2003-06-06 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino
Broad Channel Bits By Liz Guarino

Every time he sees the sun these days (unfortunately, not very often!), one of our neighbors says, "What’s that?" Not surprisingly, we just passed through the coolest May since 1967. It will be great if the month of June isn’t anything ending in ‘est,’ except maybe "the greatest!"

The 85th Annual Queens County Parade will be held on Friday, June 6th at 8 p.m. At 7 p.m. there will be an awards ceremony.  Awards and medals will be presented and five people who never made it home from Korea will be honored.

Proclamations will be presented by Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer and City Councilman Joseph Addabbo. 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, followed by refreshments and music at the
Legion Hall.

On Thursday, June 12 at 12:30 p.m., the seniors will hear a guest speaker on the subject of ElderLaw. Marilyn Heller, an attorney specializing in Elderlaw and who volunteers her services to Catholic Charities, will address attendees at the seniors’ weekly meeting in the church hall in Christ Presbyterian Church on Noel Road. All interested adults in the community are invited to attend this meeting. A question and answer period will follow this special presentation. There will be no bingo on that day.

The Vollies are still collecting donations to their annual Fund Drive. The
requested contribution is $75 per household. One of the Vollies will come to your house and pick up tour contribution or you can put it in the red box in O’Macs.

The Vollies now have an email address to make it easy to ask them questions, voice concerns and make suggestions or share your ideas. The address is BCVollies@yahoo.com.

The seniors’ last meeting will be Thursday, June 26. The total amount of money due for the trips to see "Daniel" (it varies) and "The Music Man" ($39) must be paid in full by that meeting.

The Parents’ Association of P.S. 47 will be holding their Chinese Auction on June 13 at the North Channel Yacht Club. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are $10.00 each, in advance.  Value Pack Auction tickets can be purchased at the door for $15.00 per ticket.  P.A. members said: "Come down, have some fun. You may go home happy because you won."  All proceeds will be used to support P.S. 47’s music program. Contact Lisa 718 945-1471, Anna 718 945 8871 or Eileen 718 474 1301.

WORKSHOPS FOR WORKING PEOPLE! Our Library has a lot of workshops, but they are rarely at a time when working people can attend. But, in June, there will be two single session workshops at a time that 9 to 5, Monday to Friday workers will find convenient. On Monday, June 9 at 6:30 p.m. participants will learn how to make Ribbon Roses. (These roses are really beautiful!) And, on Monday, June 16 at 6:30 p.m. there will be a Stained Glass Workshop in the Library. Seating is limited and signup is required for both of these workshops by calling 718 318-4943. The Library will supply all needed materials.

The 9th Annual St. Virgilius Golf Tournament will be held on Tuesday, June 17. With breakfast at 7 a.m., tee off is at 8 a.m. Cost is $110 per golfer and includes golf shirt, continental breakfast, green fees and Awards Dinner at the Beach Club at 6 p.m. Non golfers pay $35 for dinner. There will be a $10,000 Hole in One contest and a "Double Your Money" Hole.

WATCH YOUR CAN! Your garbage can, that is. As if all the other increases weren’t enough-some sanitation fines have gone up-from $50 to $100-doubled! Many of the fines will affect storeowners, likely increasing the cost of doing business in our city, but others will affect all of us. Cleaning the sidewalks is not a big problem for homeowners at this time of year, but in the winter (when everyone has forgotten about the increase!) non-removal of snow and ice may net a fine.

By now, everyone has seen the flags hanging from every telephone pole in the Channel. Gene O’Sullivan and Eddie O’Hare worked very hard trying to get the flags hung all over the Channel in time for Memorial Day. There are over 350 flags in all. The project took more than 7 weeks from start to finish. The wind and rain have been problematic for the flags, which will hang until November 11. They will be re-hung in Spring 2004. Anyone wishing to sponsor a flag is asked to call 718 318-5504. Sponsorships are $20.

The memorial mass for William Mauro, who recently passed away, will be on Saturday, June 7 at 3 p.m. at St. Virgilius Church on Noel Road.

EMAIL, I GET LOTS OF EMAIL: I got a nice note from the groundskeeper at the Library. She couldn’t make it to the spruce-up on Saturday, but expressed her gratitude to the civic association and Councilman Addabbo for the flats of impatiens set aside for the Library grounds.

Our little Library means a lot to us, doesn’t it? But the groundskeeper told me that the greenery around it is often trampled and broken bottles have been found in the back of the building. It seems to be happening on the weekends.

Since no one should be on the Library grounds when the Library is closed, it would be very community-minded (as Channel people always are!) if anyone who’s in a position to, kept an eye on the property, notify the police if they see trespassers.

TO MY ONLINE NEIGHBORS: Recently, I put one of my short fiction stories in a contest and it is a semifinalist. On Tuesday, June 10 the public will be able to read the semi-finalists and vote for the one they think is best. If youfind the time, would you like to vote on that day? The site is at www.4-writers.com/fiction  (I’d like to win the contest, but not if the story doesn’t deserve it! So please don’t vote for me if you don’t think the story is the best.

As the school year comes to a close, let me know what’s going on in those
hallowed halls. Send an email to Lizbcbits@aol.com Let me know what’s happening.

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