2007-02-09 / Columnists

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Commentary By Liz Guarino

Commentary By Liz Guarino

Winter weather seems to have set in for awhile- only time will tell how much and how severe the winter in front of us will be. The colder temperatures and heavy winds can be dangerous for older people and anyone who has a balance problem- they can literally be blown off their feet; otherwise, it can be very invigorating if you're dressed for the elements- or if you're not outdoors for too long. It must be hard to be a mail carrier, beat police officer or to have any other job that requires outdoor work- all day, every day- this time of the year!

There are two brunches coming up at the American Legion Hall: one on Sunday, February 11 and the other on Sunday, March 11 both from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The latter is the 4th Annual Jane Fuller Memorial Brunch for Cancer Care.

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 Crossbay 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.

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.

The second in a series of lecture workshops having historical subjects pertaining to Jamaica Bay on Wednesday will be held at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Crossbay Boulevard in the visitors' center. It will be a presentation on Robert Moses and Jamaica Bay and will take place on February 21. The final presentation on the role of railroads and trolleys in developing Jamaica Bay will be held on February 28. The workshops will begin at 7 p.m.

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.

Tax Counseling for older adults will be held at the Broad Channel Library every Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. First come, first served. Tax counselors are trained by the IRS. Sponsored by AARP; there is no charge for this service.

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.

Coming to Fort Tilden this spring will be an all-day Literary Festival/ Writers' Conference- a first for the area! On Sunday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. it will take place in T6, T7, and on the Moon Stage on Fort Tilden. The event is expected to attract lots of new and beginning writers. I will be there.

If you have ever thought of the writing field as a place to aim yourself, show up.

Whether you're 14 or 74, you may learn something that will launch you toward a writing career!

Neighborhood Housing Services helps residents by providing courses in home maintenance as well as emergency loans for home repair or remodeling. To find the local NHS, go online to www.nhsnyc.org or call 1-866-NHS-OFNY.

HEAP helps elderly and disabled New Yorkers with a one time grant for heating their homes. There are guidelines to meet to qualify for this assistance.

For an application, simply call 311.

These words are from an actor, Oscar Homolka (1898-1978): "To really enjoy the better things in life, one must first have experienced the things they are better than."

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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