2007-06-22 / Columnists

In Quarters

Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department
By Chris 'Bubba' Kalisak Firefighter/EMT

By Chris 'Bubba' Kalisak

CHRISKALISAK Hello again, friends. It looks like another great start to another long summer of beaches, barbecues, live music, and as always, a good time!

That's right, I'm talking about Mardi-Gras 2007 in Broad Channel.

This past Sunday, the BCVFD hosted a Mardi Gras 2007 kick off party at the VFW post on Shad Creek Road. Despite the little rain delay, we had music, barbecue, refreshments, and two rides for the children. The BCVFD would like to thank all the families and friends who stuck it out, came out and had a great time!

We also would like to thank those families who have dropped off or mailed in the annual FUND DRIVE donations so far.

The members will be going around door-to-door, asking for $75 per home. We greatly appreciate any and all donations that you make and remind you to place your donation sticker on your door!

With the start of Mardi Gras this year for the BCVFD, we are asking for the community to step up and help support the committees! We need volunteers to nominate, or run for, best pet, baby face, mayor, or president, or to sponsor a coffee klatch, to make this the biggest, most enjoyable and best Mardi Gras EVER!

The BCVFD will also be can-driving and hosting family oriented weekends all summer long, so let's help support this year's Mardi Gras any way you can! Even if you just have an idea, please contact the Chief on our website www.broadchannelvfd.org or call the firehouse to leave a message at 718-474-6888.

Now that summer has officially hit us, I would like to talk to you about some boating safety tips to ensure a safer summer.

If you find yourself on a boat or a jet ski that is disabled or in distress, you can use a cell phone to call the BCVFD on our hotline (718-474-8888) or dial 911 to assure you will get help.

When in the water, always be aware of your surroundings such as other vessels and people in the water, and try to be aware of landmarks on the shore. By being aware, you can let the dispatcher know exactly where in the water you are! Make sure you always wear a life vest, carry a first aid kit, have a fire extinguisher on board, and a waterproof flashlight for those night trips!

At this time, I would like to thank the members of the VFW post in Broad Channel for letting us use the VFW to host our party and for letting us be apart of the Memorial Day parade, and for defending all our rights for freedom in this great country!

I say thank you to all of you.

Let's enjoy this freedom and enjoy the summer!!!!!!!!!!

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