2004-01-16 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino
Broad Channel Bits By Liz Guarino

We shivered through winter’s biting cold last week and this week too. The
bitter cold made 30 degree days look like a heat wave! It would be great if the cold killed off some of the ‘bugs’ that people have been getting lately—it’s better to be outdoors shivering with cold than indoors shivering from fever!

Walk on the beach with members of the American Littoral Society at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 17. Along the two-hour walk there is a place from where walkers can see four boroughs. Bring binoculars and hand lens; 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.

Adults Puttin’ on the Hits will be held on Saturday, January 31 at the
American Legion from 8 p.m. to midnight. Sponsored by St. Virgilius P.A., there will be a show, hot food-including beer, wine and soda— and dancing to the music of DJ Teddy. A ticket in advance costs $30, at the door it is $35. For ticket information call Maura at 718 634-9131 or Tricia at 718 634-6067. Acts should call Mary at 718 634-1951.

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 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 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.

There are some 2004 Historical Calendars left, but they are going fast!
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: Historical Society c/o B.C. Civic Association; P.O. Box 4; Broad Channel, NY 11693.

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.

It is really terrific when people who want to be connected with each other,
get together and I get to play a role in their connection! A few weeks ago, I
got an email from a woman named Kate, who is living abroad. She was looking for her family roots in the Channel. After the column which reprinted her email appeared, I hoped for a speedy reply. I didn’t have to wait long!

A woman named Marianne wrote and said: "My cousin, Jack, (born, raised and living in Broad Channel) brought your December 26th article in The Wave to my mom. He knew the article on the O’Keefe family was about our family." What followed next was a very detailed family history weaving the two women together.

Marianne concluded by saying: "We hope this information will be helpful to Kate. If she would like to get in touch with us, we’d love to hear from her! We do have some more info we can give her." 

Meanwhile, Kate, who is working overseas, had no idea the item on her
searching for her Channel roots had even been published. (There is a week lag before the column appears in its entirety online.) As a result, she was not really watching her email for a reply. I forwarded all the information to her and waited to hear from her. This is what she sent: "Thank you so much for printing the O’Keefe info in The Wave. I’m very happy to get such a quick and detailed response—Marianne is definitely my relative and I’ve just emailed her. I was at the embassy today and left disappointed because 3 months’ worth of my mail is apparently lost. So this cheered me up a lot." Now they are all enjoying
getting to know each other. A happy ending!

Online? Let me know what’s going on in your organization or your corner of the Channel. Send me an email: Lizbcbits@aol.com.

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