Breanne Casucci


Long Island Solar Eclipse 2017 Viewing Events

Skygazers are gearing up for an exciting astronomical rarity when the first total lunar eclipse visible across the United States in decades occurs on Monday, Aug. 21.

The path of totality—when the moon passes between the sun and the Earth, temporarily turning day into night—will occur between Oregon and South Carolina. The last time that happened was 1918. The celestial show will appear as a partial solar eclipse on Long Island by mid-afternoon and will last about three hours from start to finish.

NASA has issued helpful tips on how the public can see the eclipse without causing eye damage. There are also a number of educational eclipse viewing events being held across LI that can be found here:

Eclipse Day at EMPL
An event filled day with an eclipse class, learning about constellations, eclipse crafts and learning about eclipses in literature will lead up the the viewing event. East Meadow Public Library. 1886 Front St., East Meadow. Free. 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Aug.21.

The Great North American Eclipse-Solar Viewing and Activities
Viewers will be able to learn about the eclipse, make a pinhole camera to observe the eclipse and seal memories into a time capsule to be opened up in the next seven years, when the next New York eclipse occurs. Cradle of Aviation, Charles Lindbergh Blvd, Garden City. Free with museum admission. 12-4 p.m. Aug. 21. 

Solar Eclipse Observing Party
A Montauk astronomer will be showing the South Fork to safely view and learn about the eclipse. The South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center, 337 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Tpke., Bridgehampton. Free. 1-4 p.m. Aug. 21.

Solar Eclipse Garden Viewing
Join the John Jermain Memorial Library for a viewing in the garden for all ages. Viewing glasses will be provided, and light refreshments will be served. John Jermain Memorial Library. 201 Main St., Sag Harbor. Free. 1:15-4 p.m. Aug. 21. 

2017 Celestial Event of the Century!
A view of the eclipse, safe viewing glasses, and engaging hands on activities will all be included at this event. Centereach Parking Lot, 101 Eastwood Blvd., Centereach. Free. 1:15-3:45 p.m. Aug. 21.

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party
The Oceanside Library will be providing safe viewing options at the Schoolhouse Green. Fun and games will also be in store at this event. Schoolhouse Green, Foxhurst Road, Oceanside. Free.  1:30-3:30 p.m. Aug.21.

Rebel Wilson Suffers Concussion While Shooting Movie on Long Island

Rebel Wilson fell for Isn’t It Romantic—literally.

The Australian comedic actress, perhaps best known for her role as Fat Amy in Pitch Perfect, took a tumble while shooting her new movie on Long Island. On Tuesday, she revealed that she suffered a concussion as a result.

“Started the day with a fall that led to a mild concussion… yet somehow looking not bad at 7pm,” Wilson posted on Instagram, while still remaining to find humor in the incident.

Wilson posted the same picture on Twitter and told fans that she won’t be performing any crazy stunts for the next few days.

“Thank you to everyone on Long Island who helped me today in the emergency room & ambulance,” Wilson posted, to end a serious moment with a happy ending. Hopefully her new movie ends the same way.

Historic Roslyn Harbor Colonial Listed for $5.8M

This stately Colonial mansion offering an abundance of history and privacy on the Gold Coast is listed for sale at 65 Dogwood Avenue in the tony Village of Roslyn Harbor.

Built in 1930, the restored brick mansion, which has 15,400-square-feet of living space, was designed by Cross & Cross, who designing the GE building and the Tiffany & Co building in Manhattan. Outside, the landscaping was originally designed by landscape architect Beatrix Farrand, who designed the East and West White House gardens during the Wilson administration. It sits on 3.9 acres—three times the size of a football field.

A long driveway stretches far into the property, giving the home a private and secluded feeling. The eight-bedroom home has 11 bathrooms, two half bathrooms, a ballroom, formal dining room, two eat-in kitchens, a bar, parlor, full basement and 15 fireplaces. The home has a good balance of rooms filled with white walls and marble floors, providing an elegant feeling, and warm colored rooms with wooden floors, to give more comfort.

A large stairwell leads to the second floor, with a beautiful chandelier centered in the middle of the room. A porch with a view of the beautiful greenery, pebble and stone walkways is located in the back of the house. The home also has a four-car garage.

This estate is two blocks from the Greenvale Long Island Rail Road station and 15 minutes from the Long Island Expressway and Northern State Parkway. It’s within walking distance of the William Cullen Bryant Preserve and a short drive from multiple nearby country clubs. It is zoned for Roslyn High School, which is ranked No. 32 in New York State, according to U.S. News & World Report.

The asking price is $5,850,000, not including the annual property taxes of $119,262.

The brokers for this property are Jason Friedman and Sarah Friedman of Coldwell Banker. They can be reached at 516-482-8400. 

11 Odd Things The TSA has Confiscated at Airports

Airport security lines are painfully long to get through, but there is good reason why. Here are some of the weirdest, wildest, and dangerous items TSA has confiscated from air travelers.

11. Kitten Keychain

Yes, this looks like an innocent, adorable keychain. But it doubles as a punching weapon. Tons of these weapons like this one found at Norfolk International airport get confiscated each year.

10. Lipstick Stun Gun

Someone must have been binge watching spy movies, because a bejeweled lipstick stun gun was confiscated at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

9. A Fidget Spinner

The latest trend among kids is indeed allowed on airplanes. However, this weapon that TSA described as “Satan’s fidget spinner” had to be taken away in Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport.

8. Giant Teddy Bear


Click on the link in our profile to read a blog post on this subject. ***UPDATE*** After watching a YouTube video posted by the traveler, we’ve learned that he’s a popular YouTuber and this was a stunt to see if he could get the giant bear on the plane. He even made up a backstory that the bear was a gift for his girlfriend. The bear did not belong to a child. The passenger had actually bought a ticket for the bear. After the airline and TSA decided the bear was too large, the airline offered to refund the ticket and the traveler was given the option of checking the bear as checked baggage. The traveler opted not to check the bear and left it behind.*** Why does this gigantic teddy bear look so sad? He was abandoned by his owners at LAX after the airline and TSA determined that he was just too big to be screened as a carry-on and taken on the plane. It’s a good idea to check with your airline prior to traveling with overly large items as cary-ons. If you see this wayward bear strolling the streets of LA, please feel free to feed him. #TSATravelTips

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Although it was later determined to be part of a stunt by a Youtuber, TSA was asked by a traveler if this giant stuffed bear could board the plane as a passenger. The traveler even bought a ticket for the bear. TSA, however, deemed the bear as too large, and the sad looking toy was abandoned at LAX.

7. Quite a Pair

At an airport in San Jose, marijuana was found in a bottle of Skippy Peanut Butter. The traveler must have been trying to save a snack for later.

6. The Classic Trojan Horse

In 2012, fireworks were loaded into a ceramic trojan horse at the Helena Regional Airport. Someone must have been brushing up on their Greek history.

5. Captain Mickey

Weapons get disguised and hidden in luggage quite frequently, but this traveler tried to hide his gun and ammunition in a stuffed Mickey, teddy bear and rabbit. These are not toy guns.

4. Boozy Sea Horses

In Detroit, TSA confiscated an oversized bottle of liquor. What makes this item even worse is that it encapsulated five dead endangered seahorses.

3. Snakes on a Plane

In 2011, seven snakes and three turtles were found in a traveler’s pants while going through security at the Miami International Airport. The animals were taken away by officers, and this almost sly guy was arrested.

2. A Giant Lobster

A Boston TSA officer found this lobster when a baggage alarm was going off, and he needed to empty a container. Luckily, the lobster was allowed on after all. Hope that passenger wasn’t too crabby about needing to have his bag examined.

1. A Movie Corpse

Lights, camera, airport security! This item wasn’t confiscated, but was too crazy not to mention. A prop from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre Movie was brought to the Atlanta International Airport. TSA screened it, and let it on the plane.

Classic 3-Acre Bayfront Bellport Estate Asks $5.9M

From the sweeping views of Patchogue Bay to the classic architecture, this waterfront estate listed for sale at 5 Cedar Bluff Rd. in the Village of Bellport is beautiful inside and out.

Built in 1937, the estate also features views of Fire Island, which is accessible through the village’s resident-only ferry or the estate’s private boat dock. With about 6,600-sqauare-feet of living space, it’s built on a 3.2-acre lot that’s about the size of a New York City block.

The seven-bedroom home has seven bathrooms, three half bathrooms, two eat-in kitchens, a formal dining room, study, gym, two fireplaces and guest quarters. It also has a partly finished basement and partial attic for storage.

Outside, the property has a two-tiered deck along the shoreline, two-car garage, a detached artists/writers studio, screened-in patio, heated in-ground pool and 137-feet of water frontage.

This estate is a quick six minute ride from the Bellport Long Island Rail Road station and about two miles from Sunrise Highway. It’s also near downtown Bellport and the Bellport Country Club. The house is zoned for South Country School District, which includes Bellport Middle School and High School.

The asking price is $5,900,000, not including the $63,098 in annual property taxes.

The broker listed for the property is Anne Rohrmeier of Eileen A Green Realty Corp. She can be reached at 631-286-3366.

Georgian Mansion on 23-acre Cold Spring Harbor Estate Asks $12.5M

Elegance radiates from this historic Georgian-style mansion and its nearly 24-acre expansive wooded estate with and two guest cottages listed for sale at 473 Woodbury Rd. in Cold Spring Harbor.

Built in 1934, this home was designed by Mott B. Schmidt, the famed architect who designed homes for the Vanderbilt family and other socialites a century ago. It’s situated on a 1,034,550-square-foot lot that’s nearly as big as Ellis Island, with views of the valley and harbor.

The 11-bedroom mansion has 8,000-square-feet of living space, eight bathrooms, two half bathrooms, an eat-in kitchen with updated appliances and formal dining room. Amenities include a library, seven fireplaces, in-ground pool and tennis court. The basement includes an unfinished playroom, perfect for a new owner to add their own style into this beautifully designed home.

Besides two large cottages, it also has a carriage house with an apartment, a three-stall barn, a greenhouse and nine-car detached garage.

This estate is 15 minutes from the Northern State Parkway and the Long Island Expressway, and five minutes from the Cold Spring Harbor Long Island Rail Road station. The home is zoned for Cold Spring Harbor High School, which is ranked No. 31 in New York State, according to U.S. News & World Report.

The asking price is $12,500,000, not including annual property taxes of $103,101.

The broker for this property is Joanne Reed of Coach Real Estate. She can be reached at 516-922-8500. 

Atlantic Beach Oceanfront Mediterranean Listed for $4.9M

A beach-lovers paradise awaits at this oceanfront modern Mediterranean home listed for sale at 1233 #19 Beech St. in the sought-after Water Club section of the Village of Atlantic Beach.

Built in 1990, amenities include a double-tiered deck leading to an in-ground heated pool, a balcony overlooking the Atlantic Ocean from the second-floor master suite and a spa that also faces the dunes and rolling waves.

This three-bedroom home with 3,800-square-feet of living space features three and a half bathrooms has an eat-in kitchen, formal dining room, living room and two fireplaces. It’s built on a 7,800-square-foot lot. It also has a Stucco exterior, porch, two-car garage and fully finished basement.

Although this home includes a private beach, it also offers the perks of being nearby Long Beach, Lido Beach and Point Lookout. It’s minutes from the Long Beach Long Island Rail Road station. The home is in the Lawrence School District.

The asking price for his home is $4,999,500. The annual property taxes run $32,133.

The broker for this property is Annett Ellis of Annett C. Ellis Realty. She can be reached at 516-239-2846. 

Pols to NY Islanders: Come Home to Nassau Coliseum

New York Islanders forward Brock Nelson (29) watches the puck slip by Washington Capital goaltender Brandon Holtby (70) on a shot from John Tavares (not pictured) for the opening goal (Photo by Joe Nuzzo).

Nassau and Suffolk county lawmakers are teaming up in their call for the NHL’s New York Islanders to once again make the renovated Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale their home ice.

The renewed calls for Long Island’s only major league sports team to return to its original home come after reports that the team is planning to move from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where it moved two years ago. The team is pitching a new arena at Belmont Park in Elmont.

“Home is where we are at our best,” said Nassau County Legis. Kevan Abrahams (D-Freeport), the legislature’s Democratic minority leader, told reporters Friday during a news conference outside the arena. Referring to the team’s four consecutive Stanley Cup wins in the 1980s, he added: “And where the Islanders are at their best is in this building.”

The lawmakers touted the economic benefits, sense of community and tradition of bringing the Islanders back to the coliseum, which reopened in April after being renovated by Forrest City Ratner, the company that built the Barclays Center.

Since being renovated, concerns arose that there are no longer enough seats and suites and the rink is no longer big enough. But officials said the arena could be adjusted, as long as the Islanders commit to playing a substantial amount of games at the location, which would require NHL approval.

Some Long Island residents aren’t so optimistic about the idea. Long time Islanders fan Charles Razenson doesn’t see a return to the coliseum in sight.

“The coliseum had its chance, and all they did was put lipstick on a pig,” Razenson told the Press. “If the legislators really had intent, they would’ve done it right the first time.”

Despite the negativity, the lawmakers are trying to keep positive about a possible Isles homecoming.

“How many times did we see them defy those odds and do those difficult deeds,” said Suffolk County Legis. William Lindsey (D-Holbrook). “We need to give them the same respect and in our efforts here, with all the naysayers out there saying that this can’t be done, we know it can.”

10 Most Annoying People at The Beach

The beaches of Long Island are great for relaxing, soaking up the sun and having some peace and quiet to yourself. It is the perfect getaway… if you’re not surrounded by these types of beach goers.

10. Teens blasting music.
You feel bad asking them to turn their blasting music down, but you are trying to relaxing beach nap after all…

9. People that sit right next to you when the beach is empty.
There is a whole stretch of beach, why do you have to sit right on top of me?

8. People who kick sand in your face.
Nothing is worse than people who aren’t aware that sand it flying into your eyes.

7. Litterbugs.
Stop littering on the beach! Besides it harming wildlife and the environment, it hurts to step barefoot on garbage hidden under sand!

6. People who feed the seagulls.
You give one piece of bread to a bird, and now a whole flock of hungry seagulls are surrounding you.

5. People who play football right next to you.
Hearing “Heads Up!” every five seconds gets old. Very. Quickly.

4. The friends next to you that won’t stop gossiping.
You’ll know their whole life story by the time you’re both packed up and ready to head home.

3. People who take loads of pictures.
You’re always afraid you’re going to get in the background of their photos. Capturing me on camera in this bikini? No thanks!

2. Belligerently drunk party people.
Don’t you know alcohol is illegal at many beaches? And you’re still going to drink all day?

1. Parents that let their kids cry the whole time.
Once again, you are trying to nap… maybe you just need to move a few feet over… nope. You can still hear them.

Charming Traditional Garden City Home Listed for $1.4M

This charming, traditional home built more than a century ago with the sophisticated custom millwork to prove it is listed for sale at 142 Brixton Road in the Village of Garden City.

The welcoming shingle-style home built in 1911 sits on a 12,000-square-foot double lot, twice as big as a basketball court, offering plenty of space for both a front with a swing and back deck overlooking the beautifully landscaped yard. It’s located in the heart of the coveted estates section of the community.

The five-bedroom home has two and a half bathrooms, an eat-in kitchen, a spacious formal dining room, basement, wine cellar and three fireplaces. Adding to its allure is the hardwood floors and coffered ceilings.

This property is a four-minute drive to the Garden City Long Island Rail Road station, 10 minutes from the Southern State Parkway and near downtown Garden City, which has a healthy selection of shops and restaurants. It is zoned for Garden City School District, which had its high school ranked No. 20 in New York State, according to U.S. News and World Report.

The asking price is $1,449,000, not including the annual property taxes of $24,976. An open house will be held 12-2 p.m. Sunday, July 16.

The broker for this property is Christine Cudahy of Daniel Gale Associates. She can be reached at 516-248-6655.