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]
They say Davy Crockett “kilt him a b’ar when he was only three…” and, if true, I am not so sure how comfortable ol’ Davy would feel living among his not so rough and tumble 21st Century brethren today. Yet another story recently surfaced about a couple who felt they had to call 911 and request a police response to their home because their pet cat was being overly aggressive, denying them access to the house. I mean, really? This is what it has all come down to? Call the cops because your pet cat won’t let you in? As I read the story I had a vision in my mind of Tweety Pie sitting in a cage in Granny’s living room on the phone with the cops looking at Sylvester and stating, “I think I taw a puddy cat.” The difference being is that Tweety Pie would tell the police “give me five minutes and then send an ambulance for the cat!”
Although the day started out rather dreary, by early afternoon the sun was out and the temperature was nearing 70. The canteen at the Broad Channel VFW Post was standing room only this past Saturday as dozens gathered to celebrate the organization’s 2nd Annual Belmont Steaks party. Naturally there were the appropriate drink specials available such as the Belmont Breeze and the Lemon Scratch as well as the house favorite, the Moscow Mule. During the long, warm and dry afternoon hours leading up to the big race, Gail Waldheim (aka: Beerwench) made sure that all requisite whistles were kept wet!
Once again house chef Rob Prokopowicz outdid himself with the menu offerings but the pièce de résistance was the Tube Steak Special which was an individual platter served with a large dog on a toasted bun with all the fixings and a large side of fresh home-made potato salad. Chef Rob individually delivered each order accompanied with a unique rendition of the racetrack’s “Call to Post” tune on a harmonica he had tucked away in his chef’s jacket! The Tex-Mex Nachos and cheese were also deemed worthy of writing home about! If horseracing wasn’t your cup of tea, the backyard porch was filled with several people engaged in a hot and heavy card game of “Old Maid” being dealt by Joe and Erica Dougherty’s lovely daughter, Sarah. All in all it was a great day and the icing on the cake came when American Pharaoh rode into the history books as the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years!
The VFW has a summer Post barbeque scheduled for Saturday, June 20 later this month and is also planning on having a presence at the 9th annual Rockaway Rockstock and Barrels music festival on Saturday, June 27 on Beach 90th street from Noon to 6 p.m.
Broad Channel, why would anyone want to live anywhere else?