2009-05-08 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

It was an interesting week, weatherwise. A little rain here; a lot of rain there; cloudy skies here; cloudy skies there and some warm sunshine in between! Needless to say, the April showers weren't around very often during that month, but it seems that May is making up for that!

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.

Think you are the next Broad Channel I

dol? 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.

Learn about May migration at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, May 9 from 9 a.m. to noon. Many different feathered 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 the feathered visitors in our (and other) corner(s) 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.

On Saturday, May 16 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge take a "Morning Walk with a Ranger." Walk through and explore the refuge. Bring binoculars. Sign up in advance at 718-318-4340.

On Sunday, May 17 from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, take part in celebrating the theme—Birds in Culture—of International Migratory Bird Day. Stroll through the refuge and look for colorful migratory birds, many of which have flown great distances from other countries in distant parts of the world to spend time in the refuge. Bring binoculars. Sign up in advance at 718-318- 4340.

The 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.

The BCVFD "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"

"Broad Channel is proud to support the Wounded Warriors who will be visiting the area in July. T-shirts are being sold for $20; 100 percent of the money goes directly to the program to subsidize events for each soldier. The back of the T-shirt reads 'Broad Channel Supports Our Troops.' Or-ders are currently being taken. Call Eddie or Ginger at 718-318-5504 or email vohare@nyc.rr.com. We would like BC to look good and sell a lot, therefore, we are looking for people to help sell the Tshirts. If you would like to organize group sale to your club/ family/ friends/organization call for an order sheet."

On the danger to people on the BC bike path, all neighbors are asked to contact all of our elected officials on this matter. We need to let them know about our displeasure with the situation. The more calls our officials get, the sooner they will act. If you're not phone person, write a letter and make a copy for each official or send the same email to each of them. If they don't hear from enough of us, the situation will not be looked at and anyone on the bike path will be exposed to danger. It is terrible tragedy that our neighbor died while doing what was considered to be a safe activity in the past, but is now realized to be highly dangerous on the bike path. Addresses for all elected officials are in the front of this newspaper.

Nose for News: Did you know that "recycling one aluminum can will save enough energy to power a TV for three hours? Did you know that 14 recycled plastic bottles yield enough fiberfill for a ski jacket?" (This information comes from Waste Management.)

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Email can be sent to: Lizbcbits@aol.com

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