2005-11-25 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

A lot of shoppers step into high gear after Thanksgiving Day to buy Christmas gifts for those close to them. The day after Thanksgiving is usually the biggest shopping day of the year with bargains galore. It is the day the merchants use to measure whether profits will be through the roof or merely mediocre. It seems to be a good day to shop off the excesses of the day before, if there were any. Is your shopping finished, are you just getting started or are you in the middle of it?

The next civic association meeting will be held on Thursday, December 1 at 8 p.m. at the VFW Hall on Shad Creek. Dues must be current for members to vote. Election for officers for 2006 will be held that night.

On Monday, November 28 at 7:30 p.m. in St. Virgilius Church you will be able to see and hear Steven McDonald who said this of the teen who shot him: “I forgave the young man who shot me.  It was an answer to a prayer.” Detective Steven McDonald of the NYPD will speak to the parish and community — especially to the young people — about the role of forgiveness in our lives. Detective McDonald was shot in Central Park 19 years ago by a teenaged gunman. He was 29 years old and had been married for less than a year when he was shot. His wife was 2 months pregnant at the time. Steven continues to share his personal journey of forgiveness with many audiences around the world. We are very fortunate to have him visit our community. Attend and listen to his remarkable story of love, forgiveness and reconciliation.

St. Virgilius Golden Age is sponsoring a bus trip to Atlantic City on Wednesday, November 30. The bus will leave Noel Road and Crossbay Blvd. at 8:30 a.m. for Hilton Casino and costs $27 per person. There is a coin return of $18. Food coupon is $8 toward buffet or $4 to be applied in Horizons Restaurant. Contact Winnie at (718) 474-2783 or Matty at (718) 474-0636.

The P.S. 47 book club selection for December is “Skipping Christmas,” by John Grisham. The date of the discussion has not yet been decided.

P.S. 47 alumni and residents of Broad Channel are asked by the school: “Please, if you have any information or a story to tell for the school’s 85 years in Broad Channel share them with us. If you have any pictures and want them to be saved for the 85, please send them to: Eilene Hanning at P.S. 47, 9 Power Road, Broad Channel, New York 11693, c/o Dinner Dance Committee, or call (718) 634-7167.”

Did you rake up your leaves? Do you remember playing in big piles of leaves when you were a child? Do you recall being able to burn the piles of dried up leaves and how smoky they were and how wonderful they smelled? It is not as much fun, but if you put your leaves in a paper sack and put them out for collection on the evening of Saturday, December 3, the sanitation folks will turn them into compost which is great for the plants, trees and grass of our parks. The leaves will be picked up within a week.

St. Virgilius 17th Annual Craft Fair will be held during the first weekend in December. On Saturday, December 3 the hours will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Sunday, December 4 the hours will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  

Handmade ornaments, holiday and year-round decorations, jewelry and homemade cookies, cakes and candy will be available.  Raffles will also be available.

Gifted is the name of the Rockaway Artist Alliance art exhibit featuring the works of Broad Channel artists. It can be seen in building T6 at Fort Tilden on the Rockaway peninsula and features photography, oil paintings, prints, collage, watercolors, pastels, glass and metal. A different exhibit called “Sewn and Thrown,” which is a showing of quilts and pottery is in T7. Both exhibits are open to the public on Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. There is no admission fee. The exhibit runs through Sunday, December 18.

At the December 21 (last meeting) of Story Time at the Library at 10:30 a.m. for the preschoolers, there will be a Hanukkah/Christmas celebration. Pre-registration is not necessary for Story Time or the holiday celebrations.

There was a good interest in the outcome of spay/neuter day with the ASPCA van and some of the B.C. stray cat population. Altogether 25 cats were ‘fixed’ that day. To be sure it was a lot of work for the volunteers, who soldiered on because they believe strongly in what they are doing for both the cats and the community, by keeping the stray cat population from exploding. Most folks know that cats are amazingly prolific when left to their own devices. Left to breed indiscriminately, one female cat can be the ancestor to a hefty five-figure number of ancestors in its lifetime. (The number 40,000 springs to mind!) Anyway, it was a well-done job!

Last week’s library music program brought tears to the eyes of one of our neighbors who really enjoyed hearing those Gershwin tunes. The program presenter, Naomi Zeitlin, shared a dance with our neighbor. The program got rave reviews!

Books and Bagels discussion group book selection is “Girl with a Pearl Earring” by Tracy Chevalier. The date for the next discussion will be Friday, December 2 at 10 a.m. Anyone who has read the book or any other book that they want to present is welcome.

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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