President’s Message – December 2017

Dear Aquarist,

Our December Holiday Party at Mama Rao’s Restaurant on 11th Avenue in Brooklyn was fantastic. The food was great and the waiter service was spectacular. They made a beautiful holiday cake for our dessert (see pictures of the event). We handed out awards for the past year’s recipients and certificates for Officers and Board members; also we handed certificates of appreciation to those sponsors and stores that donated to our monthly events. We shall mail them out to those sponsors, donator stores and manufacturers that were not able to attend. John Todaro submitted his best of articles for the Aquatica awards. It was a great night and what made it perfect was that all of us were able to sit, eat and enjoy good fishy conversation with fellow members and family.

Our January event will be truly special! We will be bringing in from the cold, Arctic areas of Canada a really warm person – Joey Mullen, aka UaruJoey – King of DIY. Joe’s topic for the evening will be “My Aquarium Gallery…The Untold Story.” Did you know that Joe has nearly 650,000 subscribers on YouTube (Click here for his Channel),  80,000 followers on Facebook and another 50,000 on Instagram? That is amazing!!

After Joe’s talk, we will have our auction of livestock and dry goods. As always, there is Free Parking and Free Refreshments. Doors open at 7:30 pm and our guest speaker will go on at 8:30 pm. We have a new BAS shirt for you, along with our BAS baseball hat and BAS patch. Come visit our tables to check on our new and used aquatic supplies and equipment for you to peruse at your leisure.

If you want to see different speakers and learn about different aquatic systems, fish, plants and marine life, please let me know. The elected officials of the Brooklyn Aquarium Society are here to serve YOU! Let us know what you want and why, because it would be helpful to everyone. It is important that you visit and patronize our sponsors. It goes full circle: by helping them, they are also helping you as hobbyists and everyone is helping the Brooklyn Aquarium Society, so help us, help you!

For more info, please call our BAS Hotline at (718) 837-4455, or visit our modern website at

On a more personal note – we are looking for a videographer; someone who can edit our speaker videos and upload them to our account on Vimeo. This will be the site that our members can watch and learn from our guest speakers as they give their expert advice on that night’s topic. We have videos of most of our speakers from as far back as 1995.

Any member who wants to attend a Board meeting, which are held at Education Hall of the New York Aquarium on the 1st Friday of the month, September through June, please notify me at (347) 277-4793 by the Tuesday before the meeting.

Steven Matassa