2002-05-11 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits by Liz Guarino

Broad Channel Bits by Liz Guarino

Our busy little community merited a whole page in the Wave last week. Bravo, Broad Channel and all the Hometown Heroes! Everyone agrees, it was a great parade!

Favored by a day of clear, sunny skies and ideal temperatures, a total of 34 children from P.S. 47 and St. Virgilius School received their First Communion at St. Virgilius Church on Saturday, May 4. The boys, 20 in all, were decked out in new blue or white suits, shiny shoes and new haircuts. They all looked so handsome. The girls, 14 in all, were resplendent in frilly white dresses
and with veils perched on their heads. They were the picture of loveliness.

Filing into the church, they made quite a wonderful sight. Their moms and dads and the rest of their families must have been bursting with pride. There were lots of parties and lots of people enjoying them all over the Channel that day.

BCVFD NEWS: The Vollies are hosting a fundraiser at Grassy's on Friday, May 10th at 9 P.M. A live band, "Wax-R-Back", will supply the music. Come out and support the Vollies on Friday.

Some folks don't know that the Vollies' annual Fund Drive is still going on. Be among those who have returned their envelopes with a contribution to this worthwhile effort.

On Sunday, May 19th at 12:30 P.M. at the North Channel Yacht Club, Broad Channel's new ambulance will be christened. Eddie O'Hare told me it is a brand new ambulance-the first new ambulance the community has had in 24 years. (All of the previous ambulances were used.) Everyone in the town is invited to this wonderful event. Refreshments will be served.

The congregation of Christ Presbyterian Church wants everyone to know that they are holding their Annual Spring Craft Fair and Flea Market on Saturday, May 11. During the hours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be plenty to choose from. It will be a great place to get a Mother's Day gift for mom or grandma.

Moms: Moonlight Bowling is also on the 11th; treating yourself to a night on the alley is a great way to reward yourself for all the hard work that you've done all year.

Since Sunday is a very special date, the North Channel Yacht Club is having its annual Mother's Day Brunch to help families celebrate their Moms. Reservations are required; adult tickets are $12, children 4 to 12 are $6. Contact Billy Gill, (718) 318-0172 or Fred Wolkon, at (718) 474-8419; and let them know how many moms will be in your party.

Next Saturday, May 18 is the BCBC Beautification Day. An opportunity to pull those weeds, cultivate the earth and put new green plants in the soil. (For those who enjoy tilling the soil, nothing compares with the smell of newly turned earth.) The day also provides a good opportunity to have lots of good company and fun while you're working at those tree pits, the subway station or the grounds by the library. To help the greening efforts and spruce-up, the PA of P.S. 47 will hold a Plant Sale in the 17th Road park that day. Word has it that their wares will be available up and down the Boulevard as well.

Last Saturday, the Junior Vollies held a Bake Sale outside the firehouse. The crumb cake I enjoyed was out of this world delicious. Whoever baked that cake has terrific cake-baking skills. What I wouldn't give to have that recipe!

Wanted: The Golden Age Club has a volunteer position available. One dedicated hard-working individual can fill the position easily. They need one person to set up tables and chairs for their meetings. Applicant must be available on Thursdays at noon and 4 p.m. Position will be rewarding. Gratitude and appreciation will be forthcoming from the seniors. Job satisfaction comes from knowing that you are doing something to help others. If that special person will call me or send me an email, subject: senior helper, I'll be happy to pass on the info.

Speaking of the seniors, 16 of them recently enjoyed a trip to Woodlock
Pines--a beautiful vacation resort in Hawley, Pennsylvania--about 2 ½ hours drive from here. The resort is so large there was a shuttle bus to take guests from place to place.

The seniors ate great food and had many different activities they could enjoy there. Some of the seniors saw a show featuring a terrific singer, who was also a comedian.

There was a film, bingo, a smorgasbord, even a boat ride around the adjacent lake. The resort also had, among other amenities, indoor and outdoor pools and a nightclub. After the overnight trip and a big breakfast, our seniors headed home. One resort goer told me the trip coordinator is extraordinary.

Bravo, Winnie!

Alumni of St. Virgilius School have already received their letters about the school's 75th birthday party. Slated for September 21st, a Saturday, the celebration promises to be quite a gala evening.

The expansion of the library is nearing completion. Joanne King from the Library's public relations department told me the work would be completed in late spring. From what she said, (and what I can see), the outside panels need to be put in place and the wood removed. Inside, there will be new carpeting and the carousels need to be placed. Those carousels can hold up to 1,000 books, depending on the size of the book.

For those who asked: the Library's Books and Bagels book discussion group will meet at 10 A.M. on Friday, May 31st. Under discussion will be, "What You Owe Me" by Bebe Campbell.


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