My coverage of the 2017 Long Beach City Council election continues. I just want to say that I feel really lucky to be able to bring you these Meet the Candidate posts. The feedback has been through the roof! Here we have Christopher Jones, Republican Candidate for City Council. Enjoy! Tell us about yourself.
I’m a life long citizen who loves Long Beach. It has been a busy year of closing on our house in the canals last August, married in December, and now campaigning. I started working for the city as a 14 year old in 1996 cleaning the beaches, then lifeguarded here from 1998-2013. I try to volunteer as often as I can with many of the wonderful charities and non-profit organizations around. I feel that organizations such as the Waterfront Warriors and Surf For All really show what our community is about and that God really does work through people. I’m a local 28 sheet metal worker now, who comes home after a tough day of climbing ladders and swinging hammers to go directly to our beautiful boardwalk for a bike ride and a run. I’ll be on that boardwalk everyday… unless there’s waves; then I’m in the ocean! Did I mention I love Long Beach!?
My coverage of the 2017 Long Beach election continues. This time it’s John Bendo, Democratic candidate for Long Beach City Council. John’s involvement with Long Beach includes everything, plus the kitchen sink. He has a lot to say, so enjoy!
Who is John Bendo? Tell us about yourself.
Husband. Nuclear Engineer. Veteran of the US Navy. Resident of the West End. In my spare time, I’ve something of a history of advocating for, and on behalf of, the residents of Long Beach. I’m also bald, so save on shampoo and haircuts.
President of West End Neighbors Civic Association. In that capacity, I started and continue to organize the ever-popular Movies on the Beach, successfully advocated to have the West End branch of the LB Public Library re-opened after Sandy and fought like hell against iStar’s repeated attempts to fleece residents out of more than $100 million in taxes. Looks like round 3 on that is coming up soon. I’ve regularly attended City Council meetings for years, asking pertinent questions and offering positive suggestions.
I’ve also been a volunteer committee member on several initiatives focused on issues like updating the city’s master plan and allocating $25 million in federal Sandy money to better protect the city against flooding. For the past 7 years, I’ve also been a member of an advisory committee to the US Secretary of Commerce.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) New York District, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), and Nassau County invite the public to a series of public meetings about the Nassau County Back Bays, NY Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study. September 18th at Long Beach City Hall [info]
International Car Free Day – Long Beach + Island Park. Hosted by EmPower Solar & SoBi Long Beach. September 22nd. [info]
Long Beach Oyster & Music Fest (Saturday, September 23rd at Long Beach Catholic Regional School. [info]
Hurricane Relief Concert. September 24th at National Blvd Beach.
Ocean Frontiers 3 -Long Beach Screening, hosted by All Our Energy. October 19th, 6:30pm at the Long Beach Library [INFO]
Irish Day Parade. It starts at Washington Boulevard and West Beech Street at 11am, Saturday, October 7th.
Fall Festival. October 14th and 15th. Kennedy Plaza.
Coming soon to Long Beach: Beach Buds Doggy Day Care (164 E. Park Avenue). It’s a boutique daycare for socialization and playtime. For those who have been using Beach Buds already, don’t worry, dog walking and in home pet sitting are still being offered. Eventually they will expand to group training classes as well.
Derek, the owner, says he’s aiming for a late October opening. In the meantime, you can check them out at FACEBOOK for updates. The website should be up soon, which will have prices and more information. From a personal standpoint, I find this completely awesome and I wish Derek all the luck in the world. I’ve been posting about his service since 2010!!!, so it’s great seeing him expand into a storefront. Good luck, Derek!!
A long time reader of the blog sent me the following: Anthony – This is a photo that I obtained from the US Coast Guard, office of the historian years ago. It depicts the USCG Station in Long Beach NY c. pre 1918, when it burned down. It is said to have been sited “Near NY Avenue.”
It is of interest for several reasons. If you look closely at the left end of the building near to the eaves, there are two arrows. The arrow closest to the building points to a low black building. That building was Oscars Fishing Station a long time fixture in the West end. Oscar’s stood in the bayfront street end, west side of Pennsylvania Avenue, and was still there in the 1960’s. I have asked two old geezers who actually bought bait there and they confirm that that is Oscars.
A second arrow to the left of the first points to the remains of The Flushing Fishing Club which was across the bay roughly opposite the Delaware Avenue Street end. The land on that side of the bay was and still is owned by the Village of Lawrence, NY. The fishing club building fell down in the 1960’s.
At the right edge of the picture is a small building which is part of the Coast Guard Station. Anecdotal history says that Part of Shine’s Bar on West Beech Street “was the old LB Coast Guard Station” and I think that this is it. All early CG Stations were built just like this building to house the life boat and equipment. Crews were local fishermen who lived at their homes near the station There are good postcard pictures on the net of the Old Pt Lookout CG station and this is a match.
If you go to Shines bar, look at the small part of the building that houses the bar itself. Small room, low ceiling, just the size to hold a lifeboat.
Those who have been following my instagram account know about the art project that’s happening in front of Healing Oasis on Park Avenue. There you’ll find ‘The Bear,’ renowned artist of the LB DOMS Beautification Committee hard at work giving our sidewalks something colorful to actually look at. As of now, The Bear is putting his finishing touches on two flower pots. According to Richard Boodman, CEO of the LB DOMS, “This idea is to encourage more people in Long Beach to do more of this kind of work around town.”
Look for updates on this project both here and instagram. If you happen to run into the The Bear in his natural habitat painting pots, tell him Seabythecity sent ya.
My coverage of the 2017 Long Beach Election continues with Joseph Naham, Green Party candidate for Long Beach City Council. Sit down and relax, because Joey (I know him as Joey) had a lot to say, including his thoughts on our community, the environment and bringing an economic resistance to our city by the sea.
Tell us about yourself.
Thank you Anthony and dedicated Sea By The City readers. My name’s Joseph Naham. I’m a husband, community activist and lifelong resident of Long Beach. I have a degree from SUNY Farmingdale in Horticulture where I learned about thousands of native and exotic species of plants and insects. I also have a bachelor’s degree in Sustainable Business Management. I spent half of my life living on the beach side, and the other half living on the bay and I have limitless value for the ecosystems that we are living amongst in Long Beach. I have worked to do what’s right for my community all of my life. I volunteered at Camp Anchor as a young adult to improve the life of children with disabilities. I worked at a local solar company for several years as an auditor and made a number of designs for local solar systems. I recently became OUPV certified and am going through the Coast Guard for the final certificate to be able to bring equipment by boat when the offshore wind turbines get moving. I have actively participated in oyster restoration programs in locations ranging from Reynold’s Channel to Southold. I managed several farmers markets, including in Long Beach from 2010- 2012. I was able to develop a local composting program, and worked to build community gardens in our community. I’ve been active in fighting to protect our Lloyd Aquifer from unethical pumping by New York City, as well as promoting plans to protect it from salt water intrusion. I have fought to make government transparent with respect to $50-100 million lawsuits, and our city’s tricky actions pertaining to the zoning board up to this election season’s Democratic fiasco.
UPDATE: So I am not sure if this is an official Starbucks, or one of those ‘Barnes & Noble- situations’ where they serve Starbucks Coffee and products, but operate as their own cafe. Just sayin….
The Allegria Hotel (80 W. Broadway) is getting a Starbucks. This is very close to the Gentle Brew location on the boardwalk. Just up National Blvd from the hotel you’ll find another Starbucks on Park Avenue, which is near the Stop & Shop center where there’s another Starbucks inside the grocery store, plus Dunkin’ Donuts is hidden somewhere in that center. Not too far from all that is the main Gentle Brew location, but if you go across the street and east two blocks you’ll find Coffee Nut. Yep. We love our coffee in Long Beach. What was I talking about again? Oh yeah, this:
(Thank you to the person who sent me these photos!)
Read about the Kramer family & volunteers kicking major major major ass with their hard work and donations for Harvey victims [LB HERALD]
Speaking of hurricanes, IRMA’s path is still unknown. Here is your best source of information: [www.nhc.noaa.gov]
Speaking of hurricanes, City Of Long Beach New York Fire Department is posting updates on IRMA on their facebook page [FACEBOOK]
I wish Long Beach did this: Patchogue bans window border lights in downtown businesses [NEWSDAY]
I heard some car drove off the Long Beach Bridge yesterday. The last thing I want to do is pressure myself to post all these ambulance chasing stories, so I have no idea how this panned out. I did hear a lot of sirens though.Nope. That did not happen. False Alarm.
Meet Leah Rosensweig-Tozer, Republican Candidate for City Council [SEABYTHECITY]
How about the other candidates? I’m working on it.
A painted fire hydrant on Monroe Blvd. Should we start a campaign to paint all of them funky colors?
From Richard Boodman, CEO of the LB DOMS: “Committee beginning project renewal.Former famous LB artist and occasional fashion designer ( Herald July 2003) Ron La Bear is volunteering his creative genius. This is just the primer.” [This is in front of healing Oasis. If you see the artist, tell him Seabythecity sent ya.]
This next photo was sent in by a resident, who said, “this could explain some flooding issues on Park Avenue.” She took this photo near Baskin Robins.
I recently caught up with Leah Rosensweig-Tozer, who is running for Long Beach City Council this upcoming election. Leah, who is a local real estate broker, told me about her platform, why she’s running, as well issues that she feels are currently being ignored.
Tell us about yourself.
I am a mom of 2, a business owner, and very involved in the local business community. I am the founder and current president of the Long Beach chapter of BNI (business networking international); executive board member of the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce; the founder and co-chair of the sustainable committee (aka the green chamber); member of the CAC committee, graduate of LULA (land use alliance training program given by Pace law school and Touro Lawschool) for the City of Long Beach; city liaison to the Long Beach school district; and member of the city liaison committee (working to advocate for Long Beach Businesses). I am also a former PTA president, and enjoy my work as a real estate broker for Engel & Völkers on West Park Avenue.