2007-09-14 / Columnists

In Quarters

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

CHRIS KALISAK CHRIS KALISAK Hello again, everyone! I hope you all enjoyed your summer vacations; I know I did.

The first thing I would like to say is congratulations to Joseph "Skippy" Nocerino and his wife, Ruth, on the birth of their first child, Emily Rose Nocerino. Emily was 8 pounds, 21 inches long at birth and both mother and child are doing fine! As many of you know, Joseph is the deputy Chief of the BCVFD and Ruth is our outstanding treasurer and bookkeeper.

As a matter of fact, all summer long both of them had to help run the Mardi Gras 2007 for the BCVFD, while preparing for the baby.

This year's Mardi Gras had three strong committees which helped to raise some money for the BCVFD, but in the end there was one winner! The Bayview Bradys came in first place, raising an outstanding $13,000. Great job to the owner of the Bayview, Rob, and head of the committee, firefighter Patrick Williams! The committee from Ruffle Bar came in second, raising $7,700. Thanks to Freddy and Eileen O'Hare, who ran their committee. Coming in third place, raising $1,023, was Grassy's Bar and Grill. The members of the BCVFD would like to thank everyone who gave time and money to help raise a total of $21,023 for the BCVFD Mardi Gras 2007!

At this time I would like to thank Sally Williams and the girls for running the $10,000 giveaway for the BCVFD. Every year these girls get together to help the Mardi Gras, whether it's for the BCAC or the BCVFD. Thank you all for your help- it is greatly and truly appreciated! All summer long we had fun at "Movie Night", "O's Pub Reunion, and "Dancing in the Streets" at countdown.

On a sad note, even though the Mardi Gras raised us over $21,023, we had to pay out $15,200 in prizes for the Giveaway Raffle.

Did you know that our insurance for our ambulances and rigs is coming up and we have to pay $12,000 a year!! Now you know why we stand out in the street all summer doing can-drives or having committees raise money during Mardi Gras. We really appreciate it when the town forms committees and does most of the fundraising, because the members of the BCVFD get burnt out doing both jobs of raising money and protecting the Broad Channel community.

This is why we are saying THANK YOU to everyone who helped out! This is why we volunteer our skills and services to the community; because you give it right back when we need it!

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