2010-06-04 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

The hot weather has been with us of late and there is lots of advice floating around magazines, telling people how to handle the heat. Memorial Day’s cloudy skies and hot temperatures did not seem to dampen anyone’s enthusiasm for backyard barbecue. The unofficial beginning of summer (actual is, of course, June 21) and the start of barbecue season

which always seems too brief) is Memorial weekend.

A Jamaica Bay Sunset Cruise will take place on Saturday, May 29 from 2 to 5 p.m. aboard the 2-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

Reverend James T. Devine 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 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 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.

Boys CYO/BCAC Swim Team Registration will be held at the BCAC field at 1st Road and Cross Bay Boulevard near the American Legion on two consecutive Saturdays between 10 a.m. and noon as follows: on June 12 and June 19. Team members must be able to dive into the pool and swim at least one lap. Freddy Ciappetta at 718-474-2539 will answer any questions. Leave a message, including telephone number; your call will be returned. Fee will be $150 for the first child in a family; $125 for the second child in that family. Fee includes a Speedo swimsuit, goggles, swim cap, pool and CYO registration fees.

Enjoy the program, “Wildflowers and their Pollinators,” in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, June 19 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Pick up some tips for plant identification; what looks like a rose may not be a rose at all. Listen to plant legends and plant lore; learn a bit about the birds and bees as pollinators. Sign up at 718- 318-4340.

It’s “Terrapin Time” in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, June 20 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Indoors, there will be a presentation on bay turtles by a ranger. Afterward, look for turtle nesting signs on the West Pond Trail. Bring drinking water and protection from the sun and insects and binoculars. Sign up in advance at 718-318-4340.

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: Earn a junior ranger patch during your summer vacation from school! Take part in fun at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge (or another section of Gateway). Boys and girls ages 7 to 12 can enjoy activities in the new program, “Junior Rangers.” Pick up a booklet in the visitor center and do 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 have been saving the old equipment for a local recycling event may want to donate the old stuff to an area non-profit to which Broad Channel residents belong. Donate old computer equipment [whether working or not] to Rockaway Artists Alliance – an organization that has a large presence (artists, writers, musicians, actors, etc.) is looking to set up a computer lab to teach basic computing skills and basic digital photography to anyone interested in acquiring these skills.

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.

“There is no such thing in anyone’s life as an unimportant day.” Critic Alexander Woollcott [1887-1943]

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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