2008-08-29 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Commentary By Liz Guarino

This is the last column in August and everybody knows what that means. September is right around the corner. Labor Day is upon us and it's the unofficial end of summer. A lot of folks will put the barbecue tools away for next year. Very soon all the children will start back to school again. Many clubs will start having their meetings once again. But before all of that happens— in this neck of the woods—we have Mardi Gras! A whole weekend of fun is waiting for everyone to take part in it. Countdown Friday, build your float over the weekend and either watch or take part in the Grand Parade at 1 p.m. on Monday.

The Broad Channel Athletic Club is selling raffle tickets with a chance to win $10,000! Each chance costs $100, if you are interested in a whole chance. Members are also selling shares of $50

a chance to win $5000), $25 (chance to win $2500) and $10 (chance to win $1000).

The drawing will be held Friday, August 29 at "Countdown under the Stars" which will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the BCAC Memorial Field. There will be food, drinks, and music. King Kong ride expected to arrive at 8:30 p.m. All proceeds to benefit the BCAC. This is their final event, where they total the money raised from the whole summer. You do not have to be present to win. The raffle winner will be notified. if you are interested in a chance, call Jessica, at 718-318-3806. All proceeds will benefit the Broad Channel Athletic Club.

The Broad Channel Annual Labor Day Parade will be held on Monday, September 1; both walkers and floats are welcome. Categories include the funniest, most original, and prettiest. Parade registration begins at 10 a.m. at Ruffle Bar. Parade will begin at 1 p.m. at Ruffle Bar and will end at the BCAC Memorial Field. Food, drinks and trophies will be at the field. There will be free ice cream and rides for kids.

The 2nd Annual BCAC Memorial Golf Outing in memory of Chris Keegan will be held on Tuesday, October 14 at Forest Park Golf Course. Check in at 9 a.m.; tee off at 10 a.m. A shotgun start will be based on 100 golfers. Cost is $150 per golfer; dinner only costs $50 per individual. Price includes the following: A round of golf with cart; breakfast at the golf course; lunch at the turn; soda, beer, water on the course during the round; golf goodie bag and shirt, and the Awards Dinner after the round of golf. Contests will be held such as Closest to the Pin; Long Drive; Low Round Foursome; Low Round Male/Female, and Straight Drive. There will be raffles and prizes at the dinner. Call Michelle Green, 347-538-3869 or Rick Guttieri, 718- 318-1131 for more information. Sponsorships in the amounts of $100, $250 and $500 are available; call Michelle.

Even though the end of summer is looming in the near future, the librarian said it's not too late to join the Summer Reading group. All children who are signed up are invited to stop in the library and pick up their certificates and prizes before school starts.

The Book Discussion Group will meet in the B.C. library to discuss Art of Mending by Elizabeth Berg on Saturday, October 11 at 11 a.m.

The Broad Channel Historical Society's room in the St. Virgilius School building will be open on Sunday, August 31, from noon to 3 p.m. Residents and visitors in town for the Labor Day weekend are encouraged to visit, chat, and/or purchase the book Broad Channel and the 2009 Historical Calendar.

A Jamaica Bay Sunset Cruise will take place on September 27 between 4

Broad Channel Bits and 7 p.m. A special 3-hour narrated tour of the backwater marshes of Jamaica Bay will be presented. Learn about the history, ecology and wildlife of this 13,000 acre preserve. See nesting peregrine falcon, osprey, terns, oystercatchers as well as egrets, herons and migrating shorebirds. Cost of $45, includes wine and cheese, fruit, drinks and other snacks. Leaders for the tour will be Mickey Cohen and Don Riepe. Call 718-318-9344 or send an email: driepe@nyc.rr.com if you are interested in this tour.

Neighbors can buy their copies of Broad Channel [the book] at Grassy's at 18 Road and Crossbay Boulevard and at Wharton's at 9 Road and Crossbay Boulevard and from members of the B.C. Historical Society. Rockaway residents can buy the Broad Channel book local to them at The Gift is Love on Beach 116 Street. Borders book store in the Green Acres mall carries them as well as Waldenbooks and Barnes and Noble bookstores. Online, it can be bought at barnesandnoble. com, amazon.com and target.com. Anyone who buys a copy and wants it signed, send an email or otherwise get word to me. Dan and I will make arrangements to connect with you and sign your book.

Gas prices at the pump are still low and/or are falling, relative to what they have been. That's good news as we head into fall, cooler temperatures. Lots of folks choose September for vacations in nearby states (one tank of gas each way) that they can drive to. Depending on your gas tank's capacity and your car's mileage, 'nearby' can be several states away.

And these words from Bits & Pieces magazine: "If at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried." The author is unknown.

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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