2003-07-04 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino
Broad Channel Bits By Liz Guarino

Wishing everyone a happy and safe Fourth of July! We are so fortunate to be able to see the East River fireworks from the west side of our island community. Even luckier are those people who have an unobstructed view of the fireworks from their living room windows. A big window on the Fourth is better than a big screen television!

It’s almost time for the "It’s a Fluke" Fishing Tournament. The Channel’s 9th Annual Fluke Tournament will be held on Saturday, July 12 from 7 a.m. (sharp!) to 4 p.m. by the Shad Creek Association at 529 Cross Bay Boulevard. The Start Time will be at 7 a.m. Weigh In is at 4 p.m.  There will be a Captain’s Meeting/Sign-upon Thursday July 10th at  5 p.m.  Anglers can also sign up all day on Friday. There is a prize for the largest Sea Robin! For more information call 718 474-5476. Fee is $25 per angler.

The annual staple, the Summer Reading Program, has begun at the Library. Children from preschoolers to teenagers can stop in, sign up for the program and pick up a Fuzzy. It’s cute—all you have to do is sign up and pick it up. It comes with activity sheets and a bag to carry it all home in!

The Library will hold its next Books and Bagels book discussion on Thursday, July 10 at 10 a.m. Under discussion will be "Stormy Weather" by Carl Hiaasen. Sometimes a book will be described as funny when it’s not, but this book really is funny! And it’s a fairly quick read. So, if you planned to attend and didn’t start the book yet, you have plenty of time if you want to read it.

For Families With Teens: Young people 13 to 18 and their parents are invited to help build a functional water raft from recycled materials. This project provides an opportunity for parents and their teenage children to work together and have fun together. The project will raise your environmental awareness too. Meetings are on Saturdays from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Building T-7, Fort Tilden.

The Vollies are still accepting donations to their annual Fund Drive. Their dream, as you know, is to build a new firehouse on Cross Bay Boulevard. The new location will enable them to respond to an emergency even faster than they already do. If you like, one of the Vollies will come to your house and pick up your contribution or you can put it in the red box in O’Macs. (A lot of people have used the red box, finding it to be really convenient.)

The Vollies have an email address to make it easy to ask them questions, voice concerns and make suggestions or share your ideas. The address is: BCVollies@yahoo.com.

Sponsor A Flag! By now, everyone has seen the flags hanging from every telephone pole in the Channel. The flags will hang until November 11, then taken down. They will be re-hung in Spring 2004. Some of the flags still need sponsors. Anyone wishing to sponsor a flag is asked to call 718 318-5504. Sponsorships are $20.

About Worshops For Working People! The June workshops Ribbon Roses and Stained Glass Workshops in the Library were very well attended! There was a great crowd at each of them. With such a good turnout on a Monday evening, workshops at these times may stand a better chance of being approved by the Central Library and possibly be more readily available locally.

What Other Islands?! Once a year, usually in spring, PBS-Channel 13 airs the film, The Other Islands of New York. It was on the television recently. Did you happen to catch it? A very well put together film, it tells the history of Broad Channel, among other islands-two of them man-made. Our town looks terrific on film and there are interviews with some of the locals. The musical score is great-Irish music playing in the background of the entire segment.

If you turned the program off after the piece on the Channel, you missed the segment on the Wildlife Refuge-a section on tranquility right in our backyard. Our neighbor, Don Riepe, is shown, telling about the beauty of the Refuge at the very end of the film! If you missed this year’s showing of the film, there is a circulating book available from the Library. With beautiful photographs, it’s called: "The Other Islands of New York."

The Library and the Alliance of Queens Artists is looking for your work for the 2003-2004 Individual Artist Showcase if you’re an artist, craftsperson or photographer. The requirements are: Queens residency for entrants, who must also have a body of work to show. Entrants must fill in an application and submit slides or photographs of three of their works. Applications are available at the Library. The deadline to enter is August 30.

BCAC News via Marty Feeney: "The 13 and 14 yrs olds girls are advancing in the CYO playoffs. They are doing great with 2 big wins and now are in the finals. Out of about 28 teams, they finished the season undefeated with 12 wins no losses, a great season. These girls are the first ones to play in the LL when we started 4 years ago and have came a long way. Also we will be doing tournament games at the field starting this weekend. We put 4 boys baseball teams in the Williamsport tournament and they will compete for the district # 27 title. Also we are now doing football registration. "

To My Online Neighbors: Short Story, Part III: Friday, June 27 was the last day if you wanted to read my fiction short story, "Lovers." There was a link to reach the site the story is posted on. It took you right to the short story page. There were a few different stories in the contest, but all had to be less than 1500 words or about 6 typewritten pages. They were fairly quick reads and not too difficult to read onscreen. If you read it, that’s nice and thank you for taking the time. If you did vote for Lovers, I hope it was because you thought my story was the best. The public plays a big part in determining the outcome of the contest, but truthfully I don’t care about that-I just wanted to share my first short story with you!

Let me know what you think of the short story. Keep me up on other things too.

Send an email to: Lizbc bits @aol. com.

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