2010-10-01 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino Email can be sent to: Lizbcbits@aol.com

It’s officially fall and a touch of change is on the tree leaves. While it is a bit cooler here, it is approximately 10 degrees below our temperature on the same day in the city of Chicago. In places upstate — especially near the mountains — it gets dark earlier than here; it is cooler and leaves are further along toward full fall colors. Outside of the recent heavy rains (I hope no one’s roof leaked!) it has been pretty glorious here. Enjoy fall!

The American Legion Auxiliary Post 1404 in Broad Channel will be holding the first Brunch of the season on Sunday, October 3, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. On the menu are eggs, omelets, freedom toast and pancakes served with bacon, ham or sausage. Coffee, tea, drink or juice, rolls and cake — as always — are included.

On International Coastal Clean-Up Day clear debris from the North Channel Bridge and in Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge there will be a Beach Cleanup on Saturday, October 2 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Groups are welcome. Bring work gloves and drinking water; wear sturdy footgear. Call 718-318-3799.

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 in the church hall on Saturday, October 23 from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is $3; children 12 and younger are welcome. Game tickets are 4 for $1; prizes at every game. Decorate a pumpkin for only $1. Refreshments and lunch will be sold. Prizes for best costume. Toys and games donated by Traza Ins.

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.

It must be fall ... because it’s time for the Shad Creek Association’s Annual Pig Roast on Saturday, October 16 at 2 p.m. Come hungry because on the menu are burgers, dogs, brats and hors d’oeuvres to start. Then roast turkey, spiral ham, roasted potatoes, vegetables and other vittles will be served. And, of course – the PIG!! Tap Beer, soda and wine are included at $35 per person. Only 80 tickets will be sold. The SCA is located at 529 Crossbay Boulevard; contact Karen Lehr at 718- 945-3920 or Bob Sacco at 917-709-2892 for tickets.

“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.

“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 the evenings 718-474- 6888 and leave message or contact us through our website, or my personal email at cracky57@aol.com. Subject: Membership.”

Of course, the 100 Precinct Community Council is for Broad Channel residents, too. Danny Ruscillo, president of the Council had this to say about the September meeting at the Knights Of Columbus Hall in Rockaway: “As President of the Council I want to thank all who attended … it was one of the largest 100 Precinct Community Council general meetings I have experienced in a long time. I hope to see this kind of participation at our future Council meetings. Our next Council meeting will be Wednesday, October 27 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 333 Beach 90 Street.”

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