2008-04-11 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Commentary By Liz Guarino

Closeness to the water can be interesting and sometimes a bit scary. Early on Tuesday, the tides were rolling in on Walton Road and not too far from Noel! Quite a few of our neighbors note that the tides are getting higher in recent times and the water is coming further up on the land. Whether it's caused by shrinking salt marshes or global warming and a subsequent rise in sea level, is not known- at least not by non-scientists. But a lot of folks have their eyes on tides in the streets and will note if they exceed what used to be maximum reach of the sea. Meanwhile, a kingfisher will be stalking his finny prey in the briny depths of the (most of the time dry) streets!

Christ Presbyterian Church at Noel and Church Roads is holding Bingo on Friday, April 18 in the Church Hall. Doors open at 6 p.m.; early bird at 6:30 p.m. Bingo starts at 7 p.m. Coffee and cake will be served. Donation is $5 per person.

An Earth Day Cleanup will be at the Subway Station Garden later this month. Volunteers are needed for the Earth Day Cleanup at the Subway Station Garden on Saturday, April 19 at 10 a.m. Bring a pair of work gloves and wear old clothing. Contact Ed Wilmarth at 718 945-1068 or Barbara Toborg at 718 474-1127.

Christ Presbyterian Church will have their 14th Annual Sauerbraten Supper in the Church Hall on Sunday, April 20 from 3 p.m. till….! Coffee, tea, juice and cake will be served. Call the week before for reservations; call if you want to buy 50/50's. To reserve dinners and/or buy 50/50's call the Church at 718 945-3443, Cathy at 718 344-1688, Janet at 718 318-6454 or Al at 718 474-0534. Donation is $12.50 per order. Reservations are a must; deliveries will be available.

A two-session Defensive Driving Course sponsored by St. Virgilius Church (all proceeds benefit St. Virgilius Religious Education Program) will be held on Monday, April 28 and Tuesday April 29 from 7 to 10 p.m. in the School Building, 16 Noel Road, Broad Channel in the lunchroom (entrance is on Church Road). For attending this course you can receive 10 percent off your car insurance for 3 years OR up to 4 points off your license. Cost is $60. Seats are limited. Payment in full guarantees a seat. No test is given and refreshments will be served. Call Helen 945-4648 or Cindy 634-5449 to register. If you attended the course on May 2 and 3 2005, your certificate expires on May 3, 2008. (The previous defensive driving course was completely filled- to be sure there is a seat for you, call right away!)

According to the National Park Service program, National Parks Week is April 19 through 27. During National Parks Week, visit the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge and take part in its programs. Walk the West Pond Trail led by a ranger on Saturday, April 19 from 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. It will be sunset going and coming back there will be a Pink Moon. Attendees may see the spring dance of the American woodcock. Sign up in advance; dress for the weather that day. Register by calling 718 318-4340.

On Sunday, April 20 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge visitor center, learn why the building is called "green." Examine the building and learn what makes the building special on this ranger led event.

On Sunday, April 20 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, join children's book illustrator and artist, Patricia Wynne. Bring a pencil and sketchpad and learn how to sketch quick wildlife drawings. Get ideas for a journal and for how to publish your work. The event includes a book signing. Sign up in advance.

At the workshop held on March 15 at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, designed to help communities understand, evaluate and influence the planning process that can protect them from climate change, a lot of information was put forth. It was agreed that aggressive action is needed to prepare for emergencies, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and adapt to climate change. Solutions lie in civic engagement and community organizing, youth development and education (and service activities), and building dialogue and information in local media for green living ideas at school, office and home. Most common ideas were marshland conservation and regeneration with help of government, educational reform and expansion in schools and community, energy monitoring and efficiency in houses, raising land and bulkheading, adopting ecosmart technology (renewable) to take Broad Channel off grid, using mass transit/bikes/walking and limiting car use, and electing the right-minded and able officials. (More on this workshop in a future column.)

Spring cleaning! It's almost time for this annual activity to take place. Or at least go through your closets- especially if you have growing children who probably will not fit in the winter clothes they wore this past winter. It's great if you have someone to pass them to. Backyard or sidewalk sales are a great way to find a new home for unwanted clothes if you have the patience for the sales- a lot of folks don't. If you don't do sidewalk sales and don't have anyone to pass the outgrown clothes to, there are (unfortunately) lots of poor people living in New York City who can't afford new clothes for themselves or their kids and would be very appreciative of having them. The nearest drop box for clothing is located on the Rockaway Freeway near the intersection of Beach Channel Drive in Rockaway (on the gas station property).

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