Broad Channel Bits
Officially, it's spring! But there has been enough cold weather to make us think it is still winter. Some people said it feels like it has been a very long winter, even though we had only a sprinkling of snow. At any rate, it's too late for any snow- there are buds on the trees, forsythia is beginning to bloom and green shoots have started poking up their heads through the soil. It seems as if we are ready- c'mon spring!
The Broad Channel Pre-K is having a bake sale during and after all Masses on Saturday, April 5 and Sunday, April 6. They will set up in front of the firehouse.
The American Legion Auxiliary will be holding a Brunch on Sunday, April 6 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. On the menu are eggs any style, omelets, freedom toast and pancakes. All are served with bacon, sausage or ham and home fries. This will be the last of their brunches until September.
"Last month's Cancer Brunch, in memory of Jane Fuller, was a big success and once again we would like to take this time to THANK everyone for their support. Hope to see you all again on Sunday, April 6," said the Auxiliary.
The Broad Channel Pre-K will be holding registration at the Christ Presbyterian Church Hall, 102 Noel Road, Broad Channel. 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, his/her immunization record and proof of address. For any further information, please contact Karen at 718-634-5693 or email to momto3boysandagirl@ 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 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 two-session 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 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 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 how to publish your work. The event includes a book signing. Sign up in advance.
From a neighbor: "On March 15, a Neighborhood Climate Change Adaptation Workshop was held at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge by the Mayor's Office of Long-Term Planning & Sustainability, the National Park Service, and the American Littoral Society. The workshop, well attended by residents of Broad Channel, was aimed at helping communities understand, evaluate, and influence the planning process that can protect them from climate change.
"The Mayor's people found that residents of Broad Channel are highly aware of sea-level rise, storm surges, and changing weather patterns connected to global climate change. We are frequently impacted by high winds and tides. Residents are seriously concerned about economic impacts (houses, cars, jobs, insurance rates, energy costs); safety of friends and family; and loss of wildlife habitats and marshlands." (More on this meeting in a future column.)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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