2005-01-14 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

Overall, the temperatures have been—on average—fairly high for the month of January. Every time the temperatures go up and down in quick succession, an expert or two says that it does not cause people to get sick. In that case, isn’t it curious that so many folks have been under the weather lately and are still struggling to get back on top of things?

“Support Burger King Night” (and afternoon too!) on Friday, January 14 from 1 to 8 p.m. at the Burger King on Cross Bay Boulevard in Howard Beach. A portion of all receipts—20%— will be donated to P.S. 47 PTA.

St. Virgilius School is holding Adult Puttin’ on the Hits on Saturday, January 22 at 8 p.m. in the American Legion Hall. Tickets are $30 in advance; $35 at the door (vouchers may be used). There will be hot food, beer, wine, and soda. There will be dancing to the music of DJ Tom Healy after the show. Acts are desperately needed! Adults only can buy tickets or sign up. To sign up or buy tickets, call Tara at 718-318-3323 or Jenny at 718-945-2356.

The Broad Channel Pre-K is having a fundraiser at Grassy’s on Saturday, January 22 at 9 p.m. There is a $5 cover fee. The event will feature the Rockaway band, Wine With Sue, which will play 80’s and 90’s songs till 2 a.m. There will also be 50/50’s that evening.

On Sunday, January 16 from 3 to 6 p.m. a spaghetti (and meatball) dinner will be held at the American Legion Hall hosted by the Post #1404 Ladies Auxiliary. Included is a glass of wine and entertainment by the Broad Channel Theatre Group waiters and waitresses.

Proceeds from the dinner will benefit BCTG’s production of Guys and Dolls which will be held over the April 1 weekend. Cost for the dinner is $10 per person.

The Department of Sanitation began its annual collection and recycling of discarded Christmas trees on January 6. Christmas trees, stripped of all their decorations will be picked up by DOS until January 15. They are chipped, mixed with leaves to make compost. After the compost is processed it will be used on ball fields, parks and community gardens.

Chances for St. Virgilius Parents’ Association 20/10 Club are on sale now. Drawing begins on February 1, 2005 and will run for 10 weeks. First prize of $200, second prize of $100 and third prize of $50 are awarded weekly. There is an Easter bonus prize of $250. In the tenth week there are two $500 prizes and a prize of $250. Winners can repeat weekly. Chances are $20 each. To buy chances call Karen at 718-945-5823, the rectory at 718-634-5680 or the school at 718-634-6237. Chances make great gifts for those who have January, February and March birthdays!

On Sunday, January 16 at 1 p.m. there will be a Winter Botany Walk at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Join a park volunteer and learn to identify winter plants (did you know there are winter wildflowers?).

Hear folklore and learn about the importance of winter plant life to wildlife. Reservations are required and can be made at 718-318-4340.

Books and Bagels, the book discussion group which meets at the Broad Channel Library, has been postponed. Our new librarian, Carol, had emergency surgery about a week ago and must rest and recover from that. When she returns to work, the discussion will be re-scheduled. The group had been reading “The Lovely Bones,” by Alice Sebold. By the way, some people will not join the group because they do not want to be told to read a certain book, but membership in the group is informal.

If anybody has read a book that is up for discussion and would like to drop in on the group, they are very welcome to do so. Sometimes it’s nice also, to attend a discussion, listen to the discourse about a certain book and then read the book. There are a lot of readers in B.C.; if anyone them wants to drop in on a book discussion at any time—even if it’s only once a year - all are invited!

Neighborhood Housing Services helps residents by providing courses in home maintenance as well as emergency loans for home repair or remodeling.

If you would like to contact Neighborhood Housing Services, go online to www.nhsnyc.org or call 1-866-NHS-OFNY.

HEAP helps elderly and disabled New Yorkers with a one time grant for heating their homes. There are guidelines to meet to qualify for this assistance. For an application, simply call 311.

By the way, there are lots of bogus emails floating around the net. Some of them are simply chain letters gone high tech; some emails are amusing while others try to defraud or intimidate the recipient.

One recent email is circulating that tells of a new nation-wide cellular phone directory and that telemarketers will soon be on the other end of our cells!

We have gotten assurances that this is a rumor—not the directory part, which is true— but the telemarketer part, which is not.

Another persistent rumor is that the internet service providers or some other entity will begin charging for each email sent by consumers. Or one that promises a well-known restaurant will send you a gift certificate for dinner in its restaurant if you pass on the email you received to 20 people.

Or another saying it’s from a well positioned official in Africa or the Mideast and there will be lots of money for you if you only help him-(this one seems to be aimed at clearing out your bank account!) Try www. snopes.com to check out the truth in your forwards/ email! You’ll be not only surprised at the results, but you’ll be glad you checked!

Do you have news that you want to see in this space? (Please get your important information to me by 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning if you need it in that Friday’s column.) Send email to: Lizbcbits@aol.com

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