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Happy 2007! Temperatures that are unseasonably high for this time of year continue. Maybe there will not be any snow or ice this winter- no skidding, no sliding and falling.
The new president of the BCAC, John Blake, sent an email with important information. Here is what it said: "It's that time of year again...time to prepare for Baseball and Softball! The 2007 registration for the BCAC Jamaica Bay Little League will be held on Saturday, January 13 and Saturday, January 20 from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. Registration will take place at the VFW Hall located on Crossbay Boulevard and Shad Creek Road.
"We will be putting both girls softball and boys baseball into the CYO program. This will be for children born from 1991 to 1998 only. The younger children will be in our in-house program. The ages for in-house range from 3 to 8 years and are determined by the child's actual age on May 1, 2007.
"The registration fees are as follows: $100 for the first child; $75 for the second child, and $60 for the third child (ages 7 and up). The fee for T-ball/Instructional is $40 per child (ages 3 to 6). There will be a $25 Late Fee assessed after January 20. Note that late registration will be taken only if there are openings available for that specific division. Each family is also required to purchase $25 in 'Field Maintenance' raffles. The prize will be $500 in cash. These funds help to offset the costs of upgrading and maintaining the 'New' field. Please register early and on-time. This enables the league to properly set-up teams and prepare for the upcoming season."
Story Time/Picture Book Time for preschoolers will continue to meet on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Library until Wednesday, January 31. For children ages 3 ½ to 5 years, this program features music, stories, games and other activities suitable for the preschool set.
An email from Dan McIntyre of the BCVFD arrived here and this is what it said about one of the most looked-forward-to-events sponsored by the vollies: "Our night with Santa was a great success. Our members visited many homes and enjoyed these visits as much as the children. We always have an over abundance of volunteers for the Santa detail. We wish to thank our hosts for allowing us to share in their holiday festivities. As a side note, Santa says he has a large scrapbook and will welcome any photos you may wish to share with him. Once again, thank you for a most enjoyable night."
McIntyre further advised that "the firehouse will be conducting a CPR course tentatively scheduled for Saturday January 20 at 11 a.m. This course will be held in the VFW Hall on Shad Creek Road. Upon completion, a certification card will be issued. Knowing CPR can make the difference between life and death. The administering of CPR in the first minutes of an emergency could save someone you love or work with. The fee for this class is $50. A small price when you consider the results of not having this lifesaving knowledge. We welcome groups of any size to attend. This is especially important for those of us who care for children or the elderly at home."
The DOS will pick up Christmas trees at the curb from Friday, January 5 through Tuesday, January 16. Trees will be chipped, mixed with leaves, and made into compost for NYC's green spaces. If you prefer to drop off your tree, DOS has arranged for them to be dropped off on Saturday, January 6 and Sunday, January 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Shore Front Parkway & Beach 94th Street in Rockaway Beach. (This is a drop-off location only; no mulch or chips will be available here.)
On Sunday, January 7 from 1 to 3 p.m. the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Cross Bay Boulevard. at the north side of our community will present a Nature Photography Workshop. A photographer, Johann Schumacher, will offer helpful hints on the ins and outs of photographing wildlife, plants and landscapes. After his presentation the photographer and audience will move outdoors (if the weather cooperates) and take pictures, putting what they have just learned into practice. Reservations are a must and can be made by telephoning 718-318-4340.
On Saturday, January 20 from 10 a.m. to noon join "Winter Birding on the Bay" with naturalist, Don Riepe at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Walk along refuge trails and find winter waterfowl in the bay's wetlands; find owls, hawks and snowbirds too. Binoculars are a must; bring lunch. Reservations are a must; phone 718-318-4340.
Kids aged 7 to 12 will have their own winter birding workshop on Sunday, January 28 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. This workshop has indoor and outdoor sections in which kids will have practice with bird identification. They will also learn about different adaptations birds have made to insure their survival. Kids should wear outdoor-appropriate clothing and bring binoculars. Reservations are a must.
A series of lecture workshops having historical subjects pertaining to Jamaica Bay on Wednesday nights will be held at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Cross Bay Boulevard. beginning on February 7. The first presentation will be a discussion with Dan Hendrick who is the author of a book on Jamaica Bay. A presentation on Robert Moses and Jamaica Bay will take place on February 21 and the role of railroads and trolleys in developing Jamaica Bay will be held on February 28. All three workshops will begin at 7 p.m.