2008-03-21 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

National Parks Week Coming April 19 -- 27
Commentary By Liz Guarino

The weather has not been extreme of late.

So, without further comment on it, here is what's happening locally:

The Broad Channel Pre-K will be hosting an Open House on Tuesday, April 1 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. for 3- and 4-year-olds at the Christ Presbyterian Church Hall, 102 Noel Road, Broad Channel. Please bring your child with you. Registration packets will be given out at the Open House and registration for September, 2008 will be held on April 10 at 7 p.m. Space is limited; it is very important that you register on the 10th. There is a $50 (cash only) non-refundable registration fee due at the time of registration. Please bring a copy of your child's birth certificate, immunization record and proof of address. For any further information, please contact Karen at 718-634-5693 or email to momto3boys andagirl@ msn.com

On Sunday, April 6 hike around the ponds and in the gardens from 10 a.m. to noon at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge and look for spring birds. Bring binoculars; make reservations by calling 718-318-4340.

On Wednesday, April 9 St. Virgilius Golden Age is planning a bus trip to Atlantic City. Trump Casino is their destination. Bus will leave from Noel Road and Cross Bay Blvd. 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.

Christ Presbyterian Church will have their 14th Annual Sauerbraten Supper in the Church Hall on Sunday, April 10 from 3 p.m. til….! Coffee, tea, juice and cake will be served. Call the week before for reservations; call if you want to buy 50/50's. To reserve/buy 50/50's call the Church at 718 945- 3443, Cathy at 718 344-1688, Janet at 718 318-6454 or Al at 718 474-0534. Donation is $12.50 per order. Reservations are a must; deliveries will be available.

A Defensive Driving Course sponsored by St. Virgilius Church (all proceeds benefit St. Virgilius Religious Education Program) will be held on Monday, April 28 and Tuesday, April 29 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 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 on May 2 and May 3 2005, your certificate expires on May 3, 2008. (The previous defensive driving course was completely filled- to be sure there is a seat for you, call right away!)

One of our neighbors, realtor Margaret Wagner, won the 2007 Long Island Board of Realtors Spirit Award for her work with the BCAC. She was the first and only female president of the club and has worked on the non-profit for 20 years. BCAC teaches sports year-round to children ages 3 to 16 from the Channel and the surrounding communities. The LIBOR presented the BCAC with a $1000 check. Atelevision commercial, which features a photograph of Margaret and BCAC members and tells of the award, was on Cablevision in December. You can see the commercial online at: http://www. mlsli.com/ro/news/mtr. cfm. Congratulations Margaret!

According to the National Park Service program, National Parks Week is April 19 through 27. During National Parks Week, visit the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge and take part in its programs. Walk the West Pond Trail led by a ranger. It will be sunset going, and coming back will have a Pink Moon. Attendees may see the spring dance of the American woodcock. Sign up in advance; dress for the weather that day. Register by calling 718 318- 4340.

On Sunday, April 20 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge visitor center, learn why the building is called "green." Examine the building and learn what makes the building special on this ranger led event.

On Sunday, April 20 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, join children's book illustrator and artist, Patricia Wynne. Bring a pencil and sketchpad and learn how to sketch quick wildlife drawings. Get ideas for a journal and on how to publish your work. The event includes a book signing. Sign up in advance.

Since the Broad Channel library has been closed for renovation, the historical collection of notebooks will be available at St. Virgilius School by appointment. Call Barbara at 718 474-1127.

A note from Christ Presbyterian Church was in my mailbox and this is what was written on it: "Many thanks to all who came to our Friday night bingo. Crowds are getting bigger. All had a great time. Next bingo will be posted in stores and in The Wave. Many thanks for your support and friendship."

Broad Channel got a mention in a rather unlikely location- in a recent issue of the Manhattan giveaway newspaper, The Onion. It bills itself as "America's finest news source." While the entire front page is a Mad-magazine style satire (with sometimes crude stories), the inside contains all serious reporting. Anyway, there was an article about riding the subway out to Rockaway and you can't mention the A train ride over Jamaica Bay without mentioning Broad Channel. The writer noted that the Channel has "a few thousand citizens, an elementary school and a branch of the public library." (The 2000 census showed 2630 residents.)

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Email can be sent to: Lizbcbits@aol.com

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