2009-10-23 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

coldest temperatures are bearable." So says one of our neighbors. Early days in this past week were sunshine filled, but it definitely wasn't cold! "Sun, sun, sun" - some house plants were seen to unfurl their leaves and enjoy basking in it. And the green tomatoes on some windowsills used the golden rays to help themselves toward some ripening. All in all, it was good to see and feel the sun, especially after the overcast skies of the previous week.

The VFW in Broad Channel will hold their annual Halloween Cos - tume Party on Saturday, Oct ober 24 from 8 p.m. to midnight. There will be a DJ, food, bottled beer and cash prizes for the best costumes. Dona - tion of $20 per person or $35 per couple. Proceeds will go to the St. Al - bans Hospital Veterans Thanks - giving Dinner. Call in advance to reserve a table at 347-751-5872.

Are you 12 or under? Join the fun! Put on your costume and come to Christ Presbyterian Church for Halloween Children's Day on Sun - day, October 25 at noon. Admission is $5, which includes lunch. Prizes (1st, 2nd and 3rd) for best costumes will be given. There will be many 25 cent games to play — win the game and win a prize. Bring an adult and let them join in the fun — they can wear costumes too! Lunch will be available for purchase. Many goodies will be available for purchase.

Come out and have some fun. Walk in Broad Channel's Annual Halloween Parade which takes place on Saturday, October 31 at noon. Lineup is at the 17th Road Park.

Take a walk on the West Pond Trail in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge during the Full Beaver Moon Walk on Sunday, November 1 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Reservations are re - quired. Call 718-318-4340.

On Sunday, October 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. help clear the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge of aggressive vines and make a wreath of them for decoration. Reservations are re - quired.

The Herbert Johnson Lecture Series will take place in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge visitors center on Wednesdays, November 4, 11 and 18 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Reser v - ations are required. Call for topics/ reservations at 718-318-4340.

Hear "Amusing but not so scary Stories for Halloween" at the Broad Channel Library on Tuesday, Oct - ober 27 at 4 p.m. With Tee Jay and the Storyteller. For ages 5 and up.

Knitting for Beginners for age 12 and over has been placed at Pen - insula library. Participants will knit a hat and scarf. The remaining meetings are October 24; November 7 and 21; and December 5 and 19. All sessions are from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Teenagers may enjoy hearing that there were two teens at the first workshop.)

The "Haunted Firehouse" will be held on Halloween Weekend, at the firehouse. Times for the show will be an - nounced. The "Haunted Firehouse" was a very popular event a few years ago and the kids are excited to revive it. The Junior Department is producing this year's show and will also help with set construction, decorations, and performances.

BCVFD's Junior Department is sanctioned by the Boy Scouts of America Ex plorer program. It is open to boys and girls 12 and older. Openings also exist for much needed Senior Advisors. Advisors meet with the Juniors and supervise their activities while in BCVFD quarters, usually one afternoon or early evening a week. No experience is required; responsible adults who are not currently active BCVFD members with time to spare to guide the young people are preferred. Those intersted in joining as members or advisors please contact Dan McIntyre at 347-678-5757 or call the firehouse at 718-474-6888 any evening. Volunteers are always welcome and needed.

"Broad Channel supports our Troops" T-shirts are still available at $20 each. They are available at Whartons Pharmacy or email vohare@nyc.rr.com.

Makes a great gift!

An email about telemarketers and cell phone numbers going public is making the rounds of the Internet and creating some anxiety in cell users who fear they will be called on their cells by telemarketers. Snopes.com offers the following to cell users: The FCC prohibits telemarketing calls that use automatic dialers to cell phones (al - most all telemarketers use auto dialers). Plans to compile a directory of cell numbers for the use of 411 exist, but it is a very long way from realization — and plans called for voluntary opt in, otherwise the numbers will be left out. Telemarketers don't call information and this phone book will not be sold to them. Cell users can register their numbers with the do not call registry if they want, but must call them from the phone to be registered at 1- 888-382-1222. Registration is free.

"Wi-fi" is available in the library. What is it? Wi-fi is wireless access to the Internet. People who own laptop computers can bring them to the libra - ry and enjoy wireless Internet without hooking up to anything. There are a few requirements though. First, you need a laptop or notebook computer. Next, you need a library card and a Personal Identification Number or PIN, both of which can be gotten at our library easily. Your computer needs to be equipped with a wireless interface — call library for specs on this. Make sure battery is fully charged because the library electric cannot be used for this. Lastly, if you want to listen to music or other audible programs, bring headphones. Have a good time surfing the 'net!

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