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Storm Dumps 6 Inches of Snow On Long Island

(Photo by Michael Damm/Long Island Press)

The first winter storm of the season dumped more than six inches of snow on parts of Long Island on Thursday, snarling the evening commute with nearly 500 crashes an causing more than 6,000 of power outages.

The National Weather Service reported the highest snowfall accumulation on LI was in Manhasset, which got 6.5 inches. The highest amount in Suffolk was 5.3 inches in North Babylon. The storm was originally expected to be mostly a wintry mix with an inch or two of accumulation, but the forecast was upgraded to five inches of snow as the storm arrived.

PSEG Long Island still had more than 4,400 outages its crews were working to restore as of Friday morning while the Island remained under wind and flood advisories as the storm cleared the region.

Besides outages crashes, and related traffic, the storm also caused Long Island Rail Road delays, although service was mostly back to normal in time for Friday morning commuters. The wind also wreaked havoc on LI, downing trees and toppling the First Baptist Church steeple in Greenport.

After the storm passed, temps this weekend were forecast to be in the high 40s, with sunny skies on Saturday and mostly cloudy on Sunday before another slight chance of rain overnight into Monday.

Below are the snowfall totals for LI:

Nassau County
Manhasset: 6.5 
North Massapequa: 5.6 
Syosset: 5.5 
Plainview: 5.0 
East Williston: 5.0 
Bethpage: 5.0 
Manorhaven: 4.9 
Albertson: 4.5 
New Hyde Park: 4.5 
Wantagh: 4.5 
Massapequa: 4.0 

Suffolk County
North Babylon: 5.3 
Commack: 5.0 
Medford: 5.0 r
Sayville: 4.9 
Yaphank: 4.8 
Upton: 4.6 
Islip Airport: 4.3 
Smithtown: 4.1 
Port Jefferson: 4.0 
West Islip: 4.0 
Dix Hills: 4.0 
Farmingville: 3.8 
Ridge: 3.6 
Bay Shore: 3.6 
Orient 3.5: 900 
Miller Place: 3.3
Mount Sinai: 3.2 
Lindenhurst: 3.1 

Bay Shore Waterfront Equestrian Estate Asks $9.9M

Windmill Manor, a gated 10-acre equestrian estate with 535 feet of deepwater docking on Awixa Creek, is listed for sale at 80 South Saxon Ave. in Bay Shore.

Built in 1932, this seven-bedroom mansion with six bathrooms and two half bathrooms offers 8,738 square feet of living space. Amenities include five paddocks, a stable with six stalls, a miniature horse stable, and a tennis court.

The house comes equipped with an eat-in kitchen, a butler’s pantry, maid’s quarters, formal dining room, office, six fireplaces, central air conditioning, and a full property generator.

Outside it has a detached 10-car garage, a pool with a pool house, a stone patio, gazebo, utility barn, and an Italian fountain. The property also Includes 70 South Saxon Ave.

The property is located less than two miles from the Islip Long Island Rail Road station. It’s also a short drive from Sunrise Highway, the Southern State and Sagtikos parkways. Its perks include being situated near a multitude of parks, including Islip Beach, Heckscher State Park, Connetquot River State Park, Robert Moses State Park, and downtown Bay Shore.

The property falls within the Islip School District, which had its high school ranked as one of the best in the nation by Newsweek magazine.

The asking price is $9,999,990, not including the annual property taxes of $118,386.

The real estate agent listed for the property is Eric Ramsay of Eric G Ramsay Jr. Associates LLC. He can be reached at 631-665-1500.

What Is The Best Bakery On Long Island?

There is nothing like the sweet smell that greets you upon entering a bakery. But not all bakeries are equal.

Long Islanders voted Front Street Bakery the Best Bakery on Long Island in the 2018 Bethpage Best of Long Island competition for the eighth year in a row.

Front Street Bakery has once again earned the No. 1 spot atop this list. Family owned and operated for three generations, Front Street Bakery offers a wide selection of tasty treats. Not only are the desserts and pastries incredible, but the staff really cares about their customers, which is why they have maintained a great relationship with them, for years!

Front Street Bakery is committed to providing the freshest and highest-quality baked goods available, forged from the finest ingredients and more than 60 years of experience. Desserts and pastries of every shape and size, along with wedding and specialty cakes made to order, Front Street Bakery can literally turn any baked-goods vision into reality!

Aside from cookies, muffins and gift baskets, their amazing Fondant 3D cakes are edible works of art, replicating castles, pirate ships or even various electronics. Hit this place up for cakes and desserts for any and all occasions!

To find all the other Best of Long Island contest winners, visit bestof.longislandpress.com Voting in the 2019 Best of Long Island program runs through Dec. 15.

Front Street Bakery is located at 51 Front St. in Rockville Centre. It can be reached at 516-766-1199 or frontstreetbakery.com

5 Tips For Navigating Medicare Open Enrollment

Medicare Open Enrollment is in full swing. For most people enrolled in Medicare, the annual Open Enrollment period (Oct. 15 through Dec. 7) is the only opportunity to make changes to your existing Medicare coverage.

Even if you are happy with your Medicare coverage, you should take the time to explore your options. There may be a plan that is better suited to your health and financial needs that could save you hundreds of dollars in the upcoming year.

Dan Klein, president and chief executive officer of the Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation, an independent charitable organization dedicated to helping people afford out-of-pocket costs for prescribed medications, offers the following tips for navigating Medicare Open Enrollment.


Take the time to shop around and understand the benefits and costs of each plan so that you can find the coverage that works best for you. Changes to your health status, doctors or healthcare providers, prescription drugs or budget may mean that your current plan is no longer the most cost-effective choice.


Before selecting a plan, it’s smart to check that your preferred doctors, hospitals and pharmacies are in the plan’s provider network. If you visit a doctor, hospital or pharmacy that is outside of the network, you will likely have to pay more.


Medicare Part D helps cover the cost of prescription drugs. Many Medicare Advantage plans provide prescription drug coverage as well. It’s important to ensure that your plan covers the medications you need and that the plan’s network of pharmacies makes it convenient for you to access your drugs.


There may be changes to Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D plans that affect your out-of-pocket costs. When selecting a plan, you should consider what you will be responsible for paying under the plan, including the deductible, out-of-pocket limit, co-pays and co-insurance.


If you have limited income and resources, you may qualify for a federal Medicare Low Income Subsidy (LIS), also known as Extra Help, to help pay for your prescription drug costs. You may also be eligible for a patient co-payment assistance program like PAN that provides people with financial assistance to cover out-of-pocket costs for their medical treatments. You can learn more about PAN and patient assistance charities by visiting PANFoundation.org.


Lord & Taylor Honors Community Leaders

Lord & Taylor community honorees show off their awards.

Dozens of supporters cheered as Lord & Taylor honored more than a dozen community members during a special ceremony at the department store’s newly renovated Manhasset location.

Honorees included Long Island Press Publisher Victoria Schneps-Yunis; Jason Nadich, senior vice president and executive director of Northwell Health’s Central Region; Alexa Tiven, Northwell Health Foundation’s assistant director of special events; Alan Gragossian, first lieutenant in the Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department; Frank Coughlin of the Nassau County Police Activity League; Port Washington Police Officer Joseph Nakelski, Jeff Stone, president of the Kiwanis Club of Manhasset-Port Washington; Lisa Lubrano of the Girl Scouts of Nassau County; Katie Miller of the Manhasset Chamber of Commerce; Alyssa Noelle Pitaluga, an educator with the St. Mary’s School of Manhasset; Martha Tina Henderson of The Josephine Foundation, Nadine Grindfell of the North Shore Animal League of America; Angela Lostritto of the Manhasset Rotary Club and Joanna Phillips of St. Jude’s Research Hospital.

“We wouldn’t be here without all of you,” Vanessa LeFebre, president of Lord & Taylor, told the crowd. “The reality is the store is only as good as its community.”

Jacklin Soleimani, a Douglas Elliman Real Estate agent, and Dr. Jason Naidich, senior vice president and executive director of Northwell Health’s Central Region, who was among Lord & Taylor’s honorees.
Lord & Taylor President Vanessa LeFabvre, honoree Alexa Tiven, Northwell Health Foundation’s assistant director of special events, and Georgia Dandolos, Divisional Vice President at Lord & Taylor.
Lord & Taylor President Vanessa LeFabvre, Alan Gragossian, first lieutenant in the Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Departmen, and Georgia Dandolos, Divisional Vice President at Lord & Taylor.
Lord & Taylor President Vanessa LeFabvre, honoree Port Washington Police Officer Joseph Nakelski, and Georgia Dandolos, Divisional Vice President at Lord & Taylor.
Lord & Taylor President Vanessa LeFabvre, honoree Frank Coughlin of the Nassau County Police Activity League, and Georgia Dandolos, Divisional Vice President at Lord & Taylor.
Lord & Taylor President Vanessa LeFabvre, honoree Lisa Lubrano of the Girl Scouts of Nassau County, and Georgia Dandolos, Divisional Vice President at Lord & Taylor.
Lord & Taylor President Vanessa LeFabvre, honoree Jeff Stone, president of the Kiwanis Club of Manhasset-Port Washington, and Georgia Dandolos, Divisional Vice President at Lord & Taylor.
Lord & Taylor President Vanessa LeFabvre, honoree Katie Miller of the Manhasset Chamber of Commerce, and Georgia Dandolos, Divisional Vice President at Lord & Taylor.
Lord & Taylor President Vanessa LeFabvre, honoree Alyssa Noelle Pitaluga, an educator with the St. Mary’s School of Manhasset, and Georgia Dandolos, Divisional Vice President at Lord & Taylor.
Lord & Taylor President Vanessa LeFabvre, honoree Martha Tina Henderson of The Josephine Foundation, and Georgia Dandolos, Divisional Vice President at Lord & Taylor.
Lord & Taylor President Vanessa LeFabvre, honoree Nadine Grindfell of the North Shore Animal League of America, and Georgia Dandolos, Divisional Vice President at Lord & Taylor.
Lord & Taylor President Vanessa LeFabvre, honoree Angela Lostritto of the Manhasset Rotary Club, and Georgia Dandolos, Divisional Vice President at Lord & Taylor.

Historic West Hills Estate Asks $6.5M

This fully restored Wallace K. Harrison estate listed on The National Register Of Historic Places and designed for a modern lifestyle is for sale at 140 Round Swamp Rd. in West Hills.

Built in 1935 on a 3.6-acre lot, the four-bedroom Ranch has six and a half bathrooms and 12,000 square feet of living space. Among its many amenities, it features impeccable walnut flooring and finishes, abundant natural light, and a breathtaking grand room with a Terrazo Tile dance floor that served as a model for New York City’s Rainbow Room.

The house comes equipped with a stunning eat-in gourmet kitchen, a formal dining room, library, office, five fireplaces and central air conditioning. The fully finished basement has a game room, theater, lounge, wet bar, wine cellar, wine tasting room, and a gym.

Outside it has an attached three-car garage, a slate patio, heated circular in-ground saltwater Gunite pool, a tennis court, and meticulously landscaped grounds with a putting green.

The house is within walking distance of several local parks. It’s about two miles from the Huntington Long Island Rail Road station and three miles from downtown Huntington. It is located in the Half Hollow Hills School District.

The asking price is $6,500,000, not including the annual property taxes of $38,384.

The real estate agents listed for the property are Shawn Elliott and Maria Siringo of Nest Seekers LLC. They can be reached at 516-922-2878.

Veterans Memorial Garden Blooms In Roslyn Harbor

Local boy scouts built the Veterans Memorial Garden at Roslyn Harbor Village Hall.

Members of the Boy Scouts teamed up with the Village of Roslyn Harbor to build a  Veterans Memorial Garden at Village Hall.

The village supported Jay Wiebe, of Local Troop 71, who launched the project to achieve the coveted rank of Eagle Scout.

“The sacrifices of the few ensure the liberties of the many,” the village board said in a statement. “Roslyn Harbor honors all who have served out nation in its armed forces and pays tribute to those who have laid down their lives for our freedom.”

The village held a dedication ceremony unveiling the garden on Veteran’s Day.

Clown Helps Vets With Our Heroes Night Out


Carol Klein, AKA MisMatch The Clown, was teaching veterans how to make balloon animals during a festival at the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center a decade ago when she and her family were inspired to form the nonprofit Our Heroes Night Out.

“The evening was so much for the guys and for me and they seemed interested in learning more,” Klein told the Press. “So I called the person who hired me and she connected me with the homeless facility.”

Two weeks later, Carol and her son Garrett, also known as YooHoo the Clown, went to the facility and began what has now become a welcomed and highly appreciated program.

“The veterans living at this homeless facility are amazing,” she said. “They have all served our country in so many different ways and are now in a tough situation in their lives. They served to keep us safe and it’s my feeling that now it is our turn to support them.”

“Our goal now is to bring as much entertainment or programs to them or takes them out for a night of fun,” she continued. “It’s a small group of guys but their appreciation is huge.”

Klein said the efforts have been very rewarding for her family. They have met so many people who share their feelings about the importance or honoring these well deserving men and women. The group invites businesses and individuals to donate time to bake, cook, sing, dance or tell jokes.

“We have had so many talented people come share their talents and so many businesses open their doors to provide a fun night out for these veterans,” she said. “We are a family organization that relies on people sharing their time with the guys.” 

To find out more about Our Heroes Night Out, visit mismatchtheclown.com and click on the “Our Heroes Night” page.


Seventh Street Cafe: Perfect Authentic Italian

Taste & Toast the Town named Seventh Street Cafe's grilled octopus Best Appetizer on Long Island 2018.

In the heart of idyllic downtown Garden City’s shopping area, the much-loved Seventh Street Cafe that has been serving Long Island’s most authentic Italian cuisine for a quarter century is now amid a Renaissance.

Owner Victor Scotto, of Scotto Brothers hospitality group, personally took over operation of the restaurant in December, taking the reigns from outside management. Scotto, who is wellknown for his architectural genius, began renovations.

He redecorated the European-style dining room, opting for a lighter, brighter color scheme, added comfy booths in one section, and built an expansive new bar area, made of beautiful white quartz from Italy. The private catering room also received a fresh, new look, featuring imported Italian ceramic tile flooring. Scotto also redesigned the semiprivate room for his new creation: the 20 Table, a large, square table, designed to allow large groups to dine together, with each guest able to easily see and converse with one another. This unique offering was inspired by Scotto’s own family.

“My sister had me tear down a wall in her house, so she could have one table large enough to seat her whole family, which includes 10 grandchildren,” Victor says. “I thought customers might also enjoy this same feeling of closeness and togetherness.”

They certainly do. The 20 Table, which can actually accommodate up to 24, has delighted both large families and corporate clients alike, and is in near-constant demand.

Scotto’s warm personality provides a personal touch in the dining room, as he is often seen greeting customers, many of whom have become friends, with his infectious smile and joking manner. When he is not in the dining room, he is taking care of things in the kitchen.

Scotto has personally retrained the entire staff on the finer points of service and hospitality and put in place an all new management team, including his cheerful and gracious partner Brooke, who works with him as a Catering Sales Manager. Scotto also enjoys expert assistance from his son and right-hand man, Victor Scotto Jr., who graduated at the top of his class with advanced degrees in restaurant and hotel management from the illustrious Johnson & Wales University, and is now the General Manager of the family’s Chateau Briand catering facility in Carle Place.

To take the already fantastic food up a notch even higher, Scotto hired new Executive Chef Saverio Caratozzolo from the five-star La Terrazza in Rome. Caratozzolo has created many unique new dishes, which have been very well received. His specials quickly sell out each week, and Taste & Toast the Town recently named his grilled Mediterranean octopus appetizer served over quinoa and arugula salad the Best Appetizer on Long Island.

Chef Caratozzolo also began importing numerous specialty products from Italy, including burrata cheese, an uber-fresh soft cheese making its debut on the menu; the finest bufala mozzarella; intensely flavorful, farm-made pecorino Romano; black truffles from Abruzzo; nocciola (hazelnut) gelato; and simple-yet-delicious biscotti, for his scrumptious homemade tiramisu, which is a must-try.

“The best way for me to use my knowledge of food is to work with a person like Mr. Scotto,” Chef Caratozzolo says. “We understand each other.”

New menu items also now feature many organic products, and gluten-free dishes are now available as well. Scotto also recently began featuring whole fresh fish on the daily specials board, which are flown in daily and are one of the most popular new items.

On a recent visit, our waiter Fabrizio was our culinary guide, describing the mouthwatering specials. We started out with the Pumpkin and Cheese Risotto, made with organic pumpkin and imported Pecorino Romano cheese, followed by Rigatoni Bolognese, with a side of Fresh Ricotta, and Branzino Mediterraneo — broiled branzino with kalamata olives, Sicilian capers, fresh tomato, and roasted potatoes.

How was it? As we concluded our meal, we heard the gentleman seated at the table next to us compliment Mr. Scotto, “The food is outrageous!”  We smiled, nodding in agreement.

Whether trying it for the first time or returning to try the new menu, Seventh Street Cafe is one exceptional restaurant you must experience.

Seventh Street Cafe is located at 126 Seventh St. in Garden City. It can be reached at 516-747-7575 or seventhstreetcafe.com

Seventh Street Cafe owners Victor and Brooke Scotto.
The Branzino Mediterraneo is a must-try.
The 20-Table allows guests to more easily see and converse with one another.

Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology Opens Port Jefferson Station Location

Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology, the largest private radiology practice on Long Island, opened its 29th location with a new addition in Suffolk County on Wednesday.

The office is located at 4 Medical Dr. in Port Jefferson Station, which will enable the company to better serve the residents of eastern Suffolk. The facility will initially offer limited services such as MRI and Ultrasound imaging. Additional services and modalities, including X-Ray, CT and DEXA, will be available soon. The facility will be open to patients on Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“We are excited to be a part of the Port Jefferson Station community and look forward to providing access to better healthcare in this beautiful town,” said Bob Day, Chief Operating Officer of Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology.

Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology prides itself on being a patient-centric practice. They employ over 65 subspecialty-trained radiologists who only read studies within their field of expertise leading to more accurate results. The reports and images from exams performed at any Zwanger-Pesiri facility are posted on the Patient Portal for the patient to access at his or her convenience. Patients can then securely fax or email their information to additional physicians with just a few clicks.

Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology has been serving the community for over 65 years with locations in Nassau, Suffolk, Queens and Brooklyn providing a range of radiological specialties, including musculoskeletal imaging, neurologic imaging, oncologic imaging, vascular imaging, and more.

Having over 70 board certified radiologists that have multiple subspecialties and offering twenty-six 3T MRI units, ten 1.5T MRI units, three 1.2T Open-Sided MRI machines, twenty-nine 3D Mammography units, six PET/CT scanners, and the first clinical outpatient MRI/PET system in the country, Zwanger-Pesiri continues to provide the highest quality of care and excellence to all of its patients.

Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology strives to provide the most advanced technology available today, with a strong focus on delivering a quality of care unmatched in the industry. For further information, visit www.zprad.com.