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Long Island Concerts & Events January 19-20

Comic Maria Bamford cracks up The Paramount (Photo by jmccarthy99)

Groundbreaking comic and star of the Netflix comedy series Lady Dynamite helps LI kick off 2019 in style with an incendiary set. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington, paramountny.com. $24.50-$120. 8 p.m. Jan. 18.

The coolest Scottish ’80s funk-punk band you never heard of will play singles “Shoot You Dow,” “Rainy Day,” and “One Day” for their cult following. My Father’s Place, 1221 Old Northern Blvd., Roslyn, myfathersplace.com $40. 8 p.m. Jan. 18.

Renowned for her classic recording of her timeless signature song “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue,” Crystal also scored with her multi-format hits “You’ve Been Talking In Your Sleep,” “When I Dream,” and “Half the Way.” The Suffolk Theater, 118 E Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $60-$75. 8 p.m. Jan. 18.

Four women at a lingerie sale with nothing in common but a black lace bra AND memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more! Gateway Playhouse, 215 South Country Rd, Bellport, thegateway.org $49-$69. Jan. 18-20.

Indulge in the best cuisine and libations LI has to offer with a sizable selection of unlimited samples of spirits, beer, wine, and cider, along with top-notch food from local vendors, restaurants and food trucks. VIP members can participate in a one-on-one session with master sommelier Sean Ganter, as well as a meet and greet with New York Mets legends Doc Gooden and Mookie Wilson. NYCB Live, Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale, nycblive.com. $49-$125. 11:30 a.m., 4 p.m. Jan 19.

Ex-Trans-Siberian Orchestra member Mark Wood and his band, the Mark Wood Experience, team up with his former group, Southern rock staples the Deep River Band for a one-night-only rock extravaganza benefitting the nonprofit Mark Wood Electrify Your Music Foundation, putting instruments in the hands of underserved youth. Food and drinks are available, and a silent auction will be held. Polish Hall, 5 Pulaski Pl., Port Washington. $25-30. 7 p.m. Jan. 19.

Peter Asher of Peter & Gordon joins forces with Jeremy Clyde of Chad & Jeremy for an unforgettable evening of music and memories featuring songs and stories from their ’60s heyday. My Father’s Place, 1221 Old Northern Blvd., Roslyn, myfathersplace.com $55. 8 p.m. Jan. 19.

With a reputation for spectacular live performances, these multiplatinum alternative rockers are recognized worldwide for their hits “Photograph,” “Hero,” “Happiness Is,” “Never Let You Down” and the No. 1 smash single “The Freshmen.” YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore, boultoncenter.org $30-$35. 8 p.m. Jan. 19.

The grizzled former sidekick to Howard Stern and Beer League star brings his stand-up act to town. Opening are “The Reverend” Bob Levy, Adam Parsons, Travis Grant, and Sean S. Brown. Hosted by Vinny Beedle. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville, revolutionliny.com $40-$60. 8 p.m., 10:30 p.m. Jan. 19.

The third race in this charity series takes place in scenic Sunken Meadow State park. Refreshments, awards and raffle prizes are also available. Sunken Meadow State Park, Rt. 25A and Sunken Meadow Pkwy., Kings Park. parks.ny.gov/events. $15. 11 a.m. Jan. 20.

The Hudson Vagabond Puppets take on the classic tale by Hans Christian Andersen with giant marionettes, music and lots of dancing. Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue, patchoguetheatre.org $20-$30. 11 a.m., 2 p.m. Jan. 20.

The Long Beach-based no-kill animal shelter nonprofit Posh Pets Rescue and adoption service holds its fundraiser gala luncheon to support the program and animals in need all over Long Island. Food options include pastas, salads, potatoes, vegetables, vegan dishes, pastries, and unlimited soda and wine. DJ Lady Andrea provides the soundtrack for a variety of raffles and other can’t-miss events. Pompei Catering, 401 Hempstead Ave., West Hempstead. $85. 12 p.m. Jan. 20.

The incomparable writer-director and Bronx native adapts his award-winning 1993 film for the stage in a musical tour-de-force that must not be missed. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington, paramountny.com. $59.50-$175. 8 p.m. Jan. 20.

Elle King’s dad, aka the Saturday Night Live alum who starred in Deuce Bigalow:Male Gigalo, The Hot Chick, and 50 First Dates brings his ridiculous form of comedy to LI. The Suffolk Theater, 118 E Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $45-$60. 8 p.m. Jan. 20.

Winter Storm To Hit Long Island This Weekend


A winter storm is forecast to bring snow, sleet, rain, ice, and wind to Long Island this weekend, making travel difficult and potentially causing power outages, experts say.

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather watch for Nassau County and the North Shore of western Suffolk in advance of the storm, which followed a smaller storm that brought a half inch of snow to LI on Friday morning. The second, more powerful of the two storms, is expected to hit Saturday night. Although accumulation may be only between three and six inches, freezing temperatures Sunday night are likely to make for an icy Monday morning commute.

“That’s something we’re going to have to continue to iron out,” Faye Marrone, an Upton-based NWS meteorologist, said of how much precipitation will actually fall.

As for timing, skies will clear up Friday afternoon and Saturday, then the second storm will hit Saturday night. The second storm is expected to start as snow, switch to rain overnight, then turn back to snow. 

Once Saturday’s storm clears the area, temperatures are forecast to drop into the teens, causing the roads to freeze over by Monday morning, making for hazardous driving conditions. Winds will also make for dangerous wind chills and a blustery Martin Luther King Day. Temperatures are forecast to be in the 30s and 40s the rest of next week.

PSEG Long Island said is will have a full complement of personnel on hand to deal with any outages caused by the severe weather. 

“We are continually trimming trees away from power lines, enhancing technology to detect outages, and working on FEMA reliability projects across the service territory — all to ensure greater reliability and to help prevent outages during storms,” said John O’Connell, vice president of Transmission & Distribution at PSEG Long Island.

Picturesque Mill Neck Estate Asks $10.2M

This well-appointed and recently remodeled French Normandy Style Manor Home boasting exquisite craftsmanship and custom details is listed for sale at 214 Cleft Rd. in the Village of Mill Neck.

Built in 1959 on an picturesque 11.79-acre hilltop lot, this six-bedroom home has five bathrooms, two half bathrooms and 7,683 square feet of living space featuring intricate marble and hardwood parquet flooring throughout. Amenities include an elevator, three-bedroom guest house, a winding private driveway, a water views.

The house comes equipped with an eat-in kitchen, formal dining room, sun room, library, family room, en-suite bathrooms, central air conditioning, and three fireplaces. The fully finished basement has a media room, office, and bathroom. Outside, the house has a detached five-car garage with caretaker’s quarters above, porch, covered patio, and an in-ground heated gunite pool. 

The property is located near downtown Oyster Bay, the Oyster Bay Long Island Rail Road station and is located in the Locust Valley School District.

The asking price is $10,250,000, not including the annual property taxes of $57,941.

The real estate agents listed for the property are Robert Olita and Lynda Olita of Douglas Elliman Real Estate. They can be reached at 516-978-0180 or 516-759-0400.

Long Island Press Seeking Interns for 2019

The Long Island Press is seeking interns to work in the editorial department of the region’s premier news and lifestyle publication covering Nassau and Suffolk counties.

The Press, which has a history dating back nearly two centuries, has earned hundreds of honors from local, New York State, and national journalism organizations for its editorial excellence. 

The Press is owned by Bayside-based Schneps Media, one of the largest local news chains in New York State with more than 70 newspapers and websites across LI, New York City, and Westchester. Sister publications include the Queens Courier, The Brooklyn Paper, The Bronx Times, and many more.

Interns at the Press will get hands-on newsroom experience working with seasoned professionals. They will research, report, and write news and feature stories to be published in the monthly print edition as well as on the daily website. Prior Press interns have gone on to write for The New York Daily News, Newsday, and The New York Times.

Spring internships are available from late January through April, summer internships run from May to August, and fall internships are open September to December. Applicants should be college students majoring in English, journalism, or communications. Experience writing for a school newspaper is encouraged, but not required.

Applicants can email their resume, cover letter, and writing samples to Editor-In-Chief Timothy Bolger at tbolger@longislandpress.com

Where Is The Best Place To Get Fit On Long Island?

Picture of people doing cardio training on treadmill in gym

Intelligent Fitness
Offering a wide range of classes, life coaching, and personal training options to help you change your body and achieve your desired results, Intelligent Fitness and its trainers have one single all-encompassing goal: to help clients improve the overall quality of their life. Intelligent Fitness’ unique and copyrighted business model of personal training allows individuals to pursue personal goals and objectives on an individualized level. Classes range from Barre, Pilates, SuperSycle, Sycle-Fit, TRX, and Body Blast, including many others. Their business is improving Lives, “one body at a time!” 3012A Jericho Turnpike, East Northport, 631-858-2900, intelligentfitness.net

Xpress Body Boot Camp
Boasting a stellar reputation and fervent devotion to physical fitness, Xpress Body Boot Camp has set the bar high for others trying to dip their toes into this category. Xpress Body Boot Camp has found success by focusing on a 35-minute core workout that’s combined with a nutritional program. While many people may put off going to the gym because it could be too time consuming, Xpress Body Boot Camp has found that busy workers prefer its high-intensity workouts! If you give their trainers 35 minutes, it goes without saying that they’ll show you results! 121 Carolyn Blvd., Farmingdale, 516-882-5308, xpressbodybootcamp.com

Rachel Ezelius – Eat Smart at Fitness Incentive
A person can get exhausted—and plenty hungry—just by researching trendy diets, nutrition advice and new workout regimens to help with weight loss. It seems the Internet is inundated with “expert” advice. When it comes to their health, Long Islanders trust Rachel Ezelius, and have voted her the Best Nutritionist/Dietician on Long Island, year after year! The founder of Eat Smart, she’s also a registered dietitian with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and certified by New York State. Eat Smart provides individualized nutritional services with a core focus: sensible eating. This extraordinary program is available to both adults and children. Ezelius’ Eat Smart also offers counseling sessions for a range of diet-related issues. 157 Deer Park Ave., Babylon, 631-587-5766, fitnessincentive.com

Phil Sottile & Stacey Lerman
Husband-and-wife team Phil Sottile and Stacey Lerman are the backbone of Intelligent Fitness and Long Island’s preeminent personal training team. Through a clinical approach of discovery and assessment, they work around the clock to help members attain their fitness goals and objectives. Intelligent Fitness has operated from their “One body at a time” perspective since 1997. Through education, experience, and constant evolution, Sottile and Lerman ensure they make a positive difference in your life. Phil Sottile and Stacey Lerman – Intelligent Fitness, 631-858-2900. Intelligentfitness.net

Studio G Pilates
Sometimes a good workout is all you need to get over a stressful day. Studio G Pilates is a fully equipped studio offering private, semiprivate, and group classes at affordable rates for clients of all fitness levels, including those with injuries. All instructors are classically trained and have completed more than 600 hours of training. Each session at Studio G Pilates is specifically tailored to your body and designed to help you reach your individual goals. 40 Vernon Valley Rd., East Northport. 631-525-6785. studiogpilates.com

The Weight Loss Intervention Center of Long Island
More than two decades into their work yet Butch and Rich Purslow at The Weight Loss Intervention Center of Long Island continue to surprise Long Islanders with their hard work, dedication, and most importantly, weight loss expertise. The center has adopted a strategy that has proven incredibly effective for years—one that focuses on maintaining goal weight as clients seek to live healthier and more energetic lives. 4277 Hempstead Tpke., Ste. 209, Bethpage, 516-731-3583, wliclongisland.com

Laura’s Dance & Fitness Studio
Dance fitness is all the rage these days. But the workout doesn’t mean anything if you don’t have the right instructor pushing you to achieve your goals. At Laura’s Dance & Fitness Studio you’ll take part in passion-filled Zumba classes and you’ll never want to take a class anywhere else again. The studio is founded by Laura Marciano, an Adelphi graduate and prolific dancer who’s been recognized by the New York State Theater Education Association for choreography in musical theater. Let’s Zumba! 586 New York Ave., Huntington, 631-824-6259, laurasdanceandfitnessstudio.com

To find all the other Best of Long Island contest winners, visit bestof.longislandpress.com Winners in the 2019 Best of Long Island program will be announced in February. Nominations for the 2020 contest are being accepted through Aug. 31.

NY Lawmakers Pass Election Reform Measures

A voter casts his ballot at a polling place in Suffolk County on Nov. 4, 2014.

On the first day of the 2019 legislative session in Albany, both chambers of the new York State Legislature acted to bring sweeping reform to the state’s antiquated voting laws.

Among the reforms are initiatives to establish a nine-day early voting period,enable 16 and 17 year olds to pre-register to vote, and consolidate the state and federal primary elections into one day. 

“The Assembly Majority is committed to making it easier, not harder for New Yorkers to exercise their constitutional right to vote,” state Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) said. “I am proud that we will once again pass these reforms to expand access to our democratic process and make our electoral system more transparent.”

Bills were also passed to make it easier for voters who move within the state to transfer their voter registrations to their new addresses, and to amend the State Constitution to allow voting by mail and reform existing absentee ballot rules. The constitutional amendment would require voter approval during a referendum.

“Our democratic process is dependent on our ability to ensure New Yorkers are able to exercise their fundamental right to vote with ease,” said state Assemb. Charles Lavine (D-Glen Cove, who chairs the election law committee. “These bills will ensure accessibility and encourage participation in our electoral system, while bringing transparency to our campaign finance laws. Now more than ever, we need to stand up and protect our democratic process.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who also called for legislation making Election Day a holiday to ensure workers have time to vote, among other proposals, intends to sign the bills into law.

“At a time when the federal government is doing everything it can to disenfranchise voters, we are taking action to make it easier for New Yorkers to participate in the democratic process,” Cuomo said. “These proposals will not only modernize our voting laws, they will remove barriers that have prevented and discouraged voters from exercising their sacred right to vote.” 

-With QNS

Ultra-Runner Traces Tesla’s Haunts From Manhattan to Shoreham

Nikola Tesla, left, and Wardenclyffe Laboratory and Tower in Shoreham. The tower has since been demolished, but the lab still stands.

Todd Aydelotte ran more than 70 miles from Manhattan to Tesla Science Center on Long Island in Shoreham, tracing the visionary inventor’s achievements along the way.

Aydelotte’s self-described ultra-running journey along some of Tesla’s famed historic hot spots started Wednesday at the former site of Columbia College on 45th Street, where Tesla gave three historic lectures and demonstrations.

He then ran to the former site of the Gerlach Hotel, where Tesla once lived and tested his transmission equipment on the roof. From there, he ran to The New Yorker Hotel, where Tesla lived for the last decade of his life. His next stop was The Waldorf Astoria, where Tesla lived for many years at the height of the Gilded Age.

After that, Aydelotte ran to Edison Machine Works, where Tesla briefly worked before striking out on his own, and Delmonico’s, the famed New York City eatery where Tesla often wined and dined potential investors. He also ran to the former site of Tesla’s famous lab on South Fifth Avenue, where Mark Twain visited to see experiments.

His run concluded Thursday at the Tesla Science Center in Shoreham, former site of the famous Tesla Tower and of Wardenclyffe, Tesla’s last surviving laboratory.

Aydelotte developed an innovative approach to ultra-running, blending his love for endurance training with his deep interest in history. Prior “historical ultra-runs” include The Teddy Roosevelt, a 49-mile run tracing Roosevelt’s homes and achievements, and The PT Barnum, a 64.5-mile run tracing the history of Barnum in New York and Connecticut.


Star Group CEO Steve Goldman Dies

Smithtown native Steven J. Goldman, president and chief executive officer of Star Group, L.P., a home heating product provider, died suddenly on Saturday, December 22, 2018. He was 58.

“He led the transformation of Star into what it is today – a leading energy provider serving approximately 450,000 full-service customers in 18 states and the District of Columbia – where customer service drove every decision he made,” said Paul Vermylen, Star’s Chairman of the Board. “He will be greatly missed by everyone associated with the company and leaves behind a team fully capable of leading Star Group for years to come.”

The Board of Directors announced that Dan Donovan, Star’s prior President and Chief Executive Officer until September 30, 2013 and a current member of Star’s Board of Directors, will lead the Company on an interim basis through the end of the current heating season, while the Board considers organizational and personnel decisions that will best position Star Group for the years ahead.

Goldman had led the company and was a member of its Board of Directors since October 2013, prior to which he was its Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. From 2000 to 2010, Mr. Goldman held various operating management positions with Star’s Petro unit. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Goldman worked for United Parcel Service, from 1982 to 2000, and was a graduate of Stony Brook University.

The Goldman family has asked that donations in his memory be made to Sweetbriar Nature Center via gofundme.com/steve-goldman-memorial-at-sweetbriar-nature-center.

Quaint Antique Bellport Cottage Asks $899,000

This darling 19th century cottage dripping with charming details and updated for modern living is listed for sale at 6 South Brewster Ln. in the Village of Bellport.

Built in 1875 on a half-acre lot, this two-bedroom, two-bathroom home has 2,115 square feet of living space and a three-season room with French doors that open up to the back yard that includes a pergola, deck and gorgeous perennial gardens.

The house comes equipped with a beautiful entry foyer, eat-in large country kitchen with a magnificent tiled back splash, granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances. It also features a formal dining room with a fireplace, formal living room with a second fireplace, office, lots of closet spare in the master bedroom, wide wood-plank floors, and skylights.

Outside it has a detached garage and shed, porch, and patio.

The property is a two-block walk from Bellport Bay and nearby multiple parks and downtown Bellport’s quaint shopping district. It’s three miles from the Patchogue Long Island Rail Road station. It falls within the South Country School District.

The asking price is $899,000, not including the annual property taxes of $12,403.

The real estate agent listed for the property is Christine Schaeffer of Eileen A. Green Realty Corp. She can be reached at 631-286-3366.

What Is The Best Health Food Store on Long Island?

Although some may cringe at the word health, many places on Long Island have perfected the art of making healthy fare that’s tastier than the fast food many people love so much. 

Long Islanders voted Cornucopia Natural Foods Best Health Food Store on Long Island in the 2018 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest for the second year in a row.

Established in 1976, Cornucopia Natural Foods is dedicated to providing Long Islanders with organic, non-GMO foods that are good for you, and taste good. This family run business is growing a greener, more sustainable future.

With a variety a food items included on the menu, from salads and burgers (yes, you read that right—burgers!) to smoothies and desserts, and a staff that really care for the health of their customers, we can see why Cornucopia Natural Foods has been voted the Best Health Food Store on Long Island multiple times!

To find all the other Best of Long Island contest winners, visit bestof.longislandpress.com Winners in the 2019 Best of Long Island program will be announced in February. Nominations for the 2020 contest are being accepted through Aug. 31.

Cornucopia Natural Foods is located at 39 N. Main St., Sayville. It can be reached at 631-589-9579 or cornucopiahealthfoods.com