2010-09-10 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

Labor Day weekend has come and gone, leaving lots of memories and nice comfortable weather. There are many upcoming activities. Following are some of them:

St. Virgilius Golden Age Club (age 50 and over) meets every Thursday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. in Christ Presbyterian Church by the Sea Hall (entrance on Church Road). All seniors are welcome.

St. Virgilius Rosary-Altar Society will meet on Monday, September 20 at 12:30 p.m. in the Meeting Room, 16 Noel Road. All women are invited.

Religious Education Classes (CCD) begin on Tuesday, September 14 at 7 p.m. for grades 6, 7 and 8; on Wednesday, September 15 at 3:30 p.m. classes begin for grades 1 through 5. For information, call 718-634-5680. Sister Mary Anne will hold registration on Saturday, September 11 after the 4 p.m. Mass. For more information, call 718- 634-5680.

Christ Presbyterian Church will present a Sunday Brunch on September 26 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. On the menu is a choice of: scrambled eggs with bacon or sausage, or pancakes with bacon or sausage. Hash browns will be served with both. Coffee, tea, juice and cake will be served. Donation is $7.

A 50/50 will be held at the September 26 Brunch. Tickets cost $3 each or two for $5. To buy tickets, call Al at 718- 474-0534, Joyce at 718-474-7769 or Janet at 718-318-6454.

A two-session Defensive Driving Course sponsored by St. Virgilius Parish will be given on Wednesday, September 29 and Thursday, September 30 from 7 to 10 p.m. in the School Building at 16 Noel Road in Broad Channel, in the lunchroom. By taking this course, you can receive a 10 percent reduction on your car insurance for 3 years or up to 4 points off your license. No test will be given. Fee is $60. To make a reservation or for further information: call Helen, at 718-945-4648 or Cindy at 718-634-5449. Refreshments will be served. If you attended the course in September 2007, your certificate expires in Sept-ember 2010. Payment in full guarantees a seat — they are unable to hold a seat without payment.

The last day at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge visitor center to see the art exhibit on Birds of the Northeast United States will be on Thursday, September 30.

The Historical Society of the Broad Channel Civic Association will sponsor Historical Day on Sunday, October 3 at the VFW Hall on Shad Creek Road in Broad Channel from noon until 5 p.m. (At 3 p.m. the Historical Society will be the recipient of an important, valuable gift.)

The public is invited to view the impressive collection; it tells the town’s history through pictures, newspaper articles, documents, letters, written reminiscences and video interviews with longtime residents.

The 2011 Historical Calendar, which gives times of high tide (very important if you live in Broad Channel), will be on sale. The cover depicts an aerial view of 1963 Broad Channel taken from an NYPD helicopter. Also on sale will be the book “Broad Channel” by Liz and Dan Guarino, one of the latest picture books in the Images of America series by Arcadia Press.

Residents are encouraged to bring new material for the collection. Original pictures and documents will be copied and returned to donors. The work of the Historical Committee was started by resident Dan Mundy. For further information, contact Barbara Toborg at 718-474-1127.

SAVE THE DATE: On Saturday, October 9 from 7 p.m. to midnight the Broad Channel American Legion Auxiliary will present A Tribute to Sinatra and Elvis. “Two talented guys will sing Sinatra and Elvis Hits.“ Cost of $25 per person includes the show, pasta, and one free drink. For more information or for advance tickets call Carol at 718-634-7235.

Save the Date: On Friday, November 12 a Job Fair will be held at the Aqueduct Racetrack Clubhouse (event will be held indoors in 3rd Floor Manhattan Terrace Room) at 110-00 Rockaway Boulevard, South Ozone Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free parking; wheelchair accessible; business attire is suggested. Over 100 potential employers are expected; bring plenty of resumes.

Every Thursday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., there will be a free Yoga Class with Broad Channel resident and yoga instructor Mary Lou at Fort Tilden in sTudio 7 (building T-7 – through main gate to intersection in front of old chapel; turn right, go past Post Theater and T-6 to T-7 on left.) Parking is available outside T-6 and T-7. Bring mat or towel. Wear loose comfortable clothes.

The Broad Channel Library has new hours: Monday and Thursday from 1 to 8 p.m.; Tuesday from 1 to 6 p.m.; Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturdays, the library will be closed.

An organization’s volunteers often offer help because they have benefited from the organization’s services and wish to give back. Sometimes, however, volunteers’ altruism can be amazing as it was in three teens who summered in Broad Channel with relatives this year. They took up the cause of the Athletic Club and worked hours every week through July, August and into September directly fundraising and performing services that resulted in thousands of dollars donated to the BCAC. Filling mailboxes with fliers and doing tasks for events they weren’t old enough to attend and “shaking the can” on the boulevard in the hot sun to get donations from passing motorists comprised part of their summer vacations. “Shaking the can” in the hot sun proved to be the most demanding. Unbelievably, some motorists were very rude about being approached; one man actually gunned his engine and ran a red light to avoid being approached. Anyway, the whole idea of teenagers doing good things might surprise those who think teens are trouble, but most teens are good and some do wonderful things like these three! Thanks Kids!

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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