2010-04-02 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

Every year a lot of us do it. As soon as the weather warms up, we stop wearing our heavy winter coats and jackets. And who would argue with the decision? The outerwear is bulky and sometimes heavy — maybe the coats have hoods and being wrapped up like a mummy is not a lot of fun. So the first opportunity we get — off go the coats. And every year a cold snap descends on us like the one late last week — and we are not dressed warm enough for it!

On Saturday, April 3 the BCAC will be hosting the Annual Easter Egg Hunt. It will be held at the Ninth Road Park at noon. “Please come out to support a local Friend in Need! On April 9 at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, Broad Channel; $10 admission at the door. 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!

It’s “Team Week” through Modell’s for BCAC Jamaica Bay Little League through Thursday, April 22.

With use of a special coupon, you will save 15 percent off your purchases; 5 percent of the total sales on behalf of BCAC will be donated back to the league. You can use the coupon as many times as you want during the allotted days which began on March 26. How do you get one of the coupons? I have one and will be glad to send an electronic copy to anyone who is online. I will print it and bring it to anyone who is not online. It sounds like a good time to shop for new stuff!

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

A Job Fair will be held at Aqueduct Racetrack 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., South Ozone Park on Friday, April 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with about 100 potential employers on hand — ranging from retailers and for-profits to federal, state and city agencies and non-profits and restaurants — too many to mention each one. Job seekers should bring plenty of resumes! Business attire is recommended. Workshops that offer job seekers help are scheduled and the schedule is as follows: 10:30 a.m., Interviewing for the Mature Adult; 11:30 a.m., ResumĂ© Building; 12:30 p.m., Preparing for Career Change; and 1:30 p.m., Interview Tips and Techniques. The Job Fair will be held indoors. Take “A” train to Aqueduct/No. Conduit Avenue station and walk to track. Plenty of free parking is available for those who drive. Location is wheelchair accessible. Enter through Clubhouse entrance and go to Manhattan Terrace Room on 3rd Floor.

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. Dona-tion 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.

National Park Week is April 17 to April 25 and will begin in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge with “A Walk in the Park” on Saturday, April 17 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. A park ranger will walk with you along the East Pond Trail. Join the participants to learn what makes Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge special. Bring binoculars. Sign up at 718-318-4340. Join “Invasive Plant Removal” during National Volunteer Week in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, April 18 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Remove invasive plants around West Pond by digging, cutting or pulling them out. Gloves and tools will be provided. Pre-register at 718-318-4340.

By now, everyone probably knows about the MTA ‘compromise’ on residents paying the bridge toll to go to the neighboring portion of the 11693 zip code. All residents of Rockaway and Broad Channel will pay tolls again. It doesn’t sound like compromise; it sounds like a defeat — the MTA won and all of the residents lost. A lot of our neighbors had something to say about it. One of our male neighbors said, “Even if everyone living in the Channel showed up at the [toll] hearing, I felt we’d lose.” And one of our female neighbors sounded similar. She said, “I knew it [the toll rebate] would be taken away.” No one that I spoke to thought we’d win. They hoped, wished and wanted — but they felt that it was no use this time. Especially when the student passes were threatened and the MTA itself started talking jobs being lost through layoffs to close their ‘budget gap.’ No one wants people losing their jobs. So when these ‘big guns’ of students and layoffs were mentioned, a lot of people felt that the elimination of the toll rebate was a “done deal.” Unbelievably, the resident toll rebate was a reality for 10 years. And it was a nice thing. It will find a place in our local history: RIP Resident Toll Rebate 2000-2010!

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Email can be sent to: Lizbcbits- @aol.com

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