2006-10-20 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

With Cooler Weather, Comes Rain
Commentary By Liz Guarino

Cooler weather is upon us, with the rains that seem to come along with it. Some folks really enjoy the weather at this time of year, finding it to give them energy. They go happily about their business, sometimes even whistling as they work. When it rains and the autumn winds blow, however, an umbrella is fairly useless for keeping oneself somewhat dry. When those days happen, it's a good time to have an old-fashioned slicker!

The Broad Channel Pre-K will be hosting a bake sale on Saturday, October 28 and Sunday, October 29. It will be held after the 5:30 p.m. mass on Saturday night and after the masses on Sunday. All proceeds to go to the Broad Channel Pre-K.

The VFW is starting its brunches again; there will be a brunch on October 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. On the menu is the following: choice of any style eggs, pancakes or waffles with bacon, ham or sausage. Adults cost $6 each and children are 1/2 price. See you at the VFW!

The Halloween Parade will be held on Sunday, October 29. Marchers will line up at 1 p.m. at the 17th Road Park. From there parade will proceed to the BCAC parking lot where every child will receive a cupcake, candy and juice. There will be a raffle for a 6-foot tall blow up Halloween decoration to help pay for the candy and juice. If you can donate cupcakes or an hour of your time to help out at the field, call Ginger at 718-318-5504 or send an email to: vohare@nyc.rr.com

A reminder that you can help beautify the tree pits on the center mall by picking up 25 free daffodil bulbs per person at The Overlook, Forest Park, on October 24, 25, and 26 from 4 to 7 p.m. The distribution point is near Union Turnpike and Park Lane. The bulbs must be planted in a public space and what better place than our mall. The more people who go to pick up the bulbs, the more bulbs we will be able to plant. Thanks for this go to New Yorkers for Parks and a generous nursery in Holland.

Christ Presbyterian Church will have a Spaghetti Dinner in the church hall on Sunday, November 19 at 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. Dinner includes spaghetti, meatballs, a glass of wine, bread, cake and coffee will be served. Dinner for adults costs $10 each; children cost $3 each. At the dinner there will be a drawing for $5000. Tickets for the drawing-only 200 will be sold-cost $50 each and can be gotten by calling Al at 718 474-0534 or Janet at 718 318-6454. All money raised will go toward repairing the church roof.

From Post 1404 of the American Legion comes an annual drawing for $10,000 in prize money. Tickets are $100 each. First prize nets $5000, while second prize is $3000 and third prize gets $2000. 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. 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 the post can plan ample food.

Make yourself a Bittersweet Wreath from vines you have helped pull at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, October 21 from 1 to 4 p.m. Help clear the refuge from these aggressive vines. Rain date will be Sunday, October 22. Reservations are required.

Enjoy a Jamaica Bay History Tour on Sunday, October 29 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. A guided tour along the West Pond Trail will be led by a park ranger. Trekkers will have an open view of the bay and surrounding areas as they learn how people have affected and shaped the bay over time. Bring binoculars. Register in advance for this event; call 718-318-4340.

St. Virgilius Golden Age will be running a bus ride to Atlantic City on Wednesday, November 15 to the Hilton Casino. Cost is $29 per person, with coin return of $21 and $5 food coupon. Call Dolores 718-634-9472 or Margaret 718-945-4967.

Get started on your Christmas shopping early! The Broad Channel Pre-K will be hosting a bus trip to the Tanger Outlet Mall on Saturday, November 18 at 7 a.m. Cost is $32 a person, which includes breakfast and a coupon book. Seats are limited. To reserve a seat, call Jeannine at (718) 318-5936 or Lynn at (718) 318-3550.

Do you buy pumpkins this time of year? Some of our neighbors do-and have a good time drawing and cutting out faces on them. Some people even put candles in them. At one time, folks scraped the inside of the pumpkin, peeled it, cut it into cubes for cooking and straining and mashing-just to make a pumpkin pie! Today, those steps are automated and pumpkin pies can be bought, already baked and in a box. There are some folks who enjoy baking their own pies; today, fortunately, they can buy pumpkin in a can!

People from the Channel get their good news in other parts of the Wave as well as in this space. For instance, last week a quick peek at Milestones gave news about one of our young neighbors, Allison Moynihan. Perhaps the Milestones page this week may reveal news about another neighbor.

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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