2002-10-19 / Letters

It’s About The Kids

It's About The Kids

Dear Editor;

 I am a resident of Broad Channel for 48 years. I grew up in Broad Channel playing and coaching all sports, and I am past president of the Broad Channel Athletic Club three times. I am very aware of the friction in our community; this is a very sad state for our children and our community.

But the real issue is not about the Hatfield and McCoys or the parking lot. This is about our football and baseball fields for "our" children!!!! Yes, ladies and gentleman, our field of dreams, and this should be your field of dreams for today and tomorrow's youth of Broad Channel. But, like everything else in a small community our priorities tend to get confused!! That field has been a big part of Broad Channel since the 1930s and the 1940s when the Cardinals and the Nut Club played on it, the "Johnson Jets" and "Dicks Hideaway" played softball on it, and of course many football championships for our own Athletic Club.

As you can see the parking lot is an issue here because the Athletic Club is bigger and better then ever, with ten times the amount of children and sports programs taking place. What that all means is proper parking for these events, and that is why it should always be the way it is today, a parking lot.

Our memories of this sports town, and growing up in this great town reflects around that field and that parking lot. Many of the people arguing about the situations also have great memories on that field, which is the main topic of our situation. So let's put this in perspective, change is not always good, sometimes it splits people apart, and sometimes things should be left alone. Time will heal the community, especially with all the new residents in our town.

Let everyone enjoy the field, the parking lot, and our community. Let's make more great memories for today and tomorrow's children on our field!!!  

JACK CONNEELY
PAST PRESIDENT,
BCAC


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