2007-12-21 / Columnists

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Merry Christmas And A Happy New Year
Commentary By Liz Guarino

The end of the year comes ever closer to us. To all who celebrate the holiday- a very Merry Christmas- one that is peaceful and serene and memorable.

The BCAC Jamaica Bay Little League has scheduled registration dates for the upcoming 2008 season. It is important to register on time so the league can set up the divisions and teams properly. This year both softball and baseball teams again will be put into the CYO program; there will be an in-house league for the younger kids ages 3 and up. The child must turn three on or before May 1, 2008 as the CYO programs go by the child's year of birth. Registration dates are on Saturday, January 19, 2008 and Saturday, January 26, 2008 from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. at the VFW hall located at Shad Creek Road and Cross Bay Boulevard. Registration fees are $100 for each child playing in the CYO program, and $50 per child for the in-house program. Each family is also required at registration to purchase $25 in Field Maintenance Raffles. You will receive five tickets for a chance at winning a prize of $500! You can either put your name on them or sell them yourselves. There will be a $25 late fee charged for anyone who registers after January 26, 2008.

Late registrants will only be accepted if there is space in the specific division for that child. This year each family must participate in selling Fantasy Baseball raffles. Each family will get five (5) raffle tickets to sell at $10 per ticket. The profits from this fundraiser will cover the cost for some capital improvements at the field. Save money by using online registration and payment service. Go to www.bcacny.com and go to the registration link and follow the instructions; save $10 per family for registering online. You must register online before or on January 31, 2008 to avoid paying a $25 late fee. Please register on time, so the league can properly set up the teams and divisions.

A letter from Dan McIntyre, Chief of the BCVFD: "The BCVFD will once again be helping Santa with early Broad Channel area deliveries. You may arrange for Santa to stop by your home on Christmas Eve by contacting the firehouse any evening at the nonemergency number. We will assist Santa until 11 p.m. When you call, please provide address, contact phone number and number of children Santa will be seeing. Due to Santa's busy schedule, we ask that you call for visits ASAP so we can accommodate as many visiting times as possible. A donation of $25 is requested. Checks are preferred, but cash will be accepted by Santa's helpers."

A bus ride to Atlantic City's Trump Plaza Casino on Tuesday, January 22, 2008, is being sponsored by St. Virgilius Golden Age. The bus will leave from the corner of Noel Road and Cross Bay Boulevard at 8:30 a.m. sharp! Cost is $30 per person; coin return is $25 with a food coupon worth $5. For a seat on the bus, contact Margaret at 718-945-4967 or Dolores at 718-634-9472.

The BCVFD said their junior department is gaining members. Their numbers have been expanded by six new recruits. They are actively seeking members for the Junior department. Boys between 12 and 17 years old and girls between 14 and 17 are invited to join the ranks. Their programs are sanctioned by the Boy Scouts of America and Explorers Program, as well. Many events are planned for the young members; a trip to the FDNY Museum in Manhattan was planned for December. The junior volunteers department offers a great place to learn about emergency services firsthand; juniors also learn dispatch operations firsthand and will learn all aspects of fire prevention as well. The program involves young people in productive activities and instills a sense of community in them, too.

The BCVFD is also looking for members for the Senior Department. The minimum age is 18 years; there is no maximum. If you can answer a phone, you can provide needed help to the vollies. They will provide training for any level the trainees feel comfort with. They provide free EMT classes for individuals who are interested; they also provide training in firefighting operations. If you want to help your community and neighbors, please contact the firehouse any evening and an application will be delivered to you. Ambulances, fire engines and firehouses need good people to staff them!

In your holiday feasting, don't forget about box tops and labels for education products. The labels/box tops are used by elementary schools to get equipment for the schools. The Parents Association of P.S. 47 uses the box tops, while the parochial schools on the Rockaway peninsula use the labels. If you find yourself using any of the products that offer these proofs, don't forget to save the label or box top for the schools.

The house of one of our neighbors, Carolann from 13 Road, will be featured on a program on the A & E network (channel 46) in an upcoming episode that will air fairly soon. "Paranormal State," which is on television Monday nights from 10 to 11 p.m., was filmed at her house earlier this year. Carolann has detailed her experiences of living in a haunted house for 12 years in a book, "A Haunting In Broad Channel." The book has not yet been published. It is a tale of footsteps, apparitions, voices, whispers, objects being moved, television going on and off spontaneously and other happenings, with no corporeal beings attached to these paranormal phenomena.

If you have news that belongs in this column, 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 or letter; like the rest of the newspaper, I cannot publish info that comes without a name. Email can be sent to: Lizbc bits@aol.com

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