2004-09-10 / Community

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

Summer is officially over and some of the children went back in school on September 8. When P.S. 47 opens its doors on Monday, September 13, all of the area children will again be hitting the books. Wishing all of them a healthy, happy and productive school year and never forgetting that all of the children are our hopes for the future.

Last weekend bustled with lots of activity and the high point was, of course, the Grand Parade which was—well—grand! And what a great day it was —sun shone brightly overhead—some of those riding the floats got sunburned—and was marked by nice, comfortable temperatures! A good turnout of people lined the boulevard waiting for the parade. As always, this parade thrilled the senses as music and silly string zipped through the air. There were skateboarders and Shamrocks as Smurfs, a ghostly looking pirate ship and a float full of Greek gods and goddesses. Lots of balloons were used, either floating overhead or attached to floats; they ranged from very bright green and purple to the more traditional red, white and blue. There were a lot of babies in the parade too, from the four little ones on Babyface’s float to the mini-float babies each touting a different cereal on his/her wagon. Of course the baby-bearing floats were heart stealers!

After the parade a very large crowd filled Power Road for the presentation of the float awards. All afternoon the streets were filled with happy, ambling people—-some of them not much taller than the trophies. As barbecue smoke filled the air and folks remained outdoors to eat, there were parties in every corner of the Channel. It was a great day to celebrate the end of the summer season—one which a lot of us will not soon forget! Fall officially begins on Tuesday, September 21.

An email arrived from the PTA Executive Board from our school on Power Road, asking me to add an item to this space: “The PTA of P.S. 47 is currently enrolled in Boxtops4education, and needs all the support from the local community. There is a box currently in the main lobby of the school for the box tops to be placed.’ We know St. Virgilius is also collecting box tops, but we would appreciate the mention of P.S. 47. Thank you in advance.” This is a very caring, sharing email. I hope this gives people an added incentive to buy those products and use those box tops to enrich school life in both of our schools!

On Saturday, September 25 at 4 p.m. a Disability Awareness Mass will be said at St. Gertrude Church. A reception in the church hall will follow. Light refreshments will be served. I will answer the questions I received in this space next week.

On Saturday, September 25, there will be A Night at the Races at the American Legion Hall. It is being held for the benefit of Christ Presbyterian Church on Noel Road. Donation for the event is $10; it will begin at 8 p.m. There will be beer, soda and franks.

Christ Presbyterian Church plans their fall Flea Market for Saturday, October 2. Doors will open at 10 a.m.

The two–session Defensive Driving Course will soon be available again. Sponsored by the St. Virgilius P.A. this course allows those completing it to take 10% off their auto insurance for each of three years or to remove up to 4 points from the driver’s license. It will be held on Tuesday, October 12 and Thursday, October 14 in the St. Virgilius School lunchroom from 7 to 1 0 p.m. both nights. Refreshments will be served, but seating is limited. The cost is $55, which is due by October 4. Call Helen at 718 045-4648 or Cindy at 718 634-5449 to register.

St. Virgilius Rosary Altar Society will hold the opening meeting of the fall 2004 to spring 2005 season on Monday, September 20 at noon. There will be coffee and cake, 50/50 and raffles. The members ask for donations of new and handmade items for their raffle table. Donated items can be brought to the rectory during office hours, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

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.

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.

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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