2010-06-11 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

More than a few people predicted that we’d feel summer’s heat all at once rather than gradually. And they were right — it’s the first half of June and we’ve had heat that usually comes along in late summer. Still, when a day where temperatures are in the 70s is outside the door unexpectedly, it feels especially good — particularly if it’s in the middle of a lot of hot days!

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.

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. There will be a presentation on bay turtles by a ranger indoors. Afterward, look for turtle nesting signs on the West Pond Trail. Bring drinking water and protection from the sun and insects; bring 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.

A Jamaica Bay Sunset Cruise will take place on Sunday, June 27 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Cruise consists of a three hour narrated cruise along the backwater marshes of Jamaica Bay aboard the two deck boat, the Golden Sunshine. Learn about the history and ecology of the bay; see nesting peregrine falcons, osprey, herons, egrets, ibis, shorebirds and waterfowl. Boat will leave from Pier 2, Sheepshead Bay. Cost of $45 includes guides, wine and cheese, fruit, drink, snacks. Leaders are 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 send Email to: driepe@nyc. rr.com.

Have you been saving your old computer equipment for a local recycling event? Some neighbors have donated their old stuff to an area non-profit to which Broad Channel residents belong. Additional donations will be most gratefully accepted. Donate your old computer equipment (whether working or not) to Rockaway Artists Alliance – an organization that has a large presence (artists, writers, musicians, actors etc.) and 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.)

Calling All Teens: What are you planning to do with your time this summer??? BCVFD’s Junior Department is sanctioned by the Boy Scouts of America Explorer program and 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.

The 1st annual Jamaica Bay softball old timer’s fundraiser game between Grassy Point and O’s Pub will be held on Friday of Labor Day Weekend at 6 p.m. at the BCAC field. Proceeds of the game will benefit the Mardi Gras committee. If you played Jamaica Bay Softball in the late 70s/early 80s, join your team. For further information see John Hanning or Marty Feeney.

Memorial Day is a time for remembering and honoring the sacrifices many men and women have made to allow us the freedoms we cherish. Watching the parade is a good way to pay tribute to these brave people. Watching the parade and being featured in a neighborhood newspaper other than The Wave is a rarity. But, it happened to several neighborhood cuties — one of whom was on the cover of a different paper. If you took your kids to the parade in B.C. and would like to see the other paper’s photos to see if your child is in one of them, send me an email or call if you have the telephone number. I saved the issue of this newspaper that carries the Memorial Parade photos so parents can look for their kids. (That newspaper is archived online, but I saw no photos when I searched the archives.)

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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