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Bucket & Buoy Spring 2013

Bucket & Buoy Spring 2013

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Jones Beach Lifeguard Corps Bucket & Buoy Spring 2013
Jones Beach Lifeguard Corps Bucket & Buoy Spring 2013

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SPRING 2013
Save the Date!
the
 
Bucket Buoy
The official newsletter of the JBLC
Social Media
Do you tweet? Follow theBucket Buoy on twitter @BucketBuoy#getwiththeprogram#lifeguards4lifeFacebook Group: Jones BeachLifeguards: Lifeguards for life.www.freejblc.net
A message from your lifeguardPresident
Rehire Swim
Saturday May 11th
CPR/FA/Training
Coming in the mail!
JB Invitational
Tuesday July 16
Well, after a very long and traumatic off-season, we seem to be on track to get back to the beaches!Sandy devastated our parks and homes. It is still affecting us,and it shows how difficult it is to prepare for natural disasters.Our parks and beaches have long been neglected and perhapsnow, with the influx of money for reconstruction andreplenishment, we might be on a positive path towards thefuture.Many of our parks have been totally or partially closed to thepublic, but we have been informed that everything is set toopen for the 2013 season. We shall see.
 
 
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SPRING 2013THE BUCKET BUOYNew lifeguard shacks are being built at Jones Beach, and three of the four shacks at Robert Moses are to be replaced. Sand is being pumped from Fire Island Inlet, as well as the Captree Boat Basin area, andplaced on the beaches. The boardwalk at Jones Beach is being reconstructed, and the traffic circle atRobert Moses will be paved along with the stretch of Ocean Parkway from Gilgo to Cedar Beach.By now everyone should have received his or her re-hire paperwork. The rehire tests will again be held atSuffolk County Community College in Brentwood. The change of venue from Nassau CC to Suffolk CCis viewed as a very positive move, and I wish to thank Parks for making this change. The faster, deeper pool and a real running track are appreciated.We have had very few meetings with Management over the winter. The only thing new is the addition of First Aid and Oxygen administration to our training schedule.We proposed having diving masks and snorkels available to lifeguards in the event they are needed for asubmersion, and we have been told they will be provided.We also have proposed setting up a Task Force of lifeguards to meet with local first responders, police,and operations to coordinate 911 calls and protocol for disaster and submersions (or fake submersions).We have decided to distribute our 2013 Union T-shirts after the beaches have all opened. Last year wedistributed them at the re-hire tests and it ended up being a lot of work for Tom Darnaud. Tom worksvery hard every year to design, print and distribute our T-shirts, please take the time to thank him for hisyearly efforts.Many of our members seem to have not signed up to become part of the NYS Retirement System. One of the real benefits we have is being part of the retirement plan, and it is exceedingly short sighted to not join. You will find information at:http://www.osc.state.ny.us/retire/index.php We also have a full range of benefits and discounts through NYSUT. Please take that time to check outtheir web site:http://www.nysut.org/cps/rde/xchg/nysut/hs.xsl/49.htm Beach Representative elections are held each year over the 4
th
of July period.Nominations and voting for these positions are held at each beach or pool, and a simple majority vote isall that is needed to be elected. Please consider becoming a beach representative or an alternate. It is veryimportant to keep our democratic traditions alive and to keep your constituents fully informed.This year we will be having Executive Board elections. These are two year terms and voting will be bymail, supervised by UUP. You will need to have signed up as a voting member to receive your ballot.Please make sure you have signed a card. Our membership committee will be trying to insure that all our members have signed up.I hope everyone returning this year has a wonderful exciting summer.I’ll see you on the beaches.Tom DonovanPresident, JBLC
 
 
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SPRING 2013THE BUCKET BUOY
Bruce Petersen: Lifeguard, Legend &Extraordinary Human Being.
They don’t really come much bigger than Bruce. Standing 6feet 5 inches tall his height wasn’t just a reflection of hisphysical size, but also of the size of his heart. If you had thepleasure of knowing Bruce Petersen then you know the kindof man he was. He could always put a smile on your face &make you feel good about yourself. Bruce was not your average man.He was a member of the Hempstead Golf andCountry Club for 55 years. He was a Junior ClubChampion, Club Champion, and Senior Club Champion.He played Basketball for the University of Maryland. Heloved the great outdoors, especially his home up in LakePlacid, NY. He also was a lifeguard at Jones Beach for almost 40 years. Bruce worked pretty much every field atJones Beach, but was known for his love of West End II.Throughout his career as a JB Lifeguard, he acted not just asa mentor but also a friend to all he would come in contactwith. The amount of lives he has touched and saved in hisalmost 40 years on the beach is something we should allproud of.History says if you want to be a known as “a legend” youmust do legendary things. Well “Brucie Boy”…you haveforever left your mark with us and YOU ARE a lifeguardlegend in our book. We will never forget you, your love andpassion for the beach, lifesaving and most importantly theparking lot! Thank for you all your years of service & restwell my friend. We will miss you dearly. Services will take place on
Friday April 19
th
at 5pm at theFirst Presbyterian Church of Oyster Bay 60 East Main Street.A “Celebration of his Life” will commence at the NassauCountry Club in Glen Cove. Proper attire required.

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