Get your Point Lookout Map Project entries in this week for the art show

IMG_7722.PNG

We told you about the Point Lookout “You Are Here” map project in our previous post. 

Point Lookout: You Are Here- The Map Project

(Click that link for all the info)!


Though the project is ongoing, your entries are due this week if you would like to be included in their display at this weekend’s 2015 Point Lookout Art Show. 

Get those mapped memories in now!  

Guest Post: Children’s day

20140828-222829.jpg

By: Chloe Brown

What is Children’s Day?

Children’s Day is the best day of the summer! It always has been and always will be. That is because the people of our beloved town, Point Lookout, come together “to put the icing on the cake called summer.”

Just over 80 years ago, Children’s day started at our very own Point Lookout beach. When this day first started, there were only two events, running and swimming. I spoke to former children’s day participant, Margaret Dougherty, who had said the day was running, swimming, getting watermelon and only vanilla ice cream cups. Then, later in the day, they gave out first, second, and third place trophies; When Margaret’s father was a kid, one of the only prizes was a pencil.

Eventually Children’s Day progressed to adding another event, the egg toss, for the parents. “One year I dressed up as my mom for the egg toss. I wore my mom’s terry cloth robe, big straw hat, and her big, green, plastic earrings.” This is a story that is cherished from Children’s Day.

Over the years, more events gradually became part of Children’s Day. Now, the events are: running, swimming, boogie boarding, the egg toss, sack races, the sand castle contest and many more events and activities! There is also a barbeque at the end of the day for everyone to enjoy along with a DJ for the kids. To make this day happen, it is truly a community effort!

What new stories will be created this children’s day and live on for generations? What will Children’s Day hold for he future? Let’s find out!

SETI On the Beach? No, R U COOL!

20131219-090034.jpg

In my beach travels these past weeks I noticed these antenna things installed at the Town Beach Park at Point Lookout.

Yesterday on my sunset search I said hi to the guy as he walked in slow motion with a 8 foot high 10 foot wide antenna in his hands.

I went on my way not to miss the sunset. While taking pictures the guy with the contraption joined me for some picture taking.

20131219-090222.jpg

Of course, I had to ask “so what are you guys doing?” Glad I did!

Meet Ethan Handel, Research Project Coordinator for Rutgers University Coastal Ocean Observation Lab (RU COOL). They’re currently calibrating the radar system they installed that tracks ocean currents.

20131219-090411.jpg

This radar system measures sea surface and thus, also sees the wind that pushes the currents.

Click here to see their real time ocean currents information at MARACOOS

This information benefits the US Coast Guard, and the data on wind patterns and speeds will aid in siting the planned offshore wind farms both off New Jersey and Long Island.

The data is also helping fishermen and boaters, can help authorities track problems and make decisions on beach closures for red tide or other events. There is some Homeland Security application for unknown vessels as well.

 

Back up top, I spoke briefly with his partner Colin Evans who was holding down the calibration center fort (ok, that’s just what I’ll call their work truck). He pointed me in the right direction of their website. “We’re glad when people ask so we can tell them what we do” he said.

Really interesting work. Check the links to find more.

Click here to find out more about the project and RU COOL.

Click here for info on this project.

Over and out.