2002-12-28 / Columnists

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By Liz Guarino
Broad Channel Bits By Liz Guarino

By Liz Guarino

Christmas 2002 is just a memory now-I hope yours was wonder-filled and wonderful! This is the last column for the year. It has been an interesting year, full of lots of productive activity. I hope 2003 is a happy, healthy, prosperous year for everyone!

There are just a few more days left until the end (Dec. 31st) of the 14th
Annual New York Cares Coat Drive. If you got a new coat for Christmas, here's a tip on what to do with the old one: Gently used, clean warm coats of all sizes--still serviceable, with the zippers working, no buttons missing, no rips--can be left at the 100th Precinct to keep the less fortunate warm
during winter's cold.

The 100 Precinct wants everyone to be alerted that someone has been
breaking into houses here and in Belle Harbor in recent weeks. All residents are advised to keep their windows and doors locked at all times. From what I've learned, he has entered occupied houses through a window in the wee hours of the morning, probably interested in stealing cash or untraceable things that can be easily turned into cash. Keep your usual vigilance up and report any suspicious person or car-especially one that drives repeatedly up
and down or around the block-- by calling the precinct. Eventually, the
police will get the guy who's responsible for the break-ins, but until they
do, be careful and stay safe!

Campbell's and General Mills make a lot of different products-did you use any of these for your Christmas dinner? The proofs of purchase from Prego, V8, Pepperidge Farms, Swanson, Healthy Choice and, of course, Campbell and General Mills-are still useful! The labels, lids or UPC codes from these products are needed by St. Virgilius School which takes part in General Mills Box Tops for Education and Campbell's Labels for Education Program to earn free merchandise for the school. People can help by using these products and dropping the label, lid or code at the school, or in the special box in the rear of the church or give them to a St. Virgilius student.

FOR YOUNG PEOPLE ONLY! At 2 p.m. on Friday, December 27 Crystal Chien will bring her Origami Workshop for teens to our Library. Folding paper to make different objects is a lot of fun and is very creative too. (Inside the Museum of Natural History, Origami ornaments of extinct animal decorate the huge Christmas tree.) All materials will be supplied for this fun-filled afternoon.

FOR MANY CHANCES TO WIN: 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.

SPRING IN YOUR STEP? Do you want to begin your new year with a walk on the beach at Breezy Point?  Members of the American Littoral Society (ALS) will meet on Wednesday, January 1 at 11 a.m. at Building 1, Fort Tilden, at Gateway
National Recreation Area. ALS is, of course, a coastal conservation
organization.  Two naturalists-- Mickey Cohen and Don Riepe-- will lead the walk. Among other things will be a visit to the hawk watchtower.  For the 20th time the beach walkers will try to signal across the harbor to other Society members at Sandy Hook.  Cookies and champagne will be served after
the walk.  The event is free and open to all. For information call

I got an email a while back, telling me that the street signs on some west
side blocks were taken down from the old poles and not replaced on the new
poles. Were any of the signs put on the new poles? I recommended DOT at the time, but I have other ideas if that didn't work. If the signs are still
down, let me know. I hope everybody's holiday company found them!

DID YOU KNOW? Starting February 1, 2003, we will dial or press 11 digits on the telephone to call a next door neighbor? Calling anyone is going to be a numerical exercise! To help make more phone numbers available for use, we will have to dial 1 then 718 before the phone number if we are calling within
our own area code. (Some folks are doing it already, dutifully getting into
the habit. I know I'll forget for a while!) We already dial 11 digits for
numbers that are out of our area code. Now we'll have to remember to dial like that all the time! Are present memory dials up to the challenge of
remembering a lot more information? Those who use speed/memory dial, PC's to dial the phone and cells or palm pilots to remember their numbers are going to have to re-program them! Hopefully, if people forget to dial all those digits, there will be a cheery telephone company recording reminding them of the new addition!

Before Christmas I was pleasantly surprised to receive thank you notes,
Christmas cards and email from different B.C. residents. It was very
thoughtful of you. Thank you for thinking of me! Stay in touch at
Lizbcbits@aol.com  If you have news to share- and even if you don't- I enjoy hearing from you.

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