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Last weekend’s 100 Year Centennial celebration at Broad Channel’s VFW Prince-Wynn Post #260 was a resounding success, exceeding all expectations, and so it goes without saying that the men and women up at the Post should be acknowledged for all their selfless work towards making this such a memorable event. A special thank you is also extended to our local wordsmith and reporter, Katie McFadden, for her terrific article (Cheers to 100 Years for VFW Post 260) in The  Rockaway Times last week. Katie’s article played no small part in helping to increase attendance at the event. Most importantly, it goes without saying, the VFW Post extends its sincere appreciation to all of you out there who took the time this past Veterans’ Day holiday weekend to gather together in celebration and support of that organization’s 100th Centennial and their 100 years of service to our local veterans and their families.

There are still plenty of 2020 Broad Channel Historical Calendars available for purchase and are still only $5 each. The calendars may be purchased at the All American Bagel & Barista II, located at 20-10 Cross Bay Blvd. Broad Channel, NY 11693. You can also order your calendar online by contacting Barbara Toborg or any of the other members of the Broad Channel Historical Society Historical Committee by visiting their website at broadchannelhistoricalsociety.org.

Congratulations to our friend and neighbor, John Spataro, for his recent endeavor to attain a judgeship in New York’s Supreme Court’s 11th Judicial District. Unfortunately, John didn’t win his election, but he did manage to score almost 4% of the total vote. No mean feat for a political newbie! Besides, when you think about it, who the hell actually takes the time to vote for the judgeship positions on these ballots? As for myself, I hate to leave any box unchecked so I always use a little trick I learned back in my civics class at Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School over in Brooklyn. Always check the 3rd option down and you are almost guaranteed a 75% chance of picking the winner. One thing I must say about John, though—he ran a clean campaign, no negative attack ads and none of those annoying “Vote For” lawn signs all over town. Before you think I am being too picky, you should keep in mind that it is always important to look closely at those lawn signs just prior to any election. Last time I voted for a real estate agent without realizing it.

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

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