2002-11-16 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino
Broad Channel Bits By Liz Guarino

By Liz Guarino

As the month chugs toward Thanksgiving, many people find themselves appreciating their relationships with family, friends and neighbors a bit more. And dreaming of a lovely (turkey?) dinner with loved ones sitting around the dining table!

Christ Presbyterian Church by the Sea will be holding their Annual Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday, November 16 starting at 10 a.m. Available for purchase will be crafts, Christmas gifts and ornaments. Don't forget that Santa will be there from 1 to 2:30 p.m.-so bring the kid for those precious pictures!

On Wednesday, November 20 from 9 p.m. till whenever, it will be party time at Grassy's! Music will be provided by Wine with Sue. The cover charge will be $7. All proceeds go to BCVFD.

On Friday, November 22 at 8 p.m. the K of C Long Island Council #197 will hold a "Turkey Shoot" in the American Legion Hall. Refreshments will be served. There will be raffles with great prizes. Grand Prize is a 20 lb. turkey and a Wagonload of Cheer; Second and Third Prizes are a Basket of Cheer and a 12 lb. turkey. There is no charge for admission, but everyone is asked to bring a can of food for the baskets of food that will be donated to
the poor.

BLOOD DRIVE: On Saturday, November 30 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, there will be a Blood Drive. Donors should carry photo ID with them. Refreshments will be served. For further information call Carol 634-7235 or Mike 917-929-3274.

LIBRARY NEWS: The Crazy Quilt Workshop will be held at the Library on Saturday, November 23 and 30 at 10 a.m. This two-hour, two-session advanced quilting workshop for adults requires pre-registration; call 318-4943.

DON'T FORGET THE CANS AND THE PENNIES: During the entire month of November there is a Canned Food Drive and a Penny Harvest at P.S. 47, both of which
will end just before Thanksgiving. All of the canned food will be given to
the Claddagh where it will be used to feed the less fortunate. And all of the
pennies will be tallied up, a charity selected and the money will be given to the charity.

STRIKE, SPARE OR JUST HAVE FUN! Sponsored by the SVS PA, Moonlight Bowling will take place on Saturday, November 16th at 8 pm at the Cozy Bowl in Ozone Park. (This used to be called the Americana Lanes on Rockaway Blvd.) Tickets
for the event are $20 per person in advance; $25 at the door. There will be prizes such as a Basket of Cheer. Ticket price includes food. To get tickets for the event, call Fran 634-6613, Lisa 474-6878, Elaine 945-6868 or Dawn 474-4182.

Shopping, Shopping, Shopping! Next weekend is the B.C. Preschool-sponsored bus trip to Tanger Outlet in Riverhead-- on Saturday, the 23rd. (No hassles or worries about getting lost driving there or parking or breakfast!) 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 and
sign on for a shopping experience you'll want to repeat next year.

CAC NEWS: The football teams had a great year and are headed into the playoffs. A special "thank you" goes to Margaret Wagner and Donna Badamo for their hard work at the games raising money for the club by selling all those T-shirts!

Chief Keenan of the BCVFD is asking everyone to call elected officials and tell them how very important the Department is to our health and safety. For BCVFD to get a FEMA grant of $1 million from the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program to build the new firehouse, it is vital that these officials support our cause. Chief Keenan recommends calling the following: Senator Hillary
Clinton at 212 688 6263; Senator Charles Schumer at 718 486-4430;
Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer at 718 945-9550 and Congressman Anthony Weiner at 718 332-9001. Please call today; the application is currently under review!

There has been a lot of serious talk about the disappearance of the Jamaica Bay salt marshes lately. I read that it's a serious matter to us because of our being surrounded by the Bay. (It's also a big issue to the Rockaways and anyplace else that borders on the Bay.) For us, loss of the marshes will mean floods here and on the Belt Parkway and problems with the subway line and landfills. Since flooding at full moon and high tide is already a fact of life here, it will be much more of a problem without the marshes.

One of our neighbors who keeps tabs on our salt marshes is Dan Mundy. He recently helicoptered over the Bay to view the salt marsh. (Seeing the Bay from the air is spectacular!) Subsequently testifying before the city council on marsh disappearance and a possible connection with dumping from the sewage treatment plants, he produced a lot of figures on both occurrences. He then asked for studies to measure the sewage treatment plants' dumping into the
Bay against the loss of the marsh, which is disappearing at a rate of 50
acres a year. At this rate, in 20 years only one island of the marsh will be
left and Broad Channel residents can look forward to lots of flooding.
Hopefully, the marshes will be retained and the safety of the people and houses here will not be threatened by the waters of Jamaica Bay.

Thanks for your emails. It's good to hear from all of you. Stay in touch.
Email me at Lizbcbits@aol.com

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