2008-06-20 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

BCAC Off To Big Mardi Gras Start
Commentary By Liz Guarino

The Broad Channel Athletic Club Mardi Gras summer is off to a really good start! There are a lot of events planned for the enjoyment of all- all summer! It will be great if the weather cooperates, especially for events that take place outdoors. One of our neighbors recently looked at the dust and dirt on his vehicle. Swiping his index finger over the soil on his vehicle, he said: "No matter how hard it rains, it's never enough to take any of this stuff off!" Hint: The BCAC car wash is July 12!

Broad Channel Athletic Club's first Mardi Gras fundraiser will be ongoing- they will be selling $100 chances to win $10,000- among other cash prizes. Anyone interested in purchasing a chance, please contact Sabrina at 718-634-4632 or Jessica at 718-318- 3806. On Saturday, June 21, there will be a Mardi Gras Kickoff Karaoke Party at Ruffle Bar from 9 p.m. to midnight; $5 to enter, $2 beers. Anyone who is interested in participating in any way, please contact Jessica or Sabrina.

BCAC has lined up events further on in the summer as well. Here is a look at the lineup: On Saturday, July 12, the BCAC will be hosting a car wash at the BCAC Memorial field. On Saturday, July 19, there will be a stickball tournament at the 20th Road field, $15 entrance fee for a three man team, hot dogs, hamburgers and $2 beers. Prizes will be awarded to the first and second place teams. Please contact Jack 718-318-3806; JACK 5029@aol.com, if you would like to enter.

On Saturday, July 26, the BCAC will host a Family Day/Camp Out at the BCAC Memorial Field; from 2 to 8 p.m.. There will be food, drinks, games, face painting, rides, music by DJ and a campfire to end the night. "We hosted a camp out two years ago and the community loved it!!" On Saturday, August 16, the BCAC will be hosting an Irish Festival; from 12 to 8 p.m. An honor guard will open the festival at 12:30. There will be local vendors; artists, jewelry designers, local shop owners; as well as national Irish novelty vendors. There will be plenty of entertainment; pipe bands, step dancers, and Black 47 will close the show! If anyone is interested in participating in the festival, please contact Jessica Allen 718- 318-3806, ja1507@ aol.com or Cindy Mangan mangan319 @aol.com. All proceeds will go to BCAC.

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.

Basic Birdwatching with "Birdman" Denis Macrae has room for several additional people for June 21. Bring binoculars. On Saturday, June 21 participants will meet at 10 a.m. at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge parking lot. Participants will walk down to Denis' sunset bird house and have refreshments. If you want to join this group, call the RAA office at 718-474- 0861.

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 is needed to determine how many vans are necessary. Last time, there were 25 strays. This will be a combination Neighborhood Cats/ ASPCA venture; cats are collected, kept for 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 again 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 more than six months old, and MUST be healthy. Phone number to call to report cats who need this service is: 718-474-8683.

"The Nature of Summer" will be at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, June 22 from 10 a.m. to noon. This will be a ranger-led exploration through the refuge. Bring binoculars, insect and sun protection. Sign up in advance at 718-318-4340.

The following week in JBWR is "Ogling Ospreys." From 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 29, watch ospreys with a park ranger. Bring binoculars, insect and sun protection. Advance sign up is required; call 718- 318-4340.

Sabrina Gross sent the following email to those who took a role in her recent fundraising for Relay for Life: "I just wanted to thank all of my neighbors who donated items to sell, who made monetary contributions, who stopped by to buy something at my yard sale. I made over $300, bringing my personal total to $1000. Everybody knows somebody affected by cancer and I have hope that we will continue to make strides to wipe this disease out. Thank you for your overwhelming generosity."

Some folks are anxious for the reopening of our library branch. It looked like a lot still had to be done inside the building as of this past Monday. Hopefully, I'll get some news about reopening the branch from Central Library's P.R. Dept. soon.

This statement comes from an author and cleric who was born in the 1800's, Fenwicke L. Holmes. He said: "Every time you give another a piece of your mind, you add to your own vacuum."

If you have news that belongs in this column, please get the item(s) to me by Tuesday by 9 a.m. of the week in which the item is to appear. Please sign your email or note; like the rest of the newspaper, I cannot publish info that comes without a name. Email can be sent to: Lizbcbits@aol.com

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