Meet Sam Pinto, Candidate for Long Beach Library Board Trustee [Vote May 16th]

Long Beach resident Sam Pinto recently announced his candidacy for Long Beach Library Board Trustee, a vote which takes place on May 16th.  I recently spoke to Sam about his vision for one of the great assets of our community: The Long Beach Public Library. My family uses the library multiple times a week, so this vote is very important to me. I also know Sam [disclaimer!] and truly believe he would make a wonderful Trustee. Here is why: Continue reading “Meet Sam Pinto, Candidate for Long Beach Library Board Trustee [Vote May 16th]”

4th Annual Long Beach ROXX NY: Rock Music Festival! October 23rd-25th

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Long Beach ROXX NY is a FREE annual event and live music concept, Produced by Long Beach New York Musician and Arts Advocate Joanne J-Bird Phillips and J-Bird Music For The Arts, Inc., supporting The Arts in Education. It is open to the general public and is like no other Rock Music Festival on Long Island! Hosted and sponsored in part by The Long Beach Public Library, the two have joined forces to bring you a unique and eclectic line-up of Rock Music entertainment, displaying the many different facets of the Rock ‘n’ Roll music genre, pleasing to both the eye and the ear, for ages 8-80. LB ROXX NY is proud to feature and support Established as well as Independent music artists.


LB COAD & South Shore Recover Group event Thursday at the LB library

Should I Reopen My Flood Insurance Claim?

The Long Beach COAD in partnership with The South Shore Recovery Coalition is hosting an informational workshop on reopening your flood insurance claim Thursday, September 3rd from 6:45pm to 9:15pm on the second floor of the Long Beach Library.  The deadline to have your flood insurance claim reopened is September 15th.  The question whether to reopen a flood claim or not can be a difficult one.

The National Flood Insurance Program has attempted to make the process of reopening your claim simple and homeowner friendly but we might just be putting ourselves right back into the hands of the people who created the problem.  The fact is most of us just didn’t know what was covered, what needs to be replaced and not just cleaned and what it would take to make the proper repair.  We believed the flood adjuster when he said they only paid for 4’ of sheetrock or that only the lower cabinets are covered.

Many people are worried about actually having to pay money back while others are concerned about their New York Rising grants and how reopening their flood claim will affect moving through that process.  If you decide you want to reopen your claim you can move forward in a few ways.  You can start the process yourself with a phone call, you can work with one of one of the free legal groups or with a private attorney.  No matter how you move forward, Thursday’s meeting will be informative as experts share their first hand knowledge on the process.

For more information and to reserve a seat visit:


Can we ban the plastic bag in Long Beach? Long Beach C.L.E.A.N.S.-U.P.: A campaign to eliminate the plastic pollution it creates.

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“Join our Long Beach C.L.E.A.N.S.-U.P. (Combined Local Effort to Avoid Needless Single-Use Plastic) campaign to eliminate the plastic pollution it creates.

Americans use 60,000 plastic bags every five minutes—single-use disposable bags that we mindlessly throw away. But where is “away?”

Long Beach can lead on a plastic bag ordinance. These laws have already passed in other localities and one is approaching passage in NYC.

The average use-life of a single use plastic bag is just 12 minutes of “convenience”, and it will then remain in the environment everafter. We have an obligation to recognize we’ve made a mistake as a society, change, and stop doing it. One resuable bag eliminates 1000 plastic bags!

Where do the bags and other plastics end up, and at what cost to our environment, marine life and human health? Support our campaign to make plastic bag pollution a thing of the past. For more information, please visit: or event page on facebook.