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Invasive Vine Threatens Native Habitats

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!”


News

If you missed the 6th annual champagne party at Coe Hall in Planting Fields, put it on your calendar for next year, because this is the party of the summer. A total of 175 guests attended, many in costume, a new addition to the popular event. The always ebullient Henry Joyce, executive director of Planting Fields Foundation, greeted his guests with his date, Daphne, a 3-month-old long-haired Dachshund, who is a companion for his Great Dane, Lucy.

“This is a splendid event to celebrate Coe Hall and Planting Fields; everything looks so wonderful in the summer,” said Joyce. “The gardens are glorious and we have a new exhibition to celebrate and it’s just so lovely to be out here in these gardens.”

The Mayor’s Annual Snapper Derby had plenty of kids, fish and fun on the Pryibil Beach Pier in Glen Cove this past Saturday. On the pier were lots of parents and children fishing for prizes. Below the pier the snappers in the water were only too happy to cooperate with the children trying to catch them. For a while it looked like the children were “catching” and not fishing.


Sports

The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) is holding its 34th Annual R. Brinkley Smithers Golf Invitational, a charity tournament, on Monday, Sept. 22, at The Creek and Piping Rock Clubs in Locust Valley.

This year, LICADD will have Kristin Thorne, Emmy Award Winning WABC-TV news reporter and personality joining them as Emcee and Auctioneer. The live auction boasts playing opportunities at some of the country’s top golf courses, along with dozens of silent auction and raffle prizes to please the most discriminating of tastes.

All athletes interested in putting their bodies to the ultimate test can hop on over to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay, which will once again be the site of Long Island’s premiere multisport event – the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 23, and the Runner’s Edge – Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon for youngsters ages 8-13 on Sunday, Aug. 24. 

 

The Saturday main event is a “sprint” triathlon, which consists of a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay harbor, a one loop 15 kilometer bike ride over hill and dale through beautiful Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and a 5 kilometer run through Mill Neck and Brookville, “up” to Planting Fields Arboretum and “down”to the finish at back at  Roosevelt  Park.


Calendar

Zumba-Thon Fundraiser

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Live Music

Wednesday, Aug. 27

School Supply Program

Saturday, Aug. 30



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