2006-09-22 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

Last weekend and Monday were wonderful weather-wise. It was great to see all the little ones-at least two of them barefoot- enjoying the sun while scurrying around in the 9 Road Park, with parents watching them frolic around under cloudless blue skies and basking in the lovely day. Lots of folks were out and about those days, unhurried and enjoying the warmth while it is still available!

A Flea Market will be held on Saturday, September 23 starting at 10 a.m. in the Christ Presbyterian Church Hall, rain or shine.

From Post 1404 of the American Legion comes an annual drawing for $10,000 in prize money. Tickets are $100 each. First prize nets $5,000, while second prize is $3,000 and third prize gets $2,000. Drawing will take place at the adults' Christmas Party in December, 2006. Only 200 tickets will be sold. The seller of top prize winning ticket will get $500. Donation (ticket cost) is tax deductible. The Legion is doing this to offset increases in insurance, oil and electric costs and to offset the rise in membership fees. All ticket buyers are invited to the Christmas Party. Those planning to attend the party are asked to call the Legion at (718) 474-5029 so they can plan ample food.

VFW Prince Wynn Post 260 will have a "Summer Ain't Over" Barbecue on September 30 at 2 p.m. Cost is $20 for adults, $10 for children. It will feature: London broil, ribs, sausage and peppers, corn, beer, soda and music. Bring gently used clean clothes for our veterans please!

In case you wanted to go and weren't able to make it, here is another date. The next Jamaica Bay Sunset Cruise will be held on Saturday, October 7 from 4 to 7 p.m. The three-hour narrated tour of Jamaica Bay aboard the 96 ft. "Dorothy B VIII" will sail out of Sheepshead Bay. Meet at 3:30 p.m. at Pier #6 (Emmons Ave. & Dooley St., Brooklyn). Learn about the history and ecology of the bay; see nesting peregrine falcons, osprey, herons, egrets, ibis, shorebirds and waterfowl. Mickey Cohen and Don Riepe will lead the event. The cost of $35 includes narrated tour, wine and cheese, fruit and snacks. To reserve, send a check for $35 per person to: American Littoral Society, c/o Don Riepe, 28 West 9th Road, Broad Channel, NY 11693. This is a cooperative program between Gateway NRA, NYC Audubon and the American Littoral Society. For more information check: www.alsnyc.org or www.nycaudubon.org or call Don Riepe at (718) 318-9344 or e-mail him at: driepe@nyc.rr.com for more information.

Sponsored by St. Virgilius Parish, a two-session Defensive Driving Course will be held in St. Virgilius School lunchroom on Monday, October 16 and Wednesday, October 18 from 7 to 10 p.m. Completion of this course entitles participants to choose between having 10% off your auto insurance or removing up to four points from your driver's license. The fee for this course is $60; seats are limited. Refreshments will be served. No test will be given. To register, call Helen at (718) 945-4648 or Cindy at (718) 634-5449. If you took this course in October 2003, your certificate will expire next month.

Dan McIntyre sent the following message: "I would like to bring to everyone's attention the growing need for Volunteers in the Firehouse. Without our townspeople's help we can't provide the services we all know are necessary. Everyone is invited, no experience is required. In the past, our daytime tours were covered by stay at home moms. They would go to the firehouse after they dropped the kids off at school. Moms, we need your help again. You can have your coffee klatch at the firehouse. If you can answer a phone, you are qualified. Please contact us any evening at 8 p.m. at (718) 474 6888 and an application will be delivered to your door. This is our town's firehouse. We can't operate without Volunteers."

Clothing such as dresses, shirts, slacks, sweaters, shoes, handbags, belts and linens such as blankets, curtains, sheets, tablecloths and towels will get tax receipts if requested. Put items in clear plastic bags and tie securely.

A couple of our neighbors were curious about where I get the quotations from that I drop in the column from time to time-many of them come from little [4x6] magazines that overflow with sayings [not all are worth repeating] called Bits and Pieces. Someone [I forget who] sent me a subscription to it. And here are these words of wisdom from an unknown author- words that few will disagree with: "Hard work is the yeast that raises the dough."

If you or your organization has news that belongs in this space, or if you want to start a support group that will improve the lives of others, 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.

Email can be sent to: Lizbcbits@ aol.com.

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