2010-07-09 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

Here’s what’s happening:

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 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! 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 11 a.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.

Christ Presbyterian Church will have Bingo in the church hall on Noel and Church Roads on the following Tuesday nights: July 13, July 20, July 27, August 3 and August 10. 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.

A family BBQ will be held at the VFW on Shad Creek Road on Saturday, July 17 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. There will be yard games for the kids. All proceeds will go to help fund the needs of our disabled veterans. The cost is $20 per adult, $10 per child.

The BCAC has quite a line-up of Mardi Gras activities: July 24 marks the return of last year’s Girls Softball challenge; after the Girls

game the Orioles and Mudsharks from the old Jamaica Bay Softball League will renew their rivalry on the field. Favorite beverages and a BBQ will be available. August 7 is the date for the 3rd Annual Broad Channel Irish Festival. Finns Fury will be back along with Unforgettable Fire, the renowned U2 cover band, and more, to provide great Irish entertainment. Shaded seating, food and drink, entertainment for the kids, and many Irish vendors will be on hand. August 14 marks the return of Movie Night. Tickets are also available for the $10,000 drawing to be held at Countdown. With only 400 sold, the $100 ticket is a great buy. For tickets contact Sabrina Gross at 646-236-0090. “All events will be at Memorial Field, so please come out and help support the Broad Channel Athletic Club. The Mardi Gras committee reports that longtime Channel residents Dennis Malone and Tim Hanning are each running for Mayor! Dennis will run out of Grassy Point and Tim is running out of Ruffle Bar, so be on the lookout for their many exciting events, and have a great summer!”

On Saturday, August 7 at 9 p.m. there will be a Costume Party at Grassy Point (where Dennis Malone for Mayor is running out of). Entry fee of $10 per person includes one free drink. There will be a DJ and a cash prize for the best costume. Proceeds to BCAC.

Dinners on Thursdays for $8 with free delivery; July 15 is eggplant parmesan with ziti. Call 718-474-1688. Proceeds to BCAC.

On Saturday, August 21 there will be a Horseshoe Tournament; two-person team $25 entry fee. Cash prize, trophies. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd places. Food for teams; music from DJ. Rain date Sunday, August 22. To sign up, call 718-474-1688. Proceeds to BCAC.

Birds of the Northeast United States is the art exhibit focus in Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge visitor center which runs to September 30.

At the Library! Adult Book Discussion will take place on Friday, July 23 at 1 p.m. Read “The Girls” by Lori Lansens.

Crafts for Teens and Tweens will take place on Monday, July 12 at 1:30 p.m. Supplies to build crafts given on first come, first serve basis.

Children’s Crafts for ages 6 to 10 will be on Tuesday, July 13 at 1:30 p.m. Craft supplies given out on first come, first serve basis.

Crafts for youngsters ages 3 to 5 held on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. Supplies on first come, first serve basis.

On Friday, July 9 at 10 a.m. it’s Storytelling in the Park for kids of all ages. There will be stories, arts and crafts and snacks.

One of our neighbors was quite unhappy over the way DOT pinched the boulevard traffic lanes from three into two. “How is this safer?” he wanted to know. “Putting the traffic closer to the bike path was a good idea because _____??? My teenagers have better ideas than the DOT! Are we actually paying these people? Why?” He used other, more colorful expressions, but you get the idea. Since safety was the original issue, the DOT method of creating it is questionable to a lot of people. Summer weekends always bring more traffic – and now it crawls through. Will the city let us have real safety for the bike path?

It isn’t over yet as far as some people are concerned even though all of us have to pay the toll again. 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 plaza 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: Lizbc bits@aol.com

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