2009-07-03 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

Almost everyone is enjoying the warmth of the sun, which has been a welcome sight after so many wet days. While flowers and lawns did enjoy a lot of rain, they—like most people—were probably beginning to feel soggy!

Beginning Saturday, July 4 the summer mass schedule at St. Virgilius Church will go into effect. During July and August the Saturday mass will be celebrated at 7 p.m.; the Sunday 10 a.m. mass will remain unchanged. The sign up sheet for new Altar Servers is in the back of St. Virgilius Church; boys and girls who will be 9 during 2009 are eligible to participate. Training will start in late August.

On Saturday, July 4 celebrate Independence Day by joining the party at the VFW at 705 Shad Creek Road from 4 p.m. 'til whenever. Cost is $10 per adult; $5 per child. "All you can eat!" Free soda. Cash bar.

The Book Discussion Group will meet on a different day at a different time during the month of July—on Friday the 17th at 1 p.m. at the library. The book to be discussed will be The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom who wrote Tuesdays with Morrie which has been published in many languages and in many different countries. All are invited.

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.

The library will have many activities over the summer. On Wednesday, July 8 Make a Mobile at 11 a.m. for ages 3 to 6. On Thursday, July 9 ages 7 to 10 can Make an Octopus. All ages can enjoy Storytelling in the (17th Road) Park at 10 a.m. (Those who took part in this last year will remember the snacks and shade provided by the Parks Department.) From 1 to 4 p.m. all can play board games in the library.

The BCVFD will present Movie Night under the Stars on Saturday, July 18 at 8 p.m. at the BCAC Memorial Field, 1st Road and Cross Bay Boulevard. They will show a large screen presentation of "ET: The Extraterrestrial" on their 25-foot screen. The concession stand will be stocked with old fashioned "Drive In" snacks and beverages: hot popcorn, cotton candy, hot giant pretzels, hot dogs from the Rotisserie grill and fountain soft drinks. Favorite "boxed" candies will be available as well. ("Come and spend a night out with the family and enjoy this special event. This is the 3rd year that this "NEW" Mardi Gras event will be held.") There will be a small admission fee of $10 per family based on immediate family only. Don't forget to bring beach chairs and blankets for seating.

The BCVFD in cooperation with the "BC Irish Festival Committee" will be sponsoring the "2nd Annual Broad Channel Irish Festival" on Saturday, August 8 starting at noon and ending at dusk.

Two great bands are scheduled to perform: Jameson's Revenge and Finn's Fury; traditional pipes and drums as well as a DJ are planned to keep things rolling. Traditional Irish arts and crafts vendors and craftsmen will be on hand. The food and refreshment seating area will be expanded this year and a large covered seating area will be available. Activities for the kids to do while the adults enjoy the music and festivities are planned. "This year's festival will be bigger and better than ever!"

Please mark the dates and keep an eye open for other Mardi Gras events that will be held at our local drinking establishments throughout the summer.

BCVFD Junior department currently meets four times a week, Monday evenings at 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.

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Your email can be sent to: Lizbcbits@aol.com

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