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Long Island Drivers Rank Worst Litter Bugs in NY

Long Island drivers have once again ranked as the worst litterbugs in New York State, according to state Department of Transportation (DOT) officials and reports.

The DOT and a team of volunteers reportedly collected 18 tons of trash from the sides of state roads and parkways over Earth Day weekend.

“Our crews…spend more time actually cleaning the sides of the roadway than plowing snow and fixing potholes, unfortunately,” Joe Brown, LI regional director of DOT, told FiOS1. “I want to encourage people to keep the bags in their cars, cigarette butts in their cars, find a place to drop them off. Every time they throw something out, it’s costing taxpayers’ money cleaning it up.”

The report followed the DOT’s annual trash blitz, when it spends $6 million cleaning up litter from the side of roads statewide. The DOT similarly found LI drivers littered most in recent years.

Garbage strewn roadways are not only an unattractive nuisance, they present dangers as well, the DOT said. Litter, particularly plastic bags, can clog drains and cause chemicals to seep into water supplies with highway storm run-off. And discarded containers can become potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes that spread harmful diseases.

The DOT urged drivers to extend the results of this clean-up by keeping their personal trash inside their own vehicles until they can dispose of it at proper trash receptacles

Bayfront Davis Park Dome Home Asks $729,900

This dome-shaped house right on the Great South Bay — giving it both stellar views and a private beach — is listed for sale at 10 Windward Walk in Davis Park on Fire Island.

Built in 1965, this completely renovated four-bedroom Contemporary with one-and-a-half bathrooms is move-in ready with all the furniture and televisions included.

The house comes equipped with an eat-in kitchen, living room/dining room combo and a large loft. Outside it has a wrap-around deck.

It’s located in the Ocean Ridge section of Davis Park — that’s the easternmost neighborhood of the easternmost community on FI, which is only accessible via ferry or private boat. The secluded area has one restaurant and one general store, with other resort areas offering additional shops and eateries within walking distance down the beach.

The asking price is $729,900, not including the annual property taxes of $3,504.

The real estate agent listed for the property is Nancy Bush of H&G Realty New York. She can be reached at 631-345-5600.

Who Is The Best Veterinarian on Long Island?

Pets dread their trips to the vet, so when it’s time to take them in for a checkup or to treat an ailment, only the best will do for Fido or Fluffy.

The public voted Dr. Michael Funk, DVM – Levittown Animal Hospital the Best Veterinarian on Long Island in the 2018 Bethpage Best of Long Island competition for the fourth year in a row. 

Dr. Michael Funk of Levittown Animal Hospital, a graduate of Michigan State University, understands the special connection between a person and his or her pet and aims to provide each and every animal that enters his office with outstanding medical care. It’s no wonder he’s been voted the Best on Long Island again!

To find all the other 2017 Best of Long Island contest winners, visit bestoflongisland.com Winners of the 2018 contest will be announced in February. Nominate your favorite businesses and people in the 2019 Best of Long Island program starting Jan. 1.

Dr. Michael Funk, DVM – Levittown Animal Hospital is located at 2703 Hempstead Tpke. in Levittown. He can be reached at 516-252-3540 or levittownvet.com

Jones Beach Theater 2018 Concert Calendar Booking Up

Jones Beach Long Island
View of a concert at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh (Photo: Jones Beach Facebook, @JonesBeachNewYork)

The coming return of beach season also means outdoor concerts are coming back to Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater for another glorious summer, starting the week after Memorial Day.

The concert calendar is booking up with big names from rock to hip hop and everything in between. So get your tickets and tailgate party gear ready for your next trip down to Long Island’s favorite amphitheater.

Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater is located at 895 Bay Pkwy. in Jones Beach State Park, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com

Kendrick Lamar
Top Dog Entertainment Presents The Championship Tour, featuring SZA & Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, SiR and Lance Skiiwalker. $29.50-$149.50. 7:30 p.m. May 30.

106.1 WBLI Summer Jam
This year’s lineup includes Shawn Mendes, Backstreet Boys, Meghan Trainor, 5 Seconds of Summer, ZEDD, Alessia Cara, Marshmello, Bebe Rexha, Dua Lipa and Why Don’t We. $49-$260. 5 p.m. June 15.

103.5 KTUs KTUphoria
Get your dance on with Dua Lipa, Ne-Yo, Charlie Puth, Sting, Shaggy, Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias. $25-$249. 6:30 p.m. June 16.

ZZ Top / John Fogerty
The Blues and Bayous Tour is coming to town. $20-$159. 7 p.m. June 20.

Poison / Cheap Trick
Pop Evil is opening the show on this leg of the Nothin’ But A Good Time tour. $18-$150. 7 p.m. June 21.

Foreigner / Whitesnake  
Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience opens when WBAB VetsRock presents the Jukebox Heros Tour. Up to $351. 7 p.m. June 22.

Lynyrd Skynrd
Peter Wolf and Atlanta Rhythm Section will be opening on the Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour. $22-$199. 6 p.m. June 23.

Styx, Tesla
Also performing will be hometown hero Joan Jett & the Blackhearts. $18-$350. 7 p.m. June 29.

Rascal Flatts
Warming up the crowd will be Dan+Shay and Carly Pearce on the Back to Us tour. $34-$99. 7:30 p.m. July 6.        

Gov’t Mule
The Avett Brothers and The Magpie Salute are supporting acts on the Dark Side of the Mule tour. $25-$89. 7 p.m. July 12.

Foo Fighters
Concrete & Gold tour. $99-$527. 7:30 p.m. July 14.

Ms. Lauryn Hill
Mark the 20th anniversary of one of the great one-album wonders, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. $39-$199. 6 p.m. July 15.

Dave Matthews Band
It wouldn’t be summer at Jones Beach without a visit from DMB. $85-$115. 8 p.m. July 17.

Weezer & Pixies
Opening the show will be Sleigh Bells and The Wombats. $25-$150. 7:30 p.m. July 18.

Miranda Lambert & Little Big Town
Also passing through on The Bandwagon Tour will be the Turnpike Troubadours and Tenille Townes. $34-$94. 7 p.m. July 19.

Avenged Sevenfold
The End of the World Tour includes Prophets of Rage and Three Days Grace. $230-$125. 5:30 p.m. July 25.

The Cult, Stone Temple Pilots & Bush
Tri-Headlining, Revolving Headline Run Format features opening act Julien-K. 6:30 p.m. July 27

VANs Warped Tour
The nation’s longest-running traveling music festival is back with a lengthy lineup and multiple stages. $30-$45. 11 a.m. July 28.

Slayer
The iconic metal band’s Final World Tour features Anthrax, Lamb of God, Testament and Napalm Death. $22-$150. 5 p.m. July 29.

Kesha & Macklemore
Adventures of the Good Old Days tour. 8 p.m. July 30.

Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefer Band
Join the parrotheads in celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Son of a Son of a Sailor. $56-$156. 8 p.m. Aug. 2.

Chicago & REO Speedwagon
Opening the show will be Michael Tolcher. $22-$149. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 3.

Lady Antebellum / Darius Rucker
Warming up the crowd will be Russell Dickerson. $35-$100. 7 p.m. Aug. 4.

Rob Zombie & Marilyn Manson
Get ready for the Twins of Evil: The Second Coming Tour. $25-$125. 7 p.m. Aug. 7.      

Brad Paisley
Also performing will be Dan Tyminski & Kane Brown. $33-$93. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 10.

Lindsey Stirling & Evanescence
This will be a sensory experience like no other full orchestral accompaniment. $25-$125. 7 p.m. Aug. 11.

Kidz Bop Live
Sung by kids for kids. $35-$75. 4 p.m.  Aug. 12.

Jeff Beck
Also performing will be Paul Rodgers and Ann Wilson of Heart on the Stars Align Tour. $29-$350. 7 p.m. Aug. 14.         

Pentatonix
This A Capella group will perform Top Pop. $29-$129. 7 p.m. Aug. 15.

Billboard HOT 100 Festival
Sabrina Carpenter, DJ Snake, Machine Gun Kelly and many more are on the lineup for this two-day festival. $80-$275. 12 p.m. Aug. 18, 19.

Counting Crows & LIVE
These ‘90s alt-rockers are back for their 25 Years & Counting World Tour. $30-$120. 6:30 p.m. Aug. 22.

311
Also performing will be The Offspring and Gym Class Heroes on the Never-ending Summer Tour. $18-$140. 7 p.m. Aug. 25.

G-EAZY
Rounding out the Endless Summer Tour are Logic, Yo Gotti, Ty Dolla $ign, Lil Uzi Vert, YBN Nahmir, P-Lo & Murda Beatz and Young Gerald. $29-$130. 6:30 p.m. July 28.  

Judas Priest / Deep Purple
These two rock legends are Co-Headlining inFinite Firepower. 7 p.m. Sept. 1

Shinedown & Godsmack
Also performing will be Red Sun Rising on Threat to Survival When Legends Rise. 6:30 p.m. Sept. 2.

Five Finger Death Punch & Breaking Benjamin
Bad Wolves is opening for A Decade of Destruction Tour. 7 p.m. Sept. 6.

Ozzy Osbourne
Celebrating 5 Decades of The Prince of Darkness with opening act Stone Sour. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 8.          

Niall Horan from One Direction & Maren Morris
Flicker World Tour. 7 p.m. Sept. 12.            

Newly Built Old Brookville Mansion Asks $60M

This newly constructed Gold Coast estate house dubbed Maison Des Jardins designed in the style of 17th century French Classicism is listed for sale in the Village of Old Brookville.

Built last year by a top team of architects, contractors and craftsman, this eight-bedroom mansion with 10 and a half bathrooms has 22,000-square-feet of living space. It is situated on an 8-acre lot exhibits all the grandeur, elegance of Versailles with its soft limestone facade, intricate ironwork, and Vermont slate roof, but built for today with geothermal heating and highest-end everything.

The house comes equipped with an eat-in kitchen, formal dining room, fully finished basement, central air conditioning and six fireplaces. Outside it has a five-car attached garage, patio, and heated in-ground pool.

The house is located near the Cedar Brook Golf & Tennis Club, Brookville Country Club and other parks. It is also near the Glen Head Long Island Rail Road station and a short drive from downtown Roslyn and Glen Cove. It’s located in the North Shore School District.

The asking price is $60,000,000, which makes it currently the most expensive house listed for sale on MLSLI, the region’s leading real estate service. The price does not include the annual property taxes of $59,241.

The real estate agents listed for the property are Eloise Halpern and Patricia Bischoff of Douglas Elliman Real Estate. They can be reached at 516-759-0400.

Long Island Concerts & Events April 23-26

Warren Haynes
Gov't Mule, featuring Warren Haynes on lead guitar. (Photo by Anna Webber)

A.J. Finn
The No. 1 New York Times bestselling author speaks about and signs copies of his debut thriller, The Woman in the Window. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Free with purchase of book. 7 p.m. Apr. 24.

Gov’t Mule
American Southern Rock Jam Band Gov’t Mule founded, by Grammy-award winning vocalist and guitarist Warren Haynes, have released 10 studio albums and are known for their concert favorite hit song “Mule.” NYCB Theater at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. thetheatrewestbury.com. $21-$134. 8 p.m. Apr. 25.

Nancy and Beth
Megan Mullally of Will & Grace fame and Stephanie Hunt from shows such as Friday Night Lights and Californication formed a musical duo called Nancy and Beth. It is hard to say what kind of genre they do, but the best way to describe it is to call it punk show-biz. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org. $60-$67. 8 p.m. Apr. 26.

Longines Masters of New York
The grand finale of the international series has arrived. The Longines Masters Series has spread the glitz and glamour around the world from its origin city of Paris. This horse show-jumping event will offer unparalleled first-class sports, live music, one-of-a-kind artwork and more. NYCB Live, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale. nycblive.com. $21-$80.50. Apr. 26-29.

Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology Opens its 25th Location in Lawrence

Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology, the largest private radiology practice on Long Island, opened its 25th location with a new addition in the Five Towns area on Thursday.

The office is located at 625 Rockaway Tpke. in Lawrence on the border of Nassau and Queens, which will enable the company to better serve the residents of Five Towns, Southeast Queens, the Rockaways, Long Beach and Atlantic Beach. 

“It is a great privilege to expand into Five Towns and to care for a community which has been largely underserved in the past,” said Chief Executive Officer DRr. Steven L. Mendelsohn. “We are always eager to make the best imaging easily accessible and our Five Towns office is bringing the best care to a new area.”

Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology prides itself on being a patient-centric practice. The Five Towns office offers 3T MRI, 1.5T MRI, CT, Ultrasound, X-ray, 3D Mammography and Bone Density (DEXA) scans.

Offices are open evenings and weekends to accommodate working patients. They employ over 65 subspecialty-trained radiologists who only read studies within their field of expertise leading to more accurate results. The reports and images from exams performed at any Zwanger-Pesiri facility are posted on the Patient Portal for the patient to access at his or her convenience. Patients can then securely fax or email their information to additional physicians with just a few clicks.

Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology has been serving the community for over 65 years with locations in Nassau, Suffolk, Queens and Brooklyn providing a range of radiological specialties, including musculoskeletal imaging, neurologic imaging, oncologic imaging, vascular imaging, and more.

Having over 65 board certified radiologists that have multiple subspecialties and offering twenty-six 3T MRI units, ten 1.5T MRI units, three 1.2T Open-Sided MRI machines, twenty-nine 3D Mammography units, six PET/CT scanners, and the first clinical outpatient MRI/PET system in the country, Zwanger-Pesiri continues to provide the highest quality of care and excellence to all of its patients.

Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology strives to provide the most advanced technology available today, with a strong focus on delivering a quality of care unmatched in the industry. For further information, visit www.zprad.com.

Northport Victorian Near Water, Downtown Asks $1.1M

This majestic, elegant and historic harbor-front Italianate Victorian within walking distance of one of Long Island’s most picturesque downtowns is listed for sale at 46 Bayview Ave. in the Village of Northport.

Built in 1860, this three-bedroom, three-bathroom one-of-a-kind home built on a 20,037-square-foot lot has Old-World charm such as 10-foot ceilings, a widow’s watch and stellar craftsmanship while also offering modern amenities such as a heated in-ground saltwater pool with waterfalls.

The house features an eat-in kitchen, formal dining room, sunroom, full basement, two fireplaces and central air conditioning. The second-floor master suite comes equipped with a huge walk-in closet and a Jacuzzi and steam shower in the master bath. Concerts at nearby Northport Village Dock and Cow Harbor Park can be heard from the front porch.

Besides being nearby parks and the harbor, the property is also located two blocks from downtown Northport’s many shops and restaurants on Main Street. It’s nearly two miles from the Northport Long Island Rail Road station. And it’s located in the Northport-East Northport School District.

The asking price is $1,199,000, not including the $18,712 in annual property taxes, which are $10,546 with the Star Exemption.

An open house is scheduled for the property 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 28.

The real estate agent listed for the property is Oksana Foster of Signature Premier Properties. She can be reached at 631-754-3600.

College Guide: Tuition Tips & Inspiring Your Teen

HELPING STUDENTS PAY FOR COLLEGE

With student debt increasingly becoming a long-term burden on graduates and families, it’s never been more important to minimize the out-of-pocket expenses to put a student through college – and reduce reliance on student loans.

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York stated that in 1995, 54 percent of graduates had loans averaging $11,491. It’s more recent data in 2015 showed 71 percent of graduates joined the workforce with student debt averaging slightly more than $35,000. What’s more, The Fed estimates 25 percent of those who owe federal student loans are delinquent or in default.

The good news is that anyone willing to put in the time can likely find programs that help foot the bill – helping to reduce the need to take out loans, so a student’s education won’t break the budget or jeopardize a financial future. According to Peter Gayle, a vice president for Prudential Advisors, families can take a few initial steps before choosing a school:

* Learn how the financial aid process works and get the most out of options that don’t need to be repaid.
* Understand each school’s actual net price – after financial aid – and set realistic expectations, choosing from the most affordable institutions.
* Explore types of financial aid, including grants, work study programs and scholarships; examine the specific types of aid available per school and find out how much of a family’s demonstrated financial need each school will cover.
* Understand the kinds of loans available, including a variety of federal loans and private loans, which may be used to fill any financing gaps after exhausting other options.
* Understand how parents’ “available income” is used to calculate how much parents are expected to contribute to their child’s education, especially for federal financial aid purposes.

Several guides, including Prudential Financial’s prudential.com/payingforcollege, can help families take a carefully considered approach to financing a college education while safeguarding a student’s long-term financial future, including the ability to save for retirement. – BPT

 

HOW TO INSPIRE YOUR TEENS TO FIND THEIR MAJOR

The high school years can feel overwhelming for students and parents alike. Teens grapple with questions like: Which colleges should I apply to? What do I really want to do with my life?

Parents naturally want to give advice and steer them in the right direction, but it’s a tricky balance. It’s their life, after all. So how can parents help?

Encourage them to explore different interests. Research extracurricular programs so they can see the breadth of what’s out there. Expose them to a range of possibilities.

Most high schools offer a variety of extracurricular opportunities, from sports and theater to robotics and debate. Language clubs provide a chance to practice conversational skills in a relaxed environment while joining in cooking and other cultural activities.

If options are limited at school, branch out. Get teens involved in the community, meet new people, and bond with others who share similar interests. They’ll see what’s out there in the bigger world while demonstrating to colleges and employers that they’re engaged beyond the classroom. Volunteering can be customized to one’s own interests, whether it means walking dogs at an animal shelter or building a website for an environmental group.

Adventurous students can take it one step further by participating inservice programs abroad. Study abroad transforms the way a teen looks at fields of study – and life. As many students, parents and guidance counselors have discovered, this is an opportune time to develop valuable lifelong skills, learn a new language and discover career interests in a way that is not possible in an everyday classroom environment.

The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), a nonprofit that operates high school study abroad programs in more than 30 global destinations, is a good place to start. Transported to a world far different from their own, teens find themselves fully immersed in a new topic and a foreign culture. Programs range from three weeks in the summer to a full semester or academic year.

Planning ahead is key. Involve a teacher or counselor in the discussion to ensure a smooth transition. It also allows more time to plan finances and research scholarships. Don’t delay: Organizations like CIEE offer scholarships based on merit and financial considerations, but be sure to check the application deadlines.

To learn more about CIEE’s Global Navigator High School Study Abroad program and available scholarships, visit ciee.org/globalnavigators. – BPT

Who Makes The Best Burgers on Long Island?

Photo by John Wisniewski

Long Islanders can get a hamburger just about anywhere, but no two burgers are the same and none compare to those grilled up at these local restaurants.

The public voted All American Hamburger Drive-In the Best Burger on Long Island in the 2018 Bethpage Best of Long Island competition. Bareburger won the title of Best Veggie Burger on Long Island in that contest. 

All American Hamburger Drive-In lands the top spot on this list for yet another year—and we can see why. Since its establishment in 1963, All American Hamburger Drive-In has continuously been the go-to place for mouthwatering hamburgers. Made with the best ingredients and offered at the best prices, they don’t just serve you food, they provide you with an experience! Combine all this with a friendly and personable staff who go out of their way to ensure every customer is happy, and it’s no wonder why Long Islanders consistently vote All American Hamburger Drive-In the Best Burger on Long Island!

Bareburger specializes in using organic, fresh ingredients in all of its dishes in order to ensure that every customer receives an absolutely delicious meal bursting with flavor. Their produce is free of GMOs and pesticides, their breads are all-natural, and their sauces are gluten-free. One of their famous menu items is their veggie burger, which is a great option for vegetarians who still crave a burger now and then, and for those who would like to try this different take on a classic, American dish. Who knew eating healthy could be this enjoyable!

To find all the other 2017 Best of Long Island contest winners, visit bestoflongisland.com Winners of the 2018 contest will be announced in February. Nominate your favorite businesses and people in the 2019 Best of Long Island program starting Jan. 1.

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

Bareburger has multiple locations that can be found at bareburger.com