Friday, February 21, 2014

Broad Channel Bits

By Dan Guarino

A bright, very large object was seen over Broad Channel last week Friday. Concerned neighbors in Rockaway reported seeing it, too. Calls to the National Atmospheric Institute (NAI) yielded an explanation.
“It’s the sun,” they said.
By Saturday, just as quickly as it came, it vanished from the sky.
Many were still doubtful that they saw it at all.
Last Call: Sunday morning will be too late to think about going to the Vollies’ Officer’s Installation Dance on Saturday night. There will be food, music and a great time starting at 8 p.m., February 22nd, at theAmerican Legion Hall.
You can still call the firehouse, 718- 474-6888, to make your reservation. Tickets will also be available at the door.
If you don’t make it to this 109th annual event, make sure you have a good excuse when you turn up at the 110th.
In all seriousness, the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department, manned by volunteers who live here and also by those who don’t, has been there for our community for more than a century.
Proceeds from the dance, and any contributions, which are accepted all year round, help to keep them going.
Contribute whenever you can. Think about volunteering even if you’ve never thought about it before.
Cars by the dozens have been parked up on the Boulevard median for most of the week. This is due to very high tides coming up the side streets. No doubt all the snow and rain have added to this.
From my front window, which faces the bay, I can see waves being pushed along and even splashing the shore.
Not sure how far the tide’s come up into my ‘backyard’, but I have hit very slushy, watery snow a couple of times when digging out around my steps.
You don’t have to do a Howard Beach U Turn to get a three year, 10% discount on your liability/collision/no fault auto insurance and knock up to 4 points off your driver’s license.
Act now; call Helen at 917-553-2409 or 718-945-4648 and reserve a seat for the two part 6-hour defensive driving class scheduled for Thursday, March 6th and 13th.
There is no test, refreshments will be served, the sessions are from 7 to 10 p.m. and are held right over in St. Camillus’ Springman Hall at 185 Beach 99th Street in Rockaway Park.
Your $45 fee payment guarantees you a seat, but those seats are going fast. Proceeds go to support St. Camillus-St. Virgilius parish religious education classes.
Start the St. Patrick’s Day season off right with the St. Camillus-St. Virgilius Parish St. Patrick’s Dance on Sunday, March 2nd, starting at 2 p.m.
Yes, in Broad Channel and Rockaway, St. Patrick’s is a season, not a day.
There’ll be a grand time, with corned beef and cabbage, soda, beer and music by the Cunningham Brothers. For information/ prices/reservations call 718-634-8229.
You can practice your safe driving as it will also be held at St. Camillus’ Springman Hall!
Inside sources say it will be “the craic”!
The American flag at 17th Road Park flies this month for Michael Leo Monahan of Broad Channel, U.S. Army, Vietnam.
There are two things I didn’t think to say when I met the gentleman who told me he is the one who puts up the placards at the base of the flag each month.
One was, “Hi, I’m your neighbor, Dan Guarino.”
The other was “Thank you.” Thank you for honoring Broad Channel’s fallen veterans. Thank you for giving each of us as we are passing a moment to remember them, too, and stay faithful to their memory.
Surely as those who have gone before us gave up their lives for this country, we can live ours every day in a way that makes this a country worthy of that sacrifice.
I couldn’t get close to it because of the snow. But if you’ve been around the south side of the North Channel Yacht Club, you’ll see what appears to be a whole new siding and addition. It looks great!
I saw the Yacht Club the day after the storm. The entire side had been ripped open, front to back. I remember an exit sign swinging back and forth on a wire in the still strong winds.
Even a month later, just below the cold water’s surface, there were beer and liquid bottles, deck chairs and other debris that had been thrown about along with the walls, furniture and fixtures.
Finally saw “The Girl Most Likely,” the movie that takes place in Ocean City, New Jersey and was shot in part in and around Broad Channel.
I also watched the second episode of “Sherlock” on PBS that night.
I laughed out loud watching Sherlock. During the movie? Not so much.
But try it out for yourself. The BC library has “The Girl Most Likely” on DVD.
Your child does not have to be from BC to join the Broad Channel Scout Troop. Troop 282 has ongoing open registration every Monday night.
Registration for Cub Scouts, which is for boys age 6-10, is every Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall. Boy Scouts registration, for boys ages 11-18, is at 7:00 p.m., also every Monday, at the Shad Creek Association, located at 529 Cross Bay Boulevard.
For more info on the Scouts or registration, please call Fred at 718-877- 3467.
Best music video of the month, and possibly this winter, remains….wait for it…“I Hate The Friggin’ Snow.” Words and music by G. Salvia. Just type the song title into your internet search. You’ll find it!
There is a full New York Cares winter coat drive box at the library. But I am sure they wouldn’t mind making room for more. If you can, give. We all know what it’s like to be cold, and what it’s like for someone to offer what they have for you and your children.
Finally, a gigantic welcome to baby boy Liam Charles, and best wishes to proud new parents Marianne and Charlie!
So, got BC news? Send it over to! Thanks for reading.

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