2007-10-05 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Commentary By Liz Guarino

Days and nights are cooling off and some of our neighbors are wearing sweaters and light jackets. Halloween decorations and orange lights are appearing on the fronts of houses. Some children are thinking about their costumes. Even though the calendar tells us fall is here, many days have been summer-like. Lately though, the winds gust a bit stronger- real fall weather is here- some days anyway!

Story Time for children ages 2 to 5 has come to the library. It is a half hour of stories at 11 a.m. on Wednesdays. It will run through November 21, with the exception of October 24.

A reminder that, starting on October 6, Broad Channel's library will be open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

There will be a Defensive Driving Course, sponsored by St. Virgilius Church on Thursday, October 11 and Monday, October 15 from 7 to 10 p.m. in the School Building at 16 Noel Road in Broad Channel (in the lunchroom). For attending this course you can receive 10% off of your car insurance for 3 years OR up to 4 points off of your license. Cost is $60. Seats are limited. Payment in full guarantees a seat. Seats cannot be held without payment. A test will not be given; refreshments will be served. Call to register: Helen, at 718-945-4648 or Cindy, at 718-634-5449. Your certificate expires in October 2007 if you who attended the course in October 2004.

On Sunday, October 28 at Christ Presbyterian Church there will be a Spaghetti Dinner in the church hall from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.; admission is $7. Coffee and cake also will be served. At the Dinner there will be a drawing for $5000. Raffle tickets cost $50 each; 200 tickets will be sold. To buy a ticket, call Sharon at 718-474-3864 or see Al.

The Christ Presbyterian Broad Channel Pre-K will be holding its first Bake Sale on Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14. They will be set up outside the firehouse during and after all masses.

On Saturday, October 13 (rain date is Sunday, October 14), the new 101-foot luxury boat "Golden Sunshine" will sail out of Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. Cruise will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.. Learn the history, ecology, management, and wildlife of the Jamaica Bay Refuge. See egrets, herons, osprey, peregrine falcon, oystercatchers, migrating raptors and waterfowl plus great views of the marshes, JFK Airport and the NYC skyline. Cost of $45 per person includes narrated tour, wine and cheese, fruit, drinks and snacks. Leaders will be Mickey Cohen and Don Riepe. Call 718-318-9344 or E-mail driepe@nyc.rr.com for information. To reserve, send check made out to American Littoral Society to 28 West 9th Road, Broad Channel, NY 11693.

In memory of Claire Hanning, the First Annual BCAC Memorial Golf Outing will be held on Tuesday, October 23 at Marine Park Golf Course. Check-in is at 9 a.m.; tee off is at 10. Cost is $150 per golfer and includes: round of golf with cart; continental breakfast; golf shirt, award dinner at the North Channel Yacht Club and other items. Prizes will be awarded in several categories. Raffles will be sold at the dinner; dinner only costs $50. For further information call John at 917-603-7113; Patrick at 516-376-7034 or Mike-718 474-5604.

A Book Discussion will be held at 10 a.m. at the library on Friday, October 12; under discussion will be Ties That Bind, Ties That Break by Lensey Namioka.

The Broad Channel Historical Collection of pictures, documents, and artifacts is usually kept in the local library and displayed in its entirety on Historical Day at the VFW Hall, scheduled this year for October 14, 2007. The Broad Channel Historical Calendar, 2008, will be available for sale, still at the $5 price. Times of high tide- valuable information to residents of a seaside community- are given on the calendar.

BCVFD will again sponsor the Halloween Parade; our neighbors are invited to help in any way they can. Call Dan McIntyre at the firehouse any evening 718-474 6888; your call will be returned. Or email him through the BCVFD's website at the following URL: http://www.broadchannelvfd. org/index.html.

BCVFD has pictures of many people relating to it, but still needs photos of the following Chiefs, in uniform would be great but out of uniform is ok too: Chris Hoobs, Otto Sporks, Tod Carey, George Stemler, Henny Wachaitis, C. Young, K. Koerner, G. Strickland. If anyone has any of the above, please email me or the firehouse through their site. Photos will be scanned into the computer and returned.

Help for a community project is needed in the form of a typist- any age will do, although it would be nice to see one of the teens volunteer for this project. You do not need your own computer; just have the typing skill. About three hours of typing on this project will give it a much-needed boost. If you want to help out, send email with the word typist in the subject line to Lizbcbits@aol.com.

Do you eat products that have labels for education or box tops for education? The labels/box tops are used by elementary schools to get equipment for the schools. The Parents Association of P.S. 47 uses the box tops while the parochial schools on the Rockaway peninsula use the labels.

A few words from the novelist, G. K. Chesterton (May 29, 1874 to June 14, 1936): "One sees great things from the valley, only small things from the peak."

If you have news that belongs in this column, 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 or letter; 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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