Jaclyn Gallucci

Jaclyn Gallucci is a writer and managing editor at the Long Island Press. She is a Livingston award finalist who has written extensively about the environment and unsolved murders on Long Island.

Bicyclist Killed in N. Lindenhurst Car Crash

Suffolk County police are investigating a car crash that killed a bicyclist in North Lindenhurst Tuesday  night.

Police say at 9:25 p.m. a 61-year-old West Babylon man was riding his bicycle southbound on Wellwood Avenue when he attempted to cross Berry Street, and his bicycle collided with a 2006 Volkswagen also traveling southbound on Wellwood Avenue.

The man was transported via North Lindenhurst Rescue to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip where he was pronounced dead. The victim’s name is not being released pending notification of family members.

The driver of the vehicle, Michael Edwards, of Wheatley Heights, remained at the scene. Edwards, 36, was not injured and there were no charges filed.

The vehicle was impounded for a safety check and the investigation is continuing.

Detectives are asking anyone with information about the crash to call the First Squad at 631-854-8152.


NYC Teens Arrested for 7 Valley Stream Home Burglaries

Omar Allen, Onyx Arroyo (Photo: Nassau County Police Department)

Two teens were arrested Monday after Nassau police say the men burglarized six homes in the Valley Stream/North Woodmere area.

According to detectives, 18-year-old Onyx Arroyo of Rosedale, Queens and 17-year-old Omar Allen of the Bronx rang the front doorbell at a residence on Roeckel Avenue Monday afternoon.

The 46-year old female homeowner, while looking out of the glass portion of her door, saw the men on her porch. Both Arroyo and Allen then went to the side door where they men were not in sight.

The homeowner told police she heard a loud noise in the back of the house and  saw one of the men climbing out of an open bedroom window.

Upon police arrival a description of Arroyo and Allen was broadcasted and a short time later both subjects were located and apprehended by assisting officers in Rosedale, Queens.

After being identified by the victim, the defendants were then placed under arrest.

During their arrest, police discovered that from May 31 to June 24, Arroyo was involved in six other residential burglaries in the Valley Stream and N. Woodmere area, Allen being involved in one other burglary with Arroyo in Valley Stream.

Arroyo is charged with six counts of burglary and attempted burglary. Allen is charged with two counts of burglary.

Police believe Arroyo and Allen may be responsible for more burglaries in Nassau and Queens.

Supreme Court Rules DOMA Unconstitutional

Photo: thenewcivilrightsmovement.com

In a huge victory for gay rights, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that The Defense of Marriage Act, which bans the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriage, is unconstitutional.

“By seeking to displace this protection and treating those persons as living in marriages less respected than others, the federal statute is in violation of the Fifth Amendment,” Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote, delivering the court’s decision in a 5-4 majority vote.

Although same-sex marriage is recognized by several states, under DOMA, those couples have not been allowed the same benefits granted to straight couples in the United States, like Social Security, pensions and joint tax returns. President Bill Clinton signed DOMA in 1996.

President Barack Obama called the ruling “a historic step forward” on Twitter with the hash tags #MarriageEquality and #LoveIsLove.

The majority ruling was written by Justice Anthony Kennedy. Dissents were written by Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Antonin Scalia and Justice Samuel Alito.

Justice Kennedy delivered the court’s opinion alongside Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.

Dissenting opinions were filed by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia and Samuel Alito.

In United States v. Windsor, the court ruled in favor of 84-year-old plaintiff Edie Windsor, who sued the federal government for a $363,000 estate tax return denied to her by the IRS after her spouse died in 2009.

“DOMA violates basic due process and equal protection principles applicable to the federal government,” the court’s decision continues. “Under DOMA same-sex married couples have their lives burdened, by reason of government decree, in visible and public ways.”

The court also sent the Proposition 8 case back to a lower court, which strikes down the same-sex marriage ban in California.


When the Beach Met the Bay

Long Beach Sidewalk ExhibitOpening June 25th, this outdoor sidewalk exhibit in LB consisting of 24,000 plastic cups collected from the area was created by L. B. KIDS, an educational, contemporary, community-based art initiative founded by artist Lisa Be.

This mosaic references the night of Hurricane Sandy, ”when the beach met the bay” in the West End, while celebrating the community strength that has grown in the storm’s aftermath and calling attention to the increasingly problematic concentration of plastic in our water supply.

Ongoing. Corner of Maryland Avenue & Beech Street, Long Beach

I Can See For Miles – Indian Ladder Trail

Indian Ladder Trail, NY / Long Island Press

You can feel the steady increase of elevation on the drive up to John Boyd Thacher State Park. At the entrance, you are rewarded with a view from the top of the world—or at least New York.


It’s like looking at a scenic landscape puzzle of the Hudson and Mohawk River valleys. Nothing seems real. Somewhere below is the Indian Ladder Trail, an old Native American shortcut from the top of these steep cliffs to a limestone-lined path 60 feet below. The path was used by the Schoharie Indians as a trading route, so they built actual ladders to scale the cliffs.

486866_10201132091169662_501063295_nIn the 1700s, travelers from the western hills of the Schoharie Valley to the Hudson River Valley cut tall trees and leaned them against these cliffs. They trimmed back the branches and used them to climb. Early settlers called these trees Indian ladders. But these days, you won’t have to scale a 60-foot Indian Ladder, just a modern metal staircase.

“Let me show you something,” says a woman behind the front desk of the information center. We go into a separate office and she points to a picture of a frozen waterfall. “This is why we can’t open the trail till May.”

486866_10201132091129661_581544782_nThe picture is of a still and silent Minelot Falls, along the half-mile trail. During the winter, the waterfall freezes, creating a column of ice from top to bottom. It takes until May for it to melt down to a safe enough level for hikers to walk under.

Today is opening day.

It’s an easy descent down the metal staircase and soon I am surrounded by a forest, caves and a rocky landscape full of history.

942560_10201132108090085_704275309_nThe limestone cliffs are the only remnants of the ancient sea that covered a good portion of New York State hundreds of millions of years ago.

Fossils of the shells of sea animals can still be seen today in the limestone walls. Eventually the sea drained away and the landscape changed. Streams eroded the limestone layers, leaving behind a Tetris-like, almost pixelated surface lining one side of the dirt trail, a 700-foot deep valley filled with trees on the other.

On one corner, you actually have to crawl under jutting limestone and just around the bend narrow passageways, more like giant cracks, that lead to dark caves within the limestone.

During the American Revolution a British loyalist, or Tory, hid in one of these caves and led raids on patriot farms in the valley below. The smoke from his campfire streaming through cracks in the limestone gave his hiding spot away and he was soon captured in what later was named the Tory Cave.

A little farther is the cascading Minelot Falls. And even today on an 86-degree day, there are chunks of snow and ice at its bottom. A bridge crosses an underground stream flowing from the base of the cliffs.

The entire trail, there and back, is only one mile so for those of us who aren’t exactly outdoorsy hikers, this is an easy foray into another world that shouldn’t take you more than an hour to complete. But as all things that go down have to come up, you will have to climb back up another metal staircase at the end of the trail.

From Long Island it’s about a 3.5-hour trip to Voorheesville, just outside of Albany. Today there are only about 15 people scattered throughout the trail. Along the way there’s a group of college-age guys posing in front Minelot’s chunk of ice.

They’re wearing Commack High School T-shirts.

Long Island Nightlife Events – Summer 2013

rsz_sguide_nightlifeA list of ongoing weekly summer parties on Long Island.


Sunday Funday @ Tropix, Freeport. Food, drinks and fun on the Nautical Mile. Cabana rentals available.
SIN (Service Industry Night) @ Vibe Lounge, Rockville Centre, Enjoy 50 percent off all drinks between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m.
Steel Brunch Beach Party @ Dublin Deck, Patchogue
Sandbox Sundays @ Pop’s Seafood Shack & Grill, Island Park, Live music starts at 3 p.m.
Sunday Funday @ Flynn’s,  Fire Island, The party starts at 3 p.m. with happy hour and drink specials.
Sundays @ The Boardy Barn, Hampton Bays, All day and night weekend summer party.
Sunday Night Funnies @ Governor’s, Levittown; Brokerage, Bellmore; & McGuire’s, Bohemia;  Comedy Clubs, The best in stand-up comedy.
Live Music/Free Curry Buffet @ Velvet Lounge, East Setauket, 9 p.m. no cover.


Cruel Summer @ The Leaky Lifeboat Inn, Seaford, ’80s theme night and drink specials, no cover.
Karaoke Mondays @ Napper Tandy’s Northport
Martini Mondays @ Changing Times Pub Farmingdale, Half-price martinis, cosmos included
Wing Night @ McCann’s, Massapequa, dozen wings for $5, $9 pitchers of Coors, drink specials.
Out of the Weeds @ Mulcahy’s, Wantagh, LI’s biggest Monday night summer party with VIP bottle service area and world-renowned DJs.
Open Mic @ Vibe Lounge, Rockville Centre, 2fers between 9 & 10 p.m.
Mystery Mondays @ Changing Times Bay Shore, Spin the wheel from 7 p.m. till close for different food and drink specials.
Employee Night @ Dublin Deck, Patchogue
Live Acoustic Music @ Velvet Lounge, East Setauket, 9 p.m., no cover.
Industry Night @ Four Food Studio, Melville, Bottle service reservations required. Special guest DJ in the lounge.


Country Night @ The Nutty Irishman Farmingdale, $4 Pickleback shots, $3 Jack Daniels shots, Coors Banquet Cans & PBR cans; live music.
$4 Tapps & Apps @ Napper Tandy’s Smithtown, $4 special on draft beer.
Reggae Beach Party @ Dublin Deck, Patchogue
Mexican Night @ Lily Flanagan’s, Babylon & Islip
Karaoke Tuesdays @ Napper Tandy’s Miller Place, 2-fers at the bar.
Beer Club Night @ The Lark, East Northport, $1 off all beers for Beer Club Members, 25 percent off all beers for all Gold Club members, $1 off all pizzas and apps for everyone else 9 p.m.-midnight.
Open Mic Night @ The Nutty Irishman Bay Shore, $3 pints, hosted by Steve from That ’70s Band.


Hump Day Hoedown @ Dublin Deck, Patchogue
Half Price Wine Night @ Honu, Huntington
Country Night @ The Nutty Irishman Bay Shore, With My Country 96.1 FM.
Trivia Night @ The Nutty Irishman Farmingdale, 8-10 p.m. $1 Bud mugs. Win cash prizes.
All the Wings U Can Handle @ Napper Tandy’s Northport, Smithtown & Miller Place
Live Music Wednesdays @ Lily Flanagan’s, Babylon & Islip, 6-9 p.m.
Open Mic @ Velvet Lounge, East Setauket, Brooklyn Brewery taps on special all night. No cover 8-10 p.m. for $13.

For the latest events, check out our full Summer Calendar of 2013 events on Long Island here!


Tropical Thursdays @ View, Oakdale, Live reggae with a waterfront view; Heineken & Bacardi specials, outdoor dining & docking.
Ladies Night Dance Thursdays @ Tropix, Freeport, Classics from the ’70s- ’90s and half-priced drinks for ladies from 6-9 p.m. on the Nautical Mile.
Rock, Paper, Scissors Tourney @ The Cortland, Bay Shore
Open Mic Night @ Mr. Beery’s, Bethpage
Ladies Night @ The Nutty Irishman Bay Shore, Ladies drink free. $2 Bud Light Bottles, 9 p.m.-midnight. With DJ Chris Kenny.
GQ Thursdays @ Wall Street, Hauppauge, DJ dance party.
Ladies Night @ McFadden’s, Rockville Centre, Ladies drink free every Thursday.
2fers Thursdays @ The Nutty Irishman Farmingdale, 2fers on everything from 9 p.m.-midnight.
$4 Taps & Apps @ Napper Tandy’s Miller Place, $4 special on draft beer.
Ladies Night Rock House @ Vibe Lounge, Rockville Centre, Between 10 p.m. & 11 p.m.; no cover before midnight.
Ladies Night/DJ/Drink specials @ Velvet Lounge, East Setauket
Ladies Night/Happy Hour @ Honu, Huntington, Half-price small plates from 8-10 p.m.; $6 signature cocktails from 8 p.m.- midnight. $5 drinks from 5-7 p.m. for all.


Happy Hour & Beach Party @ Pop’s Seafood Shack & Grill, Island Park
Friday Night Dance Party @ Wall Street, Hauppauge
Corporate Happy Hour @ Four Food Studio, Melville, LI’s biggest indoor and outdoor happy hour with half-price drinks from 4-8 p.m. Top 40 DJ mix spun live.
Corporate Happy Hour @ Honu, Huntington, Honu invites you for Friday Corporate Happy Hour from 5-7 p.m., featuring passed hors d’oeuvres and $5 drinks. Call ahead and register eight or more people and the first round of drinks is free.
$3 For All Fridays @ The Nutty Irishman Bay Shore, 3fers on Miller Lites, 9 p.m.-midnight; $3 Captain Morgan or Malibu drinks; $3 Jameson shots.
Bang the Buds @ The Nutty Irishman Bay Shore, $1 Bud bottles & $1 shots 9 p.m.-midnight.
Girls Night Out @ Napper Tandy’s Northport, Free admission for ladies. $4 bomb shots, Stoli drinks for everyone; $5 Coors Light for everyone.
Ladies Night @ Napper Tandy’s Miller Place, $1 drinks for ladies, 10 p.m.-2 a.m.; 2 for $5 Miller Lite bottles, 10 p.m.-midnight for everyone; $3 Pinnacle bombs all night; half-price apps, midnight till close. DJ dance party 10 p.m.-4 a.m.
Dueling Pianos @ Mulcahy’s, Wantagh, 6 p.m.; 2 for 1 bottled beer and drinks 3-8 p.m.
Girls Night Out @ Middle Country Beer Garden, Centereach, Ladies drink free from 9 p.m.-midnight.
½ Price Fridays @ McFadden’s, Rockville Centre, Got $5? Get a wristband before 11 p.m. for half-price drinks all night long.
On the Rocks @ Vibe Lounge, Rockville Centre, Drink special $10; $4 imports, $5 mixed drinks, reduced top shelf.
Ultimate Happy Hour @ Dublin Deck, Patchogue
Happy Hour @ Lily Flanagan’s, Babylon & Islip, 3-7 pm., free buffet.
Friday Nights @ Tropix, Freeport, With live DJs on the Nautical Mile.


Karma @ Vibe Lounge, Rockville Centre, You and five friends enjoy Top 40 dance party. No cover before 1 a.m. with VIP print.
Saturday Night Dance Party @ The Emporium, Patchogue
Tropical Saturdays @ Havana Central, Garden City
Saturday Night Dance Party @ The Nutty Irishman Bay Shore & Farmingdale
Absolutely Saturdays @ Napper Tandy’s Northport, $4 Absolut drinks; $4 Heineken Lights.
Southbar Saturdays @ Mulcahy’s, Wantagh, DJ, $3 Bud light bottles and Rail drinks.
Party Rock Saturdays @ Middle Country Beer Garden, Centereach, 2-fers all night for ladies.
All Night Long Saturdays @ McFadden’s, Rockville Centre, $3 U-Call-It shots all night long. Free shots for the bar every time they play a Lionel Richie song.
I Heart Latin Saturdays @ Wall Street, Hauppauge
Heineken Concert Series @ Dublin Deck, Patchogue

Long Island’s NGHBRS To Release Debut LP


Long Island Rock outfit, NGHBRS, will release their debut full-length album, Twenty One Rooms, in July.

Twenty One Rooms is the follow-up studio release to the band’s successful 2010 EP, Hellomind, which earned the band high praise, including being coined by Alternative Press and AbsolutePunk.net as one of the “Top 100 Bands To Watch Out For in 2013.”

To record their debut album, NGHBRS moved into an abandoned mansion, the former estate of famous American poet and journalist, William Cullen Bryant, on the North Shore of Long Island in the fall of 2012.

The estate was later turned into a museum and eventually shut down, leaving behind exhibits and historical pieces still in tact. Over the course of two months, the band lived with no Internet, no television, and in a house that was rumored to be haunted.

“It was a really strange, inspiring time,” says vocalist Ian Kenny. “The whole experience really influenced the outcome of the record.”

The album was produced and recorded by Bryan Russell and Dan Gluszak, who also did the Hellomind EP.

Encouraged by the band’s raw energy and unique live performance, the band decided to record the album live.

“We just really wanted to capture something special with this record,” says Kenny.

“It was definitely a challenge, but it I think it really paid off,” adds guitarist Tommy Fleischmann.

Fusing elements of alternative rock with catchy melodies, impressive musicianship, rhodes keyboards, and ’90s grunge, NGHBRS has made it their mission to always separate themselves from the pack.

Formed in the summer of 2009, the band revolves around a strong work ethic, an intense practice schedule, and a constant fire under their belt. Drummer Jordan Schneider and guitarist Thomas Fleischmann have been playing in bands together for the previous 8 years, when they began to collaborate with vocalist/keyboard player Ian Kenny. Excited and intrigued about their newfound exploration, they moved into a practice space even before writing their first song. The band acquired bass player Eric Vivelo, and wrote and recorded their debut EP Hellomind, which was independently released in the summer of 2010.

“This is going to be an important year for us,” says Schneider, “We have a lot to prove.”

When asked what they’re hoping to prove, Kenny replies, “That we’re not just a one and done type of band. We’re always looking to take strides forward.”

NGHBRS is currently giving away their entire music collection for free on their Bandcamp, http://nghbrs.bandcamp.com/.

Twenty One Rooms on July 16th. Pre-Orders available June 6th.


Long Island Summer Guide 2013 – Concert and Event Calendar

Long Island Summer Guide - Concert and event calendar

Long Island Summer Guide 2013

Summer is 93 days this year. That’s roughly 1,116 hours of daylight, 14 weekends and 28 Friday and Saturday nights. That’s a lot of time, but it goes quickly and soon, we’re already halfway to winter. But we won’t talk about that now. What we will talk about are all the things you can do for the next 93 days of summer. Splish Splash is debuting Bootlegger’s Run, a new magnetically driven water coaster, in Calverton. The flying swings at Adventureland are soaring again in Farmingdale. The patio bar is open at Miller’s Ale House in Levittown, Deer Park, and by September, in Commack. Marvel in Lido Beach is serving strawberry and pistachio swirl cones dipped in freshly melted chocolate and all of Long Island is putting Sandy in the past and rebuilding for the future. Like every summer, Long Island is the place to be, whether it’s on the North Shore, South Shore, East End or walking down Sunrise Highway in flip flops. So, without further ado, we present to you our annual summer to-do list. From outdoor concerts to farmers’ markets to celebrity meet-and-greets, we’ve got it all here in easy-to-peruse form for your planning pleasure. But, we can’t do it all. Now it’s up to you to decide what you’re going to say when someone asks, “Hey, what did you do this summer?”

The following calendar will highlight many of the summer’s best events and venues, on and around Long Island. We suggest you bookmark this page and check back often. We will constantly be adding new events and new information as they become available.

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Long Island Fairs & Festivals – 2013 Calendar

rsz_festivalsSeafood Festival @ Sunken Meadow Boardwalk, Every Wednesday evening. Through August

St. Gertrude’s Parish Feast @ Center Island Beach, Bayville June 5-9

Garden City Belmont Festival @ Seventh Street, Garden City June 7

Mineola Portuguese Center Annual Feast @ Wilson Park June 7 & 8

Greek Village Festival @ Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Resurrection, Brookville June 7-9

Americana Fair @ Islip Grange, Sayville June 8

Heritage Fair @ Amityville Historical Society, Amityville June 8

Country Fair @ Caroline Church, Setauket June 8

Huckleberry Frolic @ Woods & Atlantic Avenues, East Rockaway June 8

Street Fair @ Main Street, East Rockaway June 9

LI Kosher BBQ Competition & Food Festival @ Temple Beth Torah, Westbury June 9

Arts Festival by the Bay @ Bay Shore June 9

Floral Park Belmont Festival @ Floral Park Village June 9

Russian-American Night @ Eisenhower Park June 13

Eisenhower Park Family Festival @ Eisenhower Park June 13-16

Kings Park Day Street Fair @ Main Street, Kings Park June 15


Strawberry Festival @ Trinity Lutheran Church, Rocky Point June 8

Strawberry Festival @ Our Lady of Consolation, West Islip June 8

Strawberry Fair Weekend @ Benner’s Farm, East Setauket June 8 & 9

Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival @ Strawberry Fields, Mattituck June 13-16

Strawberry Festival @ Historical Society of the Massapequas, Massapequa June 15

Strawberry Festival @ Yaphank Presbyterian Church, Yaphank June 15

Strawberry Festival & Yard Sale @ St. Thomas of Canterbury, Smithtown June 15


Port Jeff Green Fest @ Port Jeff Village June 15

Caribbean Festival Night @ Eisenhower Park, East Meadow June 15

Pirate Festival @ Long Island Maritime Museum June 15 & 16

Father’s Day Farm Fest @ Harbes Farm & Vineyard June 15 & 16

Family Festival @ Saints Philip & James Parish June 20-23

Rockville Centre Chamber of Commerce Car Show & Street Fair @ Village Avenue, Rockville Centre June 23

Italian-American Night @ Eisenhower Park June 24

Lobsterpalooza @ LI Maritime Museum June 25

Family Festival @ Trinity Regional School, East Northport June 26-30

Pet Fest @ Bridgehampton Historical Society Museum Grounds June 29

Celebrate America Fireworks & Show @ Eisenhower Park June 29

Street Fair @ Atlantic Avenue, Lynbrook June 30

African-American Night @ Eisenhower Park June 30

LI Sound & Art Festival @ Vanderbilt Museum & Planetarium June 30

Family Festival @ St. William the Abbot, Seaford July 10-14

Mattituck Chamber of Commerce Street Fair @ Mattituck July 13

Plattduetsche Volksfest @ Plattduetsche Park Restaurant July 13 & 14

Sweet Corn Festival @ Harbes Farm & Vineyard July 13 & 14

Latino-American Night @ Eisenhower Park July 14

Fireman’s Fair @ Stimson School, Huntington Station July 16-20

Family Festival @ St. Rose of Lima, Massapequa July 18-27

Great South Bay Music Festival @ Shorefront Park, Patchogue July 19-21

Deepwells Farm Festival @ Deepwells Farm County Park, St. James July 20 & 21

Southampton Kiwanis Club Carnival @ Sayre Park, Bridgehampton July 24-28

Children’s Day of Fun & Music @ Eisenhower Park July 28

Sayville Summerfest @ Main Street, Sayville August 2-4

Street Fair @ Park Boulevard and Front Street, Massapequa Park August 3 & 4

Summer Fair @ Briarcliffe College, Bethpage August 8-10

North Fork Craft Beer, BBQ & Wine Festival @ Martha Clara Vineyards August 10

Watermelon Festival @ Harbes Farm & Vineyard August 10 & 11

Eisenhower Park Summer Festival @ Eisenhower Park, East Meadow August 10 & 11

Parish Festival @ Holy Family Church, Hicksville August 14-17

Holbrook Carnival @ Seneca Middle School, Holbrook August 15-18

Long Island Bluegrass Festival @ Tanner Park August 17

Polish Town Street Fair & Polka Festival @ Pulaski Street, Riverhead August 17 & 18

Greek Festival @ Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption, Port Jefferson August 22-25

LI Scottish Festival & Highland Games @ Old Westbury Gardens August 24

Seafood Festival @ Long Island Maritime Museum August 24 & 25

Riverhead Railroad Festival @ Railroad Museum of LI August 24 & 25

Blue Claw Crab Festival @ Mastic Beach Marina August 25

Shinnecock Powwow @ Shinnecock Reservation August 30–Sept. 2

Street Fair @ Hawkins Avenue, Ronkonkoma September 1

East Northport Festival @ John Walsh Park, East Northport September 6-8

Nesconset Day Street Fair @ Nesconset Plaza, Nesconset September 8

American Music Festival @ Port Jeff Village September 13-15

Long Island Family Festival @ Tanner Park, Copiague September 13-15

Bayville Waterside Festival @ Charles E. Ransom Beach, Bayville September 14 & 15

Italian Experience Festival @ Hofstra University, Hempstead September 15

Family Street Festival @ Bellmore LIRR September 19-22

Harvest & Seafood Festival @ Captree State Park, West Islip September 21 & 22

Street Fair @ Nassau Boulevard, Garden City South September 22

Long Island Fair @ Old Bethpage Village Restoration September 20-29

Kite Festival @ Long Island Maritime Museum September 21

Long Island Garlic Festival @ Garden of Eve September 21 & 22

Family Festival by the Sea @ Lido Beach September 28 & 29

Street Fair @ Merrick Avenue, Merrick September 28 & 29

The Book – Iggy the Train Cat

BookREview_JUNEIggy the Train Cat

By Mary Mac

Long Island is full of stray cats, but it’s unlikely any of them are as personable as this guy.

Iggy is an adorable little cinnamon-colored cat who calls the Long Island Rail Road his home. This train cat has emerald eyes and a heart-shaped birthmark on his rump and is well-known by commuters who frequent the Kew Gardens station.

Written by Babylon Village native and St. John the Baptist High School alum Mary Mac, this is the first in a new children’s book series published on Kindle in honor of National Pet Adoption Weekend. An independent cat, Iggy makes friends with everyone and he is taken care of by commuters on their way to work. But then Iggy goes missing.

This heartwarming tale shows just how much the community cares for Iggy. This is the first book of its kind for Mac, who lived the majority of her life in New York City and on LI. She has spent her career assisting children and adults who have experienced the death of a loved one and, until now, has primarily written for that audience.

Part of the proceeds of this and future Iggy books will be donated to the organization she created—The Foundation for Grieving Children, Inc.

Iggy’s illustrator, Thomas Barnett, is a cartoonist and illustrator who was influenced by Charles Schultz and the Peanuts comic strip. His comic strip “The Lil Miesters” appears daily online at GoComics.com.

For more information, visit www.IggyTheTrainCat.com.