2007-02-23 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

With Higher Temperatures, Lots Of Activities
Commentary By Liz Guarino

Except for this week's higher temperatures, old man winter has the firm grasp of his icy fingers on our part of the world. Some days have been so bad, it feels like he'll never let go! But, there are only a few more weeks before the spring officially gets here and some flowers will poke their purple heads out of the hard ground or even snow and check out the sun. I hope no one slipped and fell on the ice last week. Until it warms up outside, bundle up, don't stay outdoors too long- and step carefully if there's ice on the sidewalks and streets.

Christ Presbyterian Church is having Bingo on Friday, February 23 in the Church Hall on Noel and Church Roads. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; early bird at 6:45 p.m. Bingo starts at 7 p.m. Coffee and cake will be served. Donation is $5 per person.

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 $6.00 and children are half price. "Come down and enjoy a good breakfast!"

The last 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 Blvd. in the visitors' center. In this final presentation there will be a look at the role of railroads and trolleys in developing Jamaica Bay; it will be held on February 28. The workshop 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 Blvd. 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.

One of our neighbors sent an email with information that is important to drivers who are headed to the Belt Parkway. She related that there is another red light camera or two in Howard Beach. One is on the east side of Cross Bay Blvd. at the light by Waldbaum's. Our neighbor said that the camera might be for southbound drivers as well. When you drive there, check it out. And keep your eyes peeled wherever you go. Remember, there was money set aside for quite a few new cameras, which seem to appear overnight.

It's not too late to get the 2007 Broad Channel Historical Calendar, which not only contains vintage pictures of Broad Channel but also the current times of high tide, (which is very valuable information to a seaside community!). Buy one for $5 at O'Macs, All American Deli, New Grassy Point Hotel or at a Civic Association meeting or from a member of the Historical Society.

In the month of March there will be another lecture series at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. The new building has a nice auditorium. This is also a good time of year to volunteer at the Refuge. Call 718-318-4340 or drop in. Volunteers outnumber employees in the national parks? Of permanent, temporary, and seasonal employees there are approximately 20,000; volunteers in Parks number about 125,000. Over 2 billion of our tax dollars fund the national parks. Did you know that 224,298 people visited the JBWR in 2006?

If you are online, here is a link to the Wildlife Refuge: http://www.nps. gov/ archive/gate/jbu/jbu_home.htm According to the site, high school and college students can take advantage of service internships with the National Park Service.

There are links to more information for interested parties.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, who was a writer and poet who lived (and died) in the 1800's left us the following: "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."

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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