2003-03-15 / Columnists

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By Liz Guarino

By Liz Guarino

Spring is not too far away, but a lot of people are afraid to hope that winter has ended. They are afraid that winter has at least one final blast left in it! This is a good time to prune your rose bush (if you haven't already done so)! Do it before the warmth seeps back into those branches. I have seen daffodils and jonquils poke their yellow and purple heads up through the snow in other years, but have seen no trace of either flower so far this year. They are probably still hiding-afraid to come out!

This winter has been hard all around, but especially for the seniors. All of the ice and snow put a crimp into getting out of the house for some people as it was very hard to walk anywhere. A couple of senior meetings were cancelled due to bad weather. It will be nice not to have to worry about frozen pipes or no heat! C'mon Spring!

Now that the winter is grinding to a halt, senior groups will be planning more trips. To reserve the Trinity minibus for an outing call Van Coordinator Stella Pepe at 474-2700 between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. to see if it's available for the day planned for the outing. A minimum of 10; maximum of 14 people are allowed (15 if one of the people is a wheelchair user). Cost is $7 round trip. There is a wheelchair lift to bring anyone into the van who cannot climb stairs.

On Sunday, March 16 the American Legion Auxiliary Post #1404 will hold a brunch at the Legion Hall from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Proceeds will go to Cancer Care. These brunches are always such a crowd pleaser. It's so nice to let someone else do Sunday morning cooking. It's the best day to have a big meal and what a great job those folks do! Going to the brunch is always great-and it's almost guaranteed that you'll be sitting near one of your neighbors!

On Monday, March 31, there will be a trip to Atlantic City's Sands Casino sponsored by the Rosary Altar Society of St. Virgilius. The bus will leave promptly at 8:30 a.m. and return about 8:30 p.m. Cost is $23 with a return of $16. For more information or to reserve seats call Eileen 718 634-8547 or Muriel 718 634-6126.

Also on Monday, March 31, the St. Virgilius prayer group will welcome Sister Ave Clark who will present a Lenten mini retreat. Sister Ave is a very accomplished and interesting speaker. All are welcome to the event, but space is limited. The customary offering for the retreat is $10. If you want to attend, please call 718 634-5261 to reserve a seat or to get further details.

A REMINDER: The next Books and Bagels book discussion will be held on Thursday, March 20. Two books will be discussed: Swimming to Catalina by Stuart Wood and Deptford Trilogy by Robertson Davies.

On Sunday, March 16 at 8:30 a.m. the Junior Vollies will hold a Cake Sale in front of the firehouse at 15 Noel Road. Yummy baked goods, such as brownies, cakes and cookies will be available as well as many other items.

On Saturday and Sunday, March 22nd and 23rd, The Broad Channel Theatre Group will present The Revival of the St. Virgilius Saint Patrick's Day Show in the American Legion Hall. (I would like to print more details on this, but have not gotten anything new on this. Can anyone help out)?

CALLING ALL IRISH MUSIC LOVERS: There will be a program at Peninsula Library on Thursday, March 20 at 6:00 p.m. with accomplished entertainer Ed Deacy, who also happens to be a retired NYC detective. Mr. Deacy sings and plays guitar and will perform such favorites as The Rose of Tralee, Molly Malone, When Irish Eyes Are Smiling and Danny Boy among other tunes.

Rev. Andrea Zarou and everyone at Christ Presbyterian Church wish to thank all of the people who came to the Pancake Supper on Shrove Tuesday. They also wish to thank Kenny Bradford of Channel Oil for his very generous donation.

MARK THE DATE! On Sunday, April 6 from 3 p.m. till, Sauerbraten is on the menu at the Christ Presbyterian Church Annual Sauerbraten Dinner. If you plan to enjoy this delicious meal, please call Joyce 718 474-7769, the Church 718 945-3443 or Janet 718 318-6454 a week before (March 30) to make reservations or arrange for free delivery. Each order is $10. Reservations are a must!

The National Park Service wants feedback on the future of Jamaica Bay. The Bay is especially important to us as we are in the middle of it. Other areas may border on it on one side, but we are surrounded by it. Groups and individuals concerned about the Bay can take this opportunity to let NPS know what they are thinking. Salt marsh disappearance, dumping in the Bay, preserving marine and bird life and stopping water pollution are some of the big concerns.

All responses will be studied and the information they contain utilized to construct a report on the chief concerns people have about the Bay. Even if you think your concern is a small one, yours may be the only report they get on the topic. All opinions are extremely important to them. Unfortunately, there is little time left for public comment. Concerned parties have only until Saturday, March 15 to let NPS know what their recommendations are for the future of the Bay. Contacts are requested by email at www.nps.gov/gate. Don't forget to trumpet your event in this space. Email is: Lizbcbits@aol.com Have a wonderful St. Patrick's Day!

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