2004-01-30 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino
Broad Channel Bits By Liz Guarino

"I’ve had enough of winter!" More than a couple of people have said this
recently. With all of the bitter cold, ice and snow— winter has worn out its welcome in lots of households. Some folks planned ahead well for this weather and they are going to head south for at least part of the winter. Now that’s a good use of the expression ‘global warming’!

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.

On Monday, February 2, at 7 p.m. Sister Ave Clark of Heart to Heart Ministry will visit St.Virgilius for an evening of reflection. Sister Ave, who is a very gifted speaker, visits the parish twice a year. Call Mary at 718 634-5261 or Joann at 718 634-2678 if you wish to attend. Seats are limited. Suggested donation is $10 for this ‘adults only’ event.

Ryan Mahoney, an eighth grade student of St. Virgilius School, has won a scholarship to Regis High School. Regis, located in Manhattan, is a Jesuit-run high school for boys. Congratulations to Ryan, who plans to attend this fine school in September. (Additional scholarship winners will be printed as soon as the information becomes available to me).

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.

Drawing for the 20/10 Club sponsored by St. Virgilius P.A. begins on Sunday, 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.

On Monday, February 2, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio will visit St. Virgilius. He will be in the church at 10 a.m. There will be a presentation by K to 8th grade and parents of the schoolchildren are invited to attend.

Children age 6 and older are invited to attend a presentation in the Library on Wednesday, February 18 at 1 p.m. to celebrate African-American History Month. African-American tales will be related by storyteller April Armstrong.

BCVFD Installation of Officers Dinner Dance will be held on Saturday, February 28 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the American 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 HEAP program provides grants for heat to seniors and people with
disabilities ranging from $40 to $400.

Call the HEAP hotline at 800-342-3009 to see if you are eligible for benefits or to get an application. Applications can also be downloaded at: www.otda.state.ny.us.

Don Riepe, of the American Littoral Society, was on hand for a recent monthly meeting of Rockaway Artists Alliance at Fort Tilden. Don came prepared with a slide show and informative and entertaining patter about our own Jamaica Bay. Through a series of beautiful photos, he illustrated the history of the bay, its wildlife and our part in its story. As Don pointed out, the salt marshes which make up a vital part of the bay, are rapidly disappearing. He confirmed that no one as yet knows why they’re disappearing, but he did illustrate several theories. (As many people know, total loss of the salt marshes will spell problems for all residents in the areas adjacent to Jamaica Bay).

Don showed many slides to the group. Among the stunning shots of the various area birds (including the recently retired Concorde!), he also illustrated what the Society and others are doing to clean up the bay. Among the more interesting "finds" during these clean ups: a human skull portion, said to be from a young swimmer who had drowned decades ago.

The RAA crowd was very appreciative, welcomed Don warmly, enjoyed the evening and even shared some humorous banter with him.

The RAA meets, as many Broad Channel artists know, at 7:30 p.m. on the second Monday of every month at Fort Tilden building T149. They can be reached at 718 474-0861.

The American Littoral Society can be reached at 718 318-9344.A0 Both groups (RAA and ALS) have many exciting programs, events and excursions.

If you stopped by Dino after the first of the year, a small paper sign in the window greeted you, if you were close enough to see it! Did you wonder where Dino went? That old sign did not give us a hint! In case you did not see his sign or telephone him after December 31 (his phone calls are relayed to his new location), he is near the library now, doing his hair cuts, dyes, perms etc. with Phyllis in Channel Cutters, which is also one of the locations that carries the 2004 Historical Calendar! (There’s a few left-only $5!)

Thank you to those who told me about ‘googling’ for information on the Internet. I was not able to find a local reference for Friendly Sons of St. Patrick. Was anyone able to find one?

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