2010-04-16 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

Some people were not prepared for the recent “cold wave,” and a few grumbled all the way home from work last week. Like a lot of folks they left their warm jackets at home and really needed them at quitting time. As the weather seesaws from one climate condition to another, it’s hard to know what to wear. But the secret here is: If you’re dressed too warmly, you can always take off a layer. If you’re cold, there’s no way to warm up except to shiver. The weather people on television don’t help with this problem either—they imply that it’s hot when it’s only warm and give the impression that it’s a bit cool when it’s downright cold!

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. There will be 50/50s available for purchase. The event is co-sponsored by both the Ladies Auxiliary and the Men’s Auxiliary.

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 by calling 718-318-4340.

Happy Birthday to Sam Fretto, who will be 8 years old on Sunday, April 18. Have a wonderful time on your special day!

Earth Day Cleanup will be on Thursday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to noon at the North Channel Bridge to spruce up the shoreline. Groups are welcome at this event as are individuals; all volunteers are asked to call 718-318-4340 to sign up.

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.

Christ Presbyterian Church will be holding their Annual Spring Flea Market and Plant Sale on Saturday, April 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Franks, soda, coffee and tea will be available for purchase. Mother’s Day plants will be sold at the above event and also on Sunday, April 25 and on Mother’s Day Sunday, May 9 outside the church.

On Sunday, April 25 from 10 a.m. to noon take part in the “NYC Audubon Spring Bird and Wildflower Hike” in Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Begin indoors with a slide presentation. Outside, naturalist Don Riepe will walk the trails with you and look for migrating birds and wildflowers. Bring binoculars. Sign up at 718-318-4340.

From Christ Presbyterian Church: “We want to thank all our neighbors and friends who came to our Sauerbraten Supper—as always, everyone had a great time!”

The Job Fair held at Aqueduct Racetrack last week was the closest event location for many employment seekers that I’ve heard about. Usually, that type and size of event is held in Manhattan and those who want to attend have to hop on the subway and take a long ride to go to it.

Remember a few months ago when Law and Order was filming one of their episodes here? Well, the “Criminal Intent” episode was on the cable channel USA on April 13. If you did not catch the episode called “Broad Channel,” a brief scene of it is on YouTube. If you want to see this snippet, type the following link into your browser:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ot CcWMG3Zk4

The theme music for the show is called “Middle of Nowhere.” It’s easy to recognize the background including some of the faces in the crowd behind the yellow tape! This scene was filmed by Smittys. Thanks to Kathy Louis who wrote the Wave’s Broad Channel Bits and Pieces column for sending the link. If you missed it, there will likely be a rerun!

When reader Dorothy Fraher of West 14 Road suggested a feature called “Tip of the Week,” it’s now a permanent part of the column—if tips come in, they’ll be printed. People don’t always think of their ideas as being helpful to others, but a lot happens when people begin to share things: A male neighbor offered a woman hand finisher of machine knitted wool scarves an easy way to thread a tapestry needle—when they were discussing handiwork. Tips can be on anything that can improve the way something is done by other residents; they can be on any topic. For instance, repairs on home, boat, bicycle or car; childrearing; fishing; gardening; cooking— those techniques or shortcuts or even substitutes you thought of could be exactly what someone else needs to help them with something they want 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: Liz bcbits@aol.com

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