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35th Annual Golf Classic Suffolk Community College Foundation

35th Annual Golf Classic Suffolk Community College FoundationAugust 20th, 2018
57 days to go.

6/22/18 Craig Boyd ’76 Concert at Riverhead Free Library

Riverhead News Review “Former ‘disco cop’ to give jazz concert in Riverhead”

by 06/19/2018 6:00 AM

You may know Craig Boyd ’76 of Riverhead as the “disco cop” who used dance moves to direct traffic at a busy intersection in Hampton Bays and became known nationally for a time.

Or you may know him as the chairman of the music department at Suffolk County Community College, a position he held from 1994 to 2013.

You may even know him from his first band back in the 1960s, called the Big Men. At age 14, Mr. Boyd played in that band with the late Vietnam War hero Garfield Langhorn; they played at the 1965 World’s Fair. Curtis Highsmith later joined the band to form Little Curtis and the Big Men, one of the most popular local bands.

But on Friday, Mr. Boyd, who is still a professor of music at the college, will get back to doing what he started out doing: playing music in his hometown of Riverhead, in a presentation he’s calling “Full Circle.”

He will perform a solo jazz guitar concert at Riverhead Free Library at 7 p.m. Friday, June 22.

Mr. Boyd said it was the rockabilly music of Duane Eddy that originally turned him on to the guitar as a youngster.

“My mother saw that I was interested, so she went down to Ninow’s Music and bought a guitar for me,” he recalled. “To this day, I can’t remember when I didn’t have a guitar.”

He was 6 when he started taking lessons from Otto Ninow in Riverhead. His mother and his entire family were musically inclined, and his mother made sure everyone played an instrument.

“The guitar game me purpose in life,” Mr. Boyd said in an interview this week.

He would walk to Ninow’s from Roanoke Avenue school for lessons, but he also learned from migrant farm workers who played at Grangebel Park.

“These men used to walk around with guitars on their backs, they were blues men,” Mr. Boyd said. “You don’t see that anymore.”

When he was 12, he joined his first band, which included Mr. Langhorn, who would later sacrifice his own life in the Vietnam War to save other soldiers from a live grenade.

Mr. Langhorn was his “mentor” on guitar, Mr. Boyd said.

“He was really a nice kid,” Mr. Boyd said. “I can see his big smile now. He knew chords on the guitar that I didn’t know.”

Pfc. Garfield Langhorn posthumously received the Medal of Honor, and a bust honoring him is located outside Riverhead Town Hall.

Mr. Boyd later attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, earning degrees in music composition and music education. He taught music in the Riverhead School District for several years before going to Suffolk County Community College, where he was director of bands for 10 years before becoming chair of the music department.

In 2005, he received the State University of New York’s Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities.

In the late 1970s, he worked as a session musician while attending school. Over the years, he produced, recorded, composed, arranged, conducted and performed jazz, classical, pop and dance music.

His brother Wayne convinced him to become a part-time traffic control officer for the Southampton Town Police Department.

By Memorial Day 1981, the “disco cop” was born. He started doing his moves while directing traffic at the intersection of Shinnecock Road and Foster Avenue in Hampton Bays, which leads to the ocean beaches. He was then moved to the busy corner of Good Ground Road and Ponquogue Avenue, where he started getting noticed.

Mr. Boyd, then 30, began dancing in the middle of street while simultaneously directing cars, and it caught on. (Catch his old routine on YouTube)

He would spin his arms while hopping on one foot before telling a driver whether to stop or go. Sometimes, he’d spin around completely in the middle of moving traffic before giving directions.

“The store owners and the people in the community were very positive about it,” he said. “I had no idea it was bringing so much attention. It was just my way of doing things. And I never had an accident.”

He said his background in conducting music actually helped him direct traffic.

The locals loved him — and he was even featured in a Burger King commercial. He recalled a time someone was parked in a fire zone and he went into a bar to tell the man to move his car; about five men from “out of town” became hostile and confronted him.

“Then, all of a sudden, about five local guys, big guys, came up, and said, ‘You all right, Disco?’ They had my back.”

He only did his “disco cop” routine for two summers, and says he never wanted to become a full-time police officer.

His run-in at the bar, he said, “was nothing compared to what a real police officer is involved in.”

In an 2011 interview with the Southampton Press, Conrad Teller, who was Southampton Town police chief at the time, said the department received numerous letters about the disco cop and “most of them loved him. He kept traffic moving and it was a very tough spot in them days.”

Nowadays, an electronic signal conducts traffic at the intersection of Ponquogue Avenue and Good Ground Road. But Mr. Boyd said people still remember him.

“It was quite an experience,” he said.


Top photo caption: Craig Boyd “disco cop” performs as he directs traffic. (Courtesy photo)


Suffolk County Community College Career Services Open to Alumni All Summer

Attention Suffolk County Community College Alumni!

Career Services

The Suffolk County Community College Office of Career Services is open all summer, Monday through Friday, from 9am to 5pm. Feel free to stop in to ask any career-related questions you have.

If you need more than just a quick chat, we are taking appointments for those looking to meet with a career counselor. With offices located conveniently on each campus, we would love to help you in any way we can!

Ammerman Campus Michael J. Grant Campus  Eastern Campus
Babylon Student Center 205 533 College Rd. Selden, NY 11784


Caumsett Hall, Room 220
Crooked Hill Road
Brentwood, NY 11717-1092


Peconic Building  – Second Floor 209
121 Speonk-Riverhead Road
Riverhead, NY 11901-3499


Find Suffolk County Community College Alumni Association online:

Website | Facebook | LinkedIn | Twitter | WordPress | Pinterest | Flickr | Alumni Shop

 Click here to make an online gift to support SCCC students and programs

Save the Dates

August 20, 2018 35th Annual Suffolk Community College Foundation Golf Classic

October 4, 2018 SALUTE TO EXCELLENCE GALA “Celebrating 30 Years of Automotive Workforce Development”

Graduation Party Catering Discount with Moe’s Southwest Grill until 6/30/18

Suffolk County Community College Alumni

Are You Having a Graduation Party?

Order Your Catering Online Today!


Moe’s Southwest Grill, 2565 Hempstead Tpke, East Meadow, NY 11554

Offer valid until June 30th, 2018

For more information contact lori@moeslongisland.com

Take advantage of Alumni Association Benefits

Find Suffolk County Community College Alumni Association online:

Website | Facebook | LinkedIn | Twitter | WordPress | Pinterest | Flickr | Alumni Shop

 Click here to make an online gift to support SCCC students and programs

Newsday – “Long Island college students get help from on-campus food pantries”

Read Newsday – “Long Island college students get help from on-campus food pantries” By Michael Cusanelli Updated June 9, 2018 10:25 AM

Luigi Pesce is one of the college students on Long Island, and among the 36 percent of college students nationwide, who struggle with food insecurity…

Of the 17 colleges on Long Island, Stony Brook is one of six that has a food pantry, along with Nassau Community College, SUNY Old Westbury, Hofstra University, St. Joseph’s College and Suffolk County Community College. SUNY Farmingdale is currently in the process of developing its own pantry with help from NCC. Students only need to show their school ID in order to utilize the pantries.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo proposed establishing the No Student Goes Hungry Program, an on-site food pantry or outside arrangement for food assistance for all state schools, in his 2018 State of the State address. Currently, fewer than half of SUNY and CUNY campuses across the state have food pantries, according to Cuomo’s office.

There are more than 570 campus food pantries nationwide, up from fewer than 10 in 2009, according to the release.

Food insecurity is more severe at community colleges nationwide, where 42 percent of students are food insecure, according to an April survey from the Wisconsin HOPE Lab, a research laboratory that specializes in postsecondary education… More online

Copyright © 2018 Newsday. All rights reserved.

Ammerman Campus, Selden, NY

Babylon Student Center 533 College Rd., Selden, NY 11784

Main #: 631-451-4812 Fax #: 631-732-4330

Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. M-Th 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Friday

Michael J. Grant Campus, Brentwood NY

Captree Commons #110  1001 Crooked Hill Rd. Brentwood, NY 11717

Main #: 631-851-6702  Fax #: 631-851-6302

Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. M-F

Eastern Campus, Riverhead, NY  

Pick-up: Student Success Center

Peconic Building Room 212 121 Speonk-Riverhead Road Riverhead, NY 11901

Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. M-F

Contact Rose Dimino (631) 548-2506 diminor@sunysuffolk.edu

Food Donations:

Office of Campus Activities and Student Leadership Development

Peconic Building Room 122 121 Speonk-Riverhead Road Riverhead, NY 11901

Monday through Friday 9am-5pm

foundation-fleece-jacketYou’ll receive a beautiful customized Suffolk fleece jacket (while supplies last) if you decide to contribute $100 or more to make a difference in the life of a college students.

Please respond now and make your gift today! If you have questions, please call 631-451-4846 or email foundation@sunysuffolk.edu.

Interested in Payroll Deduction? Please complete and return the Faculty / Staff Giving Form

Find Suffolk County Community College Alumni Association online:

Website | Facebook | LinkedIn | Twitter | WordPress | Pinterest | Flickr | Alumni Shop

 Click here to make an online gift to support SCCC students and programs

70 Days until tee off at 35th Annual Suffolk County Community College Golf Classic

Watch & share video on Suffolk County Community College Facebook Page

Monday, August 20, 2018
Nissequogue Golf Club
21 Golf Club Rd, St James, NY 11780


View photos from 2017 Golf Classic

Download Golf Classic Sponsorship (PDF)

Download Foundation W9 (PDF)

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Click here to make an online gift to support SCCC students and program

Jun 14 – 24, 2018 Long Island FunFest at Suffolk County Community College

LI Fun Fest logo

Long Island FunFest is the largest fair on the Island bringing all the family fun of a state fair right here to our backyard!

The 2018 Fun Fest is packed with FREE shows and entertainment such as the death defying globe of death in Victoria’s Circus, the amazing animals in the Records and Burpee Petting Zoo and the incredible Butterfly Encounter where you can walk into a netted area filled with these beautiful creatures. We also have nightly music entertainment and so much more. Explore all the fest has to offer on our entertainment pages.

No fair is complete without a thrilling midway and FunFest has the largest ride midway on the Island. Ride the incredible Super Cyclone Roller Coaster; experience the one of a kind Delusion or try one of the family or kiddie rides, there is something for everyone.

And don’t forget our delicious fair food and exciting games.

If you live in Nassau or Suffolk or even The five boroughs, We are conveniently located off Exit 53 on the LIE so plan to start your summer with us – open daily June 14 through 24!


6/13/18 HIA-LI Manufacturing Committee Meeting at Suffolk County Community College

Please join us on Wednesday, June 13 from 8:30am – 10am at the Suffolk County Community College campus in Brentwood (1001 Crooked Hill Rd), Rm 114, in the Captree Commons building for a panel of experts discussing their programs to reach down into the high schools, manufacturing training programs for post secondary and career changers and college programs internships. Start building your talent pipeline today! Join us for this enlightening program about the efforts on Long Island to grow your next generation of manufacturing talent!

HIA-LI Manufacturing Committee Meeting

Wednesday, June 13th, 8:30 am – 10 am at

Suffolk County Community College – Brentwood

1001 Crooked Hill Rd, Rm 114, Captree Commons building (Map)



As a consultant to manufacturers on Long Island, every manufacturer I meet expresses how hard it is to find the help they need. They voice their need to recruit, train, develop and retain workers. The HIA-LI Manufacturing Committee will be conducting a series of presentations and panels on developing a pipeline for new talent, training, recruiting and retaining their next generation of talent.

Join us as our panel of experts discussing their programs to reach down into the high schools, manufacturing training programs for post secondary and career changers and college programs internships. Start building your talent pipeline today! Join us for this enlightening program about the efforts on Long Island to grow your next generation of manufacturing talent!

We hope to see you there!


Kevin Devecioglu

Ron Loveland

Thomas Heinlein, Administrative Coordinator

HIA-LI | 225 Wireless Boulevard, Suite 101, Hauppauge, NY 11788

P: (631) 543-5355 | F: (631) 543-5380 | E: theinlein@hia-li.org

www.hia-li.org |

Source: 2018 HIA-LI

6/13/18 Town of Brookhaven Job Fair

Town of Brookhaven Job Fair

One Independence Hill, Farmingville, NY 11738

Brookhaven Job Fair 2018-6Job Seekers
FREE admission for job seekers! Bring your resume and be ready to talk to prospective employers! 2018 graduates welcome! View Companies Attending Job FairView FlyerRead Press Release

Call the Office of Economic Development or register online to reserve your recruitment table. Only $100! Call 631-451-6563 for more information.

June 13
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Brookhaven Town Hall
Second Floor Auditorium
1 Independence Hill
Farmingville, NY 11738

Last Year’s Event
On June 6, more than 400 residents attended the sixth annual Job Fair held at Brookhaven Town Hall. The free event, which was sponsored by the Division of Economic Development and the Brookhaven Business Advisory Council (BBAC), gave job hunters the opportunity to meet face-to-face with representatives from 96 companies in and around Brookhaven who are looking to hire qualified candidates for a wide range of positions.


Pictured left to right (picture at top of page) are Councilwoman Valerie M. Cartright; BBAC Secretary Kevin McCormack; Brookhaven Town Division of Economic Development Director and CEO of the Brookhaven Industrial Development Agency (IDA) Lisa Mulligan; Supervisor Ed Romaine; Brookhaven Town IDA Deputy Director James Tullo; BBAC Vice President Brian Cohen and BBAC Board Member Ken Oehler.

Supervisor Romaine said, “The BBAC’s Job Fair is a great event for people to find good paying job opportunities in the public and private sector. I commend the BBAC for helping residents to network and meet with company representatives who are actively recruiting candidates for employment.”

The companies and institutions that participated in the Job Fair included Amneal Pharmaceuticals; DiCarlo Distributors; New York Life Insurance; Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center; People’s United Bank; Speedway LLC; H2M Architecture & Engineers and more.

About the BBAC
The BBAC serves as the business liaison to the Supervisor and Town Board. The council is comprised of business owners and professionals who serve on a volunteer basis. The Council’s key function is to assist Town government by disseminating information to and from the business communities. They also help to compile information on business in Brookhaven Town, and develop and implement public information programs to educate the business community regarding outreach programs and assistance available to them. For more information about the BBAC call Lisa Mulligan, Director of the Town of Brookhaven’s Division of Economic Development at 631-451-6563.

Source: Brookhaven BAC



Watch Video from Suffolk County Community College Commencement on May 24, 2018


Watch Video from Suffolk County Community College Commencement on

May 24, 2018

6/3/18 LI Puerto Rican Hispanic Parade Brentwood


Please join us at the

52nd anniversary of Long Island’s largest parade, the

Puerto Rican/Hispanic Day Parade in Brentwood, NY

Sunday, June 3, 2018

This year’s theme, “El Puente de la Esperanza / The Bridge of Hope” will highlight Puerto Rico’s recovery post Hurricane Maria, while celebrating how communities come together in times of need through culture and art. Our ability to unify in times of crisis, reflects the strength and resilience of our people.

We are asking any Suffolk County Community College students and alumni to come out and support this parade this year.One of our very own will be the Grand Marshall!!

Christina Vargas will be the Grand Marshall!!!

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TO:                  The College Community

FROM:           Christopher Adams, Ed.D., Vice President for Student Affairs

SUBJECT:     Christina Vargas Named as Grand Marshal of the

52nd Annual Puerto Rican/Hispanic Day Parade – Sunday, June 3rd

I am pleased to share with the college community that Christina Vargas, Chief Diversity Officer for Suffolk County Community College, has been selected as this year’s Grand Marshal for Long Island’s largest parade—the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Day Parade. The parade will be held this coming Sunday, June 3rd, commencing at noon and ending at approximately 3 p.m.

As always, the parade is scheduled to take place, rain or shine, in Brentwood.  With tens of thousands of spectators lining the parade route along Fifth Avenue in Brentwood, thousands of marchers will head north for almost 1½ miles from the Southern State Parkway Service Road to 4th Avenue.

We are encouraging all College faculty, staff, students, alumni and families to join us and march in support of this important community event and in celebration of Christina’s recognition as Grand Marshal.  The position line-up begins at 10 a.m., and all participants must be in position before 11 a.m. as streets will eventually be closed. The College’s parade line-up position is #7 (right behind our Grand Marshal).  Anyone planning to march should arrive at our meeting location, which is 5th Industrial Court (off Fifth Avenue), in Bay Shore, NY.

This year’s parade theme, “El Puente de la Esperanza / The Bridge of Hope,” will highlight Puerto Rico’s recovery following Hurricane Maria, while celebrating how communities come together in times of need through culture and art.

Christina, along with the other parade honorees, epitomize the event theme, as each of these individuals brings hope to the local community through their daily work:

  • Grand Marshal: Christina Vargas, Chief Diversity Officer, Suffolk County Community College
  • Presidential Award: Presiding Officer of the Suffolk County Legislature, DuWayne Gregory
  • Sandra M. Gil Champion Award: Isabel Sepulveda, Long Island East End Advocate
  • Nilda Alvarez Social Justice Award: Irma Solis, NYCLU, Long Island Chapter Director
  • Roberto Clemente Humanitarian Award: Sam Cruz, KBG Logistics

Parade Officials

The music, floats, dancers and artistic displays will all be part of the day’s excitement. We hope you will join us in celebrating Suffolk County Community College and Christina Vargas as the parade’s Grand Marshal.  I am confident it will be an enjoyable day of community and culture!

View Newsday June 4, 2017 Brentwood’s Puerto Rican/Hispanic Day parade draws thousands

Partial Event Calendar


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