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The Weekender: 5 Things to Do on Long Island This Weekend

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The Weekender: 5 Things to Do on Long Island This Weekend

FOREST BATHING
A Japanese tradition and wellness practice guided by Lina Lombardo. Forest bathing is a meditative practice intended to encourage individuals to make mindful connections with nature. Sands Point Preserve, 127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point, sandspointconservancy.org $35-45. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. April 17.

DR. NASIM NIKNAFS
An interactive webinar, Popular Music Education Revisited: An Engaged Global Perspective, presented by music educator Dr. Nasim Niknafs at Adelphi University PAC.  aupac.adelphi.edu Free. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. April 17.

PET FOOD DONATION DRIVE

The Animal Rescue Fund’s Pet Food Pantry will be open for both donations and distribution of pet food on the same day. Please wear a double masked when dropping off or picking up food while also staying inside your vehicle. 124 Daniels Hole Rd., East Hampton. arfhamptons.org Free. 12 p.m.-3 p.m. April 17.

DANIELA’S BUTTERFLY RUN
Join virtually to support Daniela’s Butterfly 5K Run/Walk, an inaugural event aimed at finding a cure for pediatric rhabdomyosarcoma research. Despite this event taking place virtually, participants of all ages are welcome to get out, enjoy the weather, and support a cause. Post your race times and share your photos. events.elitefeats.com/butterfly21 $10-$25. April 17-25.

WINEMAKER FOR A DAY
At Sannino Vineyard, you have the opportunity to be a winemaker for a day. With this exclusive session, you and your guest will have the chance to learn how to blend a custom bottle of wine as you learn about life as a vintner from winemaker Anthony Sannino.  15975 County Road 48, Cutchogue. 631-734-8282, sanninovineyard.com Registration is $225. Noon April 18.

Related Story: Top 10 Live Events on the East End: April 16–22, 2021

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Cuomo Allows NY Restaurants to Stay Open Until Midnight Starting April 19

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo will be allowing restaurants and bars to operate indoors until midnight starting April 19 as vaccinations across the state reach a height of 39 percent and infection rates remain low.

The curfew for catered events has also been extended from midnight to 1 a.m., Cuomo said during a call with reporters Wednesday afternoon, while also urging sustained vigilance against the virus.

“We talked about adjusting the valve between economic activity and economic constraint, depending on how we’re doing with Covid,” he said. “At the same time, we caution New Yorkers: Don’t get cocky. The disease is still very much with us. You see it escalating in some states, you see it escalating in some countries. We have to stay smart until COVID is crushed and it won’t be crushed until we get herd immunity and we won’t get herd immunity until we finish vaccinating everyone. That’s where we are.”

Long Island’s restaurant industry remains hard-hit by the pandemic. To mediate losses, both Nassau and Suffolk counties have established restaurant recovery programs offering small business loans to food establishments. While the current curfew is 11 p.m., it is unclear if the hour difference will give businesses the boost they need to remain open.

Indoor capacity remains at 75 percent for Long Island restaurants.

The extended restaurant curfew comes as Long Island has now fully vaccinated more than 580,000 residents, and more than 950,000 Long Islanders have received at least one first dose. Long Island’s Covid-19 infection rate on a 7-day average is 3.71 percent.

-Briana Bonfiglio and Mark Hallum

Related Story: Long Island Indoor Dining Increased to 75% Capacity

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Light-filled, Gatsby-era Brick Home in Southold Asks $2.2M

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A waterfront, Gatsby-era brick house with lots of natural light is listed for sale at 200 Harbor Lights Dr. in Southold.

This Georgian manor home was built in 1925 and originally belonged to a 100-acre estate. Now part of a .86-acre property for sale, the house has been restored and still holds its Gatsby-esque, 1920s charm.

Part of the Harbor Lights waterfront community, there are some peaceful views of the bay from behind the home’s many tall windows. The house’s large, screened-in porch is also a great place to dine, relax, and enjoy the scenery.

The house has five bedrooms, four bathrooms, and two half bathrooms. According to the listing, the home is “restored to its original grandeur” with a slate roof, an updated, modern kitchen with marble countertops, a formal living room and dining room with their own fireplaces, a butler’s pantry, and a breakfast room.

The home also features guest quarters, a den/family room, home office, walk-in closets, and powder room.

The asking price is $2,200,000, not including the annual property tax of $15,640.

The real estate agents listed for the property are Marie Beninati and Lee Beninati, of Beninati Associates, who can be reached at 631-765-5333.

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Organization Honors Late NYPD Officer, 9/11 Responder from Elwood with Build-a-Rig

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Wayne Forte. Dawn Rizzo. Margaret Nicosia & Johnny Rizzo. (Photo by Ed Shin)

Build-a-Rig For Scott, a community-based nonprofit on Long Island, held a charity event to build a ceremonial unit rig in memory of the late retired NYPD Officer Scott Blackshaw, who died at age 52 in 2018 of esophageal and brain cancer related to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center.

At the event, tickets were raffled at $100 each to win a 2021 Harley Davidson Street Glide or $15,000, which raised $38,000 thus far towards the building of the rig. Donations are still being accepted to help reach the goal of $80,000.

“Back on Sept. 11, 2001, our first responders raced to help everyone knowing they were putting themselves in harm’s way to save people in need in New York City,” said Wayne Forte, the organizer of the charity event, who was a long-time friend of Blackshaw. “My dear friend … was one of those first responders. While he survived that day, he was one of the many who developed fast-acting cancer as a result of the toxic fumes and debris. A few years after he retired, Scott, a non-smoker, was diagnosed with esophageal cancer, proven to be a result of his exposure in 9/11.”

Scott suffered and fought through the disease, with doctors removing a section of his esophagus and the disease coming back less than a year later. The cancer returned to both his brain and neck. Scott experienced tremendous pain, making it challenging to bring him to and from treatments, where every bump in the road shot up through his spine.

Now approaching the third anniversary of Scott’s passing, his friends and fellow officers made the decision to pay tribute to him and his pride as an NYPD officer.

“I want to show him my support, along with my love for him and his family in blue by building this ceremonial unit rig to proudly carry all the future fallen NYPD officers at their funerals to their proper resting place,” Forte said. “We are working hard to raise the funds but we can’t do it alone. We need your help. Please be a part of this wonderful rig build for the NYPD.”

To donate to this effort, visit buildarig4scott.com. You can also help by sharing this link on social media.

For more information, contact Wayne Forte at 516-523-1530 or email waynefworld@hotmail.com.

-Build-a-Rig For Scott

Mike Rizzo & Kate Fox from the Kate Fox Show with Scott Blackshaw’s motorcycle. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Mike Rizzo, Kate Fox, Wayne Forte, Dawn Rizzo & Johnny Rizzo. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Wayne Forte & Johnny Rizzo hosts of the Motorcycle Mayhem Radio show. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Building a ceremonial unit rig in memory of the late retired NYPD Officer Scott Blackshaw. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Bike Night series, which is held every Wednesday through the summer, is still accepting donations to help reach the goal of $80,000.
NYPD Scott Blackshaw.
Wayne Forte with the motorcycle given to him by Scott Blackshaw. (Photo by Ed Shin)

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Who Makes The Best Potato Chips on Long Island?

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You can’t have just one, as the saying about potato chips goes, and the only thing that can make them even more irresistible is when they are made fresh locally. But who on Long Island makes the best potato chips? 

Long Islanders voted North Fork Potato Chips the Best Potato Chips on Long Island in the 2021 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest!

Nothing beats the satisfying crunch of a potato chip, and no one knows this quite like North Fork Potato Chips. Grown and processed right here on Long Island, the North Fork family has been growing their own local potatoes since 1910. The crew kettle cooks the potatoes in sunflower oil, giving it a delicious hearty flavor with a unique crunch that can’t be replicated anywhere else.

In addition to the classic potato chip, the company offers a variety of delectable flavors, one (or more) of which will end up being your go-to bag of chips. These chips are so good, you may just end up polishing off the bag in one sitting!

North Fork Potato Chips is located in Mattituck. It can be reached at 631-298-8631 or northforkchips.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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Old-world Brick Colonial on 3 Acres in Oyster Bay Asks $1.9M

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A spacious, old-world brick colonial house is listed for sale at 80 Shutter Lane in Oyster Bay.

This three-acre property has this handsome home as its centerpiece, plus a long driveway and a separate two-car garage to the side. Nature lovers will rejoice at the wealth of trees spanning from one side of the home, abounding at its rear and to the other side.

The home is unique for its wavy brick exterior and architectural design that blends the old and the new. The backyard offers gardens, a patio area, and a large inground pool. The house has four bedrooms, including the master bedroom, three bathrooms, and one half bathroom.

Built in 1938, the home retains some of its original features, such as its bay windows and peg hardwood floors. However, it was remodeled to add even more delights throughout, including a new DaVinci Slate roof, built-in cabinetry with leaded glass inserts, and a new, raised panel ceiling with a painted star panel. There are also custom details in each of the home’s moldings.

An entry foyer greets entrants after they walk through the partially enclosed, gated walkway outside. The first floor also has a living room with an elegant fireplace, a formal dining room, spacious eat-in kitchen, mudroom, laundry room, half bathroom, den, and library.

The second floor houses the master bedroom and master bathroom, three additional bedrooms, and two bathrooms. In the basement, there is a home office, mechanical room, and storage. The basement is full, partially finished, and has walk-out access.

The asking price is $1,998,000, not including the annual property tax of $23,794.

The real estate agents listed for the property are Ann Roberts and Robert Hulse, of Compass Greater NY LLC, who can be reached at 516-500-8271.

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Power Women Podcast: Candy Udell

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London Jewelers President, Candy Udell.

This week’s Power Women Podcast is with Candy Udell, president of London Jewelers located all over NYC and Long Island, and an animal lover and animal rescuer.

Candy shares how her love of animals was cemented by her mother, a fellow animal lover, who brought home animals of all kinds to Candy’s childhood home in New Jersey. 

She shares how she formed the Paw Jewelry Collection which donates its sales to the Rescue Paw Foundation, an organization that funds no-kill shelters. She also shares how COVID affected her family business and is grateful that they survived. 

For her secrets to success, Candy discusses how working in a male dominated business has given her the motivation to work hard. She also advises to respect others’ opinions and be passionate about what you’re doing. 

When searching for Schneps Connects on your podcast networks make sure to click subscribe to automatically receive each new weekly episode or you can stream us online at podcasts.schnepsmedia.com.

Produced by Chaya Gurkov and Eric Hercules.

London Jewelers President, Candy Udell

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Sea Cliff/Glen Cove Market to Open Outdoors in New Location in June

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Amy Peters, founder of the Sea Cliff/Glen Cove Farmers Market; Wendy Rosow; and Glen Cove Councilman Gaitley Stevenson-Mathews. (Photo by Ed Shin)

The Sea Cliff/Glen Cove Winter Market‘s upcoming outdoor market will be held at a new location with a new name on June 5.

The market offers a selection of locally grown vegetables, eggs, freshly baked bread and sweets, honey, maple syrup, and other locally made goodies. All products are grown or produced on Long Island or by Long Islanders, mostly right in Nassau County.

All produce is grown using sustainable and chemical-free growing practices. The market also offers weekly guest craft/artist vendors. It operates safely under U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and New York State Covid-19 guidelines.

The current market, photographed below, is located on the first floor of the Village Square Apartments in downtown Glen Cove at 100 Village Square (on Bridge Street) on Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through April 24.

Beginning June 5, the market will be in a new location with a new name and a new time:

Deep Roots Farmers Market
Saturdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Rain or shine.
100 Garvies Point Rd., Glen Cove (Parking lot west of the Beacon Condos)

For more information, call 516-318-5487

Amy Peters with Jamie Balakin, owner of Spilt Milk Macrons, and Vittera Pellicano. (Photo by Ed Shin)
The indoor market ends on April 24. On June 5, the market will be in a new location and will be called Deep Roots Farmers Market. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Rebecca Sherr-Zuber, owner of Create Possibilities/Haiti Project. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Robin Baskins, owner of Robin Baskins Designs Sea Cliff. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Lsa Cotte LoMonaco, owner of Sparkle. (Photo by Ed Shin)
4 E Green Farm, located in Yaphank, grows mainly leafy greens and tuberous vegetables. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Customers and their dogs enjoying the day at the Seacliff/Glen Cove Farmers Market. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Alexis Perrotta, owner of Ugly Biscuit Baking company. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Casey James Timmins, owner of Casey’s Creations. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Errol Firestone, owner of Nikki’s Liquid Gold. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Kathy Scalzo, owner of Backyard Bees Wild Rose and Honey. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Glen Cove Councilman Gaitley Stevenson-Mathews and Naela Zeiden, owner of Naela’s Organics. (Photo by Ed Shin)

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Deadline Extended for LI Top Workplaces Competition: Gain Insights and Exposure

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Here’s good news if you haven’t yet nominated a company for the 2021 Long Island Press Top Workplaces competition: The deadline has been extended to May 21.  

For employers, this means you have more time to show off the strides you’ve made in creating a positive workplace culture — which is a great way to attract new talent. For employees, it’s a chance to sound off if your company has room to improve.  

Schneps Media, which publishes the Long Island Press, Dan’s Papers, and Noticia, has partnered with Energage, a research company that conducts Top Workplaces surveys for media in 56 markets. This is the fourth year of the program running on Long Island; it was previously operated by Newsday

So far, more than 80 Long Island companies have signed up to take the Top Workplaces survey. This is how it works: Nominate a company that you think is worthy, and then Energage invites that company to participate by conducting a survey of its employees. 

Entrants will receive a complimentary culture review, during which Energage will highlight what your company “hits” and “misses” and areas where you can improve. 

The Details 

Who can nominate: It’s free to anyone.

Who can enter: Any public, private, nonprofit or government employer with at least 50 employees in Nassau or Suffolk County. 

Nomination deadline: May 21, 2021 

Length of survey: 24 quick questions that can be answered in 5 minutes.

You can nominate your company of choice online here: 

www.LITopWorkplaces.com

Phone number for nominations: 516-274-0621

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What is The Best Oyster Bar on Long Island?

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Long Island once supplied half the oysters sold nationwide and local residents’ appetite for oysters still runs deep as the industry makes a comeback. But what is the best oyster bar on Long Island?

Long Islanders voted Salt & Barrel the Best Oyster Bar on Long Island in the 2021 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest!

Long Islanders can’t seem to get enough of Salt & Barrel’s oyster bar. The family-owned establishment has continued its tradition of providing the best oysters from the Great South Bay by incorporating a modern oyster bar with a hip vibe that pays homage to the history of the Bay Shore community by fusing the traditions of the past with the novelty of the future.

Since 1937, Salt & Barrel has been capturing the hearts of diners by providing fresh, locally and nationally sourced oysters along with other seafood menu items like Little Neck and baked clams. As soon as you take a bite of its oysters, you’ll immediately fall in love and plan your next meal on the spot!

Salt & Barrel is located at 61 W. Main St. in Bay Shore. It can be reached at 631-647-8818 or saltandbarrel.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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