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Best of Long Island Spotlight: Top Restaurants

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, which means it’s time to make dinner reservations for you and your significant other at a classy Long Island restaurant, but which one is best?

Press readers voted Sufiya’s Grill the Best Romantic Dinner on Long Island in the 2017 Best of Long Island contest. Blackstone Steakhouse won Best Upscale Restaurant on Long Island and R.S. Jones Best Restaurant on Long Island.

It’s an irresistible truth that food and romance are inextricably linked in an intimate setting. As that discriminating taste-setter Virginia Woolf once put it: “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” A romantic evening fills the senses when you celebrate it with someone special as you savor a lovely meal together.

And where else should a couple contemplate their precious moments as a twosome than at Sufiya’s Grill in East Meadow, which has been voted as serving the Best Romantic Dinner on Long Island? Nowhere! What’s on the menu? Absolutely amazing food, and hopefully, a whole lotta love, hugs and kisses, too!

And you know what they say: When it comes to fine dining, presentation is everything. Blackstone Steakhouse takes this to heart, in spades. Its interior is as beautiful as those luscious cuts of high-quality meat! With candlelight tables, lush, vibrant decor replete with dark, elegant woods, diners are not just served an extraordinary meal, every single time, but a truly exceptional dining experience in the Best Upscale Restaurant on Long Island!

But who’s the overall best? The competition could not be hotter, but R.S. Jones has come out on top as the Best Restaurant on Long Island. How cool is that!

Perhaps it’s their exceptional cuisine. Among other absolutely delicious specialties, R.S. Jones serves up electrifying dishes that include: gumbo, chili, fried pickles, alligator wontons, nachos, shrimp and grits, and biscuits and gravy! Then there’s its absolutely amazing vibe: food aficionados and music lovers both frequently call R.S. Jones home. Their staff is friendly and knowledgeable and always willing to please, too! All this, and so much more, make R.S. Jones the absolute Best Restaurant on Long Island!

For more places to try, check out all the 2017 Best of Long Island contest winners in the restaurant category.

To find all the other Best of Long Island contest winners, visit bestoflongisland.comNominate your favorite businesses and people in the 2019 Best of Long Island program starting Jan. 1.

Sufiya’s Grill is located at 2320 Hempstead Tpke. in East Meadow. They can be reached at 516-644-2200 or sufiyasgrill.com

Blackstone Steakhouse is located at 10 Pinelawn Rd. in Melville. They can be reached at 631-271-7780 or blackstonesteakhouse.com

R.S. Jones is located at 153 Merrick Ave. in Merrick. They can be reached at 516-378-7177 or rsjones.com

Lloyd Harbor Colonial With Stellar Views Asks $5.9M

A spectacular home with every amenity you could desire is a magnificent waterfront opportunity with breathtaking views listed for sale at 25 Bouton Rd. in the Village of Lloyd Harbor.

Built in 2005, this custom Colonial-style estate house on 2.6 acres has five en-suite bedrooms, five marble bathrooms, two half bathrooms and 6,500-square-feet of living space. It also has an in-ground heated saltwater pool, tennis court, putting green and shared deep-water dock with space for a 50-foot boat.

The house comes equipped with an eat-in kitchen, formal dining room, an office, two powder rooms, three fireplaces and a fully finished basement with a gym and media room. Outside it has a three-car detached garage, porch, patio and deck.

The house is about five miles from downtown Huntington, the Cold Spring Harbor Long Island Rail Road station about eight miles from the Long Island Expressway. It is also located near Caumsett State Park, Target Rock National Wildlife Refuge and Lloyd Neck Beach.

The house is in the Cold Spring Harbor School District, which had its high school ranked No. 31 in New York State by U.S. News & World Report’s annual ratings.

The asking price is $5,998,000, not including the annual property taxes of $60,095.

The real estate agent listed for the property is Leslie Yudell Beder of Signature Premier Properties, who can be reached at 631-692-4800.

7 Photos of 1st Long Island Blizzard of 2018

A snow plow clears Main Street in Islip on Jan. 4, 2018 (Long Island Press photo)

Blizzard Dumps 16 Inches of Snow on Long Island

A snow plow stuck behind a stranded vehicle in Baldwin Photo via Noticia)

Winter Storm Grayson dumped more than a foot of snow Thursday on much of Long Island, which saw the highest accumulations in the tri-state area.

The highest amount in Suffolk County was 16.4 inches in Terryville, according to the National Weather Service. Nassau County wasn’t far behind with 15.1 inches in Baldwin. Even New York City saw more than a foot of snow, with parts of Queens getting 13.6 inches.

That’s in addition to 64-mph gusts recorded on Great Gull Island on the East End and 66-mph gusts recorded in Bayville.

Here’s the snowfall amounts for the region:

SUFFOLK COUNTY
Terryville: 16.4
Bohemia: 16.3
Middle Island: 16
Islip Airport: 15.8
North Babylon: 15.7
Smithtown: 15
Sayville: 14.6
Eastport: 14.5
Mattituck: 13.6
Farmingville: 13
East Hauppauge: 12.6
Brookhaven: 12.5
Patchogue: 12.5
Commack: 12.4
Medford: 12.3
South Huntington: 12.2
Yaphank: 12.1
West Islip: 12
Upton: 12
Saint James: 11.7
Calverton: 11
Farmingville: 10.5
Islip: 9.5
Miller Place: 9
Sound Beach: 8.8
Ridge: 8.2
Mount Sinai: 7.5

NASSAU COUNTY
Baldwin: 15.1
East Hills: 14.0
Carle Place: 13.7
Massapequa: 13
West Hempstead: 12.5
Manhasset: 12
Jericho: 12
Bethpage: 11
Hicksville: 10
East Meadow: 10.4
Roslyn: 10
Garden City: 10
Old Brookville: 10
Glen Head: 10

Updated Waterfront Point Lookout Home Asks $2.4M

The beautiful, completely updated home with great views listed for sale at 131 Bayside Dr. in Point Lookout is the only Reynolds Channel waterfront home currently available in the community.

Built in 1987, the four-bedroom home with two and a half bathrooms with 2,848-square-feet of living space features waterfront decks on three levels and dock space for a boat.

It features a newly updated eat-in kitchen, a formal dining room, fireplace in the living room, central air conditioning and rear decks on the ground floor, from the second-floor master suite as well as a third-floor bedroom that can double as an office. Outside it has a porch, patio and 45 feet of water frontage.

The property is located nearby the quaint downtown strip in Point Lookout, which is at the western tip of Long Beach island. It’s also near the Loop Parkway connecting to mainland Long Island and is two miles from downtown Long Beach, which has the closest Long Island Rail Road station. The house is in the Long Beach School District.

The asking price is $2,470,000, not including the annual property taxes of $21,251.

The real estate agent listed for the property is Thomas Hug of HUG Real Estate, who can be reached at 516-431-8000.

Best of Long Island Spotlight: Top Gym, Personal Trainer

Now that the New Year is underway, now comes the hard part: Sticking to those resolutions to lose weight, eat right and get in the habit of working out at the gym.

To help achieve those self-improvement goals, Press readers voted Fitness Incentive the Best Gym on Long Island in the 2017 Best of Long Island contest and Rachel Ezelius of Eat Smart at Fitness Incentive the Best Nutritionist/Dietician on Long Island in that competition. In addition, Workout Anywhere won Best Personal Trainer on Long Island, Phil Sottile was named Best Life Coach on Long Island and The Weight Loss Intervention Center of Long Island took the title of Best Weight Loss Center on Long Island.

Long Islanders have consistently ranked Fitness Incentive among the top on this list throughout the years, and for many great reasons! When a friend asks if you “belong to a gym” the response is typically lacking any gusto or exuberant testimony about the place where you spend hours each week toning your body. Fitness Incentive is different. Members truly love devoting their valuable time, and look forward to their workouts.

They appreciate its evolution since opening in 1984, such as its constantly updated inventory of modern exercise and weightlifting machines and equipment, fitness classes, and diet and nutrition instruction. Fitness Incentive is not only a gym, but a sanctuary for members who trade tips and experience together.

Speaking of the nutritionist at Fitness Incentive, Rachel Ezelius is not only 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’ East Smart also offers counseling sessions for a range of diet-related issues.

After all, a person can get exhausted — and plenty hungry — just by researching trendy diets, nutrition advice and new workout regiments 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!

But when it comes to exercise, we could all use a little help. Thanks to Workout Anywhere, working out doesn’t seem so difficult anymore. Workout Anywhere helps you set important goals and incrementally takes you through the process of reaching those lofty expectations at a pace that works for you. Everyone has it in them to live healthier and happier lives, and Workout Anywhere can literally bring the workout to you, anywhere. For these reasons and so many more, it’s no wonder why Long Islanders voted Workout Anywhere the Best Personal Trainer on Long Island!

For some people, a gentle nudge from a caring person can help them immensely in reaching that next stage in life. For others, that nudge comes in the form of a sympathetic ear, a supporting smile, or some encouraging advice. When Long Islanders need someone some direction, that warm smile, or helpful suggestions, they turn to Phil Sottile, of Intelligent Fitness.

It’s no wonder why Long Islanders vote him the Best Life Coach on Long Island! Sottile may be well known for his fitness instruction and personal training, but to his clients, he’s much, much more than that. He’s a motivator, a role model, and an inspiration!

As for those who need a little more help losing some pounds, there’s Butch and Rich Purslow at The Weight Loss Intervention Center of Long Island, who 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. This extraordinary philosophy is just one of the many reasons why Long Islanders voted The Weight Loss Intervention Center the Best Weight Loss Center on Long Island, for the second consecutive year!

For more top local experts to help you keep your resolutions, see the Best of Long Island winners in the health & wellness category!

To find all the other Best of Long Island contest winners, visit bestoflongisland.com Nominate your favorite businesses and people in the 2019 Best of Long Island program starting Jan. 1.

Fitness Incentive is located at 157 Deer Park Ave. in Babylon. They can be reached at 631-587-5766 or fitnessincentive.com

Workout Anywhere is located at 6 Polo Ct. in Woodbury. They can be reached at 516-456-4438 or workoutanywhereny.com

Phil Sottile is located at 3012A Jericho Tpke. in East Northport. He can be reached at 631-858-2900 or intelligentfitness.net

The Weight Loss Intervention Center of Long Island is located at 4277 Hempstead Tpke., Ste. 209 in Bethpage. They can be reached at 516-731-3583 or wliclongisland.com

Horoscopes by PsychicDeb for January 2018

Aries – This month’s emphasis is on self-understanding and spiritual values. A close friend may decide you’re too aloof, remote or absorbed in your own feelings. Don’t allow yourself to be drawn into a heavy social session; you need time to be alone and think.

Taurus – You make a significant discovery about your career, love life or money. A little detective work will reveal that you’re on the right track. All you have to do is ask for help from a VIP and you’ll get the financial backing you deserve. Keep secrets.

Gemini – Your inventive mind helps you spot future trends. Work done behind the scenes pays off later. You’re about to pull together loose ends and complete a large-scale project. It’s not time yet to reveal plans – wait! Take a chance on number 9.

Cancer – It’s time to mull over recent moves. Your intuition and sensitivity will be heightened; you won’t be as outgoing. You may need to be assured of your self-worth by an older person or other close tie. Food and creature comforts appeal more.

Leo – This month’s accent is on money, spending and extravagance. An exciting shopping trip proves expensive. If choices are hard to make, don’t think you have to buy out the store. Entertainment, travel and the companionship of a Sagittarius brightens your day. Enjoy your popularity.

Virgo – The month of reckoning arrives concerning bills, records and other money details. Stick to a tight schedule, don’t waste time on frivolous activities. You see the need for a budget and getting more organized. Much can be accomplished.

Libra – This month’s accent is on language skills, travel and variety. You’ll be caught up in a round of exciting conversations, meetings and parties. A flirtatious member of the opposite sex trades quips with you and wants to get to know you better. Keep your schedule flexible.

Scorpio – A visit to a local cultural event proves profitable. You’ll be anxious to express your artistic talents yourself. Sign up for lessons or buy materials to make this possible. A close relative offers encouragement, cash and affection.

Sagittarius – You’ll have the power to inspire others to do their best. The key is to offer sympathy and compassion instead of a reproof. Someone you are dealing with has had enough nit-picking over inconsequential matters. Accent your spiritual values. Pisces and Virgo are on hand this month.

Capricorn – Six planet stellium in Capricorn – a new phase of life begins as you surge into a high stellar cycle. You’ll feel renewed and ready for adventure, romance and spectacular self-expression. Use your ability to charm others and you’ll get what you want. Wear bold colors that attract other dramatic people.

Aquarius – You’ve earned the support and approval of an authority figure. Expect help in a property deal or domestic arrangement. More money, prestige and responsibility will be handed to you making this an extremely significant month. Your family plays a key role.

Pisces – The spotlight is on recreation, entertainment, and romance. Don’t allow limitations to fence you in. The key is to adopt a universal viewpoint and show interest in the good of all. A child or younger family member will be grateful for your attention. Aries is on the scene.

IF YOU KNOW YOUR RISING SIGN, CONSULT THE HOROSCOPE FOR THAT SIGN AS WELL.

Psychicdeb has been a professional astrologer for over 25 yrs. She teaches Astrology for a nominal fee. Psychicdeb also uses the tarot to do psychic readings channeling her spirit guide Helen. Reiki is one of her obsessions. She is a Reiki Master and loves to teach others the benefits of Reiki. Call 516-236-7729 for an appointment in her private office. Or you can find her at the Original Psychic Fairs on Sundays. A listing of the Fair dates can be found on her website at: astro-mate.org or join the Facebook page: facebook.com/The-Original-Long-Island-Psychic-Fair

Teen Nabbed for Hempstead Christmas Murder

Nassau County Police Body North Bellmore

A teenager has been arrested and a second is wanted for allegedly shooting a 35-year-old man to death in the victim’s hometown of Hempstead on Christmas, Nassau County police said.

Shameq Sullins, 16, was charged Tuesday with second-degree murder in the shooting of Rafael I. Cepeda, police said. Sullins was the lookout and a second suspect who has yet to be apprehended, 17-year-old Antoine Foster, allegedly fired the shots, police said, noting the teens are members of the Bloods street gang.

Officers had responded to a ShotSpotter alert when they found the victim suffering from gunshot wounds on Terrace Avenue at 6:25 p.m. Dec. 25, police said. The victim was taken to a local hospital, where he died an hour later.

Sullins, also of Hempstead, pleaded not guilty Wednesday at First District Court in Hempstead. He was ordered held without bail.

Don’t Let The Flu Bug You This Year

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Bianca Raleigh, 31st Medical Operations Squadron allergy and immunizations noncommissioned officer in charge, administers a patient’s shot March 23, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Areca T. Wilson/Released)

Flu season is upon us, and many healthcare facilities are urging you to start preparing now with vaccines. Ironically, one of the places you need to be careful is at the doctor’s office or healthcare clinic.

The number of people in and out of clinics this time of year increases the chance that someone will leave behind a harmful pathogen. Being near people who may already have the flu can put you at risk. Reduce this risk by following some simple instructions from healthcare cleaning experts.

“Healthcare-acquired infections can be a threat to everyone, especially the elderly and young children,” said Steve Zimmerman, director of healthcare services for ServiceMaster Clean, a cleaning and janitorial service provider. “Most facilities do a good job of sanitizing their waiting areas, but sick people can spread their illnesses through the touch of a door, magazine or pen, leaving you vulnerable to pick up germs you can’t see.”

The Centers for Disease Control estimate that 9 million to 35 million people will get the flu each year, 140,000 to 710,000 will be hospitalized because of it, and 12,000 to 56,000 will die from the illness. The CDC recommends a vaccination each year for those six months of age and older.

While the vaccine may help protect you from the flu, cleaning experts urge everyone to avoid high-touch areas as much as possible. In a healthcare setting, Zimmerman defines high-touch surfaces as anything that multiple people will likely touch during their visit.

Some high-touch surfaces are hard to avoid, such as door handles and chair armrests. That’s why it’s wise to wash hands often and use hand sanitizer when necessary. But there are other high-touch areas you can avoid, such as:

* Magazines. These are nearly impossible to disinfect once they have been contaminated. Don’t pick them up while you’re waiting.
* Toys. Bring your own toys to help prevent your child from picking up an illness from another child.
* Restrooms. They can harbor lots of pathogens unless cleaned often. If you must go, limit touching surfaces in the restroom, wash your hands thoroughly and use hand sanitizer if it’s available.
* Ink pens. Think about how many hands touch the ink pens in facilities. Whether signing in or filling out paperwork, bring your own and eliminate the possibility of sharing germs.
* Coffee urns. For many Americans, coffee is a must. If you pick up a coffee pot or stop at your favorite coffee shop, take hand sanitizer with you and use immediately after you pour a cup.

Zimmerman also points out that if you schedule visits for the early morning, you are less likely to contract the germs that typically accumulate, since cleaning crews often perform a deep clean at the end of each day. – BPT

Docs: Flu shot also thwarts pneumonia
The return of flu season reminds us that it’s time to get our shots, but the folks
at Northwell Health GoHealth Urgent Care note that it can also prevent worse ailments.

Dr. Neal Shipley from Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care points to a 2015 study that found those who have been vaccinated against the flu are 57 percent less likely to catch pneumonia.

“That’s a pretty serious statistic given that many of those who are unfortunate enough to catch pneumonia typically end up in the hospital for four to five days with intravenous antibiotics and a four-week-long recovery period,” he said. “We know you don’t have time for that.”

The study was conducted by researchers from the Etiology of Pneumonia in the Community (EPIC) in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Laura Curran Sworn in as First Female Nassau Exec

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, right, swears in Laura Curran as Nassau County Executive in Mineola on Monday, Jan 1, 2018 (Photo by Bob Giglione)

Hundreds braved sub-freezing temperatures Monday to see Laura Curran sworn in as the first female Nassau County Executive in Long Island history during a brief ceremony outside the county legislature in Mineola.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a fellow Democrat, swore in Curran, who then laid out her plans during her first remarks as the county’s top-elected official as supporters looked on from the lawn of the Theodore Roosevelt Legislative & Executive Building.

“I am honored to stand before you today as county executive,” she said. “I am truly humbled by the responsibly you have entrusted in me. Today I take office fully aware that as county executive one of my most pressing challenges is to restore trust and respect in our government so we as a county can chart a new path forward.”

Curran replaces Republican Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, who did not seek a third term and rebuffed calls to resign after pleading not guilty to federal corruption charges. His last day in office was Sunday. Curran beat ex-New York State Sen. Jack Martins (R-Old Westbury) in November in the race to replace Mangano.

“This is the time of the woman and we needed one and we have a great one,” Cuomo said. “This is a special day, and these are no ordinary times and Laura Curran is no ordinary person.”

The governor alluded to Curran’s uncommon background for a lawmaker. She was a journalist before becoming a Baldwin school board member and serving two terms in the county legislature.

“I am excited that Laura is not a typical politician because there are no typical solutions to what we’re going through,” he said. “Laura has the strength, the courage, the leadership, that we need to make a difference and go forward. We are honored and blessed to have her.”

Curran said she’ll waste no time in getting to work. Her negotiating skills will be put to the test with the Republican-majority county legislature.

“Of course we’ll have our disagreements but, I truly believe that there is no conflict too great for us to resolve,” she said. “No problem to which we cannot find a solution. Over the next few weeks, I will begin to implement a series of policies to fulfill my pledges to Nassau residents.

“As promised, I will ban any appointee in my administration of holding a leadership position in a political party,” she continued. “I will bar my executive staff from donating to or fundraising for my campaigns. I truly believe that these simple fixes are a good start toward restoring trust in Nassau government.”

She added that she’ll work to realize a new vision for Nassau that includes smart development, the return of the Islanders, creating a business-friendly environment and the jobs that come with it.

“To the residents of Nassau County, I have heard your call and now is the time for action,” she said.