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2010-09-15 / Columnists

Amityville and more

Our Piece of the World
by Ellen Holliday
•On July 31 we had Mike James Day, The Quintyne family celebration and the free concert at Jones Beach— Dr. K’s Motown Revue, all equaling a most wonderful experience. The atmosphere was sweet, the conversations wholesome, the music memorable and all encouraging and agreeable.

The 70s Band got everyone to their feet at Tanner Park The 70s Band got everyone to their feet at Tanner Park •I’ve been to the Motown Revue three summers in a row. This year, I did not find an old Amityville/Copiague favorite, Stephen Moore there. For more than 40 years we have gotten used to his cool renditions of our old school favorites. His absence saddened his followers.

Happy birthday to Theresa Quintyne Garren, Madeline, Quintyne Bayten, Ronald Moss, Sam McKenzie, David Mableton, David Fields, John Bettis, Barbara McKelvie, Noreen Davis and all the Leo’s in the community. May you be blessed with long healthy lives. •I saw an old friend, Mel Miller, a mentor and coach at Amityville Jr. High School who played guitar for 45 years or more. He was a song writer for Edward & Bryant Holland, of Holland/ Dozier/Holland, who owned Invictus Records. This team wrote many of the early Motown hits. Mel has his own music business, called Melzinsky Production Company.

Stephen Moore of the 70s Band Stephen Moore of the 70s Band Bro. Venlo Odum, drummer/percussionist, songwriter and arranger, who is a member of the Revue was there. He and his whole family were there celebrating Mrs. Odum’s 80th birthday.

Mrs. Nairvana Nixon, was back after the birth of her son in May. Natashia Thomas and Charlene Simmons were in their places. Dr. K and the other musicians were present and accounted for, but no Stephen Moore. On Tues., August 17, my friend Louisa Sistrunk, AKA Alston of Chocolate Chips, and family, Peaches and Naomi, invited me to Tanner Park’s concert. We found him! At our very own Copiague Tanner Park Beach Pavilion. We sat down about 7 p.m.; the beach hut was open from 5:30 – 10 p.m. Packed with lovers, old and new; old friends, family faces, even the little children were raising their hands with joy in their hearts. It was an outstanding event! The weather was a perfect summer occurrence, blessed with the breeze, coming in as evening fell upon us. When people are gathering, not to share the same political or religious views, but for a more common factor such as music, it is Heavenly—why not let it be musical? Why not dance? Thenew group is called That70’s Band. It takes you back to the 70s - a time, as I remember, full of love. The group is managed by Stephen Interrante, who also plays the saxophone.

The other singers that I met were Kevin Morris, Vince Grant, and celebrating her birthday on the 19th, Suzanne O’Connor. You can find out more about the group and their upcoming appearances at www.That70’sBandLIVE. com .

Lead vocal for the 70’s Band is none other than our own Stephen Moore. Stephen was one of the lead vocals of Cameo and a consecutive winner on the old Big Break Show of the 60’s, with Natalie Cole. TheBig Break talent finder show was popular long before Showtime at the Apollo or any of our newer American Idol shows. It doesn’t matter whose shoes he steps into, Stephen can fill the bill! Marvin Gaye would be proud of our home-spun great performer! When he was a teenager, he spent all of his nickels in the Mustang’s Jukebox, a luncheonette owned by Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Nixon on the north side of town. He can sing all of those “oldies but goodies.” This group is busy, and I am glad I found them. Dates to Remember:

Sept. 16, 2010

The Town of Babylon is hosting a Job/Health Fair at The Town of Babylon Annex, 281 Phelps Lane, North Babylon. It begins promptly at 10 a.m. and runs until 2 p.m. It is sponsored by The Urban League of Westchester, Mature Workers Program, L.I. Div., Long Island Minority Aids Coalition, and the 100 Black Women of Suffolk. For information call: 631-225-5500 or email

Sun., Sept. 19

Bethel A.M.E. is celebrating its 195 Anniversary this fall. On Sun. Sept. 19, the church service will be held outdoors 11.m., in the old Roller skating rink parking lot on Sunrise Highway, across from Target and Home Depot in Copiague. The service without walls will recognize National Alcohol and Drug addiction month.

Anyone who would like to submit an item for this column can do so by sending an email to Ellen Holliday at happyholiday2@

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