Thursday, May 30 was the official grand reopening of the Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre more than a half year after suffering the damaging effects of Hurricane Sandy. After months of reconstruction at a cost of $20 million the Theatre is ready to open its doors to concertgoers. Country-pop superstars, Rascal Flatts, who were to headline the concert season with an opening show that Friday night was also on hand to spread the word.
“The amount of work that went into rebuilding and reconstructing this great concert venue was absolutely amazing,” said Live Nation representative John Ahrens.
While visions of gassed geese danced in the heads of Town of North Hempstead residents, as the town recently explored that option as a solution to the poop-riddled parks that are the hallmark of Canadian geese, residents of other areas of Nassau were surprisingly quiet.
It’s not that these Long Islanders don’t love — or hate — the fecal-infesting fowl. It’s that many places have found solutions that are quite effective and not nearly as extreme as euthanasia. It’s a program called GeesePeace.
Founded in 2000, this Virginia-based nonprofit (www.geesepeace.com) works with communities around the country, and even in the U.K., to (as the name suggests) make peace with geese.
Nassau County Parks’ International Music Nights Concert Series will kick off this year on Sunday, June 2 at the Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre in Eisenhower Park.
“The International Music Nights Concert Series is a great Nassau County tradition dedicated to music and culture that honor a range of ethnic groups,” said County Executive Ed Mangano. “Come enjoy the park, music and culture all summer long.”
The territory will look familiar to diver Aleth Lohr-Matrone when the popular Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach returns for its 10th anniversary Memorial Day Weekend on Saturday, May 25, and Sunday, May 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Jones Beach State Park in Wantagh.
This year’s show will offer a stunning lineup including the Misty Blues All-Women Skydiving team. This will be the first year that the Misty Blues have performed, and for one of the team members the show will be a homecoming of sorts.
A number of years ago, I recall a good friend of mine being the victim of recurring kidney stones. He described it as feeling like someone was jabbing a sharp knife into his kidney every time one of his stones moved. As uncomfortable as that sounds, imagine what it might feel like to a child. It turns out that is a very real problem kids experience because of two conditions they come down with: Oxalosis and Primary Hyperoxaluria (PH). I only just learned of this after I was contacted by Tricia Dalto-Schettino, a representative from the Oxalosis and Hyperoxaluria Foundaton (OHF).
It turns out that OHF is the only foundation in the world dedicated to not only improving the care and treatment of Oxalosis and Hyperoxaluria but also trying to find a cure for them along with other related stone diseases that target kids. OHF was founded over 20 years ago by parents of children suffering with these kidney stone diseases. In the time since, the organization has made great strides that included funding the Mayo Clinic Hyperoxaluria Center, the only clinical care and research center staffed by medical scientists devoted to the study of PH. OHF has also raised millions of dollars to finance research that has significantly advanced the medical world’s understanding of the disease. That said, continued medical advancements are necessary to enable the discovery of more effective treatments for PH.
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