2003-10-24 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino
Broad Channel Bits By Liz Guarino

It is almost trick or treat time! The children are probably getting excited
about the idea of dressing up and going door to door. Since Halloween is on a Friday this year, the children will be glad to have school out of the way! It would be nice if the weather is good for them on Halloween. So, here’s hoping it doesn’t rain and it’s not too cold (or gloomy), so all trick or treater’s can enjoy the day.

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 using 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 Game Schedule:  On Sunday, November 2, the Pee Wees will play Valley Stream at noon. The game will take place at the Memorial Field at 1 Road and Cross Bay Blvd.

A brunch will be held in the VFW Hall on Sunday, November 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $6.

The Family Halloween Party will take place Friday, October 31 from 7:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. This fun-filled evening of family entertainment includes a D.J., hot food, coffee, soda, dessert and fun and games. There will be a Costume Contest with cash prizes going to 1st, 2nd and 3rd places for original costumes. The 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.

Who Needs Manhattan Galleries? There’s plenty of talent right in the area. This will be the last weekend to see the artworks of local (and not so local talent) in ArtSplash 2003. Sculpture, photography, paintings, spoken word and written word-and performances of music and dance from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 25 and Sunday, October 26 in Fort Tilden’s Studio 6 and 7.

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.

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’Connors 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.

The next Books and Bagels book discussion will take place on Thursday, November 13 at 10 a.m. Under discussion will be Tears of a Giraffe, written by Alexander McCall Smith. It is the second book in this series. Everyone enjoyed the first book, The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, and decided to stay with this series.

Set in Botswana, the books are paced nicely and are interesting. At the discussion of this first novel, one of the group members observed that the book wasn’t a heavy literary work, but she said: "When I finished reading the book and closed it, I missed it."

In the past donating to BCVFD was done mostly through direct donations or by attending Volies-sponsored events. Now, contributions can be made through United Way payroll deductions. If you use the number 004023 when you authorize the deduction, you will indicate that BCVFD is to be the recipient. I listed a number for the Volies last year. I was told that the above is a new number and is different from the number listed here last year.

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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