2007-11-23 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

BCVFD Dance Set For February 9
Commentary By Liz Guarino

It is good that the weather got a little bit cold; it really wouldn't seem like the holidays were fast approaching if it remained warm outside. It seems that coolness just goes with holly and evergreens better, at least in our corner of the planet. Studies do show that folks are shopping more carefully and conservatively this year.

Here are the 'happenings' in the Channel this week:

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 final reminder for Shutterbugs: NPS is having its Fifth Annual Photography Contest for amateur photographers. There are 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 3 photos per photographer is 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. More information can be found on the National Park Service website.

BCAC CYO Girls swimming registration will be taking place throughout November. Registration fees are $115.00. With this fee you receive a speedo bathing suit, bathing cap and goggles. For further information please contact Nancy 718-945-1329.

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.

We have entered flu season. Lots of neighbors have already gotten their flu shots. There seems to be plenty of it available for all who want it. Some folks swear they get a mild flu from the shot. I was told- by my doctor- that it's impossible to get the flu from the shot and it's just a mild virus and a coincidence that it occurred shortly after getting the flu shot. Anyway, the flu shot is recommended for those 50+, children age 6 months to 5 years, adults and children with lung and/or heart problems from 2 years up, women who will be pregnant during flu season, health care workers and nursing home residents. There's enough vaccine around for all of the aforementioned and anyone who wants flu shots too. If needles bother you, but you want the shot anyway- they recommend that you close your eyes just before the shot and think of the most wonderful thing that's ever happened in your life. The shot will hurt less than if you watched it and thought about it, they say.

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.

Acouple of neighbors took advantage of my offer last week, so, for those who didn't see it, here it is again: If you didn't see the original article, but want to read it- I will be happy to send it to anyone who wants to see it. Did you see the article about Broad Channel in the New York Times 2 weeks ago? The article, called LVING 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 tat newspaper), it covers about 2/3 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 email address. If you're not online and would like to read it, I will make a printed version of it for you or give you my copy of it from the Times. Call me and we'll make arrangements for you to get it.

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 email 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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