2010-04-09 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

It’s certainly sunny and warm lately. Before long, neighbors will be planting their flowers and other green growing things in their gardens. For those who enjoy gardening, the smell of freshly overturned soil has no rival. Dark and earthy smelling, the soil really needs a good loosening so those worms can tunnel through it and keep it loose and the plants can raise their little heads to the sun.

“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 Boulevard, 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 nonprofits and restaurants — too many to mention each one. Job seekers should bring plenty of resumés! Business attire is recommended. Workshops that offer job seekers help are scheduled and the schedule is as follows: 10:30 a.m., Inter-viewing for the Mature Adult; 11:30 a.m., Resume 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. 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.

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.

One of our neighbors, Dorothy Fraher of West 14th Road, has a really great idea for a feature in this column: a Tip of the Week space! Her tip is about oil tanks and here it is: “If your oil tank is outside the house and exposed to the ‘elements’ I must share information with you. This winter was really cold and the bottom of my oil tank had water in it – sometimes “condensation” forms because of the weather. Sometimes it comes in the oil delivery. It’s like the condensation that forms on the inside of your car windows or even the house windows. It just happens. The PROBLEM is that when that water freezes – the pipe that is connected to suck up the oil and feed it to your boiler – hits the ice and it runs and runs until it blows the seals on the oil pump and it spills out all over your floor. PREVENT it with a Tiger Loop that attaches to your system to shut down the pump when it doesn’t get the FEED of oil. I use OSI and they installed it for me.” Thank you, Dorothy!

Tips can be on anything that can improve the way something is done by other residents; it can be on any topic of importance to others. For instance, repairs on home, boat, bicycle or car; childrearing, fishing, gardening, cooking — those techniques or shortcuts you thought of could be exactly what someone else needs to help them with something they want or need to do! Send tips to the email address below.

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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