2006-12-01 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Commentary By Liz Guarino

Even though December has arrived, the weather may continue being unseasonably warm. It's hard to believe Christmas is almost here. Lots of folks are happy about the lower fuel bills caused by higher temperatures. Still, they wonder if the winter will be mild-when it finally does arrive! In the meantime, shopping is an easier task when the weather is cooperating. It's hard to trudge through a foot of snow and have to lug your packages through it as well. Nevertheless, it's a bit hard to get in a Christmas frame of mind with flowers around the library and in other places around town.

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 1/2 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 $3,000 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.

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!).

Annie's Angels are fund raising to fight Cystic Fibrosis. The family of Annie, a little girl from the Rockaways who has CF, started "The PLUNGE," an annual sponsorship event to raise money for CF research. Several Annie's Angels members brave the icy mid-winter waters of the Rockaways at the annual "PLUNGE." Sponsors, with monetary contributions, are sought and appreciated. We are currently selling $50 Super Bowl boxes- with cash prizes awarded as such-Final Score wins $2,500, Halftime Score wins $1,000 and 1st and 3rd Quarters win $500 each] Email or call to hold your favorite box. Also selling is the $5 Daily Raffle; chances cost $5 each. If your chance# matches the NYS eve-ning # (must be straight) any day during the entire month of December you win-on weekends $50, weekdays $25, Christmas Eve and New Years Eve $100. Numbers 000 thru 999 are available-call or email with your number choice. There are also $10 50/50 boards with the winner receiving $500 in cash (boxes 1 thru 100 available...call early).

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.

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.

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, Hamberry's, New Grassy Point Hotel or at a Civic Association meeting or from a member of the Historical Society. They are great stocking stuffers!

If you are a stargazer, you are in for a triple treat in the sky. Three planets-Jupiter, Mars and Mercury- are visible in the sky. By the 10th of the month they will be joined by the moon and Saturn. You will see them best through a telescope; look toward the southeastern horizon in the wee hours of the morning; you'll need a clear sky.

The problems caused by Katrina put other coastal areas on alert, with lots of folks thinking: "Could it happen here?" The NYC Office of Emergency Management publishes a booklet called "Ready New York: Hurricanes and New York City." If a hurricane hits our area, our closeness to the ocean could signal problems from flooding.

Call 311 to ask for a copy of this booklet.

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