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Hundreds of Animals Removed from Bellmore Home

Authorities removed scores of birds and other animals from a house in Bellmore on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 (Photo by Ana Burruto/Long Island Press)

By Ana Borruto

Hundreds of birds, more than 100 turtles, many lizards, skunks and a tortoise are just some of the animals that authorities removed from a Bellmore home on Tuesday, officials said.

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Nassau County Police blocked off Ocean Avenue while the Nassau County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation conducted the investigation, which drew onlookers.

Officers were seen putting animals into cages, where they were examined and tagged, then placed in trucks to be taken away. One large truck on the scene was used for up to 300 birds found, said Brendan Brosh, a spokesman for the Nassau County District Attorney. The most dangerous animal found in the home was an alligator turtle, which was put in the back of another vehicle.

The Bellmore home was previously raided last August, when hundreds of animals were found, including a 200-pound snapping turtle and a 4-foot alligator. At that time, the owner was ordered to clean up the home within 24 hours or face arrest and charges for animal neglect. But the owner was allowed to keep most of the animals.

Brosh said the latest raid had begun at 10 a.m. Tuesday and lasted throughout the day. He added that the resident of the home was not arrested. The investigation is continuing.

NYPD Sgt. from Valley Stream Charged With Bribery

By Ana Borruto

A New York City police sergeant from Valley Stream was arrested for allegedly taking cash bribes, limo rides and liquor bottles in exchange for improperly expediting gun license applications, federal prosecutors said.

Sgt. David Villanueva, head of the NYPD’s Licensing Division, was charged Monday with conspiracy to commit bribery at Manhattan federal court. He was indicted along with Alex Lichtenstein, a Brooklyn-based gun expeditor.

“Gun licenses were issued to people who had no business having them,” Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, told reporters during a news conference. “The gun licensing process meant to safeguard the public was, of course, dangerously compromised.”

Prosecutors said Villanueva accepted over $1,000 worth of bribes and other gifts to expedite and approve more than 100 gun licenses for Lichtenstein’s clients, some of whom should have been rejected, from 2012 through this year.

Bharara also announced Monday that NYPD Officer Richard Ochetal previously pleaded guilty to accepting bribes in exchange for approving gun license applications with Villanueva. He completed first-level reviews of many of the applications and was instructed by Villanueva to approve them, authorities said. Some of the compensation Villanueva received from Lichtenstein was given to Ochetal, according to investigators.

During the review and approval process, Villanueva and Ochetal neglected required checks, which included criminal history checks, prosecutors said. Additionally, both officers approved applications for licenses to carry firearms that did not have business-related reasoning, authorities said. Approval for such licenses normally take months, even over a year to process, however the officers were able to complete them within weeks.

Bharara additionally announced a second indictment Monday that resulted in the arrest of three more NYPD officials on bribery charges in a separate, unrelated case. He thanked the FBI, IRS and NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau for their help in the investigations, which are continuing.

Villanueva faces up to 15 years in prison, if convicted.

Jason Aldean Rocks Jones Beach Theater

By John Dundon

Long Island showed its southern side when 15,000 cheering fans packed Nikon at Jones Beach Theater to see Nashville-based country rocker Jason Aldean, who played the seaside amphitheater on June 17.

Opening acts on his Six String Circus Tour included A Thousand Horses, a country band also from Nashville, and Thomas Rhett, an up-and-coming vocalist who’s the son of former country star Rhett Akins. Rhett performed some his more popular songs including “Beer with Jesus” and “Die a Happy Man.” After a lengthy intermission, on came the man everyone was there to see.

“We just wanted to get right into it. Sorry for making y’all wait so long!” Aldean said as the crowd roared. “I’m not gonna do a lot of talkin’, we’ve got a lot of music left to play.”

Aldean’s crew made their way to the stage around 9:20 p.m. and got right into it with “Just Gettin’ Started” off his most recent album, Old Boots, New Dirt. From there, Aldean kept the country-rock theme going with “Gonna Know We Were Here,” another electric guitar centric hit.

Make no mistake about it, Aldean is a country superstar, but his performance at Jones Beach had a Rock ‘n’ Roll feel to it. It featured plenty of heavy cords from guitarists Kurt Allison and Jack Sizemore, who at some points stole the show.

The backdrop featured a series of diamond-shaped screens flashing graphics, colors, crowd shots and live video from on stage. The lighting colors brilliantly flashed different shades depending on the mood created by Aldean and his road band.

The guitarists teamed up for an electric guitar duet that got the crowd the loudest it had been all night. But Aldean went light at times, too. For the die-hard fans, he also played older, twangier songs from the band’s infancy.

Or, as he put it: “The stuff we played in front of 25 people at a bar.” His fan base has certainly grown since he dropped his self-titled debut album a decade ago.

Donation Retunes Long Island Students’ Defunct String Program

Copiague elementary school students perform The D’Addario and Harmony Program Spring Recital on June 8 at Susan E. Wiley Elementary School.

By Ana Borruto

After warming up their cellos, violins and violas, 20 young musicians raised their bows and erupted in a symphony, filling a Copiague elementary school gymnasium with the music of Mozart and Bach.

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Third-grade symphony concerts aren’t uncommon at schools across Long Island. But the Copiague Public School District had lacked a strings program for 30 years, so this one wouldn’t have been possible without a charitable donation two years ago. The help came from the D’Addario Foundation, the nonprofit arm of D’Addario & Co., the century-old, world’s largest guitar string manufacturer based in Farmingdale.

“By having music in our education system, having it be something accessible to kids on a regular basis, we can positively increase engagement in schools,” said Suzanne D’Addario, executive director of the foundation. “Kids want to come to school when they know that they have music.”

Since 1981, the foundation has supported about 700 similar programs in 47 states and 54 countries. They also support 30 programs in New York City and nine on LI, including those at the Henry Viscardi School in Searingtown and Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts in Wheatley Heights. The nonprofit’s goal is to use music for social change and give educational opportunities to children in high-risk areas.

One of the charities that the foundation supports is the Harmony Program, a nonprofit in NYC dedicated to providing after-school music education for students in communities with limited access to them. The Copiague student symphony showcased the fruits of a joint donation by the Harmony Program and the D’Addario Foundation.

The D’Addario and Harmony Program Spring Recital on June 8 at Susan E. Wiley Elementary School featured young student musicians from both Deauville Gardens East and Deauville Gardens West Elementary Schools. The nonprofits’ donation supplied the students with instruments of their choice and music lessons two hours a day, three days a week, as well as transportation from the school to D’Addario’s headquarters, where the lessons were held.

“Sadly, music is not accessible to children particularly in disadvantaged neighborhoods,” D’Addario said. “Music has been cut from school programs. It’s an expensive thing to pursue on your own, so that access has been eliminated. What we seek through our foundation is to bring access back.”

D’Addario said a majority of the company’s 900 employees have children enrolled in the Copiague Public School District, which was one reason they wanted to help the school.

“This is a constituency of people where 70 percent of the kids that attend the school qualify for free or reduced lunch, so there is a pretty high level of need,” D’Addario said.

Jessica Zweig, program manager for Harmony Program, said at the recital that she had seen a significant improvement since the students’ previous recital in December.

“I see this amazing progression in not only their musical abilities, but just their confidence level and the way they present themselves,” Zweig said. “They’re listening. They’re playing with the people next to them. They’re following their conductor. Every single concert, the quality improves.”

Geoffrey Stone, a cello teacher who’s been involved with the Harmony Program since February 2013, said there are several students who have been in the program since its beginning, and he has noticed improvements in their behavior and development.

“I’d like to think that what we’re doing with them is helping to develop some of their personalities a little bit,” Stone said. “What you see from music is that it does give them a set of skills, including some social skills, some personal confidence, and responsibility.”

Students who participated in the recital received participation awards, while some earned special recognition. Jennifer Calderone, a cello student, won a summer scholarship from the Usdan Summer Music Camp. Zweig said Calderone is just one student who has expressed an interest in continuing music education in the future.

“She is very invested and has certainly spoken of cello as her outlet for expressing herself,” Zweig said. “It’s what she does when she’s bored at home.”

As someone who started her music education at a young age, Zweig said it’s rewarding to give to another student and see their progress.

“It’s an honor to serve these students,” Zweig said. “They give me as much as I give them. I believe everyone should be able to have this opportunity.”

Long Island Summer Fairs & Festivals 2016

By Olivia Booth

Summer officially begins June 20, and this season will be especially eventful on Long Island with many exciting fairs, festivals and carnivals planned through Labor Day from the East End to the New York City line! Here’s a comprehensive list so you’ll know what to look forward to:

St. Philip and St. James Family Festival
Rides, games, food and refreshments.
St. Philip and St. James School, 1 Carrow Pl., St. James. 6-10 p.m. June 23, 6-10:30 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. June 26.

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Long Beach Super Boardwalk Fair
Vendors, arts and crafts, food and more! Long Beach Boardwalk, Shore Road and Riverside Boulevard, Long Beach. Free. 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. June 25-26.  

Family Fun Day
Games, entertainment, products and services, featuring a yo-yo tournament! Ross Memorial Park, 2000 Brentwood Rd., Brentwood. Free. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. June 26.

St. Anthony’s Family Feast and Fesitval
Rides, games, zeppole-eating contest and fireworks! Trinity Regional School Grounds, 5th Ave., East Northport. Free. June 29-July 3. 6 p.m. each day except Sunday, when it starts at 3 p.m.

Oyster Bay Italian American Club St. Rocco Festival
Outdoor music, rides, games, fireworks, and meatball contest with a $10,000 grand prize!
Shore Avenue, NY Fireman’s Field, Oyster Bay, Free. 6-11 p.m. July 6-9, 5- 10 p.m. July 10.

St. William The Abbot 40th Annual Family Festival
Rides, games, food and live entertainment! 2000 Jackson Ave., Seaford. Free. 7-11 p.m. July 6-8, 6-11 p.m. July 9, 5-10 p.m. July 10.


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St. John’s Greek Festival
Dancing, gifts, a flea market, rides and games! St. John’s Greek Orthodox Church, 77 Montauk Hwy., Blue Point. Free. 6-10 p.m. July 7, 5 p.m.-12 a.m. July 8, 2 p.m.-12 a.m. July 9 and 2-9 p.m. July 10.

15th Annual Alive After Five
Six stages of live music and entertainment, vendors, food trucks and activities for the whole family! Main Street, Patchogue. Free. 5-10 p.m. July 7, 21, Aug. 4 and 18.

39th Annual Mattituck Street Fair
Food, entertainment, and unique arts and crafts! Love Lane, Mattituck. Free. 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. July 9.

Alive on 25
Local craft beverages and wine, artists, street vendors, music festival and a car show!
Main Street, Riverhead. Free. 5- 9:30 p.m. July 14, July 28, Aug. 11, Aug. 25, Sept. 1.

St. Rose of Lima School Annual Family Festival
Rides, games, entertainment, and food! St. Rose of Lima Church, 2 Bayview Ave., Massapequa. 6-11 p.m. weekends, 7-11 p.m. weekdays July 14-17 and July 20-23.

Fireman’s Festival
Amusement rides, gambling raffles, food, live entertainment and fireworks! Henry L. Stimson Middle School, 401 Oakwood Rd., Huntington. Free. 7-11 p.m. July 19-22, 5 p.m.-12 a.m. July 23.

Summer Arts and Craft Festival
Over 75 artisans featured, plus musical entertainment, children’s activities and food! Deepwells Farms, 497 Route 25A, St. James. $5 Adults, kids free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 23, 24.


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Long Island Summer Festival
Over 100 local vendors, hot air balloons, petting zoo, live music and entertainment, and inflatable slides! The Pennysaver Amphitheater, 1 Ski Run Lane, Farmingville. Free. 3-10 p.m. July 23, 3-8 p.m. July 24.

The Church of St. Rocco Presents “The Best Feast in the East”
Homemade Italian food, live music, rides, games and a petting zoo! The Church of St. Rocco, 18 Third St., Glen Cove. 6-11 p.m. July 26-29, 3-11 p.m. July 30, 3-10 p.m. July 31.

Our Lady of Mercy Summer Fair
Live entertainment, fun for the whole family! Our Lady of Mercy, 500 S. Oyster Bay Rd., Hicksville. Free. 6-10 p.m. July 27-29, 6-11 p.m. July 30, 5-9 p.m. July 31.

Bellport Day
Live music, pony rides, balloon art, face painting and rides! Main Street, Bellport. Free. 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. July 30.

Sayville Summerfest
Craft and food vendors, car show, rides and more! Main Street, Sayville. Free. 5-10 p.m. Aug. 5, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Aug.6, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Aug. 7.

Holbrook Carnival and Craft Festival
Family fun and tons of vendors! Seneca Middle School, 850 Main St., Holbrook. Free. Aug. 11-14.

42nd Annual Polish Town Fair Polka Festival
Thriving market, food, live music and more! Polish Town Civic Association, 300 Lincoln St., Riverhead. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 20, 21.

53rd Annual Shelter Island Art Show and Craft Fair
Quality artists, crafts, fun for children and a raffle! Shelter Island High School, 33 North Ferry Rd., Shelter Island. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 27.

Links Festival
Five bands, live painting, gourmet food trucks and children’s activities! Calverton Links, Calverton. $25 in advance, $35 at gate, $10 Ages 6-15, Free 5 & under. 12-8 p.m. Aug. 28.

Greenport Craft Fair
Over 70 vendors, live music and food! Greenport High School, 1 Front St., Greenport, Free. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Sept.3.

7 Questions With Creedence Clearwater Revisted Bassist Stu Cook

Stu Cook
Stu Cook, bassist for Creedence Clearwater Revisited.

By Michael Harris

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After their years of success in the 1960s and early ’70s with the legendary classic rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival, Rock and Roll Hall of Famers bassist Stu Cook and drummer Doug “Cosmo” Clifford regrouped as Creedence Clearwater Revisited 21 years ago. On June 26, their current world tour will take them to The Paramount theater in Huntington, where they’ll play original CCR hits such as “Born on the Bayou,” “Bad Moon Rising” and “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?” Ahead of the show, Cook sat down with the Press to talk about his inspiration and his favorite album.

Long Island Press: How did you get started in music?
Stu Cook: I come from a musical family. My dad was a horn player; my mom was a keyboard player. There were always people playing music and instruments in the house, so I kind of grew up with music.

LIP: What was your earliest musical moment?
SC: Probably the most important musical memory that I can remember is one year my folks got me and my brother tickets to see Ray Charles. We got them as a Christmas present, and I remember that as sort of a turning point. The songs on the record “What I Say” were one of the first things I learned to play on the piano.

LIP: Besides Ray Charles, is there any one group or person who inspired you guys?
SC: For me, that kind of gave me inspiration to be a musician. That just kind of clicked for me when I was like 12 or 13 when I had that experience. Later on, I would have to say one of the most influential bands for all of us in Creedence was Booker T and the MGs.

LIP: Is there any musician today you really admire?
SC: I think Josh Homme and Queens of the Stone Age are absolute monsters. Like Clockwork, the last album they put out a few years ago now—time does fly—that’s one of my most listened albums. I like the Foo Fighters; they’re about my two most enjoyable to listen to artists in the last 10 years.

LIP: What is your favorite musical venue?
SC: I like Mountain Winery in Saratoga (California); that’s a nice venue. We played last night at Motor City Casino in Detroit. It is a super room to play in. Great stage, whole room set up great for sounds and lights.

LIP: On June 26 you guys are going to be playing at the Paramount in Huntington…
SC: You know what, that is a great room, that building has some history. I remember playing there last year. It was a very enjoyable experience. Usually when we are in that part of the woods, we play in places like Westbury, but I liked playing the Paramount a lot more. I like those old theatre rooms.

LIP: Anything else you’d like to say to Long Island?
SC: We are really looking forward to coming back. We had a great time last year. This is going to be Cosmo’s first time. He was recovering from a surgical procedure last time when we played there last year. We had another drummer with us, but I know he is going love it there. We are going to have a great time. Everyone was surprised last year so this year won’t be as much of a surprise, but it will be a bit more like coming home.

Long Island Fourth of July 2016 Events

By Olivia Booth and Kate Nalepiski

Celebrate our great nation’s birthday at any one of these events across Long Island that are fun for the whole family!

4th of July Celebration for Kids
1st – 5th grade only. Connetquot Public Library, 760 Ocean Ave., Bohemia. Free. 10 a.m. June 29.

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Connectquot River Fireworks
Connetquot River, Oakdale. 9:15 p.m. June 30

Greenport Fire Dept. Annual Carnival and Fireworks Show
Polo Grounds, Moore’s Lane, Greenport, Free. 6 p.m. July 1-4.

Children’s Main Street 4th of July Celebration Parade
Bay Shore Bandshell, Main Street, Bay Shore.  Free. 1-4:30 p.m. July 1.

Southampton Firecracker 8K Run and 3M Walk
Agawam Park, 25 Pond Lane, Southampton, $30 before July 1, $35 DOS. 8 a.m. July 2.

TD Bank’s “Celebrate America” Fireworks and Show
Eisenhower Park, East Meadow, Free. 5 p.m. July 2.

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Grucci Fireworks at Orient Yacht Club
Orient Yacht Club, 2110 Village Lane, Orient. Free. 9:15 p.m. July 2.

Grucci Fireworks at Sag Harbor Yacht Club
27 Bay St., Sag Harbor, Free. 9:30 p.m. July 2.

1861 Independence Day Celebration
Parade, historic craft demonstrations, contra dancing, storytelling, military drills, fiddle music and brass band concerts. Old Bethpage Village, 1303 Round Swamp Rd., Old Bethpage. $10 adults, $7 kids ages 5-12, seniors and volunteer firefighters. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 4. 

Downtown Glen Cove July 4 Celebration
9 Glen Street/Morgan Memorial Park, Glen Cove. Free. 10 a.m. Children’s Bike Parade, 7:30 p.m. Summer Concert. 9 p.m. Fireworks. July 4.

Valley Stream’s Annual 4th of July Fireworks Show
Valley Stream Park, Firemen’s Field 128 Albermarle Ave. $5. July 4.

Bellmore Striders Independence Day 4 Mile Run
Pettit Avenue, Bellmore. 1 mile youth run 8 a.m., 4 mile adult race 8:30 a.m. July 4.

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Port Jefferson 4th of July Parade
West Beach, Port Jefferson, Free. 10 a.m. July 4.

Stars over Montauk- Fireworks at Umbrella Beach
Umbrella Beach, Montauk. 9 p.m. July 4.

Slomin’s Presents Grucci Fireworks Spectacular
Pennysaver Amphitheater, Farmingville, Free. 9:15 p.m. July 4.

Fireworks at Jones Beach State Park
Ocean Parkway, Wantagh, Free. 9:30 p.m. July 4.

59th Annual Shelter Island Fireworks Show
Crescent Beach, Shelter Island, Free. 9-10 p.m. July 9.

Rockville Centre Fireworks Show
Mill River Park, Rockville Centre, Free. 9:15 p.m. July 9.

Salute to America with Six Gun
John J. Burns Park, Massapequa. Concert 7 pm, fireworks 9:45 p.m. July 12.

Deer Rescued Swimming In Long Island Sound [Video]

Deer Rescue Long Island Sound
Rob Kurdy of Woodbury helped rescue a deer that was struggling to swim about six miles from shore in the Long Island Sound. (Rob Kurdy Facebook profile)

By Sylvia Durres

Rob Kurdy and his friends were sharkfishing in the Long Island Sound June 11 when they spotted something protruding from the water.

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As they steered their boat closer, it soon became apparent it wasn’t the fin of a Great White—or any edible sea creature, for that matter—but rather, the antlers of an exhausted deer.

“Here’s a freakin’ buck swimming out in Long Island Sound,” Kurdy said while approaching with his fellow shipmates.

“You could see it shivering,” he told WTNH News 8. “It was barely staying afloat, kind of just going [around] in circles.”

The Woodbury resident and his friends decided to gently lasso the water-logged mammal’s antlers with some rope and tow it to the shore of a Madison, Conn. beach, with Kurdy hopping into the water to help the hoofed critter ashore. After several hours nestled snugly beneath some blankets that local neighbors brought, the deer ultimately walked away a survivor.

Reflecting on the rescue to WTNH, Kurdy explained that making the hurried detour to assist the unlikely long-distance swimmer was the right thing to do.

“It’s a life,” he told the media outlet. “I’m not going to let him drown. He was out in the middle of nowhere, shivering and freezing, so we all said ‘We just can’t let it drown.’

“It was the right thing to do.”

Kurdy’s dramatic deer rescue was making the rounds across social media Friday, with visitors to Kurdy’s Facebook profile praising him as a hero.

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Photo: Rob Kurdy of Woodbury helped rescue a deer that was struggling to swim about six miles from shore in the Long Island Sound. (Rob Kurdy Facebook profile)

11 Long Island Food Festivals in 2016

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By Luis Centeno

Between the East End farms, local fisheries and many creative cooks on Long Island, there are plenty more local food-filled fairs that guarantee upcoming weekends of fun, games and deliciousness.

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Some of the most popular local food fairs of the year haven’t been scheduled yet, including the Greenlawn Pickle Festival, several apple festivals and the annual pumpkin festival. The annual chowder contest at Oakdale’s The Snapper Inn returns in February.

Mark the calendar: here’s 11 classic LI food fests for each month through October.

Mattituck Lions Club’s 62nd Annual Strawberry Festival
On the menu for this year’s Mattituck Lions Club’s Strawberry Festival are heavenly strawberries dipped in chocolate, strawberry shortcakes and many other concoctions that involve the freshest strawberries on Long Island. This family event will include live music, fireworks and food from around the world. 1175 Route 48, Mattituck. mattituckstrawberryfestival.org $5, children under 5 free. 5-11 p.m. June 16 and 17. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. June 18, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. June 19.

Long Island Hot Dog Festival
Calling all weiner fans! Amateur cooks, professionals and those who simply love hot dogs will love this event, which includes a hot dog eating contest, best gourmet dog contest, worst and best tattoos, pin up contest and live music. Bring the family and come with an empty belly, because all those hot dogs aren’t going to eat themselves! Mike’s Bar and Grill, 742 Middle County Road, Selden. thelongislandhotdogfestival.com Admission is FREE. 12 p.m. July 9.


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Sweet Corn Festival
Beside strawberries is there anything sweeter than Long Island corn? Celebrate this crop at Harbes Annual Sweet Corn Festival, where there will be a corn-eating contest, pig races, pony rides, relay races and all kinds of corn recipes along with country music all day long. This event will also be offering tastings of their award winning wines. Harbes Family Farm, 715 Sound Ave., Mattituck. harbesfamilyfarm.com July 23 and 24.

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. 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.

Harbes Tomato Festival
You say tomato, I say tomato. Come celebrate the Annual Tomato Festival and try special samplings of the different recipes created over 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.

Great Food Truck Derby
Come hungry, because all kinds of food will be available at this event, from all ethnicities. Best part is, after paying the entrance, patrons get to try them all. Favorites like Eat Me, Drink Me, Kannoli Kings, Blondies Bakeshop and Whole Le Crepe are just some of the many options this event will offer. This event will also benefit the Hayground schoolyard projects in the region, including culinary arts training for kids. A family event with everyone’s favorite food trucks; count us in. 151 Mitchell Lane, Bridgehampton. edibleeastend.com $20-$100 4-7 p.m. August 19.


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Tomatofest 2016
Tomatofest hits is back! With 20 types of tomatoes to choose from, tomato-lovers can expect to be tasting and eating all kinds of new dishes. And for those bringing kids, there will be plenty of games and bouncy houses. From tomato tasting, to games, live music, and even pony rides. This family event is all about eating and having fun at the same time. Garden of Eve, 4558 Sound Ave., Riverhead. gardenofevefarm.com $3 per person, kids under 6 free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. August 27, 28.

Watermelon Festival
Watermelon eating contest. Seed Spitting Contest. Watermelon rolling contest. These types of activities are what highlight this event. Fun family festivities. The Annual Watermelon Festival will be happening towards the end of this hot summer, so come cool off with a big slice of fresh watermelon. Harbes Family Farm, 715 Sound Ave., Mattituck. harbesfamilyfarm.com Free. August 27, 28.

25th Annual Seafood Festival
This family event is bound to make a splash with various activities other than just eating seafood. Kids are welcomed to participate in a pirate re-enactment show as well as a treasure hunt. Parents can also take part in the arts and crafts fair. There will also be live music from a variety of bands, such as Almost Queen and The Como Brothers Band. Long Island Maritime Museum, 88 West Ave., West Sayville. liseafoodfestival.org $10, kids under 12 free. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. August 27, 28.

Garlic Festival
Tasty. Healthy. Garlic. This event has a variety of activities: garlic eating contests, junior chefs creating an original sauce, learning new cooking techniques, live music and tours of the farm. Bring your kids, bring your parents and come enjoy this garlic-centered gathering. Garden of Eve, 4558 Sound Ave., Riverhead. gardenofevefarm.com $5 adults, kids under 6 free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. September 19 and 20.

33rd Annual Oyster Festival
There’s a reason this is one of the biggest annual events on LI. With dozens of volunteering chefs and culinary pros cooking side by side with unique seafood recipes involving oysters and clams, it’s guaranteed the food is going to be delicious. Profits from all food court sales, carnival rides and merchandise sales will proceed to local charities. So come enjoy the food, have a good time with the family and help support the community. 1 West End Ave., Oyster Bay. theoysterfestival.org Free. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. October 15, 16.

Amy Schumer & Vogue Editor Anna Wintour Switch Jobs [Video]

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Comedian Amy Schumer trades jobs and lives with Vogue editor Anna Wintour, with hilarious results.

By Sylvia Durres

Amy Schumer is a lot of things: comedian, movie star, second cousin to U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer. Now, thanks to her latest hilarious joke—a video short with Anna Wintour, the legendary editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine—she can add fashionista supreme to her resume, too.

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Let’s just say the clip, titled “So Easy! Amy & Anna Switch Jobs”—written by Schumer to accompany her July Vogue cover—proves why the 35-year-old Long Island native (Schumer used to live in Rockville Centre and attended South Side High School) should probably stick to standup, comedy specials and the silver screen.

Schumer begins her new role as fashion publishing maven by stumbling behind Wintour’s desk and dropping a pile of paperwork while the phone rings. Wearing Wintour’s signature bug-eyed oversized dark sunglasses, she tells the caller: “Hello? Yes, send them in!”

“Okay, I’d like to see that,” she tells two women standing alongside a full clothing rack, motioning at a particular outfit.

“Hmm,” she says, clutching what looks like a giant latte as one of the women hold up a white top and green skirt. “Is that a shirt?”

“Yes,” replies a woman holding up some clothing.

“And a skirt?”


“Got it,” says Schumer.

Hilarity ensues, as scenes switch back and forth between Wintour’s comedy routine at a dimly lit nightclub and Schumer’s chaotic attempts at identifying true fashion—and eating “lunch.”

“Hey, how do you want me to intro you?” the night’s emcee asks Wintour.

“I’m Anna Wintour, I’m editor of Vogue, and I do clubs and colleges,” she tells her.

Don’t want to spoil the video to much for you (you should really give it a watch)—but let’s just say that Wintour slays.

“Anyone here on a first date?” she asks, to scattered clapping.

“Last date?” she continues, to louder cheers and applause.

“Well, that’s my time,” she says eventually. “But remember: Wintour is coming.”

Mic drop.

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