2009-01-30 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Commentary By Elizabeth Guarino

On our trip through winter, we have had a lot of bright sunny days, even though they have been cold, and at times frigid. But somehow, even though we may be in a deep freeze with artic-like temperatures, if the sun is shining and the wind is fairly still, the cold temps don't feel as brutal. Of course, if the wind blows gustily, being outdoors is a whole different story. The good news is—there is always spring to look forward to.

The 2009 softball/baseball season is here and registration will be held on Saturday, January 31 and February 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the St. Virgilius meeting room in the school building located at Noel Road and Church Road. Registration fees are $100 per child playing in the CYO program and $50 per child for the in-house program. Each family is also required to purchase a $25 Maintenance Raffle at time of registration. Online registration also is available at: www.bcacny.- com. Late registration fees will be charged for any child registered after February 21, 2009.

The Broad Channel Pre-K is selling raffle tickets; they cost $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.

The members of the Book Discussion Group have chosen another nonfiction book for their next selection. The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman is a book about resistance activists Jan and Antonina Zabinski, keepers of a zoo in Warsaw, Poland, who hid Jewish people during WW II. Discussion of this book will be held at the library on Saturday, February 28 at 11 a.m.

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 Cross Bay 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.

The American Legion Auxiliary will be hosting a brunch on Sunday, February 8 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Legion Hall on Cross Bay Boulevard in Broad Channel. On the menu: eggs any style, omelets, freedom toast, pancakes, home fries and choice of bacon, ham or sausages. "Come on down," said the Auxiliary, "and enjoy the food and company of friends."

At the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, February 8 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., take a look at what's happening on bare branches in the refuge. A close, careful look with a magnifying glass will reveal signs of spring! Dress suitably for the day's weather. Bring magnifiers; sign up in advance at 718- 318-4340.

On Sunday, February 15 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge there will be an "NYC Audubon Winter Wildlife Hike." Led by naturalist Don Riepe, this walk lets participants look for signs of winter wildlife. Learn how both animals and plants adapt to winter's weather conditions. Dress for the weather that day and bring binoculars. Sign up in advance at 718-318-4340.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper will be held at Christ Presbyterian Church in the church hall on February 24 from 5 to 8 p.m. Supper includes pancakes, sausage, juice, coffee, tea and cake. Cost for adults is $7 each; children under 12 are $3 per person. For delivery call 718-945-3443 between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. on February 24. All are welcome.

People who wish to compete for a position as a NYS correction officer trainee must take the written test which has been scheduled for April 4. While there are no minimum requirements to take the exam, by the time of appointment, successful appointees must have taken and passed the written exam, must be 21 or older, a US citizen, a NYS resident and have a high school diploma or GED. Additionally, there are medical and psychological screenings and a background check— all of which must be successfully completed by time of appointment. Starting salary is $34,329 which increases to $36,111 after six months. More information is available at: www.cs.state.ny.us or by telephoning 877-697-5627, option two.

By now, most people know that there were about 300 people from both Broad Channel and Rockaway at the MTA toll hearing held in the hotel near LaGuardia airport last Tuesday. Who knows what will happen with the toll rebate? It might be taken away, but at the very least, the people who attended/ spoke at the hearing gave their best effort toward keeping it in place. Articles and photos noting the large crowd appeared in this newspaper and most weekly newspapers, which cover areas tangential to Rockaway/Broad Channel. One paper noted that the Broad Channel-Rockaway group provided the only life in an otherwise boring hearing!

John Boswell [1947-1994], a historian and Yale faculty member, said the following words of the season we're currently making our way through: "Winter, a lingering season, is a time to gather golden moments, embark upon a sentimental journey, and enjoy every idle hour."

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