2010-05-14 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

“Where did the spring go?” was a common question heard a lot earlier this week. And the winds were really gusty too. It was really something to see some folks back in their winter coats, collars up to keep the wind from blowing in. Now that we’re halfway through May, maybe the season will warm up!

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 Blvd and plant a few flowers. The BCBC will be distributing plastic bags for the debris and flowers for the planting.

The 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.”

In Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, May 16 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., join “Woodland Birding 101.” It’s peak migration time in the refuge — a good time to do some ‘warbler watching.’ Pick up some tips as you stroll the garden trails. Bring binoculars. Sign up in advance at 718-318-4340.

The Relay for Life team, My Ladies, is hosting a yard/bake sale on Sunday, May 16 at 11 a.m. at 1309 Crossbay Boulevard; donations of items or monetary ones gladly accepted. 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.)

My Ladies will be hosting a spaghetti and meatball dinner on Thursday, May 20 at Grassy Point starting at 5 p.m. The dinner costs $5 for children, $7 for adults; eat in or delivery. Delivery orders must be received by 3 p.m. on the 20th.

Deliveries start at 5:30. All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society. My Ladies is an all woman team with three cancer survivors on it; many family and friends support the team. Members are relaying in honor of someone.

Young children (ages 4 to 8) accompanied by an adult will be able to take a close look at plant parts from “roots to shoots” in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, May 23 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. They will also have the opportunity to plant wildflowers in the garden of the visitor center. Advance registration is a must. Call 718-318- 4340.

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.”

Broad Channel Athletic Club’s Hall of Fame Dinner will be held Saturday, May 29 at the North Channel Yacht Club in Broad Channel.

The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. A roast beef dinner will be served. Please get your tickets early, as the inductees are sure to draw a crowd and space is limited. For ticket information, 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 computer 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 116 Street office. David will make arrangements for pickup.]

Seniors without any insurance may be eligible for a free eye exam and free treatment for a condition found during this exam through the Senior EyeCare Program. Eligible Medicare recipients will have no out of pocket expense. If you are a senior age 65 or older; a U.S. citizen or legal resident; have not been seen by an ophthalmologist in three or more years, and do not belong to an HMO or the VA, call the help line operator at 1-800-222-EYES [3937] 24/7. [If you’re not eligible, maybe a friend or relative can take advantage of this.]

Children ages 7 to 12 can enjoy activities in Gateway’s new program, “Junior Rangers” at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, (or Floyd Bennett Field, Fort Tilden or Jacob Riis Park) by picking up a booklet in the visitor center and doing the activities in it. All junior ranger candidates will receive a junior ranger badge and a certificate for each site completed. Candidates who complete all four sites will get a junior ranger patch.

Please send material to be published in the column by Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. of the week before it is to appear. Thank you very much for your consideration.

Email for insertion into this column can be sent to: Lizbcbits@aol.com

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