2005-06-10 / Columnists

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By Liz Guarino

The lazy days of summer are almost here officially.

The temperatures have been up there lately.

Last Sunday was a really nice day—the first day there was beach weather this year. In the schools and in many of the local organizations activity is winding down and will soon grind to a halt for the summer months.

Of course, all of it will start back up in September when the weather starts to cool off once again.

On Monday, June 13 at 1:30 p.m. there will be an Irish Music program with Ed Deacy in the Library. Pre-registration is not necessary.

Just show up and enjoy!

The P.S. 47 book discussion group will examine the fiction work “The Secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk Kidd. (This author was a magazine writer at one time.) The discussion will take place on Monday, June 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the school.  Everyone is invited who wants to discuss the book. 

News from P.S. 47: the Dance Festival will be held on Wednesday, June 15, at 9:15 a.m. in the schoolyard in back of the school.

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.

If the flyer I got last week is any indicator, Mardi Gras got off to a running and early start last week. Larry threw his hat in the ring; as a result, Grassy’s had a great sounding dinner last week with proceeds to his campaign. I got the flyer too late to print it here, but the activity is unmistakable.

Day Camp is offered at St. Virgilius this summer. The camp will run from Tuesday, July 5 through Friday, August 26. There is a choice of hours: choose either 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or the extended hours, which are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The fee for regular hours is only $99 per week. Financial assistance is offered for those who apply and qualify.  The camp will consist of arts and crafts, sports, music, outdoor play, community walks, swimming, trips and special events. For more information call John Larkin at the Twelve Towns YMCA at 718-277-1600.

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. 

The proofs of purchase that can help both of our schools really can mount up over the summer. Certain box tops that used to be dumped on the trash heap are worth money to our schools. Computer people can help too: Empty printer cartridges should be put in a small plastic bag—and delivered in September—those, too, help both schools.

Products on which you can find the special box tops number in the hundreds and include: the many General Mills cereals (which are all made with whole grains now) and snack-type products; Bisquick; Bugles; Lloyd’s bowl meals; Totinos Pizza Rolls; tubes of refrigerated dough products like Grands; Hamburger Helper; Old El Paso products; Betty Crocker baking products; Gold Medal flour; Yoplait yogurt products and Nature Valley granola bars to name a few! For a few seconds spent locating and removing the box top, we are all given the opportunity to participate in helping the schools.

Some of the seniors enjoy attending other senior programs. Some programs offer a $1.50 lunch that is well-balanced and sounds absolutely delicious together with a full schedule of activities five days a week. It is located in Temple Beth El at Beach 121 Street and Rockaway Beach Blvd, Rockaway Park. JASA can boast of funding from the NYC Department of the Aging. Intermittent reports have this program in danger of discontinuance due to lack of interest in it, however. Attendance is very, very low. So, call the director, Nancy Fine, before you make the trip there to make sure everything is still in place at 718-634-3044.

Next week high tide will coincide with a full moon. Expect horseshoe crabs to come ashore in droves just south of the North Channel Bridge. Every year at about this time, they come ashore, mate and lay their eggs before sliding over the sand and back into the sea.

Anglers: It is almost time to get that rod and reel from its winter storage place—if you have not already done so. Make sure the line is snag-free before you limber up that casting arm. Fill the gas tank on your boat and think about your favorite fishing spot. But don’t get your bait—yet. The “It’s a Fluke” annual fishing tournament is next month. It will take place on Saturday, July 16.

Further details will be available in a future column.

Last Sunday, noting the elevated temperature, a lot of folks from further north in Queens (and maybe other boroughs) headed to the beach via Cross Bay. Southbound traffic was very heavy for the first half of the day. With only two cash lanes open at the toll bridge, traffic was backed up for at least a couple of miles. Every year we go through this, with the boulevard backed up for miles every weekend at the beginning of the beach season as the traffic crawls toward the toll bridge. The TBTA needs to start opening more toll lanes on weekends when the calendar shows: it’s Memorial weekend!

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