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2010-07-14 / Columnists

Amityville & More

Our Piece of the World
by Ellen Holliday

Nirvana in concert Nirvana in concert Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Nixon of Amityville celebrated the birth of their son, Isaiah (Salvation) Makaio (Gift of God). He was born May 27 at Winthrop Hospital and weighed 6 pounds, 2 ounces. The Nixon’s are the Praise & Worship leaders at the Center of Excellence, at the Center of Excellence, on Coolidge Avenue in Amityville, under the Pastoral guidance of Rev. Maurice Chandler. Both are professional entertainers within their own rights.

Mrs. Nixon’s name is Nirvana Lucie and sings Diana Ross & Tammy Terrell’s hit songs in Dr. K’s Motown Revue. She comes to us from the Dominican Republic where she played the piano from a young age. She played for the President of her country at 13, was the musical director of their National Choir and directed adults, while writing jingles. Her early education included Taylor University in Indiana, but she transferred to Five Towns College in Dix Hills, where she finished with a degree in music and business. In 1997, she moved to Amityville where she con- tinues to write songs, sing background for several groups and lives with her husband and now new addition to the family, Isaiah.

Nirvana and Dennis Nixon of Amityville with their son Isaiah. Nirvana and Dennis Nixon of Amityville with their son Isaiah. She was brought to the Motown Revue by Mel Miller, Jr., guitarist /songwriter, mentor and coach at Amityville Jr. High School. He, Venlo Odom, cofounder and drummer, and Stephen Moore, a vocalist from Amityville/ Copiague, are 45-year veterans who will perform July 31 at The Jones Beach, Parking Lot #4. The concert is free. This group has appeared for the last few years in concert at Moheagan Sun, B.B. King’s in Manhattan, Five Towns College and Newark Museum, celebrating Motown’s 50th anniversary.

Her husband, Dennis, a local businessman, stands by her side, yet God has made room for his gifts as well. He has been asked to lead the team of artists at The Armorr Records total family day, on Aug. 7. There will be vendors, a barbeque and a free concert at 5 pm. All are invited to the Mt. Carmel Full Gospel Church, 420A Wyandanch Ave., North Babylon, where the Spence Bros. Bishop & Elder, will be the host of this Gospel Under the Stars event. These founders are from Amityville, as well.

Finally, hats off to our graduates in Amityville, Copiague and vicinity. Amityville’s salutatory address was delivered by Yonnique Wilson; valedictory address was by Jamilah Lindo; Rickens Anantua, Nichole Turner and David Walker performed the National Anthem accompanied by the Symphonic Band and directed by Brian Wishin, plus Bongorama composed by Chris Crockarell and Mozambique composed by Chris Brooks.

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