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Do This: Long Island Concerts & Events July 7–13

Striking Copper
Blues/folk firebrands Striking Copper bring their powerful, infectious sound to 89 North in Patchogue on July 9!

Featured Photo: Striking Copper unleash powerful, soulful, infectious blues-folk at 89 North in Patchogue July 9.

Never Shout Never
Never Shout Never is an indie-punk band from Joplin, Missouri. The lead singer, Christofer Drew Ingle, has revealed in sonic detail many facets of his musical talent throughout the years, his most ambitious being 2015’s Black Cat. Ingle, who set foot in the music scene at age 16, is known for his relaxed and laid-back songs with deep, emotional lyrics, such as “What Is Love” and “Fone Tag,” might strike an emotional cord with listeners, while his past hits, including “Happy” and “Can’t Stand It” will have them grinning ear to ear. Opening the show are Hundred Handed and Me Like Bees. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $20. 7 p.m. July 7.

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Stephen “Ragga” Marley
Son of Reggae legend Bob Marley, Stephan “Raggamuffin” Marley, is a six-time Grammy Award-winning artist. In 2012, Stephen Marley won Best Reggae Album for Revelations Pt. 1- The Root of Life. His next album, Revelations Pt. 2- The Fruit of Life, is set to drop July 22. Marley was previously a member of Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers, who brought home three Grammy Awards for Best Reggae Album. This show also features Jo Mersa Marley, Rica Newell, Ranoy Gordon and Nicholas Laraque. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $15-$85. 7 p.m. July 7.

John H. Johnson
President and CEO of Edgeworth Economics, professional economist, and author John H. Johnson will be speaking and signing copies of his new book Everydata: Misinformation Hidden in the Little Data You Consume Every Day. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Free with purchase of book. 7 p.m. July 7.

Lee Brice
Lee Brice looks a little like the English tough-guy action-film star Jason Statham, only with a scruffier beard and a baseball cap on backwards. It’s no surprise, then, to learn that Brice attended Clemson University on a football scholarship. Born in 1979 in Sumter, South Carolina, Brice is a Billboard-chart-bustin’ country music singer who tells it like it is about love and work. Take the title of his newest album, I Don’t Dance. Or how about his song “Upper Middle Class White Trash”? When he’s dispensing lessons on his hit, “Drinking Class,” we sit up and take notice. But he’s probably best known for his “Love Like Crazy,” which was a huge hit for 56 straight weeks. This singer/songwriter is truly an American original, and Tennessee is lucky to have him—but it’s good that those Nashville cats let him loose now and then so he can come play here on our humble Island. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $35-$85. 8 p.m. July 7.

Suite 111 and Nicolina
New on the scene, Suite 111 and Nicolina are an up-and-coming pop group. Suite 111 consists of two artists, Lauren Hirsch and Dan Conway. The band will soon be opening for Jesse McCartney at a sold-out show at Madison Theatre. They have performed with famous artists, such as Kendall Schmidt of “Big Time Rush.” The Long Island-based group is known for its intimate acoustic performances, as well as memorable gigs with larger bands. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $10. 8 p.m. July 7.

Colin Quinn
The star of the critically acclaimed one-man show on Broadway “Long Story Short,” the off-Broadway hit “Unconstitutional” and the upcoming one-man show “The New York Story” is bringing his act to Long Island. The Brooklyn native went from stand-up comic to TV host and a stint on Saturday Night Live before embarking on his latest projects. McGuires Comedy Club, 1627 Smithtown Ave., Bohemia. mcguires.gov.com $22-$52. 5 p.m. July 8-9.

Ultimate Elvis
A tribute to Elvis Presley’s Las Vegas show of the ’70s, complete with a full horn section! The Elvis impersonator, Justin Shandor, has appeared on Late Night with David Letterman, and on the front page of USA Today. This is widely considered to be the world’s greatest Elvis show! Suffolk Theater, 118 E Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $49. 8 p.m. July 8.

G. Love
The frontman for G Love & Special Sauce, known for ’90s hits “Stepping Stones,”  “Rodeo Clowns” and “Astronaut,” has made its impact on the world with its unique, laid-back sound. As one of the premier alternative hip-hop bands, attending this show should be a must on all alternative music lovers’ bucket lists. Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall, 3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh. muls.com $20-$23 8 p.m. July 8.

Lettuce has been performing classic funk for more than two decades. Their unique blend of hip-hop, psychedelia and funk makes lettuce stand out in their genre as an ongoing experiment. Lettuce released their latest album, Crush, in 2015. The band describes the album as being very open in terms of style, while staying true to its funk roots. The band intends on paying homage to classic rock artists, ’90s hip-hop, and classic funk. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$25. 8 p.m. July 8.

Vans Warped Tour
The nation’s longest-running annual music festival returns with its traveling freak show of pop-punk artists. This year, the lineup consists of a solid, mutant hybrid of punk, metal and rap artists, including: New Found Glory, Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake, Good Charlotte, Sleeping with Sirens, Tonight Alive, Pepper, Sum41 and Yellowcard, just to name a few of the roughly four dozen bands scheduled to perform on multiple stages. Nikon at Jones Beach, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $44. 11 a.m. July 9.

Striking Copper
Hailing from Wilmington, North Carolina by way of Long Island (mostly Seaford), and touring in support of their debut full-length Mirror, Striking Copper crafts blues/folk the way it ought to be: raw, powerful, infectious, “I-can’t-stop-my-feet-from-groovin,'” straight-from-the-very-soul. Fronted by twin-sister redhead firebrands Allie Donnelly and Jacquie Lee—with guitarists Matt Donnelly and Dan Bennett, bassist John Stewart, and drummer Frank Cacciutto weaving sonic tapestries that range from seductive, smoky jazz and transcendental blues to explosive, hellfire rock—this is a band not to be missed, especially at a venue as intimate (and local) as 89 North. Think Zepp and Janis Joplin downing shots of firewater before joining Hendrix and Joni Mitchell onstage for a late-nite/early-morning jam session with Syd Barrett. Yeah. In other words, a must-see. With Space, The New Students & Mild Things. 89 North, 89 North Ocean Ave., Patchogue. 89NorthMusic.com $10. 7:30 p.m. July 9.

Long Island Hot Dog Festival
Calling all weiner fans! Amateur cooks, professionals and those who simply love hot dogs will love this event, which includes a hot dog-eating contest, best gourmet dog contest, worst and best tattoos, pin-up contest and live music. Bring the family and come with an empty belly, because all those hot dogs aren’t going to eat themselves! Mike’s Bar and Grill, 742 Middle County Road, Selden. thelongislandhotdogfestival.com Free. 12 p.m. July 9.

Pamela Betti
Local songstress and Blues Hall of Famer Pamela Betti wows Islip’s Treme Blues and Jazz Club July 9!

Pamela Betti
This local songstress and Blues Hall of Famer has toured the world and shared stages with the likes of Dave Mason, Poppa Chubby and the Soul Brothers in her 20 years of singing her signature style of blues. Rounding out her eponymous band is guitarist John Haseth, drummer Sal DeVitto and bassist Robert Jack. Check out their album, Pamdemonium, and groove, groove, groove way past dawn! Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com Free. 8 p.m. July 9.

Sinatra Swings into Summer
This promises to be a night full of dancing and the music of the legend Frank Sinatra. The 19-piece New Millennium Big Band presents an elegant evening of swing and fun! The show will feature all of Sinatra’s summer classics and will make you feel as if Sinatra himself is the one performing. Suffolk Theater, 118 E Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $35-$39. 8 p.m. July 9.

Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes
Long regarded as the Godfather of the Jersey Shore Sound, John Lyon, better known by his stage name, Southside Johnny, is an American original. Growing up in Ocean Grove and graduating from Neptune High, he followed in Bruce Springsteen’s shoes, running down the boardwalk, hitting the high notes, and laying it low with that bluesy soulfulness that only he can croon. It helped that Steven Van Zandt, the Boss’ compadre, penned Southside Johnny’s signature song, “I Don’t Want to Go Home.” And yes, that’s Southside and the Jukes performing as a bar band at the frat party in that action-packed classic Adventures in Babysitting. The guy’s been doing it right and working his ass off, and we’re lucky to have him around, keeping it real. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $10-$50. 8 p.m. July 9.

The Yardbirds
Originated in London in the early ’60s, The Yardbirds took the world by storm with hits including “For Your Love” and “Heart Full of Soul.” Their legacy as one of the fastest-rising, most successful bands ensured that The Yardbirds would continue to impact people globally for decades to come. Even today, The Yardbirds have the power to shock musicians and fans alike with their unique, one-of-a-kind music. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $50-$55. 8 p.m. July 9.

Almost Queen
This tribute band covering the influential 1970s British rock band channels the spirit of the late, great, Freddie Mercury. The four-piece band brings Queen back to life by featuring all of their music in a high-energy show. Dressed like the original band, Almost Queen gives its audience an authentic Queen experience you will never forget! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $24.50-$39.50. 8 p.m. July 9.

Sublime With Rome
Eric Wilson, the original bassist for Sublime, collaborates with singer and guitarist Rome Ramirez to perform the band’s ska hits—”What I Got,” “Santeria” and “Doin’ Time,” to name a few—in place of the late lead singer, Bradley Nowell, who died of a heroin overdose 20 years ago last month at the age of 28. Like-minded reggae rock bands Tribal Seeds, Dirty Heads and Bleeker Ridge open the show. Chill out for the day and listen to your favorite ska hits and check out our recent interview with Rome. Nikon at Jones Beach, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com. $29.50-$79.50. 6:30 p.m. July 10.

Steve Earle
This American rock, country and folk singer-songwriter began in Nashville, released his first EP in ’82, broke through into stardom with his popular ’86 album Guitar Town, and has not surprisingly won three Grammy Awards since. One of his best-known studio albums, Copperhead Road, perfectly shows Earle’s flawless fusion of heavy metal and bluegrass, two genres that had never before been mixed together. His most recent album, Terraplane, peaked at the top of as The Most Popular Blues Album on the U.S. Top Blues Albums list in Billboard. The Stephen Talkhouse, 161 Main St. Amagansset. stephentalkhouse.com $100-$115. 7 p.m. July 10.

Dweezil Zappa Plays Frank Zappa
What better way to celebrate the progressive jazz and rock music of the legendary Frank Zappa than a devoted tribute band led by his devoted son, Dweezil? There is no better way, dear mothers of invention. (Whoa, do you see what we did there!?). The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $29.50-$99.50. 8 p.m. July 10.

Def Leppard / REO  Speed Wagon / Tesla
Rejuvenate your love for ‘80s new-wave English rock. After the popular release of their newest self-titled album, Def Leppard is kicking off their national tour with REO Speed Wagon, the hard-rock heroes who gained commercial success in the ’60s, and Tesla, whose “Love Song” isn’t easy to forget. And why would you want to? This is sure to make an incredible show. Nikon at Jones Beach, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $25-$150. 7 p.m. July 11.

Michael McDonald
Michael McDonald is bringing some soul to the Island and he’s ready to sing his heart out for fans both old and new. He’ll be performing his solo hits, as well as songs from his past projects, like the Doobie Brothers’ classic, “Takin it to the Streets.” Come hear the legend himself and kick off the summer concert season with the best. You won’t be disappointed. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $39.50- $99.50. 8 p.m. July 12.

VAXXED: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe
An investigation by Dr. Andrew Wakefield, one of the most controversial figures in medical history, into how the Center for Disease Control destroyed data on their 2004 study that showed a purported link between the Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism. This alarming deception has allegedly contributed to the skyrocketing increase of autism, potentially the most catastrophic epidemic of our lifetime. Guest speaker Jonathan Landsman, the host of NaturalHealth365.com, to follow. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10 members, $15 public. 7:30 p.m. July 13.

Yiannis Chryssomallis, also known as Yanni, is a Greek composer, keyboardist, pianist and music producer, whose 18th contemporary album, Sensuous Chill, reached audiences around the globe when it was released last January. Yanni mixes electronic synthesizers with live, symphony orchestras. He is known as a global artist for his employment of musicians from many countries and styles. He has said many times that universal spirituality inspires his music. Don’t miss out on this extraordinary experience. Nikon at Jones Beach, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $45-$139.50. 8 p.m. July 13.

Long Island International Film Expo
For all the movie lovers, the Long Island Internatoinal Film Expo is a must-attend event. The festival is known for featuring films from countries all around the world and is known to attract a celebrity presence. Films vary from documentaries to short movies to movie trailers, and the subjects covered are even more diverse. These films will make you laugh one minute, cry the next, and scream a little later. Bellmore Movies, 222 Pettit Ave., Bellmore. longislandfilmexpo.com $8-$110. Runs through July 21.

–Compiled by Olivia Booth, Kate Nalepinki, Leo Capobianco, Michael Bakshandeh and Timothy Bolger.

Accused Wife Beater Jose Reyes Cheered by Mets Fans

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By John Dundon

Former All-Star Jose Reyes made his return to New York earlier this week and was serenaded by beaming Mets fans at Citi Field who greeted the oft-injured infielder with a thunderous standing ovation.

Reyes’ return comes after a 52-game suspension for a domestic violence incident last October involving the 33-year-old infielder’s wife. The details are gruesome: EMT’s were called to Reyes’ home after the then-former Met had allegedly pulled his wife out of bed, choked her and thrown her into a glass door.

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As a result of the incident, the Colorado Rockies chose to place Reyes on waivers despite the large sum of money still owed to him as they pursued trade opportunities. No suitors came calling, thus Reyes became a free agent. Apparently the Mets couldn’t resist the temptation to rekindle an old, albeit burnt-out, flame.

“We believe he deserves a second chance to return to our organization,” said Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson, adding that the once athletic shortstop had undergone MLB-mandated counseling.

Reyes came up with the organization and spent seven seasons in Queens before leaving in free agency for the Miami Marlins, a division rival. He had subsequent stops in Toronto and Colorado before coming home to New York.

The ugly fact of the matter is that this isn’t about second chances. It’s about wins and losses in a sport, a game. If the Mets had four infielders playing at a high level, Reyes wouldn’t have been given this blessing, he’d still be an unclaimed free agent.

The warm reception fans gave Reyes also reeks of this disturbing truth that doesn’t seem to go away: those in the sports realm only care about what men and women do in the athletic arena.

On Tuesday, as Reyes stepped into the batter’s box for the first time since being suspended, Mets fans opted to brush over the attack he committed on the mother of his children. There was no voice to remind the sports world of the alleged assault just eight months ago.

It’s a reaction that should be viewed as a proverbial slap in the face to victims of domestic violence everywhere.

“I find it (the fan reaction) extremely disheartening and disturbing,” said Gretchen Shaw, Associate Director for the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. “We as fans have a responsibly to say:Look, this is not OK. Especially with something like domestic violence that is so fueled by apathy.”

Advocates for victims of domestic abuse weren’t the only ones to speak out. New York Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito called the Mets’ controversial signing of Reyes “outrageous” as she lambasted professional sports teams for prioritizing wins and losses over the lives of women.

“It’s outrageous how little women’s lives seem to matter when someone can throw a baseball really hard, wins Super Bowl’s, or has a good jump shot,” Mark-Viverito said in a statement.

“Domestic violence kills thousands of women every year and it’s time professional sports actually takes it seriously. The Mets should be ashamed. We need to be better.”

Reyes, who went hitless in his first game back with the Mets, emerged unscathed from a fanbase that could be relentless at times when they’re dissatisfied with a player. But the media did not let him off the hook.

Prosecutors in Hawaii, where the alleged assault occurred, dropped domestic abuse charges against Reyes after his wife declined to cooperate with authorities.

“I’m a human being, and human beings make a mistake. Nobody is perfect,” Reyes told reporters before his Citi Field debut Tuesday.

While he’s been apologetic, that doesn’t change the facts of the incident. This is not the first time an accused domestic abuser has apologized, nor will it be the last. Moreover, it’s common for domestic abusers to be repeat offenders. The American Bar Association’s Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence cited a study on its website from 2000 that said 41 percent of reported domestic violence offenders committed another assault within a 30-month period.

Reyes has said all the right things. He’s donated money and time to anti-domestic violence coalitions. He’s attended more than the mandated amount of counseling. The fact remains, though, Jose Reyes did nothing to be cheered, nothing to be revered. He did exactly the opposite.

Mets fans have let him, and the organization, off the hook.

Although the domestic violence charges were dropped, Reyes now has a reputation that will follow him for the rest of his life: a wife beater.

But as long as Reyes can keep that batting average up, in the eyes of Mets fans, he’s forgiven.

Horoscopes by PsychicDeb for July 2016


Aries – Jupiter in your 6th house – take a fresh look at health, exercise, and nutrition. The press of activities may have interfered with your well-being. A period of rest can bring a feeling of rejuvenation and additional vitality. Avoid lifting heavy objects, let others serve you this month.

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Taurus – Jupiter in your 5th house – material rewards increase as a generous person enters the picture. You’ll be wined and dined, entertained and treated to the luxuries of life. Attractive and colorful new attire help you make a great impression. This could be a prime romantic time – enjoy it!

Gemini – Jupiter in your 4th house – home becomes the center of your efforts and affection. You’ll come to grips with secret fears and resolve a situation. Flowers, music, art or gourmet cuisine are in the picture. You can lighten the load for someone with many cares. Libra and Taurus people play key roles.

Cancer – Jupiter in your 3rd house – a family member wants you to be sure you’ll fulfill promises and obligations. Focus on routine matters, tasks, and upkeep of property. Preparation for social events that are coming up is needed – follow through on your original intent. An Aquarian plays a major role.

Leo – Jupiter in your 2nd house – the day of financial reckoning has arrived. Focus on budgets, economy, and details of previous transactions. See how much you have spent recently. You’ll provide a steady anchor for a mate, partner or associate who needs reassurance. Conservative moves are best.

Virgo – Jupiter in your 1st house – release restrictive ideas concerning money and use of talents. You can have a brighter future if you enlarge your personal potential. Completion of an old project helps you prepare for bigger things, a large audience. An Aries figures prominently.

Libra – Jupiter in your 12th house – your intuition is right on target and cold save the day if you listen to your feelings. Someone close to you is looking for attention – be aware. Moody behavior is only a cover-up for a feeling of being unloved. The gift of food or another special treat will help.

Scorpio – Jupiter in your 11th house – a party in your local area will provide the good times you seek. A sense of comedy is emphasized; you’ll need someone to share laughs with. If shopping for gifts, don’t go overboard in extravagance – it’s the thought that counts. The lucky number is 3.

Sagittarius – Jupiter in your 10th house – delineate responsibilities and improve conditions at home. A personal hobby turns into an important artistic outlet. Involvement with children later in the month provides special pleasure. You’ll gain through patience, kindness and diplomacy. The lucky number is 6.

Capricorn – Jupiter in your 9th house – your home takes on a note of excitement, anticipation and variety. High vitality will enable you to complete many projects in record time. Take advantage of a chance for travel; welcome those arriving in town. Romance figures prominently.

Aquarius – Jupiter in your 8th house – take advantage of the high lunar cycle to gain greater prestige, recognition, money and love. The urge for power is a prime motivating factor. Realize that power involves responsibility also. Someone at the top of the ladder shows you how.

Pisces – Jupiter in your 7th house – restrictions lift in regard to pleasure. You’ll attract change, travel and variety. Communication with a member of the opposite sex will aid you in transformation of views about life. Get to the heart of a mystery regarding a loved one. The lucky number is 5.

Psychicdeb has been a professional astrologer for over 25 yrs. Self-taught, she began her studies in astrology when she was 8 yrs. old learning what she could from her mother’s astrology magazines. As she got older and learned geometry, she searched for books on Astrology and taught herself how to construct a chart. She teaches Astrology for a nominal fee. Psychicdeb also uses the tarot to do psychic readings channeling her spirit guide Helen. Reiki is one of her obsessions. She is a Reiki Master and loves to teach others the benefits of Reiki. Namaste. You can find her at the Original Psychic Fairs on Sundays. A listing of the Fair dates can be found on her website at: www.astro-mate.org

6 Must-see Long Island Film Festivals This Year

By Olivia Booth and Luis Centeno

With Long Island serving as the set of TV shows and movies so much that the region was dubbed “Hollywood East,” it’s fitting that LI has a slew of annual film festivals.

From the Hamptons to the Gold Coast, cinemaphiles can go film fest hopping across the Island throughout the summer and into the fall. Some have already concluded so far this year, such as the LI LGBT film fest that wrapped up last month. And the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington regularly hosts mini-film fests of its own.

Here are six upcoming annual film festivals on Long Island:

Long Island International Film Expo
The Long Island Film Expo’s 19th annual festival will include over a hundred short and feature-length independent films from all over the world! Several panels are held during the event, discussing many topics such as scriptwriting, legal music and a filmmaker panel/breakfast. This expo includes an opening night party and a closing night party and awards ceremony, which are attended by filmmakers, sponsors, board members and ticket holders. Some big name celebrities have been attendees in the past, such as Kelly Rutherford, Steve Buscemi, Edie Falco and many more! Bellmore Movies, 222 Pettit Ave., Bellmore. longislandfilmexpo.com July 13-21.

Stony Brook Film Festival
Three dozen American and international feature films, documentaries as well as shorts are scheduled to be screened at the 21st annual Stony Brook Film Festival. Among them are “The Carer,” the opening night feature that tells the story of a young Hungarian refugee who becomes the caregiver of an aging, temperamental actor; “Screenagers,” a documentary about how parents try to teach their kids the appropriate amount of time spent on computers, cell phones and watching TV; and “A Man Called Ove,” the closing night feature that’s a dramatic comedy about love, family and the importance of surrounding yourself with the proper tools. Fans will be able to meet the directors of the opening and closing night features at the screenings, among other Q&As and an awards ceremony. Staller Center’s Main Stage Theatre, 100 Nicolls Road, Stony Brook. stonybrookfilmfestival.com July 21-30.

Film Festival Shorts
Eight short documentaries made by local filmmakers will be screened at this one-night-only event. To kick off the evening, Direct Cinema pioneer D.A. Pennebaker will be presenting his debut short, Daybreak Express. The film festival will focus on telling fascinating stories while giving the audience an opportunity to get a feel for the different styles these local filmmakers have to offer. Sag Harbor Whaling Museum, 200 Main St., Sag Harbor. sagharborwhalingmuseum.org 7:30 p.m. July 30.

Long Beach International Film Festival
The Long Beach Film Festival will celebrate it’ 5th anniversary with an action-packed line up of over 30 feature films, shorts and documentaries, including independent and studio films as well as American and international movies—even animated flicks. The festival will feature a bunch of special events, such as red carpet premieres, celebrations, filmmaker receptions, awards and musical performances. The special programs planned for this year are: Shorts On The Beach series, Taste On The Beach and Joan Jett Music film series. Long Beach Cinema 4, 179 E. Park Ave., Long Beach. longbeachfilm.com Aug. 3-5.

Hamptons International Film Festival
The Hamptons Film Festival was founded to celebrate independent films of all kinds. This year’s film festival shows films that express fresh voices and differing global views. It being the Hamptons, there have been some notable attendees in the past, including Kevin Bacon, Madonna, Kevin Connolly and Billy Joel—with more to come this year. Starting the end of August, announcements will begin about the lineup for the festival. All films will be revealed by the middle of September. Films will be shown in various locations throughout the East End. hamptonsfilmfest.org Oct. 6-10.

Gold Coast International Film Festival
This week-long film fest brings together residents, students, teachers, tourists and professionals to celebrate the cinema on the North Shore of Nassau County. Although the festival kicks off in November, during the rest of the year its organizers also host The Furman Film Series, which features the best new independent films and studio releases as well as Q&As with filmmakers. The next movie, “Life, Animated,” which tells the story of a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate, will be screened July 6 at Bow Tie Squire Cinema in Great Neck Various venues goldcoastfilmfestival.org Nov. 10.

LIRR Ticket Sales App Coming Soon, MTA Says

By Luis Centeno

MTA eTix, a new, free smartphone app allowing Long Island Rail Road riders to buy digital train tickets without visiting a ticket booth or machine, is being rolled out sooner than expected.

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LIRR riders can currently use the app on the Port Washington branch. The app is expected to be operational on the other 10 LIRR lines by September, instead of the end of this year as originally planned, New York State officials said.

“This e-ticket system for the railroads is where the economy is now,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters Tuesday during a news conference at Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan. “You take out your device. You scan it, and you pay for something. That’s how it works, and that’s how it’s going to work on the railroads.”

The LIRR is the nation’s busiest commuter railroad with about 300,000 riders daily. Those who wish to use paper tickets can continue to do so. Riders who want to make the switch can download the app using their iOS or Android mobile devices.

Cuomo noted that the new technology is a huge advancement for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which originally wrote out train schedules on chalk boards. As riders begin using the app, it should reduce long lines at ticket machines and booth windows.

MTA Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Thomas Prendergast said that the app is easy to use, involving just three simple steps. First, download the app; then open it, and lastly buy a ticket by setting the point of origin and destination, he explained.

It offers the option of buying monthly, weekly and daily passes, plus one-way or round-trip tickets. Once the ticket has been bought, it has to be activated when boarding the train. When the conductor asks for the ticket, riders have to show the ticket information displayed on the smartphone.

Getting the MTA to implement the new system was tough, the governor claimed.

“Introducing technology to a bureaucracy is extraordinarily difficult,” Cuomo said. “It requires change, and change is chaos … You get a bureaucracy as big as the MTA, and you have to push every day. Otherwise it’s not going to work.”

He added that some hurried riders were eagerly anticipating the new app.

“I was harangued this morning by a person who said, ‘Well, it’s not on her station,’”
Cuomo said. “It’s not on all stations on the railroads until the end of the summer, but this is a new technology. It’s bringing the railroads to the same level of technology as most services, which is an extraordinary upgrade in the case of the MTA.”

15 Questions With Rome Ramirez of Sublime With Rome

By Kate Nalepinski

Sublime with Rome, the collaboration between singer/guitarist Rome Ramirez and Eric Wilson, the bassist for the reggae powerhouse Sublime, plays the original band’s hits as well as new songs recorded during its latest incarnation. The Press spoke with Ramirez before they played Nikon at Jones Beach Theater with supporting act Dirty Heads, another band from California which fuses hip hop, ska and punk. Ramirez shared his thoughts about the band’s new album, Sirens, former Sublime drummer Bud Gaugh, who left Sublime with Rome, and fans who are critical of Ramirez filling in for the late Sublime frontman Bradley Nowell.

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Long Island Press: Sublime has been around for ages, but your sound has changed slightly over time. How would you describe the sound of your recent album, Sirens, to new fans?

Rome Ramirez: I would say it’s definitely a concoction of different genres. We just really try to embody the diverse influences we got.

LIP: You released your single “Sirens” with Dirty Heads. How has it been touring with a band that has recognized Sublime as one of their inspirations?

RR: The guys from the Dirty Heads are like my best friends. We’ve known each other for a long time now, we’ve grown together by playing music together. They’re like brothers to me, you know?

LIP: If he was interested, would you ever consider playing with Bud Gaugh again?

RR: I mean, I’m not necessary interested, but I’d never say no.

LIP: Which songs do you prefer playing live more: Your stuff from Sublime, or after 2009 technically Sublime with Rome?

RR: I think it’s more of an individual song basis. You gotta understand, it’s like certain songs sound better on certain nights. It depends on the atmosphere, to be completely honest.

LIP: Would you say you enjoy that improv method of performing?

RR: Yeah, totally. That’s what keeps it exciting.

LIP: What music have you been listening to lately?

RR: I listened to the last Drake album, Views From the Six. I listened to the new song by Designer. There’s a clip of it. I played it like a million times. It’s really good. What else…Major Lazer, too. Yeah, shit like that.

LIP: What other music, in the area of ska or rock, have you been enjoying recently?

RR: There’s this new band called Blacktop Queen out of Los Angeles. They’re a rock band, three-piece. I listen to them a lot.

LIP: What do you say to the Sublime “purists” who are critical of your standing in for Bradley?

RR: Honestly, I tell them to come to a show. Experience a live show, and then decide. And then if it ain’t your cup of tea, it ain’t your cup of tea. That’s cool. But at least give it a shot.

LIP: Why do you feel that old fans have an issue with you standing in for Bradley?

RR: Mainly, it’s because people are protective of the things they love. Sublime means a lot to a lot of people – and everything to some. People getting protective…I understand it. It’s like, if your mom died, and your dad got re-married…It creates this weird boundary. You’re like: Do I love her? Do I call her mom? I think that’s how some are looking at me. But, yeah, I understand.

LIP: What does Sublime mean to you? Were you into Sublime when they released their self-titled album?

RR: I mean, I was only 8 when that album came out. But I was basically molded on this band, you know? Sublime was the very first band I ever loved. They got me into playing music, that’s for sure.

LIP: Would you credit Sublime as your initial push into the music industry?

RR: Oh, 100 percent. Prior to that, it was just like skateboarding and shit. When I heard Sublime I was like, “Yo, I want to learn how to play music. I want to learn to play guitar.”

LIP: What about Sublime made you so interested in music?

RR: It was just so different from anything I’d heard. And it had all the elements of shit that I liked put into one.

LIP: What else do you have to say about your about the release of Sirens? And what about the future of Sublime with Rome?

RR: We’ve been playing almost all our music off of it live. We’re gearing up to do another record. We’ve already got a couple songs done, and I think we should be releasing a new song in the fall. We’ve been staying busy – writing, always need to keep writing – that’s our job.

LIP: So how does it feel to be kicking off your summer tour?

RR: This is like the first day of our tour. We’ve had a couple of fly days, but this is actually day one: the bands, the lights, all that pretty stuff. It’s super exciting. I’m hoping we’ll just keep a smooth pace, make sure nothing crazy happens. I’ll let you know if something does, though.

LIP: Is there anything important you need to add?

RR: Yeah, to the fans: we’re really stoked, and we can’t wait to come out and jam for you guys….And jam with the Dirty Heads. It’s going to be a great time!

After Reversing Closure Plans, Dowling College to Lose Accreditation

Dowling College to close
Dowling College in Oakdale (Long Island Press photo)

By Leo Capobianco, Ana Borruto, Olivia Booth and Timothy Bolger

Oakdale-based Dowling College, which announced its abrupt closure earlier this month and then cancelled it amid negotiations with an investor, is slated to lose its accreditation on Aug. 31, according to its oversight agency.

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The Middle States Commission on Higher Education, which certifies the academic integrity of colleges and universities, voted last week to withdraw accreditation for the struggling private, nonprofit liberal arts college following a two-year review, the Philadelphia-based agency said in a statement Tuesday. Students, professors and alumni were shocked by the latest development. The next move for the college, which has been in talks with British college investment company Global University Systems (GUS), is unclear.

“We are in receipt of the Middle States’ decision. And after a comprehensive review of the document the board will issue a statement in response,” the college said in a statement on its website Wednesday. When asked if the board plans to appeal the decision, Albert Inserra, the seventh Dowling president in 12 years, said: “Still in discussion.”

Founded on the site of the former William K. Vanderbilt estate overlooking the Connectquot River, Dowling, which also has a campus in Shirley, saw enrollment plunge from 6,379 students in 2005 to 2,453 by the fall of 2014 as it struggled to repay $54 million in debt, according to The Associated Press. Other small private colleges nationwide have also folded recently for similar reasons. Briarcliffe College, which has campuses in Bethpage and Patchogue, announced six months ago that it’s closing in 2018.

“It’s so sad that this is happening,” said Danielle Jacinto, a Dowling graduate, who was reminiscing on campus with former classmates after picking up their transcripts Tuesday. “This was such a great place to go to school.”

The same day that Middle States revoked Dowling’s accreditation, the agency’s board also voted to put Nassau Community College on probation. Outgoing Farmingdale State College President Hubert Keen was recently named incoming president of NCC, which has struggled for years to find a permanent leader—a problem with which Dowling also struggled. But Keen is not slated to come on board NCC until August.

Dowling’s stability had been in doubt long before it announced May 31 that it would close June 3. On June 1, it laid off its 453 professors, according to the New York State Department of Labor. The college later extended its closing date twice. Then it held a news conference to declare that it would remain open, citing ongoing talks with GUS.

For several days after the initial closure announcement, Dowling initiated a mandated “teach-out plan” that included a partnership with Rockville Centre-based Molloy College, where Dowling students were to continue their studies. When Dowling changed course, the college nixed that plan.

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“My apologies for the confusion over the past couple of weeks,” Inserra had said in an email to students. “The option of Molloy College, who generously offered [to] be our partner and to teach-out our students, is technically not available. There is no teach-out as long as Dowling remains open.”

With an enrollment of about 2,000, Dowling students have been reeling from the shifting news about their college’s future. Some had expressed their shock and anger at the abrupt closure announcement, which forced them to find a college that would accept their transfer credits on short notice. Now some of them are suspicious of Dowling’s supposed reversal of fortune.

“I can’t say I’m anything less than skeptical at Dowling’s ‘re-opening,’” said Aaron Henderson, a second-generation Dowling student who was a sophomore majoring in psychology and is now transferring to SUNY Fredonia. “With no professors and not a whole lot of students looking to come back, I can’t see why anyone would try to keep it open.”

Now, with the impending loss of Dowling’s accreditation, Middle States ordered the college to reinstate its teach-out plan. If Dowling stays open without accreditation, students will not be eligible for federal tuition assistance, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

“This is a very complex situation and we have to wait for it to play out,” said Matt Smith, a spokesman for the New York State United Teachers, the union representing the 47 full-time and 78 adjunct professors. He says his members are disappointed by Middle States’ decision.

Some of those former professors were more blunt in their assessment of the situation.

“Now that the school has lost its accreditation, it means it will close,” said Bill Thierfelder, a retired English professor at Dowling. “No one wants to send their kid to a non-accredited institution. It’s really, really, really time to pull the plug on this place.

“There is life after Dowling,” he continued. “It was a great place. We’re sorry that it went under. But now it’s time to drop the rock and move on. That’s what a lot of us are doing.”

The Complete Guide to Long Island Colleges and Universities

Long Island Colleges and Universities

By Leo Capobianco

Long Island’s biggest export is its students, as the joke goes, but the region has more than a dozen colleges and universities offering degrees in virtually every field of study.

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From small specialty colleges to large research universities, there are plenty of options for students to stay local. Many of LI’s colleges and universities have dorms that allow for students to transfer here from elsewhere. But matching a student with the right school can be a daunting task.

Here, with detailed descriptions and summaries of every Long Island college and university to make the decision easier…

The Long Island Press’ Complete Guide to Long Island Colleges and Universities


Hofstra-SOVFeatured2-1Hofstra University

1000 Fulton Ave, Hempstead. 516-463-6600. hofstra.edu
Located in Hempstead, Hofstra University offers more than 150 undergraduate and more than 160 graduate degree program options, from studies in communications, business, engineering, math, sciences, and so much more. Hofstra University consistently ranks among the top national universities for its rigorous coursework and academic programs. The university maintains a 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio, small class sizes, and averages a 61.6 percent acceptance rate. The school has nearly 7,000 undergraduate students enrolled as of 2016. Students have the option to live in student dorms or live off campus. Slightly more than half of its students live off-campus. Hofstra is home to 17 collegiate Division I sports teams, with the “Hofstra Pride” widely recognized for its lacrosse and wrestling programs. UFC fighter and former middle weight champion Chris Weidman wrestled for The Pride. Hofstra offers a broad array of clubs and organizations for students, including academic groups, Greek organizations, multicultural and media clubs, religious organizations, and many more.

liu postLIU Post

720 Northern Blvd, Brookville. 516-299-2900. liu.edu/post
Located in Brookville, LIU Post offers more than 250 undergraduate and graduate programs, ranging from studies in business, science, environmental studies, humanities, education, and more. LIU Post has consistently ranked as one of the best regional universities for its academic programs. The university prides itself on having a 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio and maintaining small class sizes to help students forge relationships with professors and receive more personalized attention. The university averages an 82.9 percent acceptance rate. The undergraduate population consists of more than 7,000 students as of 2016. Students have a choice whether to live on or off campus. All of the dorms on campus are co-ed, and are separated by floor or wing based on gender. LIU Post is home to 22 collegiate Division II sports teams. The Pioneers boast a number of national championship titles in multiple sports. The campus also has over 60 organizations that students can join including, Greek organizations, club sports teams, service organizations, performance-oriented organizations and many more.

adelphi-garden-city-campusAdelphi University

1 South Ave., Garden City. 800-233-5744. adelphi.edu
Located in Garden City, Adelphi University sits in a suburban neighborhood on 75 acres. The school offers a wide range of programs for students to choose from, including the arts, business, the sciences, education, counseling and more. Adelphi has been ranked in the top 155 national universities for its overall quality by US News and World Report. The university’s population consists of over 5,000 students. The school maintains a student-to-faculty ratio of 12:1. Students report that the school has small class sizes and accessible professors. Adelphi averages a 72.4 percent acceptance rate. More than 1,300 students live on campus while the majority of the students commute. The school participates in collegiate Division II athletics with the exception of the women’s bowling team, which competes at the Division I level. In addition, Adelphi offers over 80 student organizations including both academic and social-oriented groups.

Stony Brook UniversityStony Brook University

100 Nicolls Rd., Stony Brook. 631-632-6000. stonybrook.edu
Stony Brook University, a prestigious member of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, has 16,480 undergraduate students as of 2016. The campus spans 1,454 acres in Suffolk County. US News and World Report ranked Stony Brook as the 89th best school among National Universities and as the 37th best public school in the nation. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16:1. Stony Brook consistently has a 41 percent acceptance rate, making it one of the more selective universities in the nation. It is considered to be the best public university on Long Island. The university boasts almost 200 undergraduate programs for students to choose from that cover subjects such as the sciences, health professions, business and more. About 60 percent of the students live in on-campus or campus-owned housing. Stony Brook competes at the Division I level in sports and has 18 teams. In addition, the university has over 300 student organizations, including service-oriented groups, academic-oriented groups and Greek organizations.


SUNY FarmingdaleFarmingdale State College

2350 Broadhollow Rd., Farmingdale. 631-420-2000. farmingdale.edu
As SUNY’s largest college of technology, the 380-acre campus near the border between Nassau and Suffolk counties instructs about 8,600 undergraduate students as of 2016. US News and World Report ranked Farmingdale State College as the 32nd best college in the northern region. The college maintains a student-to-faculty ratio of 21:1. The college offers degree programs in business, engineering, homeland security and health professions. About 46.6 percent of students who applied to Farmingdale were accepted, making it one of the more selective schools on Long Island. About 8 percent of the students live in on-campus or campus-owned property. The college competes at the Division III level with 17 different athletic teams. Students also have the opportunity to get involved in clubs and organizations on campus that will allow them to do community service, socialize, and heighten their academic experience. The college is also notable for its Solar Energy Center, the first accredited center in the Northeast.

molloy collegeMolloy College

100 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre. 516-323-3000. molloy.edu
Molloy sits on a 30-acre campus that hosts 3,336 undergraduate students as of 2016. US News and World Report ranked the school as the 36th best college in the northern region and the 28th best college in the nation for veterans to attend. The school offers over 50 academic programs. The most popular majors are health professions, education, business, management, marketing and related support services, homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting, public administration and social service professions. The school maintains a student-to-faculty ratio of 10:1. Its acceptance rate averages at about 75.4 percent. About eight percent of students live in campus-owned dorms on-campus property. In addition, Molloy competes at the Division II level of the NCAA with 17 teams. The school also offers more than 50 clubs and organizations, ranging from academic organizations to service organizations and cultural groups.

st-josephsSt. Joseph’s College

155 West Roe Blvd., Patchogue. 631-687-5100. sjcny.edu/long-island
St. Joseph’s College sits on a 30-acre lake-side campus in Suffolk County. The college hosts about 3,300 students as of 2016. The college maintains a 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio. St. Joseph’s College offers 45 majors and programs for its students to choose from. Over 85 percent of the students who attend the school receive financial aid, making the institution affordable. US News and World Report ranked St Joseph’s College as the 74th best college in the northern region. The school averages a 70.7 percent acceptance rate. As of fall 2017, St. Joseph’s college will offer on-campus housing for students. The dorms will be co-ed, but they will be separated by gender by floor. The college competes in the NCAA at the Division III level with 21 athletic teams. Students have the opportunity to get involved with over 78 clubs on campus, including student government, academic organizations, service societies, etc.

logo_blueTouro College

1700 Union Blvd., Bay Shore. 631-665-1600. touro.edu
Touro College was originally established as a Jewish-sponsored institution. Its goal was to perpetuate Jewish heritage and maintain the Jewish commitment to intellectual inquiry and social justice. At its Bay Shore campus, Touro College’s School of Health and Sciences offers degrees in occupational therapy, physical therapy and physician’s assistant. In addition, the school offers Associate and Bachelor Degree programs in a number of undergraduate programs. At its Central Islip venue, the college runs Touro Law School. Touro College does not offer any on-campus or school-owned housing. All students who attend are expected to commute. The school maintains a 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio. The college averages a 37.1 percent acceptance rate. US News and World Report Ranked Touro as a Tier 2 school in the northern region. Touro does not offer any athletic programs. nyitNew York Institute of Technology

Northern Blvd. And Valentines Lane, Old Westbury. 516-686-1000. nyit.edu
NYIT is located on 215 acres in a suburban setting in Nassau County. Almost 4,300 undergraduate students attend the university as of 2016. US News and World Report ranked NYIT as the 41st best college in the region. The polytechnic institute offers over 90 degree programs that focus on the technical arts and applied sciences. The school maintains a student-to-faculty ratio of 14:1 and keeps class sizes relatively small. About 21 percent of the student population lives in on-campus and campus-owned housing. Around 69 percent of students who applied to the institute were accepted. With the exception of its baseball team, which competes at the Division I level, NYIT competes in Division II athletics. The NYIT Bears Athletic program consists of 12 sports teams, which have performed well in recent years, winning multiple national championships and making a number of play-off appearances. The university has many organizations for students to join, including Greek life, ROTC programs, service organizations, academic organizations and many more.

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SUNY Old Westbury

223 Store Hill Rd., Old Westbury. 516-876-3000. oldwestbury.edu
SUNY Old Westbury offers its students over 50 programs, which cover the humanities, sciences, math, social sciences, visual arts and more. The small liberal arts college sits in a scenic setting on 604 acres near scenic Nassau’s North Shore. The school has almost 4,500 undergraduate students as of 2016. The university maintains an 18:1 student-to-faculty ratio coupled with small class sizes, making it easier for students to seek help with their school work. SUNY Old Westbury has an average acceptance rate of 62.4 percent. SUNY Old Westbury is ranked by US News and World Report as a Tier 2 national liberal arts college. About 1,000 undergraduate students live in on-campus housing while the majority of students live off campus. SUNY Old Westbury participates in Division III collegiate athletics with 14 programs. Students are offered many social and academic organizations to join, including Greek life, intramural sports, ROTC programs, academic oriented clubs and many more.

Webb-InstituteWebb Institute

298 Crescent Beach Rd., Glen Cove. 516-671-2213. webb.edu
Webb Institute is the oldest school in the United States devoted to naval engineering. The 26-acre campus overlooking Long Island Sound houses and instructs 90 students, as of 2016, who are studying for a career in maritime engineering. The institute is considered to be very selective and admits about 33 percent of its applicants. Every student who attends Webb Institute graduates with a dual-degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. All students are given four full years of tuition scholarship. All students are required to live in on-campus housing. The school’s small size helps maintain a student-to-faculty ratio of 8:1. Webb competes in the Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in five different sports, depending on student interest. All students have the opportunity to compete in varsity sports as well as a number of intramural sports. In addition, students are given a free membership to the local YMCA.

USMMAU.S. Merchant Marine Academy

300 Steamboat Rd., Kings Point. 516-773-5258 usmma.edu
The U.S. Merchant Marine academy is one of the five U.S. military service academies. The overall goal of the academy is to prepare its students to become officers in the U.S. Merchant Marine. In addition to a bachelor’s degree, students graduate with a U.S. Coast Guard License and an Officer’s Commission in the U.S. Armed Forces. The academy has about 940 students on its 82-acre campus beside Long Island Sound as of 2016. US News and World Report ranked the school as the 3rd best college in the northern region. The academy keeps a 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio. The academy is very selective, with an average acceptance rate of 22.3 percent. All students are required to live on campus for all four years. In addition, the Merchant Marine Academy, which competes at the Division III level of the NCAA, has 18 varsity teams. In addition to its varsity program, students have the opportunity to join nine different club sports teams.

nccNassau Community College

1 Education Dr., Garden City. 516-572-7501. ncc.edu
Nassau Community College sits on a 225 acre campus near Nassau’s Museum Row and instructs over 23,300 undergraduate students as of 2016. It is the largest single-campus community college in New York State. The two-year college offers students the opportunity to earn associate degrees in 62 different programs. NCC’s most popular programs include liberal arts and sciences, general studies and humanities, business, management, marketing and related support services, and health professions and related programs. The school boasts that its professors hold doctorates at twice the national rate for community colleges. In spite of its large student population, NCC keeps its student-to-faculty ratio at 21:1. The average class size at NCC consists of 22 students. The college has an open admissions policy allowing all eligible students to enroll. NCC awards the most associate degrees in New York and the third most in the United States. The school competes in the National Junior College Athletic Association with 24 athletic teams.

scccSuffolk County Community College

533 College Rd., Seldon. 631-451-4110. sunysuffolk.edu
Suffolk Community College, the largest overall community college in New York State, instructs about 27,000 students as of 2016 at its three campuses in Brentwood, Riverhead and its main campus in Selden. The two-year college offers associates degrees in over 100 programs of study in 20 different fields. The school has an open admissions policy for all eligible students who wish to enroll. The community college maintains a student-to-faculty ratio of 24:1. The college also offers an honors program for highly motivated, academically oriented students. This program is designed to prepare its students to transfer to nationally competitive universities by giving them challenging and in-depth coursework. SCCC competes in the National Junior College Athletic Association with 21 athletic teams. In addition, students have the opportunity to choose from over 90 clubs and organizations to enhance their experience at the college. The school offers six honor societies and many academically oriented, spiritual and social clubs to join.

Suffolk, Towns Increase Nightclub Code Inspections

Tim Sini
Suffolk County lawmaker confirmed Timothy Sini as the new Suffolk County police commissioner on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016 (Rashed Mian/Long Island Press).

By John Dundon

Suffolk County authorities are stepping up inspections of bars, restaurants and nightclubs on Eastern Long Island this summer to ensure local establishments’ compliance with occupancy limits and emergency exit plans.

Inspired by the Pulse Night Club massacre in Orlando, the goal of the initiative is to prevent casualties in the event of a mass shooting, fire or other emergency, police announced last week. The inspections are in conjunction with the five western Suffolk towns—Huntington, Babylon, Islip, Smithtown and Brookhaven.

“Overcrowding and limited exit access may lead to be a contributing factor to injury or death of patrons,” Suffolk Police Commissioner Timothy Sini told reporters Friday during a news conference at police headquarters in Yaphank. “There have been instances historically…where casualties may have been reduced if the exits were clearly marked. That’s a real tragedy.”

Sini cautioned that there is no imminent threat of a mass shooting on LI. The inspections are a proactive measure that will be taking place during operating hours. Exits and occupancy will be the focal points.

Mario Saccenti, vice president of the Long Island chapter of the New York Restaurant Association, supported the plan.

“Whatever procedures are handed down to us by the county, we will follow diligently.” he said. “Any sort of effort to keep our patrons safe is something we can get behind.”

Meghan Watz, a bartender at The Signal 8 Saloon in Copiague, echoed the sentiment.

“Keeping customers safe should be the first priority,” Watz said. “We trust the police department to do that. The police think this will save lives… we need to trust their judgement.”

Watz, who noted that her bar was up to code with all proposed measures, added that inspections should be done during operating hours.

“It shows you what these places are like when it matters,” she said. “Not when they’ve had a week to prepare for an inspection.”

Do This: Long Island Concerts & Events June 30–July 6

Country Night!
Start off your 4th of July weekend country style. Featuring Stagecoach, Yankee Rebel, Miss Rosie Jug Band and DJ Duece, this show is sure to be full of boot-stomping fun! There will be an open dance floor with plenty of line dancing good times. The bar and restaurant will also be open for drinks and dining. Suffolk Theater, 118 E Main St., Riverhead. suffoktheater.com $20. 7 p.m. June 30.

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Los Lonely Boys
Billed as an American-Chicano rock power trio, Los Lonely Boys combine rock ‘n’ roll, Texas blues, country, soul and Tejano to glorious effect. These three Grammy Award-winning brothers Henry, Ringo, and Jojo Garza create a funky sound that is immensely sing-alongable. You know their debut song, “Heaven,” which reached the Top 40 in 2006 and won the coveted Grammy for Best Pop Performance. Opening the show is The Slim King. The Space At Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $29.50-$45. 8 p.m., June 30.

Weezer & Panic! At The Disco
Touring to promote their self-titled 10th studio album, which dropped in March, Weezer has been leaving their fans breathless since they first popped on the scene in ’94 with “The Sweater Song.” They will celebrate their awesomeness with Panic! At The Disco, a well-known alternative band. With the recent release of the single “Death of a Bachelor” (about lead singer Brandon Urie’s new marriage) and their new album Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!, this dynamic duo is sure to please. Can you dig it? Nikon at Jones Beach, Jones Beach, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $25-$75. 7 p.m. June 30.

Nancy Atlas
Returning to her birthplace, this Long Island native rock artist is sure to put on an amazing show. Nancy Atlas brings a unique blend of Americana rock music that comes with a cool touch of Southern Comfort. In the past 14 years, she has produced four albums under her very own label, Neptuna Records, and received over 4 million hits on her website. She is known for her raw energy on stage, and for her amazing song writing ability when she’s off somewhere in the wings. Her personality and her music have caught the increasing attention of a broad range of fans. Rightly so. The Stephen Talkhouse, 161 Main St., Amagansett. stephentalkhouse.com $30. 8 p.m. July 1.

Kevin Brennan
Known for his quick wit and his wacky storytelling, Kevin Brennan is a comedian who’s sweeping the nation. Brennan has written content for “Saturday Night Live,” Comedy Central’s “Sports Show with Norman MacDonald,” and “The Latin Grammy’s,” hosted by George Lopez. At the Aspen Comedy Festival in 2005, Brennan was voted Best Comedian, which led to his getting a half-hour comedy special on HBO. He’s performed his shtick on “Late Show with Conan O’Brien,” “Last Call with Carson Daily” and “Late Show with David Letterman.” Brennan has also been featured on many comedy podcasts, including Sirius Satellite Radio and Breuer Unleashed. Prepare to laugh. The Brokerage Comedy Club, 2797 Merrick Rd., Bellmore. brokerage.govs.com $22. 8 p.m. July 1.

Get The Led Out-The American Led Zeppelin
Get the Led Out–The American Led Zeppelin, strive to differentiate themselves from other Led Zeppelin “tribute” shows. While a typical tribute band may imitate live performances with a fawning twist or try to interpret the songs their own mediocre way, Get the Led Out has one mission: to bring the studio recordings of Led Zeppelin to life on the big concert stage. The band achieves this goal with six members, rather than four, to recreate Led Zeppelin’s studio recordings live with all the masterful overdubbings and layerings that make those songs unique. Fans of Led Zeppelin rejoice: You are not only among talented musicians, but fellow fans who share your passion. So when you climb that stairway to you know where, you won’t stand alone. They’ll be right by your side, every note of the way. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $24.50-$50. 8 p.m. July 1, 2

Eric Bolling
Co-host of The Five and FOX News contributor Eric Bolling will be speaking and signing copies of his new book, Wake Up America: The Nine Virtues That Made Our Nation Great—And Why We Need Them More Than Ever. You can count on Bolling to do the math so you don’t have to. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com 8 p.m. July 1

Tramps Like Us- Springsteen Tribute
The first and only band to recreate Springsteen concerts in their entirety as performed by the Boss himself, Tramps Like Us has played over 2000 concerts and rocked over 1 million fans, giving raw and intense performances of some of his and his band’s vast repertoire of over 135 songs. Tramps Like Us focuses solely on the music and the replication of the pure raw sound that first rocked the American night along a boardwalk in Asbury Park. This focus on authenticity has earned them wide recognition as the No. 1 Springsteen tribute band, as well as the endorsement from Springsteen’s people, Sirius XM and the official Springsteen radio station. They’re the featured attraction of Nassau’s Independence Day weekend concert. When you hear them, you’ll believe they really were born to run. Eisenhower Park, Merrick and Stewart Avenues, East Meadow. nassaucountyny.gov/parks 8 p.m. July 1.

The Lords of 52nd Street
Long Island’s best musicians—Liberty DeVitto, Richie Cannata and Russell Javors—whom Billy Joel hand-selected to help create his classic hits and unforgettable tours, reunite on stage once again as The Lords of 52nd Street! Get ready to hear an eclectic mix of tunes from the Piano Man’s music catalog including hits and rarities performed with the same energy and passion as you’ve always known because the band recorded, toured and performed extensively with Joel during his prominence in the 1970s and ’80s. The Lords aided in the creation of Joel’s hit records including, “The Stranger,” “52nd Street” and “Glass Houses.” The Space At Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $45-$75. 8 p.m. July 1.

James Armstrong
James Armstrong is an amazingly talented soul and electric blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. Armstrong’s music has appeared in movies like “Speechless,” “Hear No Evil” and “The Florentine.” His latest album, Guitar Angels, was released in 2014. Catching him in this venue is a tremendous opportunity. His artistry is a gift. Once you feel it, you’ll know it’s true. Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com $20. 8 p.m. July 1.

Jason Mraz
Two-time Grammy-winning artist, Jason Mraz began by playing regularly at a coffee shop, Java Joe’s, in San Diego. After building a following in southern California and online, Mraz recorded his first album, Live at Java Joe’s, in 2001. Since then, Mraz has received platinum and multi-platinum certifications in over 20 countries. Mraz is known for his unique acoustic vibe that’s imbued with heavy Brazilian influence. Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach. whbpac.org 8 p.m. July 1.

An opening reception will be held for the second exhibit of “Every Village Has a Story,” titled “People,” which is curated by Kathryn Szoka. This show celebrates workers in Sag Harbor village by combining vintage photographs with photographs and paintings from artists who have also lived and/or worked there. The museum will also host panel discussions to accompany the exhibit on July 17. These people laid down the foundation. Their work may have stopped, but not ours. The exhibit runs through July 22. Sag Harbor Whaling Museum, 200 Main St., Sag Harbor. sagharborwhalingmuseum.org Free. 6 p.m. July 1.

The Fahys Factory Finishing Room taken in 1909 (photographer unknown, courtesy of Sag Harbor Whaling Museum)
A photo of The Fahys Factory Finishing Room taken in 1909 (photographer unknown, courtesy of Sag Harbor Whaling Museum)

The Smithereens
Not many rock groups can say they came out of Carteret, N.J., but that distinction could be another reason why the Smithereens are so freaking great. We love these guys to pieces! Maybe they found a way to take their suburban alienation to a deeper level and mastered it to musical perfection. Maybe they would have created an equally awesome sound if they’d been from Piscataway or Cape May. Or even Paramus. Who knows? Some mysteries defy explanation. These philosophical questions are mere distractions from the essential truths that the Smithereens have been blowing their audiences away for years with their “Marshall-amped post-mod power pop,” as USA Today’s Brian Mansfield once put it so well. From “Beauty and Sadness” to “Blood and Roses,” The Thrilla, Jim, Dennis, and Pat with Andy Burton from John Mayer’s band on keyboards will be in fine form. And so will we, once we hear that first fantastic crashing guitar chord.  Stephen Talkhouse, 161 Main St., Amagansset. stephentalkhouse.com $60-$75. 7 p.m. July 2.

Mario Cantone
He’s a funny guy, this Mario Cantone—handsome and talented, too. Cantone, a celebrated stage actor and comedian, gained well-deserved critical acclaim with his Tony-nominated one-man show, “Laugh Whore,” which also became a Showtime special. He previously starred in the Tony-winning production of Stephen Sondheim’s “Assassins” and in Terrence McNally’s dramatic comedy, “Love! Valor! Compassion!” Of course, some fans might have a soft spot for his role on HBO’s Sex and the City as Anthony, Charlotte’s wedding-planner-with-attitude. Who else could do a musical parody of both Judy Garland and Jim Morrison? Who else would dare! Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach. whbpac.org $65-$85 8 p.m. July 2.

Long Island Fourth of July 2016 Events

Dear President Obama
During President Obama’s terms, extreme energy extraction grew faster than anyone could have predicted, putting the 17 million people in America who live within one mile of a new gas drill or oil rig in harm’s way. The film takes a cross-country look at drilling, highlighting its variety of contamination, the stories of its victims, the false promise of an economic boom, with a focus on clean energy solutions that would allow us to proceed toward a future that does not rely on yet another dirty fossil fuel extraction process. Q&A following the screening with director Jon Bowermaster and Eric Weltman, senior organizer of Food & Water Watch, the advocacy group. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10 members, $15 public. 7:30 p.m. July 5.

German American Night
Songs! Dances! Food! Part of the Nassau County International Music Nights Concert Series dedicated to music and culture, this free night of mesmerizing German American music is bound to satisfy the soul and inspire those dancin’ feet! Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, Eisenhower Park, East Meadow. Free. 8 p.m. July 5.

Slipknot, Marilyn Mason & Of Mice & Men
Slipknot, recognizable as the mask-wearing kings of nu-metal, are touring to promote their new album .5: The Grey Chapter. They’ll be performing with Marilyn Manson, the self-described “Dark Prince,” aka “Vampire of Hollywood Hills” and “The Pale Emperor,” who had so much fun scaring your parents last year that he’s back for more fright nights. Opening the show will be Of Mice & Men, a metal screamo band from Orange County, Calif., that’s rapidly growing in popularity after their 2010 release of Second & Sebring. Nikon at Jones Beach, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $30-$70. 6:30 p.m. July 6.

Stu Hamm
Stu Hamm is a bass guitarist known for his session and live work with numerous artists as well as for his unconventional playing style and solo recordings. Born in New Orleans, he got his start with the incredible guitarist Steve Vai. Hamm’s first solo album was released in 1998. For his day job, he’s director of bass programs at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood. He’s taken his bass around the world, hitting the low notes so well that people feel glad all over from the bottom to the top. This show promises fans some of his greatest works and covers. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $18-$20 7 p.m. July 6.

-Compiled by Kate Nalepinski, Leo Capobianco, Ana Borruto, Ellie Schoeffel and Timothy Bolger

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