2003-03-08 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino
Broad Channel Bits By Liz Guarino

By Liz Guarino

This past week has certainly given us a big variety of weather conditions: cold, warm, windy, cloudy, damp, rainy and sunny. I read in a magazine from a health insurance company that temperature swings will not give anybody a cold because colds are caused by germs, not temperature variations. Then why do a lot of people get sick with colds (and viruses) when the weather is the craziest?

One thing for sure is that the wet weather is making new holes in the roads and making the old ones bigger! The boulevard looks pretty good, but there could be potholes on your street or even on your way to work. If you do see a pothole and want it repaired, there are two ways to get it added to the repair list. Call the Department of Transportation at 718 CALLDOT with the location of the pothole or go online at www.nyc.gov and fill out an online
complaint form. Then wait for one of the city's pothole crews. (After the
blizzard, I heard that there were 40 pothole crews throughout the city!)

On Saturday, March 8 the K of C Long Island Council #197 will hold their Annual St. Patrick's Day Dance at the American Legion Hall at 8 p.m. Irish soda bread, corned beef, cabbage and potato dinner, entertainment, beer, wine, soda are on the menu and are included at $30 for each ticket. Call Robert at 718 296-4184 to buy tickets.

The two session Defensive Driving Course will be held in the SVS lunchroom on Monday, March 10 and Wednesday, March 12 from 7 to 10 p.m.

On Sunday, March 16 at 8:30 a.m. the Junior Vollies will hold a Cake Sale in front of the firehouse at 15 Noel Road. Yummy baked goods, such as brownies, cakes and cookies will be available as well as many other items.

On Saturday and Sunday, March 22nd and 23rd, The Broad Channel Theatre Group will present The Revival of the St. Virgilius Saint Patrick's Day Show in the American Legion Hall. Details to follow in a future column as they become available.

FOR SENIORS ONLY! Did you see that Geraldine Chapey was selected as the NY 1 New Yorker of the Week for starting Trinity Senior Services, transportation for senior groups and groups of people with disabilities? She was concerned about a lack of good transportation for these groups and her solution has brought a lot of happiness and greater mobility to them. The minibus she bought has already taken the Channel seniors shopping, to the movies and out to lunch! (About 2000 seniors altogether take turns using the bus.) The NY 1 reporter said Chapey is planning to buy a second bus!

The minibus is very expensive to run. Insurance for the vehicle is over
$12000 a year and the weekly gas bill is about $250; this figure will surely
rise as prices at the pumps go up. To help defray costs the bus from
Geraldine Chapey is going to be the recipient of a fundraiser luncheon at
Russo's On The Bay on Wednesday, April 30 at noon-including age-appropriate and not-too-loud DJ music and dancing. It will cost $40 for one person, with $5 returning to the bus. There will also be a raffle to raise more cash. A large crowd is expected. Tickets are available at the Golden Age Club meetings in the Christ Church Hall every Thursday from 1 to 4 p.m.

Senior groups wishing to reserve the minibus for an outing should call Van Coordinator Stella Pepe at 474-2700 between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. to see if it's available for the day they wish to use it. A minimum of 10; maximum of 14 people are allowable. Cost is $7 round trip. There is a wheelchair lift.

A REMINDER: The next Books and Bagels book discussion will be held on
Thursday, March 20. Two books will be discussed: "Swimming to Catalina," by Stuart Wood and "Deptford Trilogy," by Robertson Davies.

MARCH DAILY RAFFLE: Five dollars buys a ticket in the Daily Raffle. Winning tickets are picked by matching the ticket number to the New York State Daily Evening Pick 3 (straight only). Each ticket is good for the entire month; ticket numbers run from 000 to 999. Prizes are $25 Monday through Friday with a $50 prize on Saturdays and Sundays. Call Ginger at 718 318-5504 to buy tickets. BCVFD's Building Fund will receive the proceeds of this fundraiser.

CALLING ALL PRESCHOOLERS! Picture Book Classes began at the Library, March 5 and will be held every Wednesday at 10 a.m. through April 25. These classes are for age 3 and up and consist of 20 minutes of stories, songs and crafts. All are welcome.

Nine people finished Yoga Classes with Mary Lou at the Library last Friday.

Classes were early in the day- 8:30 a.m.- so participants had to be early risers at least on Fridays! Mary Lou showed attendees poses to relax,
strengthen and lengthen muscles and relieve tension buildup in specific areas of the body. Some of the poses were designed to improve balance and strengthen the nervous system. Mary Lou has also done chair exercises with the seniors and has given talks on nutrition.

Our Library no longer has Saturday hours, but there are Saturday hours at the nearby Seaside, Peninsula and Howard Beach branches for those who need Library services on Saturdays.

Share your news with other readers of Bits. My email is Lizbcbits@aol.com.

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