2002-04-13 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits by Liz Guarino

Broad Channel Bits by Liz Guarino

"Children and parents had a wonderful time," said Donna O'Sullivan of those who took part in Broad Channel's First Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Thirty delighted youngsters took part in the event at the football field on March 30. The excitement began with the arrival of the costumed figures of Clifford the Big Red Dog, Barney the purple and green dinosaur and the Easter Bunny, who arrived on a fire truck (pictured).

Kudos to Donna O'Sullivan, the originator and organizer of the event. She and helpers placed about 1600 brightly colored eggs stuffed with candy all over the field. There were also 30 silver and 6 gold eggs among them. The children, grouped by age, set out to find the eggs.

The age groups were: 3's and under; 4's and 5's; 6's and 7's; and 8's and
up. The groups followed each other, youngest first and separated by short
intervals, to give the littler ones a chance to find eggs. Finders of gold
eggs won Easter baskets; silver egg finders received prizes. The Easter Bunny (picture) scrambled over the field to help children in their hunt.

After the hunt, children had the opportunity to take photographs with the costumed figures. Photographs were then available for purchase at $3 each. A door prize was awarded for guessing the correct number of jellybeans in a jar.

Preparations are already underway for the Second Annual Easter Egg Hunt which promises to be bigger than the first in at least one way: there will be about 2000 eggs to hunt for in 2003!

There was a $3 participation fee for the hunt. Donations, as always, were
generous and included such items as the costumes, eggs and the candy-to name a few. Proceeds of approximately $250 were donated to the Vollies.

St. Virgilius Parents Association is sponsoring a Defensive Driving
Course that will take place over two nights--Monday, May 13 and Wednesday, May 15 from 7 to 10pm. Drivers can shave 10% off their automobile insurance for 3 years or shed up to 4 points from their licenses.

Payment of $55 fee by May 9 guarantees a seat in this very popular
course. Refreshments will be served; no test will be given.

Some people have asked about the library expansion that has been taking place in fits and starts since Fall. It seems that some folks think that the library is getting a second floor. The library will expand, but only by
extending the front of the building. Our librarian, Linda Urban, told me that the larger space will not include a second floor on the building. The
expansion should be completed by late Spring.

Speaking of the Library, its "Books and Bagels" book discussion group
meets once a month. The coffee and bagels are great and discussions are
always lively, even when all members haven't read the book! New members are always welcome to this fun group (in the past, folks have come from the
Rockaways, Howard Beach and Ozone Park to meet, greet, discuss and eat!).

The next Books and Bagels book discussion will be held on Friday, May 31 at 10am.; discussed will be Bebe Campbell's "What You Owe Me," tale of a relationship of two women balancing love, friendship and enterprise in 1940's California.

The Vollies will be knocking on doors this weekend, asking for
contributions. They go door-to-door only once every year. This year, they are asking for $75 from each household, which boils down to 20 cents a day, according to Chief Timothy Keenan. He also says that there are no government monies given to the Volunteer Fire Department.

The Vollies must purchase and maintain their vehicles and building out of private donations. There are utility, fuel, insurance bills and other costs.

The Vollies need everyone to dig deep so we can continue to have 24/7 fire and medical emergency protection.

Did you know? According to the 2000 census, there are 3640 people
living in Broad Channel. The 1990 census has 3438 people living here. Our population increased by 202 or 5.88% over the ten year period between censuses.

SAVE THE DATE: The Eighth Annual Golf Tournament for the benefit of St. Virgilius School will be held on Tuesday, June 18 at the Forest Park Golf Course.

Sponsorships/advertisements for $100, $500, $250 and $100 are
available. For more information call Donny and Helen 945-4648 or Richie and Donna 318-8916.

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