2002-11-23 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino
Broad Channel Bits By Liz Guarino

By Liz Guarino

Thanksgiving is next week already! My wish for everyone is that no one spends that day alone and lonely, but instead in the warm circle of loving family and/or good friends. And that your meal, whatever it is (not everyone enjoys turkey!), is delicious.

Tonight is the K of C "Turkey Shoot" in the American Legion Hall.
Refreshments will be served and there will be raffles. 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.

Tomorrow is the B.C. Preschool-sponsored bus trip to Tanger Outlet in Riverhead. The bus leaves the Channel at 8:30 a.m. Breakfast will be available on the way there. (Provides extra energy for all that shopping)!

Have fun, shoppers. Hope you find lots of big bargains there!

Tomorrow and next Saturday, the Library will hold A Crazy Quilt Workshop with Judith Ann Shea. If you are attending this workshop, don't forget to bring scraps of wool, velvet, silk as well as other fabrics and other required items.

LET'S DO BRUNCH: On Sunday, November 24 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. the American Legion Post #1404 Ladies Auxiliary will hold their locally famous Brunch at the American Legion Hall. Sweepstakes raffles will be sold and the winner picked that day. Proceeds will benefit the Children's Christmas Party.

PARTY! On Thanksgiving Eve, Grassy's is having a live band, Wine with Sue.

The group is great and always draws a crowd! Cover is $7; proceeds to BCVFD. It starts at 9 p.m.

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

Did you call the elected officials for the BCVFD? Their application is now
under review. It would be terrific to see them get a FEMA grant for $1
million so work can begin on a new firehouse! Chief Keenan recommends calling the following officials: 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. Let them know how important
BCVFD is to our lives and safety!

Speaking of the Vollies, they will have CPR certification classes in December on Sunday, December 15.

Mark your calendars for this life-saving class. It's only
$45. A minimum of 12 people is needed for BCVFD to offer this class. Those taking this course will get certification needed or useful in certain
professions, like lifeguard. More details are available by calling Eddie

FOR THE LESS FORTUNATE: The Canned Food Drive and Penny Harvest at P.S. 47 have almost concluded. All of the canned food will be given to the Claddagh where it will be used to feed the poor. And all of the pennies will be given
to a charity.

The 14th Annual Craft Fair sponsored by the St. Virgilius School P.A. will be held in the school building on Saturday, December 7th from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, December 8th from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The SVS PA is also sponsoring $500 Holiday Chance with the winner drawn after the 9 a.m. Mass on Thanksgiving Day. Chances are $1 each; there are 20 chances in a book. Call Pat at 634-5085.

Rev. Andrea Zarou of Christ Presbyterian Church by the Sea would like to thank all who attended (especially on such a nasty day!) the Christmas Craft Fair at the church last Saturday. And, congratulations to all the winners of the lovely homemade Christmas gifts.

SIGNLESS! I got an email telling me that the poles on some west side streets were replaced months ago, but the street signs were not. It sounds like the DOT's responsibility. To everyone affected by this, I recommend calling or visiting City Councilman Joe Addabbo. He can be reached at: 159-53 102 Street, Howard Beach, NY 11414; his phone is 718 738 1111. His staff should
be able to direct the problem to the right place within DOT.

New York State Project Liberty is offering a Workshop at the Library on
December 4 at 1 p.m. Anyone affected by the attacks on the WTC is welcome. It seems that would be all of us--especially here in the Channel (and in the Rockaways) where some of us clearly watched the horror take place across the Bay. Still others of us saw it from much closer.  But, wherever we were, we'll never forget how unreal it felt. (I was at the school to vote that day. Everyone there reacted differently.
The enormity of what was happening didn't register on everyone immediately. It just didn't feel like it could be happening).

Project Liberty's Joyce Goldberg will lead a workshop to discuss the feelings we have as a result of the nightmare of that day. She is a trained counselor, a certified social worker (CSW) and she is experienced in helping people cope with the emotional fallout from the attacks. The idea of our country being
attacked is still a shock to us and many people don't know how to handle their feelings about the possibility of a recurrence or the future. This is
an opportunity to get necessary support. If the terrorist attacks affected
you, this workshop's for you.

Stay in touch: Lizbcbits@aol.com.

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