2004-10-01 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

It is hard to believe that the month of September is just a memory already—time seems to slide past at an ever-increasing rate in the later part of the year. It will be terrific if the mostly nice weather we have been enjoying hangs around a while.

This Sunday, October 3 is the opening reception for Frame: Art in the period between the Second and Third World Wars, ArtSplash and Digital Splash which will be held at Fort Tilden in sTudio 6 and sTudio 7. The opening reception features entertainment and will be between 1 and 3 p.m. The gallery is open to the public and there is no charge for viewing the artworks. Gallery hours on Saturdays are from noon to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. For further information call RAA at 718 474-0861 or email them at: rockart116@aol.com.

One of our neighbors had made himself available to bring voter registration forms to residents until Friday, October 1. That date has been extended till Monday, October 4. Our neighbor will hand deliver a voter registration form and/or application for absentee ballots to anyone in the area who needs or wants one. If you want either of the forms or know someone else who needs one, send me an email to that effect. List name and address and the number of forms needed. I will pass on the info and your form(s) will be delivered as soon as possible. Last day to register for voting in the general election in November is October 8. Election Day, of course, is Tuesday, November 2.

The Christ Presbyterian Church Broad Channel Pre-K is having a Bake Sale. It will be held on Saturday, October 2 and Sunday, October 3 after all the masses. It will be located in front of the Broad Channel Volunteer Firehouse.

Christ Presbyterian Church plans their fall Flea Market for Saturday, October 2. The doors will open at 10 a.m. I got a nice note from Rev. Andrea Zarou which said: “Once again we at Christ Church wish to thank all of the members of the American Legion Post 1404 for donating their time to run a Night at the Races for us. As usual there was a very nice turnout. Thank you also to the Smith’s of West 12 Road for donating their share of the 50/50. Thanks again to all.”

The two–session Defensive Driving Course, sponsored by the St. Virgilius P.A. allows those completing it to take 10% off their auto insurance for each of three years or to remove up to 4 points from the driver’s license. It will be held on Tuesday, October 12 and Thursday, October 14 in the St. Virgilius School lunchroom from 7 to 10 p.m. both nights. Refreshments will be served, but seating is limited. The cost is $55, which is due by October 4. Call Helen at 718 045-4648 or Cindy at 718 634-5449 to register.

The Historical Society of the Broad Channel Civic Association will sponsor its 10th Annual Historical Day on Sunday, October 17, at the VFW Hall on Shad Creek Road in Broad Channel from noon until 5 p.m. The impressive collection tells the town’s history in pictures, newspaper articles, documents, letters, written reminiscences and video interviews with long time residents. Much new material has been gathered in the last year.

The 2005 Historical Calendar, which gives times of high tide (very important if you live in Broad Channel), will be on sale. The cover depicts a celebration at O’Sullivan’s Pharmacy when the Brooklyn Dodgers won the 1941 pennant.

Residents are encouraged to bring new material for the collection. Original pictures and documents will be copied and returned to donors. Res-idents will also be able to record their memories of Broad Channel.

Local artists will exhibit works depicting Broad Channel. Paintings and photographs will be available for sale. The work of the Historical Committee was started by resident Dan Mundy. For further information, contact Barbara at (718) 318-9344 or after 5 p.m. at 718 474-1127.

The first Books ‘n Bagels book discussion with our new Librarian, Carol, will take place on Thursday, October 21 at 10 a.m. Under discussion will be a novel by Steve Martin called “Shopgirl.” By the way—Carol has a connection with the previous Librarian that even Linda did not know—Linda was the Librarian who gave Carol her very first Library Card!

One of our neighbors is being honored for “dedication and service to the community” by the 100 Precinct Community Council. Barbara Toborg will be honored at the 13th Annual Oktoberfest Breakfast on Sunday, October 17 from 10 a.m. till noon. Barbara edited the civic association newsletter for 14 years and is still very involved in its production and distribution; she is also a block captain. She is the chair of the Historical Committee and has been very instrumental in amassing the Historical Collection. She is the office manager at the American Littoral Society and the editor of the American Littoral Society newsletter and can usually be seen at the ALS beach clean up. She also helped start the community gardens outside the subway station.

For tickets to the 100 Precinct Community Council’s 13th Annual Oktoberfest Breakfast—which cost $20 each for adults and children 12 and older, $10 for children ages 4 to 11 and free for the under-4’s— call Joe at 718-634-4970.

Have you seen a blue baby blanket with a zebra face stitched on one corner? It was lost on Church, Noel or E. 8 Road on Saturday, September 25 between 11 and 11:30 a.m. If you find this “wubbie,” the little guy who owns it would really appreciate having it back—and he’d sleep much better as a result. If you find this blanket, call Dawn at 718 529-7820 or bring it to St. Virgilius School.

What will your organization be involved in this fall? (Please get your important information to me by 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning if you need it in that Friday’s column.) Send email to: Lizbcbits@aol.com.

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