2011-07-15 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Dan Guarino

Thought your day felt more in tune and even your car radio sounded more ‘alive’ as you drove along Cross Bay Boulevard Monday afternoon? Well, you just may have seen a woman from the neighborhood in tank top, sandals and shorts walking rhythmically along, ably clacking, yes, a pair of castanets. It was a singular sunny, soulful southbound spot to summer here in BC.

It’s not, unfortunately, always sunny here in Broad Channel and it’s sad to report that there was some auto vandalism on Noel Road sometime after 12:30 a.m. in the early hours going from Saturday night into Sunday morning. Sad because our community has a better reputation than this and sad because hard working people had to pay hard earned money to fix the damage that someone else did.

If you see something, call the precinct or 911. If you have something done to you or your property, make a report with the 100 Precinct. Then it’s on record and the NYPD is made officially aware that even ‘quiet’ Broad Channel needs a police presence. Our community, and our kids, deserve it.

More to come, but for now keep these dates in mind. Saturday, August 6 will the 5th Annual Broad Channel Irish Festival. Saturday, August 20 it’s popcorn, families and fun with a Broad Channel Movie Night Under the Stars. And there’ll be tickets sold all summer long for a $10,000 Giveaway and the Labor Day Weekend Mardi Gras Countdown Party, Family Day and Parade.

It’s all to celebrate the BCAC’s big 50th birthday. This golden jubilee sums up with a 50th anniversary dinner on Saturday, September 17 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Rockaway Beach.

There’s more info to come, so stayed tuned. The BCAC sure looks good for 50!

Speaking of beautiful and Broad Channel, which people here often do when speaking about our town, let’s honor some dedicated people who help bring those two entities together for the benefit of all. And I quote from a welldeserved message from the BC Civic: “Something ‘green’ is happening. Taking pride in our community and being environmentally conscious, the Broad Channel Civic Association’s Beautification Committee, headed by Judy Zack, has planted several tree box gardens along the median on Cross Bay Blvd. Enlisting volunteers to take part in the care and watering of these spaces was easy; everyone was enthusiastic and more than willing to lend a hand. Their efforts … make all the difference in the success of this project. We would like to thank the following families for their help: the Mundys, the Fordes, the Monahans, the Porcellas, the Lehrs and the McEneaneys. Special thanks to Jennifer and Kevin Hahulski for building and placing the boxes on the Boulevard. We appreciate everyone’s support and encouragement and are hoping to expand the project next spring.”

Often it is the people that make a place beautiful. That is certainly true here.

Do you realize the newspaper you are holding, The Wave, is the third oldest newspaper in New York?

There’s barely more than a week left before the bus leaves for the St. Virgilius Gold Age club trip to Trump Casino Atlantic City. Tuesday, July 26 they’ll be departing Noel Road and Cross Bay Boulevard at 8:30 a.m. Get your reservations now. It’s $40 per person with comps of $30 in slot dollars. Take a mid-week holiday! You deserve it.

RSVP Dolores Schmitt 718-634-9472 and Margaret McCarthy 718-945-4967.

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

This in from Christina Sullivan: (Get ready for) “the St. Virgilius Bible Camp Week! The Vacation Bible School is a beach-themed program funded by Jenny and Eddie Mills aimed to provide kids with a fun environment in which they can learn about God. Held in the St. Virgilius lunch room from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during July 25-29, 6- to 9-yearold children will have the opportunity to attend this exciting event. An information session will be held prior to the program start for parents to find out about cost, food, and other necessary pieces of information. So, as you plan your summer festivities, make sure to remember this opportunity for your kids to have summer fun while strengthening their faith!”

Through July and August the BC Library opens its doors to a full calendar of activities. Mondays 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 features Crafts for ages 6-10 from 3 p.m. and Thursdays there’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.

Saturday, July 16, 2-3:30 p.m., kids are invited to check out the Junior Ranger: Urban Wildlife Safari at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Says Ranger Colleen Sorbera, “When we think of New York City, buildings, traffic and noise come to mind. But, wildlife are 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 complete a craft project to take home.” For more information, call 718-318-4340.

Come aboard Gateway National Recreation Area’s “Jamaica Bay Ecology Cruises” next week, Saturday, July 23, 1 - 2:30 p.m.; Wednesday, August 10 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. (sunset); and Sunday, August 21, 1 - 2:30 p.m.” Cruise the Bay, watch the peregrine falcons, osprey, egrets and herons and learn its ecology and history. Cost $12. Departure from Riis Landing. More information? Call the number above!

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Thanks for reading.

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