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Powerful Nor’easter March 17, 2010

Posted by Mike C. in News, Personal, Weather.
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Last weekend, mostly Saturday, a powerful Nor’easter tore through the Northeastern United States.

Among those hard hit was Long Island, specifically Nassau and Western Suffolk Counties.  Wind gusts were as high as 75 miles per hour.  The highest gust in Wantagh, where I live, was 67 mph.  Many trees and power lines were downed, among other damaging effects.

Some houses escaped with little damage and retained their power.  The rest lost it for an extended period.  Our house lost power shortly before 9:00 Saturday night.

The damage was so extensive that the Long Island Power Authority, LIPA, had to bring in crews from out-of-state to assist them.  They came from places like Michigan, Pennsylvania, Indiana, and even Canada.  I hear crews working outside as I type.  I can’t thank them all enough for the work they’ve done and continue to do.

I spent Sunday afternoon through Monday evening with a family friend that had power.  Power was restored to my house at 6:45 PM Monday with cable returning a few hours later; in fact, minutes after I returned home.

Other affected areas took longer to get their power back or are still waiting, as I type, to get it back.


Smooth Jazz for Scholars 2010 date/lineup March 7, 2010

Posted by Mike C. in Jazz, Music, Personal.
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Jay Rowe is hosting his 8th annual Smooth Jazz for Scholars concert on Saturday, May 1, in his native Milford, Connecticut.  After one year at Foran High School Auditorium, the concert is back at the Parsons Complex Auditorium.

The headliners this year are Chieli MinucciKen Navarro, Nick Colionne, Mindi Abair, and Paul “Shilts” Weimar.  They will be backed up by Jay on keyboards, Rohn Lawrence on guitar, Dave Livolsi on bass, Trever Somerville on drums, and vocals by Lamone Andrews.

This will be my fourth SJFS.

More from Jay’s website:

The concert will be held Saturday 5/1/10 at the Parsons Complex located at 70 W. River St. Milford, CT 06460 and tickets for Smooth Jazz for Scholars are $40 each.  You can purchase Smooth Jazz for Scholars tickets here or by sending a check or money order payable to Smooth Jazz For Scholars, Inc. to P.O. Box 3723 Milford, CT, 06460.

Tickets purchased at the P.O. box between now and 3/17/10 will include 1 free Jay Rowe “Laugh Out Loud” CD plus 2 passes good for 4 people to see Rohn Lawrence (with Jay Rowe and Trever Somerville) at Rohn’s weekly Monday night show at the Lilly Pad at Toad’s Place, 300 York Street, New Haven, CT.  This offer does not apply to etix purchases.

5/5 UPDATE: The recap is up.

3/2 Evening Jazz aircheck video March 4, 2010

Posted by Mike C. in Airchecks, Jazz, Music, Personal, Radio.
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For the last few years, I’ve hosted a radio show on C.W. Post’s Homecoming Day on WCWP-FM. I’ve also brought my camcorder along to shoot video that I later mix with the aircheck audio.

Last night, I did the same for “Evening Jazz.”  Here’s how that came out: