2011-01-07 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

A week after it fell all over the place, there’s still quite a bit of snow hanging around. Of course, it’s no longer clean and bright, but dingy and dirty-looking. Some of our neighbors have been heard to wish for rain to wash the remaining stuff away. At least the 8-foot mounds aren’t on the street corners anymore, but they may return — there’s plenty of winter in front of us.

Take a Wild Winter Nature Hike in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, January 8 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Find winter plants and animals and learn about their winter coping strategies. Bring binoculars.

Take part in Photo Magic in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, January 9 from 2:15 p.m. to 4 p.m. with photographer Johann Schumaker. First join the indoor presentation, then head outdoors. Bring camera; get great nature shots. Dress for the weather.

A few words from Rob Prokopowicz, VFW Post 260 Men’s Auxiliary Quartermaster: “The VFW Prince Wynn Post 260 would like to thank all who have helped our Vets in 2010.

The VFW Men’s and Ladies Auxiliary are hosting BINGO and Sunday Brunch this month. Both events are being held at the VFW hall at 705 Shad Creek Road in Broad Channel. All proceeds go to helping our Vets as well as our troops overseas. Thank you! for all you do for our community.”

Bingo will be held on Sunday, January 9 from 10 a.m until 1 p.m at the VFW Hall. Admission is $5; food and drinks will be available. All proceeds to veterans’ organizations. Brunch will be held on Sunday, January 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the VFW Hall. Adults cost $7; children are $4. Seniors get a $1 discount off brunch.

St. Virgilius Golden Age is taking a bus trip to Mount Airy Casino Pennsylvania. On January 18 the bus will leave from Noel Road and Cross Bay Boulevard at 8:30 a.m. Bingo will be played on the way there; a movie will be shown on the way home. Cost is $35 per person (make check payable to “St. Virgilius Golden Age”). Comps include $30 slot money and $10 food coupon. RSVP to Dolores Schmitt at 718-634-9472 or Margaret McCarthy at 718-945-4967.

Christ Presbyterian Church presents bingo at the church hall at Noel and Church Roads on Friday, January 28. Doors open at 6 p.m. Early Bird at 6:45 p.m. Bingo starts at 7 p.m. Coffee, tea and cake will be served. Donation $5. “Note: There will be no bingo if it snows hard. All are welcome. Hope to see you all there.”

It is always the season to help a Wounded Warrior. Broad Channel Supports Our Troops tee-shirts are available. Navy blue with the Wounded Warriors Project on the front and Broad Channel Supports Our Troops on the back, sizes are XL, L and S. Price: $20. Contact Ellen Cuomo at 718-474-2937. All proceeds go to the Wounded Warriors Fund.

Read me a story! The Queens Library now offers free downloadable audio books, e-books, music, video and more! Easy to use. Available 24/7. And no late fees! Most items can be transferred to mobile devices and many can be burned onto CDs. You can ‘borrow’ up to 50 items at a time. Check the Library’s website at www.queenslibrary.org and scroll down to the Digital Media section for all details.

Now through February 2011 the Refuge celebrates the Bay with an exhibition of the work of over a dozen talented artists, many of them residents of Broad Channel. Titled “RAA on Jamaica Bay” the exhibition is presented by the Rockaway Artists Alliance and the National Park Service and curated by RAA President Geoff Rawling.

News From The United States Postal Service: “Attention Customers For your convenience we (have) opened a new contract Postal unit located at the Broad Channel Bay Gull Store 1632 Cross Bay Boulevard, Broad Channel NY 11693. Please visit us for most of your postal needs.” Hours of operation are 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day of the week.

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.

Got a new computer as gift this year? Please consider donating your old equipment – PCs, CPUs, monitors, printers, keyboards, mice – 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. I will print complete information on donating in a future column.

Mulchfest, where people can have their real trees and wreaths chipped and made into mulch, is this weekend. The closest park to the Channel is a drop-off location only and is at Rockaway Beach on Shore Front Drive and Beach 94 Street. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Remove all lights and other decorations before bringing to park.

In a scene which used Broad Channel for its scenery, Boardwalk Empire watchers may have noticed the Callahan bungalow being used in a dramatic shot. Also used were shots of the road right behind the water on Fort Tilden.

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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