Broad Channel Bits
Commentary By Liz Guarino
Nice weather has been the word since the nor'easter blew over our heads with all of its rain, and then left town. It is so nice to be able to stroll through the neighborhood and see friends out and about. The windows can be left open now and seeing the curtains fluttering in the breeze coming through the windows is really nice- an occurrence we had not seen in a while. Daffodils grace some yards and the trees are working hard at growing out their leaves. Ah, Spring- it feels like all is well with the world!
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 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 Broad Channel Pre-K will be hosting a Bake Sale on Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6 after all the masses. It will be located 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 Cross Bay 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.
From the VFW comes this message: "We used to be hot, now we're cold!" They happily announce a "new and improved Air-Conditioned Hall!" And they are having a Mother's Day Brunch on Sunday, May 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with the usual breakfast treats on the menu. Donation of $6 per adult; children are half price.
The VFW also announces its first Bar-B-Q of the year on Saturday, May 26 to which all are welcome. This will be followed by an additional six brunches and four BBQ's during the year. (As details become available on the BBQ's and brunches, I will print them.)
Learn how to create a Nature Journal with Regina McCarthy, an educator and a park volunteer, at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, April 28 from 1 to 4 p.m. This workshop is aimed at educators and parents, but all who love outdoor life are welcome to attend as well. Workshop is sure to deepen participants' connection with the world around them. Sign up by telephoning 718-318-4340.
Learn how to bird in your own backyard at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to noon. Learn how to identify birds you would find in your own yard. Bring your binoculars. This event is geared for children age 10 and up. Sign up in advance.
There will be a Jamaica Bay Sunset Cruise on Saturday, June 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. The three-hour narrated tour of the backwater marshes of Jamaica Bay aboard the 96 foot "Dorothy B VIII" will sail out of Sheepshead Bay. Meet at Pier #6 (Emmons Avenue & Dooley Street, Brooklyn). Learn about the history and ecology of the bay; see nesting peregrine falcons, osprey, herons, egrets, ibis, shorebirds and waterfowl. Mickey Cohen and Don Riepe will lead the event. The cost of $45 includes narrated tour, wine and cheese, fruit and snacks. To reserve, send a check for $45 per person to: American Littoral Society, c/o Don Riepe, 28 West 9th Road, Broad Channel, NY 11693. For more information call 718-318-9344 or e-mail: driepe@ nyc.rr.com. This is a cooperative program between Gateway NRA, NYC Audubon and the American Littoral Society.
For more program information check: www.alsnyc.org or www. nycaudubon.org. Those who miss this tour may be happy to hear that the next tour will be held on Saturday, June 16, from 5 to 8 p.m.
AARP had a lot to say about cell phones in one of its publications recently, possibly in response to an email that has been making the rounds of the internet. It said that folks do not have to sign their cell phones with the "do not call" registry- that it is prohibited by federal law to use automatic dialers to call cell phones. It advises anyone getting calls that should not be coming through to file a complaint by telephoning 1-877-382-4357 or getting and completing a complaint form with the FTC at: www.ftc.gov and the do not call registry can be reached by phoning: 1-888-382-1222 or go to the website at: www.ftc.gov/donotcall.
It's time for spring planting again. To help those trees, plants, grasses and shrubs grow tall and sturdy, the DOS is offering free compost again to folks who will pick it up on Saturdays, May 12 and 19 and Sundays, May 13 and 20 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (If you prefer to make your own compost instead of hauling theirs in the future, they will sell you a compost bin for it at the discounted rate of $20.) The facility is in Brooklyn.
Take the Belt Parkway to the first exit west of Howard Beach, Erskine Street. Unlimited amounts of compost are free to residents of NYC. If you have computer equipment, TVs or cell phones they will accept them on the above days for recycling. And if you have outgrown clothing that is still serviceable you can donate it there those days too.
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