2006-01-20 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

Winter, in all its frigid glory, has finally come to our corner of the world. Some folks found it unsettling to have 40 and 50-degree temperatures in January. Also, some people enjoy the very cold weather, finding low double and single digit temperatures invigorating. They find themselves feeling ambitious and energetic on cold days. Some of them enjoy chopping ice and shoveling snow too. It is fortunate that in our corner of the world we experience temperatures from hot to cold and everything in between—this way everyone gets a taste of his or her favorite kind of weather!

The Sons of the American Legion is sponsoring Snowflake Bingo for Cystic Fibrosis on Friday, January 20 at the American Legion Hall, 1 Road and Cross Bay Boulevard, Broad Channel.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Games begin at 7:30 p.m. Jackpot is $150; admission costs $5 and includes admission board and jackpot. Coffee and cake will be available; beer and soda will be sold. There will be Raffle Prizes and Cash 50/50s will also be sold. All proceeds go to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

A Brunch will be held at the VFW Hall on Sunday, January 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is a VFW Ladies Auxiliary Fund Raiser. Brunch includes choice of: any style eggs, pancakes or waffles; with pick of bacon, ham or sausage; roll and butter; coffee or tea, and cake. Also included is a Bloody Mary or a screwdriver or juice. Price is $6. (Fast, friendly service too—better than eating in a restaurant!)

Remember to put 39 cents postage on your first class letters now to cover the postage increase that took effect January 8.

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.

St. Virgilius P.A. will sponsor Supermarket Bingo on Friday, February 3 at the Broad Channel American Legion Hall. Doors will open at 7 p.m. First game will begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission in advance is $12 per person; it is $14 per person at the door and includes one entry board, four extra boards, five specials, one jackpot, coffee, tea, and cake. There will be many opportunities to win groceries, gift baskets and other prizes as well. To get tickets for this “Adult Evening Out,” contact Jo at (718) 474-8207 or Mary at (212) 259-6217 (days) or (718) 474-3367 (nights).

If your kids are college-bound in September, you may want to attend a workshop on “How to Finance a College Education.” For most working people government financial aid is not a reality and college tuition bills can be a big expense. A financial planner, Michael Terry, will present this workshop, which includes alternative options including how to protect your retirement income, and alternative savings plans in addition to the Uniform Gift to Minors Act. It will be held on Saturday, January 28 at 2 p.m. at the Howard Beach library.

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 eansure 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.

Do you have unused gifts collecting dust in your closet or attic? Donate them to be used for Raffle prizes to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis. To donate call Erin at (718) 318-2330 or Ginger at (718) 318-5504.

Are you confused about the new Medicare drug benefit? Almost everyone has questions about it? All the television commercials from different health insurance plans point that up. At any rate, if you are confused too, you have lots of company. The six month open enrollment began November 15, which means people have until May 15 to figure it out and get into a plan. “Medicare and You 2006” may offer some help. The booklets will list the Medicare-approved prescription plans available in this state. Each state has plans available that cost $20 or less each month. The handbooks are now in the process of being mailed to Medicare recipients. If all your friends have gotten their books and you did not get yours or you want an extra book, call 1-800-Medicare or 1-800-633-4227.

From January 30 through February 5, New York State is offering another week of sales tax-free clothing and footwear purchases of less than $110. New York City already permanently eliminated its portion of sales tax on these purchases in 2005. Business owners should not charge any NYS sales tax on applicable purchases during that week, and shoppers may enjoy taking advantage of post-holiday sales and end-of-the-season winter clothing purchases.

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.

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Send email to: Lizbcbits@aol.com

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