2009-05-29 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Commentary By Liz Guarino

A look at the Sunday morning sky had me wondering if onlookers would watch the parade from the overhead safety of an umbrella. But, by 2 p.m. some parade watchers found themselves in the shade.

It was a great day for it and was a fine parade too. Row after row of immaculately uniformed marchers were joined by two groups of bagpipers— one of them larger, with drums.

They were also joined by a Marine Color Guard—making it a larger parade than we've seen in recent years.

There also seemed to be a larger number of watchers, many of whom clutched and/or waved American flags. For those reasons—and, of course— the solemnity and celebration of the occasion, everyone—including the watchers—seemed prouder and somehow taller.

I felt tears stinging my eyes at least twice as the parade went by.

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

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 to help the Wounded Warriors program are being sold for $20; 100 percent of the money goes directly 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 Tshirts.

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.

It's high tide and the best time to see horseshoe crabs on Saturday, June 6 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.

A park ranger will accompany visitors to a prime horseshoe crab spot. Wear waterproof boots, bring a flashlight and insect protection and sign up in advance at 718-318-4340.

Look for horseshoe crabs to come ashore on Sunday, June 7 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.

A park ranger will accompany visitors to see these ancient creatures. Wear waterproof boots; bring insect, sun protection and sign up in advance at 718-318-4340.

Sponsored by North Channel Yacht Club, a bus trip to Hilton Casino will take place on Saturday, June 13.

Bus leaves from NYC at 8 a.m.; there will be bagels and coffee at 7:30 a.m. Cost is $35 per person, coin return slot play $30. For seats call Fred Schmitt at 718-634-9472 or John Heaphy at 718-474-3173.

The BCVFD would like to thank the neighbors who contributed to the 2009 fund drive this past Saturday, May 23. Every home in this town has been visited twice since the start of the campaign.

"We greatly appreciate the generous support," said a spokesperson for the VFD. "If we missed you or you want us to return to your home, please call the firehouse at 718-474-2888 and somebody will come by."

Please call elected officials about bike path safeguards today!

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: Lizbcbits@aol.com

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