2008-05-02 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Help A Friend-In-Need
Commentary By Liz Guarino

One of our neighbors was worrying out loud to me about the dryness of the season due to the absence of the usually free-falling April rains.

Well, she must have been amazed when the rain started to fall the next day! Of course, it continued to rain the following day and the day after that too.

Now that there is a lot of moisture in our corner of the planet, a sunshinefilled day with blue skies would be nice. After all, those pretty, colorful spring flowers need rain and sun in order to bloom.

Christ Presbyterian Church on Noel and Church Roads will be holding their Flea Market on Saturday, May 10 and Sunday, May 11- Mother's Day. Among many other things, they also will be selling plants- perfect timing for spring planting.

A Friend in Need: On Friday, May 9 at 8 p.m. at the American Legion Hall on Cross Bay Boulevard. Broad Channel. Donations of $10 will be taken at the door. There will be beer, wine and soda plus chances, theme baskets, 50/50's, Mets and Yankee tickets and lots more prizes to be won! Help out a long time friend and resident of Broad Channel. Be there.

And, the North Channel Yacht Club will be helping A Friend in Need through a trip to Trump Plaza in Atlantic City on May 17. The bus leaves at 8 a.m. from the yacht club. There will be bagels and coffee at 7:30. On this trip there will be lots of fun with bingo on the way down and a movie on the way back. Cost is $40 per person with $25 casino cash back and $5 for food. Call Fred Schmitt 718-634-9472 or John Heaphy 718-474-3173 to get a seat on the bus. Better hurry. It is first come, first served and seats will be going fast! Check should be made out to: North Channel Yacht Club.

The BCVFD began its annual fund drive by distributing fire safety and hurricane preparedness brochures to every home in town. It included a return envelope for you to give what you can to keep their life saving operations rolling. Donations can be mailed or- with a phone call- can be picked up at your door. Keep your cancelled checks for tax purposes. In the next few weeks "We Gave" stickers will be on the way. As always the Vollies thank you for your support. And they encourage you to remember the many businesses who have helped contribute to their fundraising efforts the next time you're out and about.

"The Wonder of Migrants: From Tundra to Tropics" is the title of a workshop that will be held at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, May 4 from 10 a.m. to noon. Birds stop at Jamaica Bay when they migrate from the tropics to the tundra. This International Migratory Bird Day offering is ranger-led; it begins indoors, and then goes outdoors to look for migrants. Don't forget your binoculars and sign up in advance at 718- 318-4340.

"Its About the Birds!" is a workshop that can be enjoyed with the family at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, May 11 from 10 a.m. to noon. All members of the family age 8 and up can enjoy bird watching. The event is ranger conducted. There will be an indoor presentation about birds you might see, and then an outdoors portion to look for the birds. Don't forget to sign up in advance at 718- 318-4340 and bring binoculars.

It's spring cleaning time! For those who have found that they have a number of pieces of electronic equipment that they want to "find a new home for," think of St. John's University as a place where you can take old electronics (TV's, computers, desktop printers, monitors, desktop scanners, keyboards, mice, VCR's, DVR'S, DVD players and cell phones) for recycling on Saturday, May 3 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enter the parking lot via Gate 4 on Union Tpke. and 175 Street. It's a good place to take outgrown and otherwise unwanted clothing and unwanted linens too. They are looking for: blankets, towels, sheets, curtains and tablecloths in linens; in clothing they seek pants, dresses, shirts, sweaters, shoes, handbags and belts and ask that it be put into a clear plastic bag and tied tightly to keep moisture out.

Some folks have seen commercials about high definition television that is coming next year and are concerned that they will have to get new sets in order to keep enjoying their favorite programs. This worry is particularly disturbing to people on fixed incomes and those who don't watch a lot of TV but want to watch certain programs. High definition will arrive by law in February of next year. There have been articles written about government vouchers to help people buy converter boxes but does everybody need them? The good news is that no one needs to get a new TV that they may not want or need or be able to afford. People who have satellite or cable TV do not have to change anything- the dish or cable company will make sure they can continue watching their programming. However, people whose TV sets are hooked up to antennas will have to get a converter box to keep watching their favorite shows. There are vouchers available to help with the purchase of these converters, which can be bought at any electronics store. The change takes place February 17, 2009.

For more information on the vouchers to buy converters for TV's with antennas, call 1-888-388-2009 or visit: www.dtv2009.gov

Check out these words from an unknown author:

"Happy are those whose purpose has found them."

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