2002-07-13 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits by Liz Guarino

Broad Channel Bits by Liz Guarino

Broad Channel Bits by Liz Guarino

BREAKING NEWS! A new teacher has been hired to teach the community's Pre-K program in September. She is Kim Thomas from the Breezy Point area. Thomas is licensed by New York State and has experience, having taught Pre-K in Dayton.
She also has two children of her own. There will be a registration and Pre K meeting on July 25. As of deadline, no further details were available.

The Vollies are in search of local talent, and there is a lot of that here!
If you are a licensed electrician, plumber, contractor who missed the
planning stage meeting at the firehouse on Tuesday, July 9, call the Vollies at 474-6888.

St. Virgilius is in need of volunteers too. The school's 75th anniversary is
in September and it is getting spruced up for the occasion. Volunteers are needed to lend a hand with painting and plastering. If you want to help, call Pat at 634-5085 to signup. Work begins this month.

St. Virgilius Church has been undergoing a refurbishment in anticipation of the school's 75th   anniversary. The pews are being refinished, the interior painted and new carpeting will be installed. Beginning Monday, July 15, weekday services will be held in the rectory until all work is finished. Saturday and Sunday Masses will still be held in the church.

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.

Happy Birthday to Sabrina Franz who was 7 years old on Thursday, July 11.

LIBRARY NEWS: Sparkles the Clown is coming soon to the Library! She will be looking for 3, 4 and 5 year olds to join her on 5 consecutive Wednesdays beginning on July 17. There will be crafts, stories and songs for the children to take part in. All of this Fun will take place on July 17, 24 and 31 and August 7 and 14 at 1 P.M. Please pre-register at 318-4943 or by visiting the Library.

I hope nobody waited for the shopping bus to the Rockaway Waldbaum's last week! Of course, it never came as last Thursday was a holiday, but it will leave from Coogan's corner between 9:30 A.M. and 10 A.M. every Thursday. It returns each senior and up to two bags of food right to the front door approximately 1 1/2 hours later. The ride costs $1.50 round trip.

The next "Books and Bagels" book discussion will be held on 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. Did you know that July is a very busy month in our Library? Because our branch is on the way to the beach, many people stop in for something to read.

People who own PC's and have internet access mostly use them for e-mail; but the Internet is great for research of all kinds. One site that won't disappoint is www.forgotten-ny.com Click You'd Never Believe You're in NYC.

Then scroll down until you see "Broad Channel". Click on it and you're in for a treat! An easy to read text and some really great pictures are there. The page offers a wonderful description of the island from the book New York's Nooks and Crannies by David Yeadon and the photos are grand. Of course, the houses on stilts-both by the Sluice and by 12th Road are featured prominently. There is a 1998 picture taken from the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge with-sadly-the World Trade Center in the background. This is surely a must-see for every resident. And if your PC is down or you don't have one,
there is the wonderful book to borrow from the Library!

SPOTLIGHT ON: The American Littoral Society. Would you like to take part in a beach cleanup? Do you enjoy watching birds and other wildlife in the Refuge? Do you want to help protect "the delicate fabric of life along the shore?" If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions, the American Littoral Society is for you. The Northeast Chapter is right here in the Channel.

ALS has been protecting coastal habitats since 1961. They blow the whistle on polluters and destroyers of wetlands. They also publish information on the impact of stormwater runoff on estuaries, clam beds and other wildlife habitat. They lobby the state and federal legislators for strong laws to protect coasts. And they run one of the largest volunteer tag and release fishing programs.
Annual dues are only $25; $15 for seniors. Included is a quarterly newsletter called "Underwater Naturalist," the newsletter "Littorally Speaking," and access to wonderful trips to coastal areas including Iceland, Montauk, Maryland and Block Island to name a few. If you are a member, your child can join the "Osprey Club' for only $5. He or she will get a membership card and special mailings (stickers, posters, newsletter).

The American Littoral Society has a website: www.alsnyc.org.  Don Riepe is the Chapter Director; he can be reached via e-mail at donriepe@aol.com. Or call the Society at 318-9344.

The local New York State Beach cleanup is scheduled for September 21; litter is collected and recorded. You do not have to be a member to take part in the New York State Beach Cleanup.

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