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Who Makes The Best French Fries on Long Island?

French Fries. Photo via maxpixel.net

French fries aren’t French, of course, but who cares? They’re delicious, and that’s all that matters. And Long Island restaurants sure know how to make ‘em. 

Long Islanders voted All American Hamburger Drive-In the winner of the Best French Fries on Long Island category in the 2019 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest. It’s a title they’ve won for the past nine years straight.

You can’t have a burger without fries. The meal just wouldn’t be complete. Fortunately, All American Hamburger Drive-In didn’t just win the Best Burger on Long Island this year, they earned the number-one spot for Best French Fries on Long Island as well!

Perfectly cooked with the right amount of crispness and salt, their fries are to-die-for. And not only is the food marvelous, but the service is fast, making All American Hamburger Drive-In the best place for an all-American meal!

To find all the other 2019 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest winners, visit bestoflongisland.com Vote for your favorite businesses and people in the 2020 Bethpage Best of Long Island program starting Oct. 1.

All American Hamburger Drive-In is located at 4286 Merrick Rd. in Massapequa. It can be reached at 516-798-9574 or allamericanhamburger.us

North Fork Country Kids Rescue Awards Honors Vets, Rescues

North Fork Country Kids Rescue Awards honorees. (Photo by Ed Shin)

The North Fork Country Kids Rescue of Riverhead dedicated their annual rescue awards dinner Friday at the Long Island Aquarium to local women in rescue and the veterinary communities.

Highlights included Irish dancers heading to Ireland this fall from the Vernon Academy in Cutchogue, and awards presented to the honorees Dr. Beth Dunbar of Mattituck Laurel Veterinary, Dr. Victoria Carillo Mobile Unit, Tracy Mclaren from Southampton Animal Shelter, Heather Mancuso, and Erica Kutzing From Strong Island Rescue.

Board members April Elsner, Jaclyn Heinz, Laura Huber, and founder Virginia Scudder reminded all of the importance of supporting women in the communities.

Many came out to support these ladies and the rescue including the Christine Pellegrino, John Stanisci from Marvel comics, and many more.

L. to R.: Honorees Heather Mancuso, Dr. Victoria Carillo, Erica Kutzing, Tracy Mclaren, Dr. Beth Dunbar. Photo by Ed Shin.
Honoree Erica Kutzing. Photo by Ed Shin
L. to R.: Honoree Dr. Beth Dunbar, Virginia Scudder. Photo by Ed Shin
L. to R.: Honoree Heather Mancuso, Virginia Scudder. Photo by Ed Shin
L. to R.: Honoree Dr. Victoria Carillo, Virginia Scudder. Photo by Ed Shin
L. to R.: Honoree Erica Kutzing, Virginia Scudder. Photo by Ed Shin.
John Stanisci. Photo by Ed Shin
Vernon Academy of Irish Dance – L to R – Kyleen Vernon, Kate Foley, Evan Huber, Payton Scudder, Mary Bofinger. Photo by Ed Shin
Photo by Ed Shin
Photo by Ed Shin
Photo by Ed Shin
Photo by Ed Shin

Photo by Ed Shin

Dime Community Bank Presents Check for School Supplies to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island

L. to R.: Michael A. Perez, Dime EVP and Chief Retail Officer; Fabiola Turner, BBBS of LI Director of Programs; Stu Lubow, Dime Senior EVP and Chief Banking Officer; Meredith McCaslin, BBBS of LI Director of Development, Corporate and Event Giving; Patricia Strong, Dime VP and Community Reinvestment Act Officer; and Dean Highland, Dime AVP and Melville Branch Manager. Photo by Matthew Kropp

As part of Dime’s support of local children who are beginning the new school season, Dime Community Bank recently presented a check for $2,500 to Big Brothers Big
Sisters of Long Island at the bank’s Melville branch.

Presenting check on behalf of Dime Community Bank were Stu Lubow, Senior EVP and Chief Banking Officer; Michael A. Perez, EVP and Chief Retail Officer; Patricia Strong, VP and Community Reinvestment Act Officer; and Dean Highland, AVP and Melville Branch Manager.

Receiving the check on behalf of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island were Fabiola Turner, Director of Programs and Meredith McCaslin, Director of Development, Corporate and Event Giving.

“With the support of Dime, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island has been able to provide necessary school supplies to 146 students in our area,” remarked Fabiola Turner.

“Dime is proud to partner with BBBS of Long Island in helping children in our neighboring communities prepare for the upcoming school year,” stated Patricia Strong.

Family Center for Autism Announces New Fall Class Lineup

Family Center for Autism

The Garden City-based nonprofit Family Center for Autism is offering new classes this fall to meet their unique clients’ socializing and skill building needs.

Registration begins 12 p.m. Wednesday for the fall 2019 class schedule, which includes programs and classes such as the teaching trades, soap making, painting, and more.

Class descriptions are as follows:

Teaching Trades Series
In 2019, the world is a marketplace. Between the internet, farmer’s markets, and pop-up boutiques it is easier than ever to get hand-made products to those who need and love them. With underemployment being such a large problem within our population we are happy to introduce our “Teaching Trades” series.

These classes will teach participants how to create a specific, high-quality product that when finished can be sold in a variety of settings. This series is where interest and income overlap and over time individuals will learn to independently and skillfully create an item that in the future they could make for profit.

Items made in these classes will be sold in the lobby of The Family Center for Autism with the profits going to the individuals who made those specific items.

Ladies’ Chai Time
Sharing time with friends has been shown to beneficial to an individual’s happiness and health. Enjoy a cup of tea and be ready to laugh and socialize with other ladies. Express feelings, use positive words, and improve on positive thinking. Pair this with Adult Yoga to have a truly relaxing afternoon.

Adult and Teen Painting
An hour of relaxing painting and conversation with friends old and new. Each week participants will follow the instructor in completing a canvas-based painting that will increase their painting skills all while having a great time!

Children’s Programming
Participants will get to interact with cutting-edge technology on a weekly basis, including Wonder Workshop’s Dash, Dot, & Cue, Kano Pixel Kits, MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer, and more. The only prerequisite is a good attitude and being ready to have a great time.

Soap Making for Adults:
This exciting new program to build skills, to make friends, and to hopefully make some money. 

The Family Center for Autism is located at 1517 Franklin Ave. in Garden City. To register, call 516-355-9400 or visit familycenterforautism.org

Full disclosure: The Family Center for Autism is affiliated with the nonprofit Life’s WORC, which was founded by Victoria Schneps-Yunis, owner of Schneps Media, the parent company of the Long Island Press.

Old Brookville Mansion That’s Among Nation’s Largest Homes Asks $23M

This 51-acre Gold Coast estate dubbed Rynwood that’s home to a breathtaking Cotswold-style masterpiece of a mansion ranking among the top 100 largest homes in the nation is listed for sale at 1111 Cedar Swamp Rd. in the Village of Old Brookville.

Built in 1927, this 15-bedroom limestone estate house has nine bathrooms, three half bathrooms, and 40,000 square feet of living space. It was designed by esteemed architect Roger Harrington Bullard for English businessman Samuel Agar Salvage, who was president of The Viscose Company, a since-shuttered manufacturer of synthetic fabrics such as rayon. He was sometimes called the father of the rayon industry in the United States. 

Rynwood is tied with Coe Hall in Upper Brookville, The Braes in Glen Cove, Mills Mansion in upstate New York, and an unnamed Los Angeles mansion for 94th place in a list of the 100 largest homes in America in order of square footage. The property has more square footage than Roosevelt Field Mall.

The house boasts exquisite leaded glass windows, stone archways, gleaming English oak paneling, wide plank peg board floors and wood-beamed ceilings that add warmth and character to the interior. It features an eat-in kitchen, formal dining room, billiard room, play room, vaulted two-story library, office in the finished attic, and a fully finished basement complete with a 6,000-bottle wine cellar.

The house comes equipped with central air conditioning and 17 fireplaces. Outside it has in-ground sprinklers, a porch, patio, tennis court, six-car attached garage, five-bar maintenance garage, Vermont slate roof, formal gardens, a greenhouse, gate house, and a two-bedroom cottage. 

The house is located near the Cedar Brook Golf & Tennis Club, Brookville Country Club and other parks. It is also near the Glen Head Long Island Rail Road station and a short drive from downtown Roslyn and Glen Cove. It’s located in the North Shore School District.

The asking price is $23,000,000, not including the $154,276 in annual property taxes.

The real estate agent listed for this property is Debra Quinn Petkanas of Daniel Gale Real Estate, who can be reached at 516-674-2000.

NY Jets and Bethpage Federal Credit Union Team Up To Tackle Bullying

The New York Jets named Bethpage Federal Credit Union the NFL team’s official credit union and sponsor of the Jets Tackle Bullying initiative.

The campaign, presented by Bethpage — New York State’s largest credit union — and in partnership with STOMP Out Bullying, aims to create awareness about a national epidemic that effects every community by reaching educators and students in the tri-state area through school visits, annual educator symposiums and weekly programs that celebrate students who are working to resolve bullying in their schools.

“We are excited to join forces with Bethpage Federal Credit Union,” said Ian Lasher, the Jets senior vice president for corporate partnerships. “Jets Tackle Bullying is a cause we care deeply about, and Long Island has always been an important market for the Jets. This partnership creates synergy on all levels to further engage Jets fans living on Long Island and throughout the entire Tri-State area.”

Every seven seconds in America, a child is bullied. To tackle the issue, the Bethpage-sponsored Jets anti-bullying program will expand with the creation of a targeted outreach effort aimed at educators and students throughout the Long Island area.

Bethpage will participate in the Jets Anti-Bullying Awareness Game in November and present the Jets Upstander of the Week, highlighting one student per week during the season across the team’s social media platforms and on stadium video boards during home games. Additionally, Bethpage will present the team’s fourth annual Anti-Bullying Symposium at MetLife Stadium prior to the Jets preseason game on Aug. 29.

“Bethpage is delighted and privileged to partner with the New York Jets and help expand its highly impactful anti-bullying campaign onto Long Island and throughout the Tri-State,” said Wayne N. Grossé, president and CEO of Bethpage. “Bethpage greatly cares about the issues and concerns of its members, its employees and the community. Today’s bullying epidemic must come to an end. Very much a successful grass-roots effort, Jets Tackle Bullying is making a difference and Bethpage is excited to partner with the Jets to be a part of the solution.”

Who Are The Best Educators on Long Island?

Kathleen Harrigan 
For teachers like Kathleen Harrigan, educating young minds isn’t a job, it’s a calling. Harrigan has been teaching at Our Lady of Mercy (OLM) for 24 years. She began at OLM teaching third grade for two years, then moved up to the fifth grade, which she has taught for 21 years, and loves every minute. She began the After School Program that has been up and running for 11 years. Ms. Harrigan is an institution at Our Lady of Mercy, and helps bring out the best in every student who walks through her classroom door. Our Lady of Mercy, 520 South Oyster Bay Rd., Hicksville, 516-433-7040, olmshicks.org

Dr. Daniel Vitow
Dr. Daniel J. Vitow has been the Headmaster at North Shore Hebrew Academy High School since its planning stage in 2000. The development of the school is a direct result of his vision for Jewish education based upon more than 40 years of stewardship leading various yeshivas. North Shore Hebrew Academy HS, 400 North Service Road, Great Neck, 516-487-2424, nshahs.org

Christine M. Riordan
One of Long Island’s most prestigious institutions of higher learning is led by one of the best minds on the island and a true trailblazer. Christine M. Riordan, Ph.D., is the first woman to serve as president of Adelphi University. She is an internationally recognized expert in leadership development, team building, and diversity and inclusion, and is recognized for her ground-breaking initiatives to personalize and transform the higher education experience. Since beginning her appointment as Adelphi’s 10th president in 2015, she has launched a remarkable turnaround strategy that has led to a boost in enrollment, increased fundraising, greater recognition and new strategies to promote student success and diversity and inclusion. In the fall of 2016, 2017, and 2018, Adelphi enrolled the largest first-year classes in its history. Adelphi University 1 South Avenue, Garden City, 516-877-3000, adelphi.edu

Pat McCabe
Pat McCabe has what it takes to mold young minds and guide them to success. He was announced as the fourth head coach of the women’s lacrosse program at Adelphi University on Sept. 4, 2014, and enters his fifth season at the helm in 2019. In his four years at the helm, McCabe has guided the Panthers in their championship tradition, adding two NCAA Division II national crowns to the team’s resume while reaching the national championship game in his first three years. The squad has also won three Northeast-10 Championships, running the team’s total to seven in nine seasons. Hooray Pat, and hooray Adelphi! Adelphi University, 1 South Avenue, Garden City, adelphi.edu

John Calabria 
John Calabria began his lacrosse playing career at Sachem High School where he achieved All-County Honors playing attack. From there he received a full athletic scholarship for lacrosse to attend Adelphi University where he was awarded All-American Honors, helping Adelphi win the Division II College National Championship in 1993 and also awarded Team MVP. Coach Calabria is a Social Studies teacher at Syosset High School, which gives him a good perspective of the young student-athlete’s ability to understand and internalize all phases of the game. He has coached and played lacrosse at both the high school and college levels. Coach Calabria stated he has always looked for the following things from his coaches: love of the game, high lacrosse IQ, strong work ethic, and professional mannerisms with an understanding that as a coach, you must value the whole experience that players are experiencing, in the classroom and on the field. Syosset High School, 70 S. Woods Road, Syosset, 516-364-5675, syossetschools.org


Nominate your favorite businesses and people in the 2020 Bethpage Best of Long Island program through Aug. 31.

Step 1: Visit bestoflongisland.com 
Step 2: Click “Nominate Now”
Step 3: Select a category and enter the information about the person or business you with to nominate
Step 4: Click “Submit”
Step 5: Repeat for all of your favorite people and businesses

To find all the other 2019 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest winners, visit bestoflongisland.com

Queens-Long Island Renal Institute Awarded for Quality Recognition

The Queens-Long Island Renal Institute (QLIRI) at the New Hyde Park-based Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation recently won two quality recognition awards for its best practices from the Island Peer Review Organization End-Stage Renal Disease Network of New York.  

These prestigious awards represent programs from across New York State that demonstrate excellence in best practices in response to a public health need.

“The QLIRI team accomplished this wonderful goal, very diligently, to help support patient care,” said Michael N. Rosenblut, QLIRI’s president and CEO.

QLIRI earned the Recognition of Excellence in Medication Management Initiative: CMS Emerging Success Story award for its education programs and awareness campaigns to support medication management, opioid misuse counseling, and substance abuse screenings.

The initiatives were identified as best practice strategies in opioid-misuse prevention and treatment as well as supporting safe and effective pain management, according to the network.

QLIRI was received a Recognition of Achievement in the ESRD Quality Incentive Program (QIP)  Arteriovenous Fistula (AVF)/Graft (AVG) 2018 Performance Score. It achieved the highest rating, 10 points, in this category, according to the network.

These awards are just some of the recent recognitions earned by Queens-Long Island Renal Institute. The organization also received the prestigious 5-Diamond Patient Safety Program. This award is given only to those dialysis facilities that meet precise criteria. These standards include building specific staff and patient awareness of defined patient safety areas, promoting patient safety values, and fostering a culture of patient safety after completing a series of learning modules.  


Oak Beach Home With Fire Island Inlet Views Asks $999,000

Blending historic charm, modern upgrades, magnificent views, and all the trappings of a boater’s paradise is this tri-level Colonial listed for sale at 62 The Narrows in Oak Beach.

Built in 1924 on a 0.3-acre lot, this sought-after five-bedroom home has three and half bathrooms, 3,173 square feet of living space, and a 68-foot pier with a boat lift and dual boat slips in six to eight feet of water at low tide. The house overlooks the Fire Island Inlet.

The house features an eat-in kitchen with a center island, a dual fireplace in the formal dining room and living room, and a den. The upper-level master suite has a balcony with abundant views. The house comes equipped with central air conditioning. Outside it has a wraparound porch and 108 square feet of water frontage.

The property is located near oceanfront parks such as Overlook Beach, Cedar Beach and Robert Moses State Park on nearby Fire Island. It’s right off Ocean Parkway and about six miles from the Long Island Rail Road station in downtown Babylon. It is in the Babylon School District.

The asking price is $999,999, not including the annual property taxes of $27,337.

The real estate agents listed for the property are Steven Rainone and Irene Lockel of Netter Real Estate, Inc. They can be reached at 631-661-5100.

Science Center Holding Contest To Name Its Emus

Pictured is an Emu, a flightless bird native to Australia.

The public is invited to enter a contest to name two young emus in a new attraction at the Rockville Centre-based Center for Science Teaching & Learning’s Dinosaurs! and People’s United Bank Animal Adventure.

The nonprofit center dedicated to encouraging science learning and literacy said the contest will run Sept. 1 to Sept. 30. The emus are part of an exhibit that focuses on how animals and dinosaurs adapt to their environments  the only exhibit of its kind in Nassau County. Visitors to the exhibit can see museum-quality dinosaur models in addition to a variety of live wild animals, including owls, golden pheasants, goats, alligators, lizards, turtles, and frogs, along with a special exhibit, The World of Rabbits.

“Emus are a popular part of our new animal exhibition, but they need names,” CSTL Director Dr. Ray Ann Havasy. “We are calling upon our visitors and friends to submit their ideas for naming our two emus.”

The emu is the second-largest living bird by height, after its close relative, the ostrich. An Australian native, emus are soft-feathered, brown, flightless birds with long necks and legs, and can reach up to 6-foot, 2-inches tall. They can travel great distances and can sprint at about 31 mph.

To enter suggestions, visitors must submit an entry card in person at the exhibit with the proposed name for one of the birds written on the entry slip along with their name and contact information. Winners will be selected on Oct. 1 and asked to join Dr. Havasy at the attraction on Oct. 5 for the public announcement of the names. The winners will also have their photos on permanent display with the emus.

Center for Science Teaching & Learning’s Dinosaurs! and People’s United Bank Animal Adventure is located at Tanglewood Preserve, 1450 Tanglewood Rd., Rockville Centre. It is is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for children under 10. For more information call 516-764-0045 or visit cstl.org

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