2012-03-09 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Dan Guarino

Spring ahead! March 11, this Sunday, marks the start of Daylight Savings Time. Set your clocks ahead; no doubt you’ve got a lot of leisure activities you don’t want to be late for!

We’re never far from the water in Broad Channel. Thursday, March 8 the 4th, 5th and 6th grades of PS/MS 47 enjoyed a great seal watching trip that took them out on Jamaica Bay, past Brooklyn and along the waterways of lower Manhattan. They learned about the Bay, the plants and animals that live in it, and about our island home.

Beautiful! BC Civic Association Beautification Committee chair Judy Zackiewicz, on their behalf, accepted a grant of $1,000 presented by Joe Eastman of the Love Your Block NYC Association.

Breakfast and a good cause: The opening page of the American Legion Post 1404 reads, in part, “…Jane Fuller - We miss you dearly ...”

Jane Fuller is missed but most definitely not forgotten. Her legacy continues as the Broad Channel American Legion hosts their 9th Annual Jane Fuller Cancer Brunch. This Sunday, March 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. pancakes, French toast, eggs and omelets will be served up hot and fresh, along with bacon, ham, sausage, juice, coffee, tea and desserts at the Legion Hall.

Bring the family, meet your neighbors and friends. And raise a cup to Jane Fuller.

Reminder: The PS/MS 47 Parent Book Club is meeting next Friday, March 16 at 8:30 a.m. in the small cafeteria. Check with Parent Coordinator Rachel Colleran at the school or with the BC library for the book. The Book Club meets the third Friday of every month!

There’s a Town Hall Safety meeting at the school this coming Thursday at 2 p.m. There’s also a Parents Association Quarterly Meeting on Monday, March 26 at 9 a.m. and a regular monthly PA meeting on Tuesday, March 27, 7 p.m.

The VFW is calling it. Bingo! This month the VFW will be hosting bingo, with great prizes, on Sunday, March 18. Doors open at 12 noon. Bingo starts at “1-ish.” It’s a $5 donation at the door, coffee and cake will be included, and the ever popular Cookie will be the caller.

VFW Bingo will be on the third Sunday of every month. Come down and have a great afternoon!

Natalie Grant, super editor of the Broad Channel Civic newsletter, lets us know, “On March 18th, the 4th Sunday of Lent, Christ Presbyterian Church will be celebrating Holy Humor Sunday at our usual worship time – 9:15. Known as ‘Laetare Sunday,’ it derives its Latin name from the first word of the Latin Mass text, ‘Laetare Jerusalem’ (Rejoice, O Jerusalem.) It is a day of joy within the mourning season. We take a peek ahead and know that Jesus did win the battle and was raised to new life on Easter Day. With that in mind, it is a time for clergy and people to tell jokes and have fun. So, put on your best smile and silliest hat or best hat or no hat and join us. Laughter is good for body and soul.

(Also) we would like everyone to be aware that our Good Friday Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 6. It is a very moving and significant service. All are welcome as we prepare ourselves for a meaningful Easter.”

Don’t run any Stop signs, but do sign up now for the 6-hour Defensive Driving course being offered at St. Virgilius on Wednesday and Thursday, March 21-22. Taking the class, which runs from 7 to 10 p.m. both nights, will reduce your car insurance by 10 percent or deduct two points from your license. Space is going fast and seats are limited. $45 now guarantees you a spot.

Contact Helen at 718-945-4648. Class will take place in the new Alumni Hall, formerly known as the St. Virgilius lunchroom.

Don’t let your insurance discounts run out. Take the course now.

In time for Easter, Christ Presbyterian Church is holding an Easter Sale! Saturday, March 24 starting at 10 a.m. There’ll be cakes, cookies, Easter candy and Easter decorations for sale, all at the Church Hall off Noel Road. Lunch will also be sold – hamburgers and fries, coffee, tea and soda. Come early. Bring the kids.

As always, the congregation is graciously grateful to all for their support.

Regarding the West 11, 12 and 13 Roads street raising project BC Civic Association President Dan Mundy Jr. mentions, “One issue that arose for the first time…is that of ‘No Parking’ signs on one side of each block. This was never suggested in numerous discussions to date.” The Civic is opposed to any inclusion of this provision in the final project plan.

Support A Friend In Need. Saturday March 31 the American Legion Hall will open its doors to A Night At The Races starting at 7 p.m. $10 donation at the door. Early Bird Specials, 50/50s and raffles for prizes like a flat screen TV, Wii, Kindle, iPod, BBQ baskets, Coach Bag and more. Info: contact Joanne Heaphy at Josieny30@aol.com

By the way, this Sunday, March 11 from 1-3 p.m. the Rockaway Artists Alliance will be hosting its own céílí (kaylee), a fun filled, family friendly afternoon of Irish entertainment, music and fun in the T-7 building at Fort Tilden. A number of RAA’s BC musicians will be performing. Admission is free. Soft drinks, coffee, tea and corned beef will be sold. Donations are welcomed.

Finally, Congressman Bob Turner, who recently visited the St. Virgilius Golden Age Club, had this to say at his Tuesday, March 6 telephone town hall meeting: “I encourage you to contact my [District] office if you need assistance. The office is there to serve as a liaison between you and the Federal agencies. So if you need help or guidance with the IRS, Social Security, Immigration Affairs, Veterans’ Affairs, call us at 718- 426-5000.”

Got BC news, event information or something to share about your organization? Please send it to workingstor ies@aol.com. Or drop it off at 126 Noel Road, right hand mail box.

Thanks for reading.

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