2011-04-15 / Community

Rockaway Waterfront Alliance Students Meet Captain Vinnie


(Photo left) Elizabeth Gilchrist testing the soil. (Photo left) Elizabeth Gilchrist testing the soil. Last week students at NYCHA Ocean Bay Community Center and RWA Aqua 101 students had the good fortune to meet Capt. Vinnie Calabro, the man behind “The Wheelhouse.” Capt. Calabro brought a visual presentation of the various species of fish that are caught off our shores and brought the kids out to an open area where Calabro could show them the different types of fishing rods and how to cast each of them. Calabro has been working with RWA all winter preparing for the upcoming fishing season and will be hosting a series of fishing clinics this year to teach the local community how to appreciate our waterfront.

Later in the class Calabro, who is trained as a horticulturist, took part in the class led by RWA educators Keneisha Turner and Elizabeth Gilchrist to test the soil of their garden and learn how to adjust it for better plant growth. The students measured the existing soil to be sure when they will have a successful garden this year. They have already been making huge strides by starting the seedlings indoors and in the coming weeks will be getting their crops started outdoors. Keep an eye out for the NYCHA Ocean Bay garden this spring. The kids are working hard on it.



Keneisha Turner and students evaluate the soil. Keneisha Turner and students evaluate the soil.

Captain Vinnie Calabro discusses seasonal changes with the students. Captain Vinnie Calabro discusses seasonal changes with the students.

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