2010-07-02 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

The summer heat continues. This is early in the summer for the kind of heat that has been upon us. One neighbor who works in a retail store in a shopping mall said that people who don’t have air conditioners often walk around the shopping center and enjoy the air conditioning there—a interesting way to beat the heat—for a few hours anyway!

“With the Summer underway, the BCAC, this year’s Host for Mardi Gras announced a full schedule of events all summer. There will be a different dinner every other Wednesday beginning June 30, so leave the cooking to us. July 3 will be Family Day festivities with Adult and Children relay races and obstacle courses, BBQ, Beverages, and a Water Slide. We’ll end the day with a Campfire, complete with Sparklers and Smores!! July 16 will be Karaoke Night. July 24 marks the return of last year’s Girls Softball challenge, this year after the Girls game the Orioles and Mudsharks from the old Jamaica Bay Softball League will renew their rivalry on the field. As always, your favorite beverages and a BBQ will be available. August 7 is the date for the signature event of the season, the 3rd Annual Broad Channel Irish Festival. This year Finns Fury will be back along with Unforgettable Fire, the renowned U2 cover band, and many more to provide great Irish entertainment. Shaded seating, great food and drink, entertainment for the kids, and loads of Irish Vendors will be on hand. August 21 marks the return of another neighborhood favorite, Movie Night, and on August 28 there will be an adult Kickball tournament, so start recruiting your teams now. The first 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 prior to Countdown at 6 p.m. at the BCAC field. Proceeds of 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. Tickets are also available for the $10,000 drawing to be held at Countdown on Friday September 3, with only 400 tickets sold, the $100 ticket is a great buy; shares are available at $10 and $20. There are 18 chances to win prizes; after all tickets are drawn they go back in for the $10,000 grand prize

drawing. To buy tickets/shares, contact Sabrina Gross at 646-236-0090 or smag406@aol.com. All events will be at Memorial Field, so please come out and help support the Broad Channel Athletic Club, and have a great Summer!”

Birds of the Northeast United States is the subject of an art exhib- it which opened in Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge visitor center which runs to September 30.

Christ Presbyterian Church will have Bingo in the church hall on Noel and Church Roads on the following Tuesday nights: 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.

The Shad Creek Association presents its 16th Annual “It’s A Fluke” Fishing Tournament on July 10. The Association is located at 529 Crossbay Blvd in Broad Channel, NY on Jamaica Bay. The Captain’s meeting/ sign-up will be on July 8 from 5pm 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 send email to: ShadCreekAssoc@aol. com.

“Osprey on the Wing” is a Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge program on Saturday, July 10 from 10 a.m. to 11a.m. and 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. to watch these birds of prey in their natural habitat and learn some facts about them. Bring binoculars, drinking water and protection from insects and sun.

Kids ages 4 to 8, accompanied by an adult can enjoy a program “Animal Homes: Bird Nests” in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, July 11 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Kids will do a project and take a nature walk to see bird homes. Sign up at 718-318-4340.

A cool way to beat the heat is to paddle a craft over a body of water. When I first paddled a kayak, it was on the Housatonic River in Connecticut. Imagine a body of water that’s 18 inches to 18 feet deep, with a canopy of trees over stretches of it. Now that paddling is in my backyard, it’s easier to enjoy it on a hot day. On Jamaica Bay around our island, the waters can be quite calm and paddling along can be a breeze. Paddling has many advantages over a motor too. It’s non-polluting and quieter. And it is a fun way to exercise those muscles too. And accidentally beaching on a shoal comes without pain and can be easily reversed. Of course, people who can’t or don’t want to exercise can get a kayak for two and let the other person do all the work! A hat that stays on even if the wind blows is a good idea; so is sunscreen. Last one ON the water is a …!

FIGHT ON! Broad Channel residents may want to join with Rockaway residents who are engaging the entire area’s non-profits in the fight against the toll. Sign a petition and send the MTA and state legislators your opinions at MyRockPark.org about the elimination of the toll rebate program. An across the bridge protest march is being planned—further details will be made available at a future date. A large photo of the toll is prominent on the site—go to the box labeled News.

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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