2008-02-15 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Take A Trip To The Wildlife Sanctuary
Commentary By Liz Guarino

Did you go to the Wildlife Refuge last Sunday to see the black and white photographs taken there at various times of the year and at different places in the refuge? Alot of folks were disappointed that the photographer, Alice M. Hughey, was ill and would not be appearing that afternoon. That day was a cloudless, sunshine-filled day a good time to visit the visitor center in the refuge. The new building is beautiful, comfortable and spaciously designed a marvel of modern environmental thinking. More on the visitor center in a future column.

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.

There will be late registration for the upcoming BCAC/Jamaica Bay Little League 2008 Season. (Online registration now will have a late fee.) Late registration will be held on Saturday, February 16 at the BCAC Memorial Field from 11a.m. to noon. The registration fees are as follows: $100 for each child playing in the CYO program and $50 per child for the in-house 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 3 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 (5) 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 the St. Virgilius Religious Education Program) will be held on Wednesday, March 12 and Thursday March 13 from 7 to 10 p.m. in the lunchroom of the School Building, 16 Noel Road, Broad Channel. For attending this course you can receive 10 percent 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.

The National Park Service will hold a history series of lectures and presentations at the Jacob Riis Park bathhouse on two consecutive Wednesdays from 7 through 9 p.m. A question and answer period will follow the presentations. On February 13 the presentation will be a look at Jamaica Bay's lost cities. The workshop held on the 20th will be on the life of Jacob Riis. The programs are free, but reservations are required. Sign up at 718-318-4300.

Last month's civic association meeting had a lot of information. Here is more of it: Work on the Community Garden (located on both sides of the stairway to the subway station) at the A train station will take place in the spring, around Earth Day which is April 22. Manual work necessary to maintain the garden will take place at that time. Stay tuned for the exact date and hours. A discussion of the benefits of HEAP (home energy assistance program) took place. Even though it hasn't been very cold most days so far this winter, heating costs mount very quickly. To get information on HEAP, call 311 or call the HEAP Hotline, 1-800-692-0557. (HEAP does have guidelines that will determine if an individual gets aid.)

Last Saturday was the BCVFD 103rd Installation Dance at Roma View in Howard Beach. All reports were that attendees had a really good time at this very nice place and that the food was terrific. At the dance, neighbor Michael Dougherty Jr., Chief of the BCVFD, received an award for his role in the efforts to save the life of a local 11 month old boy. Congratulations, Mikey. Good job!

The congregation at Christ Presbyterian Church thanks "all who attended the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. It was well-attended and everyone had a great time. Many thanks again from all of us for your continuous support."

And from the little magazine Bits & Pieces, here are a few words to think about and maybe even chuckle. Over an unknown author observed that: "A friend not in need is a friend indeed." (The underline is mine.)

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