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May 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Barry, Nina, Lita March 6 2013 photo by Guy AnastasioDear Editor:

Long Island Volunteer Center is honored to be the recipient of the Boatload of Books raffle.   Our heartfelt thanks to Boating Times Long Island for this incredibly generous donation that will help us continue providing logistical support and coordination for disaster volunteer groups across Long Island.  These funds will underwrite personal protective equipment and supplies for an entire team to be deployed to one of the affected communities!  Now that’s making a contribution to Sandy relief!

Long Island Volunteer Center, an affiliate of the HandsOn Network, is the New York State-designated Regional Volunteer Center for volunteerism and community service initiatives on Long Island, connecting agencies seeking volunteers with individuals and groups looking for ways to serve their communities.  Following Super Storm Sandy, we set up the Long Island Volunteer Recovery Center in Bethpage as a command center for national and local volunteer groups active in the recovery effort.  To date, the Center has deployed nearly 800 volunteers with over 10,000 community hours served.  It also acts as a donation distribution point for clothes, food and other supplies to support disaster volunteer teams and to provide to disaster agencies for victims of Super Storm Sandy.

Our work began even before Sandy hit and continues today.  There is still so much to be done and so many of our fellow Long Islanders are still suffering from the storm’s impact. We encourage all Long Islanders interested in assisting in the relief efforts to register at

Thank you, Boating Times Long Island, for helping spread the word about our recovery work. Please know that your contribution is going to build a stronger, better Long Island for all of us to enjoy.


Diana O’Neill
Executive Director
Long Island Volunteer Center


Safe Boating Pt. of Egypt Marina 5-19-12 #3Dear Editor,

As a result of the tragic accident in Oyster Bay last July, the Town of Huntington is taking an active role to promote boating safety. The Town of Huntington proclaimed May 18 to 24, 2013 Huntington Safe Boating Week in conjunction with National Safe Boating Week.   Huntington Safe Boating Week is sponsored by the Greater Huntington Council of Yacht and Boating Clubs (GHCYBC) and the Town of Huntington.  The Coast Guard Auxiliary and Neptune Sail and U.S. Power Squadrons® are partners.

This is an excellent opportunity to highlight the importance of safety precautions and sensible behavior on the water, including wearing a life jacket, not boating under the influence of drugs and alcohol and being aware of boating safety practices. There will be posters, banners, bumper stickers, etc.  The town will advertise this.  The theme is ‘Boat Smart – Boat Safe’

Lisa Gaines, mother of the victim of last July’s boating tragedy, and GHCYBC are working with the school district to get assembly classes in some of the elementary schools to promote boating safety to children.

Area marinas and yacht clubs have been asked for their assistance in providing their launch or facilities for the courtesy Vessel Safety Check Program on Saturday, May 18.  In addition we will participate in the national “Wear It” campaign for life jackets at the Flea Market and we are offering seminars and a free boating safety course.  Please visit  for more details.


Cdr. Stephanie Quartes, SN
Neptune Sail and Power Squadron, a unit of U.S. Power Squadrons®

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Dear Editor:

I am pleased to let you know that the Greater Huntington Council of Yacht and Boating Clubs (GHCYBC) will be conducting “Huntington Safe Boating Week,” May 18-24, 2013 coinciding with National Safe Boating Week. Safe Boating Week is designed to promote safe recreational boating through education and awareness.

During the week, GHCYBC will coordinate with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Neptune Sail and Power Squadron and the Town of Huntington to offer Safe Boating Courses, coordinate courtesy Vessel Safety Inspections, and promote the life jacket “Wear It” campaign in our local schools. In addition, the week will feature tours of the U.S. Coast Guard’s new 45-foot rescue boat (to be confirmed), along
with waterfront safety demonstrations, and the introduction of Huntington’s first Nautical Flea Market. The week’s events will culminate with our signature “Meet the Commodores” cocktail reception at Huntington Yacht Club.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to give me a call at 631-421-1809 or email me at We hope to have you onboard with us as we make this important difference in our boating community.


Jackie Martin
Huntington Safe Boating Week


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