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Tucked away on the west side of the small town of Broad Channel in the middle of Jamiaca Bay is a narrow, dead end, street that goes by the name of West 12th Road. Those of us who live there know that the nice part about living in a small town is that when you are not quite sure what is going on, someone else always does! [Peter J. Mahon West 12th Road, Broad Channel]
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Why a Red Poppy on Memorial Day?

Fri, 2018-05-25 13:01

In the World War I battlefields of France, poppies grew wild amid the ravaged landscape of Flanders Field. Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, a Doctor with Canadian forces serving in Belgium and after witnessing the death of his friend,  looked out upon the battlefield and was taken aback at the sight of all the bright red poppies growing in the midst of the carnage. How could such a pretty little flower grow wild while surrounded by such death and destruction? It turned out that the overturned soil of the battlefield enabled the poppy seeds to be covered, thus allowing them to flourish and grow amidst the devastation of war. 
As a result, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae put pencil to paper and penned the poem “We Shall Not Sleep” which later became more widely known as “In Flanders Field”.
In Flanders Fields(originally entitled “We Shall Not Sleep”)John McCrae, 1915.
In Flanders fields, the poppies blowBetween the crosses, row on rowThat mark our place; and in the skyThe larks, still bravely singing, flyScarce heard amid the guns below.We are the Dead. Short days agoWe lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,Loved and were loved, and now we lieIn Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:To you from failing hands we throwThe torch; be yours to hold it high.If ye break faith with us who dieWe shall not sleep, though poppies growIn Flanders fields.
Unfortunately, John McCrae was not to see the end of the War. He was wounded in May 1918 and while a patient in his own hospital near the French coast where he died three days later.
The idea for a Flanders Fields Memorial Poppy came to Miss Moina Michael of Georgia while she was working at the YMCA Overseas War Secretaries' headquarters on a Saturday morning, two days before the Armistice was declared on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918. On passing her desk, a young soldier left a copy of the November Ladies Home Journal on Moina's desk.  Moina found a few moments to read the magazine and came across a page which carried a vivid color illustration for the poem "We Shall Not Sleep" (later named "In Flanders Fields") by the Canadian Army doctor John McCrae.  Moina was transfixed by the last verse - "To you from failing hands we throw the Torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die, we shall not sleep, though poppies grow in Flanders Fields." She then conceived of an idea and started the practice of wearing red poppies on Memorial day in honor of those who died serving the nation during war. She was the first to wear one and sold poppies to her friends and co-workers with the money going to benefit servicemen in need.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States was the first veterans organization to promote a nationally organized campaign for the annual distribution of poppies assembled by American disabled and needy veterans. In 1924, the VFW patented the name "Buddy Poppy" for their version of the artificial flower. Buddy Poppy proceeds represent no profit to any VFW unit. All the money contributed by the public for Buddy Poppies is used in the cause of veteran’s welfare, or for the well being of their needy dependents and the orphans of veterans.
Following the 1924 sale, the VFW believed it would stimulate local sales if the poppies they used were assembled by disabled veterans in hospitals within their own jurisdiction. The 1924 encampment of the VFW at Atlantic City granted this privilege, under the provision that all poppies would be produced according to specifications set forth by the National Buddy Poppy Committee, and that all poppies would be assembled by disabled veterans in government hospitals and by needy veterans in workshops supervised by the VFW.
Around the same year, the American Legion Auxiliary also adopted the poppy as the organization's memorial flower and pledged its use to benefit our servicemen and their families. Today, the poppy continues to provide a financial and therapeutic benefit to those hospitalized and disabled veterans who construct them, as well as benefiting thousands of other veterans and their families.
As you are standing on Cross Bay Boulevard watching the Broad Channel Memorial Day Parade this Sunday afternoon and a veteran hands you a "Buddy Poppy", take some time to reflect on the history of this practice which, unfortunately, is all too often forgotten by many of us.  The veteran is symbolically passing a torch (in the form of a red poppy ) for you to wear and display as a means of "keeping faith with" (remembering and honoring) those veterans who have died in service to all the people of this great nation on this special day.

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

The Rockaway Times

Fri, 2018-05-25 02:01

NWS issues Coastal Flood Advisory for tonight's 11:48 pm high tide

Fri, 2018-05-18 06:24

...Minor Coastal Flooding Tonight...

The National Weather Service in New York NY has issued a Coastal
Flood Advisory, which is in effect from 11 PM this evening to
3 AM EDT Saturday.

* LOCATIONS...Vulnerable locales along the south shore bays of
Western Long Island and Jamaica Bay.

* TIDAL DEPARTURE...1 to 1 1/2 ft, locally 2 ft, above
astronomical tides.

* TIMING...Minor coastal flooding during times of high tide tonight.

* COASTAL FLOOD IMPACTS...Shallow flooding is expected in the most
vulnerable locations near the waterfront and shoreline. Expect
around 1 feet of inundation above ground level in low lying,
vulnerable areas. Some roads and low lying property including
parking lots, parks, lawns and homes/businesses with basements
near the waterfront will experience shallow flooding.
Time of high total tides are approximate to the nearest hour.
Jamaica Bay NY
Total Total Departure
Day/Time Tide Tide from Norm Waves Flood
ft MLLW ft MHHW ft ft Impact
-------- --------- --------- --------- ------- --------
19/12 AM 7.6/ 8.1 1.7/ 2.2 0.7/ 1.1 0-1 Minor

NWS - Minor Coastal Flooding to accompany tonight's 6.76 foot high tide at 10 pm

Wed, 2018-05-16 09:56

Alert:...Isolated Minor Coastal Flooding Tonight...

* LOCATIONS...Vulnerable locales along the South Shore Bays.

* TIDAL DEPARTURE...Up to around 1 foot above astronomical tide.

* TIMING...During the time of high tide tonight.

* COASTAL FLOOD IMPACTS...Brief minor coastal flooding of the most
vulnerable locations near the waterfront and shoreline.

NWS - Hazardous Weather Outlook

Tue, 2018-05-15 05:14

Hazardous Weather Outlook
National Weather Service New York NY
446 AM EDT Tue May 15 2018

This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for southern Connecticut,
northeast New Jersey and southeast New York.

There is the possibility of severe thunderstorms this afternoon and
evening, with the main threat damaging wind gusts and possibly large
hail. An isolated tornado cannot be ruled out as well.

In addition, locally heavy rainfall is possible with any stronger
convection. While the main threat is for minor flooding of urban and
poor drainage areas, there is a small chance for localized flash