2010-11-19 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

Next week is Thanksgiving Day — and what a great holiday it always is! Whether you are off from work and spending the day with relatives or friends or even alone; whether you eat turkey or don’t eat meat at all, have a wonderful, wonderful Thanksgiving Day — enjoying the holiday to the max!

There will be a special Mass on Thanksgiving Day at St. Virgilius Church at 9 a.m. Parishioners are invited to bring something which they will use at their family celebrations on Thanksgiving to be blessed. The collection at Mass will be donated to St. Mary Star of the Sea and St. Gertrude to help with the meals which they will be serving on Thanksgiving Day.

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

They have had a few new members join their ranks, but still are in critical need of membership. Stop by for details or contact them via their 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 Warriors.

The November 12 Job Fair at the Aqueduct Racetrack Clubhouse had more people attend than the job fair last spring. Hopefully, a number of the attendees found jobs to fill at the event.

Library patrons age 16 or younger can clear fines from their cards by reading in the library. Ask the librarian for details.

Every Thursday (except Thanksgiving, of course) 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 building sTudio 7; there is a sign on the building. Bring mat or towel. Wear loose, comfortable clothes. Enjoy.

New York City has a website to keep residents informed about matters relating to flu. It is located at: www. nyc.gov/flu Find a flu shot; people who have problems with needles are advised to ask about inhaled vaccine.

The National Park Service is seeking public comment in the form of ideas for future use of the parks. There is a series of public hearings held at various locations for this purpose. Anyone who has an idea for park use is invited to share it with Public Affairs. Their telephone is 718-354-4606. Their email address is: GATE_Public_ Affairs@ nps.gov

and their mailing address is: Public Affairs Office/ 210 New York Avenue/ Staten Island, NY 10305. The wildlife refuge is at the north end of our community so, in a manner of speaking, all Channel people have it in their front yards and probably have some good ideas about the future use of this property. So let them know what you think — and what you would like to see on this very close unit of national park land.

Broad Channel got a tiny mention on NY1 News. The segment mentioned that the MTA raised the toll for residents over what the MTA originally agreed to when they took away the rebate.

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