2011-02-18 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

Melting was probably the nicest outdoor sound to be heard last week — where the last chunks of ice gave up their grip and headed for the nearest drain. Hooray — it feels nice to have it gone — for now. And only time will tell if snow will be back this season!

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. The more people who attend, the bigger the jackpot.

Friday evening February 25, is the BCVFD 106th Anniversary Dance. To reserve or purchase tickets, please call the firehouse this weekend, evenings at 718-474-6888. Tickets are $45 and include open bar, entertainment, prizes and great food. Come out and support your local volunteers.

The BCVFD would like to ask all electrical contractors, plumbing contractors, building contractors, skilled tradesman, and any subcontractors in the building trades to contact the firehouse. Our long stalled building project may be moving ahead shortly. The BCVFD will need assistance in fulfilling its obligations as an active partner in this endeavor. Broad Channel and the Rockaway community have a long history of taking care of their own and coming to the aid in times of need. This building project is only partially subsidized through the Federal government. The BCVFD has a matching 20 percent share obligation and must cover all remaining building costs. The Federal process allows the BCVFD to cover some of this obligation through “Work in Kind” contracts. This means that subcontractors, using volunteer labor, can cover the costs of some of the sub contracts. Allocated funding for these items is credited toward the BCVFD share.

The BCVFD realizes that asking for this help during a slow building market is burdensome, but also realizes that by taking part in this endeavor, you will help enable a local influx of federal dollars to our community in excess of $2,000,000. We are also quite sure that tax credits will be associated for all participants as the BCVFD is a 501 3-C not-for-profit agency. The cost breakout for this project, which meets required NYS Wick’s law obligations for this project, was completed in 2008; a revision is currently underway in 2011 dollars. For further information and details of the costs allocated please contact, Dan McIntyre, BCVFD, cell number 347-678-5857 or email cracky57@aol.com or contact BCVFD via their website at BCVFD.org.

February 27 come out and enjoy “Words for the Birds and Art in the Park.” Don’t miss this one of a kind Sunday afternoon from 1 to 4 p.m. as words, pictures and music come together at Broad Channel’s own Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge visitors’ center. Many Broad Channel artists, writers and musicians will be represented as the Rockaway Artists Alliance presents paintings, photography, prints, sculpture and more in their “RAA on the Bay” exhibition. Also to celebrate the great Jamaica Bay there will be a live event featuring all original music, poetry, prose and short plays written, produced and performed by members. There’ll be light refreshments, too. Admission is free. Don’t miss it!

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 718-945-4648 or Cindy, at 718-634-5449. Refreshments will be served. If you attended the course in March 2007, 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 this year? Want to get ahead on Spring Cleaning? Looking to unclutter? Please consider donating your old PCs, CPUs, monitors, printers, keyboards, mice – to a good cause. Windows XP and newer systems/ parts preferred; Windows 2000 is still helpful though. 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. How do you donate? Contact Dave at 917-881-8110 to arrange pick up or drop off. Simple as that!

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 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.

Please send material to be published in the column by the Sunday of the week before it is to appear. Thank you.

Email can be sent to: Lizbcbits@aol.com

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