2008-10-17 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Commentary By Liz Guarino

Halloween seems to be the most important day in October! For one thing, Americans spend a lot of money for Halloween—costumes for evergrowing kids, candy and decorations can rack up a good total for a lot of folks. But, it is such a fun day—with ghosts, witches, vampires, skeletons, fairy princesses and little pumpkinclad babies trick or treating and/or enjoying a party—definitely the highlight of the actual day. Before Halloween gets here, however, there are good opportunities for enjoyment— whether it's for Brunch or dressing up for a party. Whatever you do to celebrate this fun time—enjoy!

Family Portrait Night at P.S. 47 will be held on Friday, October 17 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Everyone is Welcome. Sitting fee is $10; portraits can be chosen online and ordered directly. Call Gerri Trudden to make an appointment at 718-474-3138 or Mikegerri 1125 @aol.com.

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. Payment in full guarantees a seat. All proceeds benefit St. Virgilius religious education program.

The BCAC CYO Girls Swim team will be holding registration on Saturday, October 18 and Saturday, October 25 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the BCAC field. For any questions, call Nancy 718-945-1329 or Barbara 718-474-0139.

A Sunday Brunch will be held at Christ Presbyterian Church Hall on October 19 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. There is a choice of scrambled eggs or pancakes with sausage or bacon; hash brown potatoes will be served with both choices. Coffee, tea, juice and cake will be served also. 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.

On Sunday, October 19 in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. children age 4 and older and accompanied by a parent, will create a piece of autumn and then go on a ranger-led, brief nature walk. Sign up in advance at 718-318-4340.

At the library Halloween Crafts can be made by children ages 5 to 10 on Saturday, October 25 at 3 p.m. Crafts are given out on a first come, first served basis.

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. Tables are going quickly; call 646-344- 2640 to reserve your seat.

On Sunday, October 26 in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge from 10 a.m. to noon, explore the refuge with a park ranger and look for birds that are passing through and those that are staying. Bring binoculars. Sign up in advance at 718-318-4340.

The Broad Channel Pre-K Children's Halloween Party will be on Sunday, October 26 from 2 p.m. to 5 at Christ Presbyterian Church. Party is for children, ages 3 to 8; cost of $5 per child includes crafts, games, contests, cupcakes and goody bags. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All proceeds to benefit the Broad Channel Pre- K.

St. Virgilius Golden Age will be going on a bus trip to the Trump Casino in Atlantic City on Tuesday, October 28. The bus will leave from Crossbay Boulevard and Noel Road at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $35 per person with cash return of 25 and $5 for food. On the way down, bingo will be played; on the way back, a movie will be shown. Call Dolores at 718-634-9472 or Margaret at 718-945-4967.

On Saturday, November 15 the VFW will be holding its Annual Penny Social which starts at 7 p.m.; doors open at 6. Free admission and tons of prizes, including Raffles, Coach Bags, and Baskets. "Come and join the fun." If you wish to reserve a table, call Josette at 646-344-2640.

The next Adult Book Discussion at the library will be on Saturday, November 15 at 11 a.m.; under discussion will be March by Geraldine Brooks.

Email comes to me from near and far mostly in response to items that are mentioned in this column—mostly it comes from B.C. residents, but also from other countries like Turkey, a U.S. territory like the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and states far away, like Colorado and nearby like New Jersey. A few days ago I got an email from a former B.C. resident named Jack Goetke. He said he "could even pick out my name on the WW II Honor Roll" in the book, Broad Channel.

A politician, Harold Washington [1922-1987] had this to say: "Most of our problems can be solved. Some of them will take brains and some of them will take patience, but all of them will have to be wrestled with like an alligator in the swamp."

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