2006-09-01 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

It's Labor Day weekend and here is the Mardi Gras schedule of events:

On Friday, September 1 from 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. is the Countdown for Most Popular Bar and Baby Face at the B.C.A.C. Memorial Field, 1st Road, Bouncy Castle- DJ Teddy, food, beer and soda will all be available. The winner of the $10,000 Giveaway will be announced.

On Saturday, September 2 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. is Family Day at the 1st Road field. There will be a water slide, rock wall, and train rides, running races, He Man/She Man contests, food, beer and soda. At 9 p.m. the Winning Bar will be crowned.

Sunday, September 3 is Make your Float Day. At 9 p.m. is Visitation at the Winning Bar. Monday, September 4 at 11:30 am there will be parade registration of all Walkers and Floats at the Second Place Bar. At 1 p.m. the Grand Parade starts at the Second Place Bar and finishes at the Winning Bar.

Tickets are still available for the $10,000 Giveaway. For tickets at $100 each or a share at $20 a share call Sally at (718) 318-9689 or Julie at (718) 318-0308.

There will be a Jamaica Bay Sunset Cruise on Saturday, September 9 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. A three hour narrated tour of Jamaica Bay aboard the 96 ft. "Dorothy B VIII" will sail out of Sheepshead Bay. Meet at 4 p.m. at Pier #6 (Emmons Ave. & Dooley St., Brooklyn). Learn about the history and ecology of the bay; see nesting peregrine falcons, osprey, herons, egrets, ibis, shorebirds and waterfowl. Mickey Cohen and Don Riepe will lead the event. The cost of $35 includes narrated tour, wine and cheese, fruit, snacks. To reserve, send a check for $35 per person to: American Littoral Society, c/o Don Riepe, 28 West 9th Road, Broad Channel, NY 11693. For more details on this cruise visit the website of the American Littoral Society at www.alsnyc.org or call (718) 318-9344 to speak to Don or send an e-mail to him at: driepe@nyc.rr.com.

Books and Bagels will have their next book discussion on Friday, September 15 at 10 a.m. Since the extreme heat torpedoed the August book discussion, the fiction novel Pompeii by Robert Harris will be under discussion.

St. Virgilius Golden Age will be running a bus trip to Atlantic City on Wednesday, September 13. Destination is the Hilton Casino. Bus leaves corner of Noel Road and Cross Bay Blvd. promptly at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $29; coin return is $19 and a food coupon worth $8 toward the buffet or $4 credit at Horizon's. Call Dolores at (718) 634-9472 or Margaret at (718) 945-4967.

St. Virgilius Golden Age would like the neighbors to see the following: "Are you lonely? Are you depressed? Are you 50 or older? Do you wish for something to brighten up your life? We have the answer-come on out and join us. We meet every Thursday from 12:30 to 4 p.m. at Christ Church Hall on Church Road from September through June. Dues are $10 a year. We have holiday parties, bus rides, bingo, horse racing, and speakers on topics of interest to seniors (social security, Medicare, wills etc.) and a monthly bus ride to Green Acres Mall. Come socialize and enjoy coffee and cake with friends."

Probably everyone who has an EZ Pass remembers the $1 fee that appeared on all bills every month without warning. That dollar from each tagholder in New York State was pouring millions of dollars into the MTA piggybank every month. No more thanks to legislation that is effective June 1, 2006.

At least one of our artists' works is featured in ArtSplash 2006, the Rockaway Artists Alliance exhibit held at Fort Tilden in gallery T6. Exhibit opens Saturday, September 9. The opening reception, which is Sunday, September 10 from 1 to 3 p.m., features entertainment and refreshments. The gallery is open to the public and there is no charge for viewing the artworks. Gallery hours on Saturdays are from 12 to 4 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. For further information call RAA at (718) 474-0861 or email them at: rockart116@ aol.com

This is September's first column and Back to School is on most people's minds. In a few days, all of the children should be back in school. For the St. Virgilius schoolchildren, the following weeks will be filled with their adjustment to a new school and with some kids school in a different community. Going back to the same school every September can produce some anxiety; going to a different school, especially one in a different area will definitely produce it. The school closing has been difficult for almost everyone in the community, but the children are the ones with the biggest adjustment to make. There is an upside to this change though. All of the children are taking something wonderful to their new schools-themselves- and all that they have learned and experienced and seen so far in life. And the schools are also getting a super new bunch of parents-savvy and smart. They are also amazingly astute in fundraising, creative thinking and planning and possessing tenacity as well. The schools may find themselves very happy to have all that positive energy at their fingertips. The kids will most likely do quite well in their new settings. Good luck to all of those children and their parents who find themselves grappling with a new situation that they had thrust upon them.

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