2002-05-25 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits by Liz Guarino

Broad Channel Bits by Liz Guarino

Does anybody else think that the weather is really weird this year? We do need the rain, but didn't it come in the month of April at one time? There was an awful lot of water falling out of the sky Saturday morning. The reservoirs are about 75% of capacity so some of the rain fell into them. At any rate, it's a good thing there are rain dates planned into most outdoor events.

Fortunately, the sun shone brightly Sunday, allowing much outdoor activity. These events took place within a few blocks of each other, and all were well attended. The North Channel Yacht Club had a standing room only crowd for the christening of our new ambulance. The many rows of folding chairs set up for the occasion were inadequate for the large number of well-wishers in attendance.  Ambulance companies from Lindenwood and Glendale, to name only a few,
attended the auspicious occasion. Of course, the new ambulance replaces the ambulance lost beneath the tons of rubble from the collapse of the Towers after the attacks last September 11.

Our town's Beautification Day was held on Sunday, the rain date for the event. The tree pits up and down the boulevard received a spruce-up. Most were done early in the day, but as late as 2 p.m., one intrepid soul was tending her tree pit. Hopefully, Saturday's rain softened the soil, making it easier to work with. The P.S. 47 Parents Association had lots of merchandise at their Plant Sale on the boulevard outside the Park. Many of their flowering plants now share space with slender young trees in pits. The PA did a brisk business that day, selling most of the flowers early on. By 2 p.m., varieties of vegetable and tomato plants were among the plants that were left.

Run on the side of Grassy's, the flea market had lots of room and did very well with a fairly steady stream of customers there throughout the day.

A private tree planting took place in the Wildlife Refuge on Friday afternoon. North of the parking lot, two workers planted the red-leafed tree while a family of four watched every move. The sapling stood over 6 feet tall and made a lovely backdrop as the family posed for photos. In 20 years, they will be dwarfed by their tree.

The UCO will meet on Tuesday, May 28th at the American Legion Hall at 8 p.m. All property owners are members and are encouraged to attend. Annual reports will be presented, election of Directors will take place, reports on the community center and its funding will be discussed along with other topics brought up by the membership. For a quorum it is necessary that 91 people (in person or by proxy) attend the meeting.

Our Library will be closed through the 27th of May for renovations. It will reopen May 28 at 1 p.m. and all of the work will have been completed.

Happy Birthday to Alyssa O'Connor. She will be 3 on Saturday, May 25. Happy Birthday to Samantha Gargan who was born May 7. Her Mom is Deanna (Clancy) Gargan. (Deanna graduated from Stella in 1991).

Is there a new baby in your family? Is one of your children, grandchildren or great grandchildren having a birthday? I will happily announce all births and birthdays of children. All I need you to do is email, call or send out a pigeon with the information.      

The Board of Education is looking for new teachers for New York City public schools. There will be a Job Fair in School District 27 on Saturday, June 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at M.S. 226, 121-10 Rockaway Blvd in Ozone Park.

The Board of Education wants NYS certified teachers or people who have a Bachelor's degree in either math or science.

Right in our own backyard, Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge is quite a place. It boasts programs of all types, but Spring has lots of great outdoor activities. At 7:30 p.m. this Sunday, May 27, there will be "Horseshoe Crab Moon."  Hordes of horseshoe crabs will come up on land in what for them is an annual event. It must be an amazing sight to watch these ancient creatures come ashore to mate and lay their eggs. (When I was a child, I was terrified that they would sting me; now I know they can't).

VFW Post #260 Ladies Auxiliary announces a bus trip to Atlantic City on Wednesday, June 19. The bus leaves Coogan's corner at 8:30 a.m. The trip is $22 with a return of $14 in coin. Call 634-2566 to get your ticket.

I saw a flyer for a children's Magic Show to take place on Saturday, May 18. It was so miserable that day. Does anyone know if the event was rained out, then rescheduled?

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