2002-06-22 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits by Liz Guarino

Broad Channel Bits by Liz Guarino

Broad Channel Bits by Liz Guarino

It's official! Summer's here! Did you know that in spite of all the rain we've had, experts say we're still having a drought? I guess none of the rain fell over the reservoirs!

BCVFD NEWS: the Vollies are still going door-to-door collecting for their annual Fund Drive. As everyone knows, all monies collected will go toward building the new firehouse into which will go our brand new ambulance! Dig deep into those pockets when they come; every $ helps!

Residents who don't have cable probably missed the program on the Vollies on June 17 on Channel 56. The film will also be shown on Saturday, June 29 at 7 p.m. on Channel 34, another cable station. Residents who have satellite dishes and/or no cable can ask family or friends to tape the show for them. Folks who don't have VCR's can be invited over to enjoy the show. As everyone knows, 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.

Surprisingly, there are no Mardi Gras candidates as yet. This year, BCVFD is the organization depending on the proceeds from the various fundraisers each candidate holds. A few years ago, my street vied for best block-- and held yard and bake sales, among other things. My block lost, but everyone had a lot of fun.

This coming weekend will be a busy one. On Saturday, June 22 there will be a fundraiser for BCVFD at Grassy's from 9 p.m. till whenever! "Wax R Back" will provide the music and there is a $7 cover charge.

BCAC NEWS: On two consecutive Saturdays, June 22 and June 29, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., registration will be held at the BCAC Memorial Field. There will be Summer Basketball signups for boys and girls; fee is $15 per child. Mike Shea is the contact person. Cheerleading signup will also be held, at a fee of $85 for the first child, $65 for the second child. For ages 4 through 14, Margaret is the contact at 634-1956.

Tomorrow-- 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. Everyone should have fun. It's a really beautiful place. It would be nice if someone from here (or a few some ones!) hit it big up there.

Under a clear blue sky, with comfortable temperatures, the students of P.S. 47 presented a wonderful program last week. The children were terrific, performing synchronized dance movements to prerecorded music. Their "Tribute to America" Dance Festival was stupendous. Red, white and blue were prominent in the schoolyard-on the outer walls of the school and on the children too.

Some children wore bandanas reminiscent of our flag on their heads. Other children dressed in white or red and had ribbons draped across them. And the hits were such patriotic songs as "Yankee Doodle Dandy" and "You're A Grand Old Flag." Other, newer favorites like Neil Diamond's "Coming to America" and "It's My Life" by Bon Jovi also filled the air that day. An overflow crowd of appreciative parents, grandparents and neighbors filled every seat and almost all standing room. And all applauded with gusto. Bravo kids, you were all terrific!

Last weekend members of the Golden Age Club went to see the comedy "Lend Me A Tenor" at the Fort Tilden Playhouse. The show featured the talented Rockaway Theatre Company. The seniors really enjoyed the performance. Before the show, some of the seniors enjoyed dinner at the Beach Club. The next show they will attend is on Friday, July 5. It is the USO Show 2002. If you want to join them, call the box office for tickets at 850-2450; regular adult admission is $12.

ALOHA! Come to the Hawaiian Luau at the Beach Club on Friday, July 12 at 8 p.m. There will be an unlimited open bar, buffet, pig roast and bottled beer, and music by a deejay. In advance cost is $50 per person; at the door $60. All proceeds to BCVFD. For tickets, call BCVFD 474-6888 or Beach Club 634-6500.

The BCAC/St. Virgilius Swim Team held their Awards Dinner at the Beach Club on May 21. Dinner was a wonderful buffet. In the Championships, which were held in May at the Asphalt Club in NYC, the team placed fourth. At the fete, the six senior swimmers--Lauren Carter, Elizabeth Hennessey, Nicole Lee, Deidre O'Donnell, Kate O'Sullivan, Julienne Vicens-- were given special recognition.

Named Most Valuable in their age group were: Maureen O'Sullivan (Novice-8 and under); Meghan McCarvill (Bantam- 9 & 10); Christina Farley and Ashley Larchevque (Junior-11 & 12); and Lauren Carter and Mary Gilmartin (Senior-13 & 14). Eight girls--Marianne Hanning, Ciara Romero, Caitlin Gallen, Stephanie Van Rossem, Samantha Rissmeyer, Carolina Willsen, Kerry Parks and Victoria Urbaniak-- were lauded for their improvement, enthusiasm and dependability: The final roster of 65 girls aged 6 to 14 has a dedicated 9-member coaching staff.

Registration is ongoing at both St. Virgilius School and P.S. 47. Needed is a birth certificate; those not baptized at St. Virgilius need baptismal certificates. School records and immunization records are needed as well. At P.S. 47 for transfers and new students alike, proof of residency is also required (Con Ed or telephone bill) as well as an immunization record. Additionally for St. Virgilius a nonrefundable registration fee of $150 is required.

When you vote for governor in November, don't be surprised if you see your neighbor's name on the ballot. Jerry Cronin, a Tablet reporter, is running for governor as a candidate for the Right To Life party.

Some people have asked me to repeat my email address. Others have asked what it means. It really is a strange address-and it's not very easy to remember. And it doesn't mean anything at all--honest! Here it is: TWCgxwgj@aol.com.


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