2003-04-12 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino
Broad Channel Bits By Liz Guarino

It is supposed to be spring! It seems to be a bit cold these days, however. In the gardens around town light green sprouts are poking their little heads up from under the soil and cautiously looking around. They are probably sorry they did after they were covered by the snow on Monday! Hopefully, the spring will come along at some point!

There have been changes in the Golden Age Club. Meeting hours have been expanded from the original 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. to allow more time for socializing. The new hours are 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Also, voting is now confined to the first meeting of the month. Issues that arise are discussed at other meetings, but voting is confined to one meeting. The people who have paid dues, but do not attend meetings every week are advised to attend this meeting so they can vote.

Nice trips have been and are being planned by the seniors' very capable trip coordinator. An overnight trip to see "Daniel" at the Sight & Sound in
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania will be Tuesday, October 14 and Wednesday, October 15. The bus will leave Noel Road and Crossbay Blvd. at 7:30 a.m. on October 14. Eat at the Good & Plenty, sleep in the Hawthorne Inn, shop in the Kitchen Kettle Village and Rockvale Outlets. A deposit of $50 is required to reserve a seat; full payment is a must by the last seniors' meeting in June. Call Winnie 718 474-2783 or Theresa 718 634-7799.

A trip to see "The Music Man" at Molloy College is planned for Wednesday, August 13. Breakfast will be at 11 a.m. at Waterview Diner that day. The bus will leave Noel Road and Cross Bay Blvd at 10:30 a.m. The cost is $39 and must be paid, in full, by the last seniors' meeting in June. Call Winnie or Theresa at numbers listed above.

A big Happy Birthday to Jeremy Lugo Kolzow. He will be 10 years old on the taxpayers favorite day-Tuesday, April 15. Have a wonderful day, young man!

DO YOU LIKE TO SING? The choir of St. Virgilius is looking for new members to sing at the 11:30 a.m. mass. Practice starts at 11 a.m. on Sundays. Choir members do not need experience or have to know how to read music or be affiliated with the church. To join the choir, go to the choir loft in the
church at 11 on a Sunday. (Michael Finnegan is the organist).

On Wednesday, May 7 at 1 p.m., there will be a Handwriting Analysis Workshop at the Library. 

FOR YOUNG PEOPLE ONLY: Design and Make Your Own Rubber Stamp to personalize tee shirts, cards, books and much more. At the Library on Monday, April 21 at 1 p.m. for ages 10 to 15, there will be a workshop for 15 young people. Please pre-register at the Library.

HERE THEY COME! The Vollies have begun collecting door to door for their annual Fund Drive. The annual contribution of $75 per household comes to only $6 and some change per month. All monies from this fund drive go directly into operating expenses such as gas, electricity, vehicle insurance. There will be a locked box marked BCVFD in the post office for contributions. One of the Vollies will come to your house if you prefer.

SPONSOR A FLAG: Support our troops and country by sponsoring a flag! Flags are large nylon, with 5 foot wooden poles. Flags will hang from utility poles. Sponsorships cost $20. For more information call Eddie 718 318-5504 or Pat or Gene 718 474-6290. Mail to: O'Hare 806 Shad Creek Road or O'Sullivan, 1101 Cross Bay Blvd., Broad Channel, NY 1693.

Please make check payable to:
Sons of the American Legion.

On Friday, April 25th at the American Legion Hall there will be a Night at the Races. Starting at 8 p.m. and ending at ..., there will be beer, soda and franks. Donation for this event is $10.

KOREAN WAR VETERANS: American Legion Post #1404 was awarded the 85th Annual Queens County Convention and parade to be held on Friday, June 6 and Saturday, June 7.

This year, the Post will honor the memory of the five veterans who did
not return from Korea alive, to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of cessation of hostilities in Korea. Elected officials will present the Republic of South Korea's Korean War Service Medal to members of each family. Also, proclamations will be presented by Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer and City Councilman Joseph Addabo.

After the award ceremony the parade will step off from the Veterans Memorial at the 17 Road Park and proceed to the American Legion Hall. After the parade there will be refreshments and music at the American Legion Hall..

The post requests that family members of the following deceased veterans contact the post so that they may accept the veteran's  awards: Walter Gross, POW 7-3-51; Joseph DePietro,  KIA 10-10-51; R. Mitola, KIA 8-1-52; James Farrell, KIA 11-10-52 and T. August, KIA 11-27-52. It is requested that all Korean War Veterans attend this event.

From Thursday, April 10 through Sunday, May 4 there will be a performance of a one man show called "Broad Channel" presented in an off Broadway theater on the second floor at 354 West 45th Street in New York City. According to an internet synopsis, it is a dark comedy of the "playboy of Broad Channel" a denizen of a remote island in Queens!

It is written by Anna Theresa Cascio and Doc Dougherty. Edward "Doc" Dougherty, who was born and raised in the Channel, also stars.  Tickets are $25 each for this limited run show and can be obtained by calling 212 279-4200 daily from noon till 8 p.m.

It should make for an interesting and entertaining evening for Broad Channel residents.

SAVE THE DATE: On Tuesday, June 17, the Ninth Annual Golf Tournament will be held with a special dinner that evening to be held at the Beach Club on Beach 116 Street in Rockaway Park.

Remember: your bits of news are important both to me and to the community. Email your bits to me at Lizbcbits@aol. com.

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