2004-12-03 / Community

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By Liz Guarino

Our days and nights are really starting to cool off as we head toward winter and the holidays. People are starting to use their heavier coats; and hats and scarves are starting to appear as well. According to the old Farmer’s Almanac, we will soon need to wear gloves and button up our overcoats—it is supposed to be a very cold winter!

St. Virgilius 16th Annual Craft and Christmas Gift Fair will be held this weekend. There will be a large assortment of ornaments, holiday and year round decor, homemade cookies, cakes and candies, jewelry and other gifts and raffles. On Saturday, December 4 the hours will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; on Sunday, December 5 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Fair will be held in the School Building on Noel Road.

It’s that time of year again—time to sign up for or change your United Way payroll deduction. But you don’t have to look through a long list of names in tiny print, (it takes a lot of time to do this and so many of the organizations listed are so far removed from life in the Channel!), to find a place close to home to give your donation to—BCVFD is one of the options available to everyone. Just use ID# 004023 to designate your choice and your gift will go to BCVFD every paycheck in an amount that you decide. A gift that gives all year to an organization as close to home as it can be!

It is time for the 16th Annual New York Cares Coat Drive to help poor New Yorkers. Clean, gently used coats in good repair—no broken zippers or missing buttons—are sought. They are collected and given to people who need them. When your kids outgrow their coats, this is a good use for them. When adults get new coats, this is a great place to donate the old coat. Coats can be brought to the 100th Precinct this month until December 31. (If you take part in this, you’ll smile when those winter winds blow—your old coat(s) will be keeping someone else warm this winter!)

RAA’s new show, Gifted 2004, had its opening reception last Sunday. Held in Fort Tilden’s sTudio 6, the exhibit includes paintings in various media, photography, sculpture and other works and will be available for viewing until Sunday, January 9 from 1 to 4 p.m. For further information call RAA at 718 474-0861 or email them at: rockart116@aol.com The opening reception on Sunday was well-attended for what began as a gloomy, windy rainy day. The reception featured entertainment from a guitarist who makes guitars and who played on an instrument that he made. There was also a poetry reading and refreshments, including hot apple cider, which was well received by gallery-goers. 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 4 p.m.

The Osprey Club had a very successful first year. Interested kids in grades 4, 5, and 6 are invited to attend monthly meetings and learn about bats, turtles, coyotes, and all the other animals that live in the community. Join the fight against litter. Take a field trip to the islands of Jamaica Bay and beyond. Check out the solar system through a powerful telescope. There are so many fun things that the club will do! The Osprey Club has an official meeting once per month. Meetings are held on Fridays at 3 p.m. at P.S. 47. The next meeting is scheduled for December 10. Enrollment forms will be available at the meeting. Parents are welcome to come with their children to see what the Osprey Club is all about. For more information, contact: Don Riepe at 718-318-9344 or Kate Willsen at 917-692-0344.

Closing day for filing to take next year’s NYPD exams is on Friday, December 17. The exams themselves—four exams are scheduled for winter 2005— will be held on February 25 and 26, March 3 and March 6. Free study help for all candidates in the five boroughs to improve their test scores will be available in the form of tutorial sessions designed to enhance test-taking skills. Apply online at www.nyc. gov/nypd.

Story Time, a program for pre-school children, is at the Library on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and will run through December 29. This program is 20 to 30 minutes of stories, songs and crafts for preschool children ages 2 to 5. Pre-registration is not necessary.

Books and Bagels, the book discussion group which meets at the B.C. Library, will next meet at the Library on Thursday, January 13, 2005 at 10 a.m. Under discussion will be “The Lovely Bones” by Alice Sebold.

At this time of year, it is especially important to think of the troops, particularly those men and women who are overseas. Now, more than any other time of year, it is important to assure the troops that they are not being forgotten by the rest of us. If you want to send a package or card or letter overseas, you must have a definite person’s name and address to send anything. If you do not personally know anyone overseas, packages addressed to “any service person” are not being accepted. You can still participate by donating to local service organizations like the VFW or Knights of Columbus. If you are online go to: www.defendamerica.mil and click on “support our troops.” The troops are thinking of us; let’s let them know we are thinking about them. I will have more information about where to send what next week!

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