2002-08-17 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

By Liz Guarino

Due to production errors there was misinformation in this column last week.

(A couple of people called me on this and I am glad they did.)

Please do not call the firehouse for raffle tickets to the $10,000 drawing. They don't have them. For one of the 400 tickets that will be sold for $100 each, call Sally at 318-9689 or Linda at 634-5566. Anyone wishing to volunteer to help staff the Carnival from August 22 through August 25 can call the firehouse at 474-6888.

Fun in the Park was great! Red, white and blue helium balloons were suspended over the 9th Road Park. There were lots of children, parents and grandparents there, moving from one game to the other and enjoying themselves (photo). And a lot there was! Every child got a prize that day.

Among the games to play were Tic Tac Toe, Ring Toss, Bean Bag Toss and Dart Toss/Break the Balloon. Those who were lucky and skillful enough to land a ball in a water-containing glass went home with a goldfish!

There was lots of other fun too. A Pie Eating Contest and a Watermelon Eating Contest were held. There were Crafts. Children made their own buttons or crowns. Ronald McDonald was there and a Tele-Tubby. Barney made a guest appearance.

Of course, Sparkles the Clown was there. Children picked out a temporary tattoo or two and Sparkles put them on their little arms or legs. She did Face Painting; her first face was clown makeup on an almost 1 year old.

A beautiful child and very smart too--I wish I'd caught the name. (Can anyone help me with this? The child's 1st birthday is in September.)

Sodas were available as was food. Hot dogs, chips and other snacks and bottled water were available. A lot of planning, creativity, know-how and good old-fashioned hard work went into making the afternoon wonderfully successful.

There was an unplanned event worth noting. A cat climbed into a tree and could not get down. A brave young man climbed the tree and retrieved the cat. When they reached the ground, a round of applause erupted from the appreciative crowd.

Only two more Wednesdays are left before Labor Day. On those Wednesday nights, Grassy Point is offering great home-cooked dinners from 5 to 8 p.m. The sauerbraten last week was to die for. Don't get left out this week or next--call them early for delivery, 474-1688 or eat there. Proceeds will go to Baby Face.

Labor Day is almost here-and B.C.'s great 'meal deals' will end. Call 945-1290 for a great home cooked dinner each Thursday night. Next week's dinner will be pot roast. Call early to make sure you get in on this.

There are three Saturdays left before Labor Day. Three more chances to eat pizza so Tommy's Pizza can donate 50 cents to Baby Face for each pizza pie purchased on Saturday. Call Tommy's Pizza to order.

At the Library on Thursday there was a going away party for Sean McGowan. Decorations had a flag motif with lots of red, white and blue. Food was a 6-foot hero, salads, pizzas, watermelon, pickles, chips and pretzels.

Linda baked two cakes-a chocolate pudding cake and a ricotta cake. She also made tortilla rolls with a cream cheese/black olive/red pepper filling that got rave reviews. A nice crowd of well-wishers was on hand to congratulate Sean when the Library opened. An endless stream of people filed in and out of the Library.

Linda got a podium for the occasion, so everybody could hear the testimonials, which were short, but very positive. Partygoers joined Cathy in singing "Seanie" to the tune of "Swanee." (Cathy has a great singing voice, full and rich!)  Revelers sang the Marine Corps Hymn and other patriotic songs too.

There were hugs and kisses. There were farewells and take cares and tears too. After all, without some tears, what would a farewell party be? Sean will be missed by many. All success is wished to him in his Marine Corps career.

FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ONLY: it's hard to know what to do with your life or even in which direction to aim sometimes. Yet students are often expected to know what they want to do with their lives by junior year. If you are college bound, but unsure of your career path, Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey points out professions that will be heavily in demand in the not-too-distant future, the so-called "Hot Careers."

Teachers, of course, are always in demand. Many are teaching now without certification qualifications; this will no longer be possible in 2003. An additional 23,000 certified teachers would be needed in New York State by that year. Math and science teachers will be most in demand.

Nurses also are facing a critical shortage. This is the largest licensed medical profession in this state, with 17,000 additional registered nurses needed by 2005.

The average American consumer is aging and takes more medication now; pharmacists are needed across the country to dispense these drugs. Pharmacists can earn very good money and will have the advantage of many job opportunities across the country.

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