2010-03-19 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

After the storm that newscasters are now calling a nor’easter, it’s a sunny, breezy day with clear blue skies. If weather forecasts are correct, there are more days of similar weather in front of us. Saturday, March 20 is the official beginning of spring, although the weather conditions aren’t always spring-like; this year it looks like they will be. Fairly soon, little green buds will pop out on the trees, grass will come alive and jonquils and daffodils will poke their purple and yellow heads up from under the soil. It’s a wonderful thing to live where the spring season brings such a difference to the outdoor world!

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.

The American Legion Auxiliary will hold a Palm Sunday Brunch on March 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the American Legion Hall on Cross Bay Boulevard. On the menu will be eggs any style, omelets, pancakes, freedom toast served with potatoes and bacon, ham or sausage. All are welcome. 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.

A 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.

At the VFW Hall on Shad Creek Road, there will be a brunch on Sunday, April 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with your choice of fresh eggs, waffles, pancakes or a garbage omelet with ham, bacon or sausage. Adult donation is $6 and donation for kids is $3 per person; adults get a bloody mary or screwdriver; kids get juice. Also served is cake and coffee or tea.

At the recent BCVFD 105th Installation Dance, Janine Dougherty was installed as EMT of the Year. Installed as Firefighter of the Year was Kristen McIntyre. Congratulations to both of you!

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. [I need more information on the handwritten note I got on Tuesday to understand and publicize all of the items. Can the person who put the note in my mailbox please contact me?]

On Sunday, there was a lot of discussion of Saturday’s weather and occurrences. Since Saturday really made its presence felt, there was a lot to say. The winds were pretty gusty and caused a lot of stuff to go flying (I was almost one of them!).

Lots of shingles were on the ground Sunday morning. Some roofs lost them to those fierce winds — it looks like St. Virgilius Church was among the roofs affected. At least one house lost some aluminum siding to the 50+mph wind.

There was even a planter in the middle of the sidewalk on the boulevard. Of course, garbage cans tried to escape their yards and there were lots of tree branches — large and small – all over the place.

And not to forget the bent-over-topof the-telephone-pole on the east side of the boulevard near 6th Road or all the emergency vehicles near there on Saturday.

But as much as the winds blew things about; in spite of the brief blackout – and the brownout – residents were not left in the dark here.

While the lights may have flickered for hours, people in other parts of the city lost their electricity and some were still waiting to get it back on Monday morning. Their houses were hit by fallen trees, their cars crushed under those trees.

A once-over look at the Channel didn’t see any of that. There were lost windows – Russo’s in Howard Beach had a large window blown in. The nor’easter may be our farewell to winter — but you never know.

Last year on April 5, it snowed like crazy in the Chicago area, surprising some of the tourists! Anyway, Saturday will definitely show itself to be – at the very least – inconvenient in its actions, but hopefully no one suffered permanent harm or very extensive damage from the dreadful weather.

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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