2007-03-02 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

An Unusual Winter
Commentary By Liz Guarino

Having all of those relatively warm days this past week was a welcome relief from the continued cold we were having before it came to stay for a bit. But winter isn't over yet. It will probably give us a couple of good blasts of cold before it moves over for the spring. It has been an unusual winter. A neighbor who came in from the Hawaiian Islands for Christmas, hoped for cold and a white Christmas, but went back home somewhat disappointed because of the relatively warm weather we had been enjoying! How many neighbors think we're having "crazy" weather?

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.

Christ Presbyterian Church is having Bingo on Friday, March 16 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 Broad Channel Pre-K will be hosting a night out with the band "Cry Baby" on Saturday, March 24 at Grassy Point. The band starts at 9:30 p.m. There will be 50/50's and raffles. There is a $5 cover charge.

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 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. Call for appointment.

An email arrived from a neighbor who noticed traffic cameras on the southbound side of Crossbay Boulevard at both Pitkin Avenue and Sutter Avenue in Ozone Park. These are in addition to the camera on the northbound side of Crossbay Boulevard at the Waldbaum's store in Howard Beach that another neighbor mentioned in her earlier email. Wherever you drive in the boroughs, don't forget to check for those pesky cameras. Only in the DOT do they know how many more of those cameras are going to be installed and where. Remember, there was money set aside for quite a few new cameras and they seem to appear overnight. If you do get a photo of your car running a red light, in the mail, there is no way you can beat the ticket!

Queens Library is making a time capsule to be opened in 100 years and they want your help in filling it. The whole idea of it is to show what life was like in 2007. They are collecting small items that will show people 100 years from now what our lives are like today. Here are some suggested items: T-shirts, hats or bracelets that are popular with kids; photographs (black and white, color or photocopies); school memorabilia; labels from food containers (don't bring the food though-just the labels); a magazine, TV Guides or comic books (all of it or just a page); advertisements; buttons/pins; key rings; trading cards; flyers for events; postcards; ID holders; small old toys that aren't played with anymore; ticket stubs from movies, concerts or shows. Creativity counts here. What do you think belongs in a time capsule? Items, of course, are not returned, so only bring items you don't want. No sharp objects. Put the item into a small Ziploc bag. Items need to be at the Broad Channel Library by Friday, March 16.

A note from Christ Presbyterian Church that was signed Rev. Andrea Zarou arrived and this is what it said: "Many thanks to all who came to our Pancake Supper and a big thank you to the winner of the 50/50, who made a very nice donation to the church. And thanks to all who attended our last two bingo nights. A great time was had by all."

BCVFD has a nice web site with many links. Check it out at: http:// www.broadchannelvfd.org/index.html

Have you been missing Books and Bagels? The group has been enjoying a nice long sabbatical and some really compelling non-fiction!

Hang onto your boxtops for education. They are used by the Parents Association of P.S. 47. They can be delivered to the school with a relative's or neighbor's child (who goes there) or make Power Road part of your daily walk and drop them off in the morning. (During the school year there is a box to collect them in the lobby of the school.)

What do you think of the following from G. C. Lichtenberg: "We cannot remember too often that when we observe nature, and especially the ordering of nature, it is always ourselves alone we are observing."

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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