2010-12-24 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

Well, the week started with eye-tearing, hand-numbing temps in the low 20s. Then it moved on to the upper 30s. Sunny skies have alternated with gray. Who knows? There might be rain or even snow by the end of the week. You could say ‘it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas’ … if anyone can remember what Christmas looked like! A blessed Holiday to all.

It is always the season to help a Wounded Warrior. Broad Channel Supports Our Troops T-shirts are available. avy blue with the Wounded Warriors Project on the front and Broad Channel Supports Our Troops on the back, sizes are XL, L and S. Price: $20.00. Contact Ellen Cuomo at 718-474-2937. All proceeds go to the Wounded Warriors Fund.

St.Virgilius Church Christmas schedule: Christmas Eve - Children’s Pageant and Mass at 4 p.m.; Christmas Day Mass at 10 a.m. St.Camillus Church Christmas Schedule: Christmas Eve - Children’s Pageant and Mass at 5:30 p.m.; Christmas Day Mass at 8:30 and 11:30 a.m. All are invited and invited to bring a friend.

That jolly red-suited man traveling via jaunty red fire engine Christmas Eve would be Santa making some very special appearances in the Channel, ably assisted by the BCVFD. Of course, the Vollies are our Santa’s all year round, often ‘flying in’ to give back the gift of life. It is never too late, or too early, to donate so they can keep up their good works. A Reminder: The BCVFD Emergency Line is 718-474- 8888; this line is always manned.

If you have gotten a new coat this winter, consider donating the old coat to a good cause. THE NEW YORK CARES COAT DRIVE runs through December 31. New York Cares asks that you drop off your gently used, freshly laundered coat. The 100 Precinct and all other precincts have donation boxes. For additional collection sites or information on volunteering go to newyorkcares.org or call 212- 402-1173.

Start your New Year off right. Join the 25th annual American Littoral Society’s New Year’s Day Beach Walk. When: Saturday, January 1, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Where: Meet at the Fort Tilden flagpole. Enjoy the winter beach and signal others doing the same at Sandy Hook!

St. Virgilius Golden Age is taking a bus trip to Mount Airy Casino, Pennsylvania. On January 18, 2011 the bus will leave from Noel Road and Cross Bay Boulevard at 8:30 a.m. Bingo will be played on the way there; a movie will be shown on the way home. Cost is $35 per person (make check payable to “St. Virgilius Golden Age”). Comps include $30 slot money and $10 food coupon. RSVP to Dolores Schmitt at 718-634-9472 or Margaret McCarthy at 718-945-4967.

Library News: the Broad Channel Library, as well as all other branches, will be closed on Friday, December 24 and Saturday, December 25. They will also be closed on Friday, December 31 and Saturday, January 1. Regular hours of operation are Monday and Thursday 1 to 8 p.m., Tuesday 1 to 6 p.m. and Wednesday and Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Saturday and Sunday.

Read me a story! The Queens Library now offers free downloadable audio books, e-books, music, video and more! Easy to use. Available 24/7. And no late fees! Most items can be transferred to mobile devices and many can be burned onto CDs. You can ‘borrow’ up to 50 items at a time. Check the Library’s website at www.queenslib rary.org and scroll down to the Digital Media section for all details.

Speaking of Nature, take a break and enjoy beautiful Jamaica Bay in art and actuality at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Now through February 2011 the Refuge celebrates the Bay with an exhibition of the work of more than a dozen talented artists, many of them residents of Broad Channel. Titled “RAA on Jamaica Bay” the exhibition is presented by the Rockaway Artists Alliance and the National Park Service and curated by RAA President Geoff Rawling.

News from the United States Postal Service: “Attention Customers - For your convenience we (have) opened a new contract Postal unit located at the Broad Channel Bay Gull Store, 1632 Cross Bay Boulevard, Broad Channel NY 11693. Please visit us for most of your postal needs.” Hours of operation are 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day of the week.

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.

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.

Got a new computer as a gift this year? Please consider donating your old equipment - PCs, CPUs, monitors, printers, keyboards, ‘mice’ - to a good cause. A computer class needs more equipment so everyone who joins the class can become computer literate. So many things today are online from renewing your driver’s license to registering for college. After the first of the year, I will print complete information on donating.

Finally, here’s a tip worth reprinting. Keep your spirits bright even if you’re shopping or visiting and lock your keys in the car while your spare keys are at home or elsewhere. Got a keyless entry remote? Call someone at home from your cell phone. Hold your cell about a foot from your car door. Ask that person at the other end to press the unlock button on your spare remote, making sure to hold it close to the mouthpiece. Your car will unlock. You can even unlock your trunk, too!

Happy Holidays! 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.

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