2008-11-14 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

The wet, windy weather we had last Friday washed and blew all of the leaves off the trees. What a sensation to look out the window and see all those different colored leaves decorating the ground instead of the tree branches! At a time in the past, the leaves were raked into a pile and kids jumped and played in the just-raked pile, scattering leaves in all directions. After the kids finished playing in the leaves, some people burned them—the leaves, that is. The burning leaves gave off a great smell. Of course, burning leaves (or anything else) is a source of air pollution and now is against the law in New York City.

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."

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.

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 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 the topics for the lectures on the remaining 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 p.m.

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 22 in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge from 10 a.m. to noon, join naturalist Don Riepe for a walk around the West Pond and explore the area. Learn about the ecology of Jamaica Bay. See ducks and snow geese; pick up tips on identifying birds and other wildlife. 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 folks are concerned that they will have to get new TV sets in order to keep enjoying their favorite programs because high definition television is coming February 17, 2009. This worry is particularly disturbing to people on fixed incomes. High definition will arrive by law in February of next year. There have been articles written about government vouchers to help people buy converter boxes. No one needs to get a new TV set, especially if she or he doesn't want or need or isn't able to afford it. People who have satellite or cable TV do not have to change anything— the dish or cable company will make sure they can continue watching their programming. However, people whose TV sets are hooked up to outside antennas or indoor rabbit ears will have to get a converter box to keep watching their favorite shows. There is one $40 voucher available per person, if qualified, to help with the purchase of these converters, which can be bought at any electronics store. For more information on the $40 vouchers to buy converters for TVs with antennas, call 1-888-388-2009 or visit: www. dtv2009.gov

There is an amount of financial distress in the economy at present and experts say that scammers often use known events to rob people of their money. And, with the holidays approaching there is more of this activity as well. Not surprisingly, most of the attempted fraud is on the computer, with email as the start of it. A lot of PC users delete email whose addresses they don't recognize. A favorite scammer method is to refer to your account; one making the rounds now mentions unusual activity to access your account from multiple computers. It sounds scary, which is why it's used. Legitimate businesses do not contact their customers about their accounts via email. They call or use the U.S. Postal Service. When you do hear from them, they have all the information they need, so they don't need to ask for any. You work hard for your money; don't let anyone take it away from you.

If you have news that belongs in this column, please get the item(s) to me by 9 a.m. Tuesday 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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