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


Alumni Spotlight Video: The Szabo Family

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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

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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

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Save the Date  Thursday, May 3, 2018

Suffolk County Community College Salute to Excellence Gala

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

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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


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Newsday Alumni Profile: Gary Priore ’10 New York Beard & Co.

Newsday “The business of beards is growing on Long Island” by Daysi Calavia-Robertson daysi.calavia-robertson@newsday.com

Read about Gary Priore ’10 New York Beard & Co. who attended Suffolk County Community College and took classes in Entrepreneurship.

Natural ingredients

Gary Priore 2010.jpgRonkonkoma resident Gary Priore said he hated how greasy most men’s grooming products made his beard look and feel, so earlier this year he set out to make his own.

The 33-year-old, who works at a medical diagnostics company, went online to research “do-it-yourself” beard-balm-making methods and started experimenting with his own formulas.

Then in February he enlisted the help of his cousin, Robert Keil, and opened New York Beard & Co. NY Beard and Co

Priore now sells beard balm in four scents, including Long Island Classic, which contains vanilla and mint, and Uptown Funk, which features notes of patchouli and lemon, on his company website, nybeardco.com and at Long Island farmers’ markets.

Beard-balm tins, a little wider than a quarter, cost $5, and larger ones, about as wide as the palm of a hand, cost $15.

Priore uses a slow cooker and a hot plate to mix and melt ingredients at home and says the process of making one batch, which fills about 150 containers, takes about six hours.

“I don’t use dyes or artificial ingredients, only beeswax, natural butters and essential oils,” he said. Priore recently made a deal with Lunabee Apiary in South Setauket to source beeswax for his balm.

“Being able to offer a product that’s as organic and natural as possible is important to me because I feel that’s our niche, it’s what sets us apart from larger producers,” he said.

Source: Newsday


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Flashback Friday – Suffolk County Community College Business Class visits former Entrepreneurship student and Crazy Crepe Owner

CrazyCrepeLogo113x141November 6, 2016 – Twenty students enrolled in Business Administration BUS 123: Entrepreneurship course on the Ammerman campus, visited the Crazy Crepe restaurant, founded and operated by former Suffolk County Community College student, Kevin Muller.

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Kevin Muller, Crazy Crepe Owner & former Suffolk County Community College student.

The entrepreneurship course focuses on the study of the environment of small business and  the functions and philosophy of entrepreneurs. Topics include problems in initiating and achieving success in new small business, including financing, marketing, management and legal governmental relationships involved. This onsite visit to a local business located minutes away from the Ammerman campus in Selden, NY gave the students the opportunity to have a unique learning experience as part of their business education.

Starting with a brief account of his educational background, Mr. Muller shared the process of selecting, opening and reopening his business. With initial capital funding of $20,000 which he raised through working full –time and living at home, he opened his first yogurt shop at the Selden location, while maintaining his full-time job. Shortly after realizing the business would not be successful, he used a $3,000 line of credit to re-brand the store and offer crepes using a family recipe from his grandmother.  20171106_180338_1510163919744

In addition to talking about raising capital, Mr. Muller explained several of his business practices to the students that brought their course content to life. He spoke walking the neighborhoods, speaking to customers and surveying potential new locations as part of his research process of opening new locations. He frequently uses community connections and offers to host fundraisers and participate in industry events to gain more customer familiarity with the Crazy Crepe brand and test out new products. He meets with the staff at each of his four locations and chooses to lead by example with a hands-on management style. In addition to managing his current businesses, he shared his vision for a new brand and possible franchising opportunities with the students.

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Students enrolled in Business Administration BUS 123: Entrepreneurship course

In a post-visit class discussion with Professor Lauren Liburd the students expressed their appreciation of the experience. They were encouraged to see a young entrepreneur from Long Island, whom they could relate to. They recognized his work ethic and found assurance in their ability to be successful entrepreneurs, should they apply the same principles to their business aspirations. This experience gave students a first-hand look into the possibilities of utilizing their business education to further their goals and dreams of success.

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Mary P. Lodato ’82, RN, Recognized as a Top 100 Healthcare Professional by Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide Publication

pressrelease_192949_1512427077Patchogue, NY, December 05, 2017 –(PR.com)– Mary P. Lodato, RN of Patchogue, New York has been recognized as a Top 100 Healthcare Professional by Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide for her outstanding contributions and achievements for over 42 years in the field of healthcare.

About Mary P. Lodato, RN
Ms. Lodato is a Registered Nurse at BMHMC, which is a hospital providing patient care in Patchogue, New York. She provides basic nursing services in the ambulatory surgical unit with pre- and post-op patients. Previously, she taught L.P.N.’s at BOCES and worked at an OB/GYN office.

Ms. Lodato obtained a L.P.N. from Eastern Suffolk BOCES in 1973 and an A.S.N. from Suffolk Community County Community College in 1982. She is bilingual in Spanish and English and enjoys teaching bilingual nursing assistant students, L.P.N. students and those in the working maternal child arena.

Born on August 31, 1954 in Bronx, New York, Mary married Anthony on August 25, 1979 and they have three children. In her spare time she enjoys family activities, bbq’s, traveling to Europe and reading.

Ms. Lodato states, “I truly love nursing and mentoring nursing students and new hires who come to the facility.”

For further information, please contact http://www.brookhavenhospital.org.

About Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide
Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide highlights the professional lives of individuals from every significant field or industry including business, medicine, law, education, art, government and entertainment. Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide is both an online and hard cover publication where we provide our members’ current and pertinent business information. It is also a biographical information source for thousands of researchers, journalists, librarians and executive search firms throughout the world. Our goal is to ensure that our members receive all of the networking, exposure and recognition capabilities to potentially increase their business.

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Broadcast veteran Jason Kornweiss ’94 joins Diversified team providing thought leadership to evolving media and entertainment clientele

Diversified Creates New Position, Vice President of Strategic Projects to Serve Evolving Market assumed by Suffolk County Community College Alumnus Jason Kornweiss ’94 from the Radio and Television Broadcast ProgramJason Kornweiss 1994

Diversified, an industry leading technology solutions provider, is proud to announce that Jason Kornweiss ’94 has joined the ranks of the executive leadership team as Vice President of Strategic Projects. This newly created position provides subject matter expertise and thought leadership around evolving technology in the media and entertainment markets. After serving NBC for over two decades, culminating in his role as Vice President of Global Media Operations, Jason’s addition to the team supports a further enhanced customer experience for the company’s leading media and entertainment clients.

“Jason and I have a long history of collaborating to deliver ground-breaking projects,” says Michael Wright, SVP of Diversified’s Media & Entertainment division. “Having him join the Diversified family is very exciting for me, and I know that our clients will all benefit from his contributions.”

With an extensive career of both leadership and end-user experience, Jason harnesses his years of real world knowledge to ensure that Diversified’s clients have the right technology solutions for their facilities in order to maintain their competitive edge within the marketplace. Serving as a subject matter expert abreast of the latest technologies and their applications within these unique spaces, he’ll work alongside our customers as well as our sales, engineering, and technical operations teams providing support across the division’s global operations.

“Diversified is leading the way in innovative media and entertainment technology,” says Jason Kornweiss. “I look forward to not only being a part of the team but in helping to develop today’s cutting edge solutions designed for tomorrow’s challenges.”

About Diversified

Diversified is an industry leading technology solutions provider delivering innovative digital media, collaborative, broadcasting, and OTT solutions to a global clientele across a wide array of markets including financial, media & entertainment, enterprise, energy, higher education, technology, healthcare, hospitality, government, and more. As an engineering-centric organization, each team of specialized technical experts partners with clients to design custom solutions that enhance their operations, increase productivity, and help drive ROI. Diversified even provides solutions that bridge the gap from today’s technology to the emerging technologies, enabling clients to maximize their current investment by incorporating new strategic technical solutions.

Founded in 1993, Diversified has more than 30 offices serving Fortune 500 clients around the world. Recognized for thought leadership and strategic enterprise implementation, Diversified has been named Commercial Integrator Magazine’s Integrator of the Year for 2016, appears on Enterprise Networking’s Top 10 UC Solutions Providers for 2017, ranks among Inc. Magazine’s fastest growing private companies for 2017, and is a pioneer InfoComm APEX certified company. From initial design consultation to deployment to managed services, Diversified is a trusted technology partner.

Learn more about Diversified’s comprehensive portfolio of solutions and service offerings at http://www.diversifiedus.com.

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Scott Higham ’79 on MSNBC Morning Joe

Suffolk County Community College Alumnus Scott Higham ’79 Washington Post Journalist and Author on MSNBC Morning Joe today.

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Scott Higham ’79


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