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“In the Still of the Night” Tops Love Song Survey

Long Island radio listeners voted “In the Still of the Night,” the 1956 hit by Five Satins, the No. 1 song in a local station’s fifth annual Love Song Survey.

The poll was conducted by the hosts of The Grooveyard, a radio show that celebrates oldies each Saturday night on WCWP-FM 88.1 FM in Brookville.

“The Love Song Survey is one of three annual surveys for the show,” said Alan Seltzer, a co-host of the show. “We also have a Summer Song Survey in June. Our “Great 88″ year-end survey is our biggest listener poll. It follows the tradition of Top 100 year-end surveys on WABC and other stations at the time, and culminates in a five-hour countdown show the last Saturday of the year.”

Video versions of all songs on the surveys are made available online, including rare TV and concert appearances.

The results of the Love Song Survey are as follows:

40 “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King (1961)
39 “I Want You I Need You I Love You” by Elvis Presley (1956)
38 “Theme From a Summer’s Place” by Percy Faith Orchestra (1960)
37 “I Only Have Eyes for You” by The Flamingos (1959)
36 “Since I Don’t Have You” by Lenny Welch (1963)
35 “So Much In Love” by The Tymes (1963)
34 “Crying” by Roy Orbison (1961)
33 “Everyday” by Buddy Holly (1957)
32 “Sealed With a Kiss” by Brian Hyland (1962)
31 “Hey Paula” by Paul and Paula (1963)
30 “You Send Me” by Sam Cooke (1957)
29 “Maybe” by The Chantels (1958)
28 “A Thousand Stars” by Kathy Young and the Innocents (1960)
27 “Twilight Time” by The Platters (1958)
26 “Earth Angel” by The Penguins (1955)
25 “(Til’) I Kissed You“ by The Everly Brothers (1959)
24 “Runaway by Del Shannon (1961)
23 “You Belong to Me” by The Duprees(1962)
22“Lonely Teardrops” by Jackie Wilson (1959)
21“The One Who Really Loves You” by Mary Wells (1962)
20 “My Special Angel” by Bobby Helms (1957)
19 “My True Love” by Jack Scott (1958)
18 “All I Have to Do Is Dream” by The Everly Brothers (1958)
17 “He’s So Fine” by The Chiffons (1963)
16 “Let I Be Me” by The Everly Brothers (1960)
15 “I Wonder Why” by Dion and the Belmonts (1958)
14 “Can’t Help Falling In Love” by Elvis Presley (1962)
13 “Sixteen Candles” by The Crests (1959)
12“It’s Only Make Believe” by Conway Twitty (1958)
11 “Come Go With Me” by The Del Vikings (1957)
10 “Angel Baby” by Rosie and the Originals (1960)
9 “True Love Ways” by Buddy Holly (1960)
8 “My True Story” by The Jive Five (1961)
7 “Be My Baby” by The Ronettes (1963)
6 “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” by The Shirelles (1961)
5 “Since I Don’t Have You” by The Skyliners (1959)
4 “Image of a Girl” by The Safaris (1960)
3 “Little Star” by The Elegants (1958)
2 “Sea of Love” by Phil Phillips and the Twilights (1959)
1 “In the Still of the Night” by Five Satins (1956)

Long Island Concerts & Events February 18-21

Dane Cook cracks up The Paramount on Feb. 21.


CHARLOTTE’S WEB
This production captures this work in a thrilling original adaptation that encompasses 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. Feb. 19.

RYUICHI SAKAMOTO
From techno-pop stardom to Oscar-winning film composer, the evolution of Ryuichi Sakamoto’s music has coincided with his life journeys. Following Fukushima, Sakamoto became an iconic figure in Japan’s social movement against nuclear power. As Sakamoto returns to music following a cancer diagnosis, his haunting awareness of life crises leads to a resounding new masterpiece. With reception and Q&A with Director Stephen Schible. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington, cinemaartscentre.org $11-$16. 7 p.m. Feb. 20.

AL DI MEOLA
A pioneer of blending world music and jazz, this guitar hero seems inspired to begin a new chapter in his career with the release of Elysium. The Space at Westbury Theatre, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $39-$59. 8 p.m. Feb. 20.

DANE COOK
The comic-actor who starred in Employee of the Month and Good Luck Chuck is back on his Tell It Like It Is Tour. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington, paramountny.com  $69.50-$240. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20, 21.

PET EDUCATION DAY
Help collect donations for the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter and assist kids with making pet toys to be donated. All volunteers will earn community service hours. Wantagh Public Library, 3285 Park Ave., Wantagh. Free. 1 p.m. Feb. 21.

JACKIE KASHIAN
This comic’s critically acclaimed album, I Am Not The Hero Of This Story, was No. 1 comedy album on iTunes and Amazon. Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach, whbpac.org $28. 8 p.m. Feb. 21.

Project Warmth: Long Island’s Emergency Heat Safety Net

Come winter, when temperatures plummet and Long Island families who can’t afford to heat their homes don’t qualify for the New York State Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), where can they turn?

Situations such as this are when the nonprofit United Way of Long Island’s Project Warmth steps in, providing one-time grant payments made directly to oil and utility companies on behalf of local residents facing a heating emergency.

“Long Islanders are working hard for the wages they earn, but unfortunately those wages might not be enough to cover life’s basic costs,” says Theresa Regnante, president and CEO of United Way of Long Island. “Project Warmth provides a critical service to the approximately 1,000 families, each year, who experience cost-of-living increases during the winter months. It is United Way of Long Island’s responsibility to ensure that our most vulnerable neighbors stay safe and warm this season.”

Lowering the temperature inside can pose serious health risks, especially to seniors and children. More than 30 percent of families on LI struggle to make ends meet, despite living above the poverty income threshold and being gainfully employed.

The United Way of Long Island is the local chapter of the 130-year-old global nonprofit that’s forged more than 100 partnerships with the goal of increasing impact and reducing costs of its many health, education and anti-poverty projects.

As the Island’s only nongovernmental, islandwide emergency heating fund, Project Warmth is available during winter months as a safety net for individuals and families who are facing energy insecurity and are unable to pay their heating bill. Many of these residents have already exhausted all other options for assistance and are forced to choose between heating their home or purchasing food and medicine.

Since its inception in 1994, Project Warmth has provided more than $10 million in emergency funding to more than 94,000 children and adults. Project Warmth will remain open until all funds are depleted.  

For assistance from Project Warmth, contact United Way of Long Island by dialing 2-1-1 or 1-888-774-7633, 7 days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., for referrals to an intake site, or visit 211longisland.org.

 

Stately Garden City Georgian Colonial Asks $2.9M

This magnificent Georgian Colonial perfect for entertaining and overlooking a golf course is listed for sale at 6 Carteret Pl. in the Village of Garden City.

Built in 1963 on a nearly half-acre lot in a central section of the village known as The Hill, this four-bedroom home has three bathrooms, three half bathrooms, and 4,226 square feet of living space.

The house comes equipped with a gourmet chef’s kitchen with a breakfast area, large living room, banquet-sized dining room, sun-filled library, a family room, powder room, spacious master suite with spa-like en-suite bathroom and walk-in closets, central air conditioning, and two fireplaces.

The basement has a recreation room and wet bar. Outside it has an attached two-car garage and a backyard patio.

The property is within walking distance of downtown Garden City, multiple local parks, and the Garden City Long Island Rail Road station. It’s in the Garden City School District.

The asking price is $2,950,000, not including the annual property taxes of $42,648.

The real estate agents listed for the property are Lisa Ann Heaney and Fortune Heaney of Daniel Gale Associates, Inc. They can be reached at 516-248-6655.

Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame Opens Exhibit at Huntington Town Hall

James Metzger with his collage at Huntington Town Hall.

The Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame unveiled its third permanent exhibit last week at Huntington Town Hall to honor its outstanding local athletes.

The exhibit pays tribute to the inductees of the Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame who have a connection to Huntington as players, coaches, or residents. Among the celebrated professional athletes are football’s Emerson Boozer and Wesley Walker, boxing’s Gerry Cooney, hockey’s Clark Gillies, basketball’s Tom Gugliotta and soccer’s Sara Whalen. Individual photos of the 30 inductees now adorn the exhibit area in the west wing of the building located at 100 Main Street in Huntington.

“It gives me a sense of pride to have Huntington Town Hall as the host of this exhibit honoring Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame inductees with a connection to the Town of Huntington,” Huntington Town Supervisor Chad Lupinacci said Thursday. “These exceptional players, coaches and residents, including former professional athletes, have made substantial contributions in the fields of professional and amateur sports and serve as an inspiration to Huntington’s young aspiring athletes.”

The Huntington exhibit is the third satellite display established by the Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame. The others are located at Long Island MacArthur Airport and at Bethpage Ballpark, home of the Long Island Ducks.

“The Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame continues to grow and spread its legacy across our great county,” said Chris R. Vaccaro, executive director of the Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame. “We’re so proud to partner with the Town of Huntington and bring this exhibit to life, honoring these legendary men and women on an intimate level with their hometown and region.”

The Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame is a nonprofit established during 1990 to honor outstanding people, living or deceased, who have gained prominence and made substantial contributions on behalf of themselves and Suffolk, in the fields of professional and amateur sports. More than 300 people have been inducted over the past 29 years. The organization will celebrate its 2019 induction on May 16.

The additional Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame inductees featured in the Huntington exhibit are Stephen Bowen, Charles Boccia, Don Buckley, Jill Byers, Fred Cambria, Rich Castellano, Tony Cerullo, Bob Chipman, Tom Combs, Bill Edwards, Melvin Fowler, Fred Fusaro, Lou Giani, Frank Gugliotta, Tom Gugliotta, Kim Gwydir, Bob Herzog, Bill Ketcham, John Nitti, Ed Norton, Carol Rose, Cathy Vayianos and Ann Marie Wyckoff-Bagshaw.

The exhibit also features a collage honoring James C. Metzger, chairman and CEO of The Whitmore Group. A native of the town, he was inducted into the Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame in 2014. The collage showcases Metzger’s sports career at Half Hollow Hills High School (lacrosse, football and basketball), at Hofstra University (lacrosse All-American), his insurance brokerage business (The Whitmore Group) and his philanthropic programs on Long Island. Among the organizations supported by Metzger are Nassau and Suffolk county lacrosse programs, education and athletic programs at Hofstra, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island and the American Heart Association.

“I am very appreciative and excited to be included in this wonderful new exhibit and I extend my thanks to the Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame and the Town of Huntington for recognizing my athletic career along with my business and philanthropic contributions to Long Island,” said Metzger at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. “It is a wonderful honor to be featured in an exhibit that places the spotlight on so many talented local people, including American hero Ray Enners, who are connected to amateur and professional athletics.”

Lt. Raymond J. Enners was a 1960s lacrosse star at Half Hollow Hills High School and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He was killed in action in Vietnam.

Essay Contest Challenges Teens to End Bullying Against Individuals With Developmental Disabilities

essay contest

Long Island high school students are invited to enter an essay contest that aims to combat bullying against people with autism and developmental disabilities.

Students in grades 9 to 12 enrolled in public or private schools in Nassau or Suffolk counties as well as Queens are eligible to compete for the $4,000 first-place prize, $3,000 second-place award or $2,000 third-place winner.

“I hope that this essay question will motivate more critical thinking, constructive ideas, and perhaps, solutions,” said Peter Klein, president of The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation, which is organizing the contest in association with the nonprofit Life’s WORC/Family Center For Autism. 

The foundation Klein leads was created by the late Claire Friedlander, a Holocaust victim who immigrated from Nazi Germany to the U.S. Life’s WORC was founded by Victoria Schneps-Yunis, co-owner of the Long Island Press, which is also co-sponsoring the contest.

The question that the essay contest poses is: How can I lead my school and community to become a bully-free place for individuals with autism and developmental disabilities?

The essays must be 400-500 words, submitted by the U.S. Postal Service, Fed Ex, or United Parcel Service postmarked by no later than May 10, 2019. Contact Tina Moreno at 516-741-9000 or Danny Frank at 212-279-1041 for details. Awards will be made at a presentation event at The Family Center For Autism by no later than June 1.

Besides Klein, judges for this contest include Northville Industries Corp. CEO Dr. Gene Bernstein, Life’s WORC Executive Director Janet Koch and Kelly Mcmasters, Asst. Professor of English and Publishing Studies Director at Hofstra University.

“Sadly, there is a crisis with acts of bullying and thoughtless, irresponsible conduct which targets people with developmental disabilities and autism,” Klein added. “How can schools and communities help to bring about new social improvements and an end to this form of prejudice and intolerance?”

To read past winning essays, click here.

What Is The Best Chocolate Shop on Long Island?

When it’s time to get some sweet, delicious chocolate for a special occasion, there are no shortage of options on places to buy it, but only one stands out from the crowd.

Long Islanders voted The Chocolate Duck the Best Chocolatier on Long Island in the 2018 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest.

This week shop in a mom-and-pop (and daughter) success story where you’ll find countless treats to satisfy your sweet tooth. The made-from-scratch chocolate isn’t just delicious, it also comes in amazing shapes and colors, perfect for any celebration (assuming the chocolates survive the car trip home). The Chocolate Duck also features an astounding selection of chocolate molds for dozens of occasions.

With classes taught in the store by the chocolatier store owner, you’ll soon be making delcisious sweets with your own personal touch. The Chocolate Duck is also the perfect spot for a kids party, where your little ones can make their own chocolates!

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.

The Chocolate Duck is located at 310 Main St. in Farmingdale. It can be reached at 516-249-0887 or chocolateduck.com

Historic Stony Brook Home Asks $799,000

This historic, nearly 200-year-old home that has been updated for modern living but includes its many of its original charming details is listed for sale at 47 Main St. in Stony Brook.

Built in 1830, this seven-bedroom home has three and a half bathrooms, 3,800 square feet of living space, and views of a pond. It was one of the first houses in Stony Brook with gas lighting and running water. Renovated in 2003 and 2011, the house features its original clapboard, stained glass, front porch, and separate carriage house.

The house comes equipped with an eat-in kitchen, formal dining room, living room, parlor, library, full basement, seven fireplaces, and an attic on the third floor. Outside it has a backyard patio. A separate half-acre lot is also available.

The house is within walking distance of downtown Stony Brook and Stony Brook Harbor. It’s less than a mile from the Stony Brook Long Island Rail Road station. The property is located in the Three Village School District.

The asking price is $799,000, not including the annual property taxes of $13,800.

The real estate agent listed for the property is Linda Hickey of Hickey & Smith Realtors, who can be reached at 631-751-4488. An open house is scheduled for 12-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15.

Last-minute Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

BLING IT ON
When in doubt, remember the old truisms that diamonds are forever and are a girl’s best friend. This gorgeous fine jewelry is by acclaimed designer Sophie Ratner, such as this stunningly sparkly 14-karat gold star-point necklace. $800. sophieratner.com

SHARE THE LOVE
Bask in the reflected glory of these true stories detailing how various lovers met, as recounted by author David Friedman in his book, How They Met: True Stories of the Power of Serendipity in Finding Lasting Love. $16.99 Amazon.com

SWEPT AWAY
The health and romance benefits of ballroom dancing are known to keep hearts strong, both physically and emotionally. Fred Astaire Dance Studios offers lessons at locations in Manhasset, Smithtown and Huntington Station. Prices vary. fredastaire.com

SWEET AND GORGEOUS
Anyone can get their lover a box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day, but only the clever will take the time to find long- and short-stemmed rose cake pops. (No more web orders for rose pops, but they can be purchased in store) $5. Rebecca’s Cake Pops, 61 New Hyde Park Rd., Garden City, rebeccascakepops.myshopify.comSMELL OF LOVE
Explore the intoxicating scents of the Australian desert, the Caribbean mountains, the tropical shores of Bali, and the U.S. coasts—and discover the perfect Raw Spirit fragrance for you. $25 RawSpirit.com