2007-11-09 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Commentary By Liz Guarino

The rain earlier this week made Tuesday morning almost as dark as it was before the clocks were turned back an hour. (Did everyone change smoke detector batteries this past weekend?) After reading about the drought in other parts of the country, it is good that we live in a climate zone where we get plenty of rain in the course of the average year. One tiny town in a southern state has to truck in water from another city and it comes out of town taps for only three hours a day!

Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home again will sponsor a bus trip on Saturday, November 10 to Calverton National Cemetery for area residents for Veteran's Day. They will provide flags and grave decorations. The bus will pick up in the Channel at 8:30 a.m. Make a reservation by calling 718-634- 4011 after 10 a.m. and before 3 p.m. weekdays.

The P.S. 47 Parents' Association will 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 one PA member, "your support is greatly appreciated."

A Christmas Craft Fair will be held at Christ Presbyterian Church on Saturday, November 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the church hall. Photos with Santa will be taken from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The kitchen will be open and lunch will be available for purchase.

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 Book Club at PS 47 invites anyone who would like to read a good book to join them in reading "Water for Elephants" by Sara Gruen.

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 prizes. 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, 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.

"Easy Steps to Mastering Digital Photography" will be presented at the Broad Channel branch of the Queens Public Library on Saturday, November 17 at 11 a.m. Workshop will be conducted by Lois Miller, who has taught photography programs at the United Nations school.

(For those who may not know- the library now is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

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 (with details true to the biblical story) about the life of an Old Testament character named Dinah (only daughter of Jacob- Esau's younger brother).

Find out what insects do and where they go when the weather cools off. Sign up in advance to learn this and more at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, November 11 from 1 to 3 p.m. Call 718-318-4340.

A reminder to the folks who are worried that telemarketer phone calls will come in on their cell phones: You don't need to, but you can sign up your cell phone for the "Do Not Call" registry if you want. The number is: 1-888-382- 1222. Call them from the cell phone when you sign it up, because the registry folks want you to call from the phone number you want to register.

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.

Of course, Bits takes no political stance, but some residents may be interested to know about the formation of the new "Ronald Reagan Republican Club." The first meeting will be held at Carosello's in Howard Beach, on Monday, December 3 at 7:30 p.m. Eric Ulrich and Jane Deacy, Republican District Leaders of the 23 AD, invite any Republicans or "want to be Republicans" residing within the geographical communities of Broad Channel and Howard Beach to attend.

By now, residents have gotten a yellow leaflet (no pun intended!) listing leaf disposal guidelines. DOS collects leaves that have been placed at the curb in a brown leaf bag, and then makes compost from them. The compost will be available next year in time for the growing season. Two days are listed for collection of leaves- Saturday, November 17 and Saturday, December 1.

If anyone has questions, the DOS directs them to call 311.

A while back I got an e-mail from a San Francisco-based minister and this was his closing: "When you get to your wit's end, you'll find God living there."

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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E-mail can be sent to: Lizbc bits@aol.com

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