2007-09-28 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Almost In October, But It Feels Like Summer
Commentary By Liz Guarino

By the time you read this, we will be almost in October. While the temperatures are a bit cooler, beautifully sunny days have been coming our way. Of course, rain falls here and there, but all in all- it has been a splendid September!

On Sunday, October 28 at Christ Presbyterian Church, there will be a Spaghetti Dinner in the church hall from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.; admission is $7. Coffee and cake also will be served. At the dinner there will be a drawing for $5000. Raffle tickets cost $50 each; 200 tickets will be sold. To buy a ticket, call Sharon at 718-474-3864 or see Al.

Learn about the salt marsh- - its plants and wildlife- and restoration efforts at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, on Saturday, September 29 from 1 to 3 p.m. Explore the Broad Channel marsh with a coastal ecologist. Bring waterproof boots. To sign up, call 718- 318-4340.

The Christ Presbyterian Broad Channel Pre-K will be holding its first Bake Sale on Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14. They will be set up outside the firehouse during and after all masses.

In memory of Claire Hanning, the First Annual BCAC Memorial Golf Outing will be held on Tuesday, October 23 at Marine Park Golf Course. Check-in is at 9 a.m.; tee off is at 10. Cost is $150 per golfer and includes: round of golf with cart; continental breakfast; golf shirt; award dinner at the North Channel Yacht Club; and other items. Prizes will be awarded in several categories. Raffles will be sold at the dinner; "dinner only" costs $50. For further information, call John at 917-603-7113; Patrick at 516-376- 7034 or Mike at 718 474-5604.

A Book Discussion will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, October 12 at the library; under discussion will be "Ties That Bind, Ties That Break" by Lensey Namioka.

Anice note from Christ Presbyterian Church arrived at my door and this is what it said: "Thanks to all who showed up for our Flea Market on a really nasty Saturday; as always we had a good time. Special thanks go to Lisa and Stephanie who sold $250 worth of boxes toward the $5000 drawing. Again, thanks to all!"

The 23rd Annual Broad Channel Senior Citizens Day, sponsored by the Broad Channel American Legion Post 1404, was held this past Sunday. Once again, the event was a huge success; Legion members hosted about 90 seniors. Music was provided by DJ Walter and the Ladies Auxiliary prepared a delicious pot roast with all the trimmings. A good time was had by all and many thanks go out to the American Legion for hosting this Annual Event.

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. This Mass 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, 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.

BCVFD will again sponsor the Halloween Parade; our neighbors are invited to help in any way they can. Call Dan McIntyre at the firehouse any evening 718-474-6888; your call will be returned. Or e-mail him through the BCVFD's website at the following URL: http://www.broadchannelvfd. org/index.html.

Good news for many people! Starting on October 6, Broad Channel's library will be open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.!

BCVFD has pictures of a lot relating to it, but still needs photos of the following Chiefs (in uniform would be great, but out of uniform is ok, too): Chris Hoobs, Otto Sporks, Tod Carey, George Stemler, Henny Wachaitis, C. Young, K. Koerner, G. Strickland. If anyone has any of the above, please email me or the firehouse, through their site. Photos will be scanned into the computer and returned.

Some Broad Channel artists are also members of the Rockaway Artists Alliance and exhibit their works in the shows. Recently, ArtSplash 2007 had its opening reception and a B.C. artist/photographer, Denis McCrae, received a "Best Photograph" plaque and certificate for a photo that he took here in the Channel and entered in ArtSplash. Called "Take Off," it is a photo of an egret taking to flight. The judge for the show was Tom Finkelpearl, executive director of the Queens Museum.

Here are some words from the scientist who lived from March 14, 1879 to April 18, 1955: "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." ...Albert Einstein

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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