2003-04-19 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino
Broad Channel Bits By Liz Guarino


On a packet of seeds, the directions said to wait till all danger of frost is
past before planting. With the crazy weather we've had, I wonder if it's safe to plant yet! It's been very nice this week, though. Maybe spring has
officially sprung!

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

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.

FUND DRIVE! The Vollies are having their annual Fund Drive. They ask for an annual contribution of $75 per household, which is only $6 and change per month. All money collected from this fund drive goes directly into operating expenses such as gas, electricity, vehicle insurance. One of the Vollies will
come to your house and pick up your donation if you prefer. You can also
bring it to the firehouse.

IT'S TIME TO SHINE UP THOSE CLUBS! The 9th Annual Golf Tournament, SVS last fundraiser of the school year, will take place on Tuesday June 17.  Tee off is 8 a.m. at Forest Park. Dinner follows at The Beach Club at 6 p.m.  The entry fee for golfers is $110, and that includes golf, breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Dinner only for those who don't play golf is $35. per person.

For those interested, sponsors are being sought. Sponsors can post an
advertisement for a business, a memorial for a loved one or simply wish
St. Virgilius or anyone "Good Luck".  A donation of $1000 will bring a full
sign at one of the holes on the golf course.  A $500 donation will have a
full tee or green advertisement, $250 donation is a 1/2 tee or green, a $100
donation is a 1/5 tee or green.  All signs are brought to the Beach Club and displayed during dinner. Interested parties can contact Colleen 718 634-0488 or Donald 718 945-4648 for further information.   

IMPORTANT NEWS: 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. The Post requests that family members of the following deceased be present to accept the awards of: 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.

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 check to: O'Hare 806 Shad Creek Road or O'Sullivan 1101 Crossbay Blvd., Broad Channel, NY 1693. Please make checks payable to: Sons of the American Legion.

IMPORTANT NEWS FOR SENIORS: The Golden Age Club has made changes. Meeting times 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, members who joined the club, but don't always attend meetings are advised that 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. Everyone is advised to attend this meeting so they can vote.

DID YOU GO TO THE REUNION? Photographs from the annual Broad Channel reunion in the Florida Keys are available on the Web. See who went this year. Maybe you'll be there next year. Visit a local site at www.broadchannelny.com to see the photographs. As always, if you do not have a PC, the library does and one of the staff members will be happy to get the pictures on the screen for you.

Happy First Birthday to Sam Fretto (my youngest grandchild). His big day is Friday, April 18. (It doesn't seem like it's a year already. Time does fly).

Congratulations on reaching this milestone, little man! Have a wonderful day! (See photo-isn't he precious?)

I got a note from someone who lives on the boulevard and can see escapee dogs dodging the whizzing-by traffic.

It must make her cringe when a pup narrowly escapes being hit! She asked me to say a few words on this, so here's my experience: In spring a dog's thoughts, unfortunately, turn to-freedom. I say this because, some years ago, both my dogs escaped one day-through the front door! (I thought I locked the door, but I guess I didn't and the wind blew it open.) Anyway, the two dogs ran around for an hour crossing and re-crossing the heavily trafficked boulevard. We found one and brought him home, but the other (they were both male) was hit and thrown by a car and we found him dead at the side of the road. (I still feel guilty about that dog getting out and being killed like that!) Please, make sure your precious dogs (and cats too!) can't escape their yards or even your home. No family should go through the pain and sorrow that mine did over our pooch.

Share your news! Email is Lizbcbits@aol.com.


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