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Celebrate the Sea Services during Fleet Week New York– May 20-26, 2015Mid

 The guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) transits the Hudson River during the Parade of Ships. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class David Danals/Released)

The guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) transits the Hudson River during the Parade of Ships. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class David Danals/Released)

Fleet Week New York, now in its 27th year, is scheduled to take place May 20-26, 2015. The weeklong celebration is the city’s time-honored celebration of the sea services, and an unparalleled opportunity for the visitors from the Mid-Atlantic region to meet Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, as well as witness firsthand the latest capabilities of today’s maritime services. Fleet Week New York has been held nearly every year since 1984, and it is anticipated that nearly 1,500 Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen will participate this year.

In addition to public visitation of participating ships and military band concerts, there will be numerous exhibits and aviation demonstrations throughout the week showcasing the latest technology of the maritime services and the skilled expertise of our dedicated service members. Or, you can take a “Selfie With a Sailor” to send to all your friends.

Three U.S. Navy (USN) ships, four U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) Yard Patrol boats, and two U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) cutters will participate in the 2015 Fleet Week New York, beginning with the Parade of Ships, May 20.

Public visitation on USN ships and USCG cutters in Manhattan and Staten Island begins Thursday, May 21 and continues through Monday, May 25; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Public visitation on USNA Yard Patrol boats runs Thursday through Friday, May 22; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Visitors are reminded that lines may be capped early so that the last people in line have an opportunity to complete their tours.

USS San Antonio (LPD 17) and USCG cutter Spencer (WMEC 905) will be moored at Pier 92 in Manhattan; USS Barry (DDG 52), USS Stout (DDG 55), and USCG cutter Sturgeon Bay (WTGB 109), will be moored at The USS Sullivans Pier at the Staten Island Homeport; and the USNA Yard Patrol boats will be moored at Pier 86 at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Spencer and the USNA Yard Patrol boats are scheduled to depart on Saturday, May 23.

 Sailors spell out the message "I Love New York," on the flight deck aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Aaron Glover (RELEASED)

Sailors spell out the message “I Love New York,” on the flight deck aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Aaron Glover (RELEASED)

Visitors should plan to wear comfortable clothing and shoes. All bags and/or camera cases will be searched prior to entering. Ships are considered an industrial environment and guests are encouraged to avoid open-toed sandals, high-heels, necklaces or other items that can get caught, as well as bags that are too heavy to carry comfortably. Sunscreen and/or sunglasses are advised.

There is no age requirement to tour USN, USNA and USCG ships during Fleet Week New York, however, adult visitors over the age of 18 are required to show a valid state or federal issued picture I.D. prior to touring. Additionally, tours may not be appropriate for small children or those with certain medical conditions. Strollers or baby carriages are permitted on the pier, but not allowed on the ships.

USN, USNA and USCG ships are not handicap accessible. The pier facilities in both Manhattan and Staten Island – including the exhibit, observation, refreshment, and restroom areas – are handicap accessible.

Photography is permitted aboard the ships during tours, however, photos of security personnel or procedures are prohibited.

Bottles, cans or containers of any type; banners, posters or signs of any type; mace, pepper spray, or other defensive sprays or chemicals; knives, firearms, fireworks or any explosive; illegal drugs or paraphernalia; flammable liquids or aerosol spray cans; club weapons; and animals are not permitted. Smoking is also not permitted aboard any ship or anywhere near the piers. The USN, USNA, and USCG reserve the right to prohibit other items not listed above. 

Food will not be available on the ships, but visitors will be able to purchase bottled water and some food items at concession stands on the piers.

In addition to public visitation of participating ships, there will be numerous exhibits and aviation demonstrations throughout the week showing off the latest technology of the maritime services and the skilled expertise of our service members.

Events include:

Thursday, May 21st

• Noon – 12:30 p.m., Coney Island, New York – U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) will conduct a Search and Rescue demo in the water off of Coney Island for visitors to see. Event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, May 23rd

• 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Eisenhower Park, East Meadow, New York – USN (10 a.m. – noon, including MH-60S helicopters) and USMC (noon – 2 p.m., including MV-22 Osprey, CH-46E Sea Knight, and AH-1W SuperCobra aircraft) will display aviation and operational equipment. USN EOD personnel will also be in attendance. After the air demo, USN and USMC helicopters will land and be available for display. U.S. Navy Band Northeast “Show Band” will perform. Event is free and open to the public.

• Noon – 12:30 p.m., Pier 92, Manhattan, New York – USCG will conduct a Search and Rescue demo in the water off of Manhattan for visitors to see. Event is free and open to the public.

Sunday, May 24th

• 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Rye Playland, Rye, New York – Event will include a ceremony in honor of Memorial Day at 11:45 a.m. followed by a barbecue for veterans and their families. A USMC Aviation/Marine Air-Ground Task Force demo will take place from 2 – 4 p.m. including MV-22 Osprey, CH-46E Sea Knight, and AH-1W SuperCobra aircraft. Event is free and open to the public.

• Noon – 12:30 p.m., USS The Sullivans Pier, Staten Island, New York – USCG will conduct a Search and Rescue demo in the water off of Staten Island Homeport for visitors to see. Event is free and open to the public.

Monday, May 25th

• 1:30 – 2 p.m., Pier 86, Manhattan, New York – USCG will conduct a Search and Rescue demo in the water off of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Pier for visitors to see. Event is free and open to the public.

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A U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal team demonstrates how troops can be inserted into a remote area during a joint air and ground demonstration during Fleet Week New York (FWNY). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Magen Weatherwax/Released)

• 2 – 5 p.m., Glen Island Park, New Rochelle, New York – USMC Aviation/Marine Air-Ground Task Force demo including MV-22 Osprey, CH-46E Sea Knight, and AH-1W SuperCobra aircraft. The event will showcase airborne insertion and extraction of aircraft with combat equipped Marines. Event is free and open to the public.

• 11 a.m., Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Manhattan, New York – A missing man formation aerial salute comprised of FA-18 Super Hornets based out of Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Va. will be performed in conjunction with the Intrepid Memorial Day Commemoration at Pier 86.

• 1:10 p.m. Citi Field, Flushing, New York – Two FA-18 Super Hornets based out of Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Va. will fly over the annual New York Mets/USO Military Appreciation Day at Citi Field, signifying the start of the game. The Mets will take on the Philadelphia Phillies. The Joint Service Color Guard will present colors, and a member of Navy Band Northeast will sing the national anthem.

In addition to showcasing the world’s largest maritime force, the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) are scheduled to host a variety of music concerts featuring Navy Band Northeast and the USMC Band, May 18-25, in celebration of the 2015 Fleet Week New York.

Sailors assigned to the Navy Band Northeast perform for guests on Pier 92 during the parade of ships. US Navy photo taken by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Stephen M. Votaw/Released)

Sailors assigned to the Navy Band Northeast perform for guests on Pier 92 during the parade of ships. US Navy photo taken by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Stephen M. Votaw/Released)

Events include:

Monday, May 18th

• 4 – 5 p.m., Brooklyn Central Library, Brooklyn, New York – Navy Band Northeast “Pops Ensemble” will perform a public concert at the Brooklyn Central Library, located at 10 Grand Army Plaza. Comprised of 35 talented professional Navy musicians from across the country, the band performs a wide variety of musical styles, specializing in traditional concert band literature, popular standards, jazz and patriotic favorites. Event is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, May 19th

• 12:30 – 1:30 p.m., Bryant Park, Manhattan – Navy Band Northeast “Pops Ensemble” will perform. Comprised of 35 talented professional Navy musicians from across the country, the band performs a wide variety of musical styles, specializing in traditional concert band literature, popular standards, jazz and patriotic favorites. Event is free and open to the public.

Thursday, May 21st

• 6:30 a.m. – 7 p.m., Bryant Park, Manhattan – USMC will host Marine Day in Bryant Park featuring boot camp style exercise session (6:30 a.m.), followed by USMC displays, demonstrations and a performance by the USMC Band. Event is free and open to the public.

Friday, May 22nd

• 5 – 7:30 p.m., Military Island, Times Square – Navy Band Northeast’s “Rhode Island Sound” and the USMC Band will perform at Military Island in Times Square. The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Silent Drill Team will also perform. Line-up: USCG Silent Drill Team – 5 – 5:30 p.m.; Navy Band Northeast’s “Rhode Island Sound” – 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.; USMC Band – 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.. Event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, May 23rd

• 10 a.m. – noon, Eisenhower Park, East Meadow, New York – Navy Band Northeast “Brass Band” will perform. Event is free and open to the public.

• 5 – 6:30 p.m., Military Island, Times Square – Navy Band Northeast’s “Rhode Island Sound” will perform at Military Island in Times Square. The USCG Silent Drill Team will also perform. Line-up: USCG Silent Drill Team – 5 – 5:30 p.m.; Navy Band Northeast’s “Rhode Island Sound” – 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Event is free and open to the public.

Sunday, May 24th

• 1 – 2:30 p.m., Military Island, Times Square – Navy Band Northeast’s “Brass Band” will perform at Military Island in Times Square. The USCG Silent Drill Team will also perform. Line-up: Navy Band Northeast’s “Brass Band” – 1 – 2 p.m.; USCG Silent Drill Team – 2 – 2:30 p.m. Event is free and open to the public.

• 1 – 5 p.m., Fleet Week New York Community Music Festival, Flagship Brewery, Staten Island, New York – Navy Band Northeast’s “Rhode Island Sound” will perform from 3:30 – 5 p.m. Local bands will also perform. Event is free and open to the public.

Monday, May 25th

• 1:10 p.m. Citi Field, Flushing, New York –The Mets will take on the Philadelphia Phillies. The Joint Service Color Guard will present colors, and a member of Navy Band Northeast will sing the national anthem.

For up-to-date information on all Fleet Week events, visit the official Fleet Week New York website at http://www.fleetweeknewyork.com, “Like” FleetWeekNewYork on Facebook, or “Follow” @FleetWeekNYC on Twitter. Fleet Week New York photos can be viewed on Flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/fwnypao. Join the conversation on social media by using #FleetWeekNYC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dinosaurs of the Deep Invade New Jersey

Get the jump on the all things dinosaur in anticipation of Universal’s new movie, Jurassic World, scheduled to open in June of 2015 by visiting the Adventure Aquarium’s new limited time exhibit, Dinosaurs of the Deep.

Enormous prehistoric marine reptiles that ruled the primeval seas more than 100 million years ago are taking over Adventure Aquarium on the Camden Waterfront starting January 16, 2015. For a limited time only, five thousand square feet of large-scale skeletons, ancient fossils and more than 20 life-size replicas will be on display throughout the aquarium to teach guests about the most intriguing sea monsters that ever existed – from massive pliosaurs and prehistoric armored fish to the whales, sharks and turtles that inhabit our oceans today.

Come face-to-face with life-sized replicas of some of the most ferocious and feared species that ever lived, including a 42-foot Elasmosaurus, 20-foot Kronosaurus, 21-foot Zygorhiza, 16-foot Dunkleosteus.

Image Courtesy of Adventure Aquarium

Image Courtesy of Adventure Aquarium

Meet the 34-foot full scale Liopleurodon, one of the ancient oceans’ most dangerous predators, whose teeth were 4-inches long. The larger-than-life exhibit will also feature a replica fossil of a Tylosaur still stuck in stone and a life-sized coral reef teeming with trilobites and prehistoric fish.

Interactive dioramas and educational stations situated throughout the aquarium help guests learn about the enthralling world of ancient aquatic life through hands-on exploration. Along the way, visitors get the chance to touch a horseshoe crab at the “Touch a Living Dinosaur” exhibit and become a paleontologist by examining fossils of a variety of shark species and the largest sea turtles that ever lived.

Discover and learn more during your visit by taking in special programming. Check out some of the shows and talks available exclusively during Dinosaurs of the Deep. All live programs are included with general admission.

Ocean Realm: An Evolutionary Tale
Travel back 400 million years during the Devonian Period when sharks and fish made their first appearance on Earth. During this live show, guests will hear from an Animal Experience Specialist who will discuss the evolution of these living fossils and bridge the connection between the ferocious marine reptiles of Dinosaurs of the Deep with the animals on exhibit today inside Ocean Realm. Monday – Friday 1:30 pm; Saturday & Sunday 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm Ocean Realm Theater

Sea Turtle Chat
Learn more about history’s greatest animal navigators! Their appearance may have changed little since the 200 million years when they first appeared on Earth, but a closer look will show just how drastically they’ve evolved. During daily Sea Turtle Chats, an Animal Experience Specialist will explore these differences and how ancient sea turtles compare to our loggerhead and green sea turtle species. Daily live chats; Ocean Realm Panoramic Window

Elasmosaurus Q&A
Get to know the massive 42 foot monster of the deep that’s taken up residence in the Rotunda! The Elasmosaurus was the largest of Plesiosaurs, measuring an average 46 feet long and weighing 2 tons. Adventure Aquarium biologists will discuss the Elasmosaurus and the amazing facts scientists have learned about this extinct species. Daily live chats; Rotunda

Shark Life in Jurassic Waters
Sharks have ruled the oceans for over 450 million years. During this live show, Adventure Aquarium biologists will discuss the evolution of these incredible species, including the great white shark and megalodon. Learn where fossilized evidence of sharks have been found, dive into some of the reasons how sharks were able to survive five mass extinctions and understand more about the connection between ancient and modern sharks. Monday – Friday 12:15 pm; Saturday & Sunday 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm; Shark Realm

Liopleurodon Q&A
An Animal Experience Specialist will be on hand daily to answer questions about the larger-than-life Liopleurodon. Gather under ‘Lio’s’ massive jaws to learn more about this incredible prehistoric monster, and to find out why he was known as the ‘biggest and baddest’ of his day. Daily live chats; Dinosaurs of the Deep Gallery

To learn more or to purchase tickets online, visit http://www.AdventureAquarium.com


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Marine Mammal Stranding Center Volunteer Opportunity

The Marine Mammal Stranding Center (MMSC) is dedicated to responding to marine mammals and sea turtles in distress along all of New Jersey’s waterways and to the rehabilitation of these animals for release back into the wild. In situations where animals may not be re-released, every effort is made to secure a proper, enriching facility to provide lifetime care. They are further committed to the well-being of marine mammals and to inspire responsible stewardship of the oceans through educational programs and collaboration.

Since the Center’s founding in 1978, staff and volunteers have responded to over 4000 calls for whales, dolphins, seals and sea turtles that washed ashore on New Jersey beaches. These animals range from a five pound Kemps Ridley Sea Turtle to a 25-ton Humpback Whale (both of which are endangered species).

Stranding volunteers must live within 15 minutes of the New Jersey Shore. When a stranding occurs on any beach in New Jersey, the MMSC calls stranding volunteers in that area. They immediately go to the location of the animal so they can “size up” the situation and notify the MMSC the degree of required action. The volunteer will receive specific instructions on what to do until the MMSC staff arrives at the scene. (A cell phone is very helpful in these situations.) The volunteer then stays with the animal until the staff arrives, and continues to assist in loading the animal into the vehicle. Stranding volunteers must attend a workshop to give them basic knowledge of what is to be expected.

For more information, please visit:

http://www.mmsc.org/home.html


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Wildwood Beach Welcomes Monster Truck Beach Nationals

September 26th through the 28th, 2014.

Image Courtesy of Wildwoods

Image Courtesy of Wildwoods

The thrill and exhilaration of monster truck racing will take place on the beach in Wildwood from Lincoln to Spencer Avenues Beach, Wildwood, N.J. This high flying, stunt filled and heart racing weekend will be packed with a ton of fun for the whole family.

Monster trucks will square off on a custom beach race course for their chance to win the title of “King of the Beach.” Participating trucks include Bigfoot, Snakebite, Black Stallion, Higher Education, Gunslinger, Avenger, Brutus and Equalizer.

Intermission with Megasaurus; jet powered Smart Car and Tough Truck races.

Show dates and times:
Friday, September 26: 7 p.m.
Saturday, September 27: 1 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Sunday, September 28: 1 p.m.

Gates open one hour before each start time. Food and merchandise vendors as well as monster truck rides on the beach will also be available.

A FREE pit party will take place before each of Saturday’s races as well as before the final competition on Sunday.

For more information call 609.522.4546.
To purchase tickets visit
http://www.WildwoodMotorEvents.com/monster-truck
Tickets will also be available at the gate, the day of the event.


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Morey’s Piers is Going to the Dogs in Wildwood, NJ

Image Courtesy of Morey's Piers

Image Courtesy of Morey’s Piers

Don’t forget one of your favorite family members this summer; take them with you to the Jersey Shore. Morey’s Piers is Going to the Dogs at their Raging Waters Water Park. On September 7, 2014 your pooch can paddle in the pools of Raging Waters Water Park at Morey’s Piers “Gone to the Dogs.” Your best friend can enjoy an evening swim from 5:00PM – 7:00PM (check in starts at 4:45pm) at Raging Waters Water Park, located at the rear of Morey’s Mariner’s Pier at Schellenger Ave. and the Boardwalk in Wildwood, NJ.

That evening, water bowls and free dog treats will be stationed throughout Raging Waters Water Park for dogs to recharge as they paddle around the river adventure or play in the fountain pool. A variety of activities are scheduled including a doggy swimsuit competition starting at 6:15 pm. Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the Wrecker’s Beach Grille.

To be admitted to this event you MUST bring the following:
Printed e-ticket for each guest and pooch
Completed release form
Proof of rabies vaccination

Please note that if you are missing any of the above items, you WILL NOT be granted access to this event.

No refunds will be given.

For the safety of our guests all dogs MUST be accompanied by a human and on a leash when not in the water. All 4 legged and 2 legged friends are $10 each with the proceeds benefitting the Wildwood Beach Dog Park.

For the first-time, Blue Palms Resort, located steps away from Mariner’s Pier and Raging Waters Water Park, is offering pet-friendly accommodations from September 5 through 9, 2014. The “Wildwood Unleashed” stay package, starts at $81 per night (Sunday & Monday), and includes a welcome “doggie bag” and pet-cleaning fee. Two-night minimum stay is required; limited space available. To book a reservation, call (609) 522-0606.

Raging Waters Water Park at Morey’s Piers “Gone to the Dogs”
http://www.moreyspiers.com/plan/event/gone-to-the-dogs


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Harlem Globetrotters Bring Four Games to Wildwood, NJ – August 6-9, 2014

Image Courtesy of Harlem Globe Trotters

Image Courtesy of Harlem Globe Trotters

With 88 years of performing under their belts, the world famous Harlem Globetrotters know something about thrilling millions of fans, all the while innovating the game in exciting new ways. Last year, the Globetrotters did something unparalleled in the history of sports and entertainment, letting fans vote on new rules to be used in actual games. It was so much fun, they are doing it again, and there are cool new rules to choose from on our 2014 “Fans Rule” World Tour.

You can get your chance to see the zaniness which is sure to result during their four new shows at the Wildwoods Convention Center from August 6-9, with games nightly at 7 p.m.

Learn to play like the Globetrotters at a special 2-hour Skills Clinic at the Convention Center. Designed for boys & girls ages 6-12, the clinic will be led by Globetrotter stars. Clinics take place every game day (Aug 6-9) from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Participants do not need prior basketball experience. A spot in the clinic costs $49.99 and includes a voucher for one complimentary ticket to any of the four games in Wildwood (valued up to $45). Space is limited.

For more information: http://www.harlemglobetrotters.com/wildwood


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See Santa Scuba at Adventure Aquarium in NJ

Image Courtesy of Adventure Aquarium

Image Courtesy of Adventure Aquarium

Santa, like everyone, knows a good way to escape the summer heat. He’s heading to the Adventure Aquarium on the Camden, NJ waterfront. It may be hot outside, but inside Adventure Aquarium it’s like a winter wonderland under the sea. Enjoy the first-ever Christmas Celebration in July, a halfway-to-the-holidays festival that includes special dive appearances by the one and only Scuba Santa.

Experience magical glowing trees, twinkling lights, and holiday-themed festivities. Scuba Santa will be flying his sleigh into town for the weekend; making daily dive appearances in the 760,000 gallon Ocean Realm – home to the country’s only great hammerhead shark on exhibit, massive sea turtles and more. And swing by the Rotunda to meet up with Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, who will make it SNOW inside the Aquarium.

All guests will receive $5-off coupons to come back to Adventure Aquarium for our annual holiday celebrations in December.

SHOW SCHEDULE
• Scuba Santa Dive Appearances: 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm
• Meet Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster: 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm

FREE PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: Get a 5×7 photo when you take a photo “underwater” with Scuba Santa through Green Screen Magic. FREE with any package purchase from H20 Photo. A $12.99 value, and the perfect opportunity to get a head-start on your family holiday photo!

Adventure Aquarium Christmas in July
July 26, 2014 to July 27, 2014
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ
610-455-2755
http://www.adventureaquarium.com/