2006-09-15 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

The beautiful weather seems to be staying around a bit. Enjoy!

A Flea Market will be held on Saturday, September 23 starting at 10 a.m. till in the Christ Presbyterian Church Hall.

VFW Prince Wynn Post 260 will have a "Summer ain't over" Barbecue on September 30 at 2 p.m. Cost is $20 for adults, $10 for children. It will feature: London broil, ribs, sausage and peppers, corn, beer, soda and music. Bring gently used clean clothes for our veterans please!

In case you wanted to go and weren't able to make it, here is another date. The next Jamaica Bay Sunset Cruise will be held on Saturday, October 7 from 4 to 7 p.m. For more details on this cruise visit the website of the American Littoral Society at www.alsnyc.org.

Books and Bagels will have its next book discussion postponed. It had been planned for Friday, September 15 at 10 a.m. Since extreme heat torpedoed the August book discussion, and the September meeting has been postponed, the fiction novel Pompeii still awaits discussion.

St. Virgilius Golden Age would like the neighbors to see the following: "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 on 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 socialize and enjoy coffee and cake with friends."

Many people are concerned with things they may have heard or even seen concerning the school or rectory while others are worried about the continued operation of St. Virgilius Church. Father Maloney is open and honest and is a pleasure to talk with. He is dismayed about unsubstantiated 'news' in the local media. He invited anyone wishing substantiation or clarification about the closing of the school or stories concerning the closing of the church or rectory to talk to him. He said he will do his best to explain to anyone who wants to know what happened and why. Earlier in this month, a van removed Fr. John Wtulich's furniture from the rectory since he no longer lives in Broad Channel. This sparked some speculation that the rectory was closing, but the furniture and other items that were not Fr. John's are still in the rectory.

On the front of the bulletin of St. Helen Church, Fr. Maloney is listed as "in residence," meaning that he lives there but his work is elsewhere-here. He told the people of St. Helen's (and repeated to me Monday morning) that he did not want to live alone. He said he is in "his 70 th year" of life and did not want to "rattle around" in the rectory by himself. As the years pass and the number of priests continues to diminish, a few priests will live in the larger rectories, wake up in the morning and go off to their "day jobs" which will be in other parishes. More and more people in the diocese will have to get used to having an administrator who works in their parish and lives elsewhere.

By now, mostly everyone knows the post office in Wharton's opened for business the day after Labor Day. It's great to be able to walk a few blocks and buy stamps instead of locking the door and climbing in the car and driving over one of the bridges just to get some 39-cent stamps or mail a package. The hours of operation for this full service facility are: Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

On Thursday, September 21 from 3 p.m. to closing will be AfterSchool @ Your Library, an open house taking place at the Library. There will be programs, demonstrations, and information on how public libraries help schoolchildren do well in school. Our library will have science experiment demonstrations and will show science experiment resources at 3 p.m.

Taming the Homework Monster, a webcast, will be presented on Thursday, September 21 from 7 to 7:30 p.m. for Parents and Children. It will presented by Carol Katz of the Queens Library. Parents can pick up tips and positive things to do to help children do their homework more easily. Registration is online, as is the webcast. Go to: http://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/event/description?instance_id=3869 and click the "Sign Me Up" button. Click the link for "First Time Events Attendees Click Here." Follow the instructions. An email confirmation will be sent to you with all the session details and the software download information.

Dan McIntyre sent the following message: "I would like to bring to everyone's attention the growing need for volunteers in the firehouse. Without our townspeople's help we can't provide the services we all know are necessary. Everyone is invited, no experience is required. In the past, our daytime tours were covered by stay at home moms. They would go to the firehouse after they dropped the kids off at school. Moms, we need your help again. You can have your coffee klatche at the firehouse. If you can answer a phone, you are qualified. Please contact us any evening at 8 p.m. at 718-474-6888 and an application will be delivered to your door. This is our town's firehouse. We can't operate without Volunteers."

If you or your organization has news that belongs in this space, or if you want to start a support group that will improve the lives of others, 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.

Email can be sent to: Lizbcbits@aol.com.

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