On this 2015 cold February morning, in the Hamlet of Holtsville, in the Town of Brookhaven, New York Holtsville Hal woke from a deep winters sleep at the Holtsville Ecology Center and Wildlife Preserve. Hal was in for a surprise something he never expected. Upon exiting his Burrow he looked around. His head turned from Right to Left and then he spun around. He then again Looked from Left to Right still without looking down yet. His head shook wondering why with his presents there was no sound, let alone anything loud.....? Then he realized.....Where's the Crowd ?!   After 19 years, have I gotten this day wrong? I hear no announcement not even a song ! Then he turned and saw a man in a Top Hat, and knew then it was the Mayor of the Day ! He was in fact Right on this Day and proceeded to look down at the White Snow then looked up to Daniel P. Losquadro and said there's something you should know. There's nobody here it's more then quite clear......Dan told him ...for children's safety the Park was closed, but everyone still awaits to hear your Official 2015 Prognostication. So Hal proceeded to tell him in Groundhogese that on the White Snow all about, he did see his Shadow and the thought of Spring must now go.
                                  Sorry Folks.......Six More Weeks of Winter !
        
It's Summer time.....Finally....ask Rob Maxwell  the Cyclone's #1 devoted rider !
From Left to Right in the above photo that I took on February 2, 1996 is Harold H. Malkmes the 17 Term Superintendent of Highways. It was Harold who studied Horticulture at Farmingdale State University, and brought that knowledge and his vision to take the town dump in Holtsville and create what is now known as the Harold H. Malkmes  Ecology and Wildlife Center. Harold with his wife Joyce created the foundation in creating a park now loved by everyone who visits it. It has a complete zoo of animals, Olympic size swimming pool, classrooms, walking and running track with exercise equiptment, and a childrens playground. But Harold had one furry animal he decided to name after him, he didn't see him except on February 2nd, but it was this unique gesture that today lives on. It was this little event of less then a dozen people coming to that even Harold had no idea of where it was headed to. The next man, you could say we've all looked UP to. Because high in the sky all over this world Felix J. Grucci Jr. of Fireworks by Grucci a former US Representitive, and Brookhaven Town Supervisor at the time, and to become elected to the 107th US Congress, has had us all looking up saying ooooh, and awwwh to spectacular explosive artwork in the sky. The next man Greg Drossel, Holtsville Hal's handler a Dean at the Ross School in East Hampton was offered to be the handler of Punxsutawney Phil in the movie Groundhog Day but instead stayed with Hal to this very day. Greg has taken students across the globe on real safari's teaching them about the animals in the wild where they roam free. Next, is  then the Brookhaven Superintendent of Highways Patricia Strebel . Hal's guardian angel, Ralph Garcia who believed in my vision by a challenge  by my daughter to take Groundhog Day to it's highest potential, immediately built a larger home and area for larger crowds not yet seen. Ralph saw the passion, and went with it, and to him and everyone I say......I've only just begun,
to make Groundhog Day with Holtsville Hal the finest Winter event, for children and families to look forward to from Now until
Forever !

                                 
                                   
                                             
                                                  
           
Speaking of Water Falls......On June 26, 2008 to October 13th in New York City along the East River a 40 year old artist by the name of Olafur Eliasson who lives in Copenhagen and Berlin created one of the most expensive art displays at $15.5 Million Dollars, for New York to experience. There were 4  one hundred and twenty foot high waterfalls. The one seen here I took under the Brooklyn Bridge. The falls flowed daily from 7:00AM to 10:00PM
                                                                                                                                                                          .................Rebuilding One Step At A Time !
                                                 
The stair case you see above may seem like nothing, but hear what I've heard from people of all ages who once walked them every time they were in the park . People of all ages have been using these stairs quietly and unnoticed. But for children, and parents who are working to rebuild an ailment, from stroke to leg problems of sprains, breaks etc. these are The Stairway to Heaven towards restoring strength and good future health. I'm sure Doctor Oz would quickly say stairs are GOOD EXERCISE. But because of poor maintenace and the ground shifting under them
they were taken down with no indication of restoring them! If the ground is shifting, simply hire a crew from San Francisco who know how to cope with the Earth shifting below them.....Problem solved. But the real answer is always......You Can If You Think You Can....so for the health and wellness and good of us all, lets rebuild ! Your stories of what these stairs mean to you that you shared with me will not fade into the wind!
..........Speaking of Health............and Creating Funds to feed the Animals
If you've ever been to San Fancisco......this hill on Everit Street from Old Fulton Street to Middagh Street at the top in Brooklyn reminds you of it. It's exhausting just walking up it.....Well how about running up it about 10 times.....I wonder what Dr. Oz would say ...talk about your Daily Dose !  This group had no problem and past me like the wind.....Over and Over again UP Down Up Down....all I could think of is hey kids.....start exercising because they just heard about the future Groundhog 5K Run and can't wait for a date !   I think the hills in the park will have no effect on their times to cross the finish line !  Oh and Rain has No Effect on them !
There is a nice view at the top though...." That's Amore " if you remember in the movie MOONSTRUCK with Cher and Nicolas Cage as she returns home around the corner from the right kicking a can. The 1952 song  " That's  Amore " by composer Harry Warren and lyicist Jack Brooks became a huge hit in 1953 when Dean Martin sang it.
        LET THE RACE BEGIN !
What you see here is a horse with only 75 yards to go to the finish line for the Triple Crown win at Belmont. What many don't know is when California Chrome exited the starting gate his hoof was hit by another horse by accident. But with that sore hoof, and bleeding, Chrome focused on what Chrome does best.....Win the Race.  In this photo that I took, the race could of stopped right here......California Chrome had Already Won,  for Everyone already Believed in him, and Everybody across the panet including me was rooting for him......He HAD ALREADY won the hearts of all of us, and the line ahead could NEVER and will Never, take that away from him. When the race was over the hoof was spotted and immediately taken care of by the jockey and owners, and to this day you realize it's not if you cross the line first, but that people believe in you,.. to try!
 But it was BIG RED, that will never be forgotten....Even though he came in 4th at Aqueduct, Big Red stunned the world. The name however didn't impress the Jockey Club
so 3 names were submitted....Scepter, Royal Line, Something Special.....all those names
were rejected.....so three more were suggested.....Games of Chance, Deo Volante (Latin for God Willing) and one last name........that finally changed Big Red to became etched in hearts across the globe and now stone forever as the chestnut colt with a large heart that won the Triple Crown like no other by 31 lengths......you and I know him as........and my favorite !.......
                
Secretariat born at The Meadow, in Doswell, VA.  Broke all 3 Track Records........The Derby time was  1:59 2/5,   The Preakness time was 1:53  and finally right here in New York at Beautiful Belmont  for the final leg " Triple Crown  WIN   his time was 2:24
Disney did NOT  Buy the World Fair Grounds in Queens..............it's a HOAX !!!
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The New York Pavilion at the Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, NY  has Finally been added to the register of National Treasures by the National Trust for Historic Preservation on the 50th Anniversary in 2014. It has now become the 44th type building to enter the field like President Lincoln's cottage in Washington D.C. Designed
by renowned Architect Philip Johnson and structual engineer Lev Zetin. The eliptical floor was covered with a large Terrazzo Map that replicated the Texaco Road Map of New York State that we once picked up at the gas station Bob Hope spoke for.
         
If we don't RESTORE "Our " history and allow others to let it crumble to the ground, our children will never enjoy or see or learn about their families past or about their visions and how they wanted to make a richer life ahead for them. It is time that we stop wishing that the Pavilion
etc. came back to life.....and stand up and help make it happen.  If we don't, our own history will look like Planet of The Apes !
    
                                                             
                      LOOK UP !
The New York Pavilion after 50 Rusting Years........is NOW getting Restored !  Yes The New York Structual Steel Painting Contractors Association Local Union 806, District Council 9, IUPAT is also Donating their work to it in Full.......!  The work started this week and should be finished in a week or so.................LOL........OK, just kidding. Kids this one's for you to enjoy....The Baby Boomers are coming through finally !   Thank You all for restoring " our history  " from now until Forever ! 
                          
I don't know about you but I've had just about enough fun in the snow for this year !!!
There are now 3 pieces of history that represent   " 1776 "   ...........two stand right here in New York .........What are they  ?!
  The Freedom Tower Represents the Year in United States History of July 4, 1776.  The tower is Exactly 17 hundred and 76 feet tall  !
                              
The Statue of liberty female form that French sculptor Frederic Bartholdi created that was a gift from the French to the United States is based on Libertas the Roman goddess of Liberty. On the tablet that she holds is the date of American Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776.
A broken chain lies at her feet and is hard to see from the ground. Standing 151 feet tall and 305 feet from the ground to the torch. The head of the statue was displayed in Paris in 1878 at the worlds fair there. She stands on Liberty Island, 14.714 acres and once called Bledloe's Island. In 1956 it was renamed by an act of Congress.
It's Summer time !  Have a Great Summer !!!
                                                                                    
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