Mike Docker first went clamming with his grandfather on Cape Cod many, many years ago.
Now that he's a science teacher at Daniel Hand High School, he wants to make sure Madison families get that same chance. He's part of a large team that includes the town's Shellfish Commission and a group of Daniel Hand High School students that stock West Wharf each year for community clamming days. Around 100 people showed up for the first day on Saturday, said Madison Shellfish Commisson Member Ed Raff.
Raff serves on the commission with Robert Cika, David Newton, Perry Rianhard, and Chairman Stephen Nikituk. Bill Gladstone and Robert Tafuri serve as alternates.
The community clamming days will continue Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The whole family is welcome. Both Little Neck and Cherrystone Clams have been stocked. A special area has been designated for small children. Members of the commission will supply clam rakes and will demonstrate clamming techniques, if requested.
A shellfish license is required and can be purchased on site as well as at the Town Campus and Captain Morgan's. The parking area at West Wharf will be open to the public for this event.
This event is weather permitting, check the Shellfish hot line at (203)245-5600 option 3 for conditions. So far, it looks like Sunday will be another sunny day, with a high temperature near 67 and south wind between 3 and 9 mph.