2005-09-09 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

Monday was a great day for a parade—with deep blue skies and only a cloud or two—many parade goers clustered in groups in the shade provided by the trees lining the boulevard.

As always, the floats were spectacular shows of ingenuity—from Baby Face’s frothy whiteness to Support the Troops and the U.S.S. Broad Channel to Candyland to Ducks on Parade. The floats—as always— showed such imagination, creativity, flair and talent on the part of those thinking up the designs, making all the parts, and putting them together. Watching them pass is a pretty special happening. Of course, the walkers, skateboarders and bicyclists add their sense of fun to the event.

All the school-age children are back in the classrooms with their minds set on learning, schoolwork and homework once again. Most of the organizations are in full swing— with meetings, fundraisers and other events on their calendars. September weather is usually quite pleasant and most folks feel happy to have escaped the “dog days” of August. [And don’t forget to vote in the primary—Tuesday, September 13.]

The first meeting of the seniors’ 2005 to 2006 season was held this past Thursday. Every Thursday at 12:30 p.m. in the Christ Presbyterian Church Hall on Church Road, the seniors get together to enjoy the company of others and the different activities they sponsor. 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. A reception will be held in the church hall after the service; refreshments will be served.

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 by Jodi Picoult.

Remember to mark October 2 Historical Day on your 2005 historical calendar. Help celebrate the 11th annual event at the VFW Hall on Shad Creek Road from noon to 5 PM. Hope you can bring some old pictures or other memorabilia of Broad Channel. The 2006 calendar (containing times of high tide) will be on sale for $5. Calendars can be purchased at Grassy’s, All American Deli, Channel Cutters, Broad Channel Grocery, and from members of the Historical Committee.

The committee needs your help answering inquiries from relatives of people who once lived in the area. Please contact Barbara at 718 474-1127 if you have any information on the following: 1) Marion Wilkens Aldrich Fleischman who lived here in the 1930’s and 40’s and had a daughter, Harriet Aldrich; 2) J.MacMillan who lived at 56 W. 13th Road in the 1940’s and was from Scotland; 3) William Grolz who owned a hotel at the Raunt in the early 1900’s.

One of our neighbors needs volunteers to step up to the plate and lend a hand with a project that will benefit the community. Taking steps to curb the ever-expanding problem of stray cats, our neighbor has gotten the ASPCA spay/neuter van to come to West 12th Road and one or two other roads) on Saturday, October 15 to gently trap, spay or neuter and release the stray cats. The animals will not be hurt at all in this process. [Note that the ASPCA van will not take any pets.] Volunteers are greatly needed for this effort to be successful. A large space is needed to keep the cats for a day or so after surgery to make sure they’re ok. Even a garage would be suitable for this purpose. 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 forward all responses to our neighbor who’s heading up the effort. This will be an ongoing program, with repeat visits scheduled until all the stray cats are neutered. The ASPCA indicated it may be interested in an article on this program, which will result in favorable publicity for the community.

The photos and reports of the devastation from Hurricane Katrina are difficult to look at and listen to without a great deal of empathy. So many people have lost so much—everything they own plus family members. People who live near the water do have a better idea than those who live further inland of how much damage out-of-control water can bring to an area. Remember our community during and after the nor’easter in the early ‘90s? One teen was heard to remark that in some places, the Channel looked like Florida after a hurricane. Of course, the devastation in the south is much worse than our community suffered from the nor’easter, including heavy loss of life.

If you want to donate to relief efforts, many churches are in the process of collecting money to help with relief efforts. Here are some other organizations and their “800” numbers: Salvation Army, 800 SAL-ARMY(725-2769); Boys and Girls Clubs of America, 800 805-2582; Church World Services, 800 297-1516. Online is the United Way at: www.unitedway.org

On Sunday, October 9, there will be a communion brunch after the 11:30 a.m. mass at St. Virgilius. Jointly sponsored by the St. Virgilius P.A., the Rosary Altar Society and the Golden Age Club, the cost is $10 per person. The brunch will take place in the church hall of Christ Presbyterian Church.

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

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