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US Coast Guard Station, Long Beach NY c. pre 1918. Is that smaller building part of Shine’s today?

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.

Thank You, From Joe Miccio

I was asked to share the following letter from Joe Miccio, former-Long Beach City Council Candidate:

To my Long Beach friends,

I thought you’d like to read this letter to the editor (see below), published this week in the LB Herald. So many local people came in to testify. The opposition witness recanted her testimony. As a result of the truth being exposed, the opposition stopped the proceedings. All allegations were proven not to be true.

It was a horrible experience having my good name dragged through the mud, until so many good citizens came to the rescue.

I was extra concerned in the beginning of this trial, as anyone would have, once I learned the following: The law clerk who works with the judge’s wife (also a judge) is Scott Mandel (the opposition). Chumi Diamond (also the opposition) is the law clerk for a judge who works in the Supreme Court building with the judge on this case. The law clerk of the judge on this case donated money to Diamond’s campaign. Two other democrat judges recused themselves before this judge (also a democrat) took the case. These are only some of the conflicts we raised.

To the judge’s credit, he enumerated all the above at the trial, and added that he is an impartial person and that these relationships would not affect his ability to make a fair decision. I’ll take his word on that. But with all due respect to the judge, it did, at a minimum, create the appearance of a conflict of interests.

Thank you again everyone, for your good wishes, kind notes and continued support throughout this nightmare!

Joe Miccio

Long Beach Residents Collecting Donations for Harvey Survivors. Truck will be loaded September 2nd

THIS TRUCK WILL BE LOADED ON SATURDAY 9/2. Everything is going straight to the survivors with no middlemen.

Here is an update on the items we are collecting for HARVEY SURVIVORS at St. Mary’s of the Isle on Park avenue and Monroe Blvd:

Cleaning Supplies
Demolition Tools
Broom, Mops
Baby Food
Personal Hygiene Products
First Aid Supplies
Insect Repellent
New Packaged Tshirts
New Packaged Socks
New Packaged Underwear
New Coats
Contractor 3mm Garbage bags
Heavy duty gloves, masks, goggles
Pet food
Canned Food People and Pets


THIS TRUCK WILL BE LOADED ON SATURDAY 9/2. Everything is going straight to the survivors with no middlemen. 

EAC Network Assumes North Merrick and Long Beach Senior Programs

Nassau County, NY – Hempstead-based EAC Network has taken over the operations of the North Merrick and Long Beach Senior Community Service Centers, as well as Long Beach Meals on Wheels and Long Beach Case Management, which had been contracted previously by JASA (Jewish Association Serving the Aging). The programs are funded by the Nassau County Office for the Aging.

The human service agency adds the North Merrick location at the Jewel Quinn Senior Center, 1260 Meadowbrook Road, and the Long Beach location at 75 East Walnut Street, to its existing Senior Centers, also contracted with the Nassau County Office for the Aging, at St. Stephen’s Church, 9 Carlton Avenue in Port Washington, and United Methodist Church, 40 Washington Street in Hempstead.

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A letter from the Independent Democratic Club of Long Beach

(I just received this in my email. Figured I’d share with you all, since I’ve been covering this whole situation for the past few weeks. Also, don’t forget to pick up a copy of Scoundrels by the Sea! New copies are in print  – Anthony)

Independent Democratic Club of Long Beach Letter

As you have probably heard by now, there will not be a primary for Long Beach City Council, and our candidates Scott Mandel and Chumi Diamond can now focus on the November election.

Our opponents attempted to get on the ballot with allegedly forged and fraudulent signatures on their nominating petitions. They also submitted hundreds of signatures by registered Republicans on their Democratic Party petitions, and then brazenly went before the New York State Supreme Court to defend these signatures under oath, with the help of a prominent Nassau County Republican Party attorney. When our opponents recognized that their testimony had placed them in danger of having their case referred to the District Attorney’s office for a criminal investigation, they wisely opted to get out of the race.

Another fatal problem with their failed attempt to run for City Council was their failure to form an official campaign committee, and to file such a committee with the New York State Board of Elections, as required by law. As a result, every dollar they raised and spent was illegal, and devoid of any oversight, accountability, or transparency.

The Independent Democratic Club of Long Beach is proud to support honest, law-abiding, and experienced city council candidates Scott Mandel and Chumi Diamond.

Very truly yours,

Darlene Tangney
President, Independent Democratic Club of Long Beach

PRESS CONFERENCE on Aug. 16th All Hands Needed for FDNY Member Running for Long Beach City Council

I was asked to share the following:


An Official Communication from the UFA
#44 of 2017 · August 14th

All Hands Needed for FDNY Member
Running for Long Beach City Council

Allow Long Beach residents to choose who is on their ballot, not the Nassau County party boss. Stop Jay Jacobs from trying to void resident signature petitions in court, in an attempt to remove retired UFA member Joe Miccio and his running mates from the ballot.

Please spread the word ASAP to all Long Beach family and friends for turn out!

When: Wednesday, August 16th
Trial begins at 10 AM (pack the courtroom)
Press Conference at 1 PM (outside)

Where: Nassau County Supreme Court
100 Supreme Court Drive, Mineola
Trial: Judge James McCormack’s courtroom

Press Conference: South steps of the Supreme Court building at lunch recess (approximately 1:00 PM, when the judge orders recess)


Dem/ Board of Elections Court update [ELECTION 2017]

Sent to me from Joe Miccio:

“First our attorneys asked Judge McCormack, a Nassau County Democrat, to recuse himself for a list of reasons that he himself admitted were true, including the fact that his law clerk has contributed to Chumi Diamond’s campaign, the opposing attorney had formally represented his law clerk, and the judge’s wife works with Scott Mandel. There were other reasons, too, but this alone certainly gives the appearance of impropriety. The judge then said that he will be impartial, which is the reason he is keeping the case.
Then Barbara Bernardino, Runnie Myles and I were served with subpoenas from the opposition to testify tomorrow morning [Friday] before Judge McCormack, regarding the signatures. “

John Bendo for Long Beach City Council – Fundraiser information

As you probably have heard by now, I have decided to step up and run for the Long Beach City Council. For years I have been trying to create positive change; fighting for good, open, transparent and accountable government in Long Beach. Rather than continuing to try and affect change from the outside, I am now going to try and do it as a member of the city council.

I need to ask for your help…and to be honest this is the part of doing this that I am not a fan of….to make this happen I need your support. I am having a fundraiser at Sutton Place (124 West Park Ave) on Monday, August 7th from 6 – 9 PM. Please join me there. I would also ask you to encourage your friends and neighbors that want someone who will truly represent their voice on the council to also attend.

Tickets are $80 can be purchased at the door or online at:

If you can’t come to the fundraiser, you can still support my campaign by going to:

Or a check can be mailed to:

Bendo for Long Beach
44 Maryland Ave
Long Beach, NY 11561

Long Beach International Film Festival Announces Diverse Lineup of Films

Lights, CameraAction! The Long Beach International Film Festival (LBIFF) is pleased to announce its diverse lineup of feature-length documentaries, feature-length narrative films, and short films from August 1 to August 4.

In Search of Felliniwritten by actress Nancy Cartwright, who is none other but the voice behind Bart Simpson, focuses on a shy and sheltered girl who discovers the delightfully bizarre films of Federico Fellini, and sets off on a journey across Italy to find him. The film stars Ksenia Solo (Black Swan), Golden Globe Nominee Maria Belo (A History of Violence), and Mary Lynn Rajskub (24).  The film is semi-autobiographical, inspired by Cartwright’s early years, as she travelled to Italy before establishing herself in Hollywood.

Gold Balls is an inspiring film about the ageless human spirit: inside the world of competitive ultra senior tennis will debut. This uplifting and quirky film is centered around 80-year-old athletes as they travel the country in pursuit of a National Championship tennis title.

A Private Portrait, a documentary about the celebrated artist and filmmaker, Julian Schnabel directed by Pappi Cosicato, surveys Schnabel’s life, diving deep into his childhood and his later years as a successful artist and film director. The footage, both new and old, includes snapshots of Schnabel at work in his studio and includes interviews with family members, as well as renowned celebrities including Jeff Koons, Bono, and Al Pacino.

Ever since its inception in 2012, the Long Beach International Film Festival has set up an entertainment hub on the shore of Long Beach, reimagining a summer night filled with entertainment.  In Manhattan’s backyard, LBIFF hosts many film fanatics and culture junkies from around the world to experience film and much more on the oceanfront.  The four days consists of foodie events, film screenings and panels, a casino night, and a unique opportunity to watch films under the stars.