2002-06-01 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits by Liz Guarino

Broad Channel Bits by Liz Guarino

It did not escape notice that last week Broad Channel had one and one-half pages of coverage in The Wave. Great. Our little town is humming with activity!

On Sunday morning many of our retired veterans took part in the dual services held first in St. Virgilius, then Christ Presbyterian churches. The Memorial Day Parade was held in the afternoon. They marched from 20th Road, northward.

After a moving wreath-laying ceremony at the Memorial Circle, the marchers proceeded to the VFW. Fortunately, it was cool and breezy and comfortable for the marchers. At least one of the east side spectators waved a very large American flag as the marchers went past.

Well, as everyone knows, Memorial Day marks the unofficial beginning of
summer (June 21 is the official date, but who wants to wait that long).
Let's hope the weather is a bit more predictable this season. The spring
weather was downright weird.

A Science Fair was held at P.S. 47 on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 28 and 29.

Grades K to 7 took part. In K and 1st, the projects were class projects,
under the direction of teacher Donna Massia.  In the rest of the grades the
children did individual projects. The projects were on view in the All
Purpose Room for the two days.

On Monday, June 10 there will be a "Dance Festival" at P.S. 47. All of the
children, K through 8th grade, will take part in this event, which begins at 9:30 A.M. The Festival will be held outdoors in the schoolyard. The theme will be patriotic and the music will reflect it. The colors red, white and blue will proliferate at this event.

The Rededication of the Memorial Garden at P.S. 47 will take place on June 18 at 1:30 P.M. As many know, there were two trees and flowers planted in front of the school (on Power Road) to symbolize the Twin Towers and those who were lost in the Towers' collapse. This is particularly poignant because, as you know, the Towers were easily seen from the school. (I was at the school and saw the smoke pouring out of the Towers before they collapsed that terrible day).

The assistant principal of P.S. 47 said the school would be closed for the summer. Children who need Summer School will go to the Rockaways for it. Grades 3 to 6 will attend P.S. 225 while grades 7 and 8 will go to M.S. 180 for their summer school classes.

Next weekend will be BCHS Team Event to Fight Cancer. It will be a walk-run overnight, "Relay for Life." Starting at 6 p.m. on June 8, it will run through June 9 at 8 a.m. Call 263-22234 extension 31 to take part in this very worthwhile event.

WANTED: The Golden Age Club still has an opening for a selfless volunteer. Needed is one individual to set up tables and chairs for their meetings. Applicants must be available on Thursdays at noon and 4 p.m. The position will be both satisfying and rewarding. The seniors will be grateful and appreciative.

Volunteers will feel good knowing that he/she has helped people who needed assistance. 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, they do get around and they always have a good time together! On their recent trip, 27 of the seniors went by bus (photo) to
Westbury Music Fair (they had great seats) to see Charlie Prose, a talented
comedian/singer who also plays the piano. (For those who've never been there, the theatre at Westbury is designed so everybody can see the performer. The audience gets to see front, back and sides of performers without moving a muscle. As most folks know, the circular stage revolves at Westbury, affording everyone a good view).

Dinner followed the entertainment and was at the lovely Milleridge Inn, where the food is out-of-this-world. To all reports, everyone had a really good time.

Anabas Boat Club is holding its Opening Day Party on Saturday, June 8 from 2 p.m. till….. Tickets are $15 a person. BYOB. Beer and wine will be sold. Call 474-9167 for tickets or further information.

Wednesday, May 29 is National Older Adult Day. "Older Adults" are age 50 and older.

Richard Picciotto, one of the few firefighters to escape from the Towers (he and others were trapped in the rubble, but got out), has written a book called "Last Man Down." He tells what it was like to be in the collapsing towers that day. The book is dedicated to the 343 firefighters who lost their lives in the towers' collapse, many of whom came from the Rockaways and were known to people here. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Picciotto's book will be donated to the families of the lost firefighters.

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