2012-02-24 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Dan Guarino

These days the small flowering bush in the front garden next door just doesn’t know what to do. This week between the rain, the sunshine and very mild temps it has tentatively put out a few green buds. Next week it might even sprout a few flowers. Next month it might be covered in snow!

Nice to see everyone at the American Legion brunch two weeks ago Sunday. The food was great, the coffee was hot and the company was outstanding. And it’s all for a good cause. Has anyone noticed the beautifully crocheted American flag hanging at one end of the Legion Hall? Take a look next time you’re there.

“Please come out on the one night a year we say ‘Thank You’ to our brave men and women who volunteer to put their lives on the line to save ours.” So says Assistant Chief Ed Wilmarth III as he invites all to enjoy the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department’s 107th Annual Officers Installation Dance. Join them at the American Legion Hall from 8 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, February 25. Tickets are $40 per person and include buffet, drinks and raffle entries for great prizes. For 107 years the Broad Channel Vollies have been one institution that has steadfastly supported us all. For one night, come out and support them. And have a great time, too!

The next PS/MS 47 Parent Association Meeting is Tuesday, February 28 at 7 p.m. at the school.

Mark your March calendar: Christ Presbyterian Church opens its doors for Bingo Night on Friday, March 2. Hosted at the Church Hall, on Church Road just off Noel, doors open at 6 p.m. Early Bird starts at 6:45 p.m. Coffee, tea and cake will be served. Donation: $5. All are welcome. And as always, Christ Presbyterian Church thanks all for their support.

The VFW Men’s Auxiliary takes over the grill on Sunday, March 4 to serve a great Brunch from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There’ll be omelets, eggs, waffles and pancakes as well as sizzling sausage, bacon and ham. Comes with your choice of beverage, coffee, tea and dessert all for $8 per adult and $4 for kids.

“Come one, come all and spend an afternoon with your family and friends.” Applications to join the VFW will be accepted, too. “Just ask a server…”

On Wednesday, March 7 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the VFW Post, 705 Shad Creek Road, you will be able to see project plans, ask questions and offer feedback on proposals being put forward for the Participatory Budgeting plan. Under the plan at least $1 million has been set aside under City Councilman Eric Ulrich for neighborhood improvements like parks, transportation, school equipment and so on.

The difference here is that citizens like your neighbors or even you get to propose what those improvements might be, and get to vote on them!

Our neighborhood PS/MS 47, for instance, would like to fund new computers for our kids. Voting will take place in March. Meantime, come out and learn more. It pays to be informed.

Enjoy books? The Parent Book Club of PS/MS 47 meets the third Friday every month at 8:30 a.m. in the small cafeteria. That’ll be Friday, March 16. Books are reserved at the BC Library so everyone can get a copy. More information? Contact Parent Coordinator Rachel Colleran at PS/MS 47.

Speaking of books, the Queens Library has declared Tuesday, March 6 Library Day in Albany and they invite you to “join us on the bus!” Free chartered buses will be leaving at 7 a.m. from libraries all over Queens, the closest to us being the Peninsula Branch across the Bridge. Traveling to Albany, Library supporters will receive information and orientation and get the chance to “let your voice be heard by telling State legislators what library service means to you.”

Light lunch will be provided. Buses will return at approximately 7 p.m.

March is coming and it’s never too early to sign up to save 10 percent on your auto insurance or deduct 2 points from your license. Register now for the 6-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.

Class will be held in the newly renovated St. Virgilius lunch room, now known as Alumni Hall. Took the course in March of 2009? It’s time to take it again! Get your new certificate and keep your discounts going!

Good to see Broad Channel musicians Steve Hawk, Mike Benedetto and others

‘taking it across the Bridge’ and playing at Fort Tilden at a major Rockway Artists Alliance musical afternoon event on Sunday, February 12.

What is a “Middle School Choice” proposal and why is the District 27 Community Education Council voting on it on February 27? According to the NYC Department of Education with MS Choice, “every 5th grade student in the district completes an application indicating [her or his] preference for attending middle school. Students are matched to a [school] based on 1) student preference, 2) any admission priorities for the school and 3) selection criteria if applicable.” Students are then “automatically matched to the highest ranking school for which they meet the criteria.”

Several meetings were presented to educate parents/caregivers about what the District 27 Elementary and Middle School President’s Council describes as “potential BIG change in our district.” The last meeting was on February 6 at PS 65 in Ozone Park.

Now let’s see how the vote turns out.

Finally it is with great sadness that we acknowledge the loss of Broad Channel Bits writer/contributor Christina Sullivan’s mother. She will be greatly missed by family, neighbors, friends and our community.

Thanks to all who forwarded information for this column. Got BC news, event information or something to share about your organization? Please send it to workingstories@aol.com. Or drop it off at 126 Noel Road, right hand mail box.Thanks for reading.

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