2003-09-19 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino
Broad Channel Bits By Liz Guarino

A lot of rain is predicted for the end of this week. So what else is new? This has been such a soggy wet year; rain is not too much of a surprise. As I write this (it’s Monday and it’s hot!), a lot of people are wearing shorts, tanks and sandals! When Hurricane Isabel hits land, a lot of folks will trade their summer attire for sweatshirts and long slacks. It’s amazing, though, to know days before the effects are felt—that there is a hurricane raging over the ocean not too far away.

On Saturday, September 20 Christ Presbyterian Church is holding its Flea Market starting at 10 a.m. in the church hall. I love these sales; there is always something I need or can use on those tables. Little things, big items, and in between size stuff too. Literally always something for everyone!

Remember the bit two weeks ago about former Channelite Edythe Oschmann Christie in Florida meeting our neighbors down there? Well, I got an email this past week from our neighbors and it read: "We met the Oschmann/Christie family at Epcot. We are Don and Helen Henglein and our kids, Donny and Helen, [plus] (Granny) Helen Hoffman. We are regular Disney vacationers and we usually meet someone there with a connection to BC." It really is a small world!
For Licensed Drivers Only: A two-session Defensive Driving Course, sponsored by St. Virgilius P.A. will be held on Tuesday, October 14 and Thursday, October 16 from 7 to 10 p.m. at a fee of $55. Completing the course will give you 10% off your auto insurance for 3 years or up to 4 points off of your license.

The 6-hour course will be held in the school lunchroom. Refreshments will be served. Call Helen 718 945-4648, Cindy 718 634-5449 or Linda 718 318-5835 to register.

It is Preschool Storytime at the Library starting on October 22, taking place every Wednesday at 10 a.m. through ending on December 3. With stories, songs and crafts, this weekly event lasts 20 to 30 minutes and is designed for ages 2 ½ and up.

If your child is 18 to 36 months, larger libraries have a T.L.C. Program.
T.L.C. stands for Toddler Learning Center and is a five-session workshop with age-appropriate games, puzzles and toys. Child development specialists will be available to talk to the parents (or babysitters) about the hard job of childrearing. Call our branch at 718 318-4943 or visit in person for more information.

"Italy: From the Spiritual to the Flamboyant,’ is coming to the Library on Monday, October 27 at 6:30 p.m. A husband and wife team will give this presentation using music, commentary and beautiful slides of historical sites and attractions in Italy. (And Monday to Friday nine to fivers can enjoy this presentation too).

Calling For New V0lunteers: 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, learn first aid and man the firehouse; Members are 17 and up. This is a really good organization to get involved with. The organization is full of young people and even has a special category for the young folks. Besides having a place for meeting etc., the young folks learn first aid and how the company works etc. Later on, there is EMT school for some, which can lead to a rewarding and satisfying career. And being a Vollie carries the immediate reward that you-like the rest of
them-are needed, wanted and looked up to and greatly appreciated by the entire community.

Interested in joining the Vollies? Call the firehouse at 718-474-6888.

The next Books and Bagels book discussion will be Thursday, October 2 at 10 a.m. Under discussion will be "The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency" by Alexander McCall Smith.

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.

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.

F0r Young People Only! There are different ways for young people to spend time productively right here in the Channel. Most of the teens and even pre-teens are busily involved in spending their time as productively as possible. But,some of the young people may not be aware of the opportunities right here or sure of what they want to do with their time out of school.

Do you know about other opportunities for young people here? Put a note for me in the red box in O’Mac’s-Eddie will get it to me. Or send me an email: Lizbcbits@aol.com.

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