Volunteers joined forces with museum workers at Garvies Point Museum and Preserve in Glen Cove on Saturday, June 15, to wage war against a relatively new invasive vine that spreads rapidly and then quickly chokes out native wild flowers and other plants that local wildlife depend on.
Mile-a-Minute (persicaira perfoliata) is so named due to its extremely rapid rate of growth.
“A single vine can grow to a length of 20-25 feet by the end of the summer,” said Kathryne Natale, president of the Friends of Garvies. Natale further explained that Mile-a-Minute is not native to North America at all and was first discovered in our area at Garvies Point Preserve by a museum worker less than 10 years ago. Since then, Mile-a-Minute has been spotted at various locations along Hempstead Harbor, including Cedarmere in Roslyn Harbor, The Sands Point Preserve and several private residences.
Jennifer Wilson-Pines, invasive weed expert and co-president of the North Shore Chapter of the Audubon Society, which has “adopted” Garvies Preserve, was on hand to explain how to identify the vine and how to remove it. “Mile-a-Minute is a pretty vine of Asian origin and most likely an escaped ornamental,” said Wilson-Pines. “It has distinctive triangular leaves and produces blue berries in August.”
Mile-a-Minute grows along borders in open areas and meadows. “It is important to remove it before it sets seed,” continued Wilson-Pines. The berries can be carried by birds, wind and even water. The vines should be pulled out from their roots. Wilson-Pines cautioned anyone pulling out this vine to wear gloves. The vine is covered in tiny thorns, earning it the nickname “Devil’s Tear-Thumb!”
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 00:00
This is the season of giving, when people tend to think more about the needs of others. One particular organization in the community is devoted to giving to others throughout the year, though they do appreciate and rely on the generosity of others during the holidays. The Guardian Angel Family Crisis Center in Sea Cliff is devoted to helping women and children on a daily basis, and the needs of those they serve often become amplified this time of year.
Last month, the center extended its thrift store space and opened a holiday boutique, where children’s toys and clothing are displayed for purchase, as well as holiday decorations. Women's clothing is also for sale, and the space now has a dressing room. A special aspect of this holiday boutique is the Giving Tree, where those who wish to purchase a gift for a child in need can take a name from the tree to ensure the child’s Christmas wish is fulfilled.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
Children at Gribbin Elementary
School prepared for Thanksgiving last week by singing songs, writing what they were thankful for on the table cloths, and making a poster of what they are thankful for.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
With grit, determination and all-out teamwork, the Friends Academy Boys Varsity Soccer team completed their quest for a third state soccer championship, defeating a tough Lansing High School, 1-0, in the New York Class C State Championships.
Both teams kept the game at a tight 0-0, until 20 minutes into the second half, when a throw-in from senior Patrick Moodhe (Manhasset) connected with the head of senior Jon Nierenberg (Sands Point) for the game’s only goal.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
It has been an amazing season for the Midget Cardinals team in Glen Cove. Undefeated all season, they are headed to the Super Bowl, where they will be playing against Brentwood for the Championship.
On Sunday, Nov. 17, the Cardinals Midget team won the coin toss and got to play the final playoff game of the season at home. Fans were out and cheering them on as they played Roosevelt - the other undefeated team in the league.