2006-06-02 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

First Day Of Summer Almost Here
By Liz Guarino

The first official day of summer is almost here; it is a very short distance to June 21. But no one needs a specific date to tell them it's time to break out shorts and sandals and other warm weather gear. And Mardi Gras activity is waiting in the wings!

An email from Dan McIntyre arrived earlier this week; this is what it said: "Just as a reminder, the BCVFD 2006 Fund Drive will be coming to a close in the next few weeks. Our goal of participation remains unfulfilled. 33% of our friends and neighbors have contributed so far; most have met or exceeded the requested $75 donation. We thank you. We will distribute your door and phone "We Care We Gave" labels shortly. We hope to visit all those neighbors that were out when we came by these last few weeks but it would be appreciated if donations were sent directly to us via the mail. Receipts will be issued upon request. One final note, the BCVFD web site is undergoing a major overhaul. We invite you to visit us at: http://www.broadchannelvfd.org/index.html. Thanks to Dan McIntyre, Chief, BCVFD"

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 Cross Bay 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), which discussion will be 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 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 take place 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, or e-mail: rockart116@aol. com or visit their website: www.rockawayartistsalliance.org.

People who live close to the water, as we do, might be more aware than others how important it is to keep our environment clean and litter free. The Bigger Better Bottle Bill, if passed, will cut down on litter in and around the bay. This bill will place a deposit on non-carbonated beverage bottles at time of purchase. (When deposits were imposed on soda bottles, the number of them littering the landscape dropped a lot. Now, however, people tend to drink non-carbonated beverages and the bottles are found in the bay and at the shore, instead of soda bottles. Unclaimed deposits will be returned

by the beverage maker to the State Environmental Protection Fund to fund recycling and other environmental programs.) Senator Joe Bruno and Senator Ada Smith need to hear from the public on this bill. To help keep our community and coastal area cleaner and more litter-free, call, write or email both politicians to let your wishes be known. Bruno's contact information follows: Senator Joseph L. Bruno Majority Leader; 909 Legislative Office Building; Albany, NY 12247.

Phone number is (518) 455-3191; email is: bruno@senate.state.ny.us

Smith's contact information is as follows: Senator Ada Smith; 116-43 Sutphin Boulevard; Jamaica, NY 11434. Her phone number is 718-322-2537 and her email is: smith@senate. state. ny.us Tell Smith you want her to support S.1290; let Bruno know you want him to bring the Bigger Better Bottle Bill to a vote in the Senate.

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