2006-06-09 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

The days of late have been so nice they almost make up for the drenching rains that have been poured on us. Last Friday the rains flooded out subway tunnels and stranded thousands of people who work in midtown Manhattan. Lines for alternate transportation were tremendous and the wait hours long. At least one of our neighbors gave up on waiting for a shuttle bus and walked from Manhattan into Queens!

Mardi Gras has begun! Sabrina and her sister are running their children: Jackie, Alison, Emily and Jamie for Babyface, under the name "Jackie's Angels."They will be having a bake sale on Sunday, June 25 after the masses. They are selling chances for $100 each; prize is $10,000. All proceeds willgo to the BCAC.Chances are available from Sabrina at 718 634-4632.Only 400 chances will be sold.(The other committees are also selling those chances.)

Jackie's Angels will be running a 'phone raiser' fundraiser-which is a way for people to recycle their old cellular phones and printer cartridges from their computer printer.Items will be collected the entire month of June and up until the Fourth of July. Any business or individual(s) interested in helping them can drop items off at 406 Cross Bay Blvd. or call Sabrina at 718 634-4632.

Jackie's Angels for Babyface will have a table at the Shad Creek Block Sale on June 11; all of the proceeds will go to the BCAC. Anyone interested in making donations of items to sell can call Sabrina at 718 634-4632.

There will be a Shad Creek Road Block Sale on Sunday, June 11 with 11 families taking part-808 Shad Creek is raising money for BCAC while 806 Shad Creek will raise money for Cystic Fibrosis.

BCVFD has revamped their web site. There have been many links installed by their web designer. Find it at: http://www.broadchannelvfd.org/ index.html You can use their contact page to drop them a line.

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. Some of the members already have the books for the next discussions in July and August. As part of the Library's Summer Reading Programs for Adults, the remaining summer books are: "The Namesake," by Jhumpa Lahiri, who has written on the Indian immigrant experience in this first novel, which discussion will be held on Friday, July 7; "Pompeii," a novel by Robert Harris, will be read next- with the discussion set for Friday, August 4.

Folks who were not able to make the Sunset Cruise last weekend will be pleased to learn that two cruises on Jamaica Bay will be held in the fall. 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. Call the American Littoral Society at 718 318-9344 for more information on these outings or visit their website at: www.alsnyc.org.

Rockaway Artists Alliance will hold its current exhibition, "Bodyscapes," on weekends 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.

In an ongoing policy, the Library is encouraging library patrons 16 years old or younger to read and pay off library fines on their cards. All the young people have to do is go to the library and read for at least 1/2 hour to get Library Bucks worth $1 toward existing fines. If they read for an hour, they earn Bucks worth $2 off their fines. There are rules to this offer, so check it out with the librarian.

One of our neighbors hopes to start a chess club here; she has a meeting place all set and just needs members. If you do not know how to play chess, instruction will be provided. All that is needed now are interested players. Chess anyone? Send an email indicating interest and I will forward it; drop a note in my mailbox or leave a voice mail-I will get them to her.

Another one of our neighbors told me that she was not sure if her idea belonged in this space. She hopes to connect area parents whose children have a specific disability. It sounded very good to me and I hope to bring you more information about this in a future column. If you have an idea about something you would like to see happen, don't keep it under your hat because you are unsure that anyone will be interested. Let's talk about it. Your thought, plan or idea may very well be what one of our neighbors has been wishing for!

If you want to start a support or other type of group that will help and enrich the lives of others or 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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