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While surfing the net recently looking for some gift ideas for the family I came across an offering from Nordstrom touting a medium leather-wrapped stone for only $85! I was somewhat curious as to what the background story of this stone was that made it so special. Sadly Nordstrom was unable to provide any specifics other than to state “A paperweight? A conversation piece?  A work of art?  It’s up to you but this smooth Los Angeles area stone is sure to draw attention wherever it rests.”   In short, Nordstrom was asking me to lay out $85 for a nondescript rock found lying around...

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HAPPY  THANKSGIVING  BROAD  CHANNEL!

In Broad Channel, as anywhere that people celebrate Thanksgiving, thoughts of our families are foremost in our minds.  What makes our community special is the fact that we tend to view our little community on the bay not simply as a neighborhood but as our “home” and our friends and neighbors as extended family.  Hard to believe in this day and age but Thanksgiving in Broad Channel still remains a family-centric holiday consisting of a day of humble introspection with an accompanying acknowledgement of and real appreciation for the myriad of blessings we all enjoy. Okay, don’t...

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PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK!

Trigger warning!  If any mention of Donald Trump’s recent election victory will cause you emotional stress, please immediately cease reading this column and retreat to any designated safe space located well outside the realm of reality!  On the morning after last week’s general election while the rest of the country (some sad, some happy) got out of bed and went to work, pathos devolved into absurdity on many college campuses when university administrators decided to treat their student populations more like kindergarten students rather than undergraduates attending institutions...

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Between The Bridges

Can you feel it?  Something is in the air all around Broad Channel these days. You can almost sense a palpable feeling of intense anticipation as the big day nears!  All around town you find groups of people gathered on the street and in neighborhood establishments talking among themselves about the approaching event! No, the big event I am referring to has nothing to do with the upcoming Presidential election. The big event in question here is the fast approaching one week cruise that will carry myself, Grace and my oldest daughter Amy along with 70 other denizens of Broad Channel to the Bahamas...

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A VFW Rave

As the weather is turning cooler you might like to know that each Sunday afternoon, starting at 2 p.m., the Broad Channel VFW Post will be preparing a single, homemade, hot dish which will be available in the building’s rear canteen (bar) area.  Now, just so there is no confusion, this weekly Sunday offering is not a formal brunch event replete with menu. Rather, it is more like a single item, weekly culinary indulgence, a true “bonne bouche” one might say.  For example, this past Sunday I thoroughly enjoyed a delicious shrimp, rice and salsa dish accompanied by conch fritters...

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Clowning Around

Spotted any scary clowns lately?  With Halloween fast approaching, the soon to be released remake of Stephen King’s 1986 horror novel, “IT,” and the ever popular 1988 film “Killer Clowns from Outer Space,” the recent spate of (mostly unsubstantiated) clown sightings across the country appears to perfectly capture the zeitgeist of our 2016 circus-like Presidential race. Truth be told I did not afford the recent and growing number of alleged clown sightings too much significance as, during my lifetime, I have only been familiar with two actual clowns, neither of whom...

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Name Game

In the never ending litany of “trigger words” and  “micro-aggressions” continually being defined on an almost daily basis by administrators and students alike at our nation’s institutions of higher learning, mispronouncing a student’s name is now considered a “micro-aggression” and is alleged to cause that student “anxiety” and “resentment” with such mispronunciation truly negating the student’s identity, which, in turn, will hinder academic progress as the teacher, in addition to bollixing up their name, is also disregarding...

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Street Report

An issue has arisen regarding the street raising and final installation of new bulkheads on West 11th and 12th Roads regarding the completion date of this project. Presently the contractor’s work schedule for this project on both streets involves actual street work Monday to Friday starting at 7 a.m. with clean up and contractor departure occurring, for the most part, around 4:30 p.m. It now appears that the contractor’s present work schedule will not be sufficient to ensure completion of the bulkhead work, street infrastructure, raising and finish work for the shared space road...

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Between The Bridges

On Sunday evening, September 11, a 9/11 Memorial Service was conducted by several Broad Channel organizations (Broad Channel VFW, American Legion and Volunteer Fire Department) and attended by many of our community’s residents at the 17th Road Park. The service marked the 15th anniversary of that terrible day back in September of 2001 when our City’s Twin Towers were destroyed and some three thousand of our fellow New Yorkers, including Broad Channel’s own Theresa “Terry” Munson, by Islamic terrorists. The heartache felt by Terry’s daughter, Christine Munson...

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