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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.

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A Night in Bethlehem

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
December 10, 2013

Friday night, I went back in time to A Night in Bethlehem, where visitors enjoyed grinding olivesmaking beeswax candles and other activities at re-creations of shops from two thousand years ago, and experienced a Living Nativity manger scene with Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus, complete with animal stable.

Garden City, New York, USA. December 6, 2013. Visitors experience the nativity scene at the manger, with Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus, the Holy Family, at A Night in Bethlehem, an annual Advent at the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, on Long Island, on December 6, 7, and 8. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Garden City, NY, USA. Dec. 6, 2013. Living Nativity at A Night in Bethlehem,  Resurrection Lutheran Church (© 2013 Ann Parry/ann-parry.com)

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NOTE: “Carol of the Bells” is the song in above video

The Advent event ‘A Night in Bethlehem’ is free and open to the public, at the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Garden City, Long Island. It’s a special Christmas treat for the whole family.

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A Visit with Santa Claus

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

As the Roosevelt Field mall and the Long Island community it’s served since 1956 continue to grow and change, one of the mall’s enduring traditions is Santa Claus’s visit at the end of each year, when parents have their children’s pictures taken with him.

Nov. 21, 2012 - Garden City, New York, U.S. - Santa Claus gets a visit from PATRICK HERR, 3 1/2, from Hempstead, at Roosevelt Field shopping mall in Long Island. Parents JULIANA CARREON and ISMAEL CARREON took him to visit the jolly man at Roosevelt Field, one of the 10 largest shopping malls in the United States of America, and on the site where aviator Charles Lindbergh began his historic solo transatlantic flight to Paris in 1927. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Nov. 21, 2012 – Garden City, New York, U.S. – Santa Claus gets a visit from PATRICK H, 3 1/2, at Roosevelt Field shopping mall in Long Island.  (© 2012 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

This Thanksgiving week I took news photos of Santa’s visit with 3 1/2-year-old Patrick and his family. And it turns out my older daughter and her husband took their six-month-old son to visit Santa right there earlier that week.

UPDATE: This Long Island Weekly (publ. Anton Community Newspapers) cover photo is from my photo shoot of Santa and Patrick:

Cover Page Photo by Ann Parry; Long Island Weekly published by Anton News. Nov. 21, 2012 - Garden City, New York, U.S. - Santa Claus gets a visit from PATRICK HERR, 3 1/2, from Hempstead, at Roosevelt Field shopping mall in Long Island. Mom JULIANA CARREON and ISMAEL CARREON took him to visit the jolly man. (Cover photo © 2013 Ann Parry; Long Island Weekly published by Anton News)

Dec. 11-17, 2013 issue of Long Island Weekly| Garden City, NY, USA. Santa Claus gets visit from PATRICK HERR, 3 1/2, at Roosevelt Field Mall. (Cover Page photo © 2013 Ann Parry)

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