2006-09-08 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

Labor Day brought great weather for the Grand Parade. Not too hot-not too cool temperatures. And the Grand Parade was-well-grand! With a bunch of imagination and hard work by the parents, and lots of style and some music in the air, the floats rolled slowly down the boulevard. And in the middle of the parade, there was an unplanned, very visible reminder of just how important the vollies really are.

But first the parade. The Earth Angels, (Jackie's Angels for Baby Face) float led the way; the winning campaign raised $9,622 for the AC and carried lots of tots-some sporting red, white and blue ribbons. Peyton's float-a confection of pink- was right behind it; the committee for the blonde-haired tot raised the sum of $9,381 for the AC. They were followed by clever floats carrying Peter Pan, a small Mermaid Lagoon-complete with tail, and the Broad Channel Aquarium, which sported at least one angelfish among other species. And there were walkers too. One of them was a large shark. A Mama (or Papa) Shark with a wide-open mouth. Another walker sported a very large cigarette and was festooned with Styrofoam and disposable picnic ware. And there were floats carrying Kung Fu fighting (complete with music) and Pirates too. And the Cabbage Patch Kids surrounded by a white picket fence. And a bride and groom and a casino. What a show! It never disappoints... Sometime during the parade there was a fender bender between two cars. Eddie O'Hare saw the accident and alerted the Vollies who rushed out of the parade to the scene to help!

A Flea Market will be held on Saturday, September 23 starting at noon in the Christ Presbyterian Church Hall.

There will be a Jamaica Bay Sunset Cruise on Saturday, September 9 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. A three hour narrated tour of Jamaica Bay aboard the 96 ft. "Dorothy B VIII" will sail out of Sheepshead Bay. Meet at 4 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 and 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 details on this cruise visit the website of the American Littoral Society at www.alsnyc.org or call (718) 318-9344 to speak to Don or send an e-mail to him at: driepe@nyc.rr.com.

Books and Bagels will have their next book discussion on Friday, September 15 at 10 a.m. Since the extreme heat torpedoed the August book discussion, the fiction novel Pompeii by Robert Harris will be under discussion.

St. Virgilius Golden Age will be running a bus trip to Atlantic City on Wednesday, September 13. Destination is the Hilton Casino. Bus leaves corner of Noel Road and Cross Bay Blvd. promptly at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $29; coin return is $19 and a food coupon worth $8 toward the buffet or $4 credit at Horizon's.

Call Dolores at (718) 634-9472 or Margaret at (718) 945-4967.

St. Virgilius Golden Age would like the neighbors to see the following: "Are you lonely? Are you depressed? Are you 50 or older? Do you wish for something to brighten up your life? We have the answer-come on out and join us. We meet every Thursday from 12:30 to 4 p.m. at Christ Church Hall on Church Road from September through June. Dues are $10 a year. We have holiday parties, bus rides, bingo, horse racing, speakers on topics of interest to seniors (social security, Medicare, wills etc.) and a monthly bus ride to Green Acres Mall. Come socialize and enjoy coffee and cake with friends."

A B.C. artist's works are featured in ArtSplash 2006, the Rockaway Artists Alliance exhibit held at Fort Tilden in gallery T6. Exhibit opens Saturday, September 9. The opening reception, which is Sunday, September 10 from 1 to 3 p.m., features entertainment and refreshments. The gallery is open to the public and there is no charge for viewing the artworks. Gallery hours on Saturdays are from noon to 4 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. For further information call RAA at (718) 474-0861 or email them at: rockart116@ aol.com.

An email came from Julie Blake; here's what it said: "Our Baby Face winner, Jackie's Angels, thanks the following: The Barr, Malsey, Kenny, Mertz, Allen and Gross Families; Lily and Pat O'Sullivan, The All American Deli, Molly McQuigan, Sean O'Connell, and everyone who came out to support Jackie's Angels for Baby Face.

"Our second place winner, Peyton thanks the following: Helen and Dan Arena, Luann and John Hanning, John Hanning Jr., The Kalisak Family, John McCambridge, Becky Monahan, Kenny and Heidi Grey, Mickey McMahon, Christy Murray, Sixth Boro, Wine with Sue, Buckles the Monkey, The New Irish Circle, The VFW, and Christ Presbyterian Church.

"The BCAC thanks Jackie's Angels, Peyton for Baby Face and Ruffle Bar, that raised $2,985.47, for making an extremely successful Mardi Gras this year. Thanks also to our sponsors: The All American Deli, Buster's Marine Service, The Kutting Edge, The Bay Gull Store, Hamberry's, North Channel Yacht Club, Bayview Restaurant, Grassy Point, Channel Oil and the VFW.

Due to last Saturday's rain we have re-scheduled Family Day/Trophy Day for Sunday, September 10, 1 p.m. at Memorial Field."

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