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The Daily Plant : Friday, June 21, 2002


Hoops in the Sun- Saturday, June 22nd (to September 1)
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m (Youth Clinic)
Place: Bath Courts - Section 6, Orchard Beach, Bronx
Men's and women's basketball tournament, including a youth clinic and tournament for ages 8-12. Spaces are limited. For more information or to register, please call the number below. For information call (212) 427-1236.

Lakewater Ecology- Saturday, June 22nd
Time: 1 p.m.
Place: Crotona Nature Center
Learn about Crotona Lake. Bring binoculars if you have them This is an Urban Park Rangers event. Enter the park at Charlotte Street and Crotona Park East. For information call (866) NYC-HAWK.

U.S. Youth Games Boys' Basketball Tryouts- Saturday, June 22nd
Time: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Place: Al Smith Recreation Center, Manhattan
Be a part of Team NYC as they travel to Newark, NJ for the U.S. Youth Games from July 31 to August 4. Compete with top young athletes from across the nation! Team NYC Boys' Basketball Tryouts are open to boys ages 15 and under. Athletes cannot turn 16 prior to August 15, 2002 - please bring a copy of Birth Certificate as proof of age. For information call 212-360-3300.

Solstice Stargazing- Sunday, June 23rd
Time: 8 p.m.
Place: Belvedere Castle, Central Park
Learn about the stars with the Urban Park Rangers. Bring binoculars if you have them. For information call (866) NYC-HAWK.

Birding- Sunday, June 23rd
Time: 9 a.m.
Place: Orchard Beach Nature Center
Join the Urban Park Rangers in a birding excursion. Bring binoculars if you have them. This event takes place at Section 2 of Orchard Beach, Pelham Bay Park. For information call (866) NYC-PARK.

Recycled Paper-Making- Sunday, June 23rd
Time: 2 p.m.
Place: Forest Park Nature Center
This is an Urban Park Rangers program. Materials provided. Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive. For information call (866) NYC-HAWK.



As the senior clerical person (PAA) in the Parks Advocate's Office, Elizabeth "Betty" Crowley assists the Advocate’s Office in processing paperwork regarding employee investigations and disciplinary proceedings involving employee misconduct and incompetence. During her 16 years working in the Parks Advocate’s Office, Betty has seen a lot of employees involved in many strange things. "I’ve seen a lot of people come through here – some people many different times."

Betty is a second generation "Parkie." Her father, Thomas Crowley, was a Queens employee who worked his way up through the ranks to the position of APRM. He worked for the agency for 29 years. A lifelong Queens resident, Betty started working at Parks while in High School as a seasonal worker and started working full time for Parks after graduating from Nassau Community College.

Betty is a voracious reader and an avid Mets, Rangers and Jets Fan. She is most knowledgeable in the area of pop culture and knows her movies, pop music, and most especially, soap operas. Her other hobbies include bowling (she bowls regularly in a competitive league), video games, and shopping. Also, she belongs to the American Legion and is President of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary of Williston Park.

Betty’s institutional knowledge has made her an invaluable part of the Advocate’s Office. Few things get done without her assistance.

Written by Seth Blau


"The best work is not what is most difficult for you; it is what you do best."

Jean-Paul Sartre
(June 21, 1905–1980)

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Nature CentersCrotona Park Nature Center

The Crotona Park Nature Center is currently closed, with no public access.

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