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Trial: Gripping Play About Child Abuse Benefits Survivors

Ashley Griffin and Lori Petty.

It was an uphill battle for justice. But now child sexual abuse survivors can celebrate the recent passage of the New York Child Victims Act and seek prosecution against their abusers. The bill also includes a one-year window during which victims of any age or time limit can prosecute.

The issue of justice vs. mercy is explored in Trial, a must-see, riveting play by Ashley Griffin (Snow, Twilight: The Unauthorized Musical Parody), and directed by Lori Petty (Orange is the New Black, A League of Their Own) that asks, “What would a victim decide if they could determine their abuser’s eternal fate?”

Don’t miss an all-star cast of Broadway performers during a one-night benefit staged reading of Trial at 7 p.m. March 28 at the Krasnoff Theatre at Tilles Center at LIU Post, 720 Northern Boulevard, in Brookville. Proceeds will benefit WellLife Network, one of the region’s largest and most diversified voluntary, nonprofit health and human services organizations, helping individuals and families lead more independent and productive lives.

It’s a dark reality: one out of every six American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape. And while most victims don’t talk about their ordeal till later in life, that experience will forever haunt their daily existence.

Thanks to WellLife Network, survivors of sexual trauma and their families across New York City and Long Island who are dealing with developmental disabilities, mental illness, and addiction have found a safe space where they can receive treatment while on their journey to recovery and wellness.

“The issue of family violence affects the entire family,” said Rebecca Costa, vice president, Long Island Operations. Inspired by a true story, Trial brings the audience into another realm – the bureaucratic system of the afterlife – where a young woman who becomes both judge and jury awaits her own judgment to determine the eternal fate of her abusive father, who was responsible for her death.

With a united voice and as a community, the entire cast has been raising awareness about the importance of ending child abuse. Theatregoers can be part of the solution as well.

Patrons who purchase $175 tickets and corporate sponsors are invited to meet and greet the director, author, and cast at an exclusive cocktail party/Talkback session. Tickets are $75/$100/$175 per person. Please visit: WellLifeNetwork.org/TRIAL. Sponsorship opportunities are $250 to $25,000. For more information/reservations, contact Cody Fisher, Development Director: 917-563-3383.  On Long Island, WellLife Network programs work in partnership with the United Way.

Classic Bay Shore Colonial Asks $795,000

This classic century-old Colonial that was updated but has its historic details in tact is listed for sale at 57 Maple Ave. in Bay Shore.

Built in 1917 on a nearly half-acre lot, this four-bedroom home with one bathroom and two half bathrooms has 3,100 square feet of living space. It features perfect shake exterior, elegant woodwork and columns, and lush gardens.

The house comes equipped with a formal dining room with the original swinging door to the eat-in kitchen that has red oak floors and granite countertops, a parlor with pine wood floors, a den with a fireplace, an office, a seasonal room, a third-floor attic, and a full basement.

Outside it has a front porch and a five-car detached garage with a finished loft.

The property is within walking distance of downtown Bay Shore, the Bay Shore Long Island Rail Road station, the Fire Island ferries, and numerous parks. It’s located in the Bay Shore School District.

The asking price is $795,000, not including the $13,943 in annual property taxes, which come to $12,437 with the Star Exemption.

The real estate agents listed for the property are Christine Geraghty and Margaret Smith of Meg Smith & Associates. They can be reached at 631-647-7013.

DREAMS For Youth Scholarship Lends A Helping Hand

Kristyne Ramirez

After enduring unspeakable abuse as a child at the hands of a family member, Kristyne Ramirez not only survived, but is now thriving as a freshman at SUNY College at Old Westbury.

But as the daughter of a single, student loan-wary mother, the question of how the family would afford tuition loomed large. That is, until her mother, a social worker, heard about the DREAMS For Youth Scholarship program — and Ramirez won.

“When she found out about it she just thought it was a perfect opportunity to tell my story,” the 18-year-old Glen Cove woman says. Kristyne is a DREAMS For Youth Scholarship recipient and Anthony J. Stupore Memorial Scholarship recipient.

Since its inception in 2002, the nonprofit United Way of Long Island, which runs the scholarship program, has awarded more than $1 million in scholarships and grants to college students.

Ramirez, a Great Neck South High School graduate, is now majoring in psychology and minoring in neuropsychology with the help of the scholarship. The money helped her afford textbooks and two semesters of tuition.

“I was actually very surprised,” Ramirez says of when she learned she won. “It was very surreal because everyone was very concerned and they cared about how my grades were and how we were doing financially. It was very moving for me.”

Once she graduates, her goal is to become a neuropsychologist in her own private practice, drawing on her own experience to give a voice to the voiceless.

“I just want to let people know just because you come from a hard time or hard place or you’ve been through hard things, it doesn’t determine your future or what you want to do with your life,” she says.

Kristyne’s story is proof of that, as her dreams are on their way to becoming a reality.

To apply for the DREAMS For Youth Scholarship, visit unitedwayli.org/dreamsforyouth The deadline is April 19.

 

7 Long Island Food Fights Settled

Finally, answers to Long Island’s most important questions: Who serves the best pizza, bagels, egg sandwiches, burgers, wings, lobster rolls, and coffee? Long Islanders voters named these places the tops in each of those categories in the 2019 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest.

BEST BAGELBAGEL BOSS
A longtime champion of the Best Bagel on Long Island category, this bagel store continues to show Long Islanders who’s boss—the bagel boss, that is! With multiple locations throughout the island, including Roslyn, Oceanside and East Northport, Bagel Boss offers the freshest, doughiest bagels that pair exceptionally well with eggs, butter, and/or cream cheese. In the mood for cinnamon raisin? Craving an egg everything? Searching for the perfect sesame? Bagel Boss has them all! Multiple locations, bagelboss.com

BEST BURGER

Photo by John Wisniewski

ALL AMERICAN HAMBURGER DRIVE-IN
All American Hamburger Drive-In lands the top spot on this list for yet another year—and we can see why. Since its establishment in 1963, All American Hamburger Drive-In has continuously been the go-to place for mouthwatering hamburgers. Made with the best ingredients and offered at the best prices, they don’t just serve you food, they provide you with an experience! Their friendly and personable staff go out of their way to ensure every customer is happy. 4286 Merrick Rd., Massapequa, 516-798-9574, allamericanhamburger.us

BEST COFFEE HOUSECOFFEE BOOTHS
Morning, noon and night, there’s always a perfect time for a perfect cup of coffee. Nobody on Long Island brews up a better cup of joe than Coffee Booths. The neighborhood coffee shop features Aldo’s coffee beans, hand roasted down the road in Greenport. You can’t get any fresher than that! While you’re enjoying a great cup of coffee, you can also feast on homemade muffins, scones, and stuffed biscuits, among many other treats at Coffee Booths. The star, of course, is the coffee, and their java will leave you feeling good and coming back for more! 226 Middle Country Rd., Selden, 631-846-1966, Facebook.com/Coffeebooths

BEST EGG SANDWICH

Photo by Steve Hersh

JECO’S DELI
A delicious egg sandwich can be an excellent way to start your day, and there’s no better place to go for an egg sandwich than Jeco’s Deli. They feature all of the best meats and other deli products served by an excellent, helpful staff. Jeco’s also provides catering services for that special occasion you and your family wish to celebrate. There’s nothing like a locally owned deli with a great egg sandwich, which Jeco’s truly prides themselves on. Truly a must-experience, New York kind of meal. You’ll get in and out and be satisfied with your order no matter what.  Jeco’s Deli provides everything you want in your delicatessen experience. They truly value their customers. 217 Smithtown Blvd., Nesconset, 631-361-7101.

BEST LOBSTER ROLLTHE LOBSTER ROLL
Lobster is a huge part of the local cuisine and The Lobster Roll fits the bill perfectly. The Lobster Roll was purchased in 1965 by Frederick H. Terry Sr. and his dad Richard C. Terry Sr. when it was a tiny roadside clam shack on the Napeague stretch. The Lobster Roll Restaurant became affectionately known as “Lunch” (though it’s always served dinner) because locals and travelers associated the now iconic sign with the restaurant. The Lobster Roll has transformed over the years, through several expansions, but remains the quintessential indoor/outdoor summer eatery, attracting locals, celebrities, day-trippers, and travelers from all over the globe! The Lobster Roll embraces the atmosphere of a nostalgic roadside shack amid the sand dunes, gardens of summer flowers, umbrellas, beach balls, picnic tables, and plenty of smiling faces! 1980 Montauk Hwy., Amagansett, 631-267-3740, lobsterroll.com

BEST PIZZA
MARIO’S PIZZERIA & RESTAURANT
When eating a slice of pizza with homemade sauce, scrumptious cheese, and perfectly cooked dough that has just the right amount of crunch, it almost feels like you’ve been transported to an Italian village without having set foot on an airplane. Mario’s Pizzeria Restaurant in Massapequa has been making customers feel like that for more than 35 years. Family owned and operated, Mario’s cooks the most delicious Sicilian and round pies that can be topped with pepperoni, mushrooms, black olives, eggplant, and so much more! Plus, they even accommodate their gluten-free customers. It’s no wonder they’ve been voted the Best Pizza on Long Island for the second year in a row! 655 Broadway, Massapequa, 516-797-1122, mariosmassapequa.com

BEST WINGSVITO’S RISTORANTE & PIZZA
Whether you’re watching a big game or just looking for something exciting to nosh on, nothing beats an order of chicken wings from Vito’s Ristorante and Pizza. The Glen Cove eatery may specialize in Italian food, but their wings are a real draw. You can order a dozen (or two) in either mild or medium heat; the with adventurous eaters, however, go for the extra hot wings! 91 Forest Ave., Glen Cove, 516-759-1366, vitospizzany.com

Eat. Bid. Laugh! at Sid Jacobson JCC Fundraiser

Offering an opportunity for benevolent Long Islanders to put their money where their mouth is for a good cause is the Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center in East Hills and its 24th annual Eat. Bid. Laugh! fundraiser.

The highly anticipated auction and epicurean event will feature an impressive variety of savory and sweet tastings, a performance by Emmy Award-winning comedian John Mulaney, and extensive silent auction prizes. It will be held at 6:30 p.m. on March 28 at Fresh Meadow Country Club in Lake Success.

“Gatsby’s Landing has participated in this event for the last four years, and it’s something we look forward to every spring,” says Glenn Falcone, owner, Gatsby’s Landing. “It’s incredible to see the community come together for a night of fine dining, entertainment and auction prizes all in the name of a great cause.”

Last year, the premier fundraising event raised more than $1 million. The event has raised more than $13 million since 1995 to benefit the Sheldon A. Sinett BASICS Fund. BASICS (Building and Supporting Initial Community Social Services), an incubator fund that has subsidized more than 70 crucial programs over the last 13 years. The programs serve all individuals and populations including children and teens with special needs, adults afflicted with Alzheimer’s, and those with a cancer diagnosis.

This year’s event will feature a mouthwatering assortment of gourmet cuisine dishes, cocktails, and indulgent desserts from many of Long Island’s finest restaurants.

Participating restaurants include 388 Italian Restaurant & Catering, Centro Cucina, Chris & Tony’s Restaurant & Lounge, Conscious Kitchen, Fresh Meadow Country Club, Gatsby’s Landing, Hana Japanese Cuisine, Hendrick’s Tavern, Kingfish Oyster Bar & Restaurant, La Bussola, La Ginestra, Limani, Nisen Sushi, Pearl East, Sangria 71, SixPoint Beers, Stresa Ristorante, The Poll Brothers Restaurants, Tocolo Cantina, Trattoria DiMeo, Vilai Restaurant, and W. Kosher Events, and William Grant & Sons Distillers.

For more information or to purchase tickets ($250-$500) visit sjjcc.org/auction or contact Bridgette Troisi, Assistant Director of Development at 516-484-1545 ext. 141 or btroisi@sjjcc.org.

Sunny Updated Lynbrook Victorian Asks $749,000

This distinct Victorian home that blends old-world charm with modern amenities is listed for sale at 88 Union Ave. in the Village of Lynbrook.

Built in 1895, this quaint three-bedroom, two-bathroom home’s distinct characteristics include craftsmanship and grace. It features a wrap-around porch, stained glass windows, crown moldings, granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, and new siding. 

The house comes equipped with an eat-in chef’s kitchen, formal dining room, living room, second-floor office, walk-up attic, fireplace, and laundry room in the basement. Outside it has an attached two-car garage.

The property is located within walking distance of downtown Lynbrook’s shopping and dining district, the Lynbrook Long Island Rail Road station, and nearby several local parks. It is located in the Lynbrook School District.

The asking price is $749,000, not including the $17,717 in annual property taxes, which come to $16,198 after a Star Exemption.

The real estate agent listed for the property is Barbara Green of Daniel Gale Associates, Inc. She can be reached at 516-678-1510.

8 Kid-Friendly Restaurants On Long Island

THE BUOY BAR

This eatery overlooking Reynolds Channel serves up a sliver of beach for the kids to play on while the parents eat lunch and dinner. The seasonal seafood spot reopens March 14. 72 Bayside Dr., Point Lookout, buoybarli.com

BOWERY BAR & FARE
Come for the creative food and drinks, stay for the vintage games both indoors and on the patio that will keep the kids entertained all through the meal, no crayons required. 300 Sunrise Hwy., Rockville Centre, theboweryrvc.com

THE CLUBHOUSE
Not only is this beachy clam bar and restaurant a fun new addition to Long Island’s waterfront dining scene, it also offers an outdoor play area with games, hula-hoops, and other activities to keep the little ones busy so mom and dad can enjoy their meals in relative peace. 134 Clubhouse Rd., Bellmore, theclubhouseli.com

LOLLIBOP CAFE & PLAY
This place has a massive indoor children’s playground, but don’t expect just pizza and hot dogs on the menu like at some play spaces. The menu aims to make this as much of a tasty destination for parents as it is fun for kids. 398 Central Ave., Lawrence, lollibopkids.com

MIO POSTO

The food is not the only thing that’s family style at this Italian restaurant. It also often has a magician going table to table on Friday nights. Reopens May 18. 2757B Long Beach Rd., Oceanside, mioposto-ny.com

POP’S SEAFOOD SHACK & GRILL
Also offering a small sandy beach area for the wee ones to play on while the adults eat is this waterfront locale lined with lit-up palm trees and a festive vibe. 15 Railroad Pl., Island Park, popsseafoodshack.com

THE SHABBY TABBY CAFE

For those with kids who love cats but who, for whatever reason, can’t have a kitty of their own, here’s the next best thing: Getting a meal and scheduling playtime with some felines at the only restaurant on Long Island where the cats roam freely. 249 West Main St., Sayville, theshabbytabbyli.com

SIPPY CUPS CAFE

Half playspace, half coffeeshop, the menu includes various baked goods and standard kid favorites. Nut-free outside food is allowed. 3890 Merrick Rd., Seaford, sippycupscafe.com

Ex-Nassau Exec Mangano, Wife Convicted at Retrial

Mangano arrest
Linda Mangano and Ed Mangano leave Central Islip federal court.

Former Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and his wife, Linda, were found guilty Friday following their second corruption trial at Central Islip federal court.

A jury convicted the disgraced Republican lawmaker of accepting bribes and kickbacks in exchange for official government action, but acquitted him of extortion and honest services wire fraud. Linda was convicted of lying to investigators. They were both convicted of conspiracy to obstruct justice.

“In a quid-pro-quo wheeling and dealing, Edward Mangano effectively opened
the door that unjustly benefitted restaurateur Harendra Singh, sat idly by while public funds were exchanged for favors, and waited patiently in the wings to accept a payout for the plan he put in motion,” said William F. Sweeney, Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge of the FBI’s New York office. “In Linda Mangano’s case, she kept up the ruse with a bogus job as food taster and menu planner at one of Singh’s restaurants. Whether they believe it or not, today we’ve proven they bit off more than they could chew.”

Prosecutors said Ed awarded government contracts to Singh, his former restaurateur friend, in exchange for giving Magano’s wife a no-show job and other favors. They face up to 20 years in prison when they are sentenced.

Mangano indicated that his attorneys will appeal the conviction.

“I’m very proud of my service as county executive,” Ed told reporters outside the courthouse. “I would not and could not be bribed by anyone.”

Their first case ended in a mistrial last year following nine days of jury deliberations and a three-month-long trial in which their codefendant, former Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, a fellow Republican, was acquitted of charges he improperly backed a private company’s loans with taxpayer money. Although cleared in federal court, Venditto is still facing corruption charges in Nassau County court.

After being indicted, Mangano declined to seek a third term and was replaced by Democrat Laura Curran, a former county legislator. Republican Joe Saladino, a former New York State Assemblyman, replaced Venditto.

“Today is a sad reminder that for too long, Nassau County’s taxpayers paid a high price for a government that did not work for them,” Curran said. “Our residents have footed the bill for a culture of corruption that has been allowed to permeate throughout our County government, enriching the few while betraying the many. Today I want our residents to know this: Nassau has turned the page.”

Ex-Hempstead Village Cop Admits To Theft

Randy Stith

A former Hempstead village police officer and ex-firefighter who was facing prison time on more than a dozen charges has struck a plea deal that will allow him to continue serving on the local school board.

Randy Stith pleaded guilty Thursday at Nassau County court to criminal possession of a forged instrument and petit larceny. The remainder of the charges in a 13-count indictment were dropped in exchange for the plea, which requires that he resign from the police force as a result. 

He had faced up to seven years in prison on the top count, a felony, but since he pleaded guilty to misdemeanors, he is legally allowed to continue serving on the Hempstead school board.

Authorities said the 28-year-old made 12 unauthorized cash withdrawals from the bank account of HVFD Southside Hose 2 beginning in February 2015 and before he was fired from the volunteer fire department last year.

Stith also allegedly submitted a forged recommendation letter in April 2015 to the Nassau County Civil Service Commission, according to investigators.

He was disqualified from civil service on grounds unrelated to the charges, but to persuade the commission to rescind the disqualification, he filed a forged letter of recommendation purporting to be signed by another member of the fire company and asked the commission to use the letter in determining his character, prosecutors said. He was sworn in as a police officer in 2017.

A judge ordered Stith to pay $4,223 to the fire department as well as serve 100 hours of community service and three years of probation.

Where is The Best Irish Bar on Long Island?

Long Island has no shortage of Irish pubs to choose from, but come St. Patrick’s Day, revelers craving a taste of the Emerald Isle want to know, which one stands out from the pack?

The public voted Shandon Court the Best Irish Bar on Long Island in the 2019 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest for the third year in a row. The competition is fierce, with The Nutty Irishman, Lily Flanagan’s Pub, T.J. Finley’s and Paddy’s Loft each claiming the title in recent years.

With traditional Irish and American fare on the menu that can be washed down with an expertly poured pint of Guinness, this Celtic-themed eatery has live music six nights a week, much like they do back across the pond. They also have space for catering events.

Not your typical Irish bar by any means, Shandon Court is like royalty when it comes to serving its customers something that is anything but ordinary. They rise above mediocrity by creating a place where you really want to spend some time with friends you know and friends you haven’t made yet, but you know you will once you toast the good life together. And don’t forget that the kitchen at Shandon Court also knows how to exceed expectations.

It doesn’t offer up the same-old pub grub. Every meal is served to perfection in a great setting on the South Shore that pleases the eye as the food satisfies the stomach and restores the soul. Does your spirit need a lift? Then raise a glass at Shandon Court, voted the Best Irish Bar on Long Island!

To find all the other 2019 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest winners, visit bestoflongisland.com Nominate your favorite businesses and people in the 2020 Best of Long Island program through Aug. 31.

Shandon Court is located at 115 E. Main St. in East Islip. They can be reached at 631-581-5678 or shandoncourt.com