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Long Island Concerts & Events July 22-25

Warren Haynes
Warren Haynes

This comedian, actor, and director who has been a part of more than 60 films and starred in the sitcom The War at Home will be returning to his home state for a hilarious, uninhibited comedic act. Governor’s Comedy Club, 90 Division Ave., Levittown, govs.com $28-$63. 8 p.m. July 22. 

These Michigan rockers come to town on The Trauma Tour with special guests ISSUES and Justin Stone. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington, paramountny.com $28-$53. 7:30 p.m. July 23.

Grammy-nominated pianist/vocalist and host of the popular jazz series, Swingin’ Nights With Judy Carmichael and Friends, will bring her own trio with saxophonist Harry Allen and guitarist Chris Flory to the Loading Dock for an evening of swing music and rockin’ blues and boogie-woogie piano. Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue, patchoguetheatre.org $20. 8 p.m. July 23.

The Staten Island-based band brings its old-school style to town with 5Dead X’s, who will be showcasing their new original songs, alongside some covers matching their rock ‘n’ roll vibe. My Father’s Place, 1221 Old Northern Blvd., Roslyn, myfathersplace.com $24. 8 p.m. July 24.

Lance Bass of *NSYNC hosts the lineup featuring O-Town, Aaron Carter, Ryan Cabrera, and Tyler Hilton. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington, paramountny.com $39.50-$125. 8 p.m. July 24. 

Gov’t Mule frontman Warren Haynes is known as the longtime guitarist with The Allman Brothers and revered as one of the greatest axe men who’ve ever lived. Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach, whbpac.org $91-$106. 8 p.m. July 24, 25.

This longtime folk singer/songwriter from Texas who has never shied away from painting true reality through his musical performances has been a long-standing member of the Southern music scene. My Father’s Place, 1221 Old Northern Blvd., Roslyn, myfathersplace.com $35. 8 p.m. July 25.


Long Islanders Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Moon Landing

Museum goers watch as a replica Lunar Module is lowered from the ceiling of the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City at the exact moment of the moon landing 50 years ago during an anniversary celebration on July 20, 2019.

Thousands of people gathered Saturday at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo mission that landed the first men on the moon on July 20, 1969.

The museum, which has on display one of the few remaining Lunar Modules on Earth, lowered a one-third replica model of the spacecraft from the ceiling to a replica moon base at the exact time that the real moon landing happened 50 years ago. Video footage of the event played on the screen behind the model for the occasion. Cheers erupted from the crowd as the model touched down.

“We’re not just shining a light on the Apollo program,” Andrew Parton, the museum’s president, told the crowd gathered in the museum’s atrium. “We’re shining a light on Long Island and all the Grumman employees that put us on the moon.”

Tens of thousands of Bethpage-based Grumman workers were involved in building the Lunar Module, making the anniversary a strong source of local pride.

Related Story: Long Islanders Recall Leading Role in Moon Landing

In addition to the mock moon landing, the museum also had model rocket launches, toy lunar buggy rides, astronaut lectures, and a bevy of space-related crafts for children.

The museum event was one of many across Long Island this weekend marking the anniversary.

NY Announces Nation’s Largest Wind Farm To Be Built Off Long Island

The nation’s largest off-shore wind farm is slated to be built off the coast of Long Island, New York State officials announced Thursday.

The wind farm is made up of two projects. The first, the Sunrise Wind Project, located east of Long Island, will be developed by Orsted a Danish company and Eversource. The second project, the Empire Wind Project, located 14 miles southeast of Manhattan, will be developed by Equinor, a Norwegian company, officials said.

“These are not just proposals, they’re not just ideas,” Gov. Cuomo told reporters during a news conference Thursday. “The agreements we sign today will start moving on these projects now.

The Sunrise project will provide 880 megawatts of power to LI and the Empire project will develop 816 megawatts to New York City.

The projects are projected to generate $3.2 billion in economic activity and generate 1,600 construction and permanent jobs.

Construction of the on-shore facilities will begin in 2022, off-shore construction will begin in late-2022, and the projects will be completed by 2024, officials said.

Officials also announced that New York will provide $20 million to develop a state-of-the-art wind training program to train workers.

United Way of Long Island Sells Award-Winning Net-Zero Smart Home To Veteran

Exterior view of 23 Furman Avenue, a high-performing energy efficient home, in East Patchogue

The United Way of Long Island held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday to announce the pending sale of a previously vacant home that it renovated and turned into an state-of-the-art smart home in East Patchogue.

The U.S. Department of Energy named the Deer Park-based nonprofit as a 2019 Housing Innovation Award Winner after it rebuilt the home in partnership with the Suffolk County Landbank.

“This residence will afford first-time homebuyer, Brian, who is a U.S. Army Veteran, the opportunity to live comfortably within his budget in a high-tech and healthy home for years to come,” said Theresa Regnante, president and CEO of United Way of Long Island. “Building Zero Energy Ready Homes will assist in keeping the middle class and young professionals like Brian on Long Island, as the money saved on yearly utilities helps families afford life’s expenses such as medical bills and food.”

This is the fifth time the nonprofit has won a national award for its smart home construction. But it’s the first time that it built a home that it put up for sale. And its the first in partnership with the Suffolk Landbank.

“Suffolk County is proud to partner with United Way of Long Island to rehabilitate zombie homes and fight blight across our communities,” said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone. “With this latest project, we have put this property back to productive use, which will not only add value to the entire neighborhood, but will provide a first-time homebuyer with the opportunity to purchase a new energy efficient home.”

Currently the United Way of LI has 12 projects underway, each certified as a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Zero Energy Ready Home. These residential projects are a demonstration to the public and construction community that high quality homes can built with the moderate income-earner in mind, especially young professionals, who are seeking to remain on LI and stay within their budget.

Occupants living in a DOE Zero Energy Ready Home could save up to $9,000 annually in electric and heating utility costs, as compared to a home that uses traditional energy sources.

This three-bedroom, two-bathroom East Patchogue residence demonstrates that homes can be built with sustainable materials, capitalize on solar energy and smart technologies, and remain affordable to maintain all while attractive to the eye. It is Energy Star, includes an electrical vehicle charging station in the driveway, as well as Indoor airPLUS and WaterSense certified by the EPA. The technology provides a continuous flow of purified air, includes superior insulation and windows, uses non-toxic materials and utilizes the principles of Universal Design, which allows residents to age in place safely. 

“This smart home provides superior indoor air quality and comfort, and has advanced technologies that allow it to perform better than net-zero,” Rick Wertheim, Senior Vice President of Housing and Green Initiatives at United Way of Long Island elaborates. “This means that it will have the ability to make the occupant money every month. We are building homes of the future, today.”

Ex-Met Ed Kranepool Selling Memorabilia After Kidney Transplant

Ex-Mets first baseman Ed Kranepool.

New York Mets legend Ed Kranepool is selling sports memorabilia from his Syosset home this summer to help pay his medical bills after undergoing a kidney transplant in May.

He has been selling memorabilia to fans and collectors, giving others a chance to enjoy some of the precious items he collected, such as plaques from his countless days of charity work.

“We were always raising money for something,” Kranepool previously told the Press.

The announced sale comes as the Mets commemorate the 50th anniversary of their miracle World Series upset win over the Orioles. Steady Eddie was among those on the roster who recently gathered to mark the momentous win.

Now, Kranepool is offering a limited number of collectors the opportunity to visit him at his home on Long Island to examine and purchase unique Mets and Yankees Sports memorabilia directly from his collection.

The items for sale are autographed vintage photos, autographed assorted team and individual baseballs, great baseball memorabilia from different teams, as well as unsigned, never been seen before personal photos from his days while he was with the Mets for his 17-year career.

Those interested can make appointments between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday, as well as some weekends by calling Martin Gover of Momentum Sports Management, Inc. at 212-918-4545.

Charming Wantagh Tudor Asks $839,000

This one-of-a-kind quaint Tudor is listed for sale at 1542 Argyle Rd. in the Woods section of Wantagh.

Built in 1934 on a third of an acre lot, this four-bedroom, two-bathroom home boasts many updates and extras, such as sliding doors that open to the backyard with a heated in-ground pool.

The house features an eat-in kitchen, formal dining room, wood-burning fireplace in the spacious living room, another fireplace in the den, and a fully finished basement with a workshop. Outside it has an attached garage, patio, and in-ground sprinklers. 

The house is within walking distance of downtown Wantagh, local parks, and the Wantagh Long Island Rail Road station. The property is in the Wantagh School District.

The asking price is $839,000, not including the annual property taxes of $19,014.

The real estate agent listed for the property is Mary Triquet of Century 21 American Homes, who can be reached at 516-826-4600.

Plan A Group Trip to Long Island’s Best State Parks

When someone says “let’s go to the beach,” Long Island may not be the first place that comes to mind.  

To be fair, if you’ve never stepped foot on Long Island, you wouldn’t know about the many beautiful beaches and state parks the island has under its belt. Suffolk County alone has nearly two dozen picturesque state parks to choose from and Nassau County has landmark locations like Jones Beach.

There’s no better way to spend a day on Long Island than at the beach or enjoying some outdoor recreation in the park. The only way to make a beach trip even better is to travel with a group! Friends, family, colleagues, students, any type of group will enjoy an afternoon at one of  Long Island’s many pristine state parks. 

Heading over to one of the island’s state parks is perfect for every type of group occasion. Plan a school field trip on Long Island to learn about the natural landscape, host a big outdoor family gathering or even organize a company outing to volunteer at a beach cleanup.

Make your group trip to any of Long Island’s top beachfront locations as smooth as can be with easy shuttle transportation services from GOGO Charters. You’ll have a large fleet of charter buses in New York to choose from for your next outing. You can even request a bus equipped with premium amenities like WiFi and entertainment systems to make the trip even better.

Leave all the transportation up to GOGO Charters and focus on planning a fun day with your toes in the sand or boots on the trails.

Need help choosing a state park to head to for your group trip? No problem. Check out one of these popular state parks with your group:

Jones Beach State Park

Jones Beach is the busiest beach state park on Long Island. This Wantagh staple can often get crowded in the summer months, but the waters are cool, calm, and collected. Even while crowded, Jones Beach offers visitors over 6 miles of oceanfront beach and a 3.2-mile boardwalk to walk or bike. Along with swimming, casual surfing, and fishing, Jones Beach is also a great location for special events like concerts at the Jones Beach Theater.

As one of the busiest beaches on the island, beach cleanups are regularly scheduled with community organizations. Why not make the beach cleanup a group effort? Rent a private minibus to shuttle your business, scouting troop, or even just a group of friends to the next Jones Beach cleanup. 

Robert Moses State Park

This state park on the westernmost end of Fire Island is a prime location for large groups looking for a quieter alternative to Jones Beach. Robert Moses State Park offers over 5 miles of calm oceanfront views, making it a great spot for big extended family outings requiring plenty of space.

Taking a group trip over to Robert Moses also gives groups the opportunity to explore all that Fire Island has to offer. The Fire Island National Seashore has plenty of educational endeavors for schools, camps, and community organizations to explore. Cool off on a climate-controlled charter bus while traveling between Robert Moses and the Fire Island Wilderness.

Bethpage State Park

Traveling to the inland Bethpage State Park doesn’t come with postcard-worthy beach views, but it does come with some of the best public golf courses in the region. Bethpage State Park has 5 public golf courses, including the renowned Black Golf Course which has hosted 2 U.S. Opens, the Barclays, and a PGA Tour Championship.  

The park also has standard outdoor activities available with hiking and biking trails, picnic areas, and sports fields. Reserve some tee time at one of the park’s golf courses for a business outing or even plan a family reunion or party at the park. With a GOGO Charters bus rental, you can easily shuttle your entire group from Manhattan or another New York borough to enjoy a day of prime golfing on Bethpage’s famous courses. 

Make Transportation Your Last Worry

Whether you’re planning a field trip to Robert Moses, a beach cleanup at Jones Beach, or even a golfing soiree at Bethpage, simplifying your transportation will make the day even more enjoyable. Forget about having to handle traffic on the Long Island Expressway by yourself! When you rent a charter bus with GOGO Charters, you’ll have a professional transportation team with you every step of the way. It’s as easy as calling 212-356-0174 for a free, personalized quote!

Who Makes The Best Ice Cream on Long Island?

Ice cream just seems to bring smiles to people’s faces, all the more reason to eat it as often as possible. But who makes it best on Long Island?

Long Islanders voted Douglas & James Homemade Ice Cream (Sweet Treats on the Wharf) as Best Ice Cream on Long Island in the 2019 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest.

Find the flavor that satisfies your sweet tooth at Sweet Treats On The Wharf, a lovely ice cream shop in the Port Washington region of Port Washington.

Easily accessible parking options are located near this dining establishment. For those who prefer to travel by bike, Sweet Treats On The Wharf is a great option due to its generous bike parking options.

Douglas & James’ ice cream isn’t your typical frozen treat, but is made the old-fashioned way, one tub at a time. The super premium ice cream is made every day on site. Prices at Sweet Treats On The Wharf are super affordable.

Everyone will scream for the ice cream at Sweet Treats On The Wharf. Head there tonight for quite the delicious cold treat!

To find all the other 2019 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest winners, visit bestoflongisland.com Nominate your favorite businesses and people in the 2020 Bethpage Best of Long Island program through Aug. 31.

Douglas & James Homemade Ice Cream (Sweet Treats on the Wharf) is located at 405 Main St. in Port Washington. It can be reached at 516-708-1706.

Vintage Sound-front Wading River Cottage Asks $619,000

This century-old charming beachfront gem of a Cape-style cottage offering unobstructed views of the Long Island Sound is listed for sale at 86 Creek Rd. in Wading River.

Built in 1919 on a quarter-acre lot, this five-bedroom beach-side retreat with one and a half bathrooms boasts antique character aplenty, including ship lap, beamed ceilings, and wood floors. 

The house features an eat-in kitchen, formal dining room, living room with a fireplace, and a partially finished basement. Outside it has a screened porch, deck, and a boardwalk leading to a private beach.

The home is a short walk from the romantic La Plage Restaurant. Its also a short drive from Wildwood State Park, the Hamptons, and the North Fork Wine Trial. The Long Island Expressway is about six miles from the front door. The property is located in the Shoreham-Wading River Central School District.

The asking price is $619,000, not including the annual property taxes of $9,789, which comes to $8,765 after the Star Exemption.

The real estate agent listed for the property is Robert Privitera of Coldwell Banker Residential, who can be reached at 631-331-9700.

Long Island Concerts & Events July 15-18

Taking Back Sunday
Taking Back Sunday at Tower Theater on April 13, 2014 (Photo by Alexandra Healey)

Don’t be surprised to find a large cloud of smoke wafting over the venue when this good-time rapper’s Decent Exposure Tour arrives joined by French Montana, Chevy woods, and DJ Drama. Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theatre, Jones Beach State Park, 1000 Ocean Pkwy., Wantagh, jonesbeach.com $29-400. 6 p.m. July 16.

Blues artist Johnny Lang will be teaming up with southern rock band JJ Grey & Mofro for an exciting collaborative tour. Opening is North Mississippi Allstars. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington, paramountny.com $39.50-$195. 6:30 p.m. July 16.

The star of E! Entertainment’s megahit television show Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry continues his Life Lessons tour across the county. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury, thetheatreatwestbury.com $19.50. 8 p.m. July 17.

These acoustic rock superstars are known for featuring jazzy improvisational reworkings of their songs, so every show sounds unique. Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theatre, Jones Beach State Park, 1000 Ocean Pkwy., Wantagh, jonesbeach.com $85- $972. 8 p.m. July 17.

This Long Island Music Hall of Famer’s newly formed band has already released three albums displaying a thrilling new style of sound and songwriting. My Father’s Place, 1221 Old Northern Blvd., Roslyn, myfathersplace.com $30. 8 p.m. July 17.

Rock Island’s biggest show of the year, featuring Weird America, Holy Vulture, Stugots, Mind is the Maker, PathMaker, and Craterhoof. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville, revolutionliny.com $10-$12. 7 p.m. July 18.

Join this psychic medium as he reaches over to the other side. Proceeds from Tales From The Other Side will go toward North Shore Animal League in their no-kill mission to help them save and rehabilitate homeless animals. Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, LIU Post, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville, tillescenter.org $70-$80. 7:30 p.m. July 18.

Latin music fans will not want to miss this Peruvian singer and songwriter ’s electrifying performance delivering renditions of his biggest hit songs on his Intuición Tour USA 2019. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury, thetheatreatwestbury.com $39.50-$210.50. 8 p.m. July 18.

With four decades in the music industry, this 16-piece band on its Summer of Sorcery Tour 2019 knows how to play a killer-set that you’ll remember “Forever.” The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington, paramountny.com $29.50-$449.50. 8 p.m. July 18.

Long Island natives producing original, feel-good music since the 1970s. My Father’s Place, 1221 Old Northern Blvd., Roslyn, myfathersplace.com $25. 8 p.m. July 18.

Headliners of this four-day fest include Taking Back Sunday, Sublime With Rome, Dweezil Zappa, and WAR. Shorefront Park, 99 Smith St., Patchogue, greatsouthbaymusicfestival.com $43.50-$175. July 18-21.