2008-05-30 / Columnists

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Moving Past Memorial Day
Commentary By Liz Guarino

The Memorial Parade this past Sunday was well-attended. A good number of people lined the boulevard to watch the parade. With politicians, BCVFD, the American Legion, VFW, and auxiliary taking part in the parade, the line of march moved smartly toward the north end of the community. It was a beautiful day, and the marchers (and onlookers) had very comfortable temperatures for the parade and ceremony honoring our war dead.

The following message comes from Jane Deacy, who is 23 AD District Leader: "I am looking for registered. Republicans to work on the polls and they should contact me at 718-634- 8134, if interested in working."

Rockaway Artists Alliance announces two free adult education workshops, funded by a grant from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. On Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to noon, June 7, 14 and 21 will be "Basic Birdwatching" with "Birdman" Denis Macrae. June classes will be held at the Wildlife Refuge- meet at the Visitor's Center. Denis will lead walks to sight birds. Bring binoculars. The last session will be held at Denis's sunset bird house. There participants can enjoy refreshments.

On Wednesdays evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. on June 4, 11, 18 and 25 join the "Raw Foods 'Un-Cooking' Class" with Arianna Rose. Classes will meet at Fort Tilden, exact location not yet determined. The series will culminate in the class cooking and sitting down to a meal together. All supplies and materials are provided. Spaces are limited. To register for either class, send an email to rockart116@aol.com

A Jamaica Bay Sunset Cruise will take place on Sunday, June 1 from 5 to 8 p.m. The 3-hour narrated tour of Jamaica Bay will sail out of Sheepshead Bay. Meet at Pier #2. Learn about the history and ecology of the bay; see nesting peregrine falcons, osprey, herons, egrets, ibis, shorebirds and waterfowl. The cost of $45 includes narrated tour, wine and cheese, fruit, snacks. To reserve, send a check for $45 per person to: American Littoral Society, c/o Don Riepe, 28 West 9th Road, Broad Channel, NY 11693. For more information call 718-318- 9344 or e-mail driepe@nyc.r-r.com.

Sabrina is one of our neighbors who is participating this year in the Relay for Life which is an overnight fundraising event for the American Cancer Society. She will be holding a yard sale on Saturday, June 14 at 10 a.m. at 1203 Crossbay Blvd, All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society. There will be baby items, toys, knick knacks, etc. If anyone is interested in making a donation of new or gently used items, they can drop them off at 1203 Crossbay Blvd at 9 a.m. that day or email her at smag406@aol.com. If anyone is interested in making a monetary donation, it can be dropped off as well.

On June 7 and 8 a Literary Arts Festival will be held on Fort Tilden. The Post Theatre will screen a film festival on Saturday and Sunday nights from 7 to 11 p. m. On Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. there will be events in T6 and T7 as well as on the Moon Stage between the two buildings. There will be panel discussions on topics like local journalism, featuring writers from several local newspapers. There will be short plays, music, poetry reading and other entertainment on the stage. Children's activities are planned; volunteer schoolteachers will supervise children. Arts and crafts and storytelling will take place for their entertainment and all materials will be provided. Food and drink will be available. There will be literally something for everyone! One of the panels will feature writers of photo essay books. Of course, the authors of the upcoming book on Broad Channel will be speaking on this panel.

Warm weather can bring unwanted company into the community. A number of residents have sent me email about unlocked doors on cars and houses and leaving bikes and toys lying around outdoors. At least one bike has been stolen. To avoid unwanted theft and/or visitors, bring bikes in, lock them up and lock your doors. You worked hard for the stuff you own; don't let others destroy it or take it away from you.

An email about telemarketers and cell phone numbers going public is making the rounds of the Internet and creating some anxiety in cell users who fear they will be called on their cells by telemarketers. Snopes.com offers the following to cell users: The FCC prohibits telemarketing calls that use automatic dialers to cell phones (Almost all telemarketers use auto dialers.) Plans to compile a directory of cell numbers for the use of 411 exist, but it is a very long way from realization- and plans called for voluntary opt in, otherwise the numbers will be left out. Telemarketers don't call information and this phone book will not be sold to them. Cell users can register their numbers with the do not call registry if they want, but must call them from the phone to be registered at 1- 888-382-1222. Registration is free.

The USPS is fielding the Mail Back Program that will lead to their slowly but surely becoming involved in and helping with the recycling of small electronics and inkjet printer cartridges; items weighing less than a pound that will get sent by mail and fit into postage paid Mail Back envelopes. Northern Illinois, California, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. are part of their pilot project, but the postal service plans on the program becoming nation-wide in September.

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