2004-05-07 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

Each season has its own charms. One of the nice things about this time of year is that everyone is getting out and about after huddling at home during the cold, icy winter. It is really enjoyable to see neighbors again and to pass other people on the sidewalks going here and there. It is also great to see how much the neighborhood children have grown now that they have shed their winter coats.

P.S. 47 students will jump rope and shoot hoops on Friday, May 14 to raise money for research on heart disease. The staff and students have started to make plans for their dance festival in early June. P.S. 47 will hold their plant sale and celebrate Grandparents Day on Friday, May 7. 

On Saturday, May 8 Christ Presbyterian Church will be having their Spring Fair. There will be new items, handmade crafts and a Flea Market.

A Plant Sale will be held on Friday, May 7 from 3 to 7 p.m.; Saturday, May 8 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, May 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of St. Virgilius School. Assorted flowers and vegetable flats, hanging baskets and raffle baskets will be available.

The 2004 Jamaica Bay Little League season will kick off on Saturday, May 8 with a parade down Crossbay Blvd. from the 17th Road Park at 10 a.m., proceed along the boulevard and conclude at the BCAC Memorial Field. Opening games will follow the parade.

Picture Book Classes for preschoolers will end soon. They have been taking place at the Library every Wednesday, but May 12 is the final day for this activity. Classes start at 10 a.m. and feature 20 to 30 minutes of songs, stories and crafts for preschoolers!

On Saturday, May 8, there will be a Flea Market at the American Legion Hall on Crossbay Blvd.

On Monday, May 17 at 6 p.m. there will be an Adult craft class at the Broad Channel Library. Lan Nguyen will show workshop participants how to make Origami Gift Boxes, a very practical use of the ancient Japanese art of paper folding. Sign up is required.

The 10th Annual St. Virgilius School Golf Tournament will be held on Tuesday, May 25 at the Forest Park Golf Course. Cost is $125 per golfer and includes: continental breakfast at 6:45 a.m., golf shirt, golf cart, greens fee, $10,000 Hole-In-One Contest, one Longest Drive prize, two Closest to the Pin prizes, Low Gross prize, Low Foursome prize, Double your Money hole, raffles, lunch at the turn and buffet dinner. Non-golfers are invited to the awards dinner at the Beach Club at 6 p.m. First tee off is at 7:45 a.m. For more information or tickets call Mike at 718 474-5604 or Ricky at 718 318-1131 or 917 825-9263.

The next Books and Bagels discussion will be held on Thursday, May 20 at 10 a.m. Under discussion will be two books: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey and Galileo’s Daughter by Dava Sobel.

Mark the date: On Monday, June 21 at 6:30 p.m., Dada Rainjitanunda will lead a workshop on meditation for inner peace and social harmony.

Is this summer’s Mardi Gras on your mind? Do you have thoughts or ideas about it to share with the Volies? This year, BCVFD’s Building Fund for the new firehouse will benefit from Mardi Gras. Candidates for Baby Face, Popular Pet, Princess, Best Block and any other position you want to fill or would like to create are welcome. The Volies are asking for ideas and input. Call the
firehouse at 718 474-6888 with your ideas. Remember, this year Mardi Gras goes to the Building Fund-the Vollies are hoping for groundbreaking by the end of May.

In our backyard: On Saturday, May 8 at 1 p.m. there will be a Spring Botany Walk at the Wildlife Refuge on Crossbay Boulevard. Participants will identify, hear folklore about and learn the value of many different plants growing in the refuge.

On Sunday, May 8 at 9:30 a.m. there will be a Warbler Watch at the Refuge. Bring binoculars to see and identify migrating songbirds, which are in the refuge.

On Tuesday, May 11 Channel seniors will join with St. Camillus seniors for a trip to Atlantic City, with a stop off at the Winery for lunch. On Thursday, May 13 the seniors will host a guest speaker. Robert Levine from Peninsula Hospital will talk about the recent acquisitions in testing equipment the hospital has secured.

The following email came earlier this week: "My family and I would like to thank all the people involved with the arduous task of arranging, funding and getting legislative support to refurbish and rededicate the Park named after Gene Gray, who was my father. I look forward to bringing my wife and children to the Channel this summer to see the new equipment and make a connection to their grandfather as well as my hometown. Again, thank you to all, The Gray Family."

Last Thursday, April 29 was the luncheon at Russo’s—the big fundraiser for Trinity Services-the senior bus service created by Geraldine Chapey. And what an affair it was! There were 750 people there, an awesome crowd in one room. (Last year there were about 600 people.)

There were many honorees in the crowd and many folks were there to watch them get their beautiful plaques during the elegant afternoon. The event, which began at noon, lasted over 5 hours—a long afternoon. The food, as always, was top notch. Each table boasted a large open circle of fresh flowers and a beautifully wrapped gift-both were table prizes. Inside the circle of flowers was a stand with a very large butterfly on it.

There was also a great number of raffle prizes. It was dinnertime and rush hour traffic filled Crossbay when the last people to leave the luncheon exited Russo’s to head for home. It was truly an amazing event!

What is new in your organization? Share it with your neighbors. Send email to: Lizbcbits@aol.com.


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