2010-09-24 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

Last week, Queens County had tornadoes — or, at least — tornadolike damage in various areas. Many trees were snapped like toothpicks; branches fell on cars, houses and streets; power lines were down. Fortunately, our community escaped unharmed. Warm days continue for us, while neighbors enjoy being out and about!

On Saturday, September 25 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. help remove invasive plants from the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Gloves and tools will be provided. Sign up in advance by calling 718-318-4340.

The CYO St. Camillus, St. Virgilius, BCAC Division Champion Girls Swim team will hold registration on Saturday, September 25 from 10 a.m. to noon and Saturday, September 30 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the BCAC field. Boys and Girls Swim clinic registration will also take place on those days. If you have any questions, call Nancy Crocker at 718-945-1329 or Barbara Corbett at 718- 474-0139.

Broad Channel Athletic Club presents The 11th Annual John J. Monahan Softball Tournament on Saturday, September 25 at the 20th Road field in Broad Channel at 9:30 a.m. Entry fee of $300 per team includes umpire fees and party after the tournament. Food and drinks will be sold. Call Heidi Grey at 347-993- 4904 for more information. All proceeds to benefit the BCAC.

Christ Presbyterian Church will present a Sunday Brunch on September 26 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. On the menu is a choice of: scrambled eggs with bacon or sausage or pancakes with bacon or sausage. Hash browns will be served with both. Coffee, tea, juice and cake will be served. Donation is $7.

A 50/50 will be held at the September 26 Brunch. Tickets cost $3 each or two for $5. To buy tickets, call Al at 718-474-0534, Joyce at 718-474-7769 or Janet at 718-318- 6454.

From 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 26 take an early fall botany walk in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge to see late flowers and early fruits.

On Sunday, September 26 Bingo will be presented at the VFW Hall at 705 Shad Creek Road, Broad Channel. Jackpot Prize is $100 guaranteed. Proceeds to go to the Veterans’ Thanksgiving dinner! Donation is $5. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Calling begins at 2:30 p.m. Bring a friend and get a free card. Bring a senior, get 2 free cards.

A two-session Defensive Driving Course sponsored by St. Virgilius Parish will be given on Wednesday, September 29 and Thursday, September 30 from 7 to 10 p.m. in the School Building at 16 Noel Road in Broad Channel, in the lunchroom. By taking this course, you can receive a 10 percent reduction on your car insurance for 3 years or up to 4 points off your license. No test will be given. Fee is $60. To make a reservation or for further information: call Helen, at 718-945-4648 or Cindy, at 718-634-5449. Refreshments will be served. Payment in full guarantees a seat — they are unable to hold a seat without payment.

On Saturday, October 9 from 7 p.m. to midnight the Broad Channel American Legion Auxiliary will present A Tribute to Sinatra and Elvis. 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.

The 2nd Annual Children’s Halloween Carnival will take place at Christ Presbyterian Church on Saturday, October 23 from noon to 4 p.m. Details in next week’s column!

Two shredding events will be available so residents can have their papers shredded: Both events will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on: September 29 in Howard Beach at 156th Ave and Crossbay Boulevard and on September 30 in Rockaway at Beach 94 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

The Historical Society of the Broad Channel Civic Association will sponsor Historical Day on Sunday, October 3 at the VFW Hall on Shad Creek Road in Broad Channel from noon to 5 p.m. The 2011 Historical Calendar, which gives times of high tide, will be on sale. The book “Broad Channel” will also be on sale and the authors, Liz and Dan Guarino, will be on hand to sign it.

“The BCVFD would like to thank our neighbors for the good reception our members received last weekend during our final sweep of Fund Drive. For those we missed, please don’t forget us; you can mail your donation in the included envelope or call; we will pick it up. We deferred the Fund Drive in the spring so as not to interfere with our friends and the BCAC Mardi Gras plans. We thank you for your patience and understanding.

“As stated in our letter distributed two weeks ago, DASNY has tentatively committed to undertake the long awaited firehouse building project, our first dialog held Monday the 20th went very well. Hopefully an announcement will follow shortly. Keeping in line with our funding for this project, the BCVFD will once again offer “Brick” sales for the new building. The Brick sales were incidental in our raising the 20 percent required matching funding, The BCVFD will re-launch this drive in the coming weeks. It’s a great way for our supporters to remember loved ones, or see their own name in mortar, bricks last forever. “As stated in that letter, we are in serious need of volunteers. Even if you don’t think you can help, call anyway. You will be surprised to find that a very few hours a week can make such a big difference. We need help answering the phone, distributing letters, driving the Ambulance, especially in the morning hours, and of course, helping with EMT duties and firefighting. Training is available for any field you feel comfortable with. Best to call in evenings 718-474-6888 and leave message or contact us through our website, or my personal email at cracky57@aol.com. Subject Membership.”

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