2002-04-20 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits by Liz Guarino

Broad Channel Bits by Liz Guarino

Last Friday night, a restaurant in a neighboring town was the scene of a perennial Broad Channel event. "I had a wonderful time," said Helen Henglein of last weekend's St. Virgilius PA-sponsored Fashion Show at Roma View in Howard Beach. She remembers the fashion shows taking place every year "when I was a little girl," she told me. As in other years the committee, with co-chairs Ann Marie Sullivan and Debbie Lonnborg, did a terrific job.

Roma View proved to be an excellent choice for the fashion event. Tall balloon bouquets of silver and burgundy were everywhere, echoed in the tablecloths and napkins (photo, The Fun Table) and reflected in the highly polished floor. The colors, of course, were reminiscent of the school colors of gray and burgundy. Oval tables seated 12; there were 16 of them.

"It was a sell-out crowd" said Helen; 190 tickets were sold-the largest amount anyone had seen. An open bar greeted the attendees; plates of salad gracing the oval tables awaited. The food was abundant and excellent.

A salad was the opener, followed by manicotti. The entrée choices were filet of sole, veal marsala and chicken oreganata. And, to all reports, the service was great.

The fashions were provided by Sports Depot of Howard Beach. Beth Hanning was the M.C. Five models,two male, three female, proudly strutted the sportswear fashions; among them was John Lonnborg, peeling back his jacket as he walked. Other models were Helene (Cotton) Brock, an alumnus of the school; Tricia Willsen, mother of a student; Marilyn Ott, who also has a child in St. Virgilius School; and Tommy O'Reilly.

Music was provided by DJ Teddy (Teddy Rauert), ably assisted by his brother Anthony. There was much dancing as attendees, enjoying themselves tremendously, moved to the beat of the music.

The larger prizes included a 25" color television (won by Cathy Recco); a DVD player; and wheeled luggage with extending handles. There were smaller prizes too; these followed a theme, such as cleaning supplies and a night at the movies. Helen won dinner for two at the Roma View. Bon appetit, Helen and Donny. A complete list of prizewinners was not available at press time.

Years ago, as many folks probably remember, the fashion show was held at the parish hall, which, of course, no longer exists. In previous years, however, the fashion show-usually held on a Wednesday or Thursday night- was at Russo's On The Bay, which caters weddings on the weekends. Last year 115 people bought tickets to the show at Russo's. This year, however, Russo's was not available for the desired date.

The committee decided to hold the show on Friday night this year, so attendees would not have to face early rising for school and work the next day. Organizers of the event, which was four months in the planning, proved prudent in their decision. By all accounts, it was a terrific evening.

Spring is blooming in Broad Channel! A Plant Sale, hosted by the Parents Association of St. Virgilius School, will be held next weekend. From 3 to 7 p.m. on Friday, April 26; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 27; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 28. Dedicated Moms will be hawking assorted flower and vegetable plants outside the school.

They will provide home delivery for anyone who wishes it. Conveniently, the PA has also placed order forms in the school, church and Coogan's for those who cannot attend the sale.  Anyone wishing further information can call Pat 318-0053.

Word has it that the reception to honor Father Richard Ahlemeyer on the 25th anniversary of his ordination was attended by over 300 people. Congratulations on your milestone, Father!

Good news for parochial school-bound first graders. There will be a first grade in St. Virgilius School in September according to a Diocese of Brooklyn message received by principal Diane Pizzo. This is a big vote of confidence from the Diocese-especially so, since two Brooklyn schools will close. (Some folks thought that there would be no first grade in the coming school year because there was no kindergarten this year).

Happy Birthday to Jeremy Lugo Kolzow, who turned 9 on Tax Day.

Many thanks to the individuals who offered to adopt one of the cats to help out our neighbor. The woman said the cats have been together since the birth of the younger animal and they really belong together. If one of those giving individuals who contacted me would take both cats, the woman would be greatly relieved.

Next weekend on Saturday, April 27 at 10 A.M. will be the Athletic Club parade to mark Opening Day as the club marches from the 17th Road Park.  Stay tuned.

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