Monday, April 25, 2016

Broad Channel Civic Association April 28th Meeting - President's Message


***** VFW Hall – Shad Creek Road – 7:00 ******
*****April 28, 2016*****

President’s Message...

This month's Civic meeting will be held on Thursday, April 28that 7 PM at the VFW Hall. Come down and get caught up on what is going on in your neighborhood!

Spring is here and now is the time to get out and get your plants for the yard. Lisena Garden Center and Nursery located at the entrance to town, right next to BCAC, has some great plants and trees and they have been a great neighbor to our town. Once again they have spruced up the mall and planted flowers across from their entrance as well as at the welcome to Broad Channel sign at 20th Road. Support your local business so we can keep them here!

Speaking of local businesses - It is great to be able to report that the Bayview Restaurant has reopened!! The Bayview suffered tremendous damage during Hurricane Sandy including entire walls being knocked down. For a while it seemed that it may have been too damaged to ever recover and like all of the businesses in Broad Channel, there was no assistance from the City, State or Federal government. Fortunately the owner, Rob Pisani, is a Broad Channel resident who knew how important it was to many in this town to have a local restaurant to gather and have good times. 

The new Bayview is really AMAZING! Beautifully done in a fitting nautical theme. The Bayview is symbolic of so much in Broad Channel since Hurricane Sandy in that it is not only BACK but BETTER than it was before!

Staying on the local business theme… Check out the new Broad Channel Gift Store! The place looks great and has a wide assortment of items for sale. I can personally vouch for the toys as the $2 fish shaped bubble machine toy kept my grandson Thomas entertained for hours. I spotted a kids scooter in there for $25 bucks when the one in Toys R Us was going for $50. Again support your local stores! After all we are an Island Community and they need our support.

Spring is heating up and so is the fishing in Jamaica Bay as large amounts of bunker are moving in followed by large schools of Striped Bass. If you are interested in learning more about what is going on in Jamaica Bay come down to the Jamaica Bay Task Force Meeting on May 5th at 6:30 at the Wildlife Refuge. These Taskforce meetings are renowned for the caliber of presenters and critical information that they discuss. This meeting will continue that tradition with topics including; the Army Corps of Engineers proposal for massive Surge Barrier gate adjacent to the Marine Parkway Bridge, Update on the plan to restore the West pond and fix the Breach, Current Restoration work underway at North and South Garden, the Sunset Cove Phase 2 project-Boardwalk, and finally an update on the critically acclaimed documentary "Jamaica Bay Lives."

Looks like a Farmers Market will be coming to Broad Channel soon and a lot of folks are excited at the idea of great fresh produce within walking distance. Leo Chavanne and the BCAC have been working hard to make this happen and will give an update at the Civic Meeting. Another great improvement to our town!

The MTA is planning to change the toll bridge to a total EZ PASS - cashless system. They will be present at the meeting to present on how this will affect traffic patterns in Broad Channel and what we can expect from the new system. 

The Civic Association has worked with Borough President Melinda Katz office to provide additional parking along the center mall, up to 16th Road, in order to provide for more parking for those residents on West 11thand West 12th Roads who are unable to park on those blocks due to the ongoing construction. The construction project remains on timetable and the contractor has brought on a second team to allow simultaneous work on West 11thand West 12th(road bed infrastructure) to attempt to speed up the completion date. 

Rudy Giuliani of the Build it Back Program will be at the Civic meeting to address problems with applicants in the program and answer questions. 

Participatory Budget Results - Awesome turnout by Broad Channel residents putting us in the winning position for three out of the total four winning projects. As a result, the following projects will be funded from councilman Ulrich’s budget:

Tech upgrades to our school-P.S. 47 to get $45,000,,,,.

Upgrades to All American Park/Sunset Cove Park - $200,000
Equipment upgrades at West 17th Road Park - $250,000

Big Thanks to Leo Chavanne who led this effort on both the budget delegate committee and giving up a lot of his time to personally oversee voting days here in Broad Channel!!

Quote of the Month- "In the end it's not the years in your life that count ... It's the Life in your years.-- Abraham Lincoln

Respectfully submitted, 
Dan Mundy Jr.

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