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NEW PHOTOS: Recent Paramount Mayhem Sparks Concern

Chaotic scene at March 3 event with multiple arrests, medical emergencies

Six people were arrested and nine others treated for sickness and injury at a recent Paramount Theater event, raising concerns in the community regarding the newly-opened Huntington venue which has been plagued by a string of similar incidents in recent months.

With cops already in place in advance of a March 3 Barstool Blackout show, 35 officers, plus additional fire personnel and emergency medical staff were eventually called in, police say, as problems began with intoxicated event-goers waiting in line outside the theater. 

Rosemary Stubbolo, who left her job at a nearby restaurant at about 9 p.m. Saturday, said the scene on New York Avenue was disturbing with "very young" people being carted off by emergency responders.

Stubbolo said she stopped to help one under-aged female as she struggled to contact her mother.

"I had two little girls that were about 14 that were freaking out," said Stubbolo, who claimed to have witnessed "numerous overdoses and molestations" at the scene.

Officers say, theater employees complied with a police request to stop serving alcohol and turn off the music by 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

Six people were arrested from Saturday night into early Sunday at or near the event, according to police. Erin Bergano, 19, of Glen Cove, was charged with using false identification; Kyle Guarini, 18, of Oyster Bay, was charged with second degree harassment; Christopher Hughes, 17, of Holtsville, was charged with second degree obstruction of governmental administration for interfering with police crowd control; Ronald Lagdan, 25, of Richmond Hill, Conrad Chang, 25, of Syosset, and Michael Schean, of Syosset, were charged with criminal possession of marijuana. Lagdan was also charged with criminal possesion of a weapon for carrying a metal expandable baton.

Huntington Town Supervisor , an advocate for Paramount construction, said Tuesday he is concerned about the growing number of  incidents.

Currently at his home, Petrone condemned the situation and promised to meet with town officials, police and Paramount operators to discuss the situation.

“This is not the type of activity we anticipated, nor will it be tolerated. I want this kind of activity to cease,” said Petrone, in a statement from Town Hall.

Supporters said, if built, the Paramount Theater would attract local and international attention. But arrests, parking problems and medical emergencies has disquieted residents and raised anxiety in the months since the highly-touted venue opened its doors.

Anger, which began during the Paramount's approval phase, has increased following the  due to a series of disturbing incidents.

A 23-year-old East Northport man was  from an interior balcony during a Paramount New Year's Eve party hosted by former National Basketball League player Dennis Rodman.

In a separate incident outside at the theater at 1:50 a.m. on New Year's Day, three revelers were arrested for second degree obstruction of governmental administration, according to police. Anthony Mazzola, 24, of Connecticut, Jenna Natuzzi, 24, and Roslynn Natuzzi, 52, both from Old Brookville, were charged, police say. 

In November,  by theater parking issues.

Seeking a town-approved special use permit for 192 increased parking spaces and 1,650 theater seats in 2010, Paramount representatives said they hoped the theater would bring a certain  to the Village.

At a  meeting, Board Chair Christopher Modelewski stressed the importance of making sure public peace is preserved if the Paramount was to be built.

"A traffic management plan consisting of sufficient parking spaces and security guards, which will be subject to input from the town's director of public safety is what we want to adopt," said Modelewski. "We want the theater to operate in a reasonable way without offending anyone."

At a champagne reception on the eve of the official opening, Huntington Town Board members .

Modelewski said traffic and safety concerns are "joint obligations of the town and the applicant."

Update added March 9: Two photos taken inside the Paramount Theater by teen girls, 17 and 19, during the Barstool Blackout event March 3 show hundreds of people packed closely together in front the stage as others stand above in the balcony section near the railing.

suzanne ridenour March 11, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Mr. Greg, I cannot understand you using the word "ignorance". How about common sense and concern. You mention places that have been around with balconies, etc., with no problems. Have you noticed the Paramount has not been around very long and there seems to be problems. What is you answer?
suzanne ridenour March 11, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Yes, in a perfect world that would all happen
VillageJenny March 11, 2012 at 12:15 AM
Forgive my "over-the-top hysteria ....... stemming from ignorance".   Of course I knew the Paramount was not going to resemble a movie house but I, and probably most local residents, assumed it would be a traditional concert theater with rows and rows of seats and not a crowded pit of hundreds of screaming, frantic fans waving in front of the stage.  In retrospect, we should have questioned how they would squeeze 1,500 people into that space.  We didn't, but the Town should have made that clear to residents before permits were granted.   I was initially very excited and optimistic about the Paramount and what it might contribute to our beautiful Village.  No longer.  The "top- line venues in our area" that you cite are all in Manhattan or Brooklyn and not appropriate for a  place like Huntington Village.  Let's all hope the sprinkler systems at the Paramount are in good working order.
suzanne ridenour March 11, 2012 at 01:07 AM
Yes, I agree with most of what you have suggeted. BUT, I am not in agreement that my tax payer money should go to "policing" what should be the Paramounts responsibilty. Who are they anyway? Who actually owns the Paramount? Where are they in all this mix. Maybe we should get some feedback from them!
suzanne ridenour March 11, 2012 at 01:09 AM
Way off base, can not really understand what you are talking about. The "village" is a part of the Huntington Township. Everyone in this town ship has a vested interest.
suzanne ridenour March 11, 2012 at 01:36 AM
Reading all this stuff makes my head spin. Really, the easy solution, do not support the Paramount until they clean up their act. I am sure that the money supporters who invested in this venture are not happy, but then again if they are making lot of money, they may not be in it for the long haul. Actually putting pressure on Petron and the rest would be in our best interest. I am not in favor of closing the place down, I am in favor of them running a respectful bs. which does not feed minors drinks, and does not reguire the Suffolk County Police to be present at every concert. We have the right, the power to tell them, we love music, we support businesses in Huntington, BUT it is thier responsibilty to create a safe, legal atomoshphere. So where should we go from here?
suzanne ridenour March 11, 2012 at 01:37 AM
again, I find insult to your "stemming from ignorance". What ignorance are you speaking about?
Larry March 11, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Suzanne, the using tax payer money for "policing" extends far beyond The Paramount. Even on nights where there are no shows there, we should have increased town security patrols and a visable foot patrol from the SCPD. I much prefer that to red capped Guardian Angels who with all due respect to them, do not belong patrolling the village. We have built a little NYC here in the village whether we like it or not and I can't imagine NYC not having foot patrols or some sort of visable presence. It also doesn't need to be taxpaer funded as the SCPD does have auxillary services who I regularily see at special town events. These can and should be a visable deterrent to any potential issues and I know would make everyone in the town feel better about safety in general.
Rhea March 11, 2012 at 03:20 PM
I wonder if the "Town Board" is reading all of our concerns..read the other day that Mr.Petrone met with owners of Paramount, and low and behold..they "Promise" to get a hold of the situation they've created with their bookings.Lol...we'll wait and see ..till next tragic incident....Our town seems to be attracting the most "unruly"..anyone remember..."cinco de Mayo" at Pancho Villas and the melee there..Our Police are working overtime..somebody out there better pay attention!
Frank Franks March 11, 2012 at 05:31 PM
I think we should replace Petrone with Pete Fasulo!!!
nrvsbrkdwn March 12, 2012 at 01:34 PM
most of your comments are ridiculous. there has been problems in the town since the roxy , and coco's were there not to mention the 10 other bars in 1 mile radius. Are the other bars and restaurants really complaining ? Or are they being coached by the uptight Rick Santorum supporters on this thread. Its not the venues problem to control the streets of the town, I see public safety and police officers sitting pretty comfy in their cars in the home depot shopping center or off of elm street. You know how long it takes to park? 5 min topps. its called laps. You go to the mall at holiday season dont you ? Lemme guess every BMW and Audi that double parks or parks illegally is coming to the paramount right, not red mango or starbucks picking up take out from one of the restaurants ? yea ok. seems like some cold spring harbor yuppie feels entitled. The paramount is something long island has needed for a long time. wouldn't you rather spend your money in huntington then NYC? Even if it takes 5 min to park? Are these isolated incidents really worse off then some of the past situations the village has had? Stabbings ? Bar sterring Brawls? Is nothing else ever going to happen in this town? Peace on earth is here? open your minds to the bigger problems in the world.
J March 12, 2012 at 09:21 PM
to nrvsbrkdwn, solving the problems of the world starts with solving the problems in your own home town. I can only assume you have a lower standard of what is acceptable than the rest of the folks posting here and I have to say I find your posting...amusing and not helping the argument for the Paramount at all. It is illogical to assume that just because there were prior problems with other venues means people want MORE of the same. It is also illogical to assume people posting with views other than your own were coached by "Rick Santorum" or anyone else. Equally illogical to assume people are from "Cold Spring Harbor" or "yuppies." It means in fact you haven't fully read all the postings or you would know that many of the people are from right here in the village. I appreciate your passion for what you believe in but I am afraid the way you are expressing your passion weakens any argument you may have, leave the counter arguments to people like Greg, who have better command over logic and language.
J March 12, 2012 at 09:25 PM
By the way, I disagree with most of Greg's arguments, but appreciate the counter argument.
James Visalli March 13, 2012 at 03:46 AM
I live in Huntington and I work at the Paramount. The concept that they only hire outsiders in "big black suits" to work there is a irrational argument. The fact that some people may have had bad experiences both inside and out of the venue is not the venues fault. People should start taking responsibility for there own actions and not place all of the blame on the paramount. Sure, they do deserve a certain amount of responsibility but there was plenty of anarchy in Huntington before this venue opened. Its just a easy place to put the blame.
James Visalli March 13, 2012 at 04:00 AM
Suzanne, I can understand your concerns and obviously aggravation with this venue but as a employee there I can safely say that most of the things your concerned with don't exist. The balcony is above legal height, the man fell over it because he leaped onto a ottoman and over before people could stop him. That is one man with a drinking problems fault, not the paramounts. If people don't want to take responsibility for there actions and there kids thats ok, but don't blame the paramount or anyone else. More police/security presence isn't going to stop people from underage drinking, just go to any bar and you'll see that.
James Visalli March 13, 2012 at 04:01 AM
And I live right down the street from The Paramount, work there, and walk there every day. Its not destroying the town at all, its rejuvenating it with business. Bars, restaurants, and stores have never been busier. The fact that YOU need to walk a little bit when your looking for a parking spot isn't a problem.
JSC March 13, 2012 at 01:19 PM
@James. My daughter works up the hill on Elm. Every morning after a show she has to clean up bottles and cans. Not a great thing to need to do. On nights when we didn't realize there was a show going on and we tried to order take-out, we couldn't find parking to pick up our food! It's hard on a good night during the dinner hour to find parking, forget it when there's a show. We now order from a business away from the middle of the village on show nights. How is that helping those places on NY Ave? I too was concerned about the railing on the balcony when I saw the pictures posted here. It looks like it isn't even waist high for a normal size man. It might be "legal" but when people are rowdy, pushing and drunk, it obviously isn't safe. Now if that guy jumped over from an ottoman, that's his fault, but that railing may need to be built higher for protection.
John March 13, 2012 at 02:02 PM
It's not going anywhere !
J March 13, 2012 at 02:17 PM
@James "The fact that some people may have had bad experiences both inside and out of the venue is not the venues fault." Oh yes it is and they need to pay attention or people will end up shutting it down. And that would be too bad for the people working there. I blame the owners and the town, I don't blame those who work there, a fish rots from the head down. And once again, Paramount supporters, saying there was anarchy or crime or fights or arrests or anything BEFORE, is the weakest possible argument for why we would want MORE, lots more since it's to the tune of 1500+ people. I have yet to see an argument that makes any sense. It's not about "an easy place to put the blame," THEY ARE the place to blame. Every issue concerning the residents and businesses negatively affected are directly related to the Paramount. It's just too big, It's a fact on the weekends there isn't enough parking, that puts concert goers into residential areas, and patrons out of luck for other businesses, on top of that are these big problems that made the news and included police and ambulances. I don't see Honu or Kashi making Newsday.
nrvsbrkdwn March 13, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Differences of opinions on a comment thread , weird huh. My lower standard for life and passion for it teaches me not to place blame on something other then the main cause. Notice that some of the situations I may have posted about being are average problems in this village. My view on the people i see around town complaining about said issues is that of my own. I've had my witness accounts of them and i dont see any difference in complaints of theirs to people living in Babylon Village, Long Beach, Smithtown, Mineola and Oyster Bay. But hey thats my opinion like everyone else's here.
Greg Fasolino March 13, 2012 at 06:42 PM
I used the word ignorance because it was apt. The modern concert experience at all but large arenas and stadiums is general admission. All rock fans do this: "hundreds of screaming, frantic fans waving in front of the stage." Have you ever witnessed a rock concert? People scream at them! They've been screaming and waving at them since before I was born, during Elvis and the Beatles. OK? So yes, ignorance. The problems are one thing--they mainly involve issues like underage drinking, behavior of patrons outside the venue, parking problems. No evidence of any kind was mentioned that would warrant insinuation that the Paramount's owners or construction crew did anything to make the place unsafe. None of the problems have been about fire hazards or people inside a rock concert waving and yelling in excitement. Most Americans would recognize that as normal concert behavior and not a fire hazard.
Greg Fasolino March 13, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Sorry Jeannette, but your comment was indeed ignorant. I didn't say YOU were ignorant, but the comment was. Your additional comment "hundreds of screaming, frantic fans waving in front of the stage" is not only somewhat condescending and insulting (for most Americans, this is the normal rock concert experience and has been for decades), but profoundly out of touch with what any concert outside of places as big as Nassau Coliseum is like. Not to mention that you basically insinuated that the venue was a fire hazard without presenting any actual evidence that the venue was built or run in an illegal or non-standard manner. Yes, the venues I cited are in Manhattan and Brooklyn, which are not foreign countries, by the way. Until the Paramount, most people who live here have to go to those venues to see concerts. But you avoided the point. The point was: those places are the same size as the Paramount, and designed/run the same way, and they are not considered fire hazards or unsafe by anyone. There's been no tragedies in those venues. So why on earth would you think the Paramount is different? Is Huntington somehow under different laws of physics or do the people here act so remarkably differently, such that the same venue in Brooklyn is safe, but here in Huntington, it's a fire hazard? That is illogical to say the least.
Greg Fasolino March 13, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Glad to see someone from the venue chime in.
Greg Fasolino March 13, 2012 at 06:57 PM
@JSC I am little confused. If the big evil the Paramount is committing is that it has too many bars and is letting people get too drunk inside (complaints I've read here), then where are all these cans and bottles coming from? Inside the venue? Pretty impossible. I'm not trying to provoke an argument, i am legitimately puzzled. Sounds to me like cans and bottles would be litter from people who were NOT inside the Paramount at a show, drinking at the bar.
Greg Fasolino March 13, 2012 at 07:07 PM
@CR Maybe this is semantics. I must have a way different definition of "downtown" than you do. Technically, it just means a central business district. To me, downtown also implies a cultural center of a city or town where shopping and nightlife is concentrated. I haven't lived in Queens in over 20 years but I don't recall Astoria or Flushing having any nightlife at all. I certainly never considered going "downtown" in those places. Queens has some great things but nightlife isn't one it is famous for...people there go to Manhattan or brooklyn for concerts. In fact, though, even growing up in Queens, I heard from people about the downtown in Huntington. In fact, I ended up coming out to Huntington every weekend to see bands and go out to eat/drink, during 1986-89, and liked it so much I moved out here. OK I digress. Back to downtowns. I think of a downtown as a concentrated area, like most downtowns you'd find in a small city or a college town. 10 blocks seems average to me. So I guess we disagree. I'd also consider these places to have actual downtowns, similar (though not as great, haha) to ours: Port Jefferson, Northport, Bay Shore, Sag Harbor, Babylon, Patchogue, Port Washington, Farmingdale, most of the Hamptons, etc. The more traditionally "suburban" more residential towns are ones where there are no actual downtowns but just random shopping centers or strip malls with Applebee's and the like.
J March 13, 2012 at 07:56 PM
The beer cans and bottles are from Paramount concert goers who don't want to spend the money on drinks. I've observed people drinking in their cars. I've seen them in vans and cars and then as a group go to concerts. I know for a fact for the Anthrax concert. They all had Anthrax t-shirts. So whether they chose to drink at the Paramount or in our neighborhoods, the fact is the large venue is bringing crowds of all types into our neighborhoods. Not every concert is like this, but there are enough concerts and concert nights and enough people to increase the trash and bad behavior. Look, if there was a parking garage in town over on New Street, one with high security and if there are no other major incidents (doubtful but I'm hopeful) - then the businesses get to have all their patrons, the residents have all the people and bad behavior away from their property, and the Paramount gets to do what it wants inside without affecting life on the outside. It won't stop all the traffic or drunk drivers but at least it will help some of the problems. The people who love the Paramount should urge the owners to get a petition going for the parking lot, they caused the problem they should at least start the ball rolling. I heard they did quite a dog and pony show for the town board and convinced them this would be good for the town. I'll bet the board never expected this kind of controversy.
Concerned Resident March 15, 2012 at 03:05 AM
@nrvsbrkdwn We've already been dealing with stabbings, brawls, fights, etc., so why not bring more?
Concerned Resident March 15, 2012 at 03:10 AM
@James So you work there. In my book, your opinion doesn't carry any more weight than anyone else's.
Jennie Alla March 17, 2012 at 01:36 AM
It was never promoted to be "like the IMAC"!
Jennie Alla March 17, 2012 at 01:42 AM
Uh, the IMAC couldn't survive so I'm not sure that would be a wise business decision.

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