2009-09-25 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

The weather has been quite cooperative, extending the "being outside" activities that most of us enjoy. While the leaves on some trees in the community are turning fall colors already, there are tomatoes and other food items still ripening in the warm sun in yards in the area.

The 10th Annual John J. Monahan Softball Tournament will take place on Saturday, September 26 at 9:30 a.m. at the 20th Road Field. There is a $300 entry fee per team which includes umpire fees and the party after the tournament at Grassy Point. All teams and individuals welcome. For more information call Heidi at 718-634-8098. All proceeds go to BCAC.

BCAC St. Camillus/St. Virgilius Girls and Boys Swim Team registration will take place on Saturday, September 26 from 10 a.m. to noon at the BCAC Memorial Field.

For further information contact Nancy at 718-945-1329 for the girl's swim team or Freddy at 718-474-2539; leave message, call will be returned.

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 of 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.

The Broad Channel Athletic Club presents the 3rd Annual BCAC Memorial Golf Outing In Memory of John W. (Jack) Kase will be held at Forest Park Golf Course on Friday, October 16. Check-in is at 8 a.m. for a 9 a.m. tee off. Shotgun Start based on 100 golfers. The cost will be $150 per golfer or $600 per foursome. Price includes: a round of golf with cart, breakfast at the course, lunch at the turn, soda, beer and water on the course during the round, golf goodie bag and shirt and the awards dinner after golf at the North Channel Yacht Club.

There will be contests: closest to the pin, long drive, straight drive, low round foursome. Prizes and raffles will be given at the dinner. Dinner only will cost $50. For more information contact: John Blake 917-603-7113 or juka693@ aol.com.

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.

On September 26 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. enjoy a Jamaica Bay Sunset Cruise on "Golden Sunshine" for a 3- hour narrated tour of the backwater marshes of Jamaica Bay. Learn about the history, ecology, management and wildlife of this 13,000 acre preserve. See egrets, herons, ibis, osprey, peregrine falcon, oystercatcher, waterfowl, raptors and shorebirds, plus the interesting shoreline and view of JFK International Airport. Cost of $45 per person includes tour, wine and cheese, drinks, fruit and other snacks. To reserve, send check made out to American Littoral Society to Don Riepe, 28 West 9th Road, Broad Channel, NY 11693. For more information, call 718- 318-9344 or send email to: driepe@ nyc. rr.com

Take part in "Late Flowers, Early Fruits," a botany walk, at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, September 27 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Walk along the trails in the refuge with a park ranger. Reservations are required. Call 718-318-4340.

Walk along the West Pond Trail in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, October 4 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Watch the rising of the Harvest Moon on this walk which spans daylight and darkness. Reservations are required. Call 718-318-4340.

Christ Presbyterian Church said it has been experiencing acts of vandalism of late. The money jar the church used to raise funds has even been stolen - about six months ago. Sadly, these are not accidental occurrences; they have been quite deliberate, bordering on flagrant. Unhappily, local teenagers have been seen inside the locked gates on church property. When the building is not being used, the gates are always locked and no one belongs on the property at such times. The church asks for and wants "the message out to the community" that they need the help of their neighbors to help put an end to the vandalism problem that has been plaguing them. If any neighbor sees activity on or around the church premises when the building is not being used, it is asked that the neighbor call the police. Parents of teens are asked to advise their children of the dangers of climbing locked gates and occupying spaces that are closed to them. Hopefully, concerned, caring neighbors - members of this community - can help protect the church from further acts of vandalism being inflicted on it.

On Sunday, October 4 at 1 p.m. at Fort Tilden in building T7, there will be a series of performances of the works of Broad Channel and Rockaway writers. Works will be performed by a collection of actors and actresses, some of whom marched in the Grand Parade this year. The works, consisting of short plays and other performance pieces, are dramatic or humorous. Admission is free.

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Email can be sent to: Lizbcbits@ aol.com

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