2003-01-04 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino
Broad Channel Bits By Liz Guarino

By Liz Guarino

Now that last year is just a memory, how did you fare in 2002? Was it a good year or a not-so-good one? Were you able to reach your goals and accomplish the tasks you set up for yourself for last year? Was last year all that you hoped it would be? (Do you like reviewing? If you know where you've been, doesn't it help you know where you're going?)

Well, this is the first column of 2003. Last year fairly flew by, didn't it? And what a year it was! There was certainly a lot of different "stuff" in it.
All in all, not a bad year. Now, here's 2003: Let's hope this is a healthy,
happy, successful and prosperous year for all of us!

Project Liberty helps people cope with the emotional fallout from the
terrorist attacks on the WTC. Dina is affiliated with them and visited the
Library from their office at St. John's Episcopal Hospital to hold a workshop recently. There were only a couple of adults present, and nothing
earthshaking was said. When the young people sat down and joined the adults, they expressed themselves better than the adults. They had a lot to say and it could be seen that the events of 9/11 had a tremendous effect on the children.

To accommodate the young people, Dina will return to the Library on
Wednesday, January 8. (The time is uncertain at this point: please call the
Library at 318-4943 to confirm the time.) Young people with something to say about 9/11 or anything related to it, might want to check this out. Dina is a very good listener!

The next Books and Bagels book discussion will be held on Thursday, January 16 at 10 a.m. The group will discuss two books: "Straight Man" by Richard Russo and "Deptford Trilogy" by Robertson Davies. "Straight Man" is billed as being a Portnoy's Complaint-type novel, meaning it's somewhat bawdy but some of the members are having trouble getting past the first chapters. Readers of Portnoy's Complaint reportedly had no trouble reading that outrageous romp!

Interestingly, the Trilogy may be the favored book. One of the group's
participants described it as a book "that will stay with her" for the rest of her life!

During the month of February, it will be time for Yoga Classes on Fridays at the Library. Classes start early-8:30 a.m. and last for one hour. Mary Lou leads the class with an easy to follow routine and brings great music for the class with her. (Last year she had several offers to buy the tapes, but they're not for sale!) Participants need a mat or large towel and should wear
comfortable clothing (sweats are perfect!) All are welcome.

It's always nice to experience the fruition of something our local
politicians have been working on for a while. Well, I got a fax recently
from the office of Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer in which she proudly
announces the reconstruction of the bulkhead at Shad Creek and West 10th Roads. Work on this project will begin soon. Audrey funded the bulkhead reconstruction in a pilot program to demonstrate an effective model to New York City for preventing erosion and subsequent flooding and deterioration of roadways in areas adjacent to Jamaica Bay.

Assemblywoman Pheffer has also worked very hard with Department of Citywide Administrative Services to bring about the demolition of a structure on Lanark Road, Block 1550, Lot 500. DCAS began the action. The Department of Business Services got an application for the demolition permit; when the permit is issued, the actual demolition will begin. Assemblywoman Pheffer said she is pleased about these two actions that will begin shortly and will
"improve the quality of life" in our community.

I get a lot of email and really enjoy it. Last week, I got several emails
from a man in Appleton, Wisconsin, named Harry Dorman-BCHS class of 1979. He said he was looking for an old friend, Teresa Bestafka, also class of 1979. He lost track of her. He said he heard her mother might still live here. Harry said there nothing on the net, but he said he was hoping to find her anyway. And he gave me an email address for him, asking if I could help.

We emailed back and forth with questions and answers flying over the miles between B.C. and Appleton. I checked the local phone books for information on the mother. No listing. Well, the story has a happy ending. I got a final email from Harry. He visited his mother and paid a visit to the Channel. Theresa's mother is still living on West 10th Road so Harry was able to get Theresa's new address from her mom. One former B.C. resident: Lost and Found!

Quite a few people have asked how I know when all the different events are happening in our town. I get the information from a lot of different folks. Some of the people I know fairly well; some I've never seen and know only as a telephone voice. Still others email me with complete information (I have never met most of the emailers). Some folks telephone me-leaving a complete message if I'm not home. Some folks fax their information. In some cases fliers, notes, cards and photos appear in my mailbox. And some people tell me the information in person. Online folks find email easier; you can find me at Lizbcbits@aol.com. Keep me posted on what's happening; stay in touch!

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