Broad Channel Bits
By Liz Guarino
Labor Day Weekend was really soggy, but it didn't dampen our spirits for the big finish to Mardi Gras. As always, everyone had a lot of fun, coming out, partying and supporting the Volies and adding to the Building Fund.
The Grand Parade was indeed grand. The start time was pushed to 2 p.m. in hopes of the rain clearing. By 1:45 p.m., the rain let up a bit. Forty-five minutes later, the parade passed Noel road. In spite of the rain, it was pretty well attended, with spectators under umbrellas and in raincoats. (When crossing Noel, one woman instructed the six children with her: "Now, don't walk through the puddle." You could almost hear the kids thinking: "Then why is it there?")
There were many floats, each imaginatively conceived and decorated as well as many marchers. (Strangely for a gubernatorial election year, there didn't seem to be any politicians.) Spectators who couldn't brave the weather missed out on a great deal. The Volies showed off their shiny new ambulance and
exulted with "completely paid for" booming out of the P.A. This was the first Grand Parade for the ambulance.
There were some Countdown surprises this year. Baby Face set a record with fundraising. Altogether Cassidy Rose pulled in a whopping $18,884.54, a very impressive and well-deserved amount. The dinners were phenomenal and the original fundraising ideas were incredible. Kudos to Cassidy and her parents,
family and friends for all the hard work supporting her candidacy.
Bay Breeze Marina pulled in $810 for the Building Fund, while Grassy Point racked up $7148. Winners of the Most Decorated House Contest were Pat and Bob Greene of E. 8 Road. They were the first place winners.
The BCVFD wishes to thank each and every person who took part in Mardi Gras in any capacity this year. Each raffle purchased, each offer of volunteer help, every contest participant and every penny added to the Building Fund for the new firehouse.
The Volies want everyone to know that they are very grateful for all the
support the members of this community have given them. Every bit of money collected goes toward the $500,000 needed for the new building.
In other news, ten seniors went to Gateway to enjoy "A Tribute to Frank
Sinatra" at the end of August. The show was "excellent" according to Rita O'Neill who also said: "Everyone had a wonderful time." The seniors traveled there in the Trinity van- the use of which is provided by Geraldine Chapey. They want her to know how much they appreciate the use of the vehicle. This is the second time the Golden Agers have utilized the van. Their first junket was to Kohl's in Oceanside in the Spring where they caught a 50 percent off sale.
Happy Birthday to the Noel road triplets born on July 31, Isaac, Thomas and John. Welcome to the world, little fellas. Proud parents Bart and Julia Daudlin are new residents of B.C., so-"Welcome to the Neighborhood" and congratulations on what is believed to be the Channel's first set of triplets.
September 11 is almost here. It doesn't seem that one-year has passed since the terrible events. On that Wednesday at 7 p.m., a Mass will be held in St. Virgilius Church to remember the victims and their families.
A Baby Shower for the Monsignor Ferris Life Center will be sponsored by St. Virgilius Parish on September 14 and 15 after the Masses. Items for babies will be collected in the school lunchroom at these times.
New, or clean and gently used items are sought. Baby clothes from newborn to size 3T are needed. A gift of larger items such as strollers, cribs and carriages will also be welcome. Anyone wishing to buy a specific item to donate can call Carol at 634-3451 for a list of necessary items.
Did everyone see the 1st Road ball field picture and news item in the front of the Wave last week? The BCAC has purchased its "Field of Dreams." "For generations to come," Eddie O'Hare told me, "the children of Broad Channel will play on their own field."
RAIN OR SHINE! On Saturday, September 21 starting at 10 a.m., Christ Presbyterian Church will hold their Annual Flea Market in the Church Hall.
Historical Day will be held October 6 in the VFW Hall from noon till 5 p.m. It's time to look at photos of Broad Channel of the past and other, older Mardi Gras. Time to tell tales of days of yore and trip down memory lane a bit.
Historical Calendars for 2003 are on sale now for only $5. They usually go pretty quickly, so pick one up soon. They can be gotten at Coogan's, Channel Cutters, Grassy's, O'Macs, and civic meetings and from members of the Historical Society.
At the Library, another "Books and Bagels" book discussion has come and gone. As usual, the laughter rolled with the group enjoying the bagels, fruit and the book. (Plus tomatoes from Linda's yard!) "Should we laugh like this in here?" someone asked. "We sure should," someone else shot back.
Although the book is discussed, talk always veers off the topic into areas
that really don't relate to the book at all. That's when the laughter begins.
The next book discussion is slated for Friday, October 4 at 10 a.m. Under discussion will be Anita Shreve's Sea Glass. Shreve also authored a very well liked earlier discussion book "The Pilot's Wife."