2004-10-15 / Community

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino


The weather has shifted to the cool, windy days of fall. Some folks are still struggling with the I-don’t-know-what-to-wear-today syndrome. On the last day of this month, however, most children know exactly what they are going to wear—for Halloween. It is the second biggest retail spend-fest of the year!

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. Residents 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.

A workshop for working people! “Around the World in Twenty Artworks,” a slide-lecture by MOMA educator/lecturer Maria Gonzalez, can be attended at the Library on Monday, October 18 at 6:30 p.m. Artworks by Vincent van Gogh, Henri Matisse, Joan Miro, Paul Gauguin and Pablo Picasso are among those featured. Pre-registration is not required.

On Monday, October 18, Father Jim Reynolds will be the guest speaker at the weekly gathering of the St. Virgilius Prayer Group “His Final Touch.” Father Jim will speak on “Your Self-Defense against Despair.” The group will meet at 7:30 p.m. in the rectory.

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. This will be the first book discussion with Carol.

Our neighbor, Barbara Toborg, will be honored by the 100th Precinct Community Council at the 13th Annual Oktoberfest Breakfast on Sunday, October 17 from 10 a.m. till noon. Barbara chairs the Historical Committee and has a similarly pivotal role with the American Littoral Society. For tickets to the 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.

The Children’s Halloween Parade, a looked-forward-to annual event, jointly sponsored this year by BCAC and BCVFD will take place on Saturday, October 30. Parade will step off from the 17 Road Park and proceed to the BCAC Memorial Field.

The Broad Channel Athletic Club Jamaica Bay Little League Awards will be held on Saturday, November 6 at the BCAC Memorial Field at 1st Road. It will begin at 12 p.m.; every child that played ball will receive a trophy.

At 9 p.m. on October 30, DJ Tom Healy will make music at Grassy’s. Join the fun that night for BCVFD.

The American Legion Post #1404 will host the 20th Anniversary Senior Citizen “Get Together” on Sunday, November 7 at 1 p.m. at the American Legion Hall. The afternoon includes dinner, entertainment with DJ Walter, music and dancing.

Christ Presbyterian Church will hold their Craft Fair next month; it always features hand made items, which are perfect for Christmas gifts!

St. Virgilius Golden Age Club will go to Radio City Music Hall to see the Christmas Show on Friday, November 5. Bus will leave at noon and return at 6 p.m. Cost is $49 per person and is due by October 28.

Denis S. O’Connor funeral home is again sponsoring its annual bus trip to Calverton National Cemetery on Thursday, November 11. Grave decoration and flag will be provided. After graveside visit, there will be a short stop for lunch provided by the funeral home. Two seats on the bus are available per family. To reserve your seat(s) call the funeral home between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on weekdays only. Call 718-634-4011 before October 29 and give name, phone number, number of people, name and burial date of loved one.

Mark the Calendar for BCVFD’s 100th Anniversary celebration. It will be held at Russo’s on the Bay on Thursday, March 10, 2005, in the evening. Details will be available at a later date.

Last Sunday’s brunch was great—as always. Proceeds will buy new flags for the Queens Auxiliary. The next Legion brunch is for the Children’s Christmas Party and will be held on Sunday, November 14.

Both of our schools are involved in the General Mills box tops for education program, which has a website located at: www.boxtopsforeducation. com. Each of the designated box tops is worth 10 cents to the school which gets it! There is a box in the main lobby of P.S. 47 to collect them. At St. Virgilius School they can be left at the school office or deposited in the designated receptacle in the rear of the church.

Products on which you can find these special box tops number in the hundreds and include: the many General Mills cereals and snack-type products’ Bisquick; Bugles; Lloyd’s bowl meals; Totinos Pizza Rolls; tube refrigerated dough products like Grands; Hamburger Helper; Old El Paso products; Betty Crocker baking products; Gold Medal flour; Yoplait yogurt products and Nature Valley granola bars to name a few! Each school can earn as much as $20,000 from each of three program components. What is your organization involved with these days? (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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