2005-07-01 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Book Discussions, EZ-Pass And UCO News Highlight Week
By Liz Guarino

The holiday weekend has arrived! Some folks are heading out of town to enjoy the long weekend; others are staying home, having a backyard cookout and watching the fireworks on television or checking out the East River display from the west side of town. Whatever you do to celebrate the holiday, be safe and enjoy!

Mardi Gras 2005’s Larry for President campaign is full of activity at Grassy’s! On Friday, July 1 DJ Miltey will be at Grassy’s, spinning his tunes. July 2 and 3 will have Fourth of July activities. Enjoy your holiday at Grassy’s! Proceeds to BCVFD.

On Tuesday, July 5 at 2 p.m. there will be Board Games at the Library. Bring your own game or play one of theirs. Pre-registration is not required. All ages are welcome to this fun afternoon.

On Thursday, July 7 at 2 p.m. Storytelling comes to the library with Little Red, a modern version of Little Red Riding Hood for ages 7 to 12. Pre-registration is not needed.

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: First prize is $500; Second prize is- $250, and thrd prize is $150.

Prizes are also awarded for Total Weight of three Fluke: 1st Place is $150 and 2nd Place is $100.

In addition, 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.

Books and Bagels is reading classics this summer.

On Tuesday, July 12, at 1 p.m. [Note new time!!] the discussion will involve “The Diary of a Young Girl” by Anne Frank. In August the members will discuss “The Good Earth,” by Pearl Buck.

The P.S. 47 book discussion group will not meet over the summer, but picked the next book, which will be discussed on a day in September, to be selected after school resumes. The book is Laura Lippman’s novel, “The Power of Three,” billed as a good beach read by the book reviewer.

A NYC Audubon Bird and Butterfly Walk will take place at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, July 10 at 10 a.m.

Bring your binoculars and don’t forget insect repellent and sunscreen on this stroll along the refuge trails to observe butterflies, breeding birds and other wildlife that calls the refuge home. Make reservations by calling 718 318-4340.

If you missed the yellow insert in your EZ Pass statement recently, you probably didn’t miss the Wave front page story on the new fee TBTA slipped past us!

The $1 per month fee is for anyone who has an EZ Pass account and takes effect July 1, 2005. It was probably in the MTA proposed cost-cutting and money increasing package that raised the price of some Metrocards, but the fee itself slid into effect, unnoticed. A lot of folks don’t have a problem with the dollar itself, but the way it was foisted on everyone.

Nevertheless, since over a million people in NYC have EZ Pass accounts, this little fee will pour well over a million dollars every month into the oversized pockets of the MTA. It probably wasn’t enough that the TBTA is holding onto our $25 or $50 deposit month after month, year after year, with no interest payments to tagholders.

And, for people who move out of the area and return their tag, they will probably receive only their initial deposit back, with no interest! Some users—who don’t use the tag often—will cancel their accounts. But the rest of us (Rockaway and Broad Channel residents among them) will keep their accounts.

There are many good things about the tag—one is that you can pass through the tollgate very quickly with it; as you zip through it, you can watch long lines of cars bumper to bumper crawling past the tollgate at the cash only lanes!

If your Fourth celebration includes Campbell’s beans, don’t forget to save the label for St. Virgilius School. Campbell labels are on a lot of different products in addition to their many varieties of canned soups and beans. Some fresh mushrooms also carry a Campbell label. Pepperidge Farm labels for bread, rolls and stuffing mix are in the program as well as Prego pasta sauces. Campbell’s Supper Bakes, Chef’s Kettle, Franco-American, Goldfish, Spaghetti-O’s, Swanson, V8 and Splash are all labels to save under this program.

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.

Re: the out-of-town emailer who was interested in the Iroquois Yacht Club.

I had a visit from Joe Carey last week where he waxed poetic on the subject and an email from Barbara Toborg of the Historical Committee, who sent beautiful photos taken from the yacht club this June. It seems the Historical collection has a lot of material on the yacht club.

So, I put the emailer in touch with Barbara who will get a lot of info for the man. Thanks, Barbara!

If you have an item of news or information you would like to see in this space, please get the information to me by 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning if it needs to appear in the same week’s issue of The Wave. Send email to: Lizbcbits@aol.com

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