2007-11-30 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Commentary By Liz Guarino

We have had enough cooler temperatures and cloudy, overcast skies and wind to make it feel like fall /early winter outside. In upstate New York, there has been more than one snowfall's accumulation of the white stuff that required shoveling. Except for the rain that we downstate folks have tolerated, it has been dry so far. And the question needs to be asked: If it's in the 30's outside day after day, can snowfall be far away?

Jonathan Kruk, a storyteller, will be at Christ Presbyterian Church hall for a family event from 2 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 2. Children must be accompanied by an adult; cost for children is $7; adults are free. Admission includes show, cocoa, cupcake and crafting. Holiday crafting will follow from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. (For holiday crafting only, child admission is $5; accompanying adult is free.) Supplies are included with admission fees. No one will be admitted during performance. Refreshments will be available.

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 lunch, dessert and beverages available throughout the day. All proceeds will go to the Rockaway Greybeards Wounded Warriors Fund.

Friday, November 30 is the last day to call about BCAC CYO Girls swimming registration. 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.

Alast reminder: 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.

Afinal offer: If you didn't see the article about Broad Channel that appeared in the New York Times three weeks ago, I would be glad to send it to you. 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 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 for you or give you my copy from the Times. Call me and we'll make arrangements for you to get it.

Many residents have seen those ads about leaf disposal guidelines. Department of Sanitation collects leaves that have been put in a brown paper leaf bag and placed at the curb. The leaves are later used as compost. The compost will be available next year in time for the growing season. One final day is listed for collection of leaves- Saturday, December 1. If anyone has questions, they should call 311.

When people eat products that have "labels for education" or "box tops for education" and they recycle them without removing the 'proofs', they are putting money the schools can use into the city's coffers. The labels/box tops are used by elementary schools to get equipment for those schools. The Parent's Association of P.S. 47 uses the box tops, while the parochial schools on the Rockaway peninsula use the labels.

In connection with the book about Broad Channel that is set to be released in Spring 2008, a piece of information is needed concerning a local businessman from the '40s. He was in business here, running shoe repair on Cross Bay Boulevard between 9 and 10 Roads in a shop with the tailor. Lots of people remember Mr. Minei, called Mr. Minnie, by everyone. Some even did business with him. No one, however, knows his first name. And that's the one piece of information that's wanted. Mr. Minei's first name. His son is in his 80s and lives in Florida. The son is being contacted by mail, but may not respond to the letter. So, if anyone out there knows Mr. Minei's first name, please let me know. I will forward the information to the book's editor immediately. They will be very glad to have it.

Alot of scams are making the rounds on the internet. A really good rule of thumb to help you avoid them follows: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is a scam.

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

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