March, 2004††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NEADC Website: www.NEADC.org

NEADC GENERAL MEETING

 

Immersion Theater at New England Aquarium
Wednesday, March 17th, 2004

†6:30 p.m.

ďUnderwater Digital Photography and EditingĒ

Guest Speaker: Scott W. Matey. Scott is a local business consultant who spends his free time as a PADI divemaster and underwater photographer. Combining his passion for diving with his technical background, Scott has spent the last several years capturing images digitally from dive sites around the world. He will present the basics of digital photography and equipment along with the underwater variables. He will share his images and equipment and discuss the differences in shooting with digital as opposed to traditional film. Scott will also present the basics of digital editing to demonstrate how everyone who brings any type of camera with them underwater can improve the images they capture.

 


NOTICE OF AN IMPORTANT VOTE

AT THE MARCH MEETING:

See Page 3 for details regarding the NEAq Fund.

INFORMAL MEETING

The April Informal Meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 7th, at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Janet MacCausland, 26 Lakeview Drive, Raynham, MA. See page 2 for Directions.

NEWSLETTER DEADLINE

Submit your news for the next Newsletter by
Monday, March 29, 2004!

This is for the APRIL EDITION of the NEADC Newsletter. Submissions must be in writing, preferably via e-mail to newsletter@neadc.org. Thank you!

 


††††††† THIS MONTH'S CONTENTS

††††††† Officers/Voice Mail/Directions to Informal.................. Page 2

††††††† Membersí Advertising..................................................... Page 2

††††††† NEAq Fund Vote Notification..................................... Page 3

††††††† From the Officers............................................................ Page 3

††††††† PG Dive............................................................................. Page 5

††††††† Care for Cara Fund / ORG Event................................. Page 6

††††††† REEF Survey / SECONN Swap / Wrecks.................... Page 7

††††††† Dives and Goals / June issue info................................ Page 8

††††††† Safety Recall.................................................................... Page 9

††††††† Dive In To Earth Day 2004.......................................... Page 10

††††††† NEADC Calendar of Events & Dives.......................... Page 11

††††††† Membership Application............................................. Page 12

 


CHANGE OF ADDRESS FORM

If your address has changed recently please fill out this form and mail it to:

Membership Department, New England Aquarium, Central Wharf, Boston, MA† 02110

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2004 NEADC OFFICERS and CONTACT INFORMATION

President - Maryhelen Shuman-Groh, P. O. Box 70,

Raynham, MA 02767; president@neadc.org

Vice-President - Dick Whitehouse, vicepresident@neadc.org

Business Manager - Jim Carozza, business@neadc.org

Boat Dive Coordinator - Rick Rosa, boatdive@neadc.org

Shore Dive Coordinator - Genevieve Stewart, shoredive@neadc.org

Newsletter Editor - Kerry Hurd, newsletter@neadc.org

Program Director - Al Bozza, programs@neadc.org

Membership Director - Trish Katzman, membership@neadc.org

Secretary - Anna Krowczynska, secretary@neadc.org

Environmental Affairs - Alicia Lenci, environmental@neadc.org

Webmaster - Steve Whitford, webmaster@neadc.org

NEADC VOICE MAIL SYSTEM:

Please call (617) 973-0240.

The NEADC Website

Check our website, www.neadc.org, for updated information. The website is graciously hosted by

Jake and Linda Richter.


INFORMAL MEETING INFORMATION

Wednesday, April 7, 2004, at 6: 30 p.m. at the home of Janet MacCausland, 26 Lakeview Drive, Raynham, MA, (508) 824-1569. It is a wooden ranch house with a porch.

DIRECTIONS:

From Boston: (about 30 miles):

††††††††† Take 93/SE Expressway to 128 N/ 95 toward Dedham to Rte. 24 south toward Fall River. That's a left hand exit, so get over soon after merging onto 128.

††††††††† Now going on 24 south, pass Brockton, and take the Rte. 104 exit (# 15) for Bridgewater and Raynham.

††††††††† At the end of the ramp, bear right toward Raynham. Go about two miles until you come to a stop sign at a four-way irregular intersection. You will be looking across at a mini-mall with a Tedeschiís, Crown Dry Cleaners, and Post Office. Bear left onto Center Street, which is still Rte. 104.

††††††††† Take your first right after the mini-mall onto Lakeview Drive. #26 will be the second house on the left.

From Rte 495:

††††††††† Take the Rte. 138 exit (#8) south toward Taunton.

††††††††† Go about half a mile and look for a building shaped like a huge milk bottle on the left, and a Texaco. It is a congested area, so slow down and look for, and take, a left hand turn onto Center Street.

††††††††† Go about a mile and a half to the same four-way intersection above, with the Tedeschiís, Crown Dry Cleaners, and Post Office, but continue straight through. You have the right of way and do not need to stop.

††††††††† Take the first right after this mini-mall onto Lakeview Drive. #26 will be the second house on the left.


MEMBERSí ADVERTISING

NEWSLETTER AD POLICY:† Dive related ads for NEADC Members will be free with the following stipulations:† 1. Must be current NEADC member; 2. Ad must be 25 words or less;† 3. Ad must be submitted electronically;† 4. Ad must be sent to the Newsletter Editor prior to Deadline;† 5. Ad will be placed for one month only (ads may be renewed by resubmission as stated above).† NOTE:† This will NOT affect Website policy.† Website does NOT contain member advertising.

COMMERCIAL and NON-MEMBER ADVERTISING RATES
Full Page $90/insertion;† Half Page $50/ insertion;† Quarter Page $30/insertion;† Eighth Page $20/insertion.
10% discount for 4 or more insertions per calendar year. 20% discount for 8 or more insertions per calendar year.
Send questions and submissions to the Newsletter Editor.† Ad fees must be paid in advance.

For Sale:

FINS: (1) pair of Scubapro Jet Fins; X-large; black; w/ strap pulls; $60. 

Please contact Leonor Desmarais at (508) 485-4903.

BCD:† SeaQuest Spectrum II; small ladies'; black with blue trim on pockets; 1992 issue, regularly inspected; comes with original manual; $30.† Please contact Leonor Desmarais at (508) 485-4903.

For Rent:
Cottage in Nahant, MA, walking distance to 40 Steps and the NE Marine Research Station.
Bordered by Audubon property. $950/mo. Contact George at (617) 876-0390 or gbeng@world.std.com.

EXCITING NEW DIVE CLUB PROJECT WITH THE NEW ENGLAND AQUARIUM

The New England Aquarium Dive Club, Inc. is undertaking an exciting new initiative for which the Board seeks the support of all members. As you are aware, the New England Aquarium is in the midst of a financial crisis. Many of this yearís projects were postponed or cancelled due to lack of funding. Dive Club Board members obtained a list of some of these projects and found several that might be within the resources of the Dive Club to facilitate. Although there were many worthy projects, the project chosen was selected because it is within the financial means of the Club and because it involves the Giant Ocean Tank Ė to provide two cownose rays (Rhinoptera bonasus) for the Giant Ocean Tank.

It has been several years since these beautiful rays have graced the Giant Ocean Tank at the New England Aquarium. The last of the pair of cownose rays died after a long life at the New England Aquarium. During their lives, the pair successfully reproduced and their offspring still populate several other aquaria in the United States. It would be wonderful to have these magnificent and popular members of the shark family back at the Aquarium.

We do need your support and VOTE on this project as it falls outside the regular expenses of operating the dive club and outside the usual level of donation. As mandated by our Constitution and By-Laws, Notice of a Vote to be held at the General Meeting of March 17, 2004 is hereby given to the membership. The vote will be on a motion as follows:

That the New England Aquarium Dive Club, Inc. provide one half of the funding required to provide two cownose rays to the New England Aquarium for the Giant Ocean Tank in an amount up to $700.00. The second half of the funding is to be provided by the weekly 50/50 drawing and other designated fundraising efforts of the Dive Club under the direction of the Board.

There will be a brief discussion period for members to pose questions and/or present arguments for or against the motion prior to the vote.

Please join us in the groundbreaking project to provide direct assistance to the New England Aquarium!

For more information on cownose rays: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/fish/Gallery/Descript/CownoseRay/CownoseRay.html

FROM YOUR VICE PRESIDENT Dick Whitehouse

Hello all. By the time this newsletter reaches you, the Sea Rovers show for '04 will be history. Thanks to all of you who tended the club booth.

There are still a few club shirts with embroidered logo available at the general meetings at the bargain price of $10 each. Logowear can also be ordered from WearGuard. I'll have the latest catalog at the next meeting.

We on the Board are excited about getting a pair of Cownose Rays for the GOT. I hope you all will join us in getting behind this club project by participating in the raffles and candy sales at our meetings. Donations to the Ray fund would be very much appreciated.

See you soon, Capt. Dick.

FROM YOUR SHORE DIVE COORDINATOR Genevieve Stewart

The Dive Planning Meeting will take place on Wednesday, April 28th at 6:30 p.m. Location is the Hauser Board Room on the 22nd Floor of Gadsby Hannah LLP, which is at 225 Franklin Street in Boston. You must RSVP at shoredive@neadc.org in order to get into the building. Parking is available AFTER 4:30 p.m. for $7.00 at the Post Office Square Garage across the street from the building. Hope to see you all there!


FROM YOUR NEWSLETTER EDITOR Kerry Hurd

Thank you to the people who have contributed to the newsletter. Remember, all submissions need to be in writing, and are accepted via e-mail, on CD or floppy, or on paper. Our June issue will have information about almost anything dive related. Please send your submissions to newsletter@neadc.org, or hand them to me at any General or Informal Meeting. Thanks!

Make sure you continue to send in those reports of a favorite dive from last year, and your dive-related goals for the coming year. See page 8 for some that I have received. Letís see your reports next issue!

A recent event that was well attended was the Boston Scuba Show in Marlborough on February 23rd. It was quite enjoyable, as usual, with a variety of speakers. Thanks go to Fred Calhoun and crew!

The upcoming date of April 17 has two excellent events. You may wonder which one to attend, and I say do both! As luck would have it, they both take place in Framingham, MA. The first event is the Wrecks 2004 Show, presented by the MetroWest Dive Club (www.mwdc.org). It starts at 8:30 a.m. and runs throughout the day with four presentations.

The second one is the Oceanic Research Groupís Second Annual Benefit. If you choose to do Wrecks all day, then you would miss some of the afternoon event (3-5 p.m.) entitled Shark-A-Thon. It is geared towards children, but kids of all ages are invited. The evening event follows, and is the premiere of ďThe Silent Wrecks.Ē Since this part doesnít take place until 7 p.m., there will be plenty of time to arrive after attending Wrecks. NEADC members Jonathan and Christine Bird (with the help of baby Elise) manage the Oceanic Research Group. For details, check out www.oceanicresearch.org/benefit.htm. There is no cost for either presentation, but donations are gladly accepted.

Many thanks again to the behind-the-scenes people for their help in putting together this newsletter. Your support is greatly appreciated! I wish you all fun and safe diving!

FROM YOUR ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS DIRECTOR Alicia Lenci

Mark your calendars for these fun events. For info, contact Alicia @ (617) 389-3458, environmental@neadc.org.

Sat, April 24, 2004†††††††††††††††††††††††††† Earth Day Dive/Cleanup on Cape Ann; Day Specific Photo Contest

Sun, May 23, 2004††††††††††††††††††††††††† BSC/South Shore Neptunes Annual Treasure Hunt. Join the NEADC TEAM!

Sat, July 17, 2004††††††††††††††††††††††††††† GAFC Ė Halibut Shores - Advanced Dive; Stage Fort Park for NEADC Picnic

Sat, Sept. 25, 2004††††††††††††††††††††††††† CoastSweep 2004/NEU Marine Lab Open House; Cleanup - Great Family Event - Prizes!

More to come throughout the dive season. Check the Dive Calendar on the website, www.neadc.org, and in the newsletters.

FROM YOUR BOAT DIVE COORDINATOR Rick Rosa

First, some business from the 2003 Shore Dive Season - I have heard from everyone who led dives during the 2003 season so the T-shirt order is finally going in. Next year, we plan on having additional goodies (towels, gear bags, water bottles, etc.). Come to the Shore Dive Planning Meeting (April 28) and help lead a dive to your favorite site! The winner of the GOT dive raffle for shore dive leaders was picked at the February Meeting, and is Doug Stevenson. Thanks for all the help in 2003, dive leaders!

Bleach Dives are back!!! Since we lost this benefit in 2003, we didnít have the opportunity to have club members get back in the water and check out their gear before the open water season started. Our new Shore Dive Coordinator, Genevieve Stewart, has arranged with the Newton YMCA to take club members for gear check out dives on Monday nights. E-mail Genevieve (shoredive@neadc.org) or me (boatdive@neadc.org) to sign up for the pool. This is a rare opportunity for our members and I hope you take advantage of it (I will!).

Genevieve has also offered to provide equipment to divers if needed. This will really benefit new/returning divers or members that are just interested in checking out new gear. On top of that, she is offering to do a full scuba refresher class (skills matrix) for club members FREE OF CHARGE. If you havenít been in the water for six months and are heading for the tropics this winter, take us up on this one.


Now for some updates on the 2004 Boat Dive Season - Iím in the process of updating the boat charter list from last year as well as adding a few new charters that I know of. If you have a favorite boat, send me an e-mail and give me a description and Iíll add it to the list. Also, Iíve had several requests for a ďwhatís whatĒ with New England boat charters. Drop me a line with any notes from charters youíve been on (what was good/what was bad) and Iíll put together a sort of members guide to NE charters. Also stated from last month, Iím putting together a loose schedule for charters so if you have any specific dates or boats in mind, let me know and Iíll add them to the schedule. Charters in our area range from beginnerís trips (mouth of Folly cove) to advanced wreck diving. Iíll be including the level of the dive with the schedule.†

Please forward any questions, comments, or dive trip logs to boatdive@neadc.org for the next newsletter.

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