2007-01-12 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

No Snow, But Snowflake Bingo
Commentary By Liz Guarino


We have had some seasonal weather, without the snow and sandwiched between days where temperatures reach the 50's. How weird is the current weather for this time of year? Do you wish it would just get cold and stay cold? If you long for lower temperatures, you have a lot of company!

Snowflake Bingo will be held on Friday, January 19 with a $150 Jackpot. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.; games will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall on Cross Bay Boulevard in Broad Channel. Admission is $5 and includes admission board and jackpot, coffee and cake. Beer and soda will be sold. There will be raffle prizes and cash 50/50. All proceeds will go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

The American Legion Auxiliary is hosting a Sunday Brunch on January 14 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall on Cross Bay Boulevard. Eggs any style, omelets, pancakes and freedom toast are on the menu as well as home fries, coffee and cake; plus choice of bacon, sausage or ham.

The firehouse will conduct a CPR course on Sunday, January 21 at 11 a.m. This course will be held in the VFW Hall on Shad Creek Road. When the course is completed, a certification card will be issued. CPR can make the difference between life and death. The use of CPR in an emergency could save someone you love or work with. The fee for this class is $50; it is a small expenditure when you consider the special lifesaving knowledge you will learn. Groups are welcome to attend. (Important: Date for this workshop has been changed. Last week it was reported as scheduled for Saturday, January 20; that date has changed to Sunday, January 21.)

An email arrived and this is what it said: "Don't know what to do with those Christmas Gifts you will never use? Well, why not donate them to make money for Cystic Fibrosis? We are looking for raffle prizes- no item is too big or too small. Call Ginger 718-318-5504 or Erin 718-318-2330 for pickup.

The 2007 registration for the BCAC Jamaica Bay Little League will be held on Saturday, January 13 and Saturday, January 20 from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m.. Registration will take place at the VFW Hall located on Cross Bay Boulevard and Shad Creek Road.

Registration fees are as follows: $100 for the first child; $75 for the second child, and $60 for the third child (ages 7 and up). The fee for T-ball/Instructional is $40 per child (ages 3 to 6). There will be a $25 Late Fee assessed after January 20. Late registration is offered only if there are openings available for that specific division. Each family is also required to purchase $25 in "Field Maintenance" raffles. The prize will be $500 in cash. These funds help to offset the costs of upgrading and maintaining the "new" field.

Story Time/Picture Book Time for preschoolers will continue to meet on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Library until Wednesday, January 31. For children ages 3 ½ to 5 years, this program features music, stories, games and other activities suitable for the preschool set.

If real Christmas trees have not been picked up from the curb by the time you see this, the DOS will pick them up by Tuesday, January 16. Trees will be chipped, mixed with leaves, and made into compost for NYC's parks and other green spaces. This mulch is generally available to residents for use in their own gardens, tree pits and the community gardens. Contact DOS online or call 311.

On Saturday, January 20 from 10 a.m. to noon join "Winter Birding on the Bay" with naturalist, Don Riepe at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Walk along refuge trails and find winter waterfowl in the bay's wetlands; find owls, hawks and snowbirds too. Binoculars are a must; bring lunch. Reservations are a must; phone 718-318-4340.

Kids aged 7 to 12 will have their own winter birding workshop on Sunday, January 28 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. This workshop has indoor and outdoor sections in which kids will have practice with bird identification. They will also learn about different adaptations birds have made to insure their survival. Kids should wear outdoor-appropriate clothing and bring binoculars. Reservations are a must.

A series of lecture workshops having historical subjects pertaining to Jamaica Bay on Wednesday nights will be held at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Cross Bay Boulevard beginning on February 7. The first presentation will be a discussion with Dan Hendrick who is the author of a book on Jamaica Bay. A presentation on Robert Moses and Jamaica Bay will take place on February 21 and the role of railroads and trolleys in developing Jamaica Bay will be held on February 28. All three workshops will begin at 7 p.m.

I got an email from the Ladies Auxiliary Post 1404 and this is what it said: "The Ladies Auxiliary- along with the Broad Channel Crafters- would like to thank everyone who attended their Craft Fair in December. The event was a huge success and the proceeds of $4,100.00 was sent to the Wounded Warrior Project in Jacksonville, Florida. We look forward to making this a yearly event, so mark your calendars for the first weekend of December, 2007."

Mobility equipment is available through one of our neighbors. Crutches, canes and walkers of various kinds will be available for anyone who is in need or knows someone who needs this equipment. Send an email detailing need.

If you or your organization has news that belongs 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. Email can be sent to:

Lizbcbits@aol.com

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