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Salt Shack,the favorite place on the Ocean Parkway by Neil Miller nysportsextra

The 70’s band plays at The Salt Shack last Sunday night Neil Miller /nysportsextra

The Salt Shack is a venue I write about a few times a year, and with good reason.It features the best dance bands on the island.This Sunday was no exception with The 70’s Band taking the stage.

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After a brief shower the band started around 7:30, with their always favorite mix of dance tunes.Please see the attached photos for all the fun.

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Pete Alonso is Mets driving force Neil Miller nysportsextra

08/05/19 Marlins vs New York Mets at citifield queens ny #20 pete alonso celebrates on a go ahead homer in the 7th innning Neil Miller /nysportsextra

Last nights 7th inning in the 2nd game of the double header was specila for the fans and the team.The recent comeback to go over .500 was capped by 2 homers by Mike Conforto and Pete Alonso.But Citifield just about exploded when Petes ball left his bat.

08/05/19 Miami Marlins vs New York Mets at citifield queens ny #20 pete alonso celebrates on a go ahead homer in the 7th innning Neil Miller /nysportsextra

This story is just a side bar to the recent Mets push towards a playoff spot, but if they can keep this energy going, its going to be fun for the team and the fans

From despair to hope.A story about suicide among 1st responders and the battle to help them by Neil Miller nysportsexta

Members of Sworn Guns, a law enforcement riders group dedicated to suicide prevention for 1st responders Neil Miller /nysportsextra

Today, 08/04/19,in Greenport Village, Long Island,motorcycle units of the NYPD,NCPD,SCPD and NY state, along with concerned civilians, numbering in the hundreds,gathered after a run to celebrate the life, and to reflect on the passing of former NYPD Inspector Mike Ameri, who took his life in May of 2016.

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Mike Ameri was the friend of NYPD Inspector Rich Green ,that started this memorial run in 2016 to honor his memory, and to create a group to promote awareness of the epidemic in !st responders,and to financially and emotionally support the families of officers and other 1st responders that take their own lives.

Inspector Green riders group is called the Sworn Guns, which ran the event today. Many,many other law enforcement rider groups from all over the tri-state area participated in todays event.

Rich and I talked during the event,where he stressed the importance of outreach to officers at risk and how to remove the stigma of 1st responders asking for help, and reading the signs of at risk officers.Rich said”If you know someone that is considering suicide dont hesitate to help them.A day, an hour ,a minute may too late to save a life”

Rich’s group gives financial support to children of fallen officers for their education.Rich also talked about a bill at the federal level,if signed, would provide funds for research,prevention and treatment for 1st responders.

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Todays outpouring of brotherhood between these officers that share the same duties and stresses of police,fire ,EMT ,only helps to highlight the difficulties of their jobs, and the negative outcome that sometimes happens.Inspector Green hopes that his efforts along with others at the local and national level will raise awareness of this disease so that no one that serves feels ashamed to ask for help if needed.Let us all ask God to guide and help this brave men and women who protect us each and every day.

Claudios,The North Fork summer hot spot by Neil Miller nysportsextra

Claudios=’s dance floor 08/04/19 Neil Miller /nysportsextra

Claudios,in Greenport Village on Long Island’s North Fork,is a favorite gathering spot for the summer crowd on the North Fork.It features a large oval bar under a canopy,tables for food service,a wrap around deck, and a large dance floor.

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Many boats both small to very large dock at Claudios for food and drink.Next dock over is their seafood restaurant,Crabby Jerry’s,serving a wide variety of seafood and summer fare.

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Todays band was,X-Session,that played a nice selection of dance tunes.With Pat Montefusco on guitar,Al Korenstein on keyboards,Jim Del on drum,Mike Quadrino on sax , and Eddie Profet jr on bass, every one got out on the dance floor a good time.

Always a hot spot ,everyone should make at least one trip a summer to Claudios at Greenport.

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Yanks pound the Sox 9-2 by Neil Miller / nysportsextra

The Yanks cleaned up on the Sox today with a solid outing form Domingo German, only giving up 2 runs, and a stellar day by D.J. Le Mahieu, going 3 for 5 with 2 homer accounting for 4 of the Yanks runs.

08/03/19 boston red sox vs ny yankees at yankee stadium bronx ny yanks win 9-2. #26 dj lemahieu hits a solo homer in the 1st inning Neil Miller /nysportsextra copyright 2019

Brett Gardner also had a good day going going 3 for five.The down side ,however was Edwin Encarnacion geeting hit on the wrist in the 8th inning, and leaving the game

08/03/19 boston red sox vs ny yankees at yankee stadium bronx ny #11 brett gardner hits a basehit in the 4th inning Neil Miller /nysportsextra copyright 2019
08/03/19 boston red sox vs ny yankees at yankee stadium bronx ny yanks win 9-2. #30 edwin eccarnacion reacts after getting hit on the left wrist on a pitch by #67 josh smith in the 8th innning Neil Miller /nysportsexta copyright 2019
08/03/19 boston red sox vs ny yankees at yankee stadium bronx ny New York Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German #55 pitches in the 1st inning today Neil Miller nysportsextra copyright 2019

08/03/19 boston red sox vs ny yankees at yankee stadium bronx ny yanks win 9-2. #53 jon holder pitched 2 innnings in releif for the yanks today Neil Miller /nysportsextra copyright 2019

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N.Y.Giants practice 08/01/19

Pirates at Mets 07/26/19

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Mets hard luck continues by Neil Miller nysportsextra

07/24/19 San Diego Padres vs New York Mets at citifield queens ny #34 noah syndergaard pitches in the 3rd inning

This was a game that ,once again, was hard for Mets fans to watch.Noah Syndergaard pitched fairly well, but was betrayed by shoddy fielding and not enough clutch hitting.

07/24/19 San Diego Padres vs New York Mets at citifield queens ny #22 dominic smith is upset as he returns to the mets dugout agter the 3rd innning

Much was published about Dom Smith poor fielding tonite, and for certain, the two error he committed didnt help the Mets cause, but neither didnt Mike Conforto’s strike out with bases loaded as well.

07/24/19 San Diego Padres vs New York Mets at citifield queens ny #30 mike conforto rects after striking out with the bases loaded to end an innning

The Mets team that hit so well on Tuesday night was no where to be found.

The Salt Shack at Cedar Beach the “Adult sandbox of life”

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Theres nothing quite like Cedar Beach in the summer, when the weather,the music, and the adult beverages are good.Thru out the years, the location has drawn not only the better bands on the Island, but large crowds of all ages of people having a good time.

This Saturday nite was not eception, with Decadia on the stage, playing cover hits of the 80s

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The Salt Shack has 2 bars on the main level, one bar on the upstairs deck,and the food service area with lots of sitting room inside and out, as well as a sandy lounge area and a brick patio

Everyone enjoyed the first nice summer Saturday nite at Cedar Beach

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