2005-12-02 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

Compared to average temperatures for this time of year, this past Tuesday’s 60-degree temperatures felt spring-like. Shopping is much more pleasant when it is not freezing outside, but warmer weather usually draws much bigger crowds swarming the stores looking to take advantage of available bargains!

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.

Over the long holiday weekend, I got an email from a serviceman who is stationed in Kuwait. He asked for a back issue of the Wave. Apparently, it carries an article about him and some of his buddies. This is a fairly simple request—I would not be surprised if his newspaper were winging its way there as you read this!

An Advent Evening of Prayer with Sister Ave Clark will be held on Thursday, December 8 at 7:30 p.m. in St. Virgilius Church. The theme will be: “Mary’s Holy Yes!” All are welcome to attend to hear this gifted speaker.

Don’t forget to put your leaves in a paper sack and put them out for collection on the evening of Saturday, December 3. The sanitation folks will collect them within a week and turn them into compost which they will use —and is great for— plants, trees and grass of our parks. The compost will also be available to people who want it and who will pick it up. For more information about compost visit www.nyccompost.org if you are online or call the compost project hotline at Queens Botanical Garden at (718) 539-5296.

Remember the original Broad Channel column, Bits and Pieces? Kathy Louis wrote the column for some years. Her younger son, John, has signed up with the Marines and went off earlier this week to boot camp at Parris Island, South Carolina for 12 weeks. (When Kathy and I first met, John was in elementary school! Time sure flies!)

The last sidewalk sale of 2005? During the long weekend after Thanksgiving there was a sidewalk sale manned on Friday by a pair of very hardy souls; by Sunday, only one woman was seen. Not all of the days were cold and brisk, but some were. The seller/s did not look at all like they felt the cold!

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.

The upcoming New York State exam for N.Y. State Court Officer-Trainee is Saturday, December 10 for people who applied earlier this year.

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 Dinner Dance Committee, 9 Power Road, Broad Channel, NY 11693 or call (718) 634-7167.

If you are thinking of getting a cat or dog to add to your household, you may want to consider getting your new pet from the closest animal shelter. A no-kill facility, it is located 89-10 Eliot Avenue in Rego Park. The shelter also offers obedience training lessons for pets. And can always use volunteers. If you are an animal lover with time on your hands or want more information on adoption or details on obedience classes, their number is (718) 424-3340.

At the December 21 meeting of Story Time—which will also be the final meeting—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.

In the not too distant past, director of Rockaway Theatre Company John Gilleece told a theatergoer there were no Broad Channel residents in RTC. Well things change—some of our neighbors are now cast members. And one of them has captured the lead role in their upcoming production of “Little Shop of Horrors.” Matt Smilardi will play the role of Seymour in the show. (When he was 10, Matt helped me learn to use different functions on my PC.) Matt, now a high school senior, turned in a terrific performance in his role in the recent RTC show, Piano Men. Break a leg, Matt! Little Shop of Horrors will be presented from Friday, December 2 through Sunday, December 18.

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.

“Gifted” in T6 and “Sewn and Thrown” in T7 are Rockaway Artist’s Alliance current art exhibits at Fort Tilden. 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. There will be events to accompany the exhibits starting this weekend. On Saturday, December 3 from 12 to 4 p.m. make a seasonal colonial-style wall hanging with artist Laura Flego. Materials charge is $5. Call the office, (718) 474-0861, for details. On Sunday, December 4 from 1 to 4 p.m. two potters, Wave publisher Susan Locke and Gene Nichol will have a pottery demonstration.

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