2010-02-19 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Commentary By Liz Guarino

A lot of the snow we got last week is still on the ground under Tuesday’s new layer of the white stuff. The temperatures will make sure none of it melts too fast! We have had a lot of sunny days, which have melted small amounts every day the sun’s out. But those nighttime temperatures have been freezing it solid. That is expected to continue so everything that’s on the ground will stay there—at least for the moment. Our best hope for serious melting will come on Saturday, when the mercury will climb above 40!

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.; 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.

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 7th Annual Jane Fuller Memorial Brunch for Cancer Care will take place on Sunday, March 14 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the American Legion Hall. On the menu will be eggs any style, omelets, pancakes, freedom toast served with potatoes, bacon, ham or sausage. All are welcome.

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.

For community members who may not yet know: I have stepped down as editor of the Channel News and handed its production to another communi- ty member. The new editor—Diane Haywood Malsy— will put her name in the box at the bottom of the newsletter, starting with the February issue. Please send a copy of your news item to Diane’s email address, which is: LD102598@aol.com Please copy and paste; don’t send PDFs. Please continue to send me your news bits as this column will continue to be written by me and it needs input from the community to be complete!

A poster for the scheduled MTA hearings on the toll rebate for residents of the Rockaways and Broad Channel came in my email. Hearings are scheduled for the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel, 135-20 39 Avenue, Flushing to begin at 6 p.m. A free bus ride to the hotel is available. It will stop at Noel Road and Cross Bay Boulevard, having left Rockaway at 4:15 p.m. If you want a seat on the bus, call 718-945-1216. The date is Tuesday, March 2. If you want a ride there, call the above number to get a seat. As we recently went through a battle over the toll, there might be more residents at this hearing than there were at the last go round. It’s a bit hard to believe that we’re doing this again—after the fare was increased and all. One of our neighbors was heard to remark: “If I managed my money the way some agencies do, I’d have no house, no boat, no car. They mess up and get a fare hike. Go figure!”

Long gone are the trucks, trailers and the people who were involved in the recent activity here. The filming and its attendant excitement have come and gone and a lot of community residents now know it was for a Law and Order episode. But a good bit of excitement accompanied their presence here. Some residents were asked if their houses could be used for filming. Some of the actors from the series were seen walking to ‘scenes,’ which are—of course—real places to us. One neighbor saw a fake dead body get

pulled’ out of the bay near the end of 9th Road. So, it was unusual, maybe interesting to have acting activity around us for a couple of days. Imagine though—living out of a trailer and being in a different neighborhood for days at a time all the time!

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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