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Long Island Haunted Bus Tour Debuts

Long Island Haunted Bus Tour
Kings Park Psychiatric Center is one stop on the Long Island Haunted Bus Tour. (Photo by Brian Wasser)

By Joseph Flammer and Diane Hill

The first-ever Long Island “Haunted Bus Tour” launched successfully last weekend from the Clarion Hotel on Veterans Memorial Highway in Ronkonkoma.

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“It’s never been done before,” said 44-year-old entrepreneur Elsie Martinez-Ginsberg, a Long Islander of 10 years. Over the last four years she built a thriving business producing weekend horror-themed conventions at LI hotels. “The haunted bus tour is a first for Long Island.”

The six-hour tour, which included visits to a handful of allegedly haunted sites, was one of many featured events of Haunt-Faire 2016: A Convention for All Things Haunted, which ran Aug. 5-7. The weekend-long horror convention was offered by Martinez-Ginsberg’s company, Twitch/Twitch Productions. The company has created a niche focusing on the Island’s horror-convention market since 2012.

Martinez-Ginsberg said she has added at least one new weekend event every year. For example, Haunt-Faire was one of five horror-themed conferences and film festivals she planned to produce on Long Island this year alone.

“When I came to Long Island I saw such a lack of this sort of entertainment,” she explained. “And I also saw Long Islanders don’t like to leave the island. They want everything here, served. And visa-versa: No one likes to come into Long Island because of the traffic, and it’s expensive. You have to cross all these bridges. It’s a pain in the neck!”

Meanwhile, the haunted locations visited by the daring people who took the sold-out haunted bus tour for $65 per person included the former Kings Park Psychiatric Center, Old Bethpage Village Restoration, Gateway Playhouse in Bellport, and ended at Katie’s Bar in Smithtown as midnight approached.

At Katie’s, passengers exited the bus and were able to relax with a drink, listen to music, and smell the haunting scent of funeral gardenias wafting inexplicably on the air as if from ghosts, said Martinez-Ginsberg. Paranormal investigators have long reported such bone-chilling happenings are not uncommon at the haunted bar. Some of the bar’s staff have claimed being touched by unseen entities and witnessing glasses and other items moving by themselves.

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Martinez-Ginsberg said bus passengers were permitted to exit the bus and walk the grounds of the haunted locations they visited on the bus tour because she either made special arrangements with the management of the places, or secured a special permit to enter the grounds. For example, a permit was required for the group to visit the former Kings Park Psychiatric Center, a portion of which is under the jurisdiction of the Nissequogue River State Park. Nonetheless, while on its maiden journey the bus was pulled-over at the former psychiatric center by a police officer who was patrolling the grounds.

“We had the paper and showed him and we went on our way,” said Martinez-Ginsberg.

While some of the 50 or so vendors who sold items at Haunt-Faire came from other states, almost all of the attendees were from Long Island, Martinez-Ginsberg said.

“I like that the convention is so close to where we live,” said Lisa Macchia, 35, of Holbrook. She said Haunt-Faire was the third of Martinez-Ginsberg’s macabre events that she attended in the last three years. The average ticket for the event was $21.

Macchia said she brought her 6-year-old son, Rusty Brown, and her friend, Michael Gogui, to Haunt-Faire because they enjoy horror entertainment.

“It’s a good time,” she said, agreeing with Gogui, who had just finished playing a game of pool in a side room off the lobby with Rusty, who wore the makeup of a pirate-looking ghoul and was excited about the costume contest to be put on later that afternoon.

For next year, Martinez-Ginsberg plans new events like a Harry Potter-themed convention and a Haunt Flee Market, in addition to Haunt-Faire and a film festival. The haunted bus tour will be an ongoing event at Haunt-Faire, she said.

Martinez-Ginsberg has a simple explanation for where she gets her…well, her creepy entertainment ideas and business know-how.

“I am a visionary,” she said. “I think of myself as a Latino Disney.”

To learn more, visit the Haunt-Faire website: www.haunt-faire.com.

What Is The Most Popular Dog Name On Long Island?

Photo by Carole Fuchs

By Ana Borruto

Choosing a name for a pooch can be “ruff” for pet owners, but a Press review has found that the two most popular dog names on Long Island are Bella and Max.

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The Press requested lists of licensed dog names from all 13 towns across LI and tallied the results from Hempstead, Brookhaven and Southampton—the only three municipalities that had such data to provide. Although Bella and Max were top dogs for the region, top 10 lists tallied from data provided by each town showed how local preferences vary.

“Max is a classic name. It’s always been popular, and I think it probably always will be,” said Venessa Rotondi, an aid at Islip Animal Shelter, who wasn’t surprised to hear that Max and Bella were the most popular dog names. “It’s easy for the dog to remember too, which is helpful when you’re trying to train them because it’s a short, one-syllable word.”

One hundred and four female dogs in Brookhaven, 53 in Hempstead, and 25 in Southampton are all named Bella—182 in all, data showed. As for male dogs, 136 in the three towns are named Max: 74 in Brookhaven, 40 in Southampton, and 22 in Hempstead.

New York City also ranked Bella and Max as the top two dog names in the five boroughs for 2015, according to the city health department. Out of the 84,054 dogs licensed in NYC, more than 1,127 were named Bella and Max followed closely behind with 1,073. Bella and Max were the top dog names nationwide in 2015, too, according to a survey conducted by rover.com, which reported 49 percent of dogs last year had human names.

The name Bella—Spanish for beautiful—has reigned for seven years in the pooch community, possibly inspired by the protagonist in Stephanie Meyer’s popular Twilight book series, which was released in 2008. Given the myriad uses of the name Max in pop culture, it’s unclear whether books and movies are also fueling its popularity. Max is a shortened version of the European names Maximilian and Maxwell.

Elizabeth Weiburg, 40, a probation officer from Lindenhurst, said her husband chose the name Max for their 8-year-old miniature pinscher because it’s tough-sounding.

“He looks like a little tough guy,” Weiburg said. “I think it’s a masculine name, but it’s also cute and sweet.”

Alyssa Taylor, 20, a student from Bay Shore, was very young when 13-year-old Bella, a boxer mix, was welcomed into her family. She does not remember the reasoning behind naming her playful companion, but she now sees a larger meaning behind it.

“It means all dogs are beautiful,” Taylor said.

New York State law requires dogs to be licensed so that dogs can be reunited with their owners if they are lost, and it provides proof the dog has had its rabies vaccination. Dog name data was previously maintained by the state, but five years ago, the state put dog licensing duties in the hands of local towns. Since not all 13 Long Island towns keep lists of licensed dog names, the Press could only compile top 10 lists for the three that do.

The top 10 male dog names in the Town of Hempstead include Rocky at number one, followed by Buddy, Bailey, Max, Riley, Charlie, Casey, Lucky, Teddy and Toby. The top 10 female dog names in Hempstead are Bella, then Molly, Daisy, Lucy, Coco, Ruby, Mia, Maggie, Sandy and Sophie.

For the Town of Brookhaven, Bella is the most popular female dog name. Next is Molly and Daisy for second and third place, and lastly, Maggie, Lucy, Sadie, Sophie, Bailey, Lola and Chloe. Max is the top male dog name, with Buddy, Rocky, Jake, Bear, Teddy, Cody, Toby, Jack, and Bailey following behind.

The Town of Southampton has a similar list, with Max being the favored male name for a furry, whiskered companion. Buddy, Rocky, Charlie, Jack, Bear, Toby, Duke, Oreo and Cooper made the list of popular names for male dogs. As for female dogs, Bella, once again, is in the top spot, followed by Lucy, Coco, Lily, Molly, Daisy, Bailey, Lady, Zoe and Sadie.

What does the future hold for the two top dog names on LI, NYC and throughout the United States? Bella and Max may well continue their reign.

“I think it will stay pretty popular, especially Max,” said Rotondi, the animal shelter staffer. “Bella seems more like a trend right now.”

-With additional reporting by Luis Centeno and Olivia Booth

Do This: Long Island Concerts & Events August 11–17

Black Sabbath Jones Beach
Legendary metal warlords Black Sabbath slay Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre with their “The Final Tour by the Greatest Metal Band of All Time; Black Sabbath: The End” tour on August 17. (Photo: Black Sabbath Facebook page)

Tab Benoit
Touring behind his seventh solo release, Medicine, this blues guitarist and singer geniusly blends several different styles of playing with his own unique signature licks. His powerful, soulful approach is bound to satisfy not just fans of the genre, but those of just truly exceptional music as well. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $40-$45. 8 p.m. Aug. 11.

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The Rising
The Rising is a Bruce Springsteen tribute band with a reputation for bringing down the house, gig after gig after glorious gig. Some of the members of The Rising have known each other for more than 20 years, and translate their close-knit brotherhood into performances that would make “The Boss” and legendary E Street band proud. This is a show you don’t want to miss! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $15-$35. 8 p.m. Aug. 11.

MY2K Tour
The MY2K Tour is back, with artists that’ll have you jamming to your absolute favorite ’90s hits. Artists including 98°, O-Town, Dream, and Ryan Cabrera deliver show-stopping performances and resurrect all the tunes you loved back when wearing flannel, even in the summertime, was the norm. 98 Degrees, most known for their hit “I Do (Cherish You)” reformed in 2012 after a 10-year hiatus. Similarly, boy band O-Town and girl group Dream both reunited in recent years after the revival of pop ’90s groups, like Backstreet Boys and N’SYNC. Ryan Cabrera, the previous lead singer of rock band Rubix Groove, also joins the lineup, unleashing his unforgettable voice for a new generation of rockers! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.50-$124.50. 8 p.m. Aug. 11.

Lords of 52nd Street
Long Island’s best musicians—Liberty DeVitto, Richie Cannata and Russell Javors—whom Billy Joel hand-selected to help create his classic hits and unforgettable tours, reunite on stage once again as The Lords of 52nd Street! Get ready to hear an eclectic mix of tunes from the Piano Man’s music catalog, including hits and rarities performed with the same energy and passion as you’ve always known, because the band recorded, toured and performed extensively with Joel during his prominence in the 1970s and ’80s. The Lords aided in the creation of Joel’s hit records, including The Stranger, 52nd Street and Glass Houses. These guys know how to rock! Don’t miss this gig! Suffolk Theater, 118 E Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $35-$45. 8:30 p.m. Aug. 11.

Perseids Meteor Shower
This uber-rare opportunity doesn’t come around all that often. Bring your friends, family, and loved ones to witness this intergalactic barrage of cosmic space dust and ancient ice and star matter, hurling from the heavens, streaking radiating rivers of extraterrestrial moon-fire above the ocean for all to celebrate! Three New York State parks on Long Island will remain open during the nighttime hours for viewing of the Perseids Meteor Shower. There will be no charge, and the normal stargazing permit will not be required, but participants must remain near their vehicles. Stargazers are urged to you dress appropriately, bring bug spray and a chair that reclines, but binoculars are not necessary. Jones Beach State Park West End II, Sunken Meadow State Park Field 3, Montauk Point State Park Upper Parking Lot. nysparks.com Free. 11 p.m. Aug. 11.

Goo Goo Dolls / Collective Soul
The Goo Goo Dolls, best known for the emotional hit songs “Iris,” “Slide” and “Name,” are touring to promote their 15th album, Boxes, dropped this year. Joining them on the road are fellow indie/alternative champions Collective Soul, who will undoubtedly bust out an unforgettable performance of their maga-hit “Shine.” Opening the show is Tribe Society, whose indie-rock fusion album was released in April, and So Alive in Boxes. Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre, Jones Beach, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $29.50-$159. 7 p.m. August 12.

The Wailers
After Bob Marley’s untimely death in 1981, his backing band, The Wailers, continued on, performing his soul-satisfying tunes to audiences all across the globe. Although you could never replicate Marley’s distinctive sound, The Wailers are literally the next best thing. Bassist Aston “Family Man” Barrett was not only recognized as the musical leader of the group, but was Marley’s most trusted band mate, performing and arranging countless hits in the 1970s. With special guest The Far East. Don’t miss this gig! Get ready to skank skank skank! The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $25-$35. 8 p.m. Aug. 12.

Jessie’s Girl
Break out the Converse, strap on a headband, and dust off the jean jacket, because this Back to the Eighties Show will do everything short of taking you in a Delorean back to the decade when Men at Work, Flock of Seagulls, and Debbie Gibson ruled the airwaves. That’s because Jessie’s Girl is more than just a cover band. They’re here to party like it’s 1989! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $15-$30. 8 p.m. Aug. 12.

Nas
This Queens-based rapper has dropped eight consecutive platinum and multi-platinum hip-hop albums since his debut in 1994. Nas’ 11th album, Life is Good, was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 55th annual Grammy Awards. Often referred to as one of the best rap artists of all time who’s left his indelible mark on rap music and the music industry as a whole, Nas never disappoints live. Also performing will be Funk Master Flex. Not to be missed! The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $40-$50. 10 p.m. Aug. 12.

New York International Children’s Film Festival
A kaleidoscopic showcase of the best short film and animation from around the world, this mega-film fest includes 13 short films ranging in length from one to nine minutes, and capturing the imaginations of all those watching along. These are the best of the best, and truly a cinematic experience for the whole family that is not to be missed! Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $7 members, $12 public, kids under 12 free. 11 a.m. Aug. 13.

National Bowling Day Charity Event
To honor this striking occasion, AMF is partnering with Feeding America, a national network of food banks, food pantries and meal programs, including Long Island Cares and Island Harvest, to present a “Million Pin Challenge.” Starting at 10 a.m., there will be giveaways, contests, and one free game of bowling per person until noon. From 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., there will be a celebration once one million pins are knocked down across the country. Then AMF Bowling Centers promises to donate money to fund more than half a million meals to feed America’s hungry. All you have to do is put on your bowling shoes and take aim down the lane, avoid the gutter, and beware the 7-10 split. On Long Island the participating centers are: AMF Wantagh Lanes, AMF Syosset Lanes, AMF Plainview Lanes, AMF Babylon Lanes, AMF Commack Vet Lanes, AMF Smithtown Lanes and AMF Sayville Lanes. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Aug. 13.

Blink-182
Pop-punk royalty Blink-182 (minus original frontman/guitarist Tom DeLonge, who apparently amicably split the group to pursue his fervent belief in extraterrestrials, and is replaced by Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba) joins fellow punk groups All Time Low and A Day To Remember for their “Bored to Death in California” tour. Blink dropped their latest, California, on July 1, and it is absolutely perfect for some serious bubblegum hop-hop-hops, stadium-sized sing-a-longs, and mega-head-bopping. At the show, Blink is sure to play pop-punk hits, like “What’s My Age Again?” and “All The Small Things.” All Time Low, most notable for their tunes “Weightless” and “Remembering Sunday” released their deeply emotional Future Hearts last year. Expect tons of screaming fans and a show that will go don in the books! Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre, Jones Beach, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $45-$99. 7 p.m. August 13.

Joe DeGuardia’s STAR Boxing Presents “Rockin’ Fights 25”
Star Boxing, the industry famous for their competitive boxing matches, has scheduled a new line of fights titled “Rockin’ Fights 25.” One of the most rapidly-expanding boxing organizations in the country, Star Boxing material has been seen on MSG, NBC Sports, Showtime, and many others networks since 1992, and tends to schedule national winners in the ring. And the founder of Star Boxing is no joke, either: DeGuardia himself started in the ring at a young age, eventually going on to win the 1988 New York Golden Gloves Championship. His passion for boxing pushed him to form his own boxing organization, eventually developing into one of the most-notable boxing groups in the nation. Wow. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $50-$200. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 13.

Neil Sedaka
This singer/songwriter/pianist will play all his chart-toppers, including “Laughter In The Rain,” “Bad Blood,” “The Immigrant,” “Calendar Girl” and “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do,” among many others. He’ll also perform tracks from his latest album, The Real Neil, the artist’s first acoustic album, ever. So what are you waiting for? Not to be missed! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.50-$149.50. 8 p.m. Aug. 13.

Gregory Porter
Jazz singer and songwriter Gregory Porter got his start performing at a restaurant where he was also the chef. His third album, Liquid Spirit, reached the Top 10 UK album charts, and Porter won a Grammy in 2014 for best Jazz Vocal Album. This gig is a chance to catch this amazing artist all up-close and personal. Don’t miss it. Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach. whbpac.org $65-$85. 8 p.m. Aug. 13.

Inebrieators
Calling all jazz fans, get ready for a fun, soul-satisfying night with the Inebrieators! They will surely astound you with their smooth saxophones, bumping bass and mellow piano keys. Have you ever become helplessly, completely intoxicated by music? You will at this gig! You don’t want to miss this performance! Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com $10. 8 p.m. Aug. 13.

The Bogmen
This wonderfully entertaining Long Island-based indie band first emerged from the wilds of Huntington when Billy Campion, Bill and Brendan Ryan, Mark Wike, P.J. O’Connor and Clive Tucker decided they simply had to rock out together. Signed to Arista Records in 1995, the Bogmen never quite became a household name that they deserved to be, especially with their unforgettable debut, Life Begins at 40 Million. But so it goes. And on they went. No matter what, they never let their fans get bogged down, taking their self-described “tribal, huntish” sound to every bar, club and retirement home in the tri-state area. Over the intervening years, they’ve reunited many times to keep the thrills and spills alive. And that’s why this gig is such a great opportunity to enjoy the Bogmen at their very, very best. Not to be missed. The Stephen Talkhouse, 161 Main St. Amagansset. stephentalkhouse.com $60. 9 p.m. Aug. 13.

Acoustic Angry Alice
Covering everything from Frank Sinatra to Ed Sheeran, this acoustic duo entertains diners and music fans alike, centering on the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Elvis—you name it, they play it! Sing along! www.facebook.com/acousticangryalice. Blvd. Bar and Grill, 1029 Park Blvd., Massapequa Park. 7:30-11 p.m. Aug. 13

Tragedy – The Metal Bee Gees Tribute Band
They’re a local Bee Gees cover band with a twist: Every hit song becomes a metal tune. Yeah. Insane, right?! Tragedy has been around since 1977, with their debut We Rock Sweet Balls and Can Do No Wrong. Though the group mainly sticks to Bee Gees, it’s not abnormal for these melodic, harmonizing hellraisers to transition to any number of pop hits of the time, including songs from Grease. (Yes!!) Six men wearing outfits similar to a combination of KISS and Guns N’ Roses may seem bizarre to some, and so what if it is, but their ability to shift famous hit songs into metal ballads is a creative feat the group absolutely masters. If you like the idea of Aerosmith, Bee Gees, and KISS mixed together, don’t miss Tragedy. Unforgettable. Mulcahys Pub and Concert Hall: 3232 Railroad Ave, Wantagh. muls.com $10. 9 p.m. Aug. 13.

SUMAQ Peruvian Food Festival
Get ready to enjoy the best ceviche of your life, along with lomo saltado and aji de gallina. With Chef Ezequiel Valencia of Panca Restaurant in NYC leading the way, these plates are sure to bring the original spices and flavors straight from Peru. This chef worked for the Peruvian Embassy, where he cooked for presidents and ministers and other heads of state. Love spices, indeed. Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City. sumaqpff.com $15-$20 adults; $7-$10 kids from 2-12. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. August 13, 14. tomatoesHarbes Tomato Festival
You say toe-may-toe, I say toe-mah-toe! Come celebrate this juicy, phenomenal vegetable, in all its glorious forms (Ketchup, please!!), and try special samplings of the different recipes created throughout the years. Take part in potato sack races, tomato relay races, and tug of war contests. It’s a perfect day for the whole family, with lots of food and fun games to play. Harbes Family Farm, 715 Sound Ave., Mattituck. harbesfamilyfarm.com Free. August 13,14.

Lorna Shore
These New Jersey sonic hellraisers are named after the mysterious Batman character. They are the perfect textbook example of a death-core group, full of angry guitar riffs, aggressive yelling, and mega-high-octane members. Their songs “Godmaker,” “Life of Fear” and “Grimoire” give some insight into what Lorna Shore is all about. After releasing three EPs, the five-piece put out a full studio album back in mid-2015, and have been touring to promote their intense new songs. Warming up the crowd are A Wake In Providence, In Depth & Tides, Necropia, Eridian, and TheWarWithin. Damn. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $12, $14 DOS. 6 p.m. Aug. 14.

Bonnie Raitt
Bonnie Raitt will give you something to talk about, that’s for sure. Touring in support of her latest, Dig in Deep, Raitt began her journey through folk and blues music in the ’60s when she was attending Harvard University, a time when music served as a tool for expression during the civil rights movement. After her third year of college, she dropped out to pursue her passion, and gained mentorship from some of the blues scene’s biggest stars, such as Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, and Sippie Wallace. Fast-forward to 2016, she has 20 albums, 10 Grammy Awards, and numerous other accolades under her belt. Her bluesy, soulful voice and guitar skills will absolutely mesmerize you. Don’t miss this spectacular night of music from a true legend! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $52.50-$99.50. 8 p.m. Aug. 15.

The Wizard Of Oz
Join Dorthy, the Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion and Tin Man as they follow the Yellow Brick Road in the magical Land of Oz. We’re not in Kansas anymore! This is Westbury! This performance will be absolutely unforgettable! There’s no place like home! Wow. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $20-$25. 6:30 p.m. Aug. 16.

Roll Up! Deconstructing Magical Mystery Tour
Beatles expert, composer and producer Scott Freiman explores The Fab Four’s 1967 classic with a multimedia voyage through the creative process and recording sessions of the timeless album and movie, including “The Fool On The Hill,” “Blue Jay Way,” “I Am The Walrus,” and many other selections from Magical Mystery Tour. Sponsored by Briggs Music in Huntington, this mega-mesmerizing musical event will also include the “deconstruction” of other classics, such as “Strawberry Fields Forever,” “Penny Lane” and “All You Need Is Love.” This is a must-attend for not just Beatles fans (Press music critic Zack Tirana and senior editor Spencer Rumsey being huuuge ones, fyi), but for all music lovers, everywhere. Get ready to be wowed! Not to be missed! Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $20 members, $25 public. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16.

Yellowman
This reggae star straight out of Jamaica will have you groovin’ and skankin’ and singin’ along to all his infectious hits, including “Zungguzungguguzungguzeng” and “Nobody Move Nobody Get Hurt.” Opening the show is local reggae band Soul Junkies and DJ Omar. Reggae just simply soothes the soul, and you’re not gonna wanna miss this chance to experience all its healing powers, live, and up-close and personal! Yeeeah! 89 North Music Venue, 89 North Ocean Ave., Patchogue. 89northmusic.com $20. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 17.

Black Sabbath
Sabbath’s tour is literally titled “The Final Tour by the Greatest Metal Band of All Time; Black Sabbath: The End.” Need we say more? The Godfathers of Metal–Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, and Geezer Butler–are performing on stage for the last time before calling it quits after almost 50 years of touring. Expect all the hits, including “Iron Man” and “War Pigs,” obviously, and with Ozzy up there in full insane metal glory, expect the unexpected, too. Do not miss this gig! Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre, Jones Beach, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com 7:30 p.m. August 17.

Glenn Tilbrook
The former lead singer and guitarist of England’s beloved band “Squeeze” is far from what his newest album gets at. Happy Ending is Glenn Tilbrook’s most recent creation and likely nowhere near his last. Tilbrook and Chris Difford were the musical pairing that made up “Squeeze”; Difford created the lyrics, while Tilbrook invented catchy melodies for their hit songs, such as “Tempted,” “Cool for Cats” and “Labelled for Love.” Now, Tilbrook has gone from his days of British new wave pop-rock to a solo career, and you don’t want to miss this performance. Damn. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $40-$45. 8 p.m. Aug. 17.

–Compiled by Kate Nalepinski, Ana Borruto, Leo Capobianco, Timothy Bolger & Zachary B. Tirana III

Cops Pelted With Debris After 50 Cent Show in Freeport

By Leo Capobianco

Two Freeport village police officers were injured when Nautical Mile bar patrons threw debris at the officers as they arrested a suspect after rapper 50 Cent performed over the weekend, authorities said.

The Grammy-Award winning hip hop artist performed at Bracco’s Clam and Oyster Bar on Woodcleft Avenue, drawing hundreds of people outside, stopping traffic and forcing police to close the street for nearly an hour until they could disperse the crowd Saturday night. Later, when police arrested a suspected drunken driver outside the bar, officers were pelted with bottles and debris believed to be thrown by patrons of Bracco’s.

“The attack on our police officers will not be tolerated in the Village of Freeport,” Freeport Mayor Robert Kennedy told reporters Monday during a news conference at Freeport village police headquarters.

The two injured officers were taken to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Other officers struck by the debris were not injured.

Besides the accused drunken driver, two other suspects were also arrested, including a man who was found to be in possession of cocaine after he tried to fight security guards who kicked him out of Bracco’s, police said.

None of the arrests were for injuring the officers. Authorities said they do not know the motive for the attack. Police are continuing the investigation and are reviewing security camera footage in an attempt to identify the assailants.

Freeport police said they will report the incident to the New York State Liquor Authority (SLA), which fined Bracco’s $2,500 in 2012, $2,500 last year and $4,500 last month for various violations, records show.

Freeport officials suggested that the bar’s track record and these new complaints may result in Bracco’s having its liquor license revoked, but an SLA spokesman said that’s up to the agency’s board.

“All penalties are determined the SLA’s three-member board, based on the severity of the violation(s) and the disciplinary history of the licensee,” SLA spokesman William Crowley told the Press.

Regardless of what happens, Mayor Kennedy said the public can expect that “the Nautical Mile is safe and secure, and we’re looking forward to a great summer finale.”

-With Timothy Bolger

Long Island Ghost Hunters Fend Off Paranormal Spirits & Hollywood Stereotypes

Long Island Ghost Hunters
Long Island Ghost Hunters investigate paranormal hauntings.

By Leo Capobianco

Dimitrios Haritos and Michael Cardinuto were in the woods off Mount Misery Road in West Hills late one cool September night in 2007 when suddenly, a blue-green ball of light flew at them.

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The two members of Long Island Paranormal Investigators (LIPI), a local ghost-hunting group, instinctively dropped to the ground, as they recalled in a recent interview. Tales of Native Americans warning settlers of evil spirits there, rumors of a haunted cemetery, and a ghostly police officer—just to name a few—have been passed down through the years, according to Weird New York, a book of local legends. LIPI’s investigators visited the infamous site repeatedly to conduct tests and concluded that it is indeed haunted.

“It looked like somebody threw a ball at us,” said Haritos, 33, a captain of LIPI’s Ronkonkoma-based investigative team who works as a medical biller by day. “It was like a blueish greenish ball of light that came at us. Me and him hit the dirt. We thought something was thrown at us.”

Mount Misery, of course, isn’t the only place said to be haunted on Long Island. Nor is LIPI the only locally based group exploring hauntings in homes and businesses. Hicksville-based Gotham Paranormal Research Society (GPRS), Fearless Long Island Ghost Hunting Team, LI-based Shadows of the Paranormal, Eastern Suffolk Paranormal, Long Island Paranormal Research Association, Ghost Hunters of Long Island and the Long Island Ghost Hunting and Tracking Society are also searching for proof of a world that lies beyond what we can normally comprehend. Yet while Hollywood and television’s depiction of ghost-hunting and paranormal investigations continue to rise in popularity, these genuine Ghostbusters are adamant that art pales, comparatively, in its imitation of life—or the afterlife, in their case.

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Outside LI, more than 3,600 active teams are conducting research in the paranormal field nationwide, according to Paranormal Societies, which bills itself as an online directory of these organizations. Popular cable shows such as Ghost Hunters, which has followed a paranormal team on their investigations on Syfy since 2004, have also fueled interest.

“Every time there’s a new paranormal show on TV or a new season of a popular show begins, the calls start coming in,” said Angela Artuso, director of GPRS. “For example, the new Ghostbusters reboot has been released, and the calls are already starting just due to the movie alone.”

Besides callers requesting investigations into paranormal phenomena, some want to join the hunt. But joining a paranormal investigation team isn’t easy. Many teams require applicants to get background checks, pass exams, and undergo training on specialized equipment.

LIPI ensures that its new recruits understand the different types of spirits they may encounter, how to identify false evidence, and how to analyze videos, audio recordings, and photos.

“Is this a full-time job? Yes. We just don’t get paid,” said Cardinuto, 36, the co-founder and lead investigator of LIPI, whose day job is being a caretaker at Able Community. He and his group conduct about 40 investigations annually.

Both he and Haritos said they were drawn to this type of research from an early age. Cardinuto recalled a handheld video game that turned itself on after his grandfather died. It had no batteries in it. Even spookier, Haritos said as a child he saw a ghost pilot walk by his bedroom and disappear in his bathroom.

“We ended up running over and talking to our mom about what happened there and she took us to the library at town hall to get the history on the house,” Haritos recalled. “We ended up finding out that the house was a summer home for an actress back in the ’40s, and her boyfriend or fiance was a pilot and his plane had crashed around the time me and my brother had seen the spirit walk through our house. It was really crazy.”

Haritos later started doing paranormal investigations with a group in Massachusetts. Then he took what he learned back to Long Island. Cardinuto got his start in one of LI’s creepiest haunts.

“We were all just hanging out one day playing hockey, and I dared two of my guys to go into Kings Park Psych Center. Sure enough they did, and they heard loud banging, and had no idea what it was,” Cardinuto recounted. “We started investigating after that and bought some equipment. I didn’t think I was going to capture anything.

“I thought a lot of the urban legends were just made up,” he continued. “Once we started investigating, that’s when things started to happen, and I started to believe more and more. I’m very skeptical about going into locations, but there’s a lot of things that have happened through the years that I just can’t explain.”

A blue-green ball of light flew at Dimitrios Haritos, a member of Long Island Paranormal Investigators, on Mt. Misery Road.
Dimitrios Haritos, a member of Long Island Paranormal Investigators, said a ball of light flew at him on Mt. Misery Road (LIPI photo).

STRANGER THINGS

Many paranormal investigators devote much of their free time to research, and they’ve made personal sacrifices. They’ve invested thousands of dollars into assembling teams, buying equipment and paying for travel expenses. These paranormal investigators often do not consider this as a hobby—it’s their lifestyle.

“I literally gave up everything for this organization,” said Cardinuto. “I’ve given up jobs where I could be making over $85,000 a year. It wouldn’t work with the schedule here, so I said, ‘Nope, this is what I do.’ I don’t get paid for it, but money is not everything to me.”

Most paranormal investigation teams do not charge businesses and homes for investigations. These investigators only have their passion to motivate them in their research.

But paranormal investigation can be dangerous, such as when teams visit historic buildings that are falling apart or have exposed wiring. Before going in, the team will check if it’s safe to visit. They often consult with local historical societies to learn about the locations that they want to investigate, as well as get permission to enter the premises.

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The same rule applies to investigations in businesses and private homes. Investigators do not know what they’re walking into or what kind of people they’ll encounter, so teams often give potential clients a questionnaire to fill out, as well as conduct an interview before sending a crew along.

“We had a man one time who contacted us and said he only wanted the tiniest investigators, and he only wanted women,” Angela said. “And we were like, ‘That’s not happening.’”

The questionnaire also helps the team point the client in a direction where non-ghostly problems can be solved. For example, the preliminary inquiry may reveal that the client should see a medical doctor for mental illness, call Child Protective Services, or get law enforcement involved.

“We had one that wanted us to investigate him,” said Angela. “He would cover himself in aluminum foil and be totally naked. He said, ‘C’mon, I’ll show you. You have to investigate. I sit in my house all day covered in foil so they can’t get me.’ We deal with a lot.”

Other than environmental threats and odd clientele, paranormal investigators are also faced with another and sometimes greater danger: the paranormal itself.

Long Island Paranormal Investigators' are real-life ghost hunters. (LIPI photo)
Long Island Paranormal Investigators’ are real-life ghost hunters. (LIPI photo)

RETURN TO MOUNT MISERY

Five LIPI investigators returned to the Mount Misery woods to conduct another probe in September 2013. While the group walked down the path, they sensed they were being watched. They heard growling and caught a whiff of something that worried them.

“One of the characteristics of a demonic haunting is you’ll smell a rotten-egg smell,” LIPI’s Cardinuto said. That was the odor in the woods that day.

The group recorded odd sounds on their audio equipment while their feelings of being unwelcome grew. They decided to pack it in early, as a tension in the air made them feel unsafe. Then, one of the investigators saw something scatter across the ground. She went in for a closer look and asked the others if they could see it too. But no one else could—at first.

Haritos said he stared hard at the ground where she pointed. Slowly the creature materialized and came into focus. It was a creature with an alligator-like body, a pig-like snout and horns. Its sunken-in red eyes glared back at Haritos.

“As soon as I made contact, and I focused in, I got this really intense feeling of ‘You need to leave now,’” he said.

Immediately the group grabbed their stuff and walked back to their cars. Cardinuto and Haritos stayed behind to serve as a barrier between the team and whatever might be pursuing them. On their way to the entrance, the group heard another growl. Cardinuto and Haritos’ knees gave out as if something had run into them from behind. But when they looked down, nothing was there.

Once the investigators reached the woods’ entrance, they pulled out a Prayer to Saint Michael card and begin to recite the words meant to ward off evil spirits. The group finished their prayer and paused. The woods had become oddly quiet.

“As we turn around to leave, we literally audibly hear a woman laugh at both of us,” said Haritos.

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The team returned to their offices, where Cardinuto sat the two witnesses on different ends of the room. Up until this point, Haritos and the other member of the team had not discussed what they had seen with each other, or with the rest of the group. Cardinuto separately asked each one to draw what they saw.

“Their drawings matched,” said Cardinuto. “I’d say about 95 percent.”

After they found that the two witnesses’ accounts matched, the team looked through their demonology database and found a match. They prefer not to repeat the creature’s name, for fear of inadvertently summoning it. But six days after that incident, the team returned to the same area and conducted what would be the last investigation LIPI has ever done at Mount Misery.

The team went deeper into the woods, expecting to find more paranormal evidence. They kept smelling the rotten odor, catching odd sounds on their audio equipment, and felt a presence watching them. After several hours, the group decided to leave.

While they were walking back down the path, Cardinuto said he looked back and saw five figures standing in a row staring at the group. He described the figures as wearing brown cloaks but having no facial features. Inside of each hood was a black void that seemed to swallow any light.

The LIPI team quickly left. They have never returned to Mount Misery.

“You have to respect what you see and what you feel,” Cardinuto said. “I’m not going back in there because you never know when you push too far and it decides, ‘You know what? I’m going to push back.’ What happens at that point?” TheAmityvilleHorror1HOLLYWOOD VS. REALITY

Just like members of law enforcement, real-life paranormal investigators caution against looking to TV and movies for an accurate depiction of what their jobs are like.

“What you see on TV, I would say probably about 90 percent of it is fake,” said Cardinuto.

Other local paranormal investigators also suspect that reality TV shows about the field exaggerate their findings, most likely to boost ratings.

“It’s more about entertainment value, and they take a lot of liberties,” said Bill Artuso of GPRS, an accountant from Brooklyn when he’s not hunting ghosts alongside his wife, Angela.

As he and other investigators put it, the media’s exaggeration warps the audience’s perception of what paranormal encounters are really like, and often stirs up a lot of paranoia.

“Some of these shows come on and immediately want to say that the house has a demon,” explained Angela Artuso. “People watch that and they’re petrified. We get calls going, ‘I think we have five demons in our home.’ We have to sit there and explain that you are watching TV and it’s a show.”

Television isn’t the only culprit. Books and movies that claim to be based on true stories have been found to stretch the truth as well. Perhaps the most infamous example is The Amityville Horror, which has spawned a long list of books and documentaries seeking to prove or disprove the stories of flying pigs, bleeding walls and other hauntings that were made and remade into one of Hollywood’s most enduring horror movies, and put that Long Island community on the paranormal map forever.

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“You have to remember that what you’re seeing in a movie may be based on a true story, but there is always going to be that element of Hollywood attached to it that sometimes even the families don’t even know are going to be thrown in,” Angela said.

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Not all movies are guilty of this manipulation, local paranormal investigators said. LIPI recalled that the writers of the original Ghostbusters movie did their research. Some of the equipment that the characters have in the movie is used in the field, and some of the science that the characters discuss can theoretically work, according to LIPI’s investigators.

“When they’re on top of the Temple of Gozer and you see Egon say, ‘These readings are off the charts!’ they show a little gray box,” said Haritos. “That’s an IM 17 Geiger Counter. We use them in the field today.”

The Geiger Counter is an instrument that detects any ionizing radiation, such as alpha particles, beta particles, and gamma rays. Many believe that when a spirit manifests itself, it gives off Radiation and Electromagnetic Frequencies. EMF meters are also used.

“They use sound meters, and they talk about how if a ghost has a constant ionization rate,” Haritos continued. “With the Psychokinetic Energy Meter, if you can depict what range of ions a ghost would exist in, using protons you could grab it like a lasso. So the science is sound. We’re just not there yet with the technology.”

The PKE meter is a fictional device in Ghostbusters that, in the movie, detects any ghosts in the surrounding area.

Dan Aykroyd, who played Ray Stantz in the original Ghostbusters, also grew up in a spiritual home. His parents believed in the paranormal and would host séances in their home. His father, Peter Aykroyd, published a book called A History of Ghosts: The True Story of Séances, Mediums, Ghosts, and Ghostbusters. Dan Aykroyd used a lot of his firsthand experience and incorporated it into the film.

“Dan Aykroyd did his homework,” said Haritos. “He is a true believer in all things paranormal. He talks about UFOs that he’s witnessed and all of this other stuff.”

For more than 10 seasons, Ghost Hunters has given a reasonably accurate depiction of how paranormal teams conduct their investigations. The group who stars in the show, The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS), was in operation for 14 years before the show even launched.

“They were a team way before the show even came out, and they’ll still be a team way after the show stops,” said Cardinuto. “They’re a great group of people.”

TAPS has 130 teams nationally and worldwide. GPRS is a member of the network, which continues to grow. These paranormal investigation teams on LI and beyond have collected countless photos as well as audio and video evidence over the years they’ve been out in the field.

Perhaps if more people accepted that there may be things in the world that they don’t understand, these groups may yet prove the existence of a parallel world. But the question remains, when there’s something strange in your neighborhood, who you gonna call?

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5 Long Islanders Go For Gold in Rio Olympics

Long Island's Olympians from left: Three-time gold medalist Sue Bird, U.S. women's soccer team midfielder Allie Long, sailor Bora Gulari, women's soccer team forward Crystal Dunn and racewalker Maria Michta-Coffey.

By John Dundon

Five athletes with Long Island ties are among 11,000 from around the world competing for their chance to take home a gold medal in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, which officially starts Friday.

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The four native Long Islanders representing Team USA are soccer stars Allie Long of Northport and Crystal Dunn of Rockville Centre, WNBA all-star and three-time Olympic gold medalist Sue Bird of Syosset, and race walker Maria Michta-Coffey of Nesconset. A fifth, sailor Bora Gulari of Michigan, lived on Long Island when he was a youngster.

“Since I was 10 years old, I’ve dreamed of being an Olympian,” Michta-Coffey told the Press last month. “If someone had told me, here’s your wish, make your life how you want… I don’t know that I could have made as good a wish as what’s actually happened.”

Representing the United States in Rio will be 555 of the nation’s most disciplined athletes. Among them are 292 women—the most women to compete for a single country in Olympic history, according to the U.S Olympic committee.

The local athletes described getting to represent their country on the world stage as a privilege. But it’s not easy. Training for the every-four-year’s Olympic Games consumes the lives of its participants. For four years at a time, Olympic hopefuls devote their lives to wearing the colors of their respective nations.

For those who do get the call—now the hard work really begins. The goal is to win gold or medal in the athletes’ respective events. It’s a goal that U.S. Olympians have evidently taken seriously; The United States has won 2,189 medals at the Summer Games, more than any other country, according to the International Olympic Committee.

“As New Yorkers, we are proud of all of our Olympic athletes and their extraordinary perseverance and strength.” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement. “At a time when our country wrestles with division and intolerance, we are unified in our admiration of the achievements of these athletes. The Olympics provide more than gold and glory; they remind us of the strength of our diversity and the triumph of the human spirit.”

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Thirty New Yorkers will be competing in Rio. Having one homegrown Long Island Olympian among them is impressive. But five? That’s downright awesome.

THE POINT GUARD

Syosset native Sue Bird has had success on every basketball court she’s stepped foot on. In Rio, Bird will be going for her fourth gold medal in as many tries.

Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Bird’s professional career is her success in international play. If she wins her fourth Olympic gold medal, Bird stands to join an illustrious list in the basketball world.

“It’s incredible,” Bird told the Press after practicing at the New York Knicks training facility in Tarrytown last week shortly before departing for Rio. Just like she has her entire basketball career, Bird distributed the glory to her teammates. “I think it says even more that there are three or four others on this current team who also have a shot at that this year,” she said

Bird, who was born and raised in Syosset, remained in Syosset public schools until her junior year of high school, when she transferred to Christ the King High School in Queens. Her experiences through high school undoubtedly helped shape the person, and the player, Bird has become.

“I had lived and gone to Syosset schools my entire life, with that comes all your friends, everything you know is all in that one place,” Bird recalled. “To leave all of that, being the new kid in school, that part was really hard.

“I was really lucky to have a lot of my AAU teammates already playing at Christ the King,” she continued. “Immediately I had friends to help me out.”

And so Bird’s winning ways began. At Christ the King, she established herself on the watch list of top Division 1 programs such as Stanford, Vanderbilt and the University of Connecticut. In her senior year, Bird led Christ the King to a State Championship and the National Title.

She was awarded many personal accolades her senior year, including The New York State Player of the Year and The New York Daily News Player of the Year.

Upon graduation, Bird chose to attend UConn. That’s where Bird established herself as a household name in women’s basketball, joining head coach Geno Auriemma and a recruiting class that was touted as the best the country had ever seen at the time.

During Bird’s tenure at UConn, the Huskies won two National Championships with an astonishing aggregate record of 114-4. The personal accolades came in bunches, too. Most notably, Bird was awarded the Naismith trophy, recognizing her as college player of the year during her senior year as she led the Huskies to an undefeated season.

Bird, a point guard, entered the WBNA draft in 2002, and was taken first overall by the Seattle Storm. She’s had an illustrious career that includes over half a dozen All Star selections. And now she’s vying for a fourth gold medal to add to her trophy case.

THE FORWARD

Crystal Dunn is one of several younger soccer players who will get their first shot at Olympic gold for the US Women’s National Team (USWNT).

Dunn, 24, is a graduate of Rockville Centre’s Southside High School. At Southside and everywhere she’s been since then, Dunn has dominated. She’s achieved numerous personal accolades, including New York State Player of the Year, and the praise of her peers.

“One thing that Crystal has proven is that she’s been a winner at every single level,” former USWNT defender Kate Markgraf told The Huffington Post. “I first saw her at the U-20 World Cup, and she was the MVP for me. You watch her in college and she’s dominating at forward. She’s a match winner, at every single level she’s played at.”

One thing is for sure, Dunn can beat opponents in many ways. Her primary attribute is her speed. As a forward, her ability to get around defenders and create chaos from the flank is second to none. Dunn uses her speed to dart into crowded areas around the net and pounces on loose balls. As a high schooler Dunn scored 46 goals and notched 35 assists in three varsity seasons.

Like all great athletes, Dunn had to undergo some adversity before she could really take off. She was the last player cut from the 2015 USWNT that won the World Cup in Canada last summer.

“I’d never felt this way and I kind of had to teach myself how to respond,” Dunn wrote in an op-ed published in The Players Tribune. “I suddenly had to figure out how to get used to failure, because up until that point, success was all I ever knew.”

That’s easier said than done for an athlete when on-field dominance is something that’s been ingrained in them from an early age.

“In 2015, I was coming off a collegiate career at North Carolina during which I had won a national title and the Hermann Trophy as the country’s best player.” Dunn wrote. “I had also won a World Cup with the U-20 team and earned a handful of caps with the senior squad. So when I showed up to training camp for the national team last January, I was confident.”

Now after years of hard work, Dunn will be representing Long Island for the USWNT in Rio. She’ll be playing a big role in the hunt for the team’s fourth-straight Olympic gold medal.

THE MIDFIELDER

The road to Rio for Northport native Allie Long hasn’t been such a smooth ride. The 28-year-old midfielder for the US women’s soccer team was on the cusp of being an international regular for some time, but she couldn’t seem to catch a break.

Her first game as a member of the USWNT came and went. It was a friendly against Team Canada in Winnipeg. In the two years following that short taste of international play, Long watched the USWNT from afar. She wasn’t called to play in the 2015 FIFA world cup, or in either of the team’s two major tournaments earlier this year. Naturally, doubt began to creep in.

“I remember looking back and having days when I would just be thinking, ‘Is this ever going to happen?” Long said on the team’s website. “I was working so hard and I was frustrated.”

After an off-season of training unlike any she’d had before, Long’s hard work paid off in the form of an invite back to USWNT camp in March. By April, she was back on the field. Long started in a game against Columbia and scored the first two goals of her international career in that match.

She is now fixed into place as a regular on the USWNT, and expectations are higher than ever for both the ladies’ national squad and Long herself. Like Bird and the US women’s basketball team, the USWNT will be gunning for their fourth-straight Olympic gold medal.

From the turf at Northport High to the pitch in Rio, Long’s journey has been fulfilling as any. During her time at Northport High School she was a four-year varsity player, and her team never lost a regular season game. Long was the Suffolk County Player of the Year in her junior and senior seasons.

She spent time at both Penn State and the University of North Carolina. She’s been a winner no matter what program she’s played for. But medaling in Rio would be the biggest notch on her belt yet.

“[Winning gold] would mean everything,” Long said. “I have thought about it, obviously, and I feel like all of the hard work, the times that I’ve struggled have led me to this.”

THE RACE WALKER

Two-time Olympian Maria Michta-Coffey has been an elite performer both in the athletic arena and in the classroom from a young age.

Thirty-year-old Michta-Coffey graduated from Sachem High School, where she was a national track and field standout. In the classroom, Michta-Coffey was perhaps even more impressive.

“I consider myself a professional student-athlete,” Michta-Coffey told the Press after receiving the Suffolk County Distinguished Service Medal from Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone last month.

After graduating high school in 2004, and missing her graduation ceremony for the junior race walk nationals, Michta-Coffey enrolled at LIU Post, where she earned her bachelors in biology. She graduated with a 4.0 GPA—her class’s valedictorian. Michta-Coffey then moved on to graduate school, attending the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where she earned a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences.

Her performance on the athletic side of things has earned her a trip to Rio, where she’ll be competing among the world’s very best race walkers for a chance to medal at the Olympics.

Michta-Coffey is where she is now due in large part to a tireless work ethic and setting both short-term and long-term goals. Her academic status in conjunction with a jam packed training regimen proves this.

She’s at the top of her game, making strides in the bio-medical field while keeping another high end goal in mind: to be the best race walker she could be. This culminated in an Olympic bid when she qualified for her first trip to the Olympic games in London, during the summer of 2012. She said it’s a dream that couldn’t have come true without her Long Island-based support system.

“To see my family here, to see my high school and race walk coaches… It’s really special to see these guys here,” Michta Coffey said. “When I’m racing, I’m racing with you guys and for you guys. Nothing I’ve ever accomplished has been done on my own… [family, coaches and friends] have been there every step of the way.”

THE SAILOR

Bora Gulari is a skipper on the U.S Olympic sailing team. Originally born in Istanbul Turkey, Gulari moved with his family to Long Island when he was a child as his parents did their post-doctoral work at Stony Brook University.

Gulari was introduced to windsurfing by his parents at age 4. He later moved to Michigan. It wasn’t until he graduated from the University of Michigan that he took up sailing.

In Rio, he’ll be competing in the two-person mixed multi-hull event with his teammate, Louisa Chafee, daughter of ex-Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, on their Nacra 17, a high-speed catamaran.

“I’m proud to represent my country, I feel like the hard work has just begun,” Gulari said. “My heart might flutter a little bit, but it will mean a lot. I’m really proud.”

How many of LI’s five Olympians will bring home the gold? Stay tuned.

Dowling College Graduates Wonder If They’ll Ever Get Their Diplomas

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Dowling College in Oakdale (Long Island Press photo)

By Lynne Viccaro O’Leary

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An institution of higher learning for over 40 years, Dowling College gained a reputation as a solid liberal arts and aviation school set against the backdrop of the former Vanderbilt mansion on the banks of the Connetquot River. In its heyday, Dowling enjoyed a reputation for providing students with one-on-one attention, and for keeping Long Island’s schools well stocked with capable and talented educators. While some say that its decline was a long time coming, I don’t think too many observers would have predicted that Dowling would crash and burn so monumentally this spring, taking hundreds upon hundreds of faculty, staff and students along with it. It is almost as if the administration followed the playbook of what NOT to do, and followed it to a T.

How could a governing body composed of the school’s president and board of trustees—educated and accomplished professionals from across Long Island—have allowed things to get to this point? What were they doing while the college was racking up $54 million of long-term debt? Where did all of that money go? Who was signing off on the books every fiscal year? Where was the oversight?

Not only are these questions troubling, the lack of clarity regarding Dowling’s demise is beyond appalling. The complete and utter chaos, the dearth of communication, and the disregard for the faculty, staff and students is almost sociopathic.

As a recent graduate from Dowling’s MBA program, I completed my studies literally under the wire as the institution spiraled downward. It took two years of hard work, involving studying nights and weekends to fulfill my longtime dream of earning my master’s degree. Choosing Dowling was easy, because my company had a corporate partnership with them, which let me defer billing via their tuition reimbursement program. The rush from my academic success getting my MBA ended abruptly, when years of fiscal mismanagement suddenly came to a head.

First and foremost, the faculty and staff were wonderful. I learned a great deal, and found the academic process extremely gratifying. While completing the capstone class, I met a fantastic group of professionals from all different backgrounds as we collaborated on our final project. It was exhilarating to reach this significant goal collectively as we celebrated our graduation on May 21 with our families and friends.

That great feeling of accomplishment lasted about a week. The bottom fell out on May 31, when the administration made the first of many convoluted and panic-inducing announcements.

The illustrious leadership said that Dowling College was closing and students had one week to get their transcripts, or be faced with the prospect of finding them in the black hole of the state’s education department. Students and staff faced five- to six-hour long lines as they waited desperately to get some proof of their degrees and coursework so they could plan their futures. Then came the reprieves from the administration, claiming they’d made deals in the 11th hour to save the school. The news prompted the Dowling Alumni Association to go cyberbegging, urging the faculty and staff to return to work after they’d been terminated with little notice. These last-minute machinations were almost surreal.

As the final closure approached, things got worse. Along with my fellow graduates, we paid the requisite $150 graduation dues, which were to include a printed diploma. I went back to the campus at the end of June to pick up my transcripts. I found beleaguered staff left to fend for themselves against an angry and confused mob. The college was basically holding our transcripts for ransom until every cent of any outstanding tuition bill was paid then and there.

I happened to run into Dowling College President Albert Inserra in the hallway and asked him point-blank if we would get our degrees mailed to us. With a smile, he assured me that they would be in the mail in July. Now August rolls around, and we hear that this is not happening due to Dowling’s failure to both pay the printing company and send them the names of the graduates. It would seem that the college was unduly enriched by accepting those graduation dues and failing to provide degrees. We paid our money in good faith for the privilege of obtaining physical evidence of the degrees we all had worked so hard for—and we were let down yet again in every way imaginable.

As for Dowling’s failure of leadership, there has been nothing but radio silence from the Board of Trustees. Apparently they’re too busy with their summer plans and their day-to-day lives to care about the faculty, staff and students scrambling to find viable employment or search for places that will accept the educational credits that they had paid Dowling top dollars for, only to have that tuition money squandered, thrown into the gaping hole of the massive debt that was allowed to fester for years without end.

At the very least, Dowling’s Board of Trustees should pass around the collection plate to pay for printing those diplomas for those of us whose degrees are now, for better or for worse, tainted by this fiscal debacle. On behalf of the 300-plus graduates who stood on that football field at Dowling’s Brookhaven campus on May 21, I implore the Board of Trustees to listen to their consciences and not let our lasting impression be that Dowling cheated us from what was rightfully ours. Only then will they gain a glimmer of redemption in this dark chapter of Long Island’s history of higher education.

Lynne Viccaro O’Leary is an award-winning marketing and communications strategist and is vice president of marketing at a financial services organization on Long Island. She writes on marketing and management strategies and can be found on Twitter @MktgDriveThru or on Linkedin at linkedin.com/in/marketingdrivethru.

What Would Donald Trump Do To The White House?

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Would Donald Trump redecorate the White House in the styles of his hotels and casinos should he be elected president?

By Sandy McIntosh

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The three of us—Albert, Tom and me—were seated on the steps of the Academic Building at New York Military Academy, reminiscing about our school days there in Cornwall 50 years ago and our friendship with Donald Trump. In the shade of the summer sun, we speculated about the possible near-future, when Donald might win the presidency and take up residence in the White House.

“When we were in school,” Tom said, “John F. Kennedy had just been elected president. There was a big to-do about the transformation of the White House from Eisenhower’s day.”

“When Ike and Mamie were there,” Albert said, “the high point of their day seems to have been TV dinners on little trays in front of the television.”

“But when the Kennedys arrived, that changed,” I said. “They called the Kennedy White House ‘Camelot.'”

“Jackie Kennedy could speak French, I think.”

“She hired museum people to redecorate the White House.”

“The place was full of culture.”

“But then Kennedy died and Johnson set up a spit in the Oval Office and roasted a hog. Didn’t he?”

We didn’t think so. Not quite.

“So what will the Trumps do when they’re in the White House?” I asked.

“First thing, they’ll put up the big TRUMP sign on the White House roof, right? So big and shiny you’ll be able to read it from Mars!”

“I don’t think they’ll let him do that.”

We sat for a while, the sun slowly setting behind us.

“You don’t think he’ll try to redecorate the White House in the style of his casinos? Faux Greek statuary everywhere, and everything made of gold?”

We groaned.

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“Maybe they’ll work at creating a Trump Camelot. I mean, JFK had his famous PT-109 rescue, and his book, Profiles In Courage, to build on.”

“But what does Donald have to build a myth on?”

“Mar-e-Lago, Maureen Dowd said. That’s not in bankruptcy yet.”

“But that’s slim pickings, for a myth, I mean.”

“Let’s think about it. He’s still a handsome guy, hair and tan aside. And his family is beautiful!”

“I saw a picture of them at a Sunday dinner in his condo. All of them dressed to the nines. The kids so neat. It took me back to our family dinners in the 1960s. Something so retro.”

“And they all have such white teeth.”

“Yes. Shining. Reflecting the sunlight.”

“Perfection!”

“Don’t get carried away,” said Albert.

“Well, Trump’s White House won’t be Camelot,” I said.

“What will it be?” said Albert.

“I got it,” said Tom, clearing his throat. “Not Camelot. More like Ken and Barbie’s Dream Castle!”

“Ah!” one of us sighed. But we all saw the vision: the little plastic people on the White House lawn. And Vladimir Putin, perhaps, a snotty kid sitting there kicking the pieces around, creating his own little dream worlds, showing us how it’s supposed to be done.

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Sandy McIntosh first met Donald Trump at the Atlantic Beach Club in 1961. They spent the next four years together as military school cadets. He’s written about these formative experiences for the Long Island Press and The Daily Beast, and subsequently been interviewed by Le Figaro (France), Die Zeit and Zeitungsverlag (Germany), Jyllands-Posten (Denmark), Politico and The Washington Post, as well as Israel’s Channel 10, German Public Television’s ZDF, and for an upcoming Frontline program set to air on PBS Sept. 29, 2016. He is the author of 13 books. He has taught creative writing at Hofstra University and Long Island University. His A Hole In the Ocean: A Hamptons’ Apprenticeship was published in February 2016 by Marsh Hawk Press.

Do This: Long Island Concerts & Events August 4–10

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Brad Paisley
Possibly one of the most recognizable modern country singers, Brad Paisley has sold more than 12 million albums, won three Grammy Awards, 14 CMA Awards and has become a registered member of the Grand Ole Opry. Paisley set a record back in ’09 for most consecutive singles reaching the top spot in his genre. If that doesn’t impress you, take a listen to his ’05 classic, “She’s Everything.” Warming up the crowd is Tyler Farr, an up-and-coming country singer, and Maddie And Tae, whose single, “Girl In A Country Song,” went platinum. Jones Beach Theatre, Jones Beach, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $30.25-$90.25. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 4.

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Marshall Crenshaw
Born in Detroit, Marshall Crenshaw grew up when Motor City was hot and happening. He’s drawn upon his roots to carve out a unique career that evokes echoes of Buddy Holly—especially when he hits those high notes and his fingers are flinging out chords faster than a Ford Thunderbolt. He’s also a great songwriter with an ironic twist that he’s deployed to full effect as he chronicles the human condition of our time. And as fans of his WFUV-FM show “The Bottomless Pit” know well, Crenshaw’s record library rivals the Smithsonian. This uncompromising musician is the real deal. “Someday, Someway” simply has to be heard live. The Stephen Talkhouse, 161 Main St. Amagansset. stephentalkhouse.com$25-$40. 7 p.m. Aug. 5.

Sarah McLachlan
You probably recognize Sarah McLachlan’s voice from the animal cruelty commercial that makes you cry like a baby, but now you can experience that emotion by seeing her live on Long Island! The “Angel” singer is currently on tour promoting her latest album, Shine On, as well as gracing the audience with some of her classics from past albums. Her angelic, mesmerizing voice and emotional ballads are both significant factors to her enormous success. She has sold over 40 million albums worldwide, won three Grammys and four Juno awards. She also has a spot on Canada’s Walk of Fame. Get ready for an emotional, but uplifting night. You might bawl your eyes out, but it will be worth it—trust me. Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach. whbpac.org $195-$300. 8 p.m. Aug. 5.

Hot Tuna (Electric)
Jefferson Airplane essentially split into two different bands after 1972 to form Hot Tuna and Jefferson Starship. Also performing will be Leftover Salmon. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $45-$85. 8 p.m. Aug. 5.

Gil Parris
This is a rare chance to experience American Grammy Award-nominated guitarist Gil Parris, recognized by many as a killer jazz, rock and bluesman, in an intimate setting, surrounded by your friends and loved ones, enjoying a delicious and refreshing beverage and occasionally, uncontrollably, getting up out your seat, shaking your money maker, and howling “Hell yes!” Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com $10. 8 p.m. Aug. 5.

Legends of Rock
Everybody knows that when the Jefferson Airplane shed its wings in the 1970s, the Starship took off into the pop stratosphere with a stellar overdrive fueled by arena rock blasted at full throttle. The ole hippie-dippy psychedelic sound wasn’t quite left behind in the rush from its San Francisco roots, but the band headed in a different direction that had harder metallic edges than it ever had. Climb on board and listen to the music of the stars, plus Mark Farner, Rick Derringer, Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westburyvenue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $39.50-$89.50. 8 p.m. Aug. 5.

Randy Jackson of Zebra
Superhuman guitar virtuosity of the beloved Randy Jackson, frontman for Long Island’s own legendary saviors and purveyors of rock (via Louisiana), Zebra, will be performing a solo acoustic set. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org Free. 7 p.m. Aug. 6.

Yes
In 1968 the band Yes formed in London by singer Jon Anderson and bassist Chris Squire. The group is best known for its unique blend of progressive, art, and symphonic rock music. Nine of their 21 albums were top ten albums in either the UK or the US. The band has sold 13.5 million records in the United States. They’ll be performing the album, DRAMA, in full, plus Tales From Topographic Oceans sides 1 & 4 and a selection of their Greatest Hits. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com  $59.50-$109.50. 8 p.m. Aug. 6.

Dave Attell
“You know, men and women are a lot alike in certain situations. Like when they’re on fire–they’re exactly alike.” If these wise words from comedic icon Dave Attell made you giggle, or you’re in the mood to have good laugh, you won’t want to miss Attell on Long Island. Most recognizable as the host of Comedy Central’s Insomniac, Attell has also worked on The Gong Show in addition to writing with Amy Schumer for the 2015 comedy film, Trainwreck. Attell gains inspiration from various sources, including Richard Pryor and Bill Hicks, but his uniqueness of situational comedy and sharp wit is what separates him from the rest. Attell’s most recent show, Road Work, received high reviews after it’s recent Netflix release. McGuires Comedy Club, 1627 Smithtown Ave., Bohemia. mcguires.govs.com $34. 7, 10 p.m. Aug. 6.

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You know these guys from their hit show TruTV’s Impractical Jokers. Staten Island natives Sal Vulcano, Joe Gatto, James Murray and Brian Quinn delight fans with their improvised comedy sketches. The premise is as simple as the childhood games of truth or dare you used to play—but the dares dreamed up by these four childhood friends are both hilarious and excruciatingly embarrassing. No matter, it’s their infectious laughter that causes audiences to roar along with them whether they complete the dares or not. Fans can expect new videos and never-before-seen footage from their show. “Santiago Sent Us” Tour Starring The Tenderloins The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $49.50-$149.50. 7, 10 p.m. Aug. 5-6; 5, 8 p.m. August 7.

Fear Factory
This LA-based industrial metal quintet will play fan favorites, including “Linchpin,” “Replica” and “Shock.” Warming up the crowd will be Vibrater, The Hard Way, Anubis and Black Dawn. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $20, $24 DOS. 7 p.m. Aug. 7.

David Cassidy
David Cassidy is most recognizable as playing Keith in the 1970s TV series The Partridge Family, but he certainly has a good amount of performance under his belt. Even at 66, Cassidy is not afraid to hit high notes in his songs such as, “Cherish” and “I Think I Love You,” which hit Billboard Top lists after his involvement in The Partridge Family. Since the television series was created for his step-mother Shirley, Cassidy inevitably got involved in the entertainment business since his father was engaged to Shirley at the time. Since then, Cassidy has been a pop music icon, making crowds smile with his performances of “C’mon Get Happy.” Suffolk Theater, 118 E Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $60. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 7.

Chinese American Night
Songs! Dances! Joy! Part of the Nassau County International Music Nights Concert Series dedicated to music and culture, this free night of mesmerizing music is bound to satisfy the soul and inspire those dancin’ feet! Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, Eisenhower Park, East Meadow. Free. 8 p.m. Aug. 7.

Peter Pan
Take a trip to Neverland and be a kid again with J.M. Barrie’s magical children’s story, “Peter Pan,” now being performed for all ages on Long Island. Join the adventure to this enchanted realm, where you and Peter Pan will encounter mermaids, fairies, lost boys and the evil Captain Hook. This journey will make young audience members never want to grow up, and although that may seem impossible, just remember all one needs is “faith, trust and a little pixie dust.” NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westburyvenue.thetheatreatwestbury.com  $19.50. 11 a.m. Aug. 9.

Michael Bolton
If you can remember when Michael Bolton’s curly gold locks flowed down to his shoulders, then you know how long this quintessential American performer has been crooning—and grooming—since he started singing in New Haven’s seedier bars as a teenage heartthrob. These days, some 53 million album sales later, he’s a little more close-cropped, but his booming voice can still blow the roof off any concert hall. The guy’s got some pipes that others can only dream about. How does he do it? He tells all in his new memoir, The Soul of It All: My Music, My Life. When you come to think of it, MB and his music are truly inseparable. You can’t have one, without the other.  The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $39.50-$110.50. 8 p.m. Aug. 9.

Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa
The Snoop D-Oh-double-G, a.k.a. Snoop Lion, and the like-mindedly good time rapper Wiz Khalifa are taking “The High Road” tour, presented by none other than Mary Jane, for a day at the beach. Don’t be surprised to find a large cloud of smoke wafting over the venue for this one. It could get kind of hazy, even if the night starts out clear. Warming up the crowd will be Jhene Aiko, Kevin Gates, DJ Drama and Casey Veggies. Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, Jones Beach, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $25.75-$150. 7 p.m. Aug. 9.

William Handwerker
This author is the grandson of Nathan Handwerker, founder of America’s favorite frankfurter company. He will be speaking and signing copies of his new book, Nathan’s Famous. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington.bookrevue.com Free with purchase of book. 7 p.m. Aug. 10.

–Compiled by Kate Nalepinski, Ana Borruto, Leo Capobianco & Timothy Bolger

Best Long Island Moms Groups & Dads Groups on Facebook – Resource Guide

Mom and dad parenting groups

Long Island Mom & Dad Parenting Groups are helpful online resources and communities for mothers and fathers to interact, share tips and ideas, buy, sell, and trade clothing and toys, arrange playdates, shop, advertise services, and overall, simply help each other out.

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Having children is a blessing. But parenting isn’t easy. Nothing quite saps your energy and emotional resources the way children do, causing you to question your decisions like virtually nothing else on Earth. It can also be an isolating experience, especially if your pre-child friends are on a different baby-making schedule than you are.

For these reasons, parenting groups can be life-changing. You can meet people with whom you will immediately share something vitally important. They can answer your questions, concerns, and share in the unique joys and hardships that parents face. Social media, such as Facebook, has made it that much easier for like-minded mothers and fathers to find each other.

Located right here on Long Island, the groups included on this list can help identify quality local services and products—such as “Where is the best playground on Long Island?” and “Who can recommend an orthodontist?”—as well as organize meetups and play dates.

Have a stroller you are looking to unload? Barely worn baby clothes (or onesies that your baby grew out of before he/she could wear them)? Join a buy/sell/trade group. There are local groups whose main objective is coordinating and organizing playdates and outings. Groups that share ethnicities or religions. Or moms and dads who like to cook, read, or exercise.

You name it, there’s a Long Island mom (and dad) group for it.

Below is a compilation of the best Facebook Mommy & Daddy Parenting groups to get you to wine o’clock, subdivided into: COMMUNITY GROUPS; ACTIVITY GROUPS; HEALTH-RELATED GROUPS; REGIONAL GROUPS; RELIGION & CULTURAL GROUPS; BUSINESS GROUPS; BUY, SELL, TRADE, SWAP GROUPS; PLAYGROUPS/EVENTS; DADDY GROUPS; & EDUCATION GROUPS; along with their posted descriptions (and any associated rules).

This is very much a work in progress, as new groups are being created all the time, so if we missed any of your favorites, please let us know and we’ll be sure to add them! Thanks!

These are online networks where moms can share advice, jokes, and experiences, ask questions, and offer support. Friendships are often born here, with moms connecting over their collective bond of raising children on this fair island.

Some of these online families are formed around a commonality, such as breastfeeding, cloth diapers, language, or circumstance. Some are common to region. Others to sexual orientation or marital status. No matter the group dynamics, they all share one thing in common: their love—and frustration—of being a parent.

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LONG ISLAND MOMS

Remember when mornings were lazy, relaxing, and borderline fun? Yeah, me neither. Now mornings start as soon as the sun is up with a 6 year old shoving a tablet in your face. GET ME COFFEE!! This group is for YOU to read, relax, & connect with other local moms, whenever you have a free moment, may that be at 6 a.m. or 11 p.m. We’re a group of Moms, Mamas, Mommys and HEY MA’s. But we’re also wives, career women, partners, friends, teachers and many times, therapists. Sometimes we’re a B+ in the Mom category and that’s more than OK. B+ is fabulous!

But a few rules: 1) Buying/Selling belongs to the countless groups that specialize in it. 2) Advertising may only be posted on Small Business Saturdays. Do not post your business links on any other day of the week, they will be deleted. Do not bump your posts, they will be deleted. If someone seeks business recommendations, feel free to respond to their posts at any time. If you are a business and wish to host a Long Island Moms Facebook giveaway, please reach out to [the group’s administrator] to discuss the parameters.


LONG ISLAND MOMMIES

Rules are there are no rules… You can post things for sale, items you’re searching for, local business shout outs, questions about mommies or babies. Only rule is not to post anything rude or you’ll be delete!


LONG ISLAND MOMS GROUP

Place for referrals, advice and information about what’s going on on Long Island. NO ADVERTISING!


LONG ISLAND TODDLER AND PRESCHOOL MOMS

This group is for moms living on Long Island with children under the age of 5. Members can post baby & toddler items they would like to sell, share age appropriate events, deals & coupons, etc…


MOMEE FRIENDS OF LONG ISLAND

Momee Friends is all about Long Island and all things local with the focus on family. More: momeefriendsli.com


multitasking momLONG ISLAND MOMS OF NASSAU COUNTY

Hi ladies, this group is for moms to mingle, chat, ask recommendations, post questions or just vent. Because many were posting direct sales and advertising their business constantly, I am limiting it to Tuesdays only. The post will be deleted on any other day. The only post I will allow daily is help wanted for actual positions not direct sales or business ads. There are many other groups that allow this. Thank you.


LONG ISLAND, NY MOMS

This group for Moms and Dads of Long Island, New York. Use this group to discuss what’s happening on the island. Let’s talk about great restaurants, family fun spots to visit and places to shop, etcetera. Use this group to get advice on various topics, ask for recommendations/referrals or even just post for support. Rules to follow: No Advertising. Do not create a file/document without asking admin first. Respect each other. No selling of items/services.


MOM 2 MOM – LONG ISLAND NY

For moms across the Long Island area to chat, give advice, arrange play dates, & vent in a supportive setting.


MOMS FOR MOMS LONG ISLAND

A place for Moms of Long Island, NY to go for advice, networking, info on local events and so much more. Please feel free to spread the word and invite other Long Island Moms. Moms only please. Each visitor to this group takes responsibility themselves for verifying the validity of posts and to make safe and responsible choices before using someone who offers a product or service. While the Administrators make every effort to confirm validity of a member before approval it is each members responsibility to confirm a posters true validity. Always use common sense and cautiousness especially when it involves your children. Thank you.


THE REAL LONG ISLAND MOMS CHAT

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MOMS ON LONG ISLAND

Hi All, I figured I would create a page for Moms on Long Island. It’s nice to chat with local moms, ask questions, post ideas, offer up unwanted baby items that you don’t need anymore, or items you may be looking for, make possible new friends, set up a play date or two, or anything else that I forgot to add. I am a part of another Mom’s group on FB, but I don’t think it’s just for Long Island. I like the fact that everyone who joins will be from the local area. Hope you all enjoy, I know I will.


LONG ISLAND MOM AND DAD BLOGGERS

This group is for Long Island Mom and Dad Bloggers, public relations, media and other business owners/managers that offer the public blogs or opportunities for bloggers to work together to bring more to Long Island.


LONG ISLAND MOMS AND DADS

A place for all LI’ers to share info as Moms and Dads!


LONG ISLAND MOM W/ TEENS

Welcome to Long Island Moms with Teens. A place for FRIENDLY discussions. Any topic is open for discussion. We are not here to judge or argue. We would love to hear about “teenage issues” (school, sports, teen attitudes, college entrance, anything.) We all have them whether they are good or bad! This page is open for brags, rants, questions, or anything else all I ask is be nice! Just remember we are all moms, doing our best with what we have, we are not experts. Simple Rules… Do not sell here it will be deleted. Do not recruit for your direct sales job, it will be deleted. Anyone who is judging or arguing can be removed.


LONG ISLAND MOM’S CONNECT

Connect, share, inspire! Any negativity will be blocked!


LONG ISLAND SINGLE MOM AND DAD PAGE

A place to meet and support other single PARENTS.


LONG ISLAND CLOTH DIAPER MOMS (AND DADS)

A group where local families can discuss all things cloth diapering. Open to those who cloth diaper, are considering cloth, or just want to learn more. We can talk about our faves, post our concerns or issues, ask any questions, set up swaps or sales, and discuss anything else about our squishy bummed babes. Please keep conversations cloth diaper related. Non-CD Ads and spam will be deleted and members removed. Thanks!


LONG ISLAND MOMS WITH TWINS

Looking to meet other moms and their kids for outings. Walks/ park/ etc.


LONG ISLAND MOMS HELPING MOMS

This group is for Moms helping other moms who are not as fortunate. Donating or requesting items that a mother no longer needs, and is willing to part with that item to help moms with their babies and kids. Life is a struggle for parents, especially when you’re economically challenged. No receiving items then turning around selling it on one of these sites for a profit. That will get you removed from the group. No second chances! Let’s help each other out. How you exchange or donate is the same, you meet or attend to each other’s home.


LONG ISLAND AND CITY MOMS

This group is to connect the mothers I know in the area together. Feel free to invite more mommy friends you know as well! This group will give us the chance to get advice from each other and plan fun age appropriate play groups and activities for our little ones.


LONG ISLAND LGBT MOMS AND DADS

Would love to meet other same-sex parents and their kiddos!! Love makes a family!!!


LONG ISLAND GAY AND LESBIAN MOMS AND DADS

A page for LGBT Moms and Dads to ask questions, find answers and support each other as parents along with giving back to our community! All are welcome and I hope we can help each other and learn from one another


LONG ISLAND TULA MOMS UNCENSORED

Long Island Tula Moms Uncensored is a group specifically designed for parents to show their Tula/babywearing love! We can include ALL of Suffolk and Nassau Counties! 🙂 Local B/S/T is allowed and encouraged as we want everyone to know the awesomeness of Tula’s. This is a fun group, so let’s keep sharing the baby wearing love!!! There will be cursing, and rants…..if you are opposed to this, well then. you know the drill.


YOUNG MOMS OF LONG ISLAND

A place where young mothers can meet other young mothers from Long Island. *Please no selling or advertising.


STAY AT HOME MOMS LONG ISLAND

This group is for SAHMs of Long Island. It’s a place to share to joys and struggles of staying home with our little ones, support each other, and vent. Feel free to ask questions about times and dates of events, community activities around the island, favorite restaurants, vacation ideas, home repairs, etc. Feel free to set up playdates or get-togethers. Have a fun activity you’ve done with your kiddos? Share it here. Please DO NOT use this page to advertise your business. Please DO NOT list items for sale on this page. Anyone who does so will be removed. Let this be a fact-sharing page. Any offensive opinions or members can be removed as the administrators see fit. Any questions feel free to PM me. Thanks, Geralyn.


MOMS CLUB OF LONG ISLAND

Welcome to Mom’s Club of Long Island!!!! It’s a network for Long Island Moms!! Feel free to invite new moms to our group… This is a great way for us to ask questions, get advice, share info/alerts and communicate as to where/when we’ll meet up for *Park play dates, *Picnic dates, *Fun events, *Rollerskating events, *Bowling events, *Movie dates, *Halloween events, and much much more… Moms need to stick together as our children are growing up!! The more the circle grows…the more informative we can all be to each other so we can better protect our children!! Hope to see you at the next play date!!! Xoxoxo ***** We understand you may want to promote your business, however multiple posts in a short period of time will cause us to delete you. This group is not intended for that****


SUPPORTIVE SINGLE MOMS OF LONG ISLAND

This is a group of Single Moms, not just through divorce, who want to find new friends to help them along this journey and find support and advice. There will be no haters in this group and if become one, you will be deleted. Life is hard enough, so let’s be there for one another and not bring any drama. This is a place to be yourself, vent, ask for help and set up playdates etc…


YOUNG MOMS AND DADS OF LONG ISLAND

A group to help, support and make friends for young parents 🙂 Invite all your mommy and daddy friends!


PARENTING ON LONG ISLAND

This Group is created for parents to get together and discuss strategies to help their children with everyday life, school, focus, discipline, and a healthy lifestyle.


LONG ISLAND PARENTS GROUP

Welcome to the newest LI parents group. Where we can get any information needed from other parents. Give referrals to anything and everything needed. Discuss whatever you want. Rules: No bashing each other. Business posts: You can NOW ONLY POST ON THE 15th, unless someone is asking for your type of business then you can post on that thread! Thanks everyone!


STRONG ISLAND MOM SQUAD

Long Island has so much to offer and we are here to take advantage of it. We plan weekly events around the island to meet up and hang out and blow off steam. (Suggestions always welcome!) We are also here to support one another, vent, bitch, whine, and show solidarity and compassion when we need it. Your admins are: Vanessa Dees Longobardi & Alej Andra. General guidelines and squad goals: Please do not advertise your business or enterprise here without PMing an admin first. Please do not post pictures of your childs’ diaper rash/genitalia asking for medical advice, for their protection. It is a closed group but it is also the internet. These may evolve over time, but basically, have fun!


BABYWEARING INTERNATIONAL OF LONG ISLAND

Welcome! We are Babywearing International’s Long Island chapter. We have frequent free educational meet-ups lead by our Babywearing educators. Our meet-ups are listed in the event section. We also have a carrier/wraps lending library available to all dues paying members. Please look at the pinned post for more details. If you would like to join our discussion chatter group please send a PM for further details.


CHILDCARE ON LONG ISLAND

Nannies/ Babysitters Looking For Jobs Or Families That Need Childcare on Long Island.


LONG ISLAND PARENTS

Long Island Parents comes to you from longislandparents.com a website for Long Island families and more to get information such as local businesses, events, articles, local news, weather and more! Join us here to get updates, find out who your local businesses are, what specials they may have, and meet your local families.


DIVORCED LONG ISLAND PARENTS

A group to provide support, advice and friendship


LONG ISLAND CHILDCARE – NASSAUchildcare

Please specify your location, description of position and preferences. This page is for families looking for babysitters, nannies and mother’s helpers. Agencies & DayCare Centers are not Permitted. Please DO NOT post your care.com or sittercity links on this page or your posts will be deleted without further notice. It is not fair to others when you post repeatedly. Please BUMP up your posts rather than reposting them (which clogs up the newsfeed).


HUMANS WEARING BABY HUMANS LONG ISLAND

We are Humans. We all come from different places. We have different histories and different challenges. We are faced with different trials and different hurdles. We celebrate different victories and different triumphs. We are all on our own parenting journeys. There are times when our paths cross, but then often they diverge again. We make our own choices based on our own knowledge and our own beliefs. There is so much that separates us from one another, but there is also so much that brings us together. We give our everything to our children and loved ones. We do what needs to be done to help nourish and bring up our little ones and get through each day. We believe that all people deserve an equal amount of respect, kindness, and love, and strive to be that example for our children. Sometimes we fail and sometimes we soar, but we do it with support, kindness, and love, no matter what our differences are. We are mothers. We are fathers. We are caregivers. We are carriers. We are Humans Wearing Baby Humans.


LONG ISLAND PARENTS OF AN ONLY CHILD

A place to discuss your concerns, ask questions, etc. with parents who have similar challenges.


SINGLE PARENTS ON LONG ISLAND

Single parent families on Long Island coming together for activities, friendship and support.


TATTOOED PARENTS ON LONG ISLAND

This group is for all tattooed parents (or tattoo enthusiast parents) on the island to have a place to post questions, photos, events, etc. If you use profanity or are excessively rude you will be banned from the group. Be nice & have fun. Your admins are Ginamarie Galluccio & Cici Cole.


LONG ISLAND GAY AND LESBIAN MOMS AND DADS

A page for LGBT Moms and Dads to ask questions, find answers and support each other as parents along with giving back to our community! All are welcome and I hope we can help each other and learn from one another.


LONG ISLAND PARENT COMMUNITY

Long Island Parents gather in this group to connect. We trade word-of-mouth referrals, get advice, ask question and find answers. We support and encourage each other. We only ask that: 1) Posts are kept on topic (i.e. no random advertisements unless they are somehow relevant to parents of Long Island). Keep it relevant and productive. 2) Be Civil. Remember the “Golden Rule” (If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all). Members are welcome to add or approve new members, but please take this task seriously. Check out the applicants’ profile. If an applicant does not have a clear connection to Long Island, please do not admit them.


LONG ISLAND NY PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS

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SINGLE PARENT SUPPORT OF LONG ISLAND

For Single Mothers and Fathers, those who know of, or just want to share their support and love! I would also like to use this group to help families in need, whether it be children’s clothing, toys, etc.! ALL donations will go to my local church, OR a specific family that we know of! Please Post or if you want to be discrete, send me a private message.

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Shopping for the best deals and prices, preparing family meals, ensuring the kids are ready for school, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera—it often feels like there are simply not enough hours in a day to get everything done, and definitely not enough time to exercise, workout, or even a relaxing walk through the neighborhood before dinner.

You’ve got a lot on your shoulders, there’s no question, and your family is definitely relying on you to make everything happen. We know you’ve heard this before, but it really is imperative you take it to heart: You need to take care of yourself. You are perhaps the most important member of the family. If you are not well, then no one else will be well. You need to exercise. You need to be in tip-tip shape. You need to make time.

The following activity groups help you to do just that, make some friends and have some fun along the way. (Remember that? FUN!)


NO EXCUSE MOM NASSAU COUNTY LONG ISLAND

Our goal is to encourage health, friendship and community. We believe strongly that health starts at home and begins with parents as a child’s first role model. Most of all, we believe in the importance of prioritizing your personal health. Despite the stress, fatigue and chaos in a mom’s day–we believe that you should make NO EXCUSES for not prioritizing your health. We will provide you with knowledge, tools and inspiration to find what healthy means for you and your family. We are the guide on this journey. You will get workouts, healthy eating information, plus a healthy dose of motivation from our website. We will help you connect with other moms and know that you are not alone in your struggles. We are all in this together. Join us in the No Excuse Mom movement that is sweeping the world!


NOEXCUSEMOM CENTRAL

We are the Central Long Island No Excuse Mom Group. We aim to inspire, connect and motivate our community to be healthier. This is a private group and must request to join.


LONG ISLAND HOCKEY MOMS

A place where we can discuss ice hockey, share information and support one another throughout the season and off season.


LONG ISLAND MOMS COOKING CLUB

Hi Ladies I started this group for us all to share dinner ideas. I have seen a lot of woman doing a week’s worth a meals in a day. So I figured let’s start a page and do it together.


long island coupon moms Facebook groupLONG ISLAND COUPON MOMS

This group is for all of us who use coupons on daily basis to save money and get the best deals and discounts. This group is also for FREE items and giveaways to the moms in need. All the coupons and items posted must be for FREE. You are free to offer, search or exchange. If you have product samples you CAN post it in this group. (Baby Formula Samples, Shampoo, conditioner etc.) and any household samples are welcome to be shared in this group. They all must be factory sealed. Sealed food samples can be posted and expiration date MUST be stated on the original post. If you have FREE items that you want to donate to needy moms please post FREE items only. (Ex. Baby items, clothes, appliances, pottery, decorations, china etc.) If you have gift cards that you would like to sell please feel free to do so at the same or lower price the gift card is value at. You must state pick up location on your post. First person who comments Interested gets the coupon. If a person is tagged it is considered countable. Comment ONLY to the main post please, it will create confusion and dispute if you comment on a photo inside the post. Cross posting is not allowed. Go by the 12 hour rule. When someone is interested please get in touch via private message to arrange pick up. Posting your personal address and phone number is strictly prohibited. If the person did not show up to pick up the coupon please follow up before you move on to the next person in line. Be respectful to each other when posting or “buying.” If you are a “buyer,” make sure you let your “seller” know if you can’t make it for the pickup, and reschedule accordingly. If you are a coupon addict and you have valuable tips on how to save and get the best deals, you are welcome to share it with this group. Thank you and happy coupon clipping!

LONG ISLAND DANCE MOMS

Moms of daughters that are in dance competitions. Ask Questions, give tips, get how-tos, and advice.


DANCE MOMS OF LONG ISLAND

Dance Moms only… No Kids… Ask your questions… Post a quote, Sell an item, share your stories… No mention of Dance schools Allowed; post will be deleted… If you want to talk about dance schools please private message each other. Thank you. Enjoy!


WORKOUT MOMS OF LONG ISLAND

Are you a mom in Long Island and looking to lose that baby fat? Let’s build a team of moms to workout. Here you will find exercise, challenges, weight goals and a chance to connect with moms from long Island.


THRIFTY MOMS_LONG ISLAND

For Long Islanders who are looking to buy/sell items, who are in search of items (ISO), who are announcing an event, a garage/estate sale, who would like to advertise their small businesses or services or who would like to open up a discussion. We welcome new members and encourage you to join and feel free to add your “friends” to this group as well.


LIT~CHICKS / LI MOMS BOOK CLUB

A group for LI moms who love to read, because what else should we do while putting our kids to sleep 😉 Post recommendations, reviews, read-a-longs & discussions! *don’t forget to list SPOILER ALERTS. Post local book events or create your own! There is an option for “group chats” for those who are reading the same books together! Happy reading lit-chicks!! 📖🍷


BEAUTY PAGEANT MOMS/LONG ISLAND, NY

All about Beauty Pageants: Upcoming Beauty Pageants, Pageant Coaches, Pageant Photographers, Pageant Dresses, etc.


CREATIVE MOMS OF LONG ISLAND

Are you a creative mom of Long Island, then this is a group for you. You can add posts of your crafts, or if you’re looking for ideas, you will find them here.


LONG ISLAND PARENTS FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE

A place for parents on Long Island to discuss both parenting, social justice issues, and anything that falls in between. Topics will include modern race issues, feminism/feminist parenting, LGBTQ topics, wealth distribution, and environmental justice, as well as typical parenting stuff. We plan on holding both mommy and me and play date style events, as well as more political events, rallies, showings of social justice centered films, and community service projects. This is a safe space for POC, LGBQT, and non-binary individuals. It is also a space for people with various privilege to unpack and learn about the issues that have put them in a dominant position within our society.


HIKE IT BABY SUFFOLK, LONG ISLAND & HIKE IT BABY – NASSAU, LONG ISLAND

Change your world one little hike at a time. hikeitbaby.com HIKE IT BABY MISSION: We believe that our world would be a better place if all parents stepped outside at least once a week for a walk in nature with their baby. It’s Hike it Baby’s goal to support you and your family in doing that. We promise to provide a minimum of ONE HIKE PER WEEK throughout the cities we are located in and chances are there will be more.

WHAT IS HIKE IT BABY? Hike it Baby is a parent group focused on getting families outside together enjoying nature in a safe and supported way. By joining our community you will: •Greatly minimize the feelings of “baby blues” and post-partum depression. •Find a new group of friends who will always have your back (no hiker left behind). •Discover parts of your city you have never seen before! •Help your child understand the importance of nature in his/her life. •Find a strength in yourself you never knew you had. Our number one rule is to LEAVE NO HIKER BEHIND. If you have a blow out, need to feed your baby/child, have a fussy toddler, we are here for you. We have all been there, or are there now, or know it’s coming. Whether you were active before your baby came into your life or you just feel like it’s time to get out there, we are here to help jumpstart you back on that road to being active in a safe and supportive group. It’s also our mission to open you up to a new community of friends who may be your neighbors, live across town, or across the nation. Our focus is you, your family, and your baby all appreciating and exploring nature with a diverse group of people.

OUR FACEBOOK POLICIES: •Keep all posts on the Facebook page hiking/outdoor related. •Keep all discussions friendly and positive. •This is a judgment-free zone. •We hope that “Blocking” a member is never warranted, but Admins must not be blocked – it’s important for all to be able to communicate.

Long Island parenting groups

Whether you have a child with autistic needs or peanut allergies, questions about breastfeeding, nutrition, specific schools for special needs children, or even if you just want to talk with other parents who are dealing with similar issues, have similar questions, share similar experiences, the following health-related groups provide much-needed forums and support for mothers and fathers navigating these oft-confusing areas.


LONG ISLAND BREASTFEEDING MOMS

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NO NUTS MOMS GROUP OF LONG ISLAND, NY

This is a peanut and tree-nut free group for all ages. The group will meet up for indoor and outdoor events. We also have adult only outings and are open to any other suggestions. If you are a working or a stay at home mother who has a child with a life threatening allergy, please join us. This is a chance for you and your child to develop a lifelong friendship with someone you both can relate to. Our Main Website: nonutsmomsgroup.weebly.com We also have a Support Group and Forum for all Food Allergic Families: NO NUTS MOMS GROUP SUPPORT GROUP & FORUM


LONG ISLAND ABA AUTISM MOMS

I’ve been seeing tons of posts on several different groups asking for transition advice and info, cpse meetings, EI services, developmental pediatricians, evaluation scores, diet and healthcare for Autism, reading data sheets, and so much more. I thought creating a page like this may help parents with newly diagnosed children go through the process, and help share valuable information between concerned parents as we move forward. A great place to ask questions, toss ideas around, share what works for your family, or just simply share or vent in a safe place where people actually “get it.” Let’s see how this works…


FOOD ALLERGY MOMS OF LONG ISLAND

This board is for parents of children with food allergies. The purpose of this group is to connect with other local Long Island parents of children with all types of food allergies. We can share tips, snacks and other great finds with other parents in the same situation! Our only request is that you do not advertise in here. We are all looking for suggestions and advice, so please do not solicit parents here. Thank you!!!


LONG ISLAND MOMS GETTING HEALTHY

This group is for Long Island moms who are looking for support as they get healthy and lose weight.


PARENTS OF SPECIAL NEEDS GROUP-LONG ISLAND

A place where parents with Children that have special needs can come here to vent, get information and find friends in our community.


LONG ISLAND SPEECH THERAPY PARENTS

This group is facilitated by Little Angels Center with offices in Blue Point, Medford, Commack and East Islip and Port Jefferson Station. We can’t answer child specific questions, but we can help explain the availability of different services, be a resource on general speech and language development and provide resources for speech and language home carryover.


LONG ISLAND PARENTS OF LEGALLY BLIND CHILDREN

Simply put, this is a place to share our information, our love, our frustrations, our achievements, our setbacks, and everything else in between.


LONG ISLAND VEGAN PREGNANCY AND PARENTING

If you’re a vegan mommy or a vegan mommy-to-be (pregnant now or planning a vegan pregnancy in the future) you came to the right place! This group is a place for vegan women to share their pregnancy and parenting experience, give each other support and maybe make new friendships.


LONG ISLAND ATTACHMENT PARENTING

This is a group that helps parents share experience, exchange ideas and learn new ways to raise our children with love and compassion. We are an eclectic group of parents and children with one thing in common; a desire to parent naturally and from the heart. We know that what our culture has accepted as “normal” are parenting methods that increasingly feel “detached” from what children really need. Don’t let the main stream bring you down. You know what’s best for your children and in our group you can discuss it without fear of judgment…or strange looks!

Are you tired of searching for other families who breastfeed beyond the “minimum”? Are you sick of people saying things like “He doesn’t sleep through the night yet?” or “You keep your baby in the room/bed with you!?!” Well, you’ve come to the right place! Whether supporters of child Led Weaning, gentile discipline, homeschooling, Baby-wearing, bed-sharing or co-sleeping all are welcome here!


HOLISTIC PARENTS OF LONG ISLAND

This group is for Holistic-minded parents looking for support and advice, or for those seeking to switch to alternative/holistic medicine and parenting. This group is NOT for people who 100% only believe in modern medicine and parenting. Please feel free to share products, doctors, parenting techniques, etc. that you have found success with. Please add like-minded friends/family. All member request will be screened and need to be approved, as this page is not for people to say negative comments/trash talk this way of life. Please see description below to decide if this group is for you (adapted from holistic moms group):

People in this group should believe in the following practices. While you do not have to follow every one of these practices, you should feel comfortable considering and listening to those who do. If these practices make you uncomfortable, this group is not for you. 1. Making informed and educated parenting decisions around pivotal issues such as childbirth, breastfeeding, wellness, vaccination, circumcision, nutrition, interpersonal communication, discipline, and education, among others. Parents need to be aware of alternative and holistic options that may differ from conventional choices in order to make an informed choice that best suits their family and their personal values. 2. Seeking respectful and nurturing relationships with others, imparting the values of empathy, love, and compassion to our children, and embracing attachment parenting techniques (including baby-wearing, extended breastfeeding, co-sleeping, and positive discipline). 3. Actively participating in our own healing process when we’re out of balance; using minimally invasive healthcare modalities to help the body and spirit heal while respecting the many paths to healing, both holistic and conventional. 4. Balancing and integrating the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of being into everyday life; using the principles of wholeness – healthy eating, regular exercise, natural healing, stress reduction, non-violent communication – to create a balanced life for the entire family. 5. Teaching our children to respect and care about the natural world by actively providing opportunities for them to be in nature, and teaching them about how they can protect our environment. 6. Limiting our children’s exposure to advertising, marketing, and a consumer-driven culture that is creating rampant materialism, disconnecting them from nature and healthy social interactions. 7. Living more simply and consuming less in an effort to reduce our impact on the environment and to emphasize non-material values.

Long Island

Communities are ultra-tight units of people who live in the same geographic area who share a ton. They live on the same block. Their children attend the same schools. They shop in the same stores, deal with the same utility companies, go to the same post office.

Communities are comprised of friends and families, school districts, parishes and congregations. They are neighbors, confidantes, a unique network of parents who are all in it, together. Individually, members of a specific community may be strong, but united, well, Look Out!

As such, a community’s shared experiences are also its greatest strength. Members are therefore the best to turn to when there’s an issue that simply no other collection of people will understand. Or there’s an event or special occasion to celebrate. Community members are in it for the long haul, since they literally live there. They’re in it. They get it. And they can be your best ally, to share ideas with, receive advice from, or help tackle any number of challenges. These are the people you live with. These are the people who will help mold you and your family and your children’s lives, simply by sharing so much of life with one another.

The following are online community groups who’ve bonded together to better the lives of not just their own families, but their neighborhoods where they live, as a whole.


PATCHOGUE MOMS

Welcome to Patchogue moms! This group is for posting community events, information and recommendations that are relevant to moms in the area. There is no advertising in this group unless an admin designates a specific post to that. Any advertising posts will be deleted without warning and you might be removed from the group as well. There is a search option for the group if you have a question that you think was asked already or if you are searching for an old post. If you’re on your phone, you need to enter in “Patchogue moms (insert what you’re looking for.) If you have things for sale please post them in this group: THINGS FOR SALE IN PATCHOGUE-MEDFORD NEW YORK Please remember to be nice=)


SOUTH SHORE LONG ISLAND MOMS

This is a FB group for “South Shore” residents to communicate, interact and share ideas. It’s a great place to exchange tips, local events and advice. Please be respectful, no spamming for sole purpose of business and remember the printed word doesn’t always come across the way it would if you said it over a nice glass of Chardonnay. We LOVE our local businesses and are proud and honored to support them, so we ask that you ONLY post on “Wacky Wednesdays” which are now the third Wednesday of every month from 8:00am ~ 8:00pm. *see schedule below* No exceptions will be made. If you have a community based event, fair or a community based activity you wish to post, you must submit it to an SSLI Moms admin for approval. You may post a link once a week for another Facebook group, but it may not be “business” based. This group is a fantastic forum for referrals, discussions and fun information, but as it has grown we had to curtail the advertising activity. We support our local Long Island businesses, but the constant flood of ads get overwhelming and drown out the regular conversations. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact one of us, we’re here to help. You’re all terrific and a fun group!!! Thank you for your continued support.


SUFFOLK COUNTY MOMS

Moms that live in Suffolk County-here is your place to share, support, ask questions, and advertise any local business run by mom’s. If you kids needs votes for a contest, POST! If you love a locally female run business, tell us about it? Have mom questions, get answers from other moms. Be KIND, Be supportive! I am way too busy to monitor this thing; I have kids to raise, money to make, and toilets to clean. LIKE ALL MOMS! Have fun ladies and I hope that this forum is a happy and safe place without BIG BROTHER watching or some cyberbully admin’s telling you what you can and cannot post. Let’s keep it real ladies! If you are not a mom and just want to follow! Feel Free! Together we are stronger!


NORTH SHORE LONG ISLAND MOMS

This is a FB group for “North Shore” residents to communicate, interact and share ideas. It’s a great place to exchange tips, local events and advice. Just one request, NO DRAMA (LOL). Please be respectful and remember the printed word doesn’t always come across the way it would if you said it over a nice glass of Chardonnay. We LOVE our local businesses and are proud and honored to support them, so please see the pinned posts for the schedule of dates for advertising. Let’s try and limit our activity to mainly the North Shore of Long Island. Thank you for your participation, have fun and enjoy North Shore Long Island Moms!!!!


NORTH SHORE MOMS CHAT

YOU BELONG HERE because: •You are a North Shore LONG ISLAND MOM; • You want the warmth of girlfriends without immature BS; • You have been dying to have friends to laugh and talk to; • You feel alone and wonder if anyone else understands and feels the way you do; • Sometimes you really need to just vent a little and get it off your chest; • Some days you want to connect but don’t want to get out of your PJs; • You believe that women are not destined to be the bitch and backstabber stereotype; • You know you have a lot to offer; • You want to reclaim your sense of humor and laugh out loud every day; • No one is happy if mama isn’t happy; • It is time you nurture yourself and who you are; • You are making a choice to get out and involved!


MASSAPEQUA MOMS GROUP

A page for MOMS (and dads) to ask questions and find answers about what is going on in Massapequa and how to give back to the community. REMINDER… MMG is not a place to advertise. I ask that you create documents in files so our board does not get clogged. I am also implementing a new rule that you please edit the file you already have instead of creating new files. Also, updating must not exceed every two weeks. I have no problem with you jumping in on a thread that your specific business is being requested, but please be respectful to each other and each other’s businesses. When in doubt, private message is always best. Please do not create events in our group. If there is something you would like to promote or if you are having a party, kindly contact me. Our events are created by administrators. As adults, we are to maintain a level of respect towards other members, local businesses, and our community. If I feel that level has been crossed, you post will be deleted. Thank you, Dawn. MMG IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY POSTS OR COMMENTS MADE BY ITS MEMBERS & IS FOR ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES! PRESS INQUIRIES CONTACT [email protected]


OCEANSIDE LONG ISLAND MOMS

A group for Oceanside moms to discuss area events and happenings in Oceanside.

Mom and dad parenting groups

Every religion shares their own set of beliefs, and so too does every culture share its own core of traditions. Whether that’s a recipe handed down through several generations, or the sacred customs performed at a special ceremony or familial occasion, such as a wedding, all these help define not just those individual members of said religious sect or community, but the congregation or ethnicity as a whole.

The following groups are comprised of caring individuals and families who share religious and cultural beliefs and traditions, and in bonding together, have created online families unto their own.


LONG ISLAND JEWISH MOMS

Shalom! This Moms group is for all Jewish moms and their little ones in the Nassau/Suffolk Long Island areas. Your spouse can be non-Jewish. If you are a Jewish mom looking to join a group of other Jewish mommies, this is the place for you. We have Mommies Night Out, playdates, outings, family days, chatting/message board, etc. As of now there is no Advertising. We will pick a day once a month starting March. You may create a file and update every two weeks. Any events must be approved by admins. We look forward to meeting you and your little ones.


JEWISH MOMS LONG ISLAND NY

We highly recommend NYC Party Masters for all your party needs, they are amazing!! nycpartymasters.com


LONG ISLAND ITALIAN MOMS GROUP

Thank you for joining our site for Long Island Italian Moms (and Dads are welcome, too!). On our site, please share your favorite recipes, pictures of your Sunday dinners, tell stories about how your family came to America, maybe some photos of family when they arrived here. Where is your family from in Italy? Hey, you may find some long lost relatives!! Post Italian Feasts, Restaurants, etc. Welcome!!


LONG ISLAND MOCHA MOMS

If you’re a stay-at-home mom, or work part-time, full-time, etc. mom of color living on Long Island, a new chapter of Mocha Moms is forming. This is an amazing support group for moms just like you (and me) who are making things work for themselves, families, and communities. Join us!


LONG ISLAND ASIAN PARENTS

Is it just me or do Asian cultures have some wild and interesting believes and techniques when it comes to child rearing (or even life in general)? Let’s share stories, ideas, experiences, and even recipes to connect with each other and build a strong network of support and knowledge to keep our roots and cultures alive :)!


POLISH PARENTS ON LONG ISLAND

A place where parents can meet and discuss topics that affect us and our kids.


RUSSIAN PARENTS ON LONG ISLAND

This group is designed for Russian speaking parents to share their concerns, ideas on raising kids on Long Island. Please share the EVENTS that you think other parents can benefit from Business owners, feel free to share your ads if they relate to children/family, BUT we strongly ask you NOT to exceed 1 posting a week (after all it is free for you).

Long Island parenting groups

Do you specialize in custom-designed arts and crafts for children? Make jewelry? Are you a stay-at-home mom who possesses an amazing gift for baking the most amazing cookies and muffins and rugelach? A photographer? Do you sell all-natural baby products? Are you looking to network with other professional parents? These groups are resources for those looking to market their products and services, connect with other working mothers, and expand their businesses. They’re also great resources for shoppers who are interested in supporting other Long Islanders.

Browse, chat, and leave your digital business card. You never know where it might lead!


LONG ISLAND MOMS PROFESSIONAL NETWORKING

Mom’s Personal and Career Group – Buy, Sell, Trade


LONG ISLAND MOMS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS GROUP

This is a group, place, board, and community, where moms and professional photographers can come together and talk about all things photography, and be a meeting of the minds. Once people stop playing nice this board will be shut down. I am not sure that it will work the way it is intended do, but there are so many discussions in other Facebook groups/Moms groups, about photography, why not come here. We can discuss with a high degree of professionalism, anything related to the field. If you are looking for a photographer, want to understand something about photography sessions, etc. This is NOT a place for complaining, bashing, demeaning, or criticizing, nor is it a place to drill professionals with questions about technical questions. I hope we can make this a fun and informational place for moms and professional photographers to come together. Enjoy and introduce yourself, I am so glad you are here. If you are looking for a photographer, let us know what you are looking for, if there is a date in mind or an event date, and your budget. Photographers who may be able to meet your needs are welcome to respond with links to their pages so you may see their work etc. If you’ve had a great experience with someone, share. Share who it was and what made your experience special and meaningful. THAT is what it’s all about.

Photographers: please no posting of ads. If you are responding as a professional photographer, you should be in business for a minimum of 2 years, have a registered business name and tax ID number, carry liability insurance, and conduct yourself in a professional manner at all times. If you do not meet these requirements and proceed with responding as such, you will be removed from the group.


CANDY APPLE JEWELRY

This little New York-based jewelry company has been lucky enough to have its jewelry worn by models and actresses worldwide, including the cast of The Vampire Diaries. Every piece is handmade to order. Custom jewelry orders are always welcomed! More: candyappleny.com

PASS THE BUCK

Need something or need to sell something? All parents know that raising kids comes with a lot of stuff: strollers, baby furniture, wipe warmers, clothes. These items are quickly outgrown. Clothes are often grown out of before we can even get them on our infants and toddlers.

Never fear! These groups are here to offer their “overstock” to interested parties. These are great resources for gently used items, or sometimes, those new, with tags items that you and your loved ones may need. And when your children outgrow them, these groups provide the perfect forums to pay it forward.


LONG ISLAND MOMS WHO LOVE TO SHOP/BUY/SELL

This group is for Long Island moms who love to shop and sell.


FREE MOM SWAP – LONG ISLAND

A place for local moms to help each other out in an economy where many of us can’t or don’t want to spend money on all the things we need or want. Are you done using your baby clothes, toys, stroller, furniture, etc.? Offer it up to someone who wants it! Looking for gently used toys? Don’t want to buy new ice skates, soccer cleats or ballet shoes just so your child can try an activity? Need a second high chair for grandma’s house? Just ask! ALL ITEMS OFFERED MUST BE FREE!!!!! (Mom Swap is not responsible for the condition or recall status of any items exchanged.)


LONG ISLAND MULTIPLE MOMS BUY/SELL

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LONG ISLAND MOMS PROFESSIONAL NETWORKING GROUP BUY, SELL, TRADE GROUP

Long Island MOMS Professional Networking – Mom’s Personal and Career Group


LONG ISLAND PARENTS ISO, FREE, SWAP, TRADE, FOR SALE… ETC.

Parents helping parents… PLEASE no hate mail or talking trash… This is a group for advice, free items, for sale or notice of fairs or listing other great resources. If you receive anything and you can recycle it that would be great. )


MOMMY TRADE BUY LI

DESCRIPTION: NO Drama. NO foul language. **Please remember to delete the post after the position is filled. ***Invite all your friends and family. **** **** NO BASHING of any kind. Absolutely NO asking for money EVER. If anyone has Any issues or needs to talk to me for any reason, please message me at any time.*** Don’t block admin or you will be deleted from the group. *** Admins please message me if you’re interested.***

Long Island parent groups

Looking to meet up with other moms? Being a new mom can be isolating. It can be difficult to meet other parents with children who are your children’s age. These groups provide an easy way for moms to connect to share experiences, new places, and events together. Some of the closest relationships in parents’ lives are those forged with other parents. When the children form friendships, parents often bond along with them.

Looking to go on an adventure with your little ones?

Here are some places for some company:


LONG ISLAND MOMS AND TOTS PLAYGROUP

This is a playgroup for moms and dads on Long Island…. You have been added by me if you have attended one of my playdates or have shown interest in attending one. I would like this group to run smooth and stress free…. Feel free to post a playdate that you’d like to “host” or a meetup if you will be at a local park or place and would like to have some mommy friends to keep you company. I would also encourage moms and dads to help each other out… If you have a question or need help… Ask away… I only have three rules: Treat others like you would like to be treated. Please let me know if you are adding a friend. I’d like to keep this group a safe place. Please only add someone if you personally know them. Absolutely no advertising of any kind.


LONG ISLAND MOMS GET TOGETHER

Hi Moms, This group was created to help Moms meet other Moms (or Dads)! If you are going somewhere or doing something that you think other families would enjoy, post here! For example, walk in a park, playing at a playground, or going to a wine bar. With or without kids!


LONG ISLAND MOMS PLAY DATES

For mommies: to meet, set up play dates for their little ones or older kids, network and chat about any and everything moms encounter in their day.


MOMMY POPPINS LONG ISLAND

Get more out of Long Island at longisland.mommypoppins.com


BABYLON MOMMIES & TODDLERS ACTIVITY GROUP

IF IT IS NOT CLEAR IN YOUR PUBLIC PROFILE that you live on Long Island (NEW YORK, USA) and have a child under the age of 5, you must contact the lead admin by PM to be added to this group. It can be hard for new moms (or not so new moms) to find other local moms with kids the same age… and it can be hard to fit in time to plan activities for the little ones! This group is STRICTLY for networking with moms of children under age 5, in and around the Town of Babylon, Long Island, NY; organizing local play dates, and discussing local toddler/family events and resources. No selling stuff or advertising anything. Thanks! ***Please read our pinned Group Information post as soon as you are added to our group.*** Long Island Moms outside Babylon, especially Eastern Nassau and Western Suffolk County, are welcome, with the understanding that we focus on local Babylon area resources and activities.


LONG ISLAND KIDS AND FAMILY EVENTS

This group is to learn about upcoming events for kids and families on Long Island. If you’re hosting or know of an event, you can post the info to this group (one post per event per day, please). If you’re looking for something specific, ask and someone here might have an answer. And don’t forget to invite other local parents to the group! Enjoy!

Long Island parent groups

Online parenting groups are not just for mommies. Dads have questions, concerns, jokes, and great ideas for fun things to do with the kids, too. If you’re a dad looking for a Long Island online community, here’s where to find it. There are dads who work from home, divorced dads, and dads looking for adventure. All of these groups share the same commonality: love for their children.


LONG ISLAND DADS GROUP

Long Island Dads… This group is for you! Discuss life, work, promote your business or whatever is on your mind. Please share this group with your friends.


MOMS AND DADS LONG ISLAND

Post recommendations and information a great forum to seek highly recommended businesses, companies, & professionals throughout Long Island.


LONG ISLAND HOME BIRTH DADS

Whether you are planning, have already had, or are uncertain about home birth, you are among other dads and partners that are going through or have gone through the same experience. There are some women in this group; other mothers, midwives, doulas, etc. that can help to answer any questions.


MUSLIM DADS OF LONG ISLAND

This group is dedicated to planning outings and meet-ups for Muslim Dads and kids on a monthly basis on weekends and holidays. Sports (soccer, basketball, football, cricket), parks, trips, movies, organized sports activities etc. This group is an outlet for Dads to connect and collaboratively plan activities for our kids.


YOUNG MOMS AND DADS OF LONG ISLAND

A group to help, support and make friends for young parents 🙂 Invite all your mommy and daddy friends!


LONG ISLAND SINGLE MOM AND DAD PAGE

A place to meet and support other single PARENTS.

Long Island Education Groups

Looking for information on a specific private school? Curious about Common Core and the Opt-Out Movement on Long Island? Do you have a question about fifth grade homework? Wondering who is running for the local board of education—or thinking of running yourself?

These groups provide a great resource for information about schools on Long Island, and school-related issues.


LONG ISLAND OPT-OUT INFO

This is a group page to share information about our public schools, high-stakes testing, APPR, data mining, common core and opting out. Feel free to ask questions, post links, and share your experiences with your school when this information is being discussed! Thank you for joining – Let’s Do This!!!


LONG ISLAND PARENTS EDUCATION RESOURCE

Long Island Parents Education Resource provides free resources, advice, and discussions about school and education. This group is meant for discussing studying, organization, specific topics and concepts, and the school environment. This is not a group for advertising. Any post or comment that advertises a product or service will be removed.

Rules and Regulations: By joining and participating in the Long Island Moms Education Resource Group, you agree to comply with Facebook’s Terms and Conditions (facebook.com/legal/terms). Any content that is a violation of these terms or is contrary to our company policies will be deleted.

Margot Enterprises will not tolerate the following postings in the group: • Abusive, harassing, stalking, threatening or personally attacking others; • Defamatory, offensive, obscene, or vulgar comments; • Hateful in language targeting race/ethnicity, religion, gender, nationality or political beliefs; • Spamming in nature; • Direct or indirect solicitation of goods or services; • Posting of any personal information including, but not limited to, email address, phone number, and/or address. Margot Enterprises reserves the right to remove any post that doesn’t adhere to our guidelines as listed above. We also reserve the right to remove any member who violates these guidelines from the group. Posts made in this group do not reflect the views of Margot Enterprises. Margot Enterprises is not liable for any posts made by group members. Please be aware that any information posts by members can be inaccurate or misleading. Following advice from a member is done at your own risk. This group is managed by Margot Enterprises. All resources are intended for individual use only and are not allowed to be sold. All Q and A sessions are organized by Margot Enterprises. All raffle and contest prizes are donated by Margot Enterprises. If you have any questions please send us an email at [email protected]


LONG ISLAND PARENTS FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION

Long Island Parents for Public Education is a place for parents to stay informed with FACTS and to raise awareness to support public education. Check back to stay informed about local events and forums. Please be respectful in posts and comments. Any offensive, inappropriate, or inaccurate content will be deleted. Thank you.


Long Island parent special education Facebook groupLONG ISLAND SPECIAL EDUCATION PARENT NETWORK

This group has been created as a support group for any parent with a special needs child. It is a place that you can hear about what is going on around Long Island in the special needs community as well as ask questions and seek help. If you know of any great groups for special needs kids please let us know.


LONG ISLAND EDUCATION EXCHANGE

WELCOME! Long Island Education Exchange is a page for Long Island-based educators (teachers, aides, administrators) and parents interested in participating in an exchange of ideas, news and events pertaining to education issues in our area. This page is a resource for educators and parents to freely exchange ideas and provide information for those who seek it. The admins will allow advertising of education-related goods and services that will be of benefit to educators and parents. Any posting that advertises products/goods/services that do not comply will be removed. This is not a forum for airing grievances or complaints against any individual or educational institution. Any such posting violates our rules and the member will be removed immediately. This page can be a valuable resource if used correctly. Enjoy. *Please see complete page rules under “Files.”


PARENTS OF LONG ISLAND CATHOLIC SCHOOLS

Welcome. This group is for parents who have children in a Long Island Catholic Elementary or High School. We created it as a positive and supportive place to share information and get ideas from other Catholic school parents.


PROGRESSIVE SCHOOL OF LONG ISLAND PARENTS

DESCRIPTION: The Progressive Parents Page is a forum to allow parents to share information of any good news going on in the Progressive World. 🙂 We’re not here for complaining but for sharing events, activities and other good news. This is not run by the school in any way.


PARENTS OF LONG ISLAND STUDENTS

This group is a place for Long Island parents of school aged children (k-12) to share info, ask questions and seek advice about their kids’ education/school. This group was created by two long island moms & teachers and we hope parents in the surrounding Long Island communities can benefit from this page! This is not a place to advertise, such will be deleted:-)

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