2007-03-16 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Commentary By Liz Guarino

Commentary By Liz Guarino

In a few days it will officially be spring and the warmer temperatures this week have certainly supported its coming. Of course, the mercury is expected to dip down (but not too far!) soon after you read this. It will be nice to see the lawns become fresh, deep green again and leaves will start to open all over the trees. And there will be flowers poking up from under the soil soon- if they aren't already here. Ah, Spring- when Nature renews her face, so everything blooms and looks brand new again. Happy St. Patrick's Day to all!

Christ Presbyterian Church is having Bingo on Friday, March 16 in the Church Hall on Noel and Church Roads. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; early bird at 6:45 p.m. Bingo starts at 7 p.m. Coffee and cake will be served. Donation is $5 per person.

Queens Library is making a time capsule to be opened in 100 years and they want your help in filling it. The whole idea is to show what life was like in 2007. They are collecting small items that will show people 100 years from now what our lives are like today. Here are some suggested items: Tee shirts, hats or bracelets that are popular with kids; photographs (black and white, color or photocopies); school memorabilia; labels from food containers (don't bring the food though-just the labels); a magazine, TV Guides or comic books (all of it or just a page); advertisements; buttons/pins; key rings; trading cards; flyers for events; postcards; ID holders; small old toys that aren't played with anymore; ticket stubs from movies, concerts or shows. Creativity counts here. What do you think belongs in a time capsule? Items, of course, are not returned, so only bring items you don't want. No sharp objects. Put the item into a small zip lock bag. Items need to be at the Broad Channel Library by Friday, March 16.

The Broad Channel Pre-K will be hosting a night out with the band "Cry Baby" on Saturday, March 24 at Grassy Point. The band starts at 9:30 p.m. There will be 50/50's and raffles. There is a $5 cover charge.

Sauerbraten Dinner, presented by Christ Presbyterian Church, will be available on Sunday, March 25 in the church hall from 3 p.m. till. Call the week before for reservations, which are a must. Donation of $10 per order. To place order, call: the Church at 718-945-3443, Janet at 718-318-6454 or Al at 718-474-0534.

An invitation from the congregation at Christ Presbyterian Church: "Come and celebrate the 20th anniversary of Rev. Andrea Zarou as pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church on Palm Sunday (April 1) from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Coffee and cake will be served. All are welcome."

An email came from one of our neighbors at the Auxiliary and this is what it said: "The American Legion Auxiliary, Post 1404 would like to thank everyone for attending and supporting The 4th Annual Jane Fuller Brunch for Cancer Care. The Brunch was a huge success; $2,000 was raised for Cancer Care. Please note that the April 1 Brunch at the American Legion has been changed to April 29. This will be our last Brunch of the season, so mark your calendar as we hope to see you on that day. Many thanks for your continued support of American Legion Auxiliary. All of the monies raised enable us to provide good will to our active service men and women, their families, our churches, the children of our community and most importantly- our Veterans. Hope to see you on April 29."

In our front yard at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, the Herbert Johnson Lecture Series, has begun on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. The next lecture will be on March 21 and is called "Why the Watershed" and will inform about changes made to the watershed over time.

The last lecture will be on March 28; titled "Jamaica Bay's Ospreys, Owls and Falcons" it is about three different kinds of feathered friends.

A lot of neighbors enjoy passing on certain emails to their online family and friends.

This past week I received a forward that was particularly noteworthy; this is especially important to those whose loved ones have suffered or are suffering from this disease. It was about breast cancer and its (sometimes resulting) mastectomy and it requested your help to push passage of the hospital healthcare legislation. Since elected officials are the ones who push through legislation depending on what the constituents want, it is important to let these elected officials know what is meaningful to the folks in their area. If an important bill has been pending for years as has this mastectomy bill, click to forward the message, but delete much of the chit-chat in the message (a lot of folks may not know that they can edit the dickens out of an email at this point!) and request that folks contact their elected officials and ask for the bill's passage. Contact the officials by email, phone or fax- it really doesn't matter as much as letting them know what is really important to you. In this case, notify Anthony Weiner and Senators Clinton and Schumer.

The Bigger Better Bottle Bill is coming up for vote again. To let your officials know your preference, contact Audrey Pheffer and new state senator Shirley Huntley. To get the legislator's address, e-mail or phone number (Audrey) in New York State Assembly, call 518-455-4100 or 212-312-1550 (main switchboard) or if you're online go to http://www.assembly.state.ny.us/; for Huntley in the New York State Senate, call 518-455-2800 (main switchboard) or go to http://www.senate.state.ny.us/

If you or 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.

Email can be sent to: Lizbcbits@ aol.com

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