2005-03-04 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

Some folks thought (and hoped!) we would slide straight into spring. It would have been nice but the weather had other ideas. The season’s cold temperatures of last Sunday morning and, of course, the snowstorm we had from Monday afternoon into Tuesday’s wee hours are a snappy reminder of the fact that it is still winter. As if we need a reminder! Wearing hats, gloves and even boots has become almost second nature. Some days it feels as if the warmer weather will never get here so heavy winter coats can be left behind as folks spend more time out of doors. Only 15 days to go till the first official day of spring.

Final registration days for BCAC Jamaica Bay Little League are as follows: On Wednesday, March 9, registration will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and the late fee of $25 will be waived. On Saturday, March 12 registration will take place from 10 a.m. to noon and the $25 late fee will be imposed with no exceptions. BCAC said it appreciates all the families who registered on time. All registration will be held at the BCAC Memorial Field at 1 Road and Crossbay Blvd. For more information, visit the website at: www.broadchannelac.com.

Broad Channel Theatre Group has been busy with its expected production of Guys & Dolls, which is coming soon. It will be presented for theatre-goers enjoyment the first weekend in April from Friday, April 1 through Sunday, April 3.

BCVFD’s 100th Anniversary Ball will be celebrated on Thursday, March 10 at Russo’s on the Bay, Crossbay Blvd in Howard Beach. Cocktails are at 7 p.m. with dinner and dancing

following. Music will be by DJ Teddy. The evening will feature an Open Bar. Tickets to the Ball cost $85 per person. For tickets and further information, call Eddie at 718 318-5504. Ticket cut-off date is Monday, March 7. Pick up your tickets at 727 Shad Creek Road or give Ed a call.

There still is time to get in on the chances from St. Virgilius Parents’ Association 20/10 Club. The drawing is already in progress, but there are still plenty of prizes left. A first prize of $200, second prize of $100 and third prize of $50 are awarded each week. 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 a great gift for St. Patrick’s Day or even Easter!

Tell Mom and Dad.

Tell your Grandparents.

Tell the folks next door and down the block. All senior citizens can take themselves on a bus ride to Green Acres on the second Monday of each month, which is right around the

corner (one week from Monday March 7). When you don’t have a car or can’t drive, it is hard to get around. Of course you may not want to go that far even if you do drive. But a lot of folks still like to shop—for themselves, their kids, their grand and great grandkids. Waiting for the adult kids to be available means (most likely!) shopping on a Saturday—which is crowded—even in not-nice weather! This bus ride, is sponsored by Joe Addabbo, takes the problems out of depending on someone else to be available. Some folks go for the outing and walk around the fairly empty mall, out of the cold, snow or rain. Others shop. Some enjoy the different eating experiences the Food Court has to offer. The bus leaves from the corner of Noel and Cross Bay. It stops at both Walmart and the mall. Call Hilda at 718 318-7826 to register for the trip and for further information. You do not have to be a member of a group to go on this bus trip.

Tax help for seniors is now available at the B.C. Library. The program is already in progress. A volunteer will be available to help you every Wednesday from 1 through 5 p.m. until April 13. Tax helpers are from A.A.R.P.

Books and Bagels has had its next book discussion rescheduled for Thursday, March 10 at 10 a.m. The book under discussion will be The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. (A preliminary check revealed that most folks found it difficult (if not impossible) to get into the book, which was a rather unusual one.) It is expected that a new (hopefully better!) way of selecting book choices will be implemented at this discussion.

Happy Birthday to Jasmin Tatiana Kolzow! Her birthday was Thursday, March 3 and she turned 11 years old. I hope you had a lovely birthday, young lady!

By the way, have you seen the changes going on inside the Wildlife Refuge? They are in the process of upgrading their visitor’s center by adding onto the old building to make it much larger and more visitor- friendly. At present the visitors center and the restrooms are located in a trailer which is located in the parking lot to the right of the permanent visitor center. The entrance to the trails has been re-directed and opens onto the right-side parking lot. The left parking lot and the construction area are closed to the public via a chain link fence.

If this time of year is challenging to you, you’ve got plenty of company. Maybe the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson will give you a lift. He said: “Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful, and you will accomplish your objective. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”

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