2009-02-20 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Commentary By Liz Guarino

We have had comparatively warm temperatures for this time of year, but the weather we have been enjoying lately will change this week. Toward the end of the week, storms will do their wet dumping on us. In some ways rain is better than snow because it does not accumulate and doesn't need to be shoveled, but snow can make everything look so pretty for a while. Either way, there is a promise of wet weather and the sun will hide!

"The Broad Channel Crafters and American Legion Auxiliary would like to thank all those who attended our December Craft Fair. A check in the amount of $3,950 has been sent to the Rockaway Graybeards for their Wounded Warrior Project."

"Free Individual Income Tax Counseling for Low-Income Older Adults" at the Broad Channel library will take place this tax season. American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) has teamed up with the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) and the Library to offer older adults help in completing their 2008 income tax returns. Counselors trained by the IRS are available to help from February 4 through April 8 on Wednesdays from 1 to 5 p.m. Bring last year's forms, W2 or 1099 and any other pertinent information.

On Sunday, February 22 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge join Dave Taft for a tour of orchid plants native to the northeast part of the U.S. 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.

On Wednesday, February 25 at 7:30 p.m. the 100 Precinct Community Council will bring its meeting to the VFW Hall on Shad Creek Road instead of the Rockaway Legion. The Precinct captain will be present to answer questions from the attendees. Police Officers from the 100 Precinct will be honored at the meeting.

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 for this book will be held at the library on Saturday, February 28 at 11 a.m.

American Legion Auxiliary will be hosting the 6th Annual Jane Fuller Memorial Brunch for Cancer Care on Sunday, March 8 at the American Legion Hall in Broad Channel from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. "Come down and enjoy a great breakfast made to order (Eggs, Omelettes, Freedom Toast, Pancakes, Home Fries, Bacon, Ham, Hash or Sausage are on the menu.)" All proceeds to Benefit Cancer Care.

A two-session Defensive Driving Course will be given on Monday, March 23 and Tuesday, March 24 from 7 to 10 p.m. in the school building at 16 Noel Road in Broad Channel, in the lunchroom. By taking this course, you can receive 10 percent off your car insurance for 3 years or up to 4 points off your license. No test will be given. Fee is $60. To make a reservation or for further information: call Helen, at 718-945-4648 or Cindy, at 718-634- 5449. Refreshments will be served. If you attended the course in March 2006, your certificate expires in March. Payment in full guarantees a seat—they are unable to hold a seat without payment. The course is sponsored by St. Virgilius Church and all proceeds benefit St. Virgilius religious education program.

SPECIAL ELECTION: On Tuesday, February 24 from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. residents of the 32nd Council District will vote for their next councilmember. The choice will come from one of five candidates the others fell out due to challenges to signatures. A series of debates was held at various locations to help voters decide on a candidate.

"Raffle Prizes Needed!!!!!

Donate Unused Gifts to BCVFD. Don't know what to do with all those crazy gifts you received in the past from friends and family? You know those gifts you will never use, can't return and are just collecting dust in the closet or attic. Why not donate them to a very worthy cause? We will turn them into raffle prizes for the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department. To donate call Ginger at 718-318-5504 or Freddy at the Firehouse at 718-474-6888."

The St. Virgilius rectory is home to three nuns who are Daughters of Wisdom; they're very happy with their nice new space. The building is a beautiful building, laid out very nicely and it is nice to see it as a home for Sisters once again. They just moved in and are still unpacking at present. On that location once stood P.S. 47 School (now on larger turf on Power Road). When that building no longer sat on that corner and a new building was erected, it was a convent. Later, it was a rectory which housed a priest or two at a time. Now, the building is inhabited by nuns once more. Thank you to Sister Pat for helping to bring these nice new neighbors to the community.

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