2009-10-30 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

This weekend is Halloween. Lots of costumed figures will be going trick or treat—they all look so great in their costumes. It's wonderful when Halloween falls on the weekend— more time to be in a terrific costume, more time to ring neighbors' bells and get lots of candy, and more time to eat it because there is no school that day. Wishing everyone a safe, fun and happy Halloween!

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 required. Call 718-318-4340.

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 va tions are required. Call for topics/ reservations at 718-318-4340.

The "Haunted Firehouse" will be held on Halloween Weekend, at the firehouse. Times for the show will be announced.

Come to a Penny Social at the VFW Hall on Saturday, November. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., calling begins at 7. Prizes include original Coach purses, an outdoor fire pit, 25 gift baskets, and more. Refresh ments will be available. Admission is $5. Proceeds go to the Children of Veterans Christmas Party. Call in advance to reserve a table: 347-751-5872. Any - one wishing to donate to the Penny Social can call the above number to get their donation picked up.

The photography of Roger Car reau, who graduated from St. Vir gilius Sch ool, will be on exhibit at the West End Temple at Newport Avenue and Beach 147 Street on Saturday, Nov - ember 14 and Sunday, November 15. Call 718-634-0301 for times.

Christ Presbyterian Church will hold its Annual Craft Fair on Sat - urday, November 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Crafts, Christmas gifts and ornaments will be available for purchase as will lunch. Pictures with San ta will be taken from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

And this from the VFW, Ladies Auxiliary: "The Halloween Party at the VFW went well. Money was raised so the veterans from St. Al - bans, about 65 men and women, are going to have a wonderful dinner on Sunday, November 22 at the post. Thank you." Anyone wishing to donate anything to the Veterans Dinner call 347-751-5872; they will make arrangements for pick-up.

BCVFD's Junior Department is sanctioned by the Boy Scouts of Amer ica Explorer 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 interested 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!

Early this past Saturday morning, Mayor Michael Bloomberg was in the Broad Channel community. It was a planned visit. Bloomberg was invited to speak at the annual breakfast meeting of the American Legion. After he was finished speaking, he left the Legion hall. The cameras that were filming him left shortly after that. About 15 minutes later, Congressman Anthony Weiner arrived to address the crowd. He spoke on Afghanistan (which he visited), how it's different from Iraq, and the potential purpose(s) of the Amer - ican military presence in that country. The former military people of the audience had many queries during the question and answer period that followed his speech.

Last Sunday at Christ Presbyterian Church the church hall was filled with lots of great-looking costumed figures having a good time at the Halloween event there. Spotted were devils, fairies (complete with wings), pirates, vampires, witches, Minnie Mouse, a policeman, a cowboy and many others that are a bit harder to characterize. A storyteller, Nicole, told a couple of tales; during one of them—the lights were turned off to match the story. There were lots of games to play, created by clever folks from the church. There was a good amount of enjoyable eating, too. Food included hotdogs and a drink. Goodies were popcorn, caramel apples studded with nuts, candies and decorated cupcakes. The children had a very good time playing the many games. Some of the parents were in costume, too. One Mom was dressed like Raggedy and one Dad wore a 'fur' trimmed shiny costume; the storyteller wore devil's trappings. Everybody look ed great and had a lot of fun.

AAA offers tips for safe trick or treating: go during the daylight; at night bring an older person; carry flashlights; wear light colored costumes or use re - flective tape on costumes; wear makeup instead of masks; cross the streets at corners; don't walk in the streets. It's good to see AAA weigh in on pedestrian matters as well as motorist ones.

A note of appreciation goes to the Moms and Dads who supported Hall - oween Day from Christ Presbyterian Church.

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Email can be sent to: Lizbcbits@aol. com.

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