2003-03-01 / Columnists

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This winter certainly makes up for winters that have had no snow or ice and relatively warm temperatures. There has been no talk of global warming this winter because it has certainly been a cold, wet season so far? Of course, it could always be worse! Remember winter 1993-1994? We had 13 snowstorms that long, cold winter-one every weekend.

On Saturday, March 1st there will be a benefit for a "Friend-In-Need" at The American Legion Hall at 8 p.m. There is a $10 donation, which includes beer and food. Please come down and help support one of our own. Your help is sincerely appreciated.

Tuesday, March 4 is the annual Pancake Supper at Christ Presbyterian by the Sea Church Hall. Folks who need or want to get their food home-delivered need to call 718 945-3443 between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. that day. Cost for adults is $5 each; children 12 and under cost $3.

CALLING ALL PRESCHOOLERS! Picture Book Classes will be held at the Library, every Wednesday at 10 a.m. from March 7 through April 25. These classes are for age 3 and up and consist of 20 minutes of stories, songs and crafts. All are welcome.

The last of the Yoga Classes is Friday, February 28 at 8:30 a.m. in the Library. This annual course with Mary Lou has been rejuvenating and relaxing.

BCVFD FUN-D RAISER: Starting March 1st is the Daily Raffle. Each ticket is good for the entire month; ticket numbers run from 000 to 999. (The raffle will be based on the state lottery whose winners are seen on television.) The drawing will be at night with $25 the amount won Monday through Friday and $50 the prize on Saturdays and Sundays. Chances are $5 each; to purchase tickets or get more information call Ginger (718) 318-5504.

Kids Puttin' on the Hits will be at the American Legion Hall on Sunday, March 2 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10; call Drusilla (718) 945-5216 or Mary Kay (718) 634-2040.

FOR YOUNG PEOPLE ONLY! Registration for the NYS Safe Boating Course will be held on Friday, February 28 at 6 p.m. in St. Virgilius School lunchroom. New York State requires that 10 to 18 year olds have a certificate from completing this course to operate a watercraft alone. Classes start Friday, March 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. There is no charge for the course. Class size is limited.

The $55 fee for the two session Defensive Driving Course workshop should be paid in full by March 3 in order to guarantee a seat. The Course will be held on Monday, March 10th and Wednesday, March 12th from 7 to 10 p.m.

Completion of the course gives drivers 10 % off car insurance or up to 4 points off of their licenses. Sponsored by the St. Virgilius P.A., the course will be held in the school on Noel Road. Call Helen (718) 945-4648, Cindy (718) 634-5449 or Linda (718) 318-5835 to register. Refreshments will be served both nights.

Happy Birthday to Jasmin Kolzow! She is in 3rd grade and will be 9 years old on Monday, March 3. Have a wonder-filled, wonderful birthday!

A SNOW JOB! On the Tuesday night after the 2/16-17 blizzard, did you see our neighbors on Channel 5 news? When the Channel was plowed, three streets were overlooked: Sixth, Church and Walton. Alarmed that emergency vehicles would not be able to navigate snow-covered streets, a neighbor called Channel 5 News. Well, a snowplow and its operator soon arrived, along with other DOS personnel. The left-out streets were then plowed. A Channel 5 helicopter hovered overhead about 7 p.m. and later at about 11 p.m., frightening at least one of our neighbors.

MEA CULPA: In an earlier column when I named the groups that were contributing items to the Ships Project, I left out the members of the H.B. Senior Center, (thanks to Judy and the other crafters there), who have been busily making handmade items for the personnel of American ships to let them know we're with them. And keeping them warm too! The ships are kept cold because of all the electronic equipment.

Anyway, a lot of people are working very hard on the Ships Project. Lots of people from the Channel are involved in this very worthwhile cause. Completed items are being left at 11 West 11 Road. Then they'll be shipped to Florida, then overseas. It's not too late to get involved in this project. Local participation will take place till the end of March.

Remember the big beach cleanup that took place here and elsewhere in NYS? Well, they counted the bottles that littered some of the sites and found 16,000 beverage containers, 2/3 of which were non-deposit bottles. So, this week one of our neighbors- Barbara Toborg, representing the American Littoral Society-went to Albany; along with other members of the Bigger Better Bottle Bill Coalition pressing for a measure that they believe will reduce the bottle litter.

There will be a press conference on the Bigger Better Bottle Bill, which, among other things, will place a five-cent deposit on non-carbonated beverages such as bottled water, iced teas, sport's drinks. The bill also provides that the money from unredeemed deposits be paid to the state for possible use in recycling and/or cleanup programs.

While in Albany, members of the coalition will visit legislators and inform them of the importance of passing this bill. Assemblywoman Audrey Pfeffer co-sponsored the bill, which is expected to face fierce opposition from the food stores, among others.

Don't forget to share your news; my email is Lizbcbits@aol.com.

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