2009-08-28 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Commentary By Liz Guarino

August has made itself felt in a big way. With rain, overcast skies and/or extreme heat, it has definitely been impossible to ignore. With September on the horizon, people are gearing up for Labor Day weekend, known as Mardi Gras in this corner of NYS. It's hard to believe that summer is nearly past. Before classes begin again and the organizations, there will be the Softball Game.

Next weekend will have: Countdown Friday, Family Day Saturday, Build Your Float Sunday and high point — the Grand Parade!

Attend an indoor presentation on salt marshes in the visitor center with National Park Service ecologist Patricia Rafferty on Saturday, August 29 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Sign up in advance at 718-318-4340.

Come to the Ladies Softball Game Fundraiser hosted by The Ruffle Bar and BCVFD on Saturday, August 29 at the BCAC Memorial Field at 5:30 p.m.; game starts at 6 p.m. Players must be women age 21 or older. Sign up for the game at Ruffle Bar on Thursdays or Fridays; ask for Carol. Call Janine at 718-634-7235 for details. A $15 donation is due at signup; it includes Ball Game and After Party at Ruffle Bar with DJ Scott. Beer, ice cold beverages and other refreshments will be sold at the game. Please — no coolers! After the game, join the teams at the Ruffle Bar for some post game fun.

At present, four teams will play; others who wish to play are invited to sign up also. All proceeds go to BCVFD!

Chief Dan related the following: "I hear that the men are rumbling about an 'Old Timers' game in the tradition of the 'Johnsons' versus 'Tavern on the Bay' games of yesteryear. Interested Denny? Whalehead? Bobby S? Danny O? Friday evening September 4 is the traditional date. The BCAC will host the Monahan Tournament in September; it's a good way to get in practice early."

The BCVFD is sponsoring a $10,000 Giveaway. Winning tickets will be pulled on Labor Day (Monday, September 7) after the Grand Parade at the BCAC Memorial Field. Only 400 tickets will be sold; donation is $100. A total of $13,000 in prizes is available. The drawing will follow the Grand Parade which will conclude at the BCAC Field house.

Tickets can be purchased by calling Dawn at 718-634-6930 or Chris at 646- 358-9457 or Dan McIntyre at 347-678- 5857. Ticket 1 and every 25th ticket will receive $200 and will be eligible to be drawn for the Grand Prize.

Don't miss out, there are "share" cards for those who wish to get a piece of the prize. Go "partners" with your neighbors or families.

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 the St. Virgilius religious education program.

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

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 1st and 3rd 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.

Nominations are now open for the 2009 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award at www.ilovelibraries.- org/ilovemylibrarian.

The award invites library users to recognize the accomplishments of librarians in public, school, college, community college and university libraries for their efforts to improve the lives of people in their community.

Nominations will run through October 9 and are being accepted online at ilovelibraries.org/ilovemylibrarian.

You can also find information on the 2008 winners on the website.

Up to 10 librarians will be selected. Each will receive a $5,000 cash award, a plaque and a $500 travel stipend to attend an awards ceremony and reception in New York, hosted by The New York Times in December. In addition, a plaque will be given to each award winner's library.

Each nominee must be a librarian (details on website) and currently work in the United States in a public library, a library at a college or university or at an accredited K-12 school.

Nominees will be judged by a selection committee based on quality of service to library users, demonstrated knowledge of the library and its resources and commitment shown in helping library users.

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Email can be sent to: Lizbcbits@aol.- com

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