12th at 7 pm and enjoy some food and libations in the company of your friends and neighbors while enjoying the music of Walker and Friends.  Call Vinny at 347-697-8774 for more information on this event.

Broad Channel’s own Kevin Conklin will graduate from Marine Corps Recruit Training at Parris Island on December 12th at which time Kevin will receive his "eagle, globe and anchor" insignia and with it, the title of United States Marine, which he will carry with him for the rest of his life.  Semper Fi Kevin - Broad Channel is proud of you! 

Congratulations to Charles Arnemann of Broad Channel on his 70th birthday.  Charle’s beautiful wife Diane was overheard to remark that “the older the fiddler, the sweeter the tune.”  Anyone who has had the pleasure of listening to Charles and Diane rocking out to the oldies with their hometown group Wax R Back would have to agree with her.

Congratulations are also in order for Bobby and Margaret Glade of West 10th Road in Broad Channel on their 30th wedding anniversary. I had the pleasure of talking with the happy couple recently and remarked, “Wow, 30 years!  I guess it feels like just yesterday, right?”  Bobby and Margaret both looked at each other and then turned to me responding in unison - “Well it was 10,950 days ago but who’s counting?”

Beginning this week the 2015 Broad Channel Historical Calendar will be on sale (still only $5) at Rock&Roll Bagel, All American Deli, Broad Channel Civic meetings, and from members of the Historical Committee. Mail orders can be placed at  Please add $2 postage for each calendar and make check out to Broad Channel Historical Society.

Don Riepe and the Northeast Chapter of the American Littoral Society will be holding their 25th Annual Fundraising Holiday celebration on Saturday, December 13th at the Broad Channel American Legion Hall.  Reservation and tickets for the event may be had by calling 718-474-0896 or email at NEChapter@littoralsociety,org.

Before we end this, were all of you just as surprised as I was when it was revealed that the recent photos of Kim Kardashian’s rather prodigious and naked bum that were splashed all over the news had been….how do I put this delicately….digitally enhanced?  My 97 year old mother recently viewed the young lady’s photo and remarked Mother of God, the Navy lost an aircraft carrier!”

Broad Channel, why would anyone want to live anywhere else?

Contact Information: Email – or call or text: 347-226-1293

BOYLEING POINTS (Rockaway Times)



Happy Thanksgiving. If there ever were a year to say thanks, this would be the one. When I planned the launch of this paper in June I didn’t quite expect the 24/7 demands. And thankfully, I got the support I needed.
They say you better be careful when you start thanking people because you’re sure to leave someone out. So thank YOU. (Now you can’t say I didn’t say thanks).
My wife, Kathy, was encouraging, supportive and helped at every turn. She’s worked 24/7 for years and showed me how to keep at it. The fam – from my brothers and sons to father-in-law and mother–in–law gave important help along the way. And thanks to my mother — proofreader, tipster, and comic inspiration.
Advertisers came through. Some generous people and groups advertised simply to give me a boost and help me find solid footing. Many have signed on for the long term, thereby showing confidence in The Rockaway Times. As you know, it’s a free paper and without advertisers, it’d be a dead paper. The only thing I ask is, if you see an ad in the paper, mention to the people who advertise. So thanks in advance for that.
Thankfully, in the early days, Carol Kelleher came to the rescue and helped put the books in order. Pat McVeigh joined in and pretty soon the demands were cut down to 23/7. Mike Schramm of The Pointer, the Rockaway Point News, was a huge help and didn’t have to be. I’m thankful he was so generous in those early days.
I get calls and emails from readers – thanks! – telling me how much they enjoy the paper. Well, they wouldn’t enjoy it so much if I didn’t have Peter Mahon, Alex Karinsky, Paulette Mancuso, John Cori, Helen Kilgallen, Matt Whalen, Beef Chip, and Sharon Feldman and Pete Galvin contributing great columns every week. Boy, do I owe them thanks. And the supporting cast of the Civics Corner — Hank Iori, Dolores Orr, Noreen Ellis, and Amanda Agoglia, are due a heartfelt thanks, too. And I’m thankful for other contributors as well such as guest columnists (John Sica for one!) and you letter writers and emailers and Word Searchers and people who like us on Facebook.
Doug MacLeod and Ozzie Edwards not only supplied some great photos but offered to pitch in a million different ways.
Thanks to Erica Farrell who designed our masthead and convinced me to include the bicycle as part of our logo. And thanks to Bianca Fortis who’s written so many good stories and has been part of this since Day One. And Katie McFadden who writes and does it a little bit of everything,
And there’s Fred Marino, the MVP, the unstoppable salesman who is often called Jesus Christ. He goes back to advertisers so often they say, Jesus Christ, you again?
I’m happier this Thanksgiving because of Freddy.
But I’ve gotta circle back to you, the readers. You’ve given advice, constructive criticism, undeserved praise, and even material. You’ve convinced me this crazy thing was a good idea.
Even if the paper went out of business tomorrow, my thanks are forever.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Broad Channel VFW Annual Thanksgiving Dinner for veteran residents of St. Albans Hospital

VFW Prince-Wynn Post #260
705 Shad Creek Road
Broad Channel

This past Sunday the Broad Channel VFW hosted its Annual Thanksgiving Dinner for the veteran residents of St. Hospital, Queens. 

The Ladies Auxiliary who made this all happen!

Service with a Smile!

A picture is worth a thousand words!

Time to eat!

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder and his entire family stopped by to lend their support!

Hula Hoops are back!
Forget your actors, singers, athletes and other celebrities.  Look at the tables on both sides of this room and you see our real heroes!  

Somebody has to clean the pots and unfortunately Carol Fox drew the short straw!

Goldeder and Meeks Seek To Have FEMA Waive Repayments from Sandy Victims

Lawmakers say Sandy survivors should not have to repay FEMA for its own mistakes

U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks went to Belle Harbor Manor in Rockaway to discuss legislation that would help Hurricane Sandy victims who have been asked to repay FEMA funds. “Some of these overpayments were for as little as $1,000 and went to retired seniors," he said. FEMA paid out more than $1.4 billion to 182,911 disaster survivors in Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island, officials said.

Monday, November 24, 2014, 7:51 PM
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Hurricane Sandy victim Vincentia Becker, 94, of Rockaway  shows her letter from FEMA demanding reimbursement of $5,800.dollars. U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks and Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder announced new legislation that will help Hurricane Sandy victims who were asked to return FEMA aid money.DEBBIE EGAN-CHIN/NEW YORK DAILY NEWSHurricane Sandy victim Vincentia Becker, 94, of Rockaway  shows her letter from FEMA demanding reimbursement of $5,800.dollars. U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks and Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder announced new legislation that will help Hurricane Sandy victims who were asked to return FEMA aid money.
Lawmakers are proposing legislation that would allow the federal government to waive some repayments it is seeking from Hurricane Sandy victims.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has asked some victims to return thousands of dollars in storm relief money that was mistakenly paid out, either by fault of the government or the hurricane victims.
U. S. Rep. Gregory Meeks said he is working with Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey and U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm of Staten Island to help people who say they are being victimized by FEMA.
FEMA is trying to recoup $23 million it paid out for emergency housing and other needs.
“Some of these overpayments were for as little as $1,000 and went to retired seniors, like those living at the Belle Harbor Manor,” said Meeks, during a press conference at the Rockaway facility.
Many of those being asked to repay are seniors on fixed incomes, Meeks said. The money owed to FEMA could be taken from their Social Security benefits, he said.
Vincentia Becker, a 94-year-old Rockaway resident, has been asked to return $5,800.
Angelo Catanzaro, who has lived at Belle Harbor Manor for 10 years, is being asked to return almost $2,500.
“They should stop bothering poor people,” he said. “That’s a shame.”
NYC PAPERS OUT. Social media use restricted to low res file max 184 x 128 pixels and 72 dpiDEBBIE EGAN-CHIN/NEW YORK DAILY NEWSCongressman Gregory Meeks(r.) and Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder (l.) announce new legislation that will help Hurricane Sandy victims who were asked to return FEMA aid money outside Belle Harbor Manor in Rockaway on Monday.
In some cases, FEMA said victims received money and then were later reimbursed by insurance companies.
And some people impacted by the FEMA so-called “clawback” issue have sued the agency.
FEMA officials told The News they could not comment on litigation but noted that federal law requires federal agencies to recover improper payments.
Only about 2% of hurricane victims received letters asking for repayment, the agency said, adding people can appeal the decision or request a repayment plan.
FEMA paid out more than $1.4 billion to 182,911 disaster survivors in Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island, officials said.
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder, whose Far Rockaway home was damaged during the 2012 storm, said the victims deserve a break.
“These people didn’t go on cruises,” said Goldfeder. “Every penny went toward Sandy recovery. Two years later, it’s insane FEMA is asking for money back.”
With Debbie Egan-Chin

Goldfeder Secures Additional Flight Path Noise Monitors in Bayswater and Broad Channel

Assemblyman Goldfeder Fights for Quieter Skies

After push from Goldfeder, PANYNJ to install additional noise monitors under active flight paths in Bayswater and Broad Channel Communities    
Goldfeder: With new technology upgrades and noise mitigation techniques, residents living within close proximity to the airport should be provided much-needed relief 

Broad Channel, Queens - In effort to accurately monitor noise caused by planes flying to and from JFK Airport, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway) has successfully worked with the Port Authority and has secured additional noise monitors in Bayswater and Broad Channel, Queens.

“While we understand our close proximity to the airport comes with certain challenges, new technology upgrades and noise mitigation techniques can allow our families to sleep more peacefully at night,” said Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder.“Installing these noise monitors will go a long way to accurately monitor noise impact on local communities and hopefully lead to relief for our hard-working families.”

In September, Goldfeder sent a letter to the FAA and Port Authority of NY and NJ requesting the installation of airplane noise monitors in Bayswater and Broad Channel, Queens. In his letter, Goldfeder expressed that frequent flyovers from arriving and departing airplanes generate high levels of noise and negatively impact the quality of life for thousands of Queens families. In response to Goldfeder’s request, the Port Authority immediately agreed to install the noise monitors, as well as implement a flight tracking system on the agency’s website so residents can monitor aircraft and specific decibel levels along flight paths over these communities.

“This monitor will provide accurate levels of airplane noise that residents are exposed to,” said Marilyn Chapoteau, Rockaway resident. “This information will be a useful tool in the fight to reduce airplane noise in our community.”

"The Broad Channel Civic Association wants to thank Assemblyman Goldfeder for his assistance in working to procure a Port Authority Airplane Noise Monitor for placement in Broad Channel.  This monitor will record all airplane noise that our island residents experience and will be critical as the Port Authority conduct their part 150 noise study,” said Dan Mundy, President of the Broad Channel Civic Association.  “Broad Channel is the only neighborhood that is adjacent to the airport that does not currently have such a monitor and both the Assemblyman and the Port Authority should be commended for moving quickly to address the town’s concerns regarding this oversight. We look forward to working with our elected officials and the Port Authority, as well as our neighbors on the developing airport roundtable panel to seek ways to reduce the impact of airplane flight noise on affected communities"

Additionally, at the direction of Governor Cuomo and in response to roundtable meetings with Goldfeder, other elected officials and community leaders, the Port Authority has recently signed an agreement with Environmental Science Associates to conduct federal Part 150 airport noise compatibility planning studies for John F. Kennedy International and LaGuardia airports over the next three years, with the goal of finding potential mitigation procedures to help alleviate residents’ concerns about aircraft noise. The airport noise compatibility planning studies for LaGuardia and JFK are part of Port Authority efforts this year to address the noise concerns of residents in Queens, Brooklyn and Nassau County who live in close proximity to the two major airports.

“We are all expected to be good neighbors and our airports are no different,” concluded Assemblyman Goldfeder. “I want to thank the Port Authority for working together with the community to ensure our families are protected from any long-term harm that air traffic may potentially cause.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Tis the Season to Remember to Shop Small

Small, Mom and Pop, local businesses are still the backbone of our community here in the Broad Channel and Rockaway area.  They are local people serving local people and are generally committed to staying in the community.

Spending our hard earned money locally serves to protect the prosperity and distinctive flavor of our neighborhood.  

Spending locally also results in increased contributions to local causes.  

Spending locally also keep dollars in our community and often provides employment opportunities for our local youth.

Local spending also generally guarantees a much broader range of product services as the stores will select products based on the needs of their local customers.

I know what you are all thinking to yourselves - "Wait a minute here! Who are you kidding, small shops are are more expensive than the larger stores."  

That may be true addition to the above advantages, when you patronize a small local business you can always yell at the owner when you are dissatisfied!  Try that at a mega-store.