2012-06-29 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Dan Guarino

Coming in on a recent flight, I missed Broad Channel. Maybe it was a different flight path. Or having the aisle seat instead of the window. Or maybe there were just too many clouds that day.

Either way before I knew it we were on the ground at JFK, and I had missed one of the greatest joys of coming home. That would be looking down as we descend and seeing Broad Channel with all her canals and sand bars and boats set like a sandy jewel against the deep blue of Jamaica Bay.

No matter how far you have gone or how much farther you’ve traveled to come back, it is a sight like no other in the world. It tells you, ‘You are home.’

Cue the piano music. It’s coming! The Shad Creek Association is holding its 18th Annual “It’s A Fluke” Fishing Tournament. That will be on Saturday, July 7. There will be a Captain’s meeting on Thursday, July 5 from 5 p.m. on. All skippers are invited to come down to the Shad Creek clubhouse at 529 Cross Bay Boulevard and sign up. The entry fee is $25 per angler with a $5 calcutta for largest sea robin.

The contest runs from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. sharp. Weigh-in will be at the Shad Creek clubhouse followed by a weigh-in party afterward with a BBQ and beverages for all.

Whether you’re fishing in the contest or not, come celebrate at the party. General admission is only $10. For more info or questions email ShadCreek Assoc@aol.com. “LIKE” them on Facebook at - Shad Creek Assoc.

With summer fast approaching and the ‘good enough for fishing weather’ already here, the BC Civic Association notes as “a reminder to all anglers - a saltwater fishing license is required this year! The license is free and can be obtained online at https://nyfgisales. appsolgrp.com/fgnyia/html/index.jsp.

The BC Library will be closed on Wednesday, July 4. Do stop in, though, for all the activities going on through the second week of August. Every Tuesday at 3 p.m. will be Crafts for ages 7-10. Story Time for all ages will be Wednes-days at 2:30 p.m. followed at 3 p.m. by Crafts for ages 3-6. Thursdays at 3 will be Teen and ’Tween Crafts and Fridays will be Board Games for all ages from 1-5.

There’s still just enough time to catch the work of Broad Channel artists Samantha Rissmeyer and John Macrae whose creativity and talent are showcased in the new ‘Millennials 1980- 2012’ exhibition. The show spotlights local artists born in the 1980s and ’90s and had a standing rooming only opening reception on Sunday, June 10. The exhibition has its final weekend this Saturday and Sunday, June 30 and July 1 from 12-4 p.m. at the RAA’s sTudio 6 (T-6) Gallery at Fort Tilden.

After the barbecues and the beach no doubt many will find themselves on the West side of the island this Fourth of July to watch the fireworks flare up over Manhattan. It’s a Broad Channel tradition. And one of the best “seats” in the house for the two mile wide spectacular which should, according to reports, start shortly after 9 p.m.

There is one day left to sign up for Shamrocks football and cheerleading at the BCAC Memorial Field. Saturday, July 7 from 10-1 p.m. For Peanuts (ages 5-6) the registration fee is $150. For Pee Wee’s 7-8, Midget 9-10, Pony 11-12 and 13-year-old Seniors, it’s $200. Each second child is $150; a third is $50. Cheerleader’s registration is $75.

From the VFW Prince-Wynn Post: BBQ Saturday 7/14 2-6, Bingo Sunday 7/15 1 p.m. and Saturday 7/21- Karaoke! (TBA).

From the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Ranger Colleen Sorbera gives us a heads-up on a natural world of things to do right here in BC. Sharing the NPS’s most recent media release, she lets us know, “The rangers of Gateway National Recreation Area will be presenting “Explore the Shore,” a program about the natural wonders of our beaches at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 22 at the Joseph P. Addabbo/North Channel Bridge. A nature walk will highlight flowers, insects, and birds of this ecosystem, then a walk along the beach and seining program will allow participants to meet marine creatures up close. Meet at the West Parking Lot for this 1-hour program. For more information call 718-318-4340.”

Also keep a look out this summer for a new series of Jamaica Bay Eco- Cruises and starting this year, a Lighthouse Visit. Gateway National Recreation Area will host several ranger-guided ecology cruises which will cast off from Riis Landing just across from Fort Tilden. These sunset cruises offer a great way to experience Jamaica Bay and its wildlife from the water, hear some history, and take in some one-of-a-kind, absolutely beautiful sunsets. New this year, the National Park Service has added narrated daytime cruises which will set sail for Sandy Hook, New Jersey and a stopover to climb the lighthouse and/or tour the History House. As per the NPS, “visitors should keep in mind that the lighthouse has 95 steps and a ladder to climb. Visitors must be 48-inches tall to be allowed to climb, and lighthouse climbs are available to only the first 70 people to board.” More information, departure times, and ticket costs: call 718- 318-4340.

As noted last column our Broad Channel neighbor Carol Oldenbuttel- Irizarry will be walking 60 miles this fall towards the goal of raising $2,300 or more and the hope of “build(ing) a future without breast cancer.”

She will be joining thousands of women and men walking and camping overnight as part of the Susan G. Komen 3-Day.

To donate mail back the form placed in your mailbox last month or go online to The3Day.org, click Donate and find her personal fundraising page under participant ‘Carol A. Irizarry’.

Or call 1-800-996-3DAY. It’s important to donate early because each walker must reach their goal before they can participate in the walk.

Got BC news? Don’t keep it to yourself! E-mail workinstories@aol.com. or drop it off at 126 Noel Road, right hand mailbox. Thanks for reading.

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