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12 PropWash Dec 2019


DIVISION 1 FIRST SOUTHERN REGION Flotilla 1 - 7, Patchogue, NY 11772

Agenda for 6:30 pm Tuesday December 3rd 2019

Annual End-of-Year/Holiday Dinner

Tuesday 3rd December 2019

6:30 pm to 9:30 pm


The Oar Steak & Seafood Grill

264 West Ave, Patchogue, NY 11772

in the Captain’s Room over-looking the Patchogue River

Your choice of Appetizers: either Baked Clams, Caesar Salad, or fresh Mozzarella

Your choice of Entrée:
- Chicken Richard (sautéed breast, broccoli, roasted peppers, mozzarella

& lemon chardonnay sauce)

- Marinated Flat iron Steak
- Penne ala Vodka

Dessert; our own special occasion cake

Plus coffee & tea

Cash Bar; tabs by table to be paid at the end of the evening (so keep track of your drinks)

Sold Out – all seats taken! (Hope you got yours)

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And our Next Regular Meeting will be: 7:30 pm Tuesday February 4th, 2020
When the Uniform will be: Trop Blues

Sorry – no meeting in January

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Election Congratulations
Peter L. Ford is to be your 2020 FC
John LaPorta is to be your 2020 VFC

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FSO Explanations & Reports

“Learning from others” – in this case from our friends in Flotilla 38 in Plantation, FL – we will
now be including our FSO monthly reports in our newsletter, instead of just on our webpage.

Division is asking that all FSO’s submit to their Division SO’s a year-end report summarizing your
Flotilla’s activities for the year, and to include numbers and details.

In order for your Flotilla’s FSO’s to do their jobs, the membership is asked to provide their
FSO’s with the information they need to do this, as well as making sure that your numbers

are in AuxData before year-end (“if it ain’t in AuxData – it didn’t happen”)..

AN – Aids to Navigation – verify private aids to navigation & update charts – David Belding
Artie Albertsen (SO-AN) sent out some information about the state of the waterways near

the Moriches.

All PATONS have been removed from the bays and navigable water ways. Also noted that large
pieces of dock and bulkheads have been floating around. This is because of the recent storms.

It seems that the Coast Guard has removed some ATONS, so be careful if you go out, check with
Notice to Local Mariners. Listen to sector on channel 22A.

I have reported a red PATON floating out of position and moving along the channel between
Indian Island and Great Neck Creek. This was reported to Station Fire Island, they asked if I
could move it to a safe place. I tried but was unable to. I was not equipped to handle this task.

Take note: the daily tides are significantly lower in the winter then in the summer – so be careful.

CM – Communications Officer - annual inspection of mobile radio facilities –
No Report – Flotilla 1-7 does not have any mobile radio facilities at this time – but soon!

CS – Communication Services - website development & maintenance – John LaPorta
Updated meeting information. Uploaded our recent newsletter in members only section.

FB – Facebook development and maintenance - Steve Fazio
Here is some data for the period October 21st to November 17th

Page views 44 - Posts Reached 425 - Post Engagements 159 - "Likes" 47
Our posts included items such as:

Cold Water Boating - Veteran's Day – Boating Saftey Classes - Wearing Life Preservers -ATON
and Bridge Inspections

Some of our posts have been shared by other Flotillas, such as Upper Manhattan,
Governor's Island, and Commodore V. Pica

DV – Diversity Officer – adherence to the CG’s civil rights, sexual harassment
prevention & diversity training programs - Susan Kubelle

Diversity continues to be a corner stone of both the Auxiliary and Flotilla 1-7. Articles
and news items related to diversity in the workplace and membership have been regularly shared
with the membership – and will continue to be so in the up-coming year.

FN – Finance Officer – maintaining the unit’s finances & financial records - Arty Rappolt
Currently collecting 2020 membership dues as well as payments for the up coming

Flotilla Dinner in December.

IS – Information & Communications Services, data entry AUXDATA - Dannie Ethridge
I have entered all Aux Data forms submitted to me and I am up to date as of 11/7/2019.

As designed all information I have entered must be approved by the DSO IS officer Patrick
Clifford. I continue to keep up to date on new information that will help me perform my

It was announced that there is and effort going forward to provide a new Aux Data
application. Time will tell on the progress but any attempt to improve Aux Data is welcome. The
more I use Aux Data the more difficult entering information becomes. The Aux Data system is
tired and extremely sensitive to errors. Something that which should take 10 minutes can take an
hour. The system does not like anything unusual and needs to be restarted several times each
session. I am sure they (whoever they are) know this, which is why there is this a current effort to
develop a new system. It will be a welcome change to see the new system.

MS – Safety – Assistance for Marine Safety & Environmental Protection - Steve Fazio
Marine Safety

As the boating season comes to an end, the majority of ATON’s and PATON’s have been
pull until Spring.
• Water temperatures in our AOR have dropped below 50-degrees, making any MOB even
more dangerous. Ops have been restricted to the cold-water teams, wearing dry suits
• Recent storms have caused significant shoaling in previously safe channels

o Not our AOR but the Coast Guard announced significant shoaling near Moriches
buoys 24-26

o I personally experienced significant shoaling in the west cut to Moriches Inlet.
This was while following previously used tracks, in the clearly marked channel.
It is recommended to stay to the extreme west side of the channel, away from
buoy 6W (I ran aground on the eastern side of the channel last weekend)

• Also not our AOR but there was an overturned vessel near Stratford Shoal (Middle
Ground of LI Sound). One boater chose to leave the vessel to swim to land and was lost
in the cold water. CG Station Eaton’s Neck responded to that accident early November

The GSB1 “Weather Buoy” is still on station but expected to be pulled for the season in the
coming weeks. Water temperature in the bay is approximately 41 Deg F as of this writing. The
webpage for the buoy is

Environmental Protection
• Environmental (Shell fishing) buoys have been moved closer to shore with the cleaner
water in the bay.
o The DEC has a website with more info.
• As evidenced by increases in fish populations, the open breach in Bellport Bay continues
to flush the bay with fresh ocean water.

MA – Materials Officer – acquiring necessary Aux materials - Connie Coscia
Submitted an order for one member. Will be ordering more supplies for PV & VE.

MT – Member Training – membership training instructor - Connie Coscia
I have scheduled a training program entitled 'active shooter' for our February 2020

meeting and am working on a Police K9 presentation for another meeting..

MV/PV/RBSP – Recreational Boating Safety Visitation Program – provide marine safety &
Auxiliary information to marine dealers & other related locations – Frank DiGregorio

I have done a total of 18 visits, not counting the times I accompanied our Commander
Pete Ford to other marinas or in recent times when I found the marinas were closed. These visits
included a total of five different locations where I placed materials in a USCG display. In
addition, I discussed with the marina personnel a variety of topics and made suggestion in areas
of safety and efficiency for the public. Commander Ford has five locations that he visits at least
once a month (sometimes more often).

PA – Public Affairs – public affairs programs, publicizing the Auxiliary - John LaPorta
1. Promoted Division PA booth held at Hope For The Warriors- 12th Annual Run for the

Warriors. Held on 9Nov, at Cedar Beach, Babylon, NY.
2. At Flotilla meeting, discussed possible guests and events for 2020.

LD - Library Displays – utilizing Library facilities to advertise the Auxiliary- Susan

I try to reserve space in various local libraries so that I can continue to place Auxiliary
information in their display cases each month– the more the public sees things about the U.S.
Coast Guard Auxiliary the more “Public Recognition” we get. Hopefully these efforts will lead to
more new members joining us and more boater interaction (such as requests for vessel
examinations and attendance at our Boating Safety Classes).

PB – Publications Officer – edit, produce & delivery of unit publications - Peter L. Ford
For the year 2019 twelve issues of the Flotilla 1-7 monthly newsletter, “The Propwash”,

have been issued electronically (via email) to the membership, potential members, and to friends
of the Flotilla (including Flotilla 38 in Plantation, FL, with whom we regularly exchange
newsletters). It is hoped that other newsletter exchanges can be developed with additional
Flotillas in other areas of the country too.

PE – Public Education activities & education courses – Bob Figueroa (new)
Bob will be new to our Flotilla in January, having filed for transfer over from the 1-3. We

hope to do Boating Safety Classes next year utilizing Instructors from other Flotillas (and maybe
some from our Flotilla when they become qualified – how about you?)

PS/HR – Personnel Services – member recruiting and retention activities - Connie Coscia
- submitted paperwork for two ID cards that were expired;
- submitted completed paperwork for one potential;
- following up on paperwork for a potential and
- following up on form submitted for change of name.

SR – Secretary of Records – recording & maintaining unit records & activities - Jessy McAvoy
The minutes from the monthly meetings of Flotilla 1-7 have been regularly recorded and

shared with all of the members (attending or not) electronically throughout the year.

VE – Vessel Examiners – one-on-one safety education for boat owners through vessel safety
checks (VSC) - Frank DiGregorio

As of this time, Flotilla 01-07 has completed approximately 110 vessel examinations (an
increase of over 26% from last year). I have instructed the examiners to make sure all
examinations that they have done are reported to Aux Data in a timely manner. In addition, I
have asked the inspectors for an updated number of all inspections done for the year (but I have
only received one of five responses so far. The team has visited dozens of marina sites, and boater
residences during the season, at which time in many cases, we gave safety suggestions and other
information to the boaters and distributed hundreds of pieces of literature during the boating
I have started to plan for the 2020 boating season, in hopes that we can have another successful
season. We continue to encourage other members to become VEs also.

So, what do you think of having our FSO reports in the newsletter each month?

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Calendar Notes
Tuesday December 3rd - Flotilla 01-07 Holiday Dinner at The Oar Steak & Seafood Grill, Patchogue
Wednesday December 4th – Wear brown Shoes Day (?) Friday December 6th – St Nicolas Day

Saturday December 7th – Pearl Harbor Day AND the Station’s Children Christmas Party at SFI

Thursday December 13th – Geminid Meteor Shows peak

Monday December 16th – Chocolate Covered Anything Day (oh yea!)

Tuesday December 10th – first day of Hanukkah (ends the 18th) Sunday December 22nd – Winter Solstice

Monday December 23rd – Festivus (of course) Tuesday December 24th – Christmas Eve

Wednesday December 25th – Christmas Day (Thank you Santa)

Thursday December 26th – Boxing Day & first day of Kwanzaa

Tuesday December 31st – New Year’s Eve There is no Division meeting in December

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The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is a uniformed organization

Check out this website for the USCGAux Guide to Uniforms:

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Check out “Light Pollution”


As per previous emails – PLEASE get your 7029’s, 7030’s, 7038’s 7046’s, etcetera’s into
our FSO-IS Dannie Ethridge at [email protected] ASAP (if not sooner) – (a) it takes
a lot of time to input into AuxData, (b) there may yet (hopefully not) be a government
shut-down (and then nothing can get entered), and (c) with a new system being created
next year you will want ALL of your AuxData info to be backed up (just in case), but if it’s
not in there, there won’t be anything to back up… so PLEASE, get your info in ASAP


Your Participation is very much needed and necessary – so won’t you please attend a Flotilla
meeting and let us know what it’ll take to make you an active, participating Auxiliarist again.

We still have several FSO positions open for anyone who wishes to volunteer
IS, MS and PE.

In addition, we need more Vessel Examiners and Instructors) too.

Volunteer: (n) a person who freely offers to take part in an enterprise or undertake a task. (v)
freely offers to do something (NOT someone who does nothing).

Be an active Auxiliary volunteer and, as the research shows, live longer!

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Stocking Stuffer

Now that we have a Flotilla sew-on patch design (that you voted for) - have you got yours? Please
contact Flotilla Vice Commander John LaPorta to purchase this colourful and unique display of
your Flotilla’s pride. [email protected]

PS – our patch has encouraged other Flotillas to also have one too (the 1-7, leading once again)

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Division 01

Division Membership Award & Recognition Night, and Change of Watch

(formally aka “COW” - So now it’s: “DMAARNACOW”?)

1730 hrs - Saturday January 25th, Captain Bill’s Restaurant - $50 pp

Uniform: Trop Blues Can we (Flotilla 1-7) get a whole table (8 – 10 seats)?


5-year CORE training reminder for those that took the courses in 2014 -
you’re due in 2020

Vessel Speed Restrictions to Protect North Atlantic Right Whales

NOAA Fisheries implements vessel speed restrictions for all vessels 65 feet (19.8 meters) or
longer in certain locations known as Seasonal Management Areas (SMA) along the U.S.
east coast. Vessels are required to travel at 10 knots or less at certain times of the year to
reduce the likelihood of collision with a North Atlantic right whale. Vessel strikes are one of the
two main causes of death for this critically endangered species and are highly preventable.

The following waters are affected by the speed restrictions from November 1 - April 30.

Block Island Sound waters bounded by:

• 40º51'53.7" N 070º36'44.9" W
• 41º20'14.1" N 070º49'44.1" W
• 41º04'16.7" N 071º51'21.0" W
• 40º35'56.5" N 071º38'25.1" W then back to starting point.

Port of New York/New Jersey within a 20-nm (37 km) radius (as measured seaward from
the COLREGS lines):

• 40º29'42.2"N 073º55'57.6"W
NOAA Fisheries also implements a voluntary vessel speed restriction zone, known
as Dynamic Management Area (DMA). On November 9, 2019, the NOAA aerial
survey observed an aggregation of right whales SE of Nantucket MA. Mariners are
requested to route around this area or transit through it at 10 knots or less.

The DMA is in effect in the following area November 9, 2019 - November 25, 2019:

• 1 01 N, 40 25 N, 069 10 W, 069 56 W

There’s a new (rebuilt) bridge over Corey Creek in Blue Point – Middle Road

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The Division 01 website:

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And check out YOUR Flotilla’s Facebook page by Steve Fazio:

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As well as the Flotilla 1-7 website by John LaPorta too:

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We need more Vessel Examiners and Instructors
Go on line, take the test, then get out there and have some fun

Be ready for next season

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Your Participation

Yes, your participation is very much needed and necessary – so won’t you please plan to attend
some Flotilla meetings next year and let us know what it’ll take to make you an active,
participating Auxiliarist again.

Volunteer: (n) a person who freely offers to take part in an enterprise or undertake a task. (v)
freely offer to do something. (Note: NOT someone who does nothing.)

Let’s toast the Holiday Season
Raspberry Hot Spiced Cider

1 (12 oz) package (3 cups) raspberries – 4 cups apple cider
4 dashes ground cinnamon – ½ cup spiced rum (optional)
garnish with lemon twists and cinnamon sticks (& 8 of the raspberries too)
In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the apple cider, remaining
raspberries, and ground cinnamon – bring to a boil. Then let cool slightly. Strain and stir
in the spiced rum (if desired). Pour the mixture into mugs and garnish each cup .
(makes 4 servings).with 2 or 3 raspberries, a cinnamon stick, and a lemon twist

This month’s knot
The Icicle Hitch is a good knot for connecting to a post when it is desired to

either hoist the post vertically or to drag it in a direction parallel to the post.
This hitch will hold its [lace even when holding a substantial load on a smooth

surface and will even grip a tapered post, hence the name “icicle hitch”.

1. Wrap the working end of the rope around the post four times – working away from the

2. Then pass the working end behind the wraps & standing line, and pass it over the post –
leaving a hanging loop behind the wraps.

3. Take the hanging loop by its longest part & pass the loop in front of the standing line on
the front side of the post – then pass the loop over the end of the post

4. Tighten everything up & pull down on both lines to further tighten the wraps around the
post. The wraps will spread out as a load is applied to the standing line.

Icicle knot - appropriate for winter?

Ha - Ha
Like in the old days, every newspaper should have a “funny page”.
For those needing glasses, take heart, next year you will be seeing 2020

Under heading of stealing from other Newspapers:

The Washington Post's Mensa Invitational once again invited readers to take any word

from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a

new definition. Here are the winners:

1. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially
impotent for an indefinite period of time.

2. Ignoranus: A person who's both stupid and an arsehole.

3. Intaxicaton: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your
money to start with.

4. Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly.

5. Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from
penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the
near future.

6. Foreploy: Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of getting another
person to have sex with you

7. Giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.

8. Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get

9. Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.

10. Osteopornosis: A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit)

11. Karmageddon: It's like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes,
right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it's like, a serious bummer.

12. Decafalon (n):The gruelling event of getting through the day consuming only things
that are good for you.

13. Glibido: All talk and no action.

14. Dopeler Effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you

15. Arachnoleptic Fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you've accidentally
walked through a spider web.

16. Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito, that gets into your bedroom at three
in the morning and cannot be cast out.

17. Caterpallor (n.): The color you turn after finding half a worm in the fruit you're

Member News Item
Our own Jaylynn Cordero will be off to US Air Force boot camp March 24th

We wish great success for our new member!

The Washington Post has also published the winning submissions to its yearly contest, in
which readers are asked to supply alternate meanings for common words.

And the winners are:
1. Coffee, n. The person upon whom one coughs.
2. Flabbergasted, adj. Appalled by discovering how much weight one has gained.
3. Abdicate, v. To give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.
4. Esplanade, v. To attempt an explanation while drunk.
5. Willy-nilly, adj. Impotent.
6. Negligent, adj. Absent mindedly answering the door when wearing only a nightgown.
7. Lymph, v. To walk with a lisp.
8. Gargoyle, n. Olive-flavored mouthwash.
9. Flatulence, n. Emergency vehicle that picks up someone who has been run over by a
10. Balderdash, n. A rapidly receding hairline.
11. Testicle, n. A humorous question on an exam.
12. Rectitude, n. The formal, dignified bearing adopted by proctologists.
13. Pokemon, n. A Rastafarian proctologist.
14. Oyster, n. A person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddishisms.
15. Frisbeetarianism, n. The belief that, after death, the soul flies up onto the roof and gets

stuck there.
16. Circumvent, n. An opening in the front of boxer shorts worn by Jewish men.

On Line Best Fishing Practices Tutorial

Supporting Our Own
Business cards from Flotilla 1-7 members

Mike Palermo Michelle Miller

631.207.3683 [email protected]
John LaPorta

Steve Fazio

Adam Small

Holiday Greeting s to All

As mentioned before, I seem to remember that Life Magazine’s last page was called something like
“parting shot” and was an interesting photograph – so I thought I’d do the same here (again) for our

publication… In keeping with the theme of the month.

Add a touch of sparkle and some festive cheer, for indulgent celebrations at the most wonderful time of the

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