2002-07-06 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits by Liz Guarino

Broad Channel Bits by Liz Guarino

I hope that everyone had a really good time on the Fourth. After 9/11 last year, this holiday seemed to mean even more than it usually does. People here really displayed an extra amount of the red, white and blue this year!

POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE, PART II: On Friday June 21, P.S. 47 held a graduation ceremony for 21 young people from the Eighth Grade. Those who have achieved this goal are as follows: Emmanuel Bose, Samantha Cruz, Sarah Dougherty, Jacqueline Frank, Emily Frohnhoefer, Kathleen Kelly, Barbara
Krulish, Kristen McIntyre, Denis McMahon, Andrew Minami, Lauren Mohr, Edward Murphy, Blair Orgera, Lauren Reo, Clayton Rocco, Christina Ruggiero, Sharif Soliman, John Sugden, Matthew Ultsh, Dorothy Waldheim and Michael Ward.
Congratulations on your achievement! Lots of perseverance, hard work and many hours of study went into earning those diplomas!

On Thursday June 20, the Kindergarteners at P.S. 47 had a "Stepping-Up" ceremony. There were a total of 24 children in this celebration. They are as follows: Samantha Bogart, Mikaela Brotschul, Dylan Diaz, Joseph Fahey, Joseph Galimi, Monica Glynn, Richard Henglein, Terence Keane, Meghan Keegan, Erin Kelly, Joseph Krauss, Steve Lasky, Victoria Mahon, Brittany Mantz, Kayla
McClean, Felicia Medina, Shannon Monahan, Joseph O'Hare, Brittany O'Sullivan, Kara Spencer, Kyle Steinhoff, James Sturiano, Theresa Sullivan and Kaylyn Zipp.

Was everyone able to watch QPTV's Queens Journal "Hometown Heroes" on channel 34? If so, you saw that our very own Vollies were featured! It was a very good program and very informative. And, what a great shot of the fire engine leaving the firehouse on a call! For those of you who were confused by the television listings, you weren't alone. It was listed as a completely different program on DTV's program guide. That happens a lot with public access stations, I was told. Anyway, it was a great show!

CASTING CALL! The Shad Creek Association presents their "It's A Fluke" fishing tournament on Saturday, July 6 at 6 a.m. Weigh-in will be at 3 p.m.

Signup/Captain's Meeting is on Friday, July 5 at 5 P.M. There is a fee of $25 per angler. There is beer, soda, and BarBQ at the Weigh Party. First prize is $400; Second prize $250; Third Prize is $150; Total weight of 3 Fish is $200. There is a Prize for the largest Sea Robin. One prize is awarded per boat.

For further info, call 474-5476.

ATLANTIC CITY TRIP: On Monday, August 5 there will be a bus trip to Trump Marina. Bus will leave from the corner of Noel and Crossbay at 8:30 a.m. sharp. Cost is $22 per person, with a return of $15 in coin and a $5 food voucher. The Trip must be paid for by July 15. There are still some seats left. Call 474-2783 or 634-7799 for more information.

Did anyone buy stamps last week? Mailing a letter (or a bill!) now costs 37 cents instead of 34; postcards cost 23 cents. The volume of letter-type mail decreased sharply; it must be due to all the e-mail!

Speaking of the postal system, have you seen the snazzy new stamp they
recently unveiled? "Heroes of 2001" shows the now-famous picture of three firefighters raising the flag at Ground Zero. The stamp costs 45 cents, some of which will benefit the families of the rescue workers killed or maimed in the attack on the Towers. The firefighters are among very few living persons to be pictured on a stamp. (Usually, only deceased persons are pictured on postage stamps).

DID YOU KNOW: Recycling rules changed on July 1 when the new budget took effect. Metal and paper will still be recycled, but plastic and glass will be thrown out with the rest of the trash. In one year, plastic recycling will resume, but glass won't be recycled again for two years. (And you probably just got used to separating everything and dutifully washing out bottles and jars)!

Everyone has 30 days to get used to the new rules; after that sanit men will leave the stuff on the curb. The city doesn't have the budget for a big
re-education program, so people mixing garbage and recycling after August 1 face fines.

REDUCED-FARE METROCARDS: On Tuesday July 16 at 1:30 P.M. the Metrocard Van will be at the Library to help seniors and people with disabilities avail themselves of this benefit. Seniors (65+) need proof of age and valid photo ID with signature and date of birth on it (driver's license or non-driver's ID).  People with disabilities need a signed statement from their doctor showing diagnosis and duration of disability in addition to valid photo ID.

The next "Books and Bagels" book discussion will be Friday July 19 at 10 a.m. at the Library. Under discussion will be a John Grisham novel, "The Street Lawyer." A lot of folks like his books, so the discussion should be lively.

Seniors will see the Rockaway Theatre Company's USO 2002 on Saturday July 6
at the 8 P.M. show. At 6 P.M, they are dining at the Plum Tomato on Beach 129th Street. Anyone wanting to join this fun bunch is invited to call the box office at 850-2450 for tickets. Regular adult admission is $12; seniors are $7. Dinner is on your own.

MORE LIBRARY NEWS: Calling all 3, 4 and 5 year olds! Join Sparkles the Clown on 5 consecutive Wednesdays for crafts, stories and songs. All of this Fun will take place on July 17, 24 and 31 and August 7 and 14 at 1 P.M. at the Library. Please pre-register at 318-4943.

The shopping bus to the Rockaway Waldbaum's leaves from Coogan's corner between 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. every Thursday. It returns seniors with their bundles to their front doors approximately 1 1/2 hours later. The ride costs $1.50 round trip and provides the opportunity for seniors to do their own shopping.

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