2004-12-17 / Columnists

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It’s time for hats, scarves and gloves again! And it’s a good time of year to appreciate the wonder of central heating! The Farmer’s Almanac promises a cold winter—is the beauty and inconvenience of white stuff falling from the skies far ahead of us?

Santa Claus will visit your house, give your child a gift and pose for photos on Christmas Eve between 7 and 10 p.m. The BCVFD is now taking reservations for these visits. Phone them at 718 474-6888. A donation of $25 per house visit is requested.

The St. Virgilius Parent’s Association will be having a Christmas recital on Saturday,┬áDecember 19 at 3 p.m. at the American Legion Hall. The children will be singing songs, reciting poetry and presenting a nativity. Santa will also stop by. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door. For tickets call Beth at 718 474-6761 or Laura at 718 634-2246.

Chances for St. Virgilius Parents’ Association 20/10 Club are on sale now. Drawing begins on February 1, 2005 and will run for 10 weeks. First prize of $200, second prize of $100 and third prize of $50 are awarded weekly. There is an Easter bonus prize of $250. In the tenth week there are two $500 prizes and a prize of $250. Winners can repeat weekly. Chances are $20 each. To buy chances call Karen at 718 945-5823, the rectory at 718 634-5680 or the school at 718 634-6237. The chances make fantastic Christmas presents!

An Afternoon of Music and Art featuring a former organist of St. Virgilius Church will be held on Sunday, December 19 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Gateway sTudio 6. Mike Finnegan will be the singer/pianist performing at the event. Mike left St. Virgilius Church in July, 2003; members of the then-choir will undoubtedly remember him while the St. Virgilius congregation will recognize at least Mike’s voice. The afternoon should be quite a treat as Mike sings and plays beautifully. If you like music and can take some time from your hustle and bustle, the afternoon should be quite a treat! Refreshments will be served. Admission is free.

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!

As the temperatures drop, it is good to remember to contribute to the 16th Annual New York Cares Coat Drive to help poor New Yorkers. Thousands of clean, gently used coats in good repair—no tears, 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. Go online to: www.nycares.org or call 212 402-1173 for more information on other locations to drop those still-able-to-be-used coats.

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: rockart116 @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.

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. (As it always was, this is a very well-attended and much-enjoyed program with our new Librarian, Carol, conducting it!) 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.

Many people want to give something to the troops, but don’t know anyone overseas. One of our neighbors told me she was very happy to see the addresses printed here last week and she wasted no time in sending to the troops via one of the addresses. Here are two more to send your donations for the troops to: Air Force Aid Society; 241 18th Street, Suite 202; Arlington, VA 22202; and Coast Guard Mutual Assistance; 4200 Wilson Blvd., Suite 610; Arlington, VA 22203-1804. Please do not send packages to these addresses as they cannot ship them. It is important to think of the troops, particularly those men and women who are overseas and far away from everything and everybody they know and love. You can also go online go to: www.defendamerica.mil and click on “support our troops.”

What are your organization’s plans for the almost-here holidays? Do you have news that you want to see in this space? (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: Liz bcbits@aol.com.

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