2003-08-01 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino
Broad Channel Bits By Liz Guarino

I hope everyone is enjoying the summer. Along with the hot days we have been fortunate to have really beautiful breezy days too. Unlike last year which had really hot days in April and a very dry summer, we have not had to cope with water use regulations. The plant life took such a hit last year-remember how parched everything looked-and how brown in some cases. It is a part of last year that is best left behind! It is great that there has not been a repeat performance of that this year.

On Recycling: Are you perplexed about the recent recycling changes? Change is not always good; sometimes it’s downright confusing! The information I recently printed on the matter was clarified and verified by the community board through telephone contact. Maybe they are confused too because the daily newspapers are running a chart which shows that recycling for our area took place this week on July 31, then will not take place again until August 14.

A recent mailing of a brochure from the DOS shows recycling pickup every other week starting the week of July 28th. The DOS even furnishes a calendar showing recycling days clearly marked. This year, 2003, two of our recycling days are holidays: Thanksgiving and Christmas. In the weeks that contain these holidays, recycling will take place on the following day-Friday.

The circulation of our little Library always picks up over the summer!
Beachgoers stop in to pick up reading material for their day at the beach. There is a lot of reading going on all around us. There are interesting and varied programs going on in the Library too. Plus, for those without central cooling-it’s air conditioned in there-it is a wonderful place to be on a really hot day!

There are also fun, informative, creative and educational Library programs as summer moves toward its inevitable conclusion. Teens can have a really good time making different animals and other items in the Balloon Twisting Workshop at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 13. Jimmy Leo of Cloud 9 Balloons will show some of his creations and teach teens the tricks of the balloon twisting trade.

On Thursday, August 21 at 1 p.m. patrons can attend Tropical Wreath Making at the Library. All materials will be provided so attendees can create unique items, learning how to make summer wreaths out of fruits. Pre-register for this workshop in person or call the Library at 718 318-4943.

Book Talk with mother/daughter team Sara and Emily will take place on Friday, August 22 at 4 p.m. Young folks-age 11 and up-are invited as well as their Moms. For the titles of the discussed books, call the Library.

Young folks ages 6 to 12 are invited to Sensational Sharks at the Library on Friday, August 29 at 1:30 p.m. Attendees will learn about sharks; samples of their skin and bones will be available for looking at (or touching, if you like!). There will be a video showing a number of species of the most misunderstood creatures in the ocean-sharks.

The next Books and Bagels book discussion will be on Thursday, August 14. Under discussion will be "Seabiscuit" by Laura Hillenbrand. This is a really interesting book, according to one of the group’s "regulars." (There is a movie out now, or soon to be out, that has gotten a lot of good reviews; it is based on this best-selling novel.) The novel is a best-seller that tells the story of the famous racehorse and how it changed the lives of the three people closest to it: the owner, the jockey and the trainer. The horse was an undersized, awkward-looking animal and an underdog thoroughbred that beat the odds to become famous in the Depression-era 1930’s.

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. Among other subjects, photographs of children in the AC will be on display. The exhibit will be open until Sunday, August 31 at Fort Tilden in sTudio 7 Gallery.

I heard from more of you than I usually do about some of the items in last week’s column. One item was the recycling which seems to be causing some angst.

It can be confusing, maybe even annoying, but we’ll get used to it again. (If you didn’t get the brochure-don’t forget to recycle milk and juice cartons and jugs and detergent bottles too.)

Another item I heard about was the park on 9 and Cross Bay. It’s locked at present, but it can still be seen really well through the fence. One very special thing is the sea motif. Fish and other marine creatures on the gates make it more than a generic refit. That motif distinguishes it as coming from our area. The rowboat filled with sand (maybe it will become a planter!), the anchor and even the play equipment in the center of the park-all are part of a sea motif. Did you notice that the equipment looks like a sailing ship with tall white masts?

Anyway, there was concern raised by some folks that individuals with

less-than-sterling-motives might misuse the park in the dark of night. The openness of the new design may make that eventuality less likely. The refit worked very hard to eliminate dark corners probably for this reason. Another trick that might help is to keep the park locked during the night hours to preserve it and everything in it for the young children to enjoy while their parents keep close watch over them from a nearby bench during the day.

Is it a workable thing to have parks containing play equipment kept locked at night? Perhaps it could be done in a joint program with the police, parks department and civic association in this community. What would you do to keep undesirables out of the parks at night?

Give me a call, stick a note in my mailbox or stop me on the street, Easier still, send me an email to: Lizbcbits@aol.com.

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