2010-06-18 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

Blue skies with no clouds and warm temperatures are a great combination for outdoor activity of most types — but definitely not for shoveling snow! Ballgames, picnics, pools, barbecues and sitting on the porch or deck or in the backyard — it’s so great to see everyone enjoying the outdoor life now and all summer long — whatever would we do without a season that allows all that activity?

The Broad Channel VFW Post 260 will be holding their first summer BBQ on Saturday, June 19 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. All you can eat and drink for a $20 donation. Kids are half price. (Rain date will be Sunday, June 20.)

Boys CYO/BCAC Swim Team registration will be held at the BCAC field at 1st Road and Cross Bay Boulevard near the American Legion on Saturday, June 19 between 10 a.m. and noon. Team members must be able to dive into the pool and swim at least one lap. Freddy Ciappetta at 718-474- 2539 will answer any questions. Leave a message, including telephone number; your call will be returned. Fee will be $150 for the first child in a family; $125 for the second child in that family. Fee includes a Speedo swimsuit, goggles, swim cap, pool and CYO registration fees.

Enjoy the program, “Wildflowers and their Pollinators,” in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, June 19 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Pick up some tips for plant identification; what looks like a rose may not be a rose at all. Listen to plant legends and plant lore; learn a bit about the birds and bees as pollinators. Sign up at 718-318-4340.

It’s “Terrapin Time” in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, June 20 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. A ranger will give an indoor presentation on bay turtles. Afterward, look for turtle nesting signs on the West Pond Trail. Bring drinking water and protection from the sun and insects; bring binoculars. Sign up in advance at 718-318- 4340.

Christ Presbyterian Church will have Bingo in the church hall on Noel and Church Roads on the following Tuesday nights: June 22, June 29, July 6 and July 13. Doors will be opened at 6 p.m. Early Bird is at 6:45 p.m. Bingo starts at 7 p.m. Donation is $5. Coffee, tea and cake will be served.

“Attention! Got talent? We want you!” The American Legion Post 1404 presents Adult Karaoke Night on Saturday, June 26 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. with music of the ’50s and ’60s. Cost of $25 per person includes tap beer, wine, soda, heroes and wraps. There will be a cash bar for canned beer and mixed drinks at a minimal charge. Proceeds will go to: American Legion Committee to elect Fang A. Wong to National Commander. It will mark the first time in 31 years that a New Yorker has had this honor. For tickets, call John Wagner at 718-474-4343, Frank Bassetti at 718-207-3600 or see Carol at Ruffle Bar on Thursday or Friday.

A Jamaica Bay Sunset Cruise will take place on Sunday, June 27 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Cruise consists of a three hour narrated cruise along the backwater marshes of Jamaica Bay aboard the two deck boat, the Golden Sunshine. Learn about the history and ecology of the bay; see nesting peregrine falcons, osprey, herons, egrets, ibis, shorebirds and waterfowl. Boat will leave from Pier 2, Sheepshead Bay. Cost of $45 includes guides, wine and cheese, fruit, drink, snacks. Leaders are Mickey Cohen and Don Riepe. To reserve, send check to American Littoral Society, 28 West 9 Road, Broad Channel, NY 11693. For more information, call 718-318-9344 or send Email to: driepe@nyc.rr.com.

The Shad Creek Association presents its 16th Annual “It’s A Fluke” Fishing Tournament on July 10. The Association is located at 529 Crossbay Boulevard in Broad Channel, NY on Jamaica Bay. The Capt’s meeting/signup will be on July 8 from 5 p.m. on... The contest runs from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. sharp. Weigh in is at the clubhouse and there will be a BBQ and beverages at the weigh-in party! For more information or any questions feel free to send email to: ShadCreekAssoc@ aol. com.

Have you been saving your old computer equipment for a local recycling event? Some neighbors have donated their old stuff (whether working or not) to an area non-profit to which Broad Channel residents belong. Additional donations are most gratefully accepted. Donate equipment to Rockaway Artists Alliance – an organization that has a large presence (artists, writers, musicians, actors, etc.) and is looking to set up a computer lab to teach basic computer skills and basic digital photography to anyone interested in acquiring these skills. To donate computer equipment, call David at 917-881-8110, evenings from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. He will make arrangements for pickup.

The 1st annual Jamaica Bay softball old timer’s fundraiser game between Grassy Point and O’s Pub will be held on Friday of Labor Day Weekend at 6 p.m. at the BCAC field. Proceeds from the game will benefit the Mardi Gras committee. If you played Jamaica Bay Softball in the late ’70s/early ’80s, join your team. For further information see John Hanning or Marty Feeney.

GPS systems are hot ticket items as one of our neighbors learned recently. He gets his SUV washed at a mainland carwash. When his vehicle exited the car wash, his GPS had been stolen. He had hidden it in his console under some papers. In the 10 minutes it took to go through the car wash, the system was searched for and taken; the papers thrown in the back seat. The manager looked at the surveillance tapes, but found nothing. When your vehicle is serviced or washed — of course, it’s unlocked. Take GPS out of the vehicle.

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Email can be sent to: Lizbcbits@aol.com

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