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Mitch Kraeling Fall Fundraiser Raises $10K For Charity

Enjoying a nice day at the Mitch Kraeling Fundraiser on the Nautical Mile in Freeport. (Photo by Ed Shin)

Friends, family, and supporters of Long Island children’s charity KiDS NEED MoRE  gathered Sunday to celebrate the life of Mitch Kraeling with food, drinks, and football on the Nautical Mile at Halfway Down in Freeport. 

Mitch lost his battle with cancer at the age of 22 on Oct. 11, 2013, and together with KiDS NEED MoRE, the Kraeling family hosts fundraisers each year in the hopes of helping other families coping with cancer and other serious illnesses.

This year’s Mitch Kraeling Fall Fundraiser raised $10,231 for KiDS NEED MoRE, whose mission is to bring fun and friendship into the lives of children and families coping with serious illness.

The event is coordinated by Mitch Kraeling, Sr., who is now battling cancer himself, and a long time supporter of the charity. The proceeds raised will provide substantial support toward helping many children and families in the community who are also struggling with this terrible disease.

The raffle baskets at the event were lovingly prepared & generously donated by Donna Esposito and Debra Carpenter of Carleena I You Fundraising. Donna & Debbie are sisters with a mission to help children coping with life-threatening illness in memory of Donna’s daughter, Carleena, who passed away as a child.

Fundraiser at the Halfway Down in Freeport. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Mitch Kraeling. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Dr. Joseph Mills and Johnny Ray. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Remembering Mitchell Kraeling. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Melissa Firmes-Ray from Kids Need More. (Photo by Ed Shin)

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What Is The Best Beer Distributor on Long Island?

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Long Island has so many beer distributors to get a tempting selection of beer from lagers to ales to porters and more, but which location is the best?

Long Islanders voted Bullseye Beverage the Best Beer Distributor on Long Island in the 2020 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest, a title Bullseye has won three years in a row!

From craft beers and microbrews to kegs of classic backyard beers, Smithtown’s Bullseye Beverage has a plethora of beer options to fit everyone’s needs. Whether you’re replenishing your personal collection or need to stock up for a big bash, Bullseye Beverage can help you out.

Their knowledgeable staff can also help you pick out different beers from around the world, and you can pick up some soda, snacks and other mixers while you’re there. When the party’s over, you can bring your cans right back to Bullseye Beverage and recycle them. Win-win!

Stop in today to check out their variety of beers.

Bullseye Beverage is located at 395A Middle Country Rd. in Smithtown. It can be reached at 631-406-7730 or bullseyebeverage.net

To find all the other 2020 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest winners, visit bestoflongisland.com Vote for your favorite businesses and people in the 2021 Bethpage Best of Long Island program Oct. 1 through Dec. 15.

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FREE WEBINAR to Reduce Stress, Lose Weight, Transform Your Life!

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Many people could use help shedding the COVID “15” — weight gained during the coronavirus pandemic quarantine — and offering a unique approach is one of Long Island’s top holistic health specialists.

Dr. Mike Berlin, a gentle chiropractor, nutritionist, and wellness coach affiliated with The Family Wellness Center in Plainview, will offer just such assistance to viewers of a FREE WEBINAR to Reduce Stress, Lose Weight, Transform Your Life hosted by Schneps Media, the parent company of the Long Island Press.

“After 30 years in natural health, I’ve learned that given the right circumstances the human body can heal almost anything,” Dr. Berlin said.

The doctor will show viewers how to get their health back after lockdown and teach how to create real and lasting change.

Using his all-natural approach, the doctor can help viewers lose 20 to 40 pounds in 12 weeks, clear toxins, sleep better, wake up refreshed, increase energy, reduce fatigue, as well as manage stress and depression, reduce anxiety, and more.

The free webinar is scheduled for 12 p.m. Oct. 20. Register to attend at us02web.zoom.us For more information about Dr. Berlin and The Family Wellness Center visit networkwellnesscenter.com To view more webinars visit SchnepsMedia.com/webinars

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What Are The Best Clothing Stores on Long Island?

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BEST CHILDREN’S CLOTHING STORE
TiggyWinks Boutique
From lace and tulle to rosebuds and pearls — if your child needs a snazzed-up look for a special occasion, TiggyWinks Boutique in Sayville is the place to go. Originally established in 2013, TiggyWinks Boutique carries a huge selection of dresses for many occasions, including communion, christening, flower girl, birthday dresses, or dresses for any special occasion. While you’re there, you can pick up any number of accessories, including hair bows, handbags, and jewelry, to tie your child’s look together. 112 Main St., Sayville, 631-868-0624, tiggywinks.com

BEST MEN’S SUIT STORE
Montella Custom Tailor
Montella Custom Tailor has been family owned since 1971 and offers a variety of options for gentlemen including dress shirts, suits, ties and custom leather clothing, with each one created from its own individual pattern. The staff does alterations and handmake clothing for their customers using a Neapolitan custom tailoring style that men seek out to look their best! Sebastiano Montella has more than half a century of experience and is considered a master Italian tailor with experience in Europe and the United States. Each of the pieces is worked on by Montella himself or his highly trained staff on-site. 13 Bellport Ln., Bellport, 631-286-2280, montellacustomtailor.com

BEST SHOE STORE
The Shoe Fits
At The Shoe Fits, the staff is dedicated to helping you find the perfect footwear that’ll make it easy to walk through life. The staff at this family owned and operated business realize that a bad fit can wreak havoc in your life and can have a negative impact on your muscles, joints and ligaments. The Shoe Fits carries notable brands including New Balance, Merrell, SAS, and Dansko that can be modified to provide comfort to those with bunions, heel spurs and hard-to-fit sizes. Whatever the shoe-shopping occasion, you can rest assured they will find you something that’ll leave you feeling comfortable and stylish! 691 Rte. 25A, Miller Place, 631-309-0299, theshoefitsonline.com

BEST TWEEN FASHION STORE
Blush Huntington
Blush Huntington is a trendsetting clothing boutique for tween girls. The store specializes in tween sizes 7 to 16 for all occasions and carries the best tween gifts and accessories for all events throughout the year. The boutique carries casual, dressy, loungewear, beachwear and seasonal clothes and also has the largest selection of plush pajamas around! Come visit the store for birthdays, holidays or special occasions for your special girl. The store offers free gift wrapping and is open seven days a week. Blush’s Instagram (#blushhuntington) features all their stylish fun fashions and gifts. 319 Main St., Huntington, 631-923-0088.

BEST VINTAGE CLOTHING STORE
Paper Doll Vintage Boutique – Sayville
Paper Doll Vintage Boutique is a longtime Long Island favorite, so it is no surprise that it has once again been selected as the top vintage clothing store. With employees who are able to pay special attention to customers’ needs and offer unbeatable service, Paper Doll is a place worth visiting. The popular vintage shop will have people asking you where you got your dress the moment you arrive at the party! With beautiful collections and pieces that will make you the center of attention, and photographs that will make your friends jealous, Paper Doll Vintage Boutique should be on your emergency contact list! 23 Main St., Sayville, 631-319-1919, shoppaperdoll.com

BEST WOMEN’S FASHION STORE
Casual 2 Dressy
Casual 2 Dressy describes itself as a store that offers women affordably priced, hip, fashionable and uniquely different apparel that’s not normally found in department stores. From everyday wear to elegant wear, the clothing styles from everyday wear to elegant wear found at Casual 2 Dressy’s locations in Syosset and the Walt Whitman Shoppes in Huntington Station offer classic sophistication for women of all ages. The stores represent women as edgy, strong, graceful and elegant as well as daring, glamorous and fun. The owner, Debra Flax, handpicks brands that are famous for their use of fine silk, unique knits and progressive styles. She builds on her consignment roots from when she took in designer clothing, handbags, belts and shoes and sold them online through her previous venture, “Consign 2 Design.” Multiple locations, casual2dressy.com

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New Hires, Promotions on Long Island

Pat Guidice

Pat Guidice
Guidice was elected as business manager of the Holtsville-based I n t e r n a t i o n a l Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1049, making him the chief negotiator for the union as well as manager of its activities, funds, and staff.

Sylvia Cabana

Sylvia Cabana

Cabana has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of Family and Children’s Association, a Mineola-based not-for-profit organization that helps vulnerable children, seniors, families, and communities. She is an immigration law attorney in West Hempstead.

Jorge Martinez

Jorge Martinez

Martinez was named the new chair of the board of Bethpage Federal Credit Union. He is also the deputy mayor of the Village of Freeport and owner of J&A Group, a commercial maintenance company.

Gioia Bales

Gioia Bales

Bales was hired to serve as the new Dean of the School of Business at Molloy College in Rockville Centre. She was previously the senior associate dean of the Frank G. Zarb School of Business at Hofstra University.

Jeremy Mutschler

Jeremy Mutschler

Mutschler, the newly appointed director of marketing for Lindenhurst-based Nicolock Paving Stones, one of the region’s leading hardscape manufacturers. He will oversee all marketing, including advertising, promotions, events, and public relations.

Christina Cardella

Christopher Pellettieri

Cardella is the new coordinator of mathematics and STEAM at Garden City Public Schools. She comes to Garden City from Massachusetts, where she served as a STEM coordinator in the Chelsea Public Schools.

Christopher Pellettieri

Christopher Pellettieri

The Sachem Central School District Board of Education appointed the district’s next superintendent of schools. Pellettieri served as the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction in the Rockville Centre Union Free School District for 12 years.

Laura Schaefer

Laura Schaefer

Nassau County Legislator Laura Schaefer (R-Westbury) has joined McBride Consulting and Business Development Group in Mineola, where she will be a consultant.

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Long Island Halloween Haunted Houses 2020

BAYVILLE SCREAM PARK
Long Island’s infamous haunted theme park is back and full of darkness and spooky adventure, including Bloodworth Haunted Mansion, Uncle Needle’s Funhouse of Fear, Bayville Haunted Asylum, Evil in The Woods, The Cage, Temple of Terror, plus a drive-in horror movie experience. 8 Bayville Ave, Bayville, bayvillescreampark.com $23.75-$72.75. Through Nov. 8.

THE BLAZE
The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, Sleepy Hollow’s annual elaborate illuminated pumpkin display, is coming to Old Bethpage Village Restoration after the Rise of The Jack O’Lanterns at Old Westbury Gardens was canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. 1303 Round Swamp Rd., Old Bethpage, hudsonvalley.org $24-$40. Oct. 2-Nov. 1.

CHAMBERS OF HELL
This year, the Chambers of Hell presents three brand-new haunted houses: The Funhouse of Fear, Primevil, and the Redhook Massacre. 1745 Express Dr. N., Hauppauge, chambersofhell.com $35-$200. Through Nov. 1.

DARKSIDE HAUNTED HOUSE
For 2020, Darkside has a pair of attractions: “The Village,” an outdoor haunt, and “The House,” which is indoors. 5184 Rt. 52A, Wading River, darksideproductions.com $35. Through Oct. 31.

THE FORGOTTEN ROAD
Dozens of professional actors from The Gateway Playhouse come together to adapt the performing arts center’s traditionally indoor haunted house into an immersive drive-through experience called “The Forgotten Road” at an off-site location. Southaven County Park, 761 Victory Ave., Yaphank, thegateway.org $40 per car. Through Oct. 31.

FROM BEYOND
An interactive drive-through Halloween game in which participants “investigate” paranormal activity. 185 Colonial Springs Rd., Wheatley Heights, wasitreal.net $45 per car. Through Oct. 31.

GATEWAY HAUNTED PLAYHOUSE
In addition to the community theater’s drive-through haunted house in Yaphank, it will also be hosting a pair of walk-through experiences at the playhouse itself. Choose between the outdoor trail of terror dubbed Brigand’s Run starting Oct. 9, and the Not-So-Scary Kids Adventure starting Oct. 17.  215 South Country Rd, Bellport, thegateway.org $20-$70. Through Oct. 31.

HAUNTED DRIVE-THRU
This contactless Halloween experience benefits Camp Paquatuck, a camp for children with special needs. Camp Paqautuck, 2 Chet Swezey Road, Center Moriches, spookywalk.com $45 per car. Oct. 16, 17, 23, 24.

THE HUNT
The organizers of the Lost Souls haunted house are this year running a haunted scavenger hunt that takes registrants passed 11 spooky Long Island locations, with a clue at each leading to the next spot. Benefits Melissa’s Wish. Register at lostsoulsli.com $10. Through Oct. 31.

NIGHTMARE ON SCOUTING BLVD.
The Suffolk County Boy Scouts organizes this haunted house that serves as a fundraiser. 7 Scouting Blvd., Medford, nightmareonscoutin.wixsite.com $10. Oct. 23, 24, 30, 31.

SCHMITT’S FARM HAUNT
Haunts include Lights Out Lantern Night and Clown Takeover Night. 26 Pinelawn Rd., Melville, schmittsfarmhaunt.com $37.99. Through Oct. 31.

SPOOKY FEST
The 16-acre Tanglewood Preserve is transformed into a family friendly Halloween haunt. The Woods Are Haunted is the scary version, and the Not-So-Spooky Walk is for kids. The Center for Science Teaching and Learning, 1450 Tanglewood Rd., Rockville Centre cstl.org/spooky-fest $10-$15. Weekends only Oct. 17-Nov. 1.

THE TUNNEL OF TERROR
Because nothing can get weirder than 2020 has already been, this haunted carwash is a new addition to the Halloween haunted house lineup for this spooky season. Johnnie’s Car Wash, 521 Oak St., Copiague, facebook.com/johnniescarwash $25 per car. Oct. 23-25, 29-31.

-Compiled by Brianna Knibbs

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Historic Garden City ‘Disciple’ Victorian Asks $1.8M

One of the few remaining so-called “disciple” homes is listed for sale at 110 9th St. in Garden City, offering a rare opportunity to own a Victorian that’s among the earliest houses built in the village.

Built in 1888 on a nearly half-acre lot, this magnificent five-bedroom home has four and a half bathrooms and 4,200 square feet of living space. It’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is part of the A.T. Stewart Era Historic District, named for the community’s founder. 

The house boasts custom milled flooring, moldings, and custom windows that match the original circa of this home. It features a chef’s kitchen with custom cabinetry and white Carrera marble counter tops. It also has a gracious formal living room with two marble fireplaces, a sunlit family room that leads to a formal dining room, and a home office.

It has a finished third-floor walkup plus a pull-down attic for storage. The partially finished basement has a family room, summer kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, and entrance to the backyard patio and lush yard. Outside it has a three-car garage.

The property is located within walking distance of downtown Garden City, the Garden City Long Island Rail Road station, and falls in the highly ranked Garden City School District. 

The asking price is $1,880,000, not including the annual property taxes of $23,639.

The real estate agents listed for the property are Maggie MacRae and Lori Ann Dredger of Signature Premier Properties, who can be reached at 516-741-4333.

Related Story: Garden City: The Beating Heart of Nassau

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What Is The Best German Restaurant on Long Island?

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When it’s time to celebrate Oktoberfest with some schnitzel, bratwurst, or sauerbraten, which local German restaurant makes it best?

Long Islanders voted Plattduetsche Park Restaurant, Catering & Biergarten the Best German Restaurant on Long Island in the 2020 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest, a title this eatery has won eight years in a row!

Franklin Square’s Plattduetsche Park Restaurant, Catering & Biergarten continues to attract the attention of Long Islanders. It is more than two acres in size, regularly features specialties like bratwurst, leberkäse and giant soft pretzels, the best German beers on tap from krombacher pilsner to erdinger weissbier and live music.

The quintessential German dining and biergarten experience culminates in patrons coming together to watch the biggest teams in sports on the venue’s big screen TV’s and projection screens.

Plattduetsche Park Restaurant, Catering & Biergarten is located at 1132 Hempstead Tpke. in Franklin Square. It can be reached at 516-354-3131 or parkrestaurant.com

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St. John’s Episcopal Hospital Receives Accolades for Providing High-Quality Healthcare

St. John’s Episcopal Hospital

St. John’s Episcopal Hospital has received the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus and Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Awards, and is recognized for high performance in heart failure and COPD by US News & World Report. The hospital attain

ed the awards as a result of its commitment to ensuring that patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines founded in the latest scientific evidence.

This is the first year in which the hospital has attained the Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, and has ranked as High Performing in COPD by US News & World Report. It is the fourth consecutive year in which the hospital has attained the Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.

“We’ve managed to successfully integrate the Get With the Guidelines criteria and metrics for heart failure and stroke care into our clinical practice to achieve the best possible outcomes for our patients,” said Karen Gleason, Chief Quality Officer. “Attaining these prestigious awards is reflective of the tireless efforts and commitment of St. John’s team members.”

The hospital’s focus on heart failure and stroke is particularly important, as heart disease is the leading cause of premature death in the Rockaways, and stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States, and the leading cause of adult disability in the country. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, with almost 795,000 people suffering a new or recurrent stroke every year. And, more than 6.5 million adults in the United States are living with heart failure. Many heart failure patients can lead a full, enjoyable life when their condition is managed with proper medications or devices, and with healthy lifestyle changes.

“St. John’s Episcopal Hospital is dedicated to providing the utmost quality care to our patients,” said Jerry Walsh, Chief Executive Officer. “Implementing the American Stroke Association and American Heart Association’s Get with the Guidelines initiatives provides the tools and resources we need. This allows us to track and measure our success in meeting the evidence-based clinical guidelines developed to optimize patient outcomes.”

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Stately Historic Setauket Mansion Asks $1.7M

This classic, updated, and huge Center Hall Colonial with a guesthouse and separate pool house is listed for sale at 15 Braemer Rd. in Setauket.

Built in 1907 on a 3.4-acre lot, this eight-bedroom home has six and a half bathrooms. It boasts rooms drenched in light from open areas throughout, plus a custom library that opens to a spacious patio.

The house features a chef’s kitchen, banquet dining room, den, oversized bedrooms, and his and her bathrooms. It comes equipped with central air conditioning and a two-car garage.

The property is within walking distance of parks overlooking Setauket Harbor, about a mile from downtown Port Jefferson, and two miles from the Stony Brook Long Island Rail Road station. It falls in the Three Village School District.

The asking price is $1,799,999, not including the $48,414 in annual property taxes.

The real estate agent listed for the property is Diana Hiotis of Berkshire Hathaway, who can be reached at 516-224-4600.

Related Story: Stony Brook: History, Nature Thrive in Ward Melville’s ‘New England’ Haven

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