2009-10-02 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Commentary By Liz Guarino

This is the first column in October. September seemed to skitter past very quickly.

As is usual for this time of year, cooler temperatures are the rule of the day while winds blow the leaves off the tree branches and onto the ground. A definite difference is in the air and some folks are wearing light jackets or sweaters on cooler days. Every year, often the day after Labor Day, the temperature lowers — it's almost as though there is a giant thermostat somewhere!

The Broad Channel Pre-K is having a bake sale at St.Virgilius right outside the church after the 4 p.m. Mass on Saturday, October 3 and after the 10 a.m. Mass on Sunday, October 4. "Please stop by," said a committee member, "we'd love your support!" They're also having a 50/50, and — of course — everything will be homebaked!

A two-session Defensive Driving Course will be given on Wednesday, October 14 and Thursday, October 15 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 a 10 percent reduction on your car insurance for 3 years or up to 4 points off of 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 Athletic Club presents the 3rd Annual BCAC Memorial Golf Outing In Memory of John W. (Jack) Kase, which will be held at Forest Park Golf Course on Friday, October 16. Check-in is at 8 a.m. for a 9 a.m. tee off. Shotgun Start based on 100 golfers. The cost will be $150 per golfer or $600 per foursome. Price includes: a round of golf with cart, breakfast at the course, lunch at the turn, soda, beer and water on the course during the round, golf goodie bag and shirt and the awards dinner after golf at the North Channel Yacht Club.

There will be contests: closest to the pin, long drive, straight drive, low round foursome. Prizes and raffles will be given at the dinner. Dinner only will cost $50. For more information contact: John Blake 917-603-7113 or juka693@ aol.com

St. Virgilius/St. Camillus CYO BCAC Girls Soccer will be holding registration and practice every Monday and Wednesday at the BCAC Memorial Field, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. For further information contact Jo at 718-474-8207 or email BCACSOCCER@GAIL. COM.

Walk along the West Pond Trail in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, October 4 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Watch the rising of the Harvest Moon on this walk which spans daylight and darkness. Reservations are required. Call 718-318-4340.

Look for fall migrants with naturalist Andrew Baksh at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, October 11 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Warblers, waterfowl and possibly raptors may be sighted. Bring binoculars. Reservations are required. Call 718-318-4340.

On Sunday, October 11 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. visit the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge "green" visitor center and learn about its sustainable design and how it operates. Get some tips for your own home, too. Reservations are required.

On Sunday, October 11 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge ages 4 to 8, accompanied by an adult, can learn why the trees' leaves change color in the spring. Hear a story, make a tree card and take a walk in this event. Wear clothing that can get messy. Reserve at 718-318-4340.

The nominations deadline is fast approaching for the 2009 I Love My Librarian Award. Library users nominate to recognize librarians in public, school, college, community college and university libraries for their efforts to improve the lives of people in their community. Nominations will run through October 9 and are accepted online at: ilovelibraries.org/ilovemylib rarian.

Veterans who were in the military during World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Lebanon/Grenada, Panama and Gulf War are invited to join American Legion Post 1404. Specific dates are as follows: December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1955; June 25, 1950 to January 31, 1955; February 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975; August 24, 1982 to July 31, 1984; December 29, 1989 to January 31, 1990, and August 1990 until cessation, determined by United States government. Meetings are 1st and 3rd Friday of each month at 8:30 p.m. at the American Legion on Crossbay Boulevard in Broad Channel. Boundaries include Broad Channel and all of Howard Beach.

On Sunday, October 4 at 1:30 p.m. in Fort Tilden in building T7, there will be a series of performances of the works of Broad Channel and Rockaway writers. Works will be performed by a collection of actors and actresses, some of whom marched in the Grand Parade this year. The works, consisting of short plays and other performance pieces, are dramatic or humorous and center on human relations. One piece is about the Holocaust. Admission is free.

Knitting for Beginners age 12 and over has had its first meeting. It has been placed at Peninsula library. Participants will knit a hat and scarf. Next two meetings are October 10 and October 24.

"If you can only find it, there is a reason for everything." - author unknown.

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

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