2008-11-21 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Commentary By Liz Guarino

Thanksgiving Day is almost here— time to take a moment to be grateful for all the wonderful things in our lives. Of course, those 'wonderful things' are usually other people: parents, children, siblings, aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins, friends and next-door neighbors— folks often around us all the time—often taken for granted or underappreciated by a lot of people, a lot of the time. 'Wonderful things' could also mean good health, cozy homes, good food, warm clothes and precious pets— trappings of our lives to which we sometimes feel almost entitled. It's so easy to assume that everyone has these things and that there is nothing too extraordinary about our having them. But— while we may not know anyone who literally has nothing, we know that there are homeless and hungry people, lost jobs, lost homes and those who desperately need warm clothes and medical care. So, let's all take a little time to appreciate who and what are in our lives. And wherever you go, whatever you do on Thanksgiving— enjoy the holiday tremendously!

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.

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

The American Legion Post 1404 will hold its Annual Pearl Harbor Day Memorial Ceremony on Sunday, December 7 at 1 p.m. at the 17 Road Park. After the ceremony there will be coffee and rolls served at the Post. All are welcome!

The members of the Book Discussion Group decided to try a nonfiction book for their next selection. A History of Iran by Michael Axworthy, a book which covers a span of over 2500 years, is their choice. Discussions are held at the library on a Saturday at 11 a.m.

People who have cable TV might have seen a film clip, "State Lawmakers Take A Tour Of Jamaica Bay Marshlands." The film, on the serious matter of nitrogen dumping in the bay and its effects, was shown throughout the day on the Queens news section on NY1 News on Saturday, November 15. Two of our neighbors, Victor Durchhalter and Dan Mundy, are seen on the film, as well as Anthony Weiner. For those who want to see the film, NY1 assured me that it can be accessed permanently at: http://www.ny1.com/ De fault.aspx? ArID=88999 The film is about the disappearing salt marshes. A boat ride to see the marshes close-up is in the film. The marshes protect water-dwelling life like mussels and juvenile sized fish, as well as provide habitat for birds, according to Eco Watcher Dan Mundy. And, of course, the salt marshes protect Broad Channel from excessive wave action like that caused by storms. According to the film the state Department of Environmental Conservation is working with the city DEP on a plan for Jamaica Bay. The sewage treatment plants are dumping most of the nitrogen in the bay. (The city Department of Environmental Protection controls the sewage treatment plants.) Ironically, the newsman who toured with the other people is named, Robert Moses. (Many folks will recall that a man having the same name as the newscaster, wanted a pleasure park to occupy the portion of the island on which the houses were and are located!) If you prefer to copy and paste, send me an email and I will send you the link electronically. An earlier film clip from NY1 is about the marshes and shows Roger Clark and Dan Mundy. If you missed that and want to see it, I'll send the link. Let me know!

A neighbor sent me a forward that promised an addition to the picture after she sent to others. She wanted to see the addition. Of course, nothing happened. She then sent the following email message: "Every once in a while someone sends me an email, which, if I forward it on, something is supposed to happen. And I never do it. Well, now I have. And of course nothing happened. Except I got to send a nice message to special people." (This neighbor always finds a silver lining in every cloud!)

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