2005-02-18 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

The heavy, gray skies that have been hanging over our heads most days of late and the cold, wet blustery days seem to reflect the feelings that are in the hearts of many, if not all, people in the Channel these days. The impending closing of St. Virgilius School has brought a pervasive and profound sense of sadness and loss to people’s moods, feelings and conversations.

Some folks learned about the closing from the letters their children brought home from the school while others heard about it from neighbors or saw it on the nightly television news on Tuesday the 1 of February. The closing is a complex occurrence, one that will echo through the corridors of time for many, many years to come and an event that will affect many more

people than the children who attend the school at present. Even those completely unaffiliated with the school

feel deeply about the upcoming closure.

Groups have emerged that hope to keep the school afloat. One such group had a meeting this past Tuesday night at the American Legion Hall. This group will develop a business plan to maintain St. Virgilius School; hopefully, they will keep me updated on their progress, so I can keep readers up to date. There are also suggestions for a letter-writing campaign from other folks. I hope the bishop likes getting mail; I have a feeling he’s going to get a lot of it. Write to Bishop DiMarzio at: 75 Greene Avenue, P.O. Box C, Brooklyn, New York 11202. People who live in the Rockaways also may wish to write to the bishop, as the closing of the school will affect them too.

Many people are still in shock over this and beginning to feel angry about it. The prospect of an empty school building after over ¾ of a century of service to this community and the diocese as well, is more than a lot of folks can tolerate. According to some, part of the heart of this community has been torn out, but people here fight for what they believe is right and they fight well. Some think the battle is already lost, but Channel people fought New York City decades ago and won. Maybe, just maybe, it’s time for another victory.

Senior citizens can go on a bus ride to Green Acres on the second Monday of each month. Bus stops at Walmart and the mall. Call Hilda at 718-318-7826 for further information. You do not have to be a member of a group to go on this bus trip.

The Broad Channel Theatre Group is sponsoring a night of fun to benefit their upcoming production. Big Band Night will be at the American Legion Hall on Saturday, February 19 at 8 p.m. Cash bar is available. In advance tickets cost $10 per person; at the door tickets cost $12. To reserve tickets, call 718-318-0388. Proceeds from both nights benefit the BCTG production of Guys & Dolls, which can be enjoyed from Friday, April 1 through Sunday, April 3.

BCAC/Jamaica Bay Little League baseball/softball/tee-ball registration dates are Friday, February 18 from 6:30 till 8 p.m.; Saturday, February 19 from 10 a.m. till noon; Wednesday, February 23 from 6:30 till 8 p.m.; Friday, February 25 from 6:30 p.m. till 8:30 and Saturday, February 26 from 10 a.m. till noon. All registration will be held at the BCAC field house, which is located at the BCAC Memorial Field at 1 Road and Cross Bay Boulevard. For more information and registration fees please visit the www.BroadCha nnelac.com website.

On Sunday, February 20 at 11 a.m. there will be a NYC Audubon Snow Birds Walk at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. You will look for winter songbirds, waterfowl, hawks and owls as you walk the trails in the refuge. Many birds and other kinds of wildlife utilize the refuge on their trips elsewhere; learn why, at this event. Bring your binoculars. Reservations are required and can be made at 718-318-4340.

BCVFD’s 100th Anniversary Ball will be celebrated on Thursday, March 10 at Russo’s on the Bay, Crossbay Blvd. in Howard Beach. Cocktails are at 7 p.m. with dinner and dancing following. Music will be by DJ Teddy. The evening will feature an Open Bar. Tickets to the Ball cost $85 per person. For tickets and further information, call Eddie at 718-318-5504.

If you are interested in CPR, come to the firehouse on Saturday, February 19 at 11 a.m. Cost of the course is $45 per person. Successful completion of the course, which is state-certified, can help a person in other areas. A small business owner took the course to be properly prepared to help his employees. Another man took the course in case his family ever needed help.

A Defensive Driving Course, sponsored by St. Virgilius P.A., will be held on Tuesday, March 1 and Thursday, March 3 in the school lunchroom. Completion of the two-session course entitles you to 10% reduction on car insurance for three years or up to four points off your license. The course costs $55 and will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. both nights. Seating is limited; payment in full guarantees a seat. There is no test and refreshments will be served. Call Helen at 718-945-4648 or Cindy at 718-634-5449 to register for the course.

It’s not too late to buy chances for St. Virgilius Parents’ Association 20/10 Club. The first drawing was on Tuesday, February 1; drawing 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 a great gift for St. Patrick’s Day or even Easter!

Do you have information or news you would to see in this space?

(Please get your item(s) to me by 9:30 a.m. Tuesday morning if you want it to appear in the Wave on Friday in the same week.)

Send email to: Lizbcbits@aol.com.

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