2002-08-03 / Columnists

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By Liz Guarino
Broad Channel Bits by Liz Guarino

Broad Channel Bits by Liz Guarino

Do you believe it's August already? It seems that time just flies by-where did July go?

MARDI GRAS NEWS: From now until Labor Day Tommy's Pizza will donate 50 cents to Baby Face for each pizza pie purchased on Saturday. (You may recall that he made a similar offer last year and donated the money toward the purchase of a new ambulance to replace the one that was crushed when the Towers
collapsed on 911/01).

If you don't feel like cooking, this is a good time not to! Baby Face
candidate Cassidy Rose is offering home cooked dinners on Thursday nights. Call 945-1290 early to make sure you don't get left out.

Don't forget Grassy's. Every Wednesday night till Labor Day, Grassy's will offer home cooked dinners from 5 to 8 P.M. Don't get left out--call them early for delivery, 474-1688 or eat there. Proceeds, of course, to the Building Fund via Baby Face candidate Cassidy Rose.

Speaking of Grassy's, there will be a live band, Wine With Sue, on Saturday August 3. Come out, have a few and enjoy the music! Proceeds to BCVFD.

Later on this month, there will be a Carnival in our town. On August 22, 23, 24 and 25, it will offer lots of fun for everyone! Stroll the midway, play
the games, buy raffles, ride the Rides! On Saturday August 24 at 6 p.m., there will be a Parade of Volunteer Firefighters--60 letters have been sent to other Volunteer Fire Companies, inviting them to this event so there should be a lot of people marching.

Running the Carnival will take lots of manpower (womanpower too)! Much volunteer help is needed. To offer to help staff the Carnival, please call the firehouse at 474-6888.

A new firehouse is the 2002 Mardi Gras goal. To help to reach that goal,
everyone's cooperation is needed. Anyone who wants to become a candidate is encouraged to throw a hat into the ring. Enjoy the dinners, eat pizza on Saturdays, buy raffles. Mardi Gras needs the support of all our residents to make the dream of a new firehouse a reality.

FOR YOUNG PEOPLE ONLY: The Young Adults have their own book discussions at the Library over the summer. On Friday, August 9 at 1 p.m., two young ladies from our community, Jen and Jill, will discuss "You Don't Know Me" by David

INFLATE AND TWIST: On Tuesday August 13 at 1:00 p.m., young people aged 10 to 14 are invited to attend a workshop where they will learn how to make Balloon
Creations. Sign up is a must. Call 318-4943 or register in person.

BOOKS AND BAGELS: The next adult book discussion will meet on Friday August 30 at 10:00 a.m. at the Library.  Under discussion will be "On Parole" by Akira Yoshimura.

St. Virgilius School 75th Jubilee Celebration will take place on Saturday, September 21 (It may seem far away, but it's just around the corner).
It will begin with Mass celebrated by Bishop Daily at 5:00 p.m. Mass will be followed by a tour of the school at 6:00 p.m. Capping the day's events will be a Cocktail Hour and Buffet Dinner-Dance at 7:00 p.m. at the American Legion Hall,. There is limited seating for the Dinner-Dance, with fewer than 60 tickets still available.  Ads for the Journal are still available, but the ad deadline is August 23. Contact the Rectory at 210 Noel Road for further information at (718) 634-5680 or call Margaret Mary at (718) 634-4206.

There will be limited staffing at the Rectory from August 12 to 16. If
possible, it is requested that official business be handled either prior to
or after those dates.

OL' BLUE EYES: Did Frankie used to make you swoon? "A Tribute to Frank Sinatra" will be at the Fort Tilden Theatre on Sunday Aug. 25 and members of the Senior Citizens club will have a bus to take them there. The bus has limited seating and will leave from Coogan's corner at 4:30 p.m. Interested? Call 634-5803.

HOT WEATHER BRINGS OUT SCAM ARTISTS: It was only a matter of time before someone misused the existence of the Do Not Call Registry. Scam artists are calling people to "verify" if they signed up for this service, saying they work for the registry. Often, scammers ask for the social security number as a verification tool. The scam artists are particularly targeting seniors.

Personal identifying information should never be given over the phone. To sign up with the registry, call 866-622-5569. It is a free service; those
registered should not receive unwanted telemarketing phone calls.

Mohegan Sun, a casino in Connecticut, was recently visited by 51 very happy people from the Channel who traveled there by bus. To all reports, they had a truly wonderful time. Quite a few people weighed in that the casino's buffet was sumptuous and that the casino itself is beautiful. There were a few people who hit it good in the casino, which is great news. If enough people are interested, there will be plans made for a repeat trip to the Casino at a future date.

TESTING STATISTICS: Standardized city-wide test scores for the students in School District 27 showed an improvement that exceeds the city-wide average improvement in math. Reading scores dipped only slightly.

FOR NEW GRADUATES: Not sure what to do with your life? How about joining New York's Bravest? Apply for and take the FDNY's open-competitive exam for firefighter on November 23. You can get the Notice of Examination and Application online at www.nyc.gov/applyforexams and apply online too. More than
100 other civil service exams can now be applied for online, but the
firefighter exam holds the distinction of being the first to allow online

It is hoped that online applications will reduce the number of errors and
increase the flow of information because hand entry into databases will no longer have to be done.

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