2002-05-18 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits by Liz Guarino

Broad Channel Bits by Liz Guarino

There was a saying that April showers brought Mayflowers. This year it seems to be that we had April flowers and then May showers. Oh well, at least it's still poetic, if somewhat backward! Our little community hums with activity these days. There are so many different things going on, sprinkled between sunshine and rain.

Save The Date. The Annual Meeting of the UCO will be held on Tuesday, May 28 at the American Legion Hall. All property owners are encouraged to attend.

On Friday night, Grassy's was the scene of a really good time for those who attended the Vollies-hosted fundraiser. According to Eddie O'Hare, there were a lot of out-of-towners, enjoying the music of the Rock & Roll Brewing Company. A good time was had by all.

BCVFD is looking for contestants for Baby Face, Mayor, Most Popular Pet or any other category from residents. Do you have an idea for Mardi Gras you'd like to share? Contact the Firehouse and announce your candidacy or tell them your idea.

When you grab that checkbook to pay those bills, think of the Vollies. Their Annual Fund Drive is ongoing and they work very hard to keep us safe. A check (cash is nice too!) made out to them helps them to maintain vital services to our community. They are always there for all of us. Supporting them is a good investment.

The month of May brings the May Crowning at St. Virgilius Church. A crowd of nearly 100 people was in attendance, including several First Communicants.

The latter were wearing their Communion finery. Everyone watched closely while Helen Henglein did the crowning and James Holler looked on (photo).

Library Expansion News: We have all watched each step of the expansion with interest as it slowly took place over the past year. Now, the end of the renovations is here. The Library will be closed from Friday May 17 through Monday May 27 for the completion of the renovations.

When it reopens at 1
P.M. on Tuesday, May 28, all work will have been completed. This includes more area in the building for better customer service and storage shed outside and to the rear of the building.

Let's hope that it doesn't rain this weekend and that the weather is
moderate. This Saturday, May 18 is the BCBC Beautification Day. Time to spruce up the tree pits. I'm told the subway station doesn't need too much
work. A couple of strong men are needed to replace the timbers, which have been knocked down by the parking cars. (And, of course, there is mugwort to be pulled.) To help the 'greening of the Channel, 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.

Let's hope the sun shines 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 that everyone in the town is invited to this exciting event and that refreshments will be served.

I got an email from the Civic treasurer over the weekend. Pat said that only a handful of Channel families have paid their Civic dues. Omigosh, I wasn't the only one who forgot to pay dues this year! It is easy to forget about writing checks for the little things--like Civic Association dues-especially when there's no bill in front of you. The good news is: It's still only $3 per family. Even better, you don't need a stamp or a check, for that matter.

Block captains will take cash or check for those dues today, or you can bring it to a civic meeting. Or, bring it to Pat's house. So don't delay. Be the first on your block to say: "I remembered!"

Bebe Campbell's book, "What You Owe Me" will be discussed at the book discussion group-- the newly expanded Library's Books and Bagels-- at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 31st.       I haven't been in a reading mode or mood lately, but I find this to be a particularly good read.

Mardi Gras Is Coming: As everyone knows, Memorial weekend kicks off a summer of fun and fundraisers which ends in a Labor Day Parade. This year, all the activity will benefit the Volies and help build their new firehouse. Best Block, anyone?

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