2009-02-27 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Many Activities Scheduled for Broad Channel
Commentary By Liz Guarino

Sunny days, with very cold temperatures at times, mostly shone on us during the month of February. Lucky us! In other parts of the country, the people have had literally tons of snow fall from gray cold skies. So far, our comings and goings have not been made more difficult by snowfall. Only twenty two more days till the first full day of spring! (Assuming you read The Wave on Friday.)

"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 through April 8 on Wednesdays from 1 to 5 p.m. Bring last year's forms, W2 or 1099 and any other pertinent information.

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.

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 three years or up to four 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 the St. Virgilius religious education program.

The Broad Channel Pre-K will be hosting an Open House at the Christ Presbyterian Church Hall on Wednesday, April 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. for anyone who is interested in registering a 3- or 4-year-old son or daughter for the 2009-2010 school year. Your child is more than welcome to come with you to the Open House. Registration will be held on Thursday, April 9 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Christ Presbyterian Church Hall. There is a $50 cash registration fee that is due at the time of registration. You will also need proof of residence and your child's birth certificate in order to register. Seats are limited. If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Karen Panetta at 718-634-5693 or momto3 boysandagirl@msn.com.

"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 Queens Library asked that library users go "green" and help them to save money. How? Users who have an email address are requested to give it to librarian or other staffer so the library can save on paper, printing costs and postage. They will be able to notify you online (and therefore faster) about books on reserve, overdue materials and more. Email addresses can also go to: customerservice@queenslibrary. org. They request that "email address update" is written into the subject line.

If your kids like to use the computer (or even if they don't), the CIA website has a kids page at https://www.cia. gov/kids-page/index.html which may be of interest. It looks like a fun few hours for them!

An email scam with the AOL logo on it arrived in my spam filter yesterday. Any email that threatens your service if you don't update immediately is a bogus attempt to get your passwords, bank account number, social security number, etc. Delete them and don't try to follow their link. If you get a lot of scamming email, you may want to file a complaint with the CIA. You have to fill out forms with them, but a complaint might help stop at least one thief! There are so many of these emails in my spam filter and the message is always the same, no matter where the email comes from—no matter who sends it. It promises a lot of money—when certain personal info is sent!

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Email can be sent to: Lizbcbits @aol.com

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