2008-01-18 / Community

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

The snow we were told to expect earlier this week, fortunately, did not hit us at all. Nassau and Suffolk counties got a dusting that was visible on the grassy areas along the Southern State Parkway Monday morning. Upstate and other parts of our country got a good amount of snow, but we escaped. Of course, some folks enjoy snow tremendously and may have been disappointed. Other folks might prefer a winter without the worry of getting around in the snow. If a lot of the white stuff falls, it is a bit harder to get around, especially if you don't have four wheel drive or snowshoes!

A bus ride to Atlantic City to the Trump Plaza Casino on Tuesday, January 22 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 Saturday, January 19 and Saturday, January 26 from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. at the VFW Hall 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. At registration, each family is required to purchase $25 in Field Maintenance Raffles for a chance at winning $500! There will be a $25 late fee charged for anyone registering after January 26.

This year both softball and baseball teams again will be put into the CYO program; there will be an in-house league for kids ages 3 and up. The child must turn three on or before May 1, 2008 (CYO programs go by the child's year of birth). Late registrants are accepted only if there is space in the specific division. This year each family will get five raffle tickets to sell at $10 per ticket. Profits will cover the cost of capital improvements at the field. Save $10 per family for registering online. On www.bcacny.com go to the registration link and follow the instructions. Register online by January 31, 2008 to avoid paying a $25 late fee.

This important news arrived too late to put it in the January newsletter: "HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program) is a federally funded energy assistance program created to help households meet rising energy costs. ANYONE CAN APPLY. The nearest intake site is the Margert Community Corporation, 325 Beach 37 Street, Far Rockaway 781-471-3724. Additional information will be available at the civic association meeting on January 24."

Last week's times were incorrect due to a production error. Please note corrected times: Christ Presbyterian Church will have Bingo on Friday, February 1. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Early Bird will be at 6:45 p.m. Games begin at 7 p.m. A $5 donation is requested; coffee and cake will be served.

On Sunday, January 20 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge kids age 4 and over and their families can take part in "Who's Sleeping at Jamaica Bay." Learn about hibernation: Indoor and outdoor activities. Dress for that day's weather. Pre-registration is a must; call 1718 318-4340.

A little reminder that next week will bring us the first Civic Association meeting of the New Year. It would be the greatest thing to see the VFW packed for the meeting as it used to be. The meeting is held on the 4th Thursday of the months of January, February, March, April, May, June, September and October. In November the 4th Thursday is Thanksgiving; if there's a fifth Thursday, the meeting is held that night. Otherwise, the meeting is held on the first Thursday in December. There are only 9 meetings a year and 9 issues of the newsletter, The Channel News. Its distribution staff works hard to get it in each mailbox before or on the same day as the civic association meeting. The meeting is held in the VFW Hall on Shad Creek Road at 7:30 p.m.; in January it's on the 24th. A new slate of officers marks this new year. Hope to see you at the meeting.

One of our neighbors gave me a (never used) cookbook and asked me to find a good home for it. It's called The Cake Mix Doctor by Anne Byrn. A few years old, it looks brand new. Intended for a person who enjoys baking, it has recipes for turning an ordinary cake mix into an extraordinary cake. If baking cakes is your thing, fire me an email or drop a note. In it, tell (briefly) how you will put the cookbook to good use; grammar, spelling and punctuation are not important. The person with the best reason for wanting the cookbook will be its new owner. (It has a lot of color pictures in it, showing how the cakes [should] look when they're done.) The winner's name will be printed only if he/she wants it. There is only one cookbook.

By the way, I almost forgot to say- thanks to the neighbors who sent me cards and greetings with good wishes for the holidays!

Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS) helps residents by providing courses in home maintenance. NHS also provides emergency loans for home repair or remodeling and winter is a great time to take care of indoor remodeling projects. To find the local NHS, go online to www.nhsnyc.org or call 1-866-NHS-OFNY.

If you have news that belongs in this column, please get the item(s) to me by Tuesday by 9 a.m. of the week in which the item is to appear.

Email can be sent to: Lizbcbits@aol.com

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