2007-02-02 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

Overall, the weather has been pretty good for this time of year. Even on some of the coldest days, the sun has beamed down on us, making it seem warmer than it actually is. A lot of kids (and some adults too!) wonder if we will have any accumulation of snow this winter. So far, we have had a dusting here and a flurry there, but not enough to shovel or for kids to play in. Still, we probably won't be buried under tons of snow.

St. Virgilius Golden Age is running a bus to Atlantic City on Wednesday, March 7. Trump Plaza Casino is the destination. The bus will leave from the corner of Noel Road and Cross Bay Boulevard at 8:30 a.m., sharp! The cost is $29 per person. Coin return is $20. For more information or to get a seat, call Dolores at 718-634-9472 or Margaret at 718-945-4967.

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 Blvd. 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.

On Sunday, February 25 there will be a Nature Walk at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge from 1p.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.

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 4 points off their license or save 10% on their auto insurance for 3 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.

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 3 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.

The library continues to bring us the latest in electronic gadgets and gizmos. "Wi-fi" is now available in the library. What is it? Wi-fi is wireless access to the internet. People who own laptop computers can bring them to the library and enjoy wireless internet without hooking up to anything. There are a few requirements though. First, you need a laptop or notebook computer. Next, you need a library card and a Personal Identification Number or PIN, both of which can be gotten at our library easily. Your computer needs to be equipped with a wireless interface- call library for specs on this. Make sure battery is fully charged because the library electric cannot be used for this. Lastly, if you want to listen to music or other audible programs, bring headphones. Have a good time surfing the 'net once you make sure to secure these items!

If we do get snowed on and it gets very cold, the streets and sidewalks will wind up coated with ice. It can be a real backbreaking job to get rid of the slippery stuff. Rock salt does the job fairly quickly and effectively, but it is a chemical and can be corrosive and burns the feet on cats and dogs. City laws do allow other substances to be used on that ice- sand, ashes and kitty litter to name three. They don't work as well and may require sweeping when the ice melts, but they're not chemicals, not corrosive and won't burn your pet's feet.

Here are some words from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: "The difficult we do immediately. The impossible takes a little longer."

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Email can be sent to: Lizbcbits@ aol.com

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