2010-02-05 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Commentary By Liz Guarino

Weatherwise, this past week has had a lot of variety — sun, clouds, snow, and relative warmth! Ah, winter!

Broad Channel Athletic Club/ Jamaica Bay Little League will hold 2010 registration for Baseball, Softball and T-Ball on Friday, February 5 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturday, February 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the meeting room in the St. Virgilius School building, entrance to the room is in a separate section of the building on Church Road.

Registration fees are as follows: CYO/Baseball and Softball is $125 per child; Instructional and T-Ball is $65 per child. Discounts for families with three or more children will be given. The first two children are regular price. Children joining CYO Program must have been born in 2002 or earlier while the In-House Program is for age three and older; children must be three by May 1, 2010. Please pay with checks or money orders only. Cash will not be accepted. For additional information, please visit the website at WWW.BCAC.COM

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.

The American Legion Auxiliary Post 1404 will have a fundraiser Valentine Brunch on Sunday, February 14 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Choose from a large breakfast menu including a drink and coffee or tea and cake.

On Sunday, February 14 (Valentine’s Day) do something really different. Bring that special someone to the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge from 10 a.m. to noon for a walk around the ponds to look for wintering ducks and other wildlife with naturalist Don Riepe. Sign up at 718-318-4340.

Christ Presbyterian Church will start their Bingo Games later this month. Bingo will take place in the church hall on Thursday, 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.”

On Saturday, February 27 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, enjoy a short indoor presentation and then head outdoors for a stroll to the West Pond in the Winter Waterfowl Walk. Bring binoculars or a scope if you have one. Dress for the outdoors. Sign up at 718-318- 4340.

BCVFD presents its 105th Annual Officers Installation Dance on Saturday, February 27 at the North Channel Yacht Club from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $35; at the door cost is $40. For tickets call Thomas 347-449-3955, Chris 646-358-9457 or the firehouse at 718-474-6888.

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.

On Sunday, March 7 the VFW will be hosting a brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with your choice of fresh eggs, waffles, pancakes or a garbage omelet with bacon or sausage. Adults cost $6 and kids are half price; adults get a bloody mary or screwdriver; kids get juice. Also served is cake and coffee or tea.

Mark the Calendar! The Broad Channel Pre-k will be holding an open house on Wednesday, March 10 from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Parents are welcome to come, bring their children, and check out the program and meet the new teacher. Registration for new students will be on Thursday, April 8 at 6:30 p.m. The School is located at 102 Noel Road in the Christ Presbyterian Church.

The Men’s Auxiliary is collecting CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS. Residents are asked to donate all their old phones. These phones get recycled and the proceeds from donated phones are used to purchase prepaid calling cards for American troops. Last year they raised 1500 minutes for our men and women in Iraq. They’d like to triple that this year. Just drop the old phones in their mailbox or come by and visit on the weekend and drop them off at the canteen.

In the visitor center in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge is an exhibit of about 50 of Jeffrey Rabkin’s haiku poems about the winter and cold weather. The exhibit ends Sunday, February 28.

Take part in fun at a nearby national park; children ages 7 to 12 can enjoy activities in Gateway’s new program, “Junior Rangers” at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, (or Floyd Bennett Field, Fort Tilden or Jacob Riis Park) by picking up a booklet in the visitor center and doing the activities in it. All junior ranger candidates will receive a junior ranger badge and a certificate for each site completed. Candidates who complete all four sites will get a junior ranger patch.

Last Monday before dawn, many trucks parked on the east side of Cross Bay Boulevard near the north end of town. Trailers were evident, parked in the area next to the American Legion Hall. By 9 a.m. the trucks were being unloaded and a crowd of people were busy on the sidewalk outside All American Deli. Cones were put in the streets at strategic spots outside the deli, and there were many in other places. Yellow or orange signs appeared on fences and poles in the community. What in the world was going on? According to those yellow or orange signs, filming was taking place on that day. What was filmed is a good question. Hint: the All American Deli was the scene of at least some of it!

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Email can be sent to: Lizbcbits@aol.com

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