2006-04-28 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

It had been very dry until the April rains started falling. Hopefully, there has been enough rain to thoroughly water all the plant life that is sprouting all around the Channel and nearby as well. It is so nice to see all of the May flowers that a wet April brings. Watching all the pretty flowers gradually opening their little (and sometimes large!) faces to the sun can be exciting, especially if you are the gardener who has labored long and hard hours over those plants.

Christ Presbyterian Church will hold their Annual Spring Craft Fair and Flea Market on Saturday, April 29 in the church hall. Doors are open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Story Time will be coming to the library soon. Children, ages 2 through 5, are invited to bring their parents or grandparents to this special time of songs, music and books for their preschooler age group. Story Time will be held on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. and will be held every week except May 17, through to June 14. Call library at (718) 318-4943 for start date.

I got the following email this past Monday about the Shad Creek Fishing Derby held at the beginning of April: "We had a good turn out for the first year we were running the flounder tournament, considering the lousy weather. I give a lot of credit to the guys for staying out there and roughing it for the day. We had 43 people enter the tournament and about half of them showed up at the weigh-in. The prizes for the tournament went as follows: 1st Place went to Teddy Grover for a 2.40 lb flounder; 2nd Place went to Robin of Howard Beach for a two lb flounder; 3rd Place went to Jim Ferchland with a 1.70 lb flounder, and the Calcutta (3 largest fish) went to Teddy Grover. Once again, we hope everyone had a good time despite the weather. Thanks for your support. Hope to see you at the 12th Annual "It's A Fluke" Tournament on July 8."

The Columbiettes of the Rockaway Council K. of C. are hosting a Ceili on Friday, April 28 at 8 p.m. in the K. of C. Hall on Beach 90 Street in Rockaway. Donation is $10.

Books and Bagels book discussion group is reading "Homeless Bird," by Gloria Whalen. Readers of all types of books, including those who enjoy books on tape, are invited to attend the next meeting to tell about a book that they enjoyed and why they enjoyed it. Next meeting will be on Friday, May 5 at 10 a.m. in the library.

On Sunday, April 30 at 1 p.m. go for a ranger-guided Botany Walk in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. You can learn plant history, listen to folklore and learn the value of wildlife as you see nature unfolding her greenery and buds in the refuge. Registration is necessary; call (718) 318-4340.

On Sunday, May 7 at 10 a.m. bring your binoculars and learn how to bird watch. It is the peak season for songbird migration throughout the refuge and there will be tips and techniques offered so you can learn how to identify them. Reservations are necessary; call (718) 318-4340.

Sunday, May 7 is the last day for viewing RAA's latest exhibit, Paper Trail in sTudio 6 on Fort Tilden from 1 p.m. through 5 p.m. at Fort Tilden. Pipe Dreams, will open in sTudio 6, on May 6. It is a solo exhibition of an alumnus of St. Virgilius School, Roger Carreau, who says he fondly remembers art contests every year in the school. The opening reception will be held on Sunday, May 7. Carreau plans to have entertainment every weekend through his exhibit. The Children's Exhibit, KidSplash 2006, features the artwork of District 5 public school children and will be open on May 13 in sTudio 7. The gallery is open to the public; there is no charge for viewing the artworks. Gallery hours on Saturdays are from noon to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. For further information call RAA at (718) 474-0861 or email them at: rockart116@ aol.com

Independent Marine Corps Cadets, a military style organization, is recruiting young men and women, ages 11 to 18 to become future cadets. Cadets learn the basics of being in the military and are taught a variety of lessons to help build confidence and self-esteem as well as pride and teamwork. Cadets meet Wednesday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. at the American Legion Hall on Crossbay Blvd. in Broad Channel. For more information, contact Col. Cannella at (718) 845-0496 or send email to: ColCan1@aol.com

Has everyone gotten accustomed to seeing blue striped buses rolling down the boulevard, instead of the green and red striped ones we once had? The city's taking over of the private bus lines is supposed to improve bus service, but has it really? Only those folks who ride those buses know for sure. Do you ride the buses? Has service improved? Is service the same or is it worse? Are the buses any cleaner now? Are they dirtier? Or are they the same? If you are a bus rider who would like to weigh in on the matter, give me a call, send an email or drop a note in my mailbox. Responses will be carried in a future column.

I do not know who he was/is so I do not know why what he says would be important to us. That being said-what do you think of this? "The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook." William James.

If your organization has news that belongs 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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