2002-10-12 / Columnists

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By Liz Guarino

By Liz Guarino

Some residents may have noticed voter registration forms in their mailboxes recently. To prepare for today (Friday, October 11), which is the last day to register for voting in the November election, one of our neighbors distributed voter registration forms over the last two weeks. If you didn't need your form, I hope you were able to find someone who did.

A popular fear among people is that they will be called for jury duty if they register to vote. Potential jurors are picked from many different lists-- not registering to vote will not ensure that you're never called. If you own a
house, drive a car, work, pay taxes-your name is available to the court's
juror selection system. If you haven't yet been called, you've been lucky!

TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT! Tony Soaprano's Comedy Retirement Party will take place (Friday October 11) at 8 p.m. at the American Legion Hall. At $45 a ticket, the adults-only evening promises to be lots of fun. There will be music, dancing, comedy and audience participation. Ticket price includes dinner, show, beer, wine and soda. Bernie 848-9048, Mary 917-748-1619 or Stacy 945-0732 might still have a ticket or two available.

It has been quite a while since the ASPCA van came to the library, so demand is expected to be very heavy. It is extremely important to call Linda at the Library, 318-4943, for details on this. The van will be at the library on October 25 at 9 a.m.

It's almost time for preschoolers to bring Mom or Dad or both of them to
Picture Book Classes at the Library. Classes are 20 to 30 minutes long and
consist of stories, songs and crafts for age 3 and up. They will take place
on Thursdays from October 17 through December 19 at 10 a.m. Just show up and enjoy--registration is not required for these classes.

This class is sure to fill up fast! A Tai Chi Workshop to improve health,
relaxation and fitness for participants will be held on four consecutive
Wednesdays from October 30 through November 20 at 10 a.m. (If the weather permits, these classes may be held in the park next to the Library.) Pre-registration is a must; call the library, as space is limited.

BY THE WAY: The recent Flea Market at Christ Presbyterian Church was a success. Reverend Andrea Zarou and the congregation want to thank all who attended the event and all who donated to it. It's not too early to mark the calendar for their next event-the Annual Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday,
November 16 at 10 a.m. Psst--bring the kids from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. that
day-Santa will be there!

A Flea Market will be held on Sunday, October 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the VFW Hall on Shad Creek road. Both buyers and sellers are wanted for the indoor/outdoor event. Call 474-8022 for further information.

IMPORTANT NEWS: Charitable donations are often made with the employer’s encouragement through United Way payroll deductions. Now, the recipient can be a local entity. Broad Channel Volunteers Inc. is the official name of the Vollies and their ID #2308376. Use this information in the next 'deduction drive' your employer sponsors. You (and the Vollies) will be glad you did!

Children's Halloween Parade, jointly sponsored by BCVFD and BCAC, will kick off from the 17 Road Park at 1 p.m. on October 26 and proceed down the boulevard to the Memorial field.

Also on October 26, but at 9 p.m., there will be a Halloween Party at
Grassy's. Prizes for best costumes will be awarded. There will be music.
Further details will be presented as they become available.

Have your blood pressure monitored at the Blood Pressure Clinic at the VFW Hall on Wednesday, November 6 between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. There is no cost for this service.

No one wants to be reminded about flu season's approach, but some folks asked when the Flu Shots would be available at the VFW Hall. Don't forget to mark those calendars-shots will be given on Thursday, November 7 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sponsors  (Departments of Aging, Health and the Visiting Nurse Service) ask that each person have their social security number available. There is no cost for shots.

PLEASE NOTE: The deadline (October 24) to pay full cost for "An Italian Wake" is fast approaching. If you are going on the trip and prefer to eat a fish dinner instead of Italian food, it is available. Winnie needs to know in
advance. Fish dinner will cost an extra $2 over the basic cost of $51,
payable in advance. Call Winnie at 474-2783.

Books and Bagels brought out a nice gathering last Friday. As usual, everyone had fun. The book, "Sea Glass," left at least two of the women wondering what sea glass was. Well, one of the women brought a visual aid to help out-pieces of sea glass suspended from a piece of driftwood! There were interesting insights and, of course, a lot of laughter. Descriptions of the novel's adulterer husband ranged from "sleazebag" to "not too bad."

The group, which is always lots of fun and can be hilarious at times, draws people from the Rockaways, Howard Beach and Ozone Park. (New participants are welcome at any time. Just drop in. No pre-registration is necessary! If you
prefer to come and just listen, that's ok.) There was a slight change in the
nibblers this month. Instead of the whole bagels Linda usually buys, she got bagel holes. They were a big hit as they are easier to hold and nibble while talking.

The next book discussion will be Friday, November 15. Two books will be discussed: "Tender at the Bone," and "Bel Canto."

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