Few from Old Bridge would argue that along with the Metallica-style thrash act Overkill, dork-rock pioneers The Ergs! are one of the best bands to emerge from the sprawling, rural township.Like Overkill for Old Bridge-originated Megaforce, The Ergs! grew as a national act while on a local indie label, New Brunswick-based Don Giovanni Records. That now internationally heralded enterprise’s first-ever album release was the 2005 vinyl reissue of the pop-punk trio’s 2004 debut LP, “Dorkrockcorkrod.” And one of the label's latest releases is “Tentative Decisions,” the solo debut of Ergs! vocalist-drummer Mikey Erg, who still plays drums for a number of bands, including label mates Worriers, but has switched to guitar within his own band.Erg recently embarked upon a tour with The Falcon and Arms Aloft that will bring him Nov. 9 to American Bar & Grill in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.; Nov. 11, Crossroads, Garwood; Nov. 12, Rocks Off Boat Cruise, New … [Read more...] about Makin Waves with Mikey Erg of The Ergs!
If the delta queen
From the air, when your six flying hours are finished, you approach Dublin over green, steep, jagged shoreline cliffs. Upon arrival, you watch plump brown hares munching on the grass around the airport. Just minutes away, cows graze. It’s a far cry from approaching New York. For me, the lure of Ireland has much to do with being able to bathe in Irish charm. There’s that upbeat, friendly good humor and articulate command of our shared English language. In Dublin, the capital, cobblestone streets and colorful painted doors on Georgian townhouses signal charm, too. Lively both day and night, musicians play right on the street in the trendy Temple Bar area. Pubs abound, as do appetizing restaurants. Large parks give breathing room. The biggest, Phoenix Park, is twice the size of our Central Park. As you walk around this city, you have a sense of the history. And the literature. Dublin, after all, has been designated the UNESCO City of Literature. So many greats … [Read more...] about Ireland is ready to reveal all its charms to a casual visitor, from Dublin to the green countryside
Six-time champion boxer Robert (The Ghost) Guerrero was busted for carrying an illegal handgun at Kennedy Airport Thursday morning, law enforcement sources told the Daily News. Guerrero, who turned 30 on Wednesday, showed up for an 8:10 a.m. flight to Las Vegas toting an unloaded .40-caliber Smith & Wesson pistol, sources said. The southpaw prize fighter was pinched after he told a Delta ticketing agent he was packing heat, sources said. Guerrero had three unloaded 15-bullet clips, and his semi-automatic weapon, which is legal in California, was in a lock-box. But he did not have a license to carry the piece in New York and was immediately held at the Port Authority police station at the Queens airport. “He was trying to do the right thing, the poor guy,” a law enforcement source told the Daily News. “The cop had to arrest him. He had no choice. Now it’s up to the DA.” Queens District Attorney Richard Brown had less sympathy for the … [Read more...] about Boxing champ Robert (The Ghost) Guerrero is busted for gun possession at JFK Airport in N.Y.
New jobs could land at LaGuardia Airport if the feds approve a plan by Delta Air Lines to invest in Queens. The airline announced an agreement this week with US Airways to transfer takeoff and landing slots between LaGuardia and Washington Reagan National Airports - a swap that would clear the way for Delta to invest $117 million in a new terminal. "New York is so very important to Delta and we're not backing away from that commitment," Gail Grimmett, senior vice president for Delta in New York, told the Daily News. "We are trying to better serve the community where our employees live." The agreement, which needs approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation, would give Delta 132 new landing slots at LaGuardia. The airline also plans to replace inefficient turboprops operated by US Airways with larger jets, which Delta said will add as many as 4 million round-trip seats a year to and from LaGuardia without increasing congestion. It's about time, aviation experts said. … [Read more...] about Delta Queens deal could mean job arrivals at LaGuardia Airport
City and county officials in Greenville are celebrating a milestone that is much more than an economic benefit. The recent openings of a restaurant, a brewery and a residential and hotel space in the downtown area, is not only a testament to the resilience of the largest city in the Mississippi Delta, but also a tribute to its late mayor, Chuck Jordan, who initiated the vision of a better Greenville, but died before it was realized.Developer Bill Boykin, who spearheaded the restoration effort after Jordan’s death from cancer in 2012, said it was Jordan who introduced him to the unique and promising opportunity. More: Fannie Lou Hamer gets her due “He was just an inspiration to me and this project,” Boykin said. “That’s the role he played. I sure hated that he passed away. And I miss him to this day. But he was that inspiration for me.”The city of Greenville has been through a lot over the years: The ravages of the Civil War, … [Read more...] about Greenville restoration a tribute to Delta’s resilience
Two men from Puerto Rico were held on $100,000 bail each for trying to smuggle 92 pounds of cocaine worth $3 million in their luggage, Queens prosecutors said Monday.Enmanuel Peralta, 24, and Israel Jacobo, 25, were nabbed at Kennedy Airport inside the Delta Airlines terminal on Christmas Day.The coke was tucked into 42 packages wedged into four checked bags.Jacobo told Port Authority police a man named "Jose" approached him with the plan to deliver the drugs from San Juan to New York."Jose had two suitcases that were already prepared with the cocaine," Jacobo said. "All I had to do was take some of my clothes and put them in the two suitcases."He said he expected to make $10,000 for delivering the bags to a hotel.Jacobo and Peralta were arraigned Sunday on charges of first-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance on Sunday.They face up to 20 years in prison if convicted. Join the Conversation: … [Read more...] about Men tried to smuggle 92 pounds of cocaine in luggage at Kennedy Airport, Queens prosecutors said
So much for Earl ruining the Labor Day weekend. The much-hyped storm went from stud to dud Friday and didn't even lay a mitt on New York, passing wide of the Hamptons and weakening fast as it barreled out into the Atlantic for another swanky vacation getaway - Nantucket. As of Saturday, what remained of Earl was headed toward Nova Scotia after hitting Massachusetts with rains similar to a nor'easter. "There's nothing to assess at this point," a Massachusetts official said. "It wasn't even a really bad rainstorm." In Earl's wake, the forecast for the New York area was partly cloudy today followed by a delightful Saturday and Monday with temperatures in the 70s and 80s and lots of sunshine. Be careful about venturing into the water, though. The Weather Service warned that rough surf conditions and dangerous rip currents will remain through the weekend. On Long Island, the storm churned up some radical waves, including one that caused a log to clock a little girl as she stood … [Read more...] about Hurricane Earl doesn’t live up to the hype, whips past NYC and Long Island with a whimper
In Hamilton Beach, a little rain makes for some major mayhem. Rain and high winds caused flooding last weekend on many streets in the southern Queens neighborhood that abuts JFK Airport. But on Davenport Court, flooding is a year-round problem, rain or shine. Newcomers to Hamilton Beach, which is now officially part of Howard Beach, soon learn that to live on this quiet street they need a good set of wading gear and must consult tide charts. The proximity to Jamaica Bay causes the street to flood as often as 14 days a month during high tide. Margarita Bravo, 49, a flight attendant for Delta Airlines, has spearheaded efforts to repair a damaged duct pipe that should be draining water from the street into the adjacent canal. The last time the pipe was repaired was 10 years ago, she said. Now, at the urging of City Councilman Eric Ulrich, the city Department of Environmental Protection has issued a work order to begin repairs this month. But Bravo and her neighbors fear … [Read more...] about Life in Southern Queens means dealing with flood waters every year
KING CITY, ONTARIO - Imagine this: the United States and Afghanistan cross paths and co-exist on the same turf without friction. There's no bloodshed. No IEDs. No gunfire. No bombings. No rising death tolls. No war. For a moment on Friday morning, that was reality as the United States and Afghanistan prepared to play in separate games just a few feet from each other at the International Cricket Council's Under-19 World Cup Qualifier at the Maple Leaf Cricket Club grounds just north of Toronto. The goodwill suggestion of a photo opportunity with the two teams side-by-side before their respective matches revealed the tension that comes when two nations embroiled in a war in Afghanistan finally end up on the playing field, but those tense moments didn't last long, and they wouldn't define this competition. "Sure, why not? We'll take a picture with them ... are they coming here?" asks Daulat Khan Jaji, coach of Afghanistan's U-19 team, wanting to know if the Americans would break the … [Read more...] about U.S. and Afghanistan set aside differences, find truce on the pitch
Stores have had the holiday music on a continuous loop for weeks now. So apparently it's not too soon to also start mapping out your holiday TV viewing schedule. Besides, if you're in front of the TV, you won't be maxing out your credit card. Following is a sampling of holiday themed specials and series. . In "A Town Without Christmas," tonight at 9 on Hallmark, Patricia Heaton plays a no-nonsense TV news reporter who comes to a small, bucolic town after a child's letter to Santa sparks a national furor recalling the "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus" epistle. Along the way she meets a struggling writer (Rick Roberts), and together they make their own Christmas fairy tale. . ABC reruns the classic Peanuts Christmas special "A Charlie Brown Christmas," tomorrow at 8 p. m., with its separate animated vignettes starring Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy and Sally. . WLIW/Ch. 21 airs the British adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen," Sunday at 3:30 p. … [Read more...] about SPECIALS TO MAKE SPIRITS BRIGHT. What’s on for the holidays