2008-12-19 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

For many days of the past month or so, the sky has looked like it wanted to snow. Well, last Tuesday it made a show. But, almost none of it was around next morning, thanks to the rain. Many people love a white blanket of snow covering everything, but it's only beautiful before anyone—or anything— walks on it or drives through it. Then it starts to look messy and a lot of folks wish it would just melt—quickly! Anyway, Happy Hanukkah (begins December 22 this year) to those who celebrate it. Merry Christmas to all looking forward to December 25. And a happy, healthy New Year to all!

A Christmas Penance Service will be held in St. Virgilius Church on Tuesday, December 23 at 7:30 p.m. The Christmas Mass schedule is as follows: Christmas Eve: Christmas Children's Pageant followed by Mass at 5 p.m. Christmas Day Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. All are invited to attend. If attendees wish to use it, the access ramp is located on the west side of the Church (side closer to the Boulevard).

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, contact Sabrina 1-718-634-4632 or Lisa 1-718- 634-1861.

At the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, December 21 from 10 a.m. to noon, look for ducks, hawks, owls and other winter birds with naturalist Don Riepe, while walking around the ponds and in the uplands in a NYC Audubon winter solstice birdwalk. Bring binoculars; 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.

At the civic association meeting in early December, a lot of information was presented. At the moment the toll story is most prominent. It has appeared in many weekly newspapers in addition to The Wave. Different plans were conceived and implemented as the communities of Broad Channel and the Rockaways come together over this proposed change. Many people were at MTA headquarters last Wednesday morning to speak their feelings about a toll reinstatement. By the time you read this, however, the fate of the toll rebate may have been decided, with everyone knowing the final word on this.

The idea of a new firehouse has received inaction from DOT and a decision on that matter hangs in the balance. Maybe that will be resolved without too much of a hassle, but it seems that Broad Channel has to fight tooth and nail for everything it needs or wants. It's a good thing that many residents are up for the challenge. Is it true that things worth having do not come easily? It must be so, because residents still have a battle on their hands every time they go for something. And let's face it—after a century of use from the old building, it's not unreasonable to need or want a new building. In between the decades-long struggle to buy the land under the houses here, there was BC's organized effort in getting a polling site on the island. Everyone knows how that ended, but even the action to get a polling site had to be planned and executed! Such are the plans and approaches that go on at the civic association meeting, depending— of course—on what's going on around us!

The 100 Precinct Community Council meeting will be held here on February 25. It will be great if the meeting is well-attended. 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 for those who are online: 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, Washington Monument, lots of red, white and blue 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, select 'other' and you will be given a blank for that also) and 'sign' your name. Xerox will print and send the cards you pick!

People who are not online can access this site 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.

Long ago (1217-1274), Saint Bonaventure said, "Come, let us give a little time to folly … and even on a melancholy day let us find time for an hour of pleasure."

A short deadline is in effect for the two weeks containing Christmas and New Year's Eve. If you have material that you need to appear during either of those weeks, please get the item(s) to me over the weekend. This will allow all items to get into the column and meet deadline.

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