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NYPD Bowling Fundraiser Held in Levittown for Officers Shot in Harlem

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Photo by Bruce Adler

On Sunday afternoon, the NYPD Bowling Team and NYPD Sports Unit held a fundraising bowling event at Levittown Lanes in Levittown for the families of two officers shot in Harlem. The outing was attended by both members of the NYPD and members of the community.

What was originally scheduled as an event to raise money for Autism Speaks became an event to raise money for the families of New York City Police Officers Jason Rivera and Wilbert Mora, of the NYPD 32nd Precinct in Harlem, who were shot responding to a domestic violence call Friday night.

Police Officer Rivera, a 22-year-old newlywed, succumbed to his injury, while Officer Mora remains in critical condition after being transferred to NYU Langone Hospital.

The fundraiser for Officers Rivera and Mora’s families, hosted by “Fund the First,” has raised more than a quarter of a million dollars.
Photo by Bruce Adler
Photo by Bruce Adler
Photo by Bruce Adler

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OpEd: Don’t Give Up on Build Back Better: An OpEd for NY Communities

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Aerial shot shows the suburban neighborhood of Rockville Centre on Long Island. (Getty Images)

By Michael Sachse

In the twentieth century, America transformed its built environment. We built the roads, highways, and interstates that made automotive transit efficient and fast. We built houses and apartments at a pace and cost that made middle class lifestyles much more broadly accessible. And we built an energy grid that made previously unimaginable things ordinary: we press a button to turn on a light, access hundreds of television channels, or change the temperature in our homes. Those investments fundamentally transformed our lives.

We now have no choice but to do it again. Climate change will remake our world unless we remake it first. Fortunately, we know what to do. We need to transition away from fossil fuels and towards a low carbon economy, and we need to fast. The challenge isn’t ideas, it’s speed. As Professor Robert J. Gordon, the self-professed “prophet of pessimism” put it about the pace of innovation more broadly, “Lots of things are being proposed …but they are going to happen very slowly.”

This is why it is so critical that Democrats reach a compromise on Build Back Better – the poorly marketed, on-again off-again reconciliation package. Once you scrape away the stories about posturing and price tags, you find it’s at least as important to remaking our infrastructure as the highly touted infrastructure package that came before it.

In particular, the least controversial components of Build Back Better will jump start a transition in how we heat and cool our homes. Residential and commercial buildings account for 40 percent of America’s carbon emissions, making enhanced energy efficiency and green transformation critical to any climate change solution. Indeed, most of us burn “natural” gas, a fossil fuel, to heat our homes and offices. That must change and change quickly. That’s why we need to expand access to new renewable long-term resources. As one example, in the case of heating and cooling homes, heat pumps, especially ground source, that replace fossil fuel powered systems can reduce a home’s carbon emissions by up to 80%. At the same time, we need to fast track electric generation from renewable sources, and we need to do it with US made products that aren’t vulnerable to geo-political drama.

New York’s own communities are leaders on fighting climate change, from policies at the local to the state level and to key partnerships and incentives through the NY Clean Heat program  that empower homeowners and businesses alike to afford to make changes that make a difference that over time will create a more robust economy and higher quality of life.

The climate portions of Build Back Better do more than any bill before it to accelerate the transition in how our communities heat and cool their homes, and it does it through proven means. Often, the challenge with energy related investment is that the upfront costs are usually significant, while the benefits are realized over many years. Tax credits help solve this problem by lowering the upfront costs so that those long-term benefits are more likely to be realized.

This methodology has worked already. Investment tax credits have been most used by solar installers, helping create surging demand for a once out of reach technology that’s making buildings more energy independent and carbon neutral. The bill would broaden the application of tax credits, applying them to heat pumps, fuel cells, and extending and expanding them for ground source heat pumps. As a leader of a renewable energy innovator scaling in New York because of incentivized opportunities for local residents who want to make the switch, I have seen firsthand how much acceleration is needed and the exponential impact it can have on empowering consumers to make decisions that will preserve their communities for this and future generations.

Build Back Better also makes these tax credits more equitable by paying them directly instead of deducting them from a tax bill. This means that people with lower tax burdens can benefit from the credits. It also means that schools, churches, and non-profits will be more incentivized to invest in renewable energy as well.

Finally, Build Back Better puts its finger heavily on the scale in favor of encouraging the deployment of U.S. manufactured goods by offering an additional ten percent tax credit for goods primarily manufactured in the U.S. On paper, this is important because it means that we’ll develop our own clean industries and capabilities.

It’s also important for a larger, more central reason. It’s trite to observe that America is a divided country. While there’s no single cure for that, it might help to invest more in the physical world. Building creates opportunity. It requires college degrees and skilled labor. It demands teamwork in the broadest sense. And there’s a unique pride that comes when, at the end of the day, you can look and touch the results of your work.

When people look back fondly at our past, they are often looking to a past where we transformed the world and made it better. We need to do it again and quickly. Build Back Better can still help us get there. I hope an agreement is reached and we can start the real work ahead, starting in New York, and in every state across the nation.

Michael Sachse is the CEO of Dandelion Energy, the nation’s leading home geothermal company. Dandelion uses high-performance equipment and a proprietary, low-cost installation process that allows homeowners to save money and help the environment by moving away from conventional heating and cooling methods.

Before joining Dandelion, Sachse was the Entrepreneur in Residence at New Enterprise Associates, a position that allowed him to cultivate growth opportunities in the startup space. A graduate of Amherst College and Harvard Law School, Sachse has served in multiple leadership positions across various organizations where he facilitated growth and operational maturation during his tenure.

Sachse sees sustainable living practices and environmental responsibility as foundational to our future and consequential to our collective good. Sachse’s multifaceted background, including work in legal, nonprofit, governmental, and corporate environments, has informed his efforts to advocate for local rules and regulations that incentivize a greener, more sustainable future. 

This oped first appeared on amNY.com.

Start 2022 Finding A New Job or Filling that Open Position in Your Company

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Celebrate National Catholic Schools Week Jan. 30-Feb. 5

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Thirty-six percent of private school students were enrolled in Catholic schools as of fall 2015.

Education is a personal decision for every family. Families have many education options to choose from, and that includes private institutions. 

When considering private education, families may consider Catholic schools. Thirty-six percent of private school students were enrolled in Catholic schools as of fall 2015, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

The first Catholic parochial school opened in Philadelphia in 1783 and was called St. Mary’s School. Interest in Catholic education soon started to grow, especially during the late 19th century, when the United States welcomed an influx of Catholic immigrants. By 1920, 6,551 Catholic elementary schools enrolled 1.8 million students taught by 42,000 teachers, according to Catholic Schools Center of Excellence (CSCOE). Enrollment reached an all-time high of 4.5 million students by the mid-1960s.

Catholic schools still present a viable education option for students in the 21st century. Each year during National Catholic Schools Week, which is the last week of January, the country celebrates Catholic education. It’s also a time when many Catholic institutions host open houses and sponsor recruitment campaigns for the upcoming school year. CSW is now entering its 48th year, and 2022 events will include special masses, assemblies and other activities for students, families and parishioners, according to the National Catholic Educational Association. With CSW on the horizon, consider these points of interest about Catholic education.

  • The National Catholic Educational Association says academic excellence is a hallmark of Catholic education, but it is directed in a way to foster the growth of the whole person’s mind, body and spirit.

  • Service is fundamental to Catholic education and is a core teaching of the Catholic faith. Students enrolled in a Catholic school can expect to participate in service projects.

  • Many people are drawn to Catholic schools because of the smaller, more intimate campuses and class sizes. NCEA indicates the average student/teacher ratio in Catholic schools is 13:1.

  • Statistics for the 2018-2019 school year indicated there were 6,289 Catholic schools operating across the country. 

  • Catholic schools enjoy diverse populations and have a history of welcoming and supporting lower-income students. The NCEA says the Hispanic/Latino population accounted for 20.7 percent of Catholic school populations in 2017.

  • While many of the students enrolled in Catholic parochial schools are practicing Catholics, it is not necessary to be Catholic, or even Christian, to attend. 

Catholic schools require a significant financial commitment. Niche, the school comparison and rating company, and the NCEA indicate the average cost of Catholic elementary schools in the U.S. is $4,400 per year, while Catholic high schools cost around $9,840 annually. However, many families feel the cost is well worth it because of the education students receive at Catholic schools.

-Metro Creative Connection

Related Story: Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation Supports Catholic School Students on Long Island

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Long Island Restaurant Week Returns Jan. 23-30

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Long Island Restaurant Week

Calling all adventurous eaters: Long Island Restaurant Week is back!

The winter edition of the eight-day tri-annual promotion now offers four prix-fixe options: a $20 two course lunch; a $25 three-course dinner menu, a $35 three-course dinner menu, or a $42 three-course dinner prix fixe.

Dozens of participating restaurants across Nassau and Suffolk counties may offer one, two or all of these options throughout the promotion, which runs from Sunday, Jan. 23  to Sunday, Jan. 30. The deal is available all day, every day, except Saturdays after 7 p.m.

Restaurant week has two goals: 1) Helping small businesses draw additional customers during a historically slow time of year, and 2) Enticing the public a chance to try new eateries that they normally wouldn’t.

Participating restaurants are required to offer at least three choices of appetizers, main courses and deserts on their prix-fixe menus. Restaurant cuisine styles to choose from include Italian, Latin, French, Mediterranean, Asian, BBQ, sushi bars, seafood eateries, and steak houses.

Reservations are recommended at those eateries that take them. The deal doesn’t include a tip. Organizers encourage participants to tip their servers at least 20 percent.

Additional LI restaurant weeks are held in April and November.

For participating restaurants and more information, check out longislandrestaurantweek.com.

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The 2022 Miss Long Island and Miss Long Island Teen Queens Have Been Crowned

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Nadgeena Jerome Miss Long Island 2022 (left) and Jessica Fuentes Miss Long Island Teen 2022 (right) (Photos by Ed Shin)

The 2022 Miss Long Island and Miss Long Island Teen Queens have been crowned.

J&L Dream Productions, Inc., is proud to announce the newest Long Island Queens! On Jan. 16 at the Madison Theatre at Molloy College, Jessica Fuentes from Massapequa was crowned Miss Long Island Teen 2022 and Nadgeena Jerome from Baldwin was crowned Miss Long Island 2022.

They will begin their year of appearances promoting their platforms and engaging in the Long Island community. Jessica will be promoting her platform of mental health awareness and Nadgeena will be promoting her advocacy of mental health awareness through her initiative #reversethestigma.

Later this year, the 2022 queens will compete for the titles of Miss New York USA and Miss New York Teen USA, a title that is no stranger to the Long Island Pageants.

Nadgeena Jerome was crowned Miss Long Island 2022, and Jessica Fuentes was crowned Miss Long Island Teen 2022 (Courtesy J&L Dream Productions, Inc.)
Miss Long Island & Miss Long Island Teen 2022 (Photo by Ed Shin)

Other award winners include:

Top 5 Finalists Miss
Miss Long Island 2022, Nadgeena Jerome, Belmont
1st Runner Up, Maxine Cesar, Valley Stream
2nd Runner Up, Moumita Khondakar, Dix Hills
3rd Runner Up, Lianne Webb, Baldwin
4th Runner Up, Candace Johnson, Amityville

Top 5 Finalists Teen
Miss Long Island Teen 2021, Jessica Fuentes, Massapequa
1st Runner Up, Angelica Rivera, Merrick
2nd Runner Up, Kennedy Ramos, Oceanside
3rd Runner Up, Abigaille St. Fort, Valley Steam
4th Runner Up, Gabriella Abruzzo, Massapequa

Other Award Winners
Miss Photogenic Teen: Abigaille St. Fort, Valley Stream
Miss Photogenic: Janette Sheldrick, Centereach

Community Queen Teen: Emily Hall, Valley Stream
Community Queen Miss: Madisyn King, Shoreham

Directors Award Teen: Madeleine Cannon, Massapequa
Directors Award Miss: Lianne Webb, Baldwin

Pageantry Spirit Award: Matessa Turner, Amityville

I Am An Inspiration Teen: Angelica Rivera, Merrick
I Am An Inspiration Miss: Katrina Albanese, Center Moriches

Leader of Tomorrow Award Teen: Kennedy Ramos, Oceanside
Leader of Tomorrow Award Miss: Nadgeena Jerome, Baldwin

People’s Choice Teen: Erin Garnier and Sofia Garnier, Valley Stream
People’s Choice Miss: Candace Johnson, Amityville

Miss Congeniality Teen: Madeleine Cannon, Massapequa
Miss Congeniality: Katrina Albanese, Center Moriches

To follow Miss Long Island and Miss Long Island Teen’s journey to the state title or to request the 2022 queens for an appearance, please contact JLDreamproductions@gmail.com for more information on how you can become the next Miss Long Island or Miss Long Island Teen, visit lipageants.com.

Geanna Koulouris Miss New York Teen USA 2021 & Briana Siaca Miss New York 2021 (Photo by Ed Shin)
Cj Marie Miss NY senior America 2015, Jane Rubinstein Miss NY senior 2014 & Carol Damato (Photo by Ed Shin)
David Fuentes, Miss 2022 Long Island Teen Jessica Fuentes, and Jeanine Fuentes (Photo by Ed Shin)

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Who Makes The Best Açaí Bowls on Long Island?

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Over the past decade, açaí bowls have become a staple of healthy eating among fitness buffs and dieters alike, but who makes the best açaí bowl on Long Island?

Long Islanders voted both Blondie’s Bake Shop and SoBol’s Sayville location as tied for the Best Açaí Bowls on Long Island in the 2021 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest.

Despite its name and the fact that most of its menu is made up of baked treats, Blondie’s Bake Shop’s customers have figured out it also just happens to serve up the best Acai bowls on Long Island. The bottom of its online menu points out that Acai, dragon fruit and smoothie bowls are blended all day. Acai bowl options include the Banana Blondie Bowl, Berry Blondie Bowl and Strawberry Banana Blondie Bowl, each featuring Acai blended with ingredients including fresh fruit, almond milk and granola. Each of them makes for a healthy snack or meal. Make room – or take home – one of the many tempting desserts!

SoBol is a community driven healthy hangout spot that showed up in various towns throughout Long Island in 2014. Since then, it has won over the favor of the people by serving good food that is good for you! SoBol takes pride in its award-winning Açaí Bowls which are made fresh each day. SoBol can accommodate many allergies and is looking out for the wellbeing of its customers. It aims to offer an inexpensive, healthy meal to people who want to feel good about what they choose to consume. SoBol does not use any ice, powder or syrup in their beautiful dishes, but rather focuses on raw and organic ingredients packed with necessary nutrients that your body desires. For a bowl of the best açaí in Long Island, visit SoBol!

Blondie’s Bake Shop is located at 90A Washington Dr. in Centerport. It can be reached at 631-424-4545 or blondiesbakeshop.com

SoBol’s Sayville location is at 153 Main St. It can be reached at 631-333-1922 or mysobol.com

To find all the other 2021 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest winners, visit bestoflongisland.com Voting has now ended in the 2022 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest and winners will be announced soon. Nominate your favorite businesses and people in the 2023 contest through Aug. 15.

To read more Best of Long Island Spotlights, visit longislandpress.com/category/boli-spotlight

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OpEd: The Skies Are Opening Up Again

Air travellers wearing protective face masks, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, walk at JetBlue Terminal 5 at JFK International airport in New York, U.S., November 16, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

By Bob Nesoff

Anyone who has the gumption to be listening to the evening news may have noticed an item sandwiched between apartment fires, politics and traffic jams that European airports have suddenly become jammed with passengers waiting to board aircraft that had been waiting for the for more than two years.

Is the pandemic over? Are all the passengers suddenly vaxxed? What’s going on?

While United, American, Delta, Air France and British Airways are licking their jobs and eyeing the newly enriched bottom line of their profit and loss ledgers, American hotels, restaurants and tourist destinations are doing the same.

The American government has opened travel from recently prohibited countries as the pandemic begins to level off, fewer people get sick and the fear of spreading the virus has lessened. That does not mean everything has returned to normal.

Passengers will still need to show proof of vaccination and must wear masks while on board the aircraft. There are no exceptions. Some passengers have become belligerent when asked to mask-up. They take it as an affront to their personal freedom without thinking of those they may infect.

When that happens, and it was on more than one occasion, the pilot will make an unscheduled landing to be met with local law enforcement. The recalcitrant passenger will be on his/her way to be a guest of Club Fed. Or they may be at the receiving end of a heavy fine that may exceed the cost of their airline ticket.

Belligerent in the air has too often gone beyond refusing to mask up. A First-Class passenger was accidentally bumped by a stewardess…uh, excuse me, a flight attendant. She immediately apologized and went on her chores. Moments later the “Bumpee” walked to the gallery where she was preparing for service. Without warning he hauled off and punched her in the face, fracturing some bones. He will have a long time to consider what he did before being released.

In several cases other passengers have jumped into the fray to support and protect the flight crew. They have restrained these aggressors until they could be duct-taped into their seats and the, after another unscheduled landing, turned over to authorities. Fortunately, these incidents are on the wane. On several recent flights to the West Coast, even with extended delays, passengers were more understanding and rolled with the punches.

With many flights still taking off with empty seats, especially in business and first class sections, we’ve seen passengers in coach (or as it is sometimes called “cattle class), try to convince the flight crew to give them an upgrade. They have even offered tips. Unfortunately flight crews have no authority to upgrade anyone. That must be done with the gate personnel. They can do it, but come in with an aggressive attitude or “Do you know who I am?” and you’ll find out that even if the front cabin I empty, you will not get moved. Sometimes a little sugar attitude might pay off.

If you have been chomping at the bit for a vacation, check out your local newspapers. Several resort destinations, even exotic one, are offering terrific deals to try and earn back some of the money they lost over the past two years. As an example, one company specializing in the Maldive Islands and those over he water villas are offering deals almost difficult to refuse.

You can get a villa that includes all-inclusive dining, free flowing drinks, round-trip domestic flights with speed boat transfers from the airport to the resort. The price for two adults range from $2,999 to $5,319 for five nights. Hard to bet. Check with a local travel agency.

If you fly first or business class, cut-backs on food and service will not be as harsh as it will be for those in the back cabin. The airlines, after losing a combined $35 billion after years of profitability, are working to satisfy the bigger ticket passengers.

The airlines want to limit interaction between flight crew and passengers. So the front cabin, instead of having food served over a period of time will find everything served at once on one big tray instead of the individual plates. Depending on the reaction of these passengers, that will determine how things are done as we go along.

So don’t hesitate to make plans for a great vacation. Just be aware that things are a bit different. And, whatever you do, wear a mask and don’t punch the flight attendant.

This oped first appeared on QNS.com.

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3 New Restaurants on Long Island

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Short rib empanadas at Iberico Tapas y Vino in St. James. (Photo via @ibericony on Instagram)

By Sheyla Torres

MAHAL CLASSIC INDIAN

Full of color and flavor, this restaurant specializes in classic Indian dishes and has brought them to Roslyn Heights. 

From appetizers to meals, herbs and spices dominate the menu. Dishes like aloo tikki ($8.95) and peppali curry ($27.95) can be found here alongside vegetarian options like bhindi chatkara ($21.95). Mahal Classic Indian also features a bar filled with signature drinks and a wide selection of wines.

Mahal does catering for parties and events, and includes customization to better suit each event with the right menu. 

290 Glen Cove Rd., Roslyn Heights. mahalny.com

LIMANI GRILLE 

If you like seafood and Greek food, you no longer have to choose between them. Limani Grille is a new affiliate in Commack of the Limani restaurants. Other locations are in New York City and Roslyn, and share a similar menu. 

The menu has authentic Greek foods and specialties like spanakopita ($16) and kotopoulo ($35), and, of course, lots and lots of seafood. A raw bar is also available so you can take your pick of oysters and clams. 

The restaurant has a beautiful interior, perfect for holiday gatherings. 

 1 Vanderbilt Motor Pkwy., Commack. limanigrille.com

IBERICO TAPAS Y VINO

This recently opened restaurant has two specialties and they are both in the name. If you are a tapas and wine lover, this restaurant is for you. 

Iberico Tapas y Vino has an assortment of tapas, small savory Spanish dishes. Tapas of potatoes, meatballs, octopus, and much more can all be found on their menu. It also features its special jamón ibérico de belota ($45) called pata negra (black leg). The dish consists of a 36-month cured ham alongside acorns. 

The restaurant even offers gift cards for purchase, so you can gift a loved one a unique experience of tapas and Spain in St James. 

412 N. Country Rd., St James. ibericony.com

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7-year-old Found Unresponsive in Pool at Marriott Melville Hotel

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A Bronx girl was found unresponsive in a Long Island Marriott pool on Thursday, according to Suffolk County police. (Photo courtesy Google Maps)

By Aliya Schneider

Katlyn Pineda, a 7-year-old from the Bronx, was found unresponsive in a pool by her mother at the Marriott Melville Long Island hotel at approximately 4:50 p.m. Thursday, according to police.

Pineda was transported to Plainview Hospital in critical condition before being transferred to Cohen Children’s Medical Center in Queens, Suffolk County police said.

A Suffolk County police spokesperson did not have an update on her condition late Tuesday morning.

Suffolk County Police Second Squad detectives are investigating the incident, and a spokesperson told the Bronx Times the girl was found by her mother specifically, as earlier reports said she was found by a family member.

The hotel, located at 1350 Walt Whitman Road, has an indoor pool.

The Bronx Times has reached out to Marriott for comment.

This story first appeared on bxtimes.com.

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