2005-04-22 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

Tax Day came and went without much fanfare. I hope everybody is going to get a nice refund from Uncle Sam!

There will be 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.

Broad Channel Pre-K is having a fundraiser, “Bar Night Out,” at Grassy Point Lounge on Saturday, April 30. The band, SixthBoro, will play at 9 p.m. There will be a $5 cover at the door; there will be door prizes, raffles and 50/50’s. All proceeds will benefit the Pre-K.

A NYC Audubon Bird Walk will take place at the Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, April 30 at 10 a.m. Bring binoculars so you can see warblers, osprey, egrets, ibis and other spring birds as you trek along the West Pond Trail. Make reservations for this event at: (718) 318-4340.

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 the 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.

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.

Happy Birthday to Jeremy Thomas Lugo, who turned 12 on Tax Day, April 15. I hope you had a very wonderful birthday, young man!

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.

A Warbler Watch will take place at the Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, May 8 at 10 a.m. Bring your binoculars to this outing so you can see the spring birds which make use of the woodlands in the wildlife refuge. Make reservations for this event by calling (718) 318-4340.

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.

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.

Know any friends who haven’t decided on the best school for their kids yet? Possibly pondering the choice yourself? St. Virgilius School is opening its doors and inviting all to take a look inside on Friday 4/22 from 9:30 to 11:30 Am and 1-2 p.m. There will also be an open house on Saturday 4/30 from 11 a.m to 3 p.m. As they say on TV, “Come on down!”

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, so it is important that the school show it has an adequate number of students as early as possible this year.

Sometimes my email can be downright wonderful and caring help can come from places that seem to be totally unrelated. For instance, I got an email asking me if people were still saving Boxtops for Education and did St. Virgilius School use Betty Crocker coupons? I figured it was someone from the Channel, if not the general area. (There is a woman from Rockaway who regularly saves her labels for St. Virgilius.) Anyway, the person wasn’t local. Not at all. The email was from a minister whose church ladies were saving labels etc. and he was looking for a possible use for the Betty Crocker’s for them. He is on the West Coast—San Francisco, to be exact. Isn’t that tremendous? Three thousand miles from here and asking about helping St. Virgilius School! Anyway, the school doesn’t use Betty Crocker coupons, but if anyone out there has a need (charitable, of course) for the coupons, send me an email and let me know. I’ll connect you with the California church ladies!

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 Message.”

If you have an item of news or information you would like to see in this space, please get the information to me over the weekend instead of Tuesday for this next week. After that, your items will be welcome by 9:30 a.m. on 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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