2006-11-10 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Commentary By Liz Guarino


Many people were out and about and soaking up the warmth from the nice days we had last week. Even though the days tend to be cooler and windier of late, the sun still shines brightly most days!

An email from Chief Dan McIntyre arrived last week and this is what it said: "The BCVFD would like to thank all the children and parents who braved the winds on Sunday for the 2006 annual Halloween parade. Thank You's go to those who donated cupcakes, made a monetary donation, cheered on all the children as they happily displayed their costumes. A special thanks to Chip from the All American Deli, as his establishment handed out trick or treat bags that day as well."

Christ Presbyterian Church will be holding their Annual Craft Fair on Saturday, November 11 in the church hall. Doors open at 10 a.m. Lunch will be sold. Crafts, Christmas gifts and ornaments will be sold. Photographs with Santa will be taken from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

American Legion Auxiliary Brunch and Sweepstakes will be held on Sunday, November 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. All Proceeds will benefit the Annual Children's Christmas Party.

St. Virgilius Golden Age will be running a bus ride to the Hilton Casino in Atlantic City on Wednesday, November 15. Cost is $29 per person, with coin return of $21 and $5 food coupon to apply to the buffet or Horizon's. The bus will leave at 8:30 a.m. from Noel Road and Cross Bay Blvd. 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.

On Saturday, November 18 from 9 a.m. to noon check out birds on the marsh and pond at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Hawks, geese, ducks and 'winter-hardy shorebirds' are the refuge dwellers that will be looked for-bring your binoculars. Register for this event; call (718) 318-4340.

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. 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.

The Broad Channel Crafters and the American Legion Auxiliary will be hosting the 18th Annual Craft Fair (formerly the SVS Craft Fair) on Friday, December 1 from 5 to 9 p.m. and on Saturday, December 2 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Broad Channel American Legion Hall. Handmade crafts, cakes, cookies, etc., will be available. Purchased items can be personalized. All proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warriors Project.

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 on Saturday, December 16, 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 can attend the Christmas Party. Party starts at 8 p.m.

American Legion Auxiliary will be holding their Annual Children's Christmas Party on Sunday, December 10 at 1 p.m. for children newborn up to grade three.

Congratulations to Marty Feeney! A lot of email brought the news that he has been selected Deputy Grand Marshal for the St. Patrick's Parade held in Rockaway. Feeney is very active in Broad Channel. He has worn many hats in service to our community with the BCVFD, as President of BCAC and as President of BC United Community Organization [UCO]. Many committees have boasted his presence including BCAC fundraisers, Christmas Tree lightings, Day Camp projects, BC Civic and many more! The St. Patrick's Day Parade is March 3, 2007.

A couple of our neighbors asked about it and an answering email arrived last Tuesday: St. Camillus is collecting the Labels for Education. They come from Campbell's soups, beans and other related products. To get the labels there, some of BC's kids go to St. Camillus School and some of BC's seniors belong to the Golden Age in that parish-it's likely that one of either group could be asked to get the labels there. Don't forget that Boxtops for Education can go to PS 47 on Power Road.

I am in the process of preparing a book proposal for a work that features the history and development of Broad Channel and the editors want me to include photographs of the Channel of yesteryear as well as photos of current Broad Channel scenes that have a photo from the past. I have looked in the historical collection, but am hoping for other photos as I will need many of them. If you own original photos that you would like to have considered for inclusion in the proposal and book, I would appreciate hearing from you. Contact me by phone, email or a note in my mailbox. [Photos will be borrowed, scanned onto a computer disk and returned.]

It's fundraising time for cystic fibrosis-more information in column next week!

If you or your organization has news that belongs 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.

Email can be sent to: Lizbcbits@ aol.com

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