2005-12-30 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

Christmas morning dawned very foggy—surprisingly. It was interesting to see how houses that are not far away melted into the fog and seemed to disappear. At about 9 that day, a large number of birds sitting in a tree across the street from the firehouse were singing at the top of their little lungs. The loud singing prompted a neighbor to remark that, while it was Christmas— it almost seemed like spring! Later, the day turned out to be wet rather than white. If it had been colder, we would have seen a good amount of snow later that day instead of the rain.

One of our neighbors sent the following email: “Don’t know what to do with all those crazy gifts you received this year from friends and family? You know, those gifts you will never use and can’t return. Well, why not donate them to a very worthy cause? We will turn them into cash for Cystic Fibrosis. To donate gifts call Erin at (718) 318-2330 or Ginger at (718) 318-5504. Thank you.”

St. Virgilius School Advisory Board needs the help of community members. The Board is looking for people with backgrounds in technology, marketing, finance or advertising to volunteer their time and talents to ensure the continued existence of the school. Anyone interested in volunteering can call Pat at (718) 634-5085.

One of our neighbors has offered a fundraising opportunity to the online shoppers in the community for St. Virgilius School. For the rest of this month and all of January and February “Big Blue Turtle will donate 50% of its earned commission” to the school; specific steps need to be followed to ensure the donation. To browse the website to find a store you would like to shop at, go to http://www.bigblueturtle.com. You can email the CEO, Matthew Schilling at MSchilling@bigblueturtle.com for further details on how to take part in this fundraiser.

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 tenth 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.

One of our neighbors—a family man— relocated over the holidays, and, unfortunately cannot take the family dog along—just yet. He asked if someone could be found who would foster his dog for about 6 months, at the end of which, the dog will rejoin the family. The dog is an older female, very light-boned—about 40 pounds. She is a whippet with short fur. She does not chew or mess up the house. Due to her short fur, this dog cannot be kept in a yard during the winter. The dog is friendly and sweet. If your heart and home can make room in them for this pet, send an email or get word to me and I will connect you with the dog’s owner. If a suitable foster home cannot be found, a permanent placement might be possible.

A housing partnership between seniors and young people called Home Sharing has come to New York City. It has been available in Nassau and Suffolk and is working well to help seniors meet the cost of their housing while providing young people with a suitable space at a price they can afford. It works by matching a senior with a spare bedroom in their home or apartment with someone 18 or over (often college students with part time jobs) seeking to rent a suitable space, which includes a bedroom and shared living space. (There is a scrupulous screening for applicants.) The arrangement provides income that is often badly needed by the senior. Arrangements can also be made for services the young person can provide the senior, such as cooking, cleaning and/or transportation to medical appointments in exchange for the living space. Seniors very often are lonely, especially in the winter when getting outdoors to see and be with others is more problematic, and these arrangements provide companionship for them as well. The Home Share program is administered by the New York Foundation for Senior Citizens. To contact the Foundation for more information on the Home Sharing program, telephone (212) 962-7559 or email: nyfscinc@aol.com

Books and Bagels book discussion group will be held on Friday, January 20 at 10 a.m. in the Library. The discussion will be on a Superchicks book, “Say Ooh La La,” by Robin Jones Gunn. If the selections are ever not appealing, join them anyway bringing a presentation of a book you have read and enjoyed.

The P.S. 47 book club selection for December is “Skipping Christmas,” by John Grisham.

A lot of our neighbors drive to work every day. People who have to visit different places in the course of their jobs may find it helpful to call 311 to find out if alternate side of street parking regulations are suspended or in force—the information may save the cost of a parking ticket, an important source of income to the city, which can cost a considerable amount of money.

An interesting effect of the transit strike was that Noel Road, which is bumper-to-bumper with parked cars during the week, was virtually deserted during the strike. One of our neighbors said he thought it was the weekend when he walked down Noel last Wednesday.

If you have an item of news or that you want published in this space, please get the information to me by 9:30 a.m. on the Tuesday before you need the item to appear in The Wave. Please sign your email; like the rest of the newspaper, I cannot publish info that comes without a name.

Send email to: Lizbcbits@aol.com.

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