2006-06-23 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

It's officially summer! Enjoy!
By Liz Guarino


It's officially summer! Enjoy!

Christ Presbyterian Church by the Sea will have a Game Night at 7 p.m. in the church hall every other Thursday. The next Game Night will be on June 29.

There will be a Jamaica Bay Sunset Cruise on Sunday, June 25 from 5 to 8 p.m. The 3-hour narrated tour ofJamaica Bay aboard the 96 ft.“Dorothy B VIII" will sail out of Sheepshead Bay. Meet at 4:30 p.m. at Pier #6 (Emmons Ave. & Dooley St.,Brooklyn). Learn about the history and ecology of the bay; see nesting peregrine falcons, osprey, herons, egrets, ibis, shorebirds and waterfowl.Mickey Cohen and Don Riepe will lead the event.The cost of $35 includes narrated tour, wine and cheese, fruit, snacks. To reserve, send a check for $35 per person to: American Littoral Society, c/o Don Riepe, 28 West 9th Road, Broad Channel, NY 11693.For more information call 718 318-9344 or e-mail: driepe@ nyc. rr.com.This is a cooperative program between Gateway NRA, NYC Audubon and the American Littoral Society.For more program information check: www.alsnyc.orgor www.nycaudubon.orgRain date will be July 1. Additional sunset tours will take place on September 9 and October 7.

Jackie's Angels will be having a bake sale on Sunday, June 25 after the masses. They are selling chances for $100 each; prize is $10,000. All proceeds willgo to the BCAC.Chances are available from Sabrina at 718 634-4632.Only 400 chances will be sold.(The other committees are also selling these chances.)

Jackie's Angels will be running a 'phone raiser' fundraiser-which is a way for people to recycle their old cellular phones and printer cartridges from their computer printer.Items will be collected the entire month of June and up until the Fourth of July. Any business or individual(s) interested in helping them can drop items off at 406 Cross Bay Blvd. or call Sabrina at 718 634-4632.

I got an email that is important to everyone in our community. It read: "The summer is here and the "Mardi Gras" activities are underway for the BCAC. We at the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department urge everyone to participate in these efforts and enjoy the season. Our town is unique; we always come together to support our friends and neighbors. When you think about it, it is more than likely the main reason many of us have remained here or have moved here in the first place.

"As a reminder, the Volunteers will be concluding the 2006 fund drive effort shortly. Members have personally visited all homes in town twice. We have left brochures, letters, and return envelopes at every home visited. The response to our efforts have not been up to expectations. According to our records, many of our past contributors remain absent from our lists. We urge all our neighbors that may have forgotten or misplaced our reminder letters. Please mail your 2006 fund drive donation to us at this time. "We gave " stickers will be distributed and receipts issued upon request. The Firehouse tour officer can be contacted every night after 8 PM. (718 474 6888) We will gladly come to your home to pick updonations. Once again I would like to thank all our neighbors who have participated. The "Annual Fund Drive" provides the primary means of support for our operating costs. Without Your help, we won't be here to help you.

Dan McIntyre, BCVFD"

Our small library has very heavy use figures for the number of people in the community. Well, here we go again: the library system is facing budget cuts again. Last time cuts succeeded in taking away Saturday hours from our little library. Saturday was popular with children and was the best time for working people to pick out books. And many people checked out movies to watch over the weekend. Anyway, this time-there will be fewer hours, fewer books and less programming-these things hang in the balance. Staff at the library are handing out fliers recommending letters be written to our politicians. It would be terrific if a bunch of letters came from here to the mayor and Joe Addabbo, to let them know that these budget cuts are not acceptable. Write to Addabbo at: 159-53 102 Street; Howard Becah, NY 11414. Write to Mike Bloomberg at: City Hall; New York, NY 10007. (A letter can be a chore to write, but it is an object politicians can hold in their hands and can't ignore!)

Sunday, June 25 is the last day to view "Bodyscapes," Rockaway Artists Alliance's current exhibition at sTudio 7 Gallery Rockaway Center for the Arts at Fort Tilden, Gateway National Recreation Area. Some of the exhibiting artists are Broad Channel residents. Gallery hours are as follows: Saturdays, from noon to 4 p.m.; Sundays, from 1 to 4 p.m. and by appointment. Admission is free. For further information call 718 474-0861, or e-mail: rockart116@aol.com or visit their website: www.rockawayartistsalliance.org.

The next exhibit will be held in September. It is the biggest exhibit, occupying both galleries and including multimedia-performance art, video, dance-as well as more traditional artistic expressions.

Sunset Picnic Concerts 2006 start on Sunday, June 25 at 6 p.m. at Gateway National Recreation Area with "The Roadhouse Band," a country western band. Bring a beach chair, the kids and a picnic. Concerts are free. Next concert Sunday, July 16 will be a "Tribute to Musical Legends" Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons and Bobby Darin, who were popular in the 1960s.

If you want to start a support or other type of group that will help/enrich the lives of others or if you or your organization has news that belongs in this space, please get the information to me by 9:30 a.m. on the Tuesday before you need the item to appear in The Wave. Please sign your email; like the rest of the newspaper.

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Lizbcbits@aol.com

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