2002-12-21 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino
Broad Channel Bits

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

Christmas is almost here! It's always a lot of work especially for those who are expecting company. Did you forget anything? I hope everyone has a very wonderful Christmas.

FOR YOUNG PEOPLE ONLY! School is one of the places to learn something new; the Library is another. At 2 p.m. on Friday, December 27 Crystal Chien will bring her Origami Workshop for teens to our Library. Folding paper to make baskets, animals or other objects is an ancient skill, which comes to us from
the Orient. (The long mobile that hangs from the girder in the Library is all Origami as well as the animal ornaments that decorate the large tree inside the Museum of Natural History.) All materials will be supplied for this fun-filled afternoon.

"GOTTA' BE IN IT TO WIN IT!" Tickets are now on sale for the 20/10 Club sponsored by St. Virgilius P.A. Chances cost $20 each. Drawing begins on February 1 and will run for 10 weeks. There will be an Easter bonus of $250 and 10th week prizes of two $500 prizes and one $250 prize. The cash prizes have been doubled this year: 1st prize is worth $200; 2nd prize is $100 and 3rd prize is $50. Winners can repeat weekly. Call Karen 945-5823 for chances
or contact the School Office or the Rectory.

Do you want the Vollies to bring Santa to your house Christmas Eve on a fire truck? The Vollies ask you to call them early at 474-6888 and let them know you want to be visited that night. Donation for this is $25. (About 30 families enjoy this special visit every year!)

Well, the tree got lit, but the weather was terrible. I heard that, in spite of the downpour, about 10 people braved the deluge last Friday night for the Tree Lighting Ceremony. A couple of folks got sick from that night. Hope they felt better fast. There were a lot of goodies for that night, but all was not lost. The sweet treats were all donated to the BCAC children's party, where they were appreciated and probably very happily consumed.

A message from Reverend Andrea Zarou, pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church by the Sea: "Many thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Victor Ritter and the Ladies Auxiliary from the American Legion Post 1404 for the generous donation" to the church.

If you get a new coat for Christmas, here's a good way to recycle the old one! Until December 31st: gently used, clean warm coats of all sizes can be left at the 100th Precinct as part of the 14th Annual New York Cares Coat Drive. Coats must be serviceable, with the zippers working, no buttons missing and no rips or stains to provide for the less fortunate.

Is the outside of your house ready for the judging of the House Decorating Contest? The eight judges will decide the winners on December 23rd. The Grand Prize Winner receives a $150 gift certificate to Boulder Creek Restaurant in the new Gateway Circle shopping area. The 1st place winner gets a $100 gift certificate; 2nd place winner will get a $50 gift certificate and the 3rd place winner will receive a $25 gift certificate-all three gift certificates will be to All American Deli. All winners will also receive surprise Holiday Gifts.

ELECTION NEWS: The civic election was held in the VFW on the 12th of December. Joe Young is the new president of the civic and Eddie O'Hare is the new vice-president. The rest of the slate is the same for 2003 as it was in 2002. Refreshing everyone's memory (including mine!), it was and is as follows: Secretary, Eileen Smith; Treasurer, Pat McGovern; and three trustees, Steve Albert, Robert Eckert and Marty Feeney.

About two weeks ago, I told you about a Broad Channel reunion that takes place in the Florida Keys every year. Well, I didn't tell you where to read all about it. There is a website that you might want to log onto, whether you're online in your home or using the PC in the Library. It's
http://BroadChannelNY.com and it's a nice site by Webmaster David Arnemann, who reads this column. (HI DAVE!)

On the site are complete reunion details, photographs and a report about the occasion. There are photos of B.C. on the site as well as the columns of B.C. columnist Billy Gill III. There's information about the BCAC, civic association, tides, fishing reports and even religious services and many other topics. Also, there are articles of current interest, such as the disappearance of the salt marsh. (Dave does lots of work on the site- keeping the information current, changing the photographs and adding to it bit by bit. It's very comprehensive and eye pleasing as well. If you have a chance, you might want to check it out!)

SOME DO, SOME DON'T: Like e-mail, that is. I meet a lot of people (Dave Arnemann is one of them) from B.C. via e-mail. It's fast and is not time-dependent like a phone call. I'm at Lizbcbits@aol.com and I'd like to print your news.

If your organization is having a big shindig or your child or grandchild (oh heck-let's do nieces and nephews too) has a birthday coming up or you're fundraising for charity and you want to let others know too, send me an e-mail. You can call (but not before 9 a.m. or after 9 p.m.!) or drop your flier in my mailbox. Stay in touch-I like hearing from you.

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