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Jaclyn Gallucci is a writer and managing editor at the Long Island Press. She is a Livingston award finalist who has written extensively about the environment and unsolved murders on Long Island.

Amber Alert Issued for Southampton Children

This Amber Alert was canceled at 7:12 p.m.

Southampton police have confirmed that two children were abducted by their parents in Southampton Tuesday afternoon.

Scarlet Whitlock, 1, and 5-year-old Wiley Whitlock, who is developmentally disabled, has epilepsy and seizure disorder, were taken by Christopher Carcione, also known as David Cox, and Amy Whitlock from Magee Street at 2:52 p.m., according to police.

The Southampton Police Department activated the New York State Amber Alert Friday night for a green 1996 4-door Mercury Marquis, New York license plate #GBH5264 that the suspects and the children are believed to be traveling in.

Police say the suspects, who have a history of drug and weapons possession, fled with the children in violation of an imminent danger court order.

Anyone with any information on this abduction is asked to call the Southampton Police Department at (866)N Y S-AMBER or dial 911 to provide information on a report or sighting.

Baby Deer Rescued From Icy Waters Off Fire Island

IMG_20130208_114950 Photo02071320951Suffolk County Police Marine Bureau officers rescued a fawn out of the icy waters off Davis Park Marina in Fire Island Thursday afternoon.

Officers Robert Femia and Peter Bogachunas were on their way back to Davis Park Marina on Marine Mike when they noticed a deer in the water approximately 30 yards from shore at 1:04 p.m.

The officers pulled the baby deer from the water, which was seven to eight feet deep, onto the boat and covered it with a blanket. The deer was not moving and appeared to be in shock.

Upon docking, the officers began to dry the fawn off. A family of deer then  came over and started to lick the baby deer and it slowly started to move around. The officers guided the injured deer to the police booth and fed it popcorn.

The deer became more alert and ran off with the other deer.

Long Island School Closings & Early Dismissals

snowAs the snow begins to fall across Long Island and the latest forecast has us expecting up to 20 inches of snowfall across Long Island, with deteriorating conditions beginning at 3 p.m., schools have begun announcing early dismissals and cancellations for Friday classes and activities. This list will be updated throughout the day.

Here are the school closings and cancellations for Friday, Feb. 8, 2013.

Adelphi – All Campuses – Early release: 2 p.m.
Amagansett School District –
Early release: 12:30 p.m.
Bayport-Blue Point School District –
No afternoon activities
Bellmore-Merrick School District –
No afternoon activities
Bethpage School District –
No afternoon activities
Center Island Preschool
– No after-school activities
Centereach High School – No afternoon activities
Cleary School for the Deaf – Early Release at 12:00PM
Comsewogue School District – 2-Hour Early Dismissal
Connectquot School District – No afternoon activities
Copiague School District – No afterschool activities
Deer Park School District – No afterschool activities
Dowling College – All campuses -Closed
East Meadow School District – no afternoon activities
East Quogue School District – No afternoon activities
East Williston School District – No afternoon activities
Elwood School District – 1 Hour Early Release
Evergreen Charter School – No evening activities
Farmingdale School District – No afternoon activities
Farmingdale State College – Closing at 3 p.m.
Glen Cove School District – No evening activities
Growing Tree North School – Early Release at 4:00PM
Henry Viscardi School – Closed
Herricks School District – no evening activities
Hicksville School District – no afternoon or evening activities
Hofstra – Early release: 2 p.m.
Holy Trinity High School –
no afterschool activities
Ivy League School –
No afternoon & evening activities
Kings Park School District – No afternoon and evening activities
Levittown School District – no afternoon activities
LI High School for the Arts – no evening activities
LI Lutheran Middle and High School – No evening activities
Lindenhurst School District – no afternoon activities
LIU Post – Closing at 2 p.m.
Leeway School – No transportation available
Little Scholars Day School – Early release at 1:00PM
Long Island School District – 1-hour early release
Lynbrook School District -no afterschool activities
Manhasset School District – 2 hour Early Release
Merokee Day School – Early release at 4:00PM
Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf – Early release at 12:00PM
Montauk Public School – No afternoon and evening activities
NYIT – Central Islip & Old Westbury Campuses – Evening classes cancelled
Our Lady of Mercy Academy – Early release at 12:00PM
Our Lady of the Hamptons – No afternoon and evening activities
Pastoral Formation Institute @ Patchogue – No afternoon/evening Classes
Pastoral Formation Institute @ Westbury & Huntington – Saturday activities cancelled
Pierce Country Day School – Closed
Portledge School – No afternoon activities
Sachem Central School District – No afterschool activities
Sachem Elementary – No afternoon childcare
Shoreham-Wading River School District -No afternoon and evening activities
St. Barnabas Religious Education – All activities cancelled
St. David’s School – Early Closing
St. Dominic High School – All activities cancelled
St. James Religious Education All activities cancelled
St. John the Baptist Diocesan HS – No afternoon and evening activities
St. Margaret of Scotland Religious Education – All activities cancelled
Stony Brook University – No afternoon/evening Classes
Temple Beth El of Patchogue Hebrew School – Closed
The Children’s Center at Farmingdale State College – Early release at 3:00PM
The Laurel Hill School – No after school activities

Source: LongIsland.com

Long Island Featured Events – February 2013

Local-NativesFEBRUARY 1

Local Natives @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
On the heels of their sophomore album, Hummingbird, Local Natives play Brooklyn, where the Los Angeles’ indie rockers wrapped up the album with The National’s Aaron Dessner as co-producer. Inspired by the ups and downs of the band, the songs on Hummingbird are powerful and transcendental, mixing tribal beats with orchestral melodies. With People Get Ready. 66 N. Sixth St., Brooklyn. 212-486-5400. www.musichallofwilliamsburg.com. Doors: 8 p.m., Show: 9 p.m. $25; Also Feb. 2 & 3 @ Bowery Ballroom. 6 Delancey St., Manhattan. www.boweryballroom.com. Doors: 8 p.m., Show: 9 p.m. $25

Lumineers Press SessionThe Lumineers @ Terminal 5
I belong with you, you belong with me… It’s hard to turn the radio on without hearing the Lumineers’ “Ho Hey,” which hit number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, at least once. The band’s unique brand of heart-on-the-sleeve folk can be heard in its entirety on the band’s first full-length album, due out in March. With Y La Bamba. 610 W. 56th St., Manhattan. 212-582-6600. www.terminal5nyc.com. Doors: 7 p.m., Show: 8 p.m. $35, $30.  Also Feb. 2
FloggingMollyFEBRUARY 2

Flogging Molly’s 9th Annual Green 17 Tour: Countdown to St. Patrick’s Day @ Roseland Ballroom
239 W. 52nd St., Manhattan. 212-247-0200. www.roselandballroom.com. Doors: 7 p.m., Show: 8 p.m. $75, $32

All Girl Everything: Feat. Nina Sky, Chippy Nonstop, Njena Rd Foxx, Da The Future @ Revolution
140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. 516-208-6590. www.revolutionli.com. Doors: 8 p.m. $15

FUN. @ Radio City Music Hall
1260 Sixth Ave., Manhattan. 866-858-0008. www.radiocity.com. 8 p.m. $41
FEBRUARY 4

Heather McDonald @ Book Revue
Comedian, Chelsea Lately writer and star, and New York Times bestselling author Heather McDonald explains her outrageous attempts to have it all—her way. Heather McDonald will sign her memoir, My Inappropriate Life. 313 New York Ave, Huntington. 631-271-1442. www.bookrevue.com. 7 p.m. Must purchase book on premises.

Reel Big Fish @ Brooklyn Bowl
With The Pilfers, Dan P from MU330. 61 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn. www.brooklynbowl.com. Doors: 6 p.m., Show: 8 p.m. $17

Mumford&SonsFEBRUARY 6

Mumford & Sons @ Barclays Center
WithThe Felice Brothers, Ben Howard. 620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn. 8 p.m.$55, $39.99. Also Feb. 12

 

FEBRUARY 8

Lez Zeppelin – Unplugged: Stripped Down & Strapped On @ Highline Ballroom
Founded in 2004 by guitarist Steph Paynes, the New York City-based all-girl band, has gained worldwide acclaim for the musicianship, passion, and gender-bending audacity it brings to the music of Led Zeppelin. 431 W. 16th St., Manhattan. 212-414-5994. www.highlineballroom.com. Doors: 6 p.m., Show: 8 p.m. $45, $20

 

BreakContestFEBRUARY 9

The Break Contest Official Skate & Surf Festival Battle of the Bands @ Revolution
Preliminary Round. 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. 516-208-6590. www.thebreakcontest.com. Doors: 11:30 a.m. Also Feb. 10, 23 & 24

 

Rufus Wainwright: A Rare & Intimate Evening @ YMCA Boulton Center
As singer, songwriter, author, composer, and even screen actor, Rufus Wainwright  has eight CDs under his belt and has been called “the greatest songwriter on the planet”  by Elton John. 37 W. Main St., Bay Shore. 631-969-1101. www.boultoncenter.org. 8 p.m.  $110, $105
DeadkennedysFEBRUARY 12

Dead Kennedys @ Gramercy Theatre
127 E. 23rd St., Manhattan. 212-777-6800. www.thegramercytheatre.com. 6:30 p.m. $22.50

 

FEBRUARY 13

Matisyahu: Spark Seeker Acoustic Tour @ The Paramount
370 New York Ave., Huntington. 631-673-7300. www.paramountny.com. Doors: 7 p.m., Show: 8 p.m. $52.50, $29.50

 

Love StinksFEBRUARY 14

Love Stinks! The Re-Stinkening… 7th Annual Valentine’s Day Show @ Ripe Art Gallery
One of the most anticipated art shows of the year, Love Stinks is an open submission show drawing local artists working in all types of mediums. An opening reception takes place on Valentine’s Day, from 6-9 p.m. with DJ Lombardo spinning. 67A Broadway, Greenlawn. 631-239-1805. www.ripeartgal.com. Through Mar. 2.

The Maccabees @ Bowery Ballroom
With Reputante, Gambles. 6 Delancey St., Manhattan. www.boweryballroom.com. Doors: 8 p.m., Show: 9 p.m. $20. Also Feb. 16

Valentine’s Day w/Tom Cotter @ Governor’s Comedy
90 Division Ave., Levittown. 516-731-3358. www.govs.com. 8 p.m. $55, $25

 

marcanthonyFEBRUARY 16

Marc Anthony @ Barclays Center
620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn. 8 p.m.$183.50, $63.50. Also Feb. 16

Toby Walker @ YMCA Boulton Center
37 W. Main St., Bay Shore. 631-969-1101. www.boultoncenter.org. 8 p.m. $30, $25

Maroon 5/Neon Trees/Owl City @ Madison Square Garden
4 Penn Plaza, Manhattan. 212-465-6741. www.thegarden.com. 8 p.m. $99.50, $29.50

 

FEBRUARY 17

Chris Young @ NYCB Theatre at Westbury
960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. 877-598-8694. www.thetheatreatwestbury.com. 8 p.m. $29.50. Also  Feb. 15 @ Best Buy Theater, 1515 Broadway, Manhattan. www.bestbuytheater.com. 8 p.m. $30, $26.50

TheWhoFEBRUARY 21

The Who @ Nassau Coliseum
1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale. 631-920-1203. www.nassaucoliseum.com. 7:30 p.m. $124.50, $30.50

 

FEBRUARY 22

Lady Gaga: The Born This Way Ball @ Madison Square Garden
4 Penn Plaza, Manhattan. 212-465-6741. www.thegarden.com. 8 p.m. $205, $54.50. Also Feb. 23

Cradle of Filth @ Irving Plaza
17 Irving Pl., Manhattan. 212-777-6800. www.irvingplaza.com. 7 p.m., $26

 

kellymonaco&valFEBRUARY 23

DTWS’ Kelly Monaco & Val @ Brokerage
2797 Merrick Rd., Bellmore. www.brokeragecomedy.com. 11 a.m. $75

Artie Lange @ NYCB Theatre at Westbury
960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. 877-598-8694. www.thetheatreatwestbury.com. 8 p.m. $61.50, $51.50

Raisin’ Cane feat. Jasmine Guy @ Staller Center
Stony Brook University, Nicolls Road, Stony Brook. www.stallercenter.sunysb.edu. 8 p.m. $34.

Lil Monsters Heavy Metal Disco w/Lady Starlight & The Dirty Pearls @ Gramercy Theatre
127 E. 23rd St., Manhattan. 212-614-6932. www.thegramercytheatre.com. 11 p.m. $15

 

academyawardsFEBRUARY 24

Academy Awards @ Cinema Arts Centre
Watch the Academy Awards on the big screen in the Sky Room Cafe. This much-anticipated annual event includes an event tote bag, ballot contest wine from Bottles & Cases, a Taste of Huntington dinner, Herrell’s Ice Cream, auctions, trivia prizes, bar and buffet. 423 Park Ave., Huntington 631-423-FILM. www.cinemaartscentre.org. 6:30-11:55 p.m. $50, $40

Head Dweller @ The Cup Coffee House
An exhibit curated by Lisa Be, bringing together the visual creations of Brian Smith and the DJ stylings of Quiett Dog, while addressing insomniatic obsession in the art process. 3268 Railroad Ave., Wantagh. 6 p.m.

 

flyleafFEBRUARY 27

Flyleaf @ The Paramount
370 New York Ave., Huntington. 631-673-7300. www.paramountny.com. 8 p.m.  $50, $24.50, Also Feb. 28 @ Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Pl., Manhattan. 212-777-6800. www.irvingplaza.com. 7 p.m. $24.50

 

FEBRUARY 28

Swedish House Mafia: Black Tie Rave for Hurricane Sandy @ Hammerstein Ballroom
311 W. 34th St., Manhattan. 212-279-7740. www.mcstudios.com. 8 p.m. Tickets through Ticketmaster auction only, $100+

 

 

 

Get Off Of My Cloud

Jaclyn Gallucci - Jones Beach - Out There - Long Island Press

[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hen I told people I would be spending the afternoon with an emergency chute glued to my back, while strapped into the front seat of a plane the size of a Smart car, they looked at me like I was not too long for this world.

Jaclyn Gallucci - Out There - Jones Beach
Illustration by Jon Moreno

I pulled up to Republic Airport in misty could-go-either-way weather, parked my car in a back lot and walked toward the hangar. In front of me was this model toy plane, red and blue, plastic bubble on top.

It was adorable, and presumably left there to greet guests, like me, at the entrance. I stopped and peered inside, then made my way to Lt. Colonel John Klatt’s trailer.

Klatt was in town to perform at the Jones Beach air show. And if you’ve ever been there, he’s the guy bouncing around the clouds in the world famous Staudacher S-300D, a 1,250-pound high-performance aerobatic aircraft, which tops out at 250 mph.

He’s also a veteran of three combat tours in Iraq, who has logged more than 2,000 hours at the controls of the F-16 alone and served in the Air National Guard for more than 20 years, flying combat, air support and humanitarian missions throughout the world.

Now a member of the 148th fighter wing of the Duluth Air National Guard, Klatt spends his free time wowing audiences across the world by defying gravity every chance he gets.

Today he was meeting me in Farmingdale for a tour of Long Island’s skies in his two-seater plane, capable of pulling more than 20 Gs, which is twice the load of the F-16 “Fighting Falcon” Klatt flies in his “day job.”

That toy plane in the parking lot—not a toy.

I was climbing in the front seat, and Klatt was climbing in behind me, with only a thin plastic canopy between us and the wild blue yonder. He’d be controlling the plane from the back so I’d get the full pilot experience.

I took a deep breath as one of the guys strapped me in so tightly I couldn’t move any part of my body even an inch. Then he tucked something under the belt on my leg.

“Just in case,” he said. It was a plastic bag. Now I was really getting nervous, and thankful the only thing I had eaten that day was a strawberry.

Klatt started the engine. I couldn’t see him but I was wearing a mic so we could talk to each other and I could ask questions.

We sped down the runway, I felt like I was strapped to a cannonball. Then, in a matter of seconds, I was in another world, 3,000 feet up.

I couldn’t stop looking down at the ground. The sky was blue up above the clouds, and another toy plane, this one red, pulled up right next to us.

The pilot waved to me. I waved back. I felt like the Red Baron—the Snoopy version.

Klatt asked me, “So, you want the regular ride or the wild ride?”

I was feeling great, so I didn’t give it a second thought before I asked for the latter.

With that the plane jerked 90 degrees and we were going straight up to the sun, perpendicular to the ground. I felt weightless as we paused for barely a second before swirling and spinning straight back down, then flipped over and flew in a straight line upside-down over the Robert Moses Causeway.

Strangely enough, dangling upside down over Long Island seems very natural. Things don’t look real from up there, where the tide is coming in above and the sky is at your feet.

Today, I can’t even get down to the beach because the bridge is closed. After super storm Sandy, the whole area is shut down. There are orange cones and construction vehicles everywhere so the view over the causeway just isn’t the same on the ground. But if I were up there, I’m sure nothing would be lost.

From above, everything looks so small, especially the things that are so big and heavy down here. We flew over a cemetery, which looked like a checkerboard of little white Chiclets from up there and nothing more, and I didn’t even realize what it was until I saw a group of little dots gathered around one of them.

“I’ve always enjoyed airplanes,” said Klatt, who began flying at 17. “My dad used to take me to air shows as a kid and I was always excited about it.”

After a few more loops, rollovers and a hammerhead or two—whereby the plane did a literal cartwheel across the sky—it was time to head back down to Earth. We had been up there about 20 minutes. I didn’t want to come down.

Slowly the beautiful white Chiclets became headstones and everything was real again. I felt sick, not in some spiritual and transformative way. I felt sick to my stomach, and I was reaching for the bag tucked in the straps on my leg, simultaneously glad that I had only eaten that strawberry and remembering that there was a video camera focused right on my face, recording every second of my in-flight experience.

Klatt later explained to me that the body has to learn to adapt to the changes in gravity. This was my first step. In other words, next time I’d be a little less nauseous.

Back on the ground, I climbed out of the plane, a little wobbly on my feet. Someone handed me a tape that I vowed to never let anyone watch, ever.

Back home, I turned the TV on, popped the tape in, cringed for a few minutes, then pushed the play button.

Nothing.

It was blank. The camera on the plane didn’t record.

I was a little disappointed and a little relieved. If something on the plane had to fail 3,000 feet above the ground, I’m glad it was the camera.