The "Ye Olde $17,849" Question

An update to my $17,849 street sign post, which was a comment to this June 2nd, 2009 City Council Proceeding.

While reading about the Red Brick district’s 100th anniversary, I forgot that the historic district already has new signs in the blue motif. Looking at the Brandon Industries website, these “Ye Olde fashioned” street signs cost an average of $800. So, if you do the math: $17,849.00 divided by $800 (the average cost) = 22.3 signs/posts.

22.3 signs/posts aren’t enough to decorate the entire City of Long Beach. I am guessing these new street signs will be used for either the business district along Park Avenue, the walks or just in the west end. I have to be foolish to think every single sign post in Long Beach would be updated. Of course if anybody knows what’s going on, I would appreciate any information 🙂
**** I took the above photo from this article. I am not sure who snapped it, so sorry if I’m not giving you proper credit!!

Summer Cleanse Workshop

Nutrition Counselor Denise A. Wind, who writes the monthly Healthy Eats column, is running a Summer Cleanse Workshop in Long Beach . She wanted me to pass this along:

Do you want to:

  • Improve your immune system
  • Lose weight
  • Reduce unhealthy cravings
  • Improve seasonal allergies
  • Improve digestion
  • Increase energy and mental focus
  • Beautify the skin
  • Balance your hormones
  • Slow the effects of aging

Please join:

Denise A. Wind, CHHC

Nutrition Counselor

For a

Summer Cleanse Workshop

an easy detox program that’s practical, effective, and food-based

Date: Wednesday, June 17, 2009 or Friday June 26, 2009

Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Location: 263 West Penn Street Long Beach, NY 11561
Investment in your health: $50.

To Register: 516-897-6778

You will receive a detailed cleanse program and a 25-page workbook with all the recipes and resources needed to successfully follow a cleanse.


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JUST SAY NO to a synthetic boardwalk!

The Long Beach Herald just ran a new article (Read – City approves capital improvement plan) about the city planing a new boardwalk. From the article: While the specifics of the design are yet to be determined, Theofan said the city would consider using harder or synthetic wood that has a longer life span than the wood now being used for repairs.

Please, I beg the city, please choose a harder wood over synthetic. Now I know synthetic would last longer than hard wood, but it has no charm! Wood is so much classier, unique and ages nicer than synthetic material. A harder wood will definitely last a lot longer than what we have now. Just use the same pressure treated wood that’s used for those utility poles. It will last almost forever and won’t warp like what the current wood does.

My choice of hardwood over synthetic is simple:

Its the same reason why those new fake stucco (Dryvit/EIFS) houses look like cheap crap – it’s synthetic material that doesn’t age the same way as real stucco. That fake stucco (aka fucco) has no charm, did you know you can punch a hole in it?

Well anyways, my point is that our boardwalk will lose some charm if synthetic material is used. Please, City of Long Beach, please please please please please please please choose real hard wood over synthetic!!! Please don’t turn our beautiful boardwalk into synthetic crap.

Admin’s note: I can’t stand the current Dryvit/EIFS/Fake Stucco “aka fucco” sprawl that’s been going on in home building and renovations. I plan on doing a post every so often on why I hate it so much. I know it might be an issue of “taste,” but yeah, I have taste and those who like fucco don’t.

$17,849.00 for fluted street poles and decorative double sided street signs?

At the June 2nd city council meeting, The City of Long Beach unanimously approved the purchase of fluted street poles and decorative double sided street signs. I guess we are getting new street signs for every single street, right? Am I right? or are we getting $17,849.00 worth of DO NOT ENTER Signs? That would really cut down on traffic and fix the parking problem. What’s a fluted street pole anyway?

Well, in any case, check out the Brandon Industries website. They have lots of signs to choose from and $17,849.00 is a lot of money to spend on just a few signs. It has to be for every city street. Can somebody clarify?

Going back to my Long Beach Wish List post, I called for a more nautical theme, or at least a more utilization of the blue in those “Long Beach Welcomes You” signs. So I am hoping we’re going to be getting some blue signs that will somehow match those old blue signs along Broadway.

Breaking away from the industry-standard “green” street sign will give us an identity that will further separate us from Town of Hempstead and the rest of Long Island. Well, unless they do the same thing and buy the same stuff… haha. Anyways, So what do you think? Are we going nautical? Colonial? Ye Olde Street signs?

READ: City Council Proceedings for June 2, 2009

5. Resolution Authorizing the City Manager to Purchase Fluted Street Poles and Decorative Double Sided Street Signs from the Lowest Responsible Bidder.

The City Manager is authorized to purchase fluted street poles and decorative double sided street signs from Brandon Industries, Inc., McKinney, Texas at a cost of $17,849.00.

Hotels by the Sea

All this talk about the Allegria, let us not forget about Long Beach’s other hotel – Jackson by the beach. I’ve heard so many conflicting things about that place – the rooms are old, it’s a dump, the rooms have been renovated. I’ve never been inside the place myself so I can’t really comment. If you look at the website, the rooms do look really nice. I do know one thing, if you want to stay in Long Beach, you’ll save a bundle staying at the Jackson over the Allegria. Just check out these rates.

Good luck to the both of them. Whether the Jackson is a dump or not, it’s a cheaper option and competition is a good thing for both places.

One other comment on the subject: After June 16th, Jackson is going to have to change their statement on their statement: “We are also the ONLY hotel in Long Beach, New York.

Healthy Eats in Long Beach *** June 2009

by Denise A. Wind, LCSW, HHC
Holistic Health Counselor

Each Month Different Restaurants and Eateries will be featured highlighting some healthy choices off their menus!!


George Martins Coastal Grill
40 East Park Avenue
Long Beach, NY 11561

This restaurant has a great variety of healthy choices if you watch the add-ons!!

The Appetizer: Try their delicious Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail or Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna. Two excellent healthy picks.

Salads: Hearts of Romaine or GM Chopped Salad. A salad is typically a good choice, but be aware that dressings and toppings like cheese and croutons can add fat and calories. The GM salad is REALLY good though!!!

Simply Coastal: Everything in their simply Coastal Section is a winner, broiled with lots of lemon…ask for little to NO butter or EVOO as an optional broiling method.

  • St. Peters Fish
  • Swordfish Lobster Tails
  • Jumbo Shrimp
  • Atlantic Salmon

Entrée: A few really tasty dishes with excellent benefits!! I especially like to recommend the free range chicken. Free range is a method of farming husbandry where the animals are allowed to roam freely instead of being contained in any manner.

  • Roasted Free-Range Chicken (watch the crispy onions)
  • Cajun Blackened Red Snapper
  • Seafood Paella


  • Baked Potato. Try mustard on the baked potato instead of butter or sour cream. It’s delish!

  • Basmati Rice. Basmati is a variety of long grain rice, notable for its fragrance and delicate, nuanced flavour. Its name means “the fragrant one” in Sanskrit, but it can also mean “the soft rice.” Pakistan and India are the largest cultivators and exporters of this rice; it is primarily grown through paddy field farming in the Punjab region.

At the very bottom of the menu it states that vegetarian dishes are available Upon Request…I generally only order the salad and fish at Coastal…next time I will try the UPON REQUEST and see what come out!!! Will keep you posted! Please comment if you have ever ordered it before form here!!

by Denise A. Wind, LCSW, HHC
Holistic Health Counselor

Click here for more healthy eats in Long Beach including Molly’s Fish House & Sugo Cafe. As always, Search for menus or food reviews at and check out the forums for more food discussions.

An exclusive on an exclusive

As illustrated by my horrible photoshop job, Beech Street Taxi has a deal with the Allegria to be the hotel’s exclusive taxi provider – giving hotel guests direct access to the Airports, NYC, The Inwood Country club, or wherever else guests want to go.

Beech Street Taxi will conveniently have a few cars parked right outside the hotel lobby entrance all the time. This is no big deal for most folks, but this is a big deal for Long Beach Taxi, the area’s other major taxi company.

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