2008-01-25 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Commentary By Liz Guarino

It is not always obvious from the temperature that it is winter. When the winter winds whistle through the tree branches and house eaves, it is quite a sound. For some reason the sound seems to make the temperature feel colder. Anyway, it's good weather to pull out an extra blanket and curl up in front of the television set with a steaming mug of hot soup or cocoa nearby. Not to worry though- spring always comes after even the harshest of winters!

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 Saturday, February 2 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge take part in "Ground Hog Day Walk." As you walk around the pond and look for the groundhog, listen to folklore and learn wildlife ecology. Dress for that day's weather. Preregistration is a must; call 1718- 318- 4340.

Broad Channel Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Corps will have its 103rd Installation Dance on Saturday, February 9 from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at Roma View Catering, on Cross Bay Boulevard in Howard Beach. Cost is $60 per person; it includes full bar, champagne toast, sit-down dinner, coffee, dessert and music. For tickets or further information, call Danny at 347-678-5857 or Eddie at 718-318- 5504.

"Why not attend this year and have some fun, while showing support of your local vollies!"

A Defensive Driving Course sponsored by St. Virgilius Church (all proceeds benefit St. Virgilius Religious Education Program) will be held on Wednesday, March 12 and Thursday, March 13 from 7 to 10 p.m. in the School Building, 16 Noel Road, Broad Channel in the lunchroom. For attending this course you can receive 10% off your car insurance for 3 years OR up to 4 points off your license. Cost is $60. Seats are limited. Payment in full guarantees a seat. No test is given and refreshments will be served. Call Helen 945-4648 or Cindy 634-5449 to register. If you attended the course in March 2005, your certificate expires in March 2008.

On Sunday, February 10 from 1 to 3 p.m., will be time for photography at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Look at nature images indoors with photographer Alice Hughey. Afterward, move outdoors for some hands-on practice at photography of your own. Dress for that day's weather and bring your camera. Pre-registration is required; call 718-318-4340.

Broad Channel and its residents, homes and location seem to be getting a lot of media attention these days- sometimes even on television. Carolann's 13th Road house was featured in an episode on A & E (cable network channel 46). The show aired on Monday, January 21 at 10 p.m. and was rebroadcast on Tuesday, January 22 at 2:30 a.m. Carolann has also written a book, "A Haunting in Broad Channel," about her experiences living in a house that is haunted. The book is in printing production now and will be available soon. (When I get the exact availability date, I will print it.)

The BCAC Jamaica Bay Little League has scheduled registration dates for the upcoming 2008 season. Registration is 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.

An article about Broad Channel real estate was in the Queens Courier newspaper recently (January 10). The newspaper is archived online. Interestingly, the photo that accompanies the article is really two photos in one place- the display on the monitor switches from one to the other of two Broad Channel homes. That's one effect you can't find anywhere on paper- at least not yet! The article is available online at: http://www.queenscourier. com/articles/2008/01/10/quee nsbusinessmain/neighborhood_spotlight/ news03.txt for those with PC's who would like to read it. Or take your laptop to the library. The library has online PC's for those who do not have laptops or home access. If you need a hand with the library equipment, just ask for help; it should be readily available.

The BCVFD is looking for photos of the following Chiefs- in uniform would be great but out of uniform is ok, too: Chris Hoobs, Otto Sporks, Tod Carey, George Stemler, Henny Wachaitis, C. Young, K. Koerner, G. Strickland. If anyone knows where we can get photos of these men, it would be greatly appreciated. Original photos will be returned.

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. Please sign your email or note; 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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