2003-02-15 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino
Broad Channel Bits By Liz Guarino

By Liz Guarino

Happy Valentine's Day! Snow lovers really had a treat last week! When it first falls, the snow always looks so nice. It frosts trees, roofs and covers everything else with a fluffy clean blanket of whiteness. Pretty quickly, though, scenes lose their pristine look. And it just gets messy outdoors and sometimes indoors, from those wet boots. Ah, well, it would be so boring to live in a place where the weather was the same all the time.

The helm of a local organization has changed hands this year. The Broad
Channel Athletic Club has a new president, John Hanning, with Ricky Guttieri as vice president. (BCAC thanks outgoing president Margaret Wagner for a great job over the past two years!) Joel Miele is now president of the Jamaica Bay Little League and Girls Softball. Jimmy Trudden is the vice president of Boys Baseball and Debbie Lonnborg is the new vice president of Girls Softball. Congratulations to all the new officers! Visit the AC's website at: www.eteamz.com/bcac.

BCVFD FUN-D RAISER: Cupid's Itch will be playing at Grassy's on Saturday night, February 15. This is the group's only appearance here; they are from out-of-the-area and will return home after this appearance. The cover charge is $7; proceeds go to the Building Fund.

MORE BCVFD FUN-D RAISER: Next month, on the 1st, starts the Daily Raffle. Each ticket is good for the entire month; ticket numbers run from 000 to 999. (The raffle will be based on the state lottery whose winners are seen on television.) The drawing will be at night with $25 the amount won Monday through Friday and $50 the prize on Saturdays and Sundays. Chances are $5 each; to purchase tickets or get more information call Ginger 718 318-5504.

SHIPS PROJECT UPDATE: Two boxes of handmade items have been shipped to Florida already, with more to follow in succeeding weeks. Knitting needles and crochet hooks have been going furiously here and at The H.B. Golden Age. Some folks have asked what kinds of hats to make. Watch caps, I'm told, are a good pattern-simple and straightforward. If you can crochet or knit, but don't have a pattern, our librarian will help you.

Drop your completed hats, socks, and slippers at 11 West 11th Road. (Thanks for letting your home be a drop-off, Johnny.) From there, the items will be sent to Florida, where they're sorted and sent to our mobilized troops, with love from American hands. The heads and feet and hearts of the troops will be kept warm with these handmade items. (Please be mindful of the asthma of the woman
in Florida and refrain from sending items from smokers' households or those with perfume or other strong odors on the items.)

The Volunteer Fire Department is having its 98th Annual Officers'
Installation Dance on Feb 22 at 9 PM at the American Legion Hall. Call the
non-emergency telephone number at the firehouse, 718 474-6888 for more
information or to order tickets. If you want your ad to appear in the
Journal, this is the last weekend to make arrangements for it. Don't be left out! Get your information in this weekend.

A NOVEL IDEA: BCAC is currently selling Kevin Boyle's book "Braving The Waves" at All American Deli; proceeds will go to the children of the BCAC. A lot of people are reading this book, penned by an area resident- and now it's available in the Channel!

Eight people trudged through the snow at 8:30 a.m. last Friday to attend yoga class at the Library. And they've all been practicing! If it's dry and not too cold on the rest of the Fridays this month, a good-size crowd is expected for the rest of the classes!

Did you know that February 12, 2003 is the 100th day of school?
Kindergarteners through eighth graders at P.S. 47 had math lessons focusing on the number 100.  They are enjoying a day of celebration and accomplishment because they have made it successfully through the first half of the school year. February 14th is Valentine's Day and the young grades at P.S. 47 celebrated the day by using books, poetry and cards highlighting the kindness people should show to each other. P.S. 47 is closed from February 17 through
the 21st in honor of Presidents' Day and for a winter recess.  School reopens on February 24.

Did you sign up for Defensive Driving yet? If you took the course in 2000, it expires this year. The two session Defensive Driving Course workshop will be held on Monday, March 10th and Wednesday, March 12th, from 7 to 10 p.m. Completion of the course gives drivers 10 % off car insurance or up to 4 points off of their licenses.

Sponsored by the St. Virgilius P.A., the course will be held in the school
on Noel Road. The cost for the course is $55, which must be paid by March
3rd. Call Helen 718 945-4648, Cindy 718 634-5449 or Linda 718 318-5835 to register. Refreshments will be served both nights.

DON'T GET LEFT OUT! There are only two more Saturdays left to register for the BCAC Jamaica Bay Little League 2003 Baseball/Softball season. Registration is February 15 and 22 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Fees are $85 for the first child in a family; child #2 from that same family pays only $45, while a third sibling costs only $25. Fee includes uniform, insurance and trophy at Family Day. Call for more information, 718 318-0600.

Important news? Share it with everybody! You can send me an email at Lizbcbits@aol.com

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