2010-03-12 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

In some places there was snow on the ground even with the day’s warm temperatures for the Rockaway St. Patrick’s Parade. It’s a wonder the snow has held on so long. One neighbor said it was petrified. Another neighbor promised one more snowstorm before buds pop out of the trees and bushes again.

We’ll have to wait and see what the weather does. Right now, it’s warm and sunny. But—of course—that will change before The Wave hits the newsstands!

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.

Registration for new students for the Broad Channel Pre-k will be on Thursday, April 8 at 6:30 p.m. The school, which has a new teacher, is located at 102 Noel Road in the Christ Presbyterian Church hall.

More info! Sauerbraten dinner 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. Donation is $12 per person. A 50/50 Drawing will be held at the Dinner; chances are $3 each or two for $5.

“The BCVFD held its 105th Anniversary Dance on Saturday, February 27. This year our department recognized the lifelong efforts of Dan and Gene O’Sullivan. The O’Sullivan families are long-time business owners and have contributed greatly to the BCVFD’s fundraising efforts over the years. During the operation of O’S Family Pub, from its opening many years ago until its sale some years back, countless “Mardi Gras” events and summer-long campaigns were run from this establishment. Despite the financial burden “Mardi Gras” would inflict, the O’Sullivans always pressed ahead and sacrificed to make the “Mardi Gras” a success.

Recognizing their accomplishments, Congressman Weiner and Assemblywoman Pheffer presented proclamations at the event. Proclamations were also sent from Senator Chuck Schumer, State Senator Shirley Huntley and Councilman Eric Ulrich. We at the BCVFD sincerely offer our thanks to these two fine gentleman and their families. Dan McIntyre”

The MTA hearing on the toll rebate has come and gone. Some news reports called the hearing “rowdy.” There were hundreds of people there. Our friends and neighbors certainly were impassioned about the issue and sounded good when they spoke. We will have to wait and see how the MTA closes its budget gap; at present that gap is big enough to drive many subway trains through it.

It’s kind of hard to keep hearing over and over that there’s no money and there will have to be fee increases and cutbacks and givebacks—not just from MTA, but New York State and other places as well. A lot of folks have said they feel squeezed and worried about their jobs. So, anyone who does likewise has a lot of company. Job insecurity seems to be the one specialty on the menu for those who are still part of the “daily grind.”

Members of the BCVFD wish to form a “Food Drive Committee” for those in our community who are feeling the effects of these current hard economic times. You need not be a member to participate; any and all help will be greatly appreciated by BCVFD. Call 718-474-6888 any evening and ask how you can help. Flyers will be distributed shortly with details.

Seniors without any insurance may be eligible for a free eye exam and free treatment for a condition found during this exam through the Senior EyeCare Program. Eligible Medicare recipients will have no out of pocket expense. If you are a senior age 65 or older; a U.S. citizen or legal resident; have not been seen by an ophthalmologist in three or more years, and do not belong to an HMO or the VA, call the help line operator at 1-800-222-EYES [3937] 24/7. If you’re not eligible, maybe a friend or relative is.

On a fun note, interesting things pop up from time to time in this community— things that should be noticed and noted: A gaggle of geese crossing the boulevard by the bridge, single file. A lone swan waiting outside a front door for an edible handout.

By now, mostly everyone here knows about one of our neighbor’s splendid sense of humor. He or she or they have a large and very realistic looking “big cat” sitting on the roof of the storage shed, guarding it with its ferocious appearance! Also of note last week was the person who was seen on the boulevard bypassing traffic all dressed up as a bagel! A few months ago, Elmo was on the boulevard. Keep your eyes peeled!

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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