2006-09-29 / Columnists

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Overall, the weather has been nice and folks continue to enjoy it. Its mild temperatures and gentle breezes make it good weather for taking walks to the bridge or along the side of the wildlife refuge. With the new walk put in, more people are out for a stroll and taking it there.

CCD registration for students grades 1 through 7 will take place Saturday, September 30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Tuesday, October 3 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. with Sr. Mary Anne Kollmer, OP in the Religious Education Office at 16 Noel Road. First time registrants who were not baptized in St. Virgilius must provide a Baptismal Certificate.

The 2006-2007 Fee Schedule is as follows: Cost for 1 child is $100; 2 children are $125, and 3 or more children are $150. Payment is due in full on the day of registration.

The Class Schedule is as follows: Students in grades 5, 6 and 7 will attend on Tuesdays from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and grades 1, 2, 3 and 4 will attend on Wednesdays from 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. (Start date for CCD classes to be determined.) If anyone has any questions, contact Sr. Mary Anne at 718-634-6237. The best time to call is during the week from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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. The 3-hour narrated tour of Jamaica Bay aboard the 96 ft. "Dorothy B VIII" will sail out of Sheepshead Bay. Meet at 3:30 p.m. at Pier #6 (Emmons Ave. & Dooley St., Brooklyn). Learn about the history and ecology of the bay; see nesting peregrine falcons, osprey, herons, egrets, ibis, shorebirds and waterfowl.

Mickey Cohen and Don Riepe will lead the event. The cost of $35 includes narrated tour, wine and cheese, fruit, snacks. To reserve, send a check for $35 per person to: American Littoral Society, c/o Don Riepe, 28 West 9th Road, Broad Channel, NY 11693. This is a cooperative program between Gateway NRA, NYC Audubon and the American Littoral Society. For more information check: www.alsnyc.org or www.nycaudubon.org or call Don Riepe at (718) 318-9344 or e-mail him at: driepe@nyc.rr.com for more information.

A Communion Brunch, jointly by the St. Virgilius Rosary Altar Society and St. Virgilius Golden Age, will be held at the American Legion Hall on Sunday, October 15 immediately after the 11:30 a.m. Mass. Tickets cost $10 per adult, $5 each for children. Tickets can be bought after all the weekend Masses, at the rectory-phone (718) 634-5680 or by calling Jean at (718) 474-0636 or Jane at (718) 634-6612.

Sponsored by St. Virgilius Parish, a two-session Defensive Driving Course will be held in St. Virgilius School lunchroom on Monday, October 16 and Wednesday, October 18 from 7 to 10 p.m. Completion of this course entitles participants to choose between having 10% off your auto insurance or removing up to four points from your driver's license. The fee for this course is $60; seats are limited. Refreshments will be served. No test will be given. To register, call Helen at (718) 945-4648 or at Cindy (718) 634-5449. If you took this course in October 2003, your certificate will expire next month.

From Post 1404 of the American Legion comes an annual drawing for $10,000 in prize money. Tickets are $100 each. First prize nets $5000, while second prize is $3000 and third prize gets $2000. Drawing will take place at the adults' Christmas Party in December, 2006. Only 200 tickets will be sold. The seller of top prize winning ticket will get $500. Donation (ticket cost) is tax deductible. The Legion is doing this to offset increases in insurance, oil and electric costs and to offset the raise in membership fees. All ticket buyers are invited to the Christmas Party. Those planning to attend the party are asked to call the Legion at (718) 474-5029 so they can plan ample food.

The vollies are looking for new members. Dan McIntyre sent the following: "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 klatch 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."

The Third Annual Disability Awareness Mass will be held at St. Gertrude Church on Saturday, September 30 at 4 p.m. The Church and church hall are wheelchair accessible, as are the restrooms. This is a cluster activity; people with disabilities will be lectors and presenters at the Mass. Father Charles White, former St. Virgilius pastor, will be the celebrant.

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