2005-06-24 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

June 21 is the first official day of a summer that is in full swing. Can you believe that The Fourth of July is right around the corner? Since Independence Day is an outdoor holiday, it will be great if the skies are blue, with white clouds here and there and the temperatures are not too high. And as we enjoy our day in a safe way, it will be a good time to remember the brave men and women in the armed forces who are in harm’s way in Afghanistan and Iraq and think of those too who are in less threatening surroundings.

UCO news: If you are presently a Broad Channel Homeowner, and have not received your $250 Sewer Maintenance refund, you may still be entitled to your money. Please contact the UCO @ PO Box 2, Broad Channel, NY 11693 or email Ginger @ vohare@nyc. rr.com.

Mardi Gras 2005’s Larry for President campaign is off and running and full of activity at Grassy’s! On Saturday, June 25 there will be live music of Sixth Boro there. With a cover charge of $7, there will also be jello shots and raffles. On Sunday, June 26 Grassy’s will have Sunday Brunch at $6 per person. Grassy’s said: “Come on out for some eggs!” And on Thursdays Grassy’s has dinners to benefit Larry’s push for prez. On the 30th it’s Turkey Dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Eat in Grassy’s or call for delivery, 718-474-1688. Upcoming events include the 1, 2, 3 of the Fourth of July weekend: DJ Miltey on the 1st and Fourth of July events on the 2nd and 3rd. Proceeds from all events to support BCVFD!

The Shad Creek Association at 529 Cross Bay Boulevard in Broad Channel, presents “It’s A Fluke!” Fishing Contest on Saturday, July 16.

Sign-up starts at 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 14. Prizes for Largest Fluke caught are as follows: 1st prize is $500; 2nd prize is- $250, and 3rd is $150. Prizes are also awarded for Total Weight of 3 Fluke: 1st Place is $150 and 2nd Place is $100. There is a Calcutta for Largest Sea Robin. One prize per fish. Soda, hot dogs, burgers, and beer are available at weigh in. Tournament Start Time is 7 a.m.; Weigh In is at 3 p.m. Entry fee is $25 per angler. For more info visit the website at: www.shadcreekassociation.org.

Books and Bagels is into the classics for the summer months—both July and August discussions will dissect two of them. In July on the 12th, the discussion will involve “The Diary of a Young Girl” by Anne Frank. On August 23 the book will be “The Good Earth” by Pearl Buck. The discussions will be on Tuesday at 10 a.m.

As the school year draws to an end, the children are probably filled with anticipation of lazy summer days in their swimming pools, enjoying sports and other leisure time activities. All kids are reminded not to forget the library, which always has summer reading programs for all age groups and gifts for the children taking part in the programs. And, on hot summer days, library air conditioning cools almost as good as a dip in the pool.

This past Monday was the last book discussion at P.S. 47 until the new school year. Under discussion was “The Secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk Kidd. Eight people attended and the discussion was lively and knowledgeable. It was Kidd’s first novel; consensus was pretty favorable. One woman talked of her desire to finish books that she starts. She said this in explanation: “I need to know—to the very last word—what they [the characters in the novel] said.” The next book discussion date will be decided when school resumes in September. The next book will be Laura Lippmann’s novel, “The Power of Three,” billed as a good beach read by the book reviewer.

In response to the request for information about the Iroquois Yacht Club, I had a wonderful visit from one of our neighbors who is 90 years young! Joe told me all about the club—every bit of info I was asked to get and then he talked about a Broad Channel that doesn’t exist anymore—an island where you could go from east to west by the sluice, a time of speakeasies and of waters teeming with clams and blue claw crabs and bait fish. It was great to listen to him and pretty soon we were tripping down Memory Lane together. My childhood, though it doesn’t go back as far as Joe’s and is not from the Channel, goes back to a Southampton that no longer exists anymore. It heads back to summers spent on boats and in the bay, with a fishing pole in five year old hands, clam beds and crabbing. Thank you so much, Joe; I really enjoyed your visit! When I hear from our out-of- the- country e-mailer, I’ll print his reply.

It is difficult to tell someone I cannot write about their event because it will have passed by the next date the newspaper comes out. That disappoints people and can hurt turnout at an event designed to help pump up charitable donations. Deadlines can be confusing—and, at times annoying—but they help insure that the paper is available to its readership at the same time every week. If it is confusing to anyone and you are not sure when to submit items to me for publication, let me know and we can sit down with a calendar and talk and look until the confusion lifts! (It can take a while to get a good grasp on the subject!)0

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