2004-06-11 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

Unofficially, summer is here! Mardi Gras is in full swing, with lots of activities happening and others in their planning stages.

On Friday, June 11 at 7 p.m. at the All Wars Veterans Memorial at the 17th Road Park the concluding ceremony of the 50th anniversary celebration of the cessation of hostilities in the Korean War will be held. Awards will be presented. Senator Hillary Clinton will present a senatorial proclamation to members of the heroes’ families. Congressman Weiner will present medals to the families that each of the heroes has won. The New York State Conspicuous Service Star will be presented by Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer and NYS Division of Veterans Affairs official Ben Weisbroth.

After the ceremony the parade will step off and march up Crossbay to the American Legion Hall. After the parade, there will be music and refreshments in the Hall. Before the parade Sears Roebuck will be presented with a plaque to recognize them for outstanding treatment of employees who have been called to active military duty in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Graduation for St. Virgilius School students will be held on Saturday, June 12 at 11 a.m.

Anyone ages 5 to 14 interested in joining the Broad Channel Shamrock Cheerleaders call Michelle at 718 634-5799 or Trisha at 718 634-6067. Registration will begin at the end of June.

The BCAC needs volunteers to organize the summer basketball program in the B.C. Park. Basketball was cancelled last year because there were no volunteers. Anyone interested can call Margaret at 718 634-1956.  Registration will start soon.

Mardi Gras is up and running! At least three candidates have thrown their hats into the ring for Baby Face, Popular Pet and Mayor. The bars are involved too-this will be a really great Mardi Gras summer!

The $10,000 Chance is being sold for $100 each. The numbers on the 400 tickets range from 000 to 400. Tickets will be held only to June 15. Those who want certain numbers should call Ginger at 718 318-5504. Drawing will be at the firehouse on Friday, September 3. There will be a Bake Sale each weekend at the firehouse. It will benefit different candidates, but of course, the ultimate recipient will be BCVFD.

There will be a Car Wash at 6 Road and Cross Bay Blvd. from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 12. On Sunday, June 13 there will be a Block Sale on Shad Creek Road from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. Proceeds from all sales at 806 S.C.R. will go to the firehouse. Bingo is coming! It will join the other Mardi Gras activities soon. More details on this will be printed later.

Buy a $5 Chance for a Dell computer. Tickets will be on sale all summer! Call Ginger at 718 318-5504.

On Tuesday, June 15 from 4:30 to 7 p.m., Roast Pork Dinner for $7 will be available at Duffy’s Pub. Call early (on Monday) for reservations at 718 318-2300. Proceeds to BCVFD. Thursday and Friday there will be Buckets and Shot Girls. Mardi Gras 2004!

On Monday, June 14 at 9:30 a.m., P.S. 47 will hold its Annual Dance Festival. On Tuesday, June 15, the school will hold its Math Circus. P.S. 47 has received the Team Up to Clean Up Award for cleaning the lot across the street from the school on Power Road!  The award will be presented on Wednesday, June 16. Stepping-Up for the school’s Kindergarten students will be held on Tuesday, June 22. On Wednesday, June 23 the 8th grade students will have their graduation ceremony.  School closes on Friday, June 25 for all students.  

On Wednesday, June 16, Horseshoe Crab Walks, sponsored by the American Littoral Society, will take place in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge at 7:30 p.m. Call (718) 318-9344 for more information.

On Monday, June 21 at 6:30 p.m. there will be a great workshop for working people. Dada Rainjitanunda will lead a workshop on meditation for inner peace and social harmony called "How to Meditate;" it is a stress reduction workshop.

The Broad Channel Athletic Club will host a Thank You party for Marty Feeney on Saturday, July 17, 2004 for music, food and drink at the BCAC Memorial Field at 4pm. Marty retired from the NYPD and he and his family will be retiring to Florida. The BCAC and Civic Association will honor Marty for all his years of community service. Marty has dedicated endless hours to BCAC, BCVFD, Civic Association, UCO, many Mardi Gras, BCAC Fundraisers, Beautification Day, Parks and Day Camp projects and the Christmas Tree Lighting among others. All friends and neighbors from Broad Channel, Howard Beach and Rockaway are invited. 

The Book Discussions have been reversed by the Library. On Thursday, July 15 at 10 a.m. "A Year in Provence," by Peter Mayle will be discussed and on Thursday, August 26 "Awakening" by Kate Chopin will be discussed.

A four-session workshop of Beginner’s Quilting designed for children age 8 and up will be held at the Library on Friday, July 9, Tuesday, July 13, Friday, July 16 and Monday, July 19 at 1 p.m. Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. Call to register at 718 318-4943. All materials for this workshop are provided by the Library.

Advanced Drawing Classes with Sister Jean Shea at the Library are designed for talented teens. Sign up for this workshop to be held on two consecutive days: Wednesday, July 7 and Thursday, July 8 at 1 p.m.

The Broad Channel Library is asking for donations of new or good condition CD’s and DVD’s. They will be sent to the overseas troops as part of Operation Gratitude. Read more about the program on the internet at: www. opgratitude.com.

Mardi Gras happening? Other important event? Will your organization do anything over the summer months? Share the news with your neighbors. (Please get your important information to me by 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning if you want it in that Friday’s column.) Send email to: Lizbcbits@ aol.com.

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