Rest in Peace, Con Astone

R.I.P, Con Astone. Many years ago when the blog started becoming it’s own, I made a point of saying how I always looked forward to watching Con on the beach. About a week after that post, He contacted me, thanked me for the blog and asked for my address. A few days later in the mail, I got his CD. I generally don’t like taking stuff for free, but this was the first offer I ever got for running the blog. It was such an act of kindness on his part, something I will never forget. He hasn’t performed on the beach in the past few years, but every year I always did scan the lineup hoping to see his name on there. It’s really sad to read about his passing, but I just wanted to say how much I appreciated the CD and the music he gave us all these years.

Just a side note, In our email exchange, Con told me his real name was Cono. I know he is from Greenpoint, Brooklyn and lived there the same time as my family who were in Williamsburg. I would love to know if Con’s family came from the Italian town Teggiano. Those who have family from that town knows where I am going with here… (Angelo Lomonte , are you reading this? )Read at the Herald: Con Astone, popular Italian singer, dies at 79

This morning Lido Blvd had electric signs telling cyclists and drivers to share the road….

If they only designed that road the right way…..    I guess the idea of that center brick median was for safe place for pedestrians to hang out while crossing. It’s not so safe when cars are driving 50+ MPH. There are beaches to get to. There are schools to be accessed. There is Marvel.  I know the thought of eliminating a traffic lane to some Long Islanders is blasphemy, but that blvd should have been designed with two lanes going into Long Beach, three going out. The median is fine and probably needed for turning lanes, but the extra room from the deleted lane would be for bike lanes. Just my opinion.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Public Meeting- June 29th at 7PM

US_ACE_NYS_DECOn June 29th at 7PM, the US Army Corps of Engineers and the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation will be holding a public meeting on the 6th Floor of Long Beach City Hall.

This meeting will provide an overview of Contract I “Groin Construction and Rehabilitation,” and Contract II “Sand Placement for Dunes and Beaches” for the upcoming Atlantic Coast of Long Island Jones Inlet to East Rockaway Inlet, Long Beach Island, New York, Hurricane and Storm Damage Reduction Project.

Subjects to be covered will include a general project overview, construction schedule, and the logistics surrounding project implementation. [LINK]



818233c4-1661-4a05-a4d0-1d6208f5bed1Bethpage, NY – June 23, 2016 – Almost two years since opening the first credit union in the City of Long Beach, Bethpage Federal Credit Union, New York State’s largest credit union, has installed six public ATMs throughout Long Beach, after being awarded the opportunity by the Long Beach City Council.  These six public ATMs, a first for the City, are located on the Long Beach Boardwalk at National Blvd., at Edwards Drive and at Riverside Blvd., in addition to inside three public buildings including Long Beach City Hall, the Long Beach Recreation Center and the Long Beach Municipal Ice Arena.  The public ATMs will allow the community to perform cash withdrawals only.  Continue reading THE CITY OF LONG BEACH TURNS TO BETHPAGE FEDERAL CREDIT UNION FOR FIRST PUBLIC ATM MACHINES

Charles McAvoy of Long Beach is ranked to be drafted in the 1st round in tonight’s NHL draft

McAvoy_CharlieThe final ISS [international scouting services) ranking is in and Long Beach’s own Charles McAvoy is ranked in the elite first round group. The international ranking has McAvoy, a Boston University defensemen at #23 overall  [LINK]. He moves up to a final rank of #6 with North American players only [LINK]. Sounds like he is a pretty damn good hockey player. It will be exciting to see where he ends up.

You can read more about McAvoy @ 2016 NHL Prospects: Charles McAvoy

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