Blog November 2015


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Posted On: November 30, 2015


MANASQUAN - Seven people were pulled from the Atlantic Ocean Friday after a pontoon boat capsized outside the mouth of the Manasquan Inlet sending all occupants overboard.
The boat, estimated to be 30 to 35 feet, was carrying seven people when it flipped around 1:30 p.m., said Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer Chris Sparkman, commander of the agency's Manasquan Station.

He said all seven were pulled from the 53-degree water and taken to hospitals. Sparkman did not know their conditions or what they had been doing before the vessel capsized.

"A lot of people saw it and immediately went into action," Sparkman said.

Those rescuers included surfers, who paddled out to the capsized boat, and operators of other boats nearby.

In addition to the Coast Guard, New Jersey State Police marine units and New York Police Department rescue divers were at the scene. At least four rescue boats and three helicopters are involved in the ongoing search.

Within an hour of the incident, crews were collecting debris such as personal flotation devices and coolers that went overboard when the boat flipped.
There was a good amount of boat traffic in and out of the inlet Friday as temperatures climbed into the 60s and winds were light.
While the seas were relatively calm, occasionally large swells broke on the jetty at the entrance to the inlet, which separates Manasquan to the north and Point Pleasant Beach to the south. One police officer estimated the waves occasionally were 5 to 6 feet.

Initially, one of the vessel's occupants was unaccounted for, according to Point Pleasant Beach police. However, a New York Police Department dive team was seen pulling the last of the occupants from the water.
Four rescue helicopters circled overhead during the rescue effort.

Witnesses said the boat was attempting to return from the ocean through the choppy waters of the inlet when it capsized.




Posted On: November 25, 2015

Thanksgiving is most commonly celebrated at home, with family and friends.

 This is one of the things which makes Thanksgiving such a meaningful day and full of traditions with those closest to us.

According to most historians, the pilgrims never observed an annual Thanksgiving feast in autumn. In the year 1621, they did celebrate a feast near Plymouth, Massachusetts, following their first harvest. But this feast most people refer to as the first Thanksgiving was never repeated.

Oddly enough, most devoutly religious pilgrims observed a day of thanksgiving with prayer and fasting, not feasting. Yet even though this harvest feast was never called Thanksgiving by the pilgrims of 1621, it has become the model for the traditional Thanksgiving celebrations in the United States.

Timeline of Thanksgiving in America

  • 1541 - Spanish explorer, Francisco Vasquez de Coronado, led a thanksgiving Communion celebration at the Palo Duro Canyon, West Texas.
  • 1565 - Pedro Menendez de Aviles and 800 settlers gathered for a meal with the Timucuan Indians in the Spanish colony of St. Augustine, Florida.
  • 1621 - Pilgrims and Native Americans celebrated a harvest feast in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
  • 1630 - Settlers observed the first Thanksgiving of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in New England on July 8, 1630.
  • 1777 - George Washington and his army on the way to Valley Forge, stopped in blistering weather in open fields to observe the first Thanksgiving of the new United States of America.
  • 1789 - President Washington declared November 26, 1789, as a national day of "thanksgiving and prayer."
  • 1800s - The annual presidential thanksgiving proclamations ceased for 45 years in the early 1800s.
  • 1863 - President Abraham Lincoln resumed the tradition of Thanksgiving proclamations in 1863. Since this date, Thanksgiving has been observed annually in the United States.
  • 1941 - President Roosevelt established the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day.





Posted On: November 23, 2015

According to an article in the New York Times, there’s reason to drink the java up.

Coffee fans rejoice: a new study ties drinking your morning fuel with a reduced risk of death.

The large study, published online Monday in the journal Circulation, found that consuming coffee is linked with a lower risk of dying from heart disease, stroke and diabetes, as well as

It hardly mattered whether the coffee was regular or decaf -- but the positive results only applied to nonsmokers, according to the Times.

Nonsmokers who drank a cup a day had a 6 percent reduced risk of death, the Times reported. One to three cups a day brought an 8 percent reduced risk, three to five cups had a 15 percent reduced risk, and more than 5 cups meant a 12 percent reduced risk.

The study tracked more than 200,000 nurses and doctors for up to 30 years.



Posted On: November 17, 2015



Can’t Wait for the Future!

New Levitating Trains Could Get You from NYC to D.C. in an Hour

Based on an article by

Peter DeStefano on November 12, 2015

Imagine floating out of New York City and across the countryside on a levitating train. Sounds like something from a dream, right? 

Soon it may be a reality all across the region

A Washington, D.C. based company called The Northeast Maglev (TNEM) is heading a project to bring a superconducting magnetically levitating 300 mph train line to life in the most the most congested part of the country, the Northeast.

They are on their way with guidance from Maglev tech world leaders, Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central), as well as a $27.8 million grant from the Federal Railroad Administration. 

The design is similar to Japan’s world record-setting Tokyo-Osaka maglev (magnetic levitation) line that reaches 373 mph and would shoot from D.C. to NYC in one hour 

The concept of a superconducting magnetically levitating train was conceived by American physicists before undergoing 50 years of research and development overseas in Japan, and now it’s back to our shores, bringing us to the cutting edge of rail transport technology, speed, and even amenities.





Posted On: November 16, 2015



Is going overboard during a cruise something you need to worry about?


 Okay, so many of you have put the boats in storage, and are now eyeing that inexpensive escape cruise this winter. But with headlines about people going overboard in abundance lately, one could think there’s an epidemic of people going overboard on cruises.

On Nov. 12, 2014, a woman aboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Pearl went overboard as the ship was sailing the Yucatan Channel between Mexico and Cuba. In a statement, the cruise line stated that during the chartered cruise, “a female guest was observed intentionally going overboard… The ship’s crew immediately initiated rescue measures, including deploying multiple rescue boats and notifying the Coast Guard and other relevant authorities.” The woman has not been found. 

That apparent suicide attempt came a week after a more high-profile incident that was caught on video when 35-year-old vacationer Bernardo Elbaz fell from Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas ship after clinging to a lifeboat as horrified fellow passengers looked on. His body hasn’t been found.

These stories highlight a scary reality of cruising: sometimes people fall overboard in cases that often end tragically. While there isn’t always dramatic video, these cases almost always make national news in a way that, for instance, accidents in hotels do not. All the hype about these man (and woman) overboard incidents may lead one to wonder how real the danger is.

What the numbers say

According to, which looks at passenger overboard incidents going back to 1995, there are now 26 reported cases of people going overboard so far in 2015. That’s the highest number since 2009, when there were 25. But 17.2 million people took cruises in `09, roughly 5 million fewer than this year. So it would appear the percentage of man overboard cases may actually be lower. Either way, the numbers don’t quite indicate that this is some kind of a cruise ship epidemic.ise ships are very uncommon,” Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), a cruise industry trade group, tells Yahoo Travel. In the average year, about 20 people fall off cruise ships. Compare that to the nearly 22 million people who cruised last year. That’s roughly one person going overboard for every one million cruise ship passengers.







Posted On: November 11, 2015

Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, was originally set as a U.S. legal holiday to honor the end of World War I, which officially took place on November 11, 1918. In legislation that was passed in 1938, November 11 was "dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as 'Armistice Day.'" As such, this new legal holiday honored World War I veterans.

In 1954, after having been through both World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd U.S. Congress -- at the urging of the veterans service organizations -- amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting the word "Veterans." With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, Nov. 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

In 1968, the Uniforms Holiday Bill ensured three-day weekends for federal employees by celebrating four national holidays
The first Veterans Day under the new law was observed with much confusion on Oct. 25, 1971.
Finally on September 20, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed a law which returned the annual observance of Veterans Day to its original date of Nov. 11, beginning in 1978.



Posted On: November 09, 2015

The White House is developing a plan to protect American interests against an electromagnetic pulse caused by solar flares that has the potential to wipe out power around the world.


It may sound far-fetched, but it's happened before. Back in 1859 the Earth was walloped with a huge amount of solar activity known as the Carrington event. The solar activity was so high that the northern lights were spotted as far south as Cuba and Honolulu, and telegraph operators reported seeing sparks leap from their devices.


In our much more high-tech world, the impact today would be far greater, with the potential to wipe out and shut down power grids, cell phone technology, GPS devices, and even the Internet. A National Academy of Sciences report from 2008 suggested the cost of such an event could be $2.6 trillion.



Posted On: November 04, 2015

According to the Associated Press, Searchers have located what is believed to be wreckage of El Faro

The AP reports that on November 1, 2015 8:30 AM,  Investigators will use a deep ocean vehicle to help confirm whether wreckage that searchers found in 15,000 feet of water east of the Bahamas is the cargo ship El Faro that vanished during Hurricane Joaquin.

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said in a statement from Washington that a remotely operated vehicle will be sent deep below the ocean surface in an operation that could begin as early as Sunday. The El Faro went missing Oct. 1 with 33 crewmembers on heaving seas.

Authorities also said late Saturday that they want to survey the wreckage and locate a voyage data recorder — or the ship's "black box" — that could yield clues as to what happened.

An NTSB statement said a specially equipped Navy vessel located wreckage Saturday afternoon in the area of the ship's last known position. It said the wreckage is "consistent with a 790-foot cargo ship, which from sonar images appears to be in an upright position and in one piece."

The 790-foot El Faro was reported missing east of the Bahamas, according to the Coast Guard.

Saturday's announcement by the NTSB, which is investigating the disappearance, came after a ship it contracted for the search from the Navy, the USNS Apache, had spent days combing those waters.

"To confirm the finding, specialists on Apache will use CURV 21, a deep ocean remotely operated vehicle to survey and confirm the identity of the wreckage. This survey could begin as early as November 1," said the statement emailed by Peter Knudson from the NTSB's public affairs office in Washington.

The El Faro's captain had called in before the vessel disappeared saying the ship had lost its engine power during its voyage from Jacksonville, Florida, to San Juan, Puerto Rico. The captain, Michael Davidson, said the ship was listing, and taking on water.