J.B.L.L. Opening Day Parade
J.B.L.L. Opening Day Parade
Contributed by Martin Feeney
The Broad Channel Athletic Club Jamaica Bay Little League will hold its second annual opening day parade today Saturday, April 28th. The parade will kick off at 11:00 a.m. at the Noel Road clubhouse and proceed to Memorial Field where the festivities will be held.
The parade will be larger than last year as our league seems to be growing each season with almost four hundred children registered to participate in either T-Ball Baseball or Girls Softball. The parade will be full of all the team colors and we will enjoy the sound of the members of the Beach Channel Marching Band.
Parade Chairwoman Joan Minihane has done a fantastic job putting together today's events. Joan has received positive responses from all our local politicians as well as all the 2001 political candidates. B.C.A.C. Vice President Willy Gill is also to be commended for the great job he has done getting the league ready for opening day. Father Tim O'Sullivan, who was born and raised right here in Broad Channel, will lead our league in prayer as he will bless our children and our league for the up coming season. The NYPD Mounted unit will once again be here with us. Also present will be our very own Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Corp. The Volleys will lead the parade led by their Chief Jimmy Truden. Our local F.D.N.Y units will also be on hand. The colors will be presented by the American Legion members.
This year is a very special one for us at the A.C. as we honor some of our very own people who have in one way or another contributed to the B.C.A.C. over the years. Honorary Grand Marshal Jack Welch a long time Broad Channel resident and former member of the Volleys will be honored for his hard work and dedication in memory of his late brother Larry Welch who was a huge A.C. player, fan and coach. Jack, along with some other great people, have organized and sponsor a run in memory of Larry and donated the proceeds to the B.C.A.C. and the widows and orphans of the F.D.N.Y. Larry, as many will remember, always had a big smile on his face and was always proud to wear the green white of the A.C. Larry, after his career in sports, then became a coach for the A.C. and was a great one at that. We are all sure that there will be tears flowing as Jack throws out the first ball of the season in the memory of his brother and our friend Larry.
Jack will not be alone on the mound today as we are also proud to have as another Grand Marshal. Eddie O'Hare. Eddie O'Hare has been a vital part of our community over the years and has been a leader of our town since he was able to speak. Eddie "Mr. O'Hare" has been Past Presidents of both the B.C.A.C and the Broad Channel Volleys. Eddie has also served as Vice President of the Civic Association as well as being a member of our local Community Board.
After the festivities we will have the pleasure of sitting in the bleachers and watching some of our children play some baseball. The Major boys will have two games immediately following the ceremony with games scheduled for 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM. The season continues on Sunday as some of our teams begin their 2001 season.
Hopefully the sun will be shining on us as we begin another great season of America's pastime.