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Antigone Rising live show at Nickerson Beach Park on 7/28 at 7pm

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Antigone Rising (Kristen Ellis-Henderson, Dena Tauriello, Nini Camps and Cathy Henderson) has been an all-female force to be reckoned with in the country rock world since 2005.

Catapulted into the spotlight with their Hear Music/Lava Records debut release, From the Ground Up, the band’s follow up studio album, 23 Red (distributed through Joan Jett’s Blackheart Records label – August 2, 2011) boldly claimed the ladies’ place as a rock/country force to be reckoned with. Antigone Rising’s brand new single, “That Was The Whiskey,” (co-written with Nashville song writer Lori McKenna), is already getting praise from critics as a foot stompin’ country/rock mash up, perfectly marrying the band’s ability to rock with their gift for writing undeniably catchy songs. After more than a decade of relentless touring and critical acclaim, the band  is currently finishing up a new EP, to be released later this year.

The band recently received international attention when TIME Magazine featured band member Kristen Ellis-Henderson and her wife, Sarah Kate, on their cover featuring “portraits of the gay marriage revolution.” The Ellis-Hendersons also released the book Times Two in 2011, about how they eventually conceived their twin babies on the exact same day after struggling to conceive, as well as the trials and tribulations modern families go through – especially when you and your partner are pregnant at the same exact time!

Listen to “That Was The Whiskey.”
Check out 23 Red in its entirety. 

www.AntigoneRising.com

Catch Antigone Rising live!
7/28 at Nickerson Beach Park 7pm

Nickerson Beach Miniature Golf Update

I enthusiastically blogged back in May of 2010 about Nassau County’s plan to bring a mini-golf course over at Nickerson Beach (880 Lido Boulevard, Lido beach). At that time, I contacted Nassau Legislator (AND LONG BEACH RESIDENT!) Denise Ford, who told me:

I received (a letter) from the Commissioner of Parks.  He indicated that this project will go out to bid, as required, and he is hoping that the work will begin in the summer so the miniature golf will not be available this summer in Nickerson.  Like yourself, I am looking forward to miniature golf.  Leg Denise Ford

A few months ago I contacted Legislator Ford again for a 2011 update. She told me it was still in the works: I will let you know about the miniature golf.  I thought it would be installed this year and now I am not so sure.

Here we are in September and finally some news! From Newsday, Sept 17th, 2011 (article – Nassau eyes upgrades to Nickerson Beach), Emily C. Dooley writes:

Nassau County is looking to upgrade the Nickerson Beach Recreational Facility in Lido Beach with more cabanas, expanded campgrounds and a new mini-golf course…..Proposals are due by 3 p.m. Sept. 27

Below is a screenshot of the project, which you can find on the Nassau County 2011 Capital Budget & 2011-2014 Capital Improvement Plan.

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Of course, this doesn’t all happen without a sacrifice. While I appreciate Nassau County’s decision on bringing us this fun recreation to Nickerson, I’m upset about the closing of another park – The Garvies Point Musuem and Presevre. The reason being? It’s not “revenue producing.” I had no idea parks were supposed to make money! I know this last part isn’t Long Beach related, but Garvies Point is a gem and will be missed. Parks shouldn’t close, I don’t care how much of a deficit we are in.

Anyways, Mini-golf coming to our barrier Island! WOOHOO!

Past articles on this subject:
(May 21st, 2010 – Miniature Golf Course? YES!!!!!)
(May 23rd, 2010 – Nickerson Beach Mini Golf update)
 

Nickerson Beach Mini Golf update

I took the liberty of emailing our Nassau legislator Denise Ford regarding the Nickerson beach Miniature Gold course and here is what she said:

I received (a letter) from the Commissioner of Parks.  He indicated that this project will go out to bid, as required, and he is hoping that the work will begin in the summer so the miniature golf will not be available this summer in Nickerson.  Like yourself, I am looking forward to miniature golf.  Leg Denise Ford

Of course I figured this wouldn’t be done over night, but it’s still totally awesome that it’s moving forward. I’m glad that it’s not just something that was mentioned as a ‘possibility’ – like the proposed zoo for Eisenhower Park that Tom Suozzi mentioned a few years back….  Anyways, kudos to Denise Ford for getting back to me on this subject.

Miniature Golf Course? YES!!!!!

Who else got a letter this week from Nassau legislator Denise Ford that mentions Miniature Golf for Nickerson Beach? That is totally awesome!   I welcome ALL fun activities to our area. Projects like these are exactly what government should be working on!  I really hope it comes to fruition.

Also mentioned in the letter:  improvements to the county owned parking malls in Long Beach as well as a traffic study for Austin Blvd in Island Park – aka similar medians that Lido got last year on Lido Blvd.

Here is a traffic study for ya, they don’t work!!!  I drive past those medians every day and people are driving faster than ever.  Here is an unpopular fix that would make things safer, reduce the amount of lanes from 3 to 2 and widen the sidewalks and add a bike lane!!  But NOOOOOOOOOOO. This is Long Island. That would never happen. We love our cars here – especially when we can drive 80 in a 40mph zone.