I had been pedaling for an hour and a half when I stopped cold. The view, quite simply, stunned me.
It was 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 22, and I was three-quarters of the way through a bike ride up and down the asphalt path that runs along the Wantagh and Ocean parkways, from Nassau County’s Cedar Creek Park, in Seaford, to the Town of Oyster Bay’s Tobay Beach Park, in Massapequa. The entire ride, from Cedar Creek to Tobay Beach and back, was 17.6 miles.
He is scanning the Atlantic, as he has for three months almost every summer since John F. Kennedy was president. Lee Hahn may be in between bites of a chicken sandwich. He may be loudly channeling Elvis. If the ocean is calm, he may have drifted into the observant-daydreaming state lifeguards master. If there are waves, he may be having a hard time sitting still, envying the off-hour guards on surfboards out past the break, catching rides while he can only watch.
Beatrice Brown, a senior at John F. Kennedy High School in Bellmore, was recently selected to take part in the National Association for Music Education All-National High School Concert Band.
Brown, a flutist, is the first Kennedy student to be selected for the honor and the first instrumental student selected in the district’s history.
Beginning in the 1920s with a heyday of the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s, the Catskill Mountains were home to many resorts, country clubs and camps that catered to a mainly Jewish population. So much so that the area in Sullivan County was called the Jewish Alps. The many performers who entertained there were called “Borscht Belt” comedians; named for the popular food dish.