2006-11-24 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Commentary By Liz Guarino

By the time you read this, Thanksgiving Day will be behind us and a new flurry of activity will take place in many homes as we all point ourselves toward Christmas and the end of the year. Shopping, wrapping presents, house decorating, writing cards, cooking and baking will be on a lot of agendas as preparation for the Christmas season continues (or begins)! Some folks will still be out shopping Christmas Eve, while others are already finished with it. (Most folks fall in the middle of these two extremes!)

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. We will gladly accept craft donation on Thursday or Friday night December 1 and 2 at the American Legion Hall or you can contact any Auxiliary member for more information. All proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warriors Project.

The VFW (on Shad Creek Road) is having a brunch on Sunday, December 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Diners have their choice of eggs, pancakes or waffles with bacon, ham or sausage. Adults cost $6.00 and children are half price. "Come down and enjoy a good breakfast," says the VFW.

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 $3000 and third prize gets $2,000. 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 3. A magician will entertain the children and Santa will make a special appearance.

Annie's Angels are raising money for Cystic Fibrosis-$5.00 Daily Number Chances for the Month of December can be purchased. If your ticket number matches the NYS Evening Daily Number you WIN! Weekdays pay $25; Weekends pay $50; Christmas Eve & New Year's Eve $100 each. For information on tickets call Ginger at 718-318-5504 or email vohare@nyc.rr.com . Snow Flake Bingo will be held in January of 2007. Items or gift baskets to be used for the raffle table will be gladly accepted.

A note came from Rev. Andrea Zarou and the members of Christ Presbyterian Church and this is what it said: "Many thanks to all who came to our Spaghetti Dinner; a great time was had by all. Congratulations to the winners of the $5,000 and 50/50 ($157) drawings that were held at the Dinner. Again, many thanks to all who continue to support our church functions."

The last Civic Association meeting of 2006 will be held on Thursday, November 30. It will not be in December this year as reported in the civic association newsletter.

Leaves will be picked up by the DOS and turned into compost. Put them at the curb (DOS wants the leaves in paper bags starting next year-they gave away paper bags this year to get folks used to using them!) on Saturday, December 2 after dinner. They will be collected the next day; if they are not collected, they will be picked up within the week. If you don't have paper bags, put leaves by themselves in a trash can (don't use a liner!).

The unseasonably warm weather makes those oil bills much slimmer. Still, some seniors face higher fuel bills than they can afford which is why there's HEAP. HEAP can help pay those bills for folks who meet the requirements. Call 311 for an application to learn if you qualify for this aid.

The 2007 Broad Channel Historical Calendar, which not only contains vintage pictures of Broad Channel but also the current times of high tide, (which is very valuable information to a seaside community!). Buy one for $5 at O'Macs, All American Deli, New Grassy Point Hotel or at a Civic Association meeting or from a member of the Historical Society.

The work of at least two Broad Channel artists is featured in "Gifted," Rockaway Artists Alliance latest art exhibit. It is shown in T6 at Fort Tilden. The gallery is open to the public and there is no charge for viewing the artworks. Gallery hours on Saturdays are from noon to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. For further information call RAA at 718-474-0861 or email them at: rockart116@aol.com.

Neighborhood Housing Services helps residents by offering courses in home maintenance as well as providing emergency loans for home repair or remodeling. To find the local NHS, go online to www.nhsnyc.org or call 1-866-NHS-OFNY.

Good-sized groups of people of all ages were enjoying a delicious spaghetti and meatballs dinner at Christ Church hall at about 5 p.m. last Sunday. A big plateful of food placed in front of each diner was a very welcome change of pace for those who had been buried in preparations for Thanksgiving. It was a pleasure for them not to have to cook!

These words are from a sculptor with a studio in Long Island City, which is maintained as a museum. Said by Isamu Noguchi: "We are a landscape of all we have seen."

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