2005-12-16 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

There are folks who really enjoy cold weather and find it invigorating; on the coldest day they are without hats, scarves and gloves and don’t close their jackets. On Monday I saw such a soul crossing the boulevard—the wind can really be fierce there—wearing only a short sleeve T shirt and a pair of carpenter jeans and carrying a cup of coffee. He didn’t seem one bit cold. If everybody had metabolism like that, we could easily survive another ice age!

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. 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.

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.

The P.S. 47 book club selection for December is “Skipping Christmas,” by John Grisham. The date of the discussion will be published as soon as I get the information.

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.

Books and Bagels book discussion group set a new date for the first book discussion of 2006, which 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. If the selections are ever not appealing, join them anyway, bringing a presentation of a book you have read and enjoyed.

Have you noticed the sidewalk next to the Wildlife Refuge has been broken up and removed and the shrubbery has been cleared from the strip of land adjacent to it on the western side of Crossbay? Workers are preparing the area to replace the old sidewalk to go with the new building being constructed inside. Hopefully, everything will be finished by summer 2006 so nature lovers and birdwatchers won’t have to walk around heavy equipment on their way to the nature trails.

Last week’s mention of Petty Officer Rynkowski brought with it suggestions of an altered plan to get Christmas cards from our community to him. Since there is no post office here, residents have to go to a post office in Rockaway to mail their stuff. That can really be a big inconvenience at this time of year—and the postage to his location may be out of the reach of some residents. So here’s a new plan: On Monday, December 19 an envelope full of cards will be mailed to Rynkowski, compliments of a neighbor who asked to be anonymous. If you want your card [in its envelope with his name on the front] included, get it to me no later than Sunday night. The cards might arrive there late, but he will be very pleased and surprised when he sees all of them! If you tried to fax me last week and couldn’t, my fax has been taken off-line. It kept answering the phone and confusing a good number of callers. So, sorry, but—no more fax.

Save the Date: On Saturday, February 25, 2006 at the American Legion Hall celebrate the 101st Anniversary celebration of our volunteer fire department.

The folks who attended this past Sunday’s “open mic” afternoon at RAA’s exhibit at T6 featuring a B.C. and other artists had quite an afternoon. The entertainment was varied; it contained a poetry reading, a capella singing, individual performers accompanying themselves musically and a three-person group. Refreshments included mulled cider—a great treat on such a cold, blustery day.

St. Virgilius P.A. is selling 20/10 chances. The first drawing will be held on February 1, 2006. They will continue for a total of 10 weeks. Weekly prizes to be awarded will be $200, $100 and $50; there will also be a $250 Easter prize. For the tenth week prizes there will be one $250 and two $500 prizes. Winners can repeat. Tickets are $20 and are available by calling Karen at (718) 945-5823, at the school during school hours and at the rectory during office hours. They will also be available after all masses this weekend (December 17 and 18).

This is a good time of year for getting a lot of junk mail on the Internet. Folks who are online can see how some of the stories used have gone from mail and phone to Internet. One good way to check on emails that you suspect are phony is to see if they are listed on www.snopes.com. Explore the site—you will most likely recognize some of the information there as having passed through your mailbox at some time in the past. This website has an amazing collection of fraudulent information that has been floating around the Internet for years. Check out some of those frightening emails about smelling perfume from strangers or calling an 809 area code. You will be amazed at the lack of truth in the stuff that keeps making the rounds in forwards and clogging up a lot of folks’ mailboxes.

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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