2010-11-12 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

Drenching rains are not pleasant, especially if a person is going somewhere by public transportation. Of course, the rains fall whenever and wherever they want. In the spring, of course, all green growing things bloom; in fall, it seems everything just gets wet! Ah well, Thanksgiving Day and colder weather are right around the corner!

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 resumés.

The Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 260 in Broad Channel will be holding their annual Penny Social on Saturday, November 13 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6. Reserve a table or come early as the hall fills quickly. Raffles include his and her bicycles, authentic Coach bags, a Montauk fishing trip, baskets galore and even a raffle for a children’s 2-hour birthday party – characters and face painting included; 50/50s and much more. Admission is $10. Reserve a table; call Josette at 646-344-2640.

The American Legion Auxiliary Post 1404 will be holding their Annual Brunch and Sweepstakes to benefit the Children’s Christmas Party on Sunday, November 14. Eggs any style, omelets, freedom toast and pancakes with potatoes, sausage, ham, bacon or hash is on the menu along with juice or a drink, coffee or tea and cake. “Come on down and help support the Post Annual Children’s Christmas Party to be held on December 12.”

Story Time for children ages 2 to 5 is at the Library on Wednesday, November 17 at noon. Children listen to stories and color.

At the Library on Friday, November 19 at 3:30 p.m. young people ages 7 to 12 join the Craft program. Supplies are given out on a first come, first served basis.

At Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, November 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. join Don Riepe in the visitor center for his presentation on ducks and geese in the “NYC Audubon Waterfowl Workshop.” Afterward, take a walk with him around the West Pond to see ducks and geese. Bring binoculars. Sign up in advance at 718- 318-4340.

Christ Presbyterian Church will present their Annual Christmas Crafts Fair on Saturday, November 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch will be sold. Crafts, Christmas gifts and ornaments. Photos with Santa from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

At the Library on Monday, November 22 at 7 p.m. children listen to a bedtime story and make a simple craft at Pajama Time.

Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) helps qualifying Americans with a one-time grant for heating their homes. Apartment dwellers can also qualify for HEAP, receiving a lesser amount. There are guidelines to meet to qualify for this federally funded assistance. If you got help from HEAP last year, you don’t have to do anything, but an application for a firsttime applicant is available by calling 311.

For Teenagers (grade 7 and older): Come to Teen Club to spend time with old friends and to meet new friends. There will be music, food and games. Teen Club will be held on Wednesday evenings from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in St. Virgilius Meeting Room, 16 Noel Road. Please use rear entrance. For more information, please call Sister Mary Anne at 718-634-5680.

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.

The BCVFD is conducting a “Holliday Raffle” for the cash prizes of $1,500, $500, and $250. Cost $1 a chance, book of 6 for $5. The drawing will be December 11. We will sell chances at the train station, at the firehouse, at Waldbaum’s in Rockaway, and door to door.

We have had a few new members join our ranks, but we still are in critical need of membership. Stop by for details or contact us via our web site. Free training available, BCVFD sponsored “Saturdays only” EMT class to start in January in Hamilton Beach. One final note; Santa has been stopping by checking out the Fire Engine for his use again this year. Remember to get your home on Santa’s list early this year; list announcements will start around Thanksgiving.

The Broad Channel Crafters and the American Legion Auxiliary will hold the 22nd Annual Craft and Christmas Gift Sale on Friday, December 3 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturday, December 4 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the American Legion Hall on Cross Bay Boulevard in Broad Channel. The kitchen will be open for refreshments and lunch. There will be baked goods, jewelry, ornaments, raffles, seasonal decorations and much more. All proceeds benefit the Rockaway Graybeards for the Wounded Warrior Fund.

A neighbor sent me a newspaper article from a daily on the oyster seeding of the bay. At one time, there were many oyster beds around Broad Channel. Oysters were a commercial enterprise here, with a lot of money changing hands over the contents of many beds in the waters surrounding the island. Efforts to recreate oyster activity have been undertaken and are hoped to reinvigorate the bay, maybe even preventing further loss of salt marshes. Since one adult oyster can filter about 30 gallons of water a day, it is hoped that the larvae reach adulthood. It would be great to have oyster beds again. It is hoped that adult oysters will filter the waters, making it healthier for the creatures that live in the bay. And benefit us too — who live very close to it!

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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