2007-10-12 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Elizabeth Guarino

Omigosh- it's October and certain days folks have been wearing shorts, tank tops and sandals. Just when it was late enough in the season for it to cool off- it was suddenly summer again. It has been easy to enjoy this weather because it has been so unexpected. Temperatures have hit the 80's! What's next?

There will be a two-session 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 percent off of your car insurance for three years OR up to four 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 attended the course in October 2004.

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

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.

Isabella Ann Fretto celebrated her first birthday on September 22. Happy Birthday Sweetie! Hope it was fun! (See photo of Isabella- my youngest grandchild.)

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. 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.

In memory of Claire Hanning, the First Annual BCAC Memorial Golf Outing will be held on Tuesday, October 23 at Marine Park Golf Course. Checkin 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.

On Sunday, October 28 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. there will be a Spaghetti Dinner in the church hall at Christ Presbyterian Church; 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 Broad Channel Pre-K is hosting a bus trip to the Tanger Outlets in Riverhead on Saturday, November 10. The bus will leave at 7 a.m. Cost is $35 per person and includes round trip bus service; bagels and juice in the morning; wine and cheese party on the way home; outlet coupon books and maps; raffles and 50/50s and Door Prize. Seats are filling up! For more information, contact: Michele at 718-474-5604 or Lisa at 646-261-5511.

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 is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Do you have a photo of: Chris Hoobs, Otto Sporks, Tod Carey, George Stemler, Henny Wachaitis, C. Young, K. Koerner, G. Strickland? (Photos will be scanned into a local computer and returned.) These men were all Chiefs of the Vollies at one time. If anyone has any of the above, please email Ed Wilmarth (BCVFD historian) at: djterraryzin336@aol.com or through the firehouse website at: http://www.- broadchannelvfd.org/index.html or call the firehouse in the evening at the non-emergency number.

Be careful of scams- both by phone and the internet. A jury duty scam is making the rounds by phone. The caller tries to make you believe you've missed jury duty. No one from the jury system ever phones. On the internet there is an attempt to get money from people using the Catholic Church in Italy. It even gives a link to a website, but the website appears to be part of the scam.

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 e-mail 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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