Broad Channel Bits
Commentary By Liz Guarino
Spring had its official first day a couple of days ago. By the time you read this, the dirty white, cold, hard material that was everywhere on the ground last Saturday will have melted. Some folks who thought Spring had arrived in a warm temperature sense were sure surprised when the white stuff began to fall out of the sky Friday night. The loudest sound Saturday morning was the scrape of snow shovels as our neighbors cleared steps, sidewalks and cars. When the orange snowplow came to clear the street, it was surely a welcome sight!
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 50/50s and raffles. There is a $5 cover charge.
Sauerbraten Dinner, presented by Christ Presbyterian Church, will be available on Sunday, March 25 in the church hall from 3 p.m. till. Call the week before for reservations, which are a must. Donation of $10 per order. To place order, call: the Church at 718-945-3443, Janet at 718-318-6454 or Al at 718-474-0534.
An invitation from the congregation at Christ Presbyterian Church: "Come and celebrate the 20th anniversary of Rev. Andrea Zarou as pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church on Palm Sunday (April 1) from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Coffee and cake will be served. All are welcome."
On Saturday, March 24 from 10 a.m. through noon there will be a Spring Bird Walk at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Look for laughing gull, ibis, osprey and other birds that have returned to the area as you walk the West Pond Trail. Bring your binoculars and register by calling 718-318-4340.
Please note that the April 1 Brunch at the American Legion has been changed to April 29. This will be their last Brunch of the season.
In our front yard at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, the Herbert Johnson Lecture Series concludes with the final lecture. Held on Wednesday, March 28 at 7 p.m. the title of the lecture will be "Jamaica Bay's Ospreys, Owls and Falcons" and it is about three different kinds of feathered friends.
Last day to file applications for the Department of Sanitation's summer examination is Tuesday, March 27. The written exam is scheduled for Saturday, June 9, 2007. Applications are available online and at all the sanitation garages. Filing fee is $30. Sanitation workers starting salary is $26000, with retirement after 20 years with half pay. There are health benefits, vacation, sick pay and room for advancement. Candidates must be 21 and have a commercial driver's license or permit by the time of appointment. A high school diploma or GED is required. For further information call 311 or log onto: www.nyc.gov/sanitation
There was a very nice, interesting write up and a photograph on a neighbor and a mention of his family in a central Queens weekly last week. That newspaper interviewed Brett Tawil, owner of a day camp, who was born and raised in Belle Harbor and now lives in the Channel. Broad Channel has so many newsworthy people; it is nice when someone from our community gets covered by the media.
Last week I made a rare appearance at the meeting of the Golden Age. (Last time I saw everyone was in October) Anyway, last week I saw a lot of long-time friends wearing a lot of green! Some of the members graciously invited me to stay for their St. Patrick's Party and enjoy lunch, including exquisite home-baked Irish soda bread and other home-baked goodies.
It was nice to see everyone out and enjoying themselves in spite of the prediction of rain turning into snow that was supposed to take place later on in that afternoon. In addition to their recent bus ride to Atlantic City and all the other fun things they do, they have a very nice ending planned to this season's activities. They are going to take their appetites to the Empire Buffet in June and enjoy dining together as a great finish to the season.
Of course, there are no meetings of the Golden Age over the summer, but the seniors are planning a trip to see Rockaway Theatre Company's production of South Pacific. This local trip will be held in July. If you are a senior- and for this group it means 50 and over- drop into the meeting and see if you can join the group on these trips. There are quite a few new faces among the ranks in there- maybe yours will be one of the new faces! The seniors meet in the Christ Presbyterian Church Hall on the corner of Church and Noel Roads on Thursdays from 1 to 3:30 p.m. and from September through June.
To see about the trips, drop in at 12:45 p.m. before the formal beginning of the meeting.
P.S. 47 belongs to the General Mills box tops for education program, which has a website located at: www.boxtopsforeducation.com . Each of the designated box tops is worth 10 cents to the school. Products on which you can find these special box tops number in the hundreds and include: Ziploc bags; the many General Mills cereals and snack-type products; Bisquick; Bugles; Lloyd's bowl meals; Totinos Pizza Rolls; tube refrigerated dough products like Grands; Hamburger Helper; Old El Paso products; Betty Crocker baking products; Gold Medal flour; Yoplait yoghurt products and Nature Valley granola bars to name a few! The school can earn as much as $20,000 from each of three program components.
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