2004-09-17 / Community

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

September is chugging into the past at a pretty good clip, the children are hitting the books and the football season opened. Except for some spillover of the hurricanes, the weather has been marvelous. Autumn is not official until the 21, so officially it’s still summer! Enjoy!

A fundraising record was set this summer by All American Dogs who earned Most Popular Pets. When all of the monies earned by Jake, Pee Wee and Pooh were tallied, the dogs learned that they had amassed a whopping $ 37,279.75 for BCVFD! They will be a tough act to follow, having set a Mardi Gras record for the most money raised ever!

Friday, September 17 is departure day for Linda and Kathy from the Library. They will be greatly missed by many who wish them the best of everything in their new roles as retirees! The new Librarian is a very n ice young woman named Carol. She is very happy to be with us in our little Library. She is also very friendly and enthusiastic and will be a fine addition to Library life here!

The 9th Annual John J. Monahan Softball Tournament will take place on Saturday, September 25 at 10 a.m. at the 20th Road field in Broad Channel. All teams and individuals are welcome. There will be Kid’s activities too!

All proceeds go to the BCAC.

Broad Channel Shamrock Football opened this past weekend. This year’s football season will be dedicated to Mr. William “Willie” Wiese.

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.

A Disability Awareness Mass will be held Saturday, September 25 at 4 p.m. in St. Gertrude Church in Far Rockaway. I was asked how it is different from other masses. It is being held to celebrate the importance of people with disabilities in the life of the church. Celebrant, lectors and gift presenters all have physical disabilities. The liturgy will be translated into American Sign Language for the deaf and hearing impaired.

Frame: Art in the period between the Second and Third World Wars, will be the next exhibit at Fort Tilden of the RAA. 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.

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 and address and the number of forms needed. I will pass on the info and your form(s) will be delivered as soon as possible. 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.

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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