2003-12-05 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino
Broad Channel Bits By Liz Guarino

Can you believe it’s December already? One of my friends likes to take a week’s vacation in December to do her gift shopping and gift-wrapping and Christmas card writing—it helps her reduce the stress that this season brings to a lot of people. It’s a pretty smart move on her part. I remember still shopping for presents one year late at night on the night before Christmas Eve. It was crowded-people pushed and shoved each other. All of the displays were messy. Doing that once was more than enough—I never did it again. I wonder if last-minute shopping is difficult for everybody?!

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. If anyone wishes to make a donation of handmade items, please contact Christine at 634-5012.

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.

This Sunday is the motorcycle toy run to Howard Beach, then onto the Belt Parkway to Queens Village. That means traffic on Crossbay Blvd. may be jammed up around 1 p.m. as the cyclists stream south on it, taking part in the event. If you’re headed in that direction at that time on Sunday, going around and through the Rockaways might be a better bet.

There are no Channelites on the local school board (#27) at present. If you or someone you know would like to be on the school board, send your resume to Hazel Washington 88-01 Rockaway Boulevard Ozone Park 11406.

Getting a new coat for Christmas? If you’re looking for an easy way to do a charitable work, have you considered giving your old coat (or the kids’ outgrown coats?) to the New York Cares Coat Drive? They ask that the coats be "gently used" and still serviceable. Coats can be brought to the 100th Precinct (or any precinct) during the entire month of December.

Seniors: food shop at Waldbaum’s in Rockaway Beach on Beach 114 St.! Travel via a small bus that costs $1.50 round trip. Bus picks up seniors at Noel Rd. and Crossbay Blvd between 9 and 9:30 a.m. every Thursday morning. One hour is allowed for shopping after which the driver will lift your groceries into the bus and you and your groceries will be brought to your door. If you want to take advantage of this, just show up at the corner at 9 a.m. You can call Hilda at 718 318-7826 if you wish more details.

The next Books and Bagels book discussion will be held on Thursday, December 18 at 10 a.m. Under discussion will be "Don’t Let’s Go To the Dogs Tonight" by Alexandra Fuller. This autobiography of an African childhood is described as "unsympathetic" and is great for readers who are nonfiction buffs.

Young people in grades 4, 5 and 6 will be able to join the American Littoral Society’s Osprey Club and will have a meeting at P.S. 47 on Thursdays once a month after school. The Osprey Club will meet the third Thursday of each month; next month the meeting will be on Dec. 18. Student membership in the American Littoral Society at $15 annually is required and includes newsletters, other literature and a tee shirt. Members will see slide shows, demonstrations with live animals, go on local field trips and seine to study life in the bay. For more information call Kate 718 474-5902, Laura 718 634-2166 or Don Riepe at 718 318-9344.

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.

I got a nice note from Reverend Andrea Zarou. It said: "We at Christ
Presbyterian Church would like to thank one and all who came to our annual Christmas craft fair. And an extra thank-you to Francine Hamill from Century 21 for her lovely donations."

Father John Wtulich (St. Virgilius’s new priest) and Tim (St. Virgilius’s former organist) had a surprise for the congregation last Thursday. Attendees at the 9 a.m. mass on Thanksgiving Day were greeted by the sound of music filling the church. For many church-goers it was a very special beginning to their Thanksgiving celebration. As some folks may recall, St. Virgilius has been without an organist since July when their part-time organist left to take a full-time job at a parish in Brooklyn. Father White was hospitalized shortly after the organist left, even as the Tablet ran an ad for a new part timer to fill the position.

Last Sunday was the brunch at the Legion Hall. They are always well-attended for the yummy food and the socializing opportunity they provide. This brunch benefited the children’s Christmas party. When it began, there were over 40 people. An hour later, there were over a hundred people in the hall.

A few of us were discussing the brunch and Thanksgiving Day on a recent Monday night. "Do you know what I love about this place?" one of the woman queried, "I could have stopped at anyone of the tables in that brunch and had a half hour conversation with someone. That’s what makes this place special," she added. "That’s one of the things I’m most grateful for."Keep me posted on the latest from your organization. Send email to: Lizbcbits.com

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