2005-09-16 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

The month of September is well under way: children are back at their books and many of the organizations have held their first meeting or they are planned and pending. After the wilting heat of August, the more moderate weather we are enjoying is invigorating.

Christ Presbyterian Church on Noel Road will hold a Flea Market on Saturday, October 1 from noon till 3 p.m. in the church hall. Lunch will be available. All monies raised from this event will be sent to their sister church in Louisiana, which is caring for survivors of Hurricane Katrina.

You don’t have to have a disability to attend this Mass. 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 p.m. 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. 13 Road in the 1940’s and was from Scotland; 3) William Grolz who owned a hotel at the Raunt in the early 1900’s.

Calling all cat lovers! The ASPCA spay/neuter van will 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 a space to rent or donate, for 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. (Thanks for the emails on this. Keep them coming! There are kittens among the cats. Even though they may not used to being handled by people yet, they are young enough to do just fine in homes. Anyone wishing to adopt a kitten might consider adopting a kitten from this population after neutering and saving it from a short life on the streets—house cats live on average at least twice as long as stray cats.)

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.

Broad Channel Pre-K will be hosting a Bake Sale in front of the Firehouse after all the masses on Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9.  All proceeds to go to the Broad Channel Pre-k. 

On Sunday, September 17 at sunset, stargazers should turn their eyes to the moon, which will look larger than usual and appear to be red. This moon is called the Harvest Moon, which had been sung about in a popular song of an earlier time. If the sky is clear, people should be able to see the moon easily. Binoculars will give more detail.

Asters, goldenrods and other late blooming flowers can be seen in a Wildflower Walk on Sunday, September 18 at 10 a.m. in the Wildlife Refuge. Register for this botany walk by calling 718 318-4340.

Enjoy Jamaica Bay Sunset Cruise on Sunday, September 18 by phoning the American Littoral Society at 718 318-9344. The cruise will cost $35 which includes the boat tour of Jamaica Bay and on-board snacks. Tour is 3 hours; attendees will learn about the history, ecology and wildlife of the bay.

Did you save your proofs of purchase [box tops, labels and empty ink cartridges from your pc printer] to benefit the school of your choice? Now is a good time to pop in to the school offices and deliver the pops to either of our two elementary schools. Don’t forget to put the ink cartridges in a plastic bag. All of these “throwaways” are worth money to the schools.

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