2009-01-02 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

Happy New Year everyone! Did you leaf through last week's Wave looking for Bits, not find it and leaf back through—glancing at the index, and realize the column was—gasp—missing? If you did, you weren't alone. A lot of folks had similar experiences. So, needless to say—that old bugaboo—the production error—sneaked up on us in the year's last issue of The Wave and omitted Bits last week!

If you had a real tree and want to drop it off at a MulchFest location, remove all decorations including tinsel and bring it to Rockaway Beach at Shore Front Parkway and Beach 94 Street on Saturday, January 10 and Sunday, January 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (drop off only) and the DOS will chip it and make compost or mulch out of it for public green spaces and for giving away to private persons (no companies at these giveaways) at future dates and locations. Curbside pickup is available, too. DOS will collect clean Christmas trees left at the curb for composting from Monday, January 5 through Friday, January 16. If decorations are on these trees, they will not be composted, but discarded as trash. The Department of Sanitation collects about 2,500 tons of Christmas trees every January.

At the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, January 11 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., take a family winter walk into the South Garden and the West Pond Trail. Observe, listen, note what's around you on this stroll. Dress suitably for the day's weather. 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.

People living next to the coast need to know that there is an evacuation plan for this area and what it consists of. Experts feel it is only a matter of time until a hurricane hits here and the storm surge will flood coastal areas. Residents need to know where to go and how to get there and what happens next. Office of Emergency Management [OEM] is the agency which handles evacuation plans. Call 311 or visit the OEM website for details.

Older residents and those who take part in Historical Day have probably heard of the Honor Roll from WWII—a sign listing names of persons who served in that war. Well, the Honor Roll is on the website of the Broad Channel Historical Society. Those who live in other areas and whose names are on the original and replicas may appreciate having this information. The address is: www.BroadChannelHistoricalSociety.org Scroll down to the link for the Honor Roll. There is an alphabetical listing of the names listed on it. The names of those killed in Korea and Viet Nam were added. By the way, if you want to look at the December issue of the newsletter, it is also posted on this site.

Was Santa generous with your family last week? If so, that new stuff probably could use the room clearing out the old stuff would provide. NYC Stuff Exchange helps NYC residents find places where they can donate different types of gently used goods. Created by New York City Department of Sanitation, it encourages the reuse of used materials instead of putting them into the trash. Old stuff that was replaced or bettered by gifts can go to Salvation Army Thrift Store which, at 3.5 miles is the closest thrift store to the Channel that will accept donations. Clothing, CDs, books, sporting goods, toys and games—all items that are not wanted by their owners anymore, but still have life left in them that someone else can enjoy, can be donated. The thrift store is located at 148-15 Archer Ave., Jamaica, NY 11435 and the telephone is 718- 523-4648. Catholic Charities is 4 miles away at 8956 162 Street, Jamaica, NY 11432. It accepts books, clothing, collectibles and furniture; phone number is 718-217-1238. It is true that there are bins at various locations in Rockaway, which are located closer for donors. However, at least some, if not most of those bins, are said to be owned by private companies not affiliated with the organization names printed on them. I was told that clothing placed in them is sold and the profits go to the private owner, which seems to run counter to the idea of donation.

As they are every year, the vollies were busy Christmas Eve, bringing Santa Claus to the doors of some of the Channel's children on a big red sirenequipped wheeled vehicle. Some older kids saw him stuffing presents in his bag outside a neighbor's house. Those kids aren't so grown they forgot how excited younger kids get over the appearance of Santa Claus. Overall, the older kids got a huge kick out of their brief glimpse of the red and white garbed figure of Santa on Christmas Eve.

Speaking of the vollies, there was an article in the New York Times this past Sunday in the section called The City on page 6 called: "The Little Engines That Couldn't." It chronicles the work toward a new firehouse and why Broad Channel is not going to get a new building on Cross Bay Boulevard. The article should be available online. I will make print copies available for others who do not have access.

If you have material that you wish to appear in the column on a Friday, please get the item(s) to me by 9:30 a.m. on the Tuesday before the issue comes out.

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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