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The Paramount to Reopen With The Beach Boys, Kevin James, And More

Are you clamoring to see a live show now that concerts are back? From big name acts to impressive tribute shows, The Paramount is a great place to kick back, relax, and enjoy some music or comedy.

The safety and well-being of all customers, staff, and performers is still a top priority for The Paramount, the staff at the Huntington venue says. “The entire venue will continue to be cleaned and disinfected leading up to our reopening,” reads a message from The Paramount posted on its website. You can read the full message here.

Below is our guide to the August and September events at this top Long Island venue.

JIM BREUER

After two rescheduled dates, this New York-bred comedian is finally taking the stage and will be sure to have you hooked with his fun, F-word free comedy. All tickets purchased for previous dates are valid for the new date. $29.50-$175. 8 p.m. Aug 20 & 21. 

1964 THE TRIBUTE

Time travel back in time with this Beatles tribute! With over 20 years of performing, this tribute recreates the unique magic The Beatles brought to the stage in the 60s.  $20-$90. 8 p.m. Aug 25. 

THE BEACH BOYS

This American rock band from the 60s is one of the most commercially successful bands of all time, but their success lies in their energy and hit songs that forever changed the music scene. $117-$328. 7:30 p.m. Aug 26.

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Kevin James at a movie premiere in Berlin. (Courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

KEVIN JAMES

Returning to Long Island where he started, this actor, comedian, and producer has starred in hit comedies like Paul Blart: Mall Cop and Zookeeper, and is guaranteed to have you laughing the whole time. $69.50-$99.50. 7:30 p.m. Aug 28 & 29. 

FRIDAY NIGHT FEVER GOES SYMPHONY WITH THE N.Y. BEE GEES

This Bee Gees tribute is quickly becoming one of the most exciting shows as they tour nationwide and the band includes some of Long Island’s most talented players. $20-$35. 8 p.m. Sep 3. 

STAR BOXING

Joe DeGuardia’s “Rockin Fights” series at the Paramount features some of the biggest stars and brings unrivaled energy and action-packed professional fighting to the venue. $50-$200. 7:30 p.m. Sep 4. 

VOYAGE – THE ULTIMATE JOURNEY TRIBUTE BAND FEATURING HUGO

With impressive accuracy, this tribute band brings Journey back to life on stage! The singer leaves fans in awe with his striking similarities to Steve Perry and will make you feel like you’re back in the 80s era. $15-$85. 8 p.m. Sep 10.

FOGHAT

With intense live shows and incredible energy, this English rock band is timeless and will have people of all ages rocking along with them. $20-$115. 8 p.m. Sep. 11.

P.O.D

With eight studio albums, many chart-topping hits, and three Grammy award nominations, you wouldn’t want to miss the chance to see this American metal band live. $20-$130. 7 p.m. Sep. 15.

TYLER FARR

Since his debut album release in 2013, this Nashville country artist has been at the top of the Billboard charts and is known for his energetic live shows. $20-$55. 8 p.m. Sep. 16.

GEORGE THOROGOOD & THE DESTROYERS

This blues-based rock band has been dominating rock ‘n’ roll since 1975. With over 8000 live shows under their belt, this 45 years of rock tour will prove to be a great time and show you why they’re unstoppable. $35-$175. 8 p.m. Sep. 23. 

MIKE DELGUIDICE & BIG SHOT – CELEBRATING THE MUSIC OF BILLY JOEL

Taking a break from performing at Madison Square Garden, this tribute band is returning to their Long Island home! All the musicians are active touring members with Billy Joel himself, so you know the show will be amazing. $20-$50. 8 p.m. Sep. 24.

A JIM MORRISON CELEBRATION FEATURING: WILD CHILD

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Doors album L.A. Woman along with other popular hits at this tribute show! $15-$30. 8 p.m. Sep. 25.

JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS

Considered one of the best and most influential female vocalists, she is best known for her role as the leader of this rock band and the music has become a staple in mainstream culture. Her influence extends beyond just her music as she continues to give voices to new bands through her independent record label. $79-$275. 8 p.m. Sep. 28. 

BACK TO THE EIGHTIES SHOW WITH JESSIE’S GIRL

Throw on your spandex, leg warmers, and neon and join the crowd in celebrating the eighties with musicians and performers from Jessie’s Girl. $15-$79. 8 p.m. Sep. 30. 

The Paramount is located at 370 New York Ave, Huntington. paramountny.com

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Kings of Leon Return With New Album, Jones Beach Tour Date

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Courtesy Matthew Followill

The Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum band Kings of Leon released its eighth studio album, When You See Yourself, earlier this year and is coming to the Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater on Aug. 25.

Kings of Leon, whose hit songs include 2008 tracks “Use Somebody” and “Sex on Fire,” have been dominating the modern rock scene since forming in Nashville, Tenn. in 1999. The tour will stop at outdoor venues across North America, with $1 of each ticket going to the band’s new foundation called Inherit the Music, which funds music education and increases accessibility to music. The band has been eagerly waiting to perform live for the past year and a half.

“We actually finished [the album] right before the pandemic,” said vocalist Caleb Followill. “We were planning our next move … but that all stopped.”

Making When You See Yourself was a unique experience since all the members felt like they were on the same page and drawing inspiration from the same places.

“There was a different atmosphere in the studio … we had a clear picture going in of what we wanted to make, and that’s not always the case,” said Followill. “I feel like I had a bunch of stories I wanted to tell.”

Kings of Leon were also the first to ever release a new album as a non-fungible token (NFT). An NFT is a digital property that represents real-world items that can be bought or sold online and is generally one of a kind or very limited. They have unique identifying codes and allow buyers to take ownership of the original digital item.

The band made six “golden ticket” experiences available which offered fans four front row seats to a show of their choosing on each tour for life, as well as an exclusive track called “Going Nowhere.”

“We wanted to have to take advantage of the chance to be on the forefront of something,” said Followill. “It’s a way for artists to get back ownership of their craft … this is something that’s yours.”

Releasing the album as an NFT also gives fans the chance to own a special piece of the album, and many artists are now following suit.

Having to put their original album and tour plans on hold for more than a year has made the band even more excited to return to live shows, they said.

“I’m going to be probably as excited to be there as the fans are … we’ve been cooped up like everyone else,” said Followill.

Although not excited to leave his family and especially 2-year-old son, the high of performing live makes it worth it, he added.

After this North American tour, Kings of Leon will head to other countries and plan appearances at festivals, so don’t miss them at the Jones Beach Theater on Aug. 25!

“Jones Beach, man, that’s a fun gig,” Followill said. “You just see a lot of familiar faces that got you to the place you are now, it’s always a fun experience.”

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit jonesbeach.com.

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13 Award-Winning Schools on Long Island

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Molloy College

Adelphi University, Garden City
Ranked as the #1 college on Long Island by College Gazette, #3 by Patch, and #170 in national universities by U.S. News & World Report. Adelphi is the oldest private university on suburban Long Island and is known for its great liberal arts and sciences programs and professional training. 800-233-5744

Great Neck South High School, Great Neck
Ranked #188 nationally, #21 in New York High schools, and #75 in STEM by U.S. News & World Report. Great Neck South High School offers its students academic acceleration
along with special education classes for students with disabilities. 516-441-4000

Hofstra University, Hempstead
Ranked #5 of best colleges on Long Island by College Gazette and Patch, and #160 in national universities by U.S. News & World Report. Hofstra is one of the three schools in the New York metropolitan area with law, medicine, and engineering schools and is the only university that was chosen to host three consecutive presidential debates. 516-463-6600

Jericho Senior High School, Jericho
Ranked #147 nationally and #15 of best New York High Schools by U.S. News & World Report. Jericho High School is consistently ranked in the top 100 high schools in the nation and offers many Advanced Placement classes and St. John’s University college credit classes. 516-203-3600

Long Island University, Brookville
Ranked #3 of best colleges on Long Island by College Gazette, #8 by Patch, and #272 in national universities by U.S. News & World Report. The LIU Post campus offers a small school environment and has more than 275 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degree programs. 516-299-2900

Manhasset Secondary School, Manhasset
Ranked #162 nationally, #17 in New York High Schools, and #139 in STEM High Schools by U.S. News & World Report. Manhasset High School is consistently ranked in the top 100 high schools in America, and the school has been represented every year in national science competitions. 516-267-7700

Molloy College, Rockville Centre
Ranked #4 in best colleges on Long Island by Patch and #7 by College Gazette. Ranked #26 in Regional Universities North and #14 in Best School for Veterans by U.S. News & World Report. Molloy College is a small private university on Long Island that has the benefit of being less than an hour away from Manhattan and being ranked the fourth safest college campus by niche. 516-323-3000

New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), Old Westbury
Ranked as #6 of the best colleges on Long Island by Patch and #8 by College Gazette. Ranked #34 in Regional Universities North and #45 in Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs by U.S. News & World Report. NYIT has one of the lowest out-of-pocket tuition costs among private colleges in New York State and offers 90-plus tech-focused degree
programs. 516-686-7520

Roslyn High School, Roslyn
Ranked #340 nationally and #39 in New York High Schools by U.S. News & World Report. Roslyn offers more than 20 Advanced Placement courses, has an award-winning research program, and has more than 50 clubs available for students to join. 516-801-5000

Stony Brook University, Stony Brook
Ranked as the #1 college on Long Island by Patch, and #88 in national universities by U.S. News & World Report. Stony Brook is the biggest public school in New York State, and has the only undergraduate journalism school in the SUNY system along with a prestigious medical center. 631-632-6000

SUNY Farmingdale, Farmingdale
Ranked as #7 of best colleges on Long Island by Patch, and #21 in Regional Colleges North by U.S. News & World Report. SUNY Farmingdale offers the only four-year aviation program in New York and the only four-year dental program in the Northeast. 631-632-6000

Syosset Senior High School, Syosset
Ranked #341 nationally and #40 in New York High Schools by U.S. News & World Report. Syosset Senior High School was named a Grammy Signature school for its music programs and it won an award for excellence in arts education. 516-364-5600

The Wheatley School, Old Westbury
Ranked #610 nationally and #64 in New York High Schools by U.S. News & World Report. The Wheatley School offers a small-school environment and an excellent special education program. 516-333-1630

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Inaugural Empire State Ride Long Island Held in Oyster Bay

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Courtesy Town of Oyster Bay.

More than 225 cyclists participated in Empire State Ride Long Island on July 24 and raised $100,000 for cancer research and clinical trials on Long Island.

The Oyster Bay Town Supervisor, Joseph Saladino, partnered with Catholic Health and Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center to host the inaugural event.

The cancer center provides expert cancer care and conducts research aimed at preventing and curing cancer. Catholic Health’s partnerships with Roswell Park allow Long Island patients to gain access to the newest clinical trials and discoveries.

There were three different course lengths so riders of all ages and abilities could participate, all starting at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park. Long Island has routes from 10 to 62-miles all of which took riders through the scenic roads of Oyster Bay. 

Also, at a separate, 7-day Empire State Ride event, Long Islanders rode to Buffalo and raised $1.6 million for the cause.

Long Island cyclists at the finish line in Buffalo after a 7-day ride and fundraiser.

For more information on the Empire State Ride Long Island, visit esrlongisland.com.

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Amityville Music Hall Celebrates Return of Live Music At Reopening Party

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Family Dinner, a local band, played at Amityville Music Hall for its reopening party on July 8. (Photo by April Garnock)

Seventeen months after the coronavirus pandemic forced Amityville Music Hall to shut its doors, live music fans and musicians excitedly packed the venue on July 8 to celebrate its long-awaited reopening.  

The show sold out, and the small venue was packed with more than 90 people standing shoulder to shoulder, marking the return of a scene that had been missing from the region. Long Island-based rock bands Vinnie Caruana, Innerlove, Victory Garden, Family Dinner, and DJ Beso took the stage for a high-energy show with a crowd that was clearly itching to get back to dancing and singing together in person.

“It’s definitely really weird [to be back]. It still kind of feels like we’re not supposed to be doing it, but it’s a good kind of weird,” said Jennifer Moglia, one of the concertgoers.

The musicians were just as eager to be back at the small venue known for hosting up-and-coming bands and underground acts with strong followings. With dozens of Long Island venues still in various stages of reopening, band members were relieved to finally play live at Amityville Music Hall.

Photo by April Garnock.

“We’ve all been itching, every band here has been itching to do what they want to do again. It’s great to be back here,” the lead singer of Victory Garden said on stage. 

They encouraged people to dance and have a good time as they performed both old and new songs. 

“There should be no room, we’re leaving that … in 2020,” the lead singer of Family Dinner said during their set. “No more pre-Covid habits, everybody dance.”

In the small, humid room filled with the familiar smell of sweat and beer, concertgoers made lighthearted jokes and laughed together.

“Boy Covid, huh?” the lead singer of Victory Garden joked on stage. “Feels good, feeling rusty.”

Vinnie Caruana, the headliner of the night, played the last set before the after-party with DJ Beso began.

“This feels right, this feels … amazing,” he said.

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One-of-a-kind ‘Selfie Studio,’ PopUp Speakeasy, Opens in Ronkonkoma

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Courtesy PopUp Speakeasy

If you’re looking for a photoshoot with creative backdrops and fun props, then New York’s first selfie studio, PopUp Speakeasy, is the place for you.

At the studio in Ronkonkoma, guests can access a variety of different themes to take their selfie game to the next level. Catherine Ovejas, the creative director and co-owner, provides different set ups every few months with backgrounds and unique props from different eras.

“I like to think of it as a photo experience,” she said. “[You’re] making your own vision come alive.”

Courtesy PopUp Speakeasy

Since opening on May 1, the studio has attracted all different kinds of people. It’s open to the general public, as well as professional photographers and brands.

“We love that we have something for everyone, so it’s been a fun mix of families, influencers, children, professional photographers, creators, musicians, artists … really everyone,” Ovejas said.

While most photography studios are meant for special occasions and professionals, Ovejas has created something different. Her idea for the selfie studio came from wanting to provide ordinary people with a fun, accessible, and affordable photography experience.

Also unlike a traditional photography studio, PopUp Speakeasy is more of an independent, do-it-yourself situation.

Courtesy PopUp Speakeasy

“Our team is always ready to help and give you directions in terms of poses and ways you can use the props, but it is a selfie studio and what that really means is … bring your own camera,” Ovejas said.

Guests simply buy a ticket and gain access to more than 15 different themes, backdrops, and props for one hour. Themes change every few months and many are inspired by pop culture, decades, and current trends. 

Tickets are $15-$25, and you can make a reservation here or call to book a private event. For more information, visit popupspeakeasy.com or check out photos on Instagram @popupspeakeasy.

Courtesy PopUp Speakeasy

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Webinar Addresses Covid Learning Slide With Founder of Fit Learning

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Dr. Kimberly Berens, Founder of Fit Learning

Many children have been experiencing learning slides due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and a recent webinar offered helpful information on why this is happening and how to handle it.

Schneps Media, the parent company of Long Island Press, recently held a webinar called “Reversing The Covid Learning Slide,” which explained the causes of the Covid learning slide and possible solutions. 

The webinar featured expert guest Kimberly Berens, Ph.D., a scientist-educator, FIT Learning founder, and author of the highly acclaimed new book Blind Spots: Why Students Fail and the Science That Can Save Them.

“Behavioral science is actually the science behind how learning occurs, and it’s not how schools are designed and unfortunately it’s not how most teachers are trained, and as a result schools can be vastly ineffective for most kids” Dr. Berens said.

She discusses why summer school is not the solution to the Covid learning slide and how kids were already below proficiency levels before the pandemic due to the way the education system is designed.

“The establishment believes in the way that they’ve designed schools … they believe in the way they train their teachers, and even though these beliefs clearly don’t lead to effective practices … they don’t want to let go of their practices because those practices match what they believe they should be doing,” Berens explained.

Direct instruction, which is born from behavioral science, coupled with repeated reinforcement of behavior, is what children need in order to learn effectively, she added. FIT learning’s system of instruction produces one year’s growth in only 40 hours of training and targets all kinds of skills like reading fluency, basic classroom readiness, comprehension and more. 

“It takes a breakdown to achieve a breakthrough … maybe this pandemic is the breakdown that is required to have the educational establishment actually realize that they are not producing reliable outcomes with kids … and that they aren’t competent to produce rapid acceleration of skills,” Berens said.

For more information on the Covid learning slide and how to improve your child’s education, view the entire webinar here.

To learn more about Fit Learning and Dr. Kim Berens you can email admin@fitlearners.com, call 516-801-4817 or visit fitlearning.com.

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JCC in Plainview Celebrates Inaugural Nationwide Holocaust Survivor Day

Photo by Ed Shin

The Mid-Island Y JCC in Plainview celebrated the inaugural, nationwide Holocaust Survivor Day on Thursday.

Holocaust Survivor Day is a day for survivors to celebrate their own life and accomplishments and to be recognized and supported for everything they do for communities everywhere. 

On March 6, Michael Berenbaum and Jonathan Ornstein in the Jerusalem Post called for Holocaust survivors to celebrate their lives on a day not shared with the tragedies of the Holocaust. 

“We are here today to celebrate the survivors, and not talk about what happened in the past, but to celebrate you and what you’ve accomplished today,” said the leader of the JCC event. 

A blessing was shared for all the survivors and their families and everyone celebrated with lots of food and music. 

“What we’re here today to celebrate is about the families that you’ve created, the businesses, the success that you’ve had, the wonderful children and grandchildren you have … you’re all here today to be celebrated.”

Photo by Ed Shin
Photo by Ed Shin
Photo by Ed Shin
Photo by Ed Shin
Photo by Ed Shin
Photo by Ed Shin
Photo by Ed Shin
Photo by Ed Shin
Photo by Ed Shin
Photo by Ed Shin
Photo by Ed Shin
Photo by Ed Shin

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Long Island Stage Assists Struggling Musicians in Pandemic

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Brian McAuliff and John Maggione.

During a time when Covid-19 is still impacting daily life and has forced many live music venues to close for an extended period of time, Long Island Stage has given local artists the opportunity to get back into music and performing.

Long Island Stage is a project started by Brian McAuliff, founder of Bohemia-based Bri-Tech, and John “Johnny Sax” Mangione to celebrate and help musicians get back to doing what they love by providing high-quality recording studios, live virtual concerts, and promotions for artists at no cost. 

“As a fan of music and recognizing that these artists need our support because their livelihoods have been particularly impacted by Covid-19 many have been out of work for almost a year we formed this partnership to help raise funds which will go directly to local musicians as well as music students on Long Island,” said McAuliff.

All donations and sponsorships for Long Island Stage will go through Ramona’s Gift of Music, a nonprofit organization that’s dedicated to supporting youth music programs and offers music scholarships and awards.

Season one of Long Island Stage started in April and is expected to continue this summer and featured artists such as Kate Van Dorn, Krysta Ferrara, LI Scene’s Tiffany Castillo, Allie Tamburello, Dedric Curry 1 Step Ahead, Evil Sweet, Buddy Merriam, Matt Hoffman, Gene Casey, Latinology, and The New Millennium Jazz Band Quartet. Dates for the next episodes will be announced over the next couple of weeks.

“As artists are out of work, this is a way for musicians to put money in their pocket and get audiences used to going out and going to bars and restaurants and listening to live music once again,” said Mangione.

The Long Island Stage project celebrates 30 years of service to Long Island by Bri-Tech, an electronic engineering firm and the leading sponsor of the project. Bri-Tech opened new studios in Bohemia last year, has donated to many local charities, and wanted to expand their support to the individuals utilizing their studios through this project.

To learn more about Long Island Stage and stay up to date with local artists and performances, visit here.

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Webinar to Give Expert Advice on “Reversing the Covid Learning Slide”

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The Covid-19 pandemic has caused a lot of children to fall behind academically, but summer school isn’t the solution.

Kimberly Berens, Ph.D., a child development expert, author of the highly acclaimed new book, Blind Spots: Why Students Fail and the Science That Can Save Them, and a founder of Fit Learning, will share her expertise and advice in the webinar “Reversing The Covid Learning Slide.”

Dr. Berens will discuss why summer school is not the answer to the Covid learning slide as many parents scramble to decide what to do for their children.

She will provide expert knowledge about the real issues behind the Covid learning slide and how to reverse it through science based learning strategies that are proven to work and help children adjust academically as schools begin to reopen.

The webinar, hosted by Schneps Media, the parent company of Long Island Press, is scheduled for 1 p.m. Jun 29. REGISTER HERE to get the link and attend. Follow Dr. Berens on Instagram at @DrKBerens and on Facebook at @FitLearningTriState.

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