2009-02-06 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Commentary By Elizabeth Guarino

Snow has been falling for hours today (Tuesday)—we will see if it hangs around or melts fairly quickly! Here's what's going on in the community:

The 2009 softball/baseball season is here and registration will be held on Saturday, February 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the St. Virgilius meeting room located in the school building 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.

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.

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, omelettes, 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 a "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.

The Broad Channel Pre-K will be hosting "Kiddie Bingo" on Sunday, February 22 at 2 p.m. It will be held at the Christ Presbyterian Church Hall. Cost is $5 per child; snacks and juice will be sold. Every child playing will receive a small prize.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper will be held at Christ Presbyterian Church in the church hall on Church Road 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.

The members of the Book Discussion Group have chosen a 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.

A mail scam with government- and genuine-looking checks for large amounts is making the rounds at present probably because of the stimulus package still being discussed in Washington. Beware if you get something like this in the mail. No stimulus checks are headed for the public and if they do come, they're not going to be for big amounts!

A special election will be held on Tuesday, February 24 to fill the City Council seat vacated by Joseph Addabbo; seven people are running for his seat. A series of debates, sponsored by local newspapers, is being held at various locations throughout the 32nd City Council District which covers a lot of communities and which the election winner will represent. If you are unable to attend the debate in Rockaway, you might want to go to St. Barnabas Church, which is located at 159-19 98 Street in Howard Beach on Thursday, February 12 at 7:30 p.m. On Friday, February 6 at 7 p.m. there is a debate at Assembly of God Hall at 158-31 99 Street (across from P.S. 146) in Howard Beach. This debate is the first one and it will be filmed and shown on QPTV, the public access network on cable television. Of course, the debate in Rockaway will be held at the West End Temple at 147-02 Newport Avenue on Monday, February 9 at 7 p.m. A lot of residents were very unhappy with Addabbo seemingly forgetting our area once he set his sights on Maltese's seat. The councilperson (whoever it will be) is important to all residents of this area. See you at one of the debates?

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