2005-04-29 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino


The weather has been a bit quirky here, but areas in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan had snow last week. In parts of the southern U.S. and the Midwest, temperatures dipped to freezing. In one town in Michigan, they had 10 inches of snow. At this time of the year, quirky sounds better than snow!

Broad Channel Pre-K is having a fundraiser, “Bar Night Out,” at Grassy Point Lounge on Saturday, April 30. The band, SixthBoro, will play at 9 p.m. There will be a $5 cover at the door; there will be door prizes, raffles and 50/50’s. All proceeds will benefit the Pre-K.

A NYC Audubon Bird Walk will take place at the Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, April 30 at 10 a.m. Bring binoculars so you can see warblers, osprey, egrets, ibis and other spring birds as you trek along the West Pond Trail. Make reservations for this event at: 718-318-4340.

The Annual Mother’s Day Plant Sale at Saint Virgilius will be held on Tuesday, May 3 from 2 to 7 p.m.; on Friday, May 6 from 3 to 7 p.m.; on Saturday, May 7 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Sunday, May 8 (Mother’s Day) from 8 a.m. to 1p.m. There will be many different types of flowers, hanging baskets, and various vegetables as well.  If anyone would like to order anything in advance, call Christine at 718-634-5012. She said: “If we can get it they can have it.”    

The Broad Channel Athletic Club Jamaica Bay Little League will be hosting their 6th Annual Parade on April 30.  They will be meeting at the 17th Rd. Park at Crossbay Blvd in Broad Channel. The parade will kick off at 10 a.m. and will be followed by a short ceremony at the BCAC Memorial Field. The JBLL picture day will be June 6; the exact time is not available now. Visit the website at Broadchannelac.com 

Margaret Wagner sent the following: “This year the JBLL is dedicating the season to the BCAC Member of the Year, Patrick Minihane. The club lost this very dedicated member recently.  Pat could always be found on the field.  He coached softball and soccer. Pat also helped build and maintain our field house. His family volunteered many hours to the club and Pat was always one of the first guys to offer his help even if it meant bringing his three children and his wife to the field. The nice thing is that Pat always made the work seem like fun; he never complained about any of it. He will truly be missed by all the members.

”The BCAC Sponsor of the Year is Barbara Morris, owner of West End Realty.  Barbara is always very generous to the JBLL. She never forgets the children. It is because of our sponsors that we are able to keep little league affordable for children to play ball.  Without people like Barbara our field wouldn’t look as good as it does.  

”President Jimmy Trudden thanks all who were involved this year in getting our little league up and running.  It takes many many hours to prepare for the season the paperwork, bookkeeping, scheduling, field work, uniforms, equipment, opening day etc.  This year thanks to the hard work of Joel Miele, Dawn McIntyre, Karen Trudden, Robert Carricata, Margaret Wagner and John Bil we are just about ready to PLAY BALL!!!”

Happy Birthday to Sam Fretto, who was 3 years old on Monday, April 18. I hope you had a very special day, little fellow!

April— Fund Drive Month for BCVFD— is almost over. The BCVFD is asking for only $60 per family this year instead of $75. A little math tells us $60 for a year is a mere $5 per month. You can bring your donation to the firehouse or call them at 718 474-6888 so they can pick it up.

A two-session Defensive Driving Class will be held in St. Virgilius School lunchroom on two consecutive nights: Monday, May 2 and Tuesday, May 3 from 7 to 10 p.m. The course, sponsored by St. Virgilius Parents Association, gives up to 4 points off on license or 10% off auto insurance for each of three years-upon completion. Cost is $55 per person. There will be no exam given and refreshments will be served. Call Helen at 718 945-4648 or Cindy at 718 634-5449 to register for the course.

A Warbler Watch will take place at the Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, May 8 at 10 a.m. Bring your binoculars to this outing so you can see the spring birds which make use of the woodlands in the wildlife refuge. Make reservations for this event by calling 718-318-4340.

Help St. Virgilius School by getting and using Waldbaum’s Gift Cards when you shop at their food store. They come in different denominations: $25, $50 and $100. A portion of the card price bolsters school fundraising efforts. Gift cards are available during office hours at the rectory and school office or after the 5 p.m. Saturday mass. They can also be obtained by calling Dawn at 718 474-4182, Kieran at 718 474-6237 or Suzanne at 718 945-3922; gift cards obtained at these numbers will be delivered.

Know any friends who haven’t decided on the best school for their kids yet? Possibly pondering the choice yourself? St. Virgilius School is hosting an open house on Saturday, April 30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Friday, May 13 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 to 2 p.m. As they say on television: “Come on down!”

Dream Catchers, a workshop for adults, will be at the B.C. Library on Monday, May 2 at 5:30 p.m. Pamela Isaac will show attendees how to make and decorate dream catchers. Pre-register at 718 318-4943

If you have an item of news or information you would like to see in this space, please get the information to me by 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning if you want it to appear in the Wave on Friday of the same week. Send email to: Lizbcbits@aol.com

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