2005-10-21 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

So much rain was not appreciated by most folks, although it was a dry summer and the earth was probably very thirsty. It caused a couple of interesting reactions though. Some folks still have tomatoes on their plants that have not yet ripened; one of our neighbors was afraid hers would drown. Another neighbor said he kept looking out his window to see if anyone was building an ark. Fortunately it stopped raining, but it did bring cool, windy weather in its wake.

Help clear the Wildlife Refuge paths of aggressive vines on Saturday, October 29 at 1 p.m. and make decorative wreaths from the clippings. Make reservations at (718) 318-4340.

Tickets for the $10,000 Giveaway sponsored by St. Virgilius Parent’s Association are available. 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, Sally at (917) 301-3247, Suzanne at (718) 945-3922, Leo at (718) 757-6856 or call the rectory at (718) 634-5680. Each ticket allows two people to attend the giveaway drawing and cocktail party, which will be held on Sunday, October 23 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the North Channel Yacht Club.

The St. Virgilius Parent’s Association presents: Swingin’ 50’s Dinner Dance, featuring Wax “R” Back on Saturday, November 5 at the Broad Channel American Legion Hall, 209 Crossbay Boulevard from 8 p.m. to 12 p.m.  Tickets are $30 per person in advance and $35.00 per person at the door.  Ticket price includes a hot buffet, soda, beer and wine. There will also be a prize for the best 50’s attire.  For tickets call MaryEllen at (718) 318-2973 or Ellen at (718) 634-9388.  Call early for table reservations. All proceeds to benefit St. Virgilius School.

Get Christmas gifts, crafts and ornaments at the Annual Craft Fair at Christ Presbyterian Church at the corner of Noel and Church Roads on Saturday, November 12. Doors open at 10 a.m. Get a photo of your child(ren) with Santa Claus from 1 to 2 p.m. Coffee, cake and lunch will be available.

The Broad Channel Pre-K will be hosting a bus trip to Tanger Outlets in Riverhead on Saturday, November 19.  The bus will be leaving at 7:30 a.m. and returning around 7:30 p.m. The cost is $32 a person and this will include your seat, juice, bagels and a coupon book. If interested, please contact Sabrina at (718) 634-4632 or email at smag406@aol.com. 

Two bird programs will take place in the Wildlife Refuge in November. On Sunday, November 13 at 10 a.m., check out the ducks and geese floating on or gathered at the edge of the marsh and pond at the NYC Audubon Waterfowl Walk. Take a tour of the refuge wetlands and woodlands with a park volunteer and see the migrant hawks, ducks and geese. Bring binoculars to the Autumn Hawks and Waterfowl Walk at 9 a.m. on Saturday, November 19. Pre-registration is required for both programs. Call (718) 318-4340.

Those who registered for New York State exams for N.Y. State Court Officer-Trainee Exam will be taking the exams on one of the two dates, which are fast approaching. Test Dates will be held on one of two Saturdays: the first date is October 22 and the second date is December 10.

I was told that at the next meeting of the 100th Precinct Community Council, there would be a presentation of a revised coastal evacuation plan. I got further information that this coastal evacuation might be next month’s topic, but not October’s. You might want to go to this month’s meeting to check it out. The Council meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of the month (next meeting is on October 26) and are held at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 333 Beach 90 Street in Rockaway. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m.

Speaking of the police community council, Joe has tickets to the annual Oktoberfest breakfast which is held at the Beach Club on October 23 at 10 a.m. Call him for tickets, (718) 634-4970.

Story Time has come to the Library for 2 ½ to 5 year-olds (and they can bring Mom and/or Dad). Program will be held on 10 consecutive Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. until December 21. At the last meeting there will be a Hanukkah/Christmas celebration. On October 26 there will be a Halloween celebration. No pre-registration necessary.

Enjoy a Family Halloween Party at the American Legion Hall on Sunday, October 30 from 3 to 6 p.m. The St. Virgilius PA-sponsored event costs $15 per person and includes food, drink, music, games and prizes. For tickets call Lisa at 718 318-0938 or Bernie at 718 945-1162. Discounts are available for families of four when voucher is purchased in advance. Cash only at door. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

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.

Gifted is the name of the next art exhibit featuring the works of at least two Broad Channel artists. It will be held in building T6 on Fort Tilden on the Rockaway peninsula; a different exhibit called “Sewn and Thrown,” a showing of quilts and pottery, will be in T7. Both exhibits can be viewed starting Saturday, November 12. The opening reception is at 1 p.m. on Sunday, November 13. The galleries will be open to the public on Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

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