2010-03-26 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

Nice weather with warm sunshine has been floating into and out of sight, but none of it of late has required a winter jacket. Even when it’s overcast or gray and rainy, the mercury has been high enough to label the day as warm. Looking around for Mother Nature’s progress we see here and there yellow daffodils are reaching upward to bask in the sun’s rays whenever they are available. On some bushes, forsythia is starting to bloom.

And those purple jonquils that are a bit harder to find. Ah, spring!

On Saturday, March 27 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, attend a slide presentation in the visitor’s center, then walk around the ponds with naturalist Don Riepe in an NYC Audubon workshop and look for early migrants and other signs of spring. Sign up at 718-318-4340.

On Sunday, March 28 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, see through the lens of Johann Schumacher during an indoor presentation, then go for an outdoor session with the photographer.

Bring a camera. 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.

We are raising money for a Broad Channel friend whose 5-year-old daughter was just diagnosed with leukemia ... thanks so much ...

Kristy Knapp, 718-902-2830. “Please come out to support a local Friend in Need! On April 9 at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, in Broad Channel. Come on down to a Night at the Races and see if you’re lucky! We will have raffles and 50/50s after the races, and you’ll have a chance to win prizes such as a flat screen TV, Nintendo Wii, iPod, backyard table and chairs, BBQ, his and her bikes and various gift certificates and baskets ... all for a great cause!”

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.

Last week the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge was featured on NY1 news. In the spot that was filmed last year, the public affairs division of the National Park Service sought public comment of ideas for future use of the parks. One man walking the refuge trails said he’d like to see a dog run in the park. In the fall there was a series of public hearings held at various locations for this purpose. Anyone who has an idea for park use is invited to share it with Public Affairs. Their telephone is 718-354-4606. Their email address: GATE_Public_Affairs@nps.gov and their mailing address is: Public Affairs Office; 210 New York Avenue; Staten Island, NY 10305. The wildlife refuge is at the north end of town. All of the Channel people have it in the front yard and probably have some good ideas about the future use of this property. Public Affairs would be happy to hear them!

The National Park Service now offers you Gateway sites available via a medium that didn’t exist 20 years ago. You can share in the sights without leaving home on podcasts at www.nps.gov/gate under the “Photos and Multimedia” link. You can also see the entire series of videos for other NPS sites as the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Governor’s Island and all other NPS sites in Manhattan.

As warmer weather settles in, people spend more time out and about. Even when you’re home and letting the sunlight stream in your open front door, the Crime Prevention Division of the NYPD recommends keeping the outside door locked at all times to prevent uninvited individuals from entering your home. Locks should ideally be cylinder deadbolts. At night, adequate lighting outside can deter thieves from entering your home. Keeping your electronics out of sight in your parked car or removing them altogether may keep your car from being broken into and your items from being stolen — electronic gadgets are the number one things being stolen from cars — GPS systems, Blackberries, iPods, laptop computers, etc. As the weather warms, more people will be running for exercise after work. Wearing white or light colored clothing after dark will make you more visible and keep you safer from being hit by passing cars.

This quote can be attributed to no one, because the author is unknown: “Happy are those whose purpose has found them.”

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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