2010-01-22 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Commentary By Liz Guarino

As we move deeper into January, the weather is anything but consistent and/or predictable. Below-freezing days are followed by days of upper 40s temperatures. So, the weather is a bit crazy, but it sure could be a lot worse. We could be in a deep freeze, with day after day of temperatures in the single digits. So far, winter has not been harsh — in this corner of the globe, anyway.

In the visitor center in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge is the exhibit, Blue Shadows. About 50 of Jeffrey Rabkin’s exhibited haiku poems center around the topic of the winter and cold weather 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, 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.”

“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.

Take a frosty morning stroll in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, February 6 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the East Pond Trail while exploring some of the poems of Robert Frost. Sign up at 718-318-4340.

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.

This is one of two appeals to our community residents: “Attention Neighbors and Friends.

The New York City Parks Department is now in possession of the property at the end of West 19th Road (the old Schmitt’s Marina).

The Broad Channel Civic Association has met with the Parks Department and they are looking to our community for input as to what we would like the park — which will be developed at this site — to eventually look like.

The civic association will be holding its next monthly meeting on January 28. This and many other topics of concern to the neighborhood — such as the proposed bus shelters and cell tower — will be discussed at this meeting.

Please come and let your opinions be heard. If the Parks Department feels there is not enough interest from the community, they may take it upon themselves to do with the property as they see fit.

Let our voices be heard! Next civic meeting: VFW Hall on Shad Creek Road, January 28, 8 p.m.”

This appeal comes from a different neighbor: “ATTENTION FRIENDS! I want to coordinate a fund raiser to raise money for Haiti.

My idea is to have the Silly Dilly Band play for the children and then another band or two to play dance music for the adults.

I am reaching out to you for any ideas about where we could have such a fund raiser and any ideas that would make this possible. Obviously the sooner we can put this together the better.

I thought that perhaps a school might offer their space ... or should we go to a politician in the area to help? We would need more than just music ... perhaps food, raffles ... to help raise as much money as possible.

Any creative ideas that you can offer would be greatly appreciated. I think that it would be a wonderful thing to bring to a community and for the children in the community to be part of helping others in need.”

Feedback, ideas to twcgxwgj@aol.- com or Lizbcbits@aol.com and they will be forwarded.

Interesting fact: Waste Management [a recycling company] said it recycled enough materials in 2009 to fill the Empire State Building 11 times over!

In response to the bits about Boxtops for Education and Labels for Education that help the schools by letting them get software upgrades, athletic equipment and other important stuff, one of our neighbors had a few things to say. She is a senior, on a fixed income and lives alone.

After learning that no one expected her shopping habits to change, she was a little more interested in contributing POPs [proofs of purchase] to the Labels/Boxtops programs. Her granddaughter had printed the lists of products that the Labels/Boxtops are found on. She went through her kitchen, linen closet and pantry little by little and was delighted to find both kinds of POPs on some of the things in her home. Circling them in red made them stand out for her on her lists. Then she found a big envelope which she keeps in a kitchen cabinet near the trash can. As she empties a can or box, she looks at her lists.

If the POP is there, the label or boxtop gets put into her envelope. She didn’t mention what she’ll do when the envelope is full — she has no relatives in any of the schools. (Friends’ and neighbors’ kids will be very helpful here.)

What really made the whole story for me is she’s very organized, wants to help the schools and is in her 80s! (By the way — big packages of Scottissue have the boxtops logo.)

Words from anonymous author: “If your will power doesn’t work, try your won’t power.”

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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