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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.


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


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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”

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!!!

c vargas headshot suffolk - web

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

4/27/18 AABLE Club Annual Field Day Sponsored by Student Activities at Suffolk County Community College

The AABLE Club is having its annual field day on:

Friday, April 27, 2018

10:00 AM -2:00 PM

Suffolk County Community College, Ammerman Campus

Brookhaven Gym, 533 College Road, Selden, NY 11784

Access to A Balanced Learning Experience (AABLE) is a campus based student activities club, however this event is open to ALL of the college community.  Last year’s event was very successful and this year will keep the same theme of inclusion and a fun day for our students.  This year’s guest speaker is blind and is a martial arts expert.

Registration forms will be sent to the Student Activities offices on all three campuses as well as the Disabilities Services offices.

All Differently-Abled SCCC students are invited to compete. 2017 Photos

For additional information contact:

Dr. Michelle Fowler ’83 cumminm@sunysuffolk.edu (631) 451-4548

AABLE_FieldDay 2018

Access to A Balanced Learning Experience (AABLE) Alumni visit https://scccalumniaable.wordpress.com

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Registration Open: 4/20/18 3rd Annual Student Diversity Leadership Conference

DiversityConference2018TO:                  Ammerman Campus Community

FROM:           P. Wesley Lundburg, Executive Dean

SUBJECT:    3rd Annual Student Diversity Leadership Conference

The AASU (African American Student Union) Student Leadership Development conference is an annual event hosted by the students to create a sense of community and address both academic and social issues that concern our students. The conference includes interactive workshops, leadership training, networking opportunities and a forum for students to connect with their peers, faculty and administration from all campuses.

As Suffolk County Community College and the surrounding community become increasingly more diverse, students are becoming more aware of the impact of their presence and voice to further positive changes implemented by the college administration. This year’s conference is the next step in students engaging in conversations to create even more diverse perspectives within the classroom, in the classroom and with the campus community.

Please join the students and encourage your classes to participate on Friday, April 20th and hear what our students have to say. You can register to attend the event by either clicking on this link:  Register here: or registering at the sign-up sheet located at the Information booth in the Babylon Student Center.

See photos from 2017

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200 Marchers and Amazon Best Selling Author Kenia Nunez to Kick off Take Back The Night Against Violence, Friday April 13 at Suffolk


More than 200 marchers will carry lantern bags to empower survivors in the healing process and inspire responsibility in all and Amazon.com best selling author Kenia Nuez will provide opening remarks and domestic violence and sexual assault survivors’ stories, prevention programs and local information and resources will be presented at Suffolk County Community College’s  Take Back The Night, Shatter the Silence and Stop the Violence program at the college’s Michael J. Grant Campus, Brentwood on Friday April 13, 2018 at 6 p.m.

Local organizations supporting the event including Sepa Mujer, Long Island Against Trafficking, VIBS, Crimes Victim Center, LGBT Network, Greater New York Paralegal Association and the Sex Crimes Unit of New York State Troopers.

The marcher’s route throughout the Grant Campus will be as follows:

  1. Sagtikos Theatre – Theme: Introductions & Registration
  2. HSEC – Theme: Dispelling the Myths/Intersectionality/ DV Statistics
  3. Learning Resource Center – Theme: Resources  / Education about Prevention
  4. Captree Commons – Theme: Mental Health/Reflection /Food

DATE: Friday, April 13
TIME: 6 p.m.
Suffolk County Community College
Michael J. Grant Campus
Sagtikos Arts and Sciences Center
Brentwood, NY

Suffolk County’s Sixth Gospel Health Fest In Honor of Minority Health Month

Gospel Health Fest 2018

 Seating is limited, so please RSVP.

Suffolk County Community College in Collaboration with Suffolk County Department of Health Services’

Office of Minority Health (OMH) Present…

Suffolk County’s Sixth Gospel Health Fest on

Saturday, April 21st, 2018, 3:00 – 7:00 PM

In Honor of Minority Health Month

(Registration Required)  http://health.suffolkcountyny.gov/gospelfest/

This event is FREE, and features first-rate, inspirational local Gospel groups, dance companies, and health information.


Linda Coleman

Serena Tyson

Christian Cultural Center Choir

Corona Men’s Chorus (of Corona, Queens)

Tabernáculo de Restauración Worship Team (of Islip)

Ministerio Jesucristo Vive (of Smithtown)

Bread of Life World Outreach Center Music Ministry (of Wyandanch)

United in Christ (of Open Door Church, N. Bellport)

Health Presentations From:

Dr. Kimon Bekelis, Neurosurgeon, Good Samaritan Hospital

HRH Care Community Health

Wendy Rodriguez/Ultimate Sweat Zone

Michael Stoltz, CEO, Association for Mental Health & Wellness

And More…

Sound provided by: Al Garvin

Host: Gregson ‘Dr. Greg’ Pigott, Suffolk County Office of Minority Health 

On-site rapid/anonymous HIV testing will be offered

Sign up, bring your family & share with a friend!

*Doors open at 2:45pm and refreshments will be served.

Thank you to our sponsors

  • Suffolk County Community College – Office of College-wide Multicultural Affairs
  • HRHCare Community Health
  • Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center
  • Healthfirst
  • The Association for Mental Health and Wellness
  • The Suffolk County Multicultural Advisory Committee
  • Suffolk County African-American Advisory Board

*If you have any questions, please contact OMH @ 631-854-0378.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you there!

James W. Banks, LCSW – R, CCH

Collegewide Coordinator of Multicultural Affairs

Consultant to The Center for Social Justice and Human Understanding

Featuring The Holocaust Exhibit

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Save the Date  Thursday, May 3, 2018

Suffolk County Community College Salute to Excellence Gala

4/19/18 Director Stefon Bristol ’08 – See You Yesterday Short Film Screening & Discussion at Suffolk County Community College


Sponsored by Multicultural Affairs

See You Yesterday Short Film & Discussion

APRIL 19th – 4:15 p.m.

Ammerman Campus

ISLIP ARTS BUILDING ROOM 115, 533 College Road, Selden, NY 11784

Film Director and Suffolk County Community College Alumnus Stefon Bristol ’08 presents his short-film about the wrongful death of a young black man killed by a police officer.  A representative from the SCPD will be present for a follow-up discussion on the relationship between the police and community.

James Banks Stefon Bristol Malika Batchie-Lockhart

(L to R) James Banks, Stefon Bristol ’08, Malika Batchie-Lockhart

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Save the Date  Thursday, May 3, 2018

Suffolk County Community College Salute to Excellence Gala

4/19 to 5/15 Eastern Campus Student Fine Arts Exhibit at Suffolk County Community College

Eastern Campus Student Fine Arts Exhibit, April 19 – May 15

The spring Eastern Campus Student Fine Arts Exhibit is a lively salon-style show highlighting exceptional art work created by studentsSelf Portrait, acrylic on paper, 14 x 17 in, 2018. Drawing II student Shannon Sweeney of Center Moriches from Suffolk County Community College’s Eastern Campus. The spring student exhibit displays works created in fine art disciplines including Drawing, 2D Design, and Art Appreciation and will feature more than 60 works in a variety of media and sizes.
Prospective students are encouraged to attend the exhibit to see the high proficiency attained by enrollees in Suffolk’s Eastern Campus Art Department.

The Lyceum Gallery located on the Eastern Campus of Suffolk County Community College in Riverhead will present the Eastern Campus Student Fine Arts Exhibit from April 19 – May 15.

An opening reception will be held on Wednesday, April 25 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. The gallery is closed Sundays and holidays.

Directions to the Eastern Campus: Take the Long Island Expressway to exit 70. Take Country Road 111 four miles to Country Road 51. Turn left toward Riverhead and go north on 51. After 3.5 miles, turn right onto Speonk-Riverhead Road to the campus entrance on the right. For additional information, please call 631 -548-2536.

4/11/18 Suffolk County Community College Career Fair

Career Fair 2018College Wide Career Fair

Meet with employers for internships, fulltime and part time employment. STEM Employers will be highlighted in the Mildred Green Room.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Ammerman Campus, Babylon Student Center

533 College Road, Selden, NY 11784

Employer registration required

Students, alumni and community members are invited

to dress professionally and bring multiple copies of their résumé

to speak directly with over 50 employers about jobs and internships.

Participating Employers

  1. Able Heath Care Service
  2. ACLD, Inc.
  3. Aflac
  4. AHRC Suffolk
  5. Aid to the Developmentally Disabled, Inc.
  6. Amneal Pharmaceuticals
  7. Arame Salon and Spa
  8. Brookhaven Health Care Facility
  9. Brookhaven National Laboratory
  10. Camp DeWolfe
  11. Catholic Charities
  12. Children of America
  13. City MD Urgent Care
  14. Connoisseur Media Long Island
  15. Cox Media Group
  16. Custom Computer Specialists
  17. Developmental Disabilities Institute
  18. Estée Lauder
  19. Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc.
  20. Federation of Organization
  21. The Halyard, Greenport
  22. The Home Depot
  23. Imagine Early Learning Centers
  24. Independent Group Home Living (IGHL)
  25. Jefferson’s Ferry
  26. Lewin and Baglio LLP
  27. Life’s WORC
  28. Luitpold Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  29. MTA-Long Island Railroad
  30. National Business Capital
  31. NYC Department of Correction
  32. New York Life
  33. New York State Solar
  34. Northwell Health- Flex Staff
  35. Northwestern Mutual
  36. Personal Touch Home Care of Long Island
  37. Photonics Industries International
  38. Port Authority of NY & NJ
  39. Preferred Home Care of New York
  40. Primerica
  41. QSAC
  42. Riverhead Building Supply
  43. Rothco
  44. SCO Family of Services
  45. State Farm Insurance Companies
  46. South Shore Home Health Services
  47. Suffolk County Police Department
  48. Suffolk Federal Credit Union
  49. Teachers Federal Credit Union
  50. United Cerebral Palsy
  51. U.S. Air Force
  52. U.S. Army
  53. Utopia Home Care
  54. YAI

Sponsored by Suffolk County Community College Office of Career Services

Questions contact: (631) 451-4049 careerservices-ammr@sunysuffolk.edu

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Save the Date  Thursday, May 3, 2018

Suffolk County Community College Salute to Excellence Gala

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