Coney Island Tradition Fulfilled on LBI



(Courtesy of Michele Pecora)
Several users of a person family had been determined not to permit COVID-19 disrupt an once-a-year tradition. After it was declared that the annual Polar Bear Plunge would be canceled, the Pecora relatives recreated the Coney Island tradition proper in Seaside Haven on Jan. 1, 2021.
“We reside in Staten Island, N.Y., and my youngsters have participated many moments in the official Polar Bear Plunge in Coney Island,” claimed Michele Pecora. “With COVID this yr, it was not an selection, so we decided to keep our very own celebration at our property on LBI.”
Rather than reserving the pleasurable for them selves, they invited their new Staten Island neighbors to join them. “We have turn out to be rapidly good friends, and our children, being so shut in age, get alongside terrific,” reported Pecora. “They beloved the plan of the Polar Bear Plunge and resolved to drive down to satisfy with us to do it collectively.” Not only did the Meyers spouse and children get to knowledge the enjoyable of the Polar Plunge custom, but the Pecoras also shared with them their adore for the Jersey Shore.
Pecora stood on the Amber Avenue seaside filming while her partner — whistle in hand — stood alongside
(Courtesy of Michele Pecora)
her and acted as “officiator.” April Meyers and her son, Drew, also viewed cheerfully from the beach. Pecora extra, “I introduced a neat sheet for the children outfits, towels and blankets.”
The contributors integrated Pecora’s little ones, Amanda and Jonathon, and Ray Meyers and his small children, Olivia, Jake, Devon and Piper. Following plunging into 41-diploma surf, they retreated, shivering and guffawing, to their “neat sheet” and have been greeted with thermoses of very hot cocoa.
Nevertheless it was a cloudy, wet working day, at a balmy 48 degrees, Pecora laughed, “It could have been even worse! Even although it ended up raining, it was an complete blast!”
Afterward, the family members collected at the Pecoras’ Seaside Haven property to have warm dogs, “just like if we had been in Coney Island, at Nathan’s!”
The families have by now dedicated to having the plunge upcoming 12 months.  —M.M.D.

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