2007-11-02 / Community

Broad Channel Bits

It has taken a while, but the weather actually feels more autumn like now that we're in November. Some folks really enjoy cooler weather, but they sure didn't get much of it in the month of October; now that November is here, maybe it will feel more like the seasons are actually changing in this portion of the planet.

Here is what's noteworthy in the Channel this week:

There will be registration for CYO Girls Swimming on November 3, between 10 a.m. and noon at the BCAC Field. Registration fees are $115 for the first child and $75 for the second. Fees include a speedo swimsuit, bathing cap, goggles and registration fees for the pool. For further information please call Nancy, 718-945-1329 or Barbara, 718-474-0139.

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 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 one PA member, "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 at 646-261-5511.

For shutterbugs, NPS is having its Fifth Annual Photography Contest for amateur photographers. These are the age categories for entrants: 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. A maximum of three photos 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.

On Sunday, November 4 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge hosts, family fun with kids, age 6 and up. Games and outdoor activities. Sign up, details at 718-318-4340.

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 the life of a biblical character named Dinah.

A note from Christ Presbyterian Church by the Sea found its way into my mailbox and this is what it said: "Many thanks to all who came to our Spaghetti Dinner and $5000 raffle drawing. All had a great time, plenty of food and the live music was great. Congratulations to the winners of the 50/50 and the $5000 raffle and many thanks to all who made the event a great success!"

SAVE THE DATE: THE BCVFD Annual Dance is Saturday, February 9. It will be held at Roma View on Cross Bay Boulevard. in Howard Beach.

The Children's Halloween Parade was a big success. It was a little bit windy, but the sunshine was beautiful. All of the children looked marvelous in their costumes. Carolyn Crocker was the lucky winner of the filled candy jar with a correct answer of 107 pieces inside the jar. Emily Nocerino was the winner of the Holiday Blow-up. A hearty "thank you" goes to all who helped!

A great benefit of having a domestic airline flying out of JFK Airport is that some of the flights take off over the bay and- if you're near a window- a traveler can see home from the air. It's quite an unforgettable sight. Las I had the pleasure of seeing the nel as my jet climbed. Well, last took off in the early morning da that was quite complete and h expectations of seeing anything no idea where the runway was lo and I sure didn't know whe Channel was, either! Well, aft wheels left the runway, I took a and took a look out the right w The left was harder because I w ting on the right side of the plan there was a passenger on the le Still, challenges can be fun. stretched my neck and took a lo my left stretched a ribbon of li looked like any large road. But spotted the absolute darkness wildlife refuge on either side of saw an unmistakable bend in th I knew it was a very lit-up Cro Boulevard! On either side of the of lights were dimmer lights fro streetlights on the east and wes streets. And all around the edg blackness. What a sight! Broad nel looked like a twinkling jew against the black velvet backgro Jamaica Bay. It was really a view!

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