2009-05-22 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Elizabeth Guarino

Living in a corner of the U.S. where the seasons change offers us a sure topic of conversation as far as a changeable weather condition. Last week, we had one relatively cold night in the middle of all the warmth and this caught some folks off-guard. Most folks turned their heat off and some folks—the really efficient people—had even put their flannels away until next fall's chill needs their warmth again. One neighbor grumbled to anyone who would listen that he "was freezing all night" when he woke up the next day!

Storytime at the library is held on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. until June 24. 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 per cent 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 e-mail: driepe@nyc.rr.com. For more program information check: www.alsnyc. org. Those who miss the boat may be happy to hear that the next tour will be held on Saturday, June 20 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Some words from the chief: "The Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Corps would like to thank all our neighbors who have already contributed to this year's fund drive effort. Last week's sweep of the town was enjoyable to all our members who went door to door. The kind words of encouragement along with your monetary contributions are a great morale booster.

"We will be returning to distribute "WE Gave, WE Care" window stickers on Saturday, May 23. We will also visit the people we missed last week and those who wished us to return another day. We will be leaving reminders and return envelopes if we miss you a second time. Please use the return envelopes and or call the firehouse at 718-474-6888 and someone will come by to pick up your donation.

"You may wish to become involved in our department's activities; we always welcome new members. We have a very active junior department that meets several times a week which is a great way for you and your children to become involved in the community. We are currently seeking "Mentors" to support the junior department. No Experience Necessary!

"On Sunday, May 24, at 11 a.m. the BCVFD will hold its annual Memorial Service at the firehouse. ALL are welcome. Past members are invited every year; please attend if you are available. This is an official department function; Full Dress required by all active members. The BCVFD will be joining the VFW and the American Legion at parade at 1 p.m. sharp. The parade starts at Van Brunt Road and Cross Bay Boulevard. Please leave time in your long weekend schedule to come out and honor those who gave all for our benefit. Dan McIntyre"

Don't forget to "keep your pedal to the metal" as far as letting our elected officials know we want protective barriers along the Cross Bay Boulevard bike path. Cement barriers protected the state legislators' buildings all the way around and the state legislators and all who work in those buildings when I visited Albany—why not us down here? As we have all seen, cars can leave the road and crash into passersby as well as into buildings— although the buildings will not suffer as much damage as our bodies will! All contact information for all of our elected officials is on page 4 of this newspaper— the information will come in especially helpful if we have to battle to keep the LNG island from being built off the coastline.

And this week we can celebrate keeping the rebate in place! What a relief to a lot of people, especially those who must cross the bridge at least once each day.

For the folks who are into bird watching and/or photographing or want information on these activities in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, the following website provides much useful information: http://www.brooklynbirdclub. org/jamaica.htm

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Email can be sent to: Lizbcbits@ aol.com.

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