☢ Radioactive Cesium 137 found in Reynold’s Channel.

No “imminent” danger, but it all adds up, no?

Please check out this Article From Newsday : Radioactive Element Found In Reynolds Channel

Normally I would just share this on social media but when I read the article i have to ask:

  • what has been going on at Bay Park plant?
  • We know it came to light that people were actively seeking to get rid of radioactive Fracking waste through our treatment plants. is this related?
  • this radioactivity is related to human made nuclear fallout… didnt know we had that there!

To me, I can read beteween the lines pretty well here: The players parse words very effectively. let me translate:

EPA’s biggest concern seems to be “hey don’t blame us, we didn’t find it and nobody made us look for this and we’re still not going to”.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said about the high levels “that’s nothing! call us when it’s 1000 pico grams so we know we could pollute here and you never be able to tell the difference!

others postulate this is just a resuspension of sediments.

Doesn’t the resuspension of the sediments also dilute them further? i can’t imagine sod sized clumps disperse in clumps and re-settle elsewhere? And then that was just a big coincidence that’s what got sampled. seriously? I don’t know about you but I know if I had a bucket of sediment and water and I shook it up and re mingled that into the bay it would be pretty diluted.

so, the consenus with these quoted people is that it’s not a big concern because “it was part of the marine environment before” um. yeah after someone dumped it there.

In a rather strange coincidence, I shared this next unbelievable article and must watch Video report from the Tampa Bay Times on social media a few weeks ago, but facebook only showed it to about 40 people(dont get me started!).

This took place directly off our shores in the late 50’s:

USS Calhoun County sailors dumped thousands of tons of radioactive waste into ocean

so how long are 60 year old, concrete-filled 55 gallon drums supposed to contain that, much less the things that were just dumped outright….that (allegedly) included an unused Atomic bomb! and this cesium 137 would make sense then ?

Maybe I’d rather not find out.

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Helping Rebuild LI Toy Lending Center – part 1

Wow, what a great day everyone!

Saturday, June 15th, 2013 about 25 volunteers gave their time to “lend a hand” to rebuild the Long Island Toy Lending Center For Children With Disabilities, here in Point Lookout, that was destroyed in Superstorm Sandy.

Right off the bat… My apologies to anyone who came and helped that didnt make the pictures or this post. 

Thanks to Ted, Anthony and others… feel free to drop me a line, so we can recognize those who helped.  If you have any pictures to share, just drop me an email at makingmypointNY at gmail and / or let me know where you may have posted them! 

Wish i had better pictures but I didnt want to stop the work to get them!

John, Eric, Ed, Joe and Mike actually stopped for a second for this shot!

John, Eric, Ed, Joe and Mike actually stopped for a second for this shot!

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Colleen, with volunteers Carolyn and Nancy with Mary (Hidden) and Kevin.

Joe, John, Kevin, Nancy(hidden) and Mary

Joe, John, Kevin, Nancy(hidden) and Mary

Eric and John getting ceilings done

Eric and John getting ceilings done

Father and son team of Kevin and Kevin with Joe really rocked the place!

Father and son Kevin and Kevin with Joe really rocked the place!

Helen, Colleen, Cynthia, Susie and John measured up to the day

Helen, Colleen, Cynthia, Susie and John measured up to the day

It was great to work with all of you. We really accomplished so much and it was great to see everyone come together to help get them back up and running.

The good news is we put a major dent in the interior work to be done, and also if you didnt get a chance to help… they still need you!

There is still so much that remains to do there, so feel free to pitch in!

Give Colleen a call or email her at LIToyCenter@Gmail.com to see when the next work day will be.

you can also contact them on facebook at Long Island Toy Lending Center For Children With Disabilities

Ill keep you posted, too. Hopefully, I’ll see you next time!

Volunteers! Help rebuild the Toy Center

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Lend … a Hand, to help rebuild the

Long Island Toy Lending Center

Sandy did her worst, and thanks to the generosity of many, like Project Pay It Forward, Colleen and friends are rebuilding.
With our help, they’ll soon be ready to Rock and Roll again…

With preliminary structure, roofing, electric and more done,
they need your helping hand to Rock (sheetrock that is)
and then later Roll (on the paint!).
Rock Day: Saturday June 15, 2013 8am, @ East Marina in Pt. Lookout
Happy People wanted. Casual work clothes needed.

We have, but more skilled workers w/ tools are needed and welcome!
Join us: contact Colleen at 516.241.7203 or litoycenter@gmail.com
Roll day to follow later.

Back In and On the Water at Ted’s Fishing Station

no shoes required.

no shoes required.
Ted’s Fishing Station, Point Lookout, NY

I was glad when I got word midweek last week that Teds Fishing Station was about to reopen.
Ted’s is an interesting place where people of all generations can share a summers day (or evening) and do different things, even together. While there, at any given time, you see people get in and out of boats, enjoy lunch, kids play in the sand, dogs share lunch dropped in the sand, people partake of a beer at the bar.. something for everyone.

Signs point to the grand reopening of Ted's Fishing Station. Point Lookout, NY on May 17,2013

Signs point to the grand reopening of Ted’s Fishing Station. Point Lookout, NY on May 17,2013

We all know how hard Superstorm Sandy really hurt everybody on the bay here in Point Lookout. Maybe no one more than Owner Ted Wondsel, his long face, and his destroyed dream, Ted’s Fishing Station in the background, in this iconic picture from right after the storm (click here for photo), amongst others picked up by CBS news and The Chicago Trubune.

Ted's Fishing Station is back in the Water, May 2013,  after Hurricane Sandy

Ted’s Fishing Station is back in the Water, May 2013, after Hurricane Sandy

Well they’re back and better than ever, but I found out, it might not have been so.

Sandy Strikes.

In the early days after the storm Sue Wondsel tells me, “We didn’t think we were going to open, at all: the devastation was that bad.”

“My nephew Sean came down from Toronto after the storm. He was heartbroken and my husband was really heartbroken, too.

This isnt our livelihood, this is Teds dream come true. He started at Scottys (Fishing Station a few doors down) as a dock boy when he was a kid”.

When Ed’s fishing station came available, adding big red “T”‘s to the front on “Ed’s” boats was a no brainer and Ted took the leap.

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“this is his baby … So it was heartbreaking to see him go through this, not knowing if he was going to come back…. That was the worst.”

Pretty much everything – all the docks, all the boats, all the structures, all the motors; everything had been inundated and either washed away, destroyed or left behind in ruins.

“Who knew?” Sue asked, “My grandma and great grandma lived here and went through the 1938 storm and never in a million years did they ever experience anything like that. ”

“The sad thing is insurance doesn’t cover anything – really next to nothing. You can spend your whole day fighting with these people..”

The sun sets on the skiffs and kayaks at Ted's Fishing Station.

The sun sets on the skiffs and kayaks at Ted’s Fishing Station.

Determined to do what he could, “Sean went back to Toronto and figured out how to set up the fundraising website (indie go go). ”

Let’s Help Rebuild Ted’s

Needless to say, when he saw that, Ted was touched nearly to tears.

Word spread about the needs Ted’s and many others faced.

Help started to come in surprising ways. A Point Lookout resident picked up the freshly salt-water inundated motors in his own truck and dropped them in his pool to soak the salt water out, which saved a number of them.

Sue recalls the turning point: “then the outpouring from people in this town was incredible. Without that we couldn’t have done it. The people in this town stepped up. Everybody helped each other, even customers were showing up here asking us ‘so what can I do'”

“That’s when we knew that we would be able to come back.”

Next to her is retired teacher and resident bartender Karen, Sue says “she has been here almost every day helping us since”.

Hope floats… And I sure hope you didn’t own anything in it’s path!

The big red bar is a 12 x 12 piling from the 60s. For years it’s been a landmark there. The kids love sitting there – perfect kid height. Like everything else, even though incredibly heavy, it was lifted and floated away during Sandy’s storm surge.

Sue says over the winter “I went over to K&K Outboard (across from Texas Car Wash in Island Park) to buy parts and motors”. She casually talked to them about their big red bar, joking maybe they could find it on google earth.

The next day she received a call from them. They told her they “didn’t want to say anything while you were here, because our dock builder claimed it, but it’s here for you!

Ted's Red Bar sits at K&K marine in Island Park / Oceanside where Superstorm Sandy left it.

Ted’s Red Bar sits at K&K marine in Island Park / Oceanside where Superstorm Sandy left it. Photo by and courtesy of Sue Wondsel.

“He couldn’t believe they actually had it – it had to go through the bridges and over the marshes to get there. A friend of ours who’s a mover took their truck and brought it back for us”.

The Big Red Bar is back in its original location now.

The huge Piece of wood that floated away in Superstorm Sandy, was located in Island Park and returned to it's rightful place.

The huge Piece of wood that floated away in Superstorm Sandy, was located in Island Park and returned to it’s rightful place.

A woman from out of town even returned a Ted’s life jacket which was found at Jones Beach.

Everybody’s shells.

It’s become tradition at Teds Clam Bar for patrons to have their own shell, where their money resides at the bar. Some are just plain, some are ornate, some are huge, clam, oyster,whelk, … lobster claw; some are not even shells. All were numbered. All are gone.

Sue and Ted told everybody to start work on their own shells a few months ago. “We’ve started collecting shells ourselves. Karen says new shells are in the works.”

the newly refurbished docks invite you to take a sail...

the newly refurbished docks invite you to take a sail…

Since my visit there Karen did post on Ted’s Facebook page that some shells are in. .
My highly personalized shell is in the works. Too bad – the shell that went down from last year was really something special, thanks to my wife!

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Thankfully, they have been able to spend the off season on a full fledged rebuild. Many generations of family members and friends came down to help clean up, reorganize and rebuild. The decks and docks are (most) all back on and in the water. The new bait shop looks like an inviting seaside curio shop, one that also sells lots of funky decorations for fish hooks. I hear the fish just flip for them (ba-dum-Bum-cha).

Bait, Tackle, and all good things....

Bait, Tackle, and all good things….

Al who works there and lives just a few doors away on the water, dealt with all the flooding, clean up and rebuilding at his house too, and has also lent a hand on the rebuild.

“I like the way it looks. It’s so much more open and inviting than it was before”. The layout he explains is easier for him to get goods in and out. I think he’s also saying it looks a little more “non-fisherman” friendly.

“Its a lot nicer than it was. I don’t even have tile in my home” Sue jokes.

Sue also points out to me that Teds prize shark adorns the wall now for the first time from their own house.

“I want to say to people from town, the love and support (they showed) us… was just incredible.” They’ve put a sign out front to say Thank you (im not posting it-just go see it!)

“If it wasnt financially for people helping out, and just coming down to help us…” She drifts off, but we all know what she means….

The boats are back in the water and Sue says the fishing has been good, as pictures up on the front door attest.

Photos already up of anglers retruning with their catch!

Photos already up of anglers retruning with their catch!

The clam bar is open once again, saw many of you there on opening night. Did I ever tell you I had the best shrimp cocktail of my life there last summer….?

The newly redone bar was open friday evening May 17, 2013 for their "Soft Opening".

The newly redone bar was open friday evening May 17, 2013 for their “Soft Opening”.

Welcome back, just in time for Memorial Day weekend… why not come on down, see the sign, the new place and say hi.

Click Here to find Ted’s Fishing Station on Facebook

Point Lookout Clam Bar and Fisherman’s Catch Restaurant Return

The Point Lookout Clambar Reopens Today April 18, 2013

The Point Lookout Clam Bar Reopens Today April 18, 2013

Today, Thursday April 18, 2013 marks the long awaited reopening of the Point Lookout Clam Bar. Their Sister waterfront dining destination, Fisherman’s Catch Restaurant, reopened this past weekend (Saturday 4/13/13) for the annual Fisherman’s Ball and has been going since.

Both waterfront businesses were battered by Superstorm Sandy.
Now they’re both gearing up to get business back up and better than ever.

I spoke to Ali at the Point Lookout Clam Bar who was proud to show off the newly refurbished digs.

the newly refurbished interior at the Point Loookout Clam Bar

the newly refurbished interior at the Point Loookout Clam Bar

During Sandy, the clam bar had water up over their raised decks, into the building. so everything was hit. Ali pointed out that the water surrounded the area, and had been above the neighbors’ fence across the street. When you look out from inside and imagine that, it gives a vivid and grim picture of what Superstorm Sandy did.

nautical decorations outside the Point Lookout Clam Bar

Point Lookout Clam Bar, Reopens today

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Owner, Bruce Larson tells me though the height of their main floor at Fisherman’s Catch helped avoid direct damage in the dining area and bar(there was indirect damage), damage to all utilities below-heat, a/c, and kitchen equipment was extensive.

The bay crashed its way into the lower part of the restaurant. The myriad decks and docks on both properties were mostly destroyed.

love the woodwork in the Fisherman's Catch Restaurant, Point Lookout, NY

love the woodwork in the Fisherman’s Catch Restaurant, Point Lookout, NY

“Irene was just a flirt..” He said in regards to the damage inflicted by Sandy. “Point Lookout never saw water like this.” He said the highest anyone had seen previously only covered their lower dock.

I look around and pretty much everything inside the restaurant is new -carpet, chairs and lighting.

Fisherman's Catch Restaurant, and the remnants of their bayfront dock and deck. Point Lookout NY

Fisherman’s Catch Restaurant, and the remnants of their bayfront dock and deck. Point Lookout NY

It looks like the same Fisherman’s Catch that we’ve all known and loved, just brand-new again. To help avoid future flood damage, they’ve moved all the new utilities they had to replace to the upstairs.

The newly refurbished areas arent the only thing that’s new:
Bruce explains that he’s also excited about the new menu which is four months in the making.

the newly redone Dining Room at the Fisherman's Catch Restaurant, Point Lookout, NY

the newly redone Dining Room at the Fisherman’s Catch Restaurant, Point Lookout, NY

Talk goes back to the Point Lookout Clam Bar and Bruce Larson speaks of their new feature- a sushi bar. “The little bit of sushi we’ve been doing is something we’re proud of”.

the new sushi bar at the Point Lookout Fish Market.

the new sushi bar at the Point Lookout Fish Market.

While rebuilding he says they decided to add the Sushi bar and “Make it a little bit more official … and I think it’s going to catch on.”

Fishermans Catch Restaurant-open now
Point Lookout Clam Bar-opening today
The fish/Fresh market will be open by the weekend.
are you ready to “catch” on?

LI Toy Lending Center Fundraiser

Colleen with support from good friends Anthony and Claire

Colleen with support from good friends Anthony and Claire

It was fun to see some of you last Saturday afternoon, April 6, 2013 at the fundraiser for the Long Island Toy Lending Center, organized by Project Pay It Forward of Long Beach. There was a good crowd at The Point Ale House to pitch in to help get the funds to rebuild the not-for-profit’s flooded premises.

Quite a spread of Raffle prizes were available

Quite a spread of Raffle prizes were available

I didn’t win, but that GG (Gigi?)? either bought a bazillion tickets, or is really lucky or something!

Mr Kevin Halpin shows his winnings

Kevin Halpin shows his winnings

A stripped down but nevertheless cranking St Elvis provided the soundtrack for the day.

Mckenzie Bender shows her best moves

Mckenzie Bender shows her best moves

Everyone was struck by this cutie, Mckenzie Bender, who was showing her best dance moves. There was even some funny chatter revolving around Mckenzie’s shoes, (sandals) which it turns out several ladies were highly envious of. Someone promised me a better picture of her…obviously I”m still waiting!!!

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Kelly Sullivan of Project Pay It Forward

Kelly Sullivan of Project Pay It Forward

Colleen Moseman of Long Island Toy Lending Center takes it all in stride. It’s been a long road here and 5 months later they’re finally a big step closer to rebuilding. Colleen says the event “went really well” meaning a great amount was raised and the funds are mostly in place for the rebuild. There will be meetings and discussions soon and then rebuilding and literally raising the roof will begin.

The Long Island Toy Lending Center, in need of repairs from Superstorm Sandy

The Long Island Toy Lending Center, in need of repairs from Superstorm Sandy

Donations can still go a long way to help cover expenses.
For direct donations make checks payable to
Long Island Toy Lending Center
PO Box 380
Point Lookout. NY 11569

Helping hands are going to be needed for the rebuilding in the next few weeks.
To Volunteer, please call Colleen at (516) 241-7203

You can also contact them at LITOYCENTER at GMAIL.com
Copy n paste that and replace the “at” with “@”.