Amanda De Lauzon


LI Congressional Delegation Calls on EPA To Better Protect Drinking Water

U.S. Rep. Lee Zelzin (R-Shirly) and the rest of the Long Island congressional delegation held a news conference on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (Photo by Amanda De Lauzon)

Long Island’s congressional delegation is urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to strengthen public drinking water standards following a report suggesting the region has the most contaminated water in New York State.

The lawmakers also called on the EPA to provide more financial and technical support to LI’s public drinking water providers so the utilities can better handle contaminants such as 1,4 Dioxane and other emerging chemicals.

“There are millions of families across Long Island who drink this water every single day and we cannot turn our backs on them or their health and safety,” said U.S. Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-Garden City). “We need to act now and we need to act fast.”

Rice was joined at a news conference Tuesday by U.S. Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford), U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-Glen Cove), and U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), who co-signed a letter to the EPA listing their demands.

Also joining the lawmakers was Liz Moran, environmental policy director of the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG), which conducted the water contamination study finding LI drinking water had higher than acceptable levels of contaminants that have been linked to cancer and other medical issues.

“The public has the basic right and expectation when they turn on the tap that the water is going to be safe for them to drink, but unfortunately, here in New York and other places in the country, that basic right has been put in jeopardy,” said Moran.

While the effects on humans aren’t fully known, studies show that there could be possible negative health effects over time due to exposure to chemicals such as 1,4 Dioxane, which is found in many household products is a possible carcinogen, according to the EPA. State health officials are currently considering new water standards to regulate that and other new chemicals found in drinking water.

“These are emerging contaminants, this is not settled science yet, we know this is a problem that is going to be coming in the future that we have to be prepared for,” said Zeldin. “We are working proactively to try to get the EPA to pay more attention to what’s going on here on Long Island and to help us get funding to do the testing and treatment.”

Still awaiting a response from the EPA, this group is working hard to make the issue known and fighting to protect the water of the Long Island residents.

“We have a crisis, and a crisis deserves action and it deserves funding so that’s what we are calling for today,” said Adrienne Esposito, executive director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment.

KTUPhoria Warms Up Jones Beach Summer Concert Series

Bebe Rexha performed with The Chainsmokers at KTUphoria on Saturday, June 15, 2019. (Photo by Amanda de Lauzon)

Windy weather didn’t stop fans from enjoying 103.5’s KTUphoria on Saturday at Northwell Health Jones Beach Theater.

The annual music festival that helps usher in the amphitheater’s summer concert series brought seasoned chart-topping artists along with some hit newcomers.

“I always get nervous right before I go on stage but as soon as I start singing it goes away,” singer Ava Max said right before she opened the festival with her song “So Am I” and her hit song “Sweet but Psycho.”

The Canadian DJ duo Andrew Fedyk and Joe Depace who make up Loud Luxury played more than just their music and made sure to hype up the audience for their hit single “Body” and newer song “Love No More.” They also made sure to bring out fellow artist Bryce Vine to preview a new song together they are working on.

Ava Max performs at KTUphoria on Saturday, June 15, 2019. (Photo by Amanda de Lauzon)

Combining Latin music and pop, Becky G and her energized background dancers excited the audience next. She sung many of her hits as well as some newer ones including “Green Light Go” and her classic song “Mayores.”

After that, newer rap/pop sensation Bryce Vine performed. He came out last year with the song “Drew Barrymore,” which hit No. 16 in the US pop charts. He also sung a few of his popular songs including his new song with rapper YG called “La La Land.”

Bebe Rexha came on next and sung many of her popular songs including “I’m a Mess” and brought an 8-year-old boy named Liam on stage to dance with her during her set.

“Get lost, be happy to be alive, because who knows what tomorrow brings, but right now with you Long Island, let’s just enjoy the music,” said Bebe Rexha to the audience right before her song “Meant to Be,” which features country group Florida Georgia Line.

Becky G performs at KTUphoria on Saturday, June 15, 2019. (Photo by Amanda de Lauzon)

Next up was Latin American boy band CNCO, who brought a new twist and fun feeling to the stage with their choreographed dances as well as hit songs such as “Hey DJ” and “Se Vuelve Loca.”

English singer/songwriter, Ellie Golding came out after with her fan favorite “Love Me Like You Do,” which was featured on the soundtrack for the movie “Fifty Shades of Gray” in 2015. She also sung popular hits “Burn” and “Close to Me (with Diplo) feat. Swae Lee.”

Closing the show was the cover liner, The Chainsmokers, who are known for their mix of DJing, singing, and special effects. They played classics of theirs like “Paris,” “Who Do You Love,” “This Feeling,” and their song “Call You Mine,” which is accompanied by Bebe Rexha, who came out again to perform it.

The show ended with a bang as streamers came down from the ceiling and fire and smoke special effects shot up from the stage as they played their song “Closer,” which was No. One on the Billboard Hot 100 charts for 12 weeks in a row in 2016.

Pride on The Beach Hits Long Beach This Weekend

A rainbow flag, the gay pride symbol, flapping in the wind. (Photo by Ludovic Bertron)

Rainbow flags will be flying high for this week-long LGBT pride festival featuring events ranging from food tastings, prayer services, fun runs, beach parties, a concert on the beach.

Celebrate pride month by discovering delicious food and drinks along the beach with specials at participating restaurants and bars listed at Long Beach. June 21-23.

Kickoff pride weekend with a DJ and some quality eats! Junction Live Music Sports Grill, 20 W Park Ave., Long Beach. 7:30 p.m.-11 p.m. June 21.

Hit the scenic Long Beach boardwalk and run a timed 5K or an easier untimed course with proceeds going towards the LGBT Network. Long Beach Boardwalk at 1 Laurelton Blvd, Long Beach. 7:30 a.m.-10 a.m. June 22.

Enjoy the second annual pride pet parade with all your furry friends! Long Beach Rec. Center Gazebo, 700 Magnolia Blvd. Long Beach. 12 p.m.-2 p.m. June 22.

Plenty of dancing in the sand along with live DJs and special VIP amenities. Beach Pass needed to attend. On the beach at 1 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach. 3 p.m.-7 p.m. June 22.

Enjoy a night of cabaret-style performances at the third annual Pride Cabaret directed by Lydia Sabosto. Located at Long Beach Public Library, 111 West Park Avenue, Long Beach. 7 p.m.-10 p.m. June 22.

Walk along the boardwalk filled with vendors, shops and exhibitors as you enjoy the beach view. Long Beach Boardwalk between National Blvd and Edwards Blvd, 1 National Blvd. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 23.

Celebrate pride month by marching with thousands of LGBT people and supporters or grabbing a spot to view the parade and enjoy the floats, performers and marching bands. The parade begins on Broadway at Lafayette Blvd. and will proceed East on Broadway to Long Beach Blvd. 12 p.m.-2 p.m. June 23.

End off a day of celebration with a beachfront concert of live performances! On the beach at 1 Long Beach Blvd, Long Beach. 1 p.m.-5 p.m. June 23.

Full list of events at Prices vary. June 21-26.

3 New Restaurants to Try on Long Island

The Cuban is one of the many options at I Heart Mac & Cheese


PDQ, or People Dedicated to Quality, is opening its first location in New York after a longtime stance in Florida, with other locations scattered across the country.

The restaurant will offer dine-in, drive-thru and catering options as well as many different sandwiches and salads made to order. The menu features a variety of meats and menu items free of hormones and steroids. Its goal is to take away the harmful additives  to add to the flavor and quality of the food.

There are many different sandwich options all served on toasted brioche buns, including popular favorites such as the pimento crunch and the honey butter sandwich.

1004 Broadhollow Road, Farmingdale,


Brothers Giacomo and Gennaro Alaio, who brought the taste of Italy to New York, recently opened the latest location of Patrizia’s in Hauppauge.

Using family recipes that date back 150 years, they crafted a menu full of Italian favorites. This includes a family style dinner feast for $50 per person that consists of seven appetizers, homemade pasta, three entrees, homemade desserts, and coffee, as well as unlimited domestic beer, house wine, sangria, and soda. There’s bound to be something for everyone.

The menu offers gluten-free pasta and pizza as well so all can enjoy. To finish it off there is a generous dessert menu including Patrizia’s special dessert, a puff pastry filled with Nutella ($6).

358 Vanderbilt Motor Parkway, Hauppauge,


This Florida-based fast-casual restaurant chain offering a customizable menu of build-your-own mac and cheese recently opened its first restaurant on Long Island.

The menu offers many new takes on beloved oldies. Chef specials include the lobster and white truffle mac and another fan favorite, the best of both worlds. This baked mac-and-cheese-filled sandwich contains slow-cooked short rib, white Cheddar cheese, American cheese, and barbeque sauce. There are many other chef specials so patrons can choose toppings for mac and cheese or grilled cheese as well as the build-your-own section of the menu.

3 Village Green, Patchogue,


Long Island Farmers Market Guide 2019

Amityville Farmers Market: 911 Memorial Park on Broadway 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays June 15 through Oct. 26.

Babylon: LIRR Parking Lot, 51 Railroad Ave., Sundays 8 a.m.-1 p.m. through Nov. 18.

Bay Shore: Bay Shore Bandshell, Main St., Mondays-Saturday 7 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Bellport: Station Rd. and Brookhaven Ave., Saturdays 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Deer Park: Tanger Outlets at the Arches, 152 The Arches Circle. Saturdays 10 a.m.-3 p.m. through Oct. 26.

East Hampton: 136 North Main St. Fridays 9 a.m.-1 p.m. through Sept. 7.

East Meadow: 832 Merrick Ave. Tuesday 10 am-1 p.m. Wednesday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and Thursday 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Elmont: 700 Hempstead Turnpike., Thursdays 10 a.m.-6 p.m. July through Nov.

Farmingdale: Farmingdale Village Green, 361 Main Street. Sundays 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. through Nov. 24.

Farmingville: One Independence Hill, Brookhaven Town Hall South Parking Lot. 2-6 p.m. Thursdays through Oct. 24.

Freeport: Freeport Recreation Center Parking Lot, 130 Merrick Rd. Saturdays 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. July 13 through Oct. 26.

Garden City: Behind State Supreme Court, 101 County Seat Dr. (off of Old Country Road), Mineola. Tuesdays 7 a.m.-1 p.m. through Nov. 26.

Greenport: 414 First Street. Fridays 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m. till Oct.

Hempstead: YALE Child Care Center, 160 Baldwin Rd. Tuesdays 3:30-6:30 p.m. July through the end of October.

Huntington: Main Street Route 25A. Sundays 7 a.m.-12 p.m. through Nov. 24.

Islip: Town Hall parking lot, 655 Main St. Saturdays 7 a.m.-12 p.m. through Nov. 23.

Long Beach: Kennedy Plaza, 1 West Chester St., Saturdays 9 a.m.-2 p.m. through Nov. 23 Wednesdays 9 a.m.-2 p.m. through October 30.

Montauk: Montauk Green, 742 Montauk Hwy. Thursday June 13, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Northport: Cow Harbor parking lot on corner of Main Street and Woodbine Avenue. Saturdays 8 a.m.-12 p.m. through Nov. 16.

Oyster Bay: 54 Audrey St., Saturdays 9 a.m.-2 p.m. through Nov.

Patchogue: East side of the Patchogue LIRR station parking lot, Division St. & Ocean Ave., Sundays 9 a.m.-1 p.m. through Nov. 10.

Port Jefferson: Mayor Jeanne Garant Harborfront Park, 101 East Broadway, Sundays 9 a.m.-2 p.m. till Nov.

Port Washington: Town Dock, 247 Main Street. Saturdays 8 a.m.-12 p.m. through Oct. 26.

Rockville Centre: Long Beach Road & Sunrise Highway. Sundays 7 a.m.-12 p.m. through Nov.24.

Rocky Point: Old Depot Park, 115 Prince Road. Sundays 8 a.m.-1 p.m. through Nov. 24.

Roslyn: Pennsylvania Ave., Sundays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. through Sept. 8.

Roosevelt: NuHealth Roosevelt Clinic Parking Lot, 380 Nassau Road. Wednesdays 12 p.m.-4 p.m.

Sag Harbor: Bay Street. Saturdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m. through Oct.

Sea Cliff: Courtyard of St. Luke’s Church, 253 Glen Ave., Saturdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 15 through Oct. 26.

Seaford: Seaford LIRR station, Railroad Street, corner of Washington Avenue and Sunrise Highway. Saturdays 7 a.m.-12 p.m. through Nov. 23.

Shelter Island: Haven’s House Museum Grounds, 16 South Ferry Rd., 9 a.m.-12:30 pm through Sept. 1.

Southampton: 25 Jobs Lane. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. through Oct. 13.

Westbury: The Piazza Ernesto Strada, corner of Post Avenue & Maple Avenue. Sundays 10 a.m.-3 p.m. through Oct. 28.

Westhampton Beach: The Village Greene, Main St. and Mill Rd., Saturdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m. through Oct. 26.

Wyandanch: New Shiloh Baptist Church, 221 Merritt Ave. Saturdays 1 p.m.- 4 p.m. Starting the second week in July through the second weekend in Oct.

Jones Beach Theater 2019 Summer Concert Series Kicks Off

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View of a concert at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh (Photo: Jones Beach Facebook, @JonesBeachNewYork)

A sure sign of beach season heating up is the start of the Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater summer concert series.

What could be better than seeing big name music acts while enjoying the summer sun at the amphitheater?

Below is our annual guide to this summer’s hottest concerts at the seaside venue.

Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater is located at 895 Bay Pkwy. in Jones Beach State Park, Wantagh.

Join the band while they kick off the start to summer with some rock and roll. $67- $187. 7:30 p.m. May 30.

The line-up includes popular chart toppers like the Jonas Brothers, Ellie Goulding, Mark Ronson & More. $57- $239. 6:30 p.m. June 14.

Many fan favorites performing such as The Chainsmokers, Ellie Goulding, Bebe Rexha, & More! $35- $153. 6:30 p.m. June 15.

Joined by Rob Schneider enjoy a night of comedy and entertainment. $25- $165. 8 p.m. June 20.

In his That’s Country, Bro! tour enjoy the first country concert of the season! $35- $109. 7:30 p.m. July 6.

Take a trip back to the 90’s with the Summer Gods Tour 2019 accompanied by Ra Ra Riot. $20-$119. 7 p.m. July 11.

Enjoy the summer heat with Luke Bryan’s Sunset Repeat Tour 2019 joined by Cole Swindell and Jon Langston.$40- $155. 7 p.m. July 13, 14.

The decent exposure Tour joined by French Montana, Chevy woods and DJ Drama. $29-89. 6 p.m. July 16.

Join the band for a night of rock roll and looking back on the good old days! $85- $115. 8 p.m. July 17.

Joined by special guests Dan + Shay, Morgan Wallen, and Hardy. $80- $140. 7 p.m. July 20.

Take the kids and enjoy some family fun in the sun! $25-$95. 4 p.m. July 21.

With Special Guest The Interrupters. $30- $100. 5:45 p.m. July 26.

Joined by TLC, and Flo Rida. $18- $125. 7 p.m. Aug 1.

Burning Man Tour 2019 with Special Guests Jon Pardi & Tenille Townes. $40- $160. 7 p.m. Aug 2.

Joined by special guest Allen Stone. $22- $153. 7 p.m. Aug 3.

Accompanied by special guest and English rock legend Billy Idol $25- $162. 6 p.m. Aug 6.

With Special Guests Underoath. $29- $142. 6 p.m. Aug 6.

It’s always five o’clock when you join Jimmy Buffet in his tropical celebration. $56- $156. 8 p.m. Aug. 8.

Also performing is Noel Gallagher’s High Flying. $35- $129. 7 p.m. Aug. 9.

The Glory Sound Prep Tour with Marc E. Bassy and Lawrence. $35- $105. 7 p.m. Aug. 10.

The Owl Tour accompanied by Caroline Jones. $109- $150. 7 p.m. Aug. 23,24.

Also joined by The Doobie Brothers. $39- $238. 7 p.m. Aug 25

A night of heavy metal featuring Slipknot, Volbeat, Gorjira & Behemoth. $25- $137. 5:30 p.m. Aug 28.

The Altimate Tour with Special Guest Our Lady Peace. $25- $111. 7 p.m. Aug 29.

Also joined by special guests Chris Lane & Riley Green. $39-$111. 7:30 p.m. Aug 30.

Opened by Chevelle, Dorothy & Diamante. $29- $119. 5:30 p.m. Aug 31.

The Ride All Night Tour with Special Guests Kane Brown, & Dee Jay Silver. $59- $135. 7:30 p.m. Sept 6.

Music by Ramin Djawadi. $49- $152. 8 p.m. Sept 14.

The legends return to LI on their Moving On! tour with Special Guest MOON VS SUN. $113- $337. 7:30 p.m. Sept 15.

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary Tour with Special Guest Cheap Trick. $29- $175. 7 p.m. Sept 19.