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Kayaking with Your Kids: Here Is What You Need to Know



There is nothing better than spending time with family out in the water. You get to catch up with loved ones and know what’s going on in their lives. It is also important for everyone to enjoy nature and relax every once in a while. That’s why you should never leave your kids behind when kayaking.  

Kayaking with kids is very different from going out on a solo adventure. You need to pack more stuff and be more serious about safety. Children get bored quickly too. It is good to plan in advance for a successful trip.

In short, there’s so much to know and prepare. Here is a comprehensive guide to help you out.

Are Kayaks Safe for Kids?

This is the first thing that every parent will want to know. Avid kayakers are always eager to go paddling with their babies.

Kayaks are safe for your child. As long as you adhere to the safety precautions (more on that later).

It also depends on how old they are. It would not be very wise to have infants on a kayak. Toddlers can come but they should weigh 18 pounds and over, according to the U.S Coast Guard. This means that you can find a PFD that fits them well and that they can float by themselves.

What’s a Good Kayak for Families?

Sit on top kayaks (SOT) are ideal for families. Kayakers with older kids may want to get a tandem kayak. That way, they will help you paddle as you teach them. If they are already experienced, their own junior kayak will be perfect.

Most SOTs, single and tandem, usually have a specific spot for the duffer (non-paddling passenger) to sit. It could be between the two adult paddler seats in a tandem yak or in front of you. This allows you to paddle and watch them at the same time.

Planning Your Kayaking Trip

The best thing you can do for the sake of everyone’s sanity is to plan beforehand. It minimizes chaos and will have you prepared for anything.

a. Kayaking Destination

Decide where you will take the children for kayaking. It is better to pick a place that you are already familiar with. A local place where other families go would be great. But make sure that it is not too crowded.

While planning the destination, think about bathroom breaks. Someone will ask to go to the bathroom before the trip ends. So have that in mind.

b. How Long Will the Trip Last?

It is easy to get carried away and plan an entire day of kayaking. But kids get bored easily. Someone may start whining or dozing off after a few hours.

Short trips are more suitable. Depending on how old the children are, paddle for about an hour and get out of the water. If after the break they still have some enthusiasm left, you can go for another round.

c. What Will You Do?

The day can’t be all about paddling around. You want to make it fun so the children will be eager to come back another time.

Encourage them to paddle so they don’t just sit there. It would also be nice to bring fishing equipment and catch dinner while at it.

Children love exploring and discovering. Binoculars will come in handy in this case. Allow them to observe and collect harmless stuff at the beach. 

Mix kayaking with swimming and other activities.

d. What to Bring?

This part of planning can be a little stressful. There is so much to bring and a kayak is not big enough. But these here are the general essentials.

e. Snacks and water: you do not want to deal with hungry and/or thirsty kids. Pack their favorite fruit, drinks and high-calorie snacks. Get everyone their own water bottle and remind them to take a sip regularly.

f. A change of clothes: a day full of fun will come with wet and/or dirty clothes. Avoid cotton since you will be around water a lot. Carry clothes that are appropriate for the weather.

g. Sun protection: bring sunscreen and take time to put it on everyone properly. Keep doing it after every few hours or after they come back from a swim. Get them hats and sunglasses as well.

Toys: these will make things interesting for the children and act as a backup plan when they get bored of paddling.

h. Dry bag: carry a waterproof bag to keep the change of clothes and other valuables dry.

i. Seat pad: sitting directly on the kayak without some kind of paddling can be uncomfortable for a child.

j. Anything else: you may require more stuff depending on what you have planned and your family’s needs. Some specific essentials include medication, picnic supplies, a cooler, umbrella, etc.

Note* even if you plan perfectly, things can go wrong. Don’t be disappointed when the young paddlers start complaining and whining. Be patient and try to spice things up for them. If they are tired, get them out of the water.

Safety Tips

Safety gear: make everyone wear a USCG-approved PFD. For children, the PFDs are sized according to weight. Some of them have a supportive headrest and neck pad for added safety and comfort. 

Have the kids take lessons: this may not apply to toddlers. But junior paddlers should learn a few things about the water and kayaking before getting into the water. If you are not confident in your skills, take the lessons too.

Make some rules: controlling kids can be a headache sometimes. Come up with a few regulations to let them know what is expected of them.

Prepare for an emergency: what would you do if the kayak capsized? Situations like these are not what you hope for but they can happen. Bring a first aid kit, tow rope and an emergency whistle.

Enjoy: nervousness and pressure should not keep you from having a fantastic time with your family. Laugh, play and take lots of photos.


Tom and Michael D’Angora, Tim Guinee and Joe Iconis Are Back To Save The West Bank Cafe



Steve Olsen, has his band of Merry Men with Tom and Michael D’Angora, Tim Guinee and Joe Iconis. In 2020, with a GoFundMe and a a star-studded Christmas Day Telethon they raised $345,422 (the target was $250,000). This year they are back with GoFundMe page and are in the midst of planning a star-studded gala event to assist with fundraising.  They have raised $18,755, but are looking for $850,000.
Steve Olsen has stated “Our business quadrupled last week since we announced our closing, There is a movement to keep our doors open a little longer.”
This is Tom D’Angora’s pitch on GoFundMe
Four years ago, we came together as a community and created a miracle to make sure that The West Bank Cafe/Laurie Beechman Theatre would survive the pandemic. Now Michael D’Angora, Tim Guinee, Joe Iconis and myself are asking you all to come together to create one last miracle so The West Bank Cafe can not only survive but THRIVE.
For 46 years West Bank Cafe has been a popular theater district haunt. It has been a launching pad for countless musicians, actors, comedians, and writers — a “must visit” for tourists, a “go to” for locals and a perfect spot for a business meeting, a pre-theater meal or after show drinks with friends.
The road post-pandemic has not been an easy one, but Steve Olsen and the incredible staff at The West Bank Cafe have soldiered on and sacrificed to keep the Cafe afloat. Unfortunately, the challenges have become overwhelming and without our help, our beloved Cafe will close for good in late August.
There were many factors that have led to this situation, but the largest and most unjust was that The West Bank Cafe was overlooked for the RRF grant, which is the reason most restaurants were able to make it post-pandemic. To make matters worse, due to an unfair and ridiculous technicality they were also denied the SVOG. Either of these grants would have made it possible for The West Bank to flourish over the past three years. Being denied both has resulted in the current situation.
It is left up to us as a community to once again step up and take care of our own. The West Bank Cafe will turn 50 in four years, and we must make sure that we are able to toast Steve, eat risotto balls together on the day of the iconic venue’s golden anniversary.
The West Bank Café is more than a restaurant and performance space. So many of us have celebrated birthdays, weddings, opening nights, closing nights, Tony wins, Tony losses, and everything in between there. Everyone is treated like a VIP when they walk through those doors.
The West Bank is home to The Laurie Beechman Theater -a legendary venue that is as vital to the New York theater scene as any Broadway house or Non-profit theater. There are less and less rooms in Manhattan for artists to birth new work in a safe and supportive environment. The loss of the downstairs performance space at the West Bank would be devastating to the community.. The Laurie Beechman is more than a beloved cabaret, it is an important piece of New York City theatrical history.
It is the stage where Joan Rivers performed her final set. It is the room where the original cast of Sunday in the Park With George rehearsed. It is where the Tony Award-winning play Side Man debuted, where Aaron Sorkin’s first two works were produced, where Lewis Black and Rusty Magee cut their teeth, Where countless Oscar, Grammy, Emmy, Tony, and MAC Award-winning artists have developed new pieces. So many stars have not only played but have been born at the Laurie Beechman Theater.
What is more clear than ever is that this restaurant does not just belong to Steve and Janet, it belongs to all of us. It is truly our Westbank Cafe and I believe we can once again pull off a miracle TOGETHER.
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Maximizing your solar energy savings: Tips from experienced contractors




Maximizing your solar energy savings can seem like a big task, but it doesn’t have to be. Experienced solar energy contractor has plenty of tips to help you make the most of your solar panels without breaking a sweat.

Want to lower those electric bills and make your home greener? Read on to discover simple and effective ways to boost your savings with solar energy.

Choose the Right Solar Panel System

Choosing the right solar panel system is essential for maximizing your savings. You need to consider factors such as the size of your roof, your energy needs, and your budget. Working with experts, like those premier solar company since 2014, can guide you to the best choice.

They can help you understand the different types of panels available and select a system that suits your home perfectly. This way, you can ensure you’re getting the most value and efficiency from your investment.

Optimize Panel Placement

To get the most out of your solar panels, it’s important to optimize their placement. Make sure your panels are positioned to capture the maximum amount of sunlight. This usually means placing them on a south-facing roof.

A solar technician can help you find the best angle and position. It’s also crucial to keep your panels free from shadows, like those from trees or nearby buildings.

Regular checks and maintenance can ensure that nothing obstructs their exposure to the sun. By optimizing panel placement, you can significantly increase your energy production and savings.

Leverage Incentives and Rebates

One of the best ways to save money with solar energy is by taking advantage of incentives and rebates. Government programs offer many financial incentives to help you offset the costs of installing solar panels. These can include tax credits, grants, and cash rebates.

Commercial solar companies can also guide you on leveraging these benefits. They often have the latest information on available incentives and can help with the application process. By using these incentives and rebates, you can reduce your upfront costs and see quicker returns on your investment.

Regular Maintenance

Regular maintenance is key to keeping your solar panels working efficiently. Start by cleaning your panels to remove dirt and debris that can block sunlight. It’s best to do this at least twice a year. Also, check for any damage or wear on your panels and wiring.

A quick inspection can prevent bigger problems down the road. If you notice anything unusual, call a professional for help. Keeping your panels in top shape ensures they will generate the most energy possible. This simple routine can boost your savings over time.

Smart Energy Usage

Smart energy usage can greatly enhance the benefits of your solar panel system. Start by using energy-efficient appliances in your home. These use less electricity and help you save more. It’s also a good idea to use appliances during the day when your solar panels are producing the most energy.

This reduces your reliance on the grid and maximizes your savings. Additionally, consider installing a smart thermostat to better control your heating and cooling. Small changes in your daily habits can lead to big savings over time.

Learn All About Solar Energy Contractor

In conclusion, saving with solar energy can be easy when working with the right professionals solar energy contractor. Make smart choices, maintain your panels, and use incentives to see quick financial benefits.

With these steps, you’ll enjoy lower bills and a greener home. Always consult with your solar energy contractor to get personalized advice and keep your system running smoothly.

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NYC Restaurant Weeks Is Here With Three Pricing Option



On Monday, July 22 through Sunday, August 18, 2024 Restaurant Week returns. This bi-annual event was created in 1992 to offer prix fixe menus to allow New Yorkers to eat at the city’s most coveted restaurants. Hundreds of restaurants across all five boroughs are participating this year with a 2-course lunch, 3-course dinner, or both. There will be a trio of pricing options for $30, $45 and $60. The deals run Monday-Friday, as Saturday is excluded as is Sunday to certain restaurants.

If you have a preregistered Mastercard you will receive $10 back for in-house dining transactions of $45 or more.

Menus and reservations can be found here.

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A Weekend In The Hamptons With Holistic Health Fair, Store Opening, Oyster Farms and Art Party



Every weekend in The Hampton’s it’s not what to do, but which to do. We decided to join Cristina G Cuomo’ s Purist for its third annual health fair in Southampton and experience the best in wellness. From top concierge practitioners of Eastern and Western modalities, to clean beauty, sustainability and nutrition, this was one terrific event to attend.

This year’s participants included: Boiron, Ecotone New York, Flyte, Bellantz, Cancer Culture, Rejuvenation Health, reactIVate, STANDwellness, Boxed Water, Biography, Post House, Cocoon and Hive, Mrs Momma Bear Workwear, Juice Press, evolvetogether, Figaro Apothecary, Hamptons Aromatherapy, Tahuu Chocolates, Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Filienna Filigree Jewelry, Rev. Jolene Star and the Enchanted Heart, The Erickson Method, bySILKE, Dr. Lea Lis, and  Happy Coffee by Robert Downey Jr. 

One of our favorite things was flyte. I have been wanting to create a floating Orgone and this just may be part of my answer. They also had a bed that vibrated to music and heals, that was highly effective.

I also loved the infra red light therapy by STANDwellness, the energizing clothing by Cocoon and Hive, CBD Chocolates by Tahuu Chocolates. The crystals and healing modality by Rev. Jolene Star and the Enchanted Heart and the amazing massage by Linda. Thank-you as my shoulder was really in pain.

Next onto BIBA’s store opening with Ilene looking fabulous, with the store’s manager. BIBA, has returned to the East End to showcase its collections, featuring an eclectic melange of clothing from both local and European designers. During the years of 1995 to 2010, BIBA held locations in East Hampton and Southampton Village, and has continued to serve customers in South Florida, with a Delray Beach location, ever since. Now open in Southampton Village, BIBA is frequented by celebrities, visitors, and locals alike, and aims to bring a VIP shopping experience to all. Snowbirds can rejoice knowing the store will have locations in both Southampton and South Florida.

John Nicolas, of Mudford Farms in East Hampton Shuckers, grows oysters and populates the waters to clean and make a healthier water and a healthier dish by filtering the water in the biggest way he knows how. Currently incubating about 1 million oysters in this facility alone.

Finally Rick Friedman and his wife is Cindy Lou through a fabulous art party with fireworks, a band and of course art.

All photo’s by Roger Sichel

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Disney Broadway In Bryant Park Part Two



106.7 LITE FM’s brought Disney to Broadway in Bryant Park. We brought you the video and now the pictures so you are there.

Tshidi Manye

Jackie Rene

Jackie Rene and Gilbert Domally

Jackie Rene and Gilbert Domally

Jackie Rene and Gilbert Domally

Jackie Rene and Tshidi Manye

Jackie Rene and Tshidi Manye

Tshidi Manye and Gilbert Domally

Tshidi Manye and Gilbert Domally

Jim Ferris, Gilbert Domally and Ben Jeffrey

Jim Ferris, Gilbert Domally and Ben Jeffrey

Jim Ferris, Gilbert Domally and Ben Jeffrey

Ben Jeffrey, Jackie Rene, Tshidi Manye, Jim Ferris and Gilbert Domally

Gilbert Domally, Jackie Rene, Tshidi Manye, Jim Ferris and Ben Jeffrey

The Lion King’s Tshidi Manye, Jim Ferris, Jackie René, Ben Jeffrey and Gilbert Domally

Charissa Hogeland

Charissa Hogeland

Chad Burris

Frozen’s Charissa Hogeland and Chad Burris

Michael James Scott

Adi Roy

Adi Roy

Michael James Scott, Adi Roy

Michael James Scott, Adi Roy

Sonya Balsara

Sonya Balsara

Adi Roy, Sonya Balsara

Sonya Balsara, Adi Roy

Adi Roy, Sonya Balsara

from Aladdin‘s Michael James Scott, Sonya Balsara and Adi Roy

106.7 Lite FM’s Hosts-Paul Cubby Bryant and Christine Nagy

Paul Cubby Bryant and Christine Nagy

The hosts were Paul ‘Cubby’ Bryant and Christine Nagy.

Chad Burris, Charissa Hogeland, Ben Jeffrey, Jackie Rene, Tshidi Manye, Jim Ferris and Gilbert Domally

Chad Burris, Gilbert Domally, Jackie Rene. Tshidi Manye, Jim Ferris, Charissa Hogeland, Ben Jeffrey, Sonya Balsara, Adi Roy and Michael James Scott

Chad Burris, Gilbert Domally, Jackie Rene. Tshidi Manye, Jim Ferris, Charissa Hogeland, Ben Jeffrey, Sonya Balsara, Adi Roy and Michael James Scott

Chad Burris, Gilbert Domally, Jackie Rene. Tshidi Manye, Jim Ferris, Charissa Hogeland, Ben Jeffrey, Sonya Balsara, Adi Roy and Michael James Scott



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