2007-09-21 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Time For Migrating Birds
Commentary By Liz Guarino

Fall's official start date is September 23 and the days have been glorious, for the most part. Some days are way too warm to wear a light jacket, while others are a bit too cool to leave off an outer garment. Although the temperatures can do a seesaw when it comes to the height of the mercury in the thermometer, it still can be a pretty terrific time of year- with the schoolchildren back at their studies and organizations and their activities in full swing!

Christ Presbyterian Church will have a Flea Market on Saturday, September 22 from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. in the church hall. Refreshments will be sold. On October 28 at their Spaghetti Dinner, there will be a drawing for $5000. Raffle tickets cost $50 each; 200 tickets will be sold. To buy a ticket, call Sharon at 718-474-3864, or see Al. Spaghetti Dinner will be held in Christ Presbyterian Church hall from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.; admission is $7. Coffee and cake also will be served.

The birds are migrating through the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge and participants in a Sunday, September 23 event at the Refuge can see them on their way, from 1 to 3 p.m. Bring binoculars to watch shorebirds, fall warblers and other birds leaving on their headed-for-the-south trip. Call 718- 318-4340 to sign up.

Learn about the salt marsh- - its plants and wildlife- and restoration efforts at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, on Saturday, September 29 from 1 to 3 p.m. Explore the Broad Channel marsh with a coastal ecologist. Bring waterproof boots. To sign up, call 718- 318-4340.

The Christ Presbyterian Broad Channel Pre-K will be holding its first Bake Sale on Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14. They will be set up outside the firehouse during and after all masses.

In memory of Claire Hanning, the First Annual BCAC Memorial Golf Outing will be held on Tuesday, October 23 at Marine Park Golf Course. Check-in is at 9 a.m.; tee off is at 10. Cost is $150 per golfer and includes: round of golf with cart; continental breakfast; golf shirt; award dinner at the North Channel Yacht Club; and other items. Prizes will be awarded in several categories. Raffles will be sold at the dinner; "dinner only" costs $50. For further information, call John at 917-603-7113; Patrick at 516-376- 7034; or Mike at 718-474-5604.

On Sunday, September 23 and on Saturday, October 13 - the rain date for both is Sunday, October 14- the brand new, 101-foot luxury boat "Golden Sunshine" will sail out of Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. Cruise will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Learn about the history, ecology, management, and wildlife of the Jamaica Bay Refuge. See egrets, herons, osprey, peregrine falcons, oystercatchers, migrating raptors and waterfowl; plus great views of the marshes, JFK Airport and the NYC skyline. Cost of $45 per person includes narrated tour, wine and cheese, fruit, drinks and snacks. Leaders will be Mickey Cohen and Don Riepe. Call 718-318-9344 or email driepe@nyc.rr.com for information. To reserve, send check made out to American Littoral Society to 28 West 9 Road, Broad Channel, NY 11693.

A Book Discussion will be held on Friday, October 12 at the library at 10 a.m.; under discussion will be Ties That Bind, Ties That Break by Lensey Namioka.

The Broad Channel Historical Collection of pictures, documents, and artifacts is usually kept in the local library and displayed in its entirety on Historical Day at the VFW Hall, scheduled this year for October 14, 2007. The Broad Channel Historical Calendar, 2008, will be available for sale, still at the $5 price. Times of high tide- valuable information to residents of a seaside community- are given on the calendar.

On Saturday, September 29 at 4 p.m., there will be a Disability Awareness Mass at St. Gertrude Church in Edgemere. This Mass is dedicated to the memory of the recently deceased pastor, Father Brendan Downing. People with and without disabilities are invited to attend. Due to the planning and implementation of this Mass every year, the Parish Advocate for People with Disabilities from St. Virgilius Church, as well as all the other advocates from the Diocese of Brooklyn's Queens South cluster 3, will receive recognition at the reception during the Bishop's Day with People with Disabilities at St. James Cathedral-Basilica in downtown Brooklyn on Sunday, October 14 at 4 p.m.

BCVFD will again sponsor the Halloween Parade; our neighbors are invited to help in any way they can. Call Dan McIntyre at the firehouse any evening, 718-474-6888; your call will be returned. Or e-mail him through the BCVFD's website www. broadchannelvfd.org/index.htm.

Good news for many people! Starting on October 6, Broad Channel's library will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This news will be welcomed by many adults and children who frequented the library on Saturdays before those hours were cut. Now, fortunately, the hours have been restored to B.C.'s little library and the rest of the branches in the Queens Borough Public library system, as well-a total of 27 branches!

Stargazers' alert: After the sun sets on Wednesday, September 26, turn your gaze to the east and watch the Harvest Moon- made famous through an old song- rise, if it is a clear night.

The Library allows library patrons 16 years old or younger to pay off fines on their cards by reading. They can go to the library and read for a half- hour to get "Library Bucks" worth $1 toward fines. This offer has rules; check with the librarian.

If you have news that belongs in this column, please get the information to me by 9:30 a.m. on the Tuesday before you need the item to appear in The Wave.

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E-mail can be sent to: Lizbcbits@aol.com

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