2007-11-16 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Commentary By Liz Guarino

Thanksgiving is next Thursday- a good time to reflect on the positive things in our lives. Loving family that cares for us; good friends who are always there no matter what; nourishing food to keep us going; warm homes to shelter us from the elements- all of these are among the positives that most of us may have in our lives. So, whatever you plan to do on Thursday- whether it's dinner at home with the extended family, or a small group and restaurant fare, or something in between those two- have a wonderful, beautiful Thanksgiving Day!

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.

On Tuesday, November 20 at 3:30 p.m., children ages 5 to 11 can make a Thanksgiving turkey pin to wear on Thanksgiving Day. Materials will be furnished, but space is limited. Sign up for this event by calling 718-318-4943 or stopping in the B.C. library.

BCAC CYO girls swimming registration will be taking place throughout November.

Registration fees are $115. With this fee, you receive a Speedo bathing suit, bathing cap and goggles. For further information, please contact Nancy, 718- 945-1329, or Barbara, 718-474-0139.

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. A date for the discussion will be set when interested readers have all finished reading the book.

The Broad Channel Crafters, American Legion Post 1404, Ladies' Auxiliary will be holding their 19th Annual Craft and Christmas Sale at the American Legion Hall on Cross Bay Boulevard, on Saturday, December 1 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Sunday, December 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be baked goods, ornaments, raffles, seasonal goods and more. They will also make available for purchase lunch, dessert and beverages throughout the day. All proceeds will go to the Rockaway Greybeards Wounded Warriors Fund.

A NYC Audubon Waterfowl Workshop is coming to the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, November 18 from 10 a.m. to noon. Naturalist Don Riepe will lead a walk around the West Pond Trail. Participants will be able to observe ducks, geese and other birds that are migrating or wintering in the refuge. Bring binoculars. Call 718-318-4340.

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 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.)

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.

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 paper 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.

Did you see the article about Broad Channel in last week's New York Times? The article, called "Living In/ Broad Channel, Queens: Close to Nature, and the Airport," appeared on Sunday, November 4 in the real estate section of the paper. Starting above the fold (a prime location in that newspaper), it covers about two-thirds of a page and features a map, a panoramic photo and pictures and data on three local homes that are on the market. It also carries quotes from some of our neighbors. If you haven't seen the article and would like to read it, I will forward an electronic version (sent to me by a reader in California) of the article to you.

This version includes the map and the photos. Just send me your e-mail address.

Beware e-mails that say you have won money; treat them like spam!

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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