Broad Channel Bits
'Tis the season of parties, shopping, baking and cleaning! Some folks are wonderfully on target with all of their preparations for the holidays, while others always run behind, never really finish anything and seem to be working on some preparation when their company walks in the door. Then there is the majority who - with a lot of effort - manage to have everything bought and wrapped; clean most of their houses with a closed door or two; substitute bakery items for homebaked pies, cakes and cookies on the windowsill, and a mostly fromscratch dinner ready when their guests are ready to eat. Which category do you belong in? Which would you like to be in?
The Broad Channel Pre-K is selling the world's finest chocolate; they have a surplus. if anyone is interested in purchasing a box of it for $50, he or she can contact Sabrina 1-718- 634-4632 or Lisa 1-718-634-1861.
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 rangerled walk on the refuge's trails. Sign up in advance at 718-318-4340.
Children's Story Time has its final meeting for this year on Thursday, December 18 at 11 a.m. Children ages 2 to 5 years old are invited to bring Mommy, Daddy, Grandma or another adult to listen to stories at the Library.
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.
Attendance at the civic association meeting has certainly picked up. Last Thursday night, there were about a few dozen people; it was nice to see more than one person seated at each table. At the meeting, Barbara Toborg - community activist, journalist, ecologist, historian and chair of the B.C. Historical Society - received an award for all she has done on behalf of our community - an 'all' which is considerable. A photo of Barbara, holding her award, can be found elsewhere in this issue of The Wave.
Being at the meeting reminded me that the best place for problems of any type that occur in the community is the civic association meeting where the minds of all the attendees can offer suggestions to solve any problem. For instance, it was inspiring to listen to our neighbors' concerns about the possibility of a toll reinstatement and the different plans that have been conceived as the community comes together over this proposed change. Many people will be at MTA headquarters Wednesday morning to speak their feelings about a toll reinstatement; others are writing letters to elected officials about continuing the rebate; while other people are signing an online petition about it. (I hope someone printed the petition and sent copies to the meeting and elected officials.) A new firehouse is needed, but as you probably know, final efforts towards it are now being hamstrung for a reason that is - as yet - unknown to the BCVFD or the community. Of course, these are large matters, but smaller matters can be brought to the civic meeting and given a public forum and the attention they deserve.
The president of the 100 Precinct Community Council, Danny Ruscillo, was at the civic meeting. In February, the PCC will be held in the Channel as the November meeting was held in Arverne - meetings will be held in different areas of the 100th Precinct a few times a year. It will be a splendid opportunity to attend the PCC meeting on February 25 locally and bring quality of life issues up in that forum. More on the civic association meeting in a future column.
Two of our neighbors sent information on Xerox's site to send thank you postcards to members of the military. Here is the link: http:// www.letssaythanks.com/. It is easy and it is free. You can select the picture and the greeting on your card, but you can't pick the person who will receive it. There are many - 34 - great postcard fronts to choose from and all designs are the work of very artistically talented 'tweens and teens - the flag, eagles, Statue of Liberty and many other symbols of America are available. With a few clicks of the mouse, order a postcard front, select a greeting (if you prefer to compose your own message, there is a blank for that also) and 'sign' your name. Xerox will print and send the cards you pick!
On the site, you can read messages from the troops about this program. You can also see messages to the troops from Wayne Newton, Phyllis Diller, Whoopi Goldberg and many others as well as self-composed messages that are touching. People who are not online can access all of this on the computers in the Library. It takes only a few minutes to send a card - a short period of time - you should not get timed out by the computers there.
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