2007-01-26 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino


It has been seasonably cold of late with some windy days too. When the sun shines, it somehow seems to feel less cold. But when the winds blow powerfully, it doesn't matter if the sun is visible or not- it feels much colder than it is- that 'wind chill' really makes a very negative difference. The wind seems to blast straight through clothing, no matter how much layering there is. And that isn't the only thing it pushes around- trash pails and their lids often blow far away- never to be seen again. Or, located a month later- as one of our lucky neighbors found!

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 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.

A two-session Defensive Driving Course, sponsored by St. Virgilius Church, will be held on Monday, March 12 and Tuesday, March 13 from 7 to 10 p.m. in the lunchroom of St. Virgilius School. Those completing the course will get up to four points off their license or save 10% on their auto insurance for three years. The cost of the course is $60. There will be no test; refreshments will be served. Seating is limited. Call Helen at 718-945-4648 or Cindy at 718-634-5449 to register. If you took the course in March 2004, your certificate expires in March 2007.

On Sunday, February 25 there will be a Nature Walk at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Participants will look for the earliest signs of spring as they walk the trails. They may spot birds such as red wing blackbirds which migrate to the area every year. Courtship behavior may be seen in winter waterfowl. Bring binoculars. Signing up in advance is necessary. Call 718-318-4340.

Story Time/Picture Book Time for preschoolers will have its last meeting on Wednesday, January 31 at 11 a.m. at the Library. For children ages 3 ½ to 5 years, this program is popular and held more than once each year. It features music, stories, games and other activities suitable for the preschool set.

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 will be held on Wednesday nights at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Cross Bay Boulevard beginning on February 7. The first presentation will be a discussion with Dan Hendrick whose book is 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.

In an ongoing program, the Library still encourages library patrons 16 years old or younger to read and pay off library fines on their cards. All the young people have to do is go to the library and read for at least a half hour to get Library Bucks worth $1 toward existing fines. If they read for an hour, they earn Bucks worth $2 off their fines. There are rules to this offer, so check it out with the librarian.

Kids in grades K through 12 can get help with their homework through a website provided by the Library system. If the kids have access to the internet, they can go to the: home work NYC.org website. Site will offer help from teachers and professional tutors with any subject in the school curriculum including religion. It even offers a printable library card application. Kids can also get ideas for their school projects and the site refers good sources of information, such as encyclopedias and dictionaries.

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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