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]
American Legion book donation to Broad Channel Library
American Legion Donates Books
By Dan Guarino
On hand for American Legion Post 1404 book donation to the Broad Channel Library the Legion’s Ray York, Anne and Frank Bassetti, Ellen Cuomo, Janet O’Hare, Denis McEneaney, Pete Zaun and Harry McMahon, Librarian Carol Scheper and young readers Keira Barron, Lindsey Barron, Alison Bassetti and Photos by Dan GuarinoThe Amereican Legion is supporting Rockaway and Broad Channel’s young readers by donating books to neighborhood libraries.
On Friday, May 1, Jim Trainor, Commander of American Legion Daniel M. O`Connell Post 272, officially presented the Seaside Library and Children’s Librarian Sandra Grosberg with a generous donation of hundreds of children’s books.
.At the Broad Channel Library representatives of American Legion Post 1404 made a presentation to Librarian Carol Scheper on May 14.
The Legion has been accepting volumes and actively running book drives to help area libraries, which might have had difficulty in purchasing new ones due to shrinking budget
American Legion Post 272 Commander Jim Trainor, Children’s Librarian Sandra Grosberg (center), Early Learning Specialist Sophia Skeans and young library patrons celebrate the Legion’s generous donation of books.On hand for theBroad Channel presentation were Legion Post Commander Frank Bassetti, his wife, Anne Basetti, Ladies Auxiliary President Janet O’Hare and Past President Ellen Cuomo.
Also part of the presentation were past Broad Channel Post Commanders Ray York, Harry McHahon, Denis McEaney and Pete Zaun.
The donations are part of yearly initiative to fulfill the American Legion`s core principles, which include a commitment to children and young people.
As Bassetti noted, “It’s about the kids, it’s about the future.”
The books were purchased through the Legion’s Children and Youth Program.
Both the Rockaway and Broad Channel American Legion posts support a number of community programs as well as those that help area veterans of all ages.
The Daniel M. O’Connell Post, for instance, sponsors a little league team, sends high school students to Boys State and Girls State events to study government and sponsors annual monetary awards to graduating students from local public and parochial schools.
“The American Legion continues to serve not only the military,” said Post 272’s Mike Honan, “but also the community at large.”