2006-05-26 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

It is almost Memorial Day. It is a holiday, but more importantly it is a day to remember and honor the sacrifice made by our fallen troops. Whether the fallen come from WW I or II, Korea, Vietnam or Iraq, it is time to let our hearts fill with love and gratitude for their sacrifice.

The VFW sent a letter to remind us of the upcoming ceremony and parade to honor our fallen military men and women: "VFW Prince Wynn Post 260 steps forward once again this Memorial Day weekend to salute the men and women of our armed forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice. On Sunday, May 28 there will be a service honoring them at St. Virgilius at 8:30 a.m. This will be followed afterwards by a service at Christ Presbyterian Church by the Sea. Coffee and rolls will follow at the American Legion Hall. The Memorial Day parade will begin at 2 p.m. at the East 21 Road parking lot and end at the George Reikers Memorial at E. 6 Road, with refreshments to be served afterwards at the VFW. All are welcome."

Christ Presbyterian Church will hold their next Game Night on Thursday, June 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Broadway Music will come to the Library on Monday, June 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the person of Teresa Mazzilli who will sing Broadway tunes. Her songs will include favorites from: "Cats," "A Chorus Line" and "Kiss Me Kate." She will also sing romantic songs in different languages: "Arrivederci Roma" in Italian, "Granada" in Spanish, "C'est Si Bon" in French and more. Pre-registration is not required at this event.

P.S. 47 Parents Association will present their Annual Auction on Friday, June 2 at 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the American Legion Hall at 209 Crossbay Blvd. in Broad Channel. $10 admission includes DJ, door prize chance, coffee and cake. To purchase tickets and/or reserve tables in advance contact Michelle at (718) 634-5799. Children are not invited to this event. ADULTS, 18 and over only!

Story Time meets at the library on Wednesdays 10:30 a.m. This program is for children, ages 2 through 5, and is a special time of songs, music and books for their preschooler age group. Story Time will be held through June 14. Call the library at (718) 318-4943 for more information.

Books and Bagels book discussion group has its summer reading program and discussions all set for the summer months. The book, "Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood" by Rebecca Wells is being read at present. The next discussion will be held on Friday, June 2 at 10 a.m. As part of the Library's Summer Reading Programs for Adults, the summer books are: "Namesake," by Michel Goldberg, (a book about the children of Holocaust survivors), with the discussion held on Friday, July 7; "Pompeii," a fiction novel by Robert Harris, will be read next- with the discussion set for Friday, August 4.

On Sunday, May 28 at 9 a.m. watch horseshoe crabs come out of the water onto the sand, mate and lay their eggs in a Horseshoe Crab Walk at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge south of the Addabbo Bridge. This is an annual event along the shores of the bay, which offers an opportunity for people to see creatures that have remained mostly unchanged over millions of years. Call for further information to (718) 318-4340; reservations are required.

A card signed: "With Love and Blessings, Rev. Andrea Zarou" was in my mailbox this past Sunday. This is what it said: "We at Christ Presbyterian Church wish to send our heartfelt 'thank you' to all who came to our first Sunday Breakfast Buffet. You made it a great success."

On Thursday, June 8 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. children are invited to the Library to help celebrate the beginning of the Summer Reading Club. Play games, make crafts, win prizes. Sign up is not necessary. Show up and have fun!

Go on a Sunset Cruise on Sunday, May 28 at 5 p.m. Dorothy B Vlll will sail from the Sheepshead Bay Pier and its narrated tour will offer a history and the ecology of the bay as well as a glimpse of some of the wildlife inhabiting the bay. Cruise is $35 and includes the tour and onboard snacks. Call the American Littoral Society at (718) 318-9344.

Rockaway Artists Alliance will hold its next exhibition, "Bodyscapes," on weekends from June 3 through June 25 at sTudio 7 Gallery, Rockaway Center for the Arts at Fort Tilden, Gateway National Recreation Area. The Opening Reception will be held on Sunday, June 11 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.; it will include entertainment and refreshments. Many of the artists, some of whom are Broad Channel residents, will be on hand. Gallery hours are as follows: Saturdays, from noon to 4 p.m.; Sundays, from 1 to 4 p.m. and by appointment. Admission is free. For further information call (718) 474-0861, e-mail: rockart116@aol.com or visit their website: www.rockawayartistsalliance.org.

There seems to be a big push for seniors to get on the Medicare Part D bandwagon-a penalty has been imposed on those who did not sign on to the plan yet. One senior, who is 90 years young, talked about Medicare and the drug plan business at length. The most important thing she said was this: "We are told to sign up now," she said. "But what we are not told is that we don't have to; if we have something else that works fine, why should we get rid of it?" She smiled: "What I have is better than what they offer; I'm keeping it," she said.

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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