2003-11-28 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino
Broad Channel Bits By Liz Guarino

Thanksgiving Day with its delicious dinner and family get-togethers are just memories now. And the month of November is almost a memory too. (November always seems to fly right by! It may be all the holidays in the month!) Quite a few people have told me we are going to have a snow-filled and very cold winter.

Where did they get this information? The Farmer’s Almanac. Apparently, it predicte d a severe winter. I hope the Almanac is wrong!

A Kitemaking Workshop will be held the day after Thanksgiving for young people ages 10 to 18. All materials are furnished by the Library. If you signed up for this great workshop, don’t forget to attend. Everyone who does will be
recreationally set for the warmer breezes of spring!

Everyone at P.S 47 has been very busy. They had a terrific Thanksgiving celebration on Friday Nov. 21 during the lunch periods.  Students indulged in a veritable feast of foods from around the world. Offerings ranged from traditional turkey to cultural desserts. Mrs. Ruggiero and the student council orchestrated this effort.

P.S. 47 completed open school week and also held a highly successful book
fair which was sponsored jointly by the Parent’s Association and Scholastic books. Class trips have begun and the students have been to see Hamlet and Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum. They have also taken walking tours around the Channel. 

On Monday, December 8 make a Holiday Angel Rag Doll at this workshop for working people. Materials necessary to complete this project will be supplied by the Library. This promises to be a well-attended workshop, with signup necessary as seats are limited. Call the Library or stop in and register.

St. Virgilius will be holding its annual Craft Fair on Saturday, December 6 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, December 7 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

at St. Virgilius School on Noel Road. Many items including ornaments, household decorations (for both Christmas and year-round), baked goods and candies will be available.  Also available will be beautiful raffle baskets. If anyone wishes to make a donation of handmade items, please contact Christine at 634-5012.

A number of talented residents are members of RAA. The current exhibit to feature the work of some of these local artists is called "Gifted: A Holiday Member Exhibition," which will run through January 11 which features paintings, digital photography and three dimensional works of art. The exhibit will be open on each Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. in gallery 6 at Fort Tilden in the Gateway National Recreation Area.

Seniors: food shop at Waldbaum’s in Rockaway Beach on Beach 114 St.! Travel via a small bus that costs $1.50 round trip. Bus picks up seniors at Noel Rd. and Crossbay Blvd between 9 and 9:30 a.m. every Thursday morning. One hour is allowed for shopping after which the driver will lift your groceries into the bus and you and your groceries will be brought to your door. If you want to take advantage of this, just show up at the corner at 9 a.m. You can call Hilda at 718 318-7826 if you wish more details.

The next Books and Bagels book discussion will be held on Thursday, December 18 at 10 a.m. Under discussion will be "Don’t Let’s Go To the Dogs Tonight" by Alexandra Fuller. This autobiography of an African childhood is a great selection for nonfiction buffs.

Young people in grades 4, 5 and 6 will be able to join the American Littoral Society’s Osprey Club and will have a meeting at P.S. 47 on Thursdays once a month after school. The Osprey Club will meet the third Thursday of each month; next month the meeting will be on Dec. 18. Student membership in the American Littoral Society at $15 annually is required and includes newsletters, other literature and a tee shirt. Members will see slide shows, demonstrations with live animals, go on local field trips and seine to study life in the bay. For more information call Kate 718 474-5902, Laura 718 634-2166 or Don Riepe at 718 318-9344.

Do you know anyone who can benefit from "Ask Me"? The program 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.

In the past when you drove into business areas and parked your car, and you returned to it (very often) the windshield (and the ground!) were covered with handbills. Well, windshields will not be plastered with those fliers any longer. To keep folks from putting fliers under the wipers, a fine has been levied on that practice, effective November 1. Fines start at $75. for each item. So, nobody will be placing fliers on cars anymore. Isn’t it incredible that the fine on placing them on the windshield was enacted to stop car owners from removing them and then dropping them on the ground?

Parking tickets increased again. This time, the surcharge belongs to the state, not the city. Be careful where you park; parking tickets are now $115. If you see that a sign is missing, check the rest of the block. If there is one sign on a block, even if it’s at the opposite end, you may be stuck paying the ticket.

Two weeks ago, three busloads of veterans-about 50 in all, with many of them in wheelchairs-traveled from St. Albans V.A. Hospital and St. Albans Nursing Home to the American Legion in the Channel. When they arrived they were served a big fresh ham dinner by the Ladies Auxiliary. Entertainment for them was provided by a great band, Wax-r-Back, who generously donated their time and talent for the vets’ enjoyment. All of the vets had a wonderful time at this Sunday
event.

What’s happening in your organization? Keep me posted at Lizbcbits@ aol.com.


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