2008-07-04 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Family Day Coming July 26
Commentary By Liz Guarino

It's July already! Wow, that was fast. The Fourth of July weekend is here. Hopefully, the weather will not be wet, so everyone can enjoy the weekend as he/she sees fit. If it's hot, a lot of kids will splash around in their backyard pools. Of course, some folks don't do too well in the heat and will retreat to the comfort of an air conditioned room or house. Still others will fire up the barbecue and grill to their heart's content. Whatever you choose to do, have a safe and happy Fourth! And while we're all enjoying the time, don't forget how we got our precious freedoms and, of course, all of the service men and women who are currently in harm's way and those who have lost their lives or been maimed in the battle.

Broad Channel Athletic Club will hold registration for Shamrock Football on Saturday, July 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration after July 12 is subject to roster availability. Registration includes equipment, insurance, jersey with name, color yearbook and slideshow DVD.

Groups are as follows: ages 5 to 6, 7 to 8, 9 to 10, 11 to 12 and 13 to 14. Sign up at BCAC Memorial Field at 125 Crossbay Boulevard, (1st Road),

Broad Channel. Fees are as follows: Ages 5 to 6, $125; ages 7 to 14, $175; Multiple Children, 2nd is +$75, 3rd is +$50. Each family is required to pay $25 for field maintenance. Sponsors are needed; please visit www.BCACNY. com or send email to: admin@bcacny. com for Sponsor Information.

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.

Broad Channel Athletic Club volunteers 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. BCAC has planned many events. What a 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.

State Senator Shirley Huntley will sponsor the 2nd Annual Children First Summer Festival Series in Broad Channel on Saturday, July 12. If you are interested in taking part in this event, she asks you to call her office at 718-322-2537.

A Family Bus Trip to Sesame Place will take place on Tuesday, August 5.

(Save on gas, tolls and parking. Save on discount tickets. No need for overnight hotel expenses. Discount lunch voucher is available.) Air- conditioned luxury bus with bathroom; view a movie on the way home.

Park is open from 10 a.m. till 8 p.m. Bus leaves Broad Channel at 7:30 a.m. Group admission tickets are $28 each (reg. $47.50 + tax). There is no charge for child under 23 months. Drivers can get admission tickets at the group rate. Bus per person is $20; bring your car seat for babies. Optional lunch voucher available - $8.50 each. It can be used at any one of the three eateries in the park. Space is limited. Call early to reserve: call Ginger at 718- 318-5504

A "Butterfly Count Challenge" will take place in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge from 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday, July 13. Walk with a naturalist from the National Park Service and try to keep track of the beautiful creatures that are responsible for an amount of pollination. Bring drinking water, binoculars, insect and sun protection. Sign up in advance; call 718- 318-4340.

A week later on Friday, July 18, check out the moths in Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge from 8 to 10 p.m. in the "Night of the Moths" with moth expert, Steve Walter. After an indoor presentation on the creatures, participants will go outdoors in search of them. Advance sign up is required; call 718- 318-4340.

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 the door to make introductions.

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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