Taken right after new layers of sand were replenished, the ocean hadn’t smoothed the shoreline. That made it incredibly difficult to get a shot in the very short time between waves fully flowing out and in, since there was such a steep incline where they broke. I guess that’s part of the challenge.
By now you’re understanding these sunsets are my own little reflection obsession, a little rorschach test that changes every night. It is quite funny what the mind sees. I am surprised at recurring shapes (since every one of these sunsets has a unique personality to me) in many that I wouldn’t have thought because they must be formed by half of what they are, perfectly placed for the reflection: like this globe.
This was a crazy night, and the glow that everything took on felt very odd and became a little spooky. Not that it stopped me!
what do you see?
After a month of renovations Jo Jo Apples Cafe unveiled their new look this week.
“Going into it, it was a big job.” Owner Gail Vasta told me. “But it was made easier than I thought it would be”. Needless to say, she’s happy with the renovations, done in just 4 weeks, and rightly so.
The staff were glad to be back and so were the customers who were still enjoying their dinners well past normal closing time.
Gail told me April 1, 2014 will start the 18th year she’s owned Jo Jo Apples and she said “It was time. It needed to be updated.”
You know, when you’re dealing with a restaurant that’s pretty much an institution in town, you have to be careful what you change. “I’m happy with the how it turned out -we didn’t want to lose the charm of the place,” Gail said. I think they’ve done that well, too.
Not just a new look
Chef Kimberly is working on new Prix Fixe menu specials that will include appetizers as well as the dinner specials we’ve come to know. They also will serve new deserts including cheesecakes from Juniors and espresso and cappuccino are added to the menu.
Gail says that online ordering is in the works in the near future.
We talked about how much is involved in owning a restaurant.
“You really have to love it to be here every day”. She says she does and she’s glad the staff do, too. It’s long, hard work “But it’s all worth it. The best part is to just see people enjoy what they’re eating and having a good time here.”
The renovation is a tasteful and comfortable update on a Point Lookout tradition, with quality finishes that’s ready for the next 18 years. See it for yourself while you enjoy a cuppa, snack, or a meal; at the place where people mean when they say “Meet me in Point Lookout for Breakfast”.
A Snow Wave Sea… click the link to see the full size version.
This was a few snowstorms ago… a little different for me, and I really like the cool look of the snow on the sand, really looking more like choppy waves to me. It also captures the “historic” aspect of documenting the dredging pipes here during the current Jones Inlet Dredging project.
This is, of course, on top of all our newly acquired sand!
I love the layered sky and the vapor trails really gave some punch to this view. Portrait (up and down) layout is so much more conducive to these high cloud shots, but there’s a reason the other format is called “landscape”, especially when thats what you take pictures of! Was this the last colorful sunset we might see for some time?
A really good read.
Great article addressing mostly SURFACE issues. Click on the link below:
(yes, this article does appear in printed form!)
Unfortunately, the two outstanding groups leading the charge to me, seem to be divided on these grounds: surface and underground.
The “surface” / anti-pollution coalition is getting some things done because they are well funded and have 20+ years experience. Its very easy to understand that pollution isn’t good.
The other group wants a comprehensive plan for all drinking water with plans that would keep costs of it to near zero. Unfortunately, this will require legislation AND public support. Some private corporations make their money by pumping water, not by managing the resource to make sure it is sustained. The more they pump, the more they make. Hard to change.
Some people use a lot of water thinking if they can afford it, thats their right. They’re not paying the costs to REPLACE what they take that you can no longer use, just the cost to deliver it. Hard to change.
In our area, a broken sewage plant and runoff affects the bays on the surface. In other areas it’s industrial pollution and in others it is nitrogen from septic tanks.
Uncontrolled overuse and overpavement of areas that blocks the replenishment of our supply from rainwater and causes pollutants and saltwater contamination to be pulled into our drinking water is our problem, below the surface.
Nassau County is generally ignoring it, and has been for 15+ years. Very easy to avoid raising taxes this way.
You don’t have to fix a problem you won’t acknowledge.
The only agreement: all will have to be dealt with, near- simultaneously, island-wide, to fix it.
The longer we wait, the harder it will be.
Suffolk County Executive Bellone just made this his #1 Priority, but its a huge undertaking. Kudos to him for acknowledging it.
Get some knowledge. YOU will be part of the solution, whatever it is.
Long Beach Municipal Animal Shelter
770 Park Place
Long Beach NY
(516) 431 4359
Sat & Sun 11-4
follow on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/longbeachnyanimalshelter
A few days ago it came to my attention that the Long Beach Animal Shelter is back. Coincidentally I had to pass by today, had a few minutes, and stopped in to see what’s going on.
Now under the control of Long Beach City Animal Control officers, it looks to me like the place is being well-run, well-kept, clean and the animals are well cared for.
There are 2 animal control officers, a lieutenant, two employees plus many volunteers who do numerous duties from feeding and walking the dogs to training.
I spoke with animal control officer Brian Biller.
He hopes for “the residents to come in and see what their shelter is doing… since it’s being city-run again. “
“The residents are very supportive. Long Beach is a big animal lover community.” He says the shelter has “really come a long way – in a positive way”
“The biggest challenge that we’re facing is that people don’t know that we are reopened. There are so many great adult cats and dogs that really need homes. People don’t realize it’s easier to adopt” rather than buy.
He explains because of what they do at the shelter the animals are usually housebroken and socialized with some training to make the adoption process much smoother.
The extensive veterinary care that the animals receive for any problems that arise, also includes shots, neutering and spaying. Full medical histories are available on the animals. Also they have staggered work hours so the animals are not left for long periods of time unattended.
When people are looking to adopt, just come down and fill out an adoption application. “We try and find a dog that suits them. We know these dogs very well” he says “we always try to find the right fit”.
The prices are all set by the City Clerks office. He says “an eight month old male …is only $60, and that comes with being neutered, rabies vaccinations” and certificate that he’s all healthy.
“Why pay thousands of dollars ..for a dog when you can get one for $60-$70 that’s trained and housebroken and has all it’s shots?”
In the short time I was there speaking with him, multiple dogs were being walked – one after the other after the next.
“The socialization factor here is really great” for the animals he says.
He also says they have a volunteer trainer who has saved numerous dogs from being turned into the shelter in the first place, or being returned by helping the family and dog learn to work together before surrendering the dogs. That trainer has only asked for donations to the shelter in lieu of payment.
They need volunteers.
Some, like Peggy, come in and walk the dogs. Some socialize the cats, some clean, some help give the medications. There’s much to do.
Volunteers are needed. Call 431-4359 and they’ll help you fill out a volunteer application.
Taking the tour.
Brian was (rightfully) proud to show me all areas were clean. Some were obviously already clean and were now being sanitized as well. This was already happening before I got there so it wasn’t just for show. Back rooms, storage and outside play areas were all neat, organized, and clean.
In our travels he brought me into their “cage-free” cat room, which looked more like a free-range playroom for cats with lots of cat beds, and things meant to be climbed. There were 5 or 6 litter boxes – all clean. The cats were extremely social and friendly-my feet were surrounded by an inquisitive furry squad – in a good way.
In the kennel area the dogs had special trampoline-like beds. Brian explained these beds keep them off the floor and provide better comfort and protection. They are easy to keep clean and in fact were a donation and more are pledged to be donated soon.
“I would love for people to come in here just to see (the place) and adopt. There are so many great dogs that we have here.”
He wants everyone to know you can get these great cats and dogs at an affordable price. “And you are doing such a good deed by taking (them), especially after Sandy. A lot of these animals are still here from Sandy.”
Donations are always welcome especially wet cat food and litter seem to go faster than the rest.
So, go down and see them. Like them on Facebook at the link above to stay posted from them.
If you can, give a new friend a forever home, too.
Either way, let everyone know the Long Beach Animal Shelter is back.
Click on the picture for the full size image.
A great sky this night, and I also found it interesting that small jetty rocks about 100 feet from the jetty were uncovered due to a few weeks’ heavy surf. I guess we had lost quite a bit of sand here.
I really like the finger-like water splashing and rolling in on the jetty, too.