2007-02-16 / Columnists

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Commentary By Liz Guarino

Commentary By Liz Guarino

There are more weeks of winter to get through. If we don't have snow, it will be fine with a lot of folks who don't mind the cold, but dislike the snow. One of our neighbors is literally counting the days until the first full day of spring arrives on March 21; she does a countdown like this every winter after the first of February. And she never forgets to subtract each new day.

BCAC/Jamaica Bay Little League 2007 Baseball/Softball Late/Final for the 2007 season. Registration will be held on Sunday, February 18 from noon to 2 p.m. Registration will be held at The BCAC Clubhouse located at the 1st Road field. Registration fee for the first child (7 or older) in each family is $100, second child costs $75 and the third child is $60. Tee ball/instructional registration (6 and younger) fee is $40 per child. Each family is also required to buy $25 in field maintenance raffles- there will be a prize of $500. The late fee per family is $25. Late registration taken only if there are openings for that specific division. Checks only; cash is not accepted. Visit their "new" website at http:// www.bcacny.com/

Christ Presbyterian Church is having Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper consisting of pancakes, sausages, juice, coffee or tea and cake. Cost for adults is $5; children are $3. It will be held on February 20 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the church hall. Deliveries are available by calling 718-945-3443 between 3:30 and 4:40 p.m.

The VFW is having a brunch on Sunday, February 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. On the menu are: choice of eggs, pancakes or waffles with bacon, ham or sausage; juice; home fries; roll and butter; coffee or tea and cake. Cost for adults $6 and children are half price. "Come down and enjoy a good breakfast!"

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 Cross Bay 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.

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.

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.

The 4th Annual Jane Fuller Memorial Brunch for Cancer Care will be held at the American Legion Hall on Sunday, March 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 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 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.

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. Call for appointment.

A note signed Rev. Andrea Zarou was in my mailbox and this is what it said: "We at Christ Presbyterian Church wish to thank all who came to our recent Friday night Game Night; it was on a very cold night. All had a great time. Thanks again."

Library card holders can have access to an impressive amount of reference material in the library system's databases if they are online. All that is needed is a PIN which can be gotten at the Broad Channel library. While you are there, ask about the library system's e-movies that can be downloaded free onto a mobile device.

A lot of folks are coughing with sore throats and runny. Is it a bad cold or the flu? When fever is present, it's worse than a cold. If illness came on quickly, it's probably not a cold. Are you very tired? If you are hacking rather than coughing an annoying dry cough, it's probably not a cold. If your appetite is poor, it's probably not a cold. It's probably not a cold if you have a headache with the other symptoms. If your muscles ache and you have chills and the rest of the symptoms, it's time to call your doctor!

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