2011-07-08 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Dan Guarino

Well, with the steady rain, last Sunday came in like a wet firecracker. Monday, July 4 we woke up in fog that drifted through till at least noon. Hopefully, neither one dampened your plans.

Saturday going into Sunday early morning, I had the pleasure of being aboard The Elena, the gracious floating home of gracious Broad Channel friends Jan and Apryl, now moored on Jamaica Bay. There is nothing like the stillness of the world at that hour. The wash of the tides, the distant lights that line the Bay, the murmuring lap of the waves and twinkling of the stars just between the few blue-white clouds above. A more beautiful holiday evening could not be asked for. Cheers.

Why stop the fun this Saturday night? With TWO great events going on here in the Channel, why not go to both?

First, hit the high notes on Saturday, July 9 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the VFW Hall on Shad Creek Road. The VFW Ladies Auxiliary presents their first Karaoke event of the summer. Says Auxiliary President Jossette Correa- Turchio, the “$10 admission includes a drink, snacks and a raffle chance for a Photoshop door prize! Call for reservations at 347-680-0529. Lots of laughs and fun! K.J. Teddy C! 50/50s and Raffles. All proceeds go to our veterans functions.”

Meanwhile over at Grassy’s from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. DJ Miltey will be spinning the music for an event that’s been three decades in the making! The King and Queen Mardi Gras ’80s Party will be in full swing with Jello shots, pudding shots, door prize, 50/50s, and even more fun. All for a $5 donation at the door. There’ll be a prize for Best Dressed; so dress your ’80s best! All proceeds go to the BCAC. Holly Monahan and Timmy Hanning, prospective queen and king, thank you for your support.

Get onboard the St. Virgilius Gold Age club trip to Trump Casino Atlantic City on Tuesday, July 26. Bus leaves Noel Road and Cross Bay Boulevard at 8:30 a.m. Bingo on the way up and a movie for the trip home. Cost: $40 per person. Comps: $30 in slot dollars. Take a mid-week holiday and get to the big AC! RSVP Dolores Schmitt at 718-634- 9472 and Margaret McCarthy at 718- 945-4967.

This Thursday starts bingo at Christ Presbyterian Church by the Sea. There’ll also be bingo on July 21 and 28. Doors open at 6 p.m. Early Birds: 6:45 p.m. Bingo starts at 7 p.m. – all at the cool and refreshing Church Hall at Church and Noel Roads. Donation: $5. Coffee, tea and cake will be served.

Don’t Forget: the next meeting on the City’s street raising project is open to homeowners on West 13 Road and scheduled for Tuesday, July 12 at 7 p.m. at the North Channel Yacht Club. Individual homeowners can sit down with representatives from the RBA Group project design firm and talk about the impact to their property from the proposed construction. Go and be in the know!

Yes, just over the bridge Fort Tilden is still open for business and both the Rockaway Theatre Company and Rockaway Artists Alliance are open for your entertainment, education and pleasure. Check out RAA’s “People at Work” exhibition from July 9 to 31, and the opening reception Sunday, July 10 from 12 – 4 p.m. And catch the RTC’s super musical “Annie Get Your Gun,” July 8 - 24.

The BC Library opens its doors to summer with a calendar full of activities. Starting July 11, Mondays from 1 to 5 it’s Fun with Lanyard for all ages. Tuesdays has Story Time for all ages at 2:30 and Crafts for kids age 3-5 at 3 p.m. Wednesdays will be Crafts for ages 6-10 from 3 p.m. and Thursdays it’s Tween & Teen Crafts from 2 p.m. with a different project every week. Cool off on Fridays with board games from 1 to 4.

Peek at the past. Visit www.broad channelhistoricalsociety.org.

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Ranger Colleen Sorbera tells us, “We have a new art exhibit here at the Refuge, ‘Intimate Portraits of Nature: The Photography of Johann Schumacher.’ ”

“Also kids ages 7 - 12 are invited to attend ‘Junior Ranger: Urban Wildlife Safari Saturday’ on July 16 from 2 - 3:30 p.m. When we think of New York City, buildings, traffic, and noise come to mind. But, wildlife is a part of the city, too! Children will learn about the creatures that share the city with us, and how they manage to survive and thrive in our urban environment during this ranger-guided program, then com plete a craft project to take home.” For more information, call 718-318-4340.

And keep the dates open for Gateway National Recreation Area’s “Jamaica Bay Ecology Cruises on Thursday, July 14, 7:30 - 9 p.m.; Saturday, July 23, 1 - 2:30 p.m.; Wednesday, August 10, 7 - 8:30 p.m.; and Sunday, August 21, 1 - 2:30 p.m. Visitors will coast past lush salt marshes to observe peregrine falcons, osprey, egrets and herons hunting in the bay, and hear about the area’s ecology and human history. July 14 and August 10 trips hold the added allure of a Jamaica Bay sunset for a grand finale. The cost is $12. [Departure is] from Riis Landing across the street from Fort Tilden.” More information? Call the number above.

Coming Attractions: Look out for Big plans to celebrate BCAC’s Big 50th Birthday all August long.

Finally we wish all the best to a good friend and a valued member of our community. As you know Dr. Gregory Henkel, our “town dentist” for nearly 30 years, is closing his practice. As much as anyone, Dr. Henkel has been a part of the fabric of Broad Channel and a part of our history. Yes, he graciously shared his memories and cherished photos, including those of his BC boyhood, for the book Liz and I did. We thank you, Dr. Henkel … Greg, for your years of service. We wish you the best of luck with all you do from here.

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