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Arctic Dolphin Swim Slated For New Year's Day

The Reeves Park event will benefit those in need.

Reeves Park residents will once again gather at the beach on New Year's Day for a time-honored tradition organized to help friends, family and fellow community members in need.

According to Bob Kelly, a Reeves Beach resident who has long advocated for a 9/11 memorial park on Sound Avenue in memory of his brother, firefighter Thomas Kelly, who lost his life on 9/11, the annual Arctic Dolphin Swim is scheduled for Jan. 1 at 1 p.m.

"In previous years, we have put this together to help out a family member or friend," Kelly said. "And to try to raise a bit of awareness toward an illness or a tough situation."

The event, he added, has always been low-key.

This year, Reeves Beach residents have decided that whoever plunges will do so to help whomever they choose personally -- their own "connection."

Those who need a person to support through the swim should contact Bob Kelly at bkelly911@hotmail.com.

The event, Kelly said, includes with prizes given out for best and most unusual swimsuit.

And not a full plunge is required, especially with plummeting temps. "Lots of folks just do a quickie, just toes in -- whatever works," he said. "There are no judges. It's fun."

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