2008-09-05 / Columnists

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Commentary By Liz Guarino

"Bay-B Pearl" Float "Bay-B Pearl" Float Here we are in September already. Some of the children are back to school; next week the rest will be at their desks working hard at the three r's once again. Officially, it's still summer, but the lifeguards have gone from the beaches and a lot of folks have shifted gear and are ready for the greater activity of autumn. But, before we bid an unofficial farewell to summer, let's enjoy another visit or two with the Grand Parade.

It was great weather for the Grand Parade this past Monday. Cloudless blue skies, 80s temperatures— a terrific outdoors day. And, the cooling breezes on the boulevard were just right—enough gust to cool without blowing you over. The parade was—well—grand. This year, however, was the best parade in years, according to a lot of parade watchers. And there were a good number of those lining the boulevard; more—a lot of folks said—than in many years.

As always, the originality, imagination, creativity and hard work that go into developing the themes for the floats and the costumes of float riders and walkers are incomparable. The floats themselves were stupendous! At the front of the parade was a 'thank you' float from the BCAC, followed by float after creative float. Lots of walkers were on the boulevard and what I call mini-floats, like Sponge Bob. I'm sure the judges had a very hard time picking the 'best' floats in the different categories.

A Jamaica Bay Sunset Cruise will take place on September 27 between 4 and 7 p.m. A special 3-hour narrated tour of the backwater marshes of Jamaica Bay will be presented. Learn about the history, ecology and wildlife of this 13,000 acre preserve. See nesting peregrine falcon, osprey, terns, oystercatchers as well as egrets, herons and migrating shorebirds. Cost of $45, includes wine and cheese, fruit, drinks and other snacks. Leaders for the tour will be Mickey Cohen and Don Riepe. Call 718-318-9344 or send an email: driepe@nyc.rr.com if you are interested in this tour.

The Book Discussion Group will meet in the B.C. library to discuss Art of Mending by Elizabeth Berg on Saturday, October 11 at 11 a.m.

The 2nd Annual BCAC Memorial Golf Outing in memory of Chris Keegan will be held on Tuesday, October 14 at Forest Park Golf Course. Check in at 9 a.m.; tee off at 10 a.m. A shotgun start will be based on 100 golfers. Cost is $150 per golfer; dinner only costs $50 per individual. Price includes the following: a round of golf with cart; breakfast at the golf course; lunch at the turn; soda, beer, water on the course during the round; golf goodie bag and shirt; and the Awards Dinner after the round of golf. Contests will be held including: Closest to the Pin; Long Drive; Low Round Foursome; Low Round Male/Female; and Straight Drive. There will be raffles and prizes at the dinner. Call Michelle Green, 347-538-3869 or Rick Guttieri, 718-318-1131 for more information. Sponsorships in the amounts of $100, $250 and $500 are available; call Michelle.

It's quiet in B.C. even though the subway passes through fairly often and trucks rumble down Cross Bay from time to time. Last Thursday, however, the quiet was disrupted by loud noise—workmen were back in the community to break up some concrete. The jackhammering on Noel Road started early— shortly after 8 a.m. At one point— between the noise of the sanitation trucks collecting the trash and recyclables and that of the noisy jackhammers— the air was filled with the sounds of both—not exactly music to the ears. A bunch of neighbors gathered on the rectory block to see what was going on; the racket jolted loudly and completely. It wasn't the kind of noise a person hears, notes and then goes back to sleep. It was loud and intrusive. The racket quieted down fairly quickly and despite some intermittent hammering, the blocks soon settled back into their usual peaceful selves. And then heavy equipment took over. A power shovel scooped up material from each of the holes the men had made, swiveled to the side and in a very smooth motion, put the shovelful into the dump truck. It was almost hypnotic, watching the shovel's movements—it was almost like a graceful dance movement! It didn't take long after that to finish the job and the power shovel and dump truck were soon on their way. The workers left openings as big as half a standard-sized window in the sidewalk outside the St. Virgilius rectory, waiting to become tree pits, with trees planted in the openings. At present, dirt fills each of the openings completely. Digging the actual holes for planting the trees is done by machine also, but hole-digging equipment and concrete-breaking equipment make two very different noises!

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