2005-08-25 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino


The rain stayed away last weekend, which was good for the Carnival-goers. This is the last column in the month of August.

It’s almost time for our young people to get their minds into study mode. Back to school sales have been advertising their goods since at least the beginning of August.

Do the storeowners think that folks will forget about shopping for “back to school” if the stores don’t start advertising early enough?

Or leave the ads till the last minute or, heaven forbid, totally forget to advertise?

The Second Annual Big Band Night at the Back House on the Bay will take place on Friday, August 26 from 7:30 p.m. to midnight. Duffy’s Pub is presenting the evening for Bubba and Gloria as they continue in their bids for Mayor and Deputy Mayor. Admission is $15 per person. There will be beer, food and music. Call Bernie at 718 634-4280 or Eileen at 718 474-1301 for tickets. Proceeds to BCVFD.

On Thursday’s, Grassy’s has dinners to benefit Larry in his bid for President from 5 to 7 p.m. Call for dinner selection of September 1.

Eat in Grassy’s (eat-ins get a complimentary glass of wine with dinner) or call for delivery, 718 474-1688.

On Saturdays and Sundays, there will be Car Washes.

Proceeds from events will be used to support BCVFD.

Mardi Gras 2005 at Duffy’s Pub will have home cooked meals every Wednesday night for kids and adults from 5 p.m. until ??.

Call for information on August 31 dinners and reservations/ delivery, 718 318-2300. Duffy’s will even deliver in Rockaway from Beach 90 to Beach 129 Streets. No charge for toll! All proceeds to support BCVFD.

NYC Audubon Shorebird Walk at the Wildlife Refuge will take place on Sunday, August 28 at 2 p.m.

It is the peak of migration through the refuge, with a big variety of shorebirds to be seen.

Learn about the problems these passersby face. Wear waterproof boots, bring binoculars and wear sunscreen. Don’t forget to sign up; use insect repellent and bring bottled water to the Walk.

On Tuesday, August 30 at 2 p.m. at the Library for children ages 5 through 12 there will be a program called Owl Moon. It is presented by the Queens Zoo.

The first meeting of the seniors’ 2005 to 2006 season is just around the corner. It will be held on Thursday, September 8 at 12:30 p.m. in the Christ Presbyterian Church Hall on Church Road.

The seniors told me they hope to expand their membership and will offer a variety of activities so the group will appeal to a wider range of people. Members must be 50 or over.

Seniors plan to have guest speakers, birthday cakes and parties such as St. Pat’s, Christmas and more.

They have horseracing and bingo; they go on trips to near places and to further locations.

Their guest speakers always bring interesting facts to talk about and keep the seniors informed of what is going on. When a representative from the Police Department visited, he informed them that 10,000 new homes were planned for the Rockaways over a 5 year period, bringing an average of 30,000 new residents to the area—pretty important information. A speaker from Peninsula Hospital told them that the hospital boasts a Stroke Center. Only 5 hospitals in NYC have stroke centers; it’s nice to have one in the area.

The Second Annual Disability Awareness Mass in Queens South cluster 3 of the R.C. Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens will be held at St. Gertrude Church at Beach 38 Street on Saturday, September 17 at 4 p.m. This Mass fulfills the Sunday obligation and is being planned by the Parish Advocates from churches in the Rockaways and Broad Channel.

The month of September brings cooler, more comfortable temperatures and a spate of activity as people prepare their homes for the winter.

Anyone who needs their sidewalk fixed knows fall is a good time to pour concrete.

At one time, homeowners were responsible for the cement work if a tree in front of the house pushed the sidewalk up in the air.

The city would trim the tree roots but the homeowner had to find and pay the contractor without help from the city.

Things have changed. Enter the Tree and Sidewalk Repair Program, where the city pays for all repairs to the sidewalk and tree roots. And homeowners don’t have to schedule a Parks and Forestry crew to evaluate the tree roots either.

There is an easy way to avoid all of the hassle that happens when tree roots push up sidewalks—just dial 311, explain the problem and give the info they need.

The city will handle the sidewalk and the roots and homeowners can think about other things.

What’s in a name? Plenty, it turns out. It’s no secret that I enjoy my email, heck—I depend on it. Anyway, I got a very interesting email the other day that I’d like to share with readers. The email was very surprising, to say the least. The subject line read: “name.” The email address was totally unfamiliar.

I opened it and read the following words: “I had to take a double take. My name is also Liz Guarino! My brother-in law and sister-in law live in Broad Channel and I came upon your article while looking for houses for sale. 

Guarino isn’t a very popular name and to have the same first name as well.. how unusual!” Thanks for writing, Liz. It’s hard to believe there are two of us walking around with the same name!

If you have an item of news or that you want published in this space, please get the information to me by 9:30 a.m. on the Tuesday before you need the item to appear in The Wave.

[Please be sure to sign your email; like the rest of the newspaper, I cannot publish info that comes without a name.]

Send all of your email to: Lizbcbits@ aol.com.

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