2008-02-01 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Commentary By Liz Guarino

One of our neighbors is no fan of winter cold. She absolutely hates the weather- would like to be in Florida all winter, every winter. She keeps a countdown of the days till the first day of spring ready in her mind; she starts with her count the first day of winter. Anyone who even mentions spring within her earshot is given an accurate number of days till then. A lot of folks think it's funny until a bitter cold day comes along- you know, one of those days that take your breath away the second you're outdoors. Then someone always asks this neighbor: "How many days did you say it is till spring?"

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. Pre-registration is a must; call 718- 318-4340.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper at Christ Presbyterian Church Hall on February 5 from 5 p.m. to 8p.m., enjoy juice, pancakes and sausages as well as coffee, tea and cake. The price is $7 for adults, $3 for children. If delivery is wanted, call between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. that day; phone 718-945-3443.

Broad Channel Volunteer Fire & 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!"

An American Legion Auxiliary Brunch is scheduled for Sunday, February 10 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall. Eggs any style, Freedom Toast and Pancakes are on the menu.

On Sunday, February 10 from 1 p.m. 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.

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 of your car insurance for three years OR up to 4 points off of 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 718-945-4648 or Cindy 718-634-5449 to register. If you attended the course in March 2005, your certificate expires in March 2008.

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.

When I moved here all those years ago, civic association meetings were very well-attended, crowded even. Well, last week's civic association meeting wasn't crowded at all. But it was a very interesting meeting, with lots of information for residents. I had forgotten how much material gets mentioned there- items that are helpful/informative/ necessary for everyone at one time or another. Most other communities do not have a civic association at all and therefore have no formal body to fight back for them if influence or money or (political or otherwise) power push something like a group home or other contentious thing they might not want on them anyway. When there's no civic association in an area, the residents usually find things out too late to stop them. Broad Channel is fortunate to have such an organization in place already, but it needs more people to help; the meeting I attended had about a dozen or so concerned members. It would be nice to see the VFW crowded on civic meeting night again!

Anyway, here is a bit of what was of importance at the meeting: Some of the American Littoral Society members are cleaning the beach area of debris on this side of the North Channel Bridge on Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m. Any neighbors who want to help keep this little corner of our neighborhood clean in this effort are welcome to come and join in. It will be greatly appreciated as the debris left on the beach can wash into the bay and pollute the water and kill the fish and other creatures living in the bay.

Our community affairs police officer, P.O. Darcy, was at the meeting and spoke about crime in the area, the rate of which is very low from outside people coming into the community. He did say that there is a tendency not to report any crime that does occur here.

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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