2006-01-27 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

Last week was a hodge-podge of temperatures. They were so moderate last Friday that there was a sidewalk sale on the west side of the boulevard in the morning. Some folks blame the weather for the coughing and sniffling going on here and there; other folks wonder out loud if we will have much of a winter.

The Broad Channel Theatre Group is having a Karaoke Night at Grassy’s on Saturday, January 28 at 9 p.m.  Music and Karaoke material will be provided by Diane Arnemann.  There will be a $5 donation at the door.  Raffles and Jello Shots will be sold.   Proceeds will be used to help defray start-up costs for the production of “Into The Woods,” directed by Billy Murray, and produced by Pat Hanning in April. 

A Defensive Driving Course, sponsored by St. Virgilius Parents Association, will be given on Monday, March 20 and Wednesday, March 22 at St. Virgilius School at 16 Noel Road, Broad Channel, from 7 to 10 p.m. By attending this course you can receive 10% off your car insurance for 3 years OR up to 4 points off your license. Course will be held in the lunchroom. Fee for the course is $55. Seating is limited; reserve early. Only payment in full guarantees a seat. (They are unable to hold a seat without payment.) No test will be given. Refreshments will be served. To register, call Helen at 718 945-4648 or Cindy at 718 634-5449. People who attended the March, 2003 course will find that their certificates expire in March, 2006.

20/10 chances will be drawing soon.. The first drawing will be held on February 1. 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.

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).

Christ Presbyterian Church will be holding a Pancake Supper on Shrove Tuesday, February 28 (the day before the beginning of Lent) in the church hall on Church Road from 5 to 8 p.m. Adult price is $5 and child’s meal is $3. Price includes pancakes, sausage, juice, coffee or tea and cake. Home delivery is available by calling 718 945-3443 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on that day.

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.

If you are one of those who are confused by the new Medicare drug benefit, you have lots of company. A lot of people are scratching their heads, unsure what to do. AARP printed a booklet that may help unravel some of the confusion. It is available in the library.

Books and Bagels book discussion group met on January 20 and each person attending got a few gifts: a pink highlighter, a bookmark and a sampler—a small book with chapters from 7 different novels. To stay with the Paris trip in the book, chocolate and croissants were among the treats the group ate. “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini is the book that will be discussed at the next meeting, Friday, February 24 at 10 a.m. in the Library. (Some folks have confided that they like the idea of a book discussion group, but avoid the group because they fear I may be too intellectual. Ironically, one neighbor quit the book group because it was not intellectual! This gathering is friendly, down to earth and enjoys the social nature of each other’s company as much as [or maybe even, more than!] the actual book discussion.)

A splendid day greeted the VFW Brunch last Sunday. Before 11 there were about 100 people in the hall in various stages of enjoying themselves: sipping their beverages, refueling with the good food or looking over the new laminated menus to decide what they would like to order. Good food, good company—great on a beautiful Sunday morning!

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.

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Send email to: Lizbcbits@aol.com.

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