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St. James Country-style Colonial Asks $1.4M

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A grand, country-style colonial home is listed for sale at 326 River Road in St. James.

The waterfront house overlooks the Nissequogue River. It was built in 1844, has seven bedrooms, and is located in the Riverhead school district.

The home’s three floors are a mix of elegance and coziness amid its wood floors, high ceilings, and decorative moldings. Each room is oversized and has plenty of space, including a large, formal living room with two fireplaces and the chef’s eat-in kitchen, which has two ovens, two refrigerators, and a center island. 

There are three more fireplaces throughout the house. All bedrooms are on the second and third floors, and there is a “barrister style” office on the first floor, as well as a formal dining room with an old-school, classic, and intricately designed tile ceiling. Plus, the home has an exercise room and powder room, as well as five bathrooms and a half bathroom. The basement is full and unfinished.

This home also has a back, covered porch spanning the entire back of the house with walls of glass that overlook the rolling green lawn and patio area. There is an inground pool in the backyard, as well.

The asking price for the property is $1,499,000, not including the annual property tax of $49,436.

The real estate agent listed for the property is Bonnie Glenn, of Coach Real Estate Associates, Inc., who can be reached at 631-360-1900.

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What is The Best Bar on Long Island?

There is no shortage of bars to choose from on Long Island, but which one is the best?

Long Islanders voted One Eye Jacks the Best Bar on Long Island in the 2020 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest for the third year in a row!

For a truly unique and exciting experience, head over to One Eye Jacks in Bethpage. The 21 and older clientele fills One Eye Jacks on Friday and Saturday nights to listen to top bands and DJ’s perform, in a total party atmosphere. Monthly dance parties and specialty shows have been a huge draw. Open Mic nights bring enormous energy, as musicians showcase their talents. Signature drinks and 100 oz Beer Towers are the highlight of OEJ’s liquor and beer menu. One Eye Jacks also compliments its drinks with an extensive food menu. If you are looking for sports, you can always find a sporting event on one of OEJ’s ten flat screens.

One Eye Jacks is located at 380 N Wantagh Ave. in Bethpage. It can be reached at 516-342-1732 or facebook.com/oneeyejacksli

To find all the other 2020 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest winners, visit bestoflongisland.com Winners of the 2021 contest will be announced soon. Nominate your favorite businesses and people in the 2022 Bethpage Best of Long Island program now through Aug. 31.

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The World’s Fare Introduces The Virtual Whiskey Experience

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Nights out just aren’t what they used to be. But The World’s Fare has the perfect solution to blah nights at home. Feb. 25 will be the inaugural World’s Fare Whiskey Virtual Experience.

Virtual attendees will enjoy a whiskey tasting of 10 top whiskey brands with a one-hour, virtual whiskey masterclass experience. They’ll be guided by 10 of the top whiskey distillers and experts from across the country and abroad.

Included in the ticket are 10 tastings of whiskey in a souvenir box, a masterclass led by whiskey experts, a branded whiskey tasting glass, tasting notes, and more all delivered to your door. The whiskey brands included in the Feb. 25 class are:

  • Virginia Distillery Company Courage & Conviction American Single Malt, Virginia

  • 10th Mountain Rye Whiskey, Colorado

  • Fighting 69th Irish Whiskey, Ireland

  • Bruichladdich Classic Laddie, Scotland

  • Uncle Nearest 1856 Premium Aged Whiskey, Tennessee

  • PORT CHARLOTTE 10, Scotland

  • Widow Jane 10 Yr. Bourbon, Brooklyn

  • Three Chord –  Strange Collaboration, Kentucky

  • Starward Two-Fold, Australia

  • Brenne Estate Cask Single Malt, France

The World’s Fare will also host two additional Virtual Whiskey Tastings on March 25 and April 22.

The first World’s Fare Whiskey Tasting Experience takes place on Zoom on Feb 25.  You can get your tickets here and on TheWorldsFare.nyc.

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Spacious Locust Valley Colonial Asks $4.9M

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A spacious colonial mansion is listed for sale at 84 Feeks Lane in Locust Valley.

The 11,000 square foot house sits on 3.15 acres of land. Two plain but stylish white columns greet you where the driveway meets the road; then, the long, sweeping private driveway leads to the home and its three-car garage.

The property has been professionally landscaped with a large front lawn, hedges in front of the windows, and several trees and bushes creating more privacy. Plus, there is a large, circular driveway centered right in front of the house.

Built in 1919, this home radiates early 20th-century design sensibilities. Each room has plenty of living space, is fully updated, and move-in ready. The house has seven bedrooms, six bathrooms, and two half bathrooms. 

This home’s many luxuries include a sauna, outdoor inground pool, exercise room, home office, marble master bathroom, cathedral ceilings, walk-in closets, a wet bar, and a wine cellar. The property is perfect for hosting with space galore.

The house also has a full, finished basement, powder room, formal dining room, den/family room, pantry, and eat-in kitchen. 

The property is located minutes from North Shore beaches and right next to Bailey Arboretum County Park. There are also other nature preserves and several golf courses nearby.

The asking price is $4,995,000, not including the annual property tax of $55,158.

The real estate agent listed for the property is Katie Cuddeback, of Daniel Gale Assoc. Inc., who can be reached at 516-759-4800.

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Kids Need More Hosts Drive-in Movie Night Fundraisers

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Johnny Ray & the LI Movie Nights Crew (Kyle Garcia, Anthony Garcia & Kyle Garcia & Andrew Almeida)

KiDS NEED MoRE organizers resumed their KiDS NEED MoRE Drive-In Movie Night series on Jan. 17 with Disney’s Aladdin at Costello’s Ace Hardware of Copiague. All proceeds benefitted kids coping with life-threatening illness.

This event was sponsored by Costello’s Ace Hardware of Copiague, Robert Newell: Allstate Insurance, Joe Maguire: New York Life, Healthcare Wellness Center, Skyway Pest Management, Viking Embroidery, and Silk Screening, & Champion Elevator

KiDS NEED MoRE Drive-In Movies will continue Saturday, Feb. 27 at 9 p.m. with Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Each car will get a rose in honor of Valentine’s Day. For volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, call 631-608-3135.

Gary Sullivan & Kelly Arcoleo enjoying a night with watching Aladdin. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Melissa Firmes-Ray & Johnny Ray, founders of Kids Need More. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Maura McGovern, Johnny Ray & Emily Sullivan. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Kids Need More Drive-In Theater at Costello’s Ace Hardware of Copiague. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Johnny Ray from Kids Need More. (Photo by Ed Shin)

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Long Island Restaurant Week Returns January 24-31

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Long Island Restaurant Week

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

The spring edition of the eight-day tri-annual promotion now offers three prix-fixe options: $25 or $35 three-course dinners or a $42 prix fixe, at hundreds of restaurants across Nassau and Suffolk counties from Sunday, January 24 through Sunday, January 31. The deal is available all day, every day, except Saturdays after 7 p.m. This year, due to the pandemic, takeout is also an option.

“Now more than ever, we want to make a difference for two groups in need: restaurants and those facing food insecurity,” offers Steve Haweeli, president of the Long Island Restaurant and Hospitality Group, which organizes the week.

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.

Winter Long Island Restaurant Week is also dedicated to raising money for two worthy  organizations: the Independent Restaurant Coalition, which supports restaurants, and Island Harvest, which distributes millions of pounds of food through their network of community based food pantries, soup kitchens, and emergency feeding programs. 

Additional LI restaurant weeks are held in April and October.

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

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New Hires, Promotions on Long Island

Meredith A. Brown
Jacqueline Clancy

Jacqueline Clancy

Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty named Clancy sales manager of its Smithtown and Stony Brook offices. She is responsible for business development, supporting the sales efforts of close to 70 real estate advisors, assisting with listing presentations, and marketing plans.

 

 

Michael Simco

Michael Simco

Simco has been elected vice president of administration and benefits for Bethpage-based supermarket chain King Kullen. Simco, who resides in Hauppauge, began his career with King Kullen 35 years ago and most recently served as director of corporate payroll and benefits.

 

 

 

Colleen Merlo

Colleen Merlo

The Association for Mental Health and Wellness, a Ronkonkoma-based primary not-for-profit provider of mental health-related services, named Merlo as CEO. Merlo, a licensed social worker, has worked for more than 20 years in the not-for-profit sector.

 

 

 

Mitchell Levy

Mitchell Levy

East Hampton-based Town & Country Real Estate named to its sales team Levy, a career entrepreneur of both the start-up tech and commercial real estate investment service industry, with more than 35 years of experience.

 

 

 

Meredith A. Brown

Meredith A. Brown

The Oyster Bay-based Planting Fields Foundation appointed Brown as director of
museum affairs and chief curator. She previously spent seven years with the curatorial team at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s department of Modern and Contemporary Art.

 

Thomas McPartland

Thomas McPartland

The Planting Fields Foundation appointed McPartland to its board of trustees. He is also CEO of The ELMA Philanthropies Services, Inc., a board director of The ELMA Philanthropies Services, and of The ELMA Music Foundation and ELMA Investments, Ltd.

 

 

 

Stephanie Clark

Stephanie Clark

The Planting Fields Foundation appointed Clark to its board of trustees. She is the
founder and president of the Findlay Institute in New York City. She was previously vice president of Findlay Galleries International and has served on numerous nonprofit boards.

 

 

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Experts Urge Public To Roll Up Sleeves For Covid-19 Vaccine

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A nurse administers the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine to a man at a vaccination center, on the first day of the largest immunization program in the British history, in Cardiff, Wales, Britain Dec. 8, 2020. (Justin Tallis/Pool via Reuters)

Since the U.S. Food & Drug Administration approved two coronavirus vaccines last month, the public should do its part to fight the pandemic by rolling up their sleeves and getting the shot, experts say.

Healthcare workers, nursing home residents, first responders, and other essential workers are among the first on the list to receive the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines that prevent against contracting Covid-19, and in the coming weeks and months it will become more widely available. But in order for it to slow the spread, enough people need to take it.

“We are at the very beginning of the rollout of the vaccine and we do hope the general population will buy into getting the vaccine,” says Dr. Thierry Duchatellier, chief of cardiology at Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre. “This is a landmark period in healthcare where a tremendous amount of effort and science has been put into a process that normally takes years.”

While hypertensive heart disease has proven to be the underlying medical condition with the highest mortality rate among coronavirus patients in New York State, the doctor notes that studies show Covid-19 is also causing damage to cardiovascular systems in patients without preexisting cardiac conditions. This is among the many reasons he advises his patients to get vaccinated against the virus.

“We hope that the population does understand that one way we are going to control this pandemic is by being immune,” he says. “Eventually when you have enough people vaccinated you reach a point where you have the herd immunity, where enough people have been vaccinated where the virus no longer spreads as rapidly between people.”

He is concerned that many people remain skeptical about taking the vaccine. Studies have shown about half of people in the tristate area wouldn’t take it. That’s concerning at a time when the virus is entering its second phase, hospitals are filling up again, and the public has grown complacent about basic preventative measures, such as wearing masks and not attending gatherings.

“If you have doubts, ask your physician,” he says. “There’s a lot of misinformation but … the benefits to me outweigh the risks.”

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What is The Best Fusion Restaurant on Long Island?

Often including foods with Asian and South Asian influences, fusion restaurants have become quite popular on Long Island, but which one is best?

Long Islanders voted T.O.A. Asian Fusion the Best Fusion Restaurant on Long Island in the 2020 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest for the second year in a row!

T.O.A. Asian Fusion takes pride in offering up some of the best Asian fusion in Long Island. With high-class dining and exquisite cuisine, T.O.A. is a perfect location for any date night or night out with your friends.

If you are looking for a place where you can wear that new black dress and order food to match, look no further because T.O.A. is your place. Enjoy extraordinary food in a beautiful atmosphere. Interact with friendly staff and simply enjoy an evening full of beautiful food and drink.

If you’re craving something authentic, go get a taste of Asia at T.O.A.

T.O.A. Asian Fusion is located at 122 Secatogue Ave. in Farmingdale. It can be reached at 516-777-8888 or toaasianfusion.com

To find all the other 2020 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest winners, visit bestoflongisland.com Winners of the 2021 contest will be announced soon. Nominate your favorite businesses and people in the 2022 Bethpage Best of Long Island program starting Jan. 1.

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Education, Tech Experts Talk Pandemic Teaching on Recent Webinar

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The panel convened virtually via Zoom.

Teaching and learning during the Covid-19 pandemic has posed great challenges for teachers, students, and parents.

Technology is playing a larger role in education than ever before as many students, from Kindergarten through college, adapt to hybrid schedules where they are in the classroom on some days and learning from home in front of a computer on others.

Experts in education and technology joined a Schneps Media webinar, “Pandemic Teaching: How to Make The Best Out of a Bad Situation,” on Jan. 12. The panelists were Eudes Budhai, superintendent of Westbury Schools; Tom Franson, Vice President of Support Services at Custom Computer Specialists; Dr. Joan Neehall, a clinical psychologist, and David Zimbler, principal of Westbury High School.

“From the time that we started to now, we have made a great adjustment to really understand a bit more about this transition,” Budhai said, “and how it’s going to actually move us into the next generation for our children.”

Teachers have had to quickly learn new technology to teach students virtually in the spring, and then in the fall, adapt to teach students in person and through Zoom simultaneously.

“I would say it took many teachers a couple of months before they felt they were effective teaching in this fashion,” Zimbler said.

Parents had to learn the technology to help their children at home, as well, Zimbler noted. Westbury Schools provided workshops for adults to get on board with this new virtual educational world. All students have Chromebooks, and the pandemic has pushed the school district into the future.

“I truly believe, prior to the pandemic, that this was going to be the future of education,” he said. “We’re creating these conditions that I believe will benefit our youth in the years to come. There is no going back now.”

Franson, whose company offers support services for digital learning, said he and his team assist with problems in Zoom, WebEx, Microsoft Teams, Google Classroom, and other online platforms, often troubleshooting video, audio, and WiFi connectivity issues.

“We can offload that responsibility and let the teachers focus on instruction,” he said, “and then we work through the technical issues of getting that child connected and back into the classroom.”

Neehall offered advice for parents and students dealing with all these changes in day-to-day life, starting with creating structure for children and modeling a positive attitude towards the situation.

She also suggested having kids set goals for themselves each morning, having a designated spot in the house for schoolwork only so they don’t get distracted, and engaging in physical activity.

“During online learning, you’ve got to get up,” she said. “Give kids frequent breaks. Get up and get some movement in.”

View a recording of this webinar here.

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