2010-03-05 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

Bright sunshiny skies, with very few clouds have mostly been our companions this past week and have been melting that dirty white stuff we’re still looking at in piles on the street corners, some front lawns and around still hibernating flower beds.

It seems that a lot of people are waiting for spring to come. Well, it’s almost here — a couple more weeks to go!

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.

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 reservation 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.

On Saturday, March 20 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, look for signs of spring on this — the first day of spring. A park ranger will accompany participants and help them locate spring greenery. Sign up at 718-318-4340.

On Sunday, March 21 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, attend a presentation indoors, then go outside into the dark and look for the American woodcock and its acrobatic courtship moves. Bring binoculars. Sign up at 718-318- 4340.

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.

There will be a tour of the old Schmitt’s Marina property at West 19 Road on Tuesday, March 9 at 11 a.m. The property is about nine acres of land. The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation called the former marina a “currently dormant and underused asset.”

If paying for medications has become extremely difficult, the Partnership for Prescription Assistance may be of help to you if you qualify for their help. If you’re uninsured or struggling financially, call them to see if you qualify. It costs nothing to find out. Call 1-888- 477-2669 or visit www.pparx.org if you prefer; you may be able to get your medication for free.

The library system provides Ask a Librarian service. If you need a brief, factual answer to a question, go to www.queenslibrary.org/ask to “Ask a Librarian” 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; chat reference is also available at the site. If you email them through the site, you will get an answer in 2 to 3 business days. For telephone reference, call 718-990-0728 Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Countdowns to spring seem to be popping up all over.

Even on the TV. From one neighbor doing a countdown to spring for lots of years to a lot of folks doing it, too! On a Channel street last week, there was a funny scene. A big pile of snow lying next to the curb was melting under the “warmth” of the winter sun, but it wasn’t melting very fast.

One neighbor grabbed a shovel and started spreading the ‘gray stuff’ over the street, so the heat from the passing cars would melt it. He was soon joined by another man. A third man thought about joining the shovelers, but he had already promised to go somewhere with his wife.

Anyway, the two men stopped shoveling when the third drove his car toward the boulevard and over the dirty snow. The third guy signaled to the shovelers to stay where they were and stopped his car in the middle of the scattered snow.

He did a little dance with his car as if to melt the snow faster. Then he laughingly went on his way. There’s a lot of fun in those little moments. And results too—by the next day, the snow was gone!

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