2010-01-15 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

The winter is a bit over a month old and some folks are tired of the season already. They are tired of being cold and are longing for spring. One of our neighbors begins a countdown to the official beginning of spring on the first day of each year. She keeps mental track of the days, subtracting one from the total when she gets up each morning. As I count it, there are 67 days till the start of spring!

In the visitor center in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge is the exhibit, Blue Shadows. Jeffrey Rabkin’s exhibited haiku poems center around the topic of the winter and are hanging in the gallery there. The exhibit will run through Sunday, February 28.

Christ Presbyterian Church will start their Bingo Games later this month. Bingo will take place in the church hall on Thursday nights, January 21, February 4 and February 18. Doors open at 6 p.m.; Early Bird is at 6:30 p.m.; Bingo starts at 7 p.m. Coffee, tea and cake will be served. Donation is $5. Bingo will be cancelled if the weather is inclement — “we will get the word out.”

St. Virgilius Golden Age is sponsoring a bus trip to Atlantic City; the destination is Trump Casino. Trip will take place on Tuesday, January 19. The bus will leave from Noel Road and Crossbay Boulevard at 8:30 a.m. Per person cost is $35 (cash or check); coin return is $25 and a $5 food voucher. Bingo will be played on the way to Atlantic City and a movie will be shown on the way back. Call Dolores Schmitt at 718-634-9472 or Margaret McCarthy at 718-945-4967. Check should be made payable to: St. Virgilius Golden Age. Seats go fast and should be reserved early: first come, first serve.

“Signs of Spring in mid-Winter” will take place in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, January 24 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Find out where the spring hides during winter in the refuge when you walk the East Pond Trail. Dress for outdoors. Bring your binoculars. Sign up by calling 718-318- 4340.

Real Christmas tree and wreath disposal is available. For curbside collection of your tree and/or wreath by Department of Sanitation in the program which runs through Friday, January 15, we are reminded by DSNY to remove all tree stands, tinsel, lights, and ornaments from trees and not to place trees in plastic bags before placing them out for collection. Trees will be scheduled for chipping and turned into mulch that is used on tree pits and other green spaces in city parklands.

Save the date: Christ Presbyterian Church welcomes you to its Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on February 16 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the church hall. Adults cost $7; children under 12 are $3. All are welcome. For deliveries, call 718-945-3443 on February 16 between 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

P.S. 47 is involved in the General Mills box tops for education program. Each of the designated box tops is worth 10 cents to the school! Schools can use the money for anything they need or want. Computers, books, playground equipment and even classroom parties are just some of the ways schools have chosen to use the funds raised through Box Tops for Edu - cation.

Products on which you can find these special box tops number in the hundreds and include: the many General Mills cereals and snack-type products: Bisquick; Bugles; Lloyd’s bowl meals; Totinos Pizza Rolls; tube refrigerated dough products like Grands; Hamburger Helper; Old El Paso products; Betty Crocker baking products; Gold Medal flour; Yoplait yoghurt products and Nature Valley granola bars to name a few! The school can earn as much as $20,000 from each of three program components.

Some of the Rockaway peninsula’s parochial schools use Campbell’s Labels for Education. Even if you don’t have a child who is school-age, schools appreciate any help you can give them. The program helps schools obtain free educational merchandise in exchange for proofs of purchase collected from eligible Campbell brands. You can help by saving and forwarding proofs of purchase to your local school. Schools will redeem them for FREE merchandise such as computers, software, physical education equipment, musical instruments, library books or even a minivan.

“Products eligible for redemption through the Labels for Education program include Campbell’s® soups, SpaghettiOs® pasta, Pepperidge Farm® products (including Goldfish® crackers), Swanson broths, V-8 beverages and Prego® pasta sauce, 26 varieties Campbell’s® soups, all Campbell’s® micro waveable soups, all V8 Splash® beverages, Pepperidge Farm® Goldfish® Crackers and Campbell’s® Supper Bakes® Meal Kits are worth 5 points each.

From the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary: “The 21st Annual Craft Fair to benefit the Graybeards Wounded Warrior’s Project which was held on December 4 and 5 was another huge success. The Broad Channel Craf ters along with the American Legion Auxiliary worked together to raise over $5,000 this year. This is the third year that the proceeds have gone to the Wounded Warrior’s Project and we look forward to continuing to help raise funds for this worthy cause. On behalf of the Broad Channel Crafters and the American Legion Auxiliary we wish to thank everyone for their help and support in making last year’s craft fair a huge success. The next Craft Fair will be held on December 3 and 4, 2010.”

A lot of people have been visited by “the bug” in this new year. Chills, fever, weakness, aches and pain are only a few of the many symptoms that it leaves behind as it travels from person to person. It’s no fun to be the recipient of “the bug.” Many folks are getting shots against flu for the first time in their lives!

Please send material to be published in the column by Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. of the week before it is to appear. Thank you.

Email can be sent to: Lizbcbits@aol. com

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