BLACKBERRY LIGHT (Rockingham Records) is the sixth full-length outing by Charlie Mars. Known to most for being the beau of West Wing/Weeds actress Mary Louise Parker, Mars is a full-fledged singer-songwriter oozing with talent. With his languid drawl and picturesque lyrical imagery, his sound falls somewhere in the neighborhood of Jack Johnson and Jazon Mraz.
As the first week of school comes to end, we are given the chance to stand on the cusp of two seasons. With summer 2012’s end comes a farewell to crazy weather patterns, the London Olympics and the senseless incidents of random gun violence. Coming up on the horizon is an election shrouded in enough vitriol that to call it contentious would be a significant understatement. But despite these dark clouds, the other commonality we’re all sharing is the start of a new school year. And when it comes to education, this is one area that the Garden City School District has plenty of reasons to be overflowing with optimism. The numerous accolades and awards that the student body regularly pulls in are way too numerous to list in this limited space. But given the fact that 12-year-old middle-schooler Brandon Gong is a finalist competing for $25,000 and the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist” is only further validation that school does indeed spring eternal in the Village of Garden City.
– Dave Gil de Rubio
Due to the observance of Labor Day, there will be no garbage or recycling pickup on Monday, September 3. Residences west of Rockaway Avenue will have their garbage collected on Tuesday and Friday and those east of Rockaway Avenue will be collected on Wednesday and Saturday. Rubbish will be collected on Thursday. Those residents scheduled for recycling pickup on Monday, September 3 should place recyclables out on Monday, September 10. All other recycling days remain the same.
They say you never forget your first and for me that was intern Stephen Levine, who helped make my initial summer helming the Garden City a lot easier than it could have been. Stephen is a native of neighboring Floral Park and as such, was a Godsend when he appeared on the doorstep of Anton Community Newspapers about a month after I started at the end of April. Currently attending Adelphi, it really helped that he was transitioning from being the sports editor to the editor-in-chief of The Delphian, the university’s student-run newspaper. What admirable writing skills he had were honed over the summer as he covered numerous stories including the opening of the Container Store at the Gallery at Westbury Plaza, the Malone Mulhall charity basketball game at Adelphi University and the WFAN contest held at Roosevelt Field to find an aspiring sports talk host. Throughout it all, Stephen has been unfailingly polite and reliable to the point he was referred to as Stephen “On the Scene” Levine. Along the way he soaked up any tips he could while churning out some pretty impressive copy. While his last day was on Thursday, August 23, Stephen may contribute the odd story in-between carrying a full class-load and manning the helm of The Delphian. In the meantime, look for future stories by him about the Operation Wounded Warrior 9/11 Motorcycle Ride and the 85th anniversary of the Stewart Manor Lutheran Church.
– Dave Gil de Rubio
Recently, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg created quite a stir by proposing a limit on the size of sugary drinks sold within the city’s limits. While those on both sides of the debate will argue the proposal’s pros and cons, what has gotten lost in the debate is that 11 years after that horrible September morning, New York City is getting back to normal. In the days after the attacks then-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, a huge Yankee fan, was cheered when he went in to Shea Stadium for the first baseball game in the city after the attack. He remarked that things would be back to normal when Mets fans started booing him again. If soda is dominating city news, then things are back to normal, and New Yorkers, which includes Long Islanders, should be proud of that.
Soon after the attacks first occurred, Americans and, in particular New Yorkers, came together to support each other in a manner that was unprecedented. We did so many things to help our nation and our region overcome that day, and we did so without giving them a second thought.
IGNITION (Black Vinyl) is the first album by cult band The Shoes in 18 years. While the Zion, Illinois quartet’s name, may cause some head-scratching, its power-pop nuances—delectable harmonies, jangly guitar and hooks a go-go echo elements of The Beatles, Raspberries and even Tom Petty.
Recently, the New Hyde Park All-Stars made a storied run at a championship during the recent Little League Softball World Series that was held in Portland, Oregon. After a year of countless indoor and outdoor practices and a schedule of around 70 games played, these tweens became one of 10 teams to make the cut for this tournament. From here, the All-Stars went on a three-game winning streak before falling to the Southwest team (New Mexico) and the West team (Hawaii).
The Garden City Police Department has been collecting used mobile phones that are then donated to “Cell Phones for Soldiers.” Each donated used mobile phone allows “Cell Phones for Soldiers” to fulfill the mission of providing service men and women with the opportunity to communicate with loved ones for free. Through the efforts of the Garden City Police Department, 161 cell phones were donated during the month of July, providing 9,660 minutes of talk time for the troops.
LIVE + PERFORMANCE (Shout! Factory) is a double-CD reissue of two in-concert releases by the late Donny Hathaway. A gifted pianist and gospel-influenced vocalist, Hathaway’s performances on these discs include a mix of solid originals and tour de force interpretations of material by Marvin Gaye, John Lennon, Leon Russell and Nina Simone.
In one of the cover stories for last week’s issue of Garden City Life, I had the privilege and honor of sitting down with Donald “Red” Goldstein. One of the hooks for this feature had to do with the fact that while attending Louisville University, he had the opportunity to play in the 1959 NCAA Final Four against future NBA Hall of Famers Oscar Robertson and Jerry West. And while that is a notable achievement in of itself, the former Detroit Pistons second-round draft pick chose to walk away from the game and go into dentistry, because in addition to having no family to financially lean on, he “liked people, doing for people and I’m still doing that.”
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