2005-04-15 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino


Many gardeners are happy that we have passed the last possible day for frost in this section of the country, so they can safely put those flower, plant and vegetable seeds (and seedlings) in the ground. The rat-a-tat of hammers fills the weekend air as some folks work on their houses. And each day more anglers appear on the bridges to our north and south, hoping for some freshly caught dinner offering. It seems as if everyone is enjoying their favorite rite of spring!

Guys are invited to slick back their hair and Gals to dig out their poodle skirts and saddle shoes for “Back to the 50’s” on Saturday, April 16 at the American Legion Hall on Cross Bay Blvd. American Legion Post #1404 will be celebrating its 60th anniversary and it is the 50th anniversary of their building! Dance the night away to the music of Wax R Back. Creative Energy will appear and treat you to their a cappella oldies. Food, Soda, wine and draft beer are included in admission. Canned beer will be available at $1 per can. There will be a cash bar as well. Tickets are $30 per person. A prize will be given to the person dressed in the best 1950’s theme outfit. Call Carol at 718 634-7235 or Jackie at 718 634-3717 for tickets or further information.

Kids Puttin on the Hits, sponsored by St. Virgilius P.A., will be held on Sunday, April 17 at 1 p.m. in the American Legion Hall. A Teen Competition category has been added. Music will be by DJ Tom Healy. Tickets cost $10; seating will be arranged by ticket number. To sign up an act, for further information or to get tickets, call Margaret at 718 634-1956 or Cathy at 718 634-3629.

It’s time for a Penny Social at the VFW Hall on Saturday, April 23 from noon till 4 p.m. The Penny Social is sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW. Refreshments will be available. There will be raffles.

It’s April— Fund Drive Month— and the vollies will go from door to door to collect donations. The BCVFD president, Eddie O’Hare, said all members have worked very hard to trim operating costs. As a result they are asking for only $60 per family this year instead of $75. A little math tells us $60 for a year is a mere $5 per month. If you can’t wait for a vollies to come to your door or you missed them when they came, you can bring your donation to the firehouse or call them at 718 474-6888 so they can pick it up.

P.S. 47 has started an adult book club.  It meets once a month in school at night. They are presently reading “Angels and Demons” by Dan Brown and they will discuss it on Monday, April 18 at 6:30 p.m.

A bus trip to Atlantic City on Wednesday, April 27 to the Hilton is being run by the St. Virgilius Golden Age Club. Cost per person is $26 with coin return of $15. Bus will leave from Noel Road and Cross Bay Blvd. at 8: 30 a.m. Contact Winnie at 718 474-2783 to reserve a seat.

A two-session Defensive Driving Class will be held in St. Virgilius School lunchroom on two consecutive nights: Monday, May 2 and Tuesday, May 3 from 7 to 10 p.m. The course, sponsored by St. Virgilius Parents Association, gives up to 4 points off on license or 10% off auto insurance for each of three years-upon completion. Cost is $55 per person. There will be no exam given and refreshments will be served. Call Helen at 718 945-4648 or Cindy at 718 634-5449 to register for the course.

The next Books and Bagels book discussion is scheduled for Thursday, April 28 at 10 a.m. Under discussion will be Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. A different method of picking books will be discussed as well.

Eight weeks of ‘Story Time’ is coming to the B.C. Library. Starting on Thursday, May 5 and taking place every Thursday until June 30 at 10:30 a.m., preschool-age children (from 1 ½ to 5) and their Mom or Dad or both of them, will be able to enjoy 20 to 30 minutes of songs, stories, arts and crafts that are geared for those little fingers! Pre-registration is not required. Just show up and enjoy!

Help St. Virgilius School by getting and using Waldbaum’s Gift Cards when you shop at their food store. They come in different denominations: $25, $50 and $100. A portion of the card price bolsters school fundraising efforts. Gift cards are available during office hours at the rectory and school office or after the 5 p.m. Saturday mass. They can also be obtained by calling Dawn at 718 474-4182, Kieran at 718 474-6237 or Suzanne at 718 945-3922; gift cards obtained at these numbers will be delivered.

Keeping St. Virgilius School open will be an ongoing process, even with the great business plan. It is asked that all children who will attend the school in September be registered for the 2005/2006 school year now. In past years, it was ok if parents registered their children as late as September, but that has changed. Part of the business plan is increased enrollment; if that part of the business plan isn’t met, the school will not be reopened in September.

Inspirational speaker Sister Ave Clarke will present an evening of prayer on Tuesday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m. The title of her presentation will be: “The Wonderful Holy Alleluia Mess0age.”

If you have an item of news or information you would to see in this space, please get the information to me over the weekend instead of Tuesday for this next week and the week after. After that, it will go back to 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning if you want it to appear in the Wave on Friday in the same week. Thank you. Send email to: Lizbcbits@aol.com.

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