2009-03-13 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Commentary By Liz Guarino

Just one more week until the beginning of spring! We had a taste of warmer weather last weekend and it was pretty wonderful. Those taking part in or watching the St. Pat's Day Parade in Rockaway were lucky to have such a great day. Warmer temperatures and breezes from the ocean made it spectacular for ever-moving marchers or standing-still spectators to stay comfortable. It will take a little longer before weather like Saturday's is the order of the day!

On Sunday, March 22 Christ Presbyterian Church will be presenting Sauerbraten Dinner from 3 p.m. 'til! Cost is $12 per person. Reservations are required; call a week before the dinner to make reservations or request free delivery. Call Joyce at 718-474-7769, Janet at 718-318-6454 or Church at 718-945-3443.

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.

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 at 718-634-5693 or momto3boysandagirl@ msn.com.

The BCAC will be hosting the annual Easter Egg Hunt on April 5 at 1 p.m. at the 9th Road Park. Each family is asked to make a $10 donation. There will be cupcakes and juice for every child. A special visit from the Easter Bunny is expected; don't forget your camera!

"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.

"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."

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge invites people to "Step into Spring" on Saturday, March 21 from 2 p.m. to 3:30. It's the first full day of spring and a park ranger will lead a walk on the West Pond Trail. Don't forget to bring binoculars. To make reservations (required), call 718-318-4340.

Look for the American woodcock and see "his elaborate courtship display" which is described as a "spring spectacle not to be missed" at dusk in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, March 22 from 7:15 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sign up in advance at 718-318- 4340 and bring binoculars.

The members of the Book Discussion Group have rescheduled their next discussion for Saturday, March 28 at 11 a.m. Under discussion will be The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman, a non-fiction book about resistance activists Jan and Antonina Zabinski, keepers of a zoo in Warsaw, Poland, who hid Jewish people during WW II.

Do you eat or use products that have labels for education or box tops for education? The labels/box tops are used by elementary schools to get equipment for the schools. The Parents Association of P.S. 47 uses the box tops while the parochial schools on the Rockaway peninsula use the labels.

This might be a good time to contact elected state officials. A list of them is in the front of The Wave. Otherwise, to get the legislator's address, e-mail or phone number (Audrey) in the New York State Assembly, call 518-455- 4100 or 212-312-1550 (main switchboard) or if you're online go to http://www.assembly.state.ny.us/; for Huntley in the New York State Senate, call 518-455-2800 (main switchboard) or go to http://www.senate.- state.ny.us/

American writer and poet Gertrude Stein [1874-1946] said the following: "Money is always there, but the pockets change." If you have material that you wish to appear in the column on a Friday, please get the item(s) to me by 9:30 a.m. on the Tuesday before the issue comes out.

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Email can be sent to: Lizbcbits@aol.- com

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