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Jeremy Davis & The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra

Jeremy Davis & The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra

John Beasley. Click to enlarge

John Beasley. Click to enlarge

On Stage at Kingsborough once again presents its “Hot Summer Nights” concert series, taking place every Saturday night in July. The concerts, which start at 8:00 p.m., are held at Kingsborough’s outdoor bandshell, in the shadow of the lighthouse, and steps from the sea wall (offering a delightful breeze in the face of generally blazing July temps). And good news, music lovers: No reservations are necessary. The concert schedule will be as follows:

July 5: Jeremy Davis & The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra, The Great American Swagger. Celebrate Independence Day with this Big Band tribute to America and great American music.

July 12: Grammy-Nominee John Beasley’s MONK’estra. Catch MONK’estra, a 16-piece big modern jazz band that captures the spirit of Thelonious Monk’s unique quirkiness and offbeat accents.



July 19: Carole J. Bufford In Speak Easy Featuring Grammy Award-Winners Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks. This nightlife award-winning show features critically-acclaimed cabaret singer Carole J. Bufford and the Grammy Award-winning Jazz Age band from “Boardwalk Empire.” Come on back to a time when love was for sale but liquor was not.

July 26: Swingadelic, With Guest Vocalist Gina Fox. Known as New York City’s greatest “little big band,” Swingadelic delivers the traditional Big Band and Great American Songbook music of Duke Ellington and Frank Sinatra’s Rat Pack in swingin’ style!

Kingsborough Community College is located at 2001 Oriental Boulevard. You can find On Stage at Kingsborough on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter (@OnStageAtKCC). To learn more, call (718) 368-5596 (Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) or check out

THE COMMUTE: I asked if that was the case back in 2010 when I documented 14 buses in a row bypassing bus stops after loading up at Kingsborough Community College. Since then I have done numerous B1 updates documenting service problems. I have written many times to the last two directors of Bus Operations over the past five years. Each time, I promptly received courteous replies and have met with a half dozen operating personnel on about four occasions, assured that the problem would be addressed and Manhattan and Brighton Beach passengers would not be ignored . Yet the problem persists.

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THE COMMUTE: Before we talk about the anniversary, first some questions the MTA needs to answer regarding the data we presented yesterday regarding eastbound B1 service at Coney Island Avenue and Brighton Beach Avenue.
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The B1 bus, en route to Kingsborough Community College

THE COMMUTE: More about the anniversary tomorrow, but first an update regarding B1 bus service. Last Monday, I noticed a steady stream of college students, about 30 of them, walking a mile and a half from the Brighton Beach train station to Kingsborough Community College (KCC) a little past 9:00 a.m. I haven’t monitored B1 service in awhile, so I figured it was about time for an update. This past Wednesday, I decided to watch the buses arriving and leaving the station. I intended to get there for the morning peak. I know it gets very crowded just before 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. classes. However, I didn’t arrive until 9:15 a.m. Approximately eight buses left the station, just around 9:00 a.m. All of them were full or at least had a seated load. It seemed like service was running pretty well. I didn’t expect to find too many problems since it was already after 9:00 a.m. What I saw surprised me.

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Leon M. Goldstein High School. Source:

If you are a reader of the New York Daily News, you might have noticed a peculiar trend emerging in their regular coverage: an unending fascination with sex and high schools.

Just last month, we covered such a story, more out of an obsessive tendency towards providing sweeping coverage of all things Sheepshead Bay than for the sort of sensationalism the Daily News is aiming for.

Today, we have a similar story from the News to report, and as it concerns Leon M. Goldstein High School, we still feel obliged to give you a heads up, despite the questionable ethics in such tawdry reportage on display.

The story revolves around a 35-year-old male security guard for Kingsborough Community College who started a relationship with a female student from Leon M. Goldstein High School, which shares the same campus grounds as the college, at 2001 Oriental Boulevard. The guard has since been fired from his post once the mother of the student complained to school officials.

Despite poor judgement on the part of the guard, both parties were of consenting age, and nothing illegal or grossly immoral took place. The guard was an employee of the college, not the high school, and he was not the girl’s teacher or supervisor.

The guard’s firing was based solely on the premise of his behavior being a “bad idea,” and not representative of expected conduct for a school employee.

The Daily News then goes on to tie this story with the one we previously mentioned, concerning  a reassigned Goldstein assistant principal who was accused of having an inappropriately close (albiet non-sexual) friendship with a student.

The dots the Daily News is ostensibly trying to connect, proclaiming Leon M. Goldstein High School as a “hotspot for illicit love affairs,” is both lazy and unfair, especially considering the swift actions taken on part of the school administers in dealing with both matters.

It didn’t take long after Hurricane Sandy’s tidal surge pummeled our coastline for the rumor mill to start churning out destruction anecdotes. According to the mill, Kinsgborough Community College was washed away. Its T buildings were in shambles, its iconic lighthouse-crowned MAC building toppled over and parking lots torn asunder.

We’re glad to report that’s not the case, but in the early aftermath, it was hard to say what was going on.

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Photo by Lynn Aliston

If you’re looking for a fun and affordable way to kick up your heels this summer, look no further than Kingsborough Community College. On Stage at Kingsborough once again brings you its free 2012 “Hot Summer Nights” concert series, taking place every Saturday night in July. The concerts, which start at 7:00 p.m. (no reservations are necessary), are held at Kingsborough’s outdoor bandshell, in the shadow of the lighthouse, and steps from the sea wall.

According to Anna Becker, executive director of On Stage at Kingsborough, “This year, our concerts will take us on a patriotic and swinging journey across America, with a stopover on Broadway, and a final destination at a hot Parisian night club. The only thing you’ll need to pack is your dancing shoes.” Becker invites everyone to “bring a picnic and make a wonderful summer evening of it.”

See Hot Summer Nights 2012′s full schedule.

Five Kingsborough Community College (2001 Oriental Boulevard) athletes were presented with awards from the National Junior College Athletic Association this year for excellence on and off the field.

The athletes not only demonstrated excellent sportsmanship, but have also shown outstanding academic abilities and dedication to their studies.

The NJCAA awards are separated into three categories. First, the Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence, which is presented to student-athletes who have sustained a GPA of a 4.0 for at least three semesters. Also awarded is the Superior Academic Achievement Award, which credits student-athletes who have maintained an overall GPA between 3.8 and 3.99. Finally, the Exemplary Academic Achievement Award, which is awarded to student-athletes with a GPA between 3.6 and 3.79.

These five students were included on the NJCAA Academic student athlete’s awards list:

Zenia George: While at Kingsborough, George has maintained a 3.67 grade point average, in addition to partaking in athletics, and various other extracurricular activities. This June is the seventh time in which her name appears on the NJCAA awards. George just obtained her degree in Community Health and Gerontology, and will attend Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, with a full scholarship for Track and Field.

Daniel Rabinovich: Rabinovich was leader of the tennis team, and has portrayed excellent athletic abilities. He will graduate from Kingsborough with a 3.88 GPA and a degree in Liberal Arts.

Andre Doeman: Doeman received his degree in Liberal Arts with an average of 3.66. Throughout his experience with KCC Athletics, Doeman was a strong track runner. He has helped the college team reach the nationals for both Indoors and Outdoors Track and Field, a knee injury notwithstanding.

Taras Frankisvkyy: Frankivskyy became the KCC men’s soccer team captain after only one season on the team, and emerged as a great leader. He graduated in January 2012 in Biology with a 3.63 GPA and has now completed a semester at Brooklyn College.

Chi Choi: Choi has been a prized KCC soccer played with a great positive attitude, despite injuries during his second season.  He graduated in June 2012 with a 3.88 GPA in Business Administration.

Balancing excellence in athletics alongside excellence in academics is extremely difficult. Kudos to the athletes who received these awards!

Matilda Raffa Cuomo

Matilda Raffa Cuomo, wife of former Governor Mario Cuomo, will deliver the address at Kingsborough Community College’s 47th commencement ceremony, the school has announced.

Matilda and Mario Cuomo will also be honored with the President’s Medal at the ceremony, which takes place June 12 on the school grounds at 2001 Oriental Boulevard.

From the school’s press release:

As first lady of New York, Mrs. Cuomo was dedicated to service. She diligently worked full time as a volunteer with state and elected officials, as well as community leaders, to establish programs to prevent child abuse, strengthen families, promote adoption for foster care children and prevent school dropout. She is the founder of “Mentoring USA,” an organization that has provided supportive mentors to more than 5,000 children. Mrs. Cuomo has been described as the most active first lady in New York’s history.

“We are honored that Mrs. Cuomo will deliver Kingsborough’s commencement address,” said [Dr. Regina Peruggi, president of Kingsborough Community College]. “She is an inspirational and dynamic leader whom I have admired for many years. She recognized the necessity for broad range support and mentorship for young people in need across the state and graciously fulfilled it. Her dedication to education and community service is unparalleled and is a model for our Kingsborough students. I am extraordinarily pleased to award her and Former Governor Cuomo the President’s Medal in recognition of their devotion and commitment to serving the people of New York State.”

The Class of 2012 valedictorian is Nelli Sidorova. Ms. Sidorova, 27, is a native of Russia, a business major and has a perfect GPA of 4.00. She has been actively involved in the Honors Program, served as an Honors representative and has been a leader in a number of Business Clubs and activities.

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Kingsborough Community College (2001 Oriental Boulevard) is one of 10 community colleges from around the country selected to participate in a new initiative focused on civic learning the the humanities.

The program, called “Bridging Cultures to Form a Nation: Difference, Community and Democratic Thinking” brings teams from all 10 colleges together to design a three-year curriculum and faculty development project to strengthen civic engagement.

“We are extraordinarily pleased to have been selected as a national leader for our unswerving dedication and commitment to making civic engagement an integral part of the academic experience at KCC,” said Regina Peruggi, president of KCC. “The preparation of our students to become engaged citizens and leaders of tomorrow is critically important and top priority at KCC.”

Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and co-sponsored by the Association of American Colleges and Universities and The Democracy Commitment, the new curriculum will:

  • infuse questions about difference, engaged community, and democratic thinking into transfer courses in the humanities
  • promote greater adoption of practices that advance important civic learning outcomes
  • create a series of humanities-enriched professional development opportunities for full-time and adjunct faculty
  • expand the project’s impact through collaboration with additional community colleges and partnerships with state humanities councils

Here’s more about the project, from the college’s press release:

Bridging Cultures was developed as part of AAC&U’s ongoing initiative on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement and builds on the recommendations issued in the report, A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy’s Future, released in January 2012 at a White House convening. The key recommendation in A Crucible Moment is to make civic learning in college expected rather than optional for all students, including all those in career and technical programs. Building from this recommendation, Bridging Cultures began in February 2012 with a call for proposals to community colleges across the country, leading to the selection of 10 teams composed of humanities faculty and administrators.

Team members will participate in an intensive summer faculty development institute in August 2012, as well as multiple other faculty development opportunities and partnerships with other community colleges. The project will culminate in a symposium planned for October 2014. Bridging Cultures’ impact will also be strengthened by a partnership with theNew York Times Company education group, which is collaborating with TDC in their national initiative.  Project participants will use the Epsilen online learning platform to develop forums and to share and co-create resources and course materials.

In addition to KCC selected institutions include Chandler-Gilbert Community College (AZ); County College of Morris (NJ); Georgia Perimeter College (GA); Kapi’olani Community College(HI); Miami Dade College (FL);  Middlesex Community College (MA);Mount Wachusett Community College (MA); Lone Star College-Kingwood (TX); and Santa Fe College(FL).

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