2003-07-11 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino
Broad Channel Bits By Liz Guarino

Summer came in with a vengeance this year. The mercury has been climbing into the 90’s and hot, humid days are with us. In-between clothes made way for much lighter clothing seemingly overnight. After the lack of spring we had, it is quite an adjustment for all of us to make as folks head for their air conditioners, ceiling fans, backyard pools and boats on Jamaica Bay. Whew!

It’s almost time for the "It’s a FLUKE" Fishing Tournament. The Channel’s 9th Annual Fluke Tournament will be held on Saturday, July 12th from 7 a.m. (sharp!) to 4 p.m. by the Shad Creek Association at 529 Cross Bay Boulevard. The Start Time will be at 7 a.m. Weigh In is at 4 p.m.  There will be a Captain’s Meeting/ Sign-up on Thursday July 10th at 5 p.m. Anglers can also sign up all day on Friday. There is a prize for the largest Sea Robin! For more information call 718 474-5476. Fee is $25 per angler.

BCAC NEWS: The AC will soon have a new website, which can be accessed at ww.broadchannelac.com.  It should be up and running before the end of the month. The site will be
maintained by Youth Sports.com. The new site name will replace the old site: www.eteamz.co/bcac, and will be easier to get onto. Potential visitors to the old site needed to sign on and get a password etc.It will be much easier to post on the site. Photographs and text can both be posted. Any information to be posted can be sent directly to the site administrator whose name is Brett Fay. Or it can be sent to the email address used all along: bcacwebsite@aol.com and Marty will forward the materials.

Money can be donated to the organization via the new site as well. There are two ways to do this: sponsors can have their business advertised on the site with a banner or box. BCAC players can have a booster on the site. An example of the booster would be: "Hey (Name), good luck this season. Love from your Grandpa." For more examples of what is available, their home page is www.ysusa.com. Click on site sampler. View one of the sites and see what one can have. (As always, if you are not online, the Library has two PC’s that are for use of library patrons. Email can be sent on them too.)

BCAC is now starting football and soccer. People interested in coaching these sports are needed. Volunteers can email BCAC or just show up at the field.

Happy Birthday to Sabrina Franz who celebrates her 8th birthday on Friday, July 11. Have a wonder-filled and wonderful day!

For Children Only: The annual staple, the Summer Reading Program, has begun at the Library. Children from preschoolers to teenagers can stop in, sign up for the program and pick up a Fuzzy. It’s cute—all you have to do is sign up and pick it up. It comes with activity sheets and a bag to carry it all home in!

The Library is presenting a workshop on Backyard Composting jointly
with the Queens Botanical Gardens on Monday, July 14th at 1:30 p.m. Learn about the different methods of composting. If you compost, you can expect to use less fertilizer and less water too. (Homemade compost can be used on the flower and vegetable plants many of us purchased at the two Channel schools’ plant sales!)

On July 25 and August 22, both days are Mondays, there will be a book discussion at 4 p.m. at the Library with a mother-daughter team: Sara and Emily.

Ages 11 and up-and Moms too—are invited to attend this presentation. Book titles are available by calling the Library at 718 318-4943. On Tuesday, July 29th, at 1:30 p.m. there will be a presentation of the Queens Botanical Gardens on "Healing with Herbs." Covered in this workshop will be such matters as: what can and cannot be used safely, picking and storing herbs and preparing medicinal teas, oils, poultices and herbal baths. (In these
days when health insurance companies are weighing in very positively on alternative medicine, this workshop promises to be very well attended.)

Recycling News: On July 1 plastic recycling began taking place in all of New York City again. Plastic bottles and jugs as well as beverage, milk and juice cartons need to be rinsed out and put into blue plastic bags or blue containers once more. Next year glass recycling will start up again.

St. Virgilius P.A. asks that people continue to give all the proofs of purchase they were providing all year over the summer: Campbell’s labels, Betty Crocker coupons and Box tops for Education are sought. There is a box in the rear of the church for them. The P.A. also asks PC owners to save their empty inkjet cartridges and put them in plastic bags, then drop them off at the school office in September.

Recently, the seniors hosted a guest speaker on the subject of ElderLaw.
Marilyn Heller, a Floral Park attorney specializing in ElderLaw and who volunteers her services to Catholic Charities, addressed attendees at the seniors weekly meeting in the community room in Christ Presbyterian Church on Noel Road. All interested adults in the community were invited to attend the special meeting.

Heller was interesting and informative-using lots of examples—as she
addressed about 35 seniors. She spoke on wills, power of attorney, long term care planning and other matters of concern to seniors and their families. She also told the assemblage that attorneys specializing in elderlaw frequently make house calls. She disseminated advice on such matters as cashing in bonds, tax easements and estate planning.  For most of the seniors it was an opportunity to receive updated information in areas that are vitally important to them.

A lively query-filled question-and-answer period followed the presentation. After the presentation, Heller was surrounded by several people intent on their specific needs.  There was no bingo on that day; it was edifying to have this very important topic of elderlaw addressed and explored. The seniors really appreciated Heller’s presence and expertise.

Keep me up on things! Send an email to Lizbcbits@aol.com.

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