2003-05-02 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino
Broad Channel Bits By Liz Guarino

Commuters start paying the increased transit fare on Monday, May 5. From what I’ve heard, most people don’t mind the 50-cent increase which will make the fare $2 each way. At a dollar a day, the increase comes to a total of $5 per week. Seniors, of course, still pay half fare, but now it comes to a dollar each way instead of 75 cents. The people who need transfers are probably happy that they’re free, otherwise, the hike might be very difficult for them to manage.

Bridge and tunnel tolls are going up as well. Cross Bay Bridge will cost $2 each way without an EZ Pass. Of course, area residents who have EZ Pass don’t have to worry about the increase at all!

"Broad Channel," the one man show starring Doc Dougherty will conclude
Sunday, May 4. Tickets are $25 each. Call 212 279-4200 daily from noon till 8 p.m.

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!)

On Wednesday, May 7 at 1 p.m., there will be a Handwriting Analysis
Presentation at the Library. Elias Samas is the president of the Queens
Graphoanalysis Center and has appeared in court as an expert witness on handwriting.

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. There will be raffle baskets as well. 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. For instance, 1st prize will get 25% of the total sold; 2nd prize will get 10% and 3rd prize will get 5%. Call Julia at 718 835-7331 to purchase tickets or get more information about this final chance for the school year September 2002- June 2003.

In 5 sessions on Wednesdays from May 14 through June 11, a Beginners Quilting Workshop will be held at the Library. This workshop will teach all the steps and techniques necessary to complete a quilt with many beautiful designs. It is necessary to attend all 5 sessions. Please pre-register by calling 718 318-4943 or signup at the Library.

It’s time for closet-cleaning and the SVS Annual Flea Market at Grassy Point parking lot! It will be held on Saturday, May 17— rain date Sunday, May 18.

They are asking for donations of gently used items only. Drop off dates and times will be publicized when they become available. For more information, call Cindy, 718 634-5449.

Many people have been waiting for this! On Wednesday, May 28 a representative for the Reduced Fare MetroCard will be at the Library from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

For those interested, sponsors are being sought for the Tuesday, June 17 Ninth Annual Golf Tournament, the final SVS fundraiser of the current school year. Sponsors can do a variety of things with their sign: they can post an advertisement for a business, a memorial for a loved one or simply wish St.Virgilius School or anyone "Good Luck".  A donation of $1000 will bring a full sign at one of the holes on the golf course.  A $500 donation will have a full tee or green advertisement, $250 donation is a 1/2 tee or green, a
$100 donation is 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.   

Last Sunday, there was a Bake Sale outside Christ Presbyterian Church, the proceeds from which were shared by the B.C. Pre K and the church’s
confirmation class. I was there at 9 a.m. so there was a wide selection of
goodies to choose from-cookies of all kinds, cupcakes, one and two layer
cakes and even Dunkin’ Donuts! I was lucky to get a white layer cake with white frosting. It was a very special cake because it and the frosting was made from a recipe, not a mix. My grandmother used to bake cakes like that and I was flooded with very nice memories when I tasted the cake. For me, eating the cake was like tasting a slice of heaven. So, thank you very much to the enterprising soul who made that cake-I know it was a lot of work for you to do-but you produced a really special treat!

I got a very nice note, signed Rev. Andrea Zarou, and this is what it said: "We at Christ Presbyterian Church wish to extend our many thanks to the American Legion, Ladies Auxiliary, the Sons of the American Legion and, last but not least, the many people who came out for our "Night at the Races." Again, they did a great job and everyone had a great time. Thanks again."

IN OUR BACKYARD: The Visitor Center in the Wildlife Refuge is going to be expanded and remodeled to serve visitors better. Work is set to begin next spring and will take about a year to complete. The revised building will be more environmentally compatible, with an eye toward energy conservation. It will be more comfortable for everyone and more accessible for disabled visitors. Made with recycled and energy efficient materials, the building is expected to be very cost-effective.

Share your news! Drop your flyer in my mailbox, send a fax, make a phone call or send an email to Lizbcbits@aol.com.

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