2008-02-08 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Commentary By Liz Guarino

The weather lately has been quite a mix. Rain, sun, clouds, wind, high and low temperatures have all paid us a visit! Some days it's hard to remember it's still winter. In other parts of the country, tons of snow is falling!

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 volies," Ed O'Hare, the Volie's president asks.

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 handson practice at photography of your own. Dress for that day's weather and bring your camera. Pre-registration is required; call 718-318-4340.

Christ Presbyterian Church will have Bingo on Friday, February 15 in the Church Hall on Noel and Church Roads. Doors open at 6 p.m.; early bird at 6:30 p.m. Bingo starts at 7 p.m. Coffee and cake will be served. Donation is $5 per person.

Speaking of bingo, the folks at Christ Presbyterian Church thank all those who braved the nasty weather to go to the church hall on February 1 for bingo.

There is still time to register for the upcoming BCAC/Jamaica Bay Little League 2008 Season without paying any late fee by doing so online until February 8. You will still receive a $10 discount per family. On-line registration will continue- but with a late fee- after February 8. There will be late registrations on February 9 and February 16 at the BCAC Memorial Field from 11 a.m. to noon. The registration fees are as follows: $100 for each child playing in the CYO program and $50 per child for the inhouse program. The CYO programs go by the child's year of birth: for boys it will be from 1993 to 2000, and for girls from 1993 to 1999. The in-house program is for ages three and up. The child must turn the age of three on or before May 1, 2008. If your child is in the CYO age groups, that is where they will be playing. 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! There will also be a $25 late fee. This year each family is required to participate in selling "Fantasy Baseball" raffles. Each family will get five raffle tickets, which need to be sold. The cost is $10 per ticket. The profits from this fundraiser will cover the cost for some capital improvements at the field.

On Sunday February 17 at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge from 1 to 3 p.m. learn how insects and other animals handle the deep cold of February. Sign up for this in advance at 718-318- 4340. Dress for the weather on that day.

On Sunday, February 24, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge check out the birds that are migratory but spend the winter in the refuge, and birds who live there year round. Sign up in advance at 718-318- 4340 and dress for that day's weather.

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 four 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 at 945-4648 or Cindy at 718-634-5449 to register. If you attended the course in March 2005, your certificate expires in March 2008.

Since we live in the middle of Jamaica Bay, this National Park Service series of lectures and presentations is sure to interest some neighbors: At the Jacob Riis Park bathhouse on three consecutive Wednesdays- February 6, 13 and 20 from 7 through 9 p.m. a Jamaica Bay history series will be held. On the 6th, there will be a look at 19th century Rockaway in its heyday as a summer resort. On the 13th, there will be a look at Jamaica Bay's lost cities. On he 20th, there will be a program on the life of Jacob Riis. All of these programs are free, but reservations are required. Sign up at 718-318 4300.

The January Civic Association meeting had information for B.C. residents. To revisit it a bit: According to guest speaker P.O. Darcy, Crime Prevention Officer, of the 100th Precinct homeowners can get a free security survey for their homes by phoning the precinct. Online people can sign up at nyc.gov to receive emergency notification of extreme weather conditions etc. The Eco Watchers reported that there will be Jamaica Bay Task Force Meeting at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on February 27.

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