Committee OKs Freezin’ For A Reason Request

It was a freezing Polar Plunge in 2014.

It was a freezing Polar Plunge in 2014.

OSWEGO, NY – At its meeting this week, the Physical Services Committee OK’d a request from Cassandra Rucker, representing the Special Olympics, to host the “Oswego Polar Plunge” for Special Olympics New York. There was one stipulation, however. At least one of the new council members must participate.

It was a freezing Polar Plunge in 2014.
It was a freezing Polar Plunge in 2014.

The date of the event is April 9 and will be held at Wright’s Landing Marina. Registration will be from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with the plunge slated for 1 p.m.

Sixth Ward Councilor Eric VanBuren pointed out that it is a council tradition each year that the senior council members nominate the new councilors to take the plunge.

In the past VanBuren has participated as well as former councilors Mike Todd and Fran Enwright.

Last year, more than 300 people, young and old, subjected themselves to the “Ultimate Polar Shower” at Oswego’s Wright’s Landing, Rucker said.

Thanks to an ice-covered lake, participants braved the Ultimate Polar Shower in 2015.
Thanks to an ice-covered lake, participants braved the Ultimate Polar Shower in 2015.

It was supposed to be a Polar Plunge. However, Mother Nature forced organizers to re-think the event as Oswego Harbor was locked in with more than four feet of hard-packed snow and ice.

Participants were still “Freezin’ For A Reason’” with the Oswego Fire Department spraying the crowd from top of a fire truck ladder with the “Ultimate Polar Shower.”

Special Olympics is the largest amateur sports organization in the world.

With 64,659 athletes, Special Olympics New York is the largest chapter in North America and the sixth largest chapter in the world.

Special Olympics New York athletes train and compete year-round in 22 sports, the Young Athletes Program and the Motor Activities Training Program – at no cost to the athlete, their families or their caregivers.

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(If you’d like to suggest which councilor(s) should be nominated, please use the comments section).

In other action:

•    Samuel Natoli, owner of a single-family dwelling at 74 E. Tenth and One Half St., requested the use of  7.2’ x 61’ between the public sidewalk and south street line of East Van Buren Street to accommodate existing encroachment.

•    Elizabeth and Robert McGrath, owners of the Clubhouse Tavern (Spencer’s Ali), 124-126 W. Second St., requested use of public space for four parking spaces fronting their property on July 30, from 7 a.m. until 1p.m., in order to host the annual United Way Breakfast, Stuff-A-Bus Program.

•    Rob Williams, on behalf of the St. Lawrence Eastern Lake Ontario Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (SLELO PRISM), requested permission to have a boat launch steward/educator at the public boat launch at Wright’s Landing periodically throughout the 2016 summer season.

•    LTJG Andrew Roth, on behalf of the Naval Sea Cadet Corps, requested use of the McCrobie Building on February 27 to host a chicken barbeque fundraiser, starting at 11 a.m. He also requested use of the McCrobie Building on various dates throughout 2016 for drills and Sea Cadet training.

•    Charles Walters requested to replace an old memorial bench with a new one in memory of his parents, Charles M. and Theresa R. Walters. The old one was originally placed in 1996 and is now in disrepair. Walters would like the new bench placed in the same location as the original bench if possible and that the memorial plate from the old bench be reused.

All the requests were sent to the full council for consideration.

1 Comment

  1. I would like all councilors that were so quick to take the plunge to vote to raise to water/sewer bills to $275.00 to take the plunge on April 9th. for the Special Olympics. I am going to participate, hope to see you all there.

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