DARK SHADOWS: OUT OF THE CRYPT AND ONTO THE SCREEN In the late 1960s, Dark Shadows, a struggling gothic soap opera suddenly achieved worldwide rock-star like popularity, with tales of vampires, witches, time-travel and more. Film-maker and Film Historian Glenn Andreiev gives a one-night class on this horror-filled television phenomenon that still has worldwide loyal fans. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington, cinemaartscentre.org $17. 7:30 p.m. Mar. 9.
TO BE OF SERVICE
This feature-length documentary film explores the remarkable life enhancements resulting from the introduction of trained service dogs into the lives of veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Following the screening, the film’s director, Josh Aronson, along with veterans Glen Mood and Greg Kolodziejczyk and their service dogs, will participate in a Q&A session. Adelphi Performing Arts Center, One South Ave., Garden City, events.adelphi.edu6:45 p.m. Ma. 10.
STRAIGHT UP WITH STASSI LIVE Join Stassi and her special guests Beau Clark and Taylor Strecker as they talk pop culture, reality TV, celeb gossip, relationships and more. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington, paramountny.com $59-$177. 8 p.m. Mar. 11.
THE GET UP KIDS This Kansas City emo/punk band is touring to hype their sixth album, Problems. Amityville Music Hall, 198 Bwy., Amityville, amityvillemusichall.net $22-$27. 7 p.m. Mar. 12.
JURASSIC WORLD LIVE TOUR Your trip to Isla Nublar takes a terrifying turn after the Indominus Rex escapes and causes chaos in the park! NYCB Live Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale nycblive.com $15-$170. Mar. 12-22.
CABARET This musical explores the dark, heady, and tumultuous life of Berlin’s natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich in the late 1920s. The Argyle Theatre at Babylon Village, 34 West Main St., Babylon, argyletheatre.com $49-$74. Mar. 12-Apr. 19.
A Kellenberg Memorial High School senior with Tourette Syndrome became an Eagle Scout on Saturday after creating a public service announcement that aims to clarify misconceptions about disorder.
Giovanni Kubanick, of Oyster Bay Cove, achieved the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America during his Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony at The Sagamore Yacht Club in Oyster Bay after his Scout Project was creating the PSA for the Tourette Association of America.
“Spreading awareness and providing support to others has been ongoing for me,” he said. “My Eagle Scout project is now on the internet and I hope to reach as many people as possible.”
In 2016 he created The Achievement through Perseverance Award that he has have given out annually to an eighth-grade boy graduate from his alma mater, Holy Family School. Included in the award is a certificate, a medal and $250 that he provides through his job as a DJ.
In September, Kubanick will be attending the American University of Rome, were his major will be international relations and politics.
Texas-based building materials supplier U.S. Concrete, Inc. recently acquired the Long Island sand mining company Coram Materials Corp. for $142 million, the company announced.
The acquisition of the Miller Place-based company marks a significant expansion on the East Coast for U.S. Concrete, the company said.
“This acquisition possesses significant, premium sand reserves that will provide us with self-sufficiency in meeting our sand supply needs to our ready-mixed concrete operations in New York City as well as providing external sales to third party customers,” said U.S. Concrete Chairman and CEO William J. Sandbrook, who is retiring next month after nine years leading the company.
The acquisition comes after U.S. Concrete purchased Vancouver-based Polaris Materials Corporation in 2017.
“Coram’s 50 million tons of reserves, located in the quickly depleting Long Island sand market, increases the vertical integration of our New York operations, strengthens our competitive position and advances the continuation of our strategy of expanding into higher margin aggregates businesses,” Sandbrook added.
This beautifully restored Colonial Farmhouse loaded with charm is listed for sale for the first time in more than 85 years at 45 Main St. in East Setauket.
Built in 1843 on a magnificent two-acre lot in what is now the community’s historic district, this three-bedroom, three-bathroom home boasts high ceilings, wood floors, four fireplaces, a chicken coop, outhouse, playhouse, and shed.
The house features an eat-in kitchen, formal dining room, den, office, parlor, full basement, and third-floor walk-up attic.
The house comes equipped with central air conditioning, gas heat, a whole house generator, and in-ground sprinklers. Outside it has a front porch, brick patio in the backyard, and detached 2.5-car garage.
The property is near local shops and restaurants, a mile from the Stony Brook Long Island Rail Road station, and falls in the Three Village School District.
The asking price is $899,000, not including the $8,723 in annual property taxes.
The real estate agent listed for the property is Michael O’Dwyer of Daniel Gale Agency Inc., who can be reached at 631-689-6980.
You can’t be too careful when it comes to home security. If you want to outfit your home with the best security tools possible, you need to visit Sights-N-Sounds. At Sights-N-Sounds, they offer a variety of tools to keep your home secure, including closed circuit television options so you can monitor your entire home.
The knowledgeable staff at Sights-N-Sounds can find you exactly what you need, and they will tailor it to your budget so you won’t break the bank when you purchase your security system. Stop by for a one-on-one consultation to discuss all of your needs.
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Sights-N-Sounds is located at 4032 Sunrise Hwy. in Seaford. It can be reached at 516-679-9700 or sights-n-sounds.com
Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibition Water/Ways opened with a splash at Clinton Academy Museum on Saturday.
Hosted by the East Hampton Historical Society, in cooperation with the Museum Association of New York (MANY), the exhibit explores water’s critical role in New York by examining water as an environmental necessity and an important cultural element.
“As a maritime community, we can illuminate the importance of water; how people respond, interact, and impose upon it,” said Maria Vann, Executive Director of the East Hampton Historical Society. “This exhibition can be enjoyed by Long Islanders because of our very direct and proud connection to our rivers, ponds, lakes, and ocean.”
The East Hampton Historical Society is honored to be the only host site on Long Island of the Smithsonian’s Water/Ways, a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street (MoMS) program, and the final stop as it traveled throughout New York State.
The exhibit is on display for six weeks Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. until April 11. It is located at Clinton Academy Museum, 151 Main St. in East Hampton. Admission is free, donations are welcome.
When you live at North Shore Towers and Country Club, you don’t have to go very far to find a great meal when you don’t want to cook, thanks to its two first-rate restaurants.
One of them, VIP Club Restaurant, is located within the North Shore Towers Country Club. It is beloved by residents not only for its great food, but also for its legendary Friday Night Happy Hours and special events that include monthly theme parties, most recently an indoor beach party in February.
The restaurant’s menu consists of mostly American food for breakfast, lunch and dinner, according to Dennis Pariti, its vice president, who operates it with Reina Lemus, its president. The biggest sellers are burgers and flatbread pizzas and the eatery specializes in fish and steaks, Pariti says.
“Reina and I always loved cooking,” he notes. “We prep our own foods and cook our own foods and we love making people happy with the product.”
The duo has been running the restaurant at North Shore Towers for eight years.
“Before that, I always had bagel stores and Reina was my manager at my stores,” Pariti says, noting he owned and operated several Bagels N A Hole Lot More stores on Long Island for many years before selling them to focus on the VIP Club Restaurant after the opportunity to run that business at North Shore Towers came along.
It was a no-brainer for them to run the restaurant at North Shore Towers, he points out. After all, “with my bagel stores around the area, I knew a lot of the people who lived here,” he says. “So, they’ve been actually customers of ours for 20-plus years.”
Pariti made Lemus his partner operating the VIP Club Restaurant. Including Pariti and Lemus, the restaurant now has a staff of nine people, Pariti notes.
Overlooking the North Shore Towers and Country Club golf course, the VIP Club Restaurant is the go-to place for Club Members between rounds of golf or tennis, while entertaining guests, gathering with friends, or just for a casual meal. During the summer, residents can also visit the courtyard snack bar.
“The myriad of talents that VIP demonstrates with their meals weekly is above and beyond what you could expect at the Waldorf Astoria – it’s incredible,” according to Ed Phelan, chairperson of North Shore Towers Country Club and a resident of North Shore Towers for nearly 10 years.
“We’re lucky to have the two of them,” Phelan noted, calling them “excellent chefs” and saying their talents are a “gift to us – the shareholders.”
But North Shore Towers residents have dining options. In addition to the VIP Club Restaurant, which is opened only to Country Club members and their guests, there’s also The Towers Restaurant which is open for everyone, offering a diverse menu all day long, including breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. It’s located at the center of the arcade and provides the ideal location for meeting friends and neighbors. An added benefit: Delivery service from the Towers Restaurant is just a phone call away.
“Having two restaurant options for our residents is one of our many great amenities North Shore Towers and Country Club has to offer. No matter what the weather, our residents have a place to eat just an elevator ride away, without having to get in their car or being exposed to the elements” said Glen Kotowski, North Shore Towers and Country Club general manager.
In addition, there’s also the Towers On The Green reception, banquet and catering hall, located right on the arcade level. It’s the site for many special events, including ones featuring well-known personalities and nationally recognized leaders. It is also available to host social functions and other events of interest to our residents.
Taste The Greats, the upcoming celebration of the fine dining served up by Long Island’s leading chefs, is coming to Oheka Castle in Huntington on March 14, complete with wines, craft beer, and spirits.
The following is a sample of some of the chefs that will be serving their signature tasting at the event. For a complete list of the chefs involved visit tastethegreats.com. VIP tickets are already sold out, but a limited number of General Admission Tickets are still available and can be purchased online.
Meet Chef Lidia Bastianich, host of Lidia’s Kitchen on PBS
The Emmy award-winning television host, bestselling cookbook author and restaurateur will be on hand as a special guest at Taste The Greats offering a meet-and-greet and book signing for some lucky attendees. She has held true to her Italian roots and culture, which she proudly and warmly invites her fans to experience. She is the driving force behind four restaurants and half a dozen Eataly food emporiums.
Chef Peter Van Der Mije, Osteria Leana
What drew you to a career in the kitchen? I enjoy working with other chefs and the front of the house team so guests can have an all-around memorable experience, from the food to the friendly faces.
How would you define your cooking style? Simplicity. If an ingredient cannot be tasted in a dish, then remove it.
What dish do you enjoy preparing the most? I enjoy a simple, pan-seared chicken with fresh salad greens. The dish is healthy and delicious, and when all the ingredients are fresh, it can’t be beat.
What is your favorite food-related memory? A tortilla soup I had at Mesa Grill, a Bobby Flay restaurant in New York City. It was probably the first time I went to a restaurant that was run by a celebrity chef.
Are there any misconceptions among foodies that you’d like to clarify? Long Island restaurants are usually slow on weekdays, but with this slower pace we can make stronger connections with our guests who then become our regulars and friends.
Chef Terri Novak, Avo Taco
What drew you to a career in the kitchen? I actually began cooking full meals for myself — first out of necessity then out of enjoyment. That continued until when I was considering what to do with my career.
How would you define your cooking style? Creative. I love the challenge of working with the four different concepts that are part of Rooted Hospitality Group and building out the menus that go along with its very different styles and brands.
What dish do you enjoy preparing the most? I love making tacos. Who doesn’t love a really great taco? Creating tacos from the shell up, so to speak, provides such a rich opportunity to come up with something new and exciting.
What is your favorite food-related memory? It started many years ago when all of my friends would gather together after school. I enjoyed the art of preparing a meal as we all would share stories of our day.
Are there any misconceptions amongst foodies that you’d like to clarify? Most foodies will walk into a restaurant with their phone in hand ready to take a photo of the most elaborate dish or cocktail to share with their followers. I believe the most delicious dishes are made with simple recipes using quality ingredients.
Christopher James Cappello, Executive Chef, Oheka Castle
What drew you to a career in the kitchen? When I was young, my family would often meet at my grandmother’s house for Sunday dinner and holidays. I was always drawn into the kitchen and would watch and help my grandmother.
How would you define your cooking style? Eclectic. Especially for weddings. We get many requests for anything from English, French, and Russian dishes to New Orleans- and Asian-influenced food.
What dish do you enjoy preparing the most? The dish I enjoy preparing the most is the dish I haven’t done yet, in an effort to always learn more, be inventive and creative, and most of all, have fun.
What is your favorite food-related memory? I would definitely say decorating my own wedding cake for my wife on our wedding day is pretty much a number one!
Are there any misconceptions among foodies that you’d like to clarify? It is not always as easy as it looks. There are a lot of shows that only show a small glimpse of what is going on, but there is much more to it than that, especially for the larger venues of 500 to 1,000 guests.
Chef Francis Derby, Prime
What drew you to a career in the kitchen? My first job when I was 14 was a dishwasher at Varney’s Restaurant in Brookhaven. After seeing service at a restaurant from that side, it’s all I really wanted to do from there on out.
How would you define your cooking style? I try to focus on seasonality and simplicity. I find that more and more lately I want to remove ingredients from a dish rather than add to a dish. I like letting the main ingredients speak for themselves.
What dish do you enjoy preparing the most? I’m a sucker for a properly made pâté or terrine. I love this process as it takes patience and time. It demands that you slow down for a moment even during the busiest of days, as you can’t rush this process.
What is your favorite food-related memory? Since I was a kid my family has spent summers at Davis Park on Fire Island. As kids we would go clamming all day and then my mother and aunts spent the rest of the night making baked clams, clams and linguine, grilled clams, etc. This is still pretty much my favorite way to spend summer days.
Chef Spiro Karachopan, Spiro’s Lounge
What drew you to a career in the kitchen? My passion for cooking started when I was a young boy, helping my mom cook for weddings in our village in Greece. It was from her that I inherited my love of feeding people.
How would you define your cooking style? My cooking style is very traditional. Running an American kitchen with a touch of Mediterranean at Spiro’s and seafood and Italian cuisine at Sea Basin with my son Dennis.
What dish do you enjoy preparing the most? My favorite dish to cook would be whole black sea bass. I can eat fish seven days a week. I would make that in the oven on a bed of potatoes, peppers, and onion with a touch of garlic, fresh oregano, and olive oil.
Are there any misconceptions among foodies that you’d like to clarify? Real foodies who drive to you to have a good meal and value your dish, I love cooking for them. Other foodies: Put your phone down and try to enjoy your meal — live the moment.
Taste the Greats, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at Oheka Castle. Tickets are $100. Tickets can be purchased at TasteTheGreats.com
Northwell Health President and CEO Michael Dowling urged Long Island Press Power List honorees to use their clout to make positive change in the world while keynoting the 17th annual celebration Thursday.
“We are a very privileged group of people and people look up to everybody in this room,” Dowling told the audience of nearly 400 attendees. “Leadership is a privilege, how we use it is what makes the big difference. Power is no good unless it’s used for the right reasons.”
Dowling made his remarks before a room full of local business, political, nonprofit, education, and community leaders and their supporters who gathered at The Carltun in East Meadow for the high-powered networking event and awards ceremony. Mark Mendoza of Twisted Sister fame was the emcee for the evening.
“Some believe power is a gift. That some people are born with it; others earn it. We are all capable of it,” said Joanna Austin, publisher of Long Island Press. “Regardless, it’s how you use it that will be your legacy.”
To that end, the Press and its parent company, Schneps Media, which organized the event, donated more than $2,100 from a raffle to Orange Ribbons for Jaime, a nonprofit dedicated to the issue of gun safety and named for a victim of the Parkland mass school shooting.
The Power Listers got the message.
“As Michael Dowling of Northwell Health noted in his keynote address, leadership is an honor and a privilege,” said honoree New York Institute of Technology President Hank Foley. “At New York Tech, we are educating a new generation of doers, makers, innovators, and leaders who will reinvent the future. It is an honor to be named to the Long Island Press Power List. I am humbled and deeply grateful for this distinction.”
Many Power Listers were similarly pleased with the designation.
“It is an honor to be considered in the company of Michael Dowling amongst others,” said Steve Schlesinger, managing partner of the law firm of Jaspan Schlesinger LLP.
“I was honored to be recognized for my leadership on behalf of the Mid-Island Y JCC and the Suffolk YJCC, both great agencies that provide incredible life changing services for the community,” said Rick Lewis, who is CEO of both JCCs.
“Truly an honor to be included on the list with so many other great Long Islanders said,” Lou Grassi, CEO and managing partner of Grassi & Co.
“I was born on Long Island, I grew up on Long Island, I’m a Long Islander through and through, and to be recognized as somebody who has any influence at all on Long Island, for me, is an incredible honor,” said David Sterling, CEO of SterlingRisk Insurance.
“It’s an incredible honor to be included in this list of distinguished leaders on Long Island,” said Adelphi University President Christine Riordan. “I’m proud that I have the opportunity to connect and partner with these accomplished thinkers and doers on behalf of Adelphi–to uphold our University’s dedication to the community and our legacy as Long Island’s oldest institution of higher education.”
Inducted into the Long Island Press Power List Hall of Fame, a distinction reserved for those who make the list five times, were Tritec Real Estate Company Co-founders Robert Coughlan and James Coughlan and Laboratory, Brookhaven National Laboratory Director Doon Gibbs.
Past Hall of Famers who made the list again this year included John Cameron, the founder and managing partner of Cameron Engineering.
“It is a humbling honor to be recognized as one of the most influential Long Islanders,” Cameron said. “That recognition comes with a responsibility to use that influence to work to improve the lives of all Long Islanders.”