Get out to the Nassau Pops Symphony Orchestra Concert on Friday, July 27. It’s the closest thing you’ll get to big band in this day and age of digital downloads and MP3 players. The Nassau Pops performs music favorites from Broadway, television and the movies. Whether it is the beautiful melodies of Rodgers and Hammerstein or the exciting screen music of John Williams, you can always count on the Nassau Pops to present a great mixture of popular and light classical music.
It’s a rare occasion to hear classic movie themes live and if you’re smart, you won’t miss this chance to hear the Nassau Pops.
I’d like to share with you the story of Paul Brady, a Malverne firefighter who was killed in his firehouse in 2006. Brady, who was 42 at the time, had been working on top of one of the trucks in the firehouse when another firefighter mistakenly drove it out, not realizing he was up there. Paul was consequently crushed between a beam in the ceiling and the truck.
As heartbreaking as this is, it got worse. Brady’s name was prevented from being placed on the wall of the New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Albany. In fact, it had been declined four times by the committee that oversees it.
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“Ship Tight” is the way Kyle Teemsma, the pool director and the two supervisors, Carl Santelmo and Catherine Lusardi run the facility. The rest of the crew are Peter Abbate, Richie Baierwalter, Annemaria Brusca, Meghan Bulva, Gabby Cantileno, John Conway, Mike Falco, Tony Franzino, Julie Frey, Pat Holliday, Jack McDevitt, Alicia Mercurio, Kevin Mulder, Megan Murphy, Katie and Emma Sienk, Kim and Nicole Sparacino, Emily Spencer, Joe Spollen, Dan, Jackie, Katie and Sean Stagnari, Christine Wengler, Nick Laginestra, Marisa Athan, Ashley Barnett, Chris Brostek, John Curry, Dom Derosa, Nick Fabuano, Teresa Ferreri, Ryan Freehill, Julie Giaimo, Catia Concalves, Keanu Hines, Kimmy Lopes, Sal Massa, Shana Natale, Sarah Pritchard, Allie Steinberg and Billy Sullivan.
Regarding this past Fourth of July, I thought I’d go beyond a column wishing you the usual round of safe holidays and hearty barbecues. Don’t get me wrong. Of course, I hope your holiday will be all of those things and more, but sentiment alone is never enough for a thoughtful column. Instead, I thought we could reflect on a more particular aspect of the holiday and how it may actually apply to some good news about our home state of New York.
As I was exiting the senate chamber at the end of our legislative session few weeks ago, one of my colleagues wished me a “Happy Independence Day.” His phraseology gave me pause. You simply don’t hear too many people choose “Happy Independence Day” over “Fourth of July” anymore.
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Corpus Christi Church was filled as they concelebrated its feast day. This is the church’s 111th year. The readings and the singing were in both English and Portuguese as the two choirs joined together. The Mass was celebrated with the pastor Msgr. Monsignor Robert Coyle, Father Gabriel and Deacon Mannix. Coyle said the “Lords Prayer” in English and Portuguese. He noted that we have Masses in Spanish also. “We serve three cultures,” he said. Among those present were State Senator Jack Martins and his wife Paula, Jack’s father Antonio Martins, John Davanzo and Bob and Pat Hinck. The Mass concluded with a procession around the inside of the church.
There certainly must have been a lot of disappointment in the days leading up to the Belmont Stakes as thoroughbred racehorse and Triple-Crown favorite, I’ll Have Another, showed signs of tendonitis and was scratched. I imagine it must have wreaked a fair amount of havoc on the sport, but I think most notable was the widespread, collective letdown that people experienced. Maybe we fall victim to so much press hype but I think it has something more to do with human nature. People love a winner, especially one that overcomes the odds, indisputably, three times over.
I feel that same sense of Triple Crown anticipation in the New York Senate as we passed a bill last week that would restore the STAR Property Tax Rebate checks. The bill (S.7447) that I co-sponsored would mean $202 million back in the pockets of senior citizens in the 2012-13 school year and $1.2 billion back to middle class families starting in 2013-14.
Crackling of firecrackers, the searing sound of bottle rockets and shine of sparkling sparklers sets the tone for summer. Not the 21st day of June and certainly not the first 90-degree day, although some would beg to differ.
I remember as a child trekking out to Jones Beach to watch fireworks, at least before it kept getting canceled and the church up the block from my house would put on a show as well.
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