2010-11-26 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Commentary By Elizabeth Guarino

With temperatures fairly mild for this time of year, overnight temperatures are slowly headed for the freezing mark. Still, the mostly sunny days are making some folks wonder if there will be much of a winter. Some yards are still sporting flowers and there are some leaves left on the trees. One year there was no snow at all in winter; while 14 snowstorms fell in another year. The Farmer’s Almanac predicts a cold winter; but maybe it will be short and late in the season!

The VFW Ladies Auxiliary will be holding a Bingo on Sunday, November 28 at noon.

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 Second Annual Broad Channel Christmas Tree Lighting will be held on Wednesday, December 8 at 5 p.m. at the BCAC field. Performances by the Girl Scouts and the PS 47 chorus will be enjoyed by those in attendance. Hot cocoa, cookies and other baked goods will be available as will candy canes. There will also be a special visit from Santa. All will be followed by the lighting of the tree by “our very own Mayor Timothy Hanning.”

The BCVFD is conducting a “Holiday 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.

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.

BCVFD has had a few new members join the ranks, but they still are in critical need of membership. Stop by for details or contact them via their web site. Free training is 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.

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

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 in 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 different matters relating to flu. It is located at: www.nyc.gov/flu Find a flu shot; it is now recommended that most people get a flu shot. People who have problems with needles are advised to ask about inhaled vaccine. People without the Internet can call 311.

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.

Seniors without any insurance may be eligible for a free eye exam and free treatment for a condition found during this exam through the Senior EyeCare Program. Eligible Medicare recipients will have no out of pocket expense. If you are a senior age 65 or older; a U.S. citizen or legal resident; have not been seen by an ophthalmologist in three or more years, and do not belong to an HMO or the VA, call the help line operator at 1-800-222-EYES [3937] 24/7. If you’re not eligible, maybe a friend or relative is.

I found a note at my front door and this is what it said: “We at Christ Presbyterian Church wish to thank one and all who were able to come to our Annual Christmas Craft Fair. And also to thank you for your continuous support all year long. Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”

Meet the Artists at their exhibit in the visitor center at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, December 5, from noon to 4 p.m. Artists of the Rockaway Artists Alliance, some of whom live in Broad Channel, will feature artwork of Jamaica Bay. Exhibit runs through February 2011.

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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