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Memorial Day Weekend at Levy Park 2015

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
May 28, 2015

Around 3:30 the Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend, I went to Norman J Levy Park & Preserve. After parking in the crowded parking lot, I headed to the path with the sign “Shortest Way to Top” – since I hoped to get a hilltop view of the Bethpage New York Air Show in progress at nearby Jones Beach.

At Norman J Levy Park & Preserve, family members point south to contrails in the sky over Jones Beach where planes are performing in the Bethpage New York Air Show. Many visitors watched the air show from the marshland park after several major parkways to the famous Long Island beach were closed when it filled to capacity. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Merrick, New York, USA. May 24, 2015. At Norman J Levy Park & Preserve, visitor point south to contrails in the sky over Jones Beach where planes are performing in the Bethpage New York Air Show, Memorial Day Weekend.  (© 2015 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Earlier that day, I heard that Jones Beach filled to capacity before the air show even started, so major roads leading there were closed. So I wasn’t surprised to see groups of people scattered throughout the hilltop and pointing south to where planes were leaving contrails in the sky. The performers, too distant from Levy Park to identify, included Thunderbirds, Golden Knights, and GEICO SkyWriters, and more.

When the show ended, I headed south on the winding trail leading down to the park’s fishing pier. At the far end of the 500-foot-long wooden pier, I enjoyed the cool breeze and watched kayakers in Merrick Bay, and chatted with fellow visitors Rev. David Lee and his parishioners. They had planned to fish at Jones Beach, but finding Meadowbrook Parkway closed, cast their reels at South Merrick’s Levy Park instead.

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“The Interview” Opens at Merrick Cinemas on Christmas

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
December 31, 2014

On Christmas morning, I read that The Interview, the comedy by Sony Pictures Entertainment, was playing at Merrick Cinemas, the only movie theater showing it in Nassau County, Long Island. So, even though I still had most of my Christmas present wrapping left, I headed out to capture news photos before the first show, 12:30 pm.

Merrick, New York, USA. December 25, 2014. The Interview plays at Merrick Cinemas, the only movie theater showing it in Nassau County, Long Island, on Christmas Day. (Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Merrick, New York, USA. Dec. 25, 2014. “The Interview” opens at Merrick Cinemas, in Nassau County, Long Island, on Christmas Day. (© 2014 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

In November, hackers hacked – yes, that sounds like coughing – Sony Pictures computers, and later threatened theaters planning to show The Interview, in which stars James Franco and Seth Rogen play civilians recruited by the CIA to assassinate North Korea’s dictator.

Due to the terrorist threats, Sony originally canceled public release of the film, but then changed its plans again, and released the film in a limited way, including several hundred independent theaters. Several people who bought tickets to the movie in Merrick said they were seeing it mainly to protest the attempt to suppress Americans’ Right to Free Speech.

Photo Gallery:   The Interview at Merrick Cinemas

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Band Shell Concert at Sunset Park, Port Washington

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
July 27, 2014

It felt like stepping into a Norman Rockwell painting when I attended the John Philip Sousa Memorial Band Shell concert, complete with a friendly greeting from Port Washington’s Lions Club mascot, at Sunset Park, on Manhasset Bay, during a vibrant  July 11th sunset.

Port Washington, New York, U.S. - July 11, 2014 - Audience gets ready to leave at end of night time outdoors band concert at John Philips Sousa Memorial Band Shell, at Sunset Park on Manhasset Bay in the North Shore village on Long Island Gold Coast. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Port Washington, New York, U.S. – July 11, 2014 – John Philips Sousa Memorial Band Shell concert, at Sunset Park on Manhasset Bay. (© 2014 Ann Parry, All rights reserved /Ann Parry.com)

The Port Washington Community Summer Concert Band, with Conductor Aaron Prindle, presented the program “Red, White, and Youth” – including iconic patriotic songs and ones younger audience members easily recognized, such as the theme from Daft Punk’s Tron movie soundtrack.

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Final Roll Call – Merrick Memorial Day Parade 2014

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
May 26, 2011

Once again, three generations of our family attended the Merrick Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony.

Merrick, New York, U.S. - May 26, 2014 - A veteran salutes fire fighters marching in The Merrick Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony, hosted by American Legion Post 1282 of Merrick, honors those who died in war while serving in the United States military. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Merrick, New York, U.S. – May 26, 2014 – Merrick Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony, hosted by American Legion Post 1282 of Merrick. (© 2014 Ann Parry/ann-parry.com)

This morning it was even more moving than usual because Dad’s name was read during the American Legion Merrick Post 1282  “Final Roll Call” near the end of the memorial events at Merrick Veteran’s Memorial Park.

Merrick, New York, U.S. - May 26, 2014 - Mother holds her 2-year-old son who is pointing to a Fire Engine in the Merrick Memorial Day Parade, hosted by American Legion Post 1282 of Merrick, honoring those who died in war while serving in the United States military. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Merrick, New York, U.S. – May 26, 2014 –  Merrick Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony. (©2014  Ann Parry/ann-parry.com)

We miss you and we love you, Dad.

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Bryant Park Ice Skating Rink, NYC, Nov. 9, 2013

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
November 17, 2013

Last Saturday night, after a much anticipated Nikon workshop by Steve Simon in Manhattan, I walked around the block to capture night photos at Bryant Park, whose Winter Village has long been a visual and sentimental favorite of mine.

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At Bryant Park's ice skating rink that night, the colorful rink is filled with people skating and talking with friends. Manhattan, New York, USA. November 9, 2013. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

NYC, USA. Nov. 9, 2013 – Bryant Park ice skating rink at  Winter Village. (© 2013 Ann Parry/ann-parry.com)

The pink and green shadows each skater cast on the ice immediately caught my attention, and I photographed the festive, energetic, colorful scenes at the Ice Skating Rink and Holiday Shops with my Nikon D4 until around 9:30 that evening, November 9, 2013.

Photo gallery – Bryant Park Winter Village, NYC, 2013-11-09

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On Edge of Fiscal Cliff

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
December 30, 2012

For America to avoid going off the “fiscal cliff” of broad tax hikes and spending cuts starting to phase in on Tuesday, January 1, 2013, the Senate and House must agree on a bipartisan bill before then.

Oct. 15, 2012 - Hempstead, New York, U.S. - At left, former White House Chief of Staff ERSKINE BOWLES (Democrat), and, at right, former Senator ALAN SIMPSON (Republican), co-chairmen of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, speak at Hofstra University about ?America's Debt and Deficit Crisis: Issues and Solutions,? with (at center) moderator PATRICK SOCCI, Dean of Hofstra's Zarb School of Business. This event with the Simpson-Bowles non-partisan U.S. fiscal debt reduction plan co-leaders, was part of "Debate 2012 Pride Politics and Policy" a series of events leading up to when Hofstra hosts the 2nd Presidential Debate between Obama and M. Romney, the next night, October 16, 2012, in a Town Meeting format. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Oct. 15, 2012 – Hempstead, New York, U.S. – (L) ERSKINE BOWLES and (R) Sen. ALAN SIMPSON speak at Hofstra University about America’s Debt and Deficit Crises. (© 2012 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

On October 15, 2012, Former White House Chief of Staff ERSKINE BOWLES (Dem), and former Senator ALAN SIMPSON (Rep) – co-chairs of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, and co-founders of the Campaign to Fix the Debt – spoke at Hofstra University about “America’s Debt and Deficit Crisis: Issues and Solutions,” with moderator PATRICK SOCCI Dean of Hofstra’s Zarb School of Business. They discussed the seriousness of the fiscal debt, and the Simpson-Bowles non-partisan U.S. fiscal debt reduction plan to decrease it and avoid the looming fiscal cliff.

Oct. 15, 2012 - Hempstead, New York, U.S. - Man attending Simpson and Bowles event at Hofstra puts on red shirt that Fix the Debt Campaign gives free to anyone who puts in on right there in lobby and wears it to event at Hofstra University's John Cranford Adams Playouse., The campaign's co-founders, Simpson and Bowles, speak in the auditorium about ?America's Debt and Deficit Crisis: Issues and Solutions.? This event with the co-chairmen of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, and co-leaders of Simpson-Bowles non-partisan U.S. fiscal debt reduction plan, was part of "Debate 2012 Pride Politics and Policy" a series of events leading up to when Hofstra hosts the 2nd Presidential Debate between Obama and M. Romney, the next night, October 16, 2012, in a Town Meeting format. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Oct. 15, 2012 – Hempstead, New York, U.S. – Man attending Simpson and Bowles event at Hofstra puts on red shirt that Fix the Debt Campaign gives free to anyone who puts in on there and wears it to event at Hofstra University’s event.  (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

After Bowles and Simpson spoke, the audience of students and other members of the Long Island community had a chance to ask them questions, on the night before Hofstra hosted the 2nd Presidential Debate between Obama and Romney.

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Nassau County State of the County Address 2012

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
March 17, 2012

During the March 14, 2012 State of the County Address, Nassau County’s Movie Industry was one of the topics highlighted by County Executive EDWARD MANGANO.

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano gives State of the County Address, on Wednesday night, March 14, 2012, at Cradle of Aviation museum, Garden City, New York, USA. Mangano (front) was introduced by Legislator Peter Schmidt (at podium) Nassau County Presiding Officer and Majority Leader. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Garden City, New York, USA. March 14, 2012. Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano gives State of the County Address at Cradle of Aviation museum. ( © 2012 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

I already knew about one of the films mentioned – the Phil Spector Biopic (2012), starring Al Pacino and Helen Mirren – because my daughter Sue was an Extra when some scenes were shot at Nassau County’s Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building, Mineola, in 2011.

Understandably, Extras aren’t supposed to start chatting with principal actors, but when my daughter was positioned near Ms. Mirren on the grand stairway leading to the building’s entrance, Sue was concerned how Mirren’s shawl was dragging on the steps.

So  – when the cameras weren’t on – Sue pointed out the hazardously droopy shawl to Ms. Mirren, who was charmingly grateful for the head’s up.

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