2003-03-29 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino
Broad Channel Bits By Liz Guarino

This is an anniversary column. Our anniversary. At this time last year the first "Bits" column appeared in these pages without much fanfare. Only a few people read the first column or even the second. It took a while for people to realize that the Channel had its own column again.

Its predecessor, "Bits and Pieces," written by Kathy Louis, was extremely popular, but it had been
missing from these pages for some years. Lots of people missed the column (I was one of them!) and it was time to put Broad Channel back into the newspaper again.

So, "Bits" came into being. With your meetings, events, birthdays,
fundraisers, theatre and more in it. And the positive feedback I’ve gotten over this past year has been tremendous. It has been a pretty terrific year for me, all in all. I enjoy writing this column, and so many of you have told me you enjoy reading it. And because of "Bits," I’ve met so many more people here, which is pretty terrific too! So, Happy 1st Anniversary, everybody!

Without your input, this column would not exist.

DON’T GET LEFT OUT! On Sunday, April 6 the Easter Bunny is coming! He will be at the American Legion Hall at noon on that day for a light breakfast, games and pictures. Adult ticket is $7 per adult, children cost $5 each. For more information call Jill 718 4745-7881, Judy 718 738-6326, Marilyn 718 474-1012 or Joanie at 718 474-6140.

The 144 Music company is now in P.S. 47 on Mondays and Tuesdays. 

On Monday, the halls are filled with the sounds of flutes, recorders and guitars in grades Kindergarten through grade four. On Tuesday the sound of the chorus are heard in grades 5 through 8. The students enjoy the music classes and the staff is thrilled with the work of 144 Music.

The 8th grade students will receive their graduation rings on Friday, March 28, during a small ceremony for their families in the "All Purpose Room" at P.S. 47. Congratulations on your new rings, Class of 2003!

From April 2 through April 6, the St. Virgilius P.A. is sponsoring a
Spring Book Fair for all ages in the student lunchroom. The dates and times are as follows: Wednesday, April 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Thursday, April 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Friday, April 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturday, April 5 from 11 a.m. to 7p.m. and on Sunday, April 6 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

It’s Fashion Show 2003 sponsored by the SVS PA on Friday, April 4th at 7:30 p.m. at Roma View! Fashions are from the Gap and Gap Kids. There will be prizes and raffle baskets full of good stuff! Music will be provided by DJ Teddy. Full dinner includes open bar, three entrees, pasta and dessert.

Reserve a seat, or a whole table. Call Anne Marie 718 945-9237 or Debbie 718 474-1079.

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.

CALL TO RESERVE! 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 dinner is $10. Reservations
are a must!

Last weekend SVS PA had a Bake Sale in front of the church. After the mass on Saturday, there were lots of goodies!

The blueberry muffins I bought had lots of berries and were delicious! By the end of the 11:30 a.m. mass on Sunday, it looked like the PA had nearly sold out!

ARE YOU SIGNED UP? On Friday, March 28 at 7 p.m. the American Legion will have Championship Poker at the Legion Hall. There is a $100 donation. There will be Prizes. Food and Spirits will be provided. Call George at 718 634-5795 or Steve 718 945-5948. There is a 100 player limit on a first come, first served basis. Details can be found at our Website at www.broadchannel1.com.

Books and Bagels book discussion met last Thursday. With 8 people present, discussion centered mostly on Deptford Trilogy by Robertson Davies. (Stuart Woods’s books are fun reads, but his books don’t lend themselves to a lot of discussion-people either like his writing a lot or not at all!) One person was disappointed when she learned from Davies’ biography that he had died a
few years ago and, of course, would not be writing any more books! At least one person did not read the book at all; while some of the others were still reading it; and only a couple finished it. It was a thick book and must have been hard to get into. One person read a quote from the book. (Most of the books the group has read are fiction; somehow, they almost always have adultery in them.) Anyway, here is the quote: "A deceived husband is merely a
cuckold, a figure of fun; whereas a deceived wife is someone who has
sustained an injury." It is a societal view, according to the book. It may or may not be true, but it’s thought-provoking, isn’t it?

Remember: your bits of news are important. Email them to me at Lizbcbits@aol.com.

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