Move over Tom Selleck! Much ado was made about the recent filming of an episode of the CBS television drama Blue Bloods in the Broad Channel and Rockaway area but as we welcome aboard Captain Janice Holmes as the new Commanding Officer of our local 100th Precinct it appears that we now have an honest to goodness real live Blue Blood to call our own. A native of Queens, Captain Holmes, grew up in Hollis along with her twelve siblings of which four of her sisters, Selena, Estella, Bernice and Juanita are also members of the New York’s Finest!
The Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Corps will conduct their Annual Open House and activities this weekend Saturday and Sunday, April 23 and 24 between the hours of 10 am and 5 pm. This year the event is being hosted by the Broad Channel VFW Prince-Wynn Post #260 on Shad Creek Road. Make a day of it for yourself and your entire family and meet the men and women who give so unselfishly their time to ensure the safety of our community. In addition to firefighter drills and vehicle extrication drills there will be refreshments and a BBQ as well as ongoing activities for young children from 10 am through 4 pm both days.
And baby makes five! Congratulations are in order for our local Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder and his wife Esther on the recent birth of their third child. The Broad Channel Memorial Day Parade next month might take a tad longer than usual to move up Cross Bay Boulevard as the newly increased Goldfeder clan will now comprise their own parade contingent as they stroll up the boulevard!
On a more serious note, last month Broad Channel (17th Road) Park was the target of vandalism, which left the park trashed with broken liquor bottles, beer cans and other assorted trash. New trees that had been planted to replace those destroyed by Super Storm Sandy were also damaged. Now reports are surfacing that our 17th Road Park is also serving as a killing field for the intentional poisoning of small animals at the hands of an unknown individual or individuals. These type incidents of community centered vandalism accompanied by evidence of underage abuse of alcohol and now animal killings must not be ignored as they are clear signs that something may be seriously amiss in our small town and worse, could be a precursor to more serious and dangerous behavior. The key to addressing this problem is education and that tool should be immediately and vigorously embraced by all of us in Broad Channel - in our schools, in our places of worship, in our civic association meetings, by our local businesses, in our day to day interactions with our friends and neighbors and, most importantly, in each of our homes with our respective families.
Unfortunately, sometimes dismissed as juvenile pranks, teen vandalism and animal abuse are actually criminal offenses punishable by jail time, a hefty fine or both. It is our responsibility as parents to teach our children that there are consequences associated with their actions and that violence against property or another living thing, whether human or animal, is something that is not only wrong but is also behavior that cannot and will not be tolerated.
In closing I would be remiss if I did not take the time to wish our two beautiful “Irish Twins,” Victoria and Amy, a very happy birthday as they respectively turn 20 and 21 this Saturday and Sunday.
Broad Channel - why would anyone want to live anywhere else?