2006-12-08 / Columnists

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Commentary By Liz Guarino

As winter approaches, we can consider ourselves fortunate to have mostly escaped bad weather so far this season. Despite the cooler temperatures, it doesn't always feel like winter is upon us. A lot of folks feel better about cold weather if the sun shines and the winds are not howling overhead. Really bad storms have been experienced by other locations in our country, making a lot of folks think our winter is on its way; it's just a matter of time. Of course, the holidays that are swiftly approaching are always pretty wonderful, regardless of the weather conditions!

The Christmas Tree Lighting will take place on Saturday, December 9, at 6 p.m. at the 17 Road Park. There will be hot chocolate and candy canes and a special guest appearance by Santa Claus!

Story Time/Picture Book Time for preschoolers meets every Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Library. It began meeting during the month of November and will continue through the last week of January-on Wednesday, January 31. For children ages 3 1/2 to 5 years, this program features music, stories, games and other activities suitable for the preschool set.

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 3. A magician will entertain the children and Santa will make a special appearance.

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 in at the annual "PLUNGE." Sponsors with monetary contributions are sought and appreciated. We are currently selling $50 Superbowl 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 evening# (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.

A lot of activity continues at the library. A recent change is that "wi-fi" is now available in the library. What is wi-fi? It is wireless access to the internet. People who own laptop computers can bring them to the library and enjoy wireless internet without hooking up to anything. There are a few requirements though. First, you need a laptop or notebook computer. Next, you need a library card and a Personal Identification Number or PIN, both of which can be gotten at our library easily. Your computer needs to be equipped with a wireless interface-call library for specs on this. Make sure battery is fully charged because the library electric cannot be used for this. Lastly, if you want to listen to music or other audible programs, bring headphones. Have a good time surfing the 'net once you make sure to secure these items!

HEAP helps elderly and disabled New Yorkers with a one time grant for heating their homes. There are guidelines to meet to qualify for this assistance. For an application, simply call 311.

As the cold sets in and the holidays draw near, the number and kind of telephone scams increase. If you get telemarketing or other phone calls and want to get rid of them but don't want to be rude, there is a good way to go about it. Tell the person: I don't conduct business over the phone. This works nicely! Especially prevalent (and horrible because the caller implies the government is their boss) are telephone calls about social security or jury duty. Don't let any caller scare you into giving your social security number or checking or savings account numbers or other personal information over the phone.

'Tis the season to save labels and box tops for education. They are used by the area schools to get equipment of various types. They come on many different foods-Bisquick; Bugles; Lloyd's bowl meals; Totinos Pizza Rolls; Grands; Hamburger Helper; Old El Paso products; Betty Crocker baking products; Gold Medal flour; Yoplait yoghurt products and Nature Valley granola bars to name a few- so look carefully to see if you have a qualifying label or top. Each label or top translates to 10 cents each for participating schools.

The following words are attributed to George Washington Carver, who invented peanut butter. He said: "When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world."

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