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200 Cool Things to Do on Long Island

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To help celebrate the bicentennial of the Long Island Press’s founding, here are 200 of the most awesome places to go and things to do across Nassau and Suffolk counties.

6 MUST-VISIT DESTINATIONS

From diving with sharks at the Long Island Aquarium to riding the new rollercoasters at Adventureland, there’s no shortage of fun to be had this summer.

ADVENTURELAND
2245 Broad Hollow Rd., Farmingdale

BAYVILLE ADVENTURE PARK
8 Bayville Ave., Bayville

LONG ISLAND ADVENTURE PARK
75 Colonial Springs Rd., Wheatley Heights

LONG ISLAND AQUARIUM
431 East Main St., Riverhead

SPLISH SPLASH WATERPARK
2549 Splish Splash Dr., Calverton

JAKE’S 58
Jake’s 58 Casino Hotel. 3635 Express Drive North, Islandia

6 SPOTS FOR FUN WITH ANIMALS

Whether you prefer furry friends or fish, there are plenty of places to learn about the animal kingdom on LI.

COLD SPRING HARBOR FISH HATCHERY
1660 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor

LONG ISLAND ANIMAL FARM PETTING ZOO
296 Wading River Rd., Manorville

LONG ISLAND GAME FARM WILDLIFE PARK & CHILDREN’S ZOO
489 Chapman Blvd, Manorville

SEAL TOURS
Several groups offer tours of local seal hot spots around our shores where seals congregate, such as Coastal Research and Education Society of Long IslandRiverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation, and Captain Lou Fleet.

WHITE POST FARMS
250 Old Country Rd., Melville

9 HISTORIC SITES, PRESERVES

LI is full of history, from Teddy Roosevelt’s Sagamore Hill to beautiful natural landscapes.

CALEB SMITH STATE PARK PRESERVE
581 West Jericho Tpke., Smithtown

CAUMSETT STATE HISTORIC PARK AND PRESERVE
25 Lloyd Harbor Rd., Huntington.

FIRE ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE
East of Robert Moses State Park Field 5

MONTAUK LIGHTHOUSE
2000 Montauk Hwy., Montauk

OTIS PIKE FIRE ISLAND HIGH DUNE WILDERNESS
Between Smith Point County Park and Watch Hill

SAGAMORE HILL NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE
20 Sagamore Hill Rd., Oyster Bay

SANDS POINT PRESERVE
127 Middle Neck Road, Sands Point

MUTTONTOWN PRESERVE
Muttontown Lane, East Norwich

OLD BETHPAGE VILLAGE RESTORATION
1303 Round Swamp Rd., Old Bethpage

Wantagh, NY, USA May 27, 2011 A lifeguard boat stands vigilant, ready in the event of an emergency, on a summer’s day at Jones Beach in Wantagh, New York

7 SCENIC BIKE PATHS

Whether you’re looking to bike along the ocean shores or amid the forest green, there’s a spot where you can cycle on the Island.

CAUMSETT STATE HISTORIC PARK PRESERVE
Caumsett State Park, 25 Lloyd Harbor Rd., Lloyd Harbor

ELLEN FARRANT MEMORIAL BIKEWAY
Cedar Creek Park, 3340 Merrick Rd., Seaford

HENDRICKSON PARK SHARED USE PATH
Valley Stream State Park Road, Valley Stream

JONES BEACH SHARED USE PATH
Jones Beach State Park, 1 Ocean Pkwy., Wantagh

NASSAU-SUFFOLK GREENBELT TRAIL
Merrick Road, Massapequa

OCEAN PARKWAY COASTAL GREENWAY
Jones Beach State Park, 1 Ocean Pkwy., Wantagh

PAUL SIMONS MEMORIAL BIKE PATH
Stony Brook University, Nicolls Road, Stony Brook

7 LONG ISLAND GREENBELT TRAILS

If you’re up for a challenge, there are more than 200 miles of hiking trails waiting to be traversed on Long Island.

LONG ISLAND GREENBELT TRAIL
Various entry points

WALT WHITMAN TRAIL
38-42 Reservoir Rd, Huntington

PINE BARRENS TRAIL
NY-25A, Rocky Point

LONG ISLAND SEASHORE TRAIL
Fire Island National Seashore

HEMPSTEAD LAKE STATE PARK
1000 Lake Drive, West Hempstead

TRAIL VIEW STATE PARK
8101 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury

NASSAU-SUFFOLK GREENBELT TRAIL
Merrick Road, Massapequa to Woodbury

10 HORSEBACK RIDING TRAILS

There are several scenic spots where you can saddle across Long Island, from West Hempstead all the way to Montauk.

BABYLON RIDING CENTER
1500 Peconic Ave., West Babylon

BETHPAGE EQUESTRIAN CENTER
499 Winding Rd., Old Bethpage

BIG RIVER BARN RESCUE INC
1864 Muttontown Rd., Syosset

DDR FARM
412 Sweet Hollow Rd., Melville

DEEP HOLLOW RANCH
8 Old Montauk Hwy., Montauk

NASSAU EQUESTRIAN CENTER
62 Route 106, Jericho

NATIVITY RIDING ACADEMY
48 Woodlot Rd., Ridge

NEW YORK EQUESTRIAN CENTER
633 Eagle Ave., West Hempstead

PARKVIEW RIDING CENTER
989 Connetquot Ave., Central Islip

ROCKY POINT PINE BARRENS STATE FOREST
NY-25A, Rocky Point

10 ARBORETUMS

Long Island’s natural beauty is on full display at these picturesque parks that feature thriving flowers, trees, and greenery.

AVALON PARK
200 Harbor Rd., Stony Brook

BAILEY ARBORETUM
194 Bayville Rd., Lattingtown

BAYARD CUTTING ARBORETUM
440 Montauk Hwy., Great River

BRIDGE GARDENS
36 Mitchell Ln., Bridgehampton

CLARK BOTANIC GARDEN
193 I. U. Willets Rd., Albertson

LONGHOUSE RESERVE
133 Hands Creek Rd., East Hampton

THE MADOO CONSERVANCY
618 Sagg Main St., Sagaponack

OLD WESTBURY GARDENS
71 Old Westbury Rd., Old Westbury

PLANTING FIELDS ARBORETUM
1395 Planting Fields Rd., Oyster Bay

ROBERT F. ENCH TEACHING GARDENS
Farmingdale State College, 2350 Broadhollow Rd., Farmingdale

TOP EVENTS

BETHPAGE AIR SHOW AT JONES BEACH
Jones Beach State Park, 1 Ocean Pkwy, Wantagh, May 29-30.

EMPIRE STATE RIDE LONG ISLAND
Oyster Bay, July 24

STRAWBERRY PICKING
Many of Long Island’s local farms on the East End offer this experience alongside the sale of food and drinks where visitors can picnic after their fruit picking and soak in the sun.

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7 SPORTS SPOTS

Whether you prefer to watch a ball game, race, or join in the athletics, there’s plenty to do.

BELMONT RACETRACK
2150 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont

FISHING
Whether you’re chasing snappers in the bay or hooking big game fish in the ocean, there are more than 1,600 miles of shoreline offering places to drop a line in Long Island waters.

LONG ISLAND DUCKS
3 Court House Dr, Central Islip

NEW YORK ISLANDERS
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale

NEW YORK LIZARDS
648 Franklin Ave, Garden City

RIVERHEAD RACEWAY
1797 Old Country Rd, Riverhead

SURF SCHOOLS
Some of LI’s many surfing instructors include Bunger Surf CampSkudin Surf SchoolSurf 2 LiveIsland Surf School and Flying Point Surf School.

6 TOP MUSEUMS

LI is overflowing with cool museums to check out.

AMERICAN AIR POWER MUSEUM
1230 New Hwy., Farmingdale

CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF THE EAST END
376 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Tpke., Bridgehampton

CRADLE OF AVIATION MUSEUM
Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City

LONG ISLAND CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
11 Davis Ave., Garden City

NASSAU COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART
One Museum Dr., Roslyn

VANDERBILT MUSEUM
180 Little Neck Rd., Centerport

3 CRAZY CAR SHOWS

Check out the hot rods and cool cars Long Islanders flaunt at these car shows.

BELLMORE CAR SHOW
Long Island Rail Road station, Sunrise Highway. Friday nights.

25TH ANNUAL CUSTOM CAR AND CYCLE SHOW
Centerport Beach, Little Neck Road, Centerport. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. May 2.

OCEANSIDE CAR SHOW NIGHT
3161 Long Beach Rd., Oceanside, 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Thursdays.

12 AMAZING ARTS AND MUSIC VENUES

Big-name acts and small community theatre productions aplenty can be found on LI

ADELPHI UNIVERSITY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
1 South Ave., Garden City. 516-877-4010

MERRICK THEATRE AND CENTER FOR THE ARTS
2222 Hewlett Ave., Merrick 516-868-6400

MULCAHY’S PUB AND CONCERT HALL
3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh. 516-783-7500

MY FATHER’S PLACE
1221 Old Northern Blvd., Roslyn

NORTHWELL HEALTH AT JONES BEACH THEATRE
Jones Beach State Park, 1000 Ocean Pkwy., Wantagh

NYCB THEATRE AT WESTBURY
960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury

THE PARAMOUNT
370 New York Ave., Huntington

THE SPACE AT WESTBURY THEATRE
250 Post Ave., Westbury

THE STEPHEN TALKHOUSE
161 Main St., Amagansett. 631-267-3117

THE SUFFOLK THEATER
118 East Main St., Riverhead. 631-727-4343

THE WAREHOUSE
203 Broadway, Amityville. 631-238-1820

WESTHAMPTON BEACH PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
76 Main St., Westhampton Beach. 631-288-1500

8 SHOPPERS’ PARADISES

Get lost at any one of these meccas for mall lovers.

AMERICANA MANHASSET
2060 Northern Blvd., Manhasset

BROADWAY COMMONS
358 N Broadway, Hicksville

GREEN ACRES MALL
Sunrise Highway, Valley Stream

ROOSEVELT FIELD MALL
630 Old Country Rd., Garden City

TANGER OUTLETS DEER PARK
152 The Arches Cir., Deer Park

TANGER OUTLETS RIVERHEAD
200 Tanger Mall Dr., Riverhead

THE GALLERY AT WESTBURY PLAZA
900 Old Country Rd., Garden City

WALT WHITMAN SHOPS
160 Walt Whitman Rd, Huntington Station

17 ROCKIN’ DOWNTOWNS

It’s not just the malls where great shopping and food can be found.

BABYLON

BAY SHORE

BAYVILLE

EAST HAMPTON

GARDEN CITY

GLEN COVE

GREAT NECK

GREENPORT

HUNTINGTON

MASSAPEQUA & MASSAPEQUA PARK

MINEOLA

NORTHPORT

PATCHOGUE

PORT JEFFERSON

RIVERHEAD

ROCKVILLE CENTRE

WESTBURY

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51 CRAFT BREWERIES

LI’s craft beer boom continues to produce amazing brews islandwide.

1940’S BREWING CO.
1337 Lincoln Ave., #1, Holbrook, 631-256-5626

27A BREWING CO.
173 N Wellwood Ave., Lindenhurst, 631-374-2970

AMITY ALES BREWPUB & EATERY
192 Broadway, Amityville, 631-464-4646

BARNSHED BREWING
100 Lauman Ln., Hicksville, 516-376-6514

BARRIER BREWING CO.
3001 New St., Unit A2, Oceanside, 516-594-1028

BELLPORT BREWING CO.
14 Station Rd., Bellport, 631-909-4457

BLIND BAT BREWERY
94 Washington Dr., Unit B Centerport, 631-944-3333

BLUE POINT BREWING CO.
225 W Main St., Patchogue, 631-627-8292

BREWERS COLLECTIVE BEER CO.
1460 N. Clinton Ave., Unit C, Bay Shore, 631-665-9000

BREWSA BREWING CO.
180 Woodcleft Ave., Freeport, 516-377-2751

BRICKHOUSE BREWERY
67 W Main St., Patchogue, 631-447-2337

BRIGHT EYE BEER CO.
50 W. Park Ave., Long Beach, 516-543-5736

DARLING BREWING CO.
76 W Main St., Patchogue, 631-307-9676

DESTINATION UNKNOWN
1 South Chicago Ave., Bay Shore, 631-380-3441

EASTERN FRONT BREWING CO.
13100 Main Rd., Mattituck, 631-905-1535

GARDEN OF EVE FARM BREWERY
4558 Sound Ave., Riverhead, 631-642-7291

GARVIES POINT BREWERY
1 Garvies Point Rd., Glen Cove, 516-277-2787

GHOST BREWING CO.
25 Drexel Dr., Bay Shore, 631-357-3819

GREAT SOUTH BAY BREWERY
25 Drexel Dr., Bay Shore, 631-392-8472

GREENPORT HARBOR BREWING CO.
234 Carpenter St., Greenport. 631-477-1100

HARBOR HEAD BREWING CO.
81 Fort Salonga Rd., Northport, 631-815-5588

HOPWIN’S BREWERY
1460 N Clinton Ave. Unit L, Bay Shore, 631-708-5639

JAMESPORT FARM BREWERY
5873 Sound Ave., Riverhead, 844-532-2337

LITHOLOGY BREWING CO.
211A Main St., Farmingdale, 516-962-0585

LONG IRELAND BEER CO.
817 Pulaski St., Riverhead, 631-403-4303

MONTAUK BREWING CO.
62 S. Erie Ave., Montauk. 631-668-8471

MORICHES FIELD BREWING CO.
1 Wilcox Rd., Center Moriches, 631-909-4404

MOTION CRAFT BREWED
1036B Park Blvd., Massapequa Park, 516-318-4868

NOBLE SAVAGE
27 Glen St., Glen Cove, 516-953-9175

NORTH FORK BREWING CO.
24 E 2nd St., Suite A, Riverhead, 631-591-1191

OLD TAPPAN BREW CO.
37 Ludlam Ave., Bayville, 516-802-0174

OYSTER BAY BREWING CO.
36 Audrey Ave., Oyster Bay, 516-802-5546

PECONIC COUNTY BREWING
221 E Main St., Riverhead, 631-740-9797

PO’BOY BREWERY
200 Wilson St., Unit E3, Port Jefferson Station, 631-828-1131

PORT JEFFERSON BREWING CO.
22 Mill Creek Rd., Port Jefferson, 631-331-2959

RIVERHEAD CIDER HOUSE
2711 Sound Ave., Calverton, 631-591-0217

SAINT JAMES BREWERY
430-13 North Country Rd., Saint James, 631-250-9545

SAND CITY BREWING CO.
60 Main St., Northport, 631-651-2767

SECATOGUE BREWING CO.
375 Union Blvd., West Islip, 631-228-8914

SHELTER ISLAND CRAFT BREWERY
55 North Ferry Rd., Shelter Island, 631-749-5977

SIX HARBORS BREWING CO.
243 New York Ave., Huntington, 631-470-1560

SMALL CRAFT BREWING CO.
66 Merrick Rd., Amityville, 631-464-0186

SOUTH SHORE CRAFT BREWERY
3505 Hampton Rd., Oceanside,  516-388-6685

SOUTHAMPTON PUBLICK HOUSE
62 Jobs Ln., Southampton, 631-283-2800

SPIDER BITE BEER CO.
920 Lincoln Ave., Unit 5, Holbrook. 631-942-3255

SQUAREHEAD BREWING CO.
405 High St., Holbrook. 631-921-3060 

TRADEWINDS BREWING CO.
70 W Main St., Riverhead, 631-591-3466

TWIN FORK BEER CO.
807 Raynor Ave, Riverhead, 631-209-4233

ÜBERGEEK BREWING CO.
400 Hallett Ave., Riverhead

W A MEADWORKS
26 West Hoffman Ave., Lindenhurst, 631-991-3563

WESTHAMPTON BREWING CO.
220 Rogers Way., Suite I, Westhampton Beach, 631-998-0800

37 WONDERFUL LI WINERIES AND VINEYARDS

This year’s New York Wine Classic winners include Pindar and Paumanok.

ANTHONY NAPPA WINES
2885 Peconic Lane, Peconic. 774-641-7488

BAITING HOLLOW FARM VINEYARD
2114 Sound Ave., Calverton. 631-369-0100

BEDELL CELLARS
36225 NY-25, Cutchogue. 631-734-7537

BRIDGE LANE WINE
35 Cox Neck Rd., Mattituck. 631-298-1942

CHANNING DAUGHTERS WINERY
1927 Scuttle Hole Rd., Bridgehampton. 631-537-7224

CHRONICLE WINES AT PECONIC CELLAR DOOR
2885 Peconic Ln, Peconic. 631-488-0046

CLOVIS POINT WINERY
1935 NY-25, Laurel. 631-722-4222

COFFEE POT CELLARS
31855 Main Rd., Cutchogue. 631-765-8929

CROTEAUX VINEYARDS
1450 S. Harbor Rd., Southold. 631-765-6099

DEL VINO VINEYARDS
29 Norwood Ave., Northport

HARMONY VINEYARDS
169 Harbor Rd., Head of the Harbor, 631-291-9900

JAMESPORT VINEYARD
1216 Main Rd., NY-25, Jamesport. 631-722-5256

JASON’S VINEYARD
1785 Main Rd., Jamesport. 631-238-5801

KONTOKOSTA WINERY
825 North Rd., Greenport, 631-477-6977

LENZ WINERY
38355 NY-25, Peconic. 631-734-6010

LIEB CELLARS
13050 Oregon Rd., Cutchogue 

MACARI VINEYARDS
150 Bergen Ave, Mattituck

MATTEBELLA VINEYARDS
46005 NY-25, Southold

McCALL WINES
22600 NY-25, Cutchogue

ONE WOMAN WINES AND VINEYARDS
5195 Old North Rd., Southold 

OSPREY’S DOMINION VINEYARDS
44075 Main Rd., Peconic

PALMER VINEYARDS
5120 Sound Ave., Riverhead

PAUMANOK VINEYARDS
1074 Main Rd., Aquebogue

PECONIC BAY WINERY
31320 Main Rd, Cutchogue

PELLEGRINI VINEYARDS
23005 Main Rd., Cutchogue

PINDAR VINEYARDS
37645 NY-25, Peconic

PUGLIESE VINEYARDS
34515 Main Rd., Cutchogue

RAPHAEL VINEYARD
39390 Route 25, Peconic

RG|NY
6025 Sound Ave., Riverhead

ROANOKE VINEYARDS
3543 Sound Ave., Riverhead

SANNINO VINEYARD
15975 County Rd 48, Cutchogu 

SHERWOOD HOUSE VINEYARD
1291 Main Rd., Jamesport

ROSE HILL VINEYARDS
2000 Oregon Rd., Mattituck

SPARKLING POINTE VINEYARDS
39750 County Road 48, Southold

SUHRU WINES
2885 Peconic Lane, Peconic

THE OLD FIELD
59600 NY-25, Southold

WOLFFER ESTATE VINEYARD
3312 Montauk Highway, Sagaponack

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8 DELICIOUS DISTILLERIES

In addition to the many breweries and wineries on LI, there are also a growing number of distilleries.

BETTER MAN DISTILLING CO.
161 River Ave, Patchogue 

BLACK MOMMA VODKA
12 Colonial Springs Road, Wyandanch

GREENPORT DISTILLING & BAR
211 Carpenter St, Greenport

LONG ISLAND SPIRITS
2182 Sound Ave, Baiting Hollow

MONTAUK DISTILLING CO.
24 East 2nd Street, Riverhead

OLD SPIRIT DISTILLERY
3670 Oceanside Rd West, STE 6, Oceanside

SAGAPONACK FARM DISTILLERY
369 Sagg Rd, Sagaponack

TWIN STILLS MOONSHINE
5506 Sound Avenue, Riverhead

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The Weekender: 7 Things to Do on Long Island This Weekend

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The Weekender: 7 Things to Do on Long Island This Weekend

PLANTING AND ART WORKSHOP

Calling all kids, ages 5 through 10, to the ever-popular Children’s Mini Rose Planting and Art Workshop hosted by the Southampton Rose Society and presented by rosarian Peter Bertrand at Rogers Memorial Library. Each child will pot their own rose plant to take home with them and will receive an instruction booklet to teach them more about these special flowers with the hope that they will form a lifelong passion for gardening and roses. After the demonstration, children are invited to either color garden sketches by Nancy Rollins or create their own Mother’s Day cards or artwork. 91 Coopers Farm Road, Southampton. 631-283-0774 ext.519, southamptonrose.org. 4 p.m. May 7

COMPLETELY UNCHAINED

Enjoy a performance by Completely Unchained, a Van Halen tribute band, with dinner and drinks. Mulcahy’s Pub & Concert Hall, 3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh, muls.com $59.95. 7 p.m. May 7.

SPRING CELEBRATION

Help Sands Point Preserve prepare for spring by gardening to attract pollinators such as butterflies. Sands Point Preserve, 127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point, sandspointconservancy.org $15 to 25 per car. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. May 8.

CHRIS MONTY

A comedian for more than 20 years, Chris Monty is skilled in improv and will perform a stand-up routine featuring unique takes on topics. For audiences 16 and older. Governors McGuire’s, 1627 Smithtown Ave., Bohemia, mcguiresgovs.laughstub.com $22. 7 p.m. May 8.

EAGLE WITT

A stand-up routine by Eagle Witt, a comedian who centers his routine around self deprecation and storytelling while incorporating diverse perspectives. For audiences 16 and older. Governor’s Brokerage, 2797 Merrick Rd., Bellmore, govs.com $22. 7:30 p.m. May 8.

YMCA AT GLEN COVE 5K – 4TH ANNUAL RUN/WALK

The 4th Annual Run For A Cause will be virtual this year. Choose your distance, use a timer or GPS, take your run and don’t forget to update your time online! All five races will benefit YMCA of Long Island’s COVID-19 response fund. events.elitefeats.com/ymca $5-$25. May 8-16. 

Małni ON-DEMAND

A poetic debut feature circling the origin of the death myth from the Chinookan people in the Pacific Northwest, Małni: Towards the Ocean, Towards the Shore follows two people as they wander through their surrounding nature, the spirit world and something much deeper inside. 631-288-1500, whbpac.org. $12. Now through Sunday, May 9.

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Webinar to Discuss Medicaid for Home Care, Institutional Benefits

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Have you ever wondered if you qualify for Medicaid, or what benefits you would be able to receive on Medicaid?

Melissa Negrin-Wiener, Esq. and Stuart B. Almer, FACHE, will be discussing the many different aspects of Medicaid in a webinar titled, “How to Qualify for Medicaid: Home Care & Institutional Benefits,” sponsored by Cona Elder Law.

Negrin-Wiener is a partner at Cona Elder Law leading their government benefits and estate planning departments. She has concentrated her practice in asset protection, Medicaid eligibility planning, special needs planning, and estate planning. She is fully versed in all aspects of Medicaid planning and has received several honors and awards over her twenty years in practice in this area of law.

Almer is the President and CEO of Gurwin Healthcare System, a top nursing and rehabilitation center, that provides quality health care. With over 30 years of experience, Almer has significant administrative and managerial experience in healthcare.

Negrin-Wiener and Almer will be discussing:

  • Medicaid Home Care: New Look Back Period
  • How to Find the Right Home-Aid for Your Needs
  • Asset Protection for Nursing Home (Institutional) Medicaid
  • Medicaid and Assisted Living
  • How to Find the Ideal Health Care Center

This webinar is hosted by Schneps Media, the parent company of the Long Island Press, and will be held on Tuesday, May 18, at 10 a.m. Click here to register.

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Webinar Offers Helpful Advice for Elder Care, Estate Planning

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Planning for the future of an elderly loved one can be overwhelming when considering everything that’s involved, but a recent expert workshop offers helpful tips for anyone looking for answers.

Schneps Media, the parent company of the Long Island Press, recently held a webinar presentation called “Asset Protection and Elder Law Workshop,” which covered some important topics relating to elder care and planning. The webinar featured expert guest, Donna M. Stefans, Esq., AIF, the founder and lead estate & elder law attorney of Stefans Law Group PC, a top elder law firm on Long Island. She has repeatedly lent her expert consultation during Schneps Media webinars.

“This is a reality … at least 70 percent of people over 65 will need long-term care services and support sometime in their lives,” she said.

With the proper information, planning, and execution, your plans can be stress-free. Stefans stresses the four overarching topics of vital importance to prepare your family for any type of complication. She calls the topics The Fabulous 4: durable power of attorney, medical directives, last will and testament, and trust. 

Important things such as a healthcare proxy, asset protection plans, or Social Security to name a few, can be tricky. Stefans provides comfort with her clear and concise explanations of everything necessary to cover. She also describes precautions for potential elder abuse fraud and other possible manipulations of loved ones.

The webinar covered the difference between a living will and a last will and testament to help prepare families to make the tough decisions when they eventually come up. The experts also spoke about long-term and geriatric care management to brace families for the unpleasant times that may arise. All of this plus many other questions were answered from commenters live during the webinar.

It’s never too early to start planning! For more information on how to protect yourself, your legacy, and your loved ones view the entire webinar right here.

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Who Makes The Best Tacos on Long Island?

When the mood strikes for some tacos, there is no shortage of amazing restaurants to choose from that serve up everyone’s favorite Mexican food. But which one makes the best tacos?

Long Islanders voted Dirty Taco & Tequila the Best Taco on Long Island in the 2021 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest!

Dirty Taco can be best described as a unique combination of a Los Angeles taco truck and a Miami liquor stand. What more could you want out of a restaurant? Dirty Taco does not just delve out typical Mexican cuisine but also incorporates Asian elements into the menu for a meal you won’t forget.

As you can guess from the name, Dirty Taco’s menu mainly consists of tacos. Don’t just think chicken and beef — they also offer fish, pork and veggie/vegan options so there’s truly something for everyone. From a Thai meatball taco to a short rib taco, no one taco is alike and contains unique toppings including carrots, pineapple salsa and sushi rice.

Between Dirty Taco’s menu and reputation, it is no wonder they were selected as Long Island’s number one pick for the best tacos!

Dirty Taco & Tequila has multiple locations that can be found at dirtytacoandtequila.com

To find all the other 2021 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest winners, visit bestoflongisland.com Nominate your favorite businesses and people in the 2022 Best of Long Island program through Aug. 31.

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Skin Cancer Prevention: Know These Risk Factors

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Melanomas can occur when damage from sunburn or tanning due to UV radiation triggers mutations that lead to uncontrolled cellular growth. The orange ribbon is for skin cancer awareness. (Getty Images)

Skin protection takes center stage each spring and summer. Though it’s important to protect skin whenever spending time outdoors, including in winter, many people get the bulk of their outdoors time when the weather is at its warmest, making sunscreen a must-have accessory in spring and summer.

Melanoma is a form of skin cancer that can spread rapidly to other organs if it is not treated at an early stage. The Skin Cancer Foundation notes that between 70 and 80 percent of melanomas arise on normal-looking skin. When skin is exposed to ultraviolet radiation, that exposure can contribute to skin damage. Ultimately, melanoma can occur when damage from sunburn or tanning due to ultraviolet (UV) radiation triggers mutations that lead to uncontrolled cellular growth.

Because melanoma is inextricably linked to exposure to UV radiation, it’s understandable if people assume that it’s always preventable. However, the American Cancer Society notes that there is no way for people to completely prevent melanoma. That’s because some of the risk factors are beyond individuals’ control. However, other risk factors are within people’s control, and recognizing those factors can help people lower their risk for melanoma.

UNCONTROLLABLE RISK FACTORS

Genetics and skin type are two significant risk factors for melanoma that are beyond individuals’ control. The SCF notes that one in every 10 melanoma patients has a family member who had the disease. In addition, melanoma is found more frequently in people with fair skin than in people with darker skin. Melanoma also is found more in people with light eyes, light-colored hair and red hair. 

People with these physical characteristics and family histories must be especially vigilant when spending time outdoors. Applying sunscreen with a minimum sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 and wearing protective clothing and hats that protect the skin from UV radiation are two ways that people with fair skin and family histories can protect themselves from this type of cancer.

CONTROLLABLE RISK FACTORS

Unprotected or excessive UV exposure is a significant risk factor for melanoma. Anyone, regardless of their family history or skin type, should prioritize protecting their skin when spending time outdoors. The American Skin Association advises all people to avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun’s rays are at their strongest.

Tanning beds also pose a threat in relation to melanoma. The ACS notes that the idea that the UV rays of tanning beds are harmless is a misconception. Tanning lamps give off UV rays that can cause long-term skin damage and the ACS reports that tanning bed use has been linked to an increased risk of melanoma, especially among people who use such beds prior to turning 30.

GET CHECKED

Checking the skin routinely is another way to combat melanoma. The ACS notes that certain types of moles are more likely to develop into melanomas than others. Routine self-examinations of skin can help people spot new or abnormal moles or other growths. Recognizing these abnormalities and reporting them to a physician immediately can help doctors treat them before they turn into skin cancer.

-Metro Creative Connection

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Here Are Ways to Celebrate National Nurses Week: May 6-12, 2021

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National Nurses Week takes place from Thursday, May 6 to Wednesday, May 12. It’s a week each year to honor the commitment, dedication, and hard work of those in the nursing profession. 

This year, honoring our nurses is more important than ever. They are risking their lives on the front line every day, helping fight the coronavirus pandemic.

The first National Nurses Week occurred in October 1954 and commemorated the hundredth anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s work during the Crimean War, where she selflessly tended to wounded soldiers. Nightingale was a famous British nurse who fought to improve conditions for the sick and whose advocacy set the standard for modern nursing today. In 1982, President Reagan declared May 6 National Recognition Day for Nurses. Then, in 1990, the American Nurses Association extended that day into a week of celebrations, culminating on Nightingale’s birthday on May 12. 

Here’s how to celebrate:

SHOW SUPPORT ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Take a moment to write about a nurse that inspires you or why you are celebrating Nurses Week in general. You can share the post on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and tag nurses so they see it! These words of encouragement can go a long way for a nurse working long hours to know that they are appreciated. #NursesWeek2021

DONATE TO ‘LONG ISLAND NURSES’

Long Island Nurses is a non-profit organization that offers helpful services and generous donations to nurses to thank them for their hard work. The founder, Tiana Morano, started the effort as a Facebook group for nurses to offer mutual support to one another in 2013. After the pandemic hit, she expanded the group into a non-profit. Donations will help provide further education to nurses, special gifts, and more.

SEND A GIFT

Hand-written cards, food donations, or other gifts are all nice ways to show nurses your appreciation! If you know a nurse personally, buy them their favorite snack or offer to grab them coffee before their shift. If not, several hospitals have staff members that handle donations. To arrange one at NewYork-Presbyterian, you can email them at healthcareheroes@nyp.org.

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Organizations Host ‘Animals, Broadway & Children’ Fundraising Event

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Yorkie911 Rescue and PRoud Rescuers of Puerto Rico, two amazing rescues working together to save animals here and in PR, and SuperYou Fundation held a fundraiser at the Crest Hollow Country Club. (Photo by Ed Shin)

Three organizations  Yorkie911 Rescue, Inc., PRoud Rescuers of Puerto Rico, and SuperYouFundation  held a fundraiser they called “Animals, Broadway & Children” at the Crest Hollow Country Club on April 25.

About 150 guests attended to support the three great charities. Yorkie911 Rescue and PRoud Rescuers of Puerto Rico are rescues working together to save animals here and in Puerto Rico, and SuperYouFundation helps youth notice and celebrate the superhero qualities in themselves and others so that they feel inspired to positively impact their communities.

All guests came with negative Covid tests or were fully vaccinated. The day began with a cocktail hour in a room filled with raffle baskets of all types, from doggie steps to a wine tower worth over $1,000. Appetizers were plentiful and drinks were flowing from the open bar. Guests wore masks while checking out the 76 raffle baskets, nine grand prize baskets, and the items that would be up for the live auction later in the day.

From the cocktail room, the guests went into the ballroom for a buffet lunch followed by a program that would pull at everyone’s heartstrings. The guest speaker, director/producer Evelyn Vaccaro, showed a trailer for her upcoming documentary “For Satos Sake,” which tells the story of the Satos dogs in Puerto Rico and the rescuers’ efforts to help them on their way to a better life.

This was followed by a presentation and performance by Lourds Lane. A Filipino-American, and classically trained on piano and violin at age three, Lourdes is the book, music, lyrics, arrangement writer, and originates the role of Rise, the electric violin playing superheroine “misfit” of SuperYou Musical. Lane teaches global youth and adults to connect to their most empowered superhero selves through the educational arts and music-based 501c3 she founded, The SuperYouFUNdation.

Of course, the day would not be complete without a doggie fashion show. Designer Gustavo Ugarte of Wow WowUgarte dressed 15 dogs in his original designs to walk the red carpet.  All the dogs on the runway were rescued from PRoud Rescuers of Puerto Rico or Yorkie911 Rescue.

Yorkie911 Rescue has rehomed 2,000 dogs over the past 11 years. PRoud Rescuers of Puerto Rico has found homes for more than 600 dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens in the past three years.

Amedee Torres from PRoud Rescuers of Puerto Rico. (Photo by Ed Shin)
The community supported two charities helping homeless pets and one helping empower children. (Photo by Ed Shin)
The community supported two charities helping homeless pets and one helping empower children. (Photo by Ed Shin)
The community supported two charities helping homeless pets and one helping empower children. (Photo by Ed Shin)
The community supported two charities helping homeless pets and one helping empower children. (Photo by Ed Shin)
The community supported two charities helping homeless pets and one helping empower children. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Performance by Lourds Lane. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Sharmila Amico, owner of Lamantia Art Gallery. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Janelle Funari. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Lourds Lane. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Melissa Jones from SuperYou Fundation and Emcee Stacy McCoosky. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Guest speaker, Director/Producer Evelyn Vaccaro, showed a trailer for her upcoming documentary “For Satos Sake.” (Photo by Ed Shin)

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Dr. David Buchin on Front Lines of Obesity Epidemic

Dr. David Buchin. Photo courtesyt of Long Island Obesity Surgery

It is not lost on anyone that obesity is a health crisis in the U.S.  According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC,) 42 percent of Americans are obese, with weight-related illnesses being a leading cause of death. Insert the Covid-19 pandemic, and even less attention has been paid to our minds, our bodies, our poor habits and the need to address these areas.

Dr. David Buchin, the founder of Long Island Obesity Surgery (LIOS) in Huntington and director of Bariatric Surgery at Huntington Hospital, is on the front lines of the obesity battle. Under his leadership the hospital has been named a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program. Dr Buchin is the only verified MBSAQIP surgeon at Huntington Hospital.

Identifying the need for action in the Long Island area specifically, Dr. Buchin founded Long Island Obesity Surgery in 2007, performing bariatric surgery on patients who had lost hope after a series of worthless diets and wasted time and money. He is the first  surgeon on Long Island to perform the laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, as well as other cutting-edge procedures (such as the argon plasma coagulation of gastrojejunal anastomosis for weight regain after gastric bypass). He is also the first surgeon in the New York area to perform the OverStitch for revision weight loss surgery. The result of these surgeries is not only immediate weight loss, but a long-term solution to the yoyo dieting associated with weight gain and loss often experienced by people battling obesity.

Dr. Buchin’s commitment to surgical excellence, quality of care and patient safety   has attracted the attention of front-line and essential workers such as EMS professionals, nurses, surgeons, firefighters, police officers, and teachers. One example is with the Huntington Manor Fire Department. These first responders and life-savers trusted their lives to Dr. Buchin.

The department had many firefighters and volunteer firefighters who had gained weight over the years. They had trouble losing their weight through traditional means, though they remained extremely active. One was done with struggling and visited Dr. Buchin’s office. After a single consultation, he committed to bariatric surgery and changing his life for the better.

His long-term success was so remarkable that a dozen members of the department followed his lead, and also had bariatric surgery performed by Dr. Buchin.

“The members of the department have lost a collective 2000 pounds — a ton and their weight-related health conditions have become a thing of the past. In addition to looking great, they feel great, and they have been empowered and inspired to take back their lives,” said Dr. Buchin. 

One firefighter, who at three-years-old lost his 364-lb. father to a heart attack, said, “I still feel the sense of loss from losing my father, and this helped me feel confident that I won’t do the same to my kids.” 

Following his surgery, another firefighter said, “when we complete the fire training exercises, we have to to crawl through a narrow maze.  I know I would never have been able to complete that a few years ago.  It would have been just too taxing.”

Patients recounting the outstanding results of Dr. Buchin’s work do not stop there, but his

story, has been 40-plus years in the making, beginning with his family immigrating to the United States.

Mike before and after his surgery.

When Dr Buchin was just 2 years old his family emigrated from Tashkent, Russia to the U.S.  Like so many that came before them, the Buchin family came to the “melting pot” that is New York City, to seek a better life.  

Buchin’s parents were both engineers in Russia, so he developed an early fascination with how things function.  As he grew older, he and his father shared a fascination with cars and anything mechanical in their home, leading a young Buchin to after-school jobs at auto shops.

“My dad and I had an inclination to tinker with everything, and as I grew up, we worked on anything and everything together.  To deconstruct, reconstruct, and see what made things work,” he recalled. 

Throughout the years, Dr. Buchin’s mother saw his skill and interest in these fundamentals, and encouraged him to attend medical school. Buchin agreed, and after graduating from the City University of New York, City College, he went on to New York Medical College.

“When I first started in medical school, I knew I wanted to become a surgeon. It was a really revolutionary time to be in this field, as the old-school way of surgery was rapidly evolving into the laparoscopic techniques we use today,” the doctor said.  “I trained at the best time, under some of the finest doctors, Surgery Department Chair Dr. Louis Del Guercio and Professor of Surgery John Savino, and learned from them the magnificent techniques that they used during my time at New York Medical College,” he continued. 

After earning his medical degree, Dr. Buchin completed his surgical residency in the North Shore-LIJ Health System, (now known as Northwell Health), then completed one of the nation’s top minimally invasive surgery and bariatric surgery fellowships, at Westchester Medical Center. 

Dr. Buchin met his future wife, Helene Feinberg, in 2006 when they were working together at North Shore-LIJ.  Helene was hired as the administrative manager of the surgery department, and a year later, Dr. Buchin was hired as a surgeon into her department.

But together, Helene and David shared an even bigger vision of opening an obesity surgery practice and that is just what they did in in 2010, with Huntington-based Long Island Obesity Surgery, with Helene as director. Helene and David were married in 2010 and made the Town of Huntington their home. The practice has flourished under Team Buchin.

“Each and every day I see our patients turning their lives around thanks to their successful bariatric surgeries from David,” his wife says. “He is a first-of-his-kind surgeon, whose top-of-the-line care has helped thousands realize that a healthy weight is attainable. I see it first-hand the personal stake he takes in every patient’s health and well-being, and we are all proud to be part of something larger than ourselves here at Long Island Obesity Surgery.”

Dr. Buchin insists on seeing every one of his post-op patients, no matter how long ago the surgery, whether it’s 6 months ago or 16 years ago,” said Helene. “The level of care he provides is rare.”

And patients certainly agree. 

Dominique before and after surgery

“From the minute I walked in the door I felt cared for here,” said patient Patrice L. “I immediately trusted him. “He never makes you feel rushed and will spend 45 minutes talking to you.”

The reason his care has been so lauded is because of the personal connection that continues to exist between the doctor and his patients. 

“It was, and still is, an amazing experience to see how I can help people change their lives for the better,” Dr. Buchin says.  “People come to me at Long Island Obesity Surgery discouraged, and often dealing with very serious weight-related health conditions.  When they take back their lives, I see their progress firsthand, and feel the personal connection with them as they get a second chance at life.”

A big part of  LIOS’s practice is Dr. Buchin’s ability to perform successful revisions, corrective surgeries of past bariatric procedures done by other surgeons. Many patients who come to LIOS have been turned away by other surgeons due to the complexity of their cases. But Dr. Buchin takes on those challenges and through research and his expert surgical skills, finds the best solution for each patient in his care, because he knows that each patient is unique Even patients with the most complex cases go on to successful weight loss and lead transformed lives.

“What some people do not understand is the impact that weight-related illness can have outside of the medical impact,” he says. “People that struggle with weight loss are often dealing with the inability to do the things they love, whether it’s kick a soccer ball with their child, go for walks, pick up their children, and so on. The surgeries and the care that we provide here make all that possible again, empowering our patients to be the best they can be, again, free of the concerns that they once had about weight-related illness and long-term health impacts.”  

It has never been more important that people know that they have this option, says Dr. Buchin. 

In 2020, Covid-19 added an entirely new element to this, as Buchin feared that people would neglect to address their weight.  The unknown became a year of little exercise, gym closures, and a heightened sense of anxiety. Because of this, many people gained weight which was dubbed the “quarantine 15” or for some, the “quarantine 50.” 

While some took their weight gain lightly, Dr. Buchin witnessed just how serious it had become.    As a result, he announced a public awareness campaign, to shed light on losing weight.   He issued a public alert, dubbed “Put Huntington on A Diet,” the home of his practice, insisting town residents get up, get active, and shake off that weight they had gained in the lockdown period. 

A Harris Poll found that 42 percent of Americans said that they gained weight during the pandemic. And now, as the Covid-19 vaccines have become available to most people, it is encouraging people to refocus their attention on their weight. 

“So many across the nation were so concerned about catching Covid-19, that they shied away from the other preventative health measures that a person must do to live a healthy life.  We have received a skyrocketing number of people inquiring about weight loss surgery since the pandemic because people are now recognizing their substantial weight gain,” says Dr. Buchin. 

Weight loss surgery is a serious medical procedure and Dr. Buchin encourages candidates to research the different options that are available to them.  Procedures such as the gastric bypass, the gastric sleeve and revisions, have helped Long Island Obesity Surgery’s patients lose thousands of pounds and live the lives they deserve.

His mission, though, of helping people is far from finished. Dr. Buchin and the doctors, nurses, and staff at Long Island Obesity Surgery see their profession as a calling that will continue to change lives, one pound at a time. 

Dr. Buchin resides in Lloyd Harbor with his wife and two children. 

New York Health Welcomes Dr. Denise Abselet in Mount Sinai Office

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Dr. Denise Abselet

New York Health (NYHealth) has announced that board-certified internal medicine physician and geriatrician Denise Abselet, DO, has joined its team of physicians. She will be practicing at 701 Route 25A, Suite 2, Mount Sinai, NY 11766.

Dr. Abselet has more than 20 years of primary care experience and specializes in geriatric medicine and healthy living for older adults. Growing up, Abselet spent a lot of time with her grandparents, helping them age. She especially loves the geriatric population for their wisdom and life experiences. Abselet was inspired to go into primary care to be a team with her patients and their families.

Abselet was born and raised on Long Island. She attended Stony Brook University and received a bachelor of arts degree in 1987. She received her medical degree at Des Moines University, graduating with honors in 1991, and was elected to the National Osteopathic Honor Society, Sigma Sigma Phi. 

Abselet is a diplomate of the National Board Of Osteopathic Medical Examiners. She completed a one-year rotating internship at Massapequa General Hospital and then completed a three-year residency at NYU Winthrop Hospital.  

Trust and open communication is an essential aspect of Abselet’s approach to care. She truly listens to her patients’ concerns. “They choose to come to me for advice and trust me with their lives, so I strive every day to be the best physician I can to provide comfort and reassurance,” Abselet said.

She is excited about delivering excellent care in a culture that prioritizes commitment, respect, communication, and acceptance with NY Health’s multi-specialty team of physicians. 

To make an appointment with Dr. Abselet, call 631-403-2364. For more information, visit nyhealth.com.

-New York Health

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