2003-05-16 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino
Broad Channel Bits By Liz Guarino

The Plant Sales at both of our schools have come and gone and a lot of residents took advantage of the opportunity to get flowering and vegetable plants for their gardens. Additionally, many new trees have taken up residence along Cross Bay Boulevard’s median strip, north of our town. Workers have been busy digging and planting for a couple of weeks. Having new green plantings certainly provides an optimistic feeling in this cool, cloudy May weather. (It feels more like early October than spring!)

NEWS FROM P.S. 47: The Kindergarten students honored their Grandparents last Friday with songs and poetry at the school’s annual Grandparents Day celebration. They are quickly finishing up the school year.  The annual dance festival will be held on Tuesday, June 3 in the school yard.  The students did a lot of jumping and shooting hoops for heart on May 14.   It was a fun day; the purpose was to raise money for research in heart disease. The school is also planning to have a rededication for the memorial garden in June.

On Saturday, May 17 at 9 p.m. there will be a live band-The Rock & Roll Brewing Co.—at Grassy’s. Enjoy music from the 50’s to the 80’s including Elvis, Dion and the Beatles to the Stones, John Cougar, U2 and more.
Collected at the door, the $7 cover charge for this BCVFD benefit and
fundraiser will go to the Fund Drive.

Knowing CPR and holding a certificate in it is vital to some jobs, like
ambulance driver. It is very useful in other positions, like lifeguard. One
local man, a customer service worker, found that his fellow employees were
thrilled with his certification. He said there were parents in his class who
took the course so they could help their children and other family members, if needed. People interested in taking a class to learn CPR and getting certification are asked to call Eddie at 718 318-5504.

There are still seats available for an overnight trip to see "Daniel" at the
Sight & Sound in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania on Tuesday, October14 and Wednesday, October 15th. The bus will leave Noel Road and Cross Bay Blvd. at 7:30 a.m. October 14th. 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 the 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 Beginners Quilting Workshop began at the Library on Wednesday, May 14. It will meet May 21 and 28 and June 4 and June 11. June 11 will be the final class. 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. Pre-registration was required to attend this workshop.

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. For more information, call Cindy, 718 634-5449.

On Wednesday, May 28 a representative for the Reduced Fare MetroCard will be at the Library from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. For those interested, sponsors are being sought for the Tuesday, June 17 Ninth Annual Golf Tournament, the final SVS fundraiser of the current school year. Sponsors can do a variety of things with their sign: they can post an advertisement for a business, place a name or  memorialize a loved one.  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.

The Vollies are still collecting for the Fund Drive and will continue to
collect 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.

IMPORTANT NEWS: The American Legion announced that this year is the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the cessation of hostilities in Korea. The 85th Annual Queens County Convention and Parade will be held on Friday, June 6 at 8 p.m.

At 7 p.m. there will be an awards ceremony. The Post requests that family members of the following deceased veterans 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.

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.

I was asked to share with everyone the following note which was in my
mailbox: "We at Christ Presbyterian Church wish to thank all who came to our Annual Flea Market and Craft Fair. Many thanks. Rev. Andrea Zarou"

Let me know what’s happening in your organization-or your life! Make a phone call, send a fax, drop your flyer in my mailbox or fire off an email to Lizbcbits@aol.com

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