2009-03-27 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Commentary By Liz Guarino

Spring has sprung and it's nice to see people walking on the sidewalks and out and about once more. It's a great feeling to be able to leave hats and heavy coats behind when we venture outside. Of course, all of the children got taller over the winter and it's nice to be able to see them out playing with their bikes and other toys. By mid- April, which will be here before we know, it will be time to plant flowers and vegetable seeds outdoors once more.

The Broad Channel Pre-K will be hosting an Open House at 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 PS 47 Parents' Association will be holding a Bake Sale on Saturday, April 4 and Sunday, April 5 outside St. Virgilius on Noel Road before and after the masses. Any baked goods donations will be greatly appreciated. If you would like to donate please contact Jayme at 718-474-1884. "As usual everyone's support is greatly appreciated." They are also looking for any brand new/unused items that anyone would be interested in donating to the Parents' Association for the Annual Auction that will be held on June 5 at the American Legion—M ark Your Calendars. There are chances available to win a 42" Flat Screen TV for a donation of $5 each. If anyone is interested in either donating an item or would like to purchase a chance please feel free to contact Karen Panetta 718-634- 5693 or Karen Trudden 718-945-9041. "Thank you to all for your continued support," from the Parents' Association.

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!

The American Legion Auxiliary Post 1404 will be holding their annual Palm Sunday Brunch on April 5 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. On the menu are made to order Eggs (any style), Omelettes, Freedom Toast and Pancakes. Each item is served with Home Fries and a choice of Bacon, Ham or Sausage. "Come on down and enjoy a great meal with friends and neighbors. This is our last Brunch until September. Thanks to all for your continued support."

"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.

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge invites people to a "Late Riser Bird Walk" on Sunday, April 5 from 1 p.m. to 2:30. Enjoy a stroll through the gardens and circle the West Pond looking for late risers. Don't forget to bring binoculars. To make reservations (required), call 718-318-4340.

The members of the Book Discussion Group have rescheduled their next discussion until 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.

A note from Rev. Andrea Zarou and the entire congregation at Christ Presbyterian Church arrived and this is what it said: "Many thanks to all who came to our Sauerbraten Dinner. All had a great time. The winner of the 50/50 drawing received $501. Your continuous support of Christ Presbyterian Church is gratefully appreciated."

By now, most people have seen the flyer from the Department of Sanitation reminding that trimmings from trees are given to Parks Department and chipped to destroy a certain insect responsible for destruction of trees. Drawings of both male and female insects are included on the flyer. Well, those drawings are so lifelike that one of our neighbors jumped when she saw the flyer in the mailbox. A quick glance at the flyer out of the corner of her eye and she thought for a moment that the bugs were real!

Depending on which way their houses face, some neighbors leave their inside doors open to catch the sun in the morning and/or afternoon to enjoy the sunlight streaming through the glass. A little reminder to keep the outside door locked to avoid unwelcome strangers from entering homes uninvited. At one time, doors were unlocked all the time and neighbors walked in and out of each other's homes freely. Today, however, to keep out nervy strangers, friends and neighbors are locked out too!

Sometimes people say something and don't get credit for saying it. The following is attributed to Author Unknown: "Make the most of every failure. Fall forward."

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