2004-02-13 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino
Broad Channel Bits By Liz Guarino

Fortunately, the weather has been a bit cooperative of late. Most of us do
not seem to mind a change from the unrelenting cold. All of this week it was fairly nice, comparatively speaking, of course!

The two-session Defensive Driving Course is available. It will be held in St. Virgilius School in the lunchroom on Tuesday, March 9 and Thursday, March 11 from 7 to 10 p.m. Those who complete the course can choose from 10% off the cost of their car insurance for three years or point reduction on their licenses-up to four points off the license. There is no exam at the end of the course. Payable by March 5, the cost is $55. To register call Linda at 718 18-5835, Cindy at 718 634-5449 or Helen at 718 945-4648. (If you took the course in 2001, auto insurance discount expires this year).

Mrs. Nelson sent some information about P.S. 47 as they begin the new term.

Students and staff are busy, busy, busy! There will be a dance on Friday, February 13 sponsored by the Parent’s Association for grades 5 through 8. School will be closed for a winter break the week beginning Monday, February 16 and ending Friday, February 22.

In the week beginning Monday, Feb ruary 23, P.S. 47 students and staff will celebrate the 100th day of school. And in March, the school will celebrate Dr. Seuss’s 100th birthday. At the school they will also be entertained by an assembly about the life of Thomas Edison. P.S. 47 also has extended day programs in test preparation and
a basketball program for the 5th graders.

On Shrove Tuesday, which is Feb ruary 24 this year, there will be a Pan cake Supper from 5 to 8 p.m. at Christ Presbyterian Church in the church hall. The cost is $5 each for adults; $3 for each child. Dinner consists of pancakes, sausage, coffee and cake. Delivery is available; call 718 945-3443 between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m.

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 open bar and full dinner with appetizer, pasta, choice of eight entrees, coffee and des sert; there will also be music provided by D.J. Teddy.

There will also be raffle tickets available. Among the raffle prizes will be a dress from Estelle’s and a $1000 shopping spree at Es telle’s. All of those in attendance will receive a 10% 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 Michele at 718 474-5604 or Donna at 718 474-3720 anytime; or call the Rectory at 718 634-5680 between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. You can also email requests for tickets to Shea4906@aol.com.

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 Thursday, February 26, 2004 at 3 p.m. in P.S. 47.A0Local 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!

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 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.

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.

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