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Alexandria Bay, New York

Alexandria Bay is a village in Jefferson County, New York, United States, within the town of Alexandria. It is located in the Thousand Islands region of northern New York; the population of the village was 1,078 at the 2010 United States Census. It lies near the Thousand Islands Border Crossing of the United States. Settlement began around 1817. By 1836, the community had about 25 dwellings; the George C. Boldt Yacht House, Church of Saint Lawrence, Cornwall Brothers' Store, Holland Library and Longue Vue Island are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.53 square miles, of which 0.76 square miles are land and 0.76 square miles, or 49.77%, are water. The village is located on the south bank of the Saint Lawrence River near the U. S. and Canada international border. Keewaydin State Park is southwest of the village. New York State Route 12 and New York State Route 26 intersect at the only stoplight in the village.

NY-12 leads northeast 36 miles to southwest 11 miles to Clayton. NY-26 leads southeast 11 miles to Theresa. Interstate 81 intersects NY-12 4 miles southwest of Alexandria Bay, leading south 25 miles to Watertown and 94 miles to Syracuse, north to the Thousand Islands Bridge into Canada; as of the census of 2000, there were 1,088 people, 482 households, 270 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,473.9 people per square mile. There were 624 housing units at an average density of 845.3 per square mile. The racial makeup of the village was 99.08% White, 0.37% Hispanic or Latino of any race, 0.09% African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.74% from two or more races. There were 482 households out of which 24.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.4% were married couples living together, 14.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 43.8% were non-families. 38.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.8% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older.

The average household size was 2.12 and the average family size was 2.81. In the village, the population was spread out with 20.3% under the age of 18, 5.3% from 18 to 24, 27.7% from 25 to 44, 23.4% from 45 to 64, 23.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females, there were 80.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.9 males. The median income for a household in the village was $29,338, the median income for a family was $36,979. Males had a median income of $31,250 versus $21,429 for females; the per capita income for the village was $16,875. About 11.0% of families and 13.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.3% of those under age 18 and 18.7% of those age 65 or over. According to the 2008-2012 American Community Survey, the total population of Alexandria Bay was 1,999 and 95.5% white. 12.6 % of the population over 25 does not have a high equivalent degree. Median household income, in 2012 inflation adjusted dollars, was $37,303.

While Alexandria Bay has a low population during the winter months and has no colleges, the late spring and early fall seasons bring an influx of vacationers and avid boaters that cause the population of the village to exceed 15,000. Several motels and hotels are available in the immediate village area. Boat tours are available of the river area daily. Boldt Castle is a 120-room mansion on Heart Island, located near Alexandria Bay; the castle was designed by the firm of W. D. Hewitt and G. W. Hewitt, Architects of Philadelphia, who designed Druim Moir Castle in Philadelphia. Boldt Castle was built at the turn of the century by multi-millionaire George C. Boldt for his wife, Louise, as a testimony of his love for her. Mr. Boldt invested over $2.5 million to build this replica of a Rhineland castle. Boldt planned on presenting it to his wife on Valentine's Day. Work was underway on the eleven buildings that would comprise the castle complex when in January 1904 Louise Boldt died, ending the dreams of a lifetime.

George Boldt ordered that all work be stopped and for 73 years the Castle and the other structures on the island were left to the forces of nature. The Thousand Islands Bridge Authority acquired the property in 1977. Ferries allow access to the castle on an hourly schedule daily; every August, 10 days are devoted to "Bill Johnston's Pirate Days", a town-wide festival that features professional performers acting out pirate battles and a "siege" of the town by the "Pirate of the Thousand Islands", Bill Johnston, whom the festival is named after. It is encouraged; the festival is educational, with many groups providing galleries and informative presentations of the weapons and ships used during the Golden Age of Piracy. Maxson Airfield is a owned, private-use general aviation airport located two nautical miles south of the central business district of Alexandria Bay, it once had commercial service provided by Mohawk Airlines. At that time, the airport bore the IATA airport code AXB. Media related to Alexandria Bay, New York at Wikimedia Commons Village of Alexandria Bay official website AlexBay.org - Alexandria Bay Chamber of Commerce 1000 Islands Live - Alexandria Bay News & Resource Site

Robert Mark Kamen

Robert Mark Kamen is an American screenwriter, film producer and winemaker best known as creator and co-creator of The Karate Kid and Taken franchises. He now produces wine from his vineyards near California. Kamen was born in 1947, he grew up in the Bronx borough of New York City. He graduated from New York University in 1969, he received his Ph. D in American Studies from The University of Pennsylvania. Kamen is a frequent collaborator of French writer/director Luc Besson—his co-creator on The Fifth Element, The Transporter, the Taken series of films; the two first worked together on the Natalie Jean Reno thriller The Professional. After the success of The Fifth Element, Besson invited Kamen to join him in his goal of creating a "mini-studio" in Europe, making "movies that would travel, international movies, you know, action movies." The Karate Kid is a semi-autobiographical story based on Kamen's life. In 1964 when Kamen was 17, he was beaten up by a gang of bullies after the 1964 New York World's Fair.

He thus began to study martial arts. Kamen was unhappy with his first teacher who taught martial arts as a tool for revenge. So he moved on to study Okinawan Gōjū-ryū Karate under a teacher who did not speak English but himself was a student of Chōjun Miyagi; as a Hollywood screenwriter, Kamen was mentored by Frank Price who told him that producer Jerry Weintraub had optioned a news article about the young child of a single mother who had earned a black belt to defend himself against the neighborhood bullies. Kamen combined his own life story with the news article and used both to create the screenplay for The Karate Kid. DC Comics had a character called Karate Kid; the filmmakers received special permission from DC Comics in 1984 to use the title for the first film. In 1980, after being paid $135,000 for his first screenplay, Kamen used the check to buy 280 acres of rocky land on Mount Veeder in Sonoma County, California, he hired winegrower Phil Coturri to make 46 acres into a vineyard in 1981.

In 1984, the first grapes were sold to local winemakers. The vineyard suffered a fire in 1996. Kamen replanted the vineyard, in 1999 he bottled his first Kamen-branded wine, a Cabernet Sauvignon. In 2002, Kamen hired Mark Herold to craft his wines. Robert Mark Kamen on IMDb Writers Guild of America Interview with Kamen

Kalifa Tillisi

Khalifa Mohammed Tillisi was a well-known Libyan historian and linguist. Tillisi was born in Tripoli, Libya, on 9 May 1930, where he first became a teacher entered politics. In 1952 he worked in the Libyan Parliament where he became its Secretary General in 1962, he reached the peak of his political career when he became a minister for information in the cabinets of Mahmud al-Muntasir and Hussein Maziq from 1964 to 1967, Libya's Ambassador to Morocco in 1967 - 1969. After the political change in Libya in 1969, he had been trialed by the Libyan People's Court, sentenced to four years in prison; the sentence was suspended and was forced into early retirement at the age of 39. In 1974 he founded a Libyan - Tunisian publishing company, he was the first president of the Libyan Literature and Writers association in 1977 and was appointed the Secretary General of the Arabic Writers Association in 1978 and in 1981 he became the Secretary General of the Arabic Publishers Association. His past is well remembered among the Libyan people for his renowned contributions to literature and his relaxed kind-hearted nature.

A Total of 49 titles. The following are some of his work: Author:"Echebbi wa Gibran", 1957. "Rafik sha'er al watan", 1965. " Mu'jam Ma'arik al Jihad fi Libia", A Dictionary for Italian Colonial Battles on the Libyan Soil 1911-31, 1972. " Ma Ba'd Al Qurdabiya", History of Italian Colonial Battles in Tripolitania, Fezzan 1922-1930, 1973. " Hakatha Ghanna Tagore", 1991. "Qamoos Itali-Arabi", Italian-Arabic Dictionary, 1984. "An Nafees", Arabic Dictionary. Translator:"Qisas Italiya", Luigi Pirandello, 1967. "Popolazione della Tripolitania, Enrico De Agostini, 1975 "Popolazione della Cirenaica, Enrico De Agostini, 1990. "Cirenaica Verde", Attilio Teruzzi, 1991. " Memoria della mia vita", Giovanni Giolitti, 1976. " L'esplorazione Geografica Della Libia: Rassegna Storica Bibliografia", Attilio Mori, 1984