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Who Sells The Best Pickles on Long Island?

Pickles are an essential topping that pairs well with most food options, whether you’re having it with a sandwich, burger, potato salad, or even by itself. But where on Long Island is the best pickle place around?

Long Islanders voted The Pickle People the Best Pickle on Long Island in the 2020 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest!

The Pickle People have been in the pickle business for more than 40 years. Many remember their start inside Shoppers Village in 1980. They remain still today in West Hempstead, and are inside the Western Beef supermarket at 611 Woodfield Rd.

In addition to the shop which is open year round, they also attend street fairs and festivals across Long Island from April thru November. Some of their renowned recipes include Cajun, Full Sour, New Green, Atomic Hot & Spicy, Bread & Butter, Sweet Ginger, Horseradish, Hot-Shots, and Mustard pickles just to name a few.

The company also offers Sauerkraut, Sweet Peppers, Pickled Tomatoes, and Onions. Pickle fans can also purchase tart & tangy naturally fermented pickle brine by the quart. All products are under Kashrut Supervision, Kosher and Pareve.

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.

The Pickle People are located at 611 Woodfield Rd. in West Hempstead. They can be reached at 516-481-5350 or mypicklepeople.com

31-Acre Oyster Bay Cove Estate Asks $10M

Meriwether, a grand old Gold Coast brick Georgian Colonial manor home set on 31.5 acres of sweeping lawns, is listed for sale for the first time at 200 Sunset Rd. in the Village of Oyster Bay Cove.

Built in 1937 and designed by architects Kimball and Husted, whose claim to fame include several historic Manhattan skyscrapers, this meticulously maintained 11-bedroom mansion has seven and a half bathrooms. The home boasts sun-filled, gracious principal rooms with high ceilings, six fireplaces, an elevator, and French doors leading to blue stone patios and two loggias. Abundant amenities include a two-bedroom cottage and an in-ground pool with a waterfall.

The house features an eat-in kitchen with a butler’s pantry, formal dining room, living room, office, bomb shelter in the basement, and two bathrooms in the third floor master suite.

The house comes equipped with central air conditioning, in-ground sprinklers, a covered porch, and a nine-car detached garage.

The property is located about a mile from downtown Oyster Bay, the Oyster Bay Long Island Rail Road station and about five miles from the Long Island Expressway. It is located in the Oyster Bay-East Norwich School District.

The asking price is $10,000,000, not including the annual property taxes of $131,076.

The real estate agents listed for the property are Regina Rogers and Jyll Kata of Douglas Elliman Real Estate. They can be reached at 516-759-0400.

16th Annual Polar Bear Plunge Benefits CP Nassau

Polar Bear Plungers at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay. Photo by Ed Shin

The Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County (CP Nassau) held its 16th Annual Polar Bear Plunge benefit fundraiser under sunny skies on March 8 at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park Beach & Marina in Oyster Bay.

Festivities began at noon and the plunge for the brave swimmers took place at 1 p.m. Lots of people came to ‘chill-out’ and help raise funds for a cause that warms many hearts. The day included Danny Kelly as DJ from the Town of Oyster Bay Showmobile stage, free hot chocolate, coffee and donuts from Dunkin Donuts and hot dogs cooked up by the Atlantic Steamer Fire Company, and soup donated by local restaurants, Café Al Dente and IT Bagel.

There were fun raffles and other surprises including a dancing Polar Bear, Sparky and a blow up hockey tent by the NY Islanders, the NY Riptide Mascot, Star Wars people from the 501st Legion’s Empire City Garrison and the Rebel Legion’s Echo Base. CP Nassau is grateful to the event’s Honorary Chairperson, Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor Joe Saladino and all the support from departments in the Town of Oyster Bay including the Parks and Public Safety! Special thanks and appreciation to the Co-Chairmen, Russ Lundstrum of the Coach Meeting Place and Frank Ozol. Thanks you to all plungers, fans, volunteers and donors!

All proceeds will benefit the more than 1,500 children and adults with disabilities who participate in programs and receive services through the Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County. CP Nassau has been assisting individuals with disabilities since 1948 . Go to www.cpnassau.org for more info.

CP Nassau like to thank all those who helped with the 16th Annual Polar Bear Plunge. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Bob McGuire Executive Director of CP Nassau. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Joseph Saladino Supervisor of the Town of Oyster Bay. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Town of Oyster Bay local officials and CP Nassau Leadership. (Photo by Ed Shin)
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Long Island Concerts & Events March 16-19

This bestselling author speaks about and signs copies of her novel, The Island of Sea Women. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington, bookrevue.com Free with purchase of book. 7 p.m. Mar. 16.

Bagpipes with attitude, drums with a Scottish accent and a show so hot it carries its own health warning. Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue, patchoguetheatre.org $29-$63. 7 p.m. Mar. 17.

This British musician, singer and songwriter who made his name with such hits as “No One Is to Blame” and “Things Can Only Get Better” stops by on his Acoustic Trio Tour featuring Nick Beggs and Robin Boult. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington, paramountny.com $26-$65. 8 p.m. Mar. 19.

When the witness protection program sends aspiring disco diva Deloris Van Cartier to a struggling convent after she sees her boyfriend commit a murder, Deloris takes her act to the nun’s choir where she finds an unexpected sisterhood. John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport, engemantheater.com $80. Mar. 19-May 3.

Zorn’s Of Bethpage Serves Up The Taste of Tradition

Zorn’s of Bethpage is celebrating its 80th anniversary.

Much has changed in the past 80 years, but one thing remains the same: Zorn’s of Bethpage still makes its delicious homemade food from scratch the same way it did upon its 1940 founding.

The seven wholesale poultry farms that the eatery’s founder Peter Zorn ran have long since been sold. But his granddaughter, Merrill S. Zorn, who now runs the restaurant, still ensures that her grandfather’s good old-fashioned hearty meals continue to be served up unaltered through the decades — including keeping the top secret chicken recipe in a safe.

“What separates us is we really really go the extra mile,” Zorn says. “We make small batches … You can taste the difference.”

While there are still some poultry farms on the East End, few local family-run restaurants have proven to have such staying power. To mark the 80th anniversary, patrons should stay tuned for 1940-related specials all year long.

Initially a takeout-only eatery that proved innovative at that time, Zorn’s of Bethpage later added seating and last year moved from its original location on Hempstead Turnpike to a new 8,000-square-foot building next door with an expanded dining area that includes al fresco seating.

Despite that major change, the constant — besides quality food — remains the Zorn family’s involvement. Merrill jokes that family itself is “the secret sauce.”

“There is always a Zorn in the kitchen making sure that the original recipes passed down from my grandparents are still prepared with the same quality and pride that they were 80 years ago,” she says. “Some of our traditions are looked upon as old-fashioned by today’s standards, but this is how we maintain our high quality and consistency.”

The legacy is on full display in the restaurant, which is adorned with family photos from over the generations.

“We really chose to do things the hard way,” Zorn says. “Our food is truly homemade. We don’t cut any corners. It was a long way to try to get here.”

Zorn’s of Bethpage is located at 4321 Hempstead Tpke. in Bethpage. It can be reached at 516-731-5500 or zornsofbethpage.com

5 New Products To Help You Relax

Saunas are nice and all, but have you tried a far-infrared sauna? Its infrared lamps’ warmth is said to penetrate deep inside the body to help loosen up toxins and stimulate the lymphatic system. pHountain, multiple locations, phountain.com


Aureole Cold Air Diffuser

Don’t fret about the mild winter. Get your chill on with the Aureole Cold Air Diffuser that promises to keep the air you breathe clean and purified. And your favorite temp. $200 at freepeople.com

GO NIGHT NIGHTCan’t sleep? The folks at DoDow can help. The company makes a portable device that projects soothing light displays on ceilings to help insomniacs practice the kind of meditative deep breathing that prompts the most refreshing shuteye. $63.89 at mydodow.com

THINK ABOUT ITBoost feelings of awareness, calm, and balance with this pack of 50 Mindfulness Cards featuring inspiring messages and mindfulness exercises for everyday life. $16.95 at papersource.com

ICE, ICE BABYWhether you’re trying to get rid of a headache, soothe sore muscles, or just want to cool off and get a massage at the same time, you’ll want the Vanity Planet Revive Professional Ice Roller Face and Body Massager in your freezer. It’s also said to work as a skin rejuvenator. $19.99 at walmart.com 


Antique Bellport Charmer Asks $1.2M

This home that has been impeccably restored with attention to period details while affording modern amenities is listed for sale at 3 Browns Ln. in the Village of Bellport.

Built in 1900 on a private half-acre lot in the heart of the village just steps from downtown, this four-bedroom home has three and a half bathrooms and 2,700 square feet of living space.

Entering through the Mahogany porch, the main level provides a flexible layout with formal rooms, a cozy den with fireplace, dining room with blue stone floors overlooking the lush, landscaped, yard and a legal pool house.

The house features an eat-in kitchen, formal dining room, and partial basement. It comes equipped with central air conditioning and in-ground sprinklers. 

The property is nearby the bay, marina, and about two miles from the Patchogue Long Island Rail Road station. It falls in the South Country School District.

The asking price is $1,275,000, not including the $20,258 in annual property taxes, which comes to $15,608 after a Star Exemption.

The real estate agents listed for the property are Steven Porcaro and David Rice of Rice Realty Group, Inc., who can be reached at 631-624-1200.


LISTNet Hosts Hackathon at Hofstra University

LISTnet President Paul Trapani, Morrison Mentors Co-Founder Doron Spleen, and LISTnet Chairman Peter Goldsmith. (Photo by Ed Shin)

Students from Hempstead and Freeport High Schools participated in a hackathon presented by AT&T at Hofstra University on March 7.

In addition to AT&T and Hofstra, the hackathon was sponsored by Morrison Mentors, LISTnet and Long Island Press. NY State Assemblywoman Taylor Darling (D-Hempstead) visited the students in the afternoon to offer some words of encouragement and discuss the growing number of opportunities available in technology. 

The students spent the first half of the day learning and then worked in teams on the second half of the day on projects related to internet safety. Some students learned about website create and others learned to create software using the freely available MIT App Inventor.

Hofstra students and faculty volunteered to act as instructors and mentors to the students. They were trained and supervised by Morrison Mentors. 

Students learning the basics of creating web pages. (Photo by Ed Shin)
LISTnet Chairman Peter Goldsmith, NY Assemblywoman Taylor Darling, AT&T Regional Director Brandon V. Ray. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Assemblywoman Taylor Darling addressing students. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Brandon V. Ray of AT&T greeting students. (Photo by Ed Shin)

What Is The Best Medical & Surgical Supply Store on Long Island?

Besides finding a top-quality healthcare provider, taking care of oneself also entails acquiring nothing but the best medical supplies. But where can those be found?

Long Islanders voted Merrick Surgical Supplies & Home Care the Best Medical & Surgical Supply Store on Long Island in the 2020 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest!

From lift chairs to hospital beds and scooters, Merrick Surgical Supplies & Home Care has the stock for your needs. With more than 1,000 products available, you can get everything from beds to bath safety to a walker to help you get around. They also offer white glove service on the premises where they will perform a diagnostic of your needs and also check up on you after the product of your choice is delivered.

Merrick Surgical Supplies can also service and repair batteries and chargers, controllers, motors, tires and wheels and armrests.

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.

Merrick Surgical Supplies & Home Care is located at 139 Merrick Ave. in Merrick. It can be reached at 516-378-0119 or merricksurgical.com

The Chocolate Expo Sweetens Up Garden City

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The annual Chocolate Expo brought out thousands of fans to the Cradle of Aviation in Garden City on March 1 to  indulge in great chocolates, baked goods, specialty foods, cheeses, wines, spirits, ciders, craft sodas and more from almost 100 vendors, with some coming from as far away as Honduras and Ecuador.

The event also featured a “New England Pavilion” with vendors from Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, plus the first-ever Long Island Honey Market with hundreds of local, regional, and international honeys and honey products.

Long Island’s own DJ CHEF, a Cutthroat Kitchen winner who DJs and cooks, led The Chocolate Expo’s “Hangar 2 Dance Party” with almost 30 authentically costumed Star Wars characters from the 501st Empire City Garrison.

Guests also got to compete in the “Chocolate Challenge,” a reality TV-style cooking competition, as well as to participate in a “Chocolate Spa Experience” and listen to a “Chocolate and Brain Health” presentation by world-renowned neurologist and author Dr. Jay Lombard.

Free showings of the movie Apollo 11: First Steps were also included for guests at no charge, as were free face painting, balloon twisting and chocolate craft activities in The Chocolate Expo’s “Kidz Zone.”

Nearly perfect weather contributed to the festive atmosphere at The Chocolate Expo, and a great day was had by all.

Chocolate by Chef Paula Herman from Cooking with Stars. Photo by Ed Shin
Chocolate by Chef Paula Herman from Cooking with Stars. Photo by Ed Shin
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Chef Paula Herman from Cooking with Stars. Photo by Ed Shin
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Meri and DJ Chef Marc Weiss. Photo by Ed Shin
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