2005-06-17 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

It is so obvious from the hot, humid days we have been experiencing that June 21 is the first official day of summer. June is always such a busy month—with, of course, graduations— and more weddings than any other month. There is always so much activity in this month—before it gets to be July and more intense heat comes our way.

The last day of school is fast approaching—the children are probably feeling pretty excited over the prospect of nothing but leisure time, no homework, swimming pools and lots of movies premiering over the summertime! It would be great—or would it?—if adults had off all summer from their duties and obligations too! But then traffic would crawl along 24/7!

Newsday has a feature called Futurecorps in which it features students who work together at a task that enriches the lives of (often) less fortunate neighbors. On Tuesday, June 7 students in grades 6 through 8 were mentioned in the newspaper in connection with a project they had done for seniors in Peninsula Adult Day Care Center. Called “Warm Hands-Warm Hearts,” the project saw the kids organizing collection of hats, scarves and gloves to be distributed to the seniors. Obviously, the collection took place in cold weather, but the kids were mentioned in the paper again last week! Nice going, kids!

On Sunday, June 19 at 10 a.m. there will be a Wildflower Walk in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. This will be a ranger-led outing to observe wildflowers that are blooming now and the insects that visit them. Reservations are a must; make them by calling 718 3128-4340.

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. 

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. 

Obtain applications for New York State exam N.Y. State Court Officer-Trainee Exam, which are available online, by using .courts.state.ny.us/ car eers/exams/COtrainee-exam-announ

ce-guide-2005.pdf. Applications must be postmarked and mailed no later than: July 29, 2005. Test Dates are later this year; the first on October 22 and the next on December 10.

Both of our schools are involved in the General Mills box tops for education program, which has a website located at: www.boxtopsforeducation. com Each of the designated box tops is worth 10 cents to the school which gets it! There is a box in the main lobby of P.S. 47 to collect them. At St. Virgilius School they can be left at the school office or deposited in the designated receptacle in the rear of the church. Or hang on to them for September.

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 boxtops 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 yoghurt products and Nature Valley granola bars to name a few! For a few seconds spent locating and removing the boxtop, we are all given the opportunity to participate in helping the schools.

It is almost time for those free summer concerts to begin at Gateway. They always draw a large crowd. A comfortable beach chair is a must—and so—I think—is a sweater. Those offshore breezes can be quite cool! We are very fortunate to have these concerts so close. This year, there is a talent competition called “Reach for the Stars,” on July 24. Something new added to the roster—this should be a big favorite.

I get email from other states and other countries too! Earlier this week I got an email from a man (whose name I’m withholding for now) and who has a resort in Puerto Rico. He is looking for information about the Iroquois Yacht Club and will appreciate any information he gets on the club—he said his grandfather was a commodore. Does anyone out there have any information on this club? Where was it—when was it operating? When did it disband or move? Who belonged to it? What kind of activities did it sponsor? Information on this yacht club would be greatly appreciated. Photos would be scanned and returned unharmed.

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.

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