2008-09-26 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Commentary By Liz Guarino

Cooler temperatures and wind are marking most days and many residents are closing their windows against the even cooler nighttime temperatures. Some mornings it can actually feel cold—depending, of course, on the waking up time. Fall is here. Soon, the leaves will change color and begin to fall.

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.

On Sunday, September 28 in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge from 1 to 3 p.m. look for migrant birds that touch down in the refuge. Bring binoculars; wear waterproof footgear. Sign up in advance at 718-318-4340.

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 2-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 St. Virgilius religious education program.

A Halloween Costume Party will be held at the VFW Hall on Shad Creek Road on Saturday, October 25, starting at 8 p.m. Donation will be $20 for a single person and $35 per couple. The Donation will include Food, Soda, Beer, Wine, and Desert. There will be a D.J. and Cash Prizes for Best, Original, and Scariest Costumes. Proceeds will go to the Veterans at St. Albans Hospital for cookies, lap blankets, and cash gifts for Christmas.

A few words from Dan McIntyre, chief, BCVFD: "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."

Rockaway and B.C. neighbors are invited to attend the Second Annual Father Brendan Downing Disability Awareness Mass on Saturday, September 27 at 4 p.m. at St. Gertrude Church at Beach 38 Street and Beach Channel Drive, in Edgemere. A reception for mass attendees will follow the service. For further information, send email to below address.

Last week when I came back from vacation, the plane flew out over the bay before it lined up for approach to the runway. Jamaica Bay and all the marsh islands looked like a trainboard! Broad Channel, the only land mass in the bay that isn't all green, was below—so distinctive even from that height! Dan snapped a few photos from the plane. I included one of the photos of the Channel with the column last week, but was told the electronic image wouldn't work in the newspaper. Too bad! It's a spectacular photo though, one worth sharing—at least electronically. If you would like to be emailed this image, send me your email address and I'll reply with the image. I prefer to send attachments because they're easier to do. If you prefer not to get attachments, let me know in your email to me. My apologies to those who are not online, as I have no way of sharing this great photo with you.

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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