2004-01-23 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino
Broad Channel Bits By Liz Guarino

Winter has really let itself be a presence in our area! Brrr. Days with
temperatures in the teens or twenties when the sun shines are not so hard to take, but windy and/or gray cold days are really miserable. Snow and ice all over the place do not do much for the spirits of a lot of people either. But, there are some hardy souls that the weather does not seem to affect and still others who seem to thrive on freezing weather. This is definitely their time!

Supermarket Bingo will be held at the American Legion Hall on Friday, January 23. Doors open at 7 p.m.; first game is at 7:30 p.m. Tickets in advance cost $10 each; at the door tickets are $12 each. Tickets include: one entry board, four extra boards, five specials, one jackpot, coffee, tea and cake. There will be many opportunities to win groceries, gift baskets and other prizes. Join the St. Virgilius P.A. in an "adult evening out." For tickets call Jo at 718 474-8207 or Mary at 718 474-3367.

BCVFD Installation of Officers Dinner Dance will be held on Saturday, February 28 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the Ameri can Legion Hall. Cost is $30 per ticket in advance, $35 at the door. Call the firehouse at 718 474-6888 to order advance tickets.

The next Books and Bagels book discussion will be held on Thursday, January 29 at 10 a.m. Under discussion will be "The Simple Truth" by David Baldacci. The book is a fiction work by an author who has spent a lot of time on the New York Times best seller list!

Adults Puttin’ on the Hits will be held on Saturday, January 31 at the
American Legion from 8 p.m. to midnight. Sponsored by St. Virgilius P.A., there will be a show, hot food-including beer, wine and soda— and dancing to the music of DJ Teddy. A ticket in advance costs $30, at the door it is $35. For ticket information call Maura at 718 634-9131 or Tricia at 718 634-6067. Acts should call Mary at 718 634-1951.

This year is the 99th anniversary of the volunteer fire department in the
Channel and ads for the Vollies’ journal are now being accepted. The journal will be distributed at their annual dinner dance and subsequently given to each individual and business which took an ad. Prices for ads range from $50 to $250, with $25 additional for each photograph. The monies from the dinner-dance and the journal ads are used for firehouse operating costs such as insurance, gas and oil.

Chances are on sale for the 20/10 Club sponsored by St. Virgilius P.A.
Drawing begins on February 1, 2004 and runs for 10 weeks. First prize is $200; second prize is $100 and third prize is $50. There is a $250 bonus Easter prize. In the 10th week, two $500 and one $250 prizes will be drawn. Winners can repeat weekly. Chances cost $20 each. Call Karen at 718 945-5823, the rectory or the school office to buy chances.

Now you can donate to an organization located right here in the Channel
through payroll-deducted contributions. Contributions can be made through United Way payroll deductions to BCVFD. If you use the number 004023 when you fill out the form authorizing the deduction, you can give to BCVFD through weekly or bi-weekly or even monthly deductions (depending on how often you get paid).

Seniors can shop at Waldbaum’s in Rockaway Beach on Beach 114 St.! Travel via a minibus 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.

Catholic Schools Week will be marked by different daily activities taking place in St. Virgilius School from Monday, January 26 through Monday, February 2.

On Monday, January 26, kindergarteners will offer a special presentation for their attending parents and grandparents. On Tuesday eighth grade students will teach lessons to the younger students.

Catholic Schools Week mass will take place at 10 a.m. Tuesday after which there will be a presentation of rings for the eighth grade. On Wednesday, registration for new students, Kindergarten through 8th grade will take place in the school office from 10 a.m. to noon. On Thursday Open House and Classroom Visits will take place in two sessions: one will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and the other will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. Science projects will be on display in the school lunchroom and refreshments will be offered.

During Catholic Schools Week Friday will be Student Appreciation Day. The science fair will be held for grades 4 to 8. Winners in the science fair will be announced. Registration for new students K to 8th grade will also take place on Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the school office. (Required for registration are: copy of birth certificate, copy of baptismal certificate, immunization record, non-refundable fee of $150 and academic records for children in grades 1 through 7.) The following Monday, February 2, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio will visit, 10 a.m. in the church. There will be a presentation by K to 8th grade, and parents are invited to attend.

An email asked if anyone knows anything about the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of a bygone era. I have not been able to get any information on this organization. Are there any history buffs or folks who had an ancestor in this group who know anything about this organization?

Let me know what is going on in your part of the world. Email me at lizbc bits@aol.com.

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