Good news from Broad Channel – some lights on and big, big donations

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Image source: WNYC

As we approach close to two weeks post-Hurricane Sandy, it’s is heartening to hear good news coming from the Rockaways area of Queens. CBS New York reports that there are “signs of life” in Broad Channel – the traffic light near the bridge is operational, and some stores have their lights on. The Rock N Roll Bagels is one of those and hopes to open soon.

In other good news, the Glendale Volunteer Ambulance Corps donated an ambulance to help the Broad Channel community get up and running. So did the Sag Harbor Volunteer Ambulance Corps. Places from as far away as Minnesota are also getting into the vehicle donation mode, as the city of Chanhassen (GMAP) is loaning the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department one of their fire engines. Transportation costs for this are also being donated. The truck has been filled with gear, some of it from the Mdewakanton Sioux, a local tribe in the area.

The Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department is accepting donations, which will go towards rebuilding the department and the town of Broad Channel. They can be given at the fire house (15 Noel Road, Broad Channel, NY 11693 – GMAP) or online.

Signs Of Life In Broad Channel, Queens 9 Days After Sandy [CBS New York]
Queens emergency vols seeking help [Queens Chronicle]
Sag Harbor Ambulance Headed to Queens [Patch]
Chan fire truck to assist in New York [Chanhassen Villager]