2004-03-05 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino
Broad Channel Bits By Liz Guarino

Farewell to February and greetings to the month of March. It was nice having a leap year bonus day, but some folks might want to check the date on their wrist watches-some date-displaying watches do not make note of leap year’s extra day. On the 29th of February, they said March 1. Spring is a bit less than three weeks away!

The next monthly brunch held at the VFW Hall will be held on Sunday, March 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The brunches are fundraisers, with proceeds going to a good cause. Last chance for Registration for the Little League is on Friday, March 5 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fees are family plan: $90 for the first child; $60 for the second and $30 for the third, with $180 as the family maximum. T-Ball and Instructional fee is $30.A0Each child gets a uniform to keep and a trophy on family day. A $25 late fee will be im posed after the last registration date. BCAC takes postdated checks. Reg istration will be held at the BCAC building on Noel Rd and the train station, 2nd floor side door entrance.

There is a $50 returnable deposit required by the AC from each registered family. BCAC is requiring that each family give 2 hours of time during the season to get their $50 returned. Anyone who would like to get involved can send the AC an email to: bcacwebsite@aol.com.A0Help in running the league is needed and wanted.

The two-session Defensive Driving Course will be held in St. Virgilius School in the lunchroom on Tuesday, March 9 and Thursday, March 11 from 7 to 10 p.m.

If you took the course in 2001, auto insurance discount expires this year.
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. The cost of the course is $55. Refreshments will be served. To register call Linda at 718 18-5835, Cindy at 718 634-5449 or Helen at 718 945-4648.

Save the date! Moonlight Bowling, sponsored by St. Virgilius P.A. will take place on Saturday, March 27 at 8 p.m. Details will be printed when they become available.

"Kids Puttin’ on the Hits," sponsored by St. Virgilius P.A. will take place on Sunday, March 7 at 2 p.m. at the American Legion Hall. Tickets cost $10 each.

Call Mary Kay at 718 634-2040 for tickets or more information.

The next meeting of the Osprey Club will be Thursday, March 18 for grades 4, 5 and 6 at P.S. 47 after school. For information on joining this group call Kate 718 474-5902, Laura 718 634-2166 or Don Riepe at 718 318-9344.

The American Legion Auxiliary will be holding the 1st Annual Jane Fuller Brunch for Cancer Care on Sunday, March 14 from 10 AM to 2 PM at the American Legion Hall.A0 A Mini Sweep stakes will be drawn at the Brunch.A0 Chances can be obtained from any Auxiliary Member. All proceeds from both the Brunch and Sweepstakes will go to Cancer Care.

The next bus trip to take seniors to the Green Acres Mall will be Monday,
March 8th. The bus picks up passengers at Cross Bay and Noel Road. Passengers are asked to be at the corner by 9:15 a.m. The bus leaves the corner at 9:30. It returns riders to the same corner, leaving the mall at 12:45 p.m. It is a 20-minute trip approximately. Most folks enjoy lunch while they are in the mall.

Join this group by showing up! The bus to Green Acres is sponsored by Councilman Joe Addabbo and is free of charge to the shoppers.

The next Books and Bagels book discussion will be held in the Library on Thursday, March 11 at 10 a.m. Under discussion will be "The Time Traveler’s Wife," by Audrey Niffenegger.

Mark the calendar! On Tuesday, May 25 St. Virgilius School’s annual Golf Tournament will be held. Information on this event will be printed

as it becomes available.

On Monday, March 22 St. Virgilius’s Rosary Altar Society is sponsoring a bus trip to Sands Casino in Atlantic City. The bus leaves the Channel at 8:30 a.m. The cost is $25 with a return of $15. Call Muriel at 718 634-6126, or Eileen at 718 634-8547 for more information or to reserve a seat.

I got a nice note from Reverend Andrea Zarou. This is what it said: "We at Christ Presbyterian Church wish to thank everyone who as able to attend our Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper in spite of the inclement weather that evening."

Sometime ago I wrote about Channel resident Sgt. Xavier Dulin. He was in Iraq and received a package that the scouts had sent him, after working very hard to put it together. Anyway, his year in Iraq is almost behind him now. He will be home in mid-March and the Library has printed up "Welcome Home Xavier" flyers. The staff asks that residents stop in the Library, pick up a flyer and put it in a front window at home. This way he will see "Welcome Home Xavier" wherever he goes in the Channel!

Picture Book Classes for preschoolers age 3 and up will take place at the
Library. They will be held on Wed nesdays starting on March 17 and ending on May 12. Classes start at 10 a.m. and feature 20 to 30 minutes of songs, stories and crafts-lots of fun for the younger set!

Rockaway Artists Alliance features a new exhibition in sTudio 6 Gallery
called: small, smaller, smallest: an exhibition of miniatures. It can be seen from Saturday, March 20 to Sunday, April 18 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.A0 The Gallery is located at the Gateway National Recreation Area on Fort Tilden in the Rockaways.

What is your organization up to these days? Send an email to:
Lizbcbits@aol.com.


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