Shorewalkers is the newsletter of Shorewalkers, Inc., a nonprofit environmental organization (501c3) dedicated to exploring and preserving the shores and wetlands of New York City and surrounding areas. We walk through and enjoy the outdoors, support efforts to build and maintain open spaces along our public waterways, and encourage all to enjoy our environment. Walkers must be physically fit and waive all rights and claims for damages agains
Letter From the President, Winter 2017
Come walk with us this winter and spring along the many waterways that New York and New Jersey is fortunate to have in our area. The results of the annual meeting in October were that almost all members were re-elected, and that Tom Bergen was elected as a new director. In addition, Diane Cimine volunteered as an advisor
In 1982 a few shore walkers set out to explore the 1000+ miles of changing rivers, bays, kills, lakes and an ocean in the NY-NJ area; we scouted and created the first GREAT SAUNTER in June 1984.
About 12 years ago I met Ron Delaney of Con Ed. I asked for support for Shorewalkers. We have been getting $5000/year since then,~$60,000 so far.
In 1984 the NY Times published our article re building a hike trail along the Hudson River. It received a lot of support. We reorganized as a non-profit corporation whose mission was environmental and shore walking.
We scouted and marked THE HUDSON RIVER BATT TO BEAR TRAIL. We got a grant and created a beautiful 4-color map of the BTB Trail See our websitewww.shorewalkers.org. We still explore new paths such as the Robert Moses Foot Path, the 132nd St South Bronx bridge, Port Ivory
Thanks to our host Lloyd McAulay who was on our first Board of Directors.
Thanks to our talented, enthusiast hike leaders who have led hikes along waterways and over 30(?) bridges, to make Shorewalkers a unique and desirable club to our members and our community.
Thanks to our directors and advisers, and volunteer-helpers, e.g.: treasurer, Rita H Lin; administrator and V.P. Nick DiNapoli; newsletter editor Christine Yost; party person, Frank Bamberger; Shorewalkers’ voice and hike-leader coordinator, Emi Iwaida; Tom Bergen for administering Meet Up and Facebook; Tom McBreen for sending out books; Pam Cress for fund raising and outreach; David Hogarth, for web work; our Corporate Secretary Ellen Juro for mailing parties, etc
You’ve done a great job.
Thanks to Shorewalker Lillian Hansen for a $10,000 bequest. Let us honor Lillian’s memory by using the $10,000 to enhance Shorewalkers’ goals
JOIN a committee: The Transition Committee to recruit new directors and leaders;
Social/party Committee; Finance and Fund Raising Committee; Environmental Committee; Hiking Committee; Batt To Bear Committee; Great Saunter Committee; and Membership Committee.
To Join send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your preference and availability. ……
Thanks to all. Shorewalkers would not exist without you.
ROBERT MOSES FOOT PATH. Speaking of new hikes, I invite you to join Friends of The Robert Moses Foot Path. This 2.5 mile trail in Riverside Park was created by walkers and joggers as a ‘desire path’ mostly on top and along the vast train tunnel built by Robert Moses in 1934. The walk can be easily extended. Join us on Sat., May 14th, 2016, a week after the Great Saunter.
MAKE THE BATT TO BEAR TRAIL A NATIONAL TRAIL
If you live along the Batt To Bear Trail from the Battery to Bear Mountain, help make this 56 mile scenic and historic trail a national trail. We can do this by asking our Congressmen. Pete Seeger, a life member of Shorewalkers, loved the Batt to Bear Trail and wrote the introduction to my book, Walking the Hudson: From Battery to Bear Mountain. Contact me if you would like to help.
GREAT SAUNTER RACK CARDS You can pick up our beautiful 4x7 inch rack cards which have a map and pictures of the Great Saunter. Send your suggestions for distributing these informative cards which were funded by The Hudson River Foundation.
GREAT SAUNTER DAY cooler and prettier than ever. GS2017 is on May 7, 2017. The New York City mayor and Council are considering a resolution to officially designate the first Saturday in May as “Great Saunter Day” in New York City. You can PRE REGISTER FOR GS2017 online!!
Thanks to volunteers, hike leaders, and directors for making Shorewalkers work. Thanks to donors Con Edison, Hudson River Foundation, Durst Organization and others for contributing to Shorewalkers.
HAPPY NEW YEAR ‐ MAY YOU WALK MANY MORE.
Keep healthy and smart by shorewalking new and old legs along our many rivers, meers, aqueducts, bays and kills in the area. See you on the shore.
Cheers, Cy A Adler Shorewalkers’ President Pro‐Tem
by Christine Yost
Frank Bamberger is a longtime walk leader for Shorewalkers, as well as a member of the Shorewalkers’ Board of Directors. Frank leads walks that feature areas just outside the easily accessible NYC urban area. Traveling by metro north train, LIRR, and/or ferry, Frank leads walks to the shores and towns of Fire Island, and to stroll the paths of woodland historic houses and gaze upon views along the Hudson River just north of NYC. A visit to Fire Island, world renowned for its grand beaches, eclectic architecture, and lack of motor vehicle traffic, is a summertime treat. These are destinations that Frank has thoroughly explored and his hands-on knowledge makes for a very informative walk, as well as one that maximizes the joyful surprises along the way. Frank strives to ensure that walkers have a happy and healthy walk.
Frank intentionally provides the walkers with site information so that they are empowered to take the walk by themselves in the future if they so desire. Frank is delighted that on one of his walks, a couple of strangers met and a number of years later he was invited to their wedding. Frank’s love of walking and the outdoors comes from his early childhood, notably his mom’s exuberance for walking, hiking and skiing in European mountains and forests.
Frank volunteers for a number of NYC area walking clubs as well as Dorot, a social service agency, and NYC’s Big Apple Greeters. As such, Frank is engaged in a wealth of outreach and is energized by his variety of connections. For Big Apple Greeters, Frank enjoys taking foreign visitors around the city, especially to unusual and off the beaten tourist path locations.
Shorewalkers is fortunate to have Frank on its Board of Directors. He organizes social events for the club and helps with its financial health as well. The once a year "thank you" dinners for Shorewalkers’ volunteer walk leaders are quite popular and promote interaction among the walk leaders. Regarding finances, Frank, along with another Board member, Pam Cress, has been able to continue to seek and receive yearly funding from Con Edison for Shorewalker activities. This includes funding assistance for Shorewalkers’ unique 32 mile walk around Manhattan Island, the annual Great Saunter. In addition, at Con Edison stockholders’ meetings Frank has spoken out to applaud and thank Con Edison for its support.
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