2002-09-14 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino
Broad Channel Bits By Liz Guarino

By Liz Guarino

It's not officially Fall, but some days it feels like it. The children are all back in school and the clubs are starting up again. It almost feels like the world has been cranked up a notch!

A Baby Shower for the Monsignor Ferris Life Center will be sponsored by St. Virgilius Parish on September 14 and 15 after the Masses. Items for babies will be collected in the school lunchroom at these times.

New or clean and gently used items are sought. Baby clothes from newborn to size 3T, blankets, sheets etc. are needed. Donations are also accepted. A gift of larger items such as strollers, cribs and carriages will also be welcome. Anyone wishing to buy a specific item to donate can call Carol at 634-3451 for a list of necessary items.

SWEET TOOTH ALERT: This Saturday and Sunday, September 14 and 15, the St. Virgilius P.A. will be selling candy outside the Church after all the Masses. Candy price is $1. For more information call Agatha at 634-9815.

PARTY HEARTY: On Sunday, September 15 from 12:30 to 4 p.m., the 18th Annual Senior Citizen Get-Together will take place at the American Legion Hall. Sponsored by American Legion Post 1404, the event is an enjoyable day for the seniors. Signup book is in Coogan's.

James Waldheim has an important birthday this weekend. He celebrates his 21st birthday on Sunday the 15th. Wishing you a very Happy Birthday, James! Enjoy!

RAIN OR SHINE! On Saturday, September 21 starting at 10 a.m., Christ Presbyterian Church will hold their Annual Flea Market in the Church Hall.

BEACH CLEAN-UP: On Saturday, September 21 at 10 a.m. volunteers will clean up local beaches, cataloguing each piece of debris or litter. The American Littoral Society will coordinate the Sixteenth Annual International Coastal Cleanup. There are various locations in the Channel and the surrounding area.

After the cleanup a "Thank You Barbecue" will take place at Fort Tilden. To volunteer for the cleanup, call 800-449-0790 or 318-4340. For more information call cleanup coordinator Barbara Cohen at 471-2166 or email alsbeach@aol.com There is also a website:www.alsnyc.org

Saturday, September 23 is almost here and with it the St. Virgilius School 75th Jubilee Celebration will take place. It begins with a 5 p.m. Mass in the newly redecorated church and ends with a Dinner Dance at 7 P.M. in the American Legion Hall. At last count, some tickets were still available. Call the Rectory at 634-5680 for more information.

The 6th Annual Dinner Dance for the Msgr. Ferris Life Center will be held at Russo's on the Bay on Thursday, September 26th. The event will honor the Catholic Chaplains of September 11. Tickets are $45 for adults; for high school students, they are $25. For more information, call Jerry Cronin at 634-9714.

The last weekend of September, the 28th and 29th, the 18th Annual Fall Festival 2002 will be held at Riis Park.

St. Virgilius Rosary Altar Society is sponsoring a bus trip to Sands in Atlantic City on September 30. Bus leaves at 8:30 a.m. Tickets are $22 with a return of $16. To join the group call Eileen at 634-8547 or Muriel at 634-6126.

The Golden Age Club had its first meeting of the season last Thursday. With Betty Gillen as the club's new president, a new agenda has been outlined. There will be bingo games on the first and third Thursday of each month. On the second Thursday of the month, there will be horseracing; on the fourth, there will be a movie or people will meet and greet and/or listen to a guest speaker.

Betty has also been conferring with Linda Urban at the Library on regular programs that would be of interest to the seniors. It turns out that the central Library is looking for branches with a large number of interested seniors who would want to attend programs for a length of time at the same time and day every week.

So, later in the season, the Library will present programs every week to the seniors for a 5 or 6-week interval. Detailed information on this is not available right now as plans are still being worked on, but nice programs for the seniors are waiting in the wings.

On Saturday, September 28 the Seniors will see the Rockaway Theatre Company presentation of Rockaway Caf 02. The show features music from the 50's and 60's. The seniors' trip coordinator is hard at work on trips for the upcoming season. There is a trip planned for every month but February. Details will be filled in as they unfold.

As a Public Service Announcement to all drivers who read this column and do not know yet, there is a new traffic camera on the boulevard at Noel Road. You know, one of those things that takes photographs of cars that roll through the intersections on red lights. And, when you get a picture of your car in the mail, you have to pay a $75 fine (unless it went up!).

The camera is on the west side of the boulevard, so it seems aimed at cars headed toward Rockaway. It can probably catch cars turning left onto the boulevard from Noel too. When do they install these things? At 3 a.m. during the workweek?

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