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Slipping into Boating Fun

Slipping into Boating Fun

April 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Technology has long been a part of boating; vessel designs have evolved to make them more efficient and safer, utilizing advanced motors that go faster. Communication devices bring boaters knowledge and assist in emergencies. So it made sense for Keith Cooper to turn to technology to help solve what he saw as a problem: a […]

Aloha, NYC Paddlers

Aloha, NYC Paddlers

April 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

. In a place filled with different cultures, it’s not surprising that New York City’s diversity includes the boating world. New York Outrigger, a paddling community based in Chelsea with Polynesian roots, contributes to the mix. “Outrigger canoe paddling is believed to have started in Indonesia and then spread throughout Polynesia and Melanesia as population […]

An Able Lifesaver: Portable and Inflatable Drowning Prevention

An Able Lifesaver: Portable and Inflatable Drowning Prevention

February 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

. About 10 people die from unintentional drowning every day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. After a friend lost his life in a drowning accident, Tom Agapiades thought long and hard about the how to prevent such tragedies. “Initially, I thought of a buoyancy aid to be worn around the neck,” […]

Wounded Vets Have Freedom to Row

Wounded Vets Have Freedom to Row

September 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Military veterans returning from active duty are at times met with indifference and a lack of jobs, especially if they’ve been wounded. While the U.S. Rowing Association can’t make others comprehend what our veterans have been through, or offer employment, they do extend an opportunity for physical activity and a way to ease through rough […]

Waterside Business Storm Recovery

Waterside Business Storm Recovery

September 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Superstorm Sandy left a lot of devastation in its aftermath in late 2012. Homes were destroyed, lives shattered, and many businesses were heavily impacted. In response to such devastation, New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo created the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR) to help out those that were the worst off. “We created this office […]

Navigating and Advocating

Navigating and Advocating

August 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s funny how certain things can nudge us as we journey along the river that is our lives. There are incidents, events, and occurrences that steer our personal and professional boats into certain currents. While the boat and the current may be a metaphor for some, it wasn’t the case with Dr. Roberta Weisbrod — […]

Kids Aboard

Kids Aboard

June 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Boating is a family-friendly activity. While it’s exciting to spend quality time together with all family members, boating with little ones can be quite daunting.  Images of kids wailing about boredom and falling overboard flit through parents’ minds, playing out like two alternating horror movies stuck on repeat. Click off those images and watch instead […]

A Guardian of Long Island’s Water

A Guardian of Long Island’s Water

June 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

. In February, while ice covered the state of New York, Dr. Sarah Meyland was thinking about water. As Director of the Center for Water Resource Management at New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), she’s always interested in water issues, including the connection between water and energy. Dr. Meyland often gives presentations about water issues, […]

Dragons against Cancer

Dragons against Cancer

March 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Breast cancer, like all cancers, is scary. Patients can feel isolated and alone even if they are supported and surrounded by family. Thereafter, coming back from treatment can be very daunting — getting a clean bill of health leaves a specter of doubt in even many strong-willed persons. The Empire Dragons Boat Club, the first […]

Preventing Future Disasters

Preventing Future Disasters

November 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Superstorm Sandy was the stuff of nightmares — swaths of our region plunged into prolonged darkness, subway stations and roads submerged, and shoreline structures pushed around like toys. Yet the scariest thing about Sandy may be that it could have been worse. Lots of people said that we needed to be better prepared and stronger […]