2003-08-22 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Broad Channel Bits

So, where were you when the lights went out? Or more accurately—when the power went away last Thursday afternoon? (Do you remember 1977? Were you even around in 1965?) Well-Blackout 2003 was worse! Fortunately for blackout survivors in NYC it was a nice sunny afternoon, so people at home probably first noticed that their air conditioners or microwaves were not working, rather than their lights! At first, some folks thought they tripped a circuit breaker, but soon learned the problem was a bit bigger.

Many of us learned for the first time last Thursday that a lot of cell phones
did not work. Cordless phones and phones with an answering machine attached were not working either. Battery operated radios were hauled out by some folks. It was a bit scary not knowing what was happening with the electric and not being able to contact friends and family. But, there were lots of good things going on because of the blackout.

One of our neighbors drove home from work a considerable distance without traffic lights. Folks were calm and considerate on the roads, I was told. Groups of people sat on decks or porches or in yards, quietly talking and connecting with each other, while they waited patiently for the electricity to return. Of course, there were no computers or televisions or stereos going-just lots of folks chatting in the darkness or by candlelight! About 23 ¼ hours later, life slowly returned to normal.

School officially opens for the P.S. 47 students on Monday, September 8. The staff will return on Tuesday, September 2 to prepare for the new unified curriculum.

I received the following message from a member of the UCO Board: "Check your mailboxes in the beginning of September for a form concerning your Sewer Maintenance Refund, along with instructions for obtaining your $250 refund. Copies will also be available at the Thursday, September 25 meeting of the Civic Association."

The Fifth Annual Steven James Memorial Golf Outing will take place on Saturday, September 27 at Riis Park Pitch & Putt at 7:30 a.m. There will be coffee and tea at sign-in. There will also be a Shotgun Start. Refreshments will be available on course. Food and awards will follow at North Channel Yacht Club. Donation is $35 per person; event will be limited to 144 golfers.  Proceeds will be donated to Sloan-Kettering Memorial Hospital. Applications are available at NCYC or call Max at 718 945-2117.

American Legion Post 1404 will host their 20 Annual Broad Channel Senior Citizens Get Together on Sunday, September 28 at 12:30 p.m. in the Legion Hall. For the dancing and listening pleasure, there will be DJ music from the 40s and 50s. The sign-up book will be in Coogan’s or call John at 718- 474-4343.

FOR YOUNG FOLKS ONLY! On Friday, August 22nd at 4 p.m. come to Book Talk with mother/daughter team Sara and Emily. Young folks-age 11 and up are invited as well as their Moms. (If Mom can’t make it, come without her!) "Homeless Bird," an award-winning book by Gloria Whelan will be discussed.

There will be a bus trip to Atlantic City’s Sands Casino, sponsored by the
St. Virgilius Rosary Altar Society on Monday, August 25. The bus will leave the Channel at 8:30 a.m. It costs $23; there is a return of $13. Call Muriel at 718 634-6126 or Eileen at 718 634-8547 for more information.

Young folks ages 6 to 12 are invited to Sensational Sharks at the Library on Friday, August 29 at 1:30 p.m. Attendees will learn about sharks; samples of their skin and bones will be available for looking at (or touching, if you like!). There will be a video showing a number of species of the most misunderstood and feared creatures in the ocean—sharks.

In an exhibit that has August 31st as its last day, Channel artists are
showing their work in Local Motion: A Sports Show. On display are photographs of children in the AC. The exhibit is in sTudio 7 Gallery at Fort Tilden.

FOR "FINEST" APPLICANTS ONLY: Applications for the police exam are available at the 100 Precinct, the Library and online at www.nyc.gov/nypd. All applications must be filed by August 26   in order to take the October exam. Applicants can file online. If you don’t have Internet access, the Library has two PC’s for patrons’ use. More information is available by calling 212 RECRUIT.

Summer’s almost over. Have you been saving your POPs? The members of St. Virgilius P.A. ask that people continue to give all the proofs of purchase over the summer that they were providing all year: Campbell’s labels, Betty Crocker coupons and Box tops for Education are sought. There is a box in the rear of the church for them. The P.A. also asks PC owners to save their empty inkjet cartridges and put them in plastic bags, then drop them off at the school office in September.

It is with sorrow that the passing of Mr. Vito Lopresti of Tommy’s Pizza is
noted, belatedly, in this space. He was very generous to this community and accomplished a great deal of good here. He loved the Channel and en­joyed being part of it. He will be great­ly missed. Sincere condolences are offered to his family.

The next Books and Bagels book discussion will be on Thursday, Oct­ober 2 at 10 a.m. Under discussion will be "Tears of a Giraffe" by Alex­ander McCall Smith. The book is a trade paperback, which means a soft cover and smaller than a hardcover novel. It is about female detectives and is set in Botswana on the African continent.

Books and Bagels had nine participants last week. Linda brought home­­­­grown cherry tomatoes to add to the spread she put out for everyone. It is believed to be a first that everyone enjoyed the book which was about the racehorse; Seabiscuit died of heart failure at the young age of 14 (horses live to about 25-30 years) after fathering 120 offspring!

Email me at: Lizbcbits@aol.com.


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