Broad Channel Bits
The first column of February and winter weather is still playing hide-and-seek with us. As far as fuel bills go, these temperatures are helping keep the bills lower. After all, the heat is not steaming away constantly if temperatures are moderate outside. Still, some folks put a layer of insulation in their attics and under their houses this winter— a good idea even though freezing temperatures every day have been more of a fear than a reality here. Elsewhere in this country, they have not been as fortunate.
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).
There are a couple of days left: through February 5, New York State is offering a 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.
The Broad Channel Pre-k will be hosting a bar night out on Saturday, March 25 at Grassy’s. Sixthboro will be playing at 9 p.m. There is a $5 cover charge and there will be a door prize and raffles.
A Tax Assistance Program from AARP came to the Library on Wednesday, February 1 and will be available through April. Call the branch at (718) 318 4943 for program hours of availability.
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 first drawing was 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 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.
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 children 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 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on that day.
This news from PS 47: “On April 8 at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Hall partygoers will celebrate PS 47’s 85th Birthday. The cost is $30 per person, which includes: hot buffet, beer, wine soda, and D.J. music. A cash bar will also be available. Old pictures will be available for viewing; call your old friends and bring them along. It will be a “GREAT NIGHT.”
At Rockaway Artists Alliance’s general meeting in February, there will be a presentation for those in attendance. Wendy K. Friend will present, “Art & Computers,” and include the use Photoshop in her talk. This could prove to be of particular interest to folks who enjoy or want to learn how to manipulate and enhance their photographs digitally. The general meeting is open to all who wish to attend. The topic for March is “Art & Healing,” which will be presented by Dr. Nancy Gahles, the chiropractor. General meetings are held on the second Monday of the month in Fort Tilden in Building T-149 at 7:30 p.m. (T 149 is the large frame building on the right side of the street as you enter past the grounds where the summer concerts are held. Folks who recycled their Christmas trees and wreaths by putting them at the curb for DOS to collect and chip had a lot of company. According to DOS figures, 156,904 trees were picked up at the curb citywide from January 4 through January 14, almost 500 more trees than it picked up last year. At the beginning of 2005, DOS collected 156,416 trees. DOS’s Mulchfest, on the weekend of January 7 and 8, recycled 8853 trees; last year’s figure is 8400—an increase for this year of 453 trees. Mulch made from recycled trees is spread on parklands, ball fields and community gardens to enrich the soil and therefore the health of the plant life growing in these public spaces. People who brought their trees to Mulchfest were allowed to take either the chips or mulch home by DOS, free of charge.
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