2010-08-20 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

Even when the temperature is rather moderate for August, the high humidity can make it quite unpleasant— the air gets very warm, sticky and feels kind of suffocating. So much for the early part of this week. Hopefully, the humidity will take a nosedive, so days are comfortable for all the activities we find ourselves involved in and enjoying and the nights will provide comfortable sleeping when the air conditioning is off!

Christ Presbyterian Church will have Bingo in the church hall on Noel and Church Roads on Tuesday, August 24. Doors will open 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.

Live band, Functional Freaks, will be at Grassy’s in support of Dennis Malone for Mayor on Friday, August 20 starting at 10 p.m. With $10 cover charge; $1 jello shots; 50/50’s. Proceeds to BCAC.

On Saturday, August 21 there will be a Horseshoe Tournament starting at 1 p.m.; $20 entry fee per person. Raffles. Cash prize for winning team. BBQ for participants only. Rain date is Sunday, August 22. To sign up, call 718-474- 1688. Proceeds to BCAC. In support of Dennis Malone for Mayor.

Boy’s CYO/BCAC Swim Team Registration will be held at the BCAC field at 1st Road and Cross Bay Boulevard near the American Legion. Team members must be able to dive into the pool and swim at least one lap. Registration will be held on Tuesday, August 24 and Thursday, August 26 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at BCAC Field. 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.

Ruffle Bar has scheduled an Irish wake in support of Timmy Hanning for Mayor. The wake will be held on Friday, August 27 at Ruffle Bar. Cover charge is $5. Viewing is at 5 p.m.; Funeral Procession is at 7 p.m.. Irish bangers. Live entertainment. “Lots of fun and laughs!” Proceeds to BCAC.

At the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, August 28 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. join Ron Bourque, naturalist, at the East Pond to watch shorebirds during peak migration. Wear waterproof footgear and sun and insect protection. Bring binoculars and drinking water.

Tickets are available for the $10,000 drawing to be held at Countdown. Only a few tickets are left. Shares are available. Half tickets are $50; one quarter ticket is $25. Holders of winning ticket share prize. For full tickets or ticket shares, contact Sabrina Gross at 646-236-0090 or send email to Smag406@aol.com. Drawing will be held at the BCAC Memorial Field on Friday, September 3 at 8 p.m. Beverages will be sold. Winners do not need to be present at the drawing to claim prize. Proceeds to BCAC.

At the Library: Adult Book Discussion will take place on Friday, August 27 at 1 p.m. Read “Out of Time” by Paul McCusker.

Every Thursday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., there will be a free Yoga Class with Broad Channel resident and yoga instructor Mary Lou at Fort Tilden in sTudio 7 (through main gate to intersection in front of old chapel; turn right, go past Post Theatre and T6 to T7 on left. Parking is available outside T6 and T7). Bring mat or towel. Wear loose comfortable clothes.

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge visitor center’s current art exhibit, Birds of the Northeast United States, runs to September 30.

SAVE THE DATE: On Saturday, October 9 from 7 p.m. to midnight the Broad Channel American Legion Auxiliary will present A Tribute to Sinatra and Elvis. “Two talented guys will sing Sinatra and Elvis Hits.” Cost of $25 per person includes the show, pasta

and one free drink. For more information or for advance tickets call Carol at 718-634-7235.

Not to rush the time along, but there will be new voting machines for the primary on September 14 and the general election on November 2. Ballots will be marked with the voter’s choices and scanned into a machine to register them. Voting with this system will be very different from the lever-style voting we have been used to. Public demonstrations of this new system, which are open to everyone, will be held in Howard Beach later this month on Wednesday, August 25 at the Old Mill Yacht Club, 163-15 Cross Bay Boulevard, Howard Beach, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. People who want to familiarize themselves with the new system are encouraged to attend a demonstration.

A ride over the Addabbo Bridge on Monday showed that yellow lines have been painted on the inside lane of the roadway, which will probably be used to narrow the traffic on the bridge into two lanes and push it to the outside of the road, closer to all the people who fish, walk and ride their bicycles over the bridge. Is all this DOT line painting, squeezing the traffic and pushing it closer to the humans along the sides of the road an accident waiting to happen?

People who don’t own boats—and even those who do— might enjoy paddling a kayak around the island. At present it is a hot sport for physical fitness— it builds arm, back and shoulder muscles. And it’s good for cooling off—terrific especially during the month of August. One older neighbor said she can’t swim very well anymore, but that’s not a requirement for using a kayak. Just wear a life jacket.

Did you know that 64 percent of workers aged 55 and older worked full time in 2008?

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Email can be sent to: Lizbcbits@aol.com

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