2002-12-07 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

By Liz Guarino

Cold weather is really moving in to remind us it's almost Winter, which
officially begins on the 21st. Hopefully, everyone will be finished with
Christmas shopping long before then!

REMEMBERING OUR VETS: Tomorrow is Pearl Harbor Day and a ceremony to mark the day will be held at the 17th 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.

During the entire month of December (the 1st to the 31st) gently used, clean warm coats of all sizes (still serviceable, with the zippers working, no buttons missing, no rips etc.) can be left at the 100th Precinct as part of
the 14th Annual New York Cares Coat Drive to provide appropriate outerwear for the less fortunate.

This Sunday, December 8 there will be Installation of New Altar Servers at the 11:30 a.m. mass.

BCVFD will be holding CPR classes on December 15. These classes culminate in certification, which is very useful or even necessary for certain positions. Lifeguards and ambulance drivers are just two occupations where it would be useful. But there are still seats in the class. The Vollies must have a minimum number of students to hold the class. Call Eddie at 318-5504 if you are interested in attending these classes.

This weekend is the SVS PA 14th Annual Craft Fair. Held in the school
building it features homemade crafts that make very original gifts-for you or someone you love. Items include ornaments, candles, angels, wooden toys, ornaments, wreaths, dolls, candies, baked goods and more.

Over the years, I have gotten very beautiful, clever and high-quality
Christmas decorations here. Quite a few years ago, I bought something really ingenious there---two placemats made from circles of Christmas card fronts, glued together in a symmetrical pattern and covered with clear Contac paper. The backing is a nice red Christmasy pattern. I look for a similar item every year because I'd like more, but haven't seen anything like those placemats--yet. While I'm still hoping, there's so much other stuff to buy.

There are many baskets being raffled off; among them are a Home Décor, Game, DVD, Santa's, Baby Items and Disney Princesses' Baskets. There will be a baked goods section. Many of the Christmas Ornaments can be personalized. Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  

The Christmas Tree Lighting will take place at the 17th Road Park on Friday, December 13th at 7 p.m. Marty Feeney is chairman of the event.

Kiddie Bingo will be held on December 15th at 2 p.m. in the Christ
Presbyterian Church Hall for ages 5 and up. There will be games, raffles and prizes. Refreshments will be served. Admission is $6. Call Mary 634-5804 or Jo 474-8207 to buy tickets.

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.

BCVFD is sponsoring Toys for Tots. New unwrapped toys and/or new clothing items can be left at Coogan's or Grassy's until the 17th of December. On December 14 anyone who brings a toy to Grassy's will get a free beer that night. On Christmas Eve look for the Vollies. They will be traveling around with Santa!

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

The Brunch at the Legion last month was the first in what seemed (to me) like a very long time. It was very well attended. When I was there, there were about 80 people seated. It was a bit hard to count because people were arriving or leaving, getting up for coffee and cake or visiting other tables and chatting. If the heavy stream of diners continued all afternoon, the members of the Auxiliary must have been exhausted by the end of the Brunch.

Last week, I got an email about a Broad Channel reunion that takes place in the Florida Keys! The reunion had a pretty good turnout last year-over 60 people! Apparently, some Broad Channel residents have retired to Florida and they get together down there. Of course, some folks living here do travel down to join in on this event! It's held on Key Largo on St. Patrick's Day, March 17 at 1 p.m. at Snapper's Waterfront Saloon and Wet Bar.

It's not a huge expensive way to make a difference, but it's the little
things that count! You can help St. Virgilius School which takes part in
General Mills Box Tops for Education and Campbell's Labels for Education
Program. Both programs let the school earn free merchandise. People can help by using a variety of Campbell's and General Mills products: Prego, V8, Pepperidge Farms, Swanson, Healthy Choice and, of course, Campbell and General Mills. Drop the labels, lids or UPC codes from the products at the school, the special box in the rear of the church or give them to a St. Virgilius student.

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