2002-05-04 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits by Liz Guarino

Broad Channel Bits by Liz Guarino

Broad Channel Bits by Liz Guarino

Thanks for noticing that Bits was missing last week! Due to a production error, this column was inadvertently left out of last week's Wave. As you can see, it's back again.

As the spring comes into full bloom, the number of outdoor activities in the Channel increases. Let's face it-it's much more fun to be outdoors when the weather is nice. It's great to see the folks you missed all winter while they were huddled indoors.

The Library is a busy cultural center in all seasons. Every Thursday until May 23, it will present Story Time to the preschoolers of our island. From all corners of the Channel they came last week-by car, by stroller and on foot to the Library (photo). About 20 tots-some with tiny younger brothers and sisters, and accompanied by about a dozen Moms and one Dad- took part in Storytime.

Each adorable tot-and they were all adorable-took a square blue mat and sat on it, crossing or sitting on their legs. The librarian, Nicole (Linda was on vacation), taught the children open/shut and clap, clap, clap-a simple repetitive hand play which the kids ably performed to music. About 200 little fingers opened and closed and twenty pairs of hands clapped. As small as they are, these tots have good rhythm!

The librarian then read a story to them, showing them the pictures and asking the children: What animal is this? What sound does it make? Little voices called out the answers one after the other (not only are the children cute, they are smart too).

Afterward, Nicole tried another story, but the children needed more activity. Sensing this, Nicole went with it. "Come on, Everybody-- stand up," she said.

Everybody got to their feet and touched their toes, touched their knees, touched their ears. Then they joined hands and turned in circles. Round they went, but they needed something different. "Who wants to color?" asked Nicole next. The little ones headed for tables and chairs.

Shortly after, the half hour of games, dances, exercise, coloring and
storybooks for the younger set came to an end. Tots and parents poured out of the Library.  One Mom, Debbie O'Conner, who has brought not-quite-three-year-old Alyssa to Storytime says, "It's great. It socializes
our kids."

The BC civic says that the annual Broad Channel Beautification Day is just around the corner. Time to spruce up those tree pits! Saturday, May 18 (with a rain date of Sunday, May 19) from 9 A.M. to 3 P.M., residents will be weeding, cultivating and planting in their tree pits. The BCBC will distribute flowers along the boulevard in the morning. For the safety of those tending the tree
pits, the 100th Precinct has closed the inside traffic lane on both sides of
the boulevard in previous years.

Aiding beautification efforts, the P.S. 47 Parents Association will hold a Plant Sale on May 18 at the 17th Road Park from 8:30 A.M. to 3P.M. They will have mini roses, vegetables and many other kinds of plants to green the garden as well as the tree pits.

The Defensive Driving Course still has seats available. Completion of the May 13 and 15 course gives drivers a 10% discount on their car insurance for three years or removes points from their license. Discounts for drivers who
attended the course in 1999 expire this year. To register, call Donna
318-8916 or Helen 945-4648.

The Wildlife Refuge offers, via an ad in The Wave, literature that says the National Park Service is planning some improvements in the refuge. Public comment, the literature says, is invited.

Strike or spare? If Moonlight Bowling is up your alley, plan on joining your neighbors at Americana Lanes on May 11 at 9 P.M. In advance, tickets are $20;
at the door, they're $25. Call Dawn 474-4182; Elaine 945-6868; Lisa 474-6878 or Fran at 634-6613.

The Golden Age Club has been offered the use of a small bus for local
activities like shopping, movies and theatre. Seating 14, the bus must be reserved in advance. Geraldine Chapey offered the seniors the good news. Last Friday about a dozen of the seniors went to Kohl's in Oceanside. There was a 50% off sale!

Did you know? The AC has its own website, which can be reached at: www.broadchannelac.org. Nicely put together, it offers information about the AC. It's definitely worth visiting.

Happy Birth Day to Sam Fretto, who was born Thursday, April 18. Welcome to the world, little fellow.

The Civic Association is planning to assemble a "Welcome to Broad Channel" for new families to our town. The first step in that direction was made in their April newsletter; Tim Tubridy, president of the civic, invites all of the town's organizations to submit a page of information on itself. Organizations should include items such as meeting times. Pages will then be collected and assembled.

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