2004-07-09 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

Many of our neighbors enjoyed a 3-day weekend because the holiday fell on a Sunday this year. I hope everyone enjoyed Independence Day in a way that was meaningful. Our precious freedoms are something everyone in this country treasures, but all of us know that there are other places in this world where freedom is just another word.

Shad Creek Association presents its 10th Annual It’s a Fluke Tournament on Saturday, July 10 at 529 Cross Bay Blvd., Broad Channel, 718 474-5476.  This year will be the biggest and best yet with over $1000 in prizes! There is an entry fee of $25 per angler. Tournament begins at 7 a.m. Weigh-in is at 3 p.m. sharp. Captains meeting/sign-up was on Thursday, July 8. There will be food and beverages at the weigh-in party. Call or E-mail Headly207@ aol.com for further information. There will be a calcutta for the biggest Sea Robin!

Young people ages 5 to 14 interested in joining the Broad Channel Shamrock Cheerleaders can call Michelle at 718 634-5799 or Tricia at 718 634-6067. Cheerleading registration will be held Monday and Wednesday, July 12 and 14; Monday and Wednesday July 19 and 21 at the 17th Road Park during Basketball from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Mardi Gras 2004 is really hopping! Duffy’s Irish Pub will be "Raisin Hell" at the 14th Road Back House on July 31 from 7 to 11 p.m. at $15 per person. Enjoy Live Music, A Cappella Show, beer, food. Buy tickets now at Duffy’s on Cross Bay Blvd. in Broad Channel. A limited number of tickets will be sold. Call 718 318-2300. All proceeds to BCVFD.

Last week’s Dog Wash Day, sponsored by the All-American Dogs who are running for Popular Pet, reported that over 33 dogs had baths and many dogs and cats had their nails clipped.

Last week, Duffy’s Pot Roast Dinner was delicious! With red cabbage, potatoes, carrots and lots of meat—they thought of everything-including the bread and butter!

Chances on the $10,000 Giveaway are being sold for $100 each all summer. Those who want tickets should call Ginger at 718 318-5504. Drawing will be at the firehouse on Friday night, September 3. There is over $14,000 in prizes. There will be a Bake Sale each weekend at the firehouse.

Buy a $5 Chance on a Dell computer. Tickets will be on sale all summer! Call Ginger for tickets at 718 318-5504.

The seniors had their end of the season party on June 24. Spring 2004 was ushered out with trays of delicious vittles-Buffalo wings, mozzarella sticks, bite-sized spinach quiche and other delights. Trays on every table replaced the front-of-the-room-buffet and made it easier and more convenient for everyone to fill their plates. Good food and good company go together—peals of laughter echoed through Christ Church Hall as the seniors bid farewell to meetings until after Labor Day. The first meeting of the September 2004 to June 2005 season will be on Thursday, September 9 at12:30 p.m.

It may be a bit far for some of the local seniors, but Astoria Pool has a seniors program on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The pool is restricted to only seniors and the physically challenged during these hours. The pool is located at 19 Street and 23 Drive in Astoria Park and the telephone number is 718 626-8620. The pool is free and has a ramp for those who cannot negotiate the stairs.

The Broad Channel Athletic Club will host a Thank You party for Marty Feeney on Saturday, July 17. There will be music, food and drink at the BCAC Memorial Field at 4 p.m. that day. Marty and his family will be relocating to Florida. All friends and neighbors from Broad Channel, Howard Beach and Rockaway are invited. 

On Sunday, July 18 at 10 a.m. there will be a Butterfly Walk in Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Look for different types of butterflies and learn what they do and how important their role is in nature. Find swallowtails, monarchs, painted ladies and others. Pre-registration is required. Call for further information, 718 318-4340.

The Book Discussions have been reversed by the Library. On Thursday, July 15 at 10 a.m. "A Year in Provence" by Peter Mayle will be discussed and on Thursday, August 26, "Awakening" by Kate Chopin will be discussed.

A four-session workshop of Beginner’s Quilting designed for children age 8 and up will be held at the Library on Friday, July 9; Tuesday, July 13; Friday, July 16 and Monday, July 19 at 1 p.m. Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. Call to register at 718 318-4943. All materials for this workshop are provided by the Library.

The Broad Channel Library is asking for donations of new or good condition CD’s and DVD’s. They will be sent to the overseas troops as part of Operation Gratitude. Read more about the program on the internet at: www.opgratitude.com.

Sunset Picnic Concert Series are held in Fort Tilden on the parade ground. The next concert, A Tribute to the Big Bands by Danny Vincent Orchestra, will be held on Sunday, July 11. A special surprise guest is expected. Call 718 474-6760 for more information and the indoor rain location.

Local artists who are members of Rockaway Artists Alliance will show their artworks in the 10th Anniversary Member Exhibit at Fort Tilden in sTudio 7. The exhibit will run from Sunday, August 1 through Sunday, September 12, but will be closed Labor Day Weekend, September 4 and 5. The gallery will be open to the public and there is no charge for viewing the artworks. The hours will be: Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. For further information call RAA at 718 474-0861 or email: rockart116@aol.com.

Mardi Gras happening? Share the news with your neighbors. (Please get your important information to me by 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning if you need it in that Friday’s column.) Send email to: Lizbcbits@aol.com.

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