2009-06-05 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Summer Brings Many Community Events
Commentary By Liz Guarino

Warm weather and wetness have been keeping lawns green and flowers bright and pretty. They also bring people out for stepped up activity as Channel people shrug off jackets and sweaters and join the fun scheduled for this next week and read about the fun that will surround us as we move through summer.

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 Eat Cake by Jeanne Ray on Saturday, June 27 at 11 a.m. at the library. The book is perfect for summer—lighthearted and fun.

A Jamaica Bay Sunset Cruise will take place on Saturday, June 20 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.

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 NCYC 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.

As a part of P.S. 47's ongoing fundraiser for the American Cancer Society's "Relay for Life" on behalf of Meg Kelly, a well-known and loved teacher who lost her battle to cancer this year, they will sponsor "Night Out at the Ruffle Bar" on Friday, June 19 from 8 'til …, $5 at the door. There will be raffle baskets and 50/50s. D.J. Scott will provide music. Those who would like to make a monetary donation can do so at: WWW.RELAYFORLIFE.ORG/ RIISPARKNY (team name is "Meg's Mighty Meanderers") or stopping by PS 47 to see Mrs. Eilene Hanning, Team Captain. Donations accepted until the Saturday, June 27 Riis Park Relay.

Mark the Calendar! The Shad Creek Association will present its 15th Annual "It's A Fluke" Fishing Tournament on Saturday, July 11. The Captain's meeting/sign-up will be Thursday, July 9 from 5 pm 'til …! For more information or any questions, email them at ShadCreekAssoc@aol.com.

"The BCVFD wants to thank neighbors who contributed to the fund drive. If we missed you we will return, just call 718-474- 6888 or contact us through our website or email me at cracky57@aol.com, Please use 'fund drive' as subject to avoid being sent to spam. Our fund drive this year has been very successful, but many of our friends have not made their donation as of yet. The BCVFD relies very heavily on the monies from the fund drive; we receive little monetary help from state and city governments. The Fund Drive is a labor intensive effort and it taxes our membership who also must serve tours, respond to emergencies and perform duties at the firehouse."

Save the Dates! The BCVFD will present "Movie Night under the Stars" scheduled for July 18 at 8 p.m. at the BCAC ball field. The movie title has not been decided yet. This is the 3rd year; it's a nice night out with the kids and grandkids. They will serve refreshments and snacks; just bring beach chairs and blankets.

The 2nd Annual "Broad Channel Irish Festival" is scheduled for August 8. Two bands are booked for the event, many more venders are coming, and rest and eating areas will be expanded and improved. There will be many activities for the kids to enjoy while you enjoy the music and refreshments.

More "Mardi Gras" events are planned. If you're interested in helping or have suggestions please contact Dan McIntyre. New members are always welcome as are those who wish to help but don't have the time to join as active members. Fundraising and event planning are vital duties at the BCVFD. If you wish to help, please call or stop by and visit us.

Our community soon will have the protection of a 'new' piece of firefighting equipment, thanks to Ed Wilmarth and Dan McIntyre, who worked outdoors and in the often-frigid winter temperatures to build a $50,000 fire engine from scratch. Ed particularly wanted to ensure that the town would be protected for many years to come!

Very few calls were made to our elected officials (one got no calls) about the lack of safety protection for people using the bike path. State Senator Huntley has a community liaison for matters like this, Ed O'Hare. Contact him via her office to express concern about the bike path. Probably very few of us use it, yet we are the ones closest to the situation. If we don't say anything, no safeguards will be provided and another person(s) may meet a tragic end on the path. The offices for Pheffer and Ulrich told me they will keep concerned callers aware of progress in the bike path matter.

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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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