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57th Annual American Heart Association Long Island Heart & Stroke Ball A Success

Honoree Dr. Valentine Fuster, center, with Mount Sinai South Nassau Hospital staff. (Photo by Ed Shin)

Hundreds of attendees from the Long Island medical and corporate community came out for the American Heart Association’s 57th Annual Long Island Heart & Stroke Ball at the Garden City Hotel on Nov. 13. 

The Long Island Heart Ball is an annual social event held to recognize outstanding accomplishments of individuals and companies in the area of cardiovascular science and leadership. This year’s theme “A Tale of Two Zip Codes” was to bring awareness that where you live can affect how long you live. 

This year’s event was chaired by Bradly & Parker, Inc. CEO Wynne Nowland along with Medical Co-Chairs; Peter Fromm, MPH, RN, FACHE, FAHA Administrator, Cardiology Service Line Mount Sinai South Nassau & Beth Oliver, DNP, RN Senior Vice President of Cardiac Services Mount Sinai Health System.

The 57th Annual Heart Ball honored Valentin Fuster, MD, Ph.D., Director of Mount Sinai Heart and Physician-in-Chief of The Mount Sinai Hospital as Medical Honoree and Corporate Honorees Thomas and Nanci Dufek, Dufek and Associates, CFOforaday®. Nanci was also the Survivor Honoree who shared her story that evening.

The guests enjoyed an evening of dinner, dancing, and a silent auctions, which offered an exciting assortment of generously donated items. The Long Island Life Is Why Sponsors are Bradley & Parker, Petro Home Services, and Mount Sinai South Nassau.  

Dufek Family L. to R.: Tom, Jamie, Nanci, Thomas, Tracy, and Jon. (Photo by Ed Shin)

L. to R.: Nupoor Narula and Valentin Fuster. (Photo by Ed Shin)
L. to R.: Abigail and Peter Fromm. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Award for Honoree Valentin Fuster. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Thomas and Nanci Dufek getting honored by Wynne Nowland. (Photo by Ed Shin)
The 57th Annual Heart Ball honored Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, Director of Mount Sinai Heart and Physician-in-Chief of The Mount Sinai Hospital as Medical Honoree. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Corporate Honorees Thomas & Nanci Dufek, Dufek and Associates, CFOforaday®. Nanci was also the Survivor Honoree who shared her story that evening. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Mark S. Davis, American Heart Association Long Island Board Chairman. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Auctioneer John Terrio. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Wynne Nowland, CEO, Bradly & Parker, Inc. (Photo by Ed Shin)
L. to R.: Thomas and Nanci Dufek. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Nanci Dufek with Paula Herman from Cooking With Stars. (Photo by Ed Shin)
In The Groove Band. (Photo by Ed Shin)
(Photo by Ed Shin)

(Photo by Ed Shin)

Castle-esque Bay Shore Mansion Asks $2.1M

Awixa Castle, a majestic waterfront Olde English Tudor-style mansion that the current owners have restored to its original grandeur, is listed for sale at 47 Awixa Ave. in Bay Shore.

Built in 1900 on a 3.1-acre lot, this nine-bedroom, three-story, one-of-a-kind brick home has six bathrooms, two half bathrooms, and 10,992 square feet of living space. It boasts more than 500 linear feet of bulkhead and a 45×17 boat slip/boat house.

The house features an eat-in kitchen, formal dining room, living room, ballroom, study, sun room, and gym. The second floor has a kitchenette and laundry room. It also has two separate basements, of which one serves as a media room with full bar. 

Outside it has a 400-foot driveway, five-car detached garage with a full loft, covered porch, patio, and in-ground pool. The house comes equipped with central air conditioning, 11 fireplaces, and in-ground sprinklers.

The property is less than a mile from downtown Bay Shore, the Bay Shore Long Island Rail Road station, and the Fire Island Ferries terminal. It falls in the Bay Shore School District.

The asking price is $2,199,999, not including the $44,607 in annual property taxes, which come to $43,339 after a Star Exemption.

The real estate agent listed for the property is Steven Rainone of Netter Real Estate Inc, who can be reached at 631-661-5100. More information about the history of the home can be found at awixacastle.com

11th Annual Bethpage Turkey Drive Set For Friday

New York Jets legend Wayne Chrebet will help connect donations Friday at the 11th Annual Bethpage Turkey Drive to benefit the nonprofit Island Harvest Food Bank

Long Islanders are asked to drop off frozen turkeys, non-perishable food items not in glass containers, supermarket gift cards, or cash donations. These donations will go directly to Island Harvest Food Bank, which will then help supply Thanksgiving meals to the more than 300,000 food-insecure Long Islanders through its distribution network of over 400 food pantries, soup kitchens, and other feeding programs on Long Island.

“The Bethpage Turkey Drive is a fun and rewarding event,” said Linda Armyn, senior vice president of Bethpage Federal Credit Union. “With our dancing turkey, a live DJ, Girl Scout badges, friendly volunteers, and a drive-through donation lane, supporters can’t help but leave with a smile on their face and warmth in their heart knowing they’ve made a difference in the lives of others.”

Since the first Bethpage Turkey Drive was organized in 2009, hundreds of community volunteers have come out to assist in the collection of more than 31,000 turkeys and over 116,000 pounds of food, which were then given to Long Island families facing hardship in time for the holidays. Island Harvest Food Bank has seen an increase in the requests for food and support services among the 400 community-based agencies it serves. About 70,000 individuals receive food assistance from the Island Harvest Food Bank network each week.

“Bethpage Federal Credit Union has established itself as a valued partner in our mission to end hunger and reduce food waste on Long Island,” said Randi Shubin Dresner, president & CEO, Island Harvest Food Bank. “In addition to the Annual Turkey Drive, Bethpage supports several anti-hunger initiatives including our Kids Weekend Backpack Program, and their employees routinely assist us throughout the year by volunteering at community food drives, and through personal donations of food or funds. Their collective efforts are truly making a difference in the lives of our Long Island neighbors struggling with hunger and food insecurity.”

Those dropping off food can use the drive-through donation lane for convenience, and Bethpage volunteers will carry your bags/boxes, so there is no need to even get out of your car. The event will be held 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22. Donations can be dropped off at Bethpage Federal Credit Union’s headquarters located at 899 South Oyster Bay Road in Bethpage.

For those unable to travel to Bethpage’s main branch, Nassau and Suffolk county residents can visit any of Bethpage’s 34 branch locations to drop off any monetary donations you may have. For a complete list of Bethpage branches, go to www.lovebethpage.com.

CP Nassau Hosts Forget Me Not Masquerade Candlelight Ball

L. to R.: CP Nassau Executive Director Bob McGuire with Vin Contino, Jessica McGuire-Curreri, Frank Madalone and Chris Curreri.

The Roosevelt-based Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County, known as CP Nassau for short, held its 67th annual Forget Me Not Masquerade Candlelight Ball on Nov. 9 at the Chateau Briand in Carle Place.

Honorees were Robert Andrew Wild, who won the Harold Jay Greenberg Torch of Leadership Award; the Gaudiosi, Scarola, and McKeown families, who earned the Dr. Jack & Kelly McElwain Humanitarian Award; and Susan Constantino, who took home the Lifetime Achievement Award.
For more information and additional photos, visit cpnassau.org
Members of the Gaudiosi, Scarola and McKeown families at the podium with CP Nassau Executive Director, Bob McGuire receiving the “Dr. Jack and Kelly McElwain Humanitarian award.
David Tindal of CP Nassau’s Creation singing group with Joan Mac Naughton and a supporter.

When We Dance The Music Dies Debuts at Bellmore Movies

L. to R.: Alissa Simmons, Antonio Silva, Jordan Elizabeth Gelber, Catherine Mary Stewart, Emily Stokes, Mark Mattson (Producer of the film), William Ragsdale, Donna McKenna (Award winning, international casting director). (Photo by Ed Shin)

Local horror and sci-fi movie fans turned out Tuesday for a special red carpet exclusive Long Island screening of the new psychological thriller When We Dance the Music Dies at Bellmore Movies.

Moviegoers with a passion for psychological thrillers welcomed the return of 1980s horror classic Fright Night star William Ragsale in director Anthony de Lioncourt’s new film. On hand were many of the actors and producers of the film including Ragsdale, Catherine Mary Stewart (The Last Starfighter, Night of the Comet), and Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight, Grey’s Anatomy).

The story of the frantic search of a father [Tom Walton, portrayed by Ragsdale] or his college-age daughter [Audrey Walton, portrayed by Theresa Moriarty], who vanishes under mysterious experiences – and the twists and turns of his journey leads him to question his own sanity.

The curious events portrayed in the film are inspired by a true story that captivated de Lioncourt – the odd circumstances surrounding the disappearance and tragic death of a young woman by the name of Elisa Lam.

The young woman’s father’s investigation leads him to an eccentric cult leader [Clayton Riggs, the cult leader, portrayed by Roberts] who has persuaded the members of his group that they all originated from “another dimension,” and – through their leader – they could “return there.”

Walton’s desperation is shared by his wife Helen [portrayed by Stewart] as his search takes one unexpected turn after another.

Catherine Mary Stewart. (Photo by Ed Shin)
L. to R.: Catherine Mary Stewart & Rick Eberle from Rick Eberle Agency. (Photo by Ed Shin)
L. to R.: Donna Mckenna & Jordan Elizabeth Gelber. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Emily Stokes. (Photo by Ed Shin)
L. to R.: Emily Stokes & Catherine Mary Stewart. (Photo by Ed Shin)
L. to R.: Catherine Mary Stewart & Chef Paula Herman from Cooking With Stars. (Photo by Ed Shin)
William Ragsdale. (Photo by Ed Shin)
L. to R.: Alissa Simmons, Antonio Silva & Chef Paula Herman from Cooking With Stars. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Jordan Elizabeth Gelber. (Photo by Ed Shin)

ProHEALTH Extends Clinical Affiliation with ProHEALTH Dental

Lake Success-based ProHEALTH Care Associates recently extended and expanded its clinical affiliation agreement with ProHEALTH Dental.

Under the affiliation, ProHEALTH’s physicians and ProHEALTH Dental’s dentists will continue to collaborate in the care of their patients in areas such as sleep disorders, heart disease, diabetes, and pediatrics.

“The clinical literature clearly demonstrates that poor oral health is a contributing factor to many chronic illnesses including heart disease and diabetes,” said Dr. Zeyad Baker, ProHEALTH’s CEO. “Recognizing that good oral health is a key element of overall health and wellness for patients of all ages, this clinical affiliation will allow our physicians to coordinate care with the clinical staff of ProHEALTH Dental which we believe will both improve health and ultimately reduce healthcare costs.”

ProHEALTH, which was founded in 1997, is a medical practice with more than 1,000 physicians who provide a full range of primary care and specialty services to more than 1.5 million patients at more 300 locations across the Northeast.

Its affiliation with ProHEALTH Dental was initiated in 2016 with the opening of a Lake Success office. ProHEALTH Dental has since added seven offices throughout Long Island and Queens with three more in development.

“We believe that this is the model of the future,” said Norton L. Travis, CEO of ProHEALTH Dental. “It’s time to break down the historical barrier between medicine and dentistry and have these important healthcare professionals work together to improve the oral and overall health of their patients.”

New York Long Island Film Festival Debuts At Seaford Cinemas

Paul Laudicano (The Straight Man), Michele Lulic (Fine), Nicholas Rapuano (Take Care of Emily). (Photo by Ed Shin)

The inaugural three-day The New York Long Island Film Festival debuted Nov. 7 at Seaford Cinemas.

The newest film festival on LI was the brainchild of Gerry Ferretti and Katie Schrader, his friend and co-star of his first indie film, The Mark. The festival drew filmmakers from New York, Long Island, and beyond seeking out New York as a market to showcase their films. 

The mission of the new film fest is being open to everyone regardless of budget, sex, color, genre, race, sexual orientation, what kind of software it was edited on or what camera was used. The only criteria is that filmmakers be passionate, take their craft seriously, do their best with the resources they had, and tell a compelling and interesting story. 

The goal was also to create an opportunity for filmmakers who might not be able to get into the increasing number of festivals, especially as the larger ones cater more to films with “star power.” 

One by one, as the word got out, NYLIFF started receiving shorts, feature films, student films, music videos, screenplays from Long Island, New York, out of state, and even numerous other countries. As films came in, the judges watched many films, taking great strides to evaluate each fairly and honestly, with an open mind and staying true to the core principles of NYLIFF. As a filmmaker, Gerry knew how deflating it can be to receive a rejection from a festival and now we was on the other side of it. 

“This was the only part of creating NYLIFF I had not anticipated,” Ferretti said. “I did not look forward to informing filmmakers that their film could not get into our festival.”

Even adding to the schedule, they had to turn away dozens of filmmakers. At the end of the process, the settled on five blocks of 38 films, with a wide range of shorts and feature films, music videos, and documentaries, with the furthest entry coming from New Zealand. 

Filmmakers came to attend NYLIFF from as far as California. The first day of the festival was a near sellout. The final night’s block was a completely sold out show. The after party was held at Runyon’s restaurant across the street. 

As the winners proudly accepted their scrolls, everyone could feel that they were part of something that had made a difference in people’s lives. Filmmaker John Piazza, who created a short comedy called Participant, indicated that after a number of setbacks, he had considered getting out of the business. But being accepted into NYLIFF helped him to reconsider.

And if NYLIFF can be instrumental in doing that, then they have surely succeeded in their goal, the organizers said.

NYLIFF is accepting submissions for 2020 starting on Nov. 15, 2019. Submissions can be made by logging onto FilmFreeway.com and searching NYLIFF or The New York Long Island Film Festival. They can be reached by contacting Gerry Ferretti at [email protected] or [email protected] or by visiting nyliff.com.

NYLIFF Festival Directors Katie Schrader & Gerry Ferretti. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Gerry Ferretti & Shevy Guitierez (The Job). Photo Credit Gerry Ferretti.
Gerry Ferretti at the projection booth. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Katie Schrader, Heather Lehrman (Herbie and the Smooshies – Bullied at the Dog Park). Gerry Gerretti – Photo Credit Gerry Ferretti. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Katie Schrader, Cast from Duet, Gerry Ferretti. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Katie Schrader, Philip Snyder & Robert Snyder (Winner of Best Sci-fi Short – The Eye), Gerry Ferretti. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Q&A from the films Participant, The Eye, Duet & Living the Warrior Code. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Katie Schrader, Actor John Harrington & Director John PIazza (Participant), Gerry Ferretti. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Photo Credit Gerry Ferretti

Quaint Farmingdale Dutch Colonial Asks $499,000

This Dutch Colonial combining historic charm with modern upgrades is listed for sale at 212 Grant Ave. in the Village of Farmingdale.

Built in 1872, this four-bedroom home has one and a half bathrooms and a brand new roof. Charming details include a brick fireplace mantle in the living room. Among the upgrades is a hot tub in the backyard. 

The house features a new eat-in kitchen, formal dining room, den, and partial basement. Outside it has a porch, deck, and detached one-car garage.

The property is a five-minute walk from downtown Farmingdale, the Farmingdale Long Island Rail Road station, and is in the Farmingdale School District.

The asking price is $499,000, not including the annual property taxes of $11,872, which come to $10,474 after a Star Exemption.

An open house is scheduled for 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17. 

The real estate agent listed for the property is Robert Rizzo of Signature Premier Properties, who can be reached at 631-368-6800.

March of Dimes on Long Island Signature Chefs Auction Raises $120,000

Signature Chef Award Winners L. to R.: Best Sweets Category – Chef Sean O’Donnell of The Flour Shoppe Café; Best Savory Category – Chef Michael Abbatiello, Executive Chef and partner of City Cellar; and for the People’s Choice Award there was a tie between Chef Chris LaVecchia, Private Chef and Chef Matthew Alexander of Sabor de Arte. The panel of tasting judges were Chef Paula Gottlieb Herman - Host/Producer "Chef Paula's Cooking With Stars"; and Chefs Chef Paul C Jensen CEC, AAC and Elijah Dalager, Private Chef, CEC, ACE both of the American Culinary Federation Long Island Chapter. (Photo by Ed Shin)

More than 300 guests helped March of Dimes on Long Island raise $120,000 for the health of all moms and babies at its annual Signature Chefs Auction at The Mansion at Oyster Bay on Oct. 28.

NBC Sports host Liam McHugh emceed the culinary benefit that featured some of Long Island’s top-tier chefs, who prepared a selection of their signature dishes and helped make Signature Chefs Auction a success. 

Guests explored two floors of the magnificent Gold Coast Mansion in a walk-around tasting. Along with three professional chefs who judged their favorite savory and sweet bites of the night, guests got to cast their votes, too. All throughout the venue, jazz saxophone, guitar, piano, and close-up magic entertained the crowd. Jim Leyritz of the Yankees posed for selfies with guests to remember this special annual tasting event raising funds for healthy moms and healthy babies.”  

Local March of Dimes Ambassadors Christina and Michael Lynch shared their personal and moving story of how March of Dimes-funded research helped save their premature babies, and asked guests to contribute to help “Fund the Mission.” Attendees also had the chance to bid on an impressive selection of live auction items.

March of Dimes thanks all the participating chefs and restaurants, as well as the event sponsors. Platinum Sponsor was Team Sami Brooke. Gold Sponsors were EY, Intracoastal Abstract Co., Inc., PwC, and Stony Brook Children’s Hospital. Silver Sponsors were Cohen Children’s Medical Center, Cushman & Wakefield, IBEW Locals 1049 & 25, North Shore University Hospital, NYU Winthrop Hospital, People’s United Bank, and Sunrise Contracting Inc. GC.  Bronze Sponsors were Freedom Mortgage, McAndrew, Conboy & Prisco, LLP, Oerlikon Metco (US) Inc., and TD Bank. Media Sponsor was Long Island Press.

Ambassador Family Christina and Michael Lynch Celebrates the NICU Staff at NYU Winthrop ( Cristina Lynch, Jennifer Hauck, Monica Lecrichia and Michael Lynch) (Photo by Ed Shin)
Ambassador Family Christina and Michael Lynch Celebrates the NICU Staff North Shore University Hospital (Jessica Campbell, Cristina Lynch Debbie Grabher and Michael Lynch) (Photo by Ed Shin)
Sponsors Michael Tobin from Oerlikon Metco (US) Inc. and Michele Himberger from People’s United Bank. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Ambassador Family Michael & Christina Lynch. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Megan and Matt Smith. (Photo by Ed Shin)
MariaElena Di Mino & Meri Levine from Le Selfie, Not Your Ordinary Photo Booth. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Jim Leyritz from the New York Yankees & MariaElena Di Mino. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Terri Magro & Lidia Szczepanowski. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Ambassador Family Christina and Michael Lynch Celebrate the NICU Staff at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital (Cristina Lynch, Dr. Shanthi Sridhar, NICU Medical Director and Heather Ferguson, Clinical Nurse Specialist and Michael Lynch) (Photo by Ed Shin)
Ambassador Family Christina and Michael Lynch Celebrates the NICU Staff at Cohen Children’s Medical Center (Cristina Lynch Dorothy Molloy and Michael Lynch) (Photo by Ed Shin)
Signature Chefs Auction Chair Brandon Raymar. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Sponsors Eric Reeps from Freedom Mortgage and Maria White Reeps from Intracoastal Abstract Co., Inc. along with their guests. ( VIC Pascale, Eric Reeps, Maria White Reeps and Gerard Troha) (Photo by Ed Shin)
Platinum Sponsor Team Sami Brooke (Brandon and Sami Brooke Raymar) (Photo by Ed Shin)

Diocese of Rockville Centre Challenges Child Victims Act in Court

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Center's headquarters on Sunrise Highway.

Attorneys for the Diocese of Rockville Centre filed a court motion Tuesday that challenges the legality of the New York State Child Victims Act that recently sparked hundreds of lawsuits alleging decades-old abuse.

The diocese is one of several within the Catholic Church named as defendants in cases under the new law, but the defense is arguing that the one-year window that victims have to file suit is illegal and all cases should be thrown out.

“With this motion, the Diocese of Rockville and officials within the Catholic Church are demonstrating their cowardice, hypocrisy, and refusal to do what is right,” said Jennifer Freeman of Marsh Law Firm, who represents more than 700 childhood sexual abuse survivors statewide, including some on Long Island.

Besides the church, large institutions such as the Boy Scouts of America, foster homes, and other religious institutions have also been targeted under the law that went into effect in August. Survivors were previously time barred by New York State’s previous statute of limitations. 

“For decades, the Church has been desperate to escape accountability and protect their institution at the expense of the most vulnerable among us,” Freeman said. “This legal gamesmanship clearly reveals that the church is still avoiding the truth and denying the negative impact its policies and practices had on the children entrusted to its care. We are confident that the courts will uphold the Child Victims Act and that justice will ultimately prevail for the thousands of New Yorkers impacted by childhood sexual abuse.”