The Old Neighborhood
Born and Raised: South Ozone Park (Queens), NY


Elementary School: Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Richmond Hill, NY
High School: St. Francis Prep, Brooklyn, NY
Undergraduate College: Manhattan College (BS) Bronx, NY
Graduate School
:  Queens College (M.Ed.) Flushing, NY

Alcohol/Drug Education and Training
Keene State College (Certificate in Chemical Dependency Therapy) Keene, NH
Betty Ford Center (Professional in Residence) Palm Springs, CA
Prevention Research Institute (Trainer) Lexington, KY


Law Enforcement Training

US Treasure Department Sky Marshal (Bureau of Customs) Quantico, VA
NH State Police (Drug Recognition Expert) Concord, NH

Active Shooter (Yarmouth Police Department) Yarmouth, MA

Citizen Police Academy (Yarmouth Police Department) Yarmouth, MA

Adventure Leadership Training and Education
North American Wilderness Survival School
National Outdoor Leadership School
Outward Bound
Nantahala Outdoor Center


Big Nick's Ride for the Fallen Planning Committee (Cape Cod) Yarmouth, MA

Patriot Guard Riders (Massachusetts)

Banner Photo: Canadian Rockies, just above tree line

1969 Press Pic


Lynvets: Pop Warner Intermediate, Junior and Senior Teams. I was lucky enough to be captain a couple of times. If memory serves me well I believe we were undefeated once as Intermediates and once as Juniors. For further information about the early days and amazing characters responsible for this great organization read "State of Grace" by Robert Timberg. It's a great journey into the lives of some childhood heroes...flawed as they were...some wonderfully inspiring role models.

  Cover Guy MC football press packet  

  with team mascot: Jasper   

Manhattan College Football Team: Team Captain 1969-70 Awarded Chick Meehan MVP Trophy. Member of Hall of Fame Team 1966. At the 2010 Manhattan College  Hall of Fame induction gathering it was noted that there are only three of us (Jim Matthews, Joe Pufhal and Mike Carey) who were on teams that defeated Fordham University twice. (Manhattan/Fordham folks will know the significance of that!)

 Lynvets Seniors 1971    #75  



My good friend Denis Craine and I fulfilled our dream of developing Wilderness Experiences, a non-profit educational organization designed to conduct wilderness programs for both inner city youth and the general public back in the early 80s. For five years over a thousand folks participated in a variety of programs including whitewater rafting, canoeing, cross country skiing, rock climbing, spelunking, sailing, ice climbing and horse-packing. Locations for these adventures included frozen waterfalls in Boulder, Colorado; whitewater rivers in Tennessee, Georgia, Pennsylvania; the mountains of Southern Colorado; the waters off Long Island and Massachusetts and many other spectacular areas. 


Shared challenges and friendly campfires gave teens through the elderly opportunities to meet in ways they had never experienced. They were wonderful days and nights and travels...thanks to all who participated! Who would have thought that a punk kid from Queens could have gotten involved in all this. But I guess running around the street, playing ball, riding bikes and perhaps time spent in the Boy Scouts contributed to the desire for adventure.

Assorted Adventures

Mountaineering in former Soviet Union



South Bronx, NY Job Training Orientation Program Whitewater Rafting and Rock Climbing in the Adirondacks


Nassau Coliseum Wilderness Experiences Promotional “Stunt” - 1982

To raise awareness of the Wilderness Experiences program Denis and I rappelled from the rafters of the Nassau Coliseum in New York during the second period break of the STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF game between the NY Rangers and NY Islanders. Coliseum officials did not give us permission to do it but of course we would not be stopped! It was broadcast live on national television - NBC-TV. (Here's a fifth generation copy of the video - sorry about the lack of clarity.)

FYI... the police grabbed us afterwards, interviewed us then kicked us in the butt and suggested we leave the Coliseum and never do something like that again. And, they had smiles on their faces as they escorted us out.

WOR-TV News - "Big Apple" Award Recipient - 1985

Lehigh River Whitewater Rafting - Part 1

Lehigh River Whitewater Rafting - Part 2



Work, work, work... through high school, college, and beyond.
Long Island Press: Shape Up

Carlisle and Jacqueline: Wall Street Clerk

Triangle Ramp Service: Airport ramp worker

Willmark Security: Undercover Shopper

Astor Wines and Liquors: Retail and Delivery
Filmore East: Usher, Stage Security
Gladstone's: Bouncer
Diggs: Bouncer, Bartender
Casita Maria: Youth Counselor

NYC Gymnastics Official
Manhattan College: Football Coach

Windmill Farms Country Club: Asst. Manager
Xavier High School: Football Coach
United States Treasury Department: Sky Marshal
Apple Skills Exchange: Teacher
Warner Communications: Host, Bartender
NYC School for Language and Hearing Impaired: PE Teacher
Restaurant Brian: Bartender
Wilderness Experiences: Founder, Director
White and Case (other law firms): Part-time Proofreader
Nantahala Outdoor Center: Promotions Staff, Whitewater Rafting Guide
North Carolina State University: PE Teacher, Outdoor Education Specialist
Boston University Sargent Camp: Assistant Manger

Brookstone: Factory Worker
Hancock Inn: Bartender
Keene State College: Assistant to VP for Alcohol and Other Drug Programs;
Ursinus College: Adjunct Faculty
Merrimack College: Coordinator of Health Education

Apple Store: Specialist
Daniel Webster College: Contracted Counselor, Adjunct Faculty

Freedom Boat Club: Dock Master 



It is always an honor and pleasure participating in benefit rides for Veterans and First Responders. Take a peek at my videos from these events and see why.

Cape Cod Veterans Day

November 2018

Cape Codders honor veterans with a motorcycle ride from Barnstable to Cape Cod Harley and then on to the Massachusetts National Cemetery.

First Responders American Pride Ride 

October 2018

About 250 riders toured the towns and backroads of Cape Cod to benefit First Responders,

Big Nick's Ride

June 2017

Over 1,000 riders raised over $60,000 to benefit Cape Cod veterans and community groups.

Big Nick's Ride

June 2017

Over 1,000 riders raised over $60,000 to benefit Cape Cod veterans and community groups.

Boston Wounded Vets Ride June 2017

Thousands of rides hit the streets of the towns surrounding Boston to raise money for wounded Vets.




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