2005-10-07 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino


This is October’s first column. It seems as if cooler weather brings a surge in the number of activities taking place all around the neighborhood. All of the clubs and organizations are holding their meetings now, whether they are monthly or weekly. There are lots of “happenings” going on to take part in. It is a very busy time in the Channel.

Do you have room in your heart and your home for a small male dog? He needs to find a good home. His owner is elderly and is no longer able to take care of him. He is a 6-year old white Bichon Frise. Anyone interested in giving this little fellow a good home or learning more about him can call Barbara at (718) 318-9344 (day) or (718) 474-1127 (evening).

The Navy’s construction battalion, the Seabees, had this to say, “The difficult we do immediately. The impossible takes a little longer.”

This year is the 85th anniversary of P.S. 47 and the school will celebrate it the entire school year. Anyone having old photographs, newspaper clippings or the like is encouraged to bring the items to the school. They are hoping for things from the school’s earliest days. The school’s telephone number is: 718 634-7167.

Tickets for the $10,000 Giveaway sponsored by St. Virgilius P.A. are available. Ticket entitles holder to attend giveaway drawing and cocktail party, which will be held on Sunday, October 23 from 2 to 4 p.m. at North Channel Yacht Club. Grand prize is $10,000 and there will also be 17 secondary prizes. Tickets are $100 each and only 400 tickets will be sold. To buy tickets, call Colleen at (718) 634-0488, Joann at (718) 634-2678, Suzanne at (718) 945-3922, Leo at (718) 757-6856 or call the rectory at (718) 634-5680.

The works of at least two Broad Channel artists are on exhibit at ArtSplash 2005. The exhibit is held in T6 and T7 in Fort Tilden on the Rockaway peninsula. The works which include photography, paintings, sculpture and drawings, to name a few, can be seen on Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. The show closes on Sunday, October 16.

Monday, October 17 will be the next P.S. 47 book discussion. Anyone who reads the book, To the Power of Three, is welcome to attend. More information on this will be in a future column.

A nice note from Rev. Zarou was in my mailbox earlier this week. It read: “We at Christ Presbyterian Church wish to thank everyone who made our Flea Market a great day. And I’m sure the people in Louisiana will also thank you for your generous support. Thank you.”

Broad Channel Pre-K will be hosting a Bake Sale in front of the Firehouse after all the masses on Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9.  All proceeds to go to the Broad Channel Pre-k. 

The Defensive Driving Course will be held at St. Virgilius School in the lunchroom. [Those who took the course in 2002 will notice that their certificates expire this year.] Course will be held on Monday, October 17 and Wednesday, October 19 from 7 to 10 p.m. Attendance is required both nights. Course costs $55. Participants completing the course can choose from a 10 percent reduction on their auto insurance or up to 4 points off on driver’s license. There is no test; refreshments will be served. To register call Helen at (718) 945-4648 or Cindy at (718) 634-5449. Seats are limited; payment in full guarantees seat.

A number of folks are interested in the ASPCA spay/neuter program to judge by the email I’ve gotten on the subject. The ASPCA van will come to Broad Channel, West 12th Road on Saturday, October 15 to trap, spay/ neuter, and release the feral cats that live on the street. The ASPCA is planning for 25 cats.

The historical committee needs help answering inquiries from relatives of people who once lived in the area. Please contact Barbara at (718) 474-1127 if you have any information on the following: 1) Marion Wilkens Aldrich Fleischman who lived here in the 1930’s and 40’s and had a daughter, Harriet Aldrich; 2) J.MacMillan who lived at 56 W. 13th Road in the 1940’s and was from Scotland; 3) William Grolz who owned a hotel at the Raunt in the early 1900’s.

On Sunday, October 9, there will be a communion brunch after the 11:30 a.m. mass at St. Virgilius. Jointly sponsored by the St. Virgilius P.A., the Rosary Altar Society and the Golden Age Club, the cost is $10 per person for adults; $5 for children.

The brunch will take place in the church hall of Christ Presbyterian Church.

To purchase tickets, call Anne Marie at (718) 945-9237 or Jane at (718) 634-6612.

This is an “off” year for elections—the ballot contains mostly local races. But, some people like to turn out and vote no matter the size of the election. For new neighbors who didn’t yet register to vote, Friday, October 14 is the last date to register to vote in the upcoming elections.

Thanks to one of our neighbors, I have a generous supply of voter registration forms. Anyone who would like to have forms or knows someone who wants them, contact me. I can provide them.

The 2006 calendar (containing times of high tide) is available for purchase for $5. Calendars can be purchased at Grassy’s, All American Deli, Channel Cutters, Broad Channel Grocery, and from members of the Historical Committee.

If you have an item of news or that you want published in this space, please get the information to me by 9:30 a.m. on the Tuesday before you need the item to appear in The Wave. Please sign your email; like the rest of the newspaper, I cannot publish info that comes without a name.

Send email to: Lizbcbits@aol.com

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