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New Hires, Promotions on Long Island

Virginia A. Kawochka. Photo by Rick Wenner.

Virginia A. Kawochka
Kawochka, administrator at the Uniondale-based law firm of Forchelli Deegan Terrana LLP, was named co-chair of the Nassau County Bar Association’s new Legal Administrators Committee, a forum for professionals to learn about updates to labor law.

Theodore E. Phillips

Theodore Phillips

The American Kennel Club board of directors elected Phillips, of Long Island, as the group’s new CFO. He has more than 30 years’ experience in finance and asset management, including as director of finance of Carnegie Hall.

Anne L. LaMorte

Anne L. LaMorte

LaMorte has been appointed chief financial officer of the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency. She previously was CFO of the City of Glen Cove Community and Industrial Development Agencies.

Rajah Ferrell

Rajah Ferrell

Coming to D& B Engineers and Architects , P.C . as a technician is Ferrell, who recently earned an associate of occupational studies in computer-aided drafting and design from Island Drafting and Technical Institute in Amityville.

Pamela Mastrota

Pamela Mastrota

The Girl Scouts of Suffolk County’s board of directors appointed Mastrota as the agency’s new president and chief executive officer, replacing the group’s longtime CEO, Yvonne Grant. She was president and CEO for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Long Island Chapter.

Benjamin Franquiz

Benjamin Franquiz

The Eastport-South Manor Central School District appointed Franquiz as the district’s new director of special education. Franquiz joins the district as a veteran special education administrator and teacher with more than 18 years of experience.

Nicole Gill

Nicole Gill

Gill has been appointed an administrative assistant at the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency. She is a recent graduate of the Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology in Elmhurst, where she received a bachelor of science in aeronautical science.

Jonathan Castro

Jonathan Castro

Castro joins D&B Engineers and Architects, P.C. as an electrical engineer. He is a recent graduate of Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey with a bachelor of engineering in electrical engineering.

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Lavish Bayfront Long Beach Mansion Asks $5.4M

This spectacular Hamptons-like mansion overlooking Reynolds Channel with picturesque views of the city skyline and amazing sunsets is listed for sale at 1075 West Park Ave. in the City of Long Beach.

Built in 2008 on a third of an acre, this five-bedroom craftsman style home has four bathrooms, three half bathrooms, and 8,339 square feet of living space. It boasts cathedral ceilings, a grand foyer, and a sunken living room with a wood-burning stone fireplace and bar.

The house features a gourmet chef’s kitchen with custom cabinetry, marble countertops, a butler’s pantry, and Viking and Sub Zero appliances. It also has a formal dining room, family room, office, and mahogany wood-paneled billiard room.

The second floor grand master suite has a gas fireplace, coffered ceiling, large arched shower, Jacuzzi tub, double vanity, and his and her oversized walk-in closets.

The fenced-in bayfront backyard entertaining area has a state-of-the-art dock system with three boat lifts, an in-ground heated saltwater pool, deck, built-in barbecue, bathrooms, and shower. Outside it also has a two-car garage and parking for 10 cars.

The home comes equipped with central air conditioning, Energy Star qualified appliances and doors, alarm system, built-in audio and shelving, and a central vacuum system.

The property is within walking distance of local shops and restaurants, about a mile from the Long Beach Long Island Rail Road station, and falls in the Long Beach School District.

The asking price is $5,499,000, not including the $70,739 in annual property taxes.

The real estate agent listed for the property is Tracey Johnson of Century 21 American Homes, who can be reached at 516-665-2000.

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St. John’s Episcopal Hospital Welcomes Patients Back for In-Person Medical Care

St. John's team members welcome patients back (1)

Safety measures have been put in place at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, its emergency room, and its outpatient primary and specialty care sites to ensure the wellbeing of patients who want to see their health care provider in-person.

St. John’s outpatient primary and specialty care sites located throughout the peninsula, and the hospital’s emergency department are open and community members should not delay in getting the in-person medical care they need.

The hospital and its community practices have enacted several safety measures including:

  • Providing each patient and medical staff with appropriate personal protective equipment
  • Practicing social distancing
  • Prescreening sick patients over the phone
  • Using separate entrances and exits for those who are sick when appropriate
  • Swabbing sick patients in parking lots when appropriate
  • Thoroughly disinfecting medical offices and medical equipment
  • Separating patients with COVID-19 symptoms from other patients in the Emergency Room
  • Providing COVID-19 testing to patients prior to performing elective surgeries

“We are committed to providing our patients with extraordinary care while maintaining the highest level of safety and sanitization at the hospital and our outpatient medical sites,” said Karen Gleason, chief quality officer.

Medical services, locations, and appointment scheduling information are as follows:

  • 327 Beach 19th St., Far Rockaway
    Services: Gynecologic Oncology; Maternal Fetal Medicine; Ob-Gyn
    To schedule an appointment call 718-869-7382
  • 327 Beach 19th St., Far Rockaway
    Services: Audiology; Dermatology; Endocrinology; Gastroenterology; Gynecology; Hematology/Oncology;
    Infectious Disease; Nephrology; Neurology; Oncology; Orthopedics; Podiatry; Pulmonary; Urology
    To schedule an appointment call 718-869-7690
  • 327 Beach 19th St., Far Rockaway
    Services: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy; Wound Care
    To schedule an appointment call 718-869-8306
  • 327 Beach 19th St., Far Rockaway
    Services: Emergency Department
    No appointment needed. Walk-in for emergency care.
  • 495 Beach 20th St., Far Rockaway
    Services: Adult Medicine; General Pediatrics; Obstetrics; Pediatric Neonatal; Pediatric Pulmonary; Pediatric
    Endocrinology; Pediatric Neurology; Pediatric Nutrition
    To schedule an appointment call 347-619-5950
    431 Beach 129th S., Belle Harbor
    Services: Adult Medicine, Dermatology
    To schedule an appointment call 718-318-3434
  • 275 Rockaway Tpke., Lawrence
    Services: Adult Medicine; Cardiology; Colorectal Surgery; General Surgery; Vascular Surgery
    To schedule an appointment call 516-400-9302

Long Island Veteran Defies Odds To Beat COVID-19

Gary thanks healthcare heroes that cared for him at Stony Brook University Hospital. (Stony Brook Medicine photo)

A 48-year-old veteran from Bellport diagnosed with coronavirus was recently released from Stony Brook University Hospital after spending seven weeks on a ventilator — despite the 20 percent survival rate for those intubated for treatment of COVID-19.

Gary Degrijze was admitted to Stony Brook on March 22 after visiting both an urgent care and an outside hospital with no improvement. 

“It was getting harder and harder to breathe,” he recalled. “It was lights out. I don’t remember anything that happened while I was intubated for about two months.”

Dr. Jerry Rubano, a trauma, acute care, and surgical critical care specialist in the Department of Surgery at Stony Brook Medicine, cared for Gary the majority of his time at the hospital.

“Gary had an exceptionally rocky course,” said Dr. Rubano. “He’s one of those people who’s really not just lucky to be here, but it’s kind of incredible that he’s still alive and doing as well as he is after all he’s been through. When he was in the ICU, he lost his pulse at least two times.

“His ventilator was on salvage mode,” the doctor continued. “His kidneys stopped working for about a month where he was on continuous dialysis and his lungs were probably some of the worst that we’ve seen. He was as sick as can be.”

Dr. Rubano and his team were in constant contact with Degrijze’s family giving them daily updates on his condition.

“I didn’t have to wait for them to call,” said Ana Degrijze. “I had a nurse calling me every day after the rounds were done. I thought that was so great.”

This process was started in Gary’s unit by Stony Brook’s Trauma Program Manager Jane McCormack. She rounded with doctors each day to be able to give families accurate and timely updates daily.

Following a tracheostomy, Gary was able to push through and was taken off the ventilator on May 11. He was decannulated before he left the hospital. Soon after he was taken off the ventilator he was finally able to see his wife and four children again after two months thanks to FaceTime.

“People started using the technology we take for granted to reconnect families,” said Dr. Rubano. “It was pretty emotional seeing these reunions, a wife or husband getting to see their loved one after such a long time.”

When Gary couldn’t see his loved ones in person, he at least had a team of people at Stony Brook supporting him.

“The nursing staff and doctors we’re like longtime friends,” said Gary. “I can’t even begin to explain what it was like to have them by my side.”

After being discharged on June 5, Gary is now in rehab, where he hopes to regain motion in arms lost while on the ventilator. His goal after recovery, to be able to serve another five years in the Army Reserve and retire after 20 years of service.

“Gary has truly made a remarkable recovery,” said Dr. Rubano. “His determination and the dedication of the team taking care of him have made all the difference.”

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What Is The Best Restaurant with a Water View on Long Island?

Grandpa Tony's in East Rockaway overlooks Mill River.

There is no shortage of waterfront restaurants to choose from on Long Island, with views as amazing as the cuisine, but which one stands out from the pack?

Long Islanders voted Grandpa Tony’s the Best Restaurant with a Water View on Long Island in the 2020 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest.

What’s better than dinner with a view? At Grandpa Tony’s, not only can you enjoy some classic Italian pizzeria fare, you can gaze out the windows and take a long view at the nearby water while you dine.

When summer rolls around, Grandpa Tony’s opens their outdoor dining area, so you get a choice of two different floors where to enjoy your dinner with a view. Plus, Grandpa Tony’s uses the best ingredients to bring a little slice of Italy to Long Island for you to please your palate.

The view is great, the food is delicious, what more could you need?

Grandpa Tony’s is located at 101 Althouse Ave. in East Rockaway. It can be reached at 516-799-8669 or grandpatonysli.com

To find all the other 2020 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest winners, visit bestoflongisland.com Nominate for your favorite businesses and people in the 2021 Bethpage Best of Long Island program through Aug. 31.

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Halesite Stunner With Huntington Harbor Views Asks $2.9M

This masterfully designed luxurious cedar-shingled home with captivating views of Huntington Harbor is listed for sale at 3 Two Rod Rd. in Halesite.

Built in 1912 on a 1.6-acre lot, this four-bedroom home with four and a half bathrooms was extensively rebuilt in 2019. The house boasts high ceilings, expansive windows, and an open first floor layout. Sunset gazing can be enjoyed from multiple vantage points, including an exquisite bar room.

The home features a stunning eat-in kitchen with Energy Star appliances, den, family room, a loft above the master suite, a stone wine cellar/tasting room in the full basement, and a separate two-story guest cottage with a full kitchen, family room, and bathroom.

Outside it has a three-car attached garage, fenced-in backyard, deck, porch, patio, an in-ground pool, built-in barbecue area, cabana with bathroom and outdoor shower. It comes equipped with central air conditioning and three fireplaces.

The property is within walking distance of parks and waterfront restaurants, about a mile from downtown Huntington, and two miles from the Huntington Long Island Rail Road station. It falls in the Huntington School District.

The asking price is $2,995,000, not including the annual property taxes of $27,233.

The real estate agents listed for the property are Elena D’Agostino and Joyce Mennella of Lucky to Live Here Realty, who can be reached at 631-692-7100. For more photos, video, a 3-D interactive tour, and floor plan visit 3tworodroad.com

Related Story: Huntington: Long Island’s Trendiest Downtown

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Long Island Socially Distant Events For June 2020

Long Island Sip And Paint
Long Island sip 'n paint nights have gone virtual due to the pandemic.

VIRTUAL CONCERTS
Itching to see some live music? My Father’s Place, the music venue in Roslyn, is hosting a live streaming concert series with a host of performers on upcoming dates, including Little Toby Walker, the Como Brothers, and Mike Nugent. Find upcoming shows at myfathersplace.com/live 

ONLINE ART EXHIBIT
Don’t let the coronavirus rob you of your ability to soak up some culture by patronizing the arts. The Art Guild of Port Washington is hosting an uplifting online art competition and exhibit titled Joy of Color. The online exhibit and awards will be at 7:30 p.m. June 11. Exhibit runs through July 29. theartguild.org

INTERNET PAINT NIGHT
Among the things many miss from our pre-pandemic lives is the simple fun of a paint night. Thankfully, a number of local venues are offering virtual paint ‘n sip events. Added bonus? No need for a designated driver since you’re never leaving the house. yaymaker.com

DIGITAL THEATRE
Supporters of community theatre will be pleased to learn that at least one local stage is offering entertainment, albeit online. The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center has on its June lineup a master class with Broadway vocalists, a talk with Seri “Little Miss Party Planner” Kertzner, a Q&A with Dan Micchiche of Broadway’s Wicked, and more. whbpac.org

CHASING THE PRESENT
Miss catching indie flicks at Cinema Arts Centre? Good news: The venue is live streaming events. Anna Kolber, producer of Chasing The Present, and the documentary film’s subject, James Sebastiano, discuss the movie about a materially successful young man riddled with anxiety who embarks on a worldwide journey of self-inquiry. cinemaartscentre.org 7 p.m. June 16.

WATCH THE BELMONT STAKES
Don’t miss the history-making spectacle of the 152nd Belmont Stakes running without an audience at Belmont Park in Elmont. To make things even more interesting, this year it will be the first leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown series, a title normally held by the Kentucky Derby, which will follow the Stakes. The race will air on NBC. 3-6 p.m. June 20.

DOWNLOAD A HOUSE PARTY
House parties may still be iffy for those worried about keeping their distance amid the pandemic, but thankfully, there’s an app for that. HouseParty is like Zoom, but instead of work-related meetings, it features fun games that users can play with one another. Download it onto your devices wherever you buy apps.

ROLL UP TO THE DRIVE-IN
Since movie theaters fall under phase four of reopening, which is not expected until July, makeshift drive-in movie theaters have been popping up across Long Island as a socially distant alternative. Sure, the chairs aren’t as comfortable and the view isn’t the same, but it makes for a fun, retro night out. Pop-up drive-in venues include NYCB Live, home of the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, local malls, and parks. See the full list of LI’s drive-in movies at longislandpress.com

COOK WITH THE KIDDOS
Chef Paula Gottlieb Herman, owner of Cooking With Stars, is revamping how she teaches kids to cook to adapt to social-distancing mandates during the coronavirus pandemic. At the end of each remote-learning session, the kids sample what they made together and discuss it. Participants can purchase single classes for $22, or join the Cooking With Stars Loyalty Club and receive a 20 percent discount. Siblings can take part at no additional charge. cookingwithstars.com

Related Story: 7 Fun Socially Distant Things To Do On Long Island

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Related Story: Long Island Drive-In Movie Guide 2020

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Waterfront Cove Neck Estate With Teddy Roosevelt Ties Asks $8.9M

Coopers Bluff, a waterfront estate where Theodore Roosevelt is said to have practiced his charge up San Juan Hill in the Spanish-American War before becoming president, is listed for sale on Cove Neck Road in the Village of Cove Neck.

The 15.6-acre estate sits 160 feet above sea level and boasts 180-degree views of Oyster Bay and Cold Spring Harbor from the unique glass and cedar Contemporary home built in 1955. The property was once owned by the Roosevelt family and is nearby Sagamore Hill National Historic Site.

The six-bedroom home has five bathrooms, one half bathroom, and 8,000 square feet of living space. It features an eat-in kitchen, formal dining room, den, family room, home office, two fireplaces, and a partially finished basement.

Outside it has a three-car attached garage, in-ground pool, pool house, private beach, and tennis court.

The property is nearby parks and nature trails. It’s about two miles from downtown Oyster Bay and the Oyster Bay Long Island Rail Road station. It falls in the Oyster Bay School District.

The asking price is $8,900,000, not including the annual property taxes of $127,945.

The real estate agent listed for the property is Regina Rogers  of Douglas Elliman Real Estate, who can be reached at 516-759-0400.

Related Story: Oyster Bay: More Than Just Shellfish

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Who Are The Best Medical Specialists on Long Island?

BEST AUDIOLOGIST
Dr. Lori Trentacoste  
Discover today what Dr. Trentacoste and Island Better Hearing have been able to accomplish for so many on Long Island suffering from hearing loss. They’ve helped them to regain control of their lives through better hearing services, provided them with solutions to help make speech clearer through highly sophisticated hearing technology, and counseled them on effective communication strategies that have made communicating with family members, friends, and colleagues easier. Island Better Hearing, 1-03 Schwab Rd., Melville, 631-615-7374, islandbetterhearing.com

BEST CARDIOLOGIST
Dr. Jonathan B. Weinstein
Dr. Weinstein completed his fellowship training in cardiovascular disease in the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, where he was selected as Chief Cardiology Fellow and where he also went on to complete a subspecialty fellowship in interventional cardiology. After joining North Suffolk Cardiology in 2008, Dr. Weinstein became the first community-based interventional cardiologist in Suffolk County to perform transcatheter aortic valve replacement, an entirely catheter-based procedure where a diseased aortic valve of the heart is replaced without the need for open heart surgery. North Suffolk Cardiology, 45 Research Way #108, East Setauket, 631-941-2000, northsuffolkcardiology.com

BEST DERMATOLOGIST 
Dr. Adam Bodian
Your skin is the largest organ on your body and is constantly exposed to the elements. Wouldn’t you want your skin in the best hands? Dr. Bodian offers advanced technology to treat a wide variety of skin conditions and diseases, including skin cancer. He stays up-to-date on the latest practices, ensuring that you will receive the best care possible. So if you have questions about your skin, make an appointment with Dr. Bodian today. 11 Grace Ave., Great Neck, 516-482-2882, bodiamderm.net

BEST NEUROLOGIST 
Three Village Neurology
In addition to providing top-notch care, each neurologist at Three Village Neurology treats every patient like human beings and not just another patient on their checklist. They emphasize the importance of preserving an appropriate amount of time for history taking and a detailed physical exam yielding the most accurate diagnosis. Appointments are made easily and timely kept, and their homelike office will help put your mind at ease during your visit. 4511 Nesconset Hwy., Port Jefferson Station, 631-751-0790, threevillageneurology.com

BEST OPHTHALMOLOGIST/OPTOMETRIST  
SightMD
SightMD’s vision is to be the greatest eye care company the world has ever seen. This is backed by its mission to provide an unparalleled care experience for patients with seven-day-a-week access to world-class quality eye care in the convenience of local neighborhoods, delivered by a dedicated, caring and talented healthcare team. From their earliest days practicing ophthalmology, commitment to leading-edge technology, and advanced surgical techniques, they have only surpassed their dedication to personal patient care. Multiple locations, 855-295-4144, sightmd.com

BEST PAIN MANAGEMENT PHYSICIAN 
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation of Long Island
By offering a unique combination of vital services, combined with a patient-centered, holistic approach to medical science, this practice delivers a truly remarkable, gold standard level of service. Its goal is to relieve pain and suffering in every way, to strengthen the community by improving the health of individuals. Its mission is to improve health, maximize function and restore quality of life through the provision of comprehensive medical rehabilitation services across the continuum of care for all patients. Its care philosophy is to pursue higher states of health and function through a partnership with patients, empowering them through health education and by providing the highest-quality medical care and rehabilitation services. 234 Orinoco Dr., Brightwaters 631-300-0797, pmrli.com

BEST PODIATRIST 
Dr. Joseph S. Burke
Dr. Burke of Cherrywood Foot Care has been dedicated to his patients and their foot care needs for more than two decades. Dr. Burke and his team specialize in the biomechanics of the foot, including custom-orthotics therapy and surgical correction of foot deformities. He has advanced training in specialized podiatric techniques including shockwave therapy for heel pain and a minimally invasive surgical technique called endoscopic plantar fasciotomy using micro cameras. Dr. Burke’s dedication to the craft and compassion towards his patients is why he continues to be selected as the best podiatrist on Long Island. Cherrywood Foot Care, 2791 Jerusalem Ave., Bellmore, 516-826-9000, cherrywoodfootcare.com

To find all the other 2020 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest winners, visit bestoflongisland.com Nominate for your favorite businesses and people in the 2021 Bethpage Best of Long Island program through Aug. 31.

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Bayfront Center Moriches Victorian Asks $3.7M

This updated historic one-of-a-kind waterfront Victorian with stunning views of Moriches Bay and plenty of room for entertaining is listed for sale at 127 Senix Ave. in Center Moriches.

Built in 1890 on a two-acre lot, this six bedroom, four-bathroom home has 6,400 square feet of living space. It was updated in 1995 for modern living while maintaining its charm. The house boasts plenty of room for entertainment inside and out. 

The home has a chef’s kitchen featuring a large center island with stainless steel appliances. It also has hardwood floors, skylights, a den, family room, fireplace, home office, and full unfinished basement.

Outside the property has 180 feet of bulkhead, a deep water dock, boat house, in-ground free form pool, deck, porch, and a detached barn/garage.

The property is nearby downtown Center Moriches, about two miles from the Shirley Long Island Rail Road station, and a short drive from the Hamptons. It’s located in the Center Moriches School District.

The asking price is $3,750,000, not including $26,313 in annual property taxes.

The real estate agents listed for the property are Enzo Morabito and Danielle Baker of Douglas Elliman Real Estate, who can be reached at 631-288-6244.

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