2002-08-10 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

By Liz Guarino

Backyard pools, barbecues, balmy breezes, block parties and, of course, Mardi Gras! A short list of stuff Channel residents enjoy during the summer.

Did you get a letter in the mail from the Vollies last week? There were some really interesting facts in it. According to the chief, a new firehouse on the boulevard will cost more than $500,000. The BCVFD, which has called itself by slightly different names in the past (Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Association for one), dates back to the early part of the 20th century. It was once, quite literally, a bucket brigade!

According to the chief, the Vollies respond to 700 emergencies a year. That's a rough average of two every day-- fires, car accidents, burns, broken bones, heart attacks etc. -the Vollies are often the first on the scene. Now, they really need all of our help. To help meet the cost of constructing the new firehouse, they are selling raffle tickets with cash prizes. Grand prize will be $10,000; there will be lesser cash prizes as well.

Tickets will cost $100 each, but only 400 will be sold; limiting the number
of tickets sold drives up the odds of winning. To buy a raffle ticket, contact the firehouse.

MARDI GRAS NEWS: From now until Labor Day Mom doesn't have to cook on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. Forget fast food! We have good "meal deals" right in town.

Every Wednesday night till Labor Day, Grassy's is offering great home-cooked dinners from 5 to 8 p.m. Don't get left out--call them early for delivery or eat there. Proceeds, of course, to the Building Fund via Baby Face candidate Cassidy Rose.

If you don't feel like cooking on Thursdays, this is a good time of year not to! Baby Face candidate Cassidy Rose is offering home cooked dinners on Thursday nights. Did you have their scrumptious chicken dinner last week? Call 318-5504 early to make sure you don't get left out.

Tommy's Pizza will donate 50 cents to Baby Face for each pizza pie purchased on Saturday. Call Tommy's Pizza at 945-6054. what would we do without Mardi Gras and the terrific dinner options?

The Carnival scheduled for August 22, 23, 24 and 25 is still in need of
volunteers. To offer your help call the firehouse at 474-6888. It promises to
be a fun-filled four days, with something for everyone. There is something very magical about a carnival. Just walking around the carnival grounds is exciting. There's an air of joy; the jostling good-natured crowd, each person having an enjoyable time. Even the food tastes better there somehow!

On Saturday August 24 at 6 p.m., there will be a Parade of Volunteer
Firefighters (60 letters have been sent to other Volunteer Fire Companies, some on Long Island, inviting them to this event). Hopefully, their scheduled Labor Day events will be different from ours, so there can be a lot of people marching.

LIBRARY NEWS: On Friday (today) at 1:00 P.M. will be the Young Adults Book Discussion. Two local young ladies, Jen and Jill, will discuss "You Don't Know Me" by David Klass. On Tuesday August 13 at 1:30 p.m., young people aged 10 to 14 are invited to attend a Balloon Twisting Workshop with Jimmy Leo. They will learn how to make party hats and dogs from long skinny balloons called pencil balloons.

Sign up is a must, either by phone or in person.

SUNDAY IN THE PARK: On August 11 beginning at 1:00 p.m., there will be a Day of Fun in the 9 Road Park presented by Cassidy Rose for Baby Face. There will be lots of games, face painting, clowns, Crafts, a watermelon-eating contest and MUCH more! While there will be no fee to enter the park, each
event will carry a small fee. All proceeds to BCVFD.

On Tuesday August 13 on channel 13 at 8 p.m., PBS will present "The Other Islands of New York." Featured on the program is our island community. There are other islands featured-- City, Roosevelt and Ellis, to name three- on this 1 ½ hour show. Broad Channel's natural beauty, its history and –of course-its people will be featured in a segment of this program.

On Sunday, August 25 at 4:30 p.m., a bus will take members of the Golden Age Club to experience "A Tribute to Frank Sinatra." The bus will leave from Coogan's corner; seats are limited. If you want to join them, call to see if there are seats left. The show is the last of the Sunset Picnic Concerts at Fort Tilden. It begins at 6:00 p.m.

The refurbishing of St. Virgilius Church goes on. My peek inside this past Monday revealed workmen on their knees. No, they weren't praying-they were working on the floor! The pews are expected to be back at the end of the month.

Sorry Kids! The first day of school is right around the corner and fast
approaching. Summer will be gone before we know. Seniors should know that they can attend school too. Age has its privileges at New York Institute of Technology; seniors pay about half of the tuition that all other students are required to pay. And it can be an eye opening experience to learn how history has recorded times you've lived through (WW II).

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