2009-06-19 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

BCVFD To Sponsor Several Events
Commentary By Liz Guarino

Overall, it has been a cool, wet spring. We have had so much rain so far this June, all of the wetness may set a record or two. It's a refreshing change from the weather of recent years. Those years when winter seems to linger on—and then—we find ourselves feeling August-type heat in April—are for the birds!

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 until …, $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/riispark ny (team name is "Meg's Mighty Meanderers") or stopping by PS 47 to see Eilene Hanning, team captain. Donations accepted until the Saturday, June 27 Riis Park Relay.

A Jamaica Bay Sunset Cruise will take place on Saturday, June 20 from 5 to 8 p.m. The three-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.

Enjoy a summertime "Bird Walk" in Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge with naturalist Don Riepe on Saturday, June 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. It's breeding season for birds; look for various summertime inhabitants. Wear insect and sun protection, bring bottled water. Sign up in advance at 718-318-4340.

On Sunday, June 21 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge look for wildflowers and hear stories about them. Wear insect and sun protection and sign up in advance at 718-318-4340.

The last meeting of Story Time at the library this season will be on Wednesday, June 24 at 10:30 a.m.

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. All are invited.

Help tidy up the shoreline of Jamaica Bay at the North Channel Beach Cleanup on Sunday, June 28 from 10 a.m. to noon. Bags and gloves will be provided. Sun and insect protection are musts; it is recommended that drinking water be brought. Sign up in advance at 718-318-4340.

The Shad Creek Association will present its 15th Annual "It's A Fluke" Fishing Tournament on Saturday, July 11. The Association is located at 529 Crossbay Boulevard in Broad Channel, NY on Jamaica Bay. The Captain's meeting/sign-up will be Thursday, July 9 from 5 p.m. till …! The tournament runs from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Weigh-in is at the clubhouse and there will be a BBQ and beverages at the weigh-in party! For more info or any questions, email them at: ShadCreek Assoc@aol.com.

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, or organization, call for an order sheet.

From our vollies: "The BCVFD wishes to thank all our friends and neighbors who have already contributed to this year's fund drive and—please— also as a reminder to those who have not yet contributed. This is how we raise the majority of our operating funds for the entire year. We still need your help."

The BCVFD will sponsor the 3rd annual "Movie Night Under The Stars" at the BCAC ball field at 2nd Road on Saturday, July 18 at 8 p.m.

They will provide service for old time drive-in snack; moviegoers should bring their blankets and lawn chairs. A small admission fee will be charged per family. Movie title still not selected. Anyone having ideas, suggestions about title please contact the firehouse.

The BCVFD will host the 2nd annual "Irish Festival" on Saturday, August 8tat the BCAC ball field at 2nd Road. This year's event will feature two bands, many more vendors and activities for the kids.

This year we will be installing tents to cover the expanded rest and dinning area to provide a shaded area so our guests can have shelter from the August sun. Many improvements to last year's fantastic festival have been planned. "Come out enjoy the bands and DJ. Eat, drink and enjoy the atmosphere."

Walkers through the wildlife refuge can see many different and sometimes unusual things. Best known with many types is the wildlife of the winged variety. But there are many interesting green plants to look at also. A bit of greenery that deserve a mention are the cactus plants growing near the edge of the West Pond Trail. While some of the plants look like they are recovering from a bad hangover after a lot of rain, others look great. (The plants were a surprise because I thought cactus only grew in the desert and didn't expect to see any growing in the refuge!) The plants will get yellow flowers sometime in June!

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