2002-10-19 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

By Liz Guarino

In between the sunshiny breezy days and the torrential rains, the tide has been in the streets lately. Until recently, the Channel had been high and dry since Spring. People really do take this in stride though.

At least one resident has hit on the idea of keeping an extra pair of
Wellington boots in her car; she's always prepared, so the tide has nothing on her! Last week she parked on the median strip after food shopping, slogged her perishables safely home and waited for the tide to recede before she got the rest of her groceries!

Christmas shopping, anyone? The B.C. Preschool is sponsoring a bus trip to Tanger Outlet in Riverhead on Saturday, November 23. The bus will leave the Channel at 8:30 a.m. Breakfast will be provided on the way there; and cocktails will be provided coming home. Call Nancy at (718) 945-1329 for details.

The ASPCA van is resuming its visits to the Library on October 25 at 9 a.m. Since the van hasn't been at the Library in a while, demand is expected to be very heavy. Linda asked that anyone needing the services please call the Library, (718) 318-4943, for details.

Picture Book Classes for preschoolers are every Thursday through December 19 at 10 a.m. at the Library. The classes are 20 to 30 minutes long and consist of stories, songs and crafts for ages 3 and up. Just show up and enjoy-no registration is needed.

Class are 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; space is limited. Call the Library.

One of the co-presidents of the St. Virgilius School P.A., Nancy, said that their recent Bake Sale netted over $500 for the school. The P.A. is grateful for the participation of everyone (both bakers and buyers!). They note that the seventh grade girls, who helped at the sale, were terrific. The students, whose participation counts toward their confirmations, must give a number of hours to the community before they receive the sacrament.

General Mills Box Tops for Education and Campbell's Labels for Education Program will help St. Virgilius School by providing them with the opportunity to earn free merchandise for the school. People can help by using a variety of Campbell's and General Mills products: Prego, V8, Pepperidge Farms, Swanson, Healthy Choice and, of course, Campbell and General Mills. Drop the labels, lids or UPC codes from the products in the box provided for them in the rear of the church, or drop them in the school office or give them to a St. Virgilius student.

DON'T FORGET: On Sunday, October 20 will be the Drawing and the Cocktail Party at the North Channel Yacht Club from 2 to 4 p.m. Prizes are worth a total of $14,200. Tommy's Pizza, Coogan's and the Rectory have tickets. Of course, the cocktail partygoers will have bought at least a share in the drawing, because, as they say in those TV ads: "You gotta be in it to win it!"

On Sunday, October 27 St. Virgilius's Rosary Altar Society and Parent's Association will hold their Communion Brunch at Pier 92. Brunch will be after the 11:30 a.m. Mass. Adult tickets are $12; for children age 3 to 10 ticket cost is $8. Call Eileen, (718) 634-8547 or Stacy, (718) 945-0732 for tickets.

This weekend the B.C. Pre-K will hold a Bake Sale after all the Masses.

Historical Day was very well attended. Whole families of residents and out of towners- some from organizations- provided a fairly steady stream of visitors at the event. At times, the VFW Hall was quite crowded. A free-lance reporter was among those who attended the event. He was quite fascinated with tales of
high tides and parking on the median strip as well as other vagaries of life
here in the Channel.

The photographs of Ed Clarity were a big hit at the event. Featuring mostly people, they captured scenes that ranged from the comical to the poignant. The beautiful paintings of Arlene Cornell and Michael Tubridy were also notable. Arlene exhibited paintings of houses, the shoreline and houses on stilts. Michael exhibited views of the bay and boats.

I spoke with a few people who didn't have enough time to look at all the
Clarity photographs. It was a considerable body of work. Perhaps the photos will be shown by themselves at a-not-too-distant future exhibit. After all, the next Historical Day is almost a year away!

Because the bay is our backyard-and sometimes our front yards-debris in it affects all of us! Sometimes the government gets involved in it. One of our neighbors, Barbara Toborg- representing the American Littoral Society- recently spoke before the City Council Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management. The Committee heard her testify on the litter data collected during the recent coastal clean-up to determine need for the Bigger Better Bottle Bill, which will approve a deposit for non-deposit bottles.

She reported on the data from 51 cleaned sites; there were 13,455 beverage containers found, most of which floated on the tide, then washed up on the land. Most of the bottles did not have a deposit. It is hoped that enacting a 5 cents deposit for non deposit bottles will encourage people to properly dispose of their emptied drink bottles, thereby keeping the bay freer of them.

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