2009-08-14 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

August brought those dreaded "dog days" with it. During the beginning of the week, it was very hot and humid. Whew! But the luck of the Irish as far as Saturday's weather went was in high gear. For Broad Channel's Irish Festival, the weather was "perfect" according to one happy festival-goer. St. Virgilius/St. Camillus CYO BCAC Girls Soccer will be holding registration and practice every Monday and Wednesday at the BCAC Memorial Field, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. For further information contact Jo at 718- 474-8207 or email BCACSOCCER@- GAIL.COM

Summer activity: From 1 to 4 p.m., on Friday, all can play board games in the library through August 21. Use one of theirs or bring your own. On Saturday, August 15 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, enjoy a morning walk with a ranger. Bring binoculars, insect and sun protection. Sign up in advance at 718-318-4340.

On Sunday, August 16 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, beginning birders can learn tips and techniques of identifying shorebirds. Wear waterproof footgear. Bring binoculars, insect and sun protection. Sign up in advance at 718-318- 4340.

The program, "Shorebird Stopover," will take place in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, August 22 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Look at migrant shorebirds with naturalist Ron Bourque. Hear why the refuge is such a "hot spot" for long distance migrants. Bring waterproof boots, insect and sun protection, binoculars and drinking water. Sign up in advance at 718-318-4340.

Christ Presbyterian Church will present Bingo in the church hall on Noel and Church R oads on Wednesday, August 26. Doors open at 6 p.m. Early Bird is at 6:30 p.m. Bingo starts at 7 p.m. Donation is $5. Coffee, tea and cake will be served.

A two-session Defensive Driving Course will be given on Wednesday, October 14 and Thursday, October 15 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 a 10 percent reduction on 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 in March, 2006, your certificate expires in March. 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.

Veterans who were in the military during certain dates are invited to join American Legion Post 1404. Dates are as follows: December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1955; June 25, 1950 to January 31, 1955; February 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975; August 24, 1982 to July 31, 1984; December 29, 1989 to January 31, 1990, and August 1990 until cessation, determined by United States government. Above dates are from World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Lebanon/Grenada, Panama and Gulf War, respectively. Meetings are first and third Friday of each month at 8:30 p.m. at the American Legion on Crossbay Boulevard in Broad Channel. Boundaries include Broad Channel and all of Howard Beach.

Liz, the festival was great! Please place the following in your column. A few words from BCVFD: "The second annual Broad Channel Irish Festival went off without a hitch last Saturday. We had a large turnout with many outof towners in attendance. The entertainment was nonstop, with seven acts performing back-to-back including our headliners, Jameson's Revenge and Finn's Fury. Our local bagpipers preformed throughout the day to the enjoyment of many. The kids were kept occupied with the Home Run Derby and Giant Obstacle Course, and the adults were able to enjoy the day by visiting the many crafts vendors or just relaxing under our large seated dining area tents.

The day was filled with good food, ice cold beverages, great entertainment, and good friends enjoying the afternoon and evening. Everyone who attended says they can't wait for next year's festival." BCVFD is very grateful to all of the organizers of the festival.

Mardi Gras events running now are the $10,000 drawing to be held on Labor Day (September 7) after the Grand Parade at the BCAC Memorial Field. Flyers will be going out this week with the contact information needed to purchase tickets. Only 400 tickets will be sold; a possible $13,000 in prizes is available. Call 718-634- 6930 or 646-358-9457 with ticket requests; leave message and you will be called back.

The veteran girls softball players will present this year's edition of the "All Star" team in the evening on Saturday, August 29 at the BCAC Field. Come out and enjoy the game with the "All Stars"; ice cold beverages and hot dogs will be on hand. After the game, join the teams at the Ruffle Bar for some post game fun.

Schoolchildren probably aren't wild over hearing it, but school starts in a few more weeks. Get ready to find the Labels and Boxtops for Education you've been saving all summer. Every label and boxtop helps. Even if you have only one. Schools will redeem them for FREE merchandise such as computers, software, physical education equipment, musical instruments, library books or even a minivan. What a great and easy way to help the children and the schools they attend! Please send material to be published in the column by Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. of the week before it is to appear.

Please provide a contact person for the information when a handwritten note is left at my door or in the mailbox. If a piece of information is missing from the note, I will have no way to get it. Thank you. Email can be sent to: Lizbcbits@aol.com

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