Tucked away on the west side of the small town of Broad Channel in the middle of Jamiaca Bay is a narrow, dead end, street that goes by the name of West 12th Road. Those of us who live there know that the nice part about living in a small town is that when you are not quite sure what is going on, someone else always does!
[Peter J. Mahon West 12th Road, Broad Channel]
Broad Channel Civic Association President Dan Mundy Jr.In the long year plus since the hurricane, many people have helped Broad Channel to recover and rebuild.
The Broad Channel Athletic Club took the opportunity on Saturday, January 11th, to thank the many individuals and organizations who lent a hand to their island community.
More than 150 people attended the event held at the American Legion Hall in Broad Channel.
Guests enjoyed music, food, beverages and good company amid the white and green streamers and balloons, the BCAC’s teams’ colors.
BCAC President Jim Mangan acknowledged the groups who pitched in and helped after the storm.
These included the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Prince- Wynn Post, the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department, the BC Civic Association, Ka-Boom, Sports Angels and many more.
He also noted how many of those have since joined together to reach out to disaster struck communities in Oklahoma, Colorado and elsewhere.
BCAC President Jim Mangan introduced the event they held to thank all who had helped the Broad Channel community after Hurricane Sandy. Photos by Dan GuarinoAmong those who spoke were Councilman Eric Ulrich, BC Civic Association Dan Mundy Jr. and Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder.
Goldfeder, recounting what he saw in Broad Channel in the days after the hurricane, noted, “It’s not about areas. It’s about community.”
“This town was the epitome of neighbors helping neighbors, friends helping friends, strangers helping strangers.”
Another speaker, quoting Bishop Fulton Sheen, said, it was an example of “Ordinary people doing extraordinary things.”
Speaking on behalf of Sports Angels, a non-profit group which replaced all of the equipment BCAC kids lost during the storm, Sister Barbara offered a well-received “Ten Rules of Good Sportsmanship.”
More than 150 people attended the gala event at the BC American Legion Hall.She concluded them with “Remember to take care of the equipment- body, mind and soul. You can’t play without them.”
Councilman Eric Ulrich and Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder, who were both in Broad Channel right after the storm, joined in the evening. Friends had a great time at the BCAC ‘thank you’ party.