Thursday, July 30, 2015

Broad Channel Bits

By Dan Guarino

Mid-summer is here, Broad Channel. And there is still plenty left.
Look neither back towards the cold of last winter, nor forward to all the things you’ll need to do this fall. Look straight ahead to those once in a lifetime sunrises and sunsets and beautiful warm days and nights. Stop and enjoy the absolute fact that you are enjoying those things, and more, in one of the best places around and amongst the best people anywhere.
This Saturday, Aug. 1, do not miss the great local band Wine With Sue at the BCAC Memorial Field. The night starts at 8 p.m. and admission is $10.  Beverages and snacks will be sold at the field, so please bring no coolers.
It’s part of the running roster of events hosted by the Broad Channel Athletic Club as part of this year’s Mardi Gras celebrations. As you know, all proceeds this year go to support the BCAC.
This coming Thursday, Aug. 6, bring chairs, blankets, children, neighbors, friends and family down to the field for a showing of The Sandlot. It’s a sweet and funny movie about some pint-sized baseball players and their adventures in playing the game in the 1960’s neighborhood.
This Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 1 and 2, BC’s VFW Prince-Wynn post is having a flea market from 9 to 4. Come and browse! There will be clothing, Disney items, decorative plates, glassware, kid’s stuff and more. Coming from ‘out of town’? The VFW post is at 713 Shad Creek Road, just off of Cross Bay Boulevard.
Want to join in? You can probably still get your own table for only $10. Contact Crystal 917-246-3126 today.
By the way, the ladies of the VFW Post 260 Ladies Auxiliary had a grand time and a great day of fishing last weekend and they’ve got the pictures to prove it. They were aboard the Capt. Mike out of Howard Beach for the 2nd Annual Suzanne Baldwin Memorial Fishing Trip. They also sent out a ‘big thank you’ to Bill Grillman for the T-shirts.
Traffic through the Channel and throughout Rockaway has been denser than it has been in years, especially now that the Rockaway Peninsula has been ‘discovered.’ The BC Civic Association has been right on the job and meeting with Councilman Erich Ulrich and Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder to address “the many complaints regarding the insane traffic conditions the last few weekends.”
“We are fortunate to have elected officials who respond to our complaints,” the Civic notes, “and who try to make a difference.”
Here is the update on what they were able to do so far at a meeting of all concerned parties. The MTA Director of Bridges/Tunnels for southern NYC facilities advises they will closely monitor the traffic and add additional cash only lanes and/or EZPass lanes whenever necessary.
NYPD will have additional Traffic Division resources to keep traffic going at key intersections and tow illegally parked cars causing any backups.
Special response cars from the precinct at key traffic thoroughfares like Cross Bay BoulevardBeach Channel Drive and Rockaway Beach Boulevard will keep traffic flowing and issue summonses for driving in emergency lanes and for parking illegally.
The DOT will look into the timing of the lights on Cross Bay Boulevard and Flatbush Avenue. Additionally the National Park Police will have three times as many officers on duty as normal to see how they can help expedite traffic. I guess you can just stomp your feet and complain about everything, or work hard to, literally, get things moving.
Just so you know, the BCVFD is continuing its fundraising. Also it’s still not too late to contribute to The Relay for Life of Broad ChannelBreezy Point and the Rockaways.
Sad News: Broad Channel has said its final goodbyes to two members of our community within the past few weeks.
On July 22, Christine Ann Costa left us. Those who knew her from St. Rose of Lima Church noted she was one of their “most dedicated and selfless volunteers.” She was “such an incredibly giving and loving person” and “one of the best to St. Rose and the kids.” Christine’s time with us was too short. But in it she managed to touch so many lives and inspire others.
She will be greatly missed by her family, her friends, neighbors and by her larger families of Broad Channel and of St. Rose.
Our other loss was Pete Mahon’s mom, Margaret “Peggy” Theresa Kelly Mahon. Pete has written beautifully and eloquently about her full life and her passing elsewhere. I cannot match his words, nor would I try. I would encourage you find and read those words.
I can say that although I never met her I wish I had. Peggy was a witty, vivacious and lively lady whose common sense observations and sense of wry humor came through in every story Pete shared about her. You have no idea how in previous years we rolled with laughter at The Wave and quoted those same words that rolled from that sharp mind and off her tongue.
Our heart goes out to Pete, Amy and all the family. For the Costa’s and Mahon’s, your loss is ours too.
Finally, it is my turn to pass the torch with The Wave’s Beachcomber column, which I have been writing for the past year plus. Thank you all for reading it and also providing tremendous amounts of material for me to write about! Got BC news? Send it to Thanks for reading

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