Thursday, March 31, 2016

March 2016

March 2016 Newsletter

Editor: Catherine D. Kobasiuk

General Meetings

The guest speaker for the April 4 General Meeting will be the American Red Cross. They will be making a preparedness presentation, and also offering a free smoke/CO2 detector $60 value at the presentation for those who can pledge to install and forward a photo of it installed within 72 hours. They will also be providing the community an opportunity for a Smoke Alarm install day, in which Red Cross workers install up to 3 alarms in every household that registers.

The Guest speaker for the May General Meeting will be from Equity First Foundation. They are a non profit group which offers services, resources and programs to consumers and small businesses that are facing financial distress.

Nomination Committee

The Nomination Committee will be announcing their nominations for officers and directors at the June General Meeting. If you or anyone you know would like to be an officer or director of the MBPOA the Nomination Committee can be contacted by calling the MBPOA clubhouse at 399-6111 and leaving a message.

Marina Opening

Marina #1 is now being prepared for the coming season. We are not opening Marina #5 this season so anyone who rented a slip there in the past can call the clubhouse to arrange for a slip in Marina #1. Please wait until the all clear has been announce before attempting to dock in any of the slips in Marina #1. The official opening is April 15, with the overhead lights being put on. The full opening is May 15, which includes guards and water service.

Reminders of best practices for using the MBPOA Marina are as follows: Carry-In/Carry-Out: no garbage should be left anywhere on the Marina property. Please take all of your trash with you. No fileting or cleaning of fish in the Marina and no dumping of bait, or fish waste into the Marina. No discharging of sewage into the Marina water. A Brookhaven Town pump out boat can be arranged on VHF Channel 73 or go to the Forge River Town Marina to use the pump out there.

Please do not just watch your wake when entering or leaving the Marina, eliminate your wake. Guards have the authority to tell you to slow down and report you to the dock master. If other marina users say you are going too fast, then you are going too fast. Please be considerate of your neighbors and have a safe summer.

Section 1 Park/ Beach

The park/beach at the end of Marina 1 is for members not customers with ramp passes. Please obey all posted rules and take your garbage with you when you leave. Jet ski's are personal water craft and have no business being on the beach and playing in the mouth of the marina. The rules according to the NYS Boaters Guide are:

Swim Areas - no operation permitted within 500 feet of a designated swim area, except in bodies of water where the opposing shoreline is less than 500 feet or when launching and retrieving a PWC from a designated launch site. PWC must not exceed 10 mph when within this zone.

Reckless Operation - strictly prohibited, examples of such operation would be:

• wake jumping too close to other vessels

• weaving through congested traffic

• last minute swerving to avoid collision.

Any members who have a complaint with a jet ski are urged to call in a complaint to the Suffolk County Police.

MBPOA Yard Sale

The Fourth Annual MBPOA Yard Sale will be on May14 in the MBPOA Clubhouse parking lot. If you would like to rent a table for $20/member or $25/nonmember please call 399-6111. Big Brothers and Big Sisters will be by at the end of the day to take away anything not going home with you. The sale is from 9am to 4pm. No Early Birds Please.

Great American Cleanup

The Town of Brookhaven will be sponsoring the Great American Cleanup on Saturday May 21. If anyone is interested in organizing a team to clean a particular public area please contact the board at 399-6111.

Memorial Day Parade

The MBPOA will be marching in the American Legion Arthur H Clune Post 1533 Mastic Beach Memorial Day Parade on Monday May 30. Watch for emails with information on when and where to meet. Come show your support for our fallen service men and women and march with the MBPOA and pay our respects at the Woodhull Cemetery on Neighborhood Road.

Tri- Hamlet Day
Saturday June 4 is TriHamlet Day on the Mastic Peninsula. The MBPOA will be set up in our parking lot and we hope everyone will stop by. The Mastic Moriches Shirley Community Library has booked live music which will be featured at our clubhouse.