2003-04-26 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino
Broad Channel Bits By Liz Guarino

It looks like Spring has sprung-finally. The weather has been soggy here and there, but Easter Sunday was a really nice day, wasn’t it? Hope everyone had a happy Easter and, if you cooked for company, that your dinner was wonderful! Well, the kids are all home this week. Even the college set-if they didn’t descend on Florida or some other spring break destination. Soon, all of the kids will be back at their books!

Speaking of books, the Library’s Books and Bagels book discussion group will meet on Thursday, May 15 to nibble goodies and talk about "The Hours," a book about writer Virginia Woolf. ("The Hours" is a movie too. If you saw it, why not join the group for a meeting? They’d enjoy hearing about any differences between the book and the movie).

Before the spring break, PS 47 students in grades 3, 5, 6 and 7 took the
City-wide Reading Test on April 15. When they return to school, the students will take the City-wide Math test in grades 3, 5, 6 and 7 on April 30.

ARE YOU GOING? The Trinity minibus from Geraldine Chapey is going to be the recipient of a fundraiser luncheon at Russo’s On The Bay on Wednesday,April 30 at noon, including DJ music and dancing. 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. Tickets are available by calling 718 474-1641.

"Broad Channel," the one man show starring Doc Dougherty will conclude
Sunday, May 4. Tickets are $25 each for this limited run show, which has been described as a "dark comedy;" they can be obtained by calling 212 279-4200 daily from noon till 8 p.m.

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.

2003 FUND DRIVE! The Vollies ask that anyone wishing to contribute to their annual Fund Drive call one of the Vollies to come to your home and pick up your donation or bring it to the firehouse. BCVFD asks for an annual contribution of $75 per household, which is only $6 and change per month. All
money collected from this fund drive goes directly into operating expenses
such as gas, electricity and vehicle insurance.

FORE! The 9th Annual Golf Tournament, SVS last fundraiser of the school year, will take place on Tuesday June 17, 2003. Dinner follows at The Beach Club at 6 p.m.  The entry fee for golfers is $110 and includes golf, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dinner only is $35 per person.

Sponsors are being sought who can post an advertisement for a business or a memorial for a loved one or even wish someone "Good Luck."  A donation of $1000 gets a full sign at one of the holes on the golf course.  A $500
donation gets a full tee or green advertisement, $250 donation gets a 1/2 tee or green, a $100 donation gets a 1/5 tee or green.  All signs are brought to the Beach Club and displayed during dinner. Interested parties can contact Colleen 718 634-0488 or Donald 718 945-4648 for further information.   

DO YOU ENJOY SINGING? The choir of St. Virgilius is looking for new members to sing at the 11:30 a.m. mass. Practice starts at 11 a.m. on Sundays. Choir members do not need experience or have to know how to read music or be affiliated with the church. All that’s needed to join the choir is the desire to sing! Interested persons can join by going to the choir loft in the church at 11 on a Sunday and telling Mike: "I want to sing!" (Michael Finnegan is the organist).

On Wednesday, May 7 at 1 p.m., there will be a Handwriting Analysis Workshop at the Library. 

SVS P.A. is hosting a Plant Sale on Friday, May 9th from 3 to 7 p.m.;
Saturday, May 10th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, May 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Assorted flowers, hanging baskets and vegetable flats will be available as well as gifts for kids to buy their Moms for the holiday. Call Christine at 718 634-5012 for more information.

St. Virgilius P.A. is sponsoring a Mother’s Day Raffle, with the drawing on May 11 after the 11:30 a.m. mass. Tickets are $25 each; prizes will be based on the number of tickets sold-the more tickets sold, the bigger the prizes will be. Call Julia at 718 835-7331 to purchase tickets or get more information.

COMMUNITY ALERT!!! A friend of mine has been robbed by some scam artists. She lives on Shad Creek and she told me that she and other people in our town have been robbed by a woman and her two children, a girl of about age 11 and a boy of about age 8. Many of us have seen and given money to this bunch, who seemed to be collecting for many different charities last year. This issue was raised at seniors’ meetings last year, but at the time the only reported problem was that the trio was collecting for many different charities.

This year, they seem to have accelerated their activities. Now, the mother asks to use the bathroom, grabs the homeowner’s wallet or purse, takes it into the bathroom and takes the cash while the children distract the homeowner with a request for soda. Keep in mind that these people may use other ploys to distract you. These people carry materials for the charity they claim to be collecting for and they look genuine, but have robbed money from people and the police should be called at 911 if they are spotted. For safety, please keep screen doors locked at all times, and, if you don’t know the person or people at your door, do not let them into your house for any reason. If you’ve been victimized by these people, please notify the 100 Precinct. And don’t be embarrassed-it’s hard to say ‘no’ to a child. But, this scam can and should be stopped!

Share your news! Pop a note in my mailbox, send a fax or telephone or email me at Lizbcbits@aol.com.

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