2010-02-26 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

All the rain this past week washed away the piles of snow that were still lying around the edges and corners of the streets. The leftover snow was really dirty looking, so the rain was fortunate!

Broad Channel Athletic Club/ Jamaica Bay Little League will hold its final 2010 registration for Baseball, Softball and T-Ball on Friday, February 26 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, February 27 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 3 and older; children must be 3 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

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 Ann-ual 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.

A two-session Defensive Driving Course will be given on Wednesday, March 10 and Thursday, March 11 from 7 to 10 p.m. in the school building at 16 Noel Road in Broad Channel, in the lunchroom.

By taking this course, you can receive a 10 percent reduction on your car insurance for 3 years or up to 4 points off of your license. No test will be given. Fee is $60. To make a reser- vation or for further information: call Helen at 718 945-4648 or Cindy at 718 634-5449. Refreshments will be served. If you attended the course in March, 2007, your certificate expires in March. Payment in full guarantees a seat — they are unable to hold a seat without payment. The course is sponsored by St. Virgilius Parish.

Christ Presbyterian Church will present Bingo in the church hall on Noel and Church Roads on Friday, March 12. Doors open at 6 p.m. Early Bird is at 6:30 p.m. Bingo starts at 7 p.m. Donation is $5. Coffee, tea and cake will be served.

A thank you to all of those neighbors who showed up at the Church’s recent Friday night Bingo!

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.

Mark your calendar! Sauerbraten Supper will be held at Christ Presbyterian Church hall on Sunday, April 11 from 3 p.m. till …

Call for reservations or free delivery a week in advance of the supper. Call Joyce at 718-474-7769, Janet at 718-318-6454, Al at 718-474-0534 or Pat at 718- 318-1292. Reservations are a must.

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.

A nice note that said: “Many thanks to all those Brave Souls who came out in the snow to the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper.

We even had three families who brought their little ones in their carriages— all bundled up! It goes to show that — no matter what — the people of Broad Channel are great supporters of Christ Presbyterian Church. All had a great time.”

The scheduled MTA hearings on the toll rebate for residents of Rockaway and Broad Channel are on Tuesday, March 2 at Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel, 135-20 39 Avenue, Flushing starting at 6 p.m.

A free bus ride to the hotel is available. The bus will stop at Noel Road and Cross Bay Boulevard, to pick up residents who have called; it will leave Rockaway at 4:15 p.m. If you want a bus seat, call 718-945-1216.

The future of the old Schmitt’s Marina at West 19 Road may be determined by current Broad Channel residents if NYC Parks considers the ideas for improvement of the land from them worth acting on.

The property is about nine acres of land. Parks called the former marina a “currently dormant and underused asset.” Proposals for revitalization of the land must be received by Parks no later than 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 31. There will be a tour of the property on Tuesday, March 9 at 11 a.m.

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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