2010-10-29 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Commentary By Elizabeth Guarino

A little cool — a little warm — these fall days have covered a wide range of temperature for this time of year. Overall, most neighbors seem to enjoy nice days, even if the mercury is too high or low for the end of October. When it comes to the weather, since we can’t control it — all we can do is enjoy the r-i-d-e!

The BCVFD’s annual Halloween Parade is this Sunday, October 31. The parade will start at the 17th Road Park and end in front of the firehouse on Noel Road. The parade will kick off at 1 p.m. At the conclusion of the parade refreshments, goodies, and grab bags will be given out to the marchers. “Come out in your scariest costumes and have a good time showing them off.”

A Memorial Mass for all who were buried from St. Virgilius Church during the past year will be held on Sunday, November 7 at 10 a.m. in St. Virgilius Church. All are invited.

For teenagers (grade 7 and older): Come to Teen Club to spend time with old friends and to meet new friends. There will be music, food and games. Teen Club will be held on Wednesday evenings from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in St. Virgilius Meeting Room, 16 Noel Road. Please use rear entrance. For more information, please call Sister Mary Anne at 718-634-5680.

A thank you note from Christ Presbyterian Church found its way into my mailbox and this is what it said: “The Children’s Halloween Carnival was a great success. Many thanks to all the Moms, Dads, Aunts and Uncles who brought their children. All had a great time. Thanks for your support.”

The Herbert Johnson Lecture Series will take place on Wednesday, including November 3 and November 10 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge visitor center where presentations will be of matters concerning the local area. Call 718- 318-4340 for topics, further information.

On Saturday, October 30 at 8 p.m. the VFW will again be holding their annual “Adults Halloween Party.” Music will be provided by a DJ; food and bottled beer are included. Prizes for Best Costume will be awarded. And more! Per person cost is $25; couples cost $40. “Come out for a ghoulish night of events.”

Join naturalist Ron Bourke in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, November 6 from 9 a.m. to noon. Since the early waterfowl are back from their Arctic breeding grounds and hawks are soaring overhead, gain experience in spotting, identifying and watching these birds.

The PS 47 Parents Association will be holding a Craft Fair on Sunday, November 7. The fair will take place at the school, at 9 Power Road in Broad Channel. There will be dozens of vendors selling handmade crafts. The Craft Fair will take place from noon to 4 p.m. “Come and get an early start on your holiday shopping!”

On Friday, November 12 a Job Fair will be held at the Aqueduct Racetrack Clubhouse (event will be held indoors in 3rd Floor Manhattan Terrace Room) at 110-00 Rockaway Boulevard, South Ozone Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free parking; wheelchair accessible; business attire is suggested. Over 100 potential employers are expected; bring plenty of resumes. (At the Aqueduct job fair last spring, 3000 job seekers showed up; there was a three hour wait to get into the fair — wear comfy shoes!)

The American Legion Auxiliary Post 1404 will be holding their Annual Brunch and Sweepstakes to benefit the Children’s Christmas Party on Sunday, November 14. Eggs any style, omelets, freedom toast and pancakes with potatoes, sausage, ham, bacon or hash is on the menu along with juice or a drink, coffee or tea and cake. “Come on down and help support the Post Annual Children’s Christmas Party to be held on December 12.”

Christ Presbyterian Church will present their Annual Christmas Crafts Fair on Saturday, November 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch will be sold. Crafts, Christmas gifts and ornaments. Photos with Santa from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

If you are a teen, drop in on Friday Night Teen Night at sTudio 7 in Fort Tilden called “Gen M” (Generation Music) a creative environment for teenagers to perform music, poetry and art of their own or just interact with each other in a secure and friendly space. At 8 p.m. every Friday; bring a friend; bring a parent for your first visit. Sponsored by Rockaway Artists Alliance.

St. Virgilius Golden Age Club (age 50 and over) meets every Thursday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. in Christ Presbyterian Church by the Sea Hall (entrance on Church Road). All seniors are welcome.

The website for unclaimed funds has been mentioned before. I don’t know how many people checked and found themselves listed. Someone emailed me the link, with news about other people I know who were listed on the site. Altogether six people I know found themselves with extra money. One was listed twice! They were listed now because they could not be located at some time in the past due to lost records. Simple reasons for this occurred in some cases because of divorce and/or remarriage, relocations and matters like that. Monies can be stock dividends, settlements from class action lawsuits, interest from other investments, etc. Here’s the site: http://www.osc.state.ny.us/

If you’re a married woman, don’t forget to search both last names!

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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