2006-07-21 / Columnists

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Coming To The 'Dog Days' Of Summer
By Liz Guarino

As the season chugs slowly and steadily past mid-summer, we have already experienced some of the "dog days"-those hot, humid days when seniors and babies are cautioned to stay indoors and limit activity. At this point in the summer, it is dark at around 9 p.m.-but darkness will come a bit earlier each day from now on-it may be only a difference of a minute or two, but it adds up to a very noticeable difference by the end of August. If you gaze skyward, don't forget to check out the sunsets-they are fabulous this time of year.

Christ Presbyterian Church by the Sea will have a Game Night at 7 p.m. in the church hall every other Thursday. The next Game Night will be on July 27.

Mardi Gras reminder: Chances for $100 each are being sold by the Mardi Gras committees. The prize is $10,000. All proceeds willgo to the BCAC. Only 400 chances will be sold. 

The following note came from BCVFD in an email: "The BCVFD will be concluding fund drive activities for 2006. We would like to thank all those who participated and remind everyone else it's not too late to send a donation in. We will be distributing 'thank you letters' and 'we gave' stickers shortly." Dan McIntyre, BCVFD

Books and Bagels book discussion group is reading "Pompeii," a fiction novel by Robert Harris. The discussion date for this novel is Friday, August 4 at 10 a.m. at the Library. The next book to be discussed is "Brick Lane" by Monica Ali; a discussion date for this book has not yet been set.

Learn about Ospreys, birds of prey, at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, July 23 from 2 to 4 p.m. Surviving in an urban area is a challenge to these animals. Learn what is being done to help them. Bring bottled water, sunscreen, insect repellent and binoculars. Call (718) 318-4340 for more information. Sign up is required.

In its summer-long workshops series, the Library brings programs suitable for all ages. On Tuesday, July 25 children ages 3 to 5 can make their own Flower Pop at 3 p.m. at the Library. On Wednesday, July 26 a two session (session two is August 2) workshop, "Design your Own Shirt" is being held for teens age 13 to 18 at 3 p.m. On Thursday, July 27 all ages can enjoy the Moveable Museum of the Museum of Natural History which will have dinosaurs on board from 1 to 3 p.m. On Friday, July 21 and 28 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. all ages are invited to play Board Games. Register for all workshops; call (718) 318-4943.

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge will be the scene of much Shorebird viewing on Saturday, August 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Ron Bourque, an expert birder who is one of the park's volunteers, will lead a walk to the East Pond; it is peak migration time. Learn how to identify "peeps" and about conservation issues which affect the shorebirds. Participants are advised to bring binoculars, insect repellent, sunscreen, bottled water and waterproof boots. Sign up for this event. Call (718) 318-4943 for further information.

Sunset Picnic Concerts 2006 will hold their next concert on Sunday, July 30 at 6 p.m. It will be an evening of Irish songs brought to listeners by "Andy Cooney and Band." Concerts are held outdoors at the Gateway National Recreation Area. Bring a beach chair, the kids and a picnic (the picnic is optional). Concerts are free.

It's a bad feeling when all you want is to go home and someone keeps you from doing it. Last Wednesday (July 12) two of us went into Rockaway to do an errand. (The terrible van accident happened an hour before we left; news about the accident was not available then.)

Following is what happened to us and other motorists because of it: There were a lot of TBTA employees on the roadway after the tollgate. I figured something was up, but did not really know what; none of the workers were talking about it either. On the Rockaway side of the bridge on the way back, a patrol car blocked the ramp to the bridge, so we went to the ramp off the Rockaway Freeway. That ramp to the bridge entrance was blocked by one patrol car, while three TBTA employees turned away cars driven by non-Channel residents when the drivers' licenses showed they didn't live here. The driver in front of us actually said he didn't have his license with him-not something most people would say when they're behind the wheel!

The TBTA guys even said no to a Q53 bus heading north and the people got off the bus in droves, presumably heading for the nearest subway station to continue their trips. With proof of address we were allowed over the bridge, but there were no other vehicles in the northbound lane. Only a couple of cars joined us in the northbound lane after we got into the Channel. It felt very weird to have to prove a B.C. address for the most basic of reasons-to be allowed to go home. At least they allowed residents passage over the bridge-on other occasions it has been denied. The following morning I learned that the bridge was partially closed due to the terrible van accident.

If you or your organization has news that belongs in this space, or if you want to start a support or other type of group that will improve the lives of others, 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.

Email can be sent to: Lizbcbits@ aol.com.

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