2007-06-15 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

By Liz Guarino

Summer's right around the corner and school students will soon be free for a bit over two months. Summer begins June 21 and the city schools begin their break June 28!

I received the following note from the June 1 "Friend in Need": "I would like to thank all my friends, family, the American Legion and all the kind people who gave and/or attended that night. My family greatly appreciates your kindness and generosity in our time of need."

The VFW will hold a Bar-B-Q on Sunday, June 17. "All you can eat, all you can drink- bring a smile." Adults cost $20 each; $35 per couple. Children are ½ price. The Bar-B-Q begins at 2 p.m.

P.S. 47 will hold Graduation 2007 on June 22 at 9:30 a.m. at the American Legion. The guest speaker will be Mary Theresa Nelson, former assistant principal of the school.

On Saturday, June 16 take a "Land Cruise" to the Hilton Casino in Atlantic City from the North Channel Yacht Club, the event sponsor. The day begins with coffee and bagels at 7:30 a.m. Bus will leave from the N.C.Y.C. at 8 a.m. The cost is $35 per person, with cash return of $25 and a $5 food coupon. On the way to Atlantic City, bingo will be played. A movie will be shown on the return trip. Call Fred or Dolores at 718-634-9472.

The Shad Creek Association presents its 13th Annual "It's A Fluke" Fishing Tournament on July 7. The SCA is located at 529 Cross Bay Boulevard in Broad Channel. The Captain's meeting/sign-up will be on July 5 from 5 p.m. on. The contest runs from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., sharp. Entry fee is $25 per angler and there will be a Calcutta for the largest Sea Robin. Weigh-in is at the clubhouse and there will be a BBQ and beverages at the weigh-in party!

The Adult Summer Reading Program at the library will meet on Friday, July 6 at 10 a.m. to discuss "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak. All adults are welcome!

A horseshoe crab walk will be held at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, June 16. Come and see these prehistoric creatures. Meet at the refuge center at 9 a.m.; carpool to North Channel Bridge. Learn about the horseshoe crab from leaders Don Riepe and Mickey Cohen. Bring your boots and binoculars. Children are welcome at this event. Sign up in advance by phoning 718-318-4340.

For children only: Ages 17 and younger can join in the fun to get their choice into the contest. The Library is having a contest to name the 2007 Mascot for the Summer Reading Program. All kids who sign up for the summer reading program can enter the contest to name the mascot. Application forms are at the library. Hurry, forms have to be submitted before Saturday, June 16.

Chief Dan McIntyre sent an e-mail for the community: "Bayview Marina restaurant has organized a Mardi Gras committee and will be staging events throughout the summer. Their competition is welcomed by our other announced committee working out of the Ruffle Bar.

Both of our committees wish to remind everyone to come out and support their efforts. The Ruffle Bar will start selling dinners on Wednesday nights and the Bayview has many events planned over the summer. The Grassy Point lounge and restaurant, our only establishment still around from the Mardi Gras heyday, is still trying to organize a committee. I know their patronage will pick up the challenge the (newcomers) have thrown down and the battle will be on.

"This year's Mardi Gras is sponsored by the BCVFD. We are still actively looking for candidates for popular pet, popular teen, baby face, or any title our friends wish to run for. We urge our neighbors to get involved. If the bar scene isn't your thing, then form your own committee and run candidates for any title you wish. We at the firehouse will be glad to show you how to get started. Contact us on our website http://www.broadchannelvfd.org/ index.html or call the firehouse any evening 718-474-6888; we will call you back.

"The firehouse will be conducting

a few stand-alone, family-oriented events over the summer. Details and dates will be forthcoming. We urge our neighbors to get involved in community activities. We live in a unique place, with a long history of neighbors helping neighbors. That's what Mardi Gras is all about."

Last Monday there was a ribbon-cutting celebration to officially open the new visitor center at JBWR. Some Gateway brass was on hand as was Anthony Weiner. Some Beach Channel High School students were there as well. Tours of the 'green' center were offered and an explanation of how the building works was given. Trail walks were also available. If you haven't seen the center, it is spacious with large windows to take advantage of the natural daylight. It contains an auditorium for lectures and workshops, slide shows and other presentations The lavatories are accessible as is the entire building.

P. S. If you haven't done so already, please remember to send in your annual fund drive donation. The $75 donation is tax deductible; ask for a receipt if cash is given. Members have been going door-to-door the past few weeks and have visited most homes. Donations can also be made via our website; please remember us when United Way pops up on your job. My household has been donating to the BCVFD through the United Way for years. It's a convenient way to donate to any cause, but why give to strangers when your help is needed at home?"

If you or your organization have 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 e-mail; like the rest of the newspaper, I cannot publish info that comes without a name. E-mail can be sent to: Lizbcbits@aol.com.

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