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Scenes From Memorial Day Weekend 2020 on Long Island

People sit under an umbrella as a Town of Hempstead Public Safety Officer monitors beachgoers on the first day that New York beaches were opened ahead of the Memorial Day weekend following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the Town Park at Point Lookout beach on Long Island, New York, U.S., May 22, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

Beach season is back on Long Island, but this year masks are part of swimwear and social-distancing mandates endure amid continued coronavirus pandemic precautions.

A car drives through a checkpoint at the entrance to Town Park at Point Lookout as beaches were opened ahead of the Memorial Day weekend following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Long Island, New York, U.S., May 22, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
A man reads amongst a row of benches closed off to promote social distancing at Long Beach on the first day that New York beaches were opened ahead of the Memorial Day weekend following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Long Island, New York, U.S., May 22, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
A surfer catches a wave in front of a ship at Long Beach on the first day that New York beaches were opened ahead of the Memorial Day weekend following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Long Island, New York, U.S., May 22, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
Special Police Officers patrol the boardwalk at Long Beach on the first day that New York beaches were opened ahead of the Memorial Day weekend following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Long Island, New York, U.S., May 22, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
Social distance signage is posted on the first day that New York beaches were opened ahead of the Memorial Day weekend following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at Town Park at Point Lookout beach on Long Island, New York, U.S., May 22, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
A person sits on an open bench amongst others fenced-off to promote social distancing on the boardwalk at Long Beach on the first day that New York beaches were opened ahead of the Memorial Day weekend following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Long Island, New York, U.S., May 22, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
A man carrying a surfboard walks toward the water with a child at Long Beach on the first day that New York beaches were opened ahead of the Memorial Day weekend following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Long Island, New York, U.S., May 22, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
Beach patrol drives by as people sit on Long Beach on the first day that New York beaches were opened ahead of the Memorial Day weekend following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Long Island, New York, U.S., May 22, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
A person stretches amongst a row of benches blocked off to promote social distancing on the Long Beach boardwalk on the first day that New York beaches were opened ahead of the Memorial Day weekend following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Long Island, New York, U.S., May 22, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
A woman sits on Long Beach on the first day that New York beaches were opened ahead of the Memorial Day weekend following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Long Island, New York, U.S., May 22, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
Town of Hempstead Public Safety Officers monitor beachgoers on the first day that New York beaches were opened ahead of the Memorial Day weekend following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at Town Park at Point Lookout beach on Long Island, New York, U.S., May 22, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Related Story: Long Island Beaches Will Have Social Distancing Rules This Summer

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Canal-front Freeport Tudor Asks $625,000

This spectacular showcase waterfront home perfect for hosting backyard summer barbecues is listed for sale at 55 W 2nd St. in the Village of Freeport.

Built in 1920, this three-bedroom home has two and a half bathrooms and a 1,900 square feet of living space. The house boasts a spacious fenced-in backyard perfect for entertaining, including deck, heated Jacuzzi and exercise rooms, floating dock, and boat slip.

The home features an eat-in kitchen with double ovens, a large formal living room with fireplace, formal dining room, upper level bonus rooms, a partial basement, and a 2.5-car garage.

It comes equipped with central air conditioning, a new roof and windows, and an alarm system.

The property is nearby Cow Meadow Park, the Nautical Mile, and less than a mile from the Freeport Long Island Rail Road station. It falls in the Freeport School District.

The asking price is $625,000, not including the annual property taxes of $20,712.

The real estate agent listed for the property is Renee Hughes of Daniel Gale Associates Inc., who can be reached at 516-626-7600.

Related Story: A Visitor’s Guide to The Nautical Mile in Freeport

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What Is The Best Cemetery on Long Island?

While nobody ever wants to lose a loved one, it is  comforting to know that they’ll always still be just a short drive away. But when it’s time to make final arrangements, which cemetery is best?

Long Islanders voted Pinelawn Memorial Park And Arboretum the Best Cemetery on Long Island in the 2020 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest!

Pinelawn is a non-sectarian cemetery that provides a safe and tranquil environment for families to memorialize their loved ones. More than a century ago, William H. Locke founded Pinelawn with a mission to give grieving individuals inspiration and hope through beautiful landscapes and elegant architecture. Today, the park houses flowing fountains, monuments and granite displays throughout 840 acres of lush greenery.

It offers a variety of ways for families to commemorate loved ones, including memorial gardens, garden mausoleums, and cremations. As a Level I Accredited Arboretum, Pinelawn maintains a space where trees and flowers can grow, and birds and bees can prosper.

Put your loved ones to rest at Pinelawn and achieve the peace of mind you deserve.

Pinelawn Memorial Park And Arboretum is located at 2030 Wellwood Ave. in Farmingdale. It can be reached at 631-249-6100 or pinelawn.com

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NBC 4 NY Helps Local Food Banks Meet Increased Demand

NBC 4 New York and Telemundo 47 are stepping up to help local food banks facing increased demand due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The public can locate and make a financial donation to their local food banks by visiting WNBC’s Feeding our Families or WNJU’s Alimentando a Nuestras Familias through May 24. Funds generated will help food banks restock shelves and supply non-perishable goods to pantries, agencies and other frontline, anti-hunger community organizations.

“This is a critical time for our food banks,” said Eric Lerner, president and general manager of WNBC. “They need our help right now. Securing these important resources will help tristate food banks meet growing demand and deliver even more nutritious food to the families who need it most.”

WNBC and WNJU’s fundraising drive has been joined by supermarket partner Stop & Shop and will support nine food banks in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. These include City Harvest, Community Food Bank of New Jersey, Connecticut Food Bank, Feeding Westchester, Food Bank of the Hudson Valley, Food Bank for New York City, Fulfill, Island Harvest Food Bank and Long Island Cares. All nine are members of Feeding America, the nationwide network of food banks. 

“The impact on the tri-state’s Spanish-speaking communities has been unprecedented and for so many, it has become harder than ever to put food on the table,” said Cristina Schwarz, president and general manager of Telemundo 47. “Funds donated through Alimentando a Nuestras Familias will stay in the community, helping many families make it through these very difficult times. It really makes a big difference.” 

For more information, visit NBCNewYork.com/fooddrive or telemundo47.com/alimentar

Related Story: 13 Ways To Donate To Help Fight The Coronavirus Pandemic

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Updated Historic Greenport Gem Asks $1.3M

This impeccably maintained century-old gem that has been expertly renovated and restored with style and comfort is listed for sale at 152 Central Ave. in the Village of Greenport.

Built in 1903, this three-bedroom, three-bathroom home has 2,342 square feet of living space and an intimate slate courtyard with a pergola that invites outdoor entertaining. 

The house features and eat-in kitchen, dining room/living room combo, den, and a fireplace in the first-floor master suite. The other two bedrooms are on the second floor. The house also has a full unfinished basement.

The property, located in the heart of the North Fork Wine Trail, is within walking distance to the Greenport Harbor waterfront, downtown Greenport, and the Greenport Long Island Rail Road station. It falls in the Greenport School District.

The asking price is $1,300,000, not including $10,591 in annual property taxes.

The real estate agent listed for the property is JoAnn Wind of Daniel Gale Sothebys International Realty, who can be reached at 631-477-0013.

Related Story: The North Fork: Farm Country Plus A Lot More

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Coronavirus Scams On The Rise, Experts Warn

Unknown number calling in the middle of the night.

Scammers are increasingly using the coronavirus pandemic as a ploy to rip off unsuspecting victims through phone calls and text messages, financial experts warn.

Both individuals and businesses have fallen prey to scammers exploiting the crisis. A common scam experts have seen involves schemers posing as a banker to trick people into turning over bank account information.

“New Yorkers need to be aware of the increased risk of attempted fraud and heightened vulnerabilities created by the coronavirus,” said Scott Gyllensten, chief risk officer for Bethpage Federal Credit Union. “While fraudsters are always lurking in the background, consumers should be especially vigilant now, as New York is experiencing an increase in the frequency and sophistication of fraud attempts during this unprecedented time.”

Such scams are on the rise nationwide, officials have said. Nassau County police issued a similar warning about con artists using the virus to target the elderly shortly after the outbreak in March.

In the most common con, scammers posing as bankers text message people to ask if the consumer can verify a fictional charge on their debit card. When the target of the scam says they don’t recognize the charge, they get a phone call from what appears to be an employee of their financial institution, who asks to verify the victim’s account information, social security number, website credentials, PIN, and a texted verification code.

Once the scammer gains access to the information, they steal the victim’s money by racking up charges, sometimes going as far as applying for loans in the victim’s name.

Gyllensten shared tips to avoid getting scammed. For starters, he said if someone calls asking for money or personal information, hang up. And don’t believe caller ID, as scammers use “spoofing” technology to make it appear as though they are calling a different phone number.

He also said scammers often ask victims to pay in advance for things like debt relief, credit and loan offers, mortgage assistance, a job, or a prize. Once the money is sent, the schemers and the money disappear.

Fraudsters also often lure victims to send gift cards, reloadable cards such as MoneyPak or Reloadit, or have victims wire money through services like Western Union or MoneyGram, all of which make it nearly impossible to reverse charges. Government offices and legitimate companies don’t require people to use such payment methods.

Other cons that perpetrators may try include loan fraud scams that guarantee federal coronavirus relief to small businesses, stimulus check scams in which scammers say they need personal information to process a federal payment, and investor scams posing as research reports into products or services claiming to prevent, detect, or cure COVID-19.

Anyone who has unwittingly shared their sensitive personal information or fallen victim to a scam should immediately contact their financial institution.

“The best way to avoid falling victim to these fraudsters is to remain vigilant,” Gyllensten said. “Financial institutions, like Bethpage, will never make or send unsolicited calls, emails, or texts asking a member or account holder to provide sensitive or personal information, like a Social Security number, debit or credit card numbers, online credentials, PINs, etc. Do not provide this information unless you initiated the contact and you know that the contact is legitimate. Even then you should be wary.”

Related Story: Coronavirus Phone Scammers Target Seniors, Officials Warn

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Long Island Tech Talk Webinar Uses Technology to Help Businesses

L. to R.: Paul Trapani, Michael Ohayon, and Tyler Roye.

Two Long Island-based tech companies that have a strong presence and participate actively in the local business community will host a webinar this week to talk about how they are using some of their technology to help businesses locally and beyond during the COVID-19 crisis.

Presenters will be Tyler Roye, CEO of Huntington-based eGifter, which provides innovative e-gift cards and digital gifting solutions, and Michael Ohayon, COO of Garden City-based Webair, a leading managed Cloud and IT infrastructure solutions provider. Moderating the discussion will Paul Trapani, president of LISTnet, a local nonprofit tech trade organization.
 
About the presenters:
 
eGifter CEO Tyler Roye 
After co-founding and growing Invision.com, Inc., one of the first and most innovative Managed Service Providers in the country, Roye and his team successfully sold the fast-growing venture-backed company in 2007. The company was a pioneer in what has today become the omnipresent cloud services business. He and the team went on to found eGifter, which provides innovative e-gift cards and digital gifting solutions. In his role as CEO of eGifter, Roye has resumed his hands-on leadership style of orchestrating idea-flow into actionable plans.
 
Webair COO Michael Ohayon
Michael Ohayon is the Chief Operating Officer of Webair, New York’s leading managed Cloud and IT infrastructure solutions provider. Ohayon has over a decade of experience as a leader in the field of Information Technology. Overseeing all operations within the company, Ohayon excels at creating and cultivating high-performance teams. He intuitively sees opportunities that wind through an organization and brings them together in a coherent whole. As the COO, Ohayon has been integral to the growth of the company, forging a unique path and inspiring change to develop action across all departments of the organization. With exceptional proficiency in decision making, developing strategic initiatives, and establishing governance boundaries, all processes and procedures throughout the organization have been streamlined under Ohayon’s leadership.
 
The webinar is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, May 21. To register, visit LongIslandPress.com/Tech. The event is presented by Schneps Media, the parent company of the Long Island Press.
 

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New Hires, Promotions on Long Island

Noe DiLeo

Noe DiLeo
Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, which owns and operates Westfield South Shore and Sunrise Malls, selected DiLeo as its shopping center manager for both locations. He will work to drive operational success in the retail environment.

Anne M. Mungai

Anne Mungai

Adelphi University has appointed Mungai as its associate provost for strategic initiatives and graduate studies. Since September 2019, she has served as special assistant to the provost, working on diverse academic initiatives.

Christopher Blake

Chris Blake

Greystone, a leading national commercial real estate lending, investment, and advisory company, announced that Blake has joined as a director based in New York. Joining from Cross River Bank, he has more than two decades of experience in finance.

Eileen Kelly-Gorman

Eileen Kelly-Gorman

The Elwood Union Free School District unanimously appointed Kelly-Gorman the district’s new executive director of special education and pupil personnel services, effective July 1. She began her Elwood career at John H. Glenn High School in 2003.

Dr. Eric Gould

Eric Gould

Dr. Gould. has joined Allied Physicians Group and will be practicing at MDs4Kids Medical in Great Neck. Formerly of Top of the Park Pediatrics in Great Neck, he brings more than 40 years of medical expertise to MDs4Kids.

Susan Saban

Susan Saban

Lynbrook Public Schools appointed Saban director of special services. She comes to the district from the Herricks Union Free School District, where she has served as the assistant director of pupil services since 2010.

Kenneth Rosner

Kenneth Rosner

The Elmont Union Free School District board of education appointed Rosner as superintendent of schools, effective July 1. Rosner, who is currently the district’s director of curriculum and instruction, is taking the reins from retiring Superintendent Al Harper.

Carol Dunning

Carol Dunning

Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty appointed Dunning as the general counsel of the organization. Dunning has been practicing law since 1990, with a primary concentration in real estate transactional matters.

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Former Duke of Windsor’s Locust Valley Manor Home Asks $5.9M

This majestic French Normandy brick manor home that was formerly the summer retreat of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor is listed for sale at 11 Horse Hollow Rd. in Locust Valley.

Built in 1935 on a four-acre lot, this eight-bedroom mansion has seven and a half bathrooms and 9,471 square feet of living space. Amenities include a gated entrance with a long private driveway, walled gardens, specimen trees, and guest quarters above the four-car garage.

Its most famous resident was former King Edward VIII, who abdicated the throne in 1936, becoming the Duke of Windsor, so that he could marry the American divorcée Wallis Simpson.

The exceptional residence features an updated eat-in gourmet kitchen with a breakfast room, skylights, six fireplaces, and a full unfinished basement.

The property is nearby Gold Coast parks and country clubs, about a mile from the Locust Valley Long Island Rail Road Station, and a short drive from downtown Glen Cove. It falls in the highly ranked Locust Valley School District.

The asking price is $5,990,000, not including the annual property taxes of $92,700.

The real estate agents listed for the property are Nancy Catalano and Huailing Deng of Daniel Gale Associates, Inc., who can be reached at 516-759-4800.

Related Story: Glen Cove: A Gold Coast Playground For All

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Who Makes The Best Pastrami Sandwich on Long Island?

Photo courtesy of Ben's Deli.

Pastrami on rye is perhaps one of the most famous sandwiches found in any New York deli, including on Long Island, and when the craving for one strikes, nothing but the best will satisfy that hunger. 

Long Islanders voted Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterers the Best Pastrami Sandwich on Long Island in the 2020 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest, a title they’ve won 10 years in a row!

Ben’s Deli puts the heart into this hearty meal. Since 1972, they have served as Long Island’s premier Kosher delicatessen, stacking the tallest, meatiest pastrami sandwich around.

Ben’s overstuffed sandwiches are a melt-in-your-mouth treat between two slices of rye. If you’re brave, you’ll take it all in one bite, but you’ll likely want to take a few slices home for later. Complete your meal with fresh-cut coleslaw and crunchy pickles and you’re in business!

Brisket cured in brine and coated with seasonings such as garlic, black pepper, mustard seed, coriander, paprika and more, the meat is smoked, then steamed. Afterwards it’s put on your sandwich before it voyages into your stomach. 

Ben’s offers pick up, dine in, and catering, so you can enjoy their delectable delights whether you’re staying a while or elsewhere. For the top cuts of pastrami on the island, stroll into Ben’s and make the Best Pastrami Sandwich on Long Island your choice for all of your pastrami cravings!

Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterers has multiple locations that can be reached at 800-344-BENS or bensdeli.net

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.

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