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

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Video: Suffolk County Community College Students Speak

Suffolk Students Speak: Find academic enrichment and personal growth at Suffolk County Community College

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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!

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Auto Industry: How Do We Get the Most Qualified Technicians? Suffolk!

Listen, above, to automotive industry representatives speak about the program at Suffolk County Community College, On December 6 Suffolk County Community College sponsored a career fair attended by nearly three-dozen representatives from 200 individual Long Island Automotive employers.

Suffolk County Community College has, for nearly 30 years, been the leader in preparing the most qualified for certified automotive technicians.


Suffolk County Community College offers an A.A.S. degree in Automotive Technology that is National Automotive Technician’s Education Foundation (NATEF) certified and designed to prepare students for employment as automobile technicians and professionals at automotive service facilities.

Suffolk offers four separate automotive programs that includes academic classes and automotive classes that fulfill the requirements to obtain an A.A.S. degree.

The programs offered are the Honda PACT program, the Toyota T-TEN program, the General Motors ASEP program, and the General Automotive ATAC I & ATAC II programs. Subaru was added to the program last year.

“Automobiles are more technically advanced than ever creating an increasing need for highly skilled technicians,” said Suffolk County Community College President Shaun L. McKay who added that the U.S.Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the number of qualified technicians needed nationwide will rise to approximately 780,000 by the year 2024, representing a 5% year-over-year increase in demand.

“Our students, as we continue to build our program, will be qualified to work in any dealership in the region,” McKay said. ‘We will be the premier training facility in the tristate region.”

EMPLOYERS REPRESENTED:

Employers Represented:

Apple Honda
Atlantic Auto Group

  • Advantage Honda
  • Advantage Toyota
  • Advantage Hyundai
  • Atlantic Audi West Islip
  • Atlantic Chevrolet Cadillac
  • Atlantic Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram
  • Atlantic Honda
  • Atlantic Hyundai
  • Atlantic Lexus of 110
  • Atlantic Nissan
  • Atlantic Toyota
  • Atlantic Volkswagen
  • Audi Lynbrook
  • Chevrolet of Huntington
  • Ford Lincoln of Huntington
  • Lexus of Rockville Centre
  • Massapequa Nissan
  • Massapequa Toyota
  • Mid Island Hyundai
  • Millennium Honda
  • Millennium Hyundai
  • Millennium Toyota
  • South Shore Hyundai
  • Toyota of Huntington

BMW Tech Recruiter – Sarah Woodruff
Bram Auto Group

  • Audi of Brooklyn
  • Hudson Honda
  • Lexus of Manhattan
  • Bay Ridge Toyota
  • Bay Ridge Nissan
  • Chevrolet

Browns Jeep/Dodge/Chrysler
Burns Motor Company

  • Acura of Huntington
  • Audi of Huntington
  • Audi of Smithtown
  • BMW of Bayside
  • Honda City
  • Lexus of Smithtown
  • Lexus of Southampton
  • Mercedes of Southampton
  • Sunrise Volkswagen

City Cadillac
Competition Auto Group

  • Competition BMW of Smithtown
  • Competition Subaru Smithtown
  • Infiniti Smithson
  • Mercedes Benz of Huntington
  • Mercedes Benz of Smithtown

Eagle Auto Mall
Elite Auto NY (tentative)
Farmingdale University
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
Firestone

  • 14 Long Island Locations

Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association (GNYADA)
Good Year

  • 10 Long Island Locations

Helms Brothers Mercedes
Hillside Honda
Hunter Engineering
Jiffy Lube

  • 17 Long Island locations

Matco Tools
Mavis Tire

  • 60 Long Island Locations

Metric Subaru
Pro Cut

Rallye Auto Group

  • Rallye Acura
  • Rallye BMW
  • Rallye Lexus
  • Rallye Mercedes Benz
  • Rally Collision Center

Smith Haven Auto Group

  • Smith haven Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram
  • Smith haven Mazda
  • Smith haven Mitsubishi
  • 112 Auto Sales

Smithtown Nissan
Snap-On Tools
Subaru University
Tesla

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Save the Date Thursday May 8, 2018

“Celebrating 30 Years of Automotive Workforce Development”


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State of the Art Library Officially Opens at Suffolk Community College’s Michael J. Grant Campus, Brentwood

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SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson, center, and Suffolk County Community College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay, at left,  are joined by Suffolk County Community Board of Trustees members, from left, student trustee Jerome Bost, Shirley Coverdale, Chair Theresa Sanders, and from right to left, Bryan Lilly, SUNY Senior Vice Chancellor for Community Colleges Johanna Duncan-Poitier and board of trustees member Gordon Canary at the gala ribbon cutting for the new library on the Michael J. Grant Campus.

Suffolk County Community College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay was joined by SUNY Chancellor Dr. Kristina M. Johnson, elected officials, college faculty staff, and administration and community members at a gala celebration and ribbon cutting to celebrate the official opening of Suffolk County Community College’s new $30 million, nearly 75,000 square foot Learning Resource Center (LRC) and library on the Michael J. Grant Campus in Brentwood on October 19.

“The new Learning Resource Center will serve as a powerful symbol of the value that the College and its students bring to the vitality of our shared community,” said Suffolk County Community College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay.

The new LRC houses traditional library spaces and also includes:

    • 95 seat lecture hall
    • computer classrooms
    • writing center
    • reading center
    • tutoring rooms
    • testing rooms
    • offices
    • an information commons
    • conference / board of trustees’ room
    • teaching and learning center
    • photo/video studio
    • photo/video labs and offices
    • 12 study rooms
    •  8 glass enclosed group study rooms
    • outdoor roof garden with tables and seating
    • green roof with vegetation

 

Are you interested in providing funding to dedicate a space within the Learning Resource Center? Contact Alumni Relations at (631) 451-4941.


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Suffolk Auto Tech a Top Four Finalist WIX® Filters 2017 School of the Year Competition

Suffolk County Community College’s Automotive Technology Program has been named a top four finalist in the WIX® Filters 2017 School of the Year Competition. The competition is run in conjunction with O’Reilly Auto Parts and Tomorrow’s Technician magazine to recognize excellence in automotive technology education and programs.

The winner will be selected from the four finalists, with a surprise ceremony in October and a formal announcement during the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) in Las Vegas on Oct. 30.

The winning school will receive:
· a visit by Tomorrow’s Tech staff and program sponsors
· $2,500 donation
· O’Reilly and WIX Filters gear
· appearance by either the WIX or O’Reilly Auto Parts marketing unit
· travel for the class instructor and a guest to Las Vegas to attend Babcox Media’s recognition dinner at AAPEX

“Our automobiles contain complex computer and electronic systems that require highly trained technicians who are proficient in math, science and computer technology,” said Suffolk County Community College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay. “I congratulate our Auto Technology department, the faculty and staff on this honor. Students in our program are preparing not only for their futures, but the future of the industry,” McKay said.

The top 20 schools submitted a video highlighting their programs. Suffolk’s submission is featured above.

Suffolk County Community College Automotive Technology Alumni can connect online
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Watch Video of John J. and Kevin Foley Family Scholarship

Watch Video of John J. and Kevin Foley Family Scholarship

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Suffolk County Community College has announced a fundraising effort to endow the John J. and Kevin Foley Family Scholarship, recently established to honor Kevin and his father, who have both been dedicated to supporting the College and its students. This endeavor will recognize the numerous contributions made by two gentlemen who have played major roles in the history of the College over the full course of their careers.

Kevin’s father, John J. Foley, was a remarkable Suffolk County legislator who served his constituents for 18 years — advocating for labor, education and health-related causes. He acted forcefully and believed strongly in the importance of education. John Foley dedicated his life to public service, including tenure as a member of the College’s Board of Trustees.

Any contribution to this worthwhile cause will be helpful and appreciated. Thank you.


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NASA Space Shuttle Commander Robert ‘Hoot’ Gibson ’66 from Suffolk County Community College

NASA Space Shuttle Commander Robert ‘Hoot’ Gibson ’66 from Suffolk County Community College

Do you know an interesting graduate from Suffolk County Community College? Share updates to alumni@sunysuffolk.edu


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Suffolk County Community College Automotive Tech Minute – Changing an Automobile Air Filter

Suffolk County Community College Automotive Technology demonstrates how to keep your car running in tip-top shape by checking and changing your automobile’s air filter.

Suffolk County Community College offers an A.A.S. degree in Automotive Technology that is National Automotive Technician’s Education Foundation (NATEF) certified and designed to prepare students for employment as automobile technicians and professionals at automotive service facilities.

Suffolk offers four separate automotive programs that includes academic classes and automotive classes that fulfill the requirements to obtain an A.A.S. degree.

The programs offered are the Honda PACT program, the Toyota T-TEN program, the General Motors ASEP program, and the General Automotive ATAC I & ATAC II programs. Suffolk recently announced a partnership with Subaru and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

“Our auto technology group is recognized regionally as the premier program,” said Suffolk County Community College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay. Our students are in high demand and recruited to work in dealerships throughout the region,” McKay said.

Automotive Technology Alumni Online


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