2009-01-16 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Holidays Are Over, Chill Is In The Air
Commentary By Liz Guarino

The holidays are just memories now, the children are back at their books and winter is in the air and—at the moment—on the ground! Clearing the cold, white stuff can be hard work, depending on how much falls. But when the temperature drops while the skies are dumping on us—well, clearing the resulting ice is quite a job. Some folks use rock salt, other people use sand while another group uses kitty litter and another bunch uses ashes from the fireplace—whatever you have that sends the ice on its merry way!

The Broad Channel Pre-K is selling raffle tickets; they are $25 each. The minimum prize is $1300; the more the pre-k sells, the more the prize is. If anyone is interested, please contact Sabrina Gross 718-634-4632 or Lisa Sacco 718-634-1861. The raffle ends February 10.

Curbside pickup is available for Christmas trees; DOS will collect clean Christmas trees until Friday, January 16. They are chipped and compost and/or mulch is made from the chips.

At the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, January 11 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., take a family winter walk into the South Garden and the West Pond Trail. Observe, listen and take note of what's around you on this stroll. Dress suitably for the day's weather. Bring binoculars; sign up in advance at 718-318-4340.

The members of the Book Discussion Group decided to try a nonfiction book for their next selection. A History of Iran by Michael Axworthy, a book which covers a span of over 2500 years, is their choice. Discussion of this book will be held at the library on Saturday, January 17 at 11 a.m.

On Sunday, January 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge there will be a "Late-riser Winter Bird Walk." Check out the bird migrants that have 'gone south' and are here! Snowbirds are in the gardens and waterfowl are on the West Pond. Dress for the weather that day and bring binoculars. Sign up in advance at 718-318-4340.

On Tuesday, January 27 join St. Virgilius Golden Age on their bus trip to the Trump Plaza in Atlantic City. Bus leaves from Noel Road and Crossbay Boulevard at 8:30 a.m. The cost is $35 per person ($25 cash and $5 food comps). On the way there, bingo will be played; a movie will be shown on the way home. Call Dolores at 718- 634-9472 or Margaret at 718-945- 4967. Make check payable to St. Virgilius Golden Age.

The Broad Channel Pre-K will be hosting a Texas Hold 'em on February 6 at the Shad Creek Association. Sign up starts at 7 p.m. and the game starts at 8. It will be $100 buy in and a $60 rebuy. Drinks and food included. All proceeds to benefit the Broad Channel Pre-K.

There are matters that concern residents of Broad Channel and the Rockaways and one that concerns all public transportation users. The first two are the toll rebate and NYC refusal for a new firehouse (which doesn't seem to have any action we can take) and the last is the proposed fare hike for MTA conveyances which now include the former private bus lines—Green Bus and Triboro in our area—which are now operated by the MTA. To be heard on the toll rebate and fare hike issues, attend the hearing held in Queens on Tuesday, January 20 at 6 p.m. at the Hilton Hotel at LaGuardia Airport in Flushing. It is the only hearing held in Queens—and a lot of us need to make an impressive appearance at this hearing (as the MTA and others at the hearing need to see the bodies that are not pleased about this plan—putting our names on a petition won't help in this case). This is our only opportunity to make ourselves heard to possibly avoid paying both the toll and the fare increase. Let's face it, the fare hike is probably inevitable—the only question seems to be how much the increase will be—25 cents, 50 cents, more?

The recent killing cold is—believe it or not—said to be part of global warming. If you have to head out somewhere on a bitter cold day, be careful to dress warmly head to toe and in layers. Walk carefully— smooth patches of hard to spot ice are everywhere—you might find yourself sliding on one of them. Charge your cell phone the day before in case you have some problem en route.

Sometimes, people do unbelievably kind things without being asked. They feel they are filling a need and that seems to be enough for them. Dan McIntyre said, "I think it would be a nice thank you and would go a long way to prove that 'Good People' will help if approached. Quadrozzi Corp helped out on a cement project on the firehouse on Noel Road. They donated the product ($5,000) and two of their workers donated their time and expertise to complete the 'Floating' of the concrete. We would not have been able to do this on our own. When I asked for a price when we were planning this project, Quadrozzi informed us it would be 'No Charge.' Later that week, Anthony Aleutta at Channel Oil informed me that his good friend Bruce D' Anna and his nephew Ricky, who work for Quadrozzi, would 'volunteer' to help us lay down the cement." It's always nice to hear of good things like this. Thank you Quadrozzi—you helped our volunteers and our volunteers help us!

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