2007-04-20 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Better Weather Coming To Broad Channel
Commentary By Liz Guarino

Commentary By Liz Guarino

By the time you see this it will be sunny- hopefully- and in the 50's! After the weather we had this past Sunday, it would certainly be welcome. I hope no one was out on Sunday who didn't have a slicker, boots, boating skills, good balance- or very good anchoring! What a day it was with all the wind-driven rain. And while some people's houses took on water and some streets flooded, it wasn't as bad as feared or predicted this year. Which doesn't mean the rain didn't cause problems; it did. It was a record rainfall of 7 inches- the wettest day in three decades- but without the full moon that came with all the water in 1992. This year a rowboat was seen plying the waters on a new waterway. It was traveling up and down Sixth Road. (Word has it that there was at least one killie swimming up and down Sixth Road as well, probably enjoying his new and very temporary surroundings. And there was a kingfisher watching the fish very carefully from a position in the sky.

It swooped and dove toward the water a number of times and tried very hard to catch the killie and make a meal out of him, but the killie managed to keep himself free and avoid being caught. Thankfully, even at the height of the storm and 'normal high tide' this year, there was much less water in the streets than there was during the '92 Nor'easter. That year the nor'easter was much, much worse. It was almost scary to have the water on the street corner come up to thigh height on a man. Watching all the water pour down the streets was mind numbing. Seeing the vollies boat down the street must have been an amazing sight to anyone who saw it for the first time. And for anyone who was trapped in their home and needed to leave it on that day, it must have been absolutely wonderful to see the vollies coming to get them.

Friday night Bingo will be held at the North Channel Yacht Club on April 20, with over $600 in prizes. Admission cost is $5 per person. Doors will open at 7 p.m. Early Bird 50/50 split will be available. Calling will start at 7:30 p.m.

There will be a Brunch at the American Legion on Sunday, April 29 from 10 to 2 p.m. This will be the Auxiliary's last Brunch of the season.

The Spring Craft Fair and Flea Market will be held at Christ Presbyterian Church in the Church Hall of 102 Noel Road on Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be flea market items, new items and crafts.

There are "Restless Waterfowl and Early Migrants" on Saturday, April 21 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. This is the time of year when "bird courtship season intensifies." A Park volunteer and bird pro will lead this tour to which registration is a must. Call 718-318-4340 to sign up. Bring your binoculars.

Earth Day is Sunday, April 22. At the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge it's also National Park Week; and to start it off there will be 45 minute guided tours of the recently redone Visitor Center by park rangers. The building has many environmentally friendly features and is "a model of sustainable design."

There will be a big beach cleanup on Earth Day at Plumb Beach. Volunteers from this area and further afield will remove litter and plant shrubs and grasses that are native to the coast.

For more information and to sign up or to find something closer to home, contact the American Littoral Society at 718-318-9344.

The Broad Channel Pre-K will be hosting a Bake Sale on Saturday May 5 and Sunday May 6. We will be selling after all the masses in front of the firehouse.

St. Virgilius Golden Age will run a bus ride to Atlantic City Trump Plaza Casino on Tuesday, May 22. The bus will be boarded at the corner of Noel Road and Crossbay Boulevard.; it will leave promptly at 8:30 a.m. The cost is $30 per person; with coin return of $25 and food coupon worth $5.

For further information or to reserve a seat on the bus call Dolores at 718-634-9472 or Margaret at 718-945-4967.

Wharton's is open. The shelves are filled with make-up, hair supplies, cards, wrapping paper, candy, candles, school supplies, picture frames, medicines and much more. One of my neighbors overheard that there is a full time pharmacist on board and a part time pharmacist is being worked on. Plus, there's nothing nicer than being able to shop in town!

Not everyone has cable television. And not everyone who has cable television watches the news on channel 1. But any of the neighbors who watch NY1 news might have seen Broad Channel on the TV screen as well as several of our neighbors on NY1 on Saturday. For those who didn't see the news segment, the spotlight was on the Channel as a coastal area which would deal with the wrath of the nor'easter predicted for Sunday, the following day. The news crew went looking for comments from residents. The emphasis was on storm preparedness and our neighbors showed their foresight, strength and planning. There were several neighbors who weighed in on their personal readiness. And, of course many of our vollies were filmed with their boat, showing that they are always suitably equipped and ready, able and prepared to help in any way necessary.

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