The Inaugural Long Beach Recreation Department Beach Tennis program is underway. The program started on a fun note this past Friday on the fields at the Rec Center as the children learned the basics.
The program, jointly sponsored by the City of Long Beach and BeachTennis USA, teaches kids how to play this exciting new sport that combines tennis with volleyball and can be played on the beach, obviously a bonus for youngsters from Long Beach.
“We are very happy that our beach tennis clinics have been so well attended to date. More important are the smiles on the kids faces when they play the game. We see this program growing very rapidly because beach tennis will be omnipresent in our City — in the schools for physical education, at the Parks and Recreation Department, on the beach at Grand, Riverside and Pacific Boulevards” said Jim Lorenzo, President of Beach Tennis USA and Long Beach resident.
Beach Tennis will meet on Fridays at 5pm until the weather gets a little warmer and then it will move to the beach. It is not too late to sign up and come to the next meeting which is Friday, April 27, 2012 at 5pm on the Recreation ball fields.
There are a lot of comments on this blog over what Long Beach should be. Long Beach is a city (incorporated in 1922), but it’s surrounded by suburban culture. Some of you are for development, while others want open space and less people. Then, there is that third category: I don’t care, as long as I can park. Lets break this all down:
City vs. Suburbia
with the sub-categories of:
Development vs. Open Space vs. Parking lots
To break it down even further, we argue (FIGHT) over the following issues:
Hotels (The Allegria): A great asset for Long Beach vs. Those damn valets are taking up all the parking spots! FIGHT!
Superblock development: A convention center, hotel, condos, retail & food on the boardwalk. vs. I want nothing, but a large parking lot. FIGHT!
Bay area development (between Long Beach Blvd & The LIRR Tracks): A much needed marina, more housing & retail opportunities vs. More traffic & who needs it. FIGHT!
Bike Lanes: I want to be safe when I ride my bike vs. Bike riders are dangerous and don’t pay attention to cars. FIGHT!
DecoBikes: Great for visiters vs. Too many bikes, it won’t work & what about our local bike stores? FIGHT!
Retail & Restaurants on the boardwalk: A great idea vs. I don’t want Long Beach to look like Coney Island. FIGHT!
Major events (Quiksilver Pro, Beach Tennis USA): Entertainment & putting Long Beach on the map vs. Traffic, headaches & fear of large crowds. FIGHT!
Local events (Polar Bear, Irish Day, Fireworks): Civic Pride vs. traffic & parking issues. FIGHT!
The conversion of dilapidated buildings to expensive condos (See: Aqua): I want to live there & it increases the value of my house vs. Too expensive for Long Beach and we don’t need the traffic or parking issues. FIGHT!
Some of these issues/ developments are ongoing, some are in the works, some are still a pipe dream. This is your SimCity (by the sea). What kind of Long Beach do you want? A quiet suburban beachside sprawl, or a walkable metropolis-by-the-sea?
New York – Two-day event includes professional and amateur competition with over 100 teams set to play from all over the world.
Long Beach, New York (August 29, 2010)— Beach Tennis USA® (BTUSA), the organization responsible for the sport of beach tennis in North America, will host the first-ever ITF sanctioned International Beach Tennis Championship in Long Beach, NY over Labor Day weekend The event site is located on the beach at Riverside Boulevard near the Boardwalk in Long Beach, New York and is free to the public.
I just got back from vacation not too long ago. During my flight home, I came across an article in the Delta ‘Sky Magazine’ on Beach Tennis USA. Long Beach was mentioned in the article! I know it’s a silly thing to make a big deal over, but this magazine is probably read by thousands of bored fliers everyday!! I think it’s pretty cool. The issue (March 2010) is posted online, or you can just read my screen shots:
As per the Press Release, a 10-city tour with the championship games being played right here in Long Beach on Sept 5th & 6th. I checked this out last year and it was a lot of fun. Check out the Beach Tennis USA website for more info on the sport.
City By The Sea (2002) , which takes place in Long Beach, wasn’t even filmed here. Good, because that movie stunk and it portrayed Long Beach as a crime-ridden disaster area.
So that’s it: ten movies that were filmed in Long Beach, but most likely not a complete list. The Godfather, which is considered to be one of the greatest movies of all time, definitely tilts the scale of quality up compared to the other films which range from mediocre to crap.
When people talk about The Godfather being filmed in Long Beach, it’s usually just about the wedding & the tollbooth scenes. Well, I recently watched the first two Godfather movies recently and it appears to me that more scenes were filmed here than what is documented.
There is a scene that was shot in front of a typical Long Beach house with street lined sycamore tress out front. Plus, there is a scene that was shot from an apartment where you can see the boardwalk and beach outside the window. I plan on doing some research to find out exactly where these scenes were shot. Not to mention, The Corleone family phone number was Longbeach-4-5620. So look for my complete Godfather / Long Beach guide in a later post. It might take me a while, so don’t hold your breath.
Nothing like strolling down the boardwalk on a hot summer night only to stumble upon a new international Sport – BEACH TENNIS!
Beach Tennis is basically badminton with small tennis rackets and a colorful tennis ball. There are two players on each side and shoes seem to be optional. The event was recorded to be televised on SNY here in New York. I can’t really comment on any specifics such as who won… but I can just tell you that the event was fun, funny, and most of all FREE!! Here are some pictures: