2002-11-02 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino
Broad Channel Bits By Liz Guarino

By Liz Guarino

Did you remember to set your clocks back last Saturday and change the 9 volts in your smoke detectors? (I forgot about the time change and actually got up too early Sunday morning.) That hour difference can be difficult for some folks; it's light early in the morning, but coming home from work in the dark (when it's colder and windier too!) is not as pleasant as leaving the job while the sun is still shining!

Can you believe it's November already? 2002 is almost gone! Tuesday, November 5 is Election Day. Some new officials will be chosen-our neighbor Gerald J. (Jerry) Cronin will be among those vying for governor. Anthony Weiner is seeking re-election, as are Audrey Pheffer and Ada Smith. There will also be a
ballot proposal on mayoral succession, that is: who steps into the mayor's shoes if he's incapacitated or dies. 

This weekend, Saturday, November 2 and Sunday, November 3, is the North Channel Yacht Club Craft Fair and Flea Market starting at 9 a.m. They are located at 1620 Channel road (behind the library). Gifts, toys and tools will be among the items available for purchase (Christmas shopping?). The proceeds will be used to upgrade their facility and for continuing their charitable works. 

Well, the $10,000 Big Giveaway was a great success. The big winner is "The Burke Family." Congratulations Folks!

SCHOOL NEWS: P.S. 47 will have a November full of activity related to the meanings of Veteran's Day and Thanksgiving. On November 15 each class will present "What Veteran's Day Means To Me." On the same day, there will be replanting done in the Memorial Garden outside the school. (The Garden, which contains two trees to represent the Towers, was planted in memory of those
who lost their lives in the WTC attacks.)

Open School Week at P.S. 47 takes place from November 12 to November 15 in conjunction with Parent-Teacher meetings and giving out of report cards. During the entire month of November there is a Canned Food Drive at the
school, ending just before Thanksgiving; the food will be given to the

The Penny Harvest started on Tuesday, October 29 at P.S. 47 and will run through the end of November. This is terrific for the kids! They can save their own pennies and bring them into school. At the end of the drive, all of the pennies are added up and the total is given to a chosen charity.

Penny Harvest is a not-for-profit organization, which gives a list of
charities to the school. The Student Council along with a representative from each class chooses the charity that will receive the funds.

The next "Books and Bagels" book discussion is on November 15 at 10 a.m. On tap for discussion are "Tender at the Bone" by Ruth Reichl and "bel canto" by Ann Patchett. "Tender at the Bone" is rather unusual nonfiction, an autobiography written by a New York Times restaurant critic. The author tells about growing up in relation to the dining table and sprinkles recipes throughout the book.

'TIS THE SEASON FOR CHRISTMAS SHOPPING: The B.C. Preschool is sponsoring a bus trip to Tanger Outlet in Riverhead on Saturday, November 23. (Lots of big
bargains can be found there!) 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 945-1329 for details.

Sponsored by the SVS PA there will be a Penny Social next Friday (November 8) at the American Legion Hall at 7 p.m. (This is always a very well-attended event.) Donations are needed for the Raffle Table. To donate to this event call Mary Kay 318-2343.

Seniors can keep an eye on their 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.

BARE THOSE ARMS!: Flu Shots will be available for seniors 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.

Christ Presbyterian Church by the Sea will be holding their Annual Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday, November 17 at 10 a.m. Available for purchase will be crafts, Christmas gifts and ornaments. (My favorite purchase from here one year was a hand-painted and carved decoration made of wood--very clever, very
original and very beautiful.) And Santa will be there from 1 to 2:30 p.m. So, bring the kids and line up for those precious pictures!

The joint Rosary Altar/St. Virgilius School Parents Association Communion Brunch was held on Sunday after the 11:30 a.m. Mass at Pier 92. The
restaurant, next to McDonald's just over the bridge, has beautiful views of the Bay. Over 50 people attended the brunch, which featured a lovely buffet.

With eggs benedict, bacon, sausage, ham, potatoes, omelets made to order and delicious pastries, the meal offered lunch dishes as well. Pasta primavera, green beans, fruit salad, turkey and thinly sliced salmon were among the offerings.

The guest speaker was Marilyn Heller, an attorney who specializes in elder law and does volunteer work for Catholic Charities. She spoke on Preparation for Reception of the Eucharist. Everyone enjoyed the food, each other's company and a spectacular view of the bay.

Quite a few people have responded to my new email address, which was listed in last week’s column: Lizbcbits@aol.com. I would like to take this opportunity to thank
you all for your e-mail. Also, thanks for the notes, fliers and telephone
calls. Every piece of information helps to keep this (OUR space, OUR, OUR news) column going!

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