2010-02-12 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

Weather reports have us covered with as much as 10 inches of snow by the time The Wave goes to press. Last week’s snowstorm dumped very little on us; even at the tip of Long Island, there was only a small amount of snow. Surprisingly, states south of us really got a heavy amount of the white stuff — as much as 50 inches altogether this winter. The weather is so unpredictable — which can make it kind of fun. Of course, if tons of snow are dumped unexpectedly on an occasion like a christening or a wedding, it’s definitely not fun at all!

The American Legion Auxiliary Post 1404 will have a fundraiser Val-entine 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 (Valen-tine’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 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.

Christ Presbyterian Church will have Bingo in the church hall on Friday, February 19. Doors open at 6 p.m.; Early Bird is at 6:30 p.m.; Bin-go 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.

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.

After nine years of being editor of the civic association newsletter, I have handed the production of the Channel News off to a community member who will do a great job at this task and you will be able to enjoy it as always. The new editor is Diane Haywood Malsy, and you will see it soon in the box at the bottom of the newsletter, starting with the February issue. Please continue to send your news for the column to Lizbcbits@aol.com, but also send a copy of your item to Diane; her email address is: LD102598@aol.com. Because the column is weekly, news items for it are always timely. With Channel News, Diane will know best if the timing for an item is right for the nine issues a year at-the-end-of-the-month publication. If it is, the item — space allowing! — will go into the newsletter. It does take time to get used to doing the newsletter and I’m confident that Diane will have the same community support that I had when Barbara Toborg handed the newsletter off to me after editing it for 14 years. Thank you.

Last month’s civic association meeting was an important one — the NYC Parks Department asked input from community residents on potential uses for the west side land — many folks know it by name. Some suggestions were floated by the stalwart residents who attend every meeting. Among them were: a parking lot, or allowing the BCHS crew team land use for storage of their shells and launching their practice.

The most surprising thing about the meeting is that many Rockaway residents had come to give their ideas, too. There was a full house at the meeting that is topped only by the meeting when residents vote for civic officials. One of their suggested uses was to use the land to provide storage for boat owners and a boat launch. A consensus of residential ideas on uses for the property will be prepared and sent to Parks by the civic association.

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: Liz bcbits@aol.com

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