2006-06-30 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

It is almost July 4-time to celebrate our freedoms and revel in our living in this great country. Some folks head to cooler temperatures, while others head to exotic places. Others stay here and fire up the grill for hot dogs and hamburgers. Let us not forget that it is also a good time to give our thoughts and prayers over to our brave young men and women who are far from home and in harm's way in an often-hostile, strange and dangerous land.

It's time to grab your fishing gear and aim your boat toward your favorite place to catch the big ones! The Shad Creek Association will hold the 12th Annual It's A Fluke Fishing Tournament on Saturday, July 8 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.Sign-up/Captain's Meeting is on Thursday, July 6 starting at 5 p.m. Prizes are as follows: 1st place $500; 2nd place $250; 3rd place $150. Total weight, up to 3 Fluke: 1st place $150; 2nd place $100. There will be a Calcutta for largest Sea Robin. There will be plenty of food and refreshments at the weigh-in party! The SCA is located at 529 Cross Bay Blvd in Broad Channel, NY 11693. For more information, their website is: www.shadcreekassociation.org.

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 July 13.

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.

Books and Bagels book discussion group is reading "The Namesake," by Jhumpa Lahiri, who has written on the Indian immigrant experience in this book; this is her first novel. The discussion for this book will be held on Friday, July 7. "Pompeii," a fictional reconstruction of the two days prior to the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius (which destroyed Pompeii in 79 A.D.) by Robert Harris, will be read next- with the discussion set for Friday, August 4. Both discussions are set for 10 a.m. at the Library.

Trinity Services, which provides a bus for seniors to take local trips at a reasonable cost, recently held its "Spring Fling Luncheon" at Russo's on the Bay in Howard Beach. Reportedly there were about 800 people in attendance, many of them prominent members of our and adjacent communities and a number of political figures as well. At this event, the president of the senior group-Matty Conklin-received the Community Recognition Award from Trinity Services for his long time service to our community. He has served St. Virgilius Golden Age Club for five years; BCVFD for 20 years; the American Legion for 25; and the VFW for 20 years.

Congratulations, Matty!

BCVFD has revamped their web site. There have been many links installed by their web designer. Find it at: http://www.broadchannelvfd.org/ index.html. You can use their contact page to drop them a line.

Take part in the "Butterfly Count" at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, July 1 between 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Every year there is an effort to document the butterflies at JBWR. Learn all about butterflies while you join in this effort. Bring bottled water, sunscreen, insect repellent and binoculars. Sign up is required. Call (718) 318-4340 for more information.

Learn about Ospreys, birds of prey, at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, July 23 from 2 to 4 p.m. Surviving in an urban area is a challenge to these animals. Learn what is being done to help them. Bring bottled water, sunscreen, insect repellent and binoculars. Call (718) 318-4340 for more information. Sign up is required.

Hang onto your boxtops for education over the summer months. They are used by the Parents Association of P.S. 47. In September they can be delivered to the school with a relative's or neighbor's child who goes there or make Power Road part of your daily walk and drop them off one morning. (During the 2005-2006 school year there was a box to collect them placed in the lobby of the school.)

A reminder: The Library is encouraging library patrons 16 years old or younger to read and pay off library fines on their cards. All the young people have to do is go to the library and read for at least a half hour to get Library Bucks worth $1 toward existing fines.

If they read for an hour, they earn Bucks worth $2 off their fines. There are rules to this offer, so check it out with the librarian.

The Library has many events planned for the summer. On Thursday, July 6, there will be a workshop for kids age 6 to 12 to "Make Your Own Pirate Hat." Workshop is at 3 p.m. Space is limited so registration is required; call (718) 318-4743.

Children age 3 to 5 can make a Handprint Daisy at the Library on Monday, July 11 at 3 p.m. Call (718) 318-4743 to sign up.

Summer weather makes it a bit easier to think of others; it seems a good time for the following: "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." Words from writer and poet, Maya Angelou.

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