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Good Judgment and The VFW

Our friend and neighbor, John Spataro, has announced himself as a candidate for judge of the New York Supreme Court’s 11th Judicial District. John will be on the ballot in the general election next Tuesday, November 5.

I have known John and his family for almost two decades now and have worked closely with him addressing several important local issues, most notably our community’s ill-fated fight with the Brooklyn Archdiocese in an attempt to keep the doors of our small St. Virgilius Parish School open.

John, along with others, worked tirelessly for hundreds of hours to create a viable business plan providing the St. Virgilius Parish School with a one-year temporary reprieve through June 2006 at which time the Brooklyn Archdiocese finally closed the school’s doors forever.

Keep in mind that judges have a unique role in the American democratic system as the unbiased interpreters of the law and the dispensers of justice. A good judge should not only be well versed in law, but he should act fairly and impartially, and render decisions that are independent and based on good faith. Judges have extraordinary power and responsibility because they determine matters that affect the future of the parties involved in a case. 

John is possessed with both the requisite judicial temperament and innate ability to both communicate and listen. John has also established a long history of unquestioned ethical behavior, both in his personal and professional life. That being said, I can state unequivocally that it is my personal opinion that if elected on November 5, John will make a great N.Y. Supreme Court Judge. 

On Saturday, November 9, all are invited to Broad Channel’s VFW Prince-Wynn Post #260 (706 Shad Creek Road) to gather together in celebration of the organization’s 100th Centennial and its 100 years of service to our local veterans and their families. A prayer service will start the day off at 9 a.m., followed by coffee and bagels. Your entire clan, including the wee ones, are then encouraged to join with everyone else in a “Family Fun Day” from noon ‘til 3 p.m. There will be a buffet dinner ($10 per adult—Kids “R” Free) from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Post Hall. 

During the course of the day, the Post Canteen will be operating a cash bar, along with raffles and 50/50s. Saturday evening will see a benefit concert, courtesy of Walker and Friends ($10 admission), to round out the day’s activities from 8 p.m. to midnight. 

Celebrating not only the past, your local VFW’s centennial party will also be a means of looking to the future, as all net proceeds from this centennial event will be allocated towards ensuring that our local VFW Post will continue to recognize and service our veterans.

The 2020 Broad Channel Historical Calendar is currently available for purchase and is still only $5. The calendars may be purchased at the All American Bagel & Barista II, located at 20-10 Cross Bay Boulevard, Broad Channel, or online at www.broadchannelhistoricalsociety.org

As an aside, I had promised my beloved Grace and the girls that I would use our Halloween pumpkins to come up with a pumpkin pie, which they all love. They were beside themselves when I simply took out a measuring tape and divided the pumpkin’s circumference by its diameter and wrote down 3.14159 on a piece of Post-it paper and placed it in a pie dish and presented the household with my pumpkin “Pi.”

Broad Channel, why would anyone want to live anywhere else?

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