2007-09-14 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Commentary By Liz Guarino

It was a lovely summer, all in all. The temperatures have cooled a bit of late, leaving us with nice nights for sleeping comfortably. Of course, there has been rain as well. Really drenching, soaking, heavy, wind-driven rains. Enough rain to make using an umbrella all-but-impossible, or useless. It can be rough when it rains day after day, but maybe the reservoirs upstate are filling- even as the dog dives under the bed at the boom of thunder or the flash of lightning.

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.

Christ Presbyterian Church will have a Flea Market on Saturday, September 22 from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. in the church hall. Refreshments will be sold. On October 28 at their Spaghetti Dinner, there will be a drawing for $5000. Details will be printed when they are available.

On Sunday, September 23 and on 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. Lear 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 email 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.

"The Broad Channel Volunteers would like to thank the Mardi Gras committees from the Bayview, Ruffle Bar and Grassy Point for raising a total of $21,852.43 this summer. Rob, Pat Williams and their committee raised $13,123.51 from events and $10,000 selling raffle tickets. Ruffle Bar raised $7,707.92 from selling dinners and traffic collections- thanks Freddy, Eileen and the gang. Grassy Point also raised over $1,000. We appreciate the efforts of all our Mardi Gras contributors and hope they had a little fun to go along with the hard work they did this summer. Our countdown on Friday night was a success and everyone had a good time. The Grand Parade was great and we were glad to see so many floats and walkers. The $10,000 drawing was held at the Bayview after the parade and a good time was had by all."

Save the date: The Broad Channel historical 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. 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.

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. Due to the planning and implementation of this Mass every year by the Parish Advocate for People with Disabilities from St. Virgilius Church as well as all the other advocates from the Diocese of Brooklyn's Queens South cluster 3 will receive recognition at the reception during the Bishop's Day with People with Disabilities at St. James Cathedral-Basilica in downtown Brooklyn on Sunday, October 14 at 4 p.m.

"International Beach Clean-Up Day" is Saturday, September 15 from 10 a.m. through 1 p.m., at various sites around Jamaica Bay, for those who want to help locally. Worldwide, volunteers help in this effort to clean refuse off beaches. If you want to volunteer, call 718-338-3799 to find out where the sites are located in the area. Work gloves, drinking water, protection from insects and the sun should be worn. Waterproof boots or your old sneakers are also recommended.

On Sunday, September 16 at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge from 1 to 3 p.m., you can take part in a butterfly count that started during the 'bioblitz' a week earlier. Learn how important these creatures are to an ecosystem. Pre-registration is required. To reserve, call 718-318-4340.

Some neighbors thought all of the libraries would be open on Saturday, including our wonderful little library. Maybe, some have been hoping, it will open on Saturday soon. Others have been feeling like we have the only branch not open on Saturday. When the thoughts came my way in the form of e-mail, I decided to poke around and get the right report on this issue. To be sure, articles in the dailies did report that the appropriation would restore Saturday hours to all the libraries. Maybe they meant library systems, but it isn't true of all libraries. The Queens Borough Public Library lists 62 branches in its system. Of these, 25 are listed as having no Saturday hours. Thirty-seven branches are listed as having weekend hours; a majority of these have only Saturday, while others have both Saturday and Sunday. Two of the 37 branches are closed on Saturday, but are open on Sunday.

BCVFD will again sponsor the Halloween Parade; our neighbors are invited to help in any way. Call Dan McIntyre at the firehouse any evening, 718-474-6888; we will return your call.

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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