2005-07-08 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Fourth of July Begins Broad Channel Summer Season
By Liz Guarino

It was great that the Fourth of July fell on a Monday, giving lots of folks a nice three-day weekend. It seemed to be a very quiet day. It was a wonderfully comfortable day, with somewhat moderate temperatures, puffy white clouds and nice breezes, not the sweltering type of day that sends some folks to the beach and others into their backyard swimming pools. A nice change from the overcast skies and high humidity we have been seeing a lot of lately.

A Friend in Need Party will be held on Saturday, July 16 at the American Legion Hall on Cross Bay Boulevard in Broad Channel. The start time is 7 p.m.; the end time is ? A donation of $20 per person is requested at the door. There will be plenty of food and beer, great raffle prizes, DJ Teddy and a Texas Hold ’em Tournament. There will be a raffle for a $5000 vacation package; it will cost $100 per ticket. There will only be 100 tickets sold. Also, they will be raffling off prizes such as a signed autographed guitar by Zack Wylde, former guitarist of Ozzy Osbourne, four field-level Mets tickets, a huge BBQ, a patio set, a concert to be named including a limo ride to and from it and a host of other great prizes! Come, have a good time and show your support for a really good cause.

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

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.

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.

At the Library on Thursday, July 14 at 11 a.m., there will be a craft program for children ages 2 ½ to 5 (with their parents!) to make Light-Up Bracelets. Space is limited so participants are asked to pre-register for this workshop.

All materials to make bracelets will be furnished by the Library.

The P.S. 47 book discussion group may meet over the summer, on a day yet to be specified. The book is Laura Lippman’s novel, “To the Power of Three,” billed as a good beach read by the book reviewer.

A three-session workshop for teens, Scrapbooking, will be held on the last two Tuesdays in July and a Thursday in August. (Participants are required to pre-register and only if they can attend all three sessions!) July 19 participating teens will look at photography and be issued a disposable camera; on July 26 cameras will be turned in to the library for development; on August 18 attendees will use their photos for some scrapbooking. Contact the Library for exact times of this workshop and to pre-register.

During the summer months, don’t forget to save certain boxtops and labels for our elementary schools. Even if you have one boxtop, it will help the school of your choice. And don’t forget to hang on to used printer ink cartridges for the schools as well; put them in a plastic bag. In September when classes resume bring them to the school of your choice.

In addition, help St. Virgilius School by getting and using Waldbaum Gift Cards when you shop at their food store. They come in different denominations: $25, $50 and $100. A portion of the card price bolsters school fundraising efforts. Gift cards are available during office hours at the rectory or after the 5 p.m. Saturday mass. They can also be obtained by calling Dawn at 718-474-4182, Kieran at 718-474-6273 or Suzanne at 718-945-3922; gift cards obtained at these numbers will be delivered.

Everyone does not shop at Waldbaum’s, but even occasional use of this debit-type card is helpful to the school. One of our neighbors who does not shop at Waldbaum’s as a general rule told me buys the cards as she uses them and it works out well for her. She told me what she does: When the circulars for the week come to her house, she looks over the Waldbaum’s one each week. When it works out that she can use several of the items that are on-sale, she circles the items on her circular. Then she estimates how many of the items she’ll need and the approximate cost of her shopping trip. Then she buys the right-size shopping card and, in one trip, buys her circled items and always spends the card completely. This way she doesn’t have to keep track of it for the next trip there, which might be months away!

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