Thursday, November 29, 2007

Holiday Party and Fundraiser

Autism Family Fun Swim and Sail

invite you to our
1st Annual Holiday Party and Concert

Starring: Robby Cinnante

December 22, 2007
6:00p.m - 9:00p.m
Please join us for a night of music, food and prizes
at the beautiful
Sayville Yacht Club
Boylan Lane
Blue Point, NY 11715
For more information contact:
Maria LeMaire
4 Quail Run
Shirley, NY 11967

Suggested Ticket Donation $25 per family
Please make checks out to: Autism Family Fun Swim and Sail

Friday, November 9, 2007

Sunday swim 11-11-07

Hope everyone had a great halloween! We got sooooo many trick o treaters this year and of course Christopher came home with lots of candy. Hope you all like candy!

As of now we will be having a fundraiser tentatively December 22, 2007. I'm just waiting to hear back from the Sayville Yacht Club regarding the use of their facility. It will be a concert/cocktail reception from 7-10. Tickets will be $50 in advance and $60 at the door per person. The concert will be given by Robby Cinnante an opera singer but he will also be doing standard songs. Robby is a brother of Danny who has autism and is a member of our program. The whole family has been very supportive of our swim and sail program and Robby would like to do this to give back. The money we raise will be for future swim lessons and hopefully sail lessons as well. Please check back often for more details. I can really use some help with the fundraiser, please email me if you can help. Thank you in advance.


Swim this Sunday November 11, 2007 and November 18, 2007 at 12:00p.m-2:00p.m..

For those that are getting swim lessons, please, please be on time and if you will not be there please email me. If you don't remember your swim time email me.

I look forward to seeing you all Sunday.

Sunday, October 28, 2007


Please remember to sign in at the desk. For those that are in swimming lessons there is an additional sign in sheet. Also, please remember to show up on time for the swim lessons. Make sure you go right to the swim instructors when it is your time. Thank you for your cooperation. If you do not know your swim time please email me.

If you are interested in swim lessons for your child, please fill out a survey and I will put him/her on a waiting list for the next session which starts on Jan. 20th. Swim lessons will entail a 7 consecutive week committment. Space is very limited.

We are looking at a December 22nd concert fundraiser to raise money to offer additional swim lessons and maybe sailing lessons in the summer. We are in need of suggestions, raffle prizes. volunteers and sponsors. Details will follow next week after I finalize them with Sayville Yacht club.

Sunday, October 21, 2007


Wow what a turnout for our first swim. It was so nice seeing old friends and making new friends. I just want to thank everyone for their cooperation and patience. Especially, the volunteers, swim instructors, life guards, "Aunt" Barbara and the St. Joseph's staff. First days are always a little hectic. Please remember to sign in and out at the desk. We hope to have pictures to post soon. If anyone wants to share pictures please email them to me. I look forward to seeing you all at the next swim.

Thursday, October 11, 2007


Registration forms will be available at the swim.

For all new families you will need to view a 4 minute video on safety before participating in the swim program.

We are a family swim program and children must be supervised in and out of the water at all times.

Parents, please follow the St. Joseph's rules and regulations and set a good example for our children.

Everyone must have a swimsuit on in the pool area. White t-shirts can be worn over the suits.

No food or drinks in the pool area

There will be mixed gender locker rooms available.

Our mission is to create a safe environment where families can swim and have fun in an accepted atmosphere. I look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones!

Wednesday, October 3, 2007


We want to take this opportunity to thank all of our participants and sponsors and to welcome you back to another year of swimming, networking and fun. This year we will have swim lessons for limited amount of children generously sponsored by Autism Society of America: We hope to have a fundraiser in December so that we can offer more swim lessons and maybe even sailing lessons. Please check back for the date.

We are working very closely with St. Joseph's College staff to ensure a fun and safe swim program. Please let us know of any concerns and please respect all pool rules and regulations which follows.

We are asking that all families fill out a registration form along with the $10.00 onetime fee. Forms will be available at the swim. Cash or a check made out to Autism Family Fun Swim and Sail. All new members need to view a brief safety video before participating in the swim program.


WHO: For all children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities and their families and friends.

WHERE: St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue
John A. Danzi Athletic Center
155 W. Roe Blvd
Patchogue, NY 11772
Phone# 631-447-3355

WHEN: Following Sundays from 12:00-2:00 p.m.

October 21 & 28, 2007
November 11 & 18, 2006
December 2 & 16, 2006
January 6 & 20, 2008
February 3 & 17, 2008
March 2, 16 & 18, 2
April 1, 13 & 27, 2008

COST: One time $10.00 registration fee per family. Please make checks out to Autism Family Fun Swim and send to: Rotary Club of Moriches, P. O. Box 661, Center Moriches, NY 11934

ATTIRE: Swimsuits required in pool area, towels and flip flops. Changing rooms and chairlifts available.

Volunteers are needed and welcomed. All donations large and small are accepted and appreciated.

Contact Info: Maria LeMaire
4 Quail Run
Shirley, NY 11967

Please visit the following websites of our past and present sponsors:

St. Joseph's College Pool Rules and Regulations For Autism Family Fun Swim and Sail

Upon entering the Danzi Center, all participants (parents, children and helpers) will sign in at the front desk. No exceptions!

Locker Room Use:
Participants will need to change in the Adult gender appropriate locker rooms before entering the pool area. Belongings must be left in lockers in the locker room. Please secure all belongings. St. Joseph’s College is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.


The following rules will be strictly enforced!
Anyone who refuses to cooperate will not be allowed access to the pool.

1. Everyone must obey the directions of the lifeguard.
2. No street shoes on deck.
3. Children will not be allowed on pool deck unless the parent is next to the child.
4. If the restroom is needed during swim time, a parent must accompany the child.
5. No running or rough play on the deck or in the water.
6. Dive in designated area only! Diving is permitted in the deep end, lanes 1 & 2, marked off by the cones.
7. Swim instruction will take place in lanes 5 & 6. No one is allowed in this area unless they are participating in the swim lessons.
8. Everyone must shower before entering the pool.
9. Proper swimwear is required (i.e. no cutoffs, pants, etc.)
10. All spectators/parents must be wearing bathing suits.
11. No shoes allowed on deck.
12. Only white T-shirts may be worn over suits if not swimming.
13. Hair longer than shoulder length, bathing caps are required.
14. Hair shorter than shoulder length must be pulled back. No bobby pins.
15. All jewelry, hair decorations and bandages must be removed before entering the pool.
16. Persons with open sores and rashes are not allowed in the pool without physician’s consent.
17. All bags are to be left in the locker room.
18. No spitting in pool or on deck.
19. No gum, food or drink allowed in the pool area, except drinking water.
20. No glass or cans. Plastic bottles are allowed in the pool area.
21. The children will provide their own floatation devices as long as it is not an inflatable tube or bubble. Swim bubbles and life jackets are available for use.

I have read the above rules and I am aware of their importance.
Signed by: ________________________________________ Date: ___________________
(Parent or Guardian)
PRINT Child’s Name: __________________________________________________

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Swim at St. Joseph's College

Just wanted to quick up date everyone. I am meeting with St. Joseph's College on Monday 9/24 to finalize the dates for our swim. We are also working out the kinks for the swim lessons. Thank you everyone for your patience and understanding. We are in need of donations and volunteers.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Highlights of 2007

Thank you all for a great summer. Today August 20 will be our last sail program. We will be having a pizza party rain or shine at 6:00p.m. Pool will be open for our use even if we don't sail. Please check back for the swim portion of our program schedule for the 2007/2008 year. Here are some pictures of our program this year. Enjoy.

Friends having fun

Families having fun

Time to relax and network

Nothing like the sea air to calm the soul

Volunteers from the Sayville Yacht Club

My beautiful daughter
My son getting ready to go on the boat

Me and my daughter enjoying the view!

Monday, August 6, 2007

Swim and Sail 8-6-07

Tonight's sail program is cancelled due to weather conditions. We'll see you all on the 13th. Have a great week.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Sail Pictures 2007

Thank you Justin and John's grandfather for taking these pictures. They are awesome!!! Weather looks good so we're sailing tonight.

Monday, July 23, 2007


Due to the weather we will NOT be having the swim and sail program tonight 7/23/07. Thank you all for your cooperation and will see you all next week.

Have an awesome week!

P.S. If anyone has some great pictures of our swim and sail please email them to me so that I can put it on our blogspot. That's if you want to share! Thanks.

Monday, July 16, 2007


Thank you all for a great start to our sail program. We had some wonderful volunteers from the Sayville Yacht Club. We were fortunate enough to have 3 boats and many of the parents and children were able to go on the boats several times. It was a beautiful night for sailing and everyone had a great time. We hope to have the same weather tonight!

Helpful hints:
* There is no charge for the program
* Register by coming down to the Sayville Yacht Club - Click on the link to get directions -
* 1st timers, please sign in. Others please check off the corrcet date.
* From time to time we will have news coverage, please sign or check off the release.
* We will provide life jackets
* Sneakers, boat shoes or water shoes TO GO ON THE BOAT- NO FLIP FLOPS
* Parents and siblings are welcome to go on the boat
* After signing in you can go right in to the pool area. When the boats are ready we will ask everyone to go down by the boats - short walk.

When you arrive at the Club please ask for Warren, Maria or Susan

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Swim and Sail Schedule

Autism Family Fun Swim and Sail Program

4 Quail Run

Shirley, NY 11967


Summer 2007 Schedule

Mondays at 6:00p.m.

July 9
July 16
July 23
July 30
August 6
August 13
August 20


Life vests will be provided by the swim and sail program
water or boat shoes

Snacks and drinks - no alcohol beverages

Sweatshirts or jackets - it can get very windy and cold at times

***Life guards will be provided in the pool area. Children will take turns going on the sail boats. Lessons are not given but information about sailing will be discussed by the boat owner. Changing rooms and bathrooms are available for our use. We encourage all family members to
swim and sail together. This is run strictly by volunteers and we ask for your patience and cooperation.


Sayville Yacht Club

Boylan Lane

Blue Point, NY 11715



From Long Island Expressway – I495
- LIE I495 to Exit 62 South Rt 97 Nicolls Road South to Blue Point
- Follow directions for Nicolls Rd below

From Southern State Parkway – **Passenger Cars Only, No trailers, No RV’s, low clearance bridges
- Southern State Parkway East to exit 44 East - Sunrise Hwy Rt 27 East
- Sunrise Hwy (rte 27) east to exit 51 Nicolls Road Rt 97 South to Blue Point
- Follow directions for Nicolls Rd below

From Eastern Long Island via Sunrise Hwy Rt 27
- Sunrise Hwy (rte 27) west to exit 51 Rt 97 Nicolls Road South to Blue Point
- Follow directions for Nicolls Rd below

From Rt 97 Nicolls Rd
- Rt 97 Nicolls Rd south towards Blue Point to the end to Rt 85/27A Montauk Hwy
- Bear Right onto Montauk Hwy west to first traffic light - Gillette Ave.
- Left Onto Gillette Ave South to 2nd stop sign(blinking traffic light) Middle Road
- Left onto Middle Road two blocks to Boylan Lane.
- Turn right onto Boylan Lane – Sayville Yacht Club near end of street on left.

Generousely supported by the Sayville Yacht Club and Rotary Club of Moriches