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]
Originally known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day (as it is now known) is a day of remembrance which originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. This Sunday, May 24th, the Broad Channel VFW will be hosting our community’s annual Memorial Day parade. . This event is a testament to our town’s desire to honor those men and women who have sacrificed so much for our freedom on this sacred day.
The parade will start at 1:00 p.m. with a wreath laying ceremony at the 17th Road Park Flag Pole and then travel along Cross Bay Boulevard to the George Riekers Veterans Memorial Park for another wreath laying and closing ceremonies.
As always, our honored guests will be those veterans from St. Albans Hospital who will be joined by our own local veteran members of the Broad Channel VFW and American Legion as well as our elected officials and other community organizations.
Please make it a point to spend a few moments of your time to walk up to Cross Bay Boulevard to view the parade to show your support for our veterans and to express your appreciation for those veterans have sacrificed their lives for our freedom.
After the parade all of you are invited to the VFW Post on Shad Creek Road for a BBQ and a chance to greet and thank our men and women who have served us so well and to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice so that they may not be forgotten.
The guys and gals at the Broad Channel VFW asked me to extend their sincere thanks to all of you who attended last Sunday’s brunch making it a great success. On a sadder note, the absence of Lauren and Bob Prokopowicz at the brunch did not go unnoticed. Unfortunately they were dealing with the unexpected passing of their beloved canine family member, “Monet”.
It is anticipated that the upcoming 2015 Atlantic basin hurricane season, which starts June 1st, will be one of the least active seasons in some time. A below-average probability for major hurricanes making landfall along the United States coastline and in the Caribbean is also projected.Despite the forecast for below-average activity keep in mind that it only takes one strong storm making landfall in our area to make it an "active" season for us. We should all prepare the same for every season, regardless of how much activity is predicted. We all know the drill – hope for the best, prepare for the worst!
The Parents Association at PS/MS 47 will be holding a fundraiser at the American Legion on Friday, May 29th, at 7 pm. Sounds like a good time is in store for those who stop by with entertainment, auctions, 50/50's, "Name that Tune" contest and music by DJs@Work. Not to mention it’s for a good cause!
Best advice given a 2015 graduating class so far this year to Driscoll University students by the actor, Denzel Washington: “ You never see a hearse on the road with a U-Haul attached to it. Always remember, you can’t take it with you. The Egyptians tried and they got robbed!”
Broad Channel, why would anyone want to live anywhere else?