2007-12-28 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Commentary By Liz Guarino

It's that time of year once again- time to say "so long" to the old year and bring in the new one in a style that suits you. Some folks enjoy going to bed, sleeping through the midnight revelry and waking up in a brand new year. Others will party the night away into the wee hours and the next day. Of course, there are a lot of choices in between. Whatever you choose to do- have a happy, safe, and fun New Year's Eve. See you next year!

A bus ride to Atlantic City to the 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 Blvd 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 BCAC Jamaica Bay Little League has scheduled registration dates for the upcoming 2008 season. 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 inhouse 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.

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 three 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. 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 the online registration and payment service on 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.

On Saturday, December 29 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, learn about winter bird guests with bird pro Ron Bourke. Dress for the weather. Bring binoculars. Sign up at 718-318-4340.

The BCVFD is 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!

COMING SOON: The BCVFD Annual Dance will be held on Saturday, February 9. It will be held at Roma View on Cross Bay Boulevard. in Howard Beach.

A few weeks ago, I asked if anyone knew the first name of a man who worked on shoe repair on Cross Bay Boulevard. years ago. Last week, I got an email with a lot of interesting information in it. Here is (most) of it: "My name is John (Jack) Goetke. My father, John Peter, owned the tailor shop on Cross Bay Boulevard and rented a space to Mr. Minei, the shoemaker. His first name is Lorenzo. I worked for my father on weekends while in college prior to going into the Army in 1944. Mr. Minei, "Minei", as we called him, used to sing operatic arias while mending shoes and, for the most part, was a pleasant man.

I always read The Wave online and particularly enjoy references to Broad Channel. I was four months old when my family arrived there in 1925 and remained there until marrying in 1955 and moving to New Jersey. We moved back and stayed from '60 until '64, again returning to New Jersey. I still return for occasional visits. We now live about five miles from the beach so I can still get 'sand in my shoes!'"

Did you see the American Legion Hall on television last week? The 10-daylong Access-A-Ride strike was ended when the striking drivers signed their agreement to accept the terms they and management had arrived at; the signing occurred at the American Legion in Broad Channel; one of the spots was on NY 1 News, a cable station. The drivers returned to work last Thursday. During the strike, which lasted longer than a lot of subscribers thought it would, elderly and disabled New Yorkers who use the service cancelled doctor and other appointments and mostly didn't travel.

Please note the early deadline again this week. The column has to be at The Wave on Monday, which- of course- is New Year's Eve.

Email can be sent to: Lizbcbits@aol.com

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