2005-08-12 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Mardi Gras weekend is only 3 ½ weeks away and the prospect of those great days and the parade are enough to help us cope with this sticky time.

Moonlight Bowling at the Cozy Bowl will take place on Friday, August 12. The cost will be three (3) games for $20. There will be raffles and 50/50 throughout the evening. Call to reserve lanes by August 5; ask for Kathi at 718 318-9520.

The BCAC will be holding additional Cheerleading Registration on two consecutive Tuesdays, the 16th and 23rd and two consecutive Thursdays the 18th and 25th at the Memorial Field on 1st Road. The final registration days, cheerleading is for ages 5 to 14 and the cost is $85.00 (sneakers not included). Call Michelle at 718 634-5799 for further information.

On Tuesday, August 16 at 2 p.m. at the Library, children ages 5 through 12 will enjoy a craft program called Starfish Buddies. The library will furnish all materials. Pre-registration is required for this event.

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. On Saturdays and Sundays, there will be Car Washes. Proceeds from events will be used to support BCVFD.

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 August 19 dinners and reservations/ delivery, 718 318-2300. Duffy’s will even deliver in Rockaway from Beach 90 to Beach 129 Streets. No charge for toll! All proceeds to support BCVFD.

Join the East Pond Shorebird Walk at the Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, August 21 at 9 a.m. It is the peak of migration through Jamaica Bay and many different types of birds can be seen. Learn about conservation issues that affect migrating birds. Wear waterproof boots, sunscreen and insect repellent. Bring binoculars. Pre-registration is required.

Books and Bagels (Adult Book Club) members will discuss “The Good Earth,” by Pearl Buck on Tuesday, August 23 at 10 a.m.. Laura Lippman’s novel, “To the Power of Three,” will be the next book discussed (probably in late September) by the P.S. 47 book discussion group.

On Thursday, August 25 at 2 p.m. at the Library there will be a Summer Reading Party for registered members of the summer reading club.

NYC Audubon Shorebird Walk at the Wildlife Refuge will take place on Sunday, August 28 at 2 p.m. It is the peak of migration through the refuge, with a big variety of shorebirds to be seen. Learn about the problems these passersby face. Wear waterproof boots, bring binoculars and sunscreen. Don’t forget to sign up and bring insect repellent and bottled water to the Walk.

On Tuesday, August 30 at 2 p.m. at the Library for children ages 5 through 12 there will be a program called Owl Moon. It is presented by the Queens Zoo.

Last week I mentioned the article in Newsday about Broad Channel. Well, in a future issue of the New York Times, the town will be featured again. I don’t know when it will appear, how long it will be or even what the writer will have to say. (Readers of the New York Times might want to keep their eyes peeled!) If I hear about it or see it, I will let readers know. Meantime, the historical committee is on the ball! At least one of its members got a copy of the article, which will make it into the archives. Every fall, the historical collection is available on an October Sunday in the VFW Hall—that might be a great time to come and see the impressive collection (not all of the collection can be seen in the Library) and read what was written about the Channel!

As the traffic headed toward the North Channel Bridge about 4 p.m. on a recent Monday, traffic started slowing down even though the light was green. Unable to see past the pickup in front, everyone in the middle lane crawled to a halt. Both other lanes halted as well. No one behind the front vehicles knew why, but everyone just stopped. As new cars came near, they slowed and stopped too. An occasional horn blared, but no one moved.

In between the assorted vehicles everyone finally got a glimpse of the reason they were stopped in their tracks. A Canadian goose was walking slowly across the street, its big webbed feet slapping the pavement. As the goose ambled out of sight, another goose came into view. As the second goose slowly went past, another came into sight. There were three of them in a row, hesitantly crossing the street on foot, against the light. The three of them kept looking at the stopped traffic as though they didn’t trust the drivers to stay halted. As the southbound cars neared the top of the bridge, at least one of the northbound drivers started waving at them and blowing his horn until the drivers saw the gaggle of geese and halted. After the geese passed them, the northbound vehicles cautiously moved toward the bridge as the southbound vehicles stopped and their drivers watched the little parade plod slowly and steadily across the street, still single-file. The geese made it unscathed from one side of the boulevard to the other. Lucky geese! But why didn’t they just fly to the other side in their much safer air space? It seems much more sensible and a lot saner to us, but the geese probably had much more fun stopping all the traffic!

By Liz Guarino

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