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Wishing Mothers A Day Filled With Joy
Commentary By Liz Guarino


Commentary By Liz Guarino

Mother's Day is almost here. Wishing all mothers- and those who are just like mothers to someone- a wonderful day, filled with happiness, joy, satisfaction, enjoyment and good times with the ones you love and who love you!

St. Virgilius Golden Age will run a bus ride to Atlantic City Trump Plaza Casino on Tuesday, May 22. The bus will be boarded at the corner of Noel Road and Cross Bay Boulevard; it will leave promptly at 8:30 a.m. The cost is $30 per person; with coin return of $25 and food coupon worth $5. For further information or to reserve a seat on the bus call Dolores at 718-634-9472 or Margaret at 718-945-4967.

The VFW happily announces a "new and improved Air-Conditioned Hall!" And they are having a Mother's Day Brunch on Sunday, May 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with the usual breakfast treats on the menu. Donation of $6 per adult; children are half price.

The VFW is holding its first Bar-B-Q of the year on Saturday, May 26 to which all are welcome. This will be followed by an additional six brunches and four BBQ's during the year. (As details become available on the BBQ's and brunches, I will print them.)

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge presents "NYC Audubon Spring Migration Bird Walk" on Saturday, May 12 from 10 a.m. to noon with Don Riepe. The slide presentation and walk will take place during the high point of the spring migration. You will hear why the bay is an important destination for migrating birds and see some of them as well. Bring your binoculars and sign up for this event. Call 718-318-4340.

Take an "Early Bird Walk" at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, May 13 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. with park ranger, Ron Bourque. Search for birds with him; migrating songbirds will be resting and eating. Sign up in advance and bring binoculars.

At the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Thursday, May 31 from 7 to 10 p.m. watch the sun set over the bay and look for horseshoe crabs coming ashore to mate and lay their eggs. Watch for other sights along the trails in the refuge. Bring your binoculars and sign up in advance by phoning 718-318-4340.

The Summer Reading Program at the library will meet for discussion of the book "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" on Friday, June 1 at 10 a.m. All are invited to come to the library for the discussion of this book. The other two discussions will be held on Friday, July 6 and Friday, August 3.

The DOS is offering free compost again to folks who will pick it up on Saturdays, May 12 and 19 and Sundays, May 13 and 20 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. DOS will sell you a compost bin for making your own compost at the discounted rate of $20. Take the Belt Parkway west to the Brooklyn facility. Get off the Erskine Street exit and turn right at the traffic light. Unlimited amounts of compost are free to residents of NYC. If you have computer equipment, TVs or cell phones they will accept them on the above days for recycling. And if you have outgrown clothing that is still serviceable you can donate it there on those days too.

Applications for the city's 2007 summer jobs program must be returned by Friday, May 18. The program runs from July 2 to August 18. Participants will work up to 25 hours a week and will earn $7.15 per hour. Workplaces will range from museums to summer camps to hospitals to law firms to small businesses. All NYC residents ages 14 to 21are eligible to apply. Application can be filed online. Go to: www.nyc.gov/dycd

A Jamaica Bay Sunset Cruise will take place on Saturday, June 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. The 3-hour narrated tour of the backwater marshes of Jamaica Bay aboard the 96 ft. "Dorothy B VIII" will sail out of Sheepshead Bay. Meet at Pier #6 (Emmons Ave. & Dooley St., Brooklyn). The cost of $45 includes narrated tour, wine and cheese, fruit, snacks. For more information call 718-318-9344 or e-mail: driepe@nyc.rr.com.

On Sunday, April 1, which was Palm Sunday, the pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church had a very special occasion to celebrate. Twenty years before, Rev. Andrea Zarou came to the small Broad Channel church. Interestingly, she originally was supposed to serve here temporarily- here for six months and then sent somewhere else. But she was never sent somewhere else! When she entered the church that morning to conduct the service, all seats were occupied. And when Rev. Zarou entered the church hall after the service, all seats were filled in there too. Sunday school children- the littlest- gave the Reverend a bouquet of pink and red roses, which they presented after they sang a hymn. Coffee and cake were served- a very large cake- half of the filling was banana and the other half was chocolate. Needless to say, Rev. Zarou enjoyed this wonderful event. One of the church members said of the Reverend's continued presence: "We thank God for every day we have her."

Speaking of Christ Church, Barbara Delaney, an Elder/Deacon from the church, is a recipient of The President's Volunteer Service Award to recognize her outstanding charity work. She knits and crochets layettes for babies born prematurely and babies with AIDS. She serves on the church's Board of Deacons, teaches Sunday school to the youngest children, is liturgist on Sunday mornings and is a choir member. Congratulations to Barbara!

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.

Mother's Day is almost here. Wishing all mothers- and those who are just like mothers to someone- a wonderful day, filled with happiness, joy, satisfaction, enjoyment and good times with the ones you love and who love you!

St. Virgilius Golden Age will run a bus ride to Atlantic City Trump Plaza Casino on Tuesday, May 22. The bus will be boarded at the corner of Noel Road and Cross Bay Boulevard; it will leave promptly at 8:30 a.m. The cost is $30 per person; with coin return of $25 and food coupon worth $5. For further information or to reserve a seat on the bus call Dolores at 718-634-9472 or Margaret at 718-945-4967.

The VFW happily announces a "new and improved Air-Conditioned Hall!" And they are having a Mother's Day Brunch on Sunday, May 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with the usual breakfast treats on the menu. Donation of $6 per adult; children are half price.

The VFW is holding its first Bar-B-Q of the year on Saturday, May 26 to which all are welcome. This will be followed by an additional six brunches and four BBQ's during the year. (As details become available on the BBQ's and brunches, I will print them.)

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge presents "NYC Audubon Spring Migration Bird Walk" on Saturday, May 12 from 10 a.m. to noon with Don Riepe. The slide presentation and walk will take place during the high point of the spring migration. You will hear why the bay is an important destination for migrating birds and see some of them as well. Bring your binoculars and sign up for this event. Call 718-318-4340.

Take an "Early Bird Walk" at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, May 13 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. with park ranger, Ron Bourque. Search for birds with him; migrating songbirds will be resting and eating. Sign up in advance and bring binoculars.

At the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Thursday, May 31 from 7 to 10 p.m. watch the sun set over the bay and look for horseshoe crabs coming ashore to mate and lay their eggs. Watch for other sights along the trails in the refuge. Bring your binoculars and sign up in advance by phoning 718-318-4340.

The Summer Reading Program at the library will meet for discussion of the book "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" on Friday, June 1 at 10 a.m. All are invited to come to the library for the discussion of this book. The other two discussions will be held on Friday, July 6 and Friday, August 3.

The DOS is offering free compost again to folks who will pick it up on Saturdays, May 12 and 19 and Sundays, May 13 and 20 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. DOS will sell you a compost bin for making your own compost at the discounted rate of $20. Take the Belt Parkway west to the Brooklyn facility. Get off the Erskine Street exit and turn right at the traffic light. Unlimited amounts of compost are free to residents of NYC. If you have computer equipment, TVs or cell phones they will accept them on the above days for recycling. And if you have outgrown clothing that is still serviceable you can donate it there on those days too.

Applications for the city's 2007 summer jobs program must be returned by Friday, May 18. The program runs from July 2 to August 18. Participants will work up to 25 hours a week and will earn $7.15 per hour. Workplaces will range from museums to summer camps to hospitals to law firms to small businesses. All NYC residents ages 14 to 21are eligible to apply. Application can be filed online.

Go to: www.nyc.gov/dycd

A Jamaica Bay Sunset Cruise will take place on Saturday, June 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. The 3-hour narrated tour of the backwater marshes of Jamaica Bay aboard the 96 ft. "Dorothy B VIII" will sail out of Sheepshead Bay. Meet at Pier #6 (Emmons Ave. & Dooley St., Brooklyn). The cost of $45 includes narrated tour, wine and cheese, fruit, snacks. For more information call 718-318-9344 or e-mail: driepe@nyc.rr.com.

On Sunday, April 1, which was Palm Sunday, the pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church had a very special occasion to celebrate. Twenty years before, Rev. Andrea Zarou came to the small Broad Channel church. Interestingly, she originally was supposed to serve here temporarily- here for six months and then sent somewhere else. But she was never sent somewhere else! When she entered the church that morning to conduct the service, all seats were occupied. And when Rev. Zarou entered the church hall after the service, all seats were filled in there too. Sunday school children- the littlest- gave the Reverend a bouquet of pink and red roses, which they presented after they sang a hymn. Coffee and cake were served- a very large cake- half of the filling was banana and the other half was chocolate. Needless to say, Rev. Zarou enjoyed this wonderful event. One of the church members said of the Reverend's continued presence: "We thank God for every day we have her."

Speaking of Christ Church, Barbara Delaney, an Elder/Deacon from the church, is a recipient of The President's Volunteer Service Award to recognize her outstanding charity work. She knits and crochets layettes for babies born prematurely and babies with AIDS. She serves on the church's Board of Deacons, teaches Sunday school to the youngest children, is liturgist on Sunday mornings and is a choir member. Congratulations to Barbara!

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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