#GOANTARES – NASA Rocket Launch visible in Long Beach – Monday October 27 -6:45PM

The Long Beach Astronomical & Sky Society thought this may be of interest to your readers.

Please note this launch takes place over 200 miles away and chances are good that you will see the rocket in flight.  And while it may not seem all that incredible to adult viewers, perhaps, just perhaps one child will look at it, understand what is happening and say “cool” and maybe lead to that child showing a deeper interest in science and technology.  At worst the kids get out of the house for a little while.

nasa-logoThis coming Monday Oct. 27, 2014 at 6:45 p.m. EDT NASA and Orbital Sciences Corp will be launching on an Antares rocket from the Wallops Flight Facility. The mission “Orbital CRS-3″ will deliver cargo and crew supplies to the International Space Station.  The mission will originate from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in eastern Virginia.  This spaceport is approximately 206 miles SSW of Long Beach.  As you can see in the attached launch Visibility map ( http://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/20141015_orb-3_visibility_w-traj_w-title_2.jpg) this launch will be visible to residents in the mid-atlantic states including Long Beach, weather permitting.

A previous Antares launch was in fact visible and viewed right here in Long Beach.  Nasa TV’s Coverage of the Launch of Orbital Sciences’ Antares Rocket and the Cygnus Cargo Ship to the ISS will be available online on Monday Evening so bring along a smart phone or tablet so you can listen and watch.  It will be broadcast on all the Nasa Channels and you can select one and see the schedule here: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/schedule.html#  At 5:15PM on Monday they will show video of the processing of the Orbital Sciences/Cygnus CRS-3, followed by launch coverage beginning at 5:45PM.  For past launches they have posted Google Earth files which allow you to view the projected flight path from your location.  They have not posted those yet, if they do post them we will forward them on to you.

To view this launch simply head to our beaches/boardwalk and face towards the ocean.  Think like a clock and directly in front of you will be 12:00, look to your right (west) to around 1:00 and approximately 150 seconds after launch you should see the rocket streaking across our skies headed east.

NASA has created a “What’s Up at Wallops” App and it is available on Google play and shows a compass that will show you where the launch will take place relative to your location as well as a google earth file to see the projected flight path.

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RUN, RIDE, REBUILD: Long Beach Community Run (Saturday, October 25th) – Event Reminder

10641014_777852102271844_1025137432839625484_nIn cooperation with the City of Long Beach, New York (OFFICIAL) and 1156Run, you’re invited to join the Long Beach “OFFSITE TEAM” for a 5K community run to support Hurricane Sandy rebuilding.

Register here, select OFFSITE TEAM and answer YES to Long Beach question: http://r2rrockaways.bpt.me/

LONG BEACH runners: October 25 at 8AM. New York Ave. and the Boardwalk. Participants receive R2R tee, Clif Bar nutrition and post-run breakfast at Shine’s Bar. Proceeds benefit the RUN, RIDE, REBUILD event coming to Long Beach in 2015!

Join the Event on Facebook. Questions? Email us at info@race2rebuild.org

Those phallic-looking fire hydrants

Screen Shot 2014-10-21 at 11.25.24 AMNewday has an article on those phallic-hydrants that are popping up (no pun intended) all over our city [LINK]. All jokes aside, these hydrants do seem to be really cool and I’m assuming are a much needed upgrade to our aging hydrants.

For those who are looking for a more technical take, check out this article and video from the popular tech blog The Verge: Finally, a fire hydrant for the 21st century

“Virtually indestructible, the Spartan is made of stainless steel and ductile iron, and covered in a powder coating that makes the design non-corrosive even in the face of storms and salty water. An efficient internal drainage system prevents the damage that freezing water can inflict. The hydrant can be opened within seconds—but only with a special wrench, discouraging tampering. [LINK]

A Journey of Transition from Sandy to Today to Tomorrow (October 25th)

To provide the community of Long Beach and the Barrier Island, a city impacted severely by Superstorm Sandy in 2012, a workshop on learning to transition during crisis. Coping skills, compassion fatigue and strategies for post disaster stress and anxiety will be addressed through a guided workshop by a member of the Bereavement Ministry in The Tri Parish ministries of Long Beach and Point Look Out. [LINK]

Hosted by LB Community Organizations Active in Disasters – LB COAD


(UPDATED) The Great Beige Sidewalk Planter / Water Wall of Long Beach [Opinions Galore]

Update:  I’m hearing these planters are going to be removed.

parkaveplantersThese planters appeared on the sidewalk in front of the Don Juan-strip on Park Avenue yesterday. They are a hilariously hot topic on Facebook right now, jokes about them being the Great Wall of Long Beach or when will stickers will start appearing on them. Somebody even photoshopped advertisements on them. Great stuff.

I’m worried about access. Is this even safe? Is there enough room on the street side for persons with disabilities or those with strollers? What will these planters will look like as time marches on? Are we going to see dead, unkept flowers in them? Are the bottoms of these boxes going to look gross and disgusting from dirt, grime, lard and gum? I know one thing, they will definitely be used as a garbage can because people around here have no idea how to dispose their trash.

Just look at the image below. The beige makes me want to throw up. That planter is going to look so gross in about a month or I will eat my hat. Look at that image, it’s already chipping!


I feel bad the wonderful businesses that occupy that strip. Sandbags were being used regularly to prevent flooding. Something definitely needed to be done. Obviously the last thing we want is more flooding. I’m assuming these planters will act as a water barrier. I know nothing about sewers, but I wonder if the flooding has to do with a greater issue that will hopefully one day be addressed.


On a slightly unrelated topic, that building has driven me nuts since the day it was built. Not only does it not fit with the character of Park Avenue, but I have a hard time telling the businesses apart due to the black canopies with same colored lettering. No creativity. I’m sure that’s on the landlords part, as our city has no sign code for uniformity like what the Town of North Hempstead does.

The fire in 2009 was tragic, but it was such a ripe opportunity for something special to be built there. Instead we got a strip mall-looking fucco building that floods. Yeah harsh, but that’s my opinion.

Back to the planters, how long until we see more of them appearing and obstructing our sidewalks?

Some code stuff: 

  • Sec. 23-3. – Obstruction of streets.

    It shall be unlawful for any person to obstruct any street, alley, sidewalk or public square, by allowing any wagon, cart, vehicle, merchandise, stand, garbage, debris, wood, sand, ashes, snow, ice, coal, coke, brick, stone or any encumbrance whatever to remain on such street, alley, sidewalk or public square for more than four (4) hours.

    (Code 1957, § 6-212)

    Cross reference— Responsibility for good order, § 14-287.

  • Sec. 23-4. – Encroachments.

    It shall be unlawful to erect, build or maintain any wall, fence, building, courtyard or area, show window or showcase which projects over the building line or is upon any street or boardwalk within the city. In addition to prosecution for violation of this section, the building commissioner shall cause the removal of the encroachment if the owner of the premises fails to do so after ten (10) days’ written notice and the cost of such removal shall be a charge against the property, collectible in the same manner as taxes.

    (Code 1957, § 6-214)

West School Vendor & Craft Fair (Vendors Needed!)

By popular demand, we are excited to announce the return of the annual West School Vendor & Craft Fair sponsored by the 5th grade Committee. This event will take place right in time for the holiday shopping season. On Friday, December 12, 2014 from 6PM-10PM you will have the opportunity to be a vendor and purchase table space to sell your merchandise, gift cards, foods and more!

If you or anyone you know are interested in being a vendor please email: westschoolvendorsale2014@gmail.com and we will send you a application.

West School 5th Grade Committee

“South Nassau will build an emergency department from scratch on the hospital grounds or at a site more centrally located in Long Beach” (Speculation, Demolition, Relocation)

In a recent Newsday article regarding the future of the Long Beach Medical Center:

“One option is to locate it in the former emergency department in the west wing, he said. If that proves too expensive, South Nassau will build an emergency department from scratch on the hospital grounds or at a site more centrally located in Long Beach.” [LINK]

A site more centrally located in Long Beach? Let the speculation begin! Will the current hospital site be sold to a condo developer, while a small emergency department opens somewhere central Park Avenue? And just where on Park Avenue could they be talking about?

1779170_669793586450701_1977997261705821628_nWell, there is that old Sunrise Center building across from Lancer.  What about a possible redevelopment of the Waldbaums Center? (Oh, one can dream, but most unlikely.) Sunrise Center seems possible, being that it’s been vacant for years with no real movement on that front.

The current medical center site is not flood proof/FEMA compliant. Why spend money there if it can be flood again? I highly doubt that building can be raised, so obviously change is eminent. Being that it’s bay front, that property is very valuable for developers. Probably too valuable for a hospital. Probably too valuable for one family houses as well. Condos by the bay, perhaps?  hmm…..

Let’s start betting. What’s the over/under on this? (PLEASE NOTE: This is pure speculation)medicalcondo3

Long Beach Medical Center to be Demolish??

Newsday- Long Beach hospital’s potential new owner weighs whether to raze all or part of Sandy-damaged structure

Once it owns the property, South Nassau chief executive Richard Murphy said, South Nassau will decide as quickly as possible what, if any, part of the hospital is salvageable and develop plans for opening the free-standing emergency department it has pledged to build.

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