2002-10-26 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino
Broad Channel Bits By Liz Guarino

By Liz Guarino

It seems as if all the trees decided to change colors recently; orange and
various shades of red and yellow and can be seen on the trees around town.
Autumn brings us such great foliage! Now is a good time to plant kale or
cabbage in the garden-both great cool weather crops!

Of course, it's also time for turning those clocks back one hour on Saturday. And on Sunday it will be dark at dinnertime! I have to use that old saying: "Spring ahead, Fall back" to help me out every year. It's a good thing someone created that saying--I'd never know which direction to move the hands! And having digital doesn't make it any easier.

DID YOU KNOW? When the time comes to allow payroll deductions, did you know you can keep your donation in the neighborhood? United Way gives a long list of approved charities to pick from. Well, 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. This info may not be on the list you get, but use it and BCVFD will get your donations. You (and the Vollies) will be glad you gave your support!

CALLING ALL KIDS! Tomorrow (Saturday) is the Children's Halloween Parade. It is jointly sponsored by BCVFD and BCAC. Everyone will meet at the 17th road Park at 1 p.m. Then, the Parade will proceed down the boulevard to the BCAC Memorial Field. "Bring home a pumpkin from our pumpkin patch" say the two
organizations!

FOR ADULTS ONLY: Tomorrow night at 9 p.m., there will be a Halloween Party at Grassy Point on the boulevard. Wear the best costume and win a prize! DJ Tom Healy will supply the music.

THE PRESSURE'S ON! Keep an eye on your blood pressure 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.

FLU SEASON APPROACHES: No one wants to be reminded about flu season, but many people prefer to get a flu shot before winter's onset. So, Flu Shots will be available at the VFW Hall on Thursday, November 7 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Sponsors ask that folks wanting the Shot have their social security number available. There is no cost for shots.

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 at (718) 318-4943.

Heavy rains poured out of the skies on Friday night, October 11 but it didn't dampen the enthusiasm of 114 dinner-theatre attendees who braved the elements to enjoy The Soapranos. Stacy Spataro said of the evening: "The show was hilarious, the food was delicious and the desserts were scrumptious." 

Raffles were sold on three large baskets at a bake sale held to defray the
cost of the event. The baskets were won by the following people:  Baking
Basket - Cindy Henglein, Thanksgiving Basket - Maral Sahagian, and the
Italian Basket - Evelyn Trombetta. This last sported a dishtowel with
displayed the colors of the Italian flag.

Last Saturday night the 12th Annual Hall of Fame Dance was held at the American Legion. Eddie O'Hare said "Everyone had a great time; it was sold out." Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Jackie Conneely who did an "outstanding job."

Last weekend after all the Masses, B.C.'s preschool had a Bake Sale. Sunday morning there were quite a few of the preschoolers in attendance. When the crowd from the 8:30 a.m. Mass dispersed, a lot of the cakes went with them. I was happy to buy a lovely banana cake with white frosting and nuts on top. To whomever baked it: it was very delicious!

UPCOMING SVS PA EVENTS: On Friday, November 8th there will be a Penny Social at the American Legion Hall. This is always a very well attended event.

Moonlight Bowling will take place on Saturday, November 16th at 8 pm at Cozy Bowl in Ozone Park. (This is the former Americana Lanes on Rockaway Blvd.)

DID YOU KNOW, PART II: The MTA announced that Queens will be getting new subway cars. These state-of-the-art subway cars, model # R160, will replace older models on the "A" line, among other lines. The new cars will offer reliability and safety to the commuters. They are part of a planned $1 billion upgrade-due to take to the rails in 2006!

I met someone who told me "I should've called so you could publicize my event, but I didn't know you." There are still some people I haven't met yet, but I'm working on it. I like showing up at different meetings, programs and events (for small children and school programs too- even though I don't have a child in tow!).

It's great when people come up to me and introduce themselves. So don't be shy. Introduce yourself; once we say hello, we're not strangers anymore! I have a new email address to make things a bit easier: Lizbcbits@aol.com. My old email address works also. So, if you already have it in your PC mailbox,
it's OK to keep using it. This is OUR space--without input from my neighbors, there will be no column. So keep those emails, phone calls and mailbox deliveries coming. I really enjoy hearing from all of you!


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