2003-07-25 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino
Broad Channel Bits By Liz Guarino

The rebuilding of the 9th Road playground seems to be coming along nicely. The new placement of the entrance on the corner of 9th and Cross Bay will likely be more convenient for folks who come from the north end of town, walking on the boulevard to get there. Hopefully, the workers will finish redoing the park in time for folks to enjoy part of the summer in there. With summer a bit more than half over already, work on the park looks like it’s still a bit unfinished. It does look good with all the colorful equipment so nicely arranged!

On July 12, it was "all lines in the water" as 130 anglers competed in the 9th Annual "It’s A Fluke" Fishing Tournament held by the Shad Creek
Association. Both men and women anglers signed up for the annual event, which takes place in the waters surrounding our island community. This year saw the largest number of competitors ever. The anglers competed mostly for handsome cash prizes and likely they had a lot of fun too!  

There was a non-cash prize for the biggest sea robin, which was caught by a woman named Cheryl from Howard Beach who fishes the tournament every year. She did not give her last name.  There were first, second and third place winners in the Biggest Fish category and two winners tied in Total Weight of Three Fish. Paul Arnemann won first place in Biggest Fish with an 8 lb. fluke and garnered a prize of $400. Second place in Biggest Fish was taken by Bob Ford, with a 7.8 lb. fluke. He won $250. With a 7.3 lb. fluke, Ron Kaminski captured third place, winning $150.

Jimmy Hoyler and Max Coyle tied at 14. lbs. for greatest Total Weight of Three Fish and split the $200 prize. (The winners did not give up any of their fishing secrets. So, we cannot learn if they used lures or baited their hooks. Their lucky fishing spots are a secret as well.) Congratulations to all the winners! 

Do you enjoy hearing Frank Sinatra’s music? Looking for a nice way to spend a summer evening? Come to the Sunset Concert on Sunday, July 27th at 6 p.m. Jerry Cardone, who is a big Sinatra fan, will sing ole blue eyes’ hits. The concert is held at Gateway National Recreation Area, Fort Tilden, Breezy Point.
Bring a lawn chair or a blanket-whichever is more comfortable for you. (Don’t forget a sweater or light jacket-breezes off the ocean make the temperature very chilly as the sun sets over there-the open ocean is in the backyard of the concert area!) There is no charge for the Sunset Concerts.

On two Fridays, July 25 and August 22, there will be a book discussion at 4 p.m. at the Library with a mother-daughter team: Sara and Emily. Ages 11 and up-and Moms too— are invited to attend this presentation. Book titles are available by calling the Library at 718 318-4943.

On Tuesday, July 29, at 1:30 p.m. there will be a presentation of the
Queens Botanical Gardens on "Healing with Herbs." Covered in this workshop will be such matters as: what can and cannot be used safely, picking and storing herbs and preparing medicinal teas, oils, poultices and herbal baths. (In these days when health insurance companies are weighing in very positively on
alternative medicine, this workshop promises to be very well attended).

PEOPLE NEWS: Father Charles White of St. Virgilius Church is in Peninsula Hospital after emergency surgery last week. Cards for him can be sent to the rectory or c/o the hospital.

This weekend, July 26 and 27, will be the last for St. Virgilius Church’s
organist, Mike Finnergan, who will leave here for a Brooklyn church, St.
Bernard. Goodbye and good luck, Mike!

The next Books and Bagels book discussion will be on Thursday, August 14. Under discussion will be "Seabiscuit" by Laura Hillenbrand. There is a movie out now, or soon to be out, that is based on this best-selling novel. It tells the story of the famous racehorse and how it changed the lives of the three people closest to it: the owner, the jockey and the trainer. The horse was an undersized colt and an underdog thoroughbred that beat the odds to become famous in the 1930’s.

Channel artists will show their work in the Rockaway Artists Alliance exhibit, Local Motion: A Sports Show. The theme for this exhibit is sports, sporting events and related subjects such as fans and teams. Emphasized are the sports of this general geographic area. Among other subjects, photographs of children in the AC will be on display. The exhibit will be open from Saturday, July 19th to Sunday, August 31 at Fort Tilden in sTudio 7 Gallery. There will be an opening with refreshments and live music on Sunday, July 27 from 1 to 3 p.m. Children’s reception is that same day, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with hotdogs, popcorn and soda.

Speaking of children and sports, the next BCAC meeting is scheduled for
Thursday, August 7 at 7:45 p.m. The AC, whose president is John Hanning, sent a letter to all residents urging people to become new members and get involved with the AC. They need an influx of new people to coach teams, present fund raising ideas and lend a hand in general.

Unfortunately, the club-which has expanded in recent years and takes children from other communities on its teams— has had to discontinue different sports because of a lack of coaches. Volunteer coaches can be men, women or teenagers. Volunteering as a teen looks great on the resume you will use to launch your career one day, especially if you plan to teach, have your own daycare business or drive a school bus! 

The saddest news Hanning’s letter offered the community is that there will be no Mardi Gras this summer for the AC. And without the revenue from Mardi Gras, there will likely be a raise in registration fees for the different sports.

Keep me posted. Send an email to Lizbcbits@aol.com.

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