Broad Channel Bits
Winter officially started only two days ago. So far this season the weather has not been at all extreme except for a couple of really cold days. As we move toward Christmas Day, there are some adults (and probably a lot of children) who are hoping for a white ChristmIIXPR3CCXPas. After a snowfall, the whole town looks like a picture postcard every place you look. Of course that changes fairly quickly when people start shoveling, the plow passes by, or there is a big rise or drop in the mercury!
Whatever arrangements you made for Christmas—if you stay home or travel to a warm place; if you will have or be the expected company; if you cook or bring the dessert, enjoy the Christmas holyday to the max!
St. Virgilius P.A. is selling 20/10 chances. The first drawing will be held on February 1, 2006. They will continue for a total of 10 weeks. Weekly prizes to be awarded will be $200, $100 and $50; there will also be a $250 Easter prize. For 10th week prizes there will be one $250 and two $500 prizes. Winners can repeat. Tickets are $20 and are available by calling Karen at 718 945-5823, at the school during school hours and at the rectory during office hours.
Save the Date: On Saturday, February 25, 2006 the 101st Anniversary celebration of our volunteer fire department will be held at the American Legion Hall on Cross Bay Blvd.
When you are cleaning up the cooking mess on Christmas, help our schools by noticing if a product has a BoxTop or Label for Education seal printed on it. Products on which you can find these special boxtops number in the hundreds and include: the many General Mills cereals and snack-type products’ Bisquick; Bugles; Lloyd’s bowl meals; Totinos Pizza Rolls; tube refrigerated dough products like Grands; Hamburger Helper; Old El Paso products; Betty Crocker baking products; Gold Medal flour; Yoplait yoghurt products and Nature Valley granola bars to name a few! Each school can earn as much as $20,000 from each of three program components.
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. Each of the designated box tops is worth 10 cents to the school that gets it! There is a box in the main lobby of P.S. 47 to collect them. At St. Virgilius School they can be left at the school office or deposited in the designated receptacle in the rear of the church.
The American Legion Ladies Auxiliary held its Annual Children’s Christmas Party on Sunday, December 18. A Magician entertained the children; juice and cupcakes were served to the children as they awaited Santa’s arrival. Each child visited with Santa and received a gift. After Santa distributed the gifts, the Ladies Auxiliary donated approximately two dozen gifts to the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department for their Annual Toys for Tots drive. The Children’s Party for Infant to 3rd Grade has been an annual event for over 50 years.
An envelope with Christmas cards inside is winging its way to B.C.’s petty officer in Kuwait. There is probably a lot of mail going overseas, so it may take some time before it gets to him. He should be very surprised because he has no idea that a mailing is on its way to him! As you may recall, he sent his address so his original request could be filled. (His original request was for a back copy of the Wave containing an article about him and two of his shipmates. Like a lot of people he did not know that the Wave is archived online. He also did not know that I live and write in the Channel and do not work at the Wave office! Anyway, he has his copies of the issue he appeared in; I wonder what he will think of the Christmas cards—I hope he lets me know.)
Especially with the fuel prices at the levels they have been, it is a good time to look into this if you have not applied for it before. HEAP helps elderly and disabled New Yorkers with a one-time grant, which ranges from $40 to $400 for heating their homes. There are guidelines of income and family composition to meet to qualify for this assistance. Typical recipients are families with a member under 6 or over 60. Acceptance of applications began on November 1. For detailed income and other guidelines call 800 342-3009. For an application, simply call 311.
When it comes to celebrating Christmas, most people turn to their families to enjoy the holiday by having dinner, exchanging presents—maybe going to church together. At this time of year, it must be very difficult to be alone or sick or far away from home and unable to enjoy the day with those who would otherwise be near and dear. It can be a very lonely day for the members of the U.S. armed forces especially those who are far from home for the very first time or in a dangerous location or situation. It will be the nicest gesture for all of these folks if everyone takes a few moments from the fun of Christmas and says a prayer for the continued good health and safety of each member of the armed forces.
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