Friday, March 18, 2016

Broad Channel Bits

By Dan Guarino

These days I pass through 17 Road Park at least twice a day and it is alive with activity. And so it doesn’t go unsaid, if you are someone who parties on weekend nights in the park, I just want to say “Thank You.”
Many are the mornings I find beer cans, pizza boxes and snack bags neatly piled in the park’s wastebaskets. The park is clean. Thanks!
Now the other morning I saw a little fellow jump out of a van, run into the park, pick up the pair of skates he had left there and happily run back. I am sure both he and his mom were relieved that those skates were just where he forgot them.
The next thing I saw though was a scooter left on the handball court. It was little and pink and smashed into bits all over the court. By the size I would say it belonged to a small child.
Perhaps breaking this toy so thoroughly felt like a good idea at the time. But, if you were the person who did this, what would you think if this belonged to your child? If you were their parent, how would you explain this to this little girl? How explain that it’s gone? What if you were the uncle or aunt who spent good money and bought this bright scooter for your niece? What would you say? How would you feel?
This is Broad Channel. If it doesn’t belong to you, leave it alone. It may not mean anything to you, but it does to someone else.
Want to have a fun night out? The BCAC is holding a Paint Party fundraiser on Thursday March 24. It will be at the BCAC clubhouse at Memorial Field off Cross Bay Boulevard from 7 to 9 p.m. Get there at 6:45 so you have time to settle in. It’s BYO beer, wine snacks and no experience is necessary.
It’s given by Paint Party NY, which is run by BC’s own Jennifer and Jessica. I went to one of these at Healy’s Pub recently and had a ball.
Proceeds go to the BCAC. Get tickets at Paint-
Many thanks to all those who made the 13th Annual Jane Fuller Memorial Brunch a success this past Sunday. The place was packed and the American Legion Auxiliary had to roll out several more huge tables even before the after church crowd got there. Proceeds go to Cancer Care.
Sign up now for the 6 Hour Defensive Driving Class before all the seats are gone. Complete the course which is given over Wednesday, April 6 and 13, from 7 to 10 p.m. and get 10 percent for three years off your car insurance and four points off your license. There is no test and refreshments will be served. Call Helen now at 917-553-2409 or 718-945- 4648. Proceeds benefit St. Camillus Catholic Academy, where the class will be held.
Why wait to feel good? Cat McCarthy is leading Zumba classes on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 12:30 p.m. at Christ Presbyterian Church by the Sea. Email for more info. Proceeds go to the church.
Speaking of which, Christ Presbyterian is hosting Breakfast with the Easter Bunny to be held on March 27, Easter Sunday, from 10 to 2. Enjoy a visit from the big Bunny and enjoy fresh cooked omelets, eggs, pancakes, hash browns, sausage, bacon, coffee, tea, juice and more with friends and family. When you see kids enjoying this terrific event you knowyep, he’s real!
“In the presence of more than 200 residents who waded through the snow drifts to attend the ceremonies, ground was broken yesterday for the new Public School 47 on Power Road between 8th and 9th Road in Broad Channel.” – From The Wave newspaper, 60 years ago.
My friends over at Project Restoration will want to talk to the people who know Hurricane Sandy best. They are a part of Northwell, formerly LIJ, which has been offering help to our area since just after the storm.
They will be at the BC Library on Thursday, March 31, from 3:30 to 6, giving out surveys to those 18 or over and who live in the Channel or in the Rockaways. It’s a brief questionnaire regarding mental health and your experiences during Hurricane Sandy. Each participant will be provided with $15 for the completion of the survey. They are hoping for a good turnout. Share what you know. It may also help others.
The 100th Precinct Community Council is kicking off their 7th Annual Chili Cook-Off at the Knights of Columbus on Friday April 15, 7 p.m. They are also looking for businesses to put their chili recipes to the test for top prizes. You might know that our Joe Young is the Precinct Council’s new president. Get tickets or enter the contest by calling Joe 718-634- 4970 or Kathy 917-284-0410.
Tickets are already on sale for the American Legion’s big Doo-Wop Show on Saturday, April 2. The night includes a great pasta buffet dinner, The Devotions and The Tribunes doing all your favorites 50’s and 60’s songs, a dance contest, cash bar and more. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Reserve your table now. Call Carol at 917-930- 0546, Janet at 718-483-3811 or Margaret at 917- 751-3698. All proceeds help to support our Legion veterans’ programs.
This Sunday, March 20, at 3 p.m. RAA hosts the very talented Dzcieci Theatre troupe at our T-7 Gallery atFort Tilden. Appropriately enough for this season, they will be performing their unique and moving play, “A Passion”- (According to Matthew). Admission is by donation. All are welcome.
Lastly, Broad Channel says goodbye to Patricia Cavanagh, who passed away on Feb. 23. Among other things she was a longtime member of the St. Virgilius Choir. Our thoughts are with her family and friends. Her loss is a loss to our larger Broad Channel family.
Thanks for reading

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