2004-02-06 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino
Broad Channel Bits By Liz Guarino

One of my friends said that the Farmers’ Almanac predicted a harsh winter with a lot of bitter cold weather. Much of the weather we have endured proves the almanac folks have been correct. But, this week there seems to be a bit of a reprieve from the biting cold. If recent weather predictions are accurate, there should be no snow or dirty ice on the ground when you read this!

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.

The Osprey Club has been having a tough winter season.A0The January meeting and Astronomy Night were both cancelled due to the weather.A0 The next scheduled meeting is Thurs day, February 26, at 3 p.m. in P.S. 47.A0 Local kids in grades 4, 5, and 6 are welcome to check out the Club by attending the next meeting and seeing for themselves what a cool thing it is!

On Thursday, February 26 at 7:30 p.m. St. Virgilius P.A. will hold their
annual Fashion Show at Russo’s on the Bay in Howard Beach. The fashions will be by Estelle’s Dressy Dress es. Ticket price includes a full dinner, open bar, coffee, and dessert. Music will be provided by D.J. Teddy. There will be raffles available. Among the raffle prizes will be an outfit from Estelle’s and a $1000 shopping spree at Estelle’s. All of those in attendance will receive a 10 percent discount from Estelle’s on a future purchase. A ticket costs $55 per person.

Donations for the raffle table will be greatly appreciated. To purchase tickets, reserve a table or for more information call Donna at 718 474-3720 or Michelle at 718 474- 5604.

BCVFD Installation of Officers Din ner 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.

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 Road and Cross Bay Blvd be tween 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.

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 still being sold for the 20/10 Club sponsored by St. Virgilius
P.A. Drawing began on Sunday, Feb ruary 1, 2004 and will run 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 prize 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.

The Vollies 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 cold is affecting attendance at a lot of Channel events. Books and
Bagels, the library book discussion group, had only four people at last Thursday’s meeting. But, as small as the group was, those attending represented three different communities!

David Baldacci’s "The Simple Truth" was discussed. It is a fiction book and a fast read; a couple of the book’s characters were explored by the group.

Reactions to the book ranged from ‘terrific’ to ‘horrible’! The best remark heard that morning was this one from someone who enjoys belonging to the Books and Bagels discussion group "because it encourages me to pick up books I wouldn’t otherwise read and I’m grateful for that."

Several titles were mentioned with more than passing interest for the next discussion. Among them were: The Secret Life of Bees and The Life of Pi. The next book discussion will be on Thursday, March 11 at 10 a.m. Under discussion will be The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffeneger. By the way, the Queens Library system is the recipient of a million dollar donation from an anonymous donor. Hmm-wonder who the donor is?

The Girl Scouts prepared a package for delivery to a serviceman in Iraq under the supervision of scout leader Laura Dattore. The recipient of the package was Sgt. Xavier Dulin who was very happy to get it. He thanks the scouts profusely for their package and the effort it took to assemble it. He also said he is very grateful for all the cards, letters and prayers from Chan nel residents.

Dulin will leave Iraq in March and hopefully will be home in the Channel shortly after that.

It is with sadness that I write of the passing of Michael Swistun. Those who knew him called him "Sonny." He was a former president of the senior citizen group, Channelights; he will be missed by many people. Sincere condolences are extended to his family.

Online? Let me know what your organization is up to these days. Send an email to: Lizbcbits@aol.com.

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