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United Way of Long Island Awards Luncheon

The nonprofit United Way of Long Island held its annual awards luncheon May 9 at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. Photos by Bob Giglione.

Renovated Commack Colonial Asks $959,000

This move-in ready, completely renovated Post Modern Colonial on private court is listed for sale at 4 Peconic Ct. in the Country Estates section of Commack.

Built in 1996, the five-bedroom, four-bathroom home features a brand-new entry door, central air conditioning, new siding, soaring ceilings, a new staircase, hardwood floors, two walk-in closets and a fireplace in the den — plus a heated in-ground saltwater pool.

It comes equipped with a gourmet kitchen with custom cabinetry, granite counters and top appliances. It also has a fully finished basement and attic storage on the third floor. Outside it has an attached two-car garage, covered deck, a patio with new pavers, and a gas barbecue.

The property is located near Sunken Meadow State Park, a mile from the Kings Park Long Island Rail Road station and three miles from downtown Northport. It’s located in the Commack School District.

The asking price is $959,000, not including the annual property taxes of $22,857.

The real estate agents listed for the property are Elena Galluzzo and Chris Galluzzo of Long Island Professional Realty. They can be reached at 631-482-7052.

Fundraiser Held For North Shore School

Hundreds of supporters turned out to participate in a casino night fundraiser for the North Shore School at The Royalton at the Roslyn Country Club in Roslyn Heights on April 20.


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Photos by Corazon Aguirre.

Who Is The Best Landscaper on Long Island?

Anyone can push a lawnmower across their yard, but some think of their grass as a blank canvas that demands nothing less than the creativity of a professional in the landscaping arts.

That’s where Harder Services, K&D Tree Masters and Atlas Asphalt all come in. The three locally based companies each rank at the top in their respective fields of prettying up the exteriors of homes on Long Island — lawns, trees and driveways included.

“The most important thing that we can offer to our customers is the promise that they will be treated with respect, courtesy and honesty and all work will be handled in a professional manner,” says Jack Harder, owner of Harder Services, a nearly century-old, fourth-generation family business based in Hempstead.

With such deep roots in the community, it’s no wonder Harder won Best Landscaping on Long Island in the 2018 Bethpage Best of Long Island competition. K&D Tree Masters earned the title of Best Tree Service on Long Island in that annual contest. And the public voted Atlas Asphalt the Best Mason on Long Island this year.

All three won high praise from their clientele — no small feat in a suburban community where homeowners are known for having uncompromisingly high standards.

Harder’s work has been on display at the new Yankee Stadium, Lincoln Center, Roosevelt Field Mall and dozens of other high-profile locations.

At Atlas, this leader in the paving industry has had a reputation for quality, integrity, safety, and customer satisfaction for the past 30 years. The proof is in the paving: They’ve resurfaced millions of square feet of blacktop across Long Island. Their expert craftsmen also do masonry and sealcoating for commercial and residential clients.

And K&D won high marks for their responsiveness after Sandy downed countless trees across LI.

“After other tree companies did not return calls, or show up to quote, I was given the number for K&D,” one Massapequa woman says. “They hustled from the minute they got there.”

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.

K & D Tree Masters can be reached at 631-957-8542 or k-d-tree-masters.com

Harder Services, Inc. can be reached at 516-481-8800 or harderservicesinc.com

Atlas Asphalt is located at 117 Brook Ave. in Deer Park. They can be reached at 631-242-5100 or atlasasphalt.com


Waterfront Seaford Victorian Asks $849,000

This secluded waterfront Victorian on approximately one acre of land with about 220 feet of bulkheading is listed for sale at 3960 John Ln. in Seaford.

Built in 1998, this five-bedroom, three-bathroom home has 5,000-square-feet of living space and offers the opportunity to be converted into a Mother/Daughter with the proper permits.

It comes equipped with a newly renovated eat-in kitchen, formal dining room, vaulted ceilings in the living room, a den, office and wrap-around porch.

The house is less than a mile from the Seaford Long Island Rail Road station, nearby Route 135 and within walking distance of Tackapausha Museum and Preserve. It’s located in the Seaford School District.

The asking price is $849,000, not including the annual property taxes of $27,024, which come down to $25,632 with the Star Exemption.

The real estate agent listed for the property is Gregory Masaitis of Keller Williams Realty Elite. He can be reached at 516-795-6900.

Geraldo Rivera Golf & Tennis Classic Returns

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Geraldo Rivera addresses golfers at his annual golf outing to raise funds for nonprofit Life's WORC.

The 31st annual Geraldo Rivera Golf & Tennis Classic will be held this month on Long Island to raise funds that will be donated to an nonprofit that helps people with developmental disabilities.

The event features a meet and greet NY Giants Super Bowl XXV MVP Ottis Anderson and former NY Yankees Catcher Rick Cerone. This year’s guest of honor is Tariq Khan of Hewlett Harbor, a Pakistani immigrant who is now a local business leader, and his friend, Barry Koff of Long Beach.

“Barry Koff and I have played together in this Geraldo Rivera tournament the past five years,” Tariq said. “Whenever we play together we enjoy our game and some laughs. So undertaking the May 24th event will give Barry and I great pleasure while bringing some value and benefit to Life’s WORC/The Family Center For Autism.”

The nonprofit organization, founded by Long Island Press Co-publisher Victoria Schneps-Yunis, helps thousands of local families.

The Geraldo tournament is usually held at a country club on the North Shore of Nassau County, but this year it will be on the South Shore.

“The Life’s WORC/Family Center For Autism golfers and supporters are in for a special treat this time visiting one of the finest, most prestigious south shore clubs on Long Island,” Koff said.

“Through both Tariq Khan and Barry Koff working with Geraldo, we know that May 24th will be a huge success,” said Matt Zebatto, the organization’s Assistant Executive Director. “Both of our guests of honor enjoy a widespread following of friends and business associates. Their enthusiastic commitment is most welcome.”

The Geraldo Rivera Golf & Tennis Classic” will be held Thursday, May 24 at Seawane Country Club in Hewlett Harbor. Tickets are $550 per golfer or $2,000 per foursome. To buy tickets, call 516-741-9000X15000.

State of Long Island Healthcare Discussed

Hundreds of people attended the State of Long Island Healthcare panel discussion hosted by The American Diversity Forum. The event was held at the Milleridge Inn in Jericho on April 27. Photos by Corazone Aguirre.

Setauket Cape With Pond Views Asks $599,000

This well-built Cape Cod with Tudor accents set on spectacular 2.45-acre property harkening back to a simpler time is listed for sale at 83 North Country Rd. in Setauket.

Built in 1935, the four-bedroom, two-bathroom home is an oldie but a goodie with 1,500-square-feet of living space featuring oak floors, fieldstone fireplace, an open breezeway connecting the home to a two-car garage, winding driveway and views overlooking a serene pond.

It comes equipped with an eat-in kitchen, dining room, unfinished basement and attic space on the second floor. Outside it has a patio to soak of the views.

The property is close to Gallery North, Frank Melville Park, and Emma Clark Library School.  It’s about two miles from downtown Port Jefferson and the Port Jefferson Long Island Rail Road station. It’s located in the highly ranked Three Village School District.

The asking price is $599,000, not including the annual property taxes of $13,235.

The real estate agents listed for the property are Francine Saer and Alexander Goldenberg of Coach Real Estate Associates, who can be reached at 631-751-0303.

Who Serves The Best Greek Food on Long Island?

May is National Mediterranean Diet Month, and what better way to celebrate than by heading over to one of Long Island’s many great Greek restaurants?

The public voted Sufiya’s Grill Best Mediterranean Restaurant on Long Island in the 2018 Bethpage Best of Long Island competition. Neraki Greek Mediterranean won Best Greek Restaurant on Long Island in that contest, The Greek Place earned the title of Best Gyro on Long Island and Athenian Greek Taverna was named Best Spinach Pie on Long Island!

When the mood for Mediterranean cuisine strikes, there is no better place to satisfy that urge than Neraki Greek Mediterranean Grill in Huntington. They take special care to present the delicacies, like a feta-filled Greek salad with chunks of white meat chicken grilled to perfection, to lamb, eggplant and falafel specialties. Be sure to try the stuffed grape leaves. And don’t you dare leave without sampling some grilled octopus!

Mediterranean cuisine served in a warm, inviting atmosphere with a diverse menu of items masterfully prepared with fresh ingredients has made Sufiya’s Grill a favorite among Long Islanders. Grilled kebabs, tasty seafood and delicious homemade stews have consistently helped it earn the top spot in this prestigious category. This family owned-and-operated restaurant in East Meadow also specializes in authentic Persian cuisine, which features Kashkeh Badenjan (chunky eggplant and tomato dip), Babaganosh and Sambuseh as appetizers, and custom-made Persian ice cream for dessert.

The Greek Place’s Chef Pete has created Greek Fusion, which incorporates home-style Greek food with other national and international dishes—from the Gyro Philly Steak, which is made with sauteed onions, peppers, mushrooms and melted cheddar, to the Italian Gyro, which consists of sauteed gyro, melted mozzarella and marinara. Aside from having many traditional dishes available, Chef Pete delivers a new way of enticing your taste buds. The gyro made at The Greek Place is sauteed and cut off the all-famous “Gyro Cone,” yet it is made to order so you get fresh juicy gyro—sauteed on a flat iron grill and splashed with an au jus that will make your mouth water and your soul sing!

And as for the spinach pie, to the warm and welcoming staff of Athenian Greek Taverna, it’s spanakopita. No matter what you call it, nobody does it better than Athenian. Layers of flaky phyllo dough and spinach greens with a feta cheese mixture–a perfect balance of delicious flavors. Like everything cooked up at Athenian, the spinach pie is made “Yiayia’s way,” just like grandma makes it, with fresh and authentic ingredients. Make Yiayia proud and be sure to order enough spinach pie to share with everyone on your next visit to Athenian Greek Taverna.

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.

Neraki Greek Mediterranean is located at 273 Main St. in Huntington. They can be reached at 631-385-3474 or Neraki.com

Athenian Greek Taverna is located at 2187 Jericho Turnpike in Commack. They can be reached at 631-499-7660 or atheniangreektaverna.com

The Greek Place is located at 2144 Jericho Tpke. in Garden City Park. They can be reached at 516-673-4545 or thegreekplacegcp.com

Sufiya’s Grill is located at 2320 Hempstead Tpke. in East Meadow. They can be reached at 516-644-2200 or sufiyasgrill.com

Long Island Power Women in Business To Be Honored

Long Island’s high-powered businesswomen will be honored during an empowering event that connects women and recognizes successful business, community, cultural, political, civic, and religious female leaders.

The Long Island Power Women in Business Awards & Networking Event will be help 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 9 at Leonard’s Palazzo, 555 Northern Blvd. in Great Neck. Tickets are $175.

News 12 Long Island anchor Antoinette Biordi will serve as emcee and Star of Stars for the event.

Innovators of the Year are Kim Gavin and Renee Wisinski, Co-Founders of Twin Tech, LLC. This year’s Dynamic Duo is Amy Altman and Moriah Adamo, Partners at Abrams Fensterman. And this year’s Rising Star is Pavneet Kaur Mehra, VP of CitiCard Branded Cards.

Sponsoring the event are London Jewelers, Investors Bank, Flushing Bank, Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation, Capital One Spark Business, Vigorito, Barker, Porter & Paterson, LLP, Northwell Health Go Health Urgent Care, Lessings Hospitality Group, Signature Premier Properties, Kaminezky Law & Mediation, P.C., People’s United Bank, Capell Barnett Matalon & Schoenfeld LLP, Zorn’s of Bethpage, Govida and Sandwire.

To nominate a Power Woman or purchase tickets, visit schnepscommunicationsevents.com

The honorees include:

Dr. Neva Helena Alexander, Founder of Neva Global Alliance
Lorraine Aycock, SVP & Market Manager of Enterprise Business and Community Engagement Bank of America
Grace Balucci-Doria, CEO of Grace’s Marketplace
Hon. Ruth Bogatyrow Kraft, Partner at Vigorito, Barker, Porter, & Patterson LLP
Annamarie Bondi-Stoddard, Managing Partner at Pegalis & Erickson, LLC
Susan Bortone, Director of Operations at GoHealth Urgent Care
Sandra N. Busell, Partner at Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP
Jean Camilletti, Franchise Partner at Blo Blow Dry Bar
Jennifer Cantin, Director of Marketing & Development at Lessings Hospitality Group
Margo Cargill, CEO at Titanium Linx Consulting, Inc.
Marianela Casas, Assistant Commissioner for Community Engagement at Nassau County Police Department
Stephanie Castro, Associate Group Director Vice President at Signature Bank
Shalu Chopra, Community Advocate
Ann Conroy, President, Long Island Division, Douglas Elliman Real Estate
Yvonne Cort, Partner, Capell Barnett Matalon & Schoenfeld, LLP
Cheryelle Cruickshank, CEO of Human First
Elizabeth Custodio, Vice President, Community Development & CRA Officer for NY People’s United Bank
Donna M. Douglas, Director of Operations at Academy Charter School
Wendy Dubner-Master, President of Heritage Farms & Garden
Allison Ehrlich, District Manager of ADP
Brigitte Ferrada, SVP & Relationship Manager at Capital One
Amanda Field, Commissioner of the Plainview Water District
Meredith Friedman, Partner, Van Horn & Friedman, P.C.
Loretta Gastwirth, Partner, Meltzer Lippe
Kim Gates Goldstein, Attorney at Gates Goldstein, LLP
Cheri Giglia, Managing Director, CPA Supporting Strategies North Shore LI
Reena Gulati, Reena Gulati, PLLC
Daria Hoffman, Attorney & Associate Real Estate Broker
Kristen Jarnagin, President & CEO, Discover Long Island
Melissa Kaiser, Vice President- Business Development Officer, Flushing Bank
Deborah Kaminetzky, Owner Kaminetzky Law & Mediation, P.C.
Elena Karabatos, Partner at Schlissel Ostrow Karabatos, PLLC
Karen Keating, President Tradition Title Agency, Inc.
Kelsey Knutsen, Chief Marketing Officer at Tully Rinckey PLLC
Robyn Kreiner, MD,Pediatric Allergist at Strauss Allergy & Asthma
Dr. Eve Lupenko, Greenberg Plastic Surgery and Dermatology
Joan Hope MacNaughton, Founder & Artistic Director, Leggz LTD
Runi Mukherji Ratnam, Ph.D., SUNY Old Westbury
Samantha Ray, Head of Operations, American Investment Properties
Gail Ritzert, Partner at Hawkins, Rosenfield, Ritzert & Varriale, LLP
Judy L.  Simoncic, Partner at Forchelli Deegan Terrana LLP
Karen Tenenbaum, Managing Partner and Founder, Tenenbaum Law, P.C.
Davi Tserpelis, SVP Regional Business Banking Manager, City National Bank
Cristina Velez, General Manager, Hampton Inn & Suites at Rockville Centre.
Kathy Viard, Broker/Owner, Signature Premier Properties
Veena Vijayendra, Public Health Policy Advocate
Julie Watterson, Executive Director, Kids Clubhouse of Suffolk County
Amy Zaslansky, Founder, The Book Fairies
Merrill Zorn, President & CEO of Zorn’s of Bethpage