2009-09-04 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Commentary By Liz Guarino

A little bit wet, a little bit cool — quite an approach to Labor Day! Not wishing to hurry the season at all, I hesitate to mention that some of the trees have leaves that are turning color already. In fact, the cool, wet summer we had was way up there in the record books … and made it feel like summer flew by!

Saturday Mass will be celebrated at 4 p.m. at St. Virgilius Church on Noel Road beginning on September 5; during the summer months it was held at 7 p.m. The Sunday Mass remains unchanged; it will be celebrated at 10 a.m.

As many folks may know, the BCVFD Ladies Softball Game Fundraiser has been rescheduled to Saturday, September 5 at 4 p.m. at the BCAC Memorial Field. Please — no coolers. Beer and other refreshments will be sold. More information below.

The Broad Channel Historical Society will have an Open House at their room at St. Virgilius School on Sunday, September 6, from noon to 3 p.m. Visitors will be able to view the latest additions to the collection, buy the book Broad Channel, as well as the 2010 Historical Calendar. Please use the Church Road entrance.

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. Purchase information below. 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.

The Mardi Gras weekend schedule is as follows: Saturday, September 5; Girls "All Star Game" 6 p.m. at BCAC Field; players fee of $15 includes party afterwards at Ruffle Bar. There is no admission charge for fans; ice cold refreshments and hot dogs available. Come out and cheer the 'girls' on and join them for the after game party at Ruffle Bar. Sunday, September 6: Build your float day; decorate those floats and finish up costumes. "Enjoy the day with family and friends as you get ready for the parade." Monday, September 7: Mardi Gras Grand Parade starting point will be East 21 Road and Crossbay Boulevard; finishing point will be: BCAC Field, West 2 Road and Crossbay Boulevard.

Sign up location will be: Ruffle Bar from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Floats and marchers must be registered! Food, refreshments, award presentations, and of course, the $10,000 Raffle Drawing will take place. If you don't have a ticket for the big drawing call: Dawn 718- 634-6930, Chris 646- 358-9457, Dan 347-678-5857 or BCVFD 718-474-6888. Only 400 tickets will be sold! "See you at the Parade, help support the BCVFD."

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 three 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.

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 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.

Women from Broad Channel, the Rockaway peninsula and beyond who are interested in discerning a religious vocation are invited to the St. Virgilius Convent at 210 Noel Road in Broad Channel on Sunday, September 13, 1 to 5 p.m. for an Afternoon of Vocation Discernment sponsored by the Daughters of Wisdom. For more information, call 718-945-2467. R.S.V.P. by September 6. Visit the website at: www.daughtersofwisdom. org

Nominations are now open for the 2009 I Love My Librarian Award. Library users nominate to recognize 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 accepted online at: ilovelibraries. org/ilovemylibrarian

From National Park Service: "Please remember that in order to provide food for wildlife, the removal of any plant materials, including fruits, berries, nuts and seeds is prohibited from Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge."

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