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Not In Our Town Photo Contest Winners Announced

Student photographers in northwestern Nassau County took aim at bullying — with their cameras.

The Town of North Hempstead and Long Island Press co-sponsored an anti-hate photo contest in which elementary, middle or high school students captured images that address bullying. The theme, Not In Our Town, required entries that illustrate how participants stand up to hate in their community or school.

Pictured here are the 12 winning photos of the anti-hate initiative that
has the goal of building safe, inclusive communities for all.


First Place: 

Submitted by: Brayden Barthelemy (photographer – prek) / Ms. Wolfe’s Class, Meadow Drive School, Albertson.

Second Place:

Submitted by: Eli Sevanayev (photographer – 1st grade) / Mrs. Pearsall’s Class, Meadow Drive School, Albertson.

Third Place:

Submitted by: Matthew Durham, Erin Gayson, William Raia, Estefany Aguilar, Hampton Street School, Mineola.

Honorable Mention:

Submitted by: Leah Heimowitz, Saddle Rock School, Great Neck.


First Place:

Submitted by: Eliana Wong, Great Neck South High School, Great Neck.

Second Place:

Submitted by: Ryan Kim, Great Neck South High School, Great Neck.

Third Place:

Submitted by: Christopher Gee, Great Neck South High School, Great Neck.

Honorable Mention:

Submitted by: Sheryl Huang, Great Neck South High School, Great Neck.

GRADES 10-12

First Place:

Submitted by: Jenna Franklin and Shelley Philipson, Schreiber High School, Port Washington.

Second Place:

Submitted by: Hannah Pei, Great Neck South High School, Great Neck.

Third Place:

Submitted by: Daniella Erfanian, Great Neck North High School, Great Neck.

Honorable Mention:

Submitted By: Ryan Chen, Great Neck South High School, Great Neck.


Amityville ‘Mini-mansion’ Asks $539,000

This spectacular, gorgeous Colonial on a large piece of property with every option is a must-see “mini mansion” listed for sale at 40 Bennett Pl. in the Village of Amityville.

Built in 2001, this three-bedroom home with two and a half bathrooms on a 14,848-square-foot lot features an in-ground pool, fenced-in yard, hardwood floors and stainless-steel appliances. It is close to the water but does not need flood insurance.

The house comes equipped with an eat-in kitchen, butler’s pantry, formal dining room, fireplace, custom walk-in closets in the master suite, a third-floor attic, central air conditioning and a fully finished basement with a gym, family room and storage space. Outside it has a two-car attached garage, front porch and deck in the backyard.

The property is nearby several local parks, downtown Amityville and less than a mile from the Amityville Long Island Rail Road station. It’s located in the Amityville School District.

The asking price is $539,000, not including the annual property taxes of $22,595.

The real estate agent listed for the property is Anna Tambasco of Advantage + Realty Corp. She can be reached at 631-957-0096.

Essay Contest Challenges Teens to End Bullying Against Kids With Autism

Long Island high school students are invited to enter an essay contest that aims to combat bullying against people with developmental disabilities.

Students in grades 9 to 12 enrolled in public or private schools in Nassau or Suffolk counties as well as Queens are eligible to compete for the $4,000 first-place prize, $3,000 second-place award or $2,000 third-place winner.

“I hope that this essay question will motivate more critical thinking, constructive ideas, and perhaps, solutions,” said Peter Klein, President of The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation, which is organizing the contest in association with the nonprofit Life’s WORC/Family Center For Autism.

The foundation Mr. Klein leads was created by the late Claire Friedlander, a Holocaust victim who immigrated from Nazi Germany to the United States. Life’s WORC was founded by Victoria Schneps-Yunis, co-publisher of the Long Island Press, which is also sponsoring the event along with the Queens Courier.

The question that the essay contest poses is: Why autistic and developmentally disabled people become targets of bullies, and how can my school and community prevent it?

The essays must be 400-500 words, submitted by the U.S. Postal Service, Fed Ex, or United Parcel Service postmarked by no later than May 3, 2018. Contact Tina Moreno at 516-741-9000 or Danny Frank at 212-279-1041 for details. Awards will be made at a presentation event at The Family Center For Autism by no later than June 1, 2018.

Besides Klein, judges for this contest include Northville Industries Corp. CEO Dr. Gene Bernstein, Life’s WORC Executive Director Janet Koch and Kelly Mcmasters, Asst. Professor of English and Publishing Studies Director at Hofstra University.

“Sadly, bullying and acts of thoughtless, irresponsible conduct targeting developmentally disabled and autistic people is at a point of crisis,” Klein said. “How can schools and communities help to bring about new social improvements and bring an end to this form of prejudice and intolerance?”

What is The Best Window Company on Long Island?

Window World won Best Window Company in the 2018 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest.

A draft sneaking in from antiquated windows is a regular occurrence for owners of older homes, but for one local homeowner, Jim Ferraro, enough was enough.

With the help of Window World of Long Island, Ferraro has replaced eight windows so far — and he plans on doing more.

“The quality is second to none,” he says. “Top-notch windows. The difference was night and day regarding loss of cold and heat from the original windows they replaced.”

Whether it’s helping out homeowners like Ferraro with drafty windows to save on their utility bills or remodeling the entire exterior of a house, Window World has decades of experience in the industry. The numerous awards they have received for superior products and service is a testament to their craftsmanship.

“We’re proud to earn the Good Housekeeping Seal for the tenth consecutive year,” said Mark Bumgarner, vice president of franchise relations for Window World. “The seal remains a powerful indicator for our customers that we are dedicated to understanding and exceeding their needs as homeowners.”

The seal, developed by one of the foremost consumer product laboratories in the country, is a testament to Window World’s commitment to quality products. They are currently one of two window companies that carry this prestigious seal.

Since their establishment in 1995 as a local small business, they have since grown to become America’s largest exterior remodeler, providing renovations to millions of customers through their more than 200 franchise locations nationwide.

Window World of Long Island marries the personalized service of a local business with the capital and selection of a nationally recognized company, cultivating an unbeatable customer experience. Offering a vast selection of windows, doors, siding, shutters, and accessories, the options are endless.

Their large showroom in Farmingdale allows customers to visualize their projects before the contractors show up. And their product realization technology ensures Window World’s clients can upload images of their own homes to try on various windows and shutters for size.

Over the years, Window World has also emphasized their belief in strengthening the community by opening a charitable arm to their company, known as Window World Cares. Since its founding a decade ago, Window World Cares has raised more than $7 million in a flourishing partnership with St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, aiding in the fight against childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. For that, Window World was awarded New Corporate Partner of the Year in 2010.

In addition to their charitable mission, another of Window World’s key qualities is sourcing their products locally. Through expert customer service, dedication to quality, and community outreach, Window World continues to have success. Their superior model has garnered their recognition as the Best Window Company for consecutive years in the Bethpage Best of Long Island contest.

Last month, Window World announced the sale of their 15 millionth window, which is just more evidence that their motto of being “Simply the best for less” is ringing true for customers on Long Island and nationwide.

“We are thrilled that our customers value our products and their experience working with us. Selling 15 million windows validates our belief that we are the best in the business,” says Chairman and CEO of Window World Tammy Whitworth. “People trust us with their most valuable investment, their home, time and time again. This shows that our franchise owners are doing a great job coming through for their clients and delivering stand-up service.”

Window World of Long Island is located at 33 Hempstead Tpke., Farmingdale. They can be reached at 516-377-3500 or windowworld.com

Contemporary Sands Point Mansion Asks $11M

This secluded, waterfront gated Contemporary mansion with abundant amenities that make it a dream come true for those who like to entertain is listed for sale in the Village of Sands Point.

Built in 2006, this seven-bedroom home with eight and a half bathrooms built on nearly nine gated acres has 13,000 square feet of living space. It features an inground, indoor/outdoor pool, hot tubs, and a putting green, private path to the beach overlooking the Long Island Sound.

This house comes equipped with four eat-in kitchens—one of which is poolside—a formal dining room, a fully finished basement, bar, breakfast area, study and a second-floor balcony. It also has geothermal heating and central air conditioning, a Creston Smart Home system, security cameras and a sophisticated snow-melt system.

Outside it also has a koi pond, 8,000-square-foot driveway, terraces, porch and a seven-car attached garage.

The house is located near Sands Point Preserve, the Sands Point Gold Club and the Village Club of Sands Point. It’s about two miles from the Port Washington Long Island Rail Road station and about six miles from the Long Island Expressway and Northern State Parkway.

It’s in the Port Washington School District, which had its Paul D. Schreiber Senior High School ranked No. 36 in New York State by U.S. News & World Report.

The asking price is $11,900,000, not including the annual property taxes of $68,890.

The real estate agent listed for the property is Maria Rovegno of Douglas Elliman Real Estate. She can be reached at 516-883-5200.

Post-Modern Sound Beach Home Asks $535,000

Amazing custom handcrafted woodwork is the main selling point of this Post-Modern home listed for sale at 10 Plandome Rd. in the waterfront community of Sound Beach.

Built in 2005, the four-bedroom, three-bathroom home with 3,400-square-feet of living space features custom coffered ceilings in the main living room and dining room, triple crown molding throughout the home, including through the art gallery hallway, bambo floors, and Anderson casement architectural windows.

The house comes equipped with a kitchen, formal dining room, partially finished basement, office, family room, art hall, a fireplace and central air conditioning. Outside it has a two-car attached garage and porch. The seller boats extremely low energy costs.

The property is less than a mile from the beach overlooking the Long Island Sound, the Rocky Point State Pine Barrens Preserve and is nearby downtown Port Jefferson. It’s about three miles from the Port Jefferson Long Island Rail Road station. It’s located in the Rocky Point School District.

The asking price is $499,999-$535,000, not including the $12,236 in property taxes.

The real estate agent listed for the property is Steven Maier of Realty Connect USA LI, Inc. He can be reached at 877-647-1092.

Where is The Best Healthy Eatery on Long Island?

Beach season is coming, so Long Islanders are hitting the gym and eating right to shed those holiday pounds, but finding the ideal local healthy eatery can be tough.

Here to help, the public voted Trader Joe’s the Best Health Food Store on Long Island in the 2018 Bethpage Best of Long Island competition and Panera Bread won Best Healthy Eatery on Long Island in that contest. Tula’s Kitchen and Wild Side Organic Bistro & Bar tied for Best Organic Eatery on Long Island this year.

Long Islanders know that Trader Joe’s is the place to shop for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The nationwide supermarket chain with seven Long Island locations is your home for affordable groceries, meat, and produce. Read the label on a Trader Joe’s product and you’ll find wholesome ingredients that you’ll feel comfortable serving to your family.

With its famed wood-paneled stores and staff in Hawaiian shirts, Trader Joe’s is a fun place to shop. It’s no wonder that Long Islanders who aim to eat healthy visit Trader Joe’s, which also features plenty of products for kosher or vegan diets.

At Panera Bread, the list of healthy, yet delightful, dishes at is endless, from the roasted beet, quinoa and citrus salad, seasonal greens salad, tomato mozzarella flatbread, to the Thai garden chicken wonton bowl. They even offer vegan and gluten-conscious items, proving that it is the perfect eatery for anyone who is looking to have a nutritious meal, without sacrificing taste. Whether you order to stay or go, Panera Bread is the ultimate place to visit for quality food made with a lot of love!

Wild Side Organic Bistro & Bar prides itself in providing its customers with organic, 100 percent non-GMO food. From local organic produce and organic lamb and chicken to grass-fed beef and organic rice, Wild Side Organic Bistro & Bar is helping make Long Islanders a little bit healthier. Plus, they also have vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and dairy-free items on their menu. Some delicious options include coconut lentil stew, kale and black bean burger, and marinara pizza—just to name a few!

And Tula’s Kitchen believes not only in living to eat, but also eating to live. They’ve recently expanded and renovated with a new French chic space and a handcrafted Old-World bar. All of their offerings are prepared with organic and natural ingredients, whenever possible, to ensure all guests are eating well and fresh. Tula’s Kitchen offers breakfast, lunch and dinner.

To find all the other 2017 Best of Long Island contest winners, visit bestoflongisland.com Winners of the 2018 contest will be announced in February. Nominate your favorite businesses and people in the 2019 Best of Long Island program starting Jan. 1.

Trader Joe’s, multiple locations, traderjoes.com

Panera Bread, multiple locations, panerabread.com

Tula’s Kitchen, 41 East Main St., Bay Shore, 631-539-7183, tulakitchen.com

Wild Side Organic Bistro & Bar, 1551 Montauk Hwy., Oakdale, 631-791-1800, wildsidebistro.com

The Sexy Salad Pressing Corporate Catering

While on a spring break in the Bahamas, John Robertson became inspired by a local chef creating custom-made salads as he was bellowing, “Get your salads, get your sexy salads here!”

Roberston felt he was on to something. At that moment in 1983, he came up with a  great name for his future restaurant.

“I just thought that was brilliant,” recalls Robertson, who held on to the idea for two decades until he opened The Sexy Salad in Hauppauge 15 years ago. “I said, ‘That’s the place I’m going to open.’”

While the alliterative name sounds whimsical, Robertson spent 20 years seriously studying the industry before opening up shop, to ensure his childhood dream would be a success. But he’s done more than just thrive. Robertson is now plotting his expansion.

“We would really like to be the food company for all of Hauppauge Industrial Park,” he says. “If I can be a full service, a one call, right in the heart of the [HIP], it’ll be a home run.”

As the name suggests, they started out serving salads, soups, paninis and the like. Now, their menu has grown to the point that they have theme days such as Taco Tuesdays, a build-you-own-potato bar and much more. Robertson recently opened Build a Burger next door and plans to open restaurants nearby focused on various cuisines, such as a Mexican grill and an Asian eatery.

He got a big boost when he was accepted into the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program, which helps upstarts as passionate as Robertson to hone their business acumen by training with experts from the Wharton Business School and Babson College, and meet industry leaders.

The shop also drew national headlines in 2016 when a drunk broke in, ate a dozen  bananas and passed out on the floor of The Sexy Salad before fleeing the scene. “The Banana Burglar,” as he became known, was later turned in, but Robertson declined to press charges after the thief paid restitution. Still, the quirky case drew even more attention to his shop.

While he’s thankful that his success gives him the opportunity to donate to charities such as the Morgan Center and Island Harvest, he also gets excited thinking about what’s next.

“Wilbur Wright was asked, ‘Where do you see the airplane industry going?’” Robertson says. “He said, ‘I don’t know, but it’s going to be spectacular.’ And The Sexy Salad is going to be absolutely spectacular, too.”

Where is The Best Nursery on Long Island?

Now that spring has sprung, gardeners across Long Island are plotting the day they roll up their sleeves and put those green thumbs back to work, after a trip to the nursery.

To help settle the debate over which nursery is worth the trip, the public voted Treemendous Florists by Flora Linda the Best Nursery/Garden Store on Long Island in the 2018 Bethpage Best of Long Island competition.

Located in Garden City South, Treemendous Florists by Flora Linda is a treasure. With award-winning designers who specialize in creating high-style floral arrangements and gift presentations, Treemendous offer daily delivery service to the Long Island area, local hospitals, funeral homes, or anywhere in the world. Treemendous Florists by Flora Linda will create beautiful botanical memories with uniquely designed arrangements for any occasion. They offer a wonderful selection of green plants, blooming plants and dish gardens that will add immeasurably to any room or office. Their store carries a vast array of gift items for any age or occasion!

A garden adds a beautiful touch to any home. The different colors, flowers and shrubs add to the atmosphere and make sitting outside (or admiring it from the inside) pleasurable and enjoyable. What’s a home without at least a few flowers when spring blooms? For all of your gardening needs, turn to the Best Nursery/Garden Store on Long Island.

And with all they offer, it’s no wonder voters named Treemendous Florists by Flora Linda the Best Nursery/Garden Store on Long Island!

To find all the other 2018 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest winners, visit bestoflongisland.com Nominate your favorite businesses and people in the 2019 Best of Long Island program starting Jan. 1.

Treemendous Florists by Flora Linda is located at 323 Nassau Blvd. in Garden City South. They can be reached at 516-481-8733. treemendousflorist.com