2002-09-21 / Columnists

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By Liz Guarino

By Liz Guarino

There has been a bit of everything in the weather lately. Some of the heavy rains we've had actually hit the reservoirs. Even if we're not too happy with soggy days, they have their good points! And change in the weather can keep us from taking nice days for granted!

NEWS FROM P.S. 47: They really hit the ground running at the school this term! The school had applied for a Michael Jordan grant at the end of the school year. Well, a grant is waiting in the wings for the school. The letter notifying them came earlier this week. There is a $2500 grant and the money will be used to infuse art across the curriculum in the Middle School.

P.S. 47 got more good news in the mail. The school was selected as one of the 105 schools to be a recipient of the volunteer efforts of New York Cares Day helpers. (My husband has helped at this annual event at various schools in the city. The volunteers paint hallways, stairway railings, classroom walls, murals and garden--whatever will beautify the schools and make them more appealing learning places.) The library at P.S. 47 will be one of the areas
receiving "Cares" attention.

One final piece of good news from Power Road: Mrs. Mary Theresa Nelson, assistant principal of the school, has just received permanent appointment to the school. The letter came from Matthew Bromme, school superintendent at District 27. Congratulations, Mrs. Nelson! So much good news from Power road-and this is only September!

Happy Birthday to Lorenzo Kolzow! On Wednesday, September 25, he will be 12. Have a great day, young man!

BCAC NEWS: On Sunday, September 29 the Junior and Senior Squad Cheerleaders, ages 5 to 14, will be going door to door in the Channel. The two squads purchased new home game uniforms and are looking for donations to help defray the cost.

SWEET TOOTH ALERT: The St. Virgilius P.A. is holding a Candy Sale until September 23. Candy price is $1 each. For more information call Agatha at 634-9815.

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. There are always such nice things to buy at this yearly event.

BEACH CLEAN UP: On Saturday, September 21 at 10 a.m. volunteers will clean up local beaches, cataloguing each piece of debris or litter. This year there will be special attention paid to drink bottles such as Snapple and other non-carbonated beverage containers. There are various locations in the Channel and the surrounding areas.

Volunteers--don't forget the "Thank You Barbecue" at Fort Tilden after the cleanup. To volunteer to clean a beach, call 800-449-0790 or 318-4340.

The Golden Age Club plans a day trip to "An Italian Wake" on Friday, November 1. There will be a 1-hour open bar, food, music and dancing. Cost is $51 per person, which must be paid by October 24. Call Winnie at 474-2783 or Theresa at 634-7799.

A trip to the "Christmas Festival" at Pomona is planned for Wednesday,
December 4 by the Golden Age Club. At arrival, coffee and Danish is served followed by a 4-course dinner at noon. At 4 p.m. there is a carving board. There will be a visit from Santa, music and dancing. Cost is $51 per person, which must be paid by November 4. Call Winnie, 474-2783 or Theresa, 634-7799 for more information.

The Vollies are in the process of applying for a Federal Grant to help build the new firehouse. They are asking for photographs or videos of past floods from residents. They need to know the locations of each of the photos. All photos/videos should be labeled so they can be returned after they are copied. Call Eddie at 318-5504 or Bo at 318-2330 for more information.

The St. Virgilius PA is sponsoring a 2 session Defensive Driving Course on Tuesday and Thursday, October 15 and 17 from 7 to 10 pm. With this course you can take up to 4 points off your license or get a 10% discount on auto insurance premiums for 3 years. The course will be held in the school
lunchroom; refreshments will be served. Cost of $45 is due by October 7. Call Helen 945-4648, Cindy 634-5449 or Linda 318-5835 to register.

On Sunday the lunchroom in St. Virgilius School looked like, well--a Baby Shower! The tables were covered with a pastel plastic cloth, holding boxes and baskets, which were lined with tissue papers of yellow, pink, blue, green and lavender. A cord stretched from doorway to doorway, to avoid marring the newly painted walls. There was coffee and cookies and fresh baked cupcakes.

The generous outpouring of merchandise and monetary donations was incredible. The cord hung heavy with stretchies and clothes and a bib or two. The tables, boxes and baskets overflowed with tiny bibs, socks, sheets, blankets, clothing and toys. There were spoons, pacifiers and bottles of lotion, shampoo and powder.

There were bags of diapers and wipes. There were nursery lamps and lots of furniture-cribs, carriages, high chairs, playpens and booster seats. Tiny shoes, layette sets and sweater sets. And money gifts, too. The outpouring was incredible. One woman who works in St. John's University posted a notice on the board there and the donations from there, too, were generous. Most touching were the young mothers who brought boxes of brand new items because
they had been given so much when their babies were born.

Names and addresses were asked at the door because the recipient, Monsignor Ferris Life Center, sends thank you notes to donors. Still, some people gave anonymously. The items given at that Baby Shower will make many young mothers and their babies very happy indeed!

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