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.”
Most of us have had the experience of being interviewed for a job. So imagine this scenario. You sit down with a prospective employer and are asked, “What are the skills and attributes that qualify you for this position? Why should we hire you?’
You pause for a moment, look at the interviewer and reply, “Because you don’t want to hire the other candidates you are considering.” You then go on to tear down all of the other candidates who are being considered.
GREEN ONIONS (Stax) is the 1962 debut of Stax/Volt house band Booker T. & the MGs and was recently given a 50th anniversary reissue. While its funky title track is an instantly familiar slice of strutting organ runs and biting riffs, the rest of the album is equally as engaging with jazzy covers of Ray Charles, Smokey Robinson and the Isley Brothers.
On Saturday, July 28, the Adelphi University gymnasium was the site of the second annual Malone Mulhall Benefit Game. This event was created in the memory of the late Michael Mulhall and Malone sisters Jamie and Paige, all of whom perished in a car accident on the way to their job at Lido Beach’s Camp ANCHOR (Answering the Needs of Citizens with Handicaps through Organized Recreation), a recreation program for special needs kids and adults. Spearheaded by creator Joe Lynch, who was also a friend of Mulhall and the Malones, it was a sold-out affair with more than 1400 people packing the place to watch a team coached by Knicks’ announcer Mike Breen take on a squad helmed by NBA Hall of Famer Chris Mullin. A full account of the pro ballers involved (Danny Green, Vernon Goodridge) can be found in a terrific cover story penned by Stephen Levine in last week’s Garden City Life. While the star power was exciting, the best part of the event was the fact that sales of tickets, T-shirts and raffles netted Camp ANCHOR more than $25,000. Undoubtedly a bittersweet day for those who knew and loved Michael, Jamie and Paige but also a heartwarming example of a community pulling together to honor three remarkable young people.
The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) recently sent to the village a publication regarding storms and it is clear that the level of preparation before severe weather hits can determine the level of your comfort and safety after the storm. What would you do if basic services such as water, gas, electricity or telephones were cut off? LIPA’s Storm Center at www. lipower.org/stormcenter can help you before, during and after a power outage.
One of next week’s Garden City Life cover stories is about 12-year-old Brandon Gong, a Garden City Middle School sixth-grader who is one of 10 finalists participating in the 14th Annual Discovery Education and 3M Young Scientists Challenge. Participants were charged with creating an invention that solves a problem in everyday life. While most kids Brandon’s age are playing Pokemon or watching Sports Center, the budding scientist incredibly enough invented an acupunture-like device controlled by a smartphone app to help alleviate chronic pain. While next week’s feature on the middle-schooler goes into greater detail about his great story, it’s yet another example of how the Garden City School District continues to pump out tomorrow’s movers and shakers. Not surprisingly, a steady stream of families is constantly moving into the village more often than not to take advantage of these educational opportunities. The district’s motto is, “Inspiring Minds, Empowering Achievement, Building Community.” If Brandon Wong’s accomplishments up to this point are any indication, then it’s safe to say the GCSD’s staff and administration have been and continue to be on point.
Recently, the nation woke up on what should have been a normal Friday morning and learned the terrifying news about another shooting spree and the loss of many innocent lives. As details of the horror emerged, reactions were filled with shock, disbelief, sadness, and concern for the victims, their families and the Aurora community. The first thought that came to my mind, and I’m sure many others had the same feeling, was, “Oh no, not again.”
On Friday, July 27, the opening ceremony for the Games of the XXX Olympiad will be held in London, England. With more than 10,000 from 204 Olympic National Committees expected to participate, this will be the largest multi-sport event ever to be held in the United Kingdom. The United States will be sending 530 athletes across the pond and while none are from Garden City, the village has played a role in helping to facilitate the process of picking representatives by way of the Long Island Aquatic Club. The Garden City-based organization sent eight of its members to the U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska from June 25 to July 2. And while none of its team members made the cut, its reassuring that amateur swimmers on Long Island have an outlet in which they can ideally transform their dreams into the reality of eventually standing on the top-tiered rostrum being awarded a gold medal as the national anthem plays.
The summer movie season has been reserved for loud and frenetic action flicks for a while, but in recent years this May-September stretch has been dominated by comic book superheroes. This weekend, millions of moviegoers will continue to enjoy the adventures of Batman, Spiderman and the Avengers at the multiplex, snacking on popcorn while superheroes in colorful costumes (except for Batman) take on the bad guys, all while looking fabulous and cracking wise with witty remarks (except for Batman.)
However, while men and women in suspiciously form-fitting outfits might be raking in millions in theaters, the medium that spawned them all—the colorful comic book—is in a pretty sorry state. These days, kids who want a good power fantasy are about a thousand times more likely to play a videogame than to reach for a comic book, meaning that superhero comics are increasingly being written for the adults who grew up reading them in the ’70s and ’80s rather than children. Major publishers Marvel and DC have made some tepid efforts to reach out to the next generation, but for the most part, it’s a medium kept afloat by an ever-shrinking pool of individuals who continue to buy comics more out of habit and nostalgia than much real enthusiasm for the product.
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