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The Rockaway Times
Oysters On
Way To Bay
Mayor Bill de Blasio and the
Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP), in partner-
ship with the Billion Oyster
Project, announced that a pro-
ject is underway that will see
the installation of 50,000 oys-
ters in Jamaica Bay – the larg-
est single installation of breed-
ing oysters in New York City.
The New York/New Jersey
Harbor was once blanketed by
oysters, but due to over har-
vesting, dredging and pollu-
tion, they became functionally
extinct decades ago. Oysters
are widely recognized as a key
component of a healthy ma-
rine ecosystem as they filter
pollutants from the water, help
to protect wetlands and shore-
line from erosion and storm
surge, and provide habitat for
communities of fish and other
aquatic organisms. Once the
oyster installation is complete,
water quality in the vicinity of
the beds will be monitored for
anticipated improvements in
dissolved oxygen, nitrogen re-
moval and turbidity.
The Billion Oyster Project
and students from the Urban
Assembly New York Harbor
School will assist with the in-
stallation and monitoring of
the oyster beds.
Dan Mundy of the Jamaica
Bay Ecowatchers said, "The
restoration of oysters back into
the waters of Jamaica Bay is
one of the key remaining goals
to fully restore this great and
unique ecosystem. This vital
species naturally filters the wa-
ters of the Bay while providing
unique habitat for fish. DEP is
to be commended for taking
the leading role on this critical
effort. This project will see the
first major initiative to bring
back this keystone species to
Jamaica Bay where they once
Ulrich: Zemser To Have
Street Named
From NYC Council Member
Eric Ulrich's office: Plans are
underway for a street co-nam-
ing ceremony in honor of Jus-
tin Zemser.
As you probably remember,
Justin was one of those special
Rockaway kids who always
gave back to his community,
acting as a shining example
of what "good kids" are like.
Justin's accomplishments led
to a commission at the Unit-
ed States Naval Academy. He
was in his second year at the
Academy when he tragically
lost his life in an accident.
The ceremony is tentatively
scheduled for late morning on
Friday, October 14, 2016, at
the corner of Seaside Avenue
and Beach Channel Drive, in
front of the Beach Channel
High School Campus. The
timing of the ceremony was
set to allow for participation
by the students at Channel
View High School, Justin's
alma mater.
More details to follow as we
get closer to the date of the
St. Baldrick's Event Set
It is Pediatric Cancer
Awareness Month and one
event scheduled to raise
awareness is a St. Baldrick’s
head-shaving event on Sun-
day, September 18th from
11:30 am-3:30 pm at the
St. Francis de Sales gym
on Beach 129th Street. St.
Baldrick’s was started to
show support for kids who
have lost their hair due
to cancer treatments. For
more information go to:
s t b a l d r i c k s . o r g / e v e n t s /
St. Camillus / St. Virgilius
Basketball Registration
Registration for the St.
Camillus / St. Virgilius Com-
munity Basketball programs
will take place in the St. Camil-
lus gym (Springman Hall) on
Tuesday 9/20, and on Thurs-
day 9/22 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30
p.m. There will be a final reg-
istration held on Wednesday
9/28 also from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
However, please register your
child as soon as possible since
some programs may reach
their limit, and your child may
not be able to enroll.
All games are played at St.
Camillus. Anyone from Kin-
dergarten to the 8th grade is
eligible to plays. The Mini pro-
gram (Kindergarten to the 2nd
grade) play Saturday mornings;
the Boys’ program (3rd to the
8th grade) plays on Tuesday,
Wednesday or Thursday nights;
and the Girls’ program (3rd to
the 8th grade) plays on Wednes-
day nights. All players signing
up for the Senior basketball
programs (6th to the 8th grade)
must bring a birth certificate to
registration. The registration fee
will be $65 for the first child and
$10 for each additional child.
As always, volunteers are
needed to help make the
program a success. If you
are interested in volunteer-
ing as a Coach, or as a Pro-
gram Director, please come
to registration and let us
know. These are great pro-
grams for the children and
young adults in our commu-
nity. Please come and sign
your children up for the pro-
grams, and please make an
effort to volunteer in some
capacity (even part time) to
help us keep these great pro-
grams going.
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