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Cuomo Orders NY Health Department To Ban Flavored E-Cigs

A vaping-related illness has sparked concern among health officials. Photo by Lindsay Fox.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued Sunday an executive order mandating the New York State Department of Health to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes in response to a new vaping-related illness spreading nationally.

The order requires DOH Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker to hold an emergency meeting with the Public Health and Health Planning Council this week to enact the ban. Cuomo also directed State Police and DOH to jointly increase enforcement against retailers who sell e-cigarettes to minors. And he is advancing a bill to ban deceptive marketing of e-cigarettes to teens and children.

“Manufacturers of fruit and candy-flavored e-cigarettes are intentionally and recklessly targeting young people, and today we’re taking action to put an end to it,” Cuomo said. “At the same time, unscrupulous stores are knowingly selling vaping products to underage youth. Those retailers are now on notice that we are ramping up enforcement and they will be caught and prosecuted.”

The move comes after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control recently issued a health advisory warning of a vaping-related illness that federal health officials are investigating how and why people are getting sick. At least two people are Long Island were reportedly treated. Nearly 400 people were affected nationwide and six people died, according to the CDC.


Dime Community Bank Donates $5,000 to Alzheimer’s Association’s Long Island Chapter

L. to R.: Monica Reis, Dime VP, Business Banking; Douglas E. Davidson, M.P.A., Executive Director, Alzheimer’s Association, Long Island Chapter; John Romano, Dime SVP, Business Banking; Tinamarie Hardekopf, Director of Development, Alzheimer’s Association, Long Island Chapter; and Patricia Strong, Dime VP and Community Reinvestment Act Officer.

As part of Dime’s support of individuals who are living with Alzheimer’s disease, memory loss or other types of dementia, and the families who care for them, Dime Community Bank recently presented a check for $5,000 to the Long Island chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Presenting the check on behalf of Dime Community Bank were John Romano, Senior VP, Business Banking; Patricia Strong, VP and Community Reinvestment Act Officer; and Monica Reis, VP, Business Banking. Receiving the check on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Association, Long Island Chapter, were Douglas E. Davidson, M.P.A., Executive Director, Alzheimer’s Association, Long Island Chapter, and Tinamarie Hardekopf, Director of Development, Alzheimer’s Association, Long Island Chapter.

“This very generous support from Dime Community Bank will enhance the vital programs and services that we offer here on Long Island and also help us as we work towards a world without Alzheimer’s through our Advocacy and Research efforts,” said Douglas Davidson.

“Dime is proud to partner with the Alzheimer’s Association, Long Island Chapter, in helping families in our neighboring communities connect to essential caregiver programs, resources and services,” said John Romano.

Alure Home Improvements Cooks Up Kosher Kitchen of Family’s Dreams

When a Jewish family from Woodmere came to Alure Home Improvements for professional help turning their dysfunctional kitchen into a dream kosher kitchen, the full-service remodeling company made quick work of the custom renovations.

Elizabeth Clemens, a Custom Kitchen and Bath Designer with Alure Home Improvements, says that since keeping kosher requires that the family keep their dairy and meat separate, the kitchen they sought had to have two sinks and extra storage space for the added pots, pans, and utensils they use.

“A kosher kitchen is a bit of a specialty,” says Clemens, who has been with the company for five years. “It requires a bit of knowledge about what can and can’t be used.”

Every kosher kitchen is different. Some clients also request separate dishwashers and ovens, she noted.

“A kosher household cooks pretty much every meal from scratch,” she says, noting that a large fridge is also required to store all the homemade food. “Cooking is a really big part of their family life. They prepare their meals for the Sabbath ahead of time. They’re cooking on Thursday and Friday for the Sabbath.”

Clemens met with the family, asked them lots of questions to get a sense of what they want and need, did a complete survey of the existing kitchen, and created computer-generated designs. After a few meetings, they finalized their vision and got to work. The family was very involved throughout the process and on-site for every aspect of the install.

“We did quite a bit of construction,” she says, adding that the job took about nine weeks. “We took over a bedroom and a powder room to increase the size of the kitchen.”

To ensure that the kitchen met kosher standards, Alure Home Improvements had Cambria quartz countertops installed. Making room for storing the added kitchenware were UltraCraft custom cabinets, which are flexible on sizing.

Of course, the family didn’t only want the kitchen to be kosher, they also wanted it to be appealing to the eye. Aesthetically, the family chose a classic design with a neutral light gray tone and the flooring in porcelain plank tiles that are both indestructible and pretty.

As it does for every client, Alure Home Improvements — a design/build firm that has been an industry leader since 1946 in kitchens, baths, and other types of home improvement projects — did all the work for the homeowner with licensed trade specialists. The company, which has been the recipient of numerous awards over the years — it was recently voted “Remodeler of the Year” by Professional Remodeler magazine — provided personal service to ensure the client had a stress-free and pleasant experience and, in the end, a gorgeous home they love.

That’s why the motto of Alure Home Improvements is, “We go to extremes to build your dreams!”

An open house is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15. Contact Alure Home Improvements to be added to the guest list or book your next kitchen consultation. Contact Alure Home Improvements at 516-296-7777 or visit alure.com

Who Is The Best Travel Agent on Long Island?

Since booking vacations and trips can get tiring and expensive on your own, doing so with a travel agent will only make things better for you. 

Long Islanders voted Rebecca Alesia the Best Travel Agent/Agency on Long Island in the 2019 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest!

Rebecca credits her parents with instilling her love of travel. At five years old she had already stayed at the George V in Paris and eaten gelato by the Trevi Fountain, and before her 21st birthday she had already toured five continents. She has a love of seeing the beauty in all the places she travels, whether the hidden panoramas of Belize by propeller plane, the landscape of Jordan by camel, or the amazing Road to Hana in Hawaii.

In addition to being a travel agent, Rebecca is an elected Councilwoman on the Oyster Bay Town Board. She represents over 300,000 residents in their needs within the township, and represents her travel clients in their quest to enjoy singular touring experiences. Rebecca is a graduate of the famous Disney “College of Knowledge,” certifying her a Disney Destinations Specialist.

To find all the other 2019 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest winners, visit bestoflongisland.com Vote for your favorite businesses and people in the 2020 Bethpage Best of Long Island program starting Oct. 1.

Rebecca Alesia is located at 74 Main Parkway East, Plainview and can be reached at 516-233-9591.

First-Rate Security Offers Peace of Mind at North Shore Towers and Country Club

In addition to the luxury living, many amenities, and year-round fun activities that North Shore Towers and Country Club offers its residents and members, one more major benefit it provides is excellent security, which makes it one of the safest places in the region to live.

“We are very proud of the safety and efficiency” that the security staff provides to the community, says Linda Rappaport, an onsite broker.

What helps make that possible is Christopher Stahly, North Shore Towers and Country Club Security Director, who has many years of experience keeping New Yorkers safe. He arrived at North Shore Towers more than three years ago after retiring as a New York Police Department (NYPD) lieutenant about eight years ago.

Stahly served in the NYPD for nearly 27 years, he says, noting that before retiring he had been assigned to the Special Investigations Division’s Major Case Squad. Prior to the that, he was commanding officer of the Manhattan Special Victims Squad, as well as commander of the 19th Precinct Detective Squad that covers Manhattan’s Upper East Side, he adds. 

Among the many reasons why Stahly says he enjoys working at North Shore Towers is that his co-workers are “all professional and often go above and beyond their job descriptions for the shareholders.” 

“The people who reside here are fantastic and are a pleasure to be around,” he says. “While it is a challenge to get to know them all personally, it is great to interact with them when I see them throughout the arcade or after an open board meeting or one of the many programs held here.” 

“I believe North Shore Towers is the safest small city within the five boroughs,” he continues. “Even with 1,844 apartments and over 3,000 residents, crime here at the Towers is nearly non-existent.”

North Shore Towers and Country Club General Manager Glen Kotowski could not agree more. 

“There were never any crime pins on the pin maps used to identify crime near or around the North Shore Towers property,” says Kotowski, who, prior to serving as the general manager, was a deputy inspector assigned as the commanding officer of the NYPD’s 105th Precinct, which serves North Shore Towers and Country Club. Since starting at the Towers more than 18 years ago, Kotowski has hired several retired ranking members of the NYPD to fill key positions. 

“The safety and security of our residents benefit greatly from the collective amount of experience these retired police professionals bring with them,” he says.

In addition to Stahly, the Security Department consists of a site supervisor and approximately 30 full-time guards. Security at North Shore Towers is a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week operation with the main front gate and the security dispatch office always staffed. Residents in need of security services, during both emergency and non-emergency situations, can simply call the security dispatch at any time of the day or night for help. In addition, at least one supervisor works per tour and has vehicle mobile patrols performed of the grounds and outdoor visitor’s parking lot and garage areas.

“We also have security patrols performed on foot through the arcade and vertical patrols that are conducted throughout the buildings from the penthouse to the lobbies,” Stahly says.

In addition, during business hours Monday through Saturday, when the loading docks are open and in operation, a security officer is assigned to each of the building’s loading docks “to ensure that contractors and vendors arriving are authorized, scheduled and expected,” Stahly says.

“Each contractor, vendor and visitor entering through the loading docks must provide identification which is logged in and recorded,” he says. “During the hours of 8 a.m. and midnight, there is a concierge and a doorman assigned to each lobby. From midnight to 8 a.m., a security officer is assigned to that post.”

Guests and visitors aren’t permitted to enter past the lobby without first being announced and getting the permission of a resident, Stahly adds. 

“During the overnight shift, unexpected guests who cannot be verified are turned away at the main gate and not let onto the property,” he says. “The resident’s lane at the front gate is equipped with an access control system, which controls the gate arm allowing residents who have been issued a passive entry system tag to automatically enter. There are also security cameras at the main security booth, which record an overall view of the entrance as well as capture video of visitors driving onto the property and a view of the license plate of the car they are traveling in.”

“Speaking of video surveillance,” he adds, “there are currently over 100 cameras that are monitored and record multiple areas throughout the property,”

Over the next few weeks, a whopping 37 other cameras will be operational, covering all exits and entrances of all three buildings, he says. Over the coming year, additional cameras will be installed within the buildings and “we are experimenting with different software programs to enhance the abilities of our elaborate camera system,” he adds. 

Of course, in addition to taking security so seriously, North Shore Towers and Country Club offers an 18-hole golf course, five Har-Tru tennis courts, indoor and outdoor pools, a sauna, steam rooms, a hot tub, a state-of-the-art gym offering classes including Pilates, and many other activities. The club offers classes that include boxing and Pilates Reformer, a special exercise machine that’s “good for stretching your body,” says Mary Anne Langone, Country Club Manager. 

“A lot of our golfers take the Reformer class because it helps with their flexibility,” she adds.

Pool activities include outdoor water classes, volleyball and several outdoor pool parties. There are basketball courts, boxing and billiards rooms, ping-pong and shuffleboard also. In addition, there’s shopping, a movie theater, barbecues, a garden club and many entertainment events.

For more Country Club details and to book a tour, call Mary Anne Langone at 718-428-5030 ext. 0.

SBU Food Lab Conference To Bring Together Region’s Top Foodies

Lidia Bastianich will be the keynote speaker

The 5th annual Food Lab Conference, a premier celebration of the bounty of our region’s food, wine, and spirits, will be held on the Southampton Campus of Stony Brook University this weekend.

On September 13 and 14, COOK EAT DRINK Taste the Terroir will bring together the people — including top chefs, wine makers, brew masters, distillers, mixologists, farmers, fishers, butchers and bakers, food writers and food media stars — food, and drink that will give foodies the opportunity to learn about and experience our region, one steeped in a history of culinary diversity, innovation, entrepreneurship and globally recognized excellence.  

On stage will be major food stars from Brooklyn to Montauk, in conversation with popular food writers and journalists. Speakers will include James Beard Award-winning TV chef Lidia Bastianich, food writer Adam Gopnik, Chopped champ Chef Nicholas Poumentis, and, four-time James Beard Award winnin Chef Rozanne Gold.

From Nassau and Suffolk, acclaimed chef and restaurateur Tom Schaudel will share his insights on our Coastal Cuisine. Roman Roth, winemaker and partner in Wolffer Vineyards and Estates will explain “Terroir” and share his vision of having Long Island on a culinary landscape with Napa and Sonoma, Tuscany, and Burgundy.  And, there are 25 more speakers, all looking forward to sharing their experience, knowhow, and some terrific food and drink with all who attend.  

Among many more speakers and panels. All talks and tastings will take place on the beautiful Southampton campus of Stony Brook University, overlooking Shinnecock Bay and Southampton’s amazing ocean beaches.  Talks and film screenings will be presented in Duke Lecture Hall and tastings will be continuously offered al fresco and in the South Fork Kitchen from East End Food Institute.  

Events include Taste the Terroir– an opportunity to taste and learn about wines, beers and spirits from all across Long Island, from Montauk Brewery and Wolffer Estate Vineyard in the east to Matchbook Distillery, Macari Vineyards and RGNY on the North Fork.  

Interactive Tasting and Taste Memory – learn all about How We Taste as we bring together chefs, food and wine writers, sommeliers and mixologists, together with experts in biology, anthropology and practitioners of mindful eating to share the tools for a deeper appreciation of what we eat and drink.  

For detailed information and registration, visit thefoodlab.org

Long Island Fall Festivals and Fairs 2019

Pumpkin picking is a mainstay at Long Island fall festivals (Photo by Jim Pennucci)

‘Tis the season for heading to the farms for hayrides, fresh food, and celebrations of all things autumn. For those who prefer their locally grown fruits and veggies in liquid form, the North Fork wineries and craft breweries’ Oktoberfests are also in full swing starting this month.

But like the colorful fall foliage, the season will be gone before you know it, so mark your calendars and don’t let the autumnal awesomeness pass you by without at least scoring some of those sweet homemade apple cider donuts.

Historic re-enactments, food, music, crafts, children’s activities, Tesla Museum, pet shows, and more. Longwood Estate, Corner of Longwood Road and Smith Road, Ridge. $5. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 7, 8.

Carnival rides, food, music, and crafts. Sunrise Highway, Merrick, merrickchamber.org 6-10 p.m. Sept. 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 7, 8.

Outdoor activities for children of all ages, including a petting zoo, hayrides, pony rides, pumpkin painting, a Green Grocer market, and refreshments. Sands Point Preserve, 127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point, sandspointconservancy.org $15-$25. 12-4 p.m. Sept. 8.

Vendors craft and gift vendors, foods and drinks, and a classic car show. Scherer Boulevard, Franklin Square, eventbrite.com 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 14.

Don’t miss two fun-filled days of apple activities for the whole family! Harbes Orchard, 5698 Sound Ave., Riverhead, harbesfamilyfarm.com 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. Sept. 14, 15.

A day-long festival dedicated to everyone’ favorite ingredient and vampire repellant. Garden of Eve Organic Farm and Market. 4558 Sound Ave., Riverhead. gardenofevefarm.com 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 14, 15.

Otto the ghost greets children with his not-so-spooky smile, and families can enjoy all of the hayrides, games, and fall food available. Hicks Nursery. $20 per person. 100 Jericho Tpke., Westbury, hicksnurseries.com Sept. 14-Oct. 27. 

Spend your fall weekends at Fink’s Farm with a corn maze, hayrides, kiddie train rides and more. Ages 3-16 $17, Ages 17 and up $15. 6242 Middle Country Rd., Wading River. Finksfarm.com Weekends only, 9:30 a.m.- 5 p.m., Sept. 14- Oct. 27.

Food trucks, live music, bounce houses, and more. Jackson Avenue, Syosset, nassaucountycraftshows.com Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 15.

Carnival, crafts, music, and more. Sunrise Highway, Bellmore, bellmorechamber.com 6-9 p.m. Sept. 19, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sept. 20, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 21.

Vendors, crafts, and more. St. Bernard’s School Gym, 3100 Bernard’s School Gym, levittownchamber.com 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 21.

Food trucks, bounce houses, and more. Seventh Street, Garden City, nassaucountycraftshows.com 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 21.

Food trucks, live music, bounce houses, and more. Jericho Tunpike, Mineole, nassaucountycraftshows.com Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 22.

Kids will love the pumpkin painting, sing-a-long hayrides, bounce ‘n slides, the famous animal farm of White Post Farms and so much more. $22.10. 250 Old Country Rd., Melville. whitepostfarms.com 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Sept. 21- Oct. 27.

Crafts, music, Lollipop Farms train rides, and of course, loads of pickles. John Gardiner Farm, 900 Park Ave., Huntington, greenlawncenterporthistorical.org 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 21.

Beautiful and elegant, East Wind is hosting its Fall Festival weekends! Enjoy pumpkin picking, great shopping, and fun for kids.  The Shoppes at East Wind. 5720 NY-25A, Wading River, eastwindlongisland.com 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 21, 22, 28, 29. 

Give summer one last sendoff with amusement rides, craft vendors, a petting zoo, boardwalk games and live music featuring tributes to Journey and The Beatles. Lido Beach Town Park. 630 Lido Blvd., Lido Beach. hempsteadny.gov 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Sept. 21-22.

Join the 30th annual celebration of local maritime heritage with live music, boat exhibits, food, drinks and more. East End Seaport Museum, 103 3rd St., Greenport. eastendseaport.org Sept. 21, 22

Say goodbye to summer and welcome the fall season at the beach with live music, amusement rides, a petting zoo and boardwalk games and more. $15. Lido Beach Town Park, Lido Beach.  hempsteadny.gov 4-10 p.m Sept. 21, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 22, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 23. 

A variety of performers and demonstrators will provide traditional entertainment including musicians, jugglers, contra dancing and craft demonstrations. There will also be a thousands of exhibits entering to compete for blue ribbons in different categories such as culinary, horticulture, livestock, needlework and hobbies. $15. 1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage, lifair.org Sept. 21, 22, 28, 29.

This celebration will offer a sampling of locally and nationally beers, with IPAs, NEIPAs, Imperial IPAs, DIPAs, etc. Several beers that are featured will be brewed in small batches for this event specifically. $12-$45. Jamesport Farm Brewery, 5873 Sound Ave., Riverhead. eventbrite.com 12:30- 4 p.m. Sept. 21.

Craft vendors and live music and dancing for the whole family at this fair! Free. West Islip Public Library, West Islip. Westislipcountryfair.org 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 22

Join the anniversary celebration marking the 376 years of the Seaford Historical Society with a pumpkin patch, contests, food and plenty of activities and live entertainment for kids. Free. 3890 Waverly Ave. Seaford, seafordhistoricalsociety.org 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Sept. 22.

Featuring live music, inflatable rides, a huge Craft Fair and an extensive food court, all stretching on for a half-mile. Nassau Blvd. at Hall’s Pond. West Hempstead. Free. lifairs.com 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 22.

Join Heritage Trust at their fall festival with rides, games and food. Free. 633 Mount Sinai-Coram Rd., Mt. Sinai. Msheritagetrust.org 6-10 p.m. Sept. 26, 6-11 p.m. Sept. 27, 12- 11 p.m. Sept. 28, 12- 7 p.m. Sept. 29.

A fun fall fundraiser for children and families of all ages! A petting zoo, bouncy rides, and food makes it a wonderful time for all. Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery, 1660 Route 25A Cold Spring Harbor, cshfishhatchery.org $5-$7. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sept. 28. 

A celebration of the uniqueness of Valley Stream through its culture, visual and performing arts, food, service organizations, and activities geared to families. Rockaway Avenue, Valley Stream, vscommunityfest.com 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 28.

Come celebrate the grand seasonal opening of our Barnyard Pumpkin Patch during our 30th Anniversary Season! Harbes Family Farm, 715 Sound Avenue, Mattituck, harbesfamilyfarm.com 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 28, 29.

The whole family will enjoy a variety of vendors, live entertainment, refreshments and plenty of activities for children. All the activities are free and include wagon rides, pony rides, a petting zoo, build a scarecrow contest and more. Free. Wildwood State Park, 790 Hulse Landing Rd., Wading River. Parks.ny.gov 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Sept. 28.

This is the post-race party for the Great South Bay Run. Enjoy the sun and seafood while it lasts, featuring children’s attractions, flyboarding, craft food vendors, live music and an appearance from the Long Island Aquarium Shark Truck. Bay Shore Marina, South Clinton Ave., Bay Shore, runsignup.com 12-6 p.m. Sept. 28.

This celebration includes live music, tug-o-war, cooking demonstrations, hayrides and pony rides. $5 children, seniors, $7 adults. Sherwood-Jayne Farm 55 Old Post Rd. Setauket. preservationlongisland.org 11 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Sept. 29.

Magnificent Craft Fair of 80+ vendors, truly fantastic Live Entertainment, Terrific Inflatable Kids Rides (including our Rollicking Mechanical Bull and Towering Rock Wall), an Autumn Pumpkin Patch, a Chili Cook Off, Dance & Martial Arts Demonstrations, and much, much more! Free. 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Sept. 29.

Food, games, beer, prizes, local vendors, and more! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury, thetheatreatwestbury.com $5. 3 p.m. Oct. 5.

Wagon rides, music, corn maze, crafts, food, pony rides, and more. Suffolk County Farm, 350 Yaphank Ave., Yaphank. $12. ccesuffolk.org $12. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 5, 6.

Fresh picked New York apples with delicious apple pies, turnovers and donuts. There are also craft vendors, music and entertainment at this fall celebration. Free. 140 Park Ave., Amityville. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Oct. 6.

Plainview-Old Bethpage Chamber of Commerce’s biggest annual event, the fall festival features art, craft making, vendors and more at this countywide celebration. 999 Old Country Rd., Plainview. Free. pobcoc.com 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 6.

Celebrate fall through the lens of post-Colonial Long Island at Sagtikos Manor. Guests will experience a mock Victorian wake and craft demonstrations such as spinning, broom weaving, sheep-shearing, quilting, leatherworking, metalsmithing, cooking, pottery and even beekeeping as the 3rd NY regiment is on hand to perform maneuvers and demonstrate life for a soldier almost 2 centuries ago. Sagtikos Manor. 677 Montauk Hwy., Bay Shore. $10. sagtikosmanor.org. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 6.

Put together by the Huntington Chamber of Commerce, this event will include live music, two international food courts and three stages of live entertainment! $30. Heckscher Park, 11 Prime Ave., Hutington. 5- 9.m. Oct. 11, 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. Oct. 12, 13, 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Oct. 14.

This bonanza tribute to the bivalve features live entertainment, pirate shows, kids activities and food and beer vendors. Westhampton Beach Marina. 1 Library Ave., Westhampton Beach. $5 per person, $25 per family. 12-5:30 p.m. Oct. 12.

The much-loved clam chowder contest makes its way to Montauk on the Green, along with street painting, sand art, Oktoberfest-style food and drink, a 30-horse carousel and raffles. The Montauk Green. 742 Montauk Hwy., Montauk. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 12, 13.

Kick off Columbus Day in style with 100,000 square feet of everything fall, from agricultural, homemaking and needlecraft competitions to food vendors, live music and craft goods. Main St., Riverhead. Free. riverheadcountryfair.com Oct. 13.

Celebrate autumn with games, activities, demonstrations, children’s activities, crafts, music and of course, tons of apple treats. Free. Dr. Daniel Kissam House, 434 Park Ave., Huntington. 12- 4 p.m. Oct. 13.

At the Islip Grange you’ll be entertained for hours with pony rides, a carousel, petting zoo and a cooking contest featuring, you guessed it, apples! $19.95- $34.95. Islip Grange, 10 Broadway Ave., Sayville. 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Oct. 19.

Enjoy the day while strolling along Main Street, with plenty of vendors. Free. Main Street, Center Moriches, moricheschamber.org 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Oct. 19.

Take to the streets and show your fall spirit at this block party featuring balloon animals, a petting zoo, parades, inflatable rides for children and more. Fire Island Ave., Babylon. Free. babylonvillagechamberofcommerce.com. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 19.

Colonial historians, harvest market, craft vendors, and antique cars, farm animals and pony rides, children’s craft area, pumpkin patch and Make Your Own Scarecrow. Rock Hall Museum, 199 Broadway, Lawrence, friendsofrockhall.org 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 19, 20.

The second largest annual event on Long Island and one of the largest oyster fests on the East Coast. Theodore Roosevelt Park, Oyster Bay, theoysterfestival.org 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 19, 20.

-Compiled by Julia Moro and Bernadette Kilkelly


Who Makes The Best French Fries on Long Island?

French Fries. Photo via maxpixel.net

French fries aren’t French, of course, but who cares? They’re delicious, and that’s all that matters. And Long Island restaurants sure know how to make ‘em. 

Long Islanders voted All American Hamburger Drive-In the winner of the Best French Fries on Long Island category in the 2019 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest. It’s a title they’ve won for the past nine years straight.

You can’t have a burger without fries. The meal just wouldn’t be complete. Fortunately, All American Hamburger Drive-In didn’t just win the Best Burger on Long Island this year, they earned the number-one spot for Best French Fries on Long Island as well!

Perfectly cooked with the right amount of crispness and salt, their fries are to-die-for. And not only is the food marvelous, but the service is fast, making All American Hamburger Drive-In the best place for an all-American meal!

To find all the other 2019 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest winners, visit bestoflongisland.com Vote for your favorite businesses and people in the 2020 Bethpage Best of Long Island program starting Oct. 1.

All American Hamburger Drive-In is located at 4286 Merrick Rd. in Massapequa. It can be reached at 516-798-9574 or allamericanhamburger.us

North Fork Country Kids Rescue Awards Honors Vets, Rescues

North Fork Country Kids Rescue Awards honorees. (Photo by Ed Shin)

The North Fork Country Kids Rescue of Riverhead dedicated their annual rescue awards dinner Friday at the Long Island Aquarium to local women in rescue and the veterinary communities.

Highlights included Irish dancers heading to Ireland this fall from the Vernon Academy in Cutchogue, and awards presented to the honorees Dr. Beth Dunbar of Mattituck Laurel Veterinary, Dr. Victoria Carillo Mobile Unit, Tracy Mclaren from Southampton Animal Shelter, Heather Mancuso, and Erica Kutzing From Strong Island Rescue.

Board members April Elsner, Jaclyn Heinz, Laura Huber, and founder Virginia Scudder reminded all of the importance of supporting women in the communities.

Many came out to support these ladies and the rescue including the Christine Pellegrino, John Stanisci from Marvel comics, and many more.

L. to R.: Honorees Heather Mancuso, Dr. Victoria Carillo, Erica Kutzing, Tracy Mclaren, Dr. Beth Dunbar. Photo by Ed Shin.
Honoree Erica Kutzing. Photo by Ed Shin
L. to R.: Honoree Dr. Beth Dunbar, Virginia Scudder. Photo by Ed Shin
L. to R.: Honoree Heather Mancuso, Virginia Scudder. Photo by Ed Shin
L. to R.: Honoree Dr. Victoria Carillo, Virginia Scudder. Photo by Ed Shin
L. to R.: Honoree Erica Kutzing, Virginia Scudder. Photo by Ed Shin.
John Stanisci. Photo by Ed Shin
Vernon Academy of Irish Dance – L to R – Kyleen Vernon, Kate Foley, Evan Huber, Payton Scudder, Mary Bofinger. Photo by Ed Shin
Photo by Ed Shin
Photo by Ed Shin
Photo by Ed Shin
Photo by Ed Shin

Photo by Ed Shin

Dime Community Bank Presents Check for School Supplies to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island

L. to R.: Michael A. Perez, Dime EVP and Chief Retail Officer; Fabiola Turner, BBBS of LI Director of Programs; Stu Lubow, Dime Senior EVP and Chief Banking Officer; Meredith McCaslin, BBBS of LI Director of Development, Corporate and Event Giving; Patricia Strong, Dime VP and Community Reinvestment Act Officer; and Dean Highland, Dime AVP and Melville Branch Manager. Photo by Matthew Kropp

As part of Dime’s support of local children who are beginning the new school season, Dime Community Bank recently presented a check for $2,500 to Big Brothers Big
Sisters of Long Island at the bank’s Melville branch.

Presenting check on behalf of Dime Community Bank were Stu Lubow, Senior EVP and Chief Banking Officer; Michael A. Perez, EVP and Chief Retail Officer; Patricia Strong, VP and Community Reinvestment Act Officer; and Dean Highland, AVP and Melville Branch Manager.

Receiving the check on behalf of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island were Fabiola Turner, Director of Programs and Meredith McCaslin, Director of Development, Corporate and Event Giving.

“With the support of Dime, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island has been able to provide necessary school supplies to 146 students in our area,” remarked Fabiola Turner.

“Dime is proud to partner with BBBS of Long Island in helping children in our neighboring communities prepare for the upcoming school year,” stated Patricia Strong.