2009-12-11 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Commentary By Liz Guarino

It was a gradual change, but tempe - ratures are low enough that the wea - ther can be called cold. In addition to winter jackets, a lot of hats are seen these days. Before this month is gone, gloves, mittens and scarves will ap p - ear on people - pressed into service to provide necessary warmth. Still, with the sun out and few clouds in the sky, it sure doesn't seem like we are only a couple of weeks away from Christmas. And, of course, we are facing the end of 2009. Too soon, it will be time to write a brand new year on everything.

Enjoy Sunday Brunch at Christ Pre - s byterian Church on December 13 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Your choice of scrambled eggs or pancakes and sausage or bacon; hash brown potatoes will be served with both choices. Juice, coffee, tea and cake will be served. Donation is $7. Tickets for 50/50 drawing to be pulled 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. Children ages 4 to 8 and an ac - companying adult are invited to Ja - maica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, December 13 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. to learn about "Winter Animal Homes." Indoors they will listen to a story, make decorations that benefit wildlife, then take a brief walk outdoors in the refuge. Make reservations at 718-318- 4340. On Thursday, December 24 at 4 p.m. there will be a vigil mass at St. Virgilius Church and a Christmas pageant in which students are invited to participate. Those interested in being part of the pageant are asked to meet Barbara Ahlemeyer in the church after the 10 a.m. mass on Sunday, Decem - ber 6. BCVFD's Junior Department is sanctioned by the Boy Scouts of Ame r - ica Explorer program. It is open to boys and girls 12 and older. Ope nings also exist for much needed Se nior Advisors. Advisors meet with the Ju n - iors and supervise their activities while in BCVFD quarters, usually one afternoon or early evening a week. No experience is required; responsible ad - ults 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 eve - ning. Volunteers are always welcome and needed. Barbara Toborg, chair - person of the Broad Channel His - torical Society, wishes to remind everyone that they can get the 2010 Broad Channel Historical Calendar in Whar - tons, which also carries the book "Images of America: Broad Channel." They make great stocking stuffers/ - gifts. Barbara still is seeking a photo of the 1939 graduating class of St. Virgilius School. If you have access to this photo, e-mail Barbara at tobytoborg@ aol.com or call 718-474-1127.

If you're 16 or younger and owe fines for having overdue materials, give your self the gift of a cleared account! As part of an ongoing campaign to encourage young people to use the library's resources, the Library offers library patrons 16 years old or younger an opportunity to read and pay off library fines on their cards. All the young people have to do is go to the library and read for at least ½ hour to get Library Bucks worth $1 toward existing fines. If they read for an hour, they earn Bucks worth $2 off their fines. There are rules to this offer, so check it out with the librarian.

The next meeting of the RAA Writers Group will be held in T 6 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, December 13. All types of writers are welcome. Bring a sample of your work to read or have read, if you wish. The RAA Writers Group is desirous of reaching out to budding or longing to be writers in the local high schools. At present, methods to accomplish this are being sought. Any high school principal or English teacher with ideas about how this could be accomplished is asked to get in touch via email to me or with subject line: "writers group high school outreach" to RAA at www.rockaway - artist salliance.org The 100 Precinct Community Coun cil said that a Food Drive will be held later this month. Broad Channel residents who wish to contribute are asked to bring non-perishable foods to the meeting on December 16 at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 333 Beach 90 Street, beginning at 7:30 p.m. All food collected will be delivered to Jewish Community Council of the Rockaway Peninsula on December 17. The Prec - inct Community Council offers NYPD crime prevention safety tips to protect people from being victimized while shopping and otherwise. Here are some of the things they recommend: Don't walk along talking on your cell phone. Someone could easily grab it and run away. Always be aware of your surroundings at all times. Don't leave valuable items, such as a GPS or other electronic gear, in sight in your car. When shopping, bring only the credit card and/or cash you will need for your purchases. Divide the cash among your pockets, purse and wallet.

Make sure you make note of your credit card number and where and how to report it lost or stolen. While your purse should be carried close to your body, its strap should never be wrapped around any part of your body. Wallets should be kept in front pants pocket or put in inside breast jacket pocket. When dining or shopping, avoid keeping purse over stroller or on back of chair.

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