2002-06-08 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits by Liz Guarino

Broad Channel Bits by Liz Guarino

One of the best things about warm weather is seeing the children play outdoors. It's easy to see that they love being free of heavy, bulky outerwear. It's so much easier for them to play ball while they're wearing tee shirts, jeans and no jacket. In the early part of spring, it's fun to see
how much kids have grown over the winter; later in the season it's nice to see how all that exercise keeps them so healthy and strong!

The BCAC Swimming Awards Dinner was held at the Beach Club Tuesday night, May 21. The head coaches, Anne and Mary Forde, do a wonderful job and are very much appreciated by the girls on the swim team and the other coaches. More on the Awards Dinner in next week's columnâ026

NEWS FROM P.S.47: Frank and Field Day is June 14 at the BCAC ballfield. Any adults who want to lend a hand at this barbecue for the students are welcome. Call the school at 634-7167 or come to the field that day.

For the Kindergarteners of P.S. 47, their Stepping Up Ceremony will be held on June 20. For the eighth grade students of the school, Graduation Day will be Friday, June 21.

Those St. Virgilius Parents Association members put a lot of effort into their fundraising activities, don't they? From three different fundraising events a total of $4212 was raised. Most recently, the Flea Market yielded $980; Moonlight Bowling raised $1562; and three Defensive Driving courses garnered $1720. Organizers, donors and attendees all have the gratitude of St. Virgilius School.

St. Virgilius School is looking for someone to donate their time and talent in making a new raffle drum for them. There is a lot of hard-working talent out there. Any takers?

Fighting cancer by running or walking will take place this weekend in BCHS's team event to fight cancer, Relay for Life. Families can make their own team!

And, having a choice of walking or running opens the event to everyone, young and not-so-young. Luminarias (lights along the track) are available and are a lovely way to honor someone who has battled cancer. To take part in this overnight event as a volunteer, team member or team captain call 263-2224, extension 31.

This weekend, June 8 and 9, is the 2nd annual Art Frenzy Festival. Every year, a different Queens region is chosen by Queens Council on the Arts to host this event featuring the arts and culture of the area. This year, Rockaway was selected. The festival seeks to join local artists, businesses and elected officials in a community arts effort. Featuring "The Children's Parade," music, arts, crafts, exhibits and performances and more, the two-day event will be held at Fort Tilden. At least two Broad Channel residents will be among those in the Juried Art Show.

Do they really yell "fore" before they tee off? Indulge yourself and learn the answer to that question by taking part in the Eighth Annual St. Virgilius School Golf Tournament on June 18. There's still time to get in on the game. Just call Donna and Richie at 318-8916 or Helen and Donny at 945-4648 and tell them you want to get in on the action. It's only $110 ($120 after June 15) and includes tons of stuff-most notable are Continental breakfast and the hot buffet dinner. For serious duffers who'd prefer to pass on the 18 holes, tickets to the Awards Dinner are only $35 per person. It will be held at The Beach Club at 6 p.m. that evening.

Many towns have residents who don't care about their neighborhood, but in Broad Channel there is a real sense of community. For instance, anyone can tell what time of year it is by looking at the houses. Decorations abound for St. Patrick's Day, Halloween or Easter. People care about each other here. It's pretty special in small town America.

When I moved here, there was no library, there were no sewers and a lot of sidewalks were badly broken or missing (people walked in the street!). And, a broken-down carousel and empty, dilapidated buildings were the sole occupants of the wasted, deserted area of the former Brooklyn Day Camp.

There have been major changes since then. Behind every improvement has been the Civic Association-every time. There are additional things some residents want: There is a bike path on hold; natural gas lines wait in the wings; improvements to the land by the bridge await. These are all big items.

People here are very, very busy. So much is happening all the time with children, work, school, and home. But, the truth is: Oppose these projects or desire them greatly, the best way to get what you want or fight like crazy against what you don't want to see in this community is by allying with the movers and shakers here.

P.S. The movers and shakers all seem to be members of the Civic Association!

Did you know that bagels come from Poland? I knew quesadillas came from Mexico and croissants come from France, but I didn't know about bagels!

Theirs are ½ the size of ours and they don't put cream cheese on them, so they're less calorie-packed (and they probably don't have as many wonderful varieties).

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