2008-11-07 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

There have been a lot of changes in a fairly small amount of time. Here we are in November already. October and Halloween are just memories for everyone. We are moving toward Thanksgiving Day and Christmas shopping, too. Windy, cloudy and cool days with a sun that no longer feels warm are not unusual on our trip towards the end of the year. And the end of Daylight Savings Time shifted work's quitting time to darkness—which is less than thrilling to some people.

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.

P.S. 47 will hold its Annual Book Fair on Thursday, November 20 from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the multi-purpose room. "Bring a friend; everyone is welcome."

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 two 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.

The Broad Channel Pre-K will be hosting a bus trip to the Tanger Outlet Mall in Riverhead, NY on Saturday, November 22. The cost will be $35 per person and includes breakfast, coupon book and wine on the ride home. Please reserve your seats early, call Sabrina Gross 718- 634-4632 or Lisa Sacco 718-634-1861. "Get a head start on your Christmas shopping."

On Saturday, November 15 in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., note the return of the refuge's many winter residents. Naturalist Ron Bourke will be on hand. Bring binoculars. Sign up in advance at 718-318-4340.

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 homemade items, baked goods, homemade candy, etc. will be available. Kitchen will be open.

Some of the Rockaway peninsula's parochial schools use Campbell's Labels for Education. It is a program that helps schools obtain free educational merchandise in exchange for proofs of purchase collected from eligible Campbell's brands. You can help by saving and forwarding proofs of purchase to your local school. Schools will redeem them for FREE merchandise such as computers, software, physical education equipment, musical instruments, library books or even a minivan.

"Products eligible for redemption through the Labels for Education program include Campbell's® soups, SpaghettiOs® pasta, Pepperidge Farm® products (including Goldfish® crackers), Swanson® broths, V-8® beverages and Prego® pasta sauce, 26 varieties of Campbell's® soups, all Campbell's® microwaveable soups, all V8 Splash® beverages, Pepperidge Farm® Goldfish® Crackers and Campbell's® Supper Bakes® Meal Kits are worth 5 points each. Even if you don't have a child who is schoolage, schools appreciate any help you can give them in their collection efforts for free educational supplies and equipment. Collect proofs of purchase from Campbell's products you use throughout the year and drop them off at your local school or with a neighborhood child who does attend it. Collection sheets are available for attaching UPC codes; sheets can be emailed or downloaded, printed out and given to anyone who wants them. If you want a collection sheet, get word to me and I will get one to you.

Gasoline prices have been steadily coming down, and, at present, it costs less than $3 a gallon. While gas prices may be pleasing at the moment, the costs for other items have been creeping up slowly and steadily, while others have skyrocketed. Are you thinking of the price increases on postage stamps? On parking tickets? On food or clothing? Well, the item that skyrocketed over the summer— compliments of the New York State legislature— is the fine for left-on-the-sidewalk dog poop! That is, if someone's puppy escapes its enclosure and poops on the pavement and an agent sees the pooch poop, that agent can follow the pooch home and give its owner a $250 fine!

A few words in celebration of individuals in an underappreciated profession: "Teachers are like gardeners - planting the seeds of discovery, cultivating curiosity, and nurturing the joy of learning!"

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: Liz bcbits@aol.com

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