2011-02-11 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

A lot of white stuff is still on roads, sidewalks, stuck in fences and petrified piles. There’s just no place to put it on the side streets and it’s still so frozen, it’s impossible to break up anyway. Another good rain to wash it all away sounds like a pretty good idea!

The NYC Audubon Winter Wildlife Walk in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge will take place on Saturday, February 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Walk around the ponds and gardens looking for winter birds and signs of wildlife with naturalist Don Riepe. Bring binoculars.

“We’re Back! The Broad Channel American Legion Auxiliary will hold its Valentine’s Brunch on Sunday, February 13 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the American Legion Hall. Choose from our usual menu. Come out and enjoy breakfast with family, friends and neighbors!”

The VFW will also start taking reservations for Valentine’s Dinner which will be held on Sunday, February 13 at 6 p.m. Call the post at 718-634-5106 and leave your name and the number in your party. RSVP by Thursday, February 10. The cost is $40 per couple. Includes appetizer (shrimp cocktail), soup (Italian Wedding soup), salad (fresh Caesar salad), dinner (pasta with meatballs), dessert (red velvet cake) and more. A glass of wine served with every meal. $20 per person. All proceeds go to support our veterans. “Come share a romantic night out … dinner and wine at the VFW. All proceeds go to sponsoring events for our US veterans.”

VFW Bingo will be held on Sunday, February 20. Doors open at noon; games start at 1 p.m. at the VFW Hall on Shad Creek Road. Proceeds go to the veterans of St. Albans; $5 to play. Coffee and cake served; raffles and 50/50s. “Come spend an afternoon with old friends or just come and meet some new ones.” The more people who attend, the bigger the jackpot.

BCVFD Annual Officers Installation Dinner Dance is Friday, February 25 from 8:30 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. at the Knights of Columbus in Rockaway Beach. Buffet food, open bar, bottled beer, entertainment raffles and prizes. Tickets are $45, all proceeds to support the BCVFD. Call the firehouse any evening to purchase and reserve tickets. 718 474 6888.

There is room in the journal for those who want to purchase ads.

A two-session Defensive Driving Course will be held on Monday, March 14 and Tuesday, March 15 from 7 to 10 p.m. in the School Building at 16 Noel Road in Broad Channel, in the lunchroom. By taking this course, you can receive a 10 percent reduction on your car insurance for three years or up to four points off your license. No test will be given. Fee is $60. To make a reservation or for further information: call Helen, at 7180-945-4648 or Cindy, at 718-634-5449. Refreshments will be served. If you attended the course in March 2006, your certificate expires in March. Payment in full guarantees a seat — they are unable to hold a seat without payment. The Course is sponsored by St. Virgilius Church and all proceeds benefit St. Virgilius religious education program.

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 a gift this year? Please consider donating your old equipment – PC’s, CPU’s, 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 when it is sent here.

To sign up for Notify NYC, please visit www.nyc.gov/notifynyc or call 311.

The schools can always use Box Tops and Labels for Education which help them buy different things like computer software or athletic equipment.

A lot of information on expanding Kennedy International Airport is available, thanks to a long report on the subject. The report is available on the Internet. If you didn’t get one yet, send me an email and I’ll send you a link – it’s long, though, and very difficult to plow through the whole thing. Two very important items are expansion of runways over the surface of the water and the filling in of a certain area of the bay. Neither of these “improvements” sounds like there will be a positive effect on the bay waters or the people who inhabit the area — us. We should hear more as this idea is talked about more.

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