2009-04-10 / Columnists

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Commentary By Liz Guarino

April usually brings plenty of showers. It's to make sure we get to enjoy lots of May flowers—or so the old saying tells us. It's the time of year that calls gardeners in our corner of the planet to turn over the earth, pull the rest of last year's weeds out of the ground and plant seeds and seedlings in the hopes of getting tomatoes, zucchini and other good things to eat as well as colorful posies out of the ground. With water, sunshine and a little luck, nice gardens will grow all over the community. We'll just have to wait and see how much Nature takes up of the task to water all the gardens!

At St. Virgilius Church the schedule for Easter-time events will be as follows: On Good Friday, April 10 there will be Celebration of the Lord's Passion at 3 p.m. and Stations of the Cross will be held at 7:30 p.m. On Easter Sunday, April 12 Masses will be at 10 a.m. and 12 Noon.

Christ Presbyterian Church will present Bingo in the church hall on Noel and Church Roads on Friday, April 17 and Friday, May 15. Doors open at 6 p.m. Early Bird is at 6:30 p.m. Bingo starts at 7 p.m. Donation is $5. Coffee, tea and cake will be served. St. Virgilius Golden Age will sponsor a bus trip to Trump Plaza in Atlantic City on Tuesday, April 21. The bus will leave from the corner of Noel Road and Cross Bay Boulevard at 8:30 a.m. Cost per person is $35 with $25 cash and $5 food comps. On the way to Atlantic City, bingo will be played. A movie will be shown on the way home. Call D. Schmitt at 718-634-9472 or M. McCarthy at 718-945-4967. Checks should be made payable to St. Virgilius Golden Age Club.

Take part in "Together Green Volunteer Day" at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, April 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Help rid the park of invasive, non-native plants and work side by side with park personnel in this volunteer stewardship event. To make reservations which are required, call 718-318-4340. This event will take place during National Park Week which will be held from April 18 to April 26.

On Wednesday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. volunteer to clean up the North Channel Bridge in an Earth Day Beach Cleanup event. Groups are welcome. Reservations are required; call 718-318-4340 to make them.

Another email clarifying the need for an interviewee arrived in my inbox. A Rockaway interviewee is needed (a BC neighbor gave an interview for this project but a similarly good Rockaway interviewee is desired as well!) for interviewing about the Rockaway community during the time the carousel began and was in operation there. The Rockaway neighbor will be asked to take part in an interview for the documentary. It would be great if a person were available to be interviewed by him. So—if there is anyone out there who knows well about the Rockaway carousel and would like to be part of this project, please send me an email. If you aren't online, maybe the library computers could be put to this use. If that's not feasible, and you have no other way to contact me, send a note to The Wave. They will forward it to me.

Local schoolchildren are invited to take part in the 2009 Golden Apple Awards for Schools in New York City by showing their school recycling programs. They can demonstrate how their school reduces waste. They can brag about their school's beautification projects. Students can enter one (or all three!) of the contests: TrashMasters! Super Recyclers; TrashMasters! Reduce & Reuse Challenge and Trash- Masters! Team Up to Clean Up. Local students whose schools compost will have their entries reviewed for the Golden Shovel Award that honors the Master School Composter in Queens County. Schools compete within their grade division (elementary, intermediate, or high school) for citywide and borough honors. Project entry binders must be received by April 30. Golden Apple Awards contest rules and Registration Form are available at www.- nyc.gov/wasteless/goldenapple (NYC school children from all boroughs can take part in this competition.)

Email using return addresses with names of government agencies like FBI, CIA and Homeland Security fills many mailboxes every day trying to intimidate people into revealing personnel data. Another one claims to come from FedEx.

Some folks believe they're for real and lose a lot of money to these frauds. The genuine agencies are on top of the situation, however, and tell people about the fraudulent email on their homepages.

Recently, a neighbor was expecting a package and got an email claiming to be from FedEx; he checked the homepage of the real FedEx site and was pleased to see information about that email. A lot of well-known businesses have had to deal with fraudulent use of their names on email over the past decade.

This past Monday had weather that was not very nice—wet, windy, cool temperatures probably had some folks wishing they lived in or had not left Florida so early in the month of April. Well—even when things aren't great, they could always be worse. And in other parts of the country, they were. This past Sunday—in parts of the Midwest—it started to snow in the early evening. Later, the snow came down very heavy and was blowing furiously. By Monday morning, there was quite an accumulation, power lines were down and many people were without electricity! Not everyone is done with winter's weather problems!

If you have material that you wish to appear in the column on a Friday, please get the item(s) to me by 9:30 a.m. on the Tuesday before the issue comes out. 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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