2009-10-16 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Commentary By Liz Guarino

Temperatures are steadily falling as the time to switch on the heat approaches. Some very warm days, as well as crisp and rain-filled, are part of a nice October mix. Even though it's a lead-up to colder months,

October weather is interesting as to its endless variety. November 1 is the day we all turn our clocks back an hour!

The Broad Channel Athletic Club presents the 3rd Annual BCAC Memorial Golf Outing In Memory of John W. (Jack) Kase, which 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

The VFW in Broad Channel will hold their annual Halloween Costume Party on Saturday, October 24 from 8 p.m. to midnight. There will be a DJ, food, bottled beer and cash prizes for the best costumes. Donation of $20 per person or $35 per couple. Proceeds will go to the St. Albans Hospital Veterans Thanksgiving Dinner. Call in advance to reserve a table at 347- 751-5872.

Are you 12 or under? Join the fun! Put on your costume and come to Christ Presbyterian Church for Halloween Children's Day on Sunday, October 25 at noon.

Admission is $5, which includes lunch. Prizes (1st, 2nd and 3rd) for best costumes will be given. There will be many 25 cent games to play — win the game and win a prize. Bring an adult and let them join in the fun — they can wear costumes too! Lunch will be available for purchase. Many goodies will be available for purchase.

Come out and have some fun. Walk in Broad Channel's Annual Halloween Parade which takes place on Saturday, October 31 at noon. Lineup is at the 17th Road Park.

"Broad Channel supports our Troops" T-shirts are still available at $20 each. They are available at Wharton's Pharmacy or email vohare@- nyc.rr.com. Makes a great gift!

Take a walk through the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge with a ranger on Sunday, October 18 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Ages 8 to adult. Check out the nature of the refuge. Bring binoculars. Reservations are required. Call 718- 318-4340.

On Sunday, October 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. help clear the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge of aggressive vines and make a wreath of them for decoration. Reservations are required.

Knitting for Beginners for age 12 and over has been placed at Peninsula library. Participants will knit a hat and scarf. The remaining meetings are October 10 and October 24; November 7 and 21 and December 5 and 19. All sessions are from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Teenagers may enjoy hearing that there were two teens at the first workshop.)

The Broad Channel Junior Fire Department will have a cake sale this Saturday and Sunday, October 17 and 18, after Mass in front of the firehouse. Proceeds will be used to help defray costs for the "Haunted Firehouse" being held this year on Halloween Weekend, at the firehouse. Times for the show will be announced. The "Haunted Firehouse" was a very popular event a few years ago and the kids are excited to revive it. The Junior Department is producing this year's show and will also help with set construction, decorations, and performances.

BCVFD's Junior Department is sanctioned by the Boy Scouts of America Explorer program. It is open to boys and girls 12 and older.

Openings also exist for much needed Senior Advisors. Advisors meet with the Juniors and supervise their activities while in BCVFD quarters, usually one afternoon or early evening a week. No experience is required; responsible adults who are not currently active BCVFD members with time to spare to guide the young people are preferred.

Those interested in joining as members or advisors please contact Dan McIntyre at 347-678-5757 or call the firehouse at 718-474-6888 any evening. Volunteers are always welcome and needed.

It's track fixing time for the subway line again. Replacing tracks and ties will take place along the Broad Channel line again on Saturday, October 17 and Sunday, October 18.

Shuttle buses will be provided; the stop is located at Noel Road and Cross Bay Boulevard.

There will be two shuttle buses - one will go to Rockaway Park and the other will go to Far Rockaway. Further information is on the MTA website: www.mta.info

New York City has launched a new website to keep residents informed about matters relating to flu. It is located at: www.nyc.gov/flu. Find a flu shot — both regular flu and swine flu are expected this winter.

People who have a problem with needles are advised to ask their physician about inhaled vaccine.

Hear "Amusing but not so scary Stories for Halloween" at the Broad Channel Library on Tuesday, October 27 at 4 p.m. With Tee Jay and the Storyteller. For ages 5 and up.

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

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