2009-08-21 / Columnists

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Commentary By Liz Guarino

The 'dog days' of August have arrived, dug themselves in, and stayed for a while—all of them uninvited! Not many people are thrilled with those days, and would be happier if they missed our area of the world completely! One thing to feel good about is that ConEd—so far—has been up to the task of keeping the power coming— even when it's obviously getting heavy use.

Summer activity: From 1 to 4 p.m., on Friday, all can play board games in the library through August 21. Use one of theirs or bring your own.

The program, "Shorebird Stopover," will be held in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, August 22 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Look at migrant shorebirds with naturalist Ron Bourque. Hear why the refuge is such a "hot spot" for long distance migrants. Bring waterproof boots, insect and sun protection, binoculars and drinking water. Sign up in advance at 718-318-4340.

Christ Presbyterian Church will present Bingo in the church hall on Noel and Church Roads on Wednesday, August 26. 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.

Attend an indoor presentation on Salt Marshes with National Park Service ecologist Patricia Rafferty on Saturday, August 29 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Sign up in advance at 718-318- 4340.

St. Virgilius/St. Camillus CYO BCAC Girls Soccer will be holding Registration and practice every Monday and Wednesday at the BCAC Memorial Field, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. For further information contact Jo at 718-474-8207 or email BCACSOCCER@ GAIL.COM

A 2-session Defensive Driving Course will be given on Wednesday, October 14 and Thursday, October 15 from 7 to 10 p.m. in the School Building at 16 Noel Road in Broad Channel, in the lunchroom. By taking this course, you can receive a 10 percent reduction on your car insurance for three years or up to four points off of your license. No test will be given. Fee is $60.

To make a reservation or for further information: call Helen, at 718-945- 4648 or Cindy, at 718-634-5449. Refreshments will be served. If you attended the course in March, 2006, your certificate expires in March. Payment in full guarantees a seat— they are unable to hold a seat without payment.

The course is sponsored by St. Virgilius Church and all proceeds benefit St. Virgilius religious education program.

Veterans who were in the military during certain dates are invited to join American Legion Post 1404. Dates are as follows: December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1955; June 25, 1950 to January 31, 1955; February 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975; August 24, 1982 to July 31, 1984; December 29, 1989 to January 31, 1990, and August 1990 until cessation, determined by United States government. Above dates are from World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Lebanon/Grenada, Panama and Gulf War, respectively. Meetings are 1st and 3rd Friday of each month at 8:30 p.m. at the American Legion on Crossbay Boulevard in Broad Channel. Boundaries include Broad Channel and all of Howard Beach.

The BCVFD is sponsoring a $10,000 Giveaway. Winning tickets will be pulled on Labor Day (Monday, September 7) after the Grand Parade at the BCAC Memorial Field. Only 400 tickets will be sold; donation is $100. A total of $13,000 in prizes is available. Call Dawn at 718-634-6930 or Chris at 646-358-9457 for tickets.

Come to the Ladies Softball Game Fundraiser on Saturday, August 29 at the BCAC Memorial Field at 5:30 p.m.; game starts at 6 p.m. Must be 21 or older. Signup for the game at Ruffle Bar on Thursdays or Fridays; ask for Carol. Call Janine at 718-634-7235 for details. A $15 donation is due at signup; it includes Ball Game and After Party at Ruffle Bar with DJ Scott. Beer, ice cold beverages and other refreshments will be sold at the game. Please—no coolers! After the game, join the teams at the Ruffle Bar for some post game fun. All proceeds go to BCVFD!

Almost all of the information in the column comes by email. It has become a big player on the information scene—both mine and for many other people too. Incredibly, because email is free and readily available, it has greatly reduced the quantity of first class mail it handles. On the other hand, more packages are being sent through the mail because more people order items online. Who would've imagined this 20 years ago! A lot of people thought email was a fad that would pass. Amazing!

That being said: thieves use email to try and part people from their money. Most of the pitches are fairly obvious. Most folks are familiar with the mydear friend emails from Nigeria. But others are less obvious. Email claiming account information needs to be updated or email claiming it's from FedEx are both a bit scary at first. After a bit, those wind up in the spam filter with the rest of the 'junk email.' Some days the amount of email I delete grows by leaps and bounds! Anyway, be careful in cyberspace— there are bad hacks out there who will fleece anybody they can!

David Kaufman (a Gen X'er who's a voice over artist) said: "Stop asking if the glass is half full or half empty. Instead ask "What's in it? How did it get there? What can I do with it?"

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