2007-08-31 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Commentary By Liz Guarino

Have fun this weekend- here's what's happening this coming week:

Dan McIntyre sent an e-mail telling what the weekend holds: "The firehouse will be holding countdown night at the firehouse from 7 p.m. till midnight on Friday, August 31."Dancing in the Streets" will have fun events for all. Food and refreshments will be available, as well as games for adults and rides for the kids. Mardi Gras committees will be holding lastminute fundraisers at their establishments to determine this year's Champion.

On Saturday, September 1, there are no events planned during the day. Use this day as the "Build Your Float Day." We would love to have a GIANT turnout for the Grand Parade. Let's show some town spirit. On Saturday night, "Crowning" is at the winning establishment. Join the committees as the Champion is crowned. On Sunday, September 2, no events are planned, but those floats aren't going to build themselves; it's a little hard to get going after the crowning, but let's get going.

Sunday Night is "Visitation Night." Come out and join the Mardi Gras Committees as they conclude a hard summer of work with a well-deserved party.

On Monday, September 3, the GRAND PARADE starts at 1 p.m. sharp. Registration at second place bar; line up at winning bar "to be announced." Inappropriate entries will not be allowed.

Tickets are still available for the $10,000 drawing to be held after the parade at the winning bar. Contact 718-318-5504 or emailvohare@nyc.rr. com or Dan 347-678-5857 or email cracky57@aol.com. Or ask Vollies. With multiple prizes, only 400 tickets sold- great odds of winning.

On Sunday, September 2, there will be a BBQ at the VFW on Shad Creek at 2 p.m. Cost is $20 per person; $35 a couple. Kids are half-price. "All you can eat; all you can drink- just bring a smile!"

The Broad Channel Historical Society will be holding an open house in St. Virgilius School on Sunday, September 2, from noon to 2 p.m. A portion of the collection will be on display, including pictures of Mardi Gras, the struggle to buy the land, banners, trophies and more. The collection of pictures, documents, and artifacts is usually kept in the local library and displayed in its entirety on Historical Day at the VFW Hall, scheduled this year for October 14, 2007. Visitors are advised to enter the school at the Church Road entrance. The Broad Channel Historical Calendar, 2008, will be available for sale, still at the $5 price. Times of high tide-valuable information to residents of a seaside community are given on the calendar.

Christ Presbyterian Church will not present their Bingo for a while; it was held on Wednesdays in the church hall on Noel and Church Roads. The games will take place again sometime in the future, though. In the meantime, the hall floors will be worked on and the children will soon be back at school. Of course, there are the church's perennial activities of autumn waiting in the wings. They will be printed here as soon as the information is available!

St. Virgilius Golden Age will be sponsoring a bus ride to Atlantic City to the Hilton Casino on Wednesday, September 5. Bus will leave corner of Noel Road and Crossbay Boulevard at 8:30 a.m. sharp. Cost is $30 per person, with a $25 coin return and a $5 food coupon. Contact Dolores at 718-634- 9472 or Margaret at 718-945-4967 to get your seat.

Thursday, September 6 will be the first meeting of the Golden Age in the September-June 2007-2008 season. As always, the meetings will be in Christ Presbyterian Church Hall; entrance is on Church Road. New members are always welcome, 50+ years of age. Horse racing, bingo, speakers, lunches, parties and other fun activities. Retired? Bored? Lonely? Go to the meetings and enjoy good times with your neighbors!

On Sunday, September 16, a brunch will be held at the VFW Hall on Shad Creek from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The usual brunch items will be on the menu.

On Sunday, September 23 and Saturday, October 13 - the rain date for both is Sunday, October 14 - the brand new, 101-foot luxury boat "Golden Sunshine" will sail out of Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. Cruise will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Learn about the history, ecology, management, and wildlife of the Jamaica Bay Refuge. See egrets, herons, osprey, peregrine falcons, oystercatchers, migrating raptors and waterfowl, plus great views of the marshes, JFK Airport and the NYC skyline. Cost of $45 per person includes narrated tour, wine and cheese, fruit, drinks and snacks. Leaders will be Mickey Cohen and Don Riepe. Call 718-318-9344 or e-mail driepe@nyc.rr.com for information. To reserve, send check made out to American Littoral Society to 28 West 9 Road, Broad Channel, NY 11693.

On Friday, September 7, there will be a book discussion at the library at 10 a.m. Under discussion will be Baudolino by Umberto Eco.

Have you been saving boxtops and labels for education over the summer months? Boxtops are used by the Parents Association of P.S. 47. Labels can go to St. Rose of Lima, St. Camillus or St. Francis de Sales schools on the peninsula. If you've been saving them, it will soon be time to deliver them.

On Saturday, September 29 at 4 p.m., there will be a Disability Awareness Mass at St. Gertrude Church in Edgemere. It is dedicated to the memory of the recently-deceased pastor, Father Brendan Downing. People with and without disabilities are invited to attend.

If you have news that belongs in this column, 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 or letter; 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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