2009-05-15 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

The trees are getting decked out in their warm weather outfits and those leafy branches look great! We didn't have that much rain, but plants and grass have really gotten tall in very little time. And lots of folks are enjoying going here and there without a jacket. Spring is in the air!

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.

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 trails and explore the refuge. Bring binoculars. Sign up in advance at 718- 318-4340.

On Sunday, May 17 from 10 a.m. to noon in 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 whom 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 UCO annual meeting is Tuesday, May 19 at the North Channel Yacht Club at 8 p.m.

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.

On Sunday, May 24 joint American Legion and VFW Memorial Day Services will take place at Christ Presbyterian Church at 9 a.m. and at St. Virgilius at 10 a.m. The Parade will begin at 2 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Bridge.

Watch the horseshoe crabs come ashore on Sunday, May 24 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. A park ranger will accompany visitors to see these ancient creatures as they come up on the shore to mate and lay their eggs. Wear waterproof boots and 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.

T-shirts are being sold for $20; 100 percent of the money goes directly to the Wounded Warriors program to subsidize events for each soldier. The back of the T-shirt reads "Broad Channel Supports Our Troops." Orders are currently being taken. Call Eddie or Ginger at 718-318-5504 or email vohare@nyc.rr.com. They would like BC to look good and sell a lot and are looking for people to help sell the T-shirts. If you would like to organize a group sale to your club/family/ friends/organization call for an order sheet.

A Jamaica Bay Sunset Cruise will take place on Saturday, May 30 from 5 to 8 p.m. The 3-hour narrated tour of Jamaica Bay will sail out of Sheepshead Bay. Learn about the history and ecology of the bay; see nesting peregrine falcons, osprey, herons, egrets, ibis, shorebirds and waterfowl. The cost of $45 includes narrated tour, wine and cheese, fruit, snacks. For more information call 718-318-9344 or email: driepe@nyc.rr.com. For more program information check: www.als nyc.org. Those who miss the boat may be happy to hear that the next tour will be held on Saturday, May 20 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Since there has been a tragedy on the bike path, some folks find it hard to see the path as a harmless place for recreation. Our neighbors do stroll on it and some folks ride their bikes, too. Unfortunately, politicians overlook issues when they do not hear from their constituents on that issue. And to complicate matters they are unsure who bears responsibility for Cross Bay Boulevard along that stretch of land. So we really have to raise a lot of noise over the absence of safety on the bike path in order to get results. Even if you already called, another call to ask when we would see some results would be fine. We have to keep the pressure on our elected officials to get results to insure the safety of people walking or cycling on the bike path. Nice weather will put more people on that path!

"I would like to thank our neighbors who generously contributed to our annual fund drive when we came around last weekend. Our sweep of the town was very successful and our members enjoyed the days in the sun. For those who were not home, reminders were left in the mailbox. Please use the return envelope if you wish or call the firehouse and someone will stop by. We will be dropping off the "We Gave, We Care" stickers shortly, Our printer was unable to meet the deadline, but stickers will be delivered as soon as possible. Dan McIntyre, BCVFD"

The entire congregation at Christ Presbyterian Church wishes—with grateful appreciation—to thank all who came out last Saturday to support their Spring Fair and Plant Sale.

Flu Facts: The reason authorities watched this outbreak of swine flu [H1N1] so closely is that it affected a good number of people, quickly. So far, it has been a mild flu, but authorities are concerned that it will be much stronger in the fall and winter and therefore present a much bigger worldwide health problem. [That's a good reason for health officials to develop a vaccine and offer it in the fall!]

If you have material that you wish to appear in the column on a Friday, please get the item(s) to me by 9:30 a.m. on the Tuesday before the issue comes out. Please sign your email or note; like the rest of the newspaper, I cannot publish info that comes without a name. Email can be sent to: Lizbc bits@aol.com.

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