2006-03-24 / Community

Broad Channel Bits

Spring has sprung-officially, that is. But the weather will probably do its warm/cold thing for a few more weeks. Then we will get to watch the greening of our corner of the world as the lawns begin to brighten in color and tiny little buds appear on the trees. Ah, spring! Poets write poems about it; songs celebrate it, and we get to watch it unfold and sprout.

On Sunday, March 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. there will be a Brunch at the VFW. The menu offers a choice of any kind of eggs, pancakes or waffles with bacon, sausage or ham and home fried potatoes, which comes with a screwdriver or bloody Mary. Or just enjoy the juice. Diners can also order a garbage omelet; price for it is $7. Otherwise, adult cost is $6 and children are half price.

Sauerbraten Dinner will be at Christ Presbyterian Church in the church hall on Sunday, March 26 from 3 p.m. on. Cost is $10. Reservations are a must. Call Joyce at 718 474-7769 or Janet at 718 318-6454 or the church at 718 945-3443.

The writer of the following email wants to be sure that everyone in the Channel who owns a car is alerted to her message. It is about "... the recent rash of car break-ins in the Channel. Apparently there have been a large number of cars broken into over the past several weeks. Those responsible are looking for quick cash, cigarettes, CDs and radios.They rob from cars blocks at a time.Everyone whose car has been affected should report it to the precinct.Making a WRITTEN REPORT is a must! Just phoning it in to the precinct means nothing-the police do not consider that a report. You will probably be discouraged from making a written report, but must insist. If there is to be police presence here, people must make written reports. The only way we can get a squad car to ride around is if everyone reports these break-ins in writing."

Books and Bagels book discussion group will discuss Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd on Friday, March 24 at 10 a.m.

Independent Marine Corps Cadets, a military style organization, is recruiting young men and women, ages 11 to 18 to become future cadets. Cadets learn the basics of being in the military and are taught a variety of lessons to help build confidence and self-esteem as well as pride and teamwork. Cadets meet on Wednesday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. at the American Legion Hall on Cross Bay Blvd. in Broad Channel. For more information, contact Col. Cannella at 718 845-0496 or send email to: ColCan1@aol.com

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.

The St. Virgilius Parents Association will hold the drawing in their $10,000 Giveaway on Sunday, March 26 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the American Legion Hall. Grand Prize is $10,000 and there will also be 17 secondary prizes. Each ticket purchased allows two people to attend the giveaway drawing and cocktail party at the Legion Hall.

Open House will be heldfor the Broad Channel Pre-K on Thursday,April 6 at 9 a.m.Registration will be held on Thursday,April 13 at 7 p.m.

The Shad Creek Association presents its 1st Annual Flounder Derby to be held on Saturday, April 8. Start time is at 7 a.m. Weigh-in is at 3 p.m., SHARP. Captain's meeting and sign-up is on Wednesday, April 5 at 7 p.m. at the clubhouse, which is located 529 Crossbay Blvd. Broad Channel. Entry fee is $20 per angler. Prize money stands at: 1st Place $400, 2nd Place $200 and 3rd Place is $100. There will be a $10 per boat calcutta for total weight of 3 flounder. There will be food and beverages at the Weigh-In Party. More information is available from: www.Shad CreekAssociation.org.

There will be two fishing derbies-this one-and the other will be sometime in July.

PS 47 will celebrate its 85 th birthday on Saturday, April 8 at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Hall. 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 yourold friends and bring them along. It will be a GREAT NIGHT!" promised one of our neighbors.

A few people have asked if the quest for a typist went well. Thanks for your interest in this. It did go well. Altogether 11 people responded-quite a number when you think about it. A final decision will probably have been made by the time you read this.

Even though there is construction at the Wildlife Refuge on an ongoing basis, the programs continue. On Sunday, March 26 at 10 a.m. folks can hike around the refuge with Don Riepe in a search for migrating birds like the egret and the ibis. Don't forget to register for this NYC Audubon Early Spring Migration Walk by phoning 718 318-4340. Bring binoculars.

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.

Did you know that the launch of a Rockaway radio station is being worked on by a non-profit organization?

I will try to reach someone involved with the effort and get more details for a future column.

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