2003-09-12 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino
Broad Channel Bits By Liz Guarino

Well, it looks like we’re solidly on the path to fall. All of the children are back in school and the weather has gotten a bit cooler. It is so much easier to feel energetic when the weather is cooler! In the summer we’re almost forced to take it easy-to relax and enjoy an interlude between spring and fall, to let life calm down a bit—before the busy lives that we lead take over again.

BCVFD is having a membership drive. The three divisions that are looking for new members are: Auxiliary (members can be any age and can perform such tasks as helping to get grant money). Junior department (members are 11 to 17 and they
learn first aid and man the firehouse). Full members must be 17 and up and must be willing to undergo training. Interested in joining the Volies? Call the firehouse at 718 474-6888.

American Legion Post 1404 will host their 20th 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 of the seniors, the DJ will play music from the 40’s and 50’s. The sign-up book will be in Coogan’s or call John at 718 474-4343.

On Saturday, October 4 starting at 7:30 a.m. at Beach 94 Street in Rockaway, the all-day First Annual Duke Kahanamoku Surf Competition will be held by Tsunami Surf Shop. Proceeds will be donated to BCVFD. Further information will be printed as it becomes available.

Tickets Available Now! BCVFD will be holding Daily Number the entire month of November. Based on TV’s Daily Number, ticket numbers run from 000 to 999. Chances are $5 each and are good for the whole month. Matching numbers Monday to Friday wins a $25 prize while Saturday and Sunday matches win $50. Call Eddie
at 718 318-5504 to get the numbers you want.

The Fifth Annual Steven James Memorial Golf Outing will take place on Saturday, September 27 at Reis Park Pitch & Putt at 7:30 a.m. There will be coffee and tea at sign-in. There will 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.

Saturday, October 25 will be the Children’s Halloween Parade. Further details in a future column.

The seniors have a big "Thank you" for the American Legion—especially John Wagner—for opening the doors and letting the seniors use the Hall last Thursday for their first 2003-2004 meeting. They also were grateful on that rainy day for the nice hot coffee the Legion provided.

Histrical Cmmittee News: The 2004 Historical Calendars are on sale at local places of business and available from committee members.  The price is still only $5.

The Annual Broad Channel Historical Day is set for Sunday, October 5, from noon to 5 p.m. at the VFW Hall on Shad Creek Road.  View the historical collection-including items unable to be included in the library-such as framed maps, banners, and the newly obtained loving cups from the Broad Channel Yacht Club, circa 1920. Help the collection grow by bringing your favorite pictures of old Broad Channel.  Local artists are invited to exhibit and sell their works depicting Broad Channel.  A donation of 10% of sales is requested.

With the sunny days we’ve been having lately, it’s no small wonder some people are letting the sun stream into their houses through the screen door. It’s important to keep those screen doors locked though. From time to time dishonest people do come into our community intending to take advantage of our willingness to open our doors and our purses to donate money to a cause or help a neighbor. One of our neighbors recently had a woman come to her door with the pretext of returning money to a neighbor who wasn’t home. When the woman asked for an envelope, our neighbor turned to get one.

When she returned, there were three women in her house. She told them to get out or she’d call her husband. The women left. This could have ended badly for our neighbor; fortunately, it did not. Please keep those doors locked at all times. And don’t open them to anyone you don’t know for any reason. Even if the caller is a woman and the request seems OK, don’t open your door. Be careful!

Con Ed will not be reimbursing anyone for food spoiled in Blackout 2003. This information came via email from a very diligent neighbor who called Con Ed.

Since the power outage was not Con Ed’s fault, they are not reimbursing for lost food. Our neighbor also visited their website where she told me there is a downloadable, general form for food spoilage reimbursement.

There is a scam (no reports of activity here yet!) currently operating by
dishonest people who are preying on people who lost food during the blackout and want reimbursement. These dishonest folks are selling reimbursement forms to unsuspecting consumers; the scam artists are obviously not connected with Con Ed. I saw nothing about this scheme on Con Ed’s site which is www.coned.com .

Did you hear from out-of-state family and friends who were concerned about you when we had our big blackout? A lot of people had no phones because they have cordless phones or have an answering machine hooked up with their telephones. It will be great if there is never another blackout, but it will probably happen again. If your home phone is a cordless model or you have an answerer, make sure you have a plain phone within easy reach. Plug it directly into the phone receptacle and you’ll be connected. (Plain, slim-line phones are available for about $10. wherever you can buy a phone).

If you are not online and want to share your news, drop a note for me in the red box in O’Macs or send an email to: Lizbcbits@aol.com.

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