2005-12-09 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

The cold weather and snow have settled in for the winter. At least one of our neighbors says she will not be able to warm up until spring! Since some folks have trouble getting around in the snow and ice, it will be nice if there is not too much of the slippery stuff decorating the stairs, sidewalks and streets this winter. If the season is an icy one, sand, salt and ashes are good melting agents. And believe it or not, kitty litter works fairly well too!

The St. Virgilius children are having their Christmas Show on Saturday, December 17 at 12:30 p.m. in the American Legion Hall. The children will be performing, and there will be a variety of Christmas songs as well as acting out the Nativity. Call the school for tickets in advance at $7 each; tickets are $10 each at the door. Light refreshments will be served after the show. All are welcome.

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.

A workshop working people can take advantage of! Make a No Sew Wall Hanging with Lan and Phuong Nguyen in this craft workshop for adults. It will be held on Monday, December 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Library. Pre-register by calling (718) 318-4943 or dropping in to the Library and leaving your name at the desk.

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.

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.

Books and Bagels book discussion group set a new date for the first book discussion of 2006. It will be held on Friday, January 20 at 10 a.m. in the Library. The discussion will be on a Superchicks book, Say Ooh La Lah by Robin Jones Gunn, who has a website. This discussion will have some surprises with it, according to the Librarian, Carol, who has a large amount of things provided by the author’s website. Carol is not saying what the surprises will be, but it would not be a surprise if everyone knew all about them! Members did discuss another book—in addition to the selected one—because one of the members wanted to. The small group gets along very well and aims to please each other!

Save the Date: On Saturday, February 25, 2006 at the American Legion Hall, celebrate the 101st Anniversary celebration of our volunteer fire department. (It is hard to believe that dates for events in 2006 are being filled already.)

A B.C. Navy man who is overseas wrote to me recently and we wound up trading a few emails. His name is Jeffrey Rynkowski. He asked me to wish everyone in B.C. a Merry Christmas from him. He gave his address which I will give to any of our neighbors who wish to drop him a line or a card for Christmas—it must be very hard to be so far from home at this time of year—nothing says ‘family’ like the holidays! If you want to write to him, let me know. Email, phone or fax me, or put a note in the mailbox on the front of the house—my box is on the right. I’ll get back to you ASAP. What a great surprise it would be for him to get a lot of Christmas cards!

Musicians, singers, spoken word poets, stand ups and storytellers

are invited to an “open mike” event at T6 in Fort Tilden on Sunday, December 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. There is no charge for appearing in or attending the event.

Some folks find it a lot safer and easier to use plastic instead of cash when they shop at this time of year. It certainly is less bulky to carry a credit card; and then worrying about being pick-pocketed is less of an issue. But con artists, pickpockets and identity thieves do take advantage of all the crowds and spending to rob people’s cash, credit cards and identities to help pad their own pockets. When you shop, if you carry cash in your wallet, put it in one of your front pockets—not rear. Rear pockets are comparatively easy to pick. Be alert when a person says: Excuse me, Can I ask you a question? A few feet away —-looking quite separate—may be a partner who will lift your wallet from your purse when you stop to answer. If you pay by credit card, keep it hidden until the sales clerk is ready for it; protect it from photo taking cell phones. Keep it in a front or inside pocket. Consider buying a shredder. At any time of year, those pesky credit card offers can come daily. Shred them for safety. Statements from the bank and any paper with account numbers, social security or other sensitive information should also be shredded.

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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