2003-08-15 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino
Broad Channel Bits By Liz Guarino

One of our neighbors told me that the Farmer’s Almanac predicted the strange summer weather we are having this year—cloudy, warm and very, very humid. Air conditioning helps make the weather easier to bear, but it can be a bit depressing to have such a shortage of bright sunny days! I wonder if the Almanac predicts a long Indian summer that extends through October.

The Broad Channel Shamrock Cheerleaders are looking for girls ages 9 and 10 and 11 through 14 to join their cheerleading squads. The girls cheer at home games and will be competing in the NSCA Cheerleader Competition in November.

The next practice is Wednesday, August 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the 1st Road field house. Registration fee is $85.

The Vollies have four new EMT’s: Michael Deljado, Erick Dodis, Brian Leonard and Gregg Battaglia. These dedicated young men had to attend classes of about three hours length twice a week for six months to be eligible for certification. Every Tuesday and Thursday found them in these classes, preparing for the New York State exam which all of them aced. They also had to spend two weekends working in a trauma center/emergency room. Since an ambulance cannot go out without an EMT aboard, that is really good news to the entire community.

Congratulations to all of you!

Becoming an EMT is a good career preparation for a young man or woman. At present, NYC EMS is planning to hire 250 new techs-a job which each of the EMT’s can easily fill.  Thanks to the Vollies financing EMT school and the dedication of these four young men, each of them is now prepared for saving lives. An EMT must re-certify in two years

Congratulations to Eddie O’Hare. He is the first elected party official from the Channel and now he has been re-elected. He is the male Republican district leader. (Terry Ariola is the female Republican district leader.) Eddie walked and walked to collect the necessary signatures from the voters of the Channel, Ozone Park, Howard Beach and the entire Rockaway peninsula.

On Thursday, August 21st 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.

•For Young Folks Only! On Friday, August 22 at 4 p.m. come to Book Talk with mother/daughter team Sara and Emily. Young folks-age 11 and up-are invited as
well as their Moms. (If Mom can’t make it, come without her!) "Homeless Bird," an award-winning book by Gloria Whelan will be discussed.

There will be a bus trip to Atlantic City’s Sands Casino, sponsored by the
St. Virgilius Rosary Altar Society on Monday, August 25. The bus will leave the Channel at 8:30 a.m. It costs $23; there is a return of $13. Call Muriel at 718 634-6126 or Eileen at 718 634-8547 for more information.

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 and feared creatures in the ocean—sharks.

The next Books and Bagels book discussion will be on Thursday, August 14 at 10 a.m. Under discussion will be "Seabiscuit" by Laura Hillenbrand.

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 such as baseball, basketball, rugby and cricket. 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.

•More On The 9 Road Park: A surprising number of folks wrote about the park and keeping it safe and nice for younger children. One of our neighbors saw some older kids hanging out in the park at 7 p.m. This neighbor learned that a quality of life complaint can be filed anonymously by telephoning 311, and a patrol car from the 100 precinct will be sent to check out the situation.

The park is locked after dark by a volunteer who unlocks it again in the
morning. While the park is locked at night, if there is anyone inside, they are trespassers and 911 is the telephone number for that.

Our Library was seriously vandalized between August 7 and August 8. An individual committed a crime by trying to burn a side window, either to gain entry to the building through the destroyed window or trying to set the building on fire, or what was just mindless destruction. The person or persons was only partially hidden from the sight of anyone passing by the rounded outside wall surrounding a book carousel. Fortunately, the person did not succeed in gaining entry to the building or torching the entire library.

Nevertheless, the person responsible is being aggressively sought by the security division of the Queens Borough Public Library, which is involved in an intensive investigation into the matter. Anyone who may have seen this crime or anyone loitering about the premises is encouraged to contact the Library system. When the library is closed, anyone caught on the property is a trespasser and is subject to prosecution.

It goes without saying that a hit on any public space in our community-whether it is the Library or a newly redone park-is a hit on everyone in the community. All of the public spaces are paid for with taxpayer dollars and everyone has paid or is still paying taxes for these spaces! It is very sad that a small number of people only destroy and try to ruin things for all of the others.Is there a solution to this problem?

Let me know what you think. Send an email to: Lizbcbits@aol.com.

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