The Sign Guy is Back!

Elections are in the air, which means Richard “the sign guy” on Monroe and Olive is up to his old tricks with plenty of us to read and contemplate.

Richard tells me that his signs are meant to make the public aware of serious issues, plus to energize us to hit the polls. Primary elections generally get low numbers, so please don’t forget to VOTE this Tuesday, June 25th!

It might be a little too late now, but how about a sign contest for the November Election? Show us your best original political signs! Email me here.

BOIL YOUR WATER! (updated)

I just got this message alert. I am hearing it’s some sort of bacteria or e. coli or something like that. I don’t know, just boil your freakin’ water! (also a dead body was found on the beach between lincoln and monroe this morning.)

From our City’s website: (see time stamp for newest updates)

6/21/19 – 3:00pm Beginning at approximately 4pm, 15 pallets of bottled water are being distributed at the following three locations: East School (on Neptune Boulevard), Kennedy Plaza (in front of City Hall), & Long Beach Catholic Regional School (Penn Street Playground). Please park legally and allow the workers to unload safely.

6/19/19 – 1:30pm We have been notified that during routine water testing at our sampling station near the intersection of Grand Boulevard and West Chester Street, a water sample tested positive for coliforms. This is not E. coli bacteria, but rather one indication of the presence of E. coli. As a result, additional samples were taken at two private residences on Grand Boulevard and West Chester Street. The residence on Grand Boulevard tested positive for E. coli while the West Chester residence tested negative, but did test positive for coliforms. At this time, the City has not received any information suggesting any threat beyond the immediate vicinity of Grand and West Chester. The City is working with the Nassau County Department of Health to ascertain whether any further contamination exists. Updates will be provided as they are received.

6/19/19 – 12:40pm The Nassau County Department of Health has informed the City that our water supply tested positive for E. coli bacteria and has issued a boil water notice, which means our water is currently not safe to drink unless boiled for at least one minute. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth and preparing food, until further notice. Residents can check for updates. 

Long Beach Herald: D.A.’s Long Beach payout probe ‘comprehensive’

“Investigators from the Nassau County district attorney’s office have questioned a number of current and former Long Beach City Council members and officials over the past year about separation payouts to employees when they left city government, according to multiple sources close to the investigation.

Additionally, officials from the D.A.’s office have subpoenaed hundreds of documents from City Hall, including emails and personnel records. “

Read more at the Long Beach Herald: D.A.’s Long Beach payout probe ‘comprehensive’

WOW! Time to make some popcorn!!

Meet Tim Kramer, Democratic Candidate for Long Beach City Council [Election 2019]

Seven democrats are running for Long Beach City Council this year. A Primary Election on June 25th will narrow that number down to just three. I decided to send some questions over to a few of these candidates to find out more about them. First up is Tim Kramer, a democrat who is running independently from any party collective. Enjoy!

Hi, Tim. Please tell us about yourself and your involvement with our community.

I’ve been living here for 33 years. My wife and I own a home where we raise our two boys Cooper (14) and Chase (8). They both attend the Long Beach Public Schools. C and L Auto Leasing and Sales is my locally owned business servicing the tri-state area (and the Mom’s group on Facebook) for 32 years. My entire family was greatly involved with the Magnolia Park Rebuild 6 years ago among various other civic improvement projects: Beach Clean Up, Planting trees in the Dunes, Planting with West End Arts and Home Sweet Home, etc. We try to get involved with as many small projects as we can. Our family participates in the many fundraising efforts established in our community: Polar Bear, Michelle O’niell, The Curb Bike Ride, Good Karma food Drive, Let’s Walk, Let’s Talk and pretty every school fundraiser. I find great pleasure coaching both Little League Baseball and Bulldogs Football for the past few years.

In 2017 I established a local charity: Waves of Hope. Waves of Hope has brought our community together in countless ways to help others who survive natural disasters in a very personal way. For Hurricane Harvey we sent five 53-foot semi trucks filled with disaster relief and physically delivered $43,000 in gift cards to the people of Texas. When the forest fires ravaged the California area we facilitated a toy drive and delivered a truckload of toys to the families in Napa Valley. This helped hundreds of families have a great Christmas during a difficult recovery. When Hurricane Florence flooded the coastal area we spent 6 weeks raising donations to help in their recovery and brought down over $30,000 in gift cards that we hand delivered to people getting back on their feet.

Help Save Gentle Brew! [Go Fund Me]

Please help Gentle Brew get back in business! LINK:

Hi everyone! 

We’re reaching out because we are currently closed and we want more than anything to reopen. As you may have heard, we were forced to shut down because of some mistakes made by us when we should have known better. We’ve had a difficult year, with a lot of financial stress from a legal battle, and we lost sight of some of the financial guidelines we had set for ourselves in an effort to do everything we could do keep our boardwalk location. Unfortunately, these mistakes were expensive and certainly stupid, and have put us in this truly unfortunate position we’re in now.

If you’ve ever spent time with us, our staff, or even just enjoyed a cup of our coffee, please help out with whatever you can spare to help us get back up and running. We promise to keep putting out freshly roasted coffee, amazing baked goods, and continue to be that place for first dates, catching up with old friends, holding interviews, having meetings, doing your work or reading a book. 

If we are able to reopen it would mean that:  we could continue to roast co ffee and serve drinks and baked goods to our customers at our two locations in Long Beach, our employees would get to keep their jobs, our wholesale clients (other local businesses, cafes and bakeries) would be able to continue to use our roasted coffee and cold brew to sell to their own customers, and we could continue to sell at the Northport and Huntington Farmers markets.

We’re not asking for the community to pay for all of our mistakes, but we’re hoping that you could help us get back on our feet so we can reopen and continue doing what we love  for our amazing community. 

Long Beach, and greater Long Island, has been the most amazing community and family we could ever imagine. The outpouring of support that we’ve received from all of you has been so incredible and we truly appreciate it more than you know. 

Thank you so much, 
Bryan & Mel