2010-12-10 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

The temperatures have dropped to a seasonal level and we have even had snow flurries, making it feel like it really is December. And, ooh those chilly gusty winds, too. Some folks really come alive when it is cold. And the colder it is, the more active they become. It must be wonderful to be like that — activated by cold weather! Some folks say they have thicker blood than the rest of us. When those frosty winds blow on most of us, we just bundle up, looking for long warm coats, scarves, hats and gloves or mittens and layer, layer, layer!

During December there will be four nice events for public participation in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Snow Birds Walk will be held on Saturday, December 11 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Join this ranger-led walk along the West Pond Trail. Look for cardinals, juncos and yellow-rumped warblers and more. Bring binoculars.

Children aged 4 to 8 and their families will learn how animals live when it’s cold outside in “Winter and Animals in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge” on Sunday, December 12 from 11 a.m. to noon. Inside, hear a winter story about animals, make a wildlife-benefiting decoration. Then go outdoors for a short ranger-led walk. Sign up in advance at 718-318-4340.

Learn how to identify plants without their leaves at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, December 12 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. with naturalist Dandelion Dilluvio in “Winter Twigs, Greens and Seeds.”

Santa will again be stopping by the BCVFD for a brief rest stop and some local deliveries in Broad Channel. Please call 718-474-6888 any evening to arrange for a stop at your home on Christmas Eve. Include your address, contact phone number and the number of children Santa will be visiting. Santa has been stopping by the BCVFD for many years now. Please call for arrangements.

The BCVFD is selling chances for its “Holiday Raffle” to be drawn on Saturday, December 11. Prizes are $1,500, $500 and $350. Contact the firehouse any evening at 718-474- 6888; Christmas shopping cash will come in handy in December. Reminder, Santa’s helpers are making arrangements for his early visit this Christmas Eve. Please call early if you wish for Santa to stop by for an early visit. Please note for reference. The Emergency line for the BCVFD is 718-474-8888; this line is always manned even if the firehouse members are not in quarters. Please place this number near your phone, or enter it in the automatic dialing for easy reference. The person answering this line can remotely activate our radio paging system to get help on the way. Thanks, Happy Holidays, members of the BCVFD. P.S. help still wanted, no pay, no benefits, free training, help many.

If you have gotten a new coat this winter, consider donating the old coat to a good cause. THE NEW YORK CARES COAT DRIVE has begun and will end December 31. New York Cares asks that you drop off your gently used, freshly laundered coat at any donation sites. The 100 Precinct and all other precincts will have donation boxes. For additional collection sites, or information on volunteering go to newyorkcares. org or call 212-402-1173.

’Tis the season for: 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 first-time 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.

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.

Don’t forget to be heard on this issue! The National Park Service is looking for 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.

Come and Meet the Artists at their exhibit in the visitor center at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge was part of the partnering with the community that may very well be part of the future use of national parks in urban settings. Artists from Broad Channel who had their artworks displayed in the show are: Michael Tubridy, Denis Macrae, Kevin Callaghan, Don Riepe and Dan Guarino. The show was impressive and well-attended.

If you get new computer equipment for a gift this year, please consider donating the old equipment to a good cause. A computer class needs more equipment so everyone who joins the class can become computer literate. So many things today are online from renewing your driver’s license to registering for college. After the first of the year, I will print complete information on donating.

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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