2005-05-13 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

The warm sunshine and puffy clouds are enjoyed by many people as they stroll around, go to the store, walk the dog or visit others. It’s nice to see folks out and about and soaking up the springtime temperatures.

Christ Presbyterian Church on Noel Road off Crossbay Blvd. will hold its annual Spring Flea Market on Saturday, May 21 at 10 a.m., rain or shine.

In thanksgiving and celebration of the 10 year anniversary of “His Final

Touch” prayer group, a Healing Mass will be held on Monday, May 23.

The recitation of the Rosary will begin at 7 p.m.; Mass will start at 7:30 p.m. at St. Virgilius Church on Noel

Road. The mass Celebrant will be Rev. Peter Gillen. Music will be provided by Al Barbarino. All are invited to attend.

I got an email from a P.S. 47 parent.  She told me that Brownie Troop #4747 will be spending the night at the Long Island Children’s Museum on June 17. The Museum has organized a sleepover for Brownies and Junior Scouts.  Girl Scouts from all over will have

the Museum to themselves for exploration; they will participate in special programming, and sleep in their

favorite exhibits. Sounds like a fun night!

The St. Virgilius Parent Association would like to thank one and all who came to the Mother’s Day plant sale for their generous support. The raffle winners are: B. Ferchland (pink Adirondack chair prize package), J. Malinowski (summer dinnerware basket), C. Frank (summer fun basket), M. Conner (blue Adirondack chair prize package) and Mr. Walsh (gardening basket). 

The PTA of P.S. 47. is sponsoring

a Second Annual Family Fun Night at the American Legion Hall, Crossbay Blvd. in B.C. on Friday, May 20 at 7 p.m.; doors open at 6:30 p.m. “Kinderbeat” an interactive music program is featured for children age 4 to 10. Seats are limited. Admission is $3 each, payable at door. Proceeds will be used by the Enrichment Committee to fund future events.

Obtain applications for New York State exam N.Y. State Court Officer-Trainee Exam, which are available online. Applications must be postmarked and mailed no later than: July 29, 2005. Test Dates are later this year; the first on October 22 and the next on December 10.

‘Story Time’ has come 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!

Saturday, May 21 will be Broad Channel Beautification Day/Mall Spruce Up. Volunteers are sought to come out and adopt a tree pit and clean it up on this day. Last year some tree pits were left untouched; all neighbors from down the side blocks are asked to come out and see where they can be of help! Let’s all be involved in keeping Broad Channel beautiful. Spread the word, as the civic does not have anyone taking charge of this day.  If you can volunteer to help organize the day please see our civic association president, John Spataro. 

P.S. 47 has formed a book discussion group. The book they are planning

to examine is “The Secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk Kidd. The next discussion will take place on Friday, June 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the school. Everyone

is invited who wants to discuss the book. 

It was Ladies Night Out at P.S. 47 earlier this week. Some of the students’ Moms enjoyed a Pajama Party Tuesday night. They had refreshments, door prizes and favors and they were able to buy Mary Kay products too. A portion of the proceeds will

be used to fund Family Fun Night

(see above) and Academic Enrichment for grades 6, 7 and 8 on Friday, May 20.

Warbler Watch at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge is scheduled for Sunday, May 15 at 10 a.m. You’ll be able to check out songbirds. Bring your binoculars. Register by calling 718 318-4340.

At the Refuge, several activities are planned: Spring Migrants on Sunday, May 22 at 9 a.m. Horseshoe Crab Walk will take place at the North Channel Bridge on Monday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m. Register for all events at 718 318-4340.

Jamaica Bay Sunset Ecology Cruise will take place on Saturday, May 28 at 5 p.m. Cost is $35 for three-hour cruise. Call American Littoral Society at 718-318-9344 to learn more, reserve seat. Cost includes tour and onboard snacks.

Books and Bagels, the library book discussion group, will be examining Julie and Romeo by Jeanne Ray at the next meeting on Tuesday, June 14 at 10 a.m. The July meeting is set for Tuesday, July 12 when the group will discuss The Diary of Anne Frank. The timing of this last title is interesting because Anne Frank has been in the news of recent weeks.

St. Virgilius School is hosting an open house and art festival on Friday, May 13 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 to 2 p.m. Visit the classes and see art projects which were done by students in the lunchroom.

St. Virgilius School uses Campbell labels. Campbell makes many varieties of canned soups and beans. Some fresh mushrooms also carry a Campbell label. Pepperidge Farm labels for bread, rolls and stuffing mix are in the program as well as Prego pasta sauces. Campbell’s Supper Bakes, Chef’s Kettle, Franco-American, Goldfish, Spaghetti-O’s, Swanson, V8 and Splash are all labels to save under this program.

If you have an item of news or information you would like to see in this space, please get the information to me by 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning if it needs to appear in the same week’s issue of The Wave.

Send email to: Lizbcbits@aol.com

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