2005-01-21 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

This past week we saw the first snowfall of the season—briefly. It was replaced by bone-chilling temperatures, making many folks wish for the more reasonable climate of not-too-far-away Florida and the Keys. One of our neighbors observed that the first snow fell with winter already halfway finished. Only 54 days to go till spring!

Bingo for the benefit of Cystic Fibrosis will be held on Friday, January 21 at the VFW Hall on Shad Creek Road. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Games will start at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 per person, which includes admission and a jackpot.  There will be a $150 Jackpot. For further information, call Ginger 718 318-5504.

St. Virgilius School is holding Adult Puttin’ on the Hits on Saturday, January 22 at 8 p.m. in the American Legion Hall. Tickets are $30 in advance; $35 at the door (Vouchers may be used). There will be hot food, beer, wine, and soda. There will be dancing to the music of DJ Tom Healy after the show. Acts are desperately needed! Adults only can buy tickets or sign up. To sign up or buy tickets, call Tara at 718 318-3323 or Jenny at 718 945-2356.

The Broad Channel Pre-K is having a fundraiser at Grassy’s on Saturday, January 22 at 9 p.m. There is a $5 cover fee. The event will feature the Rockaway band, Wine With Sue, which will play those 80’s and 90’s songs till 2 a.m. There will also be 50/50’s that evening.

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. Chances make great gifts for those who have January, February and March birthdays!

Supermarket Bingo, sponsored by St. Virgilius P.A. will be held on Friday, February 4 at the American Legion Hall. Doors will open at 7 p.m.; the first game starts at 7:30. In advance tickets are $10; at the door, they cost $12 each. For further information or to buy tickets call JoMarie at 718 474-8207 or Mary at 718 474-3367.

BCVFD has new officers as a result of their recent election. They are: Thomas Larkin, Chief; Pat O’Sullivan, Assistant Chief; Eddie O’Hare, President; Mike Delgado, Vice President; Ruth Trudden, Treasurer; Pete Burriello, Financial Secretary; Ed Wilmarth III, Sgt. At Arms; Janine Ganas, Recording Secretary; Frank Bassetti, Supervising Dispatcher and Williams, Assistant Dispatcher.

Speaking of the BCVFD, their 100th Anniversary is coming nearer. The event will be celebrated at a gala on Thursday, March 10 at Russo’s on the Bay. More on this big event in a future column.

If you haven’t donated to tsunami relief efforts, you can still give by mailing a donation to Christ Presbyterian Church, 102 Noel Road, Broad Channel NY 11693. The church is accepting monetary donations to be sent to the affected areas through Church World Service disaster response programs operating in that area. If you donate by check, make it payable to: Christ Presbyterian Church and write Tsunami Disaster Assistance on the memo line.

Books and Bagels, the book discussion group which meets at the B.C. Library, has been postponed. Our new librarian, Carol, had emergency surgery about a week ago and must rest and recover from that. When she returns to work, the discussion will be re-scheduled. The group had been reading “The Lovely Bones,” by Alice Sebold.

One of our neighbors, Barbara Toborg, was interviewed about Broad Channel on television. People who are online can see the interview at: www. thirteen.org/queens/about3.html   and then choose Interactive Map and then choose Broad Channel to see—as Barbara put it, “my 2 minutes of fame.”

It’s not too late to purchase the 2005 Broad Channel Historical Calendar, which not only contains vintage pictures of Broad Channel but also the current times of high tide, (which is very valuable to a seaside community!). Buy one for $5 at O’Macs, All American Deli, New Grassy Point Hotel or at a Civic Association meeting or from a member of the Historical Society.   

HEAP helps elderly and disabled New Yorkers with limited incomes with a one time grant. There are guidelines to meet to qualify for this assistance. For an application, simply call 311.

After writing about telemarketer telephone calls last week, I was asked to provide the Do Not Call registry phone number. It is: 888-382-1222. People can put their cell phone numbers on the list, if they wish. A lot of people registered their home phones when the registry first became available a few years ago. Certain callers are exempt from the registry, however. These include nonprofits, telephone surveys and political groups. Also, consumers have to request to be placed on the do not call registry every five years. Go to: www.ftc.gov/donotcall/ to learn more about unwanted sales telephone calls.

Star gazers will find an upward glance rewarding this month. The planet Saturn can be seen in the sky. It rises at sunset and stays visible all night; it is at its closest and brightest. Through a telescope this ringed planet is a beauty; at this time of year its rings are tipped in Earth’s direction. To locate it, look for Gemini’s two brightest stars; the planet will be in a straight line with them..

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(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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