2003-12-12 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino
Broad Channel Bits By Liz Guarino

Winter—with all of its ice, snow and cold — hit us last week! And technically, it isn’t even winter yet. While many people seem to dislike the bone-chilling cold, a lot of folks think the snow is nice. It does look pretty terrific when it is recently fallen, but it looks terrible when it gets slushy and turns gray. No matter how recently it fell, snow is a real pain when it comes to digging out the car to go to work. And, walking in it can be very difficult, especially if the temperatures are low and the snow freezes. It seems that snowfall is best when people don’t have to go to work in it.

The Christmas Tree Lighting will take place at the 17 Road Park at 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 13. A very special guest will be on hand for the festivities-Santa Claus!

Everyone has probably noticed that the American flags gracing the utility
poles through the Channel were taken down before a major rainstorm earlier this fall. Remember the Flag Project spearheaded by the Sons of the American Legion?

Well, they were the recipients of the generosity of a very special benefactor, who stepped forward and volunteered their services.

Galaxy Cleaners, located in Howard Beach near the 99 cent store, offered to clean the flags. Sometimes an offer of help is faint, but not with this company. The folks at Galaxy cleaned all 300 flags-free of charge-and hung them on hangers so they will be nice and neat and clean and all set for re-hanging in the spring when Memorial Day comes.

Last weekend’s horrible snowstorm, winds and bitter cold kept down the number of shoppers going to the Craft Fair at St. Virgilius School on Saturday and Sunday, December 6 and 7. While the fair could not be held over for another weekend, it was opened for the children from the school on Thursday December 11. 

Chances are still available on the raffle baskets which include a decorated Christmas tree, a bath basket, Lion King and Beauty and the Beast baskets among several others. Drawings for the baskets have been held over and will take place after the 11:30 a.m. mass on Sunday, December 14. The P.A. wants to thank everyone who braved the elements to come to the Craft Fair, whether a shopper or a volunteer helper.

The Vollies are online with a new website. It can be found at www.broadchannelvfd.org. The site contains photographs, history, news, upcoming events- it even lists a recent and generous benefactor. It is nicely designed with great graphics. If you are online, it is definitely worth a click. If you are not online and want to check out this site (or any other site), head to the library. They have two computers for customers’ use and staff will help you get online.

Would you like Santa Claus to come to your home on Christmas Eve? From 5 to 9 p.m., he will arrive on a fire truck and give your child(ren) gift(s) you have provided, posing with your child(ren) for photographs. Call the firehouse at 718 474-6888 to schedule a visit or for more details.

The Children’s Christmas Party will take place on Sunday, December 14 at 1 p.m. It will be held in the American Legion Hall on Crossbay Blvd. and sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary Post 1404. A very special guest will be on hand for the event, Santa Claus.

Getting a new coat for Christmas? If you’re looking for an easy way to do a charitable work, have you considered giving your old coat (or the kids’
outgrown coats?) to the New York Cares Coat Drive? They ask that the coats be "gently used" and still serviceable. Coats can be brought to the 100 Precinct (or any precinct) during the entire month of December.

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 described as "unsympathetic" and is great for readers who are 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.

In the past, most donating to local organizations was done only through direct donation or by attending organization-sponsored events. Now, payroll-deducted contributions can be made to an organization located right here in the Channel. Contributions now can be made through United Way payroll deductions to BCVFD. If you use the number 004023 when you fill out the form authorizing the deduction, you can give to BCVFD through weekly or bi-weekly or even monthly
payroll deductions (depending on how often you get paid). Last year, BCVFD was given the wrong number which, I inadvertently listed here. This year, I was told to use the above which is a different number-and it is correct.

On Thursday, December 18 at 7:45 p.m. there will be an Advent Prayer Service in St. Virgilius Church. The service will be conducted by Father James Reynolds, who said mass until Father John Wtulich became parish administrator. There will be an opportunity for individual confessions that night, with additionalconfessors available, including Father John.

Keep me posted on the latest from your organization or on what’s happening in your corner of the Channel. Send an email to: Lizbcbits@aol.com.

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