2008-06-27 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

BCAC Starts Mardi-Gras Fundraising
Commentary By Liz Guarino

The weather so far this spring and summer has been a bit unusual, to say the least. One thing is certain- the flowers and other green living things are getting a good amount of watering from Mother Nature. And the sun- well, even on overcast days the sun has been peeping through the clouds as if to make sure we still remember it's up there. After days of heavy rains and thickly clouded overcast skies earlier in the spring, the sun burst out from all the cloudiness and shone brightly one day. One of our neighbors looked upward to look at it. He turned to his wife, pointed up at the brilliant yellow object and asked her, "What's that?"

Broad Channel Athletic Club's first Mardi Gras fundraiser will be ongoing- they are 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. 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, $30 entrance fee for each team, hot dogs, hamburgers and $2 beers. Prizes will be awarded to the first and second place teams. Please contact Jack 718-318-3806; JACK5029@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 mangan 319@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.

"Ogling Ospreys" in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge will take place from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 29 when people can watch ospreys with a park ranger. Bring binoculars, insect and sun protection. Advance sign up is required; call 718- 318-4340.

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. All cats MUST be over 6 months old, and MUST be healthy. Phone number to call to report cats that need this service is: 718-474-8683.

Jane Deacy, Republican District Leader of the 23 AD, sent the following email: "I would like very much for the Republicans of Broad Channel to avail themselves by joining one of our three clubs throughout the 23 AD. I would like to alert them now that the Rockaway Republican Club is having their next meeting at 8 p.m. at the Bayhouse located in Breezy Point on June 30. (Attendees stop at the booth; they'll give directions.) Grant Lally from Senator John McCain's campaign will address the club. The meeting is open to all, not just Republicans.

People should be aware that there are Republicans going door to door to gather signatures to get Gerald Sullivan on the ballot for Assemblyman in this November's election. Jerry himself may knock on your door to introduce himself.

A lot of folks are missing the library and are wondering when it will reopen. After all, there are many more books, magazines, videos and CDs in the building than in the bookmobile. At any rate, the Broad Channel branch will likely reopen sometime during the week of June 30, which ends with the July 4 holiday weekend. There is a staffer who checks on the workmen's progress toward completion of their assigned tasks (a lot of different things are being done!). As I write this, the latest word is pointing in that week's direction.

A lot of folks are missing its comfortableness and are eager to see the changes. A book drop will be so nice- a lot of people will find it very convenient. It will need to be opened with a library card, but folks using it will already have them. And let's face it, having a closed (even temporarily) library really feels like something vital is missing from the community- bookmobile notwithstanding!

And the end of this week's doings come with these words from Thomas Edison, the inventor, who lived 1847 to 1931: "Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits."

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Email can be sent to: Lizbcbits@aol.com

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