2011-07-29 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Dan Guarino

Hope that as you read this the heat and humidity will have dipped down a little bit. These days even if you’re in a pool, in or on the Bay, at the beach, or even sitting indoors with your fans or air conditioner on, that heat seems to find you. Wherever you are. Day and night.

Well, soon enough it will be winter and we’ll be complaining about how cold it is.

How about a nice kick back and cool off at the VFW BBQ? Saturday, July 30 there’ll be hot dogs, hamburgers, cold drinks and more in “the backyard” of the VFW Prince-Wynn 260 Post at 705 Shad Creek Road from 2 to 6 p.m. It’s $20 for adults and $10 for kids. Under 4 years old? You get to eat free! Rain date: Sunday, July 31. All proceeds go to the Post. Visit them on Facebook.

Don’t forget to check out Facebook for the BCAC Golden Jubilee @ BC “50” Anniversary – Golden Jubilee. You’ll find exciting news about this summerlong celebration that’s been fifty years in the making. The big party, the BCAC 50th Anniversary Dinner, will be Saturday, September 17 at the Rockaway Beach Knights of Columbus Hall. For tickets ($60 per person) contact Charlie Ledogar 917-744-6935, Jack Conneely 718-634-6216, Marty Feeney 646-241-6929 or Mike Kelly 917-628-0413.

Journal ads are available at the following rates: Gold Page- $250, Full Page-$150, half-$100 and quarter page-$50. Send ads to Broad Channel Athletic Club annual Journal Committee, 802 Shad Creek Road, BC 11693 or e-mail them at bcjournalads@aol.com.

And don’t forget the

$10,000 Giveaway raffle that’s going on right now. Get your winning ticket today.

The countdown to the 5th Annual Broad Channel Irish Festival continues. Clear your calendar for Saturday, August 6 and make room for a rocking Celtic good time!

Christ Presbyterian Church by the Sea would like to thank everyone for coming out to enjoy Thursday bingo nights through July. They especially give “many thanks to all the young ladies who made our first Summer Bingo great nights for one and all.”

Hope you gave the Spaghetti and Meatballs a twirl last week or enjoyed yesterday’s delicious dinner served up courtesy of prospective Mardi Gras King and Queen Timmy Hanning and Holly Monahan. Nice to know there’s more than just bills waiting in your mailbox. Check it for more delicious $7 dinners from Grassy’s every Thursday from 5-7 p.m. Call 718-474-1688 to order yours.

It’s always a good time to put new batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Good to stock fresh flashlight batteries, too, in case of power outages. And right now when you buy specially marked packages of Duracells, they’ll make a battery donation to local volunteer fire departments like our Broad Channel Volunteers. Batteries run emergency equipment like flashlights, radios and more. “Power those who protect us.”

On a recent Monday it was great to drop in at our Broad Channel Library and see a dozen kids, some toddlers, some in strollers and some sitting up at the tables with parents, busily and quietly having a great time doing crafts. Mondays from 1 to 5 it’s Fun with Lanyard for all ages. Our librarian Carol Scheper was right in the middle of things, helping kids interweave colorful strands to make their own projects through a process they were obviously enjoying.

Besides Monday’s activities, through July and August there’s Tuesday’s 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. On Thursdays there’s Tween & Teen Crafts from 2 p.m. with a different project every week. Friday ends the week with board games from 1 to 4. Stop in.

While you’re there check out the “New To Us!” shelf filled with all kinds of new and interesting reads. A sign there proudly proclaims “Many of these items were donated by your friends and neighbors. The Queens Library at Broad Channel thanks you for your support.”

So if you’re doing any summer cleaning you might consider a new home for those books you’ve already enjoyed.

Someplace else in need of magazines, books, cassettes, VHS tapes and DVDs, CDs and even CD and DVD players and radios is the Peninsula Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation.

The hardworking Therapeutic Recreation Department staff will gladly accept these items which bring the gift of the worlds of entertainment, knowledge, news, music, art and beauty to each of the residents there..

Harder to find items in Italian, French, Spanish, Creole, Hindi, Chinese, Hindi, Russian, Punjabi, Yiddish, Arabic, Hebrew and more are most welcomed. Call 718-734-2794 or 2795.

If you haven’t already, you may want to make plans to cast off with the National Park Service’s Gateway National Recreation Area “Jamaica Bay Ecology Cruises” departing from Riis Landing. You can enjoy a beautiful sunset cruise on Wednesday, August 10 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. and a Sunday afternoon on the waves on August 21 from 1 - 2:30 p.m. Cost $12.

Departure is from Riis Landing just across from the entrance to Fort Tilden. Cruise the Bay, watch the peregrine falcons, osprey, egrets and herons and learn its ecology and history. For more information or reservations call 718- 318 - 4340.

The Gallery Green mini-golf course is still going at the Rockaway Artists Alliance T-7 Building at Fort Tilden. From July 23 to September 4, they’re open Saturdays and Sundays from 12 – 4 p.m. and Thursday nights from 5 to 8.

Stay later on Thursday and enjoy the weekly Open Mic Music Nights. No doubt you’ll meet a lot of BC neighbors, many of whom are RAA members. Some are performing musicians, too.

Correction: If you have Broad Channel news, send it to workingstories@aol.com.

A typo somewhere along the way reduced it to ‘workstories@aol.’ My apologies if your e-mail didn’t get through. I’d be glad to get your information on BC news, coming events, benefits, observations and history! Now that you know, be a part of the column!

Thanks for reading.

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