2009-06-26 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

A lot of folks are tired of all the rain and would enjoy seeing the sun in a cloudless sky for a change. It has been unreal seeing so much water falling out of the sky. Perhaps July will bring the sun.

P.S. 47 has an ongoing fundraiser for the American Cancer Society's "Relay for Life" on behalf of Meg Kelly, a well-known and loved teacher who lost her battle to cancer this year. Anyone who would like to make a monetary donation can do so at: www.relayforlife.org/riispark ny (team name is "Meg's Mighty Meanderers") or stop by PS 47 to see Eilene Hanning, team captain. Donations accepted until the Saturday, June 27 Riis Park Relay.

The novel under discussion by the Book Discussion Group will be Eat Cake by Jeanne Ray, on Saturday, June 27 at 11 a.m. at the library. The book is perfect for summer—lighthearted and fun.

All are invited.

Help tidy up the shoreline of Jamaica Bay at the North Channel Beach Cleanup on Sunday, June 28 from 10 a.m. to noon. Bags and gloves will be provided. Sun and insect protection are musts; it is recommended that drinking water be brought. Sign up in advance at 718- 318-4340.

From 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 5, take a "Terrapin Tour" in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Join one of the ranger-led tours, looking for turtles that come ashore to lay eggs. Bring binoculars and insect and sun protection. Sign up at 718- 318-4340.

The Shad Creek Association will present its 15th Annual "It's A Fluke" Fishing Tournament on Saturday, July 11. The Association is located at 529 Cross Bay Boulevard in Broad Channel, NY on Jamaica Bay. The Captain's meeting/sign-up will be Thursday, July 9 from 5 p.m. till …! The tournament runs from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Weigh in is at the clubhouse and there will be a BBQ and beverages at the weigh-in party! For more info or any questions, email them to: ShadCreekAssoc @aol.com

On Friday, July 17 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. join "Night of the Moths" in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Join moth expert Steve Walter. A brief presentation on the Jamaica Bay moths will be held indoors before going into the moths' world. Advance sign up at 718-318-4340.

On Saturday, July 18 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, observe an osprey family with a park ranger while getting an idea of the West Pond Trail's nature. Bring binoculars and insect and sun protection. Sign up for either tour at 718- 318-4340.

T-shirts to help the Wounded Warriors program are being sold for $20; 100 percent of the money goes directly to subsidize events for each soldier. The back of the T-shirt reads "Broad Channel Supports Our Troops." Orders are currently being taken. Call Eddie or Ginger at 718-318-5504 or email: vohare@nyc.rr.com. They would like BC to look good and sell a lot and are looking for people to help sell the Tshirts. If you would like to organize a group sale to your club, family, friends, or organization, call for an order sheet.

From Dan McIntyre: "The BCVFD wishes to thank all our friends and neighbors who have already contributed to this year's fund drive and please as a reminder to those who have not yet contributed. This is how we raise the majority of our operating funds for the entire year. We still need your help. We are approaching the 50 percent mark of participation for this year's drive. Great job on your part; and an especially Great job by our membership. These people contribute many hours to these drives in addition to serving tours and attending training. Perhaps some of you may wish to give these guys a hand, we always need members."

BCVFD is re-organizing their auxiliary corps; joining is a good way to help out without having to respond to emergencies at all hours. The BCVFD will sponsor the 3rd annual "Movie Night under the Stars" at the BCAC ball field at 2nd Road on Saturday, July 18 at 8 p.m. Old time drive in style snacks will be served; bring blankets and lawn chairs. A small admission fee will be charged per family.

The BCVFD will host the 2nd annual "Irish Festival" on Saturday, August 8 at the BCAC ball field at 2nd Road. This year's event will feature two bands, many more vendors and activities for the kids.

This year tents will cover the expanded rest and dining area to provide shade so guests can get out of the August sun. Many improvements to last year's fantastic festival have been planned. Come out; enjoy the bands and DJ. Eat, drink and enjoy the atmosphere.

Be on the lookout for flyers and signs advertising Mardi Gras events. Our friends in the Ruffle Bar, Grassy Point and the Bayview will be hosting special events throughout the summer.

BCVFD Junior department currently meets four times a week, Monday evenings 5:30 p.m., Tuesday afternoons at 4 p.m., Wednesday afternoons at 4 p.m., and Sunday at noon. More supervisors are needed to expand the program. Please contact BCVFD if you or your child is interested. This group is sanctioned by the Boy Scouts of America and the Explorers Club. It's open to boys 12 years and up and girls 14 years and up. Members will go to a few ballgames this summer, visiting the Intrepid, and visiting the FDNY museum. A trip to the fireman's home in Hudson, NY will allow members to attend a muster and visit the museum.

Bits has to be at The Wave on Monday (June 29) next week. Please send copy to me over the weekend! 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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