2008-06-13 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Mardi Gras Comes With Summer
Commentary By Liz Guarino

Well, the heat was really on us in recent days- and the rain! Not too many folks enjoy the really hot weather and some worry about a blackout happening again. Not being able to use even a fan and having food spoil were very hard when BC, as well as a huge area, were left without electricity some summers ago. Safeguards were put in afterward, but a blackout can still happen- but it will not affect such a huge area.

Mardi Gras is happening again. The Broad Channel Athletic Club has many events in store for the summer to celebrate this great time of year. Among them will be a family day/ camp out, car washes, Bar Nights and they are even hosting an Irish Festival and many more fabulous events! All details will follow as they become available. The first fundraiser will be ongoing- they will be selling $100 chances to win $10,000, among other cash prizes. If you are interested in purchasing one, please contact Sabrina at 718-634-4632 or Jessica at 718-318-3806. On Saturday, June 21, they will be hosting a Mardi Gras Kickoff Karaoke Party at Ruffle Bar from 9 p.m. to midnight; $5 to enter, $2 beers. "We are hoping to have a great summer!! If anyone is interested in participating in any way, please contact Jessica or Sabrina."

Don't miss the bus! The St. Virgilius Golden Age is sponsoring a trip to Trump Plaza in Atlantic City on Wednesday, July 23. The cost is $35 per person, with $25 returned in playing cash and $5 comp for food. Bingo will be played on the way down and a movie will be shown on the way back. The bus leaves at 8:30 a.m. from Noel Road and Cross Bay Boulevard. But hurry. An RSVP is required and seating will be first come, first served with a cash or check payment. Contact Dolores at 718-634-9462 or Margaret at 718- 945-4967. Don't let the bus leave without you.

One of our neighbors wants to bring a van into Broad Channel to spay/ neuter/vaccinate strays. Vans come from the ASPCA; information on how many strays there will be is needed to determine how many vans are necessary. Last time, there were 25 strays. This will be a combination Neighborhood Cats/ASPCA venture; they collect cats, keep them at least a day ahead of time to observe them to make sure they are healthy and don't eat beforehand. After the cats visit the vets, the volunteers keep them for a day or two to make sure they are healthy and happy. If there are complications, the ASPCA will let sick cats be sent to a local veterinarian. All cats MUST be over 6 months old, and MUST be healthy. Phone number to call to report cats who need this service is: 718-474-8683.

A Jamaica Bay Sunset Cruise will take place on Saturday, June 14 from 5 to 8 p.m. The 3-hour narrated tour of Jamaica Bay will sail out of Sheepshead Bay. Meet at Pier #2. Learn about the history and ecology of the bay; see nesting peregrine falcons, osprey, herons, egrets, ibis, shorebirds and waterfowl. The cost of $45 includes narrated tour, wine and cheese, fruit, snacks. To reserve, send a check for $45 per person to: American Littoral Society, c/o Don Riepe, 28 West 9th Road, Broad Channel, NY 11693. For more information call 718- 318- 9344 or e-mail: driepe@nyc.rr.com.

The following message comes from Jane Deacy, who is 23 AD District Leader: "I am looking for registered Republicans to work on the polls and they should contact me at 718 634- 8134, if interested in working."

A yard sale will take place on Saturday, June 14 at 10 a.m. at 1203 Crossbay Blvd. All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society. There will be baby items, toys, knick knacks, etc. If anyone is interested in making a donation of new or gently used items, they can be dropped off at 1203 Crossbay Blvd at 9 a.m. that day or send email to smag406@aol.com. If anyone is interested in making a monetary donation, it can be dropped off as well.

Basic Birdwatching with "Birdman" Denis Macrae has room for several additional people for June 14 and 21. Classes will be held at the Wildlife Refuge - meet at the Visitor's Center. Denis has been leading walks to sight birds. Bring binoculars. On Saturdays, June 14 and 21 meet at 10 a.m. at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge parking lot. Participants on the 14th will likely "visit the more rustic and quiet East side with a possible look at the barn owl at Big John's Pond." On the 21st participants will walk down to Denis's sunset bird house and have refreshments.

A Fund Drive update from BCVFD chief, Dan McIntyre: "The BCVFD has completed a first visit to all homes in town. We are happy to announce that, as of this date, 26% of our neighbors have contributed to the 2008 Fund Drive effort. Members will be heading out to those who we have not heard from, during the weeks to come. The Annual Fund Drive is the BCVFD's primary source of funding. If we missed you, or came when you were out, please send your donation via the mail or call and we will pick it up. "We gave" door stickers will be distributed and receipts are available upon request. Please remember to hold on to your canceled checks or receipts for tax time.

The BCVFD is always looking for members; training is available for whatever emergency field you are interested in. Remember, the BCVFD is all about Neighbors helping Neighbors. We can't operate without this town's financial support. We also can't operate unless some of you participate by becoming members and lending a hand toward helping your community."

Father's Day is Sunday, June 15. So, if you're a Dad or just like a Dad, have a wonderful Father's Day. And if you're a Grandpa or just like one, a terrific 15th to you, too!

Special thoughts and wishes go out to the men who cannot be with their children on Father's Day.

Email can be sent to: Lizbcbits@aol.com.

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