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Who Is The Best Electrician on Long Island?

Electrician engineer work tester measuring voltage and current of power electric line in electical cabinet control.

Playing with electricity can be dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing. Of course it’s cheaper than hiring a professional, but it’s definitely not worth getting electrocuted. But who’s the best electrician to call?

Long Islanders voted BQ Electric Inc. the Best Electrician on Long Island in the 2020 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest, a title they’ve won five years in a row!

For all of your electrical needs, BQ Electric Inc. is here to save the day. From residential to commercial electrical situations and installations, there is truly no job that BQ Electric can’t handle.

The highly trained staff highly of dedicated electricians to provide you the quality, service, integrity, and convenience you deserve — it’s one of the many reasons why their customers return to BQ Electric, that and their fair pricing for their services.

Plus, if an electrical installation or repair fails during normal use in the first year, BQ Electric will return to your home at no cost to you.

To find all the other 2020 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest winners, visit bestoflongisland.com Nominate for your favorite businesses and people in the 2021 Bethpage Best of Long Island program through Aug. 31.

BQ Electric Inc. is located at 21 Holman Blvd. in Hicksville. It can be reached at 516-864-4600 or bqelectric.com

Bayberry Point Islip Colonial Asks $1.4M

This stucco Colonial, an original Havameyer waterfront classic, is listed for sale at 117 West Bayberry Rd. in the exclusive Bayberry Point section of Islip.

Built in 1896 on a 1.2-acre lot, this seven-bedroom, three-story home has five bathrooms, two half bathrooms, and 6,700 square feet of living space. Besides unrivaled views, the home boasts amenities such as access to a private tennis and beach club and multiple private marinas.

The house features and eat-in kitchen, formal dining room, family room, den, sun room, and office. The master suite is on the second floor. Three bedrooms and an attic are on the third floor.

The house comes equipped with five fireplaces, in-ground sprinklers, and a three-car garage. Outside it has a porch, patio, deck, in-ground pool, 190 feet of water frontage, and dock rights.

The property is a mile from the Islip Long Island Rail Road station. It’s within walking distance of quaint downtown Islip’s shopping and restaurant district. And it falls in the Islip School District.

The asking price is $1,489,999, not including the $30,144 in annual property taxes.

The real estate agents listed for the property are John Walsh and Travis Shea of Galaxy Realty Group Inc., who can be reached at 631-873-4955.

How Does the New Coronavirus Affect You and Your Pets?


Pet owners can rest easy that there is no reason to believe that dogs or cats in the United States might be a source of infection for the new coronavirus disease — COVID-19 — or cause its spread according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. And so far, according to the CDC, there have been no reports of pets becoming sick with COVID-19.

This coronavirus appears to be primarily transmitted from human to human. As a pet owner, you may have heard of canine coronavirus, an intestinal infection in dogs, especially puppies, and feline coronavirus, which can cause feline infectious peritonitis (FIP). These types of coronaviruses have been around for quite some time and are not associated with the current outbreak.

To protect yourself, your family, and possibly even your pets, from this new coronavirus, you should follow these precautions:

  • Frequently wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water (use hand sanitizer with more than 60 percent alcohol if you can’t wash)
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick—stay at least three feet away
  • Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw away the used tissues and wash your hands
  • Stay at home if you are sick
  • Sanitize often-used surfaces in your home and office

If you do become sick with COVID-19, how then should you care for your pet? The CDC recommends that you restrict contact with pets and other animals just as you would with people.  Ask another member of your household to care for your pets while you are sick. If you must do it yourself, wash your hands before and after you interact and wear a facemask. The toughest part for pet lovers is that you must remember that you really should not be petting, snuggling, or sharing kisses or food with your pet!

Submitted by North Shore Animal League America animalleague.org 

Updates to this information can be found on the websites below:

Centers for Disease Control: cdc.gov

World Small Animal Veterinary Association: wsava.org

What Is The Best Pawn Shop on Long Island?

Jewelry holding magnifying glass with a bracelet.

Old valuables can be hard to part with, but when you’re in desperate need for cash, it may be beneficial for you to pawn some items. But which local pawn shop is the best?

Long Islanders voted Collectors Coins & Jewelry – Massapequa Park the Best Pawn Shop on Long Island in the 2020 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest, a title they’ve won three years in a row!

At Collectors Coins & Jewelry’s Massapequa Park location, you’ll get an honest and fair price every time you go in. With more than 60 years of experience, Collectors Coins & Jewelry is here to help. Whether you’re looking to sell something or pawn it, Collectors Coins & Jewelry is there to walk you through the process so you can get the best price available.

Stop by at any time, or call them with any questions you may have. Their knowledgeable staff are more than happy to assist you! If you can’t stop in, make an appointment for one of their staff members to come to you or call and speak to them about what you are looking for over the phone.

A past winner, Collectors Coins and Jewelry wins again for excellent customer service and unmatched experience. Here’s where Long Islanders sell jewelry, diamonds, coins, silver, gold, and watches for fair prices. There’s no pressure to sell, though you’ll find on site a gemologist and numismatist (coin specialist) to estimate the value and authenticity of your goods.

Collectors Coins and Jewelry also repairs your jewelry and watches, which you can have appraised by an on-site expert!

To find all the other 2020 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest winners, visit bestoflongisland.com Nominate for your favorite businesses and people in the 2021 Bethpage Best of Long Island program through Aug. 31.

Collectors Coins & Jewelry – Massapequa Park is located at 400 Sunrise Hwy. in Massapequa Park. It can be reached at 516-541-4040 or collectors1946.com

Classy Woodmere Colonial Asks $1.7M

This Center Hall Colonial built more than a century ago but updated for modern living is listed for sale at 870 Pond Ln. in Woodmere.

Built in 1913 on a nearly full-acre lot, this seven-bedroom, three-story Stucco home has four bathrooms, two half bathrooms, and a Jacuzzi.

The house features a kosher eat-in kitchen, modern formal dining room, gas-fueled fireplace in the living room, sun room, office, and fully finished basement with a play room.

Outside it has a detached two-car garage and a large deck.

The property is less than a mile from multiple parks, about two miles from the ocean beaches, within walking distance from the Hewlett Long Island Rail Road station, and a short drive from Sunrise Highway. It is zoned for the Hewlett-Woodmere School District.

The asking price is $1,799,999, not including the $36,914 in annual property taxes, which come to $35,108 after a Star Exemption.

The real estate agent listed for the property is Derek Morgan of USREALTY.COM LLP, who can be reached at 866-807-9087.

New Hires and Promotions on Long Island

Chris Perry

Chris Perry
The board of directors of Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. appointed Perry as president of the locally based global Fintech leader. He previously led Broadridge’s global sales, marketing, and client solutions organization.

Brenna R. Strype

Strype recently joined the Uniondale-based law firm of Forchelli Deegan Terrana LLP in the firm’s construction and litigation practice groups as an associate. She was previously an assistant district attorney in Queens.

James P. Rosenzweig

James P. Rosenzweig

Rosenzweig recently joined Forchelli Deegan Terrana LLP’s real estate, banking and finance, and restaurant and hospitality practice groups as a partner. He previously spent two decades as vice president and general counsel of The Riese Organization.

Carol A. Gomes

Carol Gomes

Gomes, MS, FACHE, CPHQ , has been promoted to chief executive officer of Stony Brook University Hospital. She had been serving as chief operating officer of the hospital for the past six years.

Doug DeSchutter

Douglas DeSchutter

The American Heart Association named DeSchutter co-chair of the nonprofit’s 32nd Annual Long Island Golf & Tennis Classic, A Joel Hamroff Memorial Tribute. He is president of Broadridge Customer Communications and a member of its executive committee.

Joanna Austin

Joanna Austin
Joanna Austin

The Book Fairies, a Freeport-based nonprofit organization dedicated to eradicating illiteracy, appointed Long Island Press Publisher Joanna Austin to its board of directors. She has more than two decades of integrated marketing experience.

Ruben Quintero

Ruben Quintero

Advocate Health Advisors has named Quintero as Regional Manager, Downstate New York. He previously held managerial roles at Healthfirst, Affinity Health Plan, Health Care Partners IPA, Agewell New York, Amida Care, and Senior Whole Health.

Nancy Pak

Nancy Pak

Popular Westhampton Beach-based cookie maker Tate’s Bake Shop named Pak the company’s new CEO. Pak was previously vice president of toiletry maker Tom’s of Maine.

Send submissions to tbolger@longislandpress.com

Adopting Cute Pets Found To Cure Loneliness of Coronavirus Social Distancing

Shelters and Rescues across Long Island hope that you’ll take advantage of being home and adopt or even foster one of their many homeless cats or dogs.

Read about some of the adorable adoptables here, then contact your local shelter/rescue for adoption times and availabilities. 

Available for adoption at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter:

Nora and Peggy

Meet the Smithtown Animal Shelter’s Pets of the Week, Nora and Peggy! Nora is a pint-sized 1-year-old female Lab and Terrier mix. This adorable pup was brought into the shelter as a stray after she was found wandering the Long Island Expressway service road. She was initially very nervous, but her time in the shelter has helped her come out of her shell and turned her into the energetic girl she is now! If you come to visit Nora, she’ll run up to you and give you a big kiss. She can be the perfect snuggle buddy, or a great friend to play with. Nora would be a great fit for a home with children.  

Peggy is a 6-month-old demale domestic shorthair kitty. She came to the shelter as part of the Trap-Neuter-Release program, and she instantly started looking for affection. Peggy is gentle and shy, but she loves to be loved by people! She’s great with children and would do well in a home with other cats. Peggy unfortunately has a ruptured ear drum which causes her to have a chronic stuffy nose. Her perfect home would be a quiet place where she can cuddle and play all day.

Currently, there are a variety of male and female cats and kittens available to adopt or foster. If you are looking for a fun loving, yarn tossing ball of love, stop by the Kitten Nursery or the Cat Condos at the Smithtown Animal Shelter and find a PURR-fect soulmate or two! All of the felines at the Shelter are current on vaccines and have received a full workup (blood work, Feline HIV & Leukemia tested, physical exam etc) by a board-certified Veterinarian.

If you are interested in meeting Nora or Peggy, please call ahead to schedule an hour to properly interact with them in a domestic setting, which includes the shelter’s Meet and Greet Room, the dog runs, and Dog Walk trail. Family Pet Meet and Greets and at home interactions are also welcome and an integral part of the adoption process. For more information, contact the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter at 410 East Main Street, Smithtown or call 631-360-7575 today!

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter:


How adorable is Hachi’s smile!? Hachi is 9 years old and is a recent arrival at the shelter. He arrived in January 2020 as a stray, with a microchip, so the shelter was able to locate his owner. It turns out that he was adopted as a young dog from a North Carolina shelter and a few weeks after that, given to another member of the adopter’s family. Sadly, they can no longer keep him. Hachi has one the sweetest little faces staff and volunteers may have ever seen. It’s so sad that he has found his way back to a shelter, and everyone wants to see him adopted into his true forever home as soon as possible. He is friendly with people, house trained, and is being recommended for a home with kids 13 and older. He is looking for a solo pet home at this time. 

If you are interested in adopting Hachi, please call for more information at 516-785-5220, visit him at 3320 Beltagh Avenue, Wantagh or email  adoption@tohmail.org

Available for adoption through Pets4Luv:


Louie is a rather gorgeous 6-year-old gal in need of finding a new home ASAP! Her current foster is moving out of state to a small apartment and cannot take her. They are moving on March 26 so she needs a new home right away. Louie may start out a bit shy, but once she warms up she is as sweet as they come.  She loves to be pet and will sit, high five and even roll over for a treat! If you are interested in adopting or fostering this cutie, please call Pets4Luv at 516-860-7057 or email info@pets4luv.org

A Message from Last Hope Animal Rescue:

After consulting with other not-for-profit shelters on Long Island and observing town shelter safeguards, the following protocols will be implemented:

  • Last Hope will be closed to the public as of Wednesday, March 18. Adoptions from this point on will be conducted by appointment only.
  • Those interested in meeting a Last Hope adoptable dog, please call 631-946-9528. 
  • Those interested in meeting a Last Hope adoptable cat, please call 631-671-2588.
  • The adoption status of current Last Hope dogs & cats will be updated daily at lasthopeanimalrescue.org
  • Only certain volunteers will be showing our dogs and cats as well doing home inspections or pet deliveries. 
  • For the present time, Last Hope will continue to have adoptable cats at Petco Wantagh, Petco Syosset, Petsmart Bellmore, and Petsmart Huntington Station. Adoption showings of store-based cats by appointment.

As always, thanks for reading and please remember to always adopt, never shop…pass it on!

Michael Magro Foundation Hosts Basketball Tournament Fundraiser

(Photo by Ed Shin)

The nonprofit Michael Magro Foundation held its annual basketball tournament fundraiser on March 7 at Hicksville High School.

Teams of three competed in seven difference age brackets. There was also a three-point contest and foul shooting contest. All proceeds benefited the Michael Magro Foundation.

Matt Biancamano and Executive Director of the Michael Magro. (Photo by Ed Shin)Foundation.
Joe Slaninka from the Henry Viscardi School. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Geneva Capital. (Photo by Ed Shin)
(Photo by Ed Shin)
(Photo by Ed Shin)
(Photo by Ed Shin)
(Photo by Ed Shin)
(Photo by Ed Shin)
(Photo by Ed Shin)

Historic Waterfront Lloyd Harbor Mansion Asks $9.5M

This historic waterfront estate overlooking the Long Island Sound is listed for sale at 17 Quail Hill Rd. in the Village of Lloyd Harbor.

Built in 1915 on a 5.46-acre lot, this seven-bedroom mansion has 12 bathrooms, three half bathrooms, and 400 feet of waterfront with a deep-water dock to accommodate large sailing vessels. Amenities it boasts include a dramatic front foyer, large principal rooms with amazing architectural details, an indoor pool room, tennis court, and exquisite gardens.

The house features a newly renovated eat-in chef’s kitchen, formal dining room, living room, two sun rooms, library, sitting rooms, a staff wing, a fully finished basement, and storage on the third floor.

It comes equipped with central air conditioning, 14 fireplaces, in-ground sprinklers, a porch, patio, and nine-car garage.

The property is nearby downtown Huntington. It’s about three miles from the Huntington Long Island Rail Road station. It is located in the Cold Spring Harbor School District.

The asking price is $9,500,000, not including the annual property taxes of $96,011.

The real estate agents listed for the property are  Peggy Moriarty and Margaret Trautmann of Daniel Gale Agency Inc., who can be reached at 631-692-6770.

Who Sells The Best Pickles on Long Island?

Pickles are an essential topping that pairs well with most food options, whether you’re having it with a sandwich, burger, potato salad, or even by itself. But where on Long Island is the best pickle place around?

Long Islanders voted The Pickle People the Best Pickle on Long Island in the 2020 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest!

The Pickle People have been in the pickle business for more than 40 years. Many remember their start inside Shoppers Village in 1980. They remain still today in West Hempstead, and are inside the Western Beef supermarket at 611 Woodfield Rd.

In addition to the shop which is open year round, they also attend street fairs and festivals across Long Island from April thru November. Some of their renowned recipes include Cajun, Full Sour, New Green, Atomic Hot & Spicy, Bread & Butter, Sweet Ginger, Horseradish, Hot-Shots, and Mustard pickles just to name a few.

The company also offers Sauerkraut, Sweet Peppers, Pickled Tomatoes, and Onions. Pickle fans can also purchase tart & tangy naturally fermented pickle brine by the quart. All products are under Kashrut Supervision, Kosher and Pareve.

To find all the other 2020 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest winners, visit bestoflongisland.com Nominate for your favorite businesses and people in the 2021 Bethpage Best of Long Island program through Aug. 31.

The Pickle People are located at 611 Woodfield Rd. in West Hempstead. They can be reached at 516-481-5350 or mypicklepeople.com