2008-12-05 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

The day after Thanksgiving is a holiday from work for some of our neighbors and some took the opportunity of a long weekend to adorn their houses with lots of different colored lights and other decorations. When the electric light cords are plugged in at night, those houses have such a festive look. The scent and beauty of evergreen wreathes will probably follow as we get closer to Christmas.

The Broad Channel Crafters and the American Legion Auxiliary Post # 1404 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. Ornaments, baked goods, raffles, wreathes, homemade items, homemade candy and more will be available. Kitchen will be open. All proceeds go to the Rockaway Graybeards - Wounded Warriors Fund.

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!

At the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, December 13 from 1 to 3 p.m., watch the presentation of photographer Johann Schumacher; afterward, trek the West Pond Trail with your camera and the photographer. Sign up in advance at 718-318-4340.

At the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, December 14 from 1 to 2:30 p.m., children age 4 and over, with an adult, will create a snowy scene they can take home with them. After, there is a short ranger-led walk on the refuge's trails. Sign up in advance at 718-318-4340.

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. Discussion for this book will be held at the library on Saturday, January 17 at 11 a.m.

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.

Words from Dan McIntyre, BCVFD to ask the community for its help: "As stated in The Wave article of two weeks ago, we are still waiting for an answer from the NYCDOT about filing the final paperwork for their sister agency, the Department of Design and Construction, concerning our building project. It seems that the DOT feels they do not have to answer to anyone. We have enlisted every elected official to intervene on our behalf, up to and including our two senators. Still this agency refuses to discuss whatever problem they have for not filing this required paperwork.

"We at the BCVFD ask that our neighbors start calling our elected officials and ask why?

"If we all stick together and speak with one voice as a community, some- body will start paying attention. You can see that our government will pick apart our little victories—one by one— if we don't speak up. Remember: the MTA after the CBB rebates, DOT placing no parking signs all over the place, ticket agents roaming the streets at night giving tickets for everything imaginable.

"We at the BCVFD did not ask for this federal appropriation, it was placed into legislation by Congressman Weiner and Senator Clinton. We have followed all the rules involved with this appropriation, jumped through all the hoops the State and City have laid out; now that we are at the final step, the City decides to smack us down without even so much as an explanation or a meeting to explain its reasoning.

"Time for some answers, ask the questions, contact info for our elected officials is listed in the front of this publication. Strength in numbers. Elected officials are supposed to work for us, not dictate to us."

The American Red Cross is sponsoring a "Holiday Mail for Heroes" program for 2008. To ensure that your card is forwarded and not returned to you here, there are rules to follow. Send cards to the following address: Holiday Mail for Heroes; PO Box 5456; Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456. Please follow the guidelines listed below in making out holiday cards as part of this program: "Every card received will first be screened for hazardous materials by Pitney Bowes and then reviewed by American Red Cross volunteers working around the country. All cards must be postmarked no later than Wednesday, December 10, 2008. Cards sent after this date will be returned to sender. Participants are encouraged to limit the number of cards they submit to 25 from any one person or 50 from any one class or group. If you are mailing a larger quantity, please bundle the cards and place them in large mailing envelopes. Each card does not need its own envelope or postage. Sign all cards. Use generic salutations such as 'Dear Service Member.' Cards addressed to specific individuals cannot be delivered through this program. Send cards as opposed to long letters which delay a quick review process. Do not include email or home addresses on the cards, as the program is not meant to foster pen pal relationships. Do not include inserts of any kind, including photos, as these items will be removed during the reviewing process. All cards received may be used in program publicity efforts, including appearing in broadcast, print or online mediums. Phone cards or gift cards will not be accepted with the holiday cards." Anyone who wants to print out a card can go to http://www.redcross.org/email/ saf/ on the American Red Cross website.

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Email can be sent to: Lizbcbits@aol.com

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