2004-10-22 / Community

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

Halloween is fast approaching! It is always a lot of fun to see the children dressed in their costumes with masks as they make their rounds in the neighborhood, plastic pumpkins or shopping bags in hand for what used to be called “loot” at a time in the past. How wonderful to be able to eat a bunch of candy and not have to worry about a waistline!

The Broad Channel Theater Group will be performing Guys & Dolls in April, 2005. A portion of the proceeds will go towards the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department. The BCTG will be holding auditions on Monday, October 25 and Tuesday October 26. Auditions will be held in Tomasina’s Dance Studio on Crossbay Blvd. and West 19 Road starting at 7 p.m. Anyone interested in singing, acting or dancing come down and try out for a part. If you’re a little shy for a solo, join the chorus. This play will have lots of song and dance and promises to be a great show. If you are interested, but cannot make the auditions please contact Margaret 718-634-1956 or e-mail BCUPTOWN711@aol.com. The theater group also is in need of people to do scenery, props and stage work.

The Children’s Halloween Parade, a looked-forward-to annual event, is jointly sponsored this year by BCAC and BCVFD will take place on Saturday, October 30. Parade will step off from the 17 Road Park and proceed to the BCAC Memorial Field.


The Broad Channel Athletic Club Jamaica Bay Little League Awards will be held on Saturday, November 6 at the BCAC Memorial Field at 1st Road. It will begin at 12 p.m.; every child that played ball will receive a trophy.

At 9 p.m. on October 30, DJ Tom Healy will make music at Grassy’s. Join the fun that night for BCVFD.

The American Legion Post #1404 will host the 20 Anniversary Senior Citizen “Get Together” on Sunday, November 7 at 1 p.m. at the American Legion Hall. The afternoon includes dinner, entertainment with DJ Walter, music and dancing. Those planning to attend are asked to call John at 718-474-4343.

Christ Presbyterian Church will hold their Craft Fair next month; it always features hand made items that are perfect for Christmas gifts!

St. Virgilius Golden Age Club will go to Radio City Music Hall to see the Christmas Show on Friday, November 5. Bus will leave at noon and return at 6 p.m. Cost is $49 per person and is due by October 28.

Denis S. O’Connor funeral home is again sponsoring its annual bus trip

to Calverton National Cemetery on Thursday, November 11. Grave decoration and flag will be provided. After grave-side visit, there will be a short stop for lunch provided by the funeral home. Two seats on the bus are available per family. To reserve your seat(s) call the funeral home between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on weekdays only. Call 718-634-4011 before October 29 and give name, phone number, the number of people needing the bus seats as well as the name and burial date of loved one whose grave they are visiting.

Mark the Calendar for BCVFD’s 100 anniversary celebration. It will be held at Russo’s on the Bay on Thursday, March 10, 2005 in the evening. Details will be available at a later date.

Proceeds from the next brunch held by the Auxiliary at the American Legion Hall will be for the Children’s Christmas Party. It will be held on Sunday, November 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

RAA’s exhibits at Fort Tilden, Frame and ArtSplash, will close on Sunday, November 7. Frame features art between WW II and WW III and is a very striking show featuring local artists—at least two of them from the Channel. Both exhibits are open to the public and there is no charge for viewing these artworks in sTudios 6 and 7. Gallery hours on Saturdays are from noon to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. (The day I visited the exhibits, there were two dozen people in sTudio 7, including— bride, groom, best man, maid of honor— and guests! It was an unexpected sight, but an enjoyable one.)

The 10 Annual B.C. Historical Day took place last Sunday and was very well-attended despite the crisp and cloudy weather. Our city and state elected officials made an appearance including Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, City Councilman Joe Addabbo and state Senator Ada Smith.

Both of our schools are involved in the General Mills box tops for education program, which has a website at www.boxtopsforeducation.com.

Each of the designated box tops is worth 10 cents to the school which gets it!

There is a box in the main lobby of P.S. 47 to collect them.

At St. Virgilius School they can be left at the school office or deposited in the designated receptacle in the rear of the church.

Products on which you can find these special boxtops number in the hundreds and include: the many General Mills cereals and snack-type products Bisquick; Bugles; Lloyd’s bowl meals; Totinos Pizza Rolls; tube refrigerated dough products like Grands; Hamburger Helper; Old El Paso products; Betty Crocker baking products; Gold Medal flour; Yoplait yoghurt products and Nature Valley granola bars to name a few!

Each school can earn as much as $20,000 from each of three program components.

Schools can use the money for anything they need or want. Some of the stores to spend the money earned are: Dell, Target and Lands End.

Of course, there are many more.

Computers, books, playground equipment and even classroom parties are just some of the ways schools have chosen to use the funds raised through Box Tops for Education.

This seems to be a very good program to help our schools.

What is your organization involved with these days?

(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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