2003-04-05 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino
Broad Channel Bits By Liz Guarino

Winter really had its own style this year. March decided to come in like a
lion and leave the same way; and there is no saying for that! On the 31, it was so cold, windy and rainy; it felt like winter instead of spring. Some
weather forecasters even predicted 2 to 4 inches of snow! So, it was not
surprising last Monday to see heavy coated folks walking on very windy
streets. There were even some winter hats perched on people’s heads. Last
year we didn’t need winter clothes at the end of March, but this year it was
a bit too soon to put away that stuff!

On Friday, April 25th at the American Legion Hall there will be a Night at the Races. Starting at 8 p.m. There will be beer, soda and franks. Donation for this event is $10 (not the $5 that was originally listed in the calendar of the March civic association newsletter).

DO YOU PLAN TO ‘HOP TO IT’? On Sunday, April 6 the Easter Bunny is coming to town! 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 718 474-7881, Judy 718 738-6326, Marilyn 718 474-1012 or Joanie 718 474-6140.

The Spring Book Fair will run through Sunday, April 6th at St. Virgilius for all ages in the student lunchroom. The dates and times are as follows: Friday, April 4th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturday, April 5th from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sunday, April 6th from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

DID YOU MAKE A RESERVATION? On Sunday, April 6 from 3 p.m. until whenever, Sauerbraten is on the menu at the Christ Presbyterian Church Annual Sauerbraten Dinner. If you made a reservation, don’t forget to show up and enjoy this delicious meal. Each dinner is $10.

On Friday, April 4th at 7:30 p.m. Fashion Show 2003 sponsored by the SVS PA will be held. The event is at Roma View in Howard Beach. 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. Donation for the event is $50.

HERE THEY COME! This weekend the Vollies will begin collecting door to door for their annual Fund Drive. The annual contribution per household that is requested is $75, which is only $6 and change per month. All monies from this fund drive go directly into operating expenses for the year. "Without you," Fund Drive Committee Chair Thomas Larkin reminded us, "we would not be able to keep our doors open."

On Wednesday, April 30 at noon there will be a fundraiser luncheon at
Russo’s On The Bay —including age-appropriate and not-too-loud DJ music and dancing to help defray the costs of the Trinity minibus provided by Geraldine Chapey for the use of senior groups. It will cost $40 for one person, with $5 returning to the bus. There will also be a raffle to raise more cash. A large crowd is expected; as many people know, the food at Russo’s is exquisite and the surroundings are fabulous! Those attending are sure to have a wonderful time. Those wanting tickets to this event are advised to call 718 474-1641.

To reserve the Trinity minibus for an outing call Van Coordinator Stella Pepi at 718 474-2700 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 is allowable (minibus holds 15 if one of the people is a wheelchair user). Cost is $7 round trip. There is a wheelchair lift which is also used to bring anyone into the van who cannot climb stairs.

FOR YOUNG PEOPLE ONLY: Design and Make Your Own Rubber Stamp to personalize tee shirts, cards, books and much more. At the Library on Monday, April 21 at 1 p.m. for ages 10 to 15, there will be a workshop for 15 young people.

Please pre-register at the Library.

NEW MEMBERS SOUGHT: The American Legion Post 1404 seeks new members and invites veterans to come to a meeting and learn about the many benefits they are entitled to. Meetings are held on the first and second Fridays of the month at the Legion Hall on Crossbay Boulevard at 8:30 p.m.

The next Books and Bagels book discussion will be in May. Under discussion will be "The Hours" a book on Virginia Wolff.

From Thursday, April 10 through Sunday, May 4 there will be a performance of a production called "Broad Channel" presented in an off Broadway theater on the second floor at 354 West 45th Street in New York City. According to an internet synopsis, it is a dark comedy of a "well groomed garbage man", a denizen of a remote island in Queens! It is written and starred in by Edward "Doc" Dougherty, who was born and raised in the Channel. (Many people know Doc and-of course-he has family members here too!) Tickets are $25 each for this limited run show and can be obtained by calling 212 279-4200 from noon till 8 p.m.

Ships Project has been concluded in the Channel as of March 31. As you
recall, it is an ambitious effort to provide every service person with a
handmade hat, slippers or socks to wear. It’s true that service personnel are issued all the uniform clothing they need, but this project was formed to send all mobilized military personnel American love and support in the form of handmade items. Thanks go to Johnny for letting her home be used as the drop off point in the Channel and a big thank you also to those who took part in this heart (and head and foot!) warming project!

Remember: your bits of news are important. Email is Lizbcbits@aol.com.

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