2004-09-03 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

It’s the beginning of September (where did the summer go?) and that means Labor Day Weekend and the Mardi Gras Parade are upon us! All the summer fundraising activity will climax this weekend with the Big Parade on Monday afternoon.

Helping Brian for Mayor, Grassy’s had steak dinners last night. Did you get in on the Last Dinner of the Summer?

Friday, September 3 is Countdown Night and Grassy’s is having A Countdown Cocktail Party! Cover charge is $20, and music will be provided by a DJ. There will be an Open Bar. Available will be jello shots and 50/50’s and two hours of fun with Brian and his committee before they head on down to the firehouse to join the vollies in their festivities.

One lucky person will win a Dell computer this summer; wonder who will be the lucky person! It’s down to the wire if you haven’t bought a ticket yet. They cost $5 each. Call Ginger for tickets at 718 318-5504.

If you waited until today (Friday) for buying a ticket—you have a few hours left to buy a winning ticket! Chances on the $10,000 Giveaway cost $100 each. To get tickets, call Ginger at 718 318-5504. Drawing will be at the firehouse tonight, September 3. There is over $14,000 in prizes. 

BCAC is forming soccer teams. There will be a co-ed team for 3rd and 4th grade boys and girls, and a team for 5th and 6th grade girls and a 7th and 8th grade girls team. Anyone interested in joining can call Jo at 718 474-8207, Toni at 718 945-3452 or Nancy at 718 945-0239. Soccer starts the beginning of September.

Did you save POP’s all summer? St. Virgilius P.A. asked people to save Campbell labels, Box Tops for Education and other proofs of purchase over the summer months and bring them to the school office in September or drop them in the box in the rear of St. Virgilius Church. Computer people: Empty ink cartridges from your printer are POP’s too. Put them in a plastic bag before bringing them to the school office next month.

Frame: Art in the period between the Second and Third World Wars, will be the next exhibit at Fort Tilden of the RAA. Artworks came from all over the country for this exhibit. It will be in sTudio 7 and will be held simultaneously with ArtSplash this fall. The opening reception for both exhibits will be on Sunday, October 3. The gallery is open to the public and there is no charge for viewing the artworks. Gallery hours on Saturdays are from noon to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. For further information call RAA at 718 474-0861 or email them at: rockart116@aol.com.

The first meeting of the B.C. seniors club for the September 2004 to June 2005 season will be held on Thursday, September 9 at 12:30 p.m. Registration for new members and re-registration for those who are renewing their membership will be held at that meeting and dues will be due.

One of our neighbors feels very strongly about registering to vote. To help more people move toward this goal he has promised to hand deliver a voter registration form to anyone in the area who needs or wants one until Friday, October 1. If you want a form, send me an email to that effect. List name, address and phone number and the number of forms needed. I will pass on the info and your form(s) will be delivered as soon as possible. If you prefer to get your own form, you can download it, sign it and mail it. Go to: Board of Elections of the New York City to download and print your form. Last day to register for voting in the general election on November is October 8—25 days before the election. Election Day, of course, is Tuesday, November 2.

The last book discussion with Linda and Kathy took place last Thursday with a small group of women in attendance. Under discussion was The Awakening by Kate Chopin, a novel over 100 years old with a theme one would describe as contemporary—that of marital infidelity—shocking at that time—but somewhat ordinary now. Because the book discussions have been held roughly every month for many years with our lovely library ladies in attendance, the final discussion was fun as always, but somewhat bittersweet. Some things were the same, of course. One of the members of the group comes from the Rockaways and she always has an envelope containing labels for St. Virgilius P.A. But another woman said later of the discussion: “when Linda was talking about welcoming whoever may replace her and Kathy, I realized how much I would miss them.” Because there will be new people staffing the Library after September 17, a new book was not selected and plans for continuing the book discussions will be concretized with a new Librarian.

I will keep everybody up to date on book discussion information in this space!

Word is out on the parish advocates’ plans for St. Gertrude Church in September, raising a few questions from folks around town. Most churches in the Rockaway-Broad Channel cluster have an advocate. The advocates have been meeting at regular intervals since April to plan a Disability Awareness Mass for the people in the cluster, which will be held at St. Gertrude Church on Saturday, September 25 at 4 p.m.

A reception will follow with light refreshments served. Since I am the advocate for St. Virgilius Church, if anyone has any questions about the mass or the duties of or process of becoming an advocate, feel free to send an email my way and ask.

What will your organization be involved in this fall?

Share the news with your neighbors. (Please get your important information to me by 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning if you need it in that Friday’s column.)

Send email to: Lizbcbits@aol.com.

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