Sunday, June 28, 2015

Broad Channel Bits

By Dan Guarino

Mardi Gras season in Broad Channel has begun! This year all funds raised will go to The Broad Channel Athletic Club. The BCAC already has more than a dozen events lined up. In fact you can check last week’s copy of The Wave, where there’s a whole article (with picture!) in the Weekender section. It talks all about this summer’s Mardi Gras events.
While you are there, you’ll also find all kinds of things going on in the Weekender and the Happenings section. Most of it is just across the bridge. Go, enjoy the summer!
Meanwhile right here in BC this Saturday, June 27, there’s a Kiddie Car Wash to kickoff Mardi Gras. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $7 you can get your car cleaned and help out the BCAC.
Keep an eye on the “BCAC Mardi Gras” Facebook page for more information on upcoming events, like the Booze Cruise on Thursday, July 2 from 7 to 11 p.m. In this case it’s just before the 4th of July holiday weekend. So it is definitely not a school night for most of you grownups out there.
Coming in from Thursday, July 9 to Sunday, July 12, is a Family Summer Festival, which the BCAC is doing with the American Legion.
If it’s anything like the gigantic carnival that was held last year it should be a blast! More to come.
This Sunday, June 28, from 10 to 2, stretch out with a great brunch at the VFW. This is their last brunch for the summer, so you don’t want to miss it.
There will be eggs cooked to order, pancakes, omelets, bacon, sausage, coffee, deserts and more. And definitely try the Garbage Omelet.
Ok, if you don’t know what a garbage omelet is, don’t make that face. It’s great. Remember when you first heard about Grandma Pizza? Then you tried it? Aha!
From July through August the BC Library is hosting free programs every day. On Monday’s at 3 p.m. there will be Science Experiments for ages 6-10. On Tuesdays at 3 there are Crafts for ages 6-10. On Wednesdays Story Time for all ages starts at 2:30 p.m. and then Crafts for 3- to 5-yearolds at 3 p.m. Teen and Tween Crafts are at 3 p.m. Thursdays and Board Games for all ages all day Friday.
Get ready to have some serious fun and do some serious fishing. The Shad Creek Association is having its 21st Annual “It’s A Fluke” Fishing Tournament.
There is a Captain’s Meeting/sign up at the SAC clubhouse, at 529 Cross Bay Blvd., on Thursday, July 9, from 5 on.
The contest starts on Saturday, July 11, at 7 a.m. sharp out on Jamaica Bay and ends at 3 p.m. Weigh-in is at the clubhouse and there will be a BBQ and beverages at the weigh-in party! There will be “cash prizes, a door prize, calcuttas and fun for all.” The entry fee is $30. Or $20 for the BBQ only. All proceeds go to keep the Association going.
For more info or if you have any questions, email ShadCreekAssoc- or call Chris James at 917- 617-5283.
Also coming on Saturday July 11 is the 5th Annual Two Bridges Music Festival. From early till late some of the best musicians from BCRockaway and beyond will be playing in the open air just outside of Grassy’s on Cross Bay Boulevard. It will be a day and night to really enjoy some good summer music.
On Sunday, July 19, Sister Margaret Mary Kimmins, OSF, who grew up in Broad Channel and attended St. Virgilius School will celebrate her golden anniversary as a Sister of St. Francis at a special 12 noon Mass in St. Virgilius Church. ALL are invited. Refreshments will be served after the Mass. Note: 12 p.m. is the only Mass for that Sunday.
Did you know that in October, St. Virgilius will celebrate 100 years of serving our Broad Channelcommunity?
A message from the BC Volies: “The BCVFD wants to remind our neighbors that June 14 was the 98th anniversary of the line of duty death of BCVFD Chief Christian Hoobs. Chief Hoobs was one of the founding members of the Department.
The chief suffered a fatal heart attack returning from a working fire.
Our annual fund drive first sweep of the town was completed in May. As of this date 237 donations were received out of the 936 households in Broad Channel. 25 percent of the town has responded to date. Because this the BCAC Mardi Gras will not be going back out door to door until September but we will be accepting donations via the mail or if you wish to stop by and visit.
Along with the warm weather we’ve been looking forward to, sometimes comes more potential for criminal activities and more reasons for all of us to keep our eyes open.
The Broad Channel Civic noted that they “received report from resident that on (Friday, June 19) there were two men who were found inside a resident’s yard without permission. They had weedwackers and were acting like they were doing work. No one had hired them to do any such work and when questioned they fled in a red dodge pickup. Description was ‘two male blacks, unknown age’. NYPD was called and police were searching the area. No arrests made at this time. If anyone sees suspicious activity they should call 911 (not the precinct) to ensure immediate response.”
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