By Michael White
All over Bayport and Blue Point are the lawn signs: “BBP ❤️Franny.”
The signs have been popping up for weeks to honor and support lifetime community member Franny Columbini, 76, who was critically injured April 6 in a hit-and-run accident, as he rode his bicycle along Blue Point Avenue.
On Tuesday just before 1 p.m., residents lined the same street, six feet apart, to deliver a royal welcome home to their beloved “Frannie,” who arrived back in Blue Point via a police escort after spending six weeks recovering in the hospital.
During Columbini’s convalescence, his friends back home created a “Franny Strong” Facebook group. The photos and memories shared in the group lifted Columbini’s spirit during his hospital stay.
Meanwhile, the community started churning out the “BBP ❤️Franny” signs, accepting a $10 suggested donation for each sign, to raise money to help offset medical and other expenses related to Columbini’s injuries.
If you’re interested in contributing to the fund, make your checks out to the Bayport Blue Point Foundation and write “Franny” on the memo line.
Mail the check to:
Bayport Blue Point Foundation
PO Box 750
Bayport, NY 11705
An arrest wasn’t made in the wreck until early May. A 36-year-old Selden man was charged with leaving the scene of an accident with serious physical injury.