This past weekend saw the various members of the Arnemann clan of Broad Channel and their friends gather within the dining room of the North Channel Yacht Club on a sunny and warm Saturday afternoon to surprise the ever lovely Diane Arnemann on her recent birthday. Shortly before 3 p.m. the crowd erupted in applause as the dining room door swung open and Diane walked into the room accompanied by her husband, Charles. Despite being wide-eyed and open-mouthed, it only took Diane a few seconds to figure out that she was the guest of honor at this unexpected soiree and she responded as any loving wife would do - she immediately turned to her beloved husband Charles socking him right in the chest and exclaiming, "I'll kill you!" Music suddenly

For many years I was a self-described political junkie and policy wonk. I would spend hours each week devouring stories carried by the major print media publications. Evenings were spent glued to the boob tube to watch the local national news broadcasts. Wherever I lived, I always was on a first name basis with the local librarians who went out of their way to service me in my never-ending quest for recently published tomes and other information.

Back in the 1980s, when the World Wide Web

On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights - a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun's tenuous atmosphere - the corona - will only be seen along a path stretching across the country from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Although the "Total" phase of this coming Monday's eclipse of the sun will not be

This past weekend the Broad Channel VFW hosted a barbecue for several busloads of disabled veterans residing at the St. Albans Veterans Hospital Living Center. During the BBQ, I had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with Mr. Anton Dietrich who recalls how after being drafted into the United States Army as a young man in the 1940's, he trained with a shaped piece of wood instead of an actual rifle because actual weapons were hard to come by, even for the Army. This was because of the drastic

The next six to eight weeks represent the heart of the 2017 Atlantic Basin hurricane season and the likelihood of tropical storm and hurricane formation will increase. Now is the time when storms are more likely to form off the central and eastern Atlantic Ocean, giving them plenty of time to feast on what’s now bathtub-warm water as they move thousands of miles towards the North American coast.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently updated its 2017 hurricane

Not unlike Waiting for Godot, this past Friday many of us found ourselves waiting around for Mayor de Blasio who was supposed to visit and tour the recent street raising/new bulkhead Capital Project, as well as the 30+ Build it Back home elevations and rebuilds underway on West 11th and 12th Roads.

Quite unsurprisingly, the Mayor failed to show and in his place a Deputy Mayor appeared and walked the west side streets of Broad Channel. News of the Mayor's visit had been kept on the down low

Police Officer Miosotis Famila was assassinated as she sat in her police vehicle in the Bronx during the early morning hours of July 5. Familia, a mother of three, was the first female New York Police Department officer killed in the line of duty since the September 11 attacks and only the third female officer killed in a combat-type encounter in the department’s history. 

As the citizens of New York were reeling from the execution-style killing of yet another one of their police officers, our

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