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Do This: Long Island Concerts & Events February 23 – March 1

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Legendary jazz fusion masters Spyro Gyra groove YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts on Feb. 24! (Photo: Spyro Gyra official Facebook profile)

Cabaret
Legendary actor Joel Grey hosts a rare “big screen” presentation of Bob Fosse’s Cabaret, the scintillatingly original musical drama about decadence in 1931 Berlin as the Weimar Republic was about to be swept away forever by Adolf Hitler’s rise to power in Germany. The movie, which premiered in 1972, earned Grey an Oscar for his role as the leering, sneering Emcee of the seedy Kit Kat Club, where the vulnerable performer, Sally Bowles, was played by Liza Minnelli—Judy Garland’s daughter—who won an Oscar, too. The film, based on Christopher Isherwood’s Berlin Stories, earned eight Oscars in total. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $49-$59. 7 p.m. Feb. 23.

David Duchovny
The actor best known for playing FBI Agent Fox Mulder on The X-Files is holding off on chasing TV aliens and strapping on a guitar as he takes his band on the road to promote his debut rock album, crash-landing on LI. David Duchovny did not play the six-string until his 50s, but the actor, writer and director had enough material to put together Hell or Highwater, his first album, which dropped in 2015. Duchovny, who blends country, folk and alternative rock, is expected to also unleash some new tracks of what has been sometimes described as “Dad Rock.” Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $19.50-$150. 8 p.m. Feb. 23.

Steve Hackett
This guitarist for seminal prog rock band Genesis is playing all the band’s hits, including “The Musical Box,” “Dancing with the Moonlit Knight” and “Supper’s Ready” as his world tour stops on Long Island. Aside from the classics, he’s also been performing some of the gems he had to sacrifice. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.50-$89.50. 8 p.m. Feb. 23.

Carnifex
This deathcore band takes its name from the old English word for executioner, a fitting exemplifier of their fiercely morbid style. With hits like “Lie to My Face,” “Drown Me in Blood” and “Slit Wrist Saviour,” Carnifex stands out for their savage live performances, aiming to give fans a true out of body “experience” that will never be forgotten. Warming up the crowd are Fallujah, Rings of Saturn, Lorna Shore, She Must Burn and The Machinist. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionliny.com $18-$20. 6:30 p.m. Feb. 24.

Triton Fights 1
New York’s two biggest promoters merge to create a competition pitting the best MMA athletes against each other for epic fights. The main events are Gotti vs. Wolter fighting for the Welterweight Title and Olcott vs. Larkin for the Featherweight Title, with other pairings being Puglia vs. Razuri, Della Rocca vs. Levi, Pierro vs. Picciano, Maldonado vs. NASR, and Quinones vs. Dugwen with more fights TBA. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $49.99-$999. 8 p.m. Feb. 24.

Howie Mandel
Known for his television hosting, his role on ER and his judgeship on America’s Got Talent, Howie Mandel takes his dynamic presence to a new level with his entertaining comedy, which he dials up depending on the audience. With adult-ears only humor, Mandel crafts a show based on audience interaction, keeping the crowd in stitches with his sardonic humor and his acerbic wit. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.50-$99.50. 8 p.m. Feb. 24.

Spyro Gyra
American Jazz fusion legends Spyro Gyra will perform their R&B, funk and pop-infused jazz hits to a delighted audience. This prolific group, which has released over 30 albums that sold more than 10 million copies, is a blast on the road, thriving in their live performances. Will they perform their top hits, like “Shaker Song” and “Morning Dance”? Only one way to find out! YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $50-$55. 8 p.m. Feb. 24.

Marcia Ball and The Subdudes
These two New Orleans-based music acts get LI in the mood for Martis Gras! Ball is known for singing the blues while playing the piano. The Subdudes blend jazz, R&B and rock ‘n’ roll. Bound to be one truly unforgettable night! Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Port Washington. landmarkonmainstreet.org $49-$65. 8 p.m. Feb. 24.

Unforgettable Fire & 42
These two tribute bands pay homage to a pair of the best current music acts from across the pond. Unforgettable Fire, named for U2’s fourth album, will play the best of the iconic Irish rock group. And 42, named for the popular Coldplay song of the same name, performs tunes by the British alt-rockers. Prepare to be wowed. Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$35. 8 p.m. Feb. 24.

De La Ghetto and Alex Sensation
Puerto Rican reggae singer/songwriter De La Ghetto known for hits like “Pegate!” “Siete El Boom” and “Tu y Yo” partners up with Colombian DJ Alex Sensation for a wild night. Both known for partying, dropping wild beats and infectious personalities, these two Latin artists and party animals lead crowds in a crazy night of fun. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $35. 10 p.m. Feb. 24.

Jim Florentine
Comedian and co-host of of That Metal Show on VH1 Classic, Florentine’s wicked jokes will make audience members roll with laughter. He’ll relate to your everyday problems with an angry twist as he tells his view on society. He holds no punches and isn’t afraid to tell it how it is. Be prepared to laugh at get dark with his humor. Governor’s Comedy Club, 90 Division Ave., Levittown. govs.govs.com 8 p.m. Feb. 24; 8:30, 9:30 p.m. Feb. 25.

Aaron Tveit
First known for TV appearances like Gabe in Next to Normal and Tripp Van der Bilt in Gossip Girl, this actor and singer eventually made a name for himself in the Broadway community with performances in Rent, the creation of Frank Abagnale Jr. in Catch Me If You Can, Grease Live! and the film version of Les Miserables. Now back on TV with a role in BrainDead, Tveit brings his singing talents to live audiences with covers of rock songs and Broadway tunes. Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$65. 8 p.m. Feb. 25.

Billy Mira and The Hitmen
A Vegas-style modern Americana big band (with a bit of edge), Billy Mira and the Hitmen perform hits by Elvis Presley, Tom Jones, Queen and the Stray Cats between comedy bits and Billy’s celebrity impressions. The band brings rollicking fun and humor to any event, so this is bound to be an extraordinary gig of extraordinary songs and knee-slappin’ hilarity! Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com $20. 8 p.m. Feb. 25.

Wonderous Stories – The Concert for Bangladesh Re-visited
In memory of George Harrison’s famous concert for Bangladesh in 1971 at Madison Square Garden, the band Wonderous Stories will perform the concert right on the late Beatles guitarist’s birthday. It’ll be night to remember, complete with the sitars and other Indian instruments. Money from the event will go toward The Cancer Society in memory of George Harrison. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $32-$47. 8 p.m. Feb. 25.

Best Worst Things That Ever Could Have Happened
Acclaimed theater director Lonny Price’s acclaimed new documentary explores the creation of Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along and charts the journey of the original cast in the 30-plus years since the musical debuted on Broadway in 1981. The original, much-ballyhooed production was panned by the critics and closed after just 16 performances, but went on to attain musical theater legendary status. Original cast members cast members Mana Allen and Paul Hyams discuss the film after the screening. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $11-$16. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28.

Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby with Kentucky Thunder
Classic good ‘ole grassroot-country and blues is in the house whenever these Grammy winners step onstage. It’s the tenth year anniversary for the duo’s full-length: Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby LP, which featured grassroots covers of hits like Rick James “She’s a Super Freak.” They’ll be new tunes to love and old grassroots classics to enjoy, for the night. Splintering fast dance tempos will be sure to have feet stomping and roofs collapsing to good country tunes. Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, LIU Post, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville. tillescenter.org $35-$65. 7:30 p.m. March 1.

Andrew Dice Clay
The controversial comic from Brooklyn who was once banned from MTV over his infamous “adult nursery rhymes” remains popular despite his critics, claiming the title of the first comedian to sell out Madison Square Garden two nights in a row. Die-hard fans of “The Dice Man” recall his starring in the cult classic film The Adventures of Ford Fairlane or his autobiography The Filthy Truth. Come see why he’s still calling himself the “Undisputed Heavy Weight King of Comedy.” Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $39.50-$99.50. 8 p.m. March 1-3.

Compiled by Ellie Schoeffel, Russo Millien, Timothy Bolger & Zachary B. Tirana III

Featured Photo: Legendary jazz fusion masters Spyro Gyra groove YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts on Feb. 24! (Photo: Spyro Gyra official Facebook profile)

Sonic Drive-In Opens in Valley Stream

Sonic Drive-In Valley Stream Green Acres Mall

By Suzanne Monteverdi via QNS.com

Burgers, shakes and roller skates!

A new Sonic Drive-In location officially opened for business within the Green Acres Mall in Valley Stream on Monday, Feb. 20.

Sonic Drive-In serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers a selection of burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches and sides, as well as an assortment of milkshakes, frozen drinks and sodas. The fast-food chain is known for its 1950s drive-in style, which enables customers to order their meals from their cars and have it delivered by servers on roller skates.

The new Sonic is located within the shopping center at 2034 Sunrise Highway and will be open Sundays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to midnight, and Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.

The fast-food joint has one other location further east on Long Island in North Babylon, which opened up in 2011.

Green Acres Mall is home to more than 150 stores and restaurants, including Macy’s, Best Buy and Target. For more information about the location, call 516-561-1157.

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Long Island Vegetarian Restaurants Guide

Long Island Vegetarian Restaurants Guide

By Ali Magno

Vegetarians know eating a meat-free diet is anything but boring, though finding a restaurant that fits their dietary needs may be difficult. Luckily, vegetarian cuisine has come a long way, and many restaurants are now embracing their plant-based side.

Long Island is home to plenty of delicious vegetarian restaurants guaranteed to please both carnivores and herbivores alike. Below is a list-in-progress of some of the Vegetarian and Vegan restaurants on Long Island, including others that may serve meat but also feature substantial vegetarian, vegan and/or gluten-free menu options. It’s an incomplete roundup that we’ll be adding to all the time, so if you have a special place you’d like included to this guide, please write your suggestions in the comments section below.

Fresh, high-quality ingredients are not just healthy for you, they’re absolutely delicious, too! So grab a friend or family member (vegetarian or not) and head to these amazing Long Island Vegetarian Restaurants!


The Purple Elephant

81B W. Fort Salonga Rd., Northport. 631-651-5002.

Located on the water in Northport, The Purple Elephant prepares simple and delicious vegetarian cuisine in a comfortable and relaxed environment. Their extensive menu covers a large range of flavors, including Southern, but you’ll always find a flare of Costa Rican, Honduran, El Salvadorian and Mexican present. Largely vegetarian and vegan, this purple pachyderm also serves non-vegetarian food, so it’s a perfect place to bring friends and family who aren’t vegetarian (always gluten-free options available), yet.

The Purple Elephant also serves a wide range of Organic Wines, and is the only restaurant on Long Island to have locally brewed Kombucha on tap, along with Organic MomoKawa Sake!

Try This: Far Out Chili Fries: vegan chili with choice of melted vegan cheddar or white cheddar over crisp yucca!


The Witches Brew

311 Hempstead Tpke., West Hempstead. 516-489-9482.

It’s Halloween year-round at this quirky café. Located in Hempstead in a century-old home, unique and cozy mismatched furniture and spooky décor greet customers seeking warm vibes and caffeine. The Witches Brew serves up a wide range of coffees, teas, vegetarian (and vegan) food that is to die for, and out-of-this-world vegan desserts. Serving up an eclectic smorgasbord of food, from Mediterranean to Thai, you can get small bites like a hummus and pita, or go big and try their butternut squash gnocchi.

Whatever you get, you’ll be raving about it for weeks to come! Be sure to grab cash before you go; this is a cash-only establishment (but there is an ATM)! The Witches Brew is closed on Mondays, and open late during the week. It gets packed, especially on the weekends, so dress warm in case you’ve got to chill out a lil while outside until a table opens up!

Try This: Vegan Rainbow Cookie Cake—enough said!


Tula Kitchen

41 E. Main St., Bay Shore. 631-539-7183.

When Tula Kitchen’s chef/owner Jacqueline Sharlup discovered the Sanskrit word “tula”—which means “balance”—she knew she’d found the perfect name for her amazing restaurant. Tula Kitchen’s menu reflects balance, and is centered around vegetarian and vegan options (don’t worry meat eaters, there’s non-veg options as well!).

Tula Kitchen’s motto is “Live To Eat & Eat To Live,” and Sharlup has a simple approach to eating: using organic and natural ingredients whenever possible, your stomach will always be happy and healthy!

Try This: Lentil Mushroom Loaf: kale, onion, carrots, lentils, mushrooms, oats, side arugula & spinach salad, lemon vinaigrette!


3 Brothers Vegan Café

1038 Montauk Highway, Copiague. 631-464-4328.

If there’s one thing us New Yorkers love, it’s our Italian food. 3 Brothers Vegan Café doesn’t just have vegan options; it is an all-vegan café that serves up Italian classics. Enjoy delicious vegan twists on classic Italian appetizers, pastas, entrees, and wood-fire pizzas. Among these, enjoy “Oyster Mushroom ‘Calamari’”—crispy fried oyster mushrooms with tartare and marinara sauce—and “Eggplant Rollantini”—breaded eggplant rolled with tofu-cashew ricotta, topped with fresh cashew milk mozzarella and tomato sauce!

What really sets this fantastic eatery apart from others is their in-house vegan cheese program. 3 Brothers Vegan Cafe makes all of their cheeses, ranging from fresh cashew mozzarella to cashew tofu ricotta. Praise the Italian gods, for 3 Brothers Vegan Café is a vegan-Italian food lover’s dream!

Try This: Buffalo Cauliflower: buttermilk-fried cauliflower with buffalo sauce and homemade blue cheese!


Tiger Lily Café

156 E. Main St., Port Jefferson. 631-476-7080.

This funky alternative vegetarian eatery is decorated with art from local artists and specializes in bringing vegetarian (and non-vegetarian) food to the next level with original and innovative recipes. Enjoy delicious wraps with fresh juice from Tiger Lily Café’s full Juice Bar—serving soy smoothies, protein shakes, wheatgrass shots, and of course, fresh juices—or complement that scrumptious feast with something from their Java Bar, known for its Black & Tan, Mocha Blanca, Tahitian Vanilla Chai and Red Bull Chai! This is the perfect place to relax and enjoy delicious, healthy food!

Try This: The Lily Veggie Burger: warmed veggie burger with Lily’s Salsa Fresca, house white honey mustard, mesclun greens and sprouts on whole wheat or Ciabatta roll!


House of Dosas

416 S. Broadway, Hicksville. 516-938-7517.

If you enjoy the exotic flavors of Indian food, House of Dosas is the perfect vegetarian restaurant for you. This family oriented vegetarian restaurant opened in 1999 by current owner Jay Jeyasri serves up a variety of authentic cuisines from South India. House of Dosas prides itself on using only the freshest vegetables and authentic South Indian spices to ensure the best experience. At great prices, you can enjoy delicious authentic cuisine without breaking the bank (or your dietary restrictions!).

Try This: Spinach Masala Dosa: crepe topped with a special spinach mix, served with potato masala!


Bee-Organic

4 Bond St., Great Neck. 516-570-0915. / 24 Wall St., Huntington. 631-470-1924.

This family owned restaurant, juice bar and eco boutique strives to bring customers the freshest, healthiest and most delicious organic food, with plenty of vegan and gluten-free options. All of their dishes are made from scratch and incorporate recipes from around the world. With a rich and diverse menu and selection of freshly squeezed organic juices, there is something for everyone at Bee-Organic!

Besides the quality healthy eats, its eco-boutique offers a wide selection of organic skincare items, candles, scarves, crystals and so much more!

Try This: Buddha Bowl: choice of greens (baby mixed greens/spinach/arugula), carrot, red cabbage, sprouts, tomato, chickpeas, cucumber, avocado and raw walnuts! Yum!


Plant Wise

15 E. Deer Park Rd., Dix Hills. 631-486-9222.

This 100-percent plant-based vegan eatery is the perfect spot for a hungry vegetarian. Plant Wise creates meals that are nutritious and delicious to keep you healthy, with the stated mission “for everyone to consume at least one fully plant-based meal per day.” Founders Alex and Pam are serious about spreading the joy and positive health benefits of such a goal.

Stop by this extraordinary café-style eatery for “Custom Juices” and “Super Smoothies” or to chow down on one of their many salads or bowls!

Try This: Masala Bowl: Chickpea Masala, tomatoes with two baked falafels atop a bed of fresh spinach with choice of brown rice or quinoa!


Joni’s Kitchen

28 South Etna Ave., Ste. 9, Montauk. 631-668-3663.

In Montauk to hang out at the beautiful beaches? Joni’s Kitchen, a cute joint dishing out organic food that’s good for your body and soul, is a must-stop. Hungry customers can grab some take-out for the road, or, scoot onto a picnic table and enjoy the sun! Joni’s Kitchen channels the beach town vibe of Montauk through its seaside decor, and offers a medley of delicious options for vegetarians, vegans and gluten free-ers, too!

Enjoy breakfast all day or lighter fare like salads, sandwiches, wraps, and of course juices, smoothies, and coffee galore. Joni’s Kitchen is the perfect spot to grab a quick and healthy bite to power you through your day under the sun.

Try This: Homemade Organic Flax-Coconut Waffles: with fresh fruit or banana, served with maple syrup and strawberry butter (yes, you heard that correctly)!


3 Brothers Pizza Cafe

75 Merritts Rd., Farmingdale. 516-755-1100.

This versatile pizzeria serves up vegan and gluten-free meals, as well as traditional options for meat-lovers! If you’re looking to get a taste of (vegetarian) Italy, this is the spot for you. Vegan dishes range from delicious appetizers, pasta, entrees and pizzas to an entire special vegan brunch menu served on weekends!

Try This: Vegan Penne Alla Vodka: slathered in a vodka-infused tomato cashew cream sauce!


Sweet to Lick

78 Hillside Ave., Williston Park. 516-385-8833.

Looking to enjoy a sweet treat, tea, lunch, or some cake made for a special occasion? Sweet to Lick in Williston Park is a vegan bakery that serves up an array of delicious cupcakes, cookies, specialty cakes and more. Baked with no eggs, milk, butter, gelatin, honey or bone char sugar, everything is so delicious you won’t believe it’s vegan! Stop in to satisfy your sweet tooth!

Try This: Almond Oatmeal Cookie (oh-so good!) and Rocky Road Pie: chocolate shortbread crust with almond and marshmallow-speckled brownie tucked inside! Wow.


Rajbhog Café

351 S. Broadway, Hicksville. 516-513-0939.

Rajbhog Café is a 100-percent vegetarian restaurant with plenty of vegan choices as well. Dine in or take out at this authentic Indian restaurant offering the flavor and deliciousness of the Far East, right here on Long Island. Known for the best Chaats (snacks) on Long Island, it is the go-to destination for all Indian food lovers!

Try This: Chaats & Mumbai Snacks: Aloo Kathi Roll—grilled roti wrap with spicy potatoes, onions and cilantro, with tamarind and coriander sauces provided as needed!


Wild Side Organic Bistro and Bar

1551 Montauk Hwy., Oakdale. 631-791-1800.

This organic restaurant with unique décor serves up wholesome food for vegan and vegetarian foodies. With two owners—one a chef and the other a health coach—customers eat happily knowing that their food is not only delicious, but also “health coach approved.” The menu features flavors from around the world, and surely has something for everyone. Try their many vegetarian appetizers or wood-fired pizzas.

Besides the freshest quality ingredients, Wild Side Organic Bistro & Bar also add “care and love into the preparation.” Their passion for delicious healthy food surely shines through—you can taste it!

Try This: Cauliflower Balls: turmeric, tomatoes, ginger, garlic and sesame oil!


Maoz Vegetarian

Roosevelt Field Mall, 630 Old Country Rd., Garden City. 516-747-7576.

Finding high-quality vegetarian food while out on a shopping spree isn’t always easy—that is, unless you’re at Roosevelt Field Mall, home to Maoz Vegetarian! Located in the mall’s “Dining District,” Maoz offers delicious, fresh, authentic, and of course, vegetarian falafels and salads galore. This fast-service restaurant is a great place for a vegetarian to stop for a healthy bite and continue shop-shop-shopping!

Try This: Maoz Falafel Sandwich: freshly baked white or whole wheat pita pocket filled to the brim with steaming hot falafel balls, topped with choice of salads and sauces from its famous salad bar!


Hunan Cottage

135 Central Park Rd., Plainview. 516-349-0390.
Finding great Chinese food as a vegetarian can be difficult, as most of the dishes usually contain meat in them. Hunan Cottage is the perfect place for a hungry vegetarian to get some authentic Chinese food! This extraordinary restaurant offers an entire vegetarian section full of vegetarian dishes with vegetarian pork, chicken and beef—using 100-percent soybean protein as its main ingredients.

Try This: General Tso’s “Chicken”: chunks of chicken dipped in special batter sautéed in traditional Hunan sauce, a “superb chef’s masterpiece”!


Ephesus Mediterranean & Turkish Cuisine

514 Park Blvd., Massapequa Park. 516-543-4258.

Ephesus offers delicious Mediterranean cuisine and offers a ton of vegetarian options. Enjoy traditional Turkish food with a variety of vegetarian appetizers and entrees, from Stuffed Grape Leaves and Lentil Soup to Babagannus and Mausakka, and much more. Whatever you choose, you’ll be sure to leave with a happy belly!

Try This: Mausakka: baked sliced eggplant, potatoes, carrot, squash and onion with Romano sauce and mozzarella cheese!


Bob’s Natural Foods

104 W. Park Ave., Long Beach. 516-889-8955.

Bob’s Natural Foods in Long Beach has been serving up high-quality, delicious healthy food for more than 40 years! Friendly service in a relaxed atmosphere makes the perfect setting for some delicious smoothies, juices, wraps, salads and daily specials. Have a question about a particular menu item or seeking health advice? Just ask—Bob’s team is always glad to help!

Try This: Hummus & Avocado Wrap: whole wheat or gluten-free, you can even add mesclun greens, tomatoes, carrots, sprouts and dressing!


Babette’s

66 Newtown Lane, East Hampton. 631-329-5377.

Babette’s in East Hampton is an eclectic restaurant serving up an array of flavors from around the world. With a focus on clean food and sustainability, it offers a ton of vegetarian options, while also supporting local farmers. Whether stopping in for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, there are always plenty of vegetarian dishes on this menu!

Try This: Local Vegetable Tagine: harissa, curried carrot couscous, almonds and preserved meyer lemon yogurt!


SAAZ Indian Cuisine

1746 County Rd. 39, Southampton. 631-259-2222.

SAAZ in Southampton serves authentic Indian cuisine made with fresh, healthy ingredients. With the help of an incredibly friendly staff, SAAZ offers a smorgasbord of vegetarian (and non-vegetarian) options, and is well-known for their “symphony of spices” modern interpretations of classic dishes. Stop in for delicious and satisfying vegetarian Indian food!

Try This: Baingan Bhurta: baked and mashed eggplant cooked with onions and tomatoes!


Rustic Root

7927 Jericho Tpke., Woodbury. 516-364-5041.

Featuring an eclectic menu replete with extraordinary dishes from Executive Chef Thomas Gloster aka “Chef Tom,” a Food Network Chopped Champion, Rustic Root specializes in high-quality, delicious “Snacks & Shareables,” salads, sides, desserts and “Mains,” prepared with “local ingredients, simple ideas, honest food, bold flavors.” Rustic Root offers daily specials, Saturday and Sunday Brunch, and plenty of gluten-free and vegetarian options.

Try This: Quinoa “Steak”—with celery root puree, spinach and sherry reduction!


Don’t see your favorite Long Island Vegetarian Restaurant on this list? Know of several others? Please let us know in the comment section below and we’ll add them in!


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‘X-Files’ Actor David Duchovny Rocks The Paramount

David Duchovny
David Duchovny

By Ellie Schoeffel

The actor best known for playing FBI Agent Fox Mulder on The X-Files is holding off on chasing TV aliens and strapping on a guitar as he takes his band on the road to promote his debut rock album, crash-landing at The Paramount in Huntington on Thursday, Feb. 23.

David Duchovny did not play the six-string until his 50s, but the actor, writer and director had enough material to put together Hell or Highwater, his first album, which dropped in 2015. Duchovny, who blends country, folk and alternative rock, is expected to also unleash some new tracks of what has been sometimes described as “Dad Rock.”

“I think [writing lyrics] is very different from acting,” he told Flavorwire. “Mostly because I’m saying my own words, and it’s my own music, and it’s me—not me filtered through whatever role I’m doing. It feels a lot more vulnerable…you either like it or you don’t, but I didn’t try to make it any different to try and make you like it.”

The two-time Golden Globe winner said he was influenced by artists INCLUDINGe Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, the Flaming Lips and R.E.M. After the release of his debut novel Holy Cow: A Modern Day Dairy Tale, Duchovny made his musical debut, making ’15 a year of firsts for him.

Duchovny knows that people come for Mulder, but hopefully leave seeing a different side of him: the real person, not a carefully prepared character.

In the wake of this new music venture, fans are eager to see what Duchovny can do outside of the sphere they already know him, and with only a sprinkling of music out so far, his new musical renaissance is only just beginning.

David Duchovny and his band will be performing at the Paramount Theater, 370 New York Ave., in Huntington. For more information, visit paramountny.com. Ticket prices range from $19-$150. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23.

Saving The Planet Is Not A Luxury—It’s An Urgency

Planet Earth
Planet Earth

By Dan Kriesberg

In the 1980s, two of the most serious environmental problems were the hole in the ozone layer and acid rain. As the gap in the ozone layer of the atmosphere grew bigger, increased levels of the ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun would reach the surface of the planet. Increased UV light leads to increases in skin cancer in humans and other health risks. Acid rain was killing trees in the Northeast and causing lakes to become so acidic that freshwater fish could not survive.

We don’t hear so much about these two problems because their threat has greatly diminished due to bipartisan legislation. In 1989 the Montreal Protocols went into effect. This international treaty was negotiated by President Ronald Reagan and banned the ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons. In the ensuing years the hole has been closing, although in 2015 its 10.9 million square mile size was still bigger than Russia and Canada combined. The Clean Air Act first signed into law in 1972 by President Nixon and revised in 1990 by President George H. W. Bush decreased levels of six common air pollutants by 69 percent. The legislation that eased these threats are lifesavers and money savers. Lawmakers were able to work together for the common good.

There is a concept in economics called ecosystem services. It means the accounting of the economic value that the natural world provides for us. The ozone layer protects us from high levels of UV light. If we destroy the ozone layer, the expense of that protection will fall on us. Imagine the cost in health care alone. The forests that would be killed by acid rain provide us with flood control, increased water quality and act as a sink to absorb excess carbon. Without the forests we would have to pay for those vital services.

There are no free lunches. Everything is connected. What we do matters. Laws and regulations that protect the environment are not just there for pretty flowers and cute animals. They protect us and save us money in the short and long run.

Our elected officials need to know that environmental protection is not a luxury. The health threats are real. Solving the problems requires a long-range view into the future as well as creative thinking.

When we had an administration with an environmental conscience, it was easy to be complacent. Trust them and let them do their job. We no longer have that luxury. We must speak up and act out. Write letters, make phone calls, visit offices, join organizations, take walks in the woods, donate money, talk to friends, learn about the issues and involve your children. Our government needs to know that environmental protection matters on the local, state, national and international levels.

Here is a list of organizations on Long Island working for a better environment from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Join some today. http://www.dec.ny.gov/public/995.html

Dan Kriesberg teaches science at Friends Academy in Locust Valley. He is the author of A Sense of Place: Teaching Children about the Environment with Picture Books and Think Green: Books and Activities for Kids. He lives on Long Island with his wife, Karen, and two sons, Zack and Scott. He will be writing occasional columns on environmental issues for the Long Island Press. Whenever possible Dan spends his time in wild places backpacking, hiking and hanging out.

Do This: Long Island Concerts & Events February 16 – 22

091007-N-0696M-300 2009 USO Gala event emcee comedian Lewis Black performs at the a the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, D.C., Oct. 7, 2009. The (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley/Released)

Tom Segura
Known for his slightly immature sense of humor and spot-on timing, Tom Segura’s comedy specials and TV appearances have the extraordinary ability to engulf audiences in a rip-roaring sea of hilarity. Same for his popular podcast Your Mom’s House, which he co-hosts with his wife, comic Christina Pazsitzky. Nonstop, laugh-out-loud comedic radio. This latest gig on his “No Teeth No Entry” tour is your chance to catch his stand-up show live, in-person, and laugh uncontrollably the whole night through. Not to be missed! Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $19.99-$35. 8 p.m. Feb. 16.

Trio Solisti
Trio Solisti proudly marks its 12th year as Ensemble-in-Residence at Adelphi University and it is pleased to celebrate the 14th season of Telluride MusicFest, an annual chamber music festival founded by the ensemble. Their performance will include works by Brahms, Chausson and Haydn. Adelphi University Performing Arts Center (AUPAC), Concert Hall, 1 South Ave., Garden City. aupac.adelphi.edu $35. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17

Lewis Black
Nobody channels his anger to better effect than this caustic comedian, whose well-reasoned rage percolates through his pores the way an athlete sweats. This guy’s dark humor is a tonic for the troubles of our time. He rants, he raves, he ravages against the hypocrites on a righteous rampage—at full volume when all cylinders are clicking—like a man possessed. And he clearly is, which makes us all the more appreciative to see what makes him tick and what ticks him off. Look out, Long Island—Lewis Black is here on The Rant, White & Blue Tour. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $59.50-$69.50. 8 p.m. Feb. 17.

Pablo Francisco
With an arsenal of characters, witty and insightful observations, and off the wall outbursts, comedian Pablo Francisco utilizes an almost animated crazy character to spout a riff-like comedy stream demonstrating the absurdity of our pop-culture-obsessed world. He has also been a cast member of several sketch comedy shows including Mad TV and Frank TV. Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $30-$55. 8 p.m. Feb. 17.

Tom Chapin
This folk singer/songwriter, whose career spans five decades, has established a reputation for insightful, heartfelt songs and effortlessly charismatic live performances. He is currently producing his 25th album, which is scheduled to be released this spring. Might this show have a sneak peek of new songs? Only one way to find out! Our Times Coffeehouse. 38 Old Country Rd., Garden City. www.ourtimescoffeehouse.org $15-$20. 8 p.m. Feb. 17.

To Hell and Black
This AC/DC tribute band is a Canadian quintet dedicated to bringing to stage the high-energy antics of the Australian hard rock legends. They’ll perform such AC/DC hits as “Back In Black,” “Highway to Hell” and “TNT.” Opening the show is ’80s cover band Decadia. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $20-$35. 8 p.m. Feb. 17.

Juelz Santana
Rapper/actor Juelz Santana continues Harlem’s legacy of producing incredible hip-hop artists since his start in 1995. After The Diplomats, also known as Dipset in 2002, Santana achieved mainstream recognition first within the group and eventually with his own solo mixtape Final Destination. He has collaborated with big names like Young Jeezy, Lil Wayne, Yelawolf, Chris Brown, Fabolous, Meek Mill, Rick Ross, Wale, Jadakiss, Wiz Khalifa, LL Cool J, Future, and Sean Kingston. When he plays on LI, he’ll be performing with Funk Flex and Fotsbeats. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $20-$30. 11 p.m. Feb. 17.

Joe Starr
Known for his hilarious brand of standup that combines jokes and storytelling with physical humor, this diehard Charlie Chaplin fan has left audiences in stitches for more than two decades. Starr’s also recognizable from his many TV and silver screen appearances, but most recently appearing in Kevin Can Wait. Get ready to laugh your tuckus off! McGuires Comedy Club, 1627 Smithtown Ave., Bohemia. mcguires.govs.com $17. 8 p.m. Feb. 17, 7, 9:30 p.m. Feb. 18.

Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal
Stuck in the monotony of an overly male-dominated world, Ruth Snyder eventually resorts to murder in a desperate attempt to free herself. This “everywoman” protagonist seeks personal fulfillment in a society where women are trapped in a “machine of life.” While Treadwell’s 1928 drama is based on a true story from her time, it is also predictive of a future society that must learn to deal with the dehumanization of the electronic age. LIU Post, 200 Northern Blvd, Brookville, NY, Little Theater. $10-$15. Times vary, Feb. 17-24.

Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca
Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca is a festival of lush melodies and dramatic outbursts that remains one of this composer’s most popular works to this day. It is also a genuine “action opera,” a realistic crime story, complete with torture, betrayal, murder, sex and suicide. And in the production from the Zurich Opera presented here, it is a gripping, heart-stopping psychosexual study of three tragically and fatally interwoven figures. This film screening will take place in the Concert Hall on the big screen. Adelphi University Performing Arts Center (AUPAC), Concert Hall, 1 South Ave., Garden City. aupac.adelphi.edu $20. 2 p.m. Feb. 18

Less Than Jake & Pepper
This Florida-based third-wave ska quintet will perform all their skankin’ hits, including “She’s Gonna Break Soon,” “The Science of Selling Yourself Short” and “Look What Happened.” Co-headlining the show is fellow ska band Pepper, from Hawaii, best known for their ’05 breakout hit “Give It Up.” Warming up the crowd are The Attack and The Bunny Gang. Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$50. 8 p.m. Feb. 18.

The Rockin’ 45s
Evolving from rockabilly band The Hounddogs, the Rockin 45s started out as a middle aged group of high school chums who refined their craft over the years through many set and member shifts. Now, the band plays original hits, as well as past and present group favorites, notably “I Saw Her Standing There” by the Beatles and “Satisfaction” by the Rolling Stones to appeal to audiences of all ages. Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com $10. 8 p.m. Feb. 18.

The B-Street Band
This Bruce Springsteen tribute band recently made headlines when they reversed their decision to perform at a presidential inaugural gala “in deference to” The Boss, who backed Hillary Clinton. But, regardless of fans political views, this is sure to be a great show as the band performs Bruce Springsteen and The E-Street Band hits such as “Born to Run,” “Dancing In The Dark” and “Born in the U.S.A.” Also performing will be Journey tribute band Any Way You Want It. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $25-$30. 8 p.m. Feb. 18.

13th
The title of Ava DuVernay’s documentary examining American race relations refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution banning slavery. With a potent mixture of archival footage and testimony from a dazzling array of activists, politicians, historians and former inmates, DuVernay creates a work of grand historical synthesis. From the rebirth of the KKK and the impact of DW Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation; through Nixon’s “war on crime” and the introduction of the 1994 Crime Bill, DuVernay and her interview subjects trace–or in some cases, inadvertently reveal–the staggering trajectory of institutionalized racism in the criminal justice system, while dissecting the politicians and corporations that have benefited from its escalation. Guest speakers Les Payne and Ahmad Ali will discuss the film, co-presented by The Fortune Society. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org Free. 12 p.m. Feb. 19.

César Alvarez
The Larson Legacy Concert Series at AUPAC celebrates the next generation of artists at the college home of the creator of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical RENT Jonathan Larson (’82). César Alvarez is a composer, lyricist, performer and writer. His band, The Lisps, has released four albums and played hundreds of shows around the country since 2005. Adelphi University Performing Arts Center (AUPAC), Olmsted Theatre, 1 South Ave., Garden City. aupac.adelphi.edu $25. 3 p.m. Feb. 19

DevilDriver
The hard rock heavyweights are back on tour in support of their long-awaited seventh studio album, Trust No One. To date, the band has developed one of the most rabid fan bases in heavy metal, packing festivals and venues everywhere to witness their gospel of intensity. Opening the show are Despyre, DeathAngel, Winds of Plague, The Agonist and Azreal. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $27-$30. 6 p.m. Feb. 19.

Geoff Tate
The legendary metal vocalist and part-time winemaker is back again! The former Queensryche frontman was on LI last fall with his new band, Operation Mindcrime! This time, he’s touring with a seven-piece acoustic band! Two other metal bands—Voices of Extreme and J.Rad—will also take some of their heavier material through an acoustic metamorphosis! 89 North, 89 North Ocean Ave., Patchogue.  89northmusic.com $20-$35. 7 p.m. Feb. 19.

Anders Osborne
With soulful intensely emotional vocals and expert guitar work, Anders Osborne has been called “the poet laureate of Louisiana’s fertile roots music scene.” Both writing songs for himself and others, Osborne has gained recognition for his own “Black Eye Galaxy,” “Three Free Amigos” and “Peace” as well as scoring country superstar Tim McGraw a No. 1 hit with “Watch the Wind Blow By” and Keb Mo a Grammy with “Slow Down.” YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $40-$45. 7 p.m. Feb. 19.

Beth Hart
Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Beth Hart has made waves as “the ultimate female rockstar” with her latest album Fire On the Floor and her 2015 release Better Than Home topping iTunes blues charts. Packing venues on tour and receiving recognition from the American Blues Foundation, Hart’s soulful sound and emotional release has captured many hearts. Also performing will be Rachael Sage. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $29.50-$45. 8 p.m. Feb. 19.

(Hed) PE
This California-based band’s style is referred to as “G-punk”—a mix of punk rock and rap on full display in their groovy hit single “Bartender.” Warming up the crowd will be Motograter, Prey Upon, Mike ADHD. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionliny.com $17-$20. 7 p.m. Feb. 20.

Big Fish Blues
From the 1960s and through the ’90s, Long Island (aka the Big Fish) was home to a fantastic blues scene. Catch the premiere of this documentary revealing a genre and a host of incredible performances by these Long Island blues greats. Featuring: Little Buster and The Soul Brothers, Bo Diddley, Jr., Sam Taylor, Doug “Harmonica” McLean, Stevie Cochran, Toby Walker, Sandra Taylor with “A Band Called Sam”, Kerry Kearney, Gail Storm, and a host of others. Q&A with director Leslye Abbey and featured musicians after the screening. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $11-$16. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22.

Compiled by Ellie Schoeffel, Timothy Bolger & Zachary B. Tirana III

Powerful Documentary 13th to be Screened at Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington

Scene from the Netflix documentary "13th." (Photo: Facebook)

For those who don’t have access to Netflix but have been meaning to check out the streaming service’s powerful documentary 13th, you’re in luck.

The evocative film traces the history of racism in America while shining a light on the horrors of mass criminalization and current state of the sprawling American prison industry, as well as its devastating impact on black Americans. It will will be screened at Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington on Sunday, Feb. 19 at noon, for Free. The event also includes a discussion by former Newsday columnist Les Payne and radio host Ahmad Ali.

13th is the work of Ava DuVernay, the director of Selma. The documentary is an Oscar Nominee for Best Documentary Feature and was reportedly the first-ever such film to premiere at The New York Film Festival on its opening night—an accomplishment that may portend good things come Oscar night.

The film is named for the 13th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which famously abolished slavery and stipulated: “Neither slavery not involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist in the United States.”

From Jim Crow to the Civil Rights era and President Bill Clinton’s 1994 crime bill, the documentary follows the meteoric increase of the prison population and the rise of for-profit prisons in the US. It mixes old footage from the Civil Rights movements and other historic events that contributed to America’s era of mass incarceration and interviews with leading activists and politicians as it documents the effects of institutional racism. Perhaps the most jarring scene comes when DuVernay juxtaposes black-and-white footage showing harassment of a black man walking down a street with then-candidate Donald Trump’s rallies.

“I love the old days,” you can hear Trump saying over the footage, which was taken from one of his campaign stops. “You know what they used to do to guys like that when they were in a place like this? They’d be carried out on a stretcher, folks.”

DuVernay explained last year that playing the Trump soundbite was “vital…because he’s taken this country to a place that is gonna be studied and considered for a long time.”

13th will be screened at Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT! Free. Noon. Feb. 19.

Artie Lange Fills Up The Space at Westbury With His ‘Crashing’ Comedy Shtick

Artie Lange
Artie Lange

By Ellie Schoeffel

Fear not: That sound of people yelling “Waaaahhhhhh!” is just the rallying cry of fans flocking to see crybaby-mocking comic Artie Lange, whose stand-up act hits The Space at Westbury on Saturday.

The New Jersey native who got his start on Mad TV in the 1990s is best known for his time on The Howard Stern Show, in addition to the dozens of TV shows and movies in which he’s starred or made cameos over the past two decades, including Elf, Old School, Mystery Men and Dirty Work.

“Artie is going to do whatever Artie wants to do,” as he is fond of saying.

His show is coming to town in advance of the release of his third book and the debut of a new comedy series that he’ll appear in on HBO called Crashing.

Beginning his career in New York City comedy clubs, Lange performed and wrote for sketch comedy groups including Midnight Madness and Live on Tape. After he made it big, he produced and starred in his own film, Artie Lange’s Beer League. Besides his host of TV and film credits, Lange has authored best-selling books Too Fat To Fish and Crash and Burn, which led to his Comedy Central special The Stench of Failure.

The sometimes-beleaguered funnyman has spoken openly about his struggles with substance abuse, a suicide attempt and conflicts with Howard Stern, all of which he incorporates into his what-the-hell honest comedy. Between gigs, he can be heard regularly on The Artie Quitter Podcast as he continues his path to success, leaving audiences in stitches in his wake.

Artie Lange will be performing at the Space, 250 Post Avenue, Westbury. For more information, visit thespaceatwestbury.com. Ticket prices range from $40-$65. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11.

Related: Do This: Long Island Concerts & Events February 9 – 15

Federal Appeals Court Denies Reinstatement of Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban’

Peter King protest
Protestors rallied outside Rep. Peter King's Massapequa Park office Friday, Feb. 3, 2017 in opposition to President Donald Trump's immigration ban and other initiatives. (Long Island Press / Rashed Mian)

By Christopher Twarowski and Rashed Mian

A federal appeals court in San Francisco announced Thursday night it will not reinstate a controversial immigration ban imposed by President Donald Trump indefinitely blocking Syrian refugees and temporarily halting travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States.

The unanimous decision by a three-judge panel, a stunning blow to the Trump administration, comes three days after Ninth Circuit appellate judges heard arguments in the case–deliberations sparked by a suit challenging the ban’s constitutionality and legality, along with its temporary halt, by Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson last Friday. That legal action was preceded by emergency stays on ban-related deportations issued by federal judges in Brooklyn and Virginia instigated by a successful challenge by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

The government, arguing the ban is necessary to protect the United States against terrorists, sought an emergency stay of that order while the aforementioned challenges were appealed.

President Trump took to Twitter almost immediately following Thursday night’s appellate decision, writing in all-capital letters:

“SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!”

Opponents of the immigration ban likewise took to social media to praise the decision.

To rule on the government’s motion, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ order states, it considered several factors, including “whether the Government has shown that it is likely to succeed on the merits of its appeal, the degree of hardship caused by a stay or its denial, and the public interest in granting or denying a stay.”

“We assess those factors in light of the limited evidence put forward by both parties at this very preliminary stage and are mindful that our analysis of the hardships and public interest in this case involves particularly sensitive and weighty concerns on both sides,” the order continues. “Nevertheless, we hold that the Government has not shown a likelihood of success on the merits of its appeal, nor has it shown that failure to enter a stay would cause irreparable injury, and we therefore deny its emergency motion for a stay.”

According to the Ninth Circuit’s order on Thursday, Washington alleged that Trump’s executive mandate “unconstitutionally and illegally stranded its residents abroad, split their families, restricted their travel, and damaged the State’s economy and public universities in violation of the First and Fifth Amendments, the INA, the Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and the Administrative Procedure Act.”

Additionally, “that the Executive Order was not truly meant to protect against terror attacks by foreign nationals but rather was intended to enact a ‘Muslim ban’ as the President had stated during his presidential campaign that he would do.”

The Ninth Circuit’s decision Thursday also details the government’s arguments for the ban, outlining the reasoning behind President Trump’s executive order, formally titled “Executive Order 13769, ‘Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States’:

“Citing the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and stating that ‘numerous foreign-born individuals have been convicted or implicated in terrorism related crimes’ since then, the Executive Order declares that ‘the United States must ensure that those admitted to this country do not bear hostile attitudes toward it and its founding principles.’ It asserts, ‘Deteriorating conditions in certain countries due to war, strife, disaster, and civil unrest increase the likelihood that terrorists will use any means possible to enter the United States. The United States must be vigilant during the visa-issuance process to ensure that those approved for admission do not intend to harm Americans and that they have no ties to terrorism.'”

Denounced as a “Muslim Ban” by critics including immigration, civil liberties and human rights groups due to its targeting of Muslim-centric nations–Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen–exemptions for other religious minorities, including Christians, and the president’s own comments along the campaign trail, Trump authorized the mandates on Friday, Jan. 27 through executive order.

Hundreds of travelers were detained at airports across the country as a result, including non-U.S. citizens on student visas or green card holders, igniting a firestorm of criticism characterized by mass protests at airports nationwide and overseas, as well as subsequent marches and demonstrations against the ban on a near-daily basis ever since.

Others challenging Trump’s immigration policies in court include New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office and Muslim civil rights and advocacy group the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). The two issued the following statements following Thursday’s appellate court decision:

“Today’s decision by the Ninth Circuit is a major victory for the rule of law and the fundamental American principle that no president is above the constitution,” said Schneiderman. “As my colleagues and I have argued in courts across the country, President Trump’s executive order is an unconstitutional exercise of authority that unlawfully discriminates against millions of people based on their religion. State attorneys general have been leading the fight against President Trump’s order on behalf of the many universities, hospitals, businesses, and residents harmed by it, and today the Ninth Circuit affirmed the critical role we play.”

“We applaud this ruling as a reaffirmation of the strength and independence of our system of justice,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “This decision adds to the long list of federal judges–both Republican and Democratic appointees–who found reason to block this discriminatory order.

“While this decision is critical, it is not the end of the legal process,” he continued. “Other courts across the country will be passing judgment on this order, and the U.S. Supreme Court will likely weigh in at some point… This victory should not lead to complacency. This and other Trump administration orders and policies still pose a threat to communities of color, religious minorities, women, and others.”

Last Thursday, about 100 protestors rallied outside U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer’s Melville office to urge the Democrat to oppose Trump’s recent Cabinet nominees and to fight against the controversial immigration policy.

The following day, hundreds marched outside the Massapequa Park office of Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) in protest of the congressman’s purported role helping craft the president’s executive order authorizing the ban. King subsequently denied having any part, though was specifically named by Trump confidante former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani during a recent interview on Fox News on the ban’s genesis.

When former prosecutor Jeanine Pirro asked Giuliani in that segment whether the ban had anything to do with religion, and how Team Trump decided upon those particular Muslim countries, the unsuccessful 2008 Republican presidential candidate responded:

“I’ll tell you the whole history of it. So when he first announced it he said, ‘Muslim ban.’ He called me up and said, ‘Put a commission together, show me the right way to do it legally.’ I put a commission together with Judge Mukasey, with Congressman McCaul, Pete King, a whole group of other very expert lawyers on this. And what we did was we focused on, instead of religion, danger. The areas of the world that create danger for us. Which is a factual basis. Not a religious basis. Perfectly legal, perfectly sensible, and that’s what the ban is based on. It’s not based on religion. It’s based on places where there are substantial evidence that people are sending terrorists into our country.”

In upholding the suspension of the president’s travel ban, the Ninth Circuit’s decision in State of Washington v. Trump Thursday may set the stage for a review before the Supreme Court.

Long Island Blizzard: How Much Snow Is Falling?

Long Island snow forecast

The Blizzard of 2017 is upon us and unofficial snowfall estimates are coming in. Here’s what we have so far, courtesy of the National Weather Service in Upton:

Nassau County

PLAINVIEW 13.0
WOODBURY 12.0
MANHASSET 10.2
NEW HYDE PARK 9.3
GLEN HEAD 9.0
MINEOLA 8.7
HICKSVILLE 7.7
FREEPORT 7.4
BALDWIN 7.0

Suffolk County

FARMINGVILLE 14.4
CENTEREACH 13.5
HAUPPAUGE 12.1
COMMACK 12.0
EAST ISLIP 12.0
EASTPORT 11.5
UPTON 11.1
ORIENT 11.0
ISLIP AIRPORT 10.6
PATCHOGUE 10.5
WEST BABYLON 10.1
DEER PARK 10.0
SAYVILLE 9.1
LINDENHURST 8.6
SOUTHAMPTON 6.5