2002-11-30 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

By Liz Guarino

Thanksgiving Day came and went. I hope everyone enjoyed themselves and had a wonderful holiday!

'ROUND TOWN: On Sunday after the 8:30 and 11:30 a.m. Masses there will be a Cake Sale to benefit Kiddie Bingo, which will be held on the 15th at 2 p.m. for ages 5 and up.
The Christmas Tree Lighting will take place at the 17 Road Park on Friday, December 13th at 7 p.m.

AT THE LIBRARY: Irish music will be in the air on December 12 at 3 p.m. in "Irish Folk Holiday Songs." Teresa Mazzilli will sing "Danny Boy," "Irish Eyes Are Smiling," "Christmas in Ireland," and many other favorites during this enjoyable afternoon. Everyone is welcome.

Saturday, December 7 is Pearl Harbor Day and a ceremony to mark the day will be held at the 17 Road Park at 11 a.m. Rolls and coffee will be served at the American Legion Hall after the ceremony which will take place at the All Wars Monument.

The Beautification Committee and All-American Deli will co-sponsor this
year's House Decorating Contest. The judging date will be December 23.

For those not yet familiar with this tradition: Holiday decorations on the
outside of your house make the Channel brighter and may win you a prize! Show your creativity; be original. As I get more information on this, I will make it available.

Tomorrow is the Blood Drive at the American Legion Hall from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donors need to have photo ID with them. Refreshments will be served. For further information call Carol 634-7235 or Mike 917-929-3274.

Thursday, December 5 at 8 p.m. is the last civic association meeting of the year. The organization's officials are elected at this meeting. Meetings are usually held at the VFW Hall, but the election meeting is held at the
American Legion; the larger size of the building is needed that night to
handle the turnout, which is always substantial. Dues for the current year
must be paid before an individual votes, according to the organization rules.

On the slate are Joe Young (president) and Eddie O'Hare (vice-president). Of course, nominations can be made from the floor that evening. Ballots are paper and marked by hand. Be prepared for a crowd!

DID YOU KNOW? Now you can make charitable donations through United Way payroll deductions and the recipient can be a local entity. BCVFD can now be supported through the United Way. 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. You (and the Vollies) will be glad you did!

DON'T FORGET: 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 and the crash of the jet over Belle Harbor a month later is welcome. It seems that would be all of us--especially Channelites and Rockawayites, some of whom watched both horrors take place. But, wherever we were, we'll never forget
how unreal it felt. And the confusion and the fear we probably felt. (Some
people still get uneasy when they hear loud or see low-flying planes. I'm one of them).

Project Liberty's Joyce Goldberg will lead a workshop to outline the feelings we might have as a result of those days. She is a certified social worker (CSW) and she is experienced in helping people cope with the emotional fallout from the attacks and crash. The idea of our country being attacked is still a shock to us. Many people are fearful and uncertain about the possibility of a recurrence or the future. The workshop provides an excellent opportunity for us.  If the terrorist attacks or crash affected you, this workshop's for you.

There were a few new faces--from both the Channel and the Rockaways--at the last Books and Bagels book discussion at the Library. The more, the merrier and what a great group it was! "Tender at the Bone" by Ruth Reichl and "bel canto" by Ann Patchett were the books. Well, the discussion centered mostly on
bel canto. The premise was very different--some readers really enjoyed the book, others didn't. One reader didn't know if she liked it or not.  The
basic story line was: A group of terrorists breaks into a house in an
unspecified South American country and takes the multi-national birthday party guests hostage.

One of the best questions that was raised addressed the adultery of a
Japanese businessman/guest. "If you were being held hostage by a group of
terrorists with guns, would you be thinking about sex?"

Linda was a great hostess, as always, offering the usual goodies. The
discussion was lively at times, thoughtful and had its hilarity too. One long-time discusser said it best: "Even if the book is lousy, we always have a good time."

The next book discussion will be next year, on January 16, which is a
Thursday. (The group is trying out a different day of the week). "Straight Men" by Richard Russo is one of the books. According to the review it's akin to Portnoy's Complaint!

Carol and George Kerr of Noel Road are on their way to a new life in the
Sunshine State. Over the years both Carol and George have done a lot of work for the churches, organizations and people of this community. They will be missed a great deal by many. Florida is very fortunate that they have chosen it as the new place to hang their many, many hats. Goodbye and lots of good
luck to them!

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