2004-04-02 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino
Broad Channel Bits By Liz Guarino

It is a special time of the year in this little corner of the world-a time
when the earth starts to look alive again. Ahh Spring! It is (hopefully) when the colors in nature lose their grayness and start to deepen and be come bright once again. Even the birds are a bit perkier-they seem to be sing ing their songs a little louder, a little stronger.

The American Legion will be holding their last Brunch of the season, this Sunday, April 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (The American Legion would like
to thank all who helped and suppor-ted The 1st Annual Jane Fuller Mem orial Brunch for Cancer. It raised $2,750.00 for cancer research.)

There has been a last minute program addition for the kids during the
Easter/Passover break from school. On April 8 at 3:15 p.m., for grades 3 and up, theA0Department of Transportation will conduct a pedestrian safety course at the Broad Channel Library.

The schedule of monthly brunches held at the VFW Hall on Shad Creek Road has changed a bit. The next brunch will be on Sunday, April 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Brunch costs $6 for adults; for children cost is $3. There are brunches scheduled for the Sun days of May 16 and June 6.

The 2004 Jamaica Bay Little League season will kick off on Saturday, May 8 with a parade down Cross Bay Blvd. Help in running the league is needed and wanted. Anyone who would like to get involved can send an email to: bcacwebsite@aol.com.A0

Picture Book Classes for preschoolers age 3 and up will take place at the
Library every Wednesday until May 12. Classes start at 10 a.m. and feature 20 to 30 minutes of songs, stories and crafts!

Plan to attend! Learn what the new prescription plan will mean to you. The seniors will have a speaker on Thursday, April 22 at their meeting at 12:30 p.m. on Church Road in Christ Church community room. If you are a retired senior, plan to attend. All seniors are welcome! Membership in the club is NOT required to attend this talk.

On Monday, April 12 at 1:30 p.m. the Library will feature "Gumbo Ya’ll" for the whole family to enjoy as part of Storytelling Month. "Gumbo Ya’ll" features stories and songs of Louisiana with Lynette Braxton.

The Broad Channel Theater Group will present a new production, "The
Yesteryear CafE9." It will offer both music and comedy. This year Wax-R-Back will put in a special performance with the Theater Group. Show dates are: Friday, April 2 at 8 p.m. tickets are $15 per person, with cash bar (Adults Only at this performance!) and Sun day April 4 at 4 p.m., $10 per ticket, refreshments will be sold and there will be a cash bar. The Show will be held in the American Legion Hall at 209 Cross Bay Blvd.A0 A portion of the proceeds will be donated to St.Virgilius Church.A0Call Liz at 718 318-0388 or Barbara at 718 634-4206 for tickets.

The number of riders each week were too few (there were only three people!), so the bus to food shop in Waldbaum’s in Rockaway has been discontinued.

Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer sponsors the bus. Seniors who want the bus to continue are encouraged to telephone her office at 718 945-9550. If you prefer not to food shop, you can go on the bus and do your banking, go to the bakery, pick up dry cleaning, shop at the Duane Read, have a late breakfast at one of the eating places on Beach 116 Street, or walk down to the ocean for a while (when it gets
warmer, of course!).

The next Books and Bagels discussion will be held on Thursday, May 20 at 10 a.m. Under discussion will be two books: One Flew Over the Cuc koo’s Nest by Ken Kesey (which was made into a very successful film) and Galileo’s Daughter by Dava Sobel. There is no book discussion in April because the group needs extra time to read two books.

Geraldine Chapey’s Trinity Bus Ser vices for seniors has really helped the seniors get around; the mini-bus holds 15 people if one of them is a wheelchair user, 14 if none of theA0 riders uses a wheelchair. It is available for seniors to reserve and use to attend events in the boroughs and Long Island. (It does not go to Atlantic City, for instance.) Recently, a group of them went to see "The Passion of the Christ" in Sheepshead Bay. They had lunch at a Red Lobster restaurant. Reportedly, they had a wonderful time.

On Thursday, April 29 at noon there will be a luncheon at Russo’s on the Bay to raise money for Trinity Bus Services. It is a really lovely affair with the beauty of the place, the excellence of the food and great company. Last year hundreds of people -about 600—attended the event and had an amazing time. Tickets for the luncheon are $50 each and can be obtained by calling 718 474-1641.

The seniors are a fun group, to say the least! They had a really nice St.
Patrick’s Day party. Most of the folks wore some object of green. There were green ties, green shirts, pants and sweaters. Some wore shamrock covered scarves and knit tops. And more than a couple of folks wore green hats-the higher the better.A0Of course, there was great food. The salads and sandwiches looked and tasted excellent. And there was a lovely, very tasty cake. Father John was invited (as was I). He said a prayer and told a joke and shortly after that everyone lined up to enjoy the food. It was a really great afternoon!

At the party I learned of the unfortunate accident of Sister Ave Clark and the runaway locomotive in Mas peth. Sister Ave gives mini-retreats in St. Virgilius twice a year and she al ways has a beautiful and very ready smile. Many Channel people know her. As mostly everybody now knows, she was taken to Elmhurst Hos pital. She broke both wrists and an ankle. She has had one reconstructive surgery and faces additional work of this type. A woman I met who visited Sis ter Ave just before St. Patrick’s Day said she looked remarkably good for a person who had an accident as horrific as a train wreck. The woman said Sister Ave had only one visible black and blue mark!

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