2008-06-06 / Columnists

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Here Comes The Beginning Of Summer
Commentary By Liz Guarino

It's June already and the 20th is the official beginning of summer! A lot of folks feel that there weren't many warm days this spring; the weather will surely heat up now! This past Sunday was a beautiful day- lots of boats on the water, a couple of sidewalk sales and lots of folks out and about.

Brunch will be available at the VFW on Sunday, June 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost for adults is $6 each and for children it's half price. There is a choice of pancakes, waffles or any style eggs with bacon, ham or sausage. Coffee or tea is included.

One of our neighbors wants to bring a van into Broad Channel to spay/ neuter/vaccinate strays. Because vans come from the ASPCA, information on how many strays there will be is needed to determine how many vans are necessary. Last time, there were 25 strays. This will be a combination Neighborhood Cats/ASPCA venture; they collect cats, keep them at least a day ahead of time to observe them to make sure they are healthy and don't eat beforehand. After the cats visit the vets, the volunteers keep them for a day or two to make sure they are healthy and happy. If there are complications, the ASPCA will let sick cats be sent to a local veterinarian. All cats MUST be over 6 months old, and MUST be healthy. Phone number to call to report cats who need this service: 718-474-8683.

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, which boasts many B.C. residents as members, 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 on June 7, 14 and 21will be "Basic Birdwatching" with "Birdman" Denis Macrae. June classes will be held at the Wildlife Refuge - meet at the Visitors Center. Denis will lead walks to sight birds. Bring binoculars. The last session will be held at Denis' 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 in Fort Tilden; call the RAA office for details: 718-474-0861. The series will culminate in the class cooking and sitting down to a meal together.

All supplies and materials are provided. Space is limited. To register for either class, send an e-mail to rock art116@aol.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 Cross Bay Boulevard. All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society. There will be baby items, toys, knickknacks, etc. If anyone is interested in making a donation of new or gently used items, he or she can drop them off at 1203 Cross Bay Boulevard 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 some of the local newspapers. There will be short plays, music, poetry reading and other entertainment on the stage. Children's activities are planned and schoolteachers have volunteered to 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. 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.

If you really wanted to go on the boat tour of Jamaica Bay, but somehow missed out on it, there will be another Cruise out of Sheepshead Bay on Saturday, June 14. Don't miss the boat that day- details at www.alsnyc.org Send an email to driepe@nyc.rr.com or call at 718-318-9344. Tour will be led by Mickey Cohen and Don Riepe.

Hot weather is around the corner and it sometimes brings electric power outages with it. Quite a few people realized (I was one of them!) during the big power outage a few years ago that a cordless phone needs electricity to work. If you have a cordless phone, to make sure you can make phone calls at all times, this might be a good time to buy a phone that isn't cordless. Some "princess" type phones are quite inexpensive.

It's a good idea to keep your cell phone fully charged at all times, too, although they don't always work during a major outage.

Warm weather can bring unwanted company into the community. To avoid unwanted theft and/or unwelcome visitors, bring bikes and other toys into house or backyard; lock them up and lock your doors. One child's bike was taken from the sidewalk in front of his house.

You worked hard for the things you own; don't let others destroy or take your possessions away from you.

If you have news that belongs in this column, please get the item(s) to me by Tuesday by 9 a.m. of the week in which the item is to appear.

Please sign your email or note; 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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