2009-05-01 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

The spring heat earlier this week was quite a surprise. After the April snow, the early heat wasn't too big of a surprise, but it certainly keeps us on our toes, weather-wise.

Learn about migration in May at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, May 9 from 9 a.m. to noon. Many different visitors — orioles, red winged blackbirds, swallows and warblers — make May home in the refuge. With naturalist Ron Bourque. Bring binoculars. To pre-register (required), call 718-318-4340.

A fact that relates to feathered visitors in our (and other) corner of the planet comes from Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge: May 9 is International Migratory Bird Day.

On Sunday, May 10 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge see many birds and buds with a park ranger. Bring binoculars. Sign up in advance at 718-318- 4340.

Storytime at the library is held on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. until June 24; except for May 13. Storytime, a half hour spent reading picture books, is for small children, ages 2 to 5.

Come to the Community Children's Book Exchange. This book swap is due to take place outside the Broad Channel library on Saturday, May 2 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring a book that your child has outgrown; browse the titles our neighbors have brought to find a book that will be perfect for your child. Saturday, May 9 is the rain date for this event.

Think you are the next Broad Channel Idol? Join the Broad Channel Pre-K for Karaoke Night at Grassy's Bar on Friday, May 8 at 9 p.m. There will be a $5 cover, jello shots, 50/50s, door prizes and prizes for Karaoke singers in different categories. The proceeds from this event will benefit the Broad Channel Pre-K.

Christ Presbyterian Church will hold their Annual Spring Fair and Plant Sale on Saturday, May 9 in the church hall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be flats, flowers and Mother's Day plants. Kitchen will be open: franks, soda, coffee and tea will be available for purchase.

Sealife Rescue will be at the Broad Channel library on Wednesday, May 13 at 4 p.m. Watch a live videoconference program from Florida and learn how scientists rescue and treat injured or sick sea animals.

Christ Presbyterian Church will present Bingo in the church hall on Noel and Church Roads on Friday, May 15. Doors open at 6 p.m. Early Bird is at 6:30 p.m. Bingo starts at 7 p.m. Donation is $5. Coffee, tea and cake will be served.

The next novel under discussion by the Book Discussion Group will be Sold by Patricia McCormick — a book about contemporary human sexual slavery, on Saturday, May 30 at 11 a.m. at the library.

Some words from Dan McIntrye: "We are facing a very dangerous situation concerning the lack of protection along the new bike path on Cross Bay Boulevard. We have to urge our neighbors to get involved and call their representatives. We can't just stand by while our families are mowed down by reckless drivers on the stretch. We've pulled many knuckleheads and many innocent people from wrecks over the years along the road. It's always a tragedy and I always feel bad when an unsuspecting driver is involved in these accidents. Now, because of the new bike path, we are subjecting our children and friends to a very dangerous situation.

It's time we started to insist that our government take responsibility and install either "Jersey barriers" or similar devices along, at the very least, the west side of the boulevard. Barriers will at least keep the cars on the pavement. Cars are equipped with safety devices to keep the occupants safe. Bicyclists and pedestrians have no such protection. The City of New York's answer to this problem has been to have the P. D. give more speeding tickets. The P.D. only catches one in a hundred speeders. That leaves plenty of others the chance to drive recklessly and crash.

"I have discussed this with our new Councilman and have reached out to Congressman Weiner's office. Its time for YOU to take action and call. Our politicians do not take action unless they have to. YOUR calls will force them to do something. Call ALL on the list in the front of this paper. Let them know that this matters to you and is a HUGE quality of life issue."

On the BCVFD: "Some of our neighbors have passed comments to our crews conducting a can drive on Cross Bay Boulevard the last few weeks. Please — our department conducts these drives so we may collect from the very people we occasionally serve — the drivers who pass through our town. If you live in town and contribute to our organization through fund drive or united way. Thank you. You and anyone else for that matter are under no obligation to contribute during these drives. We do not like to be out there, but we have bills to pay too.

"We will visit our neighbors for fund drive the weekend of May 11th. I will be available to speak with any resident who has a concern or comment. I can also be contacted via the firehouse, our web site, or via my personal email at mailto:Cracky57@aol.com. Our volunteers spend considerable time undergoing formal EMT and Firefighting training. We also require them to go through in-house training and serve tours. Please give them a break when they are going the extra mile as they conduct fund raising activities. Remember, they would also love to be home enjoying the beautiful weather with their families. Thanks from Dan McIntyre, Chief BCVFD"

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Email can be sent to: Lizbcbits@aol.com

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