2012-02-10 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Dan Guarino

Wake up, smell the bacon and come down to the Broad Channel American Legion Auxiliary’s first Brunch of the year! Sunday, February 12 from 10 a.m., there’ll be eggs, pancakes, French toast, juice, coffee, tea and cake, all served in the warmth of family, neighbors and friends at the Legion Hall. Says Auxiliary member (and neighbor) Carol, “Let us cook for you! Come out and enjoy.”

“Come join us for a nice game of Bingo!” The VFW Sunday Bingo starts on February 19. Doors will open at 12 noon at the VFW Hall. Bingo starts at 1 p.m. Coffee and cake will be served. 50/50 raffles will be available. Admission? $5. And ‘all proceeds always go to our veterans.’ ”

Need a ride? A special Bingo shuttle will be available to pick you up. To make arrangements call 646-344-2460.

Christ Presbyterian Church invites you to their Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. Tuesday, February 21 from 5 to 8 p.m. pancakes, sausage, coffee, cake, juice and tea will be served up hot and fresh in the Church Hall. All are welcome. Adults are $7 and kids under 12 are $3.

Need a delivery? Call 718-945-3443 on Monday, February 13 and place your order.

From PS/MS 47: “The February Parents Association meeting will be held in the small cafeteria at 7 p.m. on Tuesday the 28th.” Parent Coordinator Rachel Colleran lets us know, “All parents and caregivers are invited and encouraged to attend. The [School] Bake Sale, sponsored by the Parent’s Association, will be held during … lunch periods for students on February 16. The goodies will be donated this month by both the First and Seventh grades.”

Book mark: The Broad Channel Library will be closed Monday, February 20 in observance of Presidents Day.

Seen on East 8th Road: “It’s a Boy! 9lbs 13oz. Sullivan Wade Lawless… Grandchild #8!” Well, young Sullivan, welcome to Broad Channel!

Enjoy books? The Parent Book Club of PS/MS 47 will be discussing “The Night Road” by Kristen Hannah on Friday, February 17. But if you miss that one, the Club meets the third Thursday every month at 8:30 a.m. in the small cafeteria. Books are reserved at the BC Library so everyone has a copy. More information? Contact Parent Coordinator Rachel Colleran at the school.

Last Call: Broad Channel Athletic Club/ Jamaica Bay Little League will hold final registration for 2012 baseball and softball on Saturday, February 11, 10 a.m.-12 noon; and Thursday, February 16, 7-9 p.m. Registration will be at the BCAC Building at the field. he CYO program is for third grade and up. CYO baseball and softball is $125 per child. Little League and T-Ball are $75 per child and for children three years old and up. They must be three by May 1, 2012. The T-Ball, Pee-Wee Jr. and Sr. and Minor and Major Divisions are subject to League enrollment.

Discounts will be available for families with three or more children. But better hurry; there’s $25 late fee for enrollments after February 16! Checks or money orders should be made out to the BCAC. No cash will be accepted.

More information? Go to www.BCAC NY.com.

The BCAC is holding their 2012 Football Awards Lunch at St. Camillus on Sunday, February 12 at 2 p.m. There’ll be raffles of autographs and jerseys, 50/50s, trophies and more. Admission is $5 per person at the door. Please also bring in any outstanding equipment!

“Join The Adventure…Join The Fun!” No doubt you’ve passed the new banner stretched across the fence at the American Legion Hall promoting the Boy Scouts in Broad Channel. “Go places you’ve never gone before. Great friends. Great fun. Great times!”

According to writer Sam Chapman, who earned the rank of Eagle Scout in his native Alaska, the Scouts “provide an avenue for boys to develop character, leadership skills and that promotes citizenship, personal health and fitness.” Part of his training as a Scout included learning arctic survival skills and camping out in 44 degrees below zero weather. (Now that’s cold!) He cites former President Gerald Ford, astronaut Neil Armstrong, Stephen Spielberg and Bill Gates as fellow Eagle Scouts, saying “Those are some pretty big names and my guess is that some of what they learned as Scouts … help[ed] them achieve what they did.”

To be a part of Scouting right here in BC or get more information, you can contact our local Scout Troop at www.Broad channelscouts.com. You can also phone 718-877-2467 or check out www.BeA Scout.org. And if there is one motto that everyone in Broad Channel can agree with by heart, it’s “Be Prepared!”

Sure a Ground Hog may or may not see his shadow, but how often does he check his rearview mirror? It’s never too early to sign up to save 10 percent on your auto insurance or deduct two points from your license. Register now for the six-hour defensive driving course being given at St. Virgilius on Wednesday, March 21 and Thursday, March 22 from 7 to 10 p.m. A $45 payment now guarantees you a seat for this popular course. There’s no test, and refreshments will be served. To register call Helen at 718-945-4648.

The class will be held in the newly renovated St. Virgilius lunch room, now known as Alumni Hall. Note: If you took this course in March of 2009, your time’s up! It’s time to take it again to get a new certificate and keep your discounts going!

Courtesy of Peter J. Mahon: On January 25, Borough President Helen Marshall in her annual State of the Borough address had the following to say, “… within weeks after meeting with residents in Broad Channel and hearing first-hand accounts of the knee-deep water on flooded streets off Cross Bay Boulevard, I worked with the Mayor’s Office to move up the long awaited drainage project for the area by five years – from 2015 to 2010. Design is now underway on the $24 million project.” She was speaking, of course, about the West side flood mitigation/street raising project.

Got BC news, events, organization information? Send it to workingstories@aol.com. Thanks for reading.

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