2007-06-22 / Columnists

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The Smell Of Barbecue Is In The Air
Commentary By Liz Guarino

Commentary By Liz Guarino

Officially, it's summer and the smell of barbecue is in the air! Though the days may not be lazy or hazy, they are sunny and warm. It is so nice to go out without having to put on and keep track of outerwear, umbrellas and other stuff we would rather leave in the closet. Ideas for Mardi Gras are percolating and there will be at least a couple of surprises for everyone's enjoyment as we move into mid-summer. It would be great if this year had the best Mardi Gras ever!

The VFW Post 270 will be holding a flea market on Sunday, June 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tables are available; donation is $15. Call Linda for tables at 347-302-7578. There's plenty to see. Something for everyone!

The BCAC is holding registration at the BCAC Memorial Field at 1 st Road on Cross Bay Boulevard for football and cheerleading on three Saturdays at 1 p.m., June 23 and 30 and on July 14. After July 14, a $25 late fee will be charged. Registration includes equipment, insurance and personalized jersey. Cheerleading fee is $85; Football fee is $100 for ages 5 and 6; from ages 7 to 13, fee is $175. A multiple child discount is available. Each family must buy $25 in field maintenance raffle tickets; each family has a chance of winning the $500 grand prize. BCAC sponsors are needed; visit their website at: www.BCACNY.com . E-mail the site administrator for further sponsor information.

Neighbors who enjoy looking at photographs can see the work of Alice M. Hughey, and meet her, on Saturday, June 23 at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Event runs from 2 to 4 p.m. Photos are black and white and were taken in the park.

Concert-goers from the Channel and all over the Rockaways will be happy to hear that The Sunset Concerts are again at Fort Tilden, starting with "A Night at the Copa" on Sunday, June 24 at 6 p.m.

On Saturday, June 30 from 10 a.m. to noon, learn about ospreys and other birds of prey. Their continued survival in an urban area is a challenge for them; learn about their difficulties and what is being done to help them. Sign up in advance for this event. Bring protection from the sun and insects, bottled water and binoculars.

On Sunday, July 1, the VFW will hold a brunch in the air-conditioned hall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with the usual breakfast offerings on the menu. Adults are $6 each, while children are half-price.

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 on Jamaica Bay. The captain's meeting/sign-up will occur 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 barbecue 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 lot of folks are happy that at least one domestic carrier flies out of JFK Airport as of January 1, 2007. Thanks to this carrier, I had a very wonderful experience that will be remembered and treasured for years. Recently, I took off from JFK, hoping for a glimpse of home. I looked out the window, and there was the Channel, sitting snugly in Jamaica Bay, which looked a little like blue gelatin. I took off over the North Channel Bridge and saw the entire island north to south. Turning as we climbed, that jet did something I wouldn't have dared hope for. It turned east as it went over the water, and there was Broad Channel again- only this time I saw it south to north as we flew over the Rockaway peninsula. What a great sight! I wish everyone that same sight. I was so excited to see it- and I forgot I don't like looking out of jet windows!

As many of you know, a book named "Broad Channel" is being worked on this summer. Photographs are needed for this project. Any residents who have original photographs that date from the 1950's or earlier are invited to be part of it. Many photographs (about 200) will be in the book and each one printed will have a credit that will read: (Courtesy of First Name Second Name). In this way, many neighbors will become part of the book. Photographs that are on loan for the book will not leave the Channel; they will be scanned into a computer and returned. There are many fine images in the historical collection at the library, but they are not originals. If you want your photographs to appear in the book, the originals are needed again. The project is being handled through the Broad Channel Historical Society. Barbara Toborg is the chair and can be reached at: 718-318-9344 or 718-474-1127 or send email to: Tobytoborg@aol.com

Hang on to your Boxtops for Education over the summer months. They are used by the Parents' Association of P.S. 47. Labels for Education are used by the parochial schools on the peninsula, so save those too. In September, the schools will be happy to get them.

Novelist Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942) said: "I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June."

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 information that comes without a name. E-mail can be sent to: Lizbcbits@aol.com

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