2009-11-20 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Commentary By Liz Guarino

At the recent American Legion Legislative Breakfast held at the 1404 Hall, members of the Ladies Auxiliary — Dolores Traigler, Ellen Cuomo, Janet O'Hare, Margaret Hayes, Emma Napolitano, Carol Corbett and Nora Albert — show Mayor Mike Bloomberg the kitchen as they take a break from cooking and serving breakfast to about 130 Legionnaires. At the recent American Legion Legislative Breakfast held at the 1404 Hall, members of the Ladies Auxiliary — Dolores Traigler, Ellen Cuomo, Janet O'Hare, Margaret Hayes, Emma Napolitano, Carol Corbett and Nora Albert — show Mayor Mike Bloomberg the kitchen as they take a break from cooking and serving breakfast to about 130 Legionnaires. Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone!

Christ Presbyterian Church will hold its Annual Craft Fair on Saturday, Nov ember 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Crafts, Christmas gifts and ornaments will be available for purchase as will lunch. Pictures with Santa will be taken from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Walk on the West Pond Trail with naturalist Don Riepe to take part in the NYC Audubon Winter Waterfowl Workshop at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Ref - uge on Sunday, November 22 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. After indoor slide show, head out to find snow geese and winter arrival of many different duck species. Bring binoculars and sign up in ad - vance at 718-318-4340.

The VFW Ladies Auxiliary said that anyone wishing to donate anything to the Veterans Dinner should call 347- 751-5872; they will make arrangements for pick-up. The Post will appreciate any donation. The 21st Annual Craft and Christmas Gift Sale on Fri - day, December 4 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturday, December 5 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. is presented by the Broad Channel Crafters and the American Legion Auxiliary. Craft Sale will be held in the American Legion Hall at 209 Cross Bay Boulevard in Broad Chan nel.

Ornaments, baked goods, raffles, jewelry and more will be available. All proceeds benefit the Rockaway Gray - beards Wounded Warrior Fund.

Have Sunday Brunch at Christ Pres - byterian Church on December 13 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Your choice of scram bled eggs or pancakes and sausage or bacon. Hash brown potatoes will be served with both. Juice, coffee, tea and cake will be served. Donation is $7. Tickets for 50/50 drawing to be pull - ed at brunch are $10. Call Al at 718- 474-0534; Barbara at 718-318-2281; Joyce at 718-474-7769; Tony at 718- 945-2334 or Janet at 718-318-6454.

Some words from the ladies at Post 260 of the VFW: "The Penny Social was a hit! We raised great money for the children, and we raised enough to cover the gifts for the veterans at St. Albans for Christmas. On November 22 from noon to 5 p.m., we are having the Vet - erans of St. Albans over at the VFW Post for a Thanksgiving Dinner. There will be over 60 of our veterans enjoying a wonderful dinner which will be served by all volunteers."

A very nice "Thank You" letter from BCVFD for fund drive contributions received was in the mailbox and says a big thank you to all of the neighbors who contributed. The letter also re - minds people — who, with the busy lives — sometimes forget to contribute or think they did — but are remembering last year's contribution! Anyway, if there are any errors on the contributors list, neighbors are urged to call the firehouse or email Dan McIntyre direct ly to have them corrected.

Around the holidays every year, people get a lot more food safety conscious. Answering questions like "Can You Safely Drink Milk After the Sell-By Date?" and "Is it OK to Thaw Meat on the Counter?" and many, many others is the website http://stilltasty.com/ An interesting website and worth a look, it bills itself as: "Your Ultimate Shelf Life Guide." It answers any questions you might have about food safety and lots of questions that are just plain thought-provoking, such as: "Does Vin - egar Ever Go Bad?" (The information on the site comes from U.S. government food safety agencies like CDC, FDA and USDA.)

'Tis the Season! Every year around the holidays, email asking for money or promising large sums of it to people who will do some task or allow something to help someone in a plight pop up in many of our neighbor's inboxes. Some of these claim affiliation with legitimate entities like the IRS or the Catholic Church or Bank of New York. Ignore these emails, just delete them. The only folks these emails help are the person(s) who sent them to try to trick people out of their hard earned money. Remember what the experts say: "If it sounds too good to be true, it is!"

Please send material to be published in the column by Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. of the week before it is to appear. Thank you.

Email can be sent to: Lizbcbits@aol.com

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