2004-04-23 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

Buds can be seen on most of the trees though a few are still somewhat bare. And it is just a matter of time until pretty flowers poke their heads from under the soil into the air. Even the birds seem excited about the warming earth.

There are more of them than a short month ago. They chatter a lot more too.

On Friday night, April 23 at 8 p.m., the Sons of the American Legion are
having a Night at the Races at the American Legion. Proceeds will be used to replace flags destroyed by last year’s terrible weather (remember those fierce spring storms, with their downpours and high winds?). Hopefully, all of the flags should be flying from the utility poles by Memorial Day.

On Saturday, May 8 Christ Presbyterian Church will be having their Spring Fair. New items, handmade crafts and a Flea Market will be available.

A Plant Sale will be held on Friday, May 7 from 3 to 7 p.m.; Saturday, May 8 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, May 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of St. Virgilius School. Assorted flowers and vegetable flats, hanging baskets and raffle baskets will be available.

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

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 breaks down to pennies a day and 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, 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. Eddie assured me that any notes will be given to me.)

It is also time to think about Mardi Gras. This year, BCVFD’s new firehouse will benefit from it. They sent out a great letter recently, explaining how it works and asking for input. Candidates for Baby Face, Popular Pet, Princess, Best Block and any other position are welcome. If everybody gets involved, there will be a great parade in September. Last year, there was no Mardi Gras and therefore no parade. A lot of people missed the activity.

The Vollies are asking for ideas and input. Call the firehouse at 718-
474-6888 with your ideas. Remember, this year Mardi Gras goes to the Building Fund-the Vollies are hoping for groundbreaking by the end of May.

The Easter Egg Hunt was a wonderful success. The Vollies want to thank BCAC for the use of the field. They also give special thanks to Donna O’Sullivan and her family for all they did to make the event such a huge success.

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!

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.

The 10th Annual St. Virgilius School Golf Tournament will be held on Tuesday, May 25 at the Forest Park Golf Course. Cost is $125 per golfer and includes: continental breakfast at 6:45 a.m., golf shirt, golf cart, greens fee, $10,000 Hole-In-One Contest, one Longest Drive prize, two Closest to the Pin prizes, Low Gross prize, Low Foursome prize, Double your Money hole, raffles, lunch at the turn and buffet dinner. Non-golfers are invited to the awards dinner at the Beach Club at 6 p.m. First tee off is at 7:45 a.m. For more information or tickets call Mike at 718 474-5604 or Ricky at 718 318-1131 or 917 825-9263.

Do you miss the weekly bus to Rockaway to food shop at Waldbaum’s? With too few riders each week (there were only three people!), the bus 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, pick up dry cleaning, 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!).

Completed applications for correction officer must be received by April 27 in order for you to take the multiple choice exam on June 26. Correction officer starting pay is $30,692 which increases to $54,048 after 5 years. Call 1-877-NY1-BOLD or go online and visit: www.nyc.gov/boldest

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 and "Galileo’s Daughter," by Dava Sobel. There is no book discussion in April because the group needs extra time to read two books.

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.

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