2007-10-19 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Memorial Golf Outing To Honor Claire Hanning
Commentary By Liz Guarino

This past week has been made up of lovely days- so far! Of course, the northeast has a climate that is somewhat unpredictable- it can be cold and rainy one day, and sunny and warm the next. Some folks find that interesting! The big drawback is that people may not be dressed for the weather on any given day. Doctors, however, are always prepared for rain- people forget their umbrellas in their offices all the time!

The Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW Post 260 in Broad Channel is having a Halloween costume party on Friday, October 26 from 8 p.m. to midnight. Admission is $35 per couple, or $20 a person. There will be free food, beer, wine, and DJ. Cash prizes will be awarded for best costume. For advance purchase of tickets, or to reserve a table, call 646-344-2640.

The P.S. 47 Parents Association will be holding a Bake Sale on Saturday, November 3 and Sunday, November 4. They will be set up outside the firehouse, during and after all masses. They will also be holding their annual Scholastic Book Fair on Tuesday, November 13, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. and on Wednesday, November 14, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be many great books to choose from and it will be held in P.S. 47's Multipurpose Room. All are invited to attend. "As always," said the PA, "your support is greatly appreciated."

The BCAC Memorial Golf Outing (an event to be held annually in memory of Claire Hanning) will take place 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, 516-376-7034 or Mike, 718- 474-5604.

On Sunday, October 28 at the Christ Presbyterian Church Hall, there will be a Spaghetti Dinner 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.

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

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 $35.00 per person and includes roundtrip 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- 74-5604 or Lisa 646-61-5511.

Last Sunday, the Broad Channel American Legion Post 1404 opened its doors to some of the hospitalized veterans from Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens for an old-fashioned barbecue. The veterans enjoyed all they could eat and the music of the local group, Wax- R-Back, who always provide the best in '50s and '60s music. The Legion Post and the Vets are very grateful to Wax-R-Back for their continued support in helping to provide a full and fun day for all.

Alot of folks signed up for the "do not call" registry five years ago. It is expiring; if you do not want telemarketing calls, you have to sign up again. The number is: 1-888-382-1222; for TTY call 1-866-290-4236. You can sign up your cell phone if you want, but they want you to call from the phone number you want to register.

The Book Discussion group will next meet on Friday, November 9 at 10 a.m. at the Library. Under discussion will be "The Red Tent" by Anita Diamant. It is a fiction book about a biblical character named Dinah.

As the weather cools off and people are not out and about as much, telephones ring more with unappreciated calls. Most of the callers are out to sell you something, but scam artists can be among the callers too. Mostly, the bad callers tell you stories to try to get your social security number from you. Some of the stories can be scary to hear, but the scammers know that. There is no circumstance in which a person should call and ask for your social security number. It's information that should not be asked for, nor given, over the telephone. Unfortunately, signing up for the "do not call" registry will not get rid of calls from scam artists.

Did you notice the items sneaking into department stores for the Christmas season already? And the subtle advertising is following closely behind it! Did the retailers think folks wouldn't notice if they started sooner? They must think folks walk around not paying any attention to the world around them. Retailers are starting early in hopes of getting folks to spend more money and pump up their overall sales for the season. Good grief!

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Email can be sent to: Lizbcbits@aol.com

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