2008-09-19 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Commentary By Liz Guarino

Cooler temperatures have settled on us and feel pretty good; here's what's happening:

Christ Presbyterian Church will have their Annual Flea Market on Saturday, September 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The kitchen will also be open.

The Broad Channel Pre-K will be hosting a Bake Sale in front of the firehouse on Saturday, September 27 and Sunday, September 28 after all the masses. All proceeds will go to the Broad Channel Pre-K.

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

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 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.

A two-session Defensive Driving Course will be given on Wednesday, October 15 and Thursday, October 16 from 7 to 10 p.m. in the school building at 16 Noel Road in Broad Channel, in the lunchroom. By taking this course, you can receive 10 percent off your car insurance for 3 years or up to 4 points off your license. No test will be given. Fee is $60. To make a reservation or for further information, call Helen at 718-945-4648 or

Cindy at 718-634-5449. Refreshments will be served. If you attended the course on October 17 and 19 in 2005, your certificate expires on October 19, 2008. Payment in full guarantees a seat—they are unable to hold a seat without payment. The course is sponsored by St. Virgilius Church and all proceeds benefit the St. Virgilius religious education program.

Words from Dan McIntyre, BCVFD: "The BCVFD would like to congratulate the BCAC and all their hard working individuals who made their Mardi Gras efforts successful. We look forward to keeping this new spirit alive for next season and look forward to working together with these fine people to make this a reality. Great Job!

"As most residents know, the BCVFD conducts their annual fund drive each year to raise operating capital. Many of our friends were very supportive this year, unfortunately we have received to date responses from only 37% of our neighbors; this figure is well below our normal response levels. Reminder letter will be forthcoming. Those of you who have helped with your generosity- thanks and well done- for those who have forgotten, please help us now. In the Spring, we distributed informative brochures requesting $75 per household. Please realize $75 breaks down to about 20.5 cents a day.

"We would like to also thank those who have decided to sign up with United Way on our behalf, we will count this figure as your Fund Drive contribution and we would like to remind everyone that this is a great way to help out our local organizations. Our family's personal donation is through United Way.

"October is fire prevention month, change smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries. Your family's lives depend on it. The BCVFD is planning events for October; we will keep you posted."

A Recycling/Clothing Donation Event will be held in Forest Park on Woodhaven Boulevard in the Bandshell parking lot on September 20 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Rockaway and B.C. neighbors are invited to attend the Second Annual Father Brendan Downing Disability Awareness Mass at St. Gertrude Church at Beach 38 Street and Beach Channel Drive in Edgemere. For further information, send email to below address.

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