A Russian Connection Right Here in Broad Channel?

Between The Bridges

Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Lew Simon who is recovering at home from recent heart surgery. Here’s hoping these initial and painful post-op days pass quickly and you are back on your feet soon.

Don’t forget this Sunday is Father’s Day. Still unsure what to get Dad? The Broad Channel VFW is having a "Father’s Day BBQ" Sunday, June 18 starting at 1 p.m. Hopefully Sunday’s weather will be filled with lots of sun and warm temps, so gather up Dear Old Dad, your family, friends and neighbors and drop by the Broad Channel VFW for some lively music, stimulating conversation, great food, soda, water and ice cold beer while enjoying a refreshing light breeze off the bay…under a tent or an umbrella or out in the sun…so come on out, and join the fun.

Who knew the Justice Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) read The Rockaway Times? In the June 1 edition, Dr. Peter Galvin, who pens the always informative, "Ask the Doc" health column, was way ahead of the curve with his column entitled, "Fentanyl - A Public Risk." Only a week after the "Doc’s" column and accompanying warnings about this drug was published, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, along with acting head of the DEA, Chuck Rosenberg, addressed the media at the DEA’s headquarters in Arlington, VA to discuss the ongoing response to the nation’s staggering opioid epidemic. “Fentanyl is especially dangerous. It is 40 to 50 times more deadly than heroin. Just two milligrams, a few grains of salt, an amount you could fit on the tip of your finger, can be lethal. Fentanyl exposure can injure or kill innocent law enforcement officers and first responders. Inhaling a few airborne particles can have dramatic effects. Fentanyl’s everywhere and it’s killing people,” Rosenberg solemnly remarked. You read it first in The Rockaway Times!

Of course, with all due deference to Dr. Galvin, I must admit that I have always maintained one steadfast rule for consulting with any doctor for what ails me - never go to a doctor whose office plants have died. I also have to admit that the greatest piece of unsolicited health advice I ever received came from one of our editor’s "Boyleing Points" columns about relieving nightly leg cramps by placing a bar of soap under the blankets on the bed by your feet. Believe it or not, it actually worked for me!

The Arnemann clan of Broad Channel was out full force in all their finery recently to attend the wedding of Diane and Charles Arenemann’s son, Mark, to his beautiful new wife, Svetlana Stolyarova, over at the Baku Palace in Sheepshead Bay. A great time was had by all including our own, and might I add very dapper, Dan Mundy Jr., who proved himself to be not only a great civic leader, but nimble of foot as well, while tripping the lights — fantastic!

One of the highlights of the day came when Mark’s children, Jamie and Randy, were handed a microphone and asked to each say a few words to their newly married father and stepmother. After Jamie finished with her well wishes for the new couple in front of the assembled crowd, she handed the mic to her obviously very nervous brother, Randy, who had the entire room laughing when he was only able to get out four words - "Yeah, what she said!"  Mark and Svetlana, who hails from Russia, were soon on their way to Alaska as part of their honeymoon, but will shortly be departing for the "Land of the Tsars" to do it all again for Svetlana’s parents and relatives who were unable to attend the happy event here in New York.

Who knew? A Russian connection right here in Broad Channel! Why would anyone want to live anywhere else? 

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