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3.5 Inches of Snow Falls on Long Island

A winter storm brought 3.5 inches of snow to parts of Long Island on Saturday, but now freezing cold temperatures are in the forecast.

The National Weather Service (NWS) reported that was the snowfall total in Wheatley Heights, which saw the most accumulation on Long Island in the storm. Bethpage had the highest amount in Nassau County with 3.3 inches. The winter weather advisory that NWS had issued for LI expired at 1 a.m. Sunday.

“The arctic cold moves in later tonight and remains into Tuesday, with temperatures slightly below seasonal normals,” NWS said in a regional weather summary.

Lows tonight will be in the mid-teens inland to the lower 20s along the coast, the agency said, adding that Monday’s highs will remain below freezing, in the mid 20s to around 30.

5 New Products To Help You on Your Wellness Journey

Tension Releazzzer

A chiropractor conjured up Tension Releazzzer™, a massage machine that mimics a strong thumb right in the back of your neck to release headache-causing tension. It gives a deep therapeutic massage to the neck base muscles and to restore flow in the surrounding vessels and nerves. The product has two strategically placed hypoallergenic knobs on its base. $45 at tensionreleazzzer.com

For those looking to cut out dairy, low-sugar yogurt maker siggi’s recently rolled out its new plant-based alternative recipe boasting three times more protein and 40 percent less sugar. Made with a blend of coconut, macadamia, and pea protein, this thick and creamy not-yogurt comes in flavors such as vanilla cinnamon, mixed berries, raspberry, and mango. Available at local supermarkets or siggis.com

Kafina Organic Energy Elixir, an herbal supplement, promises to boost performance and mood while deriving its energy and well-being benefits from its plant-based ingredients instead of caffeine. $25. kafinaenergy.com 

Combat information overload with a host of organizational gear from NoteTower. Innovative ideas include a computer monitor mount, desktop organizer, and dry erase magnetic board, all of which are designed to keep loose notes, flyers, photos, invites, and other papers in one easy-to-find place. $15.99-$24.99. Notetower.com

No room in your home for the exercise equipment you want to help you get in shape? The DB Method is a small multi workout machine that’s small enough to stow away when not in use. It can be used to work arms, abs, obliques, and chest, and to do squats. $229. the dbmethod.com


Long Island Concerts & Events January 17-19

Eric Andersen live in Norderstadt, Germany in 2013. (Photo by Sheltsound)

This up-and-coming band will hold its record release show for A Reason To Try. Opening is Born Without Bones, Victory Garden and Mother Ocean. Amityville Music Hall, 198 Bwy., Amityville, amityvillemusichall.net $12. 6 p.m. Jan. 17.

Get your ’90s alt-rock fix. Headlining are Everclear, Sponge, and The Raskins. Mulcahy’s Pub & Concert Hall, 3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh, muls.com $49. 8 p.m. Jan. 17.

Jim Weider and GE Smith join forces on one exciting night to play the blues and roots rock like you’ve never heard before. My Father’s Place, 1221 Old Northern Blvd., Roslyn, myfathersplace.com $45. 8 p.m. Jan. 17.

One of the most durable and beloved singers on the folk music scene today, his music is a slice of Americana, reflecting with the same ease his feelings about the prairie people of the Midwest or the adventurers of the Yukon, the on-the-road truckers, or the everyday workers who make up this land. Our Times Coffeehouse, 38 Old Country Road, Garden City, ourtimescoffeehouse.org $15-$20. 8 p.m. Jan. 17.

The fan fest dedicated to that team in Flushing features autographs, panels, merch, trivia and prizes. Mulcahy’s Pub & Concert Hall, 3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh, muls.com $9.18-$101.90. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Jan. 18.

This Brooklyn-born comedian with the most distinctive voice in comedy today is most recognizably the voice of the parrot Iago in the hit Disney film Aladdin. Governor’s Comedy Club, 90 Division Ave., Levittown, govs.com $25-$60. 7 p.m., 9:30 p.m. Jan. 18.

In his lengthy career, Andersen has issued more than 25 albums and his songs have been recorded by artists all over the world. My Father’s Place, 1221 Old Northern Blvd., Roslyn, myfathersplace.com $35. 8 p.m. Jan. 18.

This event was founded in 2011 as a single concert, but after tremendous support and success, it has since grown to a twice-annual show that has raised more than $50,000 for Long Island Cares. Garden City Community Church, 245 Stewart Avenue, Garden City, licares.org $20. 8 p.m. Jan. 18.

This three-on-three basketball tournament benefits the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. Event includes refreshments, raffles, silent sports auction, and a mission moment. North Shore High School, 450 Glen Cove Ave., Glen Head, crohnscolitisfoundation.org $45. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Jan. 19.

A play that captures the beloved children’s book in a thrilling original adaptation that features live actors, puppets, and multimedia. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore, boultoncenter.org $7-$12. 11 a.m. Jan. 19.

This local rocker creates gratifying mix of progressive pop rock, insightful lyrics and creative arrangements combine to form a unique sound. My Father’s Place, 1221 Old Northern Blvd., Roslyn, myfathersplace.com $25. 3 p.m. Jan. 19.

With his soulful vocals and ruggedly warm sensibilities, this singer-songwriter will play his hits, including radio hit “Raging Fire” and his breakout single, “Home.” The Space at Westbury Theatre, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $35-$45. 8 p.m. Jan. 19.

BRG Donates $18K to Long Island Cares

L. to R.: Michael Bohlsen, co-owner BRG, and Paule Patcher, CEO of Long Island Cares. Photo by Jim Lennon.

Bohlsen Restaurant Group donated $18,000 to the nonprofit hunger relief organization Long Island Cares on Thursday at Harbor Club at Prime in Huntington.

The donation was the culmination of BRG’s Chefs Against Hunger initiative, a collaboration of some of Long Island’s most well-known culinary talent working together to support the local food-insecure community through a series of intimate chef experiences.

Through the six-part event series held at Tellers in Islip, supporters experienced a variety of unique cuisine by renowned guest chefs such as Tom Schaudel, each with their own flair for LI food.

A portion of the proceeds from each event went toward the donation to Long Island Cares.

Charming Merrick Tudor Asks $679,000

This stunning fully updated classic Tudor that brings together the best of old and new is listed for sale at 116 Hewlett Ave. in the Old Lindenmere section of Merrick.

Built in 1931, this four-bedroom, three-story home with two and a half bathrooms was redone in 2012. Among its many charming designer-inspired details is the architectural roof, original stain glass windows, and gleaming hardwood floors.

The house features a true eat-in chef’s kitchen with stainless steel commercial Viking appliances, Vitoria Regia granite counter tops, and a great pantry. It has a formal dining room, living room with a gas-fueled fireplace, and den. The second floor master bedroom boasts an updated designer full bathroom.

The house has a fully finished basement with a media room, pantry, laundry, and storage space. Outside it has a front porch, rear patio, and nice fenced-in backyard. It comes equipped with a 300-amp service generator hookup, French drain, water filtration system, LED lighting, and in-ground sprinklers.

The house is nearby the Long Island Rail Road station, downtown Merrick’s shopping district, and multiple parks, such as the Norman J. Levy Park and Preserve, Cammanns Pond Park, and Newbridge Road Park. The property is in the highly ranked Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District.

The asking price is $679,000, not including the annual property taxes of $18,547, which come to $17,063 after a Star Exemption.

An open house is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18.

The real estate agents listed for the property are Louise Pitlake and Seth Pitlake with Douglas Elliman Real Estate, who can be reached at 516-623-4500.

FCA Granted $100K From The Hearst Foundation

Children at FCA's nursery school say thank you to The Hearst Foundation.

The Hearst Foundation has awarded a $100,000 grant to the Mineola-based nonprofit Family & Children’s Association to support the Lynn Vanderhall Nursery Co-Op, a proven program providing short-term childcare and case management for parents seeking to improve their individual and family circumstances.

The grant will enable the Nursery Co-Op to continue its program operations and to continue changing the lives of little ones and their families. The grant will make a significant difference for the program as the Nursery Co-Op relies solely on fundraised dollars.

“We know that FCA is impacting the lives of those it serves,” said George Irish, Eastern Director of the foundation, “and by expanding the operating hours and days of the Lynn Vanderhall Nursery Co-op more will benefit from this valuable service.”

Don Holden, FCA’s Chief Development Officer, commented, “Thank you to all at the Hearst Foundation for supporting the families who utilize the services that FCA provides at the Lynn Vanderhall Nursery Co-Op. You have brightened many lives with your kindness and giving hearts.”

When those closest to the Nursery were told about the grant, Ana Castillo, FCA Lynn Vanderhall Nursery Co-Op Coordinator, said: “The Hearst Foundation has enabled us to further our mission by helping to stabilize the lives of low income families. With this grant, the nursey can now open five days a week and program hours can be extended to better serve our children and community. We are so grateful for this grant, it means the world to us!”

Who Are The Best Family Planning Professionals on Long Island?

Mom and dad parenting groups

RMA Long Island IVF (Formerly known as Long Island IVF)
Couples considering IVF have many questions. Fortunately, the medical team members at RMA Long Island IVF are their caring and supportive allies. Since 1988, Long Island IVF fertility specialists have been responsible for LI’s first birth via in-vitro fertilization, the first birth from a cryopreserved embryo, and the first birth from a donor egg. RMA Long Island IVF has successfully treated prospective parents facing many types of infertility. The practice prides itself on treating all people regardless of martial status or sexual orientation. Prospective donors and those seeking elective egg freezing are also welcome to visit Long Island IVF. Multiple locations, rmalongislandivf.com

Dr. Anita Sadaty
Dr. Anita Sadaty is a board certified obstetrician-gynecologist in private practice at Redefining Health Medical in Roslyn. She is an attending physician at North Shore University Hospital, Northwell Health System and is an assistant clinical professor at Hofstra Medical School. She attended medical school at Cornell University Medical College graduating with honors as a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Society in 1994 and completed her residency and role as chief resident at North Shore University Hospital in 1998. Dr. Sadaty has deepened and expanded her training to incorporate complementary healing practices to treat her patients with care and expertise. 55 Bryant Ave., Roslyn, 516-801-1313, drsadaty.com

NYU Winthrop Hospital
There’s no greater feeling than welcoming a newborn into this world. Most expecting mothers and fathers take great pains to research the top hospitals for baby deliveries, and many come to the same conclusion: NYU Winthrop Hospital’s maternity ward is the Best on Long Island. For the third consecutive year, this extraordinary hospital was crowned the absolute best. Its New Life Center takes maternity to a whole new level, with expert childbirth practices education and a support system meant to help the entire family adjust to this blessed experience. These include breastfeeding classes, childbirth preparation, counseling, mother-baby care, sibling classes, baby safety, and much more. 259 First St., Mineola, 516-663-0333, winthrop.org

Dr. Elissa Rubin
Voted best pediatrician on Long Island for seven years in a row, Dr. Elissa Rubin is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area. She received her medical degree from State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and has been in practice for almost 20 years. A team member of Happy and Healthy Pediatrics, Dr. Elissa Rubin will provide excellent care for your child. As an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant and a New York State Registered Lactation Consultant, she also offers Lactation Consultations for families who have already chosen her as their child’s pediatrician. 77 Jericho Tpke., Ste. 175, Mineola, 516-216-5910. happyandhealthypediatrics.com

Dr. Peter S. Kanaris
A repeat winner in this category, Dr. Peter Kanaris helps Long Islanders enjoy healthy sexual relationships. His clients can expect to find a compassionate, open-minded listener. Focused on scientifically informed treatment of problems in relationships, especially those involving sexuality, Dr. Kanaris is also a sought-after voice in public education about intimacy and mind-body health. A licensed psychologist, he is also certified by the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists as a Diplomate of Sex Therapy. Patients seeking to improve their understanding of their own sexuality and relationships could find few advocates more experienced and qualified than Dr. Kanaris. 496 Smithtown ByPass #304, Smithtown, 631-979-2640.

Islanders-Rangers Rivalry’s Return to Nassau Coliseum For First Time in 5 Years Features Smile Train Fundraiser

Kyle Okposo, 21, of the NY Islanders battles Michael Del Zotto, 4, of the NY Rangers along the boards at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale. Photo by Joe Nuzzo

The New York Islanders and New York Rangers will face off Thursday at NYCB Live’s Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, marking the first time in five years that the cross-town rivalry hits the ice in Uniondale.

Aside from the storied Metropolitan Division rivalry returning to Long Island, Thursday will also be dedicated to raising funds for Smile Train, a nonprofit founded by the team’s late former owner Charles Wang. The group is dedicated to helping kids with cleft lip and palates. The initiative is part of the Islanders’ Hockey With a Heart program.

Smile Train CEO Susie Schaefer will be dropping the game puck when the game starts at 7 p.m. The game will feature short videos and PSAs about Smile Train screened throughout the match-up. And Smile Train fundraiser tables in the concourse will include an initiative by Islip’s Sylvan Avenue Elementary School, who’ve raised $30,000 for the cause, as well as sales of branded rally towels, raffle tickets, and more.

Related Story: The Islanders-Rangers Rivalry

The Isles last played the Rangers at the coliseum on March 10, 2015, which ended in a 2-1 Rangers win. Since then, the Islanders moved to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and are now building a new arena in Elmont. They’re playing home games at the coliseum this season during construction of their new home.

The Isles are currently ranked third in the division. The Rangers are in seventh. But the Blueshirts routed the Isles 6-2 Monday at Madison Square Garden in their first match-up of the season. The Islanders are banking hometown advantage Thursday will help this time.

Flushing Bank Opens New Branch in Hicksville

Officials celebrated the grand opening of the new Flushing Bank branch in Hicksville on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2019. Photo by Tab Hauser.

Flushing Bank held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday to celebrate the grand opening of its newest branch in Hicksville.

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino, Nassau County Legislator Rose Marie Walker, and Jericho School District Superintendent Hank Grishman were among the dignitaries on hand for the celebration.

“We are extremely excited to be a part of the growth and development of this vibrant Hicksville community and look forward to serving the individuals, families, and businesses that live and work here,” said Flushing Bank President and CEO John Buran. “We pride ourselves on building relationship with our customers in the multicultural markets we serve by ensuring that our branch staff can communicate in the languages and dialects reflective in the diverse communities we serve.”

Flushing Bank has about $8 billion in assets, $6.3 billion in loans, $5.8 billion in deposits, and two dozen branches in Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and on Long Island.

The new location continues the bank’s planned expansion of efficient Universal Banker model with Assisted Service Kiosk and Video Banker services. Customers have the option to use self-service option or interact with a Universal Banker for more complex transactions. Video Banker service extends face-to-face service through a video chat platform 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week.

The new Flushing Bank branch is located at 268 Broadway in Hicksville.

Officials celebrated the grand opening of the new Flushing Bank branch in Hicksville on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2019. Photo by Tab Hauser.

Ebenezer the Traveler Star Visits East Northport Book Club

L. to R.: Kevin Kearon Esq. Blasia Amacia, Joann Sciascia and Jerry Parisi.

Jerry Parisi, star of the new TV series Ebenezer the Traveler™, paid a visit Sunday evening to his old town of East Northport to visit the Inner Spirit Yoga Center Book Club’s monthly meeting. 

He joined in the lively discussion of Charles Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol. Book lovers at Inner Spirit have been meeting monthly on the first Sunday of every month at 7 p.m. at the yoga center to discuss their experiences and views of a wide variety of great works of fiction and non-fiction for more than seven years.

Ebenezer’s visit came about after one book club member, Kevin Kearon, an East Northport resident and criminal defense attorney, reached out to Jerry Parisi, who has played the iconic Scrooge dozens of time on TV, stage and in local theaters throughout the United States, to advise him that the book club would be reading Dickens and discussing one of his favorite characters of all time. 

“We’ve read and discussed 87 books in 87 months and finally got around to Dickens,” said Kearon. 

Parisi presented Kearon and the book club a gift of three new books under the Ebenezer The Traveler™ brand, which is available on Amazon and The Huntington Book Revue. The three different books in the series chronicling the new adventures of Ebenezer Scrooge as possible subjects of future book club discussions.  

Said the members of the club, “We loved Mr. Scrooge’s visit and wish him the best in his many future travels.”

The TV series is in preproduction and if all goes well it will shot on Long Island.

L. to R.: Kevin Kearon Esq. Blasia Amacia, Joann Sciascia and Jerry Parisi.