2004-01-09 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino
Broad Channel Bits By Liz Guarino

This is the second column of the new year. We have had only a little harsh weather this season. Maybe we’ll be spared most of the bitter cold that winter can bring. If not, experts say to dress in layers, drink plenty of warm fluids and watch your step. After all, really cold weather usually means ice!

Save the date! Adults Puttin’ on the Hits will be held on Saturday, January 31 sponsored by St. Virgilius P.A. There will be a show, hot food and dancing to the music of DJ Teddy.

This year is the 99th anniversary of the volunteer fire department in the
Channel. Installation of Officers Dinner Dance will be held on Saturday, February 28 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Cost is $30 per ticket in advance, $35 at the door. Call the firehouse at 718 474-6888 to order advance tickets.

Journal ads are available. (The income from these ads helps the BCVFD considerably.) The journal will be distributed at the dance and subsequently given to each individual and business that took an ad. Prices for ads range from $50 to $250, with a charge of $25 additional for each photograph. The monies from the dinner-dance and the journal ads are important and are used for firehouse operating costs such as insurance, gas and oil.

Toys for Tots, chaired by Jack Conneely, gets a very big thank you for
collecting and distributing over 400 toys at Christmastime!

There was love in the firehouse for the recent holidays as two couples became engaged to be married. On Christmas Eve, Donna Newer and Frank Bassetti became engaged and on Christmas Day it was Ruth Trudden and Joe Nocerino. Congratulations to all of you!

Walk on the beach with members of the American Littoral Society at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 17. There is a place along the two-hour walk from which can be seen four boroughs. Bring binoculars and hand lens and dress to protect from winter winds. Meet at building 1 at Fort Tilden. Group will be led by naturalist Mickey Cohen. To register, call 718 318-4300. There is no charge for this outing.

If you haven’t gotten rid of your real Christmas tree and would like to see
it made into mulch, bring it to Shore Front Parkway and Beach 94 Street on Saturday, January 10 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. You can bring the mulch home for the rest of your garden. Many children enjoy seeing the machinery grind the tree up into tiny pieces in a matter of seconds!

Due to a production error last week, the Christmas organist for St. Virgilius Church was identified only as Marcia. She is Dr. Marsha Long and she sings in many languages and plays many different instruments. She has a great website, complete with photos: www.marshalong.com. It is definitely worth a look. People not online will find access to the internet and help finding this site in the Library.

Chances are on sale for the 20/10 Club sponsored by St. Virgilius P.A.
Drawing begins on February 1, 2004 and runs for 10 weeks. First prize is $200; second prize is $100 and third prize is $50. There is a $250 bonus Easter prize. In the 10th week, two $500 and one $250 prizes will be drawn. Winners can repeat weekly. Chances cost $20 each. Call Karen at 718 945-5823, the rectory or the school office to buy chances.

The next Books and Bagels book discussion will be held on Thursday, January 29 at 10 a.m. Under discussion will be "The Simple Truth" by David Baldacci.

This is the last weekend for Channel artists showing in Rockaway Artists Alliance exhibit: Gifted, which closes January 11. The exhibit is held in Gallery 6 in Fort Tilden and can be seen on Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The 2004 Historical Calendars are still selling, but there are not too many left! Priced at $5 each, they show high and low tide times and feature photographs of life around the town. They are available at various locations throughout the Channel: All American Deli, Broad Channel Grocery, Channel Cutters, Grassy’s, O’Mac’s Grocery Store and at civic association meetings. Out-of-the-area folks who want calendars can email: tobytoborg@ aol.com, or write to the Historical Society c/o B.C. Civic Association; P.O. Box 4; Broad Channel, NY 11693.

Young people in grades 4, 5 and 6 can join the American Littoral Society’s Osprey Club and attend the meetings at P.S. 47 on Thursday once a month after school. The Osprey Club will meet the third Thursday of each month; this month, the meeting will be on January 15. 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.

I got a note from Rev. Andrea Zarou of Christ Presbyterian Church. She wrote: "This is some way to start the new year. Between Sunday, December 28 and Friday, January 2 a person or persons threw eggs on the side entrance on the church. They also left four empty egg boxes inside the gate with other trash. They also took the cans for cigarette butts from the railings and removed the signs on the side entrance to the church building on Church Road. In front of the church they removed all the bulbs from the manger, pulled the tree lights down and also took the bulbs from both trees. They also stepped on the small white tree and broke some of the bulbs on it." (The mindless destruction of property is a crime and not a childish prank. It is wrong, costly and it is against the law. If anyone has information on this matter, please call the precinct at 718 318-4200).

Keep in touch! Email: Lizbcbits@ aol.com.

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