2004-08-27 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

The carnival was in town for a few days, bringing with it a lot of fun and games! It moved on, leaving town this past Sunday and the area where it was now looks a bit lonely. It’s hard to believe that the end of August is here, bringing the prospect of autumn and back to school for the younger folks. But time always passes. We have been fortunate to have had such a nice summer weather-wise. Labor Weekend and the Mardi Gras Parade are next weekend already!

Grassy’s is sponsoring Brian for Mayor in Mardi Gras 2004. Every Thursday from now until the end of summer Grassy’s will be serving dinner. Free delivery, Eat in or take out. Call 718 474-1688 for weekly dinners, delivery. Proceeds will go to BCVFD!

On Friday, August 27 enjoy “Two” groups at Grassy’s-there will be Live Music All Night Long! The cover charge will be $7. Live music by Chris Long and Kevin Trudden followed by Thin Black Tie!

One lucky person will win a Dell computer this summer! Tickets cost $5 each. Call Ginger for tickets at 718 318-5504.

If you waited till the last minute for buying a ticket-you have a lot of company! Chances on the $10,000 Giveaway cost $100 each. To get tickets, call Ginger at 718 318-5504. Drawing will be at the firehouse on Friday night, September 3. There is over $14,000 in prizes. 

BCAC is forming soccer teams. There will be a co-ed team for 3rd and 4th grade boys and girls, and a team for 5th and 6th grade girls and a 7th and 8th grade girls team. Anyone is interested in joining can call Jo at 718 474-8207, Toni at 718 945-3452 or Nancy at 718 945-0239. Soccer starts the beginning of September.

A Late Summer Wildflower Walk will be held on Sunday, August 29 at 10 a.m. in the Wildlife Refuge. This walk will be led by a ranger. Goldenrod, asters and other species will be studied. Pollination of these as well as insect/plant interactions of other types will be presented. Reservations are required; call 718 318-4340.

It is almost time to give them the POP’s you saved all summer. St. Virgilius P.A. asked people to save Campbell labels, Box Tops for Education and other proofs of purchase over the summer months and bring them to the school office in September or drop them in the box in the rear of St. Virgilius Church. Computer people: Empty ink cartridges from your printer are POP’s too. Put them in a plastic bag before bringing them to the school office next month.

RAA’s A Perfect 10: Anniversary Member Exhibition at Fort Tilden in sTudio 6, featured the work of local artists and will close on Sunday, August 29. The gallery is open to the public and there is no charge for viewing the artworks. Gallery hours on Saturdays are from noon to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. Frame: Art between the Second and Third World Wars, will be the next exhibit. Artworks came from all over the country for this exhibit. And ArtSplash is coming also-don’t miss them. I will present more on both of these shows in a future column. For further information call RAA at 718 474-0861 or email them at: rockart116@aol.com

Butterflies will be the subject of a Video Teleconference from the Indianapolis Zoo which can be seen at the Library on Tuesday, August 31 at 1 p.m. Learn about the life cycles, colorations and survival of butterflies at this event. Perfect for children ages 5 to 11!

The first meeting of the B.C. seniors club for the September 2004 to June 2005 season will be held on Thursday, September 9 at 12:30 p.m. Registration for new members and re-registration for those who are renewing their membership will be held at that meeting and dues will be due.

Politics is a big topic on a lot of people’s minds these days. I saw something recently that really shows the political scene unadorned in kind of an unplugged version. If you’re online, visit WWW.BroadChannelNY.com and click on the photo of Bush and Kerry. If you’re not online, go to the Library and see this short film. It’s worth the trip to see this hilarious short film.

One of our neighbors feels very strongly about registering to vote. To help more people move toward this goal he has promised to hand deliver a voter registration form to anyone in the area who needs or wants one. If you want a form, send me an email to that effect. List name, address and phone number and the number of forms needed. I will pass on the info and your form(s) will be delivered as soon as possible. If you prefer to get your own form, you can download it, sign it and mail it. Go to: Board of Elections of the New York City to download and print your form.

Star gazers will get a special treat if they look up on Friday, August 27 at the night sky.

The planet Mars will be bright and visible to the naked eye. With a small magnification, it will look as big as the moon. The “Red Planet” will really display itself as no one alive has ever seen it.

Earth and Mars will be as close together as they have been in recorded history.

Mars will rise at nightfall and be at its highest point at 12:30 a.m. Astronomers say this has not happened within the last 5000 years and it may be 60,000 years before it happens again.

Enjoy the spectacle with your children and/or grandchildren.

Be assured that no one alive now will ever see it again.

What will your organization be doing this fall?

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: Liz bcbits@aol.com  

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