2008-08-01 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

It's August and Mardi Gras Is Near
Commentary By Liz Guarino

Here we are in August already. About two-thirds of the way through summer as we are, it's easy to notice how the sunlight changes over the summer. It gets dark a bit earlier in the evening and the morning sun shines in the window a little bit later than it did at the end of June. August is full of activity!

Storytelling in the Park will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, August 1. Storytelling will take place in the Broad Channel Park on Cross Bay Boulevard between West 17 and East 16 Roads (next to the Library).

On Saturday, August 2 in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge from 10 a.m. to noon, walk the trails looking for wildflowers with a park volunteer. Bring drinking water, sun and insect protection. Advance sign up is required; call 718-318-4340.

On Sunday, August 3 in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., join naturalist Ron Bourque to look for shorebirds that make a stopover

in the refuge. Wear waterproof boots, sun and insect protection. Bring drinking water and binoculars. Advance sign up is required; call 718- 318-4340.

On Saturday, August 2 BCAC presents Movie Night. A small family donation is requested. The movie is: TBA. The film will be seen at BCAC Memorial Field at 1st Road on Cross Bay Boulevard at 8 p.m. (This is the latest info I have.)

A Family Bus Trip to Sesame Place is planned for Tuesday, August 5. Park tickets cost $28 each. Bus seats are $28 each (bring your own car seat). The Bus will leave Broad Channel at 7:30 a.m. Park is open from 10 a.m. till 8 p.m. For reservations and/or further information call Ginger at 718-318- 5504.

Activities for children of all ages will take place in August at the library. Arts and Crafts for children aged 3 to 6 will be held on Monday, August 4 and 11 at 2:30 p.m. Children ages 7 to 10 can enjoy Arts and Crafts on Tuesday, August 5 and 12 at 2:30 p.m. Both days, crafts will be given out on a first come, first served basis. Tweens and Teens age 11+ can enjoy Crafts on Wednesday, August 6 at 3 p.m. On Fridays—August 1, 8, 15 and 22 enjoy playing games from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Play one of theirs or bring your own. On Saturday, August 23 at 3 p.m. enjoy Arts and Crafts at the library.

On Saturday, August 16, the BCAC will be hosting an Irish Festival; from 12 to 8 p.m. at BCAC Memorial Field. An honor guard will open the festival at 12:30. There will be local vendors; artists, jewelry designers, local shop owners; and national Irish novelty vendors. There will be food, raffles and plenty of entertainment: pipe bands, step dancers, and Black 47 will close the show! A small donation is requested. All proceeds will go to BCAC.

On Saturday, August 23 at 11 a.m. at the library, the Adult Summer Reading Book Discussion Group will discuss, "The Almost Moon," by Alice Sebold, who also wrote "The Lovely Bones."

Broad Channel Athletic Club volunteers are selling $100 chances to win $10,000 — among other cash prizes. Anyone interested in purchasing a chance, please contact Sabrina at 718- 634-4632 or Jessica at 718-318-3806.

Broad Channel (the book) has had its debut and many neighbors came out to celebrate with the Broad Channel Historical Society, Dan and me at Grassy's despite the wet, soggy weather. Grassy's was the perfect place for the signing; I hope everyone enjoyed champagne and cookies or beer and pretzels while they were there. Thank you to John and Arlene for your wonderful hospitality. It was nice to see so many neighbors there. Thank you all for stopping by on Sunday and sharing in the collective happiness over the publication of the book. Books are available at Wharton's on Crossbay Boulevard and 9th Road; and through the members of the Broad Channel Historical Society. Other places are being planned. More information on this will be available next week. If you want your copy of the book signed, Dan and I will make ourselves available at various events, which have not yet been finalized.

Rockaway neighbors and friends will have an event held close to them for their convenience. A book talk, slide presentation and signing event for Broad Channel (the book) will be held at the Seaside branch of the public library located on Rockaway Beach Boulevard between Beach 116 Street and Beach 117 Street on Monday, August 18 at 6:30 p.m. The book authors will both be present; since I'm one of them, I'll see you there!

An email claiming to be from the Bank of America Online that says your account had been accessed by different computers with multiple requests for the password has been seen online lately.

People who do online banking or do business with Bank of America might be upset by an email like this. Attempts to separate people from their money by using deceitful emails (and other dishonest methods) are increasing, but legitimate firms never ask for personal information by email. They call or write via the United States Postal Service and already have your account number.

If you have AOL and get an email that demands an update of your personal information or one that threatens a loss to you, like closing or freezing your (AOL, Road Runner, savings, checking, etc.) account, or other threats (collection, foreclosure, prosecution, etc.), forward the email to: TOSGENE RAL@aol.com Other online services will have their own security division to handle email that attempts to defraud their customers.

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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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