2007-10-26 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Elizabeth Guarino

Aren't the sunny days and higher temperatures we have been enjoying this October somewhat unusual for this time of year? There have been years that Halloween costumes had to be under heavy coats; but if the weather holds out this year, the kids may be wearing shorts and tank tops under their Batman, witch, ghost and Dracula costumes! Happy Halloween!

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.

CYO Girls Swimming will be holding registration on Saturday, October 27 and Saturday, November 3, between 10 a.m. and noon at the BCAC field. For further information, call Nancy, 718-945-1329 or Barbara, 718- 474- 0139.

BCVFD Chief Dan McIntyre sent the following: "The Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department Halloween Parade is Sunday, October 28. The parade will start at 17 Road Park and finish at the Firehouse. Start time is 1 p.m. Everyone is invited; remember to wear your trick or treat costume. It will be great fun for the kids and "kids" of all ages. Refreshments and goodies will be served after the parade. For information or if you wish to donate goody bags, juice boxes or homemade items, please contact V. O'Hare at 718- 318-5504 or email vohare@nyc.rr.com."

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 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."

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 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 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 646-61-5511.

On Friday, October 27 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, take part in "a moonlit stroll along the refuge trails to observe nature's nightlife." Reservations are required. Call 718-318-4340 to register or for more information.

From the National Park Service comes the message: "Increase your knowledge of the Bay while earning credits toward a stewardship certificate and award from the Jamaica Bay Institute. Select from a variety of exciting programs, collect stewardship stamps, and receive recognition for your participation." Their site is at: www.nature.nps.gov.jbi or call 718- 338-3338, ext. 223 for a schedule of events and further information.

For shutterbugs, NPS is having its Fifth Annual Photography Contest for amateur photographers. The age categories for entrants are: 13 years and under; high school students; and adults, age 18 years and older. Photographs must be mailed to: Fort Wadsworth Visitor Center, 210 New York Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10305 Attention: Steve Salgo. The deadline for submissions is Monday, November 26, 2007. Amaximum of three per photographer will be accepted. Prints must be unmounted and unframed 8 x 10, 8 x 13, or 11 x 14. Put name, contact information and title and location of photo on the back of each print.

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.

Well, it's all over except for the waiting! For many months rumors have been swirling around the community over a possible book about the community of Broad Channel. Those rumors are quite true! There is going to be a book about this fascinating community and, if all goes well at the publisher, it will be available sometime next spring. Other books- and there have been a couple in which Broad Channel got a bit of space- have mostly dwelled on other matters in which the community played a role. So, B.C got a few pages to itself. But now- unlike the other books featuring a glimpse of B.C.- this book will be called "Broad Channel" and it will relate the surprisingly colorful history of this island history, aided by vintage photographs. So, sometime next spring is the most up-to-date information I have on this. As I am made aware of details, I will include them.

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.

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Email can be sent to: Lizbcbits@- aol.com

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