2007-01-19 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Commentary By Elizabeth Guarino


Last week we started to get temperatures that are more appropriate to this time of year. Still, compared to other places in our country, we have really been fortunate. So far, we have had none of the blizzards or temperatures near zero that they have been dealing with in the western and Midwestern parts of our country.

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 VFW is having a brunch on Sunday, January 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. On the menu is a choice of: eggs (any style), pancakes or waffles with bacon, ham or sausage and coffee or tea and cake. Adults cost $6 and children are half-price.

The firehouse will conduct a CPR course on Sunday, January 21 at 11 a.m. 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.)

"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. 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 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.

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.

The Broad Channel American Legion Auxiliary will sponsor a girl to attend the 2007 Empire Girls State session at SUNY in Brockport, New York. The Empire Girls State is a weeklong hands-on workshop on government through which the American Legion Auxiliary attempts to educate young women in the duties, rights and responsibilities of American citizenship.

It is hoped that each Girl State citizen will return home with a better understanding of how to participate in the functions of government at the local, county and state levels. Many girls from Queens and from the neighborhood of Broad Channel have attended this program through Broad Channel American Legion Auxiliary sponsorship.

Girls must be between 15 and 18, in the upper third of her class, and be members of the junior class in high school and planning to enter senior year. Girls must be recommended by the principal or superintendent as to qualities of leadership, character, honesty, cooperation and maturity. Candidates must be physically fit and willing to participate in all phases of the program, including the flag ceremonies.

The Empire Girls State program has been certified through the New York State Board of Regents and each Girl State citizen has the opportunity to earn three college credits. If your daughter or someone you know meets these qualifications, contact your local American Legion Post by February 2007 so they can be considered as a Girl State citizen for this year.

All of the mobility equipment that was available through one of our neighbors has been taken. Thanks to those who were interested and made inquiries.

George Orwell, who wrote the novels Animal Farm and 1984, left these words behind him: "To see what is in front of one's nose needs a constant struggle."

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Email can be sent to: Lizbcbits@aol.com

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