2007-06-08 / Columnists

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Commentary By Liz Guarino

Commentary By Liz Guarino

If April showers bring May flowers, what do June's torrential rains bring? The rain we got during last Monday morning's overflow from the tropical storm sure dumped a lot of water on us! Driving that morning was absolutely treacherous in certain places. It was nice to be rid of the rainfall by that afternoon, though. One can only imagine what the weather was like for folks living in the path of last weekend's tropical storm.

PS 47's Parents Association will be hosting its Annual Auction on Friday, June 8; doors will open at 7 p.m. Auction will start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person; 10 people to a table. If you would like to purchase tickets ahead of time, please contact Karen at 718-945-9041 or Gerri at 718-474-3138.

The VFW will hold a Bar-B-Q on Sunday, June 17. "All you can eat, all you can drink- bring a smile." Adults cost $20 each; $35 per couple. Children are ½ price. The Bar-B-Q begins at 2 p.m.

Brunch at the VFW will be held on Sunday, June 10. The usual breakfast items will be on the menu starting at 10 a.m.

On Saturday, June 16, take a "Land Cruise" to the Hilton Casino in Atlantic City from the North Channel Yacht Club, the event sponsor. The day begins with coffee and bagels at 7:30 a.m. Bus will leave from the N.C.Y.C. at 8 a.m. The cost is $35 per person, with cash return of $25 and a $5 food coupon. On the way to Atlantic City, bingo will be played. A movie will be shown on the return trip. Call Fred or Dolores at 718-634-9472.

The following is from Chief Dan McIntyre: "The BCVFD held a Bar-B-Q last weekend (June 3) at the VFW. The weather wasn't cooperative, but the turnout was OK, considering. Food and drink were plentiful and parents were able to sit as their children were occupied by the provided bouncy and King Kong rides. The BCVFD members thank all who attended and were happy to have the chance to meet our neighbors and discuss Mardi Gras plans and topics.

The summer will be filled with many fun events. We at the firehouse want to stress that Grassy Point and the Ruffle Bar will be participating in Mardi Gras competition. Both establishments are forming their committees and welcome all who wish to help. Both establishments will be holding fundraising events during the summer; community support is necessary for successful campaigns. The firehouse will also be sponsoring special family-oriented events during the summer. Details will follow.

The Bar-B-Q was a forum for meeting our neighbors and sharing ideas. The BC Mardi Gras has a long and storied history. Many of the events that have worked in the past are no longer viable options these days. We realize that many of our new neighbors will never be able to experience the "past glory" of events held in years past, but we are hoping we can launch a new era and start new fun traditions.

Candidates are needed for Mayor, King and or Queen, popular teen, popular pet, prettiest baby or any other title you may wish to use. We need our community's participation to make the Mardi Gras a success. We can all have fun and also raise much needed funds at the same time. Visit our web site to share your thoughts or call 718-474-6888 (evenings best), leave a message and I'll get back to you."

Signing up for the Summer Reading Program at the library is easy and everyone is invited to take part. Registration began last week. Only kids are eligible for reading incentive prizes.

The Adult Summer Reading Program at the library will meet on Friday, July 6 to discuss "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak. On Friday, August 3, "One Thousand White Women" by Jim Fergus will be discussed. Both discussions start at 10 a.m.. All are invited to come to the library for the book discussions (even if the books haven't been read!).

Don't miss the boat! A Jamaica Bay Sunset Cruise will take place on Saturday, June 16, from 5 to 8 p.m. This is a 3-hour narrated tour of the backwater marshes of Jamaica Bay. 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 $45 includes narrated tour, wine and cheese, fruit and other snacks. For more information call 718-318-9344 or e-mail: driepe@nyc.rr.com.

At the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge there will be a horseshoe crab walk on Saturday, June 16. Come and see these prehistoric creatures. Meet at the refuge center at 9 a.m.; carpool to North Channel Bridge. Learn about the horseshoe crab from leaders Don Riepe and Mickey Cohen. Bring your boots and binoculars. Children are welcome at this event. Sign up in advance by phoning 718-318-4340.

For children only: Age 17 and younger can join in the fun to get their choice into the contest. The Library is having a contest to name the 2007 Mascot for the Summer Reading Program. All kids who sign up for the summer reading program can enter the contest to name the mascot. Application forms are at the library. Hurry, forms have to be submitted before Saturday, June 16.

Hang onto your Boxtops for Education over the summer months for P.S. 47 in September. And save Labels for Education for Rockaway's parochial schools.

When he was alive, Mahatma Gandhi offered these words: "You must be the change you want to see in the world."

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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