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Fun Things to Do Before Summer Ends

Summer’s not over yet! There’s still time to get out and enjoy the fun with friends and family. Festivals, parks, sports, the beach….you name it and it’s happening somewhere in the New York Metro area. Need some inspiration? Here are 10 accessible activities to do before summer ends:

hiking summer things
1) Blaze a Trail – Go hiking on an accessible trail, have a picnic or go camping. Take in some nature, maybe even do a bit of bird-watching. See what
New York state
has to offer.

2) Stop and Smell the Roses – Visit the stunning landscapes, collections and landmarks at the
New York Botanical Gardens
in the Bronx. There’s even jazz on Thursday nights…and floral design and Mario Batali cooking classes throughout the week.

Beach summer things
3) Hit the Beach – Rent a
Floating Beach Wheelchair
. These amphibious rolling beach chairs take you from boardwalk to beach to water!

4) Take a Dip in the Pool – Who doesn’t love to feel weightless? Call your local YMCA or YWCA to find out about an adaptive swimming program.

5) Go Fishing – Check out these
in New York to find fishing access for anglers with disabilities.

tennis summer things
6) Play
Adaptive Tennis
– Wheelchair tennis can be played on any regular tennis court. It’s your serve.

7) Surfs Up – On September 21, a
Wheels2Water Paralyzed Surfers
event is taking place on Long Island.

8) Watch a Movie Under the Stars – Pack up the family and go see “The Lego Movie” under the stars on August 8th at Ridge Road Park (Hartsdale, NY), courtesy of The Miracle League of Westchester.

9) Take Me Out to the Ball Park – What says summer more than a baseball game? Yankees or Mets, it’s your call. Either way, hot dogs are a must.

Swim With Dolphins
– For something truly memorable, hop a flight to Miami and head to Key Largo or Marathon Key for a one-of-a-kind, fully accessible swim with dolphins.

More Tips: Find out what you need to know about
accessibility at summertime venues

2014 – A Year of Anniversaries at Bussani Mobility

It was twenty years ago today, Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play….
While New York City and Beatlemaniacs everywhere are marking the 50th anniversary of The Beatles arriving in New York, we at Bussani Mobility are celebrating a few anniversaries of our own that we are excited about.

In 1974, our founder John Bussani, brought a dream to life.  A brief stay at an Army Hospital during the Vietnam era was the catalyst for John Bussani’s vision to improve the quality of life for veterans, and ultimately many other people. 40 years ago John began his family owned business out of the trunk of his car by offering the installation of hand controls in vehicles for people living with physical disabilities. Over the next few years, the news spread by word-of-mouth. People learned about a service that was enabling handicapped individuals to reclaim their mobility…and their independence. Before long, folks from all over Long Island and the five Boroughs were reaching out to John for assistance. He was onto a life-changing product. John’s vision was, without a doubt, something people wanted and needed:

mobility and freedom.
Over the next 10 years the business grew with Bussani’s first facility opening in Freeport, New York in 1980.  It was common to see the roof of a van being removed and replaced with a raised fiberglass top. Cutting the floors out of vans and making them lower so a wheelchair user could drive himself/herself, or be easily transported, was an everyday occurrence.  Next, John hired client-turned-employee Peter Zarba, who uses a wheelchair himself. Peter was able to personally connect with, guide and support clients while John focused on the technical side of the business. This perfect blending of the strengths of two talented men resulted in their ability to enrich the lives of so many people.

Mamaroneck showroom

The Mamaroneck Showroom

As the business grew, more locations were needed to serve the Metro-New York region.  In 2004, John along with his son Dan established our second location in Mamaroneck.  This new location made it easier for people in the Bronx, the Hudson Valley and southwest Connecticut to experience the commitment to the disabled community. As our Mamaroneck location celebrated their 10th anniversary we look forward to the coming year with great hope and excitement.

Our Smithtown Store Front

Our Smithtown Store Front

Finally, our newest location in Smithtown is celebrating it first anniversary serving Suffolk county.  Newly installed store manager Andrew Parente along with new Mobility Specialist Mike Garramone and the entire service staff are working hard to increase growth for this newest office.
Along with our company and our offices celebrating anniversaries, many of our employees are as well and we look forward to sharing their stories here over the coming year.

On Your Mark, Get Set, Exercise!

Behind the Wheel at Bussani January/February 2013
The lead story in our January/February issue of the “Behind the Wheel at Bussani” customer enewsletter was all about starting the year off right with a safe exercise program. HOPEFitness (a fitness center on Long Island that’s dedicated to individuals with all types of disabilities) gave us some very practical tips.

The newsletter also talks about:
–How to Save Money on Auto Care
–How John DeVeglio Got His Independence Back
–New York Mobility Club
–Who is Andrew Parente?
–and…A Little History About Bussani
Click on the image above to see the newsletter!