2003-10-17 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino
Broad Channel Bits By Liz Guarino

Did you notice that a lot of things are coming up Halloween these days?
Television commercials for snacks and other things show "trick or treaters." Drug store and party goods place circulars showing lots of masks, costumes, wigs, brooms, pitchforks and other accessories, plus house decorations of all kinds. And the food stores advertise lots of cake, candy, cupcakes and other food-oriented Halloweenish items like pumpkins. After Christmas, Halloween is the second largest retail holiday.

O’Connor’s will sponsor a trip to Calverton National Cemetery on Tuesday, November 11. Flag and grave decorations will be provided. There will be a stop for lunch provided by the funeral home as well. Call O’Connor’s at 718 634-4011 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on weekdays to reserve your seats. Bus will leave Noel Road and Cross Bay at 8:30 a.m.

BCVFD is sponsoring the Halloween Parade on Saturday, October 25 at 1 p.m. It will step off from the 17 Road park and finish at the field.  Sunday, October 26 is the rain date.

BCVFD is hosting a Halloween Party on Friday, October 31 at Grassy’s at 9 p.m.

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, sing music, commentary and beautiful slides of historical sites and attractions in Italy.

Tickets Are Available: BCVFD will be holding the Daily Raffle 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. Match your ticket number to the NYS Evening Daily Pick 3 (straight only). Matching numbers Monday to Friday wins a $25 prize while Saturday and Sunday matches win $50. Call Ginger
at 718 318-5504 to get the numbers you want.

BCAC Football GameE Schedule:  On Saturday, October 18 the Midgets will play Brentwood at 6 p.m. The game will take place at the Memorial Field at 1 Road and Cross Bay Blvd.

The VFW Hall will hold a brunch on Sunday, October 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $6.

Kiddie Bingo will be held Sunday, October 19th from 2:30 until 5:30 in the Christ Presbyterian Church Hall.  Admission is $6 and includes refreshments. For more information, call Jo Marie at 718 474-8207 or Mary at 718 634-5804.

The Family Halloween Party will take place Friday, October 31 from 7:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. at the American Legion Hall.  This fun-filled evening of family entertainment includes a D.J., hot food, coffee, soda, dessert, fun and games.  There will be a Costume Contest with cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for original costume. Price is $15 per person.  There is a family discount rate available for families of 4 or more.  For more information, call Bernie at 718 848-9048 or Kerry at 718 318-2097.

Tickets for the $10,000 Big Giveaway are currently being sold. The grand prize for the winning ticket drawn on November 2nd is $10,000.  Smaller cash prizes are also awarded.  Only 400 tickets are sold for this raffle.  Ticket purchasers are welcome to attend the cocktail party at the North Channel Yacht Club, where the drawing takes place.  For more information or to purchase tickets (or a share in a ticket), call Sally at 718 318-9689 or Jo-Ann at 718 634-2678.

The St. Virgilius Parents’ Association and the Rosary Altar Society are
co-sponsoring a communion brunch at Pier 92 following 11:30 mass on Sunday, October 26.  Adult tickets cost $12 and children’s tickets cost $8. If you are unable to attend the brunch, it would be great if you could join those who are brunch-bound at the 11:30 mass. For more information, please call Stacy at 718 945-0732.

Calling For New Volunteers: BCVFD is having a membership drive. The three divisions that are looking for new members are: Auxiliary department members can be any age. Junior department members are 11 to 17 and Senior members are 17 and up. Many benefits come with membership: CPR training, EMT training, eligibility for college grants and more. Interested in joining the Volies and making good use of your spare time? Call the firehouse at 718 474-6888. The Volies also have an email address. The address is: BCVollies@yahoo.com.

"Ask Me" provides mammograms for women over 40 (younger than 40 with family history of breast cancer) and pap smears at no cost for women 18 and older if they are uninsured or cannot pay for them. Call 718 263-2225 ext. 19 for more information or to make an appointment.

Only In Broad Channel! One morning when I reached to open the garden gate, I heard a slapping sound to my right. When I looked down the side street, I spotted a large white swan-with sturdy black legs and large webbed feet-slapping along the sidewalk. It rounded the corner and came to a halt outside the chain link fence and looked at me. It stared. Not wanting to be rude, I said: "Hello." A bit afraid to get closer, I stayed in the yard and the swan remained on the outside of the fence.

The swan kept staring. I have a pet and recognized that look. I had bread
ends that were destined for the trash, but instead, I broke them into pieces and tossed them to the swan. It lunged for each piece, gobbling the pieces quickly. The swan turned and gave me "that look" again. I told it: "I’m sorry, sweetheart; I have no more bread." The swan seemed to understand. It turned, walked around the corner and headed back the way it had come, feet slapping gently down the sidewalk. How many people begin a day with a swan story like this?

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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