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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Events on Long Island 2022

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Martin Luther King Jr. during the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, during which he delivered his historic "I Have a Dream" speech, calling for an end to racism. (Wikimedia Commons)

Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and honor his life and legacy at these Long Island events on Monday, Jan. 17.

MLK DAY OF REFLECTION PARADE & CEREMONY

The United People Organization, Inc. with the Village of Hempstead hosts their 29th annual parade leading up to the ceremony at Bethlehem Judea Church. Kennedy Memorial Park, 335 Greenwich St., Hempstead. villageofhempstead.org 9 a.m. 

SUMMERS OF FREEDOM: THE STORY OF MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. IN CONNECTICUT

The Deer Park Public Library is airing the documentary by Simsbury High School students. Virtual, Facebook Live. facebook.com 11 a.m.

CHANGE THE WORLD WITH MLK JR. 

Children three and up are encouraged to draw and paint empowering images to reflect on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City. Free with admission. Licm.org 12-2 p.m.

CELEBRATE MARTIN LUTHER KING: THE DREAM BELIEVER 

Join Jerome “City” Smith and the City Sounds Music Ensemble for a free, live performance celebrating the birthday and legacy of Dr. King. Masks required for all, first-come-first seated. Elmont Memorial Library Theatre, 700 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont. Elmontlibrary.org 1 p.m.

MLK DAY SERVICE PROJECT

The Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center will host a drive through assembly and delivery project to create care packages for local seniors. Volunteers are asked to bring one easy-to-grow plant (i.e. succulents) per delivery. Registration required. Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center, 300 Forest Dr., Greenvale. Sjjcc.org 1-3 p.m.

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Long Island Pros to Help You Keep Your Fitness, Financial Resolutions

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CITYROW
High-Intensity Rowing Workout
CITYROW channels the power of the rowing machine for a full-body burn.

Credit Advisors Council
Credit Counseling Credit Advisors Council offers services to strengthen financial literacy and guide individuals towards an improved relationship with credit.

Cycle Evolution of East Islip 
Cycling, Boot Camp
Whether through stationary cycling or intensive boot camps, Cycle Evolution of East Islip keeps the body moving.

Debt Management Credit Counseling Corp. 
Financial Services
This nonprofit is focused on debt and credit services through education and management.

Long Island Holistic Health Associates
Acupuncture, Cupping, Tui Nai, Gua Sha, Moxa, Diet Counseling, Herbal Medicine
For self-care and cleansing in the new year, Long Island Holistic Health Associates utilize ancient techniques from various Asian cultures to improve the modern body.

Modern Wellness 
Yoga, Therapy, Reiki, Sound Bath, Workshops
From therapy to yoga and reiki, Modern Wellness implements techniques that work the mind, body and soul.

Om Shanti Yoga & Reiki Center
Yoga, Yoga for Cancer and Trauma, Reiki Services
The sanctuary-like establishment provides healing and strengthening to those with mental and physical ailments.

Organize Your Life
Professional Organizing
Cynthia Braun has been working with families for more than 20 years to transform homes into tidy and enjoyable environments.

Parisi Speed School of Islip 
Training and Conditioning Young athletes have a haven in which to practice and improve their speed and agility.

René Pérez, Your Travel Advisor
Travel Advising, Planning
René Pérez helps make dream vacations a reality, working with clients through the advising, planning and booking process.

Sort and Sweet 
Professional Organizers
From the home to office, this powerful duo works to declutter and organize spaces to grant physical and mental clarity to their clients.

Tayne Law Group 
Debt Relief
This law firm is committed to working with clients to alleviate business, credit, or student debt.

UFC Gym
Workout, Mixed Martial Arts, Personal
Training UFC Gym puts a mixed martial arts spin on fitness and health.

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New Year’s Eve Events on Long Island – Dec. 31, 2021

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New Year’s Eve Events on Long Island – Dec. 31, 2021

SCOTT FITZGERALD’S THE BEAUTIFUL AND DAMNED

The classic novel is reinterpreted for the stage with new music and a live orchestra. Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Port Washington, landmarkonmainstreet.org, $25-$35. 1:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Dec. 31.

NEW YEAR’S EVE KIDS BASH

Creativity and fun merge for a night full of painting, slime, piñata, games and pizza. The Color Palette Art Studio, 51 West Hoffman Ave., Lindenhurst, thecolorpaletteli.com, $28. 6 p.m. Dec. 31.

FISHES & WISHES NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY

The Long Island Aquarium continues its annual celebration with an event for all ages. The undersea itinerary includes a cocktail hour, animal meet and greets, crafts, a DJ and dancing, a buffet dinner and even a mock midnight toast. The Long Island Aquarium, 431 East Main St., Riverhead, longislandaquarium.com, $75-$130. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 31.

G.E. SMITH & FRIENDS

The legendary guitarist with a 45-year career takes the audience on a musical journey. The Stephen Talkhouse, 161 Main St., Amagansett, stephentalkhouse.com, $65. 7 p.m. Dec. 31.

ELEANOR KERRIGAN

End 2021 with a night full of laughter led by the jocular wit of Eleanor Kerrigan. Governor’s Comedy Club, 90 Division Ave., Levittown, govs.com, $35-$94.95. 7 p.m. & 10:15 p.m. Dec. 31.

NYE

From DJs to an open bar and buffet, Mulcahy’s is going all out for their 21+ ultimate New Year’s Eve celebration. Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall, 3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh, muls.com, $89.95-$95.99. 8 p.m. Dec. 31.

BACK TO THE EIGHTIES SHOW WITH JESSIE’S GIRL – NEW YEARS EVE BASH

Ring in the new year by traveling back to the razzle-dazzle of the ’80s with this live music event that feels like a party. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington, paramountny.com, $25-$69. 9 p.m. Dec. 31.

NEW YEAR’S EVE WITH ROCK STARS FROM MARS AND DROP DEAD SEXY

Two stellar bands take the stage for a night of funky music, with a midnight champagne toast, hats, noisemakers and appetizers included throughout the night. 89 North Music Venue, 89 North Ocean Ave., Patchogue, 89northmusic.com, $40-$75. 9 p.m. Dec. 31.

NEW YEARS LAUGHIN’ EVE

Join Rich Walker, Maria Walsh and Chris Roach for a night of stand-up comedy and dancing. Suffolk Theater, 118 East Main St., Riverhead, suffolktheater.com, $65-$15. 9 p.m. Dec. 31.

HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR ON ICE

Hosted by two-time figure skating Olympic medalist Nancy Kerrigan, there’s fun for everyone in the family with a focus on the beauty of figure skating, and celebratory dance and song. The Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue, patchoguetheatre.org, $65-$95. 10 p.m. Dec. 31.

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3 New Restaurants on Long Island

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Shoreham hot chicken at Arcadia Retro Eats.

ARCADIA RETRO EATS

Levittown is taking it old school with the opening of Arcadia Retro Eats, a new joint combining classic American grub with timeless arcade games.

With inventions like bagel byte fries ($9) — fried everything bagel topped with cheese, sauce and pepperoni— TV’s Bar Rescue Chef Brian Duffy serves up salads, wings, brick-pressed burgers and four handheld sandwiches, like the standout Shoreham hot chicken ($12) for spice fanatics. Cheese lovers can indulge in eight different grilled cheese sandwiches, even one on a grilled glazed donut!

While the food packs the flavor, arcade games like The Simpsons, Mortal Kombat, Donkey Kong, and Ms. Pac-Man bring the fun to diners of all ages. 

2890 Hempstead Tpke., Levittown, 516-899-5309, arcadialevittown.com

FOUR

An intimate dining experience awaits in a quaint Oyster Bay Victorian cottage.

Chef Jesse Schenker, creator of 2 Spring, opens FOUR, a 10-seat chef’s counter where diners watch Schenker create a 12- to 15- course tasting menu before their eyes, lasting about two and a half hours. At this Scandinavian, minimalist-style open kitchen, the menu focuses on raw fish and shellfish. With attention to detail, tableware pieces are not repeated throughout the dinner. 

Reservations are made on Tock, at $245 per person. A wine pairing may be added for $185 per person, curated from the 500 listed wines in the underground cellar. 

4 Spring St., Oyster Bay, 516-624-6877, 4springstreet.com

ZEST

Food and art meld at Zest, a fitting name for the new restaurant specializing in small plates with a vibrant ambiance.

Zest focuses on fresh seasonal ingredients and innovative techniques, according to Chef Michael Liebman, who revamped the space where he served as head chef at the former Slice of Bay Shore. The menu features an extensive list of tapas-style appetizers, which are meant to be shared and sampled. From Mediterranean-style loaded pita chips to smoked brisket poutine, a barbecued spin on the Canadian classic, Zest dips its toes into an array of cuisines. 

Zest is also visually explosive: Guests are engulfed by colorful walls filled with pop art paintings, perfect for an Instagram-friendly experience. 

298 W. Main St., Bay Shore, 631-647-4499, zestlongisland.com

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Cream Cheese Shortage Hits Long Island’s Bagel Shops

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The quintessentially New York diet of a bagel with cream cheese may become coronavirus’ next victim. 

A supply chain shortage has been plaguing the world since the onset of the pandemic. Now, cream cheese is next on the list of increasingly scarce items. The lack of the delicious New York necessity is becoming a reality for bagel shops across Long Island. 

“It’s very, very, very bad,” Rolando Duchimaza, owner of Joels Bagels in Medford, said. “I only have about six cases left that will probably last me by Monday.”

Philadelphia cream cheese, manufactured by Kraft Heinz Foodservice, is a key component. Bagel shops often buy the dairy blocks in bulk, using them as a base. The next steps include whipping it and adding a variety of flavors in-house. 

“We’re trying to order extra to stock up, but it’s a perishable item so it’s very difficult to do,” said Vadim Nayman, owner of Bagel Master in Syosset, who has been in constant communication with his dairy distributor. “They’re telling me they’re going to be able to get but it may be an increased price.”

Increased prices on goods are an inevitable consequence of the global supply chain shortage. Since the coronavirus began in early 2020, laborers in factories and ports, as well as truck drivers decreased. Demand for products, however, continues to increase as people resume their pre-pandemic shopping patterns. 

Less product availability for distribution fosters inflation. In October, the US annual inflation rate was 6.2 percent, the highest since 1990. Food inflation rose to 5.3 percent. 

Insufficient supplies and high prices don’t come as a surprise to owners of Long Island bagel shops. Many say the cream cheese shortage is the latest from the bout of pandemic-related shortage issues. 

“I just spent 100 dollars on lids, a case of lids for just our cups,” Chris Carley, owner of Strathmore Bagels in Ronkonkoma, said. “It’s hard to even gauge where your profit is because of the fact that things are changing on the fly all the time.”

While Carley says they still have extra cream cheese in stock at the moment, Strathmore Bagels might have to ration the amount that customers receive if the shortage continues. The uncertainty of the supply chain crisis leaves local restaurateurs pondering their next steps.

“My philosophy is we can’t stress out too much because it is what it is,” Duchimaza said. “There is nothing that you or I can do.”

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