Master of Illusion:  The Magical Art of Gary Erbe Through August 28

Gary Erbe, The Big Splash, 2001. Courtesy of Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Cusenza. © Gary Erbe

Gary Erbe, The Big Splash, 2001. Courtesy of Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Cusenza. © Gary Erbe

Now through August 28, 2016 is Master of Illusion: The Magical Art of Gary Erbe at Huntington’s Heckscher Museum of Art. The exhibition traces the artist’s career from his early trompe l’oeil works to his more recent paintings that combine trompe l’oeil realism with modernist tendencies.   Inspired by popular culture, Erbe’s subjects range from nostalgic images of childhood pursuits and national pastimes, to American jazz and the golden age of 1950s radio, television, and film, to American history, nationalism, and contemporary social issues.  Painted from carefully crafted constructions of objects belonging to our shared American experience, Erbe’s work is at once aesthetically complex and profoundly engaging.

Master of Illusion is generously sponsored in part by Astoria Bank, Andrea B. and Peter D. Klein, Pien and Hans Bosch, and Fern and Hersh Cohen.

UPDATE: Huntington Station Man Arrested for Murder of Sarah Strobel

Suffolk County Police today arrested a Huntington Station man for the murder of Sarah Strobel in 2013.

Homicide Squad detectives charged Fernando Romualdo with Murder 2nd Degree for killing Strobel, whose body was found in the Froehlich Farm Nature Preserve in Huntington on October 3, 2013.

Romualdo, 28, of 16 2nd Ave., Huntington Station, was incarcerated at Mohawk Correctional Facility located in Rome, NY, for an unrelated charge at the time of his arrest.  Romualdo has been arraigned and is currently being held without bail at the Suffolk County Correctional Facility in Riverhead. 

A criminal charge is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Below is the original release and first update. 

 

Sarah Strobel, 23, of 11 East 6th St., Huntington Station, has been identified as the woman whose body was found in a nature preserve in Huntington this morning.

 

Suffolk County Police Homicide Squad detectives are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found in a Huntington nature preserve this morning.

Police responded to the Froehlich Farm Nature Preserve after a person walking on a path noticed the body of an adult female off to the side of the path at 8:50 a.m. The woman, who has yet to be identified, was pronounced dead at the scene and her body will be transported to the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner where an autopsy will be performed.

Detectives are asking anyone with information on this case to call the Homicide Squad at 631-852-6392 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

 

Man Stabbed in Huntington Bar

suffolk police car Suffolk County Police Second Squad detectives are investigating a stabbing that occurred at a bar in Huntington early this morning.

A police officer was alerted at approximately 1:50 a.m. by a patron of Acacia, located at 371 New York Ave., that a man had been stabbed inside the bar. The victim, a 22-year-old Maryland man, was transported by Huntington Community First Aid Squad to Huntington Hospital with a non-life-threatening facial injury.

The investigation is continuing. Detectives are asking anyone who may have information on the stabbing to contact the Second Squad at 631-854-8252 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

 

UPDATE: Man Arrested for Murder in Huntington

police_tape.jpgUPDATE: Suffolk County Police have arrested a Samuel White, 32, of Brentwood, for the murder of Edwin Rivera. Homicide Squad detectives charged White with Manslaughter 1st Degree. He is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on May 26.

Suffolk County Police Homicide Squad detectives are investigating the murder of a man in Huntington early this morning.

Second Precinct police officers responded to Clinton Avenue in Huntington at 3:17 a.m. after a 911 caller reported that a man was unconscious and covered in blood. When officers arrived, they found Edwin Rivera lying on the ground next to his 2015 Mercedes.

Rivera, 39, of Bay Shore, was transported by Huntington Community First Aid Squad to Huntington Hospital where he was pronounced dead. His death has been ruled criminal and an autopsy will be performed by members of the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner to determine the cause.

The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Homicide Squad detectives at 631-852-6392 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

Road Hazards

Over the last six months, we sent several unpublished emails to the Environmental Waste Management Department trying to convince them that their drivers’ practice of operating garbage trucks on the wrong side of the road is both annoying and dangerous. We’ve gotten lip service; but the practice continues, unchecked.

The incident illustrated in the video below  is the proverbial straw that breaks the camel’s back. Photographed on Monday morning (May 9) at approximately 7:41 a.m., the film shows a Town garbage truck blocking southbound traffic on Woodhull Road near Reddy Place (Huntington) while the workers load trash from the opposite side of the street. Why the vehicle is challenging oncoming traffic is a mystery to us.

What’s not a mystery, however, is the significant danger created by the trash collectors. Watch carefully as two school buses, a landscape crew with a trailer and several passenger cars are forced to cross the double yellow line in the middle of the road so that they can navigate around this dangerous situation. Watch, too, as traffic is forced to a halt and trash is tossed across Woodhull Road.

Disregard for basic road courtesy is rude. When it creates safety hazards for school children, it’s unacceptable.