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How To Redo Your Home Laundry Room

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Does it seem like your hamper is always full and the washing machine is running constantly?

You may not be imagining it. Laundry Butler for You, a California-based wash, dry, and fold service, says the average household washes 50 pounds of laundry a week and 6,000 articles of clothing every year. Families with children at home are doing laundry most often, and those with pets may find there is ample laundry to wash as well.

With so much laundry being generated, homeowners may want to consider paying extra attention to the space in the house where their clothing is being cleaned. Laundry room renovations may not top homeowners’ priority lists, but it may be time to give these rooms another look. 

ASSESS YOUR EQUIPMENT

If your appliances are aging, a laundry room renovation can start with an investment in new appliances. New models have large-capacity loads, tend to be energy efficient, and could have innovative features that fit laundry lifestyle. Purchasing front-loading models also can free up design space, as you can install a counter directly above the units, saving room for other items like drying racks.

DETERMINE YOUR NEEDS

A laundry room need not be limited to laundry only. Many homeowners make large laundry rooms catch-all spaces that can serve as utility or mud rooms, pantry overflows, or off-season storage areas. Consider the functions you want the room to serve and include those ideas in your designs.

ADD NATURAL LIGHT

If possible, include a window in your laundry room. Natural light can help make the room more enjoyable. It also can help you identify stains on clothes that need to be addressed and make it easier to find matching items like socks.

CONSIDER A UTILITY SINK

Many washing machines drain out directly to waste pipes in the floor or wall, but you can opt to have them empty into a utility sink. This sink also provides a convenient place to hand-wash items, clean tools or paintbrushes, or store items that perhaps you do not want to bring into a bathroom or kitchen sink.

INCLUDE SOME FLAIR

This utilitarian space need not be boring or bereft of design elements. Mirror your home’s style in the laundry room, and include wall hangings, plants, accent items, and even task lighting. Play up certain features with a bold floor tile or brightly colored walls.

Updating laundry rooms can be a great way to make doing laundry more enjoyable and efficient.  

-Metro Creative Connection

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Modernized Lawrence Tudor Asks $2.9M

This recently renovated magnificent Tudor is listed for sale at 231 Polo Ln. in the Village of Lawrence.

Built in 1924 on a 1.2-acre lot, this seven-bedroom, three-story home has five and a half bathrooms and boasts breathtaking water views.

The house features an eat-in kitchen, formal dining room, living room, den, home office, and basement.

Outside it has a balcony, patio, basketball court, hot tub, and two-story carriage house with an attached garage.

The house comes equipped with central air conditioning and natural gas heating.

The property is nearby local parks, less than a mile from downtown Cedarhurst, about a mile from the Lawrence Long Island Rail Road station, and falls in the Lawrence School District.

The asking price is $2,999,000, not including the annual property taxes of $26,929.

The real estate agent listed for the property is Abigail Shechter of Five Towns Miller Realty Inc., who can be reached at 516-374-4100.

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Who Makes The Best Cheesesteak on Long Island?

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Okay, so Long Island isn’t Philadelphia, but chefs here can still dish out some pretty good cheesesteaks. But which local eatery makes the best cheesesteak on Long Island?

Long Islanders voted Beyond Philly the Best Cheesesteak on Long Island in the 2020 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest, a title the restaurant has won six years in a row!

You don’t have to go all the way to Philadelphia to get a great cheesesteak. If you venture out to Blue Point, you can find the best cheesesteak on Long Island at Beyond Philly. And trust us, it’s worth the ride.

In addition to the classic cheesesteak, Beyond Philly puts a unique spin on the cheesesteak experience. Blue Point’s favorite cheesesteak tops the sandwich with pepperjack, provolone, onions, peppers, mayo, pickles and tomato.

Love pizza? Try the PIzza Steak topped with tomato sauce, mozzarella, whiz and onions. Make any of these sandwiches a meal by adding on fries and a drink.

Not a fan of beef? No worries, Beyond Philly has a chicken cheesesteak that you can enjoy!

Beyond Philly is located at 168 Montauk Hwy. in Blue Point. It can be reached at 631-868-3896 or beyondphillysteaks.com

To find all the other 2020 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest winners, visit bestoflongisland.com Vote for your favorite businesses and people in the 2021 Bethpage Best of Long Island program Oct. 1 through Dec. 15.

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Ex-senator’s Secluded Northport Victorian With Harbor Views Asks $2.4M

This private, historic Victorian once owned by former New York State Senator Bernard Smith that offers panoramic views of Northport Harbor is listed for sale at 1 Sunset Hill in the Village of Northport.

Built in 1895 on a luscious nearly 5-acre estate on a quiet cul-de-sac and hidden by a long tree-lined driveway, this seven-bedroom home has five and a half bathrooms. It boasts a  wrap-around porch to enjoy the calming breezes and spectacular sunsets that grace this hidden gem.

“I heard you have the most beautiful house on Long Island,” former Gov. Mario Cuomo is said to have once told Smith, who reportedly replied, “indeed I do.”

The house was built Henry S Mott, a banker in Northport village, whose family kept cows, horses and other livestock on the property.  The senator bought the house in 1961. His brother, architect Larry Smith, who designed Northport Village Hall, among other government buildings, was friends with On The Road author Jack Kerouac, who lived in the village at the time and frequently visited the house.

The house features an entrance foyer, eat-in kitchen, pantry, formal dining room, guest quarters, home office, powder room, and walk-in closets. Outside it has a detached four-car garage with a loft. 

The property is within walking distance of waterfront parks, downtown Northport, and about a mile from the Northport Long Island Rail Road station. It falls in the Northport School District.

The asking price is $2,449,000, not including the annual property taxes of $22,624.

The real estate agent listed for the property is Chris McAuley of Signature Premier Properties, who can be reached at 516-921-1400.

Related Story: Northport: From Cows To Ships To Kerouac

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Long Island Restaurant Week Returns October 18-25

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

The fall edition of the eight-day tri-annual promotion now offers three prix-fixe options: $20 two-course lunches, plus $25 or $35 three-course dinners, at hundreds of restaurants across Nassau and Suffolk counties from Sunday, October 18 through Sunday, October 25. The deal is available all day, every day, except Saturdays after 7 p.m.

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

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

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

Additional LI restaurant weeks are held in January and April.

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

108-acre Old Westbury Estate Asks $30M

Groton Place, a 108-acre estate with a magnificent slate-roofed brick Georgian-style manor house serving as its centerpiece, is listed for sale on Post Road in the Village of Old Westbury.

Built by architect Henry Sedgwick for investment banker Robert Winthrop in 1932, the seven-bedroom mansion has nine bathrooms, three half bathrooms, and 13,347 square feet of living space. The house is characterized by beautiful architectural details, elegant and grandly scaled rooms, high ceilings, 10 wood-burning fireplaces, and pastoral vistas from every room, according to the listing. 

NYU Winthrop Hospital in Mineola was named for the family in 1985. The family’s ancestors include John Winthrop, who led one of the earliest waves of American colonizers from England in 1630 and was among the first governors of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

The house features an eat-in kitchen, formal dining room, family room, entrance foyer, guest quarters, home office, powder room, walk-in closets, and a wine cellar. Outside it has numerous terraces, expansive lawns, an inground pool, pool house, tennis court, playhouse, stables, paddocks, large barns, cottages, and a squash court. The house comes equipped with central air conditioning, a generator, and four-car garage.

It is located near Old Westbury Gardens, multiple country clubs, downtown Westbury village, and the Westbury Long Island Rail Road station. It falls in the highly ranked Jericho School District.

The asking price is $29.9 million, not including the $675,854 in annual property taxes.

The real estate agents listed for the property are Christina Porter and Lois Kirschenbaum of Daniel Gale Associates Inc., who can be reached at 516-759-4800.

Related Story: Westbury: The Center Of It All

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New Dan’s Papers Podcast: Who’s Here in The Hamptons

Meet Dan Rattiner, the founder of Dan’s Papers, a name synonymous with the Hamptons then and now.

You can get to know Dan weekly on his latest venture, as the famous column, “Who’s Here in the Hamptons” becomes a podcast

Each episode you will meet a new guest, some well known, others with interesting careers and stories, authors, musicians, restaurateurs, some characters and some behind the scenes people who live, work and play in the summer paradise of the rich and famous. 

On the premiere podcast, Dottie Herman, CEO of Douglas Elliman, shares her inspirational story of success and credits Dan for helping her on the way. We learn how she overcame odds to become dubbed by Forbes as the richest woman in the world.  

On episode two, we meet author and dentist Dr. Alisa Kauffman who shares her secrets on how she turned the world of geriatric dentistry into a new trend of making house calls and since COVID-19. She practices in New York and of course the Hamptons!

Upcoming guests: Authors Alan Furst and Brooke Foster, and James Giugliano Hamptons Realtor and star of the docudrama Million Dollar Beach House on Netflix.

Whether you are taking a walk, or staying home, you can listen to “WHO’s HERE IN THE HAMPTONS” right to your mobile device or computer or wherever podcasts are heard.

Find the podcast at podcasts.schnepsmedia.com/podcast/dans-papers/

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Mitch Kraeling Fall Fundraiser Raises $10K For Charity

Enjoying a nice day at the Mitch Kraeling Fundraiser on the Nautical Mile in Freeport. (Photo by Ed Shin)

Friends, family, and supporters of Long Island children’s charity KiDS NEED MoRE  gathered Sunday to celebrate the life of Mitch Kraeling with food, drinks, and football on the Nautical Mile at Halfway Down in Freeport. 

Mitch lost his battle with cancer at the age of 22 on Oct. 11, 2013, and together with KiDS NEED MoRE, the Kraeling family hosts fundraisers each year in the hopes of helping other families coping with cancer and other serious illnesses.

This year’s Mitch Kraeling Fall Fundraiser raised $10,231 for KiDS NEED MoRE, whose mission is to bring fun and friendship into the lives of children and families coping with serious illness.

The event is coordinated by Mitch Kraeling, Sr., who is now battling cancer himself, and a long time supporter of the charity. The proceeds raised will provide substantial support toward helping many children and families in the community who are also struggling with this terrible disease.

The raffle baskets at the event were lovingly prepared & generously donated by Donna Esposito and Debra Carpenter of Carleena I You Fundraising. Donna & Debbie are sisters with a mission to help children coping with life-threatening illness in memory of Donna’s daughter, Carleena, who passed away as a child.

Fundraiser at the Halfway Down in Freeport. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Mitch Kraeling. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Dr. Joseph Mills and Johnny Ray. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Remembering Mitchell Kraeling. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Melissa Firmes-Ray from Kids Need More. (Photo by Ed Shin)

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What Is The Best Beer Distributor on Long Island?

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Long Island has so many beer distributors to get a tempting selection of beer from lagers to ales to porters and more, but which location is the best?

Long Islanders voted Bullseye Beverage the Best Beer Distributor on Long Island in the 2020 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest, a title Bullseye has won three years in a row!

From craft beers and microbrews to kegs of classic backyard beers, Smithtown’s Bullseye Beverage has a plethora of beer options to fit everyone’s needs. Whether you’re replenishing your personal collection or need to stock up for a big bash, Bullseye Beverage can help you out.

Their knowledgeable staff can also help you pick out different beers from around the world, and you can pick up some soda, snacks and other mixers while you’re there. When the party’s over, you can bring your cans right back to Bullseye Beverage and recycle them. Win-win!

Stop in today to check out their variety of beers.

Bullseye Beverage is located at 395A Middle Country Rd. in Smithtown. It can be reached at 631-406-7730 or bullseyebeverage.net

To find all the other 2020 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest winners, visit bestoflongisland.com Vote for your favorite businesses and people in the 2021 Bethpage Best of Long Island program Oct. 1 through Dec. 15.

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FREE WEBINAR to Reduce Stress, Lose Weight, Transform Your Life!

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Many people could use help shedding the COVID “15” — weight gained during the coronavirus pandemic quarantine — and offering a unique approach is one of Long Island’s top holistic health specialists.

Dr. Mike Berlin, a gentle chiropractor, nutritionist, and wellness coach affiliated with The Family Wellness Center in Plainview, will offer just such assistance to viewers of a FREE WEBINAR to Reduce Stress, Lose Weight, Transform Your Life hosted by Schneps Media, the parent company of the Long Island Press.

“After 30 years in natural health, I’ve learned that given the right circumstances the human body can heal almost anything,” Dr. Berlin said.

The doctor will show viewers how to get their health back after lockdown and teach how to create real and lasting change.

Using his all-natural approach, the doctor can help viewers lose 20 to 40 pounds in 12 weeks, clear toxins, sleep better, wake up refreshed, increase energy, reduce fatigue, as well as manage stress and depression, reduce anxiety, and more.

The free webinar is scheduled for 12 p.m. Oct. 20. Register to attend at us02web.zoom.us For more information about Dr. Berlin and The Family Wellness Center visit networkwellnesscenter.com To view more webinars visit SchnepsMedia.com/webinars

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