2004-05-21 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

Summer is right around the corner with its heat, insect and humidity problems. Thoughts of its approach certainly help to make the current weather conditions feel perfect-even when it rains! With lots of sunshine and cloudless deep blue skies, these ‘short sleeve days’ feel terrific.

On Friday, June 4 at 7 p.m. at the North Channel Yacht Club at 1620 Church Road there will be a Chinese Auction hosted by the P.S. 47 P.T.A. Admission is $10 and includes soda, chance on door prize and novelty tickets.

Cash bar is available. Call for reservations: Anna 718 945-8871, Eileen 718 474-1301 or Lisa 718 945-1471. Adults only, please.

Meanwhile, the staff and students of P.S. 47 have been busy with the plans for their dance festival in early June.

The Vollies have an email address to make it easy to ask them questions about Mardi Gras or make suggestions or share ideas. The address is: BCVollies@yahoo.com.

Father John has arranged a nice farewell for Father White, whose health problems were the impetus behind his resignation as pastor of St. Virgilius Church, and he invites residents to take part in it.

On Sunday, May 23 the 11:30 a.m. mass at St. Virgilius will be said by Father White.

Immediately after, there will be a reception in Christ Presbyterian Church Hall in honor of Father White to thank him for his years of ministry here and bid him well for the future. All are invited to attend both events.

The 10th Annual St. Virgilius School Golf Tournament will be held on Tuesday, May 25 at the Forest Park Golf Course.

Cost is $125 per golfer and includes: continental breakfast at 6:45 a.m., golf shirt, golf cart, greens fee, $10,000 Hole-In-One Contest, one Longest Drive prize, two Closest to the Pin prizes, Low Gross prize, Low Foursome prize, Double your Money hole, raffles, lunch at the turn and buffet dinner. Non-golfers are invited to the awards dinner at the Beach Club at 6 p.m.

First tee off is at 7:45 a.m.

For more information or tickets call Mike at 718 474-5604 or Ricky at 718 318-1131 or 917 825-9263.

On Sunday, May 30 at 10 a.m. there will be a "Wildflower Walk" in our backyard. Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge will have a ranger-led exploration of spring wildflowers and their pollinating agents.

Saturday, May 22 is the last day for viewing the photographs in the RAA current exhibit "Galapagos: Face to Face" in Studio 6 on Fort Tilden from noon to 5 p.m. There is no cost for this event.

Try not to miss this long-awaited event! On Thursday, June 3 there will be a speaker at the seniors’ meeting who will explain the new Medicare prescription drug plan.

If you have Medicare, this new plan affects you.

All seniors are invited to this event; you do not have to be a member to come to the Christ Presbyterian Church hall at 12:30 p.m. to hear this speaker-there were nonmembers at the meeting waiting for her first scheduled appearance. (A month or so ago, the column reported that the speaker would be at the seniors’ meeting on April 22. She did not show that day. She had planned to take the A train to get to the meeting from Manhattan. Traveling by subway in the middle of the day is definitely not speedy because all the trains are locals. Or-she may simply have gotten lost!)

On Friday, June 11 at 7 p.m. at the All Wars Veterans Memorial at the 17th Road Park the concluding ceremony of the 50th anniversary celebration of the cessation of hostilities in the Korean War will be held. Awards will be presented that were not received last year. Senator Hillary Clinton will present a senatorial proclamation to members of the heroes’ families. Congressman Weiner will present to the families the medals that each of the heroes has won.

Last year the New York State Conspicuous Service Star did not arrive in time for the ceremony. This year it will be presented by Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer and NYS Division of Veterans Affairs assistant director Ben Weisbroth. It is requested that all Posts take part in this event with their color guards.

After the ceremony the parade will step off and march up Crossbay to the American Legion Hall. After the parade, there will be music and refreshments in the Hall. Prior to the parade the elected officials and the Queens County Commander will present Sears Roebuck Inc. with a plaque to recognize them for their treatment of those employees who have been called to active military duty in Afghanistan and Iraq. Sears is paying the difference in salary, including medical and bonus program for up to 36 months.

Mark the date: On Monday, June 21 at 6:30 p.m., Dada Rainjitanunda will lead a workshop on meditation for inner peace and social harmony.

I got a nice note from Reverend Andrea Zarou to share with everyone. It said: "We at Christ Church wish to thank one and all who came to our Craft Fair and Flea Market. And a big ‘thank you’ to the members of the Quilting Club for the lovely donation."

Did you know that the month of May is designated Older Americans Month? It is to recognize older persons age 65 and up for their contributions to society through the roles they fill in their families, workplaces and communities. In the 1960s it was called Senior Citizens Month, but former President Jimmy Carter designated May Older Americans Month in 1980. According to the U.S. Administration on Aging, this year’s theme is: "Aging Well; Living Well." In communities across the country resources for seniors are promoted through workshops and events designed for their enjoyment. The AOA has a website: www.aoa.gov which touts programs around the country that help older Americans to age and live well.

Special birthday? Big anniversary? What will your organization do over the summer? Share it with your neighbors. Send email to: Lizbcbits@aol. com.

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