2002-06-15 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits by Liz Guarino

Broad Channel Bits by Liz Guarino

Don’t miss this event! The Vollies will be highlighted on cable television by QPTV's Queens Journal in: "Discovering Queens Hometown Heroes: The Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department" on Monday, June 17 at 3:30 P.M. on Channel 56. The film will also be shown on Saturday, June 29 at 7 P.M. on Channel 34.
BCVFD is one of the few volunteer fire departments in NYC's boroughs and was among the first to respond to Ground Zero on 9/11.

On Saturday, June 22, a bus ride to Mohegan Sun, sponsored by the Broad Channel American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post 1404, will leave at 9 a.m. sharp from in front of the American Legion Hall and return here about 9 p.m.

The donation for the organization fundraiser is $30 and includes a free buffet lunch and free spin on the wheel in the Connecticut casino. Seats are limited. Call Dee, 318-6010 or Carol, 634-7235 for further information or tickets.

Police Officer Brian McCabe spoke to the seniors at the most recent meeting of the Golden Age Club. He outlined four different programs for automobile owners. Each of the four programs helps in a different way-one of the programs saves senior car owners five percent on their automobile insurance, two of the
others stop the driver for a check if the car is being driven during certain
hours. One program calls for the VIN number to be etched on each window,
rendering the car useless to a "chop shop."

P.O. McCabe said he also hopes to register each bicycle in the Channel, which will help to locate them if stolen. McCabe also urged attendance at the 100 Precinct Community Council meetings to bring any needs to police attention. It meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 333 Beach 90th St, Rockaway.

Although there were only a few people at the recent meeting of the Library's book discussion group, "Books and Bagels," conversation was lively. It was a lot of fun to talk about Bebe Campbell's book "What You Owe Me." You don't have to keep your nose stuck in a book all the time to join this group. In fact, there's usually one person each meeting who hasn't read/finished the book under discussion. Everyone adds something to the discussion anyway-and
then there's Linda's great coffee, bagels and cream cheese. Everyone enjoys them!

Every Thursday, a bus to Waldbaum's in Rockaway is available for seniors, those aged 55 and up. It leaves from Noel Road and Cross Bay Blvd., in front of the candy store at 9:15 a.m., and gives the seniors an opportunity to buy their groceries. It returns around 10:30 a.m. bringing the seniors to their front door. A bargain, it costs only $1.50 round trip, and eliminates parking problems at home and in Rockaway.

Because of this service, seniors who don't have cars don't have to look
around for a ride anymore. They get close to taxicab service at bus fare
price. And, if Waldbaum's is not your favorite store, Citibank, Duane Reade
and a dry cleaner are next to Waldbaum’s so you can go for the ride and take care of other business.

And, if those stores don't interest you, it's a short walk to Blockbuster and the Beach 116 Street shopping strip. So, take a ride and help keep the service for our residents. Make sure the bus is available when rib roasts and kitty litter are on sale at Waldbaum's. Call 634-5803 for further information.

Well, the political redistricting happened to Howard Beach this time. You probably remember when it happened here. Our town was divided into two districts via a strange line that danced unevenly through the town ten years ago. The new boundaries, of course, are for the upcoming elections. Howard Beach is now split into two districts, while we remain unchanged. Ada Smith,
Audrey Pheffer and Anthony Weiner will still represent us.

Buy a whole ticket or buy a share! Tickets are now being sold for the St.
Virgilius Parents Association's last fundraiser of the school year, the
$10,000 Big Giveaway. Drawing of the winning tickets will be on Sunday, June 23. First prize is $7000; second prize is $3000. Tickets cost $100 each; only 225 tickets will be sold. To get a ticket call Ronnie 945-9186, Mary Kay 318-2343 or Kathy 945-4606. Or go to the rectory.

For those of you who were looking for the Swimming Awards Dinner in this space, it isn't here. There will be more on it in a future column.

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Had a tough year? Need an outlet for some of those feelings? Boost your
immune system, laugh and get reacquainted with your neighbors by joining the new Broad Channel Community Chorus! The Chorus rehearses on Monday nights at 7:30 p.m. All voice parts are needed, (If you don't
know what type of voice you have, join and find out).

There will be vocal exercises to get you back in shape, theatre games to
relax you and make you laugh, a tiny bit of music theory to train your brain, and as many styles of music as you'd like: Classical, doo-wop, barbershop, Broadway, pop, a cappella--you name it, we'll do it. Rehearsals will be in town, just a short walk from anyone's house... For more information, please call: JMD at 474-8683. (Bring a friend/bring an enemy/bring cookies). All are welcome!


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