2007-12-14 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Commentary By Liz Guarino

December has put its icy hand on the weather here, as the wind blows down our necks and in our faces. Some days are bundle-up time, as Chanukah passes by and Christmas Day moves closer to us. We haven't really weathered any snow storms, but parts of our state that lie north of New York City have been hit by snow, along with many other parts of the country. A severe winter is predicted for us, as a result of global warming, which leaves a large, as-yet-unanswered question: Will there be snow everywhere for Christmas?

Abus ride to the Trump Plaza Casino in Atlantic City is being sponsored by St. Virgilius Golden Age Club, on Tuesday, January 22, 2008. The bus will leave from the corner of Noel Road and Cross Bay Boulevard at 8:30 a.m. sharp! Cost is $30 per person; coin return is $25 with a food coupon worth $5. For a seat on the bus, contact Margaret at 718-945-4967, or Dolores at 718-634-9472.

A letter from Dan McIntyre, Chief of the BCVFD: "The BCVFD will once again be helping Santa with early Broad Channel area deliveries. You may arrange for Santa to stop by your home on Christmas Eve by contacting the firehouse any evening at the nonemergency number. We will assist Santa until 11 p.m. When you call, please provide address, contact phone number and number of children Santa will be seeing. Due to Santa's busy schedule, we ask that you call for visits ASAP, so we can accommodate as many visiting times as possible. A donation of $25 is requested. Checks are preferred, but cash will be accepted by Santa's helpers.

"The BCVFD is proud to announce our "junior" department is once again gaining membership. The current roster has been expanded by six new recruits. We are actively seeking members for the junior department. Boys from ages 12 through 17, and girls between 14 and 17 are welcome to join our ranks. Our programs are sanctioned by the Boy Scouts of America and Explorers Program. Many events are planned for our young members; we are currently arranging a trip to the FDNY Museum in Manhattan for later this month. We have a great place to learn about emergency services first hand; our juniors learn dispatch operations first hand and will learn all aspects of fire prevention. This is a great program; it gets the kids involved in productive activities and instills a sense of community.

"The BCVFD is also actively seeking members for the senior department, as well. Minimum age is 18 years, no maximum. If you can answer a phone, you can help! We will provide training for any level you are comfortable with. We provide free EMT classes if interested and, if you are up to it, we provide training in firefighting operations. If you are interested in helping your community and neighbors, please contact the firehouse any evening and we will deliver an application to you. We can't help our neighbors if YOU don't help. Ambulances, fire engines and firehouses are useless without PEOPLE to man them!"

Two weeks ago, on a wintry Sunday, when the ground was dusted with icy snow and the winds blew gustily, a storyteller came to Christ Presbyterian Church Hall to tell stories of St. Nicholas. Jonathon Kruk was his name, a tall, slender, young man wearing slacks, long-sleeved shirt and tie and carrying his storyteller's hat. The hat was tall and black, with a hat band; it was quite heavy, too. Under the band were brightly colored bits of felt and a sprig of juniper. He wove his tales to the delight of about 20 children (the younger children did not sit in the semicircle of chairs in front of him) and a good number of adults. Lots of moms were there, and some dads and grandparents sat spellbound, too. One of the dads even sat with the children in the semicircle. The children were terrific - playing little birds, raccoons or Christmas trees or singing as the stories unfolded. The storyteller was a master at his craft, expert at drawing the listeners into his tales. He used different voices and accents and even mixed history into his stories for a very pleasurable afternoon, in spite of the wintry weather. What a great idea it was to bring this Texas-born, Westchester raised, full-time storyteller from his haunts in Putnam County to the warmth of the church hall on a day not too far from Christmas!

Many neighbors (some of them in other states) have asked for and read the article about Broad Channel from a few weeks ago in the real estate section of the New York Times. I'm interested to hear from people with their opinion of it.

Did you like it and why?

Or did you not like it? Why?

Did you like the photo they chose to represent the community? Why or why not?

Does everyone know where it was taken?

Every opinion counts! I'll print the strongest or most original or funniest opinions (with or without names- your choice).

In your holiday feasting, don't forget about box tops and labels for education products. The labels/box tops are used by elementary schools to get equipment for the schools. The Parents' Association of P.S. 47 uses the box tops, while the parochial schools on the Rockaway peninsula use the labels. If you find yourself using any of the products that offer these proofs, don't forget to save the labels or box tops for the schools.

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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