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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.

tgannon@timesreview.com

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

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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

631-451-4049

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

631-851-6876

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

631-548-2572


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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!

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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


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Suffolk County Community College Employee & Friends 15% Discount on Flowers and Gifts

Mothers Day 2018 -1800 FlowersSuffolk County Community College Employee and Friends Savings Evergreen Flyer (PDF)

Suffolk County Community College Employees, Alumni and Friends can take advantage of 15% off of flowers, gourmet treats and gifts with the code:

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Take advantage for Mother’s Day, Graduations, Birthdays or any special occasion. When you save money consider making a donation to support student scholarships.

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Go to www.1800flowers.com,or call 1-800-FLOWERS (1-800-356-9377)

*Prices and discounts are exclusive of applicable service and shipping charges and taxes. Items may vary and are subject to availability, delivery rules and times. Offers available online and by phone. Offers cannot be combined, are not available on all products or prior orders and are subject to restrictions, limitations and blackout periods. Prices and charges are subject to change without notice. Offer valid through 12/31/2019. Void where prohibited. © 2016 1-800-FLOWERS.COM INC


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Registration Open – Thursday, May 10, 2018 “Honor the Alumni Dinner” for Radio and Television Production Program and Al Bernstein’s Retirement Dinner

Suffolk County Community College

“Honor the Alumni Dinner” for Radio and Television Production Program

and Al Bernstein’s Retirement Dinner

Thursday, May 10, 2018 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Radisson Hotel Hauppauge-Long Island

 110 Vanderbilt Motor Parkway, Brentwood, NY 11717 (631) 231-1100

Radisson

Alumni Honoree: Danny Skarka of MediaOne Studios in San Francisco, CA

Read a Special Message from Professor Alan Bernstein

Visit the Radio and Television Production Alumni Page
https://sunysuffolk.thankyou4caring.org/rtv

 Connect on Facebook

 Suffolk Broadcasters – Alumni, Students, Faculty, Friends and Staff

Consider a contribution to one of the following funds:

Ron Orlando Memorial Scholarship  – Help us endow this educational scholarship with an additional $6,000 in donations from alumni and friends!

Alan Bernstein Remote Television Production Scholarship – Help us endow this new educational scholarship with an additional $8,000 in donations from alumni and friends!

REGISTER or DONATE HERE

Any questions, please contact department chair, Thomas Bovino (631) 451-4145 or bovinot@sunysuffolk.edu


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Alumni Spotlight Video: The Szabo Family ’78, ’99, ’17, ’17


Alumni Spotlight Video: The Szabo Family

Did you know nearly 1,000 Suffolk graduates across the decades are connected on LinkedIn. Join in the conversation!

Send us your alumni updates to alumni@sunysuffolk.edu or register online


Dennis Setteducati ’02 & Andrew Boza on The Chew and Rachel Ray Show

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The Chew with guests Crafty Lumberjacks Dennis Setteducati ’02 (center)

Suffolk County Community College graduate Dennis Setteducati ’02 and Andrew Boza are both actors who met while traveling on the National Tour of Fiddler on the Roof! Oy!

Along with coffee, crafting and Netflix, they have a love for the holidays and decorating! This love lead to their successful and ever growing blog and Instagram, which aims at giving their followers some quick, easy and affordable inspiration!

The have appeared on The Chew and The Rachael Ray Show and can be seen on the HGTV Handmade Youtube Channel.

They have performed all over the United States and Canada and have been featured on several publications including Buzzfeed, DIY Network blog, Urban Bear, Gay Star News, The Vegan Roadie and the lifestyle magazine, Sweet Paul.

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Rachel Ray with Crafty Lumberjacks Dennis Setteducati ’02 (second from the right)

Source: Crafty Lumberjacks

Share your Suffolk County Community College alumni updates to alumni@sunysuffolk.edu


Find Suffolk County Community College Alumni Association online:

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

Save the Date  Thursday, May 3, 2018

Suffolk County Community College Salute to Excellence Gala

2/11/18 Brooklyn, NY: Brooklyn Academy of Music Film Series featuring Stefon Bristol ’08

Brooklyn, NY: Brooklyn Academy of Music Film Series featuring Stefon Bristol ’08
Sunday, February 11, 2018 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Sun, Feb 11, 2018, 2PM

LOCATION:
30 Lafayette Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11217
GENERAL ADMISSION: $15
MEMBERS: $7.50 (free for Level 4 and above)

This international program of captivating short films, from Afrofuturist fantasies to dystopian social commentary, is followed by a panel discussion exploring the exciting future of black screen superheroes. The program will be followed by a panel discussion featuring filmmaker Stefon Bristol and cultural producer Deidre Hollman, moderated by series programmer Ashley Clark.

See You Yesterday

Dir. Stefon Bristol ’08
2017, 15min

In this moving sci-fi drama, two Brooklyn teens, C.J. and Sebastian, build makeshift time machines to save C.J.’s brother, Calvin, from being wrongfully killed by a police officer.

For more information contact (631) 451-4376


Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building
30 Lafayette Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11217
Fees: GENERAL ADMISSION: $15
MEMBERS: $7.50 (free for Level 4 and above)
Contact: (631) 451-4376

Find Suffolk County Community College Alumni Association online:

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

Save the Date  Thursday, May 3, 2018

Suffolk County Community College Salute to Excellence Gala

SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, May 3, 2018 SALUTE TO EXCELLENCE GALA “Celebrating 30 Years of Automotive Workforce Development”

Save the Date Front 2018

Save the Date Back 2018

  Thursday May 3, 2018

“Celebrating 30 Years of Automotive Workforce Development”

7:00 pm–8:00 pm Networking Reception
8:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner and Awards Ceremony
Hilton Long Island-Huntington
598 Broad Hollow Rd, Melville, NY 11747

Download Sponsorship Information (PDF)

For more information please contact the Foundation Office at 631-451-4458 or gala@sunysuffolk.edu

The Suffolk Community College Foundation’s mission is to support student access to quality education and vocational skill training by providing scholarships, emergency loans and funding for program development. Additionally, the Foundation seeks to engage alumni to maintain their connection to the college, to support foundation events, philanthropy, student mentorship and internship opportunities.


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Suffolk County Legislator Tom Donnelly ’87 Visits Suffolk County Community College

Thomas Donnelly '87 President McKay

Suffolk County Legislator Tom Donnelly, chair of the Education & Human Services Committee visited College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay recently. Legislator Donnelly is a proud graduate!

Suffolk County Legislator Tom Donnelly is a life-long resident of Deer Park. A 1984 Graduate of Deer Park High School, Legislator Donnelly earned an Associate’s Degree from Suffolk County Community College and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Saint Joseph’s College (Brooklyn).

A former Town of Babylon Planning Board Member and Councilman, Legislator Donnelly was twice elected to the Babylon Town Board, serving from 2011 to 2017, where he chaired the Town of Babylon’s Family Wellness and Public Safety committees. Actively engaged in the Town’s Senior Citizen Centers and Family Wellness programs, Legislator Donnelly was instrumental in helping to provide services to senior citizens and families in need. As Chairman of the Town’s Public Safety committee, he served as the liaison for Volunteer Firefighters to the Town Board while spearheading Babylon’s response to quality of life issues. He also worked with our partners in the Suffolk County Police Department addressing quality of life issues to keep our communities safe.

Legislator Donnelly is a 33-year Decorated Member of the Deer Park Fire Department, serving as Captain of Engine Company 2, as well as a Fire Commissioner for 10 years. In December 2017, he retired as a 30-year veteran with the City of New York, first serving three years as a NYPD officer in the 83rd Precinct in Patrol Borough Brooklyn North before entering the FDNY. Legislator Donnelly was a 27-year Decorated Lieutenant of the New York City Fire Department serving in some of the FDNY’s busiest units. He was a member of the elite Urban Search, Rescue Search and Rescue Task Force with deployments to the World Trade Center attacks in 2001, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Haiti Earthquake in 2010 and other regional deployments to assist in Search and Rescue of Communities impacted by severe weather events.

Tom and his wife Lisa, a registered nurse with NorthWell Health, reside in Deer Park with their three daughters. The entire Donnelly family has been active in sports, community organizations and volunteering in the Deer Park Community for decades.

Source: Suffolk County Legislature


Find Suffolk County Community College Alumni Association online:

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

Save the Date  Thursday, May 3, 2018

Suffolk County Community College Salute to Excellence Gala

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