2010-05-07 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

Warm temperatures with sunny blue skies and very few clouds and lots of blooming going on – enjoy these beautiful days!

Christ Presbyterian Church will be selling Mother’s Day plants on Mother’s Day Sunday, May 9 outside the church.

In Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, May 8 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., help count the birds. Bring binoculars and a scope if you have one. You’ll cover East and West Pond Trails and the Gardens. Sign up in advance at 718-318-4340.

On Sunday, May 9 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. go on a “Warbler Walk” in Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Enjoy the guided walk through the South and North Gardens looking for warblers and other songbirds. Bring binoculars. Sign up at 718-318-4340.

Join the North Channel Yacht Club bus trip to Trump Casino in Atlantic City on Saturday, May 15. The bus will leave from the NCYC at 8 a.m. Cost per person is $35. On the way to Atlantic City, bingo will be played. A movie will be shown on the way home. Call Fred Schmitt at 718-634-9472 to reserve early and get in on the fun. Checks should be made payable to North Channel Yacht Club.

Judy Zack and Kate Willsen of the Beautification Committee of the Broad Channel Civic Association are holding an Adopt-A-Tree day. “We hope all the neighbors will get together to clear out the tree pits in the center mall of Cross Bay Boulevard and plant a few flowers. The BCBC will be distributing plastic bags for the debris and flowers for the planting. Event will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 15. Everyone who wants to get involved will go to the center mall and pick out the tree pit they want to adopt. A truck (or some vehicle) will ride down Cross Bay distributing flowers and trash bags at the pits that have been adopted. Rain date for the event is May 22.”

Broad Channel has a team in the Relay for Life called My Ladies; if anyone is interested in donating money or any local business is interested in buying a sign, they can contact Sabrina Gross at 718-634-4632. There are about eight people on the B.C. team. All the money raised goes to the American Cancer Society. They will be hosting a yard/bake sale on Sunday, May 16 at 11 a.m. at 1309 Cross Bay Boulevard; anyone interested in donating items or making a monetary donation should contact Sabrina Gross at 718- 634-4632 or Smag406@aol.com. (At the yard sale Sabrina’s 7-year-old daughter will be selling some of her artwork in order to raise money for the team as well.)

A few words from Jack Allen, president of the BCAC: “With Memorial Day a month away, it’s not too early to start thinking about the summer. And here in Broad Channel, that means one thing ... Mardi Gras! This year it’s the BCAC’s turn to host a summer’s worth of events. Rumors are that Movie Night, 3rd Annual Broad Channel Irish Festival, Family Day, Kids “Puttin on the Hits,“ and a Family Camp Out are all on the docket.

“We will kick everything off Memorial Day weekend, with the much anticipated return of the Broad Channel Athletic Club’s Hall of Fame Dinner. The BCAC will induct 10 people into the Hall of Fame for 2010. Induction into the Hall of Fame goes to members and players, who for many years excelled on many levels within the BCAC, and is viewed as a tremendous honor in the organization. The dinner will be held Saturday, May 29 at the North Channel Yacht Club in Broad Channel. The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. In keeping with a 40-year tradition, a roast beef dinner will be served. Please get your tickets early, as our inductees are sure to draw a crowd and space is limited. For ticket information please contact Jack Allen at 646-267-5423 or Mike Kelly at 917- 628-0413. Please join us in a night of great memories on and off the field!”

People who bought new computers and monitors and are saving the old for a recycling event may want to donate the old stuff to an area nonprofit to which Broad Channel residents belong. Donate old computer equipment (whether working or not) to Rockaway Artists Alliance – an art organization that is looking to set up a computer lab to teach basic computing skills and basic digital photography. To arrange to donate your computers, monitors and other computer equipment call David at 917-881-8110, evenings from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Please do not bring equipment to the Beach 116 Street office. David will make arrangements for pickup.)

There was a meeting at the VFW Hall last Monday evening. Discussion centered on the DOT plan to make Cross Bay Boulevard safer for those walking, skating or cycling on the bike path through the Wildlife Refuge. There was a good turnout of local residents who asked for a guardrail, which would be sufficient to safeguard those on the walk.

The DOT has decided on a plan which they said would slow the traffic down. By reducing Cross Bay Boulevard to two lanes of traffic in each direction all the way to the Addabbo bridge, they feel traffic will slow down. One wonders if the DOT realizes that this move will create a health hazard for residents, especially those with asthma, emphysema, COPD or other lung ailments — especially with summer traffic.

With a steady stream of carbon monoxide emissions pouring over our community and the refuge, it seems that these populations will suffer, especially those who live on or near the boulevard. Less important, but worth mentioning, is the potential effect on the animals living in the refuge. Does creating a health hazard to solve a safety problem make sense?

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

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