2004-06-04 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

With a bit of variable weather preceding it, June quietly tiptoed in. Can you believe it? School will soon be finished and a lot of happy kids will be free of their books for the summer! Before too long, insects will be biting. The birds will be feasting as they tend their nests, helping their nestlings grow strong enough to withstand the winter they will face at the end of this year.

On Friday, June 11 at 7 p.m. at the All Wars Veterans Memorial at the 17th Road Park the concluding ceremony of the 50th anniversary celebration of the cessation of hostilities in the Korean War will be held. Awards will be presented that were not received last year. Senator Hillary Clinton will present a senatorial proclamation to members of the heroes’ families. Congressman Weiner will present to the families the medals that each of the heroes has won. Last year the New York State Conspicuous Service Star did not arrive in time for the ceremony. This year it will be presented by Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer and NYS Division of Veterans Affairs assistant director Ben Weisbroth. It is requested that all Posts take part in this event with their color guards.

After the ceremony the parade will step off and march up Cross Bay to the American Legion Hall, where there will be music and refreshments in the Hall. Prior to the parade the elected officials and the Queens County Commander will present Sears Roebuck Inc. with a plaque to recognize them for their treatment of those employees who have been called to active military duty in Afghanistan and Iraq. Sears is paying the difference in salary, including medical and bonus program for up to 36 months.

The Broad Channel Library is asking for donations of new or good condition CD’s and DVD’s. They will be sent to the overseas troops as part of Operation Gratitude. Read more about the program on the internet at: www. opgratitude.com.

Memorial Day always brings a flurry of summer activities after it and PS 47 is winding down the school year with festive celebrations in the very busy month of June. On Friday, June 4 the honor students in grades 7 and 8 will be inducted into the National Junior Honor Society. Tuesday, June 8 will be their Frank and Field Day at the Broad Channel Field. On Monday, June 14 their Annual Dance Festival will be held. On Tuesday, June 15 at 9:30 a.m. P.S. 47 will hold its Math Circus. P.S. 47 has received the Team Up to Clean Up Award for cleaning the lot across the street from the school on Power Road! The award will be presented on Wednesday, June 16. Stepping-Up for the school’s Kindergarten students will be held on Tuesday, June 22. On Wednesday, June 23 the 8th grade students will have their graduation ceremony. School closes on Friday, June 25 for all students.

The American Legion has a website at: ww.americanlegionpost1404.com.  If you are not online at home, our little Library is; the staff there will help you into cyberspace so you can see the site. (The site is new and still under construction.)

On two Wednesdays, June 2 and 16, "Horseshoe Crab Walks," sponsored by the American Littoral Society, will take place in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge at 7:30 p.m.

Call (718) 318-9344 for more information.

On Friday, June 4 at 7 p.m. at the North Channel Yacht Club at 1620 Church Road there will be a Chinese Auction hosted by the P.S. 47 P.T.A. Admission is $10 and includes soda, chance on door prize and novelty tickets. Cash bar is available.

Call for reservations: Anna 718 945-8871, Eileen 718 474-1301 or Lisa 718 945-1471.

Adults only, please.

On Monday, June 21 at 6:30 p.m., Dana Rainjitanunda will lead a workshop on meditation for inner peace and social harmony. Called "How to Meditate," this stress reduction workshop is a good one for working people.

Book Discussions are set for the summer months. The first will take place on Thursday, July 15 at 10 a.m. "Awakening" will be under discussion on that day.

On Thursday, August 26, at 10 a.m. the novel, "A Year in Provence," by Peter Mayle will be discussed. This book deals with life in Provence, France and is a funny book. 

A four session workshop of Beginner’s Quilting designed for children age 8 and up will be held at the Library on Friday, July 9, Tuesday, July 13, Friday, July 16 and Monday, July 19 at 1 p.m. Class size is limited and pre-registration is required.

Call to register at 718 318-4943.

All materials for this workshop are provided by the Library.

Advanced Drawing Classes with Sister Jean Shea at the Library are designed for talented teens. Sign up for this workshop to be held on two consecutive days: Wednesday, July 7 and Thursday, July 8 at 1 p.m.

Available for use now is a Medicare drug card which offers discounts to participating seniors on prescription medicines.

Enrollment is not automatic, but those enrolling are obligated to stay with the program until the end of the year. It is not a well-kept secret that certain prescription drugs can be extremely expensive. Some seniors do have EPIC, a NYS prescription plan, which helps.

Others have a co-payment from an HMO which is good too.

From all reports the card does not seem to be popular at this point. People are considering their options carefully before they make any changes.

I always feel bad when I cannot print information because I get the information too late. I need to receive info by 9 a.m. on Tuesday morning if it is to appear that Friday.

Help me to help you publicize your event by getting the information to me before I submit the column.

I do not want to disappoint anyone!

Mardi Gras happening?

Other important event? Will your organization do anything over the summer months? Share the news with your neighbors. Send email to: Lizbc bits@aol.com.

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