Saturday, April 30, 2016

Broad Channel American Park - Horseshoe Crab Habitat Spring Cleaning

Volunteers Tidy up Broad Channel Crab Habitat

  • 29th April 2016
PHOTO: Courtesy of the American Littoral Society
By Forum Staff
Earlier this month, more than 150 volunteers, led by the American Littoral Society and New York Cares, manually removed an estimated 60,000 pounds of asphalt, rocks and other debris from a horseshoe crab habitat at Broad Channel American Park.
According to the ALS, the crabs will soon be coming to the shore to spawn during high tide from mid-May through mid-June. Thanks to the extremely motivated volunteers, the crabs will have a larger area in which to breed this year.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge – Have you been there?

 “I have lived here all my life and didn’t know this place was here!” is a common reaction that Ranger Chavone Richardson and her colleagues often hear from new visitors at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.
The Wildlife Refuge is managed by the National Park Service and is part of Gateway National Recreation Area. It is composed of the open water and intertidal salt marshes of Jamaica Bay. It is also one of the most significant bird sanctuaries in the Northeastern United States and one of the best places in New York City to observe migrating species. More than 330 bird species have been spotted here in the past 25 years, which is nearly half the species in the Northeast. It is also a haven for 72 species of butterflies.
The Wildlife Refuge also provides habitat for a wide variety of flora and fauna, both marine and terrestrial. It is a prime location for diamondback turtles and horseshoe crabs (there is an annual Horseshoe Crab Walk on Sunday, May 22nd at 9AM). The primary diet of the Diamondback terrapins include fish, snails, worms, clams, crabs and marsh plants, many of which are abundant in these marshlands.
There are approximately 21 Osprey platforms in the Jamaica Bay area. A big attraction is the two mating pairs that are visible: one nest off of Cross Bay Blvd and another within the refuge that can be viewed from the Visitor Center on a high powered telescope. “The male ospreys arrive at the nest first and tidy it up in preparation of the female’s arrival” explained Ranger Chavone.
The Refuge used to have two large freshwater ponds. Like the rest of our area, it was affected by Superstorm Sandy. The West Pond was breached and was overrun with salt water. There are plans in the works to repair the breach, dredge the pond and restore It to fresh water. Eventually, the native wildlife and flora will be reintroduced. The East Pond remains is still fresh water.
There is a wide variety of ranger and partner-led programs offered year-round at the site, including presentations on seasonal wildlife, sunset tours, hikes, boat trips, family programs and an annual lecture series. Last week, the Refuge held a Junior Ranger program and the children built bird feeders that they could take home.
The Visitor Contact Station welcomes visitors and is the starting point for many guided programs. It is also home to exhibits that highlight Jamaica Bay’s remarkable plant and animal life, history, and the continuing human impact on the nature of the bay. Also in the station is a gift shop, where one can buy books, hats, jackets, and a board game called BirdOpoly. If you are just curious, the rangers welcome visitors who want to come in and ask questions.
There are two trails open year-round circling the West Pond; a short trail lasting 30 minutes and a longer trail that circles the pond that is 90 minutes long. The northern point of the longer trails boasts a breathtaking view of The Freedom Tower as well as the rest of the Manhattan skyline. There are also a mix of year-round and seasonal trails along the East Pond.
The Refuge is always willing to accept volunteers. Enthusiastic volunteers were doing their good deed for Earth Day by going around the area and picking up garbage.
The Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge is located off on Cross Bay Blvd. just north of Broad Channel, Queens. The Visitor Center is open daily from 9am to 5pm. Trails are open daily, from sunrise to sunset. The Visitor Contact Station is wheelchair accessible and handicapped parking is available. Pets are not allowed. You can get on their mailing list for upcoming events by calling the Center at 718-318-4340. For more information, visit the following websites:

Open House for the BCVFD

BCVFD Open House

By Daniel Offner

Volunteers with the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department. 
Photos By Daniel Offner. Volunteers with the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department. Photos By Daniel Offner.The Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department (BCVFD) held an open house on April 23-24, as part of Recruit NY—a statewide campaign to recruit new volunteers by demonstrating some of the duties and equipment used by the department.
“The biggest problem we face is membership,” said Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department Chief Dan McIntyre. “We took a beating [after Hurricane Sandy]. We lost a good group of core members.”
According to McIntyre, the department’s membership is at the bare minimum and they are in need of new volunteers, not only to assist with fighting fires, but anyone willing to commit time and effort to helping neighbors on the peninsula.
“We don’t discriminate,” Fire Chief Andrew Knee said. “There’s a job for everyone.”
Knee said, while not everyone wants to be the one to run into a burning building, the department could always use extra help when it comes to answering the phones or driving the trucks.

Volunteer Firefighters Alyssa Fioravante and Ryan Cook. Volunteer Firefighters Alyssa Fioravante and Ryan Cook.Broad Channel “Vollies” were among 561 departments statewide that participated in Recruit NY.
In addition to giving demonstrations on how to properly handle all of the equipment—from the fire hose to the “Jaws of Life”—the department also offers training courses, scholarship opportunities and community service credit for students that want to get involved.
High school sophomore Erin Moss, the “Vollies” newest recruit, said she joined the department to follow in the footsteps of her sister and two brothers, who also served the department.
“It’s fun,” Moss said, “It’s very hands on.”

After the “Jaws of Life,” this car is good for scrap metal. After the “Jaws of Life,” this car is good for scrap metal.Established in 1905, the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department carries on the tradition of “neighbors helping neighbors” by recruiting local volunteers.

New recruit Erin Moss and Chief Knee show how to use the “Jaws of Life.” New recruit Erin Moss and Chief Knee show how to use the “Jaws of Life.”

New recruit Erin Moss uses the hose. New recruit Erin Moss uses the hose.

Firefighters demonstrate on CPR dummies. Firefighters demonstrate on CPR dummies.

Norria Tian and her baby brother stop by the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department’s Open House. Norria Tian and her baby brother stop by the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department’s Open House.

News from Assemblyman Goldfeder

April 28, 2016
In This Issue
A New Board for NYRA
Protecting Our Children
Welcoming NY's Finest
Office Locations
  Howard Beach   
162-38 Cross Bay Blvd. 
Howard Beach, NY 11414
Rockaway Beach
95-16 Rockaway Beach Blvd. 
Rockaway Beach, NY 11693 
LOB 542 
Albany, NY 12248

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Dear Neighbor, 

On behalf of my wife, Esther, and our entire family, I want to thank everyone for the outpouring of congratulations on the birth of our son, Gabriel.

I am truly humbled by all the kind words we've received these past few weeks. It's your support and encouragement that gives me the strength to work towards a better future for all our families.

You can stay up to date with community news and daily updates by following me on Facebook and Twitter.

Stay Strong,  
Horse racing traack aqueduct NYRA Resorts World Stakes
Giving Families a Voice at Aqueduct
Recently joined my colleagues in proposing a plan to restructure the New York Racing Association (NYRA) and give our local community more say in how Aqueduct Racetrack is run. In a letter to the Governor, I proposed creating a new 15-member Board of Directors with 2 permanent members from Ozone Park, as well as a Community Advisory Board to regularly meet with NYRA and ensure this historic facility grows and succeeds together with our community.
VIDEO: Protecting Our Children   
I was appalled to learn that a foster care agency accused of multiple cases of sexual abuse was selected by the city to open a home in Far Rockaway. In response, I wrote to Mayor de Blasio urging a halt to the plan and to criticize the city for keeping the community in the dark. I'm pleased to report the city has now agreed to cancel the proposal, but we still need to be vigilant in protecting our most vulnerable children and ensuring the best for our community and families.  
NYPD Captain Fey Holmes 100th 106th Precinct Rockaway Howard Beach Public Safety
Welcoming Our New Leaders in Blue 
Every day, the men and women of the NYPD put their lives on the line to keep us safe. Their work is made possible by the great Commanding Officers who run our local precincts and lead by their example. It was a pleasure to meet with our two newest COs, Capt. James Fey of the 106th and Capt. Janice Holmes of the 100th, to welcome them to the community and discuss ways to protect our families. Stay Safe!
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder, 95-16 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Beach, NY 11693

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Parking Issues: West 11th and 12th Roads

Both West 11th and 12th Roads have been "closed" for some time now with an accompanying  total parking prohibition on both streets.  In an effort to minimize disruption to the lives and activities of residents of both streets, the contractor, to date, has chosen not to seek a total enforcement of this parking ban as long as cars are removed from the street prior to the start of workday at 7 am. 

Unfortunately, I have been advised by the contractor that there have been recurring instances involving residents on both West 11th and 12th Roads who have been parking their vehicles on the street after working hours during the week and routinely failing to move their cars prior to 7 am the following morning causing delays in the commencement of that day's scheduled construction activities.

Your cooperation in this matter is sought to ensure that anyone parking overnight on West 11th or 12th Road ensures that their vehicle is moved off street prior to 7 am each work day morning. Construction delays due to residents who leave their car parked on the street after 7 pm can no longer be tolerated and the contractor has indicated that they are considering instituting a policy of physically closing off ingress/egress to the street effective at 7 am each business day which will effectively strand any car left parked on the block at that time for the duration of the work day..

Your cooperation and patience regarding this issue is greatly appreciated.

Rockaway Times (Thursday, April 28th edition)

Construction related Bulk Delivery Issues on West 11th and 12th Roads

Several residents of West 11th and 12th Roads have stated that they have experienced problems regarding certain bulk deliveries  (propane, home heating oil, etc.) to their homes which have been cancelled due to ongoing street construction activity and/or equipment 

If at all possible, schedule any bulk residential delivery to your residence to take place either on Saturday or during late afternoon hours (after 4 pm), Monday through Friday, to avoid construction related impediments.  

If a Saturday or late afternoon (Mon-Fri) scheduled delivery option is not possible please contact Fern Weinreich, our Community Construction Liaison, and advise  her of such pending delivery at least 24 hours in advance of the scheduled bulk delivery  and she will ensure the contractor is made aware of the pending delivery and every reasonable effort will be made to accommodate your delivery.  (Note: If a Monday delivery is involved, please contact Ms. Weinreich on the Friday before.) Ms. Weinreich may be contacted at her field office at 646-300-4351 or via cell phone at 516-361-8822. 

Additionally, advise  your delivery service provider of the ongoing construction activity on your street and direct them to contact the flag man stationed at the top of your block upon arrival so that arrangements can be made to accommodate the delivery.

All residents and delivery providers should realize that, depending on the construction activity taking place at the time, there may be a delay in accommodating the delivery.

Thank you for your cooperation and patience.


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Goldfeder to Feds: Give Us Some Peace and Quiet from Airplane Noise

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder

In letter to Federal Aviation Administration, Assemblyman Goldfeder calls for agency to lower current airplane noise limits to improve quality of life for Queens families

Broad Channel, Queens - As Congress debates a new bill reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D - Broad Channel) is calling on the federal agency to strengthen airplane noise regulations to improve quality of life for Queens families. 

"Our families deserve relief from the earth-shattering airplane noise that plagues our communities night and day. Not only is airplane noise a nuisance, it also has the potential to harm our health and well-being," said Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder. "Given the bigger planes and better technology of recent years, it's time we put in place the noise standards to match." 

In a letter to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, Assemblyman Goldfeder called on the federal agency to lower current average airplane noise thresholds from 65 Day-Night Average Sound Level (DNL) to 55 DNL. This, Goldfeder explained, would provide much-needed relief for families in southern Queens and Rockaway living under the flight path of nearby JFK International Airport. Goldfeder added that, without proper action, noise will only grow louder as commercial airlines rely on larger planes with stronger, louder engines. 

According to the FAA, DNL measures the 24-hour equivalent sound level measured by FAA noise monitors that is experienced by a household living in the vicinity of an airport. This figure is an algorithmic calculation of noises generated by plane engines throughout the day and reflects the total noise exposure levels for an average day of the year. The current 65 DNL figure is considered to be the point at which airplane noise causes "significant impact" to surrounding residents. 

“Air traffic noise impacts from JFK Airport have increased to a point that they are having a serious impact on the quality of life for the thousands of residents in the surrounding neighborhoods. To date, the FAA has felt no need to engage these residents to seek solutions and Assemblyman Goldfeder is correct to ask that it be addressed now, at a time when this reauthorization is pending. If enacted, it would bring air traffic noise relief to thousands,” said Dan Mundy, Jr., President of the Broad Channel Civic Association. 

Assemblyman Goldfeder is something of a frequent flyer when it comes to fighting airplane noise. Last year, the Assemblyman and local community leaders secured noise monitors for communities in Broad Channel and Bayswater to improve noise measurement near JFK Airport. Goldfeder followed this up with a visit to the JFK control tower to meet with FAA officials and discuss changes to noise patters with the reopening of an upgraded 4L-22R north-south runway at the international airport. 

Goldfeder has pledged to continue working with the FAA and the Port Authority, which owns the borough's two airports, as the latter continues its four-year Part 150 airport noise compatibility study of surrounding communities in Queens and Nassau Counties. 

"JFK may not be going anywhere, but this doesn't mean the state and federal governments can't take steps to improve the quality of life for our families," concluded Goldfeder.

Message from Councilman Ulrich - Queens Symphony Orchestra In Broad Channel to honor Veterans

Dear Friends,

I hope you will join us Wednesday, May 11, at 7:00 pm for a Military Tribute concert by the Queens Symphony Orchestra at the Broad Channel American Legion Post 1404. 

There is no cost to attend this community event.  However, if you'd like to attend, please RSVP to 718-738-1083
What: Queens Symphony Orchestra Concert - Military Tribute Honoring Veterans
Where: Broad Channel American Legion Post 1404 (209 Cross Bay Blvd, Broad Channel, NY 11693)
WhenWednesday, May 11, at 7:00 pm
How: RSVP to 718-738-1083
Very truly yours, 
Eric Ulrich

New York City Council Member
District 32

Ozone Park District Office
93-06 101st Avenue
Ozone Park, NY 11416
Rockaway District Office
114-12 Beach Channel Drive
Suite 1
Rockaway Park, NY 11694

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

NWS - Hazardous Weather Outlook

349 AM EDT TUE APR 26 2016

349 AM EDT TUE APR 26 2016