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Ten years since commencement May 13, 2014

Posted by Mike C. in Education, Health, Personal, Radio.
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Last Friday marked ten years since the LIU Post (then C.W. Post) Class of 2004 commencement ceremony.

I was honored to be part of that ceremony:
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It was a whirlwind morning and early afternoon.  My sleep pattern (and eating pattern) was screwed up at the time and I was unable to sleep the night before the ceremony.  But it was still a thrill.  I was excited to hear my name called, but a bit too excited.  That’s why I didn’t share the other pics that my father took of me at that moment.

After late lunch at Domenico’s in Levittown, my parents, sister, and I headed home where I promptly went to bed.

I haven’t strayed too far from the LIU Post campus since the ceremony, returning often to visit faculty and attend WCWP events.  I also had a couple of regular on-air stints at WCWP in addition to my time at the station as an undergrad.

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2014 WCWP Hall of Fame Ceremony April 12, 2014

Posted by Mike C. in DVD, Interviews, Media, Music, News, Personal, Photography, Radio, Sports, Technology, TV, Video.
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Previous Hall of Fame ceremonies: 2012, 2013

Last Saturday, the WCWP Hall of Fame welcomed four new inductees in a ceremony in the Goldsmith Atrium at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts.  This year’s inductees were Rita Sands, Frank D’Elia, Ted David, and the late Bill Epperhart.

You can see videos of the ceremony at the end, but first, the pictures:

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Pete Bellotti welcomed the audience shortly after 1PM:
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Images from the intro video, voiced by Jim Cutler:
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The ceremony was hosted by Jeff Kroll:
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Bill Mozer assumed the co-host position:
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Rita Sands could not make it to the ceremony, and instead pre-recorded an interview with Bernie Bernard:
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Bernie:
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Bernie and Jeff posed with Rita’s plaque:
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The second inductee of the day was Frank D’Elia:
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The view from my camcorder:
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Frank receives his plaque:
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Like Rita, Ted David was unable to attend the ceremony.  But he did record an acceptance speech:
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Dan Cox, WCWP station manager, spoke next:
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Dan brought up ceremony audio engineer Zach Parker to share the news of a generous donation to WCWP by Zach’s father:
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Then, reflections of Bill Epperhart began.  Dan shared his memories first, then Frank, Bill Mozer, and Jeff joined in.

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Dan Epperhart, Bill’s son, accepted his father’s plaque:
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And gave an eloquent, emotional speech:
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Then, Jeff Kroll and Bill Mozer tossed to other alumni in the audience to share their memories:
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Phil Lebowitz was first:
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Then, Mike Phillips:
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Neil Marks:
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Bruce Leonard:
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Roberta Epperhart O’Neil, widow of Bill’s brother Mike:
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Pete Vogel, Bill’s cousin:
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The last stroll down memory was provided by Jay Elzweig:
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Jeff wrapped it up:
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The only thing left to do was pose for pictures:
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Ceremony Part 1:

Ceremony Part 2:

As you can see, this year’s WCWP Hall of Fame Ceremony ended up running for a little over two hours.  Memories were shared and praise was heaped.  It was a day I won’t soon forget.  Congratulations to Rita Sands, Frank D’Elia, Ted David, and Bill Epperhart.

One year with iPhone April 11, 2014

Posted by Mike C. in Audio, Health, Internet, Media, News, Personal, Phone, Photography, Radio, Sports, Technology, Travel, TV.
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A year ago yesterday, I boarded the iPhone bandwagon by switching from an LG enV3, which I had for 3 1/2 years, to an iPhone 5.  When I’m not texting or making a phone call, it’s a great alternative for internet access.  My workouts with the Nike Running app have gone further than I was going in my first iPhone post last July.  I’ve gone as far as 5.35 miles in one workout and broke 100 miles for the month of March.

When I need to comparison shop, I use shopping apps.  When I want to listen to the radio, I have the TuneIn app.  I’ve downloaded apps for several networks, network affiliates, and cable channels.

But I still wish the internal hard drive was bigger; maybe with the next iPhone.

2013 in review December 31, 2013

Posted by Mike C. in Art, Audio, Commentary, Film, Health, Internet, Jazz, Media, Music, New Age, News, Personal, Phone, Photography, Radio, Technology, Travel, Weather.
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The following is an excerpt of an end-of-year post WordPress created for MikeChimeri.com.  Scroll down for my editorial.

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 9,600 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

2013 was the first full year for the WordPress version of MikeChimeri.com.  April was a transformative month that saw my upgrade from a Nikon D3100 camera to a D5100, and finally join iPhone nation.  I upgraded from an LG enV3 to an Apple iPhone 5.  (I ended up giving my Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 to someone very special.)  A week after those two upgrades, I documented the 2013 WCWP Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.  A week after that, I was in Milford, Connecticut, for the first two-night Smooth Jazz for Scholars benefit concert seriesApril also marked five years since The Mike Chimeri Blog was launched; MikeChimeri.com launched in May 2005, seven years before merging with the blog.

In addition to some new contemporary jazz releases, I broadened my musical horizons by adding Return to Forever, Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, and various Christmas compilations to my collection.  I posted more expressway and parkway pictures.  I spent most of the summer scanning old 35mm pictures and recording cassettes and microcassettes to one of my hard drives.  I returned to LIU Post and WCWP in October for my annual Homecoming Weekend Show and Homecoming itself.  I attended Charlie Fillizola’s art exhibit at Wantagh Public Library.  And besides SJFS, I attended concerts in August, October, and November.

I didn’t mention this in any post, but there was one dark spot in 2013: the loss of my paternal grandmother, Marilyn “Mazz” Chimeri (née Garing), in early July.  She was the last of my grandparents remaining after I lost my maternal grandparents, Lennie and Arthur Rose, in June and November 2010, and my paternal grandfather, Carmen Chimeri, in December 2011.  I miss them dearly, but feel lucky to have known them for as long as I did.  I love you all.

I hope for the best in 2014, not only for myself, but for each and every one of you visiting this site.  Have a happy and healthy new year.

2013 LIU Post & WCWP Homecoming, 2014 Hall of Fame Announcement October 22, 2013

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Earlier recaps: 2008 WCWP Homecoming, 2009 Homecoming, WCWP 50th Anniversary (2011), 2012 WCWP Homecoming

Later in this recap, I share airchecks from Homecoming Weekend show and behind-the-scenes pictures from the pre-record.

I was at LIU Post on Saturday for their annual Homecoming celebration.  I was there primarily for WCWP’s barbecue and announcement of 2014 inductees to their Hall of Fame.

I arrived on campus shortly at around 2:30.  After getting situated I decided to head to Hickox Field for a little while:

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In the lower right window of the press box are Neil Marks, Jeff Kroll, Dan Cox, and Pat Kroll:
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Jeff Kroll described the above picture this way when I posted it to the WCWP Alumni Association Facebook group (account links removed):

We’re on the lower level of the press box…..hard to see clearly, but on the far right side, that’s Pat Kroll, sitting next to her is Dan Cox, standing next to Dan with the red shirt on (glad I had red on that day for identifying purposes) Jeff Kroll, and Neil A. Marks is standing next to me. Sat 10/19/13. Post 58 Pace 0. Pat was coordinating with Joel Feltman (down on the sidelines) for field interviews. (sign still says CW Post Campus!)

He later added:

If you look at the upper level of the press box, toward the left side, the third person in….that person is operating the scoreboard from what used to be the WCWP booth until the 2000′s. THAT was really home!

11/10 UPDATE: Jeff had one more thing to say about this picture tonight:

I received this note from Dan Cox today:
“I saw Bryan Collins today at the Field Hockey final. He told me the grandstand demolition begins next Monday. Looks like new press box by next fall. I hope!” If that happens, the press box goes with the entire grandstand. And this great shot will be a timely memory for those of us who have spent so many fall afternoons there. Thanks Mike Chimeri! Great timing to have taken that picture last month!

I’m honored to have taken it.

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As Jeff noted, the LIU Post Pioneers dominated the Pace Setters (get it?) 58-0.  I was at the field in time to catch the Pioneers’ second-to-last touchdown.

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Touchdown!:
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The extra point is good.

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Satisfied, I walked back to WCWP.  The Pioneers’ last touchdown came during my walk back.  I could faintly hear the public address announcer declaring, “touchdowwwwwwwwn!”

Maura “Bernie” Bernard brought photo albums of past Homecoming weekends at the station:
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She also prepared for show in Studio 1 following the Homecoming Game:
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Meanwhile, in Studio 2, alumni interviews were recorded:
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The interviewee here is Jay Elzweig:
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The Hall of Fame plaque, introduced at this year’s ceremony:
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Plaques dedicated to the late Dr. Herb Coston and Bill Epperhart:
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Bernie on the air:
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Joel Feltman and Jay Mirabile look through some of the albums:
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At 5:00, Pete Bellotti and Bernie Bernard announced the 2014 inductees to the WCWP Hall of Fame:
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The inductees are Rita Sands, Frank D’Elia, Bill Epperhart, and Ted David.  Bernie interviewed Ted over the phone.

John Mertz and Bobby Guthenberg listened along:
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As did Barry Albano:
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The announcement and interview with Ted can be heard here:

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Later, in Studio 2, Jay Mirabile and I were interviewed:
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Thanks to Zach Parker for taking those pictures during the interview.

Here is that pre-recorded interview, which was later edited by me, but my edit isn’t the one that aired:

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As Bernie’s show drew to a close, she posed for this picture with me, Jay Mirabile, Bobby Guthenberg, Barry Albano, and John Mertz:
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The final aircheck of Bernie’s show:
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The Disco and Funk King Show was next:
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Jay on the air:
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Posing after the aircheck:
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I had a wonderful time at Homecoming this year.  It was great catching up with my fellow alumni, and meeting some in person for the first time.

The rest of this album is devoted to my Homecoming Weekend show – CJazzPlus with Mike Chimeri – which aired at 3AM on Sunday, hours after I left campus.

I recorded the show back on October 4.

I took some behind-the-scenes pictures while recording, starting with this self-timed shot:
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Here is the playlist, complete with my copious notes to mention during the show:
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I made sure to mention whatever notes I wrote down, but unfortunately, I had to edit some out for time.  Each pre-recorded hour had to be exactly 59 minutes long.

Here are all of the airchecks from the 2013 edition of CJazzPlus with Mike Chimeri:

The file is downloadable here.
It’s mostly from the console when I pre-recorded the show, but I mixed in elements from WCWP’s stream as the show aired.

WCWP Homecoming Weekend show to air October 20 October 7, 2013

Posted by Mike C. in Airchecks, Internet, Jazz, Media, Music, Personal, Phone, Radio.
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I was at WCWP (at LIU Post) on Friday to record my annual Homecoming Weekend radio show.  CJazzPlus with Mike Chimeri will air very early on Sunday, October 20, at 3AM Eastern (midnight Pacific) on 88.1 FM WCWP.

If you are outside of the signal range, you can listen here or browse for it on the TuneIn mobile app.

In the two hours of CJazzPlus, I’ll be playing Chuck Loeb, The Jeff Lorber Fusion, Spyro Gyra, Steve Cole, and much more.  The show took 2 1/2 hours to record and an hour and 15 minutes to edit.  There was also an additional 15 minutes of editing (and one minute of re-recording) for hour 1 at home on Saturday and another 10 minutes of editing for hour 2 yesterday.

I’ll be on campus hours earlier – on Saturday, October 19 – for Post and WCWP’s Homecoming festivities, the latter of which includes the announcement of 2014 inductees to the WCWP Hall of Fame.

Boarding the iPhone bandwagon July 6, 2013

Posted by Mike C. in Internet, Media, News, Personal, Phone, Photography, Radio, Sports, Technology, Travel, TV, Weather.
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On an unseasonably hot day in mid-April, I switched from an LG enV3 (VX9200) to an iPhone 5.  Soon after, I bought an Otterbox Defender case for it (which includes a belt clip holster) and a Logitech wireless headset for extended phone calls.

I’ve downloaded 30 apps so far.  Among them are two for radio, nine for sports, three for news, three for weather, and three social media.  I bought two apps: a tip calculator (which was standard on my old phone) and the Merriam-Webster dictionary.

On the first day I had the iPhone, it took a few hours to load all my contacts to iCloud.  But they’re in and some are categorized by ringtone, something I hadn’t done with my previous phones.

The Nike Running app has been instrumental in getting me to run three miles (or more) every day.  Most of the runs have been outdoors, but I ran on my treadmill on a rainy day last month.  And with temperatures now hovering near 90 degrees each day, I may have to do more indoor runs on my treadmill or step machine.

The iPhone’s camera has come in handy when I don’t have my Nikon D5100 on me.  Most of the pictures taken with the phone are of recently replaced Town of Hempstead street signs and new traffic lights.  Some examples:

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The one downside is the internal drive is only 13.5 GB (gigabytes) (billed as 16 GB).  It makes me wish there was a microSD slot for an additional 16 GB, or even 32.

Regardless of that, I’m glad I finally boarded the iPhone bandwagon.  I don’t know why I didn’t do it sooner.

2013 WCWP Hall of Fame Ceremony April 20, 2013

Posted by Mike C. in Interviews, Media, Music, News, Personal, Photography, Radio, Sports, TV, Video.
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Previous Hall of Fame Ceremony: 2012
Later Hall of Fame Ceremony: 2014

The second annual WCWP Hall of Fame Ceremony featured the inductions of Maura “Bernie” Bernard, Steve Radoff, Harry Lowenthal, and Bill Mozer.  Like the inaugural ceremony last year, this year’s ceremony was held at the Tilles Center Atrium.  Unlike last year, the sun was shining brightly outside.

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The Hall of Fame plaques:
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Scott Perschke captured a conversation between Bill Mozer, Harry Lowenthal, and Harry’s son James:
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Hank Neimark (who inducted Steve Radoff and Harry Lowenthal) and Pete Bellotti:
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Pete and Bill Mozer:
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Pete and Steve Radoff:
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Pete and Bernie Bernard:
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Pete and Harry Lowenthal:
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The ceremony began with WCWP station manager Dan Cox introducing an opening video:
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Jay Mirabile was the Master of the Ceremony:
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Bill Mozer’s induction of Bernie Bernard came in the form of an interview:
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A captive audience:
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Next, Tracy Burgess conducted an interview with Bruce Leonard…
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…and handed the mic to Jeff Kroll who read a statement from Joel Feltman:
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Hank Neimark inducted Steve Radoff:
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Steve’s speech:
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Next, Hank inducted Harry Lowenthal:
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Harry’s speech:
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Dan Cox returned to induct Bill Mozer…
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…but he wasn’t the only one.

Ted David pre-recorded an induction speech from Florida:
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Then came a slideshow set to “You’ve Got a Friend” by James Taylor:
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It was finally time to bring Bill to the podium:
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It was an emotional speech.

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There was one more special video message for Bill…
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…from Fred Gaudelli:
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There was still one more announcement to make…
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…and that was made by Pete Bellotti:
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The unveiling of the Hall of Fame plaque with the induction years and inductees listed on it:
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“Let’s hear it for the 2013 WCWP Hall of Fame Class!”

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Later at WCWP, Dan gave a tour of the newly renovated Studio 1:
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It was quite a day!  Congratulations to Bernie, Steve, Harry, and Bill: the WCWP Hall of Fame Class of 2013.

Busy Saturdays (and one Friday) ahead April 13, 2013

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I have a busy pair of Saturdays (and one Friday) beginning next week.

Next Saturday, I’ll be at the second annual WCWP Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.  As I noted in mid-October, this year’s inductees are Steve Radoff, Harry Lowenthal, Bill Mozer, and Maura “Bernie” Bernard.  Like last year, the ceremony will take place at the Tilles Center Atrium.  But unlike last year, it will take place in the afternoon rather than the evening.

The following Friday and Saturday, I’ll be up in Milford, Connecticut, for both nights of keyboardist Jay Rowe’s annual Smooth Jazz for Scholars benefit concert.  In the Friday show, for the first time since 2008, Jay won’t be the only keyboardist performing.  Alex Bugnon is one of the guests scheduled to perform, along with saxophonist Nelson Rangell, and guitarists Marc Antoine and Nick Colionne.  Saturday’s lineup consists of guitarists Jeff Golub and Chieli Minucci, and saxophonists Marion Meadows and Vincent Ingala.  This will be the first time I’ve seen Jeff since he unfortunately lost his sight.

At both events, I’ll have the same video and audio equipment as last year, but I’ll be using a new digital camera.  After getting the Nikon D3100 last May, I lucked into swapping it for a new D5100 earlier this week.

You know the drill: After each event, I’ll post a photo recap here at MikeChimeri.com.  Crafting posts will be easier now that WordPress lets you post all the pictures at once.

Until then, so long.

My Sandy experience November 10, 2012

Posted by Mike C. in Audiobooks, DVD, Health, Internet, Jazz, Media, Music, News, Personal, Photography, Radio, Sports, Travel, TV, Weather.
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The nightmare known as Hurricane (or Superstorm) Sandy was thrust upon my attention on the afternoon of Wednesday, October 24, hours before seeing pianist David Benoit perform at the Iridium Jazz Club.  The first report I read about the storm had a few scenario options, which included turning east out to sea and taking a sharp westerly turn toward the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast U.S and combine with an approaching cold front.  By the second report, the latter scenario became more likely.  With each passing report until it made landfall in South New Jersey on the evening of October 29, more and more models showed that worst case scenario.  And with each passing report, I grew more and more paranoid and fearful of what would happen.

Sandy was so large that its effects were first felt through cloud cover on Saturday, October 27.  The following day, October 28, showers and minor wind gusts began.  I couldn’t stand hearing the wind plowing into the windows and wall from my Wantagh home’s east-facing bedroom.  So, I slept in the basement that night.

When I woke up early on October 29, the worst still hadn’t arrived, but the wind was still strong, around 30 miles per hour with gusts in the 50s.  Somehow, the power did not go out during the morning.  But by 1:30 PM, the power began to flicker off and on.  And at 1:45, the power went out to stay and wouldn’t return until nine days later.  As the wind continued to howl upstairs, now approaching sustained winds of 45 mph with gusts to 60, back in the basement, I used my Sennheiser studio headphones to listen to audiobooks on my CD-playing Walkman.  But spoken words were unable to completely drown out the sound of wind.  So, rather than waste battery power on my iPod, I used the Walkman, which runs on AA batteries, to listen to music.  I took two pairs of CDs that I used for my two recent WCWP Homecoming Weekend shows and a dozen albums.  When I wasn’t listening to news radio for the latest on Sandy, or sports radio to forget about Sandy, I was listening to my CDs.

My parents, sister, and I were prepared with plenty of bottled water, bags of food, canned goods, AA batteries, C batteries, D batteries, and a generator.  We didn’t use the generator until after the height of Sandy, which came around 8PM, shortly after it transitioned to a post-tropical cyclone.  As the worst winds pummeled the house, gusting as high as 85 mph, we congregated in the living room where an extension cord ran from the generator in the back yard to the middle of the room.  There, I plugged in a power strip and we plugged in a table lamp for light, and all our rechargeable electronics.  For a little while, we watched DVDs on my sister’s laptop.  After a couple of hours, my dad turned the generator off and we all went to sleep.  I returned to the basement for that.

Outside of a tree falling in my next-block neighbor’s back yard, two shingles falling off our roof, a toppled-over garbage pail on the side of the house, and branches and leaves on the grass, I was clueless as to the extent of damage in my area.  But a tree fell a block east of our house, which is why our power went out, and a few trees fell one block north and west.

At around 11AM on October 30, I walked around the exterior of my house to take aftermath pictures.

I began at my front patio worked my way around the house and then to the curb:

The pails on the west side of the house:

I fixed the pail that blew over about a half hour before taking pictures.

The container that covered the gas cans for generator fuel blew off:

When the power strip wasn’t connected to the extension cord, either the microwave or coffee maker were plugged in.

I turned this table upside down on Sunday and removed the tiles, stacking them on the ground near the wall:

The tile-less table was moved slightly by the high winds.

There had been a tree in the center of this empty space:

Part of it fell into our back yard:

Or it may have been from this tree which fell at around 6:00 the night before:

I was in the basement listening to a CD on my Walkman and could hear my dad in the kitchen saying “Tree down!”

You can barely see a tree down up the road to the east:

To the west, a utility poll was slanted (not visible in pic):

A week later, my sister took the following pictures on our street from east to west:

But the absolute worst hit areas were waterfront communities.  Main floors and basements were destroyed.  House and building fires that started after flooding began couldn’t be contained and had to burn out.  Knowing all this gave me survivor guilt.  I felt guilty that my house was hardly damaged and all I lost was power, while my friends in places like South Freeport, Baldwin Harbor, Island Park, Long Beach, Lido Beach, and Massapequa lost everything that wasn’t on the second floor or higher.  The Rockaways and Staten Island were hit just as hard.

An example of how hard Freeport was hit can be seen in this video of damage to the Nautical Mile (Woodcleft Avenue), via The Weekly Freeporter YouTube channel:

Guilt aside, I developed cabin fever after two days at my powerless house (outside of generated power).  So, on the night of Halloween, after riding out Tuesday night in my increasingly cold bedroom, I made the trip to a family friend’s house in Rockville Centre (power had just returned after only two days).  I went on to spend the next week there while power was out at home.  Of all the times for power to come back, on the afternoon of November 7, it was as a wet snow-producing nor’easter began to affect the Northeast.  But unlike Sandy, the center of this nor’easter was far offshore and the winds were not very strong on Western Long Island.  Somehow, the wet snow bent but did not break tree limbs and it gradually melted or fell off the following day.

While power returned on November 7, cable did not come back until two days later.

After experiencing the March 2010 Nor’easter, Irene, and now Sandy, I can only hope that it’s a very long time before another major storm of Sandy’s magnitude hits the East Coast.

We’ll conclude this post with a few pictures in Rockville Centre on November 7 as snow began to accumulate…

…and a picture on November 8, hours after shoveling the driveway at home:

Also:
Laura Donovan: The Domino Effect Of Hurricane Sandy: Why One Natural Disaster Changed Everything For Me
Peter Hoare: How Hurricane Sandy Ravaged My Town (Long Beach)

11/13 UPDATE: Yesterday, I walked my street from east to west to get a close look at the cut-up downed trees, and the damage caused by them:

As I took this last shot, Town of Hempstead sanitation trucks were making the way up the street to remove debris:

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