2003-01-11 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino
Broad Channel Bits By Liz Guarino

By Liz Guarino

New Year's Day was certainly rainy and very wet, but gratefully, we did not have any snow dropped on us as snow has a nasty habit of accumulating! And, apparently, at least some of the rain is falling over and into the upstate reservoirs-their capacity is quite a bit higher than usual for this time of the year. If the winter is wet, maybe we will not have water restrictions in the summer!

NOVEL FUNDRAISER: BCAC is currently selling Kevin Boyle's book "Braving The Waves" at All American Deli; proceeds will go to the children of the BCAC. This book is a must-read for all area residents-and now it's available in the Channel!

Speaking of books, the next Books and Bagels book discussion will be held on Thursday, January 16 at 10 a.m. The group will discuss two books: "Straight Man" by Richard Russo and "Deptford Trilogy" by Robertson Davies. At a time
in the future, perhaps this group will use Boyle's book to read and discuss.
Food for thought…

FOR ADULTS ONLY! Supermarket Bingo is coming to the American Legion Hall on January 24 at 7:00 p.m. (the 1st game will start at 7:30 p.m.) sponsored by SVS PA. Tickets for the event are $10 each; call Mary at 474-3367 or Jo at 474-8207.

DON'T GET LEFT OUT! 20/10 Club chances are available now. Drawing starts soon--on February 1---and will run for 10 weeks. Prizes are doubled this year: 1st prize is $200; 2nd is $100; 3rd is $50. There is an Easter bonus of $250 and 10th week prizes of two $500 prizes and one $250 prize. Winners can repeat weekly. Chances are $20 each. Call Karen 945-5823 or contact the
school office or rectory.

During the month of February, it will be time for Yoga Classes on Fridays at the Library. Classes start early-8:30 a.m. and last for one hour.

Mary Lou Illouzzi leads the class with an easy to follow routine and brings great music with her. (One of last year's favorites was a Sarah Brightman cassette, which several people wanted to buy, but it was not for sale!) Participants need an exercise mat or a large towel and should wear loose, comfortable clothing (sweats are perfect!) All are welcome.

SAVE THE DATE: Adults will be "Puttin' on the Hits" on Saturday, February 1 at the American Legion Hall. Sponsored by SVS PA, this should be an enjoyable
and fun-filled evening! There will be more details on this in a future
column--as they become available.

Remember when I told you about the email I got about street signs on some west side blocks? Unfortunately, folks who live on West 12 and 13 Roads still haven't gotten their street signs replaced. How confusing for anyone not familiar with the area to try to find these streets! I hope holiday visitors to everyone on those streets found them anyway.

I thought that signs of any kind (street, traffic, restrictions, cleaning
etc.) are a matter for the Department of Transportation. I called and spoke
to community board 14 about this problem and learned that signs are a DOT matter. The board had gotten only one complaint: about 12 Road. The woman said the complaint had been forwarded to DOT and they were very slow in responding. I went online and sent an email complaining to DOT about the missing street signs. (I got an email acknowledging my complaint and assigning it a number-it's an automatic response system...) I hope they respond to the actual complaint quickly; it is, after all, a serious matter. (Some weeks ago I contacted the Department of Parks online and they responded pretty quickly.) Let's hope that my good experience wasn't a fluke and DOT will be responsive as well, and fairly quickly. The website said they try to respond to complaints within 9 business days. Will keep everyone posted on this-it's a quality of life issue, in a way. When the signs are replaced, I hope someone will email me and let me know.

Remember the young man, Sean McGowan, who worked in our library shelving books and helping folks find the materials they wanted at this time last year? There was a going away party in our library for him-he joined the USMC and was headed for Parris Island boot camp.  Well, he finished boot camp and, after a brief leave, he will be relocated to North Carolina for combat training.
He is very happy in the Marines and did very well in boot camp. He will
undoubtedly apply himself well in whatever he does in the USMC in the future.

A lot of people don't like him--he has been called some not-very-nice-things, but someone thought Rudy Giuliani would make a good movie subject! By now, most of us have heard about the filming of a movie about the former NYC mayor. It's cheaper to film the movie in Canada, so it's being done there.

But NYC could really use the money now. And how can a movie about New York City be filmed anywhere else? It's true that the whole idea of a movie about Rudy will make lots of people here upset and unhappy, to say the least. But, still-Canada? And, if they include the terrorist attacks of September 11,
will Americans want to entertain themselves with this film?

Don't keep your good news to yourself! Share it with your neighbors. Tell me all about your event and let me publicize it. Contact me at Lizbcbits@aol.com.

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