Jess Winans


Long Island Pumpkin Picking Guide

What better way to start the fall season than to pick the perfect pumpkin at a local patch?

“I’m really excited that there’s some twists and turns in the season with the weather and it appears this is the best crop I’ve ever had in my life,” said Jim Stakey, owner and operator of Stakey’s pumpkin patch in Aquebogue for over 40 years. “I started in 1976 at 15…and this appears to be the best crop—if it’s not the best it’s certainly one of the best.”

Check out some places on Long Island to go pumpkin picking this fall:

Benner’s Farm
Starting on Sept. 30 through Halloweekend you can pick pumpkins at Benner’s Farm. 56 Gnarled Hollow Rd., Setauket. 631-689-8172. bennersfarm.com 12-4 p.m. Saturday, Sunday.

Borella’s Farm Stand Fall Harvest Festival
For over 60 years Borella’s Farm Stand has been growing and selling fresh vegetables, flowers and pumpkins on Long Island. During every weekend in October as part of their Fall Harvest Festival Long Islanders can pick pumpkins, go for hayrides or get lost in a corn maze. 485 Edgewood Avenue, St. James. 631-862-7330. Borellasfarmstand.com 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday.

Brightwaters farm
Pick pumpkins at the oldest operating farm on the South Shore of Long Island this fall starting Sept. 30. 1624 Manatuck Blvd, Bay Shore. 631-665-5411. Brightwatersfarms.com 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday.

Crossroads Farm at Grossmann’s
Buy pumpkins at the Crossroads Farm pumpkin patch at Grossmann’s in October. 480 Hempstead Ave, Malverne. 516-881-7900. Xroadsfamily.com 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday.

Dee’s Frontier Family Fun
Every weekend in October, Dee’s nursery has pumpkins as part of their Frontier Family Fun event that also features gem mining, an interactive petting zoo, childrens’ corn maze, a spooky walk through, pumpkin painting, corn stalks and hay bales. 69 Atlantic Ave, Oceanside. 516-678-3535. blog.deesnursery.com 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday.

Elwood Pumpkin and Christmas Tree Farm
Billed as “Long Island’s best pumpkin picking,” open weekdays and weeknights. 1500 E Jericho Turnpike, Huntington. 631-368-8626. elwoodpumpkinfarm.com 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Fairview Farm
Pick up a pumpkin at the farm stand and walk through the eight-acre corn maze at Fairview Farm this fall. 19 Horsemill Lane, Bridgehampton. 631-537-6154 fairviewfarmatmecox.com 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Sunday and holidays.

Fink’s Country Farm
Looking for some weekend fun? Stop by Fink’s Country Farm for pumpkin picking, a five-acre corn maze, U-pick pumpkins, train rides and a slide for the kids. 6242 Middle Country Rd., Wading River. 631-886-2272 finksfarm.com 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday.

F&W Schmitt Family Farm Fall Festival
Pick pumpkins seven days a week at the F&W Schmitt Family Farm as part of their fall festival. 26 Pinelawn Rd., Melville. 631-271-FARM. schmittfarms.com 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Daily.

Gabrielsen’s Country Farm
Now through Halloween stop by Gabrielsen’s Country Farm in North Park for their fall festival featuring pumpkin picking, hay rides, train rides, bouncy houses, a corn crib, kiddie maze, farm animals, a giant pumpkin a Restoration Schoolhouse, an old fashioned church, a picnic area, pedal tractors and live music on weekends. 200 Herricks Ln., Jamesport. 631-722-3259. gabrielsenscountryfarm.com 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday-Sunday.

Garden of Eve Organic Farm Market
Pick up a pumpkin from the organic dynamic-duo in Riverhead at their farm. 4558 Sound Avenue, Riverhead. 631-722-8777. Gardenofevefarm.com 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.

Glover Farms
Starting Oct.1 visit Glover Farms, a local patch on Long Island since 1952, to find a perfect pumpkin and get lost in the 10-acre corn maze. 633 Victory Ave., Brookhaven. 631-327-8559. gloverfarmsbrookhaven.com 2-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Columbus Day.

Greenland Family Farm
This fall come to the Greenland Family Farm for all-you-can-pick pumpkins! 17155 County Road 48, Cutchogue. 631-734-5791. Greenlandfamilyfarms.com 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Sunday.

Hank’s Pumpkintown
It’s no surprise that Hank’s Pumpkintown in Water Mill has over 7,000 likes on Facebook. Swing by to pick up pumpkins seven days a week. 240 Montauk Hwy.,Watermill. 631-726-8015 hankspumpkintown.com 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Daily.

Harbes Family Farm
Pick a pumpkin off of the vine at their Mattituck location or visit their patches in Jamesport and Riverhead. Not only can you take home the perfect pumpkin from each location but all three also have corn mazes and other attractions for the whole family. 631-298-0800. harbesfamilyfarm.com 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily at Jamesport and Mattituck farms, weekends only at the Riverhead orchard.

Organics Today
Visit Organics Today, open every day till Halloween to pick pumpkins, go for a hayride and munch on some seasonal goodies such as roasted corn, hot apple cider, apple cider donuts, baked apples, pumpkin pie and apple pie. 169 Washington Street, East Islip. 631-650-4426. Organicstodayfarms.com 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Daily.

Helen’s Greenhouse Family Farm
Stop in and say hello to some farm animals, taste some homemade pies and pick a pumpkin at Helen’s Greenhouse Family Farm. 987 Union Ave., Aquebogue. 631-722-5076 helensfarm.com 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Sunday.

Kaufold Country Florist and Farm
Pick up a pumpkin or some flowers at the Kaufold Country Florist and Farm. 724 Middle Country Rd., Ridge. 631-924-1265. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday.

Krupski Farms
Visit the pumpkin patch in North Fork to pick up a pumpkin and other seasonal favorites. 38030 Route 25, Peconic. 631-734-7841. Facebook.com/Krupski-Farms 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday.

Lenny Bruno Farms
Pick-your-own pumpkin at Lenny Bruno Farms.740 Wading River Rd., Manorville 631-591-3592 lennybrunofarms.com 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.

Lewin Farms
Call ahead to confirm the daily schedules at Lewin Farms and pick your own pumpkins and apples through late October! 812 Sound Ave., Calverton. 631-929-4327 Lewinfarm.com 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily, except Tuesdays.

May’s Farm Stand
Find a pumpkin, go for a hayride, get lost in a corn maze and enjoy apple cider at May’s Farm Stand. 6361 Route 25A, Wading River. 631-929-6654. maysfarmny.com 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Sunday.

Milk-Pail Farm and Orchard
With over 60 different varieties of pumpkins from mini ones for your desk to giant ones over 150 pounds that are grown on site, there’s no doubt you will find the perfect one. 1346 Montauk Hwy., Watermill. 631-537-2565. Milk-pail.com 9.30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday- Saturday. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sunday.

Rottkamp’s Fox Hollow Farm
Throughout the fall check out the pumpkin fields at Rottkamp’s Fox Hollow Farm. 2287 Sound Ave, Baiting Hollow. 631-727-1786. tinyurl.com 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends.

Seven Ponds Orchard
Seven Ponds Orchard, an entirely You-Pick Farm, which allows you to pick all of your own fruits and vegetables, also has a pumpkin patch and rides for kids this fall. 65 Seven Ponds Rd., Watermill. 631-726-8015. Facebook.com/Seven-Ponds-Orchard 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.

Schmitt’s Family Farm Fall Festival
Go to Schmitt’s Family Farm on Saturdays and Sundays starting on Sept. 16 through Oct.31 to pumpkin pick at Schmitt’s Family Farm Fall Festival. 6 Bagatelle Road, Dix Hills. 631-549-FARM. Schmittsfamilyfarms.com 9 a.m.-5p.m. Saturday, Sunday.

Stakey’s Pumpkin Farm
Buy as many pumpkins as you can carry for $30. Not only that but for a small fee you can go for a hayride, find your way through a corn maze, bounce in a bounce-house and get your face painted. 270 West Lane Aquebogue. 631-722-3467. Stakeyspumpkinfarm.com 12 p.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends.

W&K Farm
This Manorville farm has fresh fruits and veggies all year long so swing by this fall for some pumpkins. Corner of Wading River Road and South Street, Manorville. Facebook.com/WK-Farms 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Sunday.

White Post Farm
Open seven days a week, the White Post Farm has a month-long fall festival through Halloweekend with pumpkin picking, animals, live shows, a train ride and a bouncy house. 250 Old Country Rd., Melville. 631-351-9373. whitepostfarms.com 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Columbus Day.

Windy Acres
Windy Acres Farm is known for its fresh apples and other fruits and veggies, so it’s no doubt you can find some awesome pumpkins there too. Not only do they have perfect produce but you can also bring the kids for fun tractor rides and delicious baked goods. 3810 Middle Country Rd., Calverton. Facebook.com/Windy-Acres-Farm 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sunday.

Woodside nursery and garden center
Now through Oct. 31 pick pumpkins. at the Woodside Nursery and Garden Center, a Long Island staple since 1987. 134 East Woodside Ave, N. Patchogue. 631-758-1491. woodsidenurseryandgarden.com Open daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Melville’s Dr. Raymond Damadian, Father of The MRI

Dr. Raymond Damadian performed the first human MRI scan in 1977 on this early prototype, now on dis- play in the Hall of Medical Scienc- es at the Smithsonian Institution.

Dr. Raymond Damadian was 10 years old when he watched his grandmother die of breast cancer, but he turned the negative into a positive like few others.

It was then that he made detecting cancer his life’s work, founded Melville-based Fonar Corporation and invented the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner in the 1970s. Ten years ago, Damadian, now 81, improved upon his invention when he introduced the stand-up MRI machine.

“Without Damadian’s discovery, it could not be known that serious diseases like cancer could be detected by an NMR [nuclear magnetic resonance, the prior term used for the MRI] scanner,” said James Mattson, author of The Pioneers of NMR and Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: The Story of MRI. “Or that tissue NMR signals possessed sufficient contract to create medically useful images.”

Damadian also operates his own MRI scanning office, Stand-up MRI of Melville, P.C., as an internist on Long Island. But Damadian didn’t always study medicine. He originally studied math and science as a violin student at Juilliard School of Music when he was 15.

After graduating with a degree in mathematics, he went to the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where he received his medical degree. Then, in 1971 Damadian invented the MRI as a professor at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center. He was using NMR technologies to study halophiles, a form of bacteria and potassium ions in cells.

He realized that this technology could be used to determine differences in cells. Damadian then tried using the same technology on human tissues and realized that there was a significant difference in the magnetic signals sent between normal tissues and cancerous ones.

Subsequently, on July 3, 1977, the first MRI body scan was conducted on a human. It took five hours to produce one image of the patient. After the scan, Damadian and his partner, Dr. Michael Goldsmith, named the machine “Indomitable,” a reference to their struggle to develop the technology.

Damadian has since racked up honors for the discovery. But in 2003, the Nobel Prize for the MRI went to Paul Lauterbur, a professor of chemistry at Stony Brook University, and another scientist. The debate over who invented the MRI first is unsettled.

13 Confusing Facts About Long Island

Ahh, Long Island. Home of great beaches, even better bagels and some very confusing directionals. It’s not just you, here are 13 ways LI makes itself needlessly complicated:

13. East Hills is west of West Hills. The names reference different hills, but it hindsight it seems like whoever named these places didn’t know how to operate a compass. Good thing for GPS.

12. West Hills is east of North Hills Here we are again.

11. Oceanside is next to the bay. If you thought a community with ocean in its name would have a direct view of the Atlantic, you’d be wrong. Oceanside is actually beside Middle Bay. It seems in Oceanside that “side” means over a mile away.

10. East Northport is south of NorthportBack during the 1870s, train conductors would refer to the railroad station at Larkfield Road and Bellerose Avenue as “east of Northport” because it was east of the railway junction. But what made sense to 19th century train conductors didn’t quite make sense as the community’s name, geographically speaking.

9. The Nassau County seat is actually in Garden City, not Mineola.

Nassau County NIFA
The Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building in Mineola has a statue of TR standing out front.

Garden City’s founders wanted to be the home of the county’s government buildings to increase property values, so they offered the land for free. Although still technically in Garden City, the county’s main buildings fall within neighboring Mineola’s mailing address.

8. Speaking of Garden City, it’s a village, not a city.Technically, it’s the Village of Garden City. Still sounds better than Garden Village.

7. Kings Point and Kings Park are not the same place.

Long Island Haunted Bus Tour
Kings Park Psychiatric Center

One of these places lies within the boundaries of Nassau County, the other in Suffolk. One is known as the home of Great Gatsby author F. Scott Fitzgerald, the other is infamously known as the birthplace of an old insane asylum. They’re easy to mix up, but are definitely not the same place.

6. There’s more than one Heckscher park. One is a state park in East Islip and the other a town park in Huntington. Make sure you know the difference before going to either for the first time.

5. Mill Pond is the name of quite a few different ponds.It seems Long Island’s founders lacked creativity when it comes to naming local bodies of water. They all date to the days when mills were common, but nowadays make sure you know which town someone means when they say, “meet me at mill pond.”

4. Suffolk County jail is said to be in Riverhead, but it’s actually in Riverside.
Confusing things further is the fact that Riverside is actually in the Town of Southampton. The upside is inmates can say they have a place to stay in the Hamptons.

3. Quiogue and Quogue are two different places. The name Quiogue was assigned in the 2010 census as a correction, which makes us wonder if the name for Quogue is just a typo too. Someone needs to run a spell check.

2. There’s more than one Long Beach and Cedar Beach. Long Beach after SandyGoing someone in Long Beach? Make sure it’s the one on the South Shore of Nassau County and not the one on the North Shore of Suffolk County. Multiple Cedar Beaches also grace opposing coasts.

  1. North Sea is on the South Fork and it’s on the bay, not the ocean. North Sea, meet Oceanside.

Judaica Dealer’s Menorah Pays it Forward for Local Holocaust Center

The Jewish Gift Place, an online Judaica dealer, is spreading Chanukah spirit by donating to The Holocaust Resource Center of Temple Judea in Manhasset proceeds from a menorah inspired by Janusz Korczak.

Korczak was a famous Jewish pediatrician, educator, author, radio host and children’s rights advocate who ran an orphanage for Jewish children in Warsaw, Poland during World War II. On the menorah, his likeness is depicted leading a line of children, symbolizing their march toward the train to the Nazi extermination camp at Treblinka. It’s a scale model of a sculpture of Korczak outside Temple Judea.

“That would make a great menorah,” Risa Borsykowsky, owner of the Long Island-based Jewish Gift Place, recalls her husband saying when they saw the sculpture during a bar mitzvah at the temple.

She agreed. Borsykowsky and Irving Roth, a Holocaust survivor and director of The Holocaust Research Center, worked with renowned Judaica artist Gary Rosenthal to design the menorah. Their goal is to raise $25,000 for the center. So
far, they’ve raised about half that amount.

“Our mission is two-fold: to raise money for Mr. Roth’s Holocaust Resource Center, and to raise Holocaust awareness through the life story of Janusz Korczak,” Borsykowsky said.

“In the 20th century, children were to be seen, not heard,” recalls Roth. “[Korczak’s] position was that children have opinions, the child has a voice, the child can express himself and the adult needs to listen.”

The mission of the center is to educate young and old on the evils of prejudice, to teach the lessons of the Holocaust, and to combat ignorance, hatred, and violence. The Korczak sculpture outside the center that the menorah is based on is believed to
be one of only two in the nation, Borsykowsky said.

The menorahs, which come in two designs, are made from copper, brass, steel and fused glass. They can be personalized or purchased per their original design at jewishgiftplace.com

A Guide to 11 Gifts Made on Long Island

Homemade gifts may be the most thoughtful and likely to warm hearts during the holidays, but some presents on people’s wish lists just can’t be whipped up without a little professional help.

If the next best thing to homemade is something locally made, then holiday shoppers are in luck. Whether in the market for a present oozing with local craftsmanship or something for that hometown cheerleader on your list — the type
who eats, drinks and wears their Long Island pride — our gift to you, dear readers, is this bountiful guide to gifts made for and by Long Islanders.

You’re welcome.

Alegna Soap

Alegna Soap
Crafted by a Long Island mom when her kids left for college, Alegna Soap is a homemade soap company that produces sugar scrubs, bath washes and soaps. If you can’t find a product for your friend or loved one, you could buy them a seat in a soapmaking class taught in Bethpage where they leave with a handout that includes safety instructions, a necessary equipment list, step-by-step instructions, soap recipes, and over three pounds or approximately 12 four-ounce bars of soap. Products can be purchased online and different types of soap classes include a Soap Nite for an intimate evening out with friends, a Private Soapmaking Class, and a Long Island Lotion-Making Class. Alegnasoap.com Products $5-$25. Classes $40-$400.

Long Island Candle Factory

Long Island Candle Factory Candle
Who doesn’t love candles? They light up our homes, top our birthday cakes and make the perfect gift for the person who has everything. The Long Island Candle Factory has 27 different scented candles made of natural soy wax in locally themed scents such as “Long Beach” and “Montauk Mist.” Candles can be purchased online. longislandcandlefactory.com $12-$22.

Screenprinted Bag

Screenprinted Bag
A nice gift for the person who has it all? A screen-printed bag with their initials on it. It’s the perfect lunch bag, purse or summer tote. These customized bags are available at Signature Gifts in Huntington, where they also sell monogrammed water bottles, totes and blankets. 147 Woodbury Rd. # G, Huntington. signaturegiftsinc.com Bags $35-$150.

Imu Gifts

Imu Gifts and Accessories
This local company that sells “cultural boho-chic” bags, jewelry and scarves was influenced by the owner, Maria’s, pet bunny named Imu. imugifts.com $15-$150.

Cozy Cocoon Swaddle
Not sure what to get that person on your list with a new bundle of joy? Try handmade swaddle blankets and wraps for newborns in sweet styles such as “Baby Bee,” “Baby Business” and “Big-Shot Baby.” 2475 Charles Ct., North Bellmore. cozycocoon.com $24.95-$49.95.

Dog Treats


Dog Treats
Don’t forget your four-legged friend! Barkfield Road has homemade dog treats and toys to put in your pup’s stocking this season. 3 Hewitt Sq., East Northport. barkfieldroad.com Prices vary.


Incense and Sage
Give your friends and family peace of mind and serenity this holiday season with A Time For Karma aromatherapy products, purpose bracelets and rose quartz. 14 South Village Ave., Rockville Centre. atimeforkarma.com Bracelets $15.

Bridge Lane Wine
(Photo credit: Bridge Lane Wine/Facebook)

Long Island Wine
From Bedell Cellars to Wölffer Estate, there are dozens of local vineyards offering an impressively lengthy list of vintages and vino varieties. Show your love by driving out east for a bottle or case, or just head over to your local wine shop and make like you drove hours for the perfect gift. liwines.com Prices vary.

Long Island Native Mug
Can the person you’re shopping for typically be found bragging about Long Island bagels and pizza while listening to Billy Joel nonstop? A great gift for your diehard Long Islander would be a Long Island Native Mug. You could give it as-is or stuff it with a gift card to his or her favorite coffee spot. cafepress.com $$9.95-$17.95.

Barrage Brewing Company
Barrage Brewing Company’s take on the popular “Black and Tan” beer, featuring YadaYadaYada and The Clancy. (Barrage Brewing Co./Facebook)

Long Island Beer
The ideal present for your dad, grandpa, uncle or friend who loves suds? A 6-pack or growler of locally brewed beer. And thanks to the current craft brewing boom, there are also dozens of microbrews to choose from, including some that are made with locally grown ingredients. libeerguide.com Prices vary.

Allie’s GF Goodies
Got someone on your list with a food allergy? Let them enjoy some allergen-free holiday treats that won’t require a trip to the doctor. Best part? Allie’s hosts allergen-free holiday house decorating events every Sunday in December until Christmas, so you can make your own! 1B West Village Green, Hicksville. alliesgfg.com $55.

Mangano, Venditto Corruption Trial Delayed 2 Months

Mangano Venditto
Not Smiling Anymore: Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto (L), Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano (R), and his wife Linda (Not Pictured) were arrested Thursday, October 20, 2016 and indicted on federal corrupution charges including a bribery scheme, obstruction of justice and extortion. (Long Island Press / Christopher Twarowski)

A federal judge Tuesday delayed the trial against outgoing Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano until March after his co-defendant, ex-Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, was recently indicted on additional charges.

Despite the new charges from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission stemming from allegations that Venditto illegally guaranteed taxpayers would repay a town vendor’s loans if the vendor defaulted, the trial is still expected to last six-to-eight weeks before U.S. District Judge Joan Azrack. 

“None of the new charges or superseding indictment have anything to do with Ed Mangano and we’re disappointed that the trial was adjourned,” said Kevin Keating, Mangano’s Garden City-based attorney. “We were looking forward to the trial. We waited more than a year for his trial. I’ve said from the beginning that he is innocent.”

The trial was originally scheduled to start Jan. 16 but was rescheduled for March 12.

Venditto has pleaded not guilty to the 21 new counts of allegedly defrauding municipal bond investors by concealing the loan guarantees. His attorneys requested the trial delay on account that they needed more time to defend the additional SEC charges. Neither Venditto nor his lawyers commented after the hearing.

The new charges come after Venditto and Mangano, both Republicans, and Mangano’s wife, Linda, pleaded not guilty to charges of running a kickback scheme in exchange for a no-show job for Linda, among other gifts.

“You want to get your life going, and just get it settled,” Mangano said. “I’ve done nothing wrong and…I’m a positive person.”

Mangano, who has rebuffed calls to resign, leaves office Dec. 31 after not seeking a third term. Democrat Laura Curran was elected last month to replace him and will become Nassau’s first female county executive Jan. 1.

Republican Joseph Saladino was elected last month to replace Venditto after Saladino was appointed to fill a vacancy in the town’s top job when Venditto resigned in January following two decades in the post.

Long Island Fight for Charity Raises $80K

Damion "Dynamite" Nelson faces Jollot Abdulaye during the Long Island Fight for Charity Nov. 20, 2017 at the Hilton Long Island in Melville. (Photo by Bob Savage)

Eighteen boxers faced off in nine bouts to raise almost $80,000 for three charities during the Long Island Fight for Charity Nov. 20 at the Hilton in Melville.

Nearly 1,000 supporters packed the venue for the 14th annual event that has raised $1.1 million for local charities, including the Family Residences and Essential Enterprises Inc. (FREE), the Long Island Community Chest and The Genesis School. Fighters young and old duked it out — with all declared winners.

“When I fought back in 2009, I was the oldest boxer there, and this year I’m the oldest person to do it again,” said Gregg Aramanda, 61, from G.E. Aviation, adding that he’s since had knee surgery and lost 100 pounds. “My wife is about ready to put her foot down. When I told them I was doing it again, everyone in my family was like, ‘Are you kidding me?’”

The matchups grouped LI business community members together by weight and gender. Each bout had one, two or three rounds.

Boxers came out ready to fight and entered the ring swinging with help from trainers from the Westbury Boxing Club, UFC Gym Farmingdale, Heavy Hitters Boxing, AVM Boxing Gym and the Glen Cove Boxing Club. The ballroom of the Hilton was overflowing all night with people of all ages supporting their friends and family inside and outside of the ring.

“My father, Ed Parry, is fighting. This is my first time here,” said Joe Perry, 24, of Lynbrook. “He could probably whoop my a** right now. We’re close with a family who had a tough-go with cancer, so he’s trying to raise some money for a cure.”

The event was founded by Matt Siler, Jeff Cohen and Jamie Austin in 2003 and this year’s fundraiser was hosted by Sal Ferro from Alure Home Improvements and Sid Farooqi, who has been heard announcing at various sporting events for Hofstra University, the Long Island Mets and ESPN 3.

Judges included Josh and Victoria Schneps, co-publishers of the Long Island Press, Angela Anton from Anton Media Group, chef Michael Newman from Hilton Long Island, sports anchor Jamie Stuart from News 12 Long Island, Tom Killeen, P.C., Paul Salerno, publisher Peter Sloggatt of the Long Islander News, Ted Lindner of WBAB and Vito Antuofermo, former undisputed World Middleweight Champion.

For more information about the Long Island Fight for Charity, or information on how to sign up next year or sponsor, visit lifightforcharity.org

Fred Waller Rode the Wave of Fame

Fred Waller

Huntington’s Fred Waller, a special effects man at Paramount Pictures’ Astoria studios back in the 1920s, first imagined water skis as a way to mount motion picture cameras behind speed boats.

In the end, riding the things proved to be too much fun to waste on cinematography. These were not, let’s be clear, like the skis we know today. The first models were eight-
feet long and made from the same straight-grain mahogany used in yachts. Each ski tip was attached to the boat by a rope, while a second set led back to a hand bridle. There were no rubber slippers for the feet.

Waller patented his idea in 1925 and “Akwa-Skeeing,” as he called it, became all the rage at Abercrombie & Fitch and Marshall Field. Additional sales were to the U.S. military
and various shipping companies. Screen icon Clara Bow was the company
spokeswoman, urging boaters everywhere to experience the thrill of “flashing over the
foam, gliding on the wave tops.”

The skis were one of 16 patents awarded Weller before his death in 1954, including
designs for the first automatic photographic printer and timer, a military gunnery
trainer used in World War II and, in the early 1950s, the ultrawide-screen movie system
called Cinerama.

“My father wanted me to go to college, but I wouldn’t go,” Waller told True Magazine in
1953. “I found out that I needed two modern languages and two dead ones to become a mechanical engineer and so I said to hell with it.

“I wanted the meat. I wanted to know why things work. The basic physics and mechanics of it, and no frills.”

The real inventor of water skis? Probably a young Minnesota man, Ralph W. Samuelson, who rode wooden planks to wow the crowds at Lake Pepin several years before Waller’s patent. His specialty: leaps of 60 feet or more from lard-greased ramps.

There would be no jumping the shark without him.

Long Island Christmas & Holiday Events 2017

Santa Claus by Leslie J. Martin
Eat your heart out, Santa Claus. Chad Smith, Fred Cash Jr. & GE Smith will be ushering in the New Year at The Stephen Talkhouse with ferocious sets of devastating rock, damn the mistletoe. (Photo by Leslie J. Martin)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, with bountiful tree lightings, concerts, parties, parades and other events. Check out some of these Long Island festivities to get in the holiday spirit.

Holiday Light Show
Don’t miss the on-again, off-again and now on-again light show at Jones Beach. The Magic of Lights is a magical, family drive-through holiday lights experience running 2.5 miles. It features holiday music, a hay maze and pictures with Santa at the holiday festival village. Jones Beach State Park West End, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. $9-$30. holidaylights.jonesbeach.com Dusk-10 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., dusk-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat. through Dec. 31.

Christmas at Hick’s
Visit Hick’s for a free animated story featuring beautiful stories of animals celebrating the spirit of Christmas. Hicks Nursery, 100 Jericho Tpke., Westbury. hicksnurseries.com Free. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Dec. 28.

 A Christmas Carol
Learn the true meaning of Christmas this year and see the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol. Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson. theatrethree.com $20-$35. Days, times vary. Through Dec. 30.

Jenny and Frosty are back on a mission to save Chillsville from Ethel Pierport, who’s trying to melt the snow. Bring the kids to this interactive show and try to help save the snow, and Frosty! John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport. engemantheater.com $15. Dates and times vary. Through Dec. 31.

 Barnaby Saves Christmas
Take the kids to see a little elf accompanied by his reindeer friend embark on a journey to save Christmas and learn about the true meaning of the holidays. There will be a sensory sensitive performance at 11 a.m. Nov. 26. Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson. theatrethree.com $10.11 a.m. Nov. 24-Dec. 30.

Bayville Winter Wonderland
Long Island’s Winter Holiday Park features an arcade, holiday-themed rides, characters, Santa and an old-school ice cream parlor. Bayville Adventure Park, 8 Bayville Ave., Bayville. bayvillewinterwonderland.com $22.75 Days, hours vary. Nov. 24-Jan. 1.

Connetquot River Boat Parade and Fireworks
Fireworks aren’t just for Independence Day. With viewing points at the Snapper Inn, Oakdale Yacht, Nicoll’s Point Marina, Vanderbilt’s Wharf, Great River Town Ramp and Timber Point, this year’s boat parade and fireworks are sure to light up the Connetquot River for the perfect start to the holiday season. connetquotboatparade.com Connetquot River, Oakdale. Free. 5:30 p.m. Nov. 25.

 Annual Parade of Lights & Christmas Tree Lighting
Watch a parade of lights featuring decorated firetrucks from Windmill Lane around the village to Agawam Park, ending with a tree lighting. 25 Jobs Ln., Southampton. Free. 4:30 p.m. Nov. 25

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is coming to LIU Post. Before the show, bring the kids to make holiday crafts for a free workshop. 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville. tillescenter.org $38-$58. Nov. 25.

Melissa Etheridge: Merry Christmas, Baby
Soulful songstress Melissa Etheridge will perform hits from her 2008 Christmas album, A New Thought for Christmas. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $49.50-$250. 8 p.m. Nov. 26.

A Charlie Brown Christmas
Catch the Peanuts gang in the Charlie Brown Christmas live-rendition you won’t want to miss. Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.org $12-$20.11 a.m., 3 p.m. Nov. 26

Train: Shake Up Christmas
The San Francisco-based pop rockers will play fan-favorites and some Christmas jams during a holiday show. Also performing will be The Alternate Routes. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $49.50-$199.50. 8 p.m. Nov. 28.

Murray & Peter Present: A Drag Queen Christmas
As part of “The Naughty Tour”, contestants from RuPaul’s Drag Race, a popular drag-competition reality show on VH-1, will be performing in a Christmas show with holiday songs. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $22.50-$150. 8 p.m. Nov. 29.

Tree Lighting
Join the carolers in a sing-a-long of traditional holiday songs while awaiting the arrival of Santa Claus. Upon his arrival, Santa will light the tree for the 2017 holiday season. Afterward, hot beverages will be served.  Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park, 440 Montauk Hwy., Great River. Free. 5:30 p.m. Dec. 1.

Clara’s Dream The Nutcracker
Warm up your heart with the American Dance Theatre of Long Island’s “Clara’s Dream. The Nutcracker.” Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.org $20-$31. Times vary. Dec.1-3.

Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet
The Rockville Centre Guild For The Arts and the Leggz Ltd. are presenting Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet. What makes this show special? It’s the only production on Long Island that features a full symphonic orchestra. Madison Theatre at Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre. madisontheatreny.org Times vary. Dec.1-3.

Horse and Buggy Rides
Kick off the holiday season with a horse and buggy ride, a perfect photo op for this year’s Christmas card. Southampton Art Center, 25 Jobs Ln., Southampton. southamptonartscenter.org. Free. 12:30-3:30 p.m. Nov. 25, Dec. 9 and Dec. 16. Southampton Chamber of Commerce, 76 Main St., Southampton. southamptonchamber.com Free. 1-4 p.m. Dec. 2.

Tree Lighting
Besides Santa lighting the tree, activities include an ice sculpting demonstration, numerous holiday displays, a magic show, a juggler, roving carolers, food and merchandise vendors and a spectacular firework display over the lake!  Belmont Lake State Park, Southern State Parkway, West Babylon. Free. 4:15 p.m. Dec. 2.

Dave Koz 20th Anniversary Tour
This platinum-selling saxophonist is playing Christmas hits with special guests David Benoit, Rick Braun, Peter White and Selina Albright. Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville. tillescenter.org $48-$78. 8-10 p.m. Dec. 2.

Aztec Two Step Holiday Show
This renowned folk duo currently promoting their new album, Naked, will be playing holiday favorites and some of their favorite tracks. Unfortunately due to the loss of his wife, Neal will not be playing but will be replaced by bassist Fred Holman for the show. ATS will be given the “Distinguished Music Award” for their longtime Long Island music scene contribution. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 W Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $40-$45. 8 p.m. Dec. 2.

Dickens Festival
Dickensian characters such as Father Christmas will be roaming the streets, getting the public in the holiday spirit. Port Jefferson. portjeff.com Dec. 2, 3.

Holiday Tales at the Hearth
Come to the Hempstead House to spread holiday cheer with a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus and storytelling with children’s crafts and favorite seasonal music. Sands Point Preserve, 127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point. sandspointpreserveconservancy.org $10-$20. 1-4 p.m. Dec. 3.

Colors of Christmas
Musicians Peabo Bryson, Marilyn Mccoo, Billy Davis Jr, Ruben Studdard and Jody Watley will celebrate the season’s music in a fantastic night full of holiday spirit. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. thetheatreatwestbury.com $25-$125. 7 p.m. Dec. 3.

Winter White Party
Kick off the holiday season at The Polo Lounge with live music, signature cocktails, Winter White swag bag and more. Garden City Hotel, 45 Seventh St., Garden City. gardencityhotel.com $20. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7.

Tree Lighting
Magnificent 35-foot Japanese Umbrella Pine will be lit by Santa while the Twin Shores Chorus sings holiday carols. Afterwards, visit with Santa in the Hay Barn. Planting Fields Arboretum, Oyster Bay. Free. 5:30 p.m. Dec. 8.

Eileen Ivers Joyful Christmas
The virtuoso fiddler with deep Irish Heritage will play traditional Wren Day music, famous American Christmas Carols and other melodies, accompanied by local choirs. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 W Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $45-$50. 8 p.m. Dec. 8.

An Irish Christmas in America
Oisín Mac Diarmada, Niamh Farrell, Seamus Begley, Samantha Harvey, Sean Gavin and Grainne Hambley will be preforming a family friendly concert featuring the fiddle, flute, uilleann pipes and harp and Irish dancing from Samantha Harvey. Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.org $20-$60. 8 p.m. Dec. 8.

Huntington Christmas Parade of Lights
The parade will begin on Fourth Avenue and 12th Street and end at Third Avenue and 11th Street. Attendees can stay warm inside with a cup of hot chocolate at Huntington’s Kitchen, 911 Third Ave., which will offer free hot chocolate 3-5:30 p.m. Huntington. Free. 5:30 p.m. Dec. 9.

Not Quite Christmas Cabaret
Broadway performers Emily Skinner, Nicholas Ward and Lauren Worsham accompanied by composer Steven Lutvak deliver the annual pre-Christmas concert at Hempstead House. Sands Point Preserve, 127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point. sandspointpreserveconservancy.org $125-$250. 7-10 p.m. Dec. 9.

Johnny Mathis Christmas Concert
Best known for “Chances Are,” “It’s Not For Me To Say” and “Misty,” Mathis has recorded more than 80 albums, six of which were filled with Christmas tunes. Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville. tillescenter.org $54-$200. 8-10 p.m. Dec. 9.

Ovations: The Nutcracker Suite With The Atlantic Wind Symphony Orchestra
Come see the traditional Nutcracker story where Clara goes to the Land of the Sweets, the place where the Sugar Plum Fairy reunited with her prince, told by the Atlantic Wind Symphony Orchestra. Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.org $20-$35. Times Vary. Dec. 9-10.

Dick Fox’s Holiday Doo Wop Extravaganza
Re-live the ‘60s while bands such as Jay and the Americans, Dennis Tufano, Jay Siegel & The Tokens, The Chiffons and The Capris come together for a night of Doo Wop classics and seasonal fun! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. thetheatreatwestbury.com $49-$140. 6 p.m. Dec.10.

Cherish the Ladies: A Celtic Christmas
Witness an Irish tradition from the five-woman band, Cherish the Ladies, who’ll be playing Christmas carols and traditional step-dancing. Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Port Washington. landmarkonmainstreet.org $30-$40. 7 p.m. Dec. 10.

Treasured Memories
A joyful blend of seasonal favorites both old and new performed by the Long Island Gay Men’s Chorus. Cathedral of the Incarnation, 50 Cathedral Ave., Garden City. 8 p.m. Dec. 15. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Stony Brook, 380 Nicolls Rd., Stony Brook. ligmc.org $25. 8 p.m. Dec. 16.

A Very Broadway Holiday
Ring in the holidays with hits like “We Need a Little Christmas,” “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “There is Santa Claus.” John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport. engemantheater.com $15. 8 p.m. Dec.12, Dec. 18.

Eglevsky Ballet in The Nutcracker
The holiday classic tells the story of Clara and her magical journey through Land of the Sweets. Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville. tillescenter.org $48-$78. 1-3 p.m. Dec. 16.

The Holiday Spectacular Featuring The Noelettes
This season catch this elite dance group as they perform their Holiday Spectacular. Noel S. Ruiz Theatre CM Performing Arts Center, 931 Montauk Hwy., Oakdale. cmpac.com $20. 7 p.m. Dec. 16, 2 p.m. Dec. 17.

Madison Theatre Annual Christmas Celebration
Come to the annual Christmas Celebration at Madison Theatre featuring Broadway performers and designers to take part in the joy of Christmas. Madison Theatre at Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre. madisontheatreny.org $35-$45. 2, 7 p.m. Dec. 16 and 3 p.m. Dec. 17.

Cirque Musica Holiday Presents Believe
Performed by a live orchestra, the jingle of your favorite holiday tunes will accompany a team of the world’s most talented acrobats, aerialists and dancers as they astound you with their jaw-dropping routines. NYCB Live, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale. nycblive.com $39-$90. 7 p.m. Dec. 17.

A Garfield Christmas
This lazy and lovable cartoon cat will be brought to life and just in time for the holidays! Garfield will go through a journey of lessons learned, funny jokes, and of course be performing holiday classics like “Deck The Halls” and “Jingle Bells.” The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thetheatreatwestbury.com $19-$80. 12, 4:30 p.m. Dec. 17.

David Glukh Duo
David Glukh will be using his signature piccolo trumpet to play jazzy holiday tunes, accompanied by piano. Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Port Washington. landmarkonmainstreet.org Free. 1:30 p.m. Dec. 20.

Jewel’s Handmade Holiday
This multi-platinum artist will be performing holiday classics with her small town charm and melodic voice. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. thetheatreatwestbury.com $45-$175. 8 p.m. Dec. 20.

A Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti Christmas
This Long Islander who rose to fame as a finalist on America’s Got Talent will be singing holiday favorites. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. thetheatreatwestbury.com $39-$186. 8 p.m. Dec. 22.

A Gospel According to Jazz Christmas
Kirk Whalum’s jazzy-tunes are a great way to spend the holidays. Madison Theatre at Mollor College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre. madisontheatreny.org $45. 4, 8 p.m. Dec. 23.

Candlelight Evenings
Holiday tunes, caroling and old-fashioned festivities. Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 303 Round Swamp Rd., Old Bethpage. obvrnassau.com $8-$12. 5-9 p.m. Dec. 26-31.

With Diabetes, Diet and Exercise Are Key

U.S. Army Sgt. Rebecca Walker, medic, 1984th U.S. Army Hospital Pacific, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, Fort Wainwright, Alaska, performs a glucose screening as part of the services offered at Tropic Care 2016, at the community center of Hawaiian Ocean View Estates, June 4, 2016. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jessica A DuVernay)

National Diabetes Month is a good reminder that many people with diabetes do not have symptoms so it is important to get tested at one of Long Island’s many regarded medical centers, such as Huntington Hospital.

“We work in conjunction with our nutritionist, Andrea Baron , helping patients proactively take care of themselves and learn more about their disease to manage themselves and meet their healthcare goals,” said Kathy Giffuni, the assistant director of nursing at Huntington Hospital. “We are a National Committee for Quality Assurance Diabetes Physician Recognized Organization where we have an active designation talking about excellence in diabetic care.”

Jay Stern, diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes a decade ago, has refused to let the disease take limbs or life like he’s seen it do to others in his circle.

“I saw my friends, one died from diabetes, one lost both legs then died and the third one is my friend who lost one leg, a couple of toes and his hand, and he can’t afford the insulin,” the 59-year-old retired handyman recalls. “I don’t wanna see it happen to me. That’s why I’m taking care of myself.”

As one of more than 30 million Americans – almost 10 percent of the population – living with diabetes, he’s gotten his A1C blood test levels down from 18 percent to a near normal level of 8 percent. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 7.2 million are living undiagnosed.

Stern credits his success to the diabetes wellness program, following his doctor’s prescriptions of taking insulin via an insulin pump, eating right and living a healthy lifestyle. Additionally, Stern receives home visits from nurses who check his blood sugar levels and one on one counselling with endocrinologists on how to manage his disease.

“I need to take care of myself because I want to live a long life,” Stern said. “Some people don’t care when they have diabetes, they don’t take their shots or insulin or test themselves. I don’t want to see that happen.”

Here are some helpful tips from the American Diabetes Association on how to eat healthier and manage diabetes:

Take a Closer Look At Labels
Choose foods with less calories, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol and sodium. Also, try to select foods with more fiber, which is listed lower on the label under total carbohdyrate.

Cut Back on Sodium
Decreasing the amount of sodium in the diet can help many people lower their blood pressure. Lowering blood pressure also means you are decreasing your risk for heart attack or stroke, both of which are common diabetes complications. People with diabetes should aim to have 2300 mg or less per day. An easy strategy to cut back on so- dium is to eat more of these foods and less highly-processed foods.

Fresh, unprocessed foods include: fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, dried beans, peas, and legumes, whole grain foods prepared without salt like brown rice, wild rice, oats, quinoa, popcorn, and whole grain barley unsalted nuts and seeds and most fresh or frozen cuts of meat, poultry and fish without added salt water or saline.

Snack Healthy
Know your portion sizes before-hand, and if you aren’t sure, use measuring cups and spoons! Don’t forget to count the carbohydrate into your overall meal plan if you use carb counting! Avoid mindless snacking in front of the TV or computer or while reading or driving. Stock up on healthy options so you always have them on hand.

Set an Exercise Goal & Make a Plan
When you think of a physical activity goal, make sure you consider three points: What activity will you do and for how long? Be specific. How often/when will you do this? Is your goal realistic? Don’t try to change too much at once!

Stay Motivated
Keep on track with your routine by keeping a record of the activity that you do. It can help keep you more accountable for times that you do not make time for activity and times that you could have done more. Mix up your routine with activities that you enjoy. Have a buddy or a group to work out with. Choosing activities that you enjoy, fit into your schedule, and are within your budget will also help keep you motivated.