2006-02-17 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

By the time you see this in the newspaper, the snow and ice may be gone—melted by the warm temps that have been predicted. We really got dumped on by Mother Nature last weekend. And it quickly froze and made walking all but impossible. Many folks were outside Sunday as soon as the snow stopped, breaking ice and shoveling their way along the curb. What a bitter day! It was great that very giving neighbors shoveled the walks for those who weren’t able. Folks who had the day off on Monday were really fortunate.

If you weren’t able to get to the first Jamaica Bay Little League registration for BCAC, they are holding late registration on Saturday, February 18 at the VFW Hall on Shad Creek Road. It will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is the final registration and there will be a $25 late fee. There is a Family Plan: for Baseball/Softball, it is $100 for the first child, $75 for the second child and $50 for the third child.  Cost for T-ball is $40 per child.  There is also a $50 field maintenance refundable deposit for 2 hours of volunteer work.

As a VFW Ladies Auxiliary fund raiser, there will be a Brunch at the VFW Hall on Shad Creek Road. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 26. There is a choice of any style eggs or pancakes or waffles; choose a meat from among bacon, ham or sausage. Have a Bloody Mary or screwdriver or just plain juice. Roll and coffee or tea and cake are also included. Price of brunch is $6.

Christ Presbyterian Church will be holding a Pancake Supper on Shrove Tuesday, February 28 (the day before Ash Wednesday) in the church hall on Church Road from 5 to 8 p.m. Adult price is $5 and children’s meal is $3. Price includes pancakes, sausage, juice, coffee or tea and cake. Home delivery is available; call 718 945-3443 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on that day.

“Thunder Cake,” a story by Patricia Polacco, will be read at the Library on Monday, February 27 at 4:30 p.m. for children ages 6 through 10. “Come enjoy the story and help us make a Thunder Cake of our own,” is the invitation from the Library. Pre-registration is required by calling 718 318-4943.

A Defensive Driving Course, sponsored by St. Virgilius P.A., will be given on Monday, March 20 and Wednesday, March 22 at St. Virgilius School at 16 Noel Road, Broad Channel, from 7 to 10 p.m. By attending, you can receive 10% off your car insurance for 3 years OR up to 4 points off your license. Course will be held in the lunchroom. Fee for course is $55. Seating is limited; reserve early. Payment in full guarantees a seat. (They are unable to hold a seat without payment.) No test is given. Refreshments will be served. To register, call Helen at 718 945-4648 or Cindy at 718 634-5449. People who attended the March, 2003 course will find that their certificates expire in March, 2006.

The Day of Recollection for People with Disabilities will take place on Saturday, February 25 at Immaculate Conception Center in Douglaston from 9:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. The day includes continental breakfast at arrival, inspiring talks, hot buffet lunch with ample time for socializing. There will be a Penance Service with opportunity for individual confession. Mass will be held at 3 p.m. and meets the Sunday obligation. Transportation is on your own. People without disabilities are needed to help at the event. If you want to attend, get in touch with me or phone 718 722-6112 or 6113.

The Broad Channel Pre-K will be hosting a bar night out on Saturday, March 25 at Grassy’s. Sixthboro will be playing at 9 p.m. There is a $5 cover charge and there will be a door prize and raffles. 

This news from PS 47: “On April 8 at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Hall partygoers will celebrate PS 47’s 85th Birthday. The cost is $30.00 per person which includes: hot buffet, beer, wine soda, and D.J. music.  A cash bar will also be available. Old pictures will be available for viewing; call your old friends and bring them along. It will be a GREAT NIGHT.”

“The Kite Runner,” a novel by Khaled Hosseini, is the book that will be discussed at the next meeting of Books and Bagels on Friday, February 24 at 10 a.m. in the Library.(A couple of the regulars at the group bumped into each other at a local gathering; it was generally agreed that the book is a very good one.) Neighbors who are not members of the group may enjoy the book on their own.

A Tax Assistance Program from AARP is available at the Library on Wednesdays and will be there through April 12. Call the branch at 718 318 4943 for program hours of availability.

It’s not too late to purchase the 2006 Broad Channel Historical Calendar, which contains vintage pictures of Broad Channel and times of high tide, (very valuable information to a seaside community!). Buy one for $5 from one of our local merchants.

A few words that could be food for thought: “The important thing in life is not the triumph, but the fight; the essential thing is not to have won, but to have fought well,” said Pierre Baron de Coubertin, founder of the Olympic Movement.

If you have news that you want published in this space, please get the information to me by 9:30 a.m. on the Tuesday before you need the item to appear in The Wave. Please sign your email; like the rest of the newspaper, I cannot publish info that comes without a name.

Send email to: Lizbcbits@aol.com

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