Friday, August 28, 2015

Broad Channel Bits

By Dan Guarino
As I was strolling through 17th Road Park last Sunday, I came across a little fellow intently working at learning how to ride a two-wheeler. As these things go, he was having a tough time of it.
His family, who was patiently helping him, explained he wanted to ride like all his friends. There were some spills (who doesn’t remember those?) and some tears. But with encouragement I watched as he put his helmet back on and got back on his bicycle again.
.I didn’t catch this young man’s name, but I have no doubt he will learn to ride that two-wheeler. I wanted to wish him the best of luck, and thank his family for supporting him. Stick to it, guy. We all have a lot to learn from you.
You will definitely want to be at the BCAC Memorial Field on Aug. 29
The Broad Channel Athletic Club is keeping Mardi Gras rolling with The Amazing Race and a Children’s Scavenger Hunt. Join if you’re in the right age groups or come down and cheer the contestants on. The Amazing Race is for ages 12 to 16. They will pair up in teams of two and face challenges at different locations throughout the Channel. The first place team wins $100 and the second wins $50! Registration is at 10 a.m. at the field and the race starts at 12. It’s $15 per kid, and it includes refreshments.
At 11:30 a.m. the Children’s Scavenger Hunt kicks off. That’s for children 11 and under, and $5 per child. They will race around the field to find items of interest. Every kid gets a prize, too. All proceeds go to the Broad Channel Athletic Club. Of course all of this is cranking up towards the end of summer big Mardi Gras weekend next week. There will be a Kickball Tournament on Friday, Sep. 4, and a Family Day at the Field on Saturday, Sep. 5.
The big, fun Mardi Gras Parade will be Sept. 7. The Float Judging and prizes and the drawing of the grand $10K Raffle will take place afterward.
Sept. 6, will of course be devoted to hammering, sawing, and banging the parade floats into final shape all over town for Monday. So forget about sleeping in. You can get more info by going And contact them now to get your ticket for the official $10K Raffle now!
About two weeks ago someone got a big bona fide MTA sign that said “EZ Pass –Keep Left”. Then they put it on the median about two blocks before summer traffic congestion point at the Cross Bay Bridge toll plaza. Surprisingly it actually helped drivers maneuver properly before getting to the bridge and kept traffic moving! The MTA should consider putting one up permanently.
The St. Camillus Golden Age Club will have its first meeting of the season on Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 1 p.m. That will be at Springman Hall at St. Camillus at 99-15 Rockaway Beach Blvd. The Club meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month.
There’s a 100th Anniversary Planning Meeting for St. Virgilius on Tuesday, Sept. 1 at the church at 7:30 p.m. They are also looking for photos that cover those 100 years.
Registration for CCD classes is now underway for children, beginning in the first grade. There is no fee. Classes will be at St. Camillus Catholic Academy on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Classes start Sept. 9. Call 718-634-8229.
Registrations for St. Camillus Catholic Academy (free UPK to Grade 8) are still being accepted. Call the school Monday to Friday from 9 to noon at 718- 634-5260.
The 3rd Annual American Ladies Auxiliary Halloween Party is on Saturday, Oct. 24. More details to come. Start planning your costume now!
Best of luck to the people who moved into our old apartment on the second floor at Noel and Walton. (I noticed your hanging flower pots.) There’s a lot of tears and laughter in that apartment. A lot of life has been lived there. May you have many happy years there.
For those of you who have asked, Gary Russo is still missing. Gary, formerly of the Channel, is 5 feet 6 inches, 160 pounds, partially bald and has piercing blue eyes. He was last seen in Howard Beach on July 28. A private detective is donating his time and services and family and friends are looking everywhere. Anyone with information should call the detectives at the 106th Precinct at 718-845-2260.
From The Wave newspaper, 40 years ago, “Cross-Bay Boulevard was the first highway crossing of Jamaica Bay. The use of its causeway was free to motorists-until it could no longer adequately handle the traffic. Then it became a toll road, at 10 cents per car, just until the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority had recovered the cost of rebuilding which apparently it never did. Next was Marine Parkway Bridge with a 10-cent toll. Then the toll was raised to 25 cents on both bridges. Now, we understand that both tolls will be raised to 50 cents. A lot of people feel the toll has gone wild and a campaign of protest is being organized.”
Finally, let me answer a few questions people often and inexplicably ask. Like, do you live in the Channel? Yes, at 1430 Cross Bay Blvd., between East 16th and East 14th roads. Yep, I am still an Eastsider.
Aren’t you retired? I guess people think I look old enough to be retired (not quite) or independently wealthy enough (not by a long shot) or relaxed enough (okay, yes) to be retired. No, the truth is that I am going to live to be 104. The joke is though that I will have to keep working till I am 103! But thanks for asking! Got BC news? Send to Thanks for reading!

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