2010-04-30 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

After the soggy, overcast days earlier this week, the daytime temperatures are climbing higher and the overnight mercury is not expected to dip into the 40s. It would be nice not to see anymore 40s until the fall is well underway, maybe November. And, of course, there’s always rain and a need for umbrellas in spring. As far as the rain goes, I seem to remember an old saying about April showers bringing May flowers. Global warming notwithstanding, the saying comes true every year!

Christ Presbyterian Church will be selling Mother’s Day plants on Mother’s Day Sunday, May 9 outside the church.

On Sunday, May 2 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. take part in the “Birding for the Late Riser” in Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Enjoy walking through the South and North Gardens looking for elusive winged residents. Bring binoculars. Sign up at 718-318-4340.

Join the North Channel Yacht Club bus trip to Trump Casino in Atlantic City on Saturday, May 15. The bus will leave from the NCYC at 8 a.m. Cost per person is $35. On the way to Atlantic City, bingo will be played. A movie will be shown on the way home. Call Fred Schmitt at 718-634-9472 to reserve early and get in on the fun. Checks should be made payable to North Channel Yacht Club.

Broad Channel has a team in the Relay for Life called My Ladies; if anyone is interested in donating money or any local business is interested in buying a sign, they can contact Sabrina Gross at 718-634-4632. “The Relay for Life is an overnight event in which members of the team walk the track in honor of or in memory of someone battling cancer or someone who has lost their battle. Each team must have survivors on it. There are about 8 people on the B.C. team. All the money raised goes to the American Cancer Society. We will be hosting a yard/bake sale on May 16 at 11 a.m. at 1309 Cross Bay Boulevard; anyone interested in donating items for us to sell or making a monetary donation should contact Sabrina Gross at 718-634-4632 or Smag406@aol.com. Also at the yard sale my 7-year-old daughter will be selling some of her art work in order to raise money for the team as well.”

A few words from Jack Allen, president of the BCAC: “With Memorial Day a month away, it’s not too early to start thinking about the summer. And here in Broad Channel, that means one thing....Mardi Gras! This year it’s the BCAC’s turn to host a summer’s worth of events. Early rumors are that in addition to Movie Night and the 3rd Annual Broad Channel Irish Festival, Family Day, Kids “Puttin on the Hits,“ and a Family Camp Out are all on the docket.

“We will kick everything off Memorial Day weekend, with the much anticipated return of the Broad Channel Athletic Club’s Hall of Fame Dinner. The BCAC will induct 10 peo- ple into the Hall of Fame for 2010.

Induction into the Hall of Fame goes to members and players, who for many years excelled on many levels within the BCAC, and is viewed as a tremendous honor in the organization. The inductees for 2010 are: Larry McElroy, Richie Knott Jr., Joe Herbert, Jimmy Trudden, Danny Conklin, Mike Trudden, Kenny Lehr, Dawn McIntyre, John Kelly and Mike Henglein.

“The dinner will be held Saturday, May 29 at the North Channel Yacht Club in Broad Channel. The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. sharp. In keeping with a 40-year tradition, a roast beef dinner will be served. Please get your tickets early, as our inductees are sure to draw a crowd and space is limited. For ticket information please contact Jack Allen at 646-267-5423 or Mike Kelly at 917-628-0413. Please join us in a night of great memories on and off the field!”

The rains earlier this month brought some television crews here to film flooding of some local streets. Different anchor people and some of our neighbors appeared on NY1 News on cable. A meeting with Helen Marshall may have some effect as residents struggle with flooded streets.

The filming of Law and Order: Criminal Intent had quite an impact on the community. Televising it didn’t seem to yield as much positive reaction; seeing the program as a whole had its drawbacks for some who felt the Channel and its residents were portrayed in a negative light. Broad Channel: the Law and Order CI episode has probably been forgotten by those in other parts of the country, while anyone who lives in this area knows that television does not accurately portray anything. Even the news is carefully edited to include certain things while excluding others.

If you did not catch it and want to see the episode called “Broad Channel,” I have two VHS tapes of it that I’ll lend out. The Historical Society has been offered a DVD of the show by a neighbor. It’ll become part of the Historical collection when it’s received and likely lent as well. Otherwise, there are always reruns — turn off the sound and watch the background carefully — as seeing familiar things on TV is great!

“Tip of the Week” is now a permanent part of the column — when tips come in, they’ll be printed. Tips can be on repairs to home, boat, bicycle or car; childrearing; fishing; gardening; cooking. Here’s this week’s tip from one of our neighbors: Carry address labels in your bag and use them on fundraising/ church raffles or tools, books and videos that you lend to others – labels reminds people to return borrowed items and saves writing the same info over and over.

Send tips to the email address below.

Please send material to be published in the column by Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. of the week before it is to appear. Thank you.

Email can be sent to: Lizbcbits@aol.com

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