2008-10-03 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

Some of the leaves on the trees are turning color rapidly as we move into the beginning of the month of October.

Many days, the winds and cooler temperatures require a jacket or sweater—and some days need a big umbrella!

In the summer heat, getting wet is not usually unpleasant-feeling, but getting wet at this time of year can really make a person feel cold and cause some shivering, as well.

A Homecoming Dinner Dance will be held at the American Legion Hall on Cross Bay Boulevard on Sunday, October 5 from 3 to 7 p.m. to welcome home Denis McEneaney, after his year as Tenth District Commander— Commander of all Legion Posts in Queens, Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Tickets cost $20 each and include dinner, open bar and dancing to music spun by DJ Walter. To get tickets, call Ray York at 718-318-6010 or Danny O'Sullivan at 718- 474-2866.

On Sunday, October 5 in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge from 2 to 3 p.m. there will be a tour of the sustainable visitor's contact station in the refuge. The facility is environmentally friendly and it incorporates green design into its construction, landscape and utilities.

The Book Discussion Group will meet in the B.C. library to discuss Art of Mending by Elizabeth Berg on Saturday, October 11 at 11 a.m.

On Sunday, October 12 in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., take a walk through the refuge and see what it offers in autumn. Led by a ranger, the stroll will be in the South Garden and onto the West Pond Trail. Bring binoculars. Sign up in advance at 718-318-4340.

The 2nd Annual BCAC Memorial Golf Outing in memory of Chris Keegan will be held on Tuesday, October 14 at Forest Park Golf Course. Check in at 9 a.m.; tee off at 10 a.m. A shotgun start will be based on 100 golfers. Cost is $150 per golfer; dinner only at the North Channel Yacht Club costs $35 per individual. Price includes the following: a round of golf with cart; breakfast at the Golf Course; lunch at the turn; soda, beer, water on the course during the round; golf goodie bag and shirt; and the Awards Dinner after the round of golf. Awards will be presented for: First, Second, Third Place Teams; Closest to the Pin; Longest Drive and Best Dressed Golfer. Prizes and raffles will be at the dinner. Call Michelle Green, 347-538-3869 or Rick Guttieri, 718-318-1131 for more information.

Sponsorships in the amounts of $100, $250 and $500 are available; call Michelle.

A two-session Defensive Driving Course will be given on Wednesday, October 15 and Thursday, October 16 from 7 to 10 p.m. in the School Building at 16 Noel Road in Broad Channel, in the lunchroom. By taking this course, you can receive 10 percent off your car insurance for 3 years or up to 4 points off your license. No test will be given. Fee is $60. To make a reservation or for further information: call Helen, at 718-945-4648 or Cindy, at 718-634- 5449. Refreshments will be served. If you attended the course on October 17 and 19 in 2005, your certificate expires on October 19, 2008. Payment in full guarantees a seat— they are unable to hold a seat without payment. The course is sponsored by St. Virgilius Church and all proceeds benefit the St. Virgilius religious education program.

A Sunday Brunch will be held at Christ Presbyterian Church Hall on October 19 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. On the menu is a choice of scrambled eggs or pancakes with sausage or bacon; hash brown potatoes will be served with both choices. Also served will be coffee, tea, juice and cake. Donation: $6. A 50/50 drawing will be held; tickets are $10 each. To buy tickets, call Al at 718-474-0534; Barbara at 718-318-2281; Joyce at 718-474-7769 or Tony at 718-945- 2334.

Have a frighteningly good time at the Broad Channel Pre-K Children's Halloween Party on Sunday, October 26 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Christ Presbyterian Church. The party is for children, ages 3 to 8, and features crafts, games, contests, cupcakes and goody bags. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All proceeds to benefit the Broad Channel Pre- K.

A neighbor bought a cake at the Pre-K Bake Sale for the company she had this past Sunday. It was a big round cake—about 12" across and one layer with white frosting. When the cake was cut, inside was a surprise—jello that looked pink— decorated the inside of the cake! It was a big hit with the neighbor's company who really enjoy home baking. (Anyway, sounds like whoever whipped up that cake should know her/his efforts rewarded quite a few taste buds this past Sunday!)

A Halloween Costume Party will be held at the VFW Hall on Shad Creek Road on Saturday, October 25, starting at 8 p.m. Donation will be $20 for a single person and $35 per couple. The donation will include food, soda, beer, wine, and dessert. There will be a D.J. and Cash Prizes for Best, Original, and Scariest Costumes. Proceeds will go to the veterans at St. Albans Hospital for cookies, lap blankets, and cash gifts for Christmas.

Christ Presbyterian Church asked me to share the following: "Many thanks to the members of the American Legion for having their wonderful Senior Dinner. A great job was done by one and all. The music brought back a lot of fond memories."

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