2005-07-22 / Columnists

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Mid-Summer In Broad Channel
By Liz Guarino

Mid-summer already! The gardens are getting watered a lot by Mother Nature so far this year. With lots of bright-colored flowers in bloom, this season is always a treat for the eyes. A lot of folks have lovely green tomatoes and other veggies coming along nicely in their yards this summer. And the month of August is just around the corner; will it bring us a lot of “dog days”?

Mardi Gras is really moving now, with lots of activity to keep it rolling!

Mardi Gras 2005 at Duffy’s Pub will have home cooked meals every Wednesday night for kids and adults from 5 p.m. until ??. Call for information on dinners and reservations/delivery, 718 318-2300. Adult dinners cost $7 each and children’s meals cost $5 per child. Duffy’s will even deliver in Rockaway from Beach 90 to Beach 129 Streets. No charge for toll! All proceeds to support BCVFD.

On Thursdays Grassy’s has dinners to benefit Larry in his bid for President from 5 to 7 p.m. Call for dinner selection. Eat in Grassy’s or call for delivery, 718 474-1688. Upcoming events in Larry’s lineup are: Bingo at the North Channel Yacht Club with hundreds of dollars in cash prizes will be held on Friday, July 22; doors open at 7 p.m. and calling starts at 8 p.m. The admission is $5; complimentary coffee and cake will be served. On the 22nd at Shad Creek Association there will be a Texas Hold ‘em Tourney. A Comedy Show will take place at Grassy’s on Saturday, July 23 at 9 p.m.; cover is $10. Featured is Billy Murray. There will be pudding and jell shots as well as raffles. On Sunday, July 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be a Brunch at Grassy’s. Meal costs $6 for adults and $4 per child. Included are eggs (any style), potatoes, and choice of bacon, sausage or ham. Saturdays and Sundays, there will be Car Washes. Proceeds from all events will be used to support BCVFD.

Coming to your door soon: Stuffed Chicken Dinner on Friday, August 12 for Laci for Baby Face. More info on this in a future column.

BCAC football registration will take place on Saturday, July 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the BCAC Memorial Field for ages 5 through 14. Registration for ages 5 and 6 is $85 per child.  This age group plays an 8 game season, with 4 home games and 4 games away.  Registration for ages 7 through 14 is $125; there is a sibling discount.  This age group plays a 10 game season, with 5 home games and 5 away.  Registration includes jerseys, insurance, ref fees, and field maintenance and league fees. The BCAC enters the teams in the Nassau Suffolk Football/ Cheerleading League.

This year the BCAC welcomes Gene Guttieri as the new football commissioner. The AC would like to thank outgoing commissioner Brian McMahon for all his years of dedication to the BCAC Football Program. Anyone interested in coaching or helping out on the field can contact Commissioner Gene at the next registration or e-mail the BCAC at bcacwebsite@aol.com

BCAC Co-Ed Summer Basketball games will be at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the 17th Road park on Mondays and Wednesdays. Karen Trudden and Jayme Galimi are still looking for some coaches. Anyone interested can see Karen or Jayme.

There will be BCAC Shamrock Cheerleading Registration on Monday and Wednesday during Basketball at the 17th road Park 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. for ages 5 and up. Interested people can also contact Michelle at 718 634-5799.

St. Virgilius Rosary Society will be sponsoring a trip to Atlantic City on Wednesday, August 10. The bus will leave Noel Road and Crossbay at 8:30 a.m. and go to the Hilton. The cost is $26 per person; coin return will be $18 and food coupon will be $8. Contact Winnie at 718 474-2783 to reserve a seat.

Bagels and Books members will discuss “The Good Earth,” by Pearl Buck in August. Laura Lippman’s novel, “To the Power of Three,” will be the next book discussed by the P.S. 47 book discussion group.

The Library has lots of activities for all ages. Our branch will have Scrapbooking for Adults on Monday, July 25 at 6 p.m. Bring your own photos to this workshop for working people. Pre-register for this event at 718 318-4943; space is limited.

The Library will also have Sandal Making for Teens on Thursday, July 28 at 3 p.m. with Pamela Isaac. As with all workshops, the Library will provide all materials. Space is limited for this event, so pre-registration is necessary.

Most folks know that the churches in the R.C. Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens are clustered together to share resources. So cluster activities are planned from time to time. There will be a disability awareness mass in St. Gertrude Church on Saturday, September 17 at 4 p.m.

Anyone wishing to be a Gift bearer or lector for the mass or anyone who seeks more information on this event, please email me.

Identity theft can be the motive if you see strangers looking through the mail in your mailbox. A favorite thing to do is steal a credit card offer from your box and apply for credit under your name, but at a different address. If this happens, you won’t know about it for a while. Anyone who has dealt with an identity theft problem knows that it takes a lot of time and aggravation to undo it! (Folks who live on the boulevard who work during the day may want to invest in mailboxes that can be locked if the present box does not have the loops for a small padlock.)

If you have an item of news or information you would like to see in this space, please get the information to me over the weekend before it is to appear in The Wave.

Send email to: Lizbcbits @aol.com

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