2005-09-02 / Columnists

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BCVFD Mardi Gras For Labor Day Weekend

Hopefully, the weather this weekend will cooperate and be suitable for all the planned activities this lovely three-day Labor weekend. Mardi Gras weekend is here—the most fun-filled weekend in the Channel all year—and one that the entire summer and all of its fun and fundraising activities are geared for. From Countdown Night on Friday through the Grand Parade on Monday this weekend also serves as a good, yet unofficial send-off to the fun, happy and carefree days of summer.

A nice note found its way into my mailbox. It read: “We at Christ Church wish to thank all who attended our Second Game Night. There were a few new faces that joined in with the Old Faithful. All had a great time. Thanks for your support.” When the church has another Game Night, it will be mentioned here!

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. Members must be 50 or over.

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.

I got some mail about the other Liz Guarino. As near as I can tell, she doesn’t live here—yet—but some of her relatives do.

The Books ‘n Bagels book discussion will be held next on Wednesday, September 28 at 10 a.m. in the Library. (Note that members chose a different day of the week to meet.) Under discussion will be “My Sister’s Keeper.”

The P.S. 47 teachers return to the classroom on Tuesday, September 6 and the students follow two days later on Thursday, September 8. (Both the principal, Pat Tubridy, and assistant principal, Mary Theresa Nelson, returned on Monday, August 29 and are already hard at work to assure smooth running of the first day of classes).

The first day of classes for St. Virgilius students will be Wednesday, September 7. The school office was open every day this week from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for bringing accounts up to date and issuing entrance passes for students so they can start classes on time.

One of our neighbors, concerned with the problem of growing numbers of stray cats, has gotten the ASPCA spay/neuter van to come to West 12th Road and one or two other road) on Saturday, October 15 to trap, spay or neuter and release the stray cats. The animals will not be hurt at all in this process. [The ASPCA van will not take any pets.] Volunteers are needed for this effort to be successful. Also needed is a large space—a garage will do—to keep the cats for a day or so after surgery—to make sure they’re ok. If you have space to rent [or donate!], or want to volunteer in this effort to keep the stray cat population from increasing, contact me. I will refer all responses to our neighbor who’s heading up the effort.

Parents who waited till just before school opens for their back to school shopping can feel rewarded with tax free week. Extending from August 30 through September 5, the week-long remission of the New York sales tax on clothing and shoes costing less than $110 will help you save money. Additionally, on September 1 the New York City sales tax was permanently removed on clothing and shoes costing less than $110, saving you even more.

On Tuesday, September 6 stargazers can look into the western sky after sunset. Venus, the moon and Jupiter line up from left to right and will be visible if it is a clear night through binoculars. The star Spica will be almost directly below Venus. On September 7 the moon will be to the left of Venus

Quote of the Week: “Nobody likes portable toilets until they have to run into one.” One of many quotes from Charles Howard used by New York Times writer Joseph Berger in his profile on him, which ran last week. The writer told of Charles’s business sense and background as well as his marketing strategies, his plans for the different properties he owns and the vision he hopes to achieve for the island in the future. Woven through the article is a history and basic description of the community.

Interestingly, Berger appears to have written two articles—they are both profiles on Charles, but they are different versions. The one appeared in the paper and the other appears to be an electronic version; one should be available on the website; the other should be a “hard copy.” Both ran on Wednesday, August 24. One of our neighbors was kind enough to email me the article. To read at least one version of the article go to the Times website. If you recycled your newspaper, you can still get a hold of and read the article. The Howard Beach Library keeps all copies of the New York Times for months. Just ask at the main desk for the 8/24 issue of the newspaper.

You will be able to copy it so you can share it with others or read it in the library. It will be under either one of two titles: “After Porta-Potties, Pursuing a Legacy More Lasting” or “What’s That Scent? It’s Change in the Air.”

If you have an item of news 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 sign your email; like the rest of the newspaper, I cannot publish info that comes without a name.]

Send email to: Lizbcbits@aol.com

By Liz Guarino

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