2002-07-27 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits by Liz Guarino

Broad Channel Bits by Liz Guarino

I hope everyone is managing ok in the heat. Unfortunately, the dog days seem to be coming earlier in the summer than they once did. Maybe it's global warming. Well, whatever it actually is, it can get pretty uncomfortable some days!

MARDI GRAS NEWS: Mardi Gras is up and running! Grassy Point and Bay Breeze Marina have candidates and will sponsor events. Come out and support the events, buy raffles and forget about cooking on Wednesdays and Thursdays for the rest of the summer! All money raised will go to the Building Fund for the
new firehouse.

Every Wednesday night, Grassy's will offer home cooked dinners from 5 to 8 p.m. Don't get left out--call early for delivery, 474-1688.

Cassidy Rose is running for Baby Face. There will be a cake sale after the Masses Sunday in front of the firehouse. Home cooked dinners will also be available every Thursday; call 945-1290. This past week's dish was spaghetti and meatballs or sausage, salad and garlic bread. It was delicious! On Saturday, there will be three events at the 17th Road Park. Starting at 11 a.m. there will be a Scavenger Hunt lasting 1 hour. At 12:30, there will be a balloon toss and at 1 p.m., there will be a pudding-eating contest. Admission is $2 per event. All proceeds will go to the Building Fund.

There will be a Carnival August 22, 23, 24 and 25. There will be fun for
everyone! On August 24 at 6 p.m., there will be a parade of volunteer
firefighters. Letters have been sent to other volunteer fire companies,
inviting them to this event. To run the Carnival, volunteer help is needed.

To offer to help at this fundraiser, please call the Firehouse at 474-6888.

LIBRARY NEWS: Sean McGowan is leaving the Library. He has worked there helping people find materials after school and over the summers. Sean will enter the U.S. Marine Corps the middle of August. He just graduated from Beach Channel High School and told me that this is something he always wanted to do. He will attend boot Camp at Parris Island, South Carolina. On Thursday
August 8 at 1 P.M., there will be a gathering to say "thank you" to this fine young man and wish him success in the Corps. All residents are invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

It's good to see elected officials trying to help their constituents. Our
Councilman, Joe Addabbo, recently wrote a letter to Robert Levine, CEO of Peninsula Hospital on behalf of the Golden Age Club members. The hospital ran a van service to and from the hospital for people who needed outpatient services or wanted to visit someone in the hospital or nursing home. For some reason, this service was discontinued in the Channel and the seniors, many of whom don't drive, must use other means to get there.  Addabbo requested that
the courtesy van be utilized to transport the residents of our town once
again. (Taking public transportation means riding on two buses or a subway plus a dangerous walk or a dirty, crowded bus and the subway). Taxis,
of course, are expensive from the Channel because fares include the Crossbay Bridge toll which costs $1.75 each way. In a cab it costs $22 (without tipping!) for a round trip to Peninsula Hospital.

The "Books and Bagels" book discussion took place last week at the Library. A handful of people had lots of laughs in between a discussion about John Grisham's "The Street Lawyer," during which they learned that Grisham is full of surprises. A very successful novelist, he has retained his license to practice law (his book's subjects give his original occupation away), and recently entered the courtroom to argue the case of 'a little guy' against a corporation.

Some people have told me they like to read and would join the discussion
group, but are put off because it feels too much like school or too
serious-minded. It's not either of those. Here's what happens: First and foremost, Linda puts out bagels and cream cheese and butter (coffee cake, danish or cookies too!) and coffee and tea. Last week, in addition to the above, she put out a big plate of grapes. Some members don't read the book at all, some read a little, some read nothing (only one member always reads the books, and it isn't me).

Anyway, Linda usually downloads questions or comments on the book from the net. This week, the questions were those children would get for a book report in school. Everyone had a good laugh over the questions they couldn't answer!

The all-female group would love it if men of any age would join them. The
members reflect every age group, except 20's and 30's; having all age groups and both sexes represented would be a lot of fun.

FOR YOUNG PEOPLE ONLY: The Young Adults have their own book discussions at the Library over the summer. On Friday, August 9 at 1 p.m., two young ladies from our community, Jen and Jill, will discuss "You Don't Know Me" by David
Klass.

UPDATE ON REFURBISHING OF ST. VIRGILIUS CHURCH: The workers sure are hard at
work! It's strange to see a church with no pews. Without the many rows in place, it looks much larger. It will be about two more weeks till the pews come back refinished.

SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE PLAYHOUSE: A group of residents is going to see a performance of The Pajama Game at the Post Theatre at Fort Tilden on Saturday, July 27 at 8 p.m. Regular adult admission costs $12; for seniors and children the cost is $7. For theatergoers who wish to dine with the group, dinner will be at the Sunset Diner at 6 p.m. Interested in joining the group? Call Carol for details at 634-3451.


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