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]
I think we can all agree than when the chips are down and the going gets tough, the people of Broad Channel band together as one helluva tight knit group of people with a common goal of making sure the needs of all members of our community are met. Hubert Humphrey once stated, “The impersonal hand of government can never replace the helping hand of a neighbor.” Putting aside disasters and other assorted calamities that might beset our town from time to time, how much thought do we give to the everyday acts of kindness and consideration that are shown to each and every one of us by our neighbors in the normal course of our lives? Do we recognize them for what they are with thankfulness or do we simply take them for granted?
Recently I had the opportunity to observe an ongoing conversation between several residents when it was mentioned that a Broad Channel neighbor who is dealing with several health issues and was having a difficult time in procuring a wheel chair through Medicare. The tone of the conversation immediately shifted from the normal, everyday gossip and banter of friends and became focused solely on the issue of the needed wheelchair. In less than 10 minutes, a wheelchair that was not being utilized was located and arrangements were made to deliver it to the neighbor in need the following day. After it was agreed by all that the problem had been satisfactorily dealt with, the conversation once again shifted back to good natured raillery.
Small, unheralded acts of consideration and kindness such as the one described above are more the rule than an exception of life here in Broad Channel, making it such an amazing place to call home.
Bon Voyage to Broad Channel resident Bruce Fuller as he departs for South Korea this week to attend a friend’s wedding. Bruce is looking forward to enjoying his favorite fermented Korean food, Kimchi, which is a dish made of vegetables with a variety of seasonings. Here’s hoping he packed several bottles of Pepto Bismol for his trip!
The Broad Channel VFW Prince-Wynn Post #260 will be hosting its second annual “Belmont Steaks” party This Saturday, June 6 from 12 Noon to 7 p.m. with steak sandwiches, hot dogs, knishes and drink specials. The weather forecast is looking good so come down and (hopefully) spend the afternoon soaking up the sun in the Post Yard while impressing your friends and neighbors with your extensive knowledge and experience playing the ponies and discussing whether or not American Pharaoh can become the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years! Post time for the running of the Belmont Stakes is approximately 6:50 p.m and you can enjoy the race on one of several large flat screen televisions in the Post Canteen!
Broad Channel, why would anyone want to live anywhere else?