2003-11-14 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino
Broad Channel Bits By Liz Guarino

School, home, work and church activities are in full swing now. There is so much to keep track of. It is the best time of year to meet yourself coming and going. With days that change from sunny and warm to brisk and cold, it is great to have such a flurry of activity to keep the prospect of the approaching winter from occupying the front of your mind.

It is a good time of year to give to those who are less fortunate than we
are. The Claddagh Inn in Rockaway Beach will benefit from a Food Drive that will be held on Saturday, November 15. St. Virgilius confirmation class will collect donations of canned and nonperishable goods from community residents. To participate put cans or foodstuffs into a bag and label it St. Virgilius and put it in front of your house. Students will collect goods from 8 to 11 a.m.

The St. Virgilius Parents’ Association is sponsoring its annual Penny Social on Friday, November 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the American Legion Hall in Broad Channel.  The doors will open at 7:15 p.m.  Prizes include a china table with service for 8, karaoke machine, DVD player, CD player, Waterford, beautiful basket prizes, toys & many, many more.  Admission is $10 in advance or $12 at the door.  The entry fee includes 54 chances. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Stacy at 718 945-0732 or Danielle at 718 945-1290.

Open School week at P.S. 47 will begin November 17. During this week parents as well as other community members can go and see the school in operation.

The dates and times will be available at the main office.  Parent teacher conferences will take place November 18 and 19. 

There will be a Turkey Shoot at the American Legion Hall by the K of C #197 on Friday, November 21 at 8 p.m. Admission is free; refreshments will be served. Grand prize is a wagonload of cheer and a 20 lb. turkey. Second and third prizes are a basket of cheer and 12 lb. turkey. It is requested that folks bring a can of food for the food baskets the Knights donate to the poor.

The Annual Craft Fair at Christ Church will be held on Saturday, November 15 starting at 10 a.m. Crafts, Christmas gifts, ornaments and other handmade items will be available.

Get set for spring with a kite making Workshop! This program is the day after Thanksgiving and it is for young people ages 10 to 18. All materials are furnished by the Library. Seats are limited for this program and signup is required. Stop in the Library to register or call 718 318 4943.

On Sunday, November 23 there will be an American Legion Post #1404 Auxiliary brunch at the American Legion Hall from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sweepstake raffles will be sold the weekend of November 15 and 16 after all the masses. Proceeds from the brunch and sweepstakes will benefit the Children’s Christmas Party.

On Monday, December 8, make a Holiday Angel Rag Doll at this workshop for working people. Materials necessary to complete this project will be supplied by the Library. This promises to be a well-attended workshop, with signup necessary as seats are limited. Call the Library or stop in and register.

St. Virgilius will be holding its annual Craft Fair on Saturday, December 6 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, December 7 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at St. Virgilius School on Noel Road. Many items including ornaments, household decorations (for both Christmas and year-round), baked goods and candies will be available.  Also available will be beautiful raffle baskets. (I really enjoy this event; there is so much talent represented in the available items!) If anyone wishes to make a donation of handmade items, please contact Christine at 634-5012.

A number of talented residents are members of RAA. The current exhibit to feature the work of some of these local artists is called "Gifted: A Holiday Member Exhibition," which will run through January 11. The exhibit will be open on each Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. in gallery 6 at Fort Tilden in the Gateway National Recreation Area.

Do you know anyone who can benefit from "Ask Me"? The program provides mammograms for women over 40 (younger than 40 with family history of breast cancer) and pap smears at no cost for women 18 and older if they are uninsured or cannot pay for them. Call 718 263-2225 ext. 19 for more information or to make an appointment.

St. Virgilius Church has an administrator appointed by the new bishop. He is Father John Wtulich and he lives in the rectory on Noel Road. To all reports, he gives a beautiful and uplifting sermon and is warm and sincere. Community members are invited to give Father John a friendly welcome at the three masses over the weekend.

All homeowners are advised to get the STAR exemption to avoid paying the Absentee Landlord Surcharge that the city council passed. STAR stands for School Tax Relief and is a tax reduction program, which began in August; it may reduce your tax bill by about $185 a year on the house you occupy. Some people may already be enrolled; look at your July 2003 tax bill to see if you are signed up. Homeowners filing now will receive their exemption on their July 2004 tax bill.

All homeowners can get basic STAR on the house they live in regardless of age or income. Seniors age 65 and over, who are eligible can receive enhanced STAR, a larger tax break.  Call 311 or log onto www.nyc.gov/finance for more
information. The tax will probably be billed later in this year. STAR applications are available online for downloading, completion and mailing. If you’re not online, there is P.C. assistance in the Library.

Keep me informed. Drop a note in the red box in O’Mac’s or send an email to Lizbcbits@aol.com.

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