2003-02-01 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino
Broad Channel Bits By Liz Guarino

By Liz Guarino

Winter continues its icy assault on all of us as life in the Deep Freeze goes on! Some people actually love this weather, but I'm not one of them. One thing I really hate is having water running so the pipes don't freeze. It's a worrisome sound and especially difficult at night when you're trying to sleep: Is the sink overflowing? Or the tub? Is the strainer in the kitchen
sink up or did one of the kids accidentally put it down? Of course, it's important to keep the water flowing through those pipes. If they burst, it will really be awful!

The House Decorating Contest has come and gone, leaving nice memories and four happy winners! The Contest winners are: the Grand prize, won by Monahan's gingerbread house on the boulevard, was a $150 gift certificate to Boulder Creek Restaurant in the nice new mall off the Belt Parkway. First prize was won by Johnson, also on the boulevard; Second won by Rich on Bert; and, Third was won by Gallen on Lanark. In addition to gift certificates to All American Deli--first, second and third prize winners also got a set of 4 Holiday Wine Glasses and a bottle of wine in a decorative wine sac. Congratulations to all the lucky winners!

Have you noticed people in our town knitting and crocheting a lot lately? They are making hats and other items for our troops! Many American warships have been sent to the Middle East. Each ship carries about 4000 young men and women. Ships Project is an effort begun by a Florida woman to present each mobilized member of our armed forces with hats, socks or slippers made by American hands to remind them that we are with them. It's kept cold on those ships to keep all the computerized equipment operating at a maximum so these warm things will come in handy and be tremendously appreciated by our brave young military personnel.

Crochet, knit or sew your item--as long as it's handmade! (I found an easy-to-make fleece hat--glue or sew one seam! I will gladly share the pattern!) Handmade items are being collected at 11 West 11th Road by one of our neighbors. From there, items will be sent to Florida where they will be packed and shipped to the various ships. (The Florida woman is severely
asthmatic and asks that perfumes not be used near the yarn or packing; also, that smokers--or households where there are smokers--not participate in this program; sorting their items will make her dangerously ill.) 

A shipment of handmade items will be sent to Florida the end of February. Hats of red, white and blue are a big favorite among ships' personnel; hats for ground troops must be solid dark colors and easy to slip into a pocket. All area senior centers have been asked to take part in this effort; other groups are encouraged to participate as well. If you crochet or knit or want to try my pattern, break out the hook, needles or fabric glue-and join a lot of other people who are sending a handmade item to our troops. PLEASE NOTE: Some folks have asked about buying an item and sending it-it's a nice thought, but not for this project. Handcrafted items made by American hands with love, send the troops American best wishes and American heart as well.

Some folks still have trouble with the new Library hours. They are: Monday 1 to 8 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 1 to 6 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; closed Saturdays. The Library opens earlier and closes a bit later on Wednesdays to compensate for the loss of Saturday hours.

The American Legion Post 1404 invites veterans to come to a meeting and learn about the many benefits they are entitled to. Meetings are held on the first and second Fridays of the month at the Legion Hall on Crossbay Boulevard at 8:30 p.m.

The Rosary Altar Society is sponsoring a bus trip to Atlantic City on Monday, March 31. More details in a future column.

A REMINDER: "The Wearin' o' the Green" is the next trip planned by the Golden Age Club on Monday, March 10. The cost is $49--not $51 as originally quoted-- due by February 10. In addition to the luncheon (which includes one hour open bar and corned beef and cabbage among other victuals!), there will be music, dancing (complete with dance hosts), bagpipes and a comic. Don't get left out. Call Winnie at 718 474-2783 or Theresa at 718 634-7799.

BROAD CHANNEL REUNION ATTENDEES: The Ramada Key Largo Resort & Marina has made rooms available at a special discounted group rate.  This is a limited time offer.  If you plan to attend the reunion and need a place to stay - don't delay on this deal! Check out the following website for more info:

Are you ready to dial 11 digits every time you make a phone call even if it's to your next-door neighbor? Dialing all these numbers starts on Saturday, February 1. A lot of us are going to have to re-program our cells, our home phones and the computer if the PC is used to make calls. And, of course, we'll all have to remember the extra digits when we manually dial. I hope Verizon has a cheerful recording to remind us of the new rule. It will take a while to get used to it! Keep the news coming. Stay in touch. Email: Lizbcbits@aol.com.

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