2004-12-10 / Columnists

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By Liz Guarino

Have you finished all your Christmas shopping and decorating, both indoor and out? It’s an especially good time of year to be a child. With none of the work to do, children can look forward to their gifts without even thinking about Mom and Dad’s hard work to get the gifts bought, wrapped and placed under the tree!

The St. Virgilius Parent’s Association will be having a Christmas recital on Saturday, December 19 at 3 p.m. at the American Legion Hall. The children will sing songs, recite poetry and present a nativity. Santa will also stop by. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door. For tickets, call Laura at 718-634-2246.

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, to find a place close to home to give your donation to—BCVFD is one of the options now available. 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!

There is a nice Rockaway retrospective at the Rockaway Museum, which is in The Wave building. After you enter the museum and are indoors, interestingly, you find yourself in a hallway, standing on a boardwalk. One side of the hall has a mural of the peninsula’s beach and the other side contains many old photos, some of them aerial photos. There were many photos of Beach 116 Street in Rockaway and of Playland which many Channel residents probably visited at one time or another. (Remember the Cyclone? The big slide? How about skeeball?) Besides the paintings in the museum, which are contemporary works, there’s even an original go-cart from the ride at Playland. Now, of course, the land where Playland once stood is occupied by new homes. (Fortunately, no one can tear down memories!) Anyway, one of the museum’s blown up photos from the 1930’s is a view of Cross Bay Blvd., the location of which many B.C. residents would easily identify. It’s a lovely photo, but the big surprise was the number of cars on Cross Bay at that time! The museum is open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 4 p.m.

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 100 Precinct this month until December 31. (If you take part in this drive, 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, is being 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. For further information call RAA at 718-474-0861 or email them at: rockart 116@aol.com. 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.

Interested kids in grades 4, 5, and 6 are invited to attend the December 10 meeting of The Osprey Club at 3 p.m. at P.S. 47. 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. 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. Contact Army Emergency Relief; Attn: Donations; 200 Stovall St. Room 5-N-13; Alexandria, VA 22332-0600 or contact Navy-Marine Corps Relief Services; 4015 Wilson Blvd. 10 floor; Arlington, VA 22203. I

What are your organization’s plans for the almost-here holidays? Do you have news that you want to see in this space?

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