2002-08-24 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

By Liz Guarino

This weekend will be a very busy one. There are so many different activities going on, an organizer is needed to keep track of all of them! Come to the Carnival by the American Legion Hall this weekend and have a good time. There will be food, which always tastes better at a carnival than anywhere else. Forget all the stuff that's on your mind-it'll wait for you to come back to it! Revel, rejoice and recreate in a fun-filled four days, with something for everyone. Just walking around the carnival grounds is fun. Enjoy the excitement, the magic-after all, the carnival's in town.

And don't forget Saturday August 24th's Parade of Volunteer Firefighters at 6:00 p.m. Some of the Fire Companies from Long Island will join our volies. Don't miss it! The parade will start at 20th Road and end at the carnival.

On Sunday, August 25, there will be a Flea Market from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the VFW. There is always a wide range of items at this event. Back to school is upon us and Christmas a few cool months away. Vendors for this event can still get tables at $15 each.

For the Building Fund: Tickets to the $10,000 raffle are still available.
Only 400 are being sold. There are also shares of $5, $10, $25 or $50.

Get in on the $4000 Twin Win. Only 1000 tickets will be sold at $10 each.
And/Or buy Sweepstakes. At only $1 each, there will be many prizes of cash, bikes, gift certificates etc. Call the BCVFD for more information.

Only one more Wednesday is left before Labor Day. On Wednesday night, Grassy Point will offer its last home-cooked dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. Loin of pork was last week's dinner. Don't get left out this week. Proceeds will go to Baby Face.

There are only two Saturdays left before Labor Day. Two 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 at for Vito's yummy pies.

Last week, Sparkles the Clown finished her appearances at the Library,
where she had a wonderful time with local pre-schoolers. "She was just
wonderful," Cathy said after Sparkles' first appearance. Every week on
Wednesdays from July 17 to August 14, she captured the hearts, smiles,
attention and cooperation of the younger set. About 20 children sang songs, made crafts and had a wonderful time. They played games too. The kids had a really great time with her. I'll bet that Sparkles had a really good time too.

This Sunday, August 25 at 4:30 p.m., a bus will take members of the Golden Age Club from Coogan's corner at 4:30 p.m. to experience "A Tribute to Frank Sinatra" at Gateway. If you wore bobby sox and swooned in the aisle over Ole
Blue Eyes, this is a great time to relive those days. Bring a sweater! The show is the last of the Sunset Picnic Concerts at Fort Tilden. It begins at 6:00 p.m.

Tomorrow (Saturday), August 24 is the last day to get ads inserted in the St. Virgilius School 75th Jubilee Celebration Journal. Out of state? Don't get left out of the Journal! Call the rectory for more information.

(I didn't get this information in time to insert it in the civic newsletter
and I can't put a little flag in this space, but): the American Flag is
flying in August at the 17th Road Park for Edwin Smith, U.S. Army.

Next Friday, August 30 at the Library at 10:00 a.m. is the August meeting of Books and Bagels, the adult book discussion group. The book to be discussed is "On Parole" by Akira Yoshimura. It is a good read-a tale of adulterous love and murder-- and their aftermath. It's translated from the original Japanese, but reads pretty much like good ol' American English. It's small too-at only 244 pages, the book measures 5"x 8" and is more like a trade paperback than a hardcover book.

Did you get a chance to watch the program on PBS about Broad Channel? There wasn't anything that isn't common knowledge or a common sight around here, but it was nice to see our neighbors and neighborhood looked really good on television. And wasn't the music grand? I loved it! After the first pledge break, there was a segment on the Wildlife Refuge, which was very informative and interesting.

The program was based on the book: The Other Islands of New York City by Sharon Seitz and Stuart Miller. It was apparent that the authors enjoyed making the film-they said it gave them a chance to interact with the people here.

Last week, Sparkles the Clown finished her appearances at the Library, where she had a wonderful time with local pre-schoolers.


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