Quiet on the water: North Hudson disappointed by Fleet Week no-show

They were all waiting since early morning at Riverwalk in West New York to see the parade of ships sailing down the Hudson River. But the ships never came.

“Third year actually, the first year I did it without my friends and I’m very disappointed we didn’t get to see the ships today,” says West New York resident Bill Mitchell, who brought his dog Kelly along.

Seeing different active military ships docked right here is an emotional experience for Amparo Benitez.

“We are here by the Hudson River, we were expecting to see the ships,” says Benitez, of North Bergen. “But unfortunately it’s almost more than 12:00 and we haven’t seen any one.”

“I have’t seen many boats besides the ferries and the ones around here; I’m kinda looking forward to it,” says Justice Germoso of North Bergen.

They made it an  outing for their first time and expected to see something. But the ships docked in lower Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island.

“I have three boys and a bunch of big boats, especially ones that have guns in them are really exciting for boys,” says North Bergen resident Hope Germoso.

“You see all the men on the ship and they’re all in the dress and yeah, it’s like a spectacle, says Eli Garcia of Jersey City.

Feels like summer and they wanted to return for some more great memories of the ships but walked away empty-handed.

“Approximately 10 years ago it was beautiful but after that time we haven’t seen nothing,” Benitez says.

4,500 Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen are in town, along with five US Navy ships, four Navy Academy Yard Patrol boats, two US Coast Guard cutters and four Royal Canadian Navy ships.

“It’s an excuse to have a day off and it doesn’t get any better than today,” Mitchell says.   “Maybe we’ll go visit one of them this week.”

Not all is lost, you can still catch the ships until they depart their home piers on May 31st.

They will remain open from 8 am to 5 pm (Intrepid Pier, 10 am) for free public tours in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island.

And catch these events closer to home

Saturday, May 28, 2016
Event: Fleet Week Regatta
Time: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: Liberty Harbor, 11 Marin Blvd. | Jersey City, New Jersey
The Manhattan Yacht Club will host the inaugural Fleet Week Regatta in the New York Harbor. The regatta will finish at the Statue of Liberty. Event is free and open to the public for viewing.

Sunday, May 29, 2016
Event: Fleet Week at Liberty State Park
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Liberty State Park | Jersey City, New Jersey
Event will include the U.S. Navy Parachute Team, The Leap Frogs; singing of the national anthem; U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps band performances; U.S. Navy helo demonstration with EOD fast rope; U.S. Coast Guard Silent Drill Team performance; U.S. Coast Guard Search and Rescue demonstration; military static displays; and much more. Event is free and open to the public.

Event: U.S. Coast Guard Search and Rescue Demonstration
Time: 1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Liberty State Park | Jersey City, New Jersey
In conjunction with Fleet Week New York, a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter will conduct a Search and Rescue demonstration over open water near Liberty State Park. During the demonstration, a Coast Guard rescue crew will drop a mannequin into the water to simulate a person in distress. A rescue swimmer will then jump into the water to secure the mannequin. Both the rescue swimmer and the mannequin are then lifted securely back into the helicopter, and the helicopter will depart the area. Event is free and open to the public.

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Jillian has a passion for news, giving voice to the voiceless and telling stories that make an impact. A New Jersey native, she spent the past two years as a multimedia journalist/one-man-band at WTAP-TV, the NBC affiliate in Parkersburg, West Virginia, where she covered everything from meth busts to fracking to the homeless to a young man struck by lightening. She was her news director’s “go to health reporter” and also covered many education and political stories. She frequently interviewed the mayors of Parkersburg, Vienna and Williamstown, WV and Belpre and Marietta, Ohio. She interviewed OH Gubernatorial Candidate Ed Fitzgerald and OH Congressional Candidate Jennifer Garrison, as well as WV Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and WV Senator Joe Manchin. Jillian was a regular fixture at the local police, sheriff’s departments, prosecutors’ offices and courthouses. Many looked forward to her ‘Mom of the Month’ series. Her story about two women who lost their children to heroin was widely recognized, along with her much loved piece on the Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis band camp. In her free time, Jillian enjoys yoga; working out, live music, spending time with friends on both coasts and the Mid-Ohio Valley. Follow on Twitter @JillianRis

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