2002-10-05 / Columnists

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By Liz Guarino

By Liz Guarino

The weather is cooling and activities at both of our schools are increasing. And it's October! Can you believe it?

LIBRARY NEWS: On October 25, the ASPCA van will be at the Library at 9 a.m. Please call the Library for further details, 318-4943.

Picture Book Classes, 20 to 30 minutes of stories, songs and crafts for age 3 and up, will take place on Thursdays from October 17 through December 19 at 10 a.m. Registration is not required for these classes.

A Tai Chi Workshop--a safe, gentle program to improve health, relaxation and fitness--will be held on four consecutive Wednesdays from October 30 through November 20 at 10 a.m. Pre-registration is a must; call the Library as space is limited.

SVS PA HAPPENINGS: Tony Soaprano's Comedy Retirement Party will take place on Friday October 11 at 8 p.m. at the American Legion Hall. At $45 a ticket, the adults-only evening offers lots of fun and a good time with music, dancing, comedy and audience participation. Ticket price includes dinner, show, beer, wine and soda. Buy tickets; reserve
a table by calling Bernie 848-9048, Mary 917-748-1619, or Stacy 945-0732.

BUY A WHOLE TICKET, BUY A SHARE: St. Virgilius P.A. is sponsoring their annual $10,000 Big Giveaway. Only 400 tickets costing $100 will be sold. Grand Prize is $10,000. There will be 17 secondary prizes worth a total of $4200. The drawing and cocktail party will be held on Sunday, October 20 at the North Channel Yacht Club. For more information or to buy a ticket call
Jill at 474-7881.

DOUBLE SWEET TOOTH ALERT: SVS PA is holding a Bake Sale outside the church after all the Masses this weekend. Candy will also be available. Three gift baskets will be raffled: one Italian-themed Basket, a Thanksgiving Basket and a Baking Basket. Proceeds will be used to sponsor Tony Soaprano's Retirement
Party. Raffles are $1 each; winning tickets will be drawn at the Retirement Party.

ADLINE APPROACHING: October 7 is the last day to pay the $55 fee for the Defensive Driving Course. The 2-session course will be held on Tuesday and Thursday, October 15 and 17 from 7 to 10 pm. Each course brings a discount of 10 percent off your auto insurance premium for each of three years. The October 1999 course takers must take it again to be eligible for the benefits.

Participants may prefer instead to take up to 4 points off their license with the completion of this course. The course will be held in the school
lunchroom; refreshments will be served. Entire fee of $55 is due by October 7. Call Helen 945-4648, Cindy 634-5449 or Linda 318-5835 to register.

SAVE THE DATE: The SVS PA-sponsored Fashion Show will be held on Friday, April 4 at Roma View in Howard Beach.

There were two really big events on September 21st: St. Virgilius School's
75th Jubilee Celebration and the Beach Cleanup.

"I had a great time," one attendee said about St. Virgilius School's big
celebration. It began with a Mass said by Bishop Daily. (The newly
refurbished church looked great.) Much to the pleasure of those attending, the church was packed. Among those present were Revs. John Ahlemeyer and Peter Gillen, both of whom hail from here. The former and present pastors, Monsignor Kieran Martin and Reverend Charles White were there, among many others. There was also a representative of the very first graduating class.
People came from as many as 15 different states--including Texas, California, Delaware, New Jersey and Florida--to attend the gala evening.

Over 200 people filled the American Legion Hall for the dinner dance which followed the Mass. The hall was decorated with blue and gold which are the school colors. Many of the attendees moved away many years ago and came back to a very different-looking B.C, one they scarcely recognized. Some of the
alumni carried pictures of their graduating classes of 50 and 60 years ago and enjoying pointing out a much younger version of themselves.

Music at the dance was furnished by a DJ who played hit songs from earlier eras. The food, to all reports, was fabulous. Those in attendance enjoyed seeing people they hadn't seen in many years and reminiscing over their old pictures. Catching up on the years between their move and the present was a predominant pastime of the evening for many. Flashes issued from many cameras as attendees took many new pictures to remember the lovely evening.

Hours before the 75th celebration, volunteers were at work on the beaches. While many teams toiled in the Rockaways, Broad Channel itself had three teams to clean its beach areas of litter and document it during the International Coastal Cleanup. Matthew Grant and his mother, Natalie, cleared the lot next to their house. They removed 20 pounds of debris that had washed up on the property from the bay. This included 5 deposit beverage containers and 12 non-deposits.

Dan Mundy led his EcoWatchers in cleaning the southern end of B.C. Eight volunteers removed 2100 pounds of debris from the site, including around the newly planted wetlands. At the beach, which is frequented by anglers, 338 deposit and 112 non-deposit beverage containers were found.

In the Wildlife Refuge, there were about 80 volunteers involved in the
cleanup, including 3 Scouts' groups, young adults from the Friends Academy, people from the Central Park Conservancy, among others. They collected about 100 bags of debris, including 204 deposit and 438 non-deposit beverage containers.

There was a special emphasis on the documentation of beverage containers this year and it is hoped that the large numbers of them can be used to push passage of a bottle bill for non-deposit containers. In the Refuge, the majority of the non-deposits were from bottled water-most from Poland Spring.


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