2008-10-31 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

Boo! Halloween is here and ghosts, witches, skeletons, goblins and other costumed figures are moving through the streets, going from door to door today. Plastic pumpkins and bags to be filled with candy and other good things dangle from each small hand. Trick or treating still looks like a lot of fun for kids today as it was in the past. Are you one of the adults who dress up to entertain everyone who knocks on your door?

Agent Sabric from the FBI is coming to P.S. 47 on Wednesday, November 5 at 6:30 p.m. School address is 9 Power Road, Broad Channel. The agent has a lot of information on Internet Safety, a subject that is very important today. Anybody with children should know as much as possible about this subject.

Christ Presbyterian Church will have Game Night in the church hall on Church Road on Thursday, November 6. Doors open at 6 p.m. Early Bird is at 6:30 p.m. Games start at 7 p.m. Coffee and cake will be served. Donation is $5.

The BCAC CYO Girls Swim Team is still accepting registration for this year's swim team. Anyone interested should contact Nancy (718) 945-1329 or Barbara (718) 474-0139.

On Sunday, November 2 in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., help clear bittersweet vines from the park. Make a wreath from the vines and hang it on your door or inside your house. Sign up in advance at 718 318-4340.

On Sunday, November 9 in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge from 10 a.m. to noon, familiarize yourself with waterfowl that make the refuge home for fall and winter, then go and find them. Orientation takes place indoors, then for a guided walk on the West Pond Trail. Bring binoculars. Sign up in advance at 718 318-4340.

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.

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.

An American Legion Auxiliary Brunch will be held on Sunday, November 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sweepstakes will be drawn. All proceeds benefit the Children's Christmas Party.

The Herbert Johnson Lecture Series began this past Wednesday at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. All presentations/ talks will relate to the topic of Jamaica Bay in print. Call them at 718 318-4340 to sign up and get details on topics for each lecture on three remaining consecutive Wednesdays.

Christ Presbyterian Church will hold its Annual Craft Fair on Saturday, November 22; doors will open at 10 a.m. Crafts, Christmas gifts and Ornaments will be available for purchase; Lunch will also be sold. Photos with Santa will be taken from 1 p.m. to 2:30.

Christ Presbyterian Church offers "Many thanks to Rob from All American Deli for his generous donation toward our Brunch and a big 'thank you' to Diane, the winner of the 50/50 for her generous donation to the church."

The Broad Channel Crafters and the American Legion Auxiliary will host the 20th Annual Craft Fair on Friday, December 5 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturday, December 6 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the American Legion Hall in Broad Channel. Lots of home made items, baked goods, homemade candy, etc. will be available. Kitchen will be open.

Last Monday found the authors of Broad Channel at PS 47 where they were invited to give a presentation on the community's history to the older students at the school. It was a pleasant time with grade 6, 7 and 8 students. The authors talked about the importance of history to people, who are and will be an important part of that history. The authors asked questions during the presentation and saw a number of hands raised each time an answer was needed. Some of the students had questions for the authors. The presentation included a slideshow of some of the vintage photographs from the book with an explanation of life early in Broad Channel's history. The authors were very pleased to be invited to share information from their book with the students who are—of course—the future and will make the history of their time.

P.S. 47 is involved in the General Mills box tops for education program, which has a website located at: www. boxtopsforeducation.com Each of the designated box tops is worth 10 cents to the school! There is a big jar on the hall desk in the main lobby of P.S. 47 to collect them.

Products on which you can find these special boxtops number in the hundreds and include: General Mills cereals and snack-type products, Bisquick; Bugles; Lloyd's bowl meals; Totinos Pizza Rolls; tube refrigerated dough products like Grands; Hamburger Helper; Green Giant; Old El Paso products; Betty Crocker baking products; Gold Medal flour; Yoplait; Nature Valley; Huggies; Cottonelle; Goodnites; Ziploc; Scott; Kotex; Poise; Depends and Hefty— to name a few! A complete list is available at the above site. People who are online may wish to print out the list for giving to family, friends and neighbors. On the site are other ways to give to the school.

In a future column, I will take a look at the Labels for Education Program; the labels are used by some of the parochial schools on the Rockaway peninsula.

If you have news that belongs in this column, please get the item(s) to me by Tuesday by 9 a.m. of the week in which the item is to appear. Please sign your email or note; 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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