2004-04-09 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino
Broad Channel Bits By Liz Guarino

April weather has been interesting so far-rain, wind, cold-even forecasts of snow! It is a lot to put up with to get to those May flowers.

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.

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 in volved 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 this talk! Come and learn how the new prescription plan will affect you. The seniors will have a speaker on this subject on Thursday, April 22 at their meeting at 12:30 p.m. on Church Road in Christ Church community room. 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.

On Monday, May 17 at 6 p.m. there will be an Adult craft class at the Broad Channel Library. Lan Nguyen will show workshop participants how to make Origami Gift Boxes, a very practical use of the ancient Japanese art of paper folding.

Sign up is required.

Mark the date: On Monday, June 21 at 6:30 p.m., Dada Rainjitanunda will lead a workshop on meditation for inner peace and social harmony.A0With too few riders each week (there were only three people!), the bus to food shop in Waldbaum’s in Rockaway has been discontinued. Assembly woman 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 or walk down to the ocean for a while (when it gets warmer, of course).

It is April and that means Fund Drive Month to the BCVFD.

It is when the Vollies go door to door to ask for contributions from residents. This year they are asking for a donation of $75 for the year per household. It is a very small price to pay for Broad Channel’s first responders-after all, they may save your life or the life of someone you love someday.

When one of the Vollies comes to your door collecting, smile and dig deep into those pockets.

Your donation can also be brought to the firehouse or put in the red box at O’Macs.

Last year a good number of people found the red box to be very convenient for this purpose. Also, if you are not online, you can drop me information about an activity or happening suitable for this column in that box.A0 Eddie assured me that any notes will be given to me.)

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 Cuckoo’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.

Only in Broad Channel: At the re cent book discussion attendees learned that a woman-who is a former resident and now lives on Long Is land’s north shore-had dropped off old photos for the Historical Calendar at the Lib rary.

"Who is she?’ someone asked. "Oh I knew her," she said, upon being told the name. And sure enough, the old resident was easily picked out of the crowd of people in the old photos!

In other NYC neighborhoods, even seeing the same person twice in
any location or lifetime usually does not happen.

Geraldine Chapey’s Trinity Bus Services for seniors really helps seniors get around; the mini-bus holds 15 people if one of them is a wheelchair user, 14 if none of the riders uses a wheelchair.

It is available for seniors to reserve and use to attend events in the boroughs and on Long Island. (It does not go to Atlantic City, for in stance.) Call 718 474-1641 to reserve the bus for your event.

(Note that you do not have to belong to a seniors’

club to be eligible for this service.)

I got a nice note from Reverend An drea Zarou. It said: "Many, many thanks to all who attended our Sauer braten Dinner. Thank you for supporting Christ Presbyterian Church By The Sea."

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 Trinity Services at 718 474-1641.

One of our neighbors, Eileen Will sen, was given an award recently by
Peninsula Hospital Center. She re ceived the Volunteer Achievement Award. For many years she has traveled to Peninsula Hospital on Wed ne day to perform her duties as Eucha ristic Minister from St. Virgil ius. She accepted her award on behalf of all who minister to the sick, regardless of religious affiliation. Congrat u lations, Eileen, on being chosen for this honor!

What is your organization up to these days?

Send me an email. Send to: Lizbcbits@aol.com.

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