2006-04-14 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

Enjoy Easter everyone!

On Friday, April 14 at 7 p.m. there will be A Night at the Races to benefit Friends in Need at the American Legion Hall in Broad Channel.Their house was destroyed by a fire. There is a $10 donation at the door; there will be 50/50's, raffles, hot and cold buffet and beer and soda.

The Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting an Easter Egg Hunt at the Broad Channel Day Camp field at 20 Road on Saturday, April 15. Start time is noon. Children ages 0-10 can hunt for thousands of Easter eggs. There will be prizes and pictures with the Easter bunny. Cost is a $5 donation to help support the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department.Bring your own basket. Parents can help children 3 and under hunt for eggs.

A bus ride to the Hilton Casino in Atlantic City will take place on Wednesday, April 19 and cost $29 per person. Sponsored by St. Virgilius Golden Age, the trip features a coin return of $19 and a food coupon worth $8 toward the buffet or $4 credit at Horizon's. The bus will leave from Noel Road and Cross Bay Blvd. at 8:30 a.m. Contact Winnie at 718 474-2783 for further information or to reserve a seat.

On Wednesday, April 19 at 3:30 p.m. a Kite-Making workshop for teens will be held at the Library. Pre-register at 718 318-4943.

Christ Presbyterian Church will hold a Game Night in the church hall on Thursday, April 20 at 7 p.m. Admission is $5; coffee and cake will be served.

BC Theatre Group presents "Into the Woods" at the American Legion Hall, Friday, April 21 and Saturday April 22 at 8 p.m. (adults only) $20; and Sunday, April 23 at 2 p.m. $15; $10 for seniors and children under For tickets call: Liz at 718 318-0388 or Linda at 718 634-5566.A portion of the proceeds will benefit St. Virgilius School.

The Broad Channel Pre-K will be holding a bake sale in front of the firehouse on Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23 after all the masses.

I got an email from Anne Marie Sullivan, co-president of the St Virgilius Parents' Association. She requested to "...publicly thank all of the people in Broad Channel and the surrounding communities for coming out to support ourRally to Keep Our Doors Open! We are so grateful for the support we have received. Keeping St Virgilius open isan important issue, not only for the SVS parents and students but also for the entire Broad Channel community.

We are working tirelessly to increase our enrollment. We are holding Open Houses on the following dates and we invite and encourage people to come and see how much we have to offer. The dates are: Tuesday, April 18, Thursday, April 20, Saturday April 22, (all from 12 to 2 p.m.), and Wednesday, April 26(from 3 p.m.to 5 p.m.). (There still are $1,000 a year for 5 year scholarships available for new families.)

We are having Family Fun Nights at Burger King in Howard Beach. Burger King has generously offered to donate 20% of the night's profits to St Virgilius. Come and join us for this easy way to support the school. It is a night off from cooking for Mom or Dad and the kids have a great time in the play area. We hope to have Face Painting at the next night. The dates are Monday, April 17; Friday, April 21 and Monday, April 24 from 4 to 8 p.m."

Independent Marine Corps Cadets, a military style organization, is recruiting young men and women, ages 11 to 18 to become future cadets. Cadets learn the basics of being in the military and are taught a variety of lessons to help build confidence and self-esteem as well as pride and teamwork. Cadets meet Wednesday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. at the American Legion Hall on Cross Bay Blvd. in Broad Channel. For more information, contact Col. Cannella at 718 845-0496 or send email to: ColCan1@aol.com

The Library is encouraging library patrons 16 years old or younger to read and pay off library fines on their cards. All the young people have to do is go to the library and read for at least 1/2 hour to get Library Bucks worth $1 toward existing fines. If they read for an hour, they earn Bucks worth $2 off their fines. There are rules to this offer, so check it out with the librarian.

St. Virgilius Golden Age would like to send the following to their neighbors: "Are you lonely? Are you depressed? Are you 50 or older? Do you wish for something to brighten up your life? We have the answer-come out and join us. We meet every Thursday from 12:30 to 4 p.m. at Christ Church Hall on Church Road from September through June. Dues are $10 a year. We have holiday parties, bus rides, bingo, horse racing, speakers on topics of interest to seniors (social security, Medicare, wills etc.) and a monthly bus ride to Green Acres Mall. Come and socialize; enjoy coffee and cake with friends."

A jury duty scam is the latest telephone scam to make the rounds. If anyone calls and makes angry demands about your missing a jury duty appointment that you are unaware of, hang up the phone. A scam artist is on the other end of the phone. The scam artists yell at you and try to get your social security number from you to misuse it. This scam was covered on CBS and is documented by the FBI and explained in more detail at: www. snopes.com

If your organization has news that belongs 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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