When Notre Dame fans converge on New York City this weekend ahead of the Shamrock Series football game against Syracuse, a blue and gold illuminated Empire State Building will greet them Friday evening.How did Notre Dame negotiate this display?Paul Browne, vice president for public affairs and communications, asked.“They did this at no cost to Notre Dame, but I guess my best explanation is I asked nicely,” he said.Browne formerly worked as a public information officer at the New York City Police Department, and had seen the Empire State Building lit in various colors to celebrate holidays such as Christmas and Hanukkah. Through his work at the police department, he had crossed paths with Tony Malkin, CEO of Empire State Realty Trust, which owns the Empire State Building.“I wrote Tony a note, reminding him we had crossed paths when I was with the NYPD,” Browne said. “ … And I explained how the Shamrock Series worked — that we would take one of our home games and play it in an interesting place outside of South Bend and that this year we were doing it in New York.”Browne hoped that illuminating the Empire State Building would both celebrate the fact that Notre Dame was visiting New York City, as well as recognize “subway alumni” without any official connection to Notre Dame.“We were kind of honoring the ‘subway alumni’ which is those people, many of them located in New York, many of whom started following Notre Dame when they were immigrants and came into New York,” he said. “We kind of wanted to honor that tradition and thought what better way to do it? New York City is a city of immigrants, Notre Dame is a college that itself was founded by immigrants. … So, Tony eventually agreed. We also agreed to let people know we were doing it.”Overall, the University will seek to honor subway alumni throughout the weekend with various events, according to a University press release published Tuesday. Festivities kicked off Thursday with a prayer service in St. Peter’s Church for Notre Dame community members impacted by the 9/11 attacks. The play “Sorin: A Notre Dame Story” was also presented Thursday. On Friday, members of the Notre Dame community will participate in a service project and host multiple panels. The celebrations will conclude Saturday with a Mass celebrated by University President Fr. John Jenkins at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, a marching band concert and the football game.According to the release, the events are free and open to the public, though some require registration in advance.Browne said Notre Dame first began to gain subway alumni during the early 20th century, when Catholic immigrants often faced discrimination.“[Notre Dame] became very prominent in the American imagination,” he said. “It really dates back to the 1920s. And there were two things kind of interesting going on in the 1920s — in Indiana, in the midwest but Indiana specifically, the Ku Klux Klan stronghold was in Indiana. And Notre Dame as a University was viewed very suspiciously and antagonistically.” Because of this, the University had a hard time finding schools willing to play them in football, Browne said.“It was difficult for Knute Rockne, the coach, to get a number of midwestern universities to accept playing football with Notre Dame because they were those ‘Fighting Irish,’ meaning those fighting, brawling, drunken Irish,” he said. “That original term was a slur that Rockne had the brilliance to take over and wear as a badge of honor.”As a result, the football team had to travel the country to play schools across the nation, Browne said.“[Rockne] had to take the Notre Dame team on the road, had to travel to New York to play Army, which would not discriminate, which would play us,” he said. “But in doing that … Notre Dame was the first football team to play nationally. Before that, nobody went through a couple of days on a train to go somewhere. They all played regional. But out of necessity, Rockne brought us to New York.”When the Notre Dame football team arrived in New York, they were greeted by numerous Catholic fans, Browne said.“When [Rockne] gets to New York, New York City is filled with what? Irish Catholic immigrants. Italian Catholic immigrants. Polish Catholic immigrants,” he said. “And Notre Dame to them is an aspirational place. It is a place where Catholics can be admitted to a university, not be discriminated against, like my own mother in Northern Ireland. She couldn’t get into a good university if they looked at her name. … It wasn’t a law that discriminated, but they could tell by her name that she was Catholic.”Browne himself identifies as a subway alumnus. He said his parents long admired Notre Dame as a place where Catholics could get a good education, despite facing discrimination.“My parents didn’t go to college,” Browne said. “They knew nothing about American football, because football to them was soccer. So they didn’t know anything about the sport, they didn’t know anything about American higher education. “All they knew was that Notre Dame was this aspirational place that did not discriminate against immigrants and we were Notre Dame fans for that reason. I, as a little kid, learned the Notre Dame fight song, and I couldn’t have told you where Notre Dame was but I would listen or watch the games with my father.”Similar stories exist across the country, Browne said, and contribute to a large subway alumni population.“Repeat that millions of times in cities specifically on the Northeast — New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago,” he said. “This created what became known, because it started in New York, as the subway alumni, people who were not alumna at all, but they identify with Notre Dame because of their immigrant tradition, because they were Catholic and they wanted to root for the team that represented them in a way larger than just football.”Browne said subway alumni’s love for Notre Dame persists today. He recounted the enthusiasm with which policemen greeted Jenkins when he toured the One World Trade Center a few years ago, before it opened. “They were all so proud … they brought him up to the very top of the Freedom Tower, before it opened, before it was finished and had him sign his name on a steel beam on the very top of the Freedom Tower,” Browne said. “It’s now enclosed behind walls, etc., but it was very important to them to have Fr. Jenkins of Notre Dame sign the steel at the top of the New World Trade Center. It’s all tied to that history of immigration and pride in ethnicity and religion.”Their excitement stemmed from their love for the University, Browne said.“It meant a lot to those cops because it was the president of Notre Dame,” he said. “The president of any other university? They wouldn’t care, to be honest.”Tags: Empire State Building, subway alumni, Syracuse
Bring the Roaring ’20s to Your iPod Hits store shelves June 10 Don’t speak…but sing along with classic songs from the 1920s! The cast album for Woody Allen’s musical comedy Bullets Over Broadway, featuring the vocal talents of Zach Braff and Marin Mazzie, is officially here. To get in the mood befitting the show’s era, we suggest whipping up some bathtub gin, learning to Charleston, and losing a fortune in the stock market. (Um, maybe you should skip the last one.) Celebrate Fiddler’s 50th June 9 at Town Hall Your cousin Rodney, whose performance as Tevye was the toast of Middlebury High in 1997, will not appear at this gala celebrating the 50th anniversary of Fiddler on the Roof. But more than 40 vets—including Topol (who basically is Tevye) Jerry Zaks and Andrea Martin—will perform numbers from the beloved musical. The concert benefits The National Yiddish Theatre–Folksbiene. Click for tickets! Stay up Late with Lesli Margherita June 13 and 14 at 54 Below Sure, you’ve seen every delightfully wacky episode of Looks Not Books, but you haven’t truly witnessed the nuclear bundle of energy that is Lesli Margherita until you’ve seen her live. That’s why we’re so excited—and maybe a little scared—about her cabaret show, All Hail the Queen, which features 70 minutes of singing, dancing, and stories from Mrs. Wormwood herself. Stories? Please, please, please tell us they involve cooter slams and Whispers in Pajamas. Click for tickets! Jazz It Up with Patti LaBelle June 10 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre Fantastic cook. Friend of Oprah. A force of personality who can say a phrase like “homie don’t play that” and sound totally legit. It seems silly to further deify Patti LaBelle, whose resume was coated in gold after she belted “Lady Marmalade” 40 years ago. So instead of reviewing her credentials, catch the R&B legend’s debut as the special guest performer in After Midnight. Click for tickets! Your apartment has shade, comfortable chairs, and a questionably stocked fridge. Forget all that (especially the old slice of pepperoni that’s more green than red). There’s too much fun stuff going on this week, including a Fiddler on the Roof benefit, the release of a cast album that’s the cat’s pajamas, and a cabaret extravaganza starring a certain royal Broadway.com video blogger. It’s all part of this week’s must-see list! View Comments See the Sun Set on Raisin Through June 15 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre It’s been a wonderful run for the revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s groundbreaking drama, which garnered five Tony nominations and reminded us what a stellar stage actor Denzel Washington is. (What can we do to convince you to stay, Denzel? Import L.A.’s weather? Tell us!) But it’s time for the Younger family to move on. Take comfort, folks: They shouldn’t be gone too long. Legendary plays are like blue jeans—they’re forever in style. Click for tickets!
I feel like I can safely say that most everyone who reads Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine probably has a few aches and pains. We spend quite a few days on the trail, riding our bikes, running, and more, so our muscles really take a beating. This is why I was pretty excited to have the new Moji 360 Massager arrive on my doorstep.Moji specializes in keeping people active and pain free. They offer a variety of products all aimed at muscle recovery such as massagers, heat packs, and ice packs. The 360 Massager is their take on a do it all type of massager that can be used on legs, neck, back, and more. As you can see in the video the massager is a good size and with the multiple steel ball sizes you can really work the kinks out.I have been using this before and after rides pretty religiously. You can really go to town without a fear of the Moji breaking or failing. I feel more comfortable on my bike than before using the Moji, and it really helps me loosen up after long rides. I haven’t just been using the Moji after workouts though. I have started working the Moji into my everyday lifestyle. So much so that it sits under my coffee table within easy reach. Much of my time is spent at a desk so after a long day in the office it really helps with my lower back pain. I also find the smaller balls work great for neck pain as well!If you’re looking for an affordable solution to those aches and pains I would start with the Moji. At $50 it’s fairly priced and the construction is really high quality. A lot of my cycling friends have used it and I haven’t heard a complaint yet. If you want a better idea of the 360 be sure to watch the video below!$49.95; gomoji.com
Earlier this week, Blue Ridge Outdoors reported an unidentified body found near the Appalachian Trail at Black Rock in South Mountain State Park, Boonsboro Maryland. The body has since been identified as Michael Joseph Mack, 58, of Hanover, Md. Two hikers discovered Mack’s body on Monday, July 10, and called 911 around 3:45pm. We spoke with Candy Thomson, spokeswoman for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police, and Sergeant D. Brandon Garvey, the incident commander on the scene, both of whom graciously provided us with more recent details.The subject was found off-trail, in an extremely rugged, boulder-strewn area. Authorities’ original plan was to lift the subject out via helicopter, but quickly discovered that helicopter access to the area would be impossible. Instead, the local fire department from Washington County cut a trail to approach the site from below. After a 35-minute ATV ride, search and rescue personnel then had to pick their way across the boulder field to where the body had been prepared for extraction. Sargent Garvey, the incident commander, said that his Tactical Response Team (TRT) rigged a tension line across the steep terrain and carried the body out in a stokes basket, first 350 feet down the slope, then an additional 400 yards back to the ATV’s. The whole operation took over six hours with a team of about seven TRT members and at least twelve local officers. Even with minimal ropes training, Sergeant Garvey – who specializes in maritime rescues in the Port of Baltimore and the Chesapeake – said that the extraction, though very strenuous, actually didn’t take as long as he expected. “We’re a very fit group,” he said, “and there were no injuries on the way out.”Captain Brian Albert, regional commander for Western Maryland, said that the Tactical Response Team was immensely helpful in the operation, though they are normally deployed for search and rescue or woodland tactical missions for missing persons, children, or suspected despondent persons on state property. He also said that the TRT used their skills and empathy to bring closure to the subject’s family.Though the body was originally unidentified due to the extent of natural decomposition, a missing person’s report was filed shortly after the extraction, which turned out to be the subject, Michael Joseph Mack. The report was filed with Anne Arundel County by Mack’s son, who spoke to him last on July 1. Mack’s identity was officially confirmed when the Baltimore Medical Examiner found his driver’s license. The physical autopsy has confirmed that Mack’s death was accidental, due to multiple injuries. There is no evidence to suggest suicide or foul play.Shortly after the extraction, Mack’s vehicle was found on US-40 at an Appalachian trailhead, typically used by day hikers. Mack was carrying a day pack and a chalk bag for climbing or bouldering. He would have hiked about four miles from his car before his accident. Candy Thomson said that the subject was an avid climber and had outdoors experience, but was not dressed or equipped to be on the trail for more than an afternoon, and was definitely not a thru-hiker. She also says that the incident is still under investigation, and authorities are researching local weather conditions, particularly on the 4th of July, when Mack was off work.
By Dialogo November 03, 2011 U.S. authorities announced on November 1 that they have dismantled a gang that was operating with the Mexican Sinaloa cartel and bringing drugs worth around $33 million dollars a month into the United States. The gang, which is estimated to have been trafficking more than 330 tons of drugs a year by way of the state of Arizona, was dismantled following an investigation that lasted 17 months, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) indicated in a statement. As part of the operation, 76 people were detained, from leaders of the gang — which operated for five years — to drivers of the vehicles in which they transported the illegal merchandise from the border to the city of Phoenix. From there, the drugs were distributed to other areas in the United States. Over the last week, the authorities seized two tons of marijuana, 19 weapons, and almost $200,000 dollars in cash. “We’ve sent a resounding message to the Mexican cartels that Arizona is off limits to their operatives,” said Matthew Allen, a Homeland Security Investigations agent.
In an exclusive interview granted to Diálogo, Costa Rican Deputy Public Safety Minister Celso Gamboa Sánchez referred to the legal barriers that come between the countries of Central America and that often make it impossible to bring the full force of the law to drug traffickers and members of organized crime in general. The interview took place during the Central American Security Conference (CENTSEC) 2012, in El Salvador, where Gamboa explained that a group of Costa Rican authorities is promoting the harmonization of at least nine criminal offenses in order to combat drug shipments, murder-for-hire, criminal gangs, and human trafficking, among other plagues that affect the countries of the region. Diálogo: During your presentation at CENTSEC 2012, you stated that the armed forces of Central America invest countless efforts and sacrifice human lives, but there are still deficiencies in the implementation of justice. Could you discuss this topic further? Deputy Minister Celso Gamboa Sánchez: We have effective technical, military, and police means of response. There’s a high level of seizures and a great number of barriers for the transportation and shipment of narcotics. Nevertheless, there should be legal containment in order to be able to land telling blows against groups of drug traffickers. There’s no legal communication among the Central American countries. Thanks to the collaboration of friendly governments, we have efficient seizures, but the opportunity to organize investigations that can truly affect the stability of these groups of drug traffickers is miniscule if we don’t have a uniform legal framework so that law enforcement and the judicial system can interact throughout the countries that are involved. From Costa Rica, we’ve tried to promote an initiative to harmonize our legislation. Diálogo: Could you give us examples of what exactly concerns you as Costa Rican Deputy Minister of Public Safety? Deputy Minister Gamboa: Costa Rica succeeded in seizing 5.5 tons of cocaine in the first four months of 2012, but we don’t have the opportunity to know where that cocaine is coming from or where it’s going, because the legislation is not recociled so that the country that is sending the drugs can track these shipments. The U.S. Southern Command says that only 33 percent of the drugs that are produced are successfully seized. We don’t see the remaining 67 percent because we don’t have more structural articulation. Diálogo: You also mentioned that in some cases, drugs are seized and the alleged drug traffickers are arrested, but they never end up behind bars… Deputy Minister Gamboa: There have been cases where the procedure used in boarding a vessel on the high seas by friendly cooperating governments might appear to violate domestic law. For example, in Costa Rica’s Pacific waters, poor handling of the scene by the crew of the vessel that boarded a drug-trafficking group led the court to declare the seizure invalid, and as a consequence, they released the individuals and returned their assets. This happens precisely because the legislation isn’t harmonized. There’s a disparity between the number of seizures we have and the number of people who are serving sentences. Many of the people convicted of drug trafficking in Costa Rica are involved in the retail drug trade or in introducing small amounts of drugs into penitentiaries, but large-scale drug trafficking, which is the worrying amount that’s going to the high-consumption market, – that’s the kind of people who are not truly being put on trial, because we’re trying the people who are responsible for transporting it, but the people who direct the organization remain beyond the reach of the law, completely untouchable and with impunity. The cases in which drug bosses are sent to prison are very unusual. Diálogo: Even when they’re arrested? Deputy Minister Gamboa: Even in some cases when they’re arrested, it’s impossible to prove the charges, because the evidence is in another country. The legislation is not adjusted to the parameters of particular countries. Many money-laundering cases have ended with acquittals when we were certain that the funds came from drug trafficking, but it wasn’t successfully proved. Diálogo: You also referred to the issue of financial legislation and money laundering and how each country has its own way of dealing with these cases. Deputy Minister Gamboa: Yes, there are countries where a public prosecutor can lift the banking secrecy; in others, it’s a judge. In Costa Rica, it’s a judge, so under Costa Rican law, information acquired by lifting the banking secrecy in Panama, for example, where this is done by a prosecutor, can’t be used in Costa Rica, because it wasn’t a judge. And this is a contradiction. We’re left without a fundamental tool, which is tracing the money. If there’s no harmony in the legislation, requesting information from other countries in order to use it as evidence in our own countries becomes impossible. Diálogo: Are you familiar with any models that could be followed? Deputy Minister Gamboa: In Costa Rica, a law against organized crime has already been implemented. In Central America and the Dominican Republic, we’re promoting the role of the undercover agent, so that an agent can have a wider sphere of action and can follow a shipment from Panama or Colombia to its final destination, so that he can have the capacity to take action and have his action recognized by the rest of the countries as part of the process of investigation. We’ve promoted that on the legislative level in the Central American countries and the Dominican Republic. It’s well received on the technical level. Where we haven’t succeeded, just imagine, is the reception on the legislative level, among people who are supposed to pass the laws at this point in time. This issue is fundamental. The remaining criminal offenses are defined very similarly in Central America, but they don’t match entirely. This is a situation that we’re trying to remedy through a set of model criminal legislation for the Americas. Diálogo: How do these initiatives arise? Deputy Minister Gamboa: They arise out of the need that we have in all our countries to wage a united fight against a phenomenon that is filling Latin America with deaths. We pay the death toll here. People are dying in Mexico, people are dying in Honduras, in Costa Rica, in Nicaragua, in El Salvador as a result of this drug trafficking. We’re bleeding to death little by little, and we need a uniform response. At some point in time, world legislation should be organized to combat organized crime. Diálogo: You spoke about a law-enforcement initiative currently in effect… Deputy Minister Gamboa: Costa Rica has made a great leap with the law against organized crime and the creation of a law to protect victims and witnesses. We’ve suffered the murders of some people who were serving as witnesses, and we recently suffered a setback due to a ruling by our country’s constitutional court that makes it mandatory for an accused individual to know the identity of his accuser. This situation has led to a decrease in the number of people who want to participate as witnesses, since they need to protect their lives. We’re promoting the idea that in organized crime the right to life should supersede or should come before the right of the accused to be fully aware of the identity of his accuser. Guaranteeing [that right] solely to the judge, having him be the upholder of legality and having the ability to provide the individual with the guarantee that, in effect, there is a true declaration and not one fabricated by the state. Diálogo: As you return to your country, what do you take with you as something positive, valuable, from this conference? Deputy Minister Gamboa: The U.S. Southern Command’s great interest in increasing that country’s cooperation is fundamental. This is an example of responsibility, of solidarity. Also, of course, promoting our ability to build relationships and get to know what other countries are doing in these fights. We all have similar, equal, identical interests, and our combat strategies and tactics have been laid out today. Evidently, I’m taking a very significant store of things with me. By Dialogo August 06, 2012
January 1, 2004 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Certification appeal process clarified Certification appeal process clarified Senior Editor A proposal to revamp the certification appeal process has been abandoned in favor of clarified policies, following Bar Board of Governors action last month.The board also accepted the recommendation of the Program Evaluation Committee for a compromise on real estate certification standards that had upset out-of-state Bar members.In past meetings the board had been reviewing a plan to change certification appeal because of problems involving confidential peer review. Under current Bar procedures, only the area certification committee and the Board of Legal Specialization and Education see the peer reviews during an appeal.The peer review is not shown to the appellant, nor is it shared with the board’s Certification Plan Appeal Committee or the board itself when it gets an appeal.That caused concern among CPAC and board members that they couldn’t make an informed decision when the appeal was based on peer review. The BLSE argued that those appeals were supposed to be only on procedural issues and not the actual content of the reviews.CPAC and the BLSE worked out a compromise where the peer review would be shared with an independent appellate committee, and the committee would have the final say with appeals no longer going to the full board. But the two groups disagreed on the membership of the new appellate committee, so the issue was sent to the Program Evaluation Committee for further study.Board members also raised concerns about not letting appellants see the peer review when those were the basis of the appeal.PEC Chair Hank Coxe reported to the board that his committee looked at the issue and recommended returning to the BLSE’s starting position.“Essentially it involves the decision that CPAC would do a procedural due process review and would not be involved in an actual review of the peer review,” Coxe said. “There is a significant, overriding concern of confidentiality with the peer review.”He added that CPAC had approved the proposal. The agreement also raised questions about CPAC’s role, since the revised rules are likely to significantly reduce its workload, Coxe said. PEC will address that matter in future meetings.Board member Jennifer Coberly opposed the revised policies, saying they didn’t address board members’ concerns with peer review. “The whole issue is whether peer review is properly vetted. . . and that has not been properly explored,” she said.The board’s approval adds a new subsection to BLSE policy 2.13, which says that the BLSE’s action on an appeal “shall close the application and peer review evaluation process.”It also clarifies another subsection on appealing to CPAC and the board by saying those appeals can deal only with procedural issues. The new language, in part, states: “Such appeal and review shall not extend to or include further application or peer review evaluation, or review or consideration of confidential peer review responses.”On the real estate certification, Coxe said the issue had ramifications for many other certification areas. The dispute began with requested changes to real estate certification standards that specified an applicant have involvement with Florida real estate law and transactions. That raised concerns from out-of-state Bar members, who might effectively be excluded from getting Bar real estate certification.Coxe said the BLSE, out-of-state lawyers, and PEC reached a compromise, which called for less emphasis on Florida real estate work. The original amendment required applicants to have “continuing substantial experience and involvement with Florida real estate law and transactions” while the compromise dropped the words “continuing substantial.”The current rules require applicants to submit the names of five lawyers or judges who are familiar with their work. The proposed amendment would have required those five to be licensed to practice in Florida, while the compromise says three of the five must be licensed in Florida.The agreement was presented to the board on first reading. It will come back to the board’s January meeting for final approval.Coxe also said many other certification areas have requirements that may need to address a Florida component. “Different areas do it differently,” he said. “Some do it with peer review, saying it must come from Florida lawyers and judges. Others say only Florida trials count [toward certification].”He said PEC voted to ask the BLSE to review each area’s standards for consistency, and to include out-of-state members in the process.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Islanders celebrating Mardi Gras need not travel to New Orleans to join in Louisiana’s epic annual Fat Tuesday festivities because local Cajun-style restaurants and bars also host events marking the occasion.Try as they may, few establishments on LI are bound to throw parties as lively or serve food as authentic as these half dozen Cajun joints that have menus featuring crawfish, alligator and of course, jambalaya.This year, the party starts on Feb. 9, regardless of whether revelers plan on participating in the Christian observance of Lent that starts the following day.Live Crawfish Boil at Big Daddy’s Restaurant in Massapequa (Photo courtesy of Big Daddy’s Restaurant)Big Daddy’s Restaurant1 Park Ln., Massapequa. 516-799-8877. bigdaddysny.comThis place takes Fat Tuesday so seriously it holds a “Mardi Madness Week” celebration featuring seven nights of live music and specials, culminating in a massive feast featuring a full buffet, music and costumes. With a welcoming feel, festive atmosphere and a large menu changing daily full of Cajun comfort food, Big Daddy’s is known as the go to place for a Cajun Creole Fix. Big Daddy’s offers a variety of Cajun specialties, from seafood dishes such as Motor Mouth Stuffed Shrimp and Jambalaya to Vieux Carre Pork and Waffles and BBQ Beef Po’Boy. Patrons be warned: This restaurant goes full-on Cajun with the spices. The Bayou2823 Jerusalem Ave., Bellmore. 516-785-9263. bayou4bigfun.comThe week-long Mardis Gras party continues with Cajun eats and live music at this lively eatery with great ambiance. A go-to for the right atmosphere to “get you in the Mardi-Gras mood,” this small and quirky restaurant serves strong drinks and has a lively bar scene, catering to a less child-oriented crowd. With creative food/drink presentation and an authentic feel, this is among the most festive places to celebrate.Dessert at Storyville American Table (Photo courtesy of Storyville American Table)Storyville American Table Restaurant43 Green St., Huntington. 631-351-3446. storyvilleamericantable.comStoryville is also hosting “Mardi Gras Madness” celebrations for more than week culminating with a big celebration on the day itself. With an authentic and sophisticated feel, Storyville American Table Restaurant gives a true Louisiana experience. Committed to fresh food, this eatery boasts homemade pickles, authentic house sauces and house-ground meat for their burgers. This lively spot caters to all tastes with a large varied menu and is great for a night out. Dishes not to miss include the gumbo, beignets, catfish and mussels.Treme Blues and Jazz Club in Islip (Photo courtesy of Treme Blues and Jazz Club)Treme Blues and Jazz Club553 Main St., Islip. 631-277-2008. tremeislip.comOne of the few intimate upscale live music venues of its kind on LI, named for the French Quarter neighborhood where jazz was born, this Blues bar is normally open Thursday through Sunday—except for their epic annual Fat Tuesday party. Headlining this year’s show is the Gulf Coast-inspired Dave Clive’s Nawlins Funk Band. Although the club is more known for their music than their food, specials on cocktails, Gumbo and Mardis Gras King Cake are among the mouthwatering items on their menu that includes small plates and desserts. There will be beads!King Cake is a traditional Mardis Gras dessert.Biscuits and Barbeque106 East 2nd St., Mineola. 516-493-9797. biscuitsandbarbecue.comThe weekend-long Mardis Gras festivities at this diner-style eatery consist of specials on Crawfish Pie, Alligator Ribs, Louisiana Smothered Shrimp, Gator Sausage and Mardis Gras King Cake, plus too many more to list here. A casual joint housed in a converted trailer, this neighborhood haunt is a cosy spot for breakfast, lunch or dinner in a lively atmosphere. Dishes not to miss include the biscuits and gravy (but be warned, get this to share—it is huge), the brisket, the mac n cheese and the shrimp po’boy.Oysters at Mara’s Homemade in Syosset (Photo courtesy of Mara’s Homemade).Mara’s Homemade236 West Jericho Tpke., Syosset. 516-682-9200. marashomemade.comOK, this place isn’t hosting any Mardis Gras festivities, but we would be remiss if we didn’t include them in our roundup of local Cajun eateries. Mara’s is a Cajun barbeque joint great for casual eats, with must-have dishes including the crawfish-stuffed baguette, lobster, gator bites (yes alligator!) and the andouille crusted tilapia. The owner herself often comes to check in on patrons, contributing to the hospitable atmosphere. Don’t forget to save room for their famous bluegrass pie, homemade beignets and fresh seasonal fruit pies as a delicious way to have an authentic Mardi Gras experience. *Nawlins Seafood Co.301 Woodcleft Ave., Freeport. nawlinsseafood.comSo, this place won’t give the Nautical Mile a taste of The Big Easy until they open for business this spring. But, their sister restaurant, Rachel’s Waterside Grill, will host a Mardis Gras party featuring samples of the Nawlins Seafood Co.’s menu, including gumbo, jambalaya, catfish, hurricanes and more. The party features live music by The Zone.Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez!
The good news this holiday season? Paying for all the gifts included in the Christmas classic the Twelve Days of Christmas is nearly unchanged in 2019 from 2018.The Grinchish news? It still costs nearly $40,000.The big cost increase drivers? The cost of gold rings and geese-a-laying.For the 36th consecutive year PNC Financial Services has released its PNC Christmas Price Index that tabulates what it would cost today to purchase all of the gifts listed in the popular holiday song, from a partridge in a pear tree to drummers drumming.According to PNC, the 2019 price tag for The PNC Christmas Price Index is $38,993.59, a negligible $67.56 or 0.2% more than last year’s cost, but less than the government’s Consumer Price Index, which increased 1.8% through October in year-over-year measurement before seasonal adjustment, the company reported. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »