2007-09-07 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Commentary By Liz Guarino

Unofficially, summer is just a memory now. But, the Labor Day weekend is such a great end to it- especially the Grand Parade! It's- well- grand! Congratulations to the Bayview for being the winning bar. And to all those who were in the parade- the penguins, the pirates, the wrestlers, all the "good sport" adults and all the marvelous kids and Betsy Ross- as always- it was a wonderful parade! What's even better? Crossing the boulevard to see the parade a second time!

On Friday, September 7, there will be a Book Discussion at the Library at 10 a.m. Under discussion will be Baudolino by Umberto Eco.

From 3 p.m. on Friday, September 7, to 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 8 at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, experience a Jamaica Bay "Bioblitz." In a 24-hour journey of discovery, learn about the biological diversity of the refuge. Take part in walks and talks; volunteer time if you like. For more information, phone 718-997-3104.

Enjoy a Jamaica Bay Sunset Walk on September 7 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Take an evening stroll around West Pond, then return to the Visitor's Center and help lure, identify and count the moths of the park. Call 718- 318-4340 for more information.

On Sunday, September 16, a brunch will be held at the VFW Hall on Shad Creek from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The usual brunch items will be on the menu.

Christ Presbyterian Church will have a Flea Market on Saturday, September 22 from 10 a.m. 'til 4 p.m. in the church hall. Refreshments will be sold. On October 28 at their Spaghetti Dinner, there will be a drawing for $5000. Details will be printed when they are available.

The pastor of Christ Church, Rev. Andrea Zarou, and the congregation would like to thank all who came to their summer bingo games- they will have more in the future.

On Sunday, September 23 and on Saturday, October 13 - the rain date for both is Sunday, October 14 - the brand new, 101-foot luxury boat "Golden Sunshine" will sail out of Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. Cruise will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Learn about the history, ecology, management, and wildlife of the Jamaica Bay Refuge. See egrets, herons, osprey, peregrine falcons, oystercatchers, migrating raptors and waterfowl, plus great views of the marshes, JFK Airport and the NYC skyline. Cost of $45 per person includes narrated tour, wine and cheese, fruit, drinks and snacks. Leaders will be Mickey Cohen and Don Riepe. Call 718-318-9344 or e-mail driepe@nyc.rr.com for information. To reserve, send check made out to American Littoral Society to 28 West 9 Road, Broad Channel, NY 11693.

Save the date: The Broad Channel historical collection of pictures, documents, and artifacts is usually kept in the local library and displayed in its entirety on Historical Day at the VFW Hall, scheduled this year for October 14, 2007. The Broad Channel Historical Calendar, 2008, will be available for sale, still at the $5 price. Times of high tide- valuable information to residents of a seaside community- are given on the calendar.

Have you been saving boxtops and labels for education over the summer months? Boxtops are used by the Parents Association of P.S. 47. Labels can go to St. Rose of Lima, St. Camillus or St. Francis de Sales schools on the peninsula. If you've been saving them, it is time to find and deliver them.

On Saturday, September 29 at 4 p.m., there will be a Disability Awareness Mass at St. Gertrude Church in Edgemere. It is dedicated to the memory of the recently deceased pastor, Father Brendan Downing. People with and without disabilities are invited to attend.

The Concerned Citizens of New York City take a quality-of-life survey of the various neighborhoods in the city every year. They want the opinion of residents who live anywhere in New York City. If you are interested in taking this survey, it can be found online at: etownpanel.com/citizens.htm. If you would rather have a paper copy, call Lauren George at 212-822-9560 or e-mail her at: lgeorge@citizensnyc. org.

Some weeks ago and this past week, a column called In Quarters, written by Chris Kalisak- who is one of our vollies- appeared in the Wave. I had the pleasure of meeting him some weeks ago. (While a lot of folks were following the yellow brick road somewhere over the rainbow at the old Brooklyn Day Camp grounds, I met Chris.) Avery nice person, he is also quite talented- his photography has appeared in the N.Y. Post! (Remember the helicopter that went into the river some weeks ago? The photography related to that incident.) It will be great to see more of the photography/ journalism work of this very talented fireman.

Did you know that library card holders can have access to an impressive amount of reference material like journals and specialized books and encyclopedias in the library system's databases if they go online? All they need is a PIN, which can be gotten at the Broad Channel library. While in the library, ask about the library system's e-movies that can be downloaded free onto a mobile device.

Marie Curie (1867-1934), who discovered radioactive materials, said this: "Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained."

If you have news that belongs in this column, 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 e-mail or letter; like the rest of the newspaper, I cannot publish info that comes without a name.

E-mail can be sent to: Lizbcbits@ aol.com

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