2008-03-28 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

What's Coming Up In Broad Channel
Commentary By Liz Guarino

I hope everyone had a great Easter! Here's what's happening:

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 it's 14th Annual Sauerbraten Supper in the Church Hall on Sunday, April 20 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 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 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!)

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 it 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 for how to publish your work. The event includes a book signing. Sign up in advance.

If you can identify any of the following, the Historical Committee would like to hear from you. They are working on producing a replica of the Honor Roll that listed service personnel during World War II. It stood at the southeast corner of Noel Road and Cross Bay Boulevard. From pictures of the Honor Roll, most of the names have been transcribed, but a few remain elusive. If you can confirm or correct the spelling of the following, please call Barbara at (718) 474-1127.

R.F. Scheer, W.J. Lyons, R.F. Sautter, F.V. Rustin, P.F. Lippe, R.G. Schlaepfer and C.F. Byrne. Also, two servicemen who were known to have been killed in 1944 are not found on the Honor Roll: E. Brundrett and T. Westlund. Any information on these two would also be appreciated.

Broad Channel's library is closed until June and a lot of folks are sure going to miss it. When it reopens (around June 3), the library will have a better use of the available space, rather than another expansion of the building, as was originally thought. There will be a teen area, more computers, new exterior book drop, plasma screen in the children's area for DVD's and a self service check out. On Mondays and Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., a Bookmobile will be available at the library for getting library cards and checking out, renewing and returning library materials. Books, CD's and DVD's will be available for all ages. You can renew online at: www. queenslibrary.org and by phone at 718- 990-8508. All book drops were closed permanently after lit matches and dead animals were put through them some years ago. But this book drop will be available 24/7 for use by those who have library cards; the cards will be necessary to open the book drop.

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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