2003-06-13 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino
Broad Channel Bits By Liz Guarino

Some sun, some clouds. It’s almost summer and we haven’t seen very much of old Sol. The cloudy days we’ve been having are not my personal favorites-or other people’s, either! All the rain we’ve had has brought something wonderful to us, though; the gardens are blooming beautifully. The lovely, sweet aroma of flowers travels on the breeze and tickles the nostrils as you walk down the street these days. The heady scents of late spring and early summer are literally in the air.

The Vollies are still accepting donations to their annual Fund Drive. The
requested contribution is $75 per household. One of the Vollies will come to your house and pick up your contribution or you can put it in the red box in O’Macs. (The red box has shown itself to be a really good idea and has been so convenient for a lot of people).

The Vollies now have an email address to make it easy to ask them questions, voice concerns and make suggestions or share your ideas. The address is: BCVollies@yahoo.com.

The Parents’ Association of P.S. 47 will be holding their Chinese Auction on June 13th at the North Channel Yacht Club.  Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets are $10.00 each, in advance.  Value Pack Auction tickets can be purchased at the door for $15.00 per ticket. Admission includes: soda, chance for the door prize and novelty tickets. A cash bar will be available. P.A. members said: "Come down, have some fun; you may go home happy because you won."  (They also ask that only adults attend). All proceeds will be used to support P.S. 47’s music program.  Contact Lisa 718 945-1471, Anna 718 945 8871 or Eileen 718 474 1301.

At P.S. 47, two groups of the students are getting excited about their upcoming ceremonies. The Kindergarten students will have their Steppin-Up celebration on Thursday, June 19. The eighth graders in the school are looking forward to their Graduation Day, which will be Friday, June 20.

WORKSHOP FOR WORKING PEOPLE! Our Library has a lot of workshops, but rarely at a time when working people can attend. But, in June, there will be a single session workshop at a time that 9 to 5, Monday to Friday workers will find convenient. On Monday, June 16 at 6:30 p.m. participants will experience a Stained Glass Workshop in the Library. Seating is limited and signup is required for this workshop by calling 718 318-4943. The Library will supply all needed materials.

Knowing CPR and holding a certificate in it are vital to some jobs, like
ambulance driver. One local man, a customer service worker, found that his fellow employees were thrilled with his certification because of how he could help them with it! He said there were parents in his class who took the course so they could help their children and other family members, if needed. People interested in taking a class to learn CPR are asked to call Eddie at 718 318-5504.

FORE! The 9th Annual St. Virgilius Golf Tournament will be held on Tuesday, June 17. With breakfast at 7 a.m., tee off is at 8 a.m. Cost is $110 per golfer and includes golf shirt, continental breakfast, green fees and Awards Dinner at the Beach Club at 6 p.m. Non golfers pay $35 for dinner. There will be a $10,000 Hole in One contest and a "Double Your Money" Hole. Interested parties can contact Colleen 718 634-0488 or Donald 718 945-4648 for further information.

There are still seats available for an overnight trip to see a production of 
"Daniel" at the Sight & Sound in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania will be Tuesday, October 14 and Wednesday, October 15. The bus will leave Noel Road and Cross Bay Boulevard. at 7:30 a.m. October 14. Eat at the Good & Plenty, sleep in the Hawthorne Inn, shop in the Kitchen Kettle Village and Rockvale Outlets. A deposit of $50 is required to reserve a seat; full payment is a must by the last seniors’ meeting in June. Call Winnie 718 474-2783 or Theresa 718 634-7799.

There will be no more overnight trips planned by the seniors’ trip coordinator. This trip and the trip listed below are open to nonseniors and nonmembers, as with all senior trips.

A trip to see "The Music Man" at Molloy College is planned for Wednesday, August 13. Breakfast will be at 11 a.m. at the Waterview Diner that day. The bus will leave Noel Road and Cross Bay Boulevard at 10:30 a.m. The cost is $39 and must be paid, in full, by the last seniors’ meeting in June. Call Winnie or Theresa at numbers listed above.

The seniors’ last meeting will be Thursday, June 26. The total amount of money due for the trips to see "Daniel" (from $156 to $213+ per person) and "The Music Man" ($39) must be paid in full by that meeting. Did you know that there are 95 seniors on the club roster; between 30 and 40 attend the weekly meetings)?

SPONSOR A FLAG! By now, everyone has seen the flags hanging from every telephone pole in the Channel. The flags will hang until November 11, then be re-hung in Spring 2004. Some of the flags still need sponsors. Anyone wishing tosponsor a flag is asked to call 718 318-5504. Sponsorships are $20.

Voice of the Faithful will be coming to St. Virgilius on Monday, June 16 at 7:30 p.m. They will be meeting in the school lunchroom to explain their purpose and what they hope to achieve. There has been some controversy over Voice of the Faithful; originally, they were not allowed to meet on property owned by the diocese. Bishop Daily has, however, given them permission to meet on church-owned property. Last Monday night they met in St. Francis de Sales.

Thank you very much to all the people who emailed/called/spoke to me about my short story (Lovers) and the site, "Fiction Writing for the Millennium." The stories did not go on the site until very much later than they were supposed to. I hope everyone who wanted to, was able to get through to the stories.

I want to be sure to supply all of the information you need, so keep in touch! Send an email to Lizbcbits@ aol.com.

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