2005-05-20 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

Ah spring! Each passing week the weather is a bit better than the week before. More flowers are blooming—filling the gardens around our community with lots of bright color—and the trees look fuller and leafier each day. People are enjoying getting out and about. And the unofficial start of summer is right around the corner!

The P.S. 47 PTA is sponsoring a Second Annual Family Fun Night at the American Legion Hall, Cross Bay Blvd. in B.C. on Friday, May 20 at 7 p.m.; doors open at 6:30 p.m. “Kinderbeat” an interactive music program is featured for children age 4 to 10. Seats are limited. Admission is $3 each, payable at door. Proceeds will be used by the Enrichment Committee to fund future events.

Christ Presbyterian Church on Noel Road off Cross Bay Blvd. will hold its annual Spring Flea Market on Saturday, May 21 at 10 a.m., rain or shine.

On Saturday, May 21 the P.S. 47 PTA will be hosting a yard sale located in Grassy’s parking lot starting at 10 a.m. Anyone wishing to contribute to the yard sale, please bring your item(s) on Saturday at 9 a.m. prior to the sale. All proceeds from the yard sale will be used to get great prizes for a Chinese Auction, which will be held on Friday, June 3 at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Hall. To reserve tickets for the Chinese Auction contact Michelle 718-634-5799 or Karen 718-945-9041. Seats are limited.

Saturday, May 21 will be Broad Channel Beautification Day/Mall Spruce Up.  Volunteers are sought to come out and adopt a tree pit and clean it up on this day. Last year some tree pits were left untouched; all neighbors from down the side blocks are asked to come out and see where they can be of help! Let’s all be involved in keeping Broad Channel beautiful. Spread the word, as the civic does not have anyone taking charge of this day. If you can volunteer to help organize the day please see our civic association president, John Spataro. 

In thanksgiving and celebration of the 10 year anniversary of “His Final

Touch” prayer group, a Healing Mass will be held on Monday, May 23.

The recitation of the Rosary will begin at 7 p.m.; Mass will start at 7:30 p.m. at St. Virgilius Church on Noel Road. The mass Celebrant will be Rev. Peter Gillen.  Music will be provided by Al Barbarino. All are invited to attend.

‘Story Time’ came to the B.C. Library earlier this month. It will take place every Thursday until June 30 at 10:30 a.m. Preschool-age children (from 1 ½ to 5) and their Mom or Dad or both of them, will be able to enjoy 20 to 30 minutes of songs and stories! Pre-registration is not required. Just show up and enjoy!

P.S. 47 has formed a book discussion group. The book they are planning to examine is “The Secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk Kidd. The next discussion will take place on Friday, June 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the school. Everyone is invited who wants to discuss the book. 

At the Refuge several activities are planned for the end of this month: Spring Migrants will take place on Sunday, May 22 at 9 a.m.; bring binoculars on this ranger led trek to spot different types of birds—it is the peak of the spring migration. Horseshoe Crab Walk will take place at the North Channel Bridge on Monday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m. Bring waterproof boots to watch hordes of these ancient sea creatures mate and lay their eggs in this annual spectacle. On Sunday, May 29 at 1 p.m. there will be a Wildflower Walk. Register for all events at 718-318-4340.

Jamaica Bay Sunset Ecology Cruise will take place on Saturday, May 28 at 5 p.m. Cost is $35 for three-hour cruise. Call American Littoral Society at 718-318-9344 to learn more, reserve seat. Cost includes tour and onboard snacks.

Books and Bagels, the library book discussion group, will be examining Julie and Romeo by Jeanne Ray at the next meeting on Tuesday, June 14 at 10 a.m. The July meeting is set for Tuesday, July 12 when the group will discuss The Diary of Anne Frank. The timing of this last title is interesting because Anne Frank has been in the news of recent weeks.

St. Virgilius School is hosting an open house on Friday, May 20 and Monday, May 23 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.; 1 to 2 p.m. and 6 and 8 p.m. on both days. Come, visit the classes and see the school.

Brownie Troop #4747 will be spending the night at the Long Island Children’s Museum on June 17. The Museum has organized a sleepover for Brownies and Junior Scouts. Girl Scouts from all over will have the Museum to themselves for exploration; they will participate in special programming, and sleep in their favorite exhibits. 

Upcoming Events for Memorial Day: On Sunday, May 29 at 8:30 a.m. there will be a church service at St. Virgilius followed by a service at Christ Presbyterian Church, both on Noel Road. After the services are concluded there will be coffee and rolls served at the American Legion Hall on Cross Bay Blvd. The parade steps off from the parking lot on the east side at 21 Road and will end at the George Rieckers Memorial on the mall at 6 Road. After the parade refreshments will be served at the VFW Hall on Shad Creek Road.

If you have been to the Wildlife Refuge, you have seen what will be the new visitor center. The new building will be accessible to wheelchair users, will be larger and contain a theater.

If you have an item of news or information you would like to see in this space, please get the information to me by 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning if it needs to appear in the same week’s issue of The Wave. Send email to: Lizbcbits@aol.com.

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