2003-05-09 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino
Broad Channel Bits By Liz Guarino

I hope some of the rain we’ve been getting this spring falls upstate too.
After all, our reservoirs are up there and their having full capacity before
the heat of the summer hits, is a good thing! Remembering the dryness of
last summer, with the water restrictions we had to follow, helps make the rainy days we’ve been having this spring a bit easier to handle. Even though it has been wet of late, a ton of rain can’t dampen the spirits of Channel people. When high tides can bring problems, what is a little bit of rain?

Just so it doesn’t fall during a full moon!

THE LAST CALL FOR REGISTRATION! Monday, May 12 from 7 to 8 p.m. is the final day for registration for Cheerleader, ages 5 to 14. Especially sought are young folks ages 11 to 14. Registration has a plan for families, with thefirst child costing $85 and the second child costing $65. Uniform fitting will be held on May 17. In order to be fitted on May 17, Cheerleaders
must be registered.

On Saturday, May 10 from 10 a.m. till …, there will be the Spring Craft Fair and Flea Market at Christ Presbyterian Church community room.

Sponsors are being sought for the June 17th Golf Tournament at Forest Park Golf Course. A sponsor’s 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.  Sponsors can post their company name, an advertisement for a business or a memorial for a loved one.  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.   

The Vollies will be collecting for the Fund Drive through the month of May. For your convenience, a red box has been placed in the post office in O’Macs to receive your donations. Or phone the firehouse and one of the Vollies will come to your house and pick up your donation, if you prefer.

On Saturday, May 3rd—a day that started out overcast but cleared up—a total of 32 children received their First Holy Communion at St. Virgilius Church. Decked out in their lacey white veils and dresses were 14 girls. And spruced up in their new suits were 18 boys. There were parties all over the Channel that day!

The Library’s Books and Bagels book discussion group will meet on Thursday, May 15 at 10 a.m. to nibble goodies and talk about "The Hours," a book about writer Virginia Woolf that is also a movie. It is always interesting to see if there are any differences from the book to the movie!

There will be a Plant Sale on Friday, May 9th from 3 to 7 p.m.; Saturday, May 10th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, May 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., sponsored by SVS P.A. Assorted flowers, hanging baskets and vegetable flats will be available as well as gifts for kids to buy their Moms for the holiday. There will be raffle baskets as well. Call Christine at 718 634-5012 for more information.

St. Virgilius P.A. is sponsoring a Mother’s Day Raffle, with the drawing on May 11 after the 11:30 a.m. mass. Tickets are $25 each; prizes will be based on the number of tickets sold-the more tickets sold, the bigger the prizes will be. For instance, 1st prize will get 25% of the total sold; 2nd prize will get 10% and 3rd prize will get 5%. Call Julia at 718 835-7331 to purchase tickets or get more information about this final chance for the school year September 2002- June 2003.

On five Wednesday sessions from May 14 through June 11, a Beginners Quilting Workshop will be held at the Library. This workshop will teach all the steps and techniques necessary to complete a quilt with many beautiful designs. It is necessary to attend all 5 sessions. Please pre-register and get further information at 718 318-4943 or at the Library.

It’s time for closet-cleaning and the SVS Annual Flea Market at Grassy Point parking lot! It will be held on Saturday, May 17— rain date Sunday, May 18.

They are asking for donations of gently used items only. Drop off dates and times will be publicized when they become available. For more information, call Cindy, 718 634-5449.

On Saturday, May 17 at 9 p.m. there will be a live band at Grassy’s. Enjoy the music and help the community. Collected at the door, the $7 cover charge will go to the Fund Drive.

Many people have been waiting for this to come to our town! On Wednesday, May 28 a representative for the Reduced Fare MetroCard will be at the Library from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Quite a few people have asked me about the civic newsletter for April (I know a lot of folks enjoy it, especially the ‘Glimpse’ section which is my
favorite part too). Anyway, it’s late—very late—due to severe production
difficulties. As soon as I get it back-and I’m not sure exactly when that will be-it will be parceled out and delivered to the east and west coordinators, who will distribute it to the block captains, who will deliver it to all homes and businesses. It may reach you with the May newsletter (that possibility will be decided by a few of us; since the newsletter is already late, combining delivery of April and May newsletters may save wear and tear on all involved in the distribution). Even though the production difficulties do not lie with me (getting the newsletter out to you involves a lot of people and many different production steps-more than most folks realize!), I apologize to everyone for the newsletter’s lateness. I know a lot of people look forward to receiving it and hope that no one is unduly inconvenienced by its lateness.

Keep in touch! a telephone call, send a fax, drop your flyer in my
mailbox, send up a pigeon or fire off an email to Lizbcbits@aol.com.

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