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Top 10 Most Beloved Long Islanders

New York Islanders Captain Anders Lee. (Photo by Lisa Gansky)

Dagger DogVinci

Introduced to painting by Owner Yvonne Dagger, the world’s most cultured canine has appeared on national TV and sold hundreds of paintings, with a portion of sales going to charity. Recently, a documentary was made of Dagger, a canine painter and Long Island native. This artistic dog is also a certified therapy dog for Therapy Dogs International. dogvinci.org

Joseph Costa

Coasta’s nostalgic memories of a wonderful childhood have compelled him to share the same experience for a new generation of children and families. In his books, the colorful pages take kids on adventures in Puffville while learning valuable lessons along the way. puffworld.com

Matt Bivona
At Mercato, Executive Chef Matt Bivona prepares each dish with the influence of American and Italian cuisine alike. From pastas and flatbreads to savory entrees and unique chef specials, he aims to create an environment where everyone feels right at home. Mercato Kitchen & Cocktail, 4958 Merrick Rd., Massapequa Park, 516-308-3582, mercatokitchen.com

Jim Breuer

First gaining notoriety as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, then starring in the classic Half Baked, this Valley Stream native’s freewheeling New York brand of stand-up storytelling is now better than ever. A touring sensation and regular presence on radio and television, Breuer’s has built up a rabid fan base filled with “lifetimers.” officialjimbreuer.com

Dr. David Edelson
This internist is widely recognized as one of the nation’s top weight loss experts. He was listed in New York Magazines’ “Best Doctors of 2014″ issue, and was also selected for the prestigious Castle Connolly Top Doctors award. HealthBridge, 1000 Northern Blvd. Suite 230, Great Neck, 516-627-4433, healthbridgeinfo.com

Anders Lee
A key member of the Islanders resurgence, Lee serves as the captain, drafted in the sixth round, 152nd overall, by the Islanders in the 2009 National Hockey League Entry Draft. At the beginning of the 2018-19 season, Lee was named the 15th captain of the Islanders. nhl.com/islanders

Edward Palermo
Hiring the right attorney is critical to a successful court outcome. When you need a criminal law attorney to serve as your litigator, call Palermo. 1300 E. Veterans Memorial Hwy. Suite 320, Hauppauge, 516-280-2160, edpalermo.com

Lew Ford
This outfielder and hitting coach for the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball previously played in Major League Baseball for the Minnesota Twins and Baltimore Orioles. In 2014, he became the second player in franchise history to be named Atlantic League Player of the Year. liducks.com

Amber Ferrari

This seasoned performer knows how to change it up, feeding off the electrifying energy of the crowd. Renowned for her distinguished show “Joplin’s Pearl,” this LI native and her powerful band are a must-see! amberferrari.com

Kathleen Harrigan

For teachers like Kathleen Harrigan, educating young minds isn’t a job, it’s a calling. Harrigan has been at Our Lady of Mercy School for 24 years. She 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

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 Bethpage Best of Long Island program through Aug. 31.


Mike Francesa’s Former Lattingtown Colonial Asks $1.7M

The former home of WFAN radio host Michael Patrick Francesa of Mike and the Mad Dog fame is listed for sale at 11 The Courtyard in the Village of Lattingtown.

Built in 1998 on 4.14-acre lot, this seven-bedroom Colonial with four and a half bathrooms has 6,366 square feet of living space. The mansion combines timeless beauty and sophisticated appeal with abundance of natural light throughout. Offering the ultimate in a self-contained resort setting with tranquility and serenity nestled in total privacy, the house comes with an in-ground heated pool, mooring rights, and extensive outdoor entertaining space.

The house features an eat-in kitchen, formal dining room, living room, powder room, sun room, master suite with an ensuite bathroom on the second floor, a basement, and attic storage space on the third floor.

The house comes equipped with central air conditioning, four fireplaces, and a full-house generator. Outside it has a three-car garage and patio.

The property is near the Locust Valley Long Island Rail Road station and is a short drive from the lively downtown areas of Oyster Bay, Bayville, and Glen Cove. It’s also nearby Baily Arboretum County Park and near the North Shore Wildlife Sanctuary. 

The estate falls within the highly ranked Locust Valley School District.

The asking price is $1,795,000, not including the annual property taxes of $61,722.

The real estate agent listed for the property is Maureen Polye of Douglas Elliman Real Estate. She can be reached at 516-627-2800.

Tam O’Shanter Country Club: A “New Beginning” For A Club Dating Back To 1962

Tam O’Shanter Country Club in Brookville has been sold to New Brunswick, New Jersey-based Titan Golf, LLC, a forward-thinking company that has successfully enhanced the club experience and expanded membership to financially challenged private country clubs.

As part of the “new beginning” at Tam O’Shanter Country Club, Titan Golf has introduced a new reduced membership rate structure, with no assessments or taxes for current members. Titan Golf is leading the way in creating a “new tradition” in the industry by bringing stability and affordability to country clubs and offering opportunities for young families and new members to create memories. At Tam O’Shanter, Titan Golf has already reduced annual dues by 25 percent and members will have no assessments or sales tax.

“By lowering the dues, we’ve created a very strong private club offering on the North Shore,” said Titan Golf Partner Robert Weiss.

Tam O’Shanter is an iconic name for the residents of the Gold Coast of Long Island and a country club where friendships have been created that have lasted a lifetime. Golf, tennis, fitness, and fun are what Tam O’Shanter has built its reputation on.

Titan Golf owners Weiss and Efrem Gerszberg embrace the membership that is a part of the rich history of Tam O’Shanter.

“Members will continue to be actively involved in all decisions related to the club experience, and the club’s existing workforce will be retained,” said Gerszberg.

Tam O’Shanter Country Club was established in 1962 and has long been considered one of the top courses for low-handicap golfers on LI.  The 18-hole, par 72 golf course was originally designed by Steve Kristoss.

In 1968, famed golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Sr. remodeled Tam O’Shanter. A 1999 renovation and redesign by architect David Postlethwait incorporated more of the natural terrain surrounding the property. In addition to golf, the club also features a resort-style pool, tennis facilities, and a fitness center.

For more information on Titan Golf LLC, visit titangolfclubs.com For more information on Tam O’Shanter Country Club, visit tamoshanterclub.com

Planned Parenthood: More Than Just Birth Control

Planned Parenthood provides a lot more care to their patients than just birth control. But what other services do they provide? Here to explain are the experts at Planned Parenthood of Nassau County.

Many people know Planned Parenthood for birth control. What else do women turn to Planned Parenthood for? We a provide the full range of sexual and reproductive healthcare including sexually transmitted infections testing, breast exams, abortion care, well-woman exams, human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination, prenatal care, and more. Planned Parenthood of Nassau County (PPNC) just added some important preventive healthcare services, including flu shots, diabetes screenings, and weight management.

Why is it important for Planned Parenthood to provide cancer screenings, flu shots, diabetes screenings, and other such services? For many patients, we are the only health care provider they see all year. Since we care about the overall wellbeing of every patient, we go above and beyond the normal spectrum of care.

What is a lesser-known service that Planned Parenthood offers? A lesser-known service is our HIV prevention, care and treatment program. PPNC was one of the highest achievers for identifying individuals newly diagnosed with HIV in 2018. We are also leading the way as one of only a few providers in Nassau to offer Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a daily pill people at high risk of HIV can take to prevent HIV.

What kind of education and training programs does Planned Parenthood provide?  Our bilingual sexuality educators facilitate age-appropriate, comprehensive workshops on topics including puberty, self-esteem, healthy relationships, birth control, abstinence, cancer prevention, and parent-child communication.

How is Planned Parenthood advocating for healthcare access? Our ability to provide free or low-cost services is largely the result of policies that support healthcare for all and so we advocate for those policies on behalf of the people we serve. For example, we fight to preserve the Affordable Care Act, which increases access to care for all and makes birth control affordable. We fight against the Trump Administration’s gag rule on Title X funding, because more than 12,000 of our patients would lose access to critical services at Planned Parenthood. We advocate for sex education across public schools in New York, because we see firsthand that education is the key to teens making safe and healthy choices. And, we also advocate against the harmful practices of fake clinics posing as “healthcare centers,” which are not medically trained, lack financial oversight, and coerce people facing unintended pregnancies into believing they only have one medical option.

Historic Blue Point Victorian Asks $1.4M

Manowtasquott, a historic Victorian estate house that was the scene of Gilded Era high society gatherings, is listed for sale at 21 Boylan Ln. in the southern section of Blue Point. 

Built in 1886 on a nearly two-acre lot, the eight-bedroom, three-story home has four and a half bathrooms and 7,400 square feet of living space. The original owner was Walter Suydam, a prominent businessman and philanthropist, and the house, built by renowned architect Isaac H. Green, combines timeless elegance with state-of-the-art amenities.

The house boasts superb craftsmanship, coffered ceiling, raised paneled walls, nine fireplaces, a master ensuite with his-and-hers dressing rooms, and more. It features an eat-in kitchen with a butler’s pantry, formal dining room, third-floor office, and partially finished basement.

Outside it has a wrap-around porch, blue stone patios, a hot tub, and in-ground pool, all with water views, as well as a detached three-car garage and two-story barn. The house comes equipped with central air conditioning.

The property is located nearby parks, downtown Patchogue and the Patchogue Long Island Rail Road station. It is in the Bayport-Blue Point School District.

The asking price is $1,469,000, not including the annual property taxes of $19,533, which come to $18,182 with the Star Exemption.

The real estate agent listed for the property is Barbara Leogrande of Douglas Elliman Real Estate. She can be reached at 631-589-8500.

New Zorn’s of Bethpage Store Coming Soon

Zorn’s of Bethpage new store, which will open in May. (Photo courtesy of Zorn’s of Bethpage)

The 80-year-old original Zorn’s store in Bethpage will close for good Thursday as the company prepares to open a newly built store at the same location in a few days.

Long Island’s most famous hometown chicken and turkey restaurant will be temporarily closed during the transition, but the new store is expected to be up and running ahead of Mother’s Day.

“The time has finally arrived – construction is complete for the new Zorn’s of Bethpage store,” Merrill Zorn, owner of Zorn’s of Bethpage, said in a statement. “Zorn’s of Bethpage will be moving from its iconic building to its new home, located directly next-door.”

The take-out and catering business’s new 8,000-square-foot building is on the western side of its current location at 4321 Hempstead Tpke., the company said. It is borrowing several million to fund the transformation. The new location will include a small dining area, an addition Zorn’s attributed to popular demand.

Merrill’s grandfather, Peter Zorn, founded the business in 1940.

For more information, visit zornofbethpage.com and the Zorn’s of Bethpage Facebook page facebook.com/zornsbethpage

What Is The Best Patio Furniture Store on Long Island?

When the weather gets warm, there is nothing better than sitting outside to enjoy it, but where is the best place to buy patio and deck furniture to make the most of the season? 

Long Islanders voted Fortunoff Backyard Store the Best Patio Furniture Store on Long Island in the 2019 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest.

The best part of owning a patio is that you have a place to entertain your friends and family during the summer. From enjoying a nice dinner outside under an awning to getting some extra Vitamin D as you doze on a comfortable lounge chair, a patio is a must-have for any backyard. But in order to make the space truly functional and fabulous, you need the right furniture.

This is where Fortunoff Backyard Store comes in. They have everything Long Islanders need to perfect their patio and more — plus, they deliver!

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 Bethpage Best of Long Island program through Aug. 31.

Fortunoff Backyard Store has multiple locations that can be found at fortunoffbys.com or reached at 855-337-8785

RVC Blue Speaks Gala Raises $85,000 for Autism Support

NYS Assemblywoman Judy Griffin, co-founders Mary Lou and Anthony Cancellieri, honoree Butch Yamali, NYS Assemblywoman Missy Miller, NYS Senator Todd Kaminsky

RVC Blue Speaks, a Rockville Centre-based organization, raised more than $85,000 for autism support and awareness at its 3rd annual gala held on April 13.

The evening’s honoree was Butch Yamali, President of the Dover Group. Since the group was founded in 2017, it has raised more than $150,000 to support autism awareness, education and research.

It has also gifted scholarships to students at Adelphi University’s Bridges to Adelphi Program.

NYS Senator Todd Kaminsky, NYS Assemblywoman Judy Griffin, honoree Butch Yamali, Joan MacNuaghton
Butch Yamali (center with wife Linda) and their family
Co-founders Mary Lou and Anthony Cancellieri with Butch and Linda Yamali
TOH Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin, Joan MacNaughton, TOH Councilman Anthony D’Esposito
Co-founder Anthony Cancellieri, last year’s Courage Award recipient Sean Culkin, this year’s winner Patrick Ring (a student at Adelphi University’s Bridges program), co-founder Mary Lou Cancellieri, Rob Cancellieri (RVC Blue Speaks board member)

Classy Garden City Tudor Asks $1.5M

This beautifully appointed, slate-roofed, Tudor-style home on park-like landscaped grounds is listed for sale at 81 Second St. in the desired central section of the Village of Garden City.

Built in 1928 on a half-acre lot, this stately four-bedroom home has two bathrooms, two half bathrooms, and 3,276 square feet of living space. It features unique mill work and architectural details inside and out.

The house boasts an eat-in kitchen with a butler’s pantry, formal dining room, great room, den, and powder room on the first floor. On the second floor is the master suite with an ensuite bathroom and dressing room and two additional bedrooms with a Jack-and-Jill bathroom. The fourth bedroom is on the third floor and also has an en-suite bathroom.

The partially finished basement has a recreation room, office with one of the two fireplaces in the house, a work shop, and storage.

The house come equipped with a radiant heated floor. Outside it has a two-car brick garage, blue stone patio and room for a backyard pool.

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 $1,599,000, not including the annual property taxes of $24,929, which come to $24,011 with the Star Exemption.

The real estate agents listed for the property are Athena Menoudakos and Alexandra Parisi of Daniel Gale Associates Inc. They can be reached at 516-248-6655.

Long Island Restaurant Week Returns April 28-May 5

Long Island Restaurant Week
Long Island Restaurant Week

Calling all adventurous eaters: Long Island Restaurant Week is back!

The spring edition of the eight-day tri-annual promotion offers $29.95 prix-fixe, three-course meals at hundreds of restaurants across Nassau and Suffolk counties from Sunday, April 28 through Sunday, May 5. The deal is available all day, every day, except Saturdays after 7 p.m.

Restaurant week has two goals: 1) Helping small businesses draw additional customers during a historically slow time of year, and 2) Enticing the public a chance to try new eateries that they normally wouldn’t.

Participating restaurants are required to offer at least three choices of appetizers, main courses and deserts on their prix-fixe menus. Restaurant cuisine styles to choose from include Italian, Latin, French, Mediterranean, Asian, BBQ, sushi bars, seafood eateries and steak houses.

Reservations are recommended at those eateries that take them. The deal doesn’t include a tip. Organizers encourage participants to tip their servers at least 20 percent.

Additional LI restaurant weeks are held in April and November.

For participating restaurants and more information, check out longislandrestaurantweek.com!