2008-03-07 / Community

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

Some folks are enjoying the up and down weather others are not too thrilled with it. In whichever group you find yourself, most people enjoy sunny days, even if they are cold. Monday was one of those sunny cloud free days, with no or little wind. If you drove in your car during the day, it was so warm for some folks - they had to open the car windows a bit! It's only the beginning of March, so this winter isn't over - there may be a lion or two waiting in the wings.

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 percent off of your car insurance for 3 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 945-4648 or Cindy 634- 5449 to register. If you attended the course in March 2005, your certificate expires in March 2008.

From the American Legion Post 1404 Auxiliary comes the following news: "The American Legion Auxiliary will be holding our 5th Annual 'Jane Fuller Memorial Brunch for Cancer Care' on Sunday, March 16 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. As usual, we will hold a mini sweepstakes raffle drawing at this Brunch. On the menu are eggs any style, omelets, freedom toast and pancakes. All are served with bacon, sausage or ham and home fries. Last year, in memory of Jane, we raised over $2,000 and this year we would like to raise even more."

From Christ Presbyterian Church by the Sea came the following message: "Many thanks to all who attended our Friday night Bingo. All had a great time. The next Bingo will be on Friday, March 14."

On April 9, St. Virgilius Golden Age is planning a bus trip to Atlantic City. Trump Casino is their destination. The bus will leave from Noel Road and Cross Bay Boulevard. Cost is $30 per person. Cash return is $25, with a food coupon worth $5. Bingo will be played on the way down; a movie will be shown on the way back. Call Dolores, 718-634- 9472 or Margaret, 718-945-4967. First come, first served. Seats will be assigned upon payment.

Readers may recall when I asked for information on a Mr. Minei who was a shoemaker who worked on the boulevard in the 40's. Last week an email came from a woman who sought information about him and his wife. Here her note is in its entirety: "I was doing a search and came upon the article you wrote seeking the first name of Mr. Minei. I am his granddaughter and his first name was Lorenzo. My uncle who you refer to in the article is Anthony (his son) is 90 and does live in Florida. Lorenzo's daughter is Frances and just turned 87 and lives in Massachusetts. Our whole family originates from Rockaway. I would absolutely love to receive anything that covers any news or article about my grandfather or grandmother, his wife. Indeed they were both known as "Minnie". Her first name was Felicia (known in Rockaway as Fannie). Please let me know if it is possible to receive any info about them that you may have access to or come across. I would be especially interested in learning the name of the book he would be referenced in." This column has many readers in the Rockaways and any reply with memories or stories concerning the 'Minnies' is most welcome. The letter writer added this note: "My grandfather was an usher for many, many years during the 40's and 50's at St. Rose of Lima Church; still I am surprised you found people today who remembered him those many years ago. His family has remained close, and to know he is fondly remembered is meaningful to us." The editor at the book publisher was also very surprised that we were able to find people who remembered Mr. Minei at all. In their experience, remembering someone 50 years later does not happen. Email replies will be forwarded; if you don't have email, send regular mail to The Wave office - it will be forwarded to me - and I will pass it on.

The slide show, on Jamaica Bay's lost cities, at the Riis Park bathhouse last Wednesday was very interesting. There were some really old photos and drawings for when the early history of Jamaica Bay was discussed. Of course, oyster beds were mentioned; Dutch settlers and several tribes of Native Americans lived in the area at one time, too. They eked out a living fishing. Of course, the oyster beds were much more profitable than fishing and the Dutch ran a pretty good business with them. Commerce from this area went on during the Revolutionary War, too! Even though the presentation was on lost cities, Broad Channel also figured in the presentation. It is the only city of Jamaica Bay that has not been lost! The names Ruffle Bar (the land mass, not the bar!) and the animal rendering plant on Barren Island have slid into the past, along with the plans or, at least some of them - Robert Moses had for the bay area.

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.

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Email can be sent to: Lizbcbits@aol.com

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