2003-07-18 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino
Broad Channel Bits By Liz Guarino

When the space program was much younger than it is today, some people blamed the repeated space flights for unusual changes in the weather. "It’s all those rockets going up" was frequently heard when there was less snow during the winter or unusually cool days in the summer or if the leaves turned colors early or very late in the fall. It was interesting to have something to blame for the weather. But, the space program is not the scapegoat for the weather these
days. In fact, it seems that nothing gets blamed for the weather anymore except maybe a hole in the ozone!

On Friday July 18th, Kevin Errico will be five-years-old. Happy Birthday, young man. Enjoy your big day!

Channel artists will show their work in the Rockaway Artists Alliance exhibit, Local Motion: A Sports Show. The theme for this exhibit is sports, sporting events and related subjects such as fans and teams. Emphasized are the sports of this general geographic area. The exhibit will be open from Saturday, July 19 to Sunday, August 31 at Fort Tilden. Details are available by calling 718 474-0861.

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 29, 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).

Do you enjoy hearing Frank Sinatra’s music? Looking for a nice way to spend a summer evening? Come to the Sunset Concert on Sunday, July 27 at 6 p.m. Jerry Cardone, who is a big Sinatra fan, will sing ole blue eyes’ hits. The concert is held at Gateway National Recreation Area, Fort Tilden, Breezy Point. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket-whichever is more comfortable for you. (Don’t forget a sweater or light jacket-breezes off the ocean make the temperature very chilly as the sun sets over there-the open ocean is in the backyard of the concert area!) There is no charge for the Sunset Concerts.

For High School Graduates: Applications for the police exam are available at the 100 Precinct, the Library and online at www.nyc.gov/nypd. All applications must be filed by August 26 in order to take the October exam.
Applicants can file online. If you don’t have Internet access, the Library has two PC’s for the public’s use. More information is available by calling 212 RECRUIT.

More Recycling News: Recycling pick-ups have been reduced to every other week, instead of every week. This move is bound to cause some confusion. If you didn’t know this and put your recycling out for pick-up this week, you weren’t alone. A lot of us did. The brochures from the Sanitation Department didn’t reach everyone yet. To keep track of the week for recycling, you may want to mark every other Thursday on your calendar till the end of the year.

I wrote ‘recyc’ in blue right in the boxes, every other Thursday, directly on my calendar). Next recycling date is Thursday, July 24. And August 7 is the one after that. As if that’s not enough recycling information, plastic recycling is taking place in 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. For more complete information, call 311 to connect With the city’s new service center. Next year glass recycling will start up again and we’ll have to remember that!

Parking Tip: Carry a ruler with you to measure 15 feet from a fire hydrant when you park adjacent to a fire hydrant. A Channel man found out the hard way (he got a ticket!) that the painted lines that extend in either direction from a fire hydrant may not measure 15 feet. Sometimes, the distance is less and parking tickets are given routinely!

Thursday, July 10 was the "Books and Bagels" book discussion group. Under discussion was Carl Riassen’s "Stormy Weather."  Good company and good munchies-attractively arranged-made good discussion. Bagels, bagelettes, blueberries and green grapes, as well as the required coffee and tea were available. (Linda is such a good hostess!) Seven people attended.

First, a bit was read about the author. He lives in and writes about Florida; This book was called "a destination piece." One woman "loved it." One read only the first chapter, so she said very little. A lot of really unusual people populated this novel and the author manages to tie them all together in the book. And the last chapter was unusual in that it is an epilogue that sums up each character’s fate in a sort of recap.

Everyone learned something interesting too. The expression "smoking toad" was used in the book and only one woman knew what it means. It means taking a hallucinogenic drug. Apparently, there is a toad in Greece whose secretions are hallucinogenic. The secretions are mixed with tobacco and smoked! After this little gem of information, the discussion slid into "smoking and quitting smoking" cigarettes stories. Not one of the attendees smokes cigarettes at present, but everyone smoked them at one time or other!

There were interesting goings-on in the book. One character had a "Club" put on his mouth and died of starvation. "Strange" said one of the women, reminding everyone present of the character who was crucified on a satellite dish.

"Interesting" said another woman. But the best comment on the book goes to someone who could not make it to the discussion. She said: "How did my friends get in this book?"

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

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