2011-11-18 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Dan Guarino

For those who’ve had the pleasure, the Q53 can often be an interesting ride. Recently passengers were treated to the automated announcement system repeating “Please exit by using the rear door of the vehicle. Please exit by using the rear door of the vehicle.”

These would have been useful instructions, if the bus wasn’t traveling at fifty miles an hour, flying along Cross Bay Boulevard through the Wildlife Refuge at the time.

It was nice to see such a large turnout on Sunday the week before last for the PS 47 Parents Association’s 2ndAnnual Craft Fair. There was many a marvelously unique, terrifically creative handcrafted item to be found there.

There was a great turnout for the VFW brunch earlier that day, too. In fact, some of us walked off a great breakfast by strolling to the Craft Fair.

Crafts, ornaments, Christmas gifts and pictures with Santa! The Christy Presbyterian Church Annual Christmas Crafts and Gifts Fair has all this and more. Stop in at the Church Hall Saturday, November 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fifty-fifty chances will be sold. Lunch will be on sale, too. Pictures with Santa will be from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Ring in the spirit of the season right.

Brunch is served! This Sunday, November 20, gather the family for the warmth of a shared breakfast at the Broad Channel American Legion Auxiliary Brunch from 10 to 1 at the Legion Hall. Says Auxiliary member Carol, “ ... all proceeds are for the children’s Christmas Party held on December 11 at 1 p.m. Hope to see you all there.”

“Also we have our $100 Chances available. Only 200 tickets will be sold. The Raffle will be drawn at our annual Christmas Party on December 27. [Purchasing] a ticket entitles you to a complimentary admission to the party!” See Carol on Thursday or Friday at the Ruffle Bar or call an American Legion member for tickets.

We give thanks for our dedicated teachers, staff and, of course, students at PS/MS 47. On Wednesday, November 23 at 9 a.m. the fourth grade will be presenting a very special Thanksgiving play. Come out and enjoy the kids.

By the way, Monday, November 21 will see an Author’s Visit at 8:30 and 9:15 a.m. at the school and on Tuesday, November 22 a host of local ‘celebrities’ will come and share their very favorite books to celebrate National Young Readers Day.

Fight the Toll: New Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder has set straight to tackling an issue that has been especially important to the Rockaways and our island community. As “the only intra-borough toll in the city,” he says, “the Cross Bay Bridge toll is hurting Queens residents and putting our small businesses at a disadvantage. We should be doing everything we can to support our local economy and encourage people to visit our beaches, not charge them a fee.”

He has made it easier than ever by putting a ‘Fight the Cross Bay Bridge Toll’ petition right online. Go to http:// assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Phillip-Gold feder/story/44683/and sign the petition. Or sign and send back the petition you may have received in the mail. Add your voice to the many who are calling once and for all for an end to the toll.

Question of the week …. okay, the question I have been getting ALL WEEK: “Was it your idea to do the column every other week?” Answer: no.

Bring the little ones and experience story time at the Broad Channel Library. Starting at noon every Wednesday from November 23 to December 14, librarian Carol will bring to life another well-loved children’s book. By the way, you don’t have to be a kid to enjoy the art of storytelling.

You may have noticed that the glass men were at the library earlier Monday morning. Sad to say that over Veterans Day weekend, someone smashed in the back door of our Broad Channel Library, most likely with a trash can. It appears they came into the library, tracking broken glass. They stole a few, as it turned out, empty video game cases. Video games, of course, can be borrowed free with a library card.

Smashed glass from broken doors costs money to replace. Libraries get their money from city funds. City funds come from taxes. Taxes come out of your pocket. Guess somebody thinks it’s okay to go into your pocket again and again to pay for the damage they have done. If you have information the 100 Precinct will gladly accept it. Call 718-318-4200.

On a more positive note: You can never run out of things to do in Broad Channel. Just up the road, our neighbor the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge is hosting a fine exhibition of photos, paintings, drawings and sculpture that pays tribute to the Bay. Presented by the Rockaway Artists Alliance, it also features several Broad Channel artists. The exhibition is on view now. There’ll be an opening reception on Sunday, December 11, 1-4 p.m. with refreshments and a full program of original works by members of the RAA Writers Group and RAA musicians.

The last game of the season for the BC Shamrocks was played against Rosedale at the BC Memorial Field on Sunday, November 6 at 11 a.m. Well, there will always be next year. But it was a well-played season.

Well, according to the BCAC flyer “We have started a Building Fund for Renovations to the existing structure, which is in total disrepair, and some much need-ed improvements to our facility. Construction will begin this Fall.

“We are asking for a $100 donation from each household. Our project is currently 80% funded ... we need this additional push to get us over the finish line.”

Please send checks, payable to the BCAC Building Fund, to 125 Crossbay Boulevard Broad Channel NY 11693.

Send BC news or info to workingstor ies@aol.com or drop off in the right hand mailbox at 126 Noel Road, at the corner of Noel and Walton. Include your organization name and your full name. Deadline is Friday 5 p.m. Reminder: this column will be appearing every other week. Thanks for reading.

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