2010-05-28 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

Summer is approaching slowly, but surely – even though it has been, overall, cool for this time of year. And it looks like the heat is well on its way too. Some years, we go into hot weather in April — this year it waited until the end of May. With plenty of sunshine, the gardeners among us are well on their way to a yard with lots of soft grass, bountiful bushes, pretty posies and/or robust, flavorful vegetables.

In Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Friday, May 28 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., it will be high tide and time for “Horseshoe Crabs and the Flower Moon.” On this ranger-led walk down the West Pond Trail, you’ll see the activity of the horseshoe crabs and the rise of the full Flower Moon. Bring binoculars. Sign up in advance at 718- 318-4340.

A Jamaica Bay Sunset Cruise will take place on Saturday, May 29 from 2 to 5 p.m. aboard the two-deck boat the Golden Sunshine out of Pier 2, Sheepshead Bay. There will be a 3-hour narrated tour of the backwater marshes of Jamaica Bay. Learn about the history and ecology of the bay; see nesting peregrine falcons, osprey, herons, egrets, ibis, shorebirds and waterfowl. Cost of $45 includes guides, wine and cheese, fruit, drink, snacks. Leaders for the tour will be Mickey Cohen and Don Riepe. To reserve send check to American Littoral Society, 28 West 9 Road, Broad Channel, NY 11693. For more information, call 718-318-9344 or email: driepe@nyc.rr.com

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 traditional 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!”

The NYC Audubon Horseshoe Crab Hike is set for Sunday, May 30 from 10 a.m. to noon at the North Channel Bridge. Participants will meet at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge and carpool to the bridge and look for horseshoe crabs that are mating and shorebirds with naturalist Don Riepe. Bring binoculars. Advance register at 718- 318-4340.

Reverend James T. Devine, who was ordained on May 28, 1960, is known to many Channel people who may not realize that his Golden Jubilee of Priestly Ordination is almost upon us. The Celebration will be held on June 13. Mass will be held at St. Rose of Lima Church at 11 a.m. for those wishing to attend. A reception will be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Rockaway Knights of Columbus at 333 Beach 90 Street. Cocktail hour, buffet dinner, open bar, live music are included at $35 per person. Tickets can be bought from St. Rose of Lima Rectory at 718- 634-7394 and the Knights of Columbus at 718-634-3699. Checks should be made payable to Knights of Columbus Rockaway Council.

Did you know that the Relay for Life is being held at Riis Park on Saturday, June 12 and Sunday, June 13? The Relay begins at 5 p.m. and the survivors’ lap is at 6 p.m.

Christ Presbyterian Church will have Bingo in the church hall on Noel and Church Roads on the following Tuesday nights: June 22, June 29, July 6 and July 13. Doors will be opened at 6 p.m. Early Bird is at 6:45 p.m. Bingo starts at 7 p.m. Donation is $5. Coffee, tea and cake will be served.

Kids: Take part in fun at a nearby national park this summer; for us, of course, that means the Wildlife Refuge or Gateway in general. Boys and girls 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.

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 Beach 116 Street office. David will make arrangements for pickup.)

BCVFD’s Junior Department is sanctioned by the Boy Scouts of America Explorer program. It is open to boys and girls 12 and older. Openings also exist for much needed Senior Advisors. Advisors meet with the Juniors and supervise their activities while in BCVFD quarters, usually one afternoon or early evening a week. No experience is required; responsible adults who are not currently active BCVFD members with time to spare to guide the young people are preferred. Those interested in joining as members or advisors please contact Dan McIntyre at 347-678-5757 or call the firehouse at 718-474-6888 any evening. Volunteers are always welcome and needed.

This is the last column in May and there’s lots of activity planned for all to enjoy this summer. Enjoy the nice weather and the company of family, friends and neighbors at Mardi Gras fun summer events!

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.

Email can be sent to: Lizbcbits@aol.com

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