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Cork & Kerry’s Barreled Boulevardier Improves With Age

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Dave Bletsch, mixologist at Cork and Kerry in Floral Park, caramelizes a barrel-aged Boulevardier. (Photo by Michel Dussack) Replace the gin in a Negroni with an American whiskey and you get the Boulevardier. But for some mixologists, this simple swap of base liquors isn’t enough. Aging the ingredients in a barrel and garnishing the cocktail with a flamed orange twist immeasurably enhances the taste — and is just plain fun. “It’s really photogenic; it’s a great color,” Doug Brickel, beverage director and co-owner of Cork and Kerry in Floral Park, says of the speakeasy-style craft cocktail bar’s Barreled Boulevardier, which is made up of Old Overholt Rye, Dolin Rouge Vermouth... Read More
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Long Island Duo Charged With Killing NYC Rapper

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Two Long Island men have been indicted for the murder of a 31-year-old rapper during a drive-by shooting in the victim’s hometown of Queens two years ago, New York City authorities said. Jamar Hill, 26, of Valley Stream, and 32-year-old Quincy Homere of Baldwin were charged Thursday with one count each of second-degree murder, second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault and two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. “In another example of the mindless gun violence plaguing our country, a young, up-and coming musician had his life and career dramatically cut short by a burst of senseless shooting that also wounded an acquaintance,” Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said. “Such viole... Read More
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ACE Comic Con Descends on Nassau Coliseum

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Stars of Hollywood’s latest Superman and Wonder Woman reboots were the headliners among many celebrity appearances during ACE Comic Con Long Island at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum last weekend. Henry Cavill and Gal Gadot greeted fans on Long Island for the first time since the latest version of the Justice League was created. The inaugural event that ran Dec. 8-10 at the Uniondale arena also featured vendors, panels, live performances and meet-and-greets with those behind the scenes of film, TV, gaming, comics and more. “Our entire platform is centered on creating an unforgettable experience for fans by constantly surprising and delighting them each day with spectacular e... Read More
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Long Island Concerts & Events December 15-17

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Suzanne Vega The MovielifeThe hometown punk/emo heroes who formed 20 years ago and broke up for a decade have been going strong since reuniting three years ago, issuing their first album, Cities in Search of a Heart, since 2003. Opening the show is The Backup Plan and Koji. Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionliny.com $24. 7 p.m. Dec. 15. Suzanne VegaThis eclectic folk goddess unleashes her ’90s storytelling bombshells “Luka” and “Tom’ Diner” with her captivating delivery transposed atop mesmerizing guitar strumming that is enough ... Read More
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Brentwood Woman Charged With Sending Money to ISIS

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A Brentwood woman was arrested Wednesday for allegedly laundering more than $85,000 using Bitcoin and sending it to ISIS, the international terrorist organization based in Syria and Iraq, federal prosecutors said. Zoobia Shahnaz was charged with bank fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering and three counts of money laundering at Central Islip federal court. “Syria is a perilous and violent war-torn country, but the subject in this investigation was allegedly so determined to assist ISIS that she planned a covert, illegal entry into Syria,” said William Sweeney, Jr., assistant director of the FBI’s New York office. “On top of which, she allegedly tried to launder virtual currency to bolster terrorists’ dwindli... Read More
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Newly Built North Merrick Dutch Colonial Asks $1.2M

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This newly built Hamptons Dutch Gambrel style Colonial looks dazzling on the outside, is energy efficient on the inside and is listed for sale at 26 Alice Ave. in North Merrick. Built this year, the five-bedroom, three-bathroom, three-story home has 3,800-square-feet of living space with gorgeous details and an impressive open floor plan all built on an over-sized 8,000-square-foot lot. It features an eat-in kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances, including an Energy Star stove, dishwasher and refrigerator. It also has a formal dining room, great room, office, gas-fueled fireplace and central air conditioning. Outside it has an attached garage, front porch and room for a pool in ... Read More
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Voting Ends December 15 in Best of Long Island Contest

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Cast your votes now before the window of opportunity closes until next fall! Voting ends Friday, Dec. 15 in the 2018 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest, meaning this is the last chance for the public to cast their votes for their favorite local store, restaurant, business or person they feel should hold a title in the 13th annual competition sponsored by Bethpage Federal Credit Union—which is a great way to support the places you patronize. Here’s how it works: Log on to bestoflongisland.com, click through the categories such as Arts and Entertainment, Food & Drink, Nightlife & Spirits, Health and Wellness, Restaurants... Read More
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Port Jefferson: From Shipbuilding Hub to Tourist Haven

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Dickensian characters such as Father Christmas roam the streets of Port Jefferson during the village’s annual Charles Dickens Festival. (Photo by Ron Ondrovic) The Port Jefferson we know today is a thriving hub for tourism on Long Island’s North Shore, drawing countless ferry-goers, shoppers, diners and bar patrons to the village’s brimming enclave. For many Long Islanders it is the go-to spot for a romantic date, and few simple pleasures can match spending a sunny day enjoying an ice cream cone and a walk down its colorful streets. Port Jefferson has changed dramatically over the last two centuries, transforming from a rural community in the 1700s to a vibrant ship... Read More
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Zeldin Talks Foreign Affairs at LIU Post

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U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin, left, and ex-U.S. Rep. Steve Israel, right, at LIU Post Dec. 11, 2017. U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) stopped by the Global Institute at LIU Post in Brookville this week to discuss current issues facing the nation and hot topics pending in Congress. Zeldin, the congressman who represents the East End of Long Island, shared his insights from sitting on the financial services and foreign affairs committees Dec. 11, the same day an attempted suicide bomber injured three in Manhattan. “The Global Institute is bringing together some of the best of Long Island’s leaders and great minds to be intimately more involved with leaders of our country on topics that a... Read More
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Bloods Member Charged in 2007 North Bellport Murder

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A reputed member of the Bloods street gang has been indicted for allegedly shooting and killing a 15-year-old boy in the victim’s hometown of North Bellport a decade ago, federal authorities said. Trendell Walker pleaded not guilty Tuesday to murder as well as gun and drug charges in a 12-count indictment at Central Islip federal court. The 29-year-old alleged gang member from Patchogue is accused of killing Alvin Brothers in 2007. “Alvin had barely begun to start his young life when he was taken from us,” Suffolk County Legis. Kate Browning (WF-Shirley) said upon dedicating a bench in the victim’s honor on the first anniversary of the slaying. The victim was standing on the corner of Post Avenue and Patchogu... Read More
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Best of Long Island Spotlight: Top Shopping Destinations

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The holiday season is upon us, which means there is little time left to buy gifts for our loved ones, but Long Island is full of places to score a last-minute present. Press readers narrowed it down for us when they voted Tanger Outlets at The Arches the Best Mall on Long Island in the 2017 Best of Long Island contest. In addition, A&S Sports won Best Hobby Store on Long Island, From Italy With Love was named Best... Read More
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Women, Dems Make Inroads in Long Island Elections

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From left to right: Nassau County Executive-elect Laura Curran, Hempstead Town Supervisor-elect Laura Gillen and Riverhead Town Supervisor-elect Laura Jens-Smith For three Long Island Democrats named Laura, luck was on their side and the wind at their backs on election night when they won their races — and made history in the process. Nassau County Legis. Laura Curran (D-Baldwin) became the first woman and third Democrat elected Nassau County executive when she beat ex-New York State Sen. Jack Martins (R-Old Westbury). Laura Jens-Smith was the first woman elected Riverhead town supervisor when she ousted four-term Republican incumbent Sean Walter. And Laura Gillen becam... Read More
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Lessons for Modern Life Found in Ancient Story of Hanukkah

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Religion Jewish Hanukkah Festival Hanukah We live in an amazing world. Technological advancements seen in the last 20 years have changed world dynamics. There is so much good will in the world, yet negativity exists as well. Initially, we begin our lives as selfish babies and only focus on ourselves. Our world starts off so self- absorbed that we are not able to reciprocate any thanks to those taking care of our every need. A goal in life is to evolve out of this egocentric state, and begin to focus on others. When we grow up in a world surrounded by instant gratification, it’s much harder to evolve into the person we are meant to be. We used to go to the ... Read More
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47-acre Lloyd Neck Estate With Helipad Asks $55M

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This sprawling estate with a 25-room Sassafras Tudor overlooking the Long Island Sound and amenities second to none is listed for sale at 19 Burrma Rd. in Lloyd Neck. Built in 1987, the 20,000-square-foot Stucco mansion has eight bedrooms, eight bathrooms and four half bathrooms. It’s situated on 47 acres, which adds up to nearly as much square footage as Roosevelt Field Mall. Among its many amenities are a helipad, private beach and dock on a cove known as The Sand Hole. It also has extensive gardens, a grand entry with a 48-foot Cathedral ceiling, a tennis court, in-ground pool, cabana, enclosed dining veranda and two 5,500-square-foot guest houses. The main house also ... Read More
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Four Long Island Mobsters Charged With Racketeering, Feds Say

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Four Long Island men are among seven reputed mobsters arrested for allegedly running loansharking, illegal gambling and drug dealing rings on LI and in Brooklyn over the past three years, authorities said. Huntington residents John “Johnny Boy” Ambrosio, 74, and Anthony Rodolico, 46, were charged along with 67-year-old Anthony Saladino and 26-year-old Joseph Durso, both of Glen Cove. All are facing racketeering conspiracy charges in a 13-count indictment unsealed Tuesday at Central Islip federal court. “The arrests in this case prove organized crime families haven’t gone away, and continue to plague our communities with their general disregard for anything other than their own greed,” said William Sweeney, Jr., As... Read More
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Judaica Dealer’s Menorah Pays it Forward for Local Holocaust Center

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The Jewish Gift Place, an online Judaica dealer, is spreading Chanukah spirit by donating to The Holocaust Resource Center of Temple Judea in Manhasset proceeds from a menorah inspired by Janusz Korczak. Korczak was a famous Jewish pediatrician, educator, author, radio host and children’s rights advocate who ran an orphanage for Jewish children in Warsaw, Poland during World War II. On the menorah, his likeness is depicted leading a line of children, symbolizing their march toward the train to the Nazi extermination camp at Treblinka. It’s a scale model of a sculpture of Korczak outside Temple Judea. “That would make a great menorah,” Risa Borsykowsky, owner of the Long Is... Read More
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Petraeus Talks National Security at LIU Appearance

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Ex-U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington), left, listens as retired Gen. David Petraeus speaks at LIU Post on Dec. 6, 2017 (Long Island Press photo) America’s status as a global superpower is at a crossroads, Gen. David Petraeus, the ex-CIA director who commanded US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, said during a recent trip to Long Island. Petraeus made the remarks while assessing the array of threats facing the nation Dec. 6 at LIU Post in Brookville during a public discussion moderated by ex-U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington), who chairs the university’s Global Institute. “They used to say, ‘what keeps you up at night?’” Petraeus recalled. “I’d s... Read More
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Beauty Products That Make Perfect Stocking Stuffers for $50 and Under

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Keep that smile looking sparkling with Flosstime, an automated floss dispenser that sticks directly onto your bathroom mirror, tile or wall. The dispenser lights up, making flossing easy any time of day or night, $36. Available at flosstime.com Say goodbye to shine with the MAC Pro Longer Powder/ Pressed that gives a velvety matte finish and up to 12 hours of coverage in any climate. The powder comes in three shades – Light Plus, Medium Plus and Dark. The powder is packaged in a limited edition sculptural hammered gold compact specially designed by sculptor/jewelry designer, Robert Lee Morris, $45. Available at ... Read More
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Christie Brinkley Spills All About Her Kids, Activism and Her Wine

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That dazzling smile is instantly recognizable. No wonder: Supermodel Christie Brinkley has appeared on some 500 magazine covers around the world. Today, at age 63, the Malibu-raised surfer girl is an environmental rights advocate, humanitarian, TV host, Broadway star, New York Times best-selling author, and entrepreneur. The longtime Long Island resident spoke with the Long Island Press about Christie Brinkley Authentic Skin Care products, Hair2Wear extensions, Bellissima Prosecco sparkling wines, and the creativity and gratitude that sustain her. Long Island Press: What would other people be surprised to learn about you? CB: Som... Read More
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Long Island Concerts & Events December 11-14

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'Long Island Medium' Theresa Caputo I Wanna Be A Dancing Man: Fred Astaire SoloFilm Historian Philip Harwood takes us on a musical journey, as we experience the solo dance numbers of Fred Astaire. Fred Astaire is the dancin’ man! Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $11-$16. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11. Acts of LoveThis intimate live performance depicts the heart wrenching story of Long Island actors Ed and Sue Anne Dennehy (Brian Dennehy’s brother and sister in law). From meeting on West Side Story, to their death on the very same... Read More
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Remembering John Kominicki

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John Kominicki, left, was an honoree at a LISTnet event called “Launch Your Stars” on Dec. 11, 2013 at the Garden City Hotel. On right is Peter Goldsmith. John had many faces and all of them were outstanding. No matter if he wrote, spoke or sang, people listened and reacted. Upon moving to Long Island and taking over the Long Island Business News, he immediately made an impact because he demanded excellence in himself and others. At least four times a year four of us went out to dinner and to talk. The four Yacov Shamash, Ron Parr, John and I. I always brought pen and paper for John, because he was always looking for leads but never had anything to write them down on. Our din... Read More
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Local Jewelry Designers’ Labors of Love Make Perfect Gifts

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Hand-fabricated bracelet in sterling silver and 22K gold with diamonds, $360. Elizabeth Taylor once said, “Jewelry has the power to be the one little thing that makes you feel unique.” Shall we say more? In our pursuit of the most unique and personal gifts to give this holiday season, we found an assortment of bracelets, bangles, necklaces and rings, each handcrafted from a variety of local jewelry designers. For those obsessed with fine gold and precious metal to colorful beads, stones with healing properties or just bling, we’ve got you covered. Each artist is passionate about their craft, which is translated into their designs. Designer: Annie Fensterstock F... Read More
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Suffolk Needs to Act Now for Fair Census

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By Rossana Rosado If we’re not careful, Long Island could end up playing a losing hand in the nation’s most important numbers game. The U.S. Constitution requires a count of the nation’s population — or census — every 10 years and there are numerous reasons why. One is to determine the number of congressional representatives for each state — that way the census count serves as the basis for equal political representation among the states in Congress, a hallmark of our democracy. But the census also provides our government with a powerful tool that lawmakers rely upon to distribute federal funds, much of which move through our agency, to the state and lo... Read More
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Suffolk Needs to Act Now for Fair Census

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By Rossana Rosado If we’re not careful, Long Island could end up playing a losing hand in the nation’s most important numbers game. The U.S. Constitution requires a count of the nation’s population — or census — every 10 years and there are numerous reasons why. One is to determine the number of congressional representatives for each state — that way the census count serves as the basis for equal political representation among the states in Congress, a hallmark of our democracy. But the census also provides our government with a powerful tool that lawmakers rely upon to distribute federal funds, much of which move through our agency, to the state and lo... Read More
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A Guide to 11 Gifts Made on Long Island

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Homemade gifts may be the most thoughtful and likely to warm hearts during the holidays, but some presents on people’s wish lists just can’t be whipped up without a little professional help. If the next best thing to homemade is something locally made, then holiday shoppers are in luck. Whether in the market for a present oozing with local craftsmanship or something for that hometown cheerleader on your list — the typewho eats, drinks and wears their Long Island pride — our gift to you, dear readers, is this bountiful guide to gifts made for and by Long Islanders. You’re welcome. ... Read More
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Snickers Among Dogs, Cats Seeking Long Island Homes

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Snickers Two cats and a pup is this week’s theme for adorable animals looking for their forever homes. Meet Kittie, Callisto and Snickers, who would all make great additions to your family today! Available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Rescue in Wantagh is Snickers. This bubbly Hound/Shepherd is under a year old and is full of energy. Snickers was found as a stray and brought to the Brookhaven Town Shelter, when Last Hope found him and scooped him up. Snickers is a great pooch who likes other dogs and would do best with kids over 10. If interested in meeting cutie, contact Last Hope at lasthopeanimalrescue.org or better yet... Read More
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Hats Off to The Boss: Farewell, John Kominicki

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John Kominicki was the publisher of the Long Island Press. We were putting the finishing touches on our cheerful holiday issue full of gift guides and other fun seasonal stories when we heard the news that shocked our staff and countless others. John Kominicki, the publisher of the Long Island Press who revived the title into a monthly magazine just four months ago, died Dec. 5 after a brief battle with stomach cancer. As a melanoma survivor, when we heard that he was diagnosed again, we were hoping and praying that he would pull off a repeat. But at 62 years young, John was called to his next assignment, his wife, Marie, sadly reported. “His passing was peaceful, smooth... Read More
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Up to 7 Inches of Snow Forecast for Long Island

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A winter storm is forecast to bring 4-to-7 inches of snow to Long Island on Saturday in what is shaping up to be the first snowfall of the cold season, forecasters said. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for most of Suffolk County and a winter weather advisory for Nassau Saturday through Sunday mornings. “Highest snow accumulation should occur Saturday morning into Saturday evening,” NWS meteorologists in the agency’s Upton office said in a statement. “Be prepared for significant reductions in visibility at times. Snow accumulation on pavement will be morelikely in the afternoon and evening.” The advisory is also in effect for New Yo... Read More
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Horoscopes by PsychicDeb for December 2017

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Aries – The desire to help co-workers provides you with more than you can handle. Your enthusiasm is great, but a scattering of energies could make you less effective. Focus on large-scale projects and research. Let another handle the details. Taurus – This month’s accent is on romance; a partnership. Be open to any new ideas proposed. A brief journey is possible, one which could draw you closer to a loved one. Make a phone call or text that you have been putting off – open communication lines. Gemini – A domestic adjustment is in the picture. Changes must be made in the home so that everyone involved has room for self-expression. Someone with a distinctive voice ... Read More
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Up to 6 Inches of Snow Forecast for Long Island

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A winter storm is forecast to bring 4-to-6 inches of snow to Long Island on Saturday in what is shaping up to be the first snowfall of the cold season, forecasters said. The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for Nassau and Suffolk counties from 6 a.m. Saturday through 6 a.m. Sunday. “Highest snow accumulation should occur Saturday morning into Saturday evening,” NWS meteorologists in the agency’s Upton office said in a statement. The advisory is also in effect for New York City, southern Connecticut and northern New Jersey. “Plan on hazardous travel conditions,” forecasters said, noting snow-covered roads will make driving difficult.... Read More
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Long Island Concerts & Events December 8-10

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Samantha Fish The Bouncing SoulsA temporary ceasefire in the age-old rivalry between Long Island and New Jersey will allow these punk stalwarts from the Garden State to bring their hard-charging singalongs to the South Shore. Sure, they’ve grown up a bit—as evident by their lyrics maturing from earlier party-themed anthems—but their new material gets the adrenaline pumping just as hard and fast as The Good, The Bad & The Argyle. Warming up the crowd is TSOL and Stay Wild. Mulcahys Pub and Concert Hall, 3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh. muls.com $25-$28. 7 p.m. Dec. 8. ChevelleT... Read More
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Long Island Press Publisher John Kominicki Dies at 62

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John Kominicki was the publisher of the Long Island Press. Long Island Press Publisher John Kominicki, whose career in journalism took him around the world before he made his mark on Long Island, died Tuesday night. He was 62. Kominicki was previously the publisher of Long Island Business News for 15 years and the head of national editorial operations for LIBN’s then-corporate parent, the 60-paper Dolan Media chain. After he left LIBN, he founded Innovate Long Island, a digital and events platform focused on the region’s entrepreneur and research sectors. He was hired in July to lead the recently relaunched print edition of the Press. ... Read More
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Mangano, Venditto Corruption Trial Delayed 2 Months

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Not Smiling Anymore: Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto (L), Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano (R), and his wife Linda (Not Pictured) were arrested Thursday, October 20, 2016 and indicted on federal corrupution charges including a bribery scheme, obstruction of justice and extortion. (Long Island Press / Christopher Twarowski) A federal judge Tuesday delayed the trial against outgoing Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano until March after his co-defendant, ex-Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, was recently indicted on additional charges. Despite the new charges from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission stemming from allegations that Venditto illegally g... Read More
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Israeli Diplomat Shares Insights Into US Ally During LIU Visit

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More than two dozen business and community leaders got a crash course in Israeli politics during an intimate discussion with one of the US ally’s top diplomats in Brookville on Nov. 30. Israel Consul General Dani Dayan discussed the state of the nation during a breakfast organized by the Global Institute at LIU Post. The meeting was organized by former U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington), who founded the institute after retiring from Congress this year. “The largest diplomatic mission of Israel in the world is to garner support for Israel, to convey to the American society, the American public, the real facts and the real situation of Israel,” Dayan said. “In some senses, I see our embassy in Washington as ... Read More
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Iconic Sands Point Mansion Asks $16.8M

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One of the most iconic and significant waterfront residences on the North Shore of Long Island is listed for sale at 235 Middle Neck Rd. in the tony Village of Sands Point. Built in 1926, the Colonial-style mansion situated on 5.3 acres was designed by McKim, Mead & White, the architectural firm behind the original Pennsylvania Station, the main campus of Columbia University and the Brooklyn Museum. It has since been spectacularly restored and renovated. The 13-bedroom home with eight and a half bathrooms features a beautifully scaled sun-flooded rooms that lead to loggia and patios with sweeping views of the Long Island Sound. That’s in addition to the enchanting gardens, b... Read More
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11 Questions With PUP Guitarist Steve Sladkowski

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Toronto-based punk rockers PUP have racked up awards, been lauded by Rolling Stone and have performed on Last Call with Carson Daly. In anticipation of their Dec. 28 show at The Paramount along with Thursday and Frank Iero and the Patience, we spoke to guitarist Steve Sladkowski about endless touring, old school video games, his connection to Finn Wolfhard of Stranger Things, plus sports, music and life. Long Island Press: You guys have actually been out here to the Paramount and Jones Beach before, did you get to... Read More
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Long Island Concerts & Events December 4-7

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Simple PlanThis Montreal-based rock band on their 15th anniversary tour recently went multi-platinum in Canada. The band prides itself on not only its musical successes, but also its philanthropic ones. They donate $1 off of every ticket toward their Simple Plan Foundation. With openers Hit the Lights and Story Untold. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $21-122. 7 p.m. Dec. 5. Mat FrancoHolding the title of the only magician to ever win America’s Got Talent, the nation’s favorite magician is sure to get big laughs and wide eyes with his creative and humorous routines. The Paramount, 370 Ne... Read More
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How To Handle The Holidays When Faced With Divorce or Separation

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The holiday time of the year can be very difficult for families that are facing separation or divorce, especially for families with children. How you choose to deal with it can have an impact on the wellness of your children and the future negotiations between you and your spouse.   Children generally take their lead based on the actions of their parents. Remember, it is not what you say, but what you do and what you do could wind up backfiring on you if you are not careful. The most important thing that you and your spouse can do is to put your children first and do what is in their best interest. Things to think about: • How have you always celebrated this holiday? Whose family have you traditionally spent it with? Fo... Read More
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Long Island’s Most Powerful Women in Business Honored

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Nearly 650 people gathered to celebrate as women business and community leaders were honored at the Long Island Power Women in Business Awards and Networking Event also raising $2,500 for three local causes on Nov. 30 at Leonard’s Palazzo in Great Neck. Honorees each took turns sharing the inspiration for their transformative work before mingling with friends, families and colleagues at the posh catering hall. Each then strutted her stuff down a catwalk to receive their award statue from Press co-publisher Victoria Schneps-Yunis. “Being part of a group of women like this, with so much passion about what they do in life, both personally and professionally, was such an ... Read More
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Long Island Hanukkah Events 2017

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Children’s StorytimeLet the magic of the holidays sweep your children off their feet with a heartwarming storytime and craft led by Rabbi Alysa Graf from The Port Jewish Center. Children of all ages are welcome. The Dolphin Bookshop, 299 Main St., Port Washington. thedolphinbookshop.com Free. 11 a.m. Dec. 3. Hands on HanukkahBring the entire family to the Macy’s wing for an afternoon of Hanukkah-themed crafts, face-painting, cookie decorating and games! Handsome Harry the magician will be delighting the audience with a live magic show at 2 p.m. Smith Haven Mall,... Read More
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Long Island Concerts & Events December 1-3

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Jay-Z. Paula PoundstoneKnown for her witty commentary on NPR’s news quiz show “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me,” Paula Poundstone is among the top tier of comedians in the country, if not the world. Her spontaneity is admired by fans who love her engaging comedy and rip-roaring humor, whether they’ve heard it through her popular radio appearances or seen her side-splitting stand-up routines. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $24.50-$54.50. 8 p.m. Dec. 1. Jay-ZThe winner of 21 Grammys who’s sold more than 100 million records worldwide is back... Read More
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Dime Community Bank Opens First Long Island Branch in Decades

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Dime Community Bank CEO Kenneth J. Mahon (center, holding scissors) conducts a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the bank's new Melville branch on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 (Photo by Bob Savage). Dime Community Bank held a ribbon-cutting ceremony this week to celebrate the grand opening of its new Melville branch — the bank’s first location on Long Island in nearly 40 years. Dime’s executive management team touted their triumphant return to the LI region before supporters and local dignitaries enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres during the reception. “What differentiates Dime form other community banks?” Dime Community Bank President and CEO Kenneth J. Mahon asked during openin... Read More
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Historic Bayside Amityville Colonial Asks $1.5M

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This stately historic Colonial with exquisite details throughout and a covered front porch to enjoy spectacular views overlooking the Great South Bay on Bourdette Place in south Amityville is listed for sale. Built in 1890 with no expense spared when it was totally renovated seven years ago, this three-bedroom home with two and a half bathrooms is situated on a 32,670-square-foot waterfront lot near the mouth of Amityville Creek. It features an eat-in kitchen, formal dining room, sun room, den, office, a master suite with a full bathroom, a fenced-in balcony and a granny attic. It also has two gas-fueled fireplaces and central air conditioning. Outside, it has a detached two-car g... Read More
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Activists Sue to Block Planned Fire Island Deer Hunt

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The deer on Fire Island are not afraid to come right up to people. Fire Island National Seashore (FINS) managers allegedly broke federal law when they authorized a planned culling of white tail deer, two environmental groups claimed in a lawsuit seeking to block the hunt. The Animal Welfare Institute and Wildlife Preserves jointly filed the suit Wednesday at Central Islip federal court, alleging that FINS Superintendent Chris Soller and the National Park Service (NPS), which oversees the park, also violated property rights when it approved last year its deer management plan that calls for a controlled hunt to lessen the herd. “The National Park Service’s decisi... Read More
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Not In Our Town Photo Contest Aims to Fight Bullying

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Student photographers in northwestern Nassau County are taking aim at bullying — with their cameras. The Town of North Hempstead and Long Island Press are co-sponsoring an anti-hate photo contest in which elementary, middle or high school students capture images that address bullying. The theme, Not In Our Town, requires entries illustrate how participants stand up to hate in their community or school. “The Not In Our Town initiative speaks right to the heart of how we feel here in North Hempstead about fighting hate and intolerance,” said North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth. “In order to really effect change we need to get our young people involved.”... Read More
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Cat Brothers Luke and Jake Seeking Forever Homes

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Cat brothers Jake and Luke. Patsy and brothers Jake and Luke are in search of their forever homes this week.  Available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Rescue in Wantagh is pretty Patsy! A sweet,-medium sized gal weighing in at just around 35 lbs., Patsy will win you over with her gorgeously soft brown eyes and affectionate personality. At 4 years young, Patsy has a heart of gold and can’t wait to meet you. Don’t let her slightly timid personality fool you, once she gets to know you she will melt your heart! Patsy will make the perfect pet companion for someone who sees her perfect pup potential so check out her webpage and head on down to meet her today! ... Read More
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Best of Long Island Spotlight: Top Nonprofit, Charity

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Whether it’s the holidays inspiring charitable giving or appeals to squeeze in tax write offs before the New Year, ‘tis the season when Long Islanders are increasingly donating to charities and nonprofits. Since there are so many that need help, Press readers helped whittle down the field when they voted Family Service League Best Not For Profit on Long Island in the 2017 Best of Long Island contest. The John Theissen Children’s Foundation was named Best Charity on Long Island in that compet... Read More
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Politics of The Mind Debated on Long Island

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Dr. Sam Barnett discussed a study he conducted measuring people's reactions the to the Republican primary candidates (Photo by Bob Giglione) If conservatives and progressives seem to be living on different planets, it’s likely due to cognitive differences in how they filter their experiences, creating what experts dubbed “the partisanship of the mind.” Those were among the observations to emerge from “Elections and How We Think,” a nonpartisan panel discussion featuring psychology professor Drew Westen and neuroscientist Dr. Sam Barnett on Nov. 16 at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts in Brookville. Essentially, one side focuses on reason, and the other on emotion. ... Read More
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Updated Garden City Tudor Asks $2.8M

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This nearly century-old, fully renovated Tudor is listed for sale at 129 Newmarket Rd. in the desirable Estates section of the Village of Garden City. Built in 1928 and renovated three years ago, this spacious five-bedroom home with three bathrooms and two half bathrooms comes complete with historic charm and energy efficient upgrades. It features a gourmet eat-in kitchen, a family room, huge dining room/living room combo with wood-burning fireplace, a maid’s quarters and a master bedroom/bathroom combo. It also features energy star major appliances, double pane windows and a programmable thermostat. The house also comes equipped with a fully finished basement that includ... Read More
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Winter (Skin) Is Coming… Or Is It? 

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Jon Snow of Game of Thrones warns winter is coming You wouldn’t know it by the weather we’ve been having lately, but the calendar doesn’t lie — winter is coming.  As the temperatures begin to drop, the battle against the lack of moisture and dry environment begins. Just like your wardrobe, your skin care regimen should change with the weather. You can keep cracked hands, scaly, itchy legs, chapped lips at bay with a few simple steps: 1. Drink More Water. We tend to drink less water in winter months (opting for a hot cup of coco to warm up) but don’t forget your body needs hydration from the inside out. Drink at least 64 oz. of water a da... Read More
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Long Island Fight for Charity Raises $80K

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Damion "Dynamite" Nelson faces Jollot Abdulaye during the Long Island Fight for Charity Nov. 20, 2017 at the Hilton Long Island in Melville. (Photo by Bob Savage) Eighteen boxers faced off in nine bouts — two ending in knockouts — to raise almost $80,000 for three charities during the Long Island Fight for Charity Nov. 20 at the Hilton in Melville. Nearly 1,000 supporters packed the venue for the 14th annual event that has raised $1.1 million for local charities, including the Family Residences and Essential Enterprises Inc. (FREE), the Long Island Community Chest and The Genesis School. Fighters young and old duked it out — with all declared winners. “When I fought back in... Read More
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Fred Waller Rode the Wave of Fame

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Fred Waller Huntington’s Fred Waller, a special effects man at Paramount Pictures’ Astoria studios back in the 1920s, first imagined water skis as a way to mount motion picture cameras behind speed boats. In the end, riding the things proved to be too much fun to waste on cinematography. These were not, let’s be clear, like the skis we know today. The first models were eight-feet long and made from the same straight-grain mahogany used in yachts. Each ski tip was attached to the boat by a rope, while a second set led ba... Read More
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Long Island Concerts & Events November 27-30

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Joe BidenThe former vice president’s American Promise tour aims to “go beyond the 24-hour news cycle and 140-character arguments” and create a deeper connection with friends and neighbors alike. Ticket includes a copy of his memoir, Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose. VIP tickets include a meet-and-greet and a signed copy of the book. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $69-$240. 8:30 p.m. Nov. 27. Celtic ThunderThis Irish singing group is billed as a “contemporary exploration of Celtic music” that “falls more into the ... Read More
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Did Constitutional Convention Vote Open Pandora’s Box?

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Was the latest Election Day vote a triumph for democracy? Or Citizens United Run amuck? Just about every political pundit was unprepared for the massive surge in voter turnoutcreated by this November’s Constitutional Convention vote. In fact, the Nov. 7Ballot Proposition, which asked voters if New York State should begin the process ofamending its founding documents, created such large stand-alone voterturnout, that it changed the face of Long Island’s political landscape for the next fouryears and possibly longer. The state’s largest public-sector unions, who successfully pushed a resoundingstatewide “No” vote on the Constitutional Convention (dubbed “ConCon” for short), no... Read More
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Across The Mediterranean, From Greece to Portugal

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Elias’ Corner has, arguably, the best grilled octopus in New York. If you can’t get away to one of the Greek isles for a casual seaside lunch or supper, the next best thing – and a heck of a lot closer – is Elias’ Corner in Astoria. This chalkboard menu, roll-up-your-sleeves spot extends its summer-time-and-the-living-is-easy vibe well into the fall with partially tented, space-heated outdoor dining. Inside, space is at a premium and the décor is dockside but, hey, all that’s part of the charm. You go for the fish. Front of the house is a seafood market. Enter and pass the grilling station where you can watch other diners’ meals in process. Our group shared... Read More
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Long Island Christmas & Holiday Events 2017

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, with bountiful tree lightings, concerts, parties, parades and other events. Check out some of these Long Island festivities to get in the holiday spirit. Holiday Light ShowDon’t miss the on-again, off-again and now on-again light show at Jones Beach. The Magic of Lights is a magical, family drive-through holiday lights experience running 2.5 miles. It features holiday music, a hay maze and pictures with Santa at the holiday festival village. Jones Beach State Park West End, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. $9-$30. holidaylights.jonesbeach.com Dusk-10 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., dusk-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat. through ... Read More
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Long Island Concerts & Events November 24-26

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Miles to DaytonA mix of folk, country and classical music with four-part hamonies seasoned with improvisational violin and cello. Slathered with great percussion and acoustics. Treme – Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St. Islip. tremeislip.com $10. 8 p.m. Nov. 24. Gary Hoey – Ho Ho HoeyImagine if Santa and Slash had a baby. The result would be this Bostonian guitar hero playing hard rock covers of Christmas songs. Because “The 12 Days of Christmas” was meant to be played through a distorted Stratocaster. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. ... Read More
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Long Island Shopping Mall Guide

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For those of us seeking to get a jump start on our holiday shopping, thankfully, Long Island is home to many different shopping centers. So rally up your friends and family or fly solo to these spots for some deals this holiday season. Americana ManhassetDesigned by world renowned architect Peter Marino, the simple elegance of The Americana Manhasset rivals the boutique storefronts of Paris and Milan. With a personal shopping service and over 60 luxury stores, including Gucci, Burberry, and Cartier, a day at the Americana is a day well spent. Americana Manhasset, 2060 Northern Blvd, Manhasset. americanamanhasset.com 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Thu... Read More
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Best of Long Island Spotlight: Top Bars

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Starting with Thanksgiving Eve, getting in the holiday spirit often involves meeting friends, family or coworkers for drinks at one of Long Island’s many bars, but deciding which one can prove tricky. Narrowing down the field are Press readers, who voted BrickHouse Brewery & Restaurant the Best Bar on Long Island in the 2017 Best of Long Island contest. And Spiro’s Restaurant & Lounge won both Best Bartenders on Long Island and Best Happy Hour on Lon... Read More
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Colonial Overlooking Huntington Bay Asks $6.5M

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This pristine, classic and comfortable Colonial on a 2.25-acre waterfront estate with awe-inspiring views is listed for sale at 6 Wincoma Drive of the Village of Huntington Bay. Built in 1999 with custom millwork throughout and superb attention to detail, the seven-bedroom home with seven and a half bathrooms and 200 feet of waterfront is located in the desirable Wincoma section of the village with the house perfectly situated for perfect views overlooking Huntington Bay. The house spares no amenity. It comes equipped with a heated in-ground pool, spa, cabana, putting green and a two-bedroom guest cottage. It also features an eat-in kitchen, a breakfast room, formal dining ... Read More
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With Diabetes, Diet and Exercise Are Key

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National Diabetes Month is a good reminder that many people with diabetes do not have symptoms so it is important to get tested at one of Long Island’s many regarded medical centers, such as Huntington Hospital. “We work in conjunction with our nutritionist, Andrea Baron , helping patients proactively take care of themselves and learn more about their disease to manage themselves and meet their healthcare goals,” said Kathy Giffuni, the assistant director of nursing at Huntington Hospital. “We are a National Committee for Quality Assurance Diabetes Physician Recognized Organization where we have an active designation talking about excellence in diabetic care.” Jay Stern, diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes a decade ago... Read More
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Osteria Leana Chef Draws From Roots to Grow Locally Inspired Oyster Bay Hideaway

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Peter Van der Mije, chef-owner of Osteria Leana in Oyster Bay, runs one of only two Green Certified Restaurants on Long Island. Like many chefs, Peter Van der Mije learned to cook from his grandmother, or “nonna.” But he’s one of the few to repay the favor by naming his first restaurant after her. After his culinary aspirations drew him from Colorado to New York, Van der Mije followed his dream to downtown Oyster Bay, where he opened Osteria Leana, a chic casual Italian spot serving sophisticated, modern cuisine made with only local — and therefore the freshest, most flavorful — ingredients. “What grows together goes together,” he says, quoting Phil H... Read More
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Long Island Concerts & Events November 20-23

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Fight for CharityMembers of the Long Island business community and volunteers are hitting the gym, drinking raw eggs and running up stairs to the Rocky theme song as they train for this 14th annual boxing fundraiser for charity. Hilton Long Island, 598 Route 110, Melville. lifightforcharity.org $134-$250. 6 p.m. Nov. 20. Karyn SchoenbartThe CEO of the NPD Group and Long Island local native will be speaking and signing copies of her business book, Mom.B.A.: Essential Business Advice from One Generation to the Next. Read more about her in our ... Read More
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A Millennial View on The Amazon Pass

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An Amazon warehouse in 2015. (Photo by Scott Lewis). If Long Island was ever going to be seriously considered as the site of an Amazon second headquarters and the 50,000 new jobs that would come with it, the Nassau and Suffolk County executives should have pooled their resources and signed Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers to a one-day contract. Rodgers, after all, is the unequivocal master of the Hail Mary, sending long, improbable passes down the field, only to have them caught, miraculously, for a touchdown.  ... Read More
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Center Moriches Man Fatally Stabbed Mother, Cops Say

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Christopher Storm Harrison A man was arrested for allegedly stabbing his 53-year-old mother to death in their Center Moriches home on Friday night, Suffolk County police said.  Christopher Storm Harrison, 26, stabbed Joyce Skarka during a domestic dispute at their Union Avenue home at 9:41 p.m., police said. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Homicide Squad detectives charged Harrison with second-degree murder. He is scheduled to be arraigned Sunday at First District Court in Central Islip. ... Read More
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Port Jeff Brewing Co. Opening New Patchogue Beer Project

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Mike Philbrick, founder of Port Jeff Brewing Co., inspects one of his beers. (Press photo Bob Giglione.) Patchogue already boasts Long Island’s oldest craft brewery, Brick House Brewery,founded in 1996, and its largest brewery, Blue Point Brewing, scheduled to open a new 60,000-barrel facility next summer. Craft beer has helped power the revitalization of the bustling South Shore village, with a lively pub and restaurant scene along Main Street catering to visitors and new residents in the hundreds of apartments built downtown in the past few years. Now Patchogue is getting a third brewery that hopes to fill a niche in the craft beer market by collaborating with other new breweries that... Read More
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Power Women of Long Island to be Honored

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Nearly 750 business professionals from across Long Island will come together to network during The Power Women in Business Awards & Networking Event scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 30 in Great Neck.  The Power Women program recognizes influential women in business whose achievements and involvement helped to make a difference in the communities where they work and live in Nassau and Suffolk... Read More
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Long Island Concerts & Events November 17-19

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Max Weinberg Tank & Leela JamesGrammy-nominated R&B singer Tank joins soul singer-songwriter Leela James for their Savage X The Soul tour. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $35-$146. 8 p.m. Nov. 17. Max Weinberg’s JukeboxThe percussionist behind Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band invites audiences to create the set list for him and his quartet. Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Port Washington. landmarkonmainstreet.org $43-$168. ... Read More
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Roxanne Among Dogs Seeking Homes on Long Island

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Too often animals wind up at local shelters as strays, with no history or owners. While these voiceless souls can’t tell us where they’ve been, they can prove their sweet and affectionate ways would make them an amazing best friend to any lucky human. Keeping in mind that we should never judge a book by its cover, we introduce you to Roxanne! She recently came to the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter as a stray, already missing one eye. This is quite unusual, especially since no owner was ever found. But staff and volunteers at the shelter say Roxanne is a true gem. She’s very sweet, a joy to be with and is quite affectionate. If that’s not enough, Roxanne gets along well w... Read More
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Chop Down Your Own Christmas Tree at These Long Island Farms

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For those who prefer real Christmas trees, check out these local farms and fields where you can bring your family and friends to chop down a tree down yourself this holiday season. Dart’s Christmas Tree FarmAlthough they are not offering cut-your-own trees in their fields this year, Dart’s Christmas Tree Farm will have premium pre-cut Fraser Fir and Concolor Fir in their Magic Forest Area. Stop by anytime between 9 a.m.-5 p.m. starting the day after Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve and if you come on a weekend, you may get a special visit from Santa Claus himself. 2355 Main Bayview Rd., Southold. 631-765-4148. ... Read More
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Best of Long Island Spotlight: Top Coffee

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Long Islanders are always on the go, so naturally they enjoy a cup of coffee or three to get them through the day, but where can one find the perfect java? Press readers gave a point in the right direction when they voted C.J.’s Coffee Shop the Best Cup of Coffee on Long Island and Coffee Booths the Best Coffee House on Long Island in the 2017 Best of Long Island contest. Coffee Booths serves craft espresso, cappuccino and coffee beverages using organic, locally roasted beans. Not onl... Read More
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Early to Rise: Creating a Brighter You

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Wake up before sunrise? That’s right. Just when we thought our days couldn’t get any longer, research is encouraging us to hop out of bed before the first sign of daylight and reap the benefits. Your reaction to a 5 a.m. wake-up call might be to roll over, cover your alarm clock with a pillow and simply scoff at the notion of starting your day hours before the school bus arrives or your daily commute begins. But what if those couple of hours could give you more time — more energy, more productivity and more peace so that you could accomplish your day with a better attitude and outlook on life … all because you started your day in the dark? So just what can you accomplish by not hitting the snooze button? ... Read More
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King Crimson Holds Court at The Paramount

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Forget the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider at Brookhaven National Laboratory. The heaviest elements on Long Island Monday night were the sonic booms reverberating right between the walls of The Paramount in Huntington when the legendary prog-rock band King Crimson hit the stage with three top-notch drummers pounding their complex polyrhythms into the center of our brains. And that was just for openers. The three-hour show, with barely a 20-minute intermission, covered a lot of ground, ranging from crashing power chords to ethereal melodies and celestial harmonies. Considering there’s almost 50 years of material to choose from, they had to make up for lost time—and they never once wav... Read More
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How to Organize Your Closet Like a Pro

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A man's professionally organized closet on Long Island. Do you have a love/hate relationship with your closet? Do you spend hours trying to find that cute outfit you bought but have no idea where you put it? Do you feel like you are having a wardrobe meltdown every other day because you cannot locate anything you like? For some, keeping your closet organized can be a daunting task. Jamie Hord, owner of Garden City-based, Horderly Professional Organizing and National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) member, offers these organizing tips to help get you on the right track. TIP #1: ONE IN AND ONE OUT Each time you bring in something... Read More
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Suffolk Cop Arrested for Pointing Gun at Women While Off-duty

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A 32-year-old Suffolk County police officer was arrested Tuesday for allegedly pointing a handgun at three women while he was off-duty in Patchogue last week, authorities said. Gregory Hanrahan is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday on a charge of second-degree menacing at First District Court in Central Islip. Police said Hanrahan was involved in “an interaction” with the victims “during which he pointed a handgun in their direction” on West Main Street in Patchogue at 1:44 a.m. Nov. 5. Hanrahan, a two-year member of the department assigned to the Seventh Precinct, was immediately suspended without pay and his handguns were seized, police said. He is also subject of an internal investigation, authorities added... Read More
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One of a Kind Centre Island Palace Asks $5.4M

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The Tudor’s grand main entrance. Although faxing was eclipsed by email correspondence, the man who helped launch the antiquated method of communication is still moving and shaking. He is selling one of his many Long Island properties for $5.4 million. Sitting on top of a cliff north of Huntington overlooking the Long Island Sound, the backyard view of the Tudor mansion on Count Rumford Lane is a 180-degree unobstructed view of Centre Island. “You’re looking at the ocean but you’re not on the water so there’s no worry about a storm surge due to the home’s position above ground,” said Rich Kruse, one of the realtors with Douglas Elliman, who is listing the property.... Read More
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Homebrewers, New Craft Breweries Shine at Great Beer Expo

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????????????? The Great Beer Expo, Long Island’s most popular fall beer festival, marked its triumphant return to the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Veterans Day on Nov. 11. First held in 2007, the annual brewfest was held at Belmont Park for the past five years while the Nassau Coliseum was being renovated. Organizers Andy and Lynda Calimano of Starfish Junction Productions celebrated the return to the Uniondale arena by showcasing more than 60 breweries offering more than 100 beers for tasting. The stars of the show were more than a dozen Long Island brewers, including both homebrewers and craft breweries founded by former homebrewers. Long Island Beer & Malt Enthusia... Read More
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Horoscopes by PsychicDeb for November 2017

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Aries – ruling planet in 7th house – past efforts pay dividends. You can seal an important agreement. If single, you talk about marriage. If already married, you’ll assure your partner of continued devotion. A gift that shows your solid appreciation is best. Taurus – ruling planet in the 7th house – long-range plans reach a culmination point. A pal you can count on enters the picture and helps you increase your prestige and assets. The pressure is on you to make a definite commitment. Your marital status may be involved. Capricorn and Cancer people figure prominently. Gemini – ruling planet in the 7th house – a reunion occurs with a key figure from the past. A... Read More
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Typhoid Mary: The Infamous Cook’s Deadly Gold Coast Legacy

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Mary Mallon (foreground) in a hospital bed during her first quarantine. Mary Mallon had spent most of her life living in squalid housing in the Lower East Side, but on August 4, 1906, she was escaping from all that, seated in a Long Island Rail Road car bound for Oyster Bay. The train pulled into the elegant new station that featured oyster shells in the exterior cement. She was looking forward to clean, cool, bay breezes. She had been hired as a cook by Charles Henry Warren, the president of Lincoln Bank in Manhattan and banker to the Vanderbilts. Warren had rented a large yellow house with a wraparound porch at the corner of McCouns Lane and East Main Street. The mansion had well-manicu... Read More
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Long Island Concerts & Events November 13-16

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The Wendy Wild StoryThis documentary chronicles the life of Long Island-native Wendy Andreiev (Wendy Wild), a leading, iconoclastic, funny, creative force in New York’s punk/new wave movement of the late 1970s and early ’80s. Ticket price includes reception with Director Glenn Andreie, Wendy’s brother. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $11-$16. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13. OliverConsider yourself at home with Lionel Bart’s classic musical based on Charles Dicken’s novel Oliver Twist. The award-winning musical springs to life with some o... Read More
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Tullulah’s Seasonally Stimulated Mixologists Capture Taste of Fall

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Tullulah’s barkeep Bert Wiegand mixes up a Pecan Jag. (Photo by Justin Bernard) It’s spiced drinks season and no place mixes up spicier libations than Tullulah’s in Bay Shore, where the mixologists boast a lengthy autumnal cocktail list that reads like a Thanksgiving dinner menu. Some of the 11 fall cocktails ($14 each) on the menu call for seasonal ingredients. For example, there’s pumpkin purée and spiced simple in the Autumn Addict, and apple cider and cranberry jam make an appearance in the Apple of My “Aye.” “Fall’s definitely one of my favorite seasons for making cocktails,” says BertWiegand, one of the bartenders clad in ties and susp... Read More
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9 Instagram-Worthy Spots on Long Island 

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Using Instagram can be fun, but posting the same types of pictures over and over can get boring. Whether using Instagram for business, to showcase your artwork, or to stay in touch with friends, check out some of these unique, photogenic places on Long Island where you can snap the perfect shot. 9. Kings Park Psychiatric Center, Kings Park Kings park by @alexandra_helene. This abandoned Psychiatric Center open from 1885 to 1996 is said to be haunted by the spirits of those who died there. Fun fact about Kings Park: the staff made patients feed live stock and work on a farm for therapy. If you’re looking for a spot to do an edgy photoshoot or take urban-esque photos, then check out this hidden spot. ... Read More
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Man Convicted of Killing NYPD Cop from Long Island

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From left: NYPD Officer Brian Moore, of Long Island, and his alleged killer, Demetrius Blackwell. Jurors found a Queens Village man guilty on Thursday of fatally shooting a New York City police officer from Massapequa during a traffic stop two years ago. Demetrius Blackwell, 37, shot Police Officer Brian Moore as he and his partner, Police Officer Erik Jansen, approached him in their unmarked police cruiser on the night of May 2, 2015. Moore was struck in the head and died two days later at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. “The evidence of [Black... Read More
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Buddy, Zeus Among Long Island Pets Seeking Homes

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With so many homeless animals, it’s hard to choose a new best friend, but if you’re in the market for an awesome beagle or amazing kitty, then look no further. Available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Rescue in Wantagh, Buddy is a 5-year-old Beagle with the sweetest disposition. He loves every person he meets, gets along with other dogs and is even good with kids. Buddy is a quiet and gentle fella who would make an amazing addition to any family. Since we can’t say enough good things about Buddy, be sure to check out his webpage and submit an adoption application today! lasthopeanimalrescue.org Check out this super cool cat, Zeus! H... Read More
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Long Island Concerts & Events November 10-12

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Shop Smart Do Good Fundraising Shopping EventEnjoy cosmetic makeovers with national and regional makeup artists, musical entertainment, light catering, spa & health presentations, mini massages, gift with purchase, enter-to-win opportunities and so much more benefiting more than 40 nonprofit organizations. Lord & Taylor, 1440 Northern Blvd., Manhasset. 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Nov. 10. Blue Öyster CultThese hometown heroes will play their hits, “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” and “Burnin’ for You.” Also performing will be Jefferson Starship of “White Rabbit” fame with opening act Bourbon Stills Band. Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, 720 Northern Blvd., B... Read More
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Homeowners Resist Development Plan At Historic Flowerfield

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Gyrodyne manufactured anti-submarine helicopters for the U.S. Navy. In 1917, John Lewis Childs, a former New York politician with a green thumb and a head for business, began cultivating flowers, bulbs and seeds on 335 acres in St James. He called his property, reasonably, Flowerfield. Carved out of undeveloped space on Smithtown’s eastern edge, this horticulturaloutpost flourished at the intersection of the region’s historic east-west corridor, Route25A, and its main local north-south connector, the winding horse-and- buggy pathknown as Long Hill Road, now Stony Brook Road. A century later, the crossroads – now cornering the largest light industry-zoned tra... Read More
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2 Long Island Mobsters Charged With Cocaine Trafficking

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Two reputed mobsters from Long Island were arrested Wednesday for allegedly smuggling cocaine across the US-Canada border following a two-year investigation that netted an audio recording of a mafia induction ceremony, federal authorities said. Damiano Zummo, a 44-year-old acting captain in the Bonanno crime family from Roslyn Heights, and Salvatore Russo, a 45-year-old associate of the family from Bellmore, were charged with narcotics trafficking in Brooklyn federal court. “The recording of a secret induction ceremony is an extraordinary achievement for law enforcement and deals a significant blow to La Cosa Nostra,” said Bridget Rohde, acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. Prosecutors said ... Read More
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Prominent Long Island Caterer Rhona Silver Dies

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Rhona Silver Rhona Silver, a prominent second-generation caterer and entrepreneur from Long Island best known for running the famed Huntington Townhouse, died on Monday. She was 66. Silver grew up in the Bronx, where she got her start in the catering business, before moving to LI and graduating from Hofstra School of Law. She owned the Huntington Townhouse—billed as the largest catering hall in the nation at one point—for a decade until she sold it in 2007, when Lowes demolished it to build a home improvement store. The sale sparked several lawsuits, including one in which she ... Read More
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Kids Gone, a Roslyn Couple Reimagines Family Homestead

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Each of the grandchildren’s bunkbeds have a different Liz King of The Linen Shop bedscape Many couples look for smaller space when the kids have grown and gone, but one Roslyn couple turned to Annette Jaffe Interiors instead, asking her to bring new colors, finishes and floor plans to their 5,000-square-foot family home. Challenge One was the décor, which hadn’t seen an update since the couple moved in back in the late 1970s. It was, Jaffe said, “busy.” “The floors were diagonal,” she said. “The counters were dominated by formica and shiny surfaces. The lighting was uneven and the walls were painted a bright orange color, like the inside of a cantalo... Read More
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Rockville Centre: Boom Town With Shops, Eats and Pubs Aplenty

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Rockville Centre firefighters protect the ninth most populous village in New York State. The Village of Rockville Centre, located on the South Shore of Long Island in Nassau County, has been an ideal community since pre-colonial times, when it was a Reckouackie Indian settlement, and its allure for residents has continued ever since. Over the centuries its growth as a hub for various trades, public services and transportation vaulted the modest-sized village (measuring just 3.4 square miles) into one of the county’s most successful and vibrant neighborhoods, attracting upper-middle class families and producing a lengthy and diverse list of celebrities, including Joan Jett, Sandy Koufax,... Read More
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The New App Helping Liberals Sway GOP-led Congress

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Election Day may be over, but instead of waiting another year to get civically engaged, a new app is here to make it easier to call representatives to express opinions over legislation. The left-leaning app, 5calls.org, provides users with a handy list of issues, contact information for their congressional lawmakers and talking points, among other tips on how to help influence bills in the Republican-majority Congress. “Turn your passive participation into active resistance,” the website states. “Facebook likes and Twitter retweets can’t create the change you want to see. Calling your government on the phone can.” The... Read More
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Best of Long Island Spotlight: Top Animal Shelter, Rescue

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There’s no shortage of furry friends looking for forever homes at animal rescues and shelters on Long Island, but choosing which organization to adopt from is as difficult as picking a pet. Press readers helped make choosing easier when they voted Little Shelter Animal Rescue & Adoption Center the Best Animal Shelter on Long Island in the 2017 Best of Long Island competition. Little Shelter also won Best Animal Rescue on Long Island in that contest. From man’s best friend to f... Read More
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Long Island Advocates Bridle Over Trump Plan to Euthanize Mustangs

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Advocates are worried about a federal plan to euthanize wild horses. Mustang. The word conjures images of muscle cars, but local activist Manda Kalimian reminds the public that its definition, wild horses, may soon be killed by the tens of thousands out West. As founder of the CANA Foundation, a Locust Valley-based nonprofit horse advocacy group, she is one of few on Long Island trying to raise awareness of the complex environmental and animal rights issue playing out on public land more than 2,000 miles away. She and her fellow horse justice warriors say the plight of the mustang grows increasingly dire with each passing day that the Trump administration prioritizes busi... Read More
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Curran Declares Victory in Nassau Exec Race, Possible Recount Looms

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Laura Curran claimed victory in the Nassau County executive race over Republican Jack Martins, who did not concede the race in which he is down nearly 8,000 votes, according to unofficial early returns tallied by the county board of elections. A reported 13,000 paper ballots have yet to be counted. Green Party candidate Cassandra Lems got one percent of the vote. “Tonight, Nassau voted to end the culture of corruption and to give our county the fresh start is desperately deserves,” Curran told supporters. “I am humbled and grateful for the great responsibility you have entrusted to be your county executive.” If the results hold, she will became the first woman to be elected Nassau County executive and the th... Read More
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Tim Sini Elected Suffolk DA, Sheriff Race Too Close to Call

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Suffolk County lawmaker confirmed Timothy Sini as the new Suffolk County police commissioner on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016 (Rashed Mian/Long Island Press). Timothy Sini won the race to become the next Suffolk County District Attorney on Tuesday, but the county sheriff’s race appears to be too close to call and heading for a recount. Sini, the Democratic nominee and current police commissioner, beat Republican rival Ray Perini 62-36 percent with the majority of results in, according to unofficial early returns tallied by the county board of elections. Libertarian candidate Christopher Garvey got one percent of the vote. Sini replaces outgoing Suffolk District Attorney Thomas ... Read More
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FBI IDs 2 Found Dead in Freeport Gang Probe

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The FBI confirmed the identities of two teenagers who were among three found dead in a nine-day span in Freeport and Roosevelt, authorities said.  Javier Castillo, who was 15 when he was reported missing Oct. 13, 2016, was identified as the person found dead at Cow Meadow Park in Freeport on Oct. 24, an FBI spokeswoman said. Kerin Pineda, who was 19 when she was reported missing May 23, 2016, was identified as the person found dead in a wooded area of Freeport near the Long Island... Read More