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What Is The Best Social Media Agency on Long Island?

Social media has become such an essential part of business that agencies now offer companies with professional help managing different social media platforms. But which agency is best?

Long Islanders voted Morrell Printing & Design Best Social Media Agency on Long Island in the 2019 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest. This is the third year in a row they have won the title.

This full-service graphic design company creates the digital collateral customers need to make their social media presence pop. Customers work one-on-one with an experienced and knowledgeable graphic designers to craft personalized images that stand out from the crowd and are highly shareable.

For these reasons and so many more, it’s clear why Long Islanders voted Morrell Printing & Storage the Best Social Media Agency on Long Island!

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 Oct. 1 through Dec. 15.

Morrell Printing & Design is located at 1717 North Ocean Ave. Suite A in Medford. It can be reached at 631-320-9000 or morrellprintinganddesign.com

Maintaining An Excellent Quality Of Life at North Shore Towers and Country Club 

L. to R.: General Superintendent Steve Cairo, Central Maintenance/Assistance to the General Superintendent Pablo Portillo, Building Three Superintendent Manny Bernacet, Building One Superintendent Robert Isaac, Building Two Superintendent Melbis Peguero.

In addition to the luxury living, many amenities, first-rate security, and year-round fun activities that North Shore Towers and Country Club offers its residents and members, one more major advantage that it offers is a first-rate maintenance staff that helps make sure everything is working just right 24 hours a day, seven days a week at this enormous private gated community.

What helps make that possible is the maintenance staff supervisor, Steve Cairo, who serves as North Shore Towers and Country Club’s general superintendent. He’s been working there for more than 17 years in the same role, he told the Press.

Cairo joined the North Shore Towers and Country Club staff in March 2002. As is the case with several key people there, it’s been a second career for him. Cairo, like several of his co-workers, served in the New York City Police Department. He retired from the NYPD after 22 years, the last seven of them as Lieutenant and Operations Coordinator of the 105th Precinct in Queens Village, the precinct which serves North Shore Towers, he noted.

For Cairo, a lot of the skills he acquired as a supervisor with the NYPD came in handy with his second career, he noted, adding there were many similarities between what he does now and what he did as a supervisor at the NYPD, including scheduling and training.

“It’s a big place,” he says. “There’s a lot going on. I’m always looking for ways to improve efficiency and make the place better. I continue to strive to do a better job every day.”

He supervises about 75 employees, including the handyman, the concierges, the doormen, and three superintendents, one for each of the three buildings; each of them has 22 employees in their assigned building. Those three superintendents “set a good example” and make sure there’s “not a speck of dust or dirt on the carpets” of those 99 floors, which he says they check every day and vacuum as needed.  

“They are very dedicated,” he says, terming them “the backbone of North Shore Towers” and noting that they live onsite. 

They are around to respond to any emergencies that may arise because there’s always staff on duty, regardless of what time it is. And it’s a massive property that they have to respond within. He pointed out that it includes 110 acres, 1844 apartments, 33 floors in each of the three buildings and “a lot of common areas that we have to maintain.”

One of the things he said he’s most proud of is “the great job that the staff does each day, maintaining the buildings, keeping them clean, keeping them well maintained — providing a professional service to all our residents on a daily basis.” 

“Whether it’s the lobby staff helping out with the residents and their packages or assisting unloading their cars, a handyman addressing concerns in residents’ apartments — leaky faucets, snaking drains, et cetera — that is what they do on a daily basis,” he says.

Selecting the right people to hire for the North Shore Towers staff is no easy task either. 

“I always tell them: You have to be special to work at North Shore Towers,” he says. “You have to know how to smile. You have to know how to deal with people. You have to be a good person and care about people. We have a diverse population living here who must be treated with patience and respect. You have to know how to talk to people. You have to be mature. You have to act professional.”

And he tends to pick the right people.

“I’m confident our staff could handle any situation that may arise here,” he says. “And we have.”

What feels especially great is when people outside North Shore Towers visit and complement their work. For example, he pointed to building inspectors who have called the place “immaculate” in comparison to the many buildings they visit.

“Our maintenance department is a vital component to the exceptional quality of life we enjoy here,” according to Linda Rappaport, On-Site Real Estate Broker at North Shore Towers.

Of course, in addition to its first-rate maintenance, engineering and security staff, North Shore Towers and Country Club offers an 18-hole golf course, five Har-Tru tennis courts, indoor and outdoor pools, a sauna, steam rooms, a hot tub, a state-of-the-art gym offering classes including Pilates, and many other activities. The Club offers classes that include boxing and Pilates Reformer, a special exercise machine that’s “good for stretching your body,” says Mary Anne Langone, Country Club Manager. “A lot of our golfers take the Reformer class because it helps with their flexibility,” she adds.

Pool activities include outdoor water classes, volleyball and several outdoor pool parties. There are basketball courts, boxing and billiards rooms, ping-pong and shuffleboard also. In addition, there’s shopping, a movie theater, barbecues, a garden club and many entertainment events.

For more Country Club details and to book a tour, call Mary Anne Langone at 718-428-5030 ext. 0.

Gorgeous Patchogue Victorian Asks $599,000

This must-see classically restored Queen Anne Victorian oozing with charming historic details and modern updates is listed for sale at 334 Rider Ave. in the Village of Patchogue.

Built in 1890 on a quarter-acre lot, this four-bedroom home has one and a half bathrooms. It boasts wide-plank detailed floors and moldings, stained glass windows, century-old French stained doors, and a large bathroom with custom Quebec tiles. 

The house features an eat-in chef-style kitchen, a large formal dining room, a fireplace in the living room, a den with pocket doors, and a second-floor office with built-in cabinets and turret bay windows.

It has a full basement. The third-floor has a walk-up granny attic with flooring and high ceilings.

The house comes equipped with central air conditioning and in-ground sprinklers. Outside it has a detached two-story garage.

It’s within walking distance of Shorefront Park, downtown Patchogue  one of the most popular Main Streets on Long Island — the ferry to Fire Island, and the Patchogue Long Island Rail Road station. It’s in the Patchogue-Medford School District.

The asking price is $599,000, not including the $13,500 in annual property taxes.

The real estate agents listed for the property are Linda Walsh and Gervaise Baker of Leesa Byrnes Realty, Inc. They can be reached at 631-589-2000.

Flushing Bank Acquiring Empire National Bank

L. to R.: Flushing Financial Corporation President and CEO John Buran and Empire Bancorp Chairman and CEO Douglas C. Manditch.

Uniondale-based Flushing Financial Corporation is acquiring Empire Bancorp, Inc., located in Islandia, in a transaction valued at an estimated $111.6 million, the companies announced Oct. 25.

Flushing Financial Corporation is the parent holding company for Flushing Bank, which has 19 branches, including three in Nassau County. Empire Bancorp is the parent holding company for Empire National Bank, which has three locations in Suffolk and one in Nassau. Once closed, the combined company is expected to have about $8 billion in assets, $6.3 billion in loans, $5.8 billion in deposits, and 23 branches in Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and on Long Island.

“This transaction will allow Flushing Bank to expand its Long Island presence with the addition of three Suffolk County locations,” said Flushing Financial Corporation President and CEO John Buran. “I am confident the Empire National Bank customers will be pleased with the warm welcome and exceptional level of service they will receive from the Flushing Bank staff.”

Under the terms of the merger agreement, each share of Empire common stock will be exchanged for either 0.6548 shares of Flushing common stock or $14.04 in cash, based upon the election of each Empire shareholder. 

Empire National Banks will be converted to Flushing Banks as a part of the deal. The two banks similarly focus on serving small- and medium-sized businesses and have a similar core customer base, officials said. 

“I am excited by the prospects of uniting our company with Flushing Bank,” said Empire Bancorp Chairman and CEO Douglas C. Manditch. “Their community banking approach and customer focus is highly consistent with the model that has made us successful. I am confident that their commitment to community banking, delivering exceptional service, and the size and strength of their balance sheet will delight our customers and deliver value to our shareholders.”


Movers Shakers: New Hires, Promotions

Robert J. Lally
Uniondale-based Forchelli Deegan Terrana LLP hired Lally to its construction practice group as a partner. Prior to joining FDT, Lally was of counsel at a law firm in his hometown of Bethpage.

Christine Austen
The Port Jefferson School District appointed Austen assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. Previously serving as the principal of Earl L. Vandermeulen High School since 2015, Austen possesses a strong background in educational leadership, and administrative and supervisory experience.

John M. Czygier Jr.
After serving more than 17 years as a Suffolk County Surrogate’s Court judge, Czygier will be returning to the practice of law as senior counsel with the Islandia-based law firm of Lewis Johs Avallone Aviles, LLP.

Pamela Mohr
Mohr was named senior director of development of Hunting Hospital, which is part of Northwell Health. She previously served as executive director of FACES at NYU Langone Health and as Division Director of Distinguished Events for the American Cancer Society.

David Lessing
Lessing, who serves as director of new business development for Lessing’s Hospitality Group, has joined the board of directors of the Middle Market Alliance of Long Island, a trade group for middle-market dealmakers in the region.

Ali Jabbour
Long Island Business News has named Jabbour the newspaper’s new associate publisher for sales. She is the founder of The Girlfriends Club, multimedia programming targeting females, and group director of Lorraine Gregory Communications..

Gaurav Passi
The Manhasset School District appointed Passi as the new assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. For the last 10 years, Passi has served as a high school principal at Long Beach High School and Bayport-Blue Point High School.

Mary-Elaine Leake
Trinity Lutheran Church and School in Hicksville has named Leake as its new principal. A recipient of the prestigious National Distinguished Principal Award, she most recently served as principal of Astoria Lutheran School in Queens.

Supporters Of The Arts Honored in Rockville Centre

L. to R.: Wayne Lipton, William Johnson, Joan MacNaughton, Richard J. Murphy, President & CEO, Mount Sinai South Nassau, and supporters.

The Rockville Centre Guild For The Arts Guiding Lights Gala honored Rockville Centre School District Superintendent William Johnson and Mount Sinai South Nassau President and CEO Richard Murphy at the Atlantic Beach Club on Oct. 19.


L. to R.: Rajiv Datta, MD, Chair of Department of Surgery, Mount Sinai South Nassau; Stelios Koutsoumbelis, MD, Chief of Orthopedic Surgery, Mount Sinai South Nassau; Richard J. Murphy, President & CEO, Mount Sinai South Nassau; Adhi Sharma, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Mount Sinai South Nassau; Raul Mendoz, MD, Associate Chair, Department of Medicine, President of Medical Staff, Mount Sinai South Nassau.
L. to R.: New York State Sen. Todd Kaminsky, Richard J. Murphy, President & CEO, Mount Sinai South Nassau, William Johnson, Wayne Lipton, and Assemblywoman Judy Griffin.

Long Island’s Aspiring Grandma Moses Has Debut Art Exhibit

Posey Heisig holds one of her favorite works, dubbed Zeuss. (Long Island Press photo)

Making her art exhibit debut at 82 years young is Posey Heisig, a longtime antique dealer who makes what’s known as assemblages: Sculptures made from items she found while walking around her hometown of Sea Cliff.

Born locally, living locally, and working locally, mostly in her garden, Heisig likens herself to Grandma Moses, the American folk artist who achieved artistic success despite not starting to paint until age 78. 

“People smile when they see them,” she says. “They’re funky things. They’re all made out of iron and things that I’ve picked up along the way.”

Finding the art in found objects does not come cheap. Heisig’s sculptures range in price from $60 to more than $1,200. 

The Glen Cove Senior Center is located at 130 Glen St. A. in Glen Cove. Exhibit runs Nov. 7-Dec. 25.

YouthBuild Long Island Expands Into Brentwood, Central Islip

United Way of Long Island's YouthBuild is expanding.

United Way of Long Island’s YouthBuild is expanding into Brentwood and Central Islip, where it is recruiting more than 50 young adults to participate in the education and career development program.

New York State awarded the nonprofit a $762,465 grant through the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) to fund expansion of the program, which runs two years.

“Through YouthBuild, the funding will provide job training, job placement, and skills development, paving a pathway to career success that will benefit young Long Islanders and their entire communities for decades to come,” said OCFS Commissioner Sheila Poole. 

YouthBuild Long Island was founded in 2009 and has impacted more than 300 young adults to date. YouthBuild Brentwood-Central Islip builds upon United Way’s successful workforce development program model, which currently serves the Wyandanch community and is also expanding into the Village of Hempstead this fall. Workforce development is critical to helping the Brentwood and Central Islip communities achieve prosperity.

The program provides educational and career training for young adults ages 16 to 24 to give them the technical and life skills needed to begin entry level jobs that will lead to mid-skills careers. Participating students receive academic training to prepare them to pass the TASC exam for their high school equivalency diploma. They then select a career pathway in construction, healthcare, manufacturing, or hospitality. 

“This program will ensure that our school district’s residents have a pathway to career success and financial stability,” said Richard Loeschner, Superintendent of Brentwood Schools. 

Many YouthBuild graduates advance to additional trades training with United Way’s partner, Opportunities Long Island, where a significant portion of graduates have gained connections and moved on to apprenticeships and careers with local unions as ironworkers, electricians, plumbers, and carpenters. Other YouthBuild alumni have gone on to succeed as nursing assistants, home health aides, licensed practical nurses, and college graduates.

United Way of Long Island partners with more than a dozen community agencies to make the program a success. They include the Long Island Federation of Labor, Suffolk County Department of Labor, Town of Islip Community Development Agency, and many others. From recruitment to counseling, life skills training to leadership development, and academic training to apprenticeships, these community agencies are integral to providing resources, services, and opportunities to YouthBuild students and graduates. 

“Engaging and reconnecting young adults to education, work, and their community is key to the continued economic development of our region,” said United Way of Long Island President and CEO Theresa A. Regnante. “We are fortunate to have received this grant allowing us to provide these critical services.”

To learn more about YouthBuild Long Island, visit unitedwayli.org/YouthBuildLI

2019 Long Island ‘Angels of The Night’ Honored

Photo by Shinbone Photography

Twenty-four Angels received their wings at The Piermont in Babylon with more than 200 of their closest friends watching over on Oct. 2.

The Angel Awards Gala commemorates the 4th year of honoring and recognizing empowering women in a diversity of areas including: business development, philanthropy and volunteerism.

“For each year, it inspires me more acknowledging that there are wonderful, dedicated women representing our communities,“ said Rhonda Klch, founding executive director of Equity First Foundation.

Equity First Foundation provides financial education, literacy and best practices at low or no cost to individuals and groups from primary school through retirement and including life events.

The 2019 Angels were Leanne Baum, Autumn Behm, Janice Blake, Michelle Blum, Linda Bonnano, Tiffany Castillo, Suzanne Chimera, Donna Cioffi, Leanna Costa, Olivia Curtin (Jr. Angel), Pauline Damiani, Melissa Firmes-Ray, Natalie Henrique, Paula Gottlieb Herman, Farra Isaacson, Valentina Janek, Patricia Polenz, Tabetha Pradel, Jackie Riker, Tammy Severino, Melissa Shea, Kim Towers, Danielle M. Visvader, and Amy Zaslansky.

Proceeds from this event supports women’s financial literacy programs provided by Equity First Foundation. If you know any women’s group that needs assistance in the area of financial literacy, please contact our organization. View details of the event at angelawardsli.com or the Angel Awards Facebook page at facebook.com/Angel-Awards-of-Long-Island

For more information about financial literacy and education or to participate in programs/events, contact Lisa Strahs-Lorenc at 631-714-4822×110 or [email protected]

Nonprofit Kids Need More Hosts 7th Annual Halloween Party

Kids Need More hosted its 7th annual Halloween Party on Oct. 27, 2019. (Photo by Ed Shin)

Kids Need More, a nonprofit dedicated to enhancing the lives of children, families, and young adults coping with cancer and life threatening illnesses, held its seventh annual Halloween Party at The American Legion Post in Lindenhurst on Oct. 27.

Among the more than 200 attendees were people struggling with life-threatening
illness. They were treated a day with smoking cauldrons, decorations, light show, face painters, photo booth, spooky fizzy drink station, food, and the spectacular DJ Eddie Orihuela spinning the music while the kids and their families enjoyed games,
prizes and lots of fun together. The hall was generously donated by the American Legion.

“That is what it’s all about serving the community, giving a place where people can come together and celebrate life,” Commander Victor Diaz said, 

The Halloween Party was free of charge, just like all Kids Need More programs and services that are provided year round thanks to the generous donations of wonderful caring individuals and businesses and the support of dedicated volunteers.

“I knew we were doing something very important and special, but I didn’t realize just how incredibly important and special until I was on the receiving side of our services,” said Melissa Firmes, president of Kids Need More, a cancer survivor herself. “The children and families that we have helped for so many years were there for me and it brings me great joy to see first hand how powerful events like this are where caring loving people are there for each other.”

For more information, contact John Ray [email protected] 631-747-5518.

Johnny Ray from Kids Need More. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Jeanine Spencer from the Spencer Foundation. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Eddie Orihuela from Kids Need More. (Photo by Ed Shin)
(Photo by Ed Shin)
(Photo by Ed Shin)
(Photo by Ed Shin)