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Cozy Rockville Centre Tudor Asks $849,000

This charming, sun-drenched, recently renovated Tudor with all the modern amenities is listed for sale at 55 Marlborough Ct. in the Village of Rockville Centre.

Built in 1932 in the Strathmore section of the village, this move-in ready three-bedroom, three-bathroom home has a turreted entry foyer leaving to large rooms throughout, stunning hardwood floors, and custom windows.

The house comes features an eat-in kitchen with granite counter tops, a formal dining room, den, large master suite with an en-suite bathroom, a fully finished basement with a recreation room, and a third-floor walk-up attic/bonus room.

It comes equipped with central air conditioning and a gas-fueled fireplace. Outside it has a backyard patio and yard.

Besides being near the downtown area, the house is also a short walk to the Rockville Centre Long Island Rail Road station, minutes from the Southern State Parkway and near several parks, including Morgan Days Park and several country clubs.

The property is located in the Rockville Centre School District, where South Side High School consistently ranks among the best in the state and the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s annual high school ratings.

The asking price is $849,000, not including the annual property taxes of $23,800, which comes to  $27,263 after the Star Exemption.

An open house is scheduled for 12-1:30 p.m. April 7.

The real estate agent listed for the property is Christine Matarazzo of HomeSmart Premier Living Realty. She can be reached at 516-535-9692.

What Is The Best Nursery/Garden Store on Long Island?

Photo by Forrest and Kim Starr.

A garden adds a beautiful touch to any home, but when spring blooms and it’s time to shop for gardening and landscaping supplies, which local nursery or garden store is worth the trip? 

Long Islanders voted East End Trees Nurseries the Best Nursery/Garden Store on Long Island in the 2019 Bethpage best of Long Island Contest.

Make your home a greener, more beautiful place with the help of East End Trees Nurseries, a local, family-owned business since 2004. Their staff is composed of friendly and helpful people that are happy to offer assistance in making the correct plant choices. East End Trees Nurseries believes in supporting our local communities.

They take pride in being a good neighbor and believe that one of the most important aspects of their business is their ability to serve the community and give back. They demonstrate this support by making donations every year to local schools, churches, community gardens and many other nonprofit organizations in their area!

To find all the other 2019 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest winners, visit bestoflongisland.com Nominate your favorite businesses and people in the 2020 Best of Long Island program through Aug. 31.

East End Trees Nurseries is located at 168 Town Line Rd., Kings Park. It can be reached at 631-754-1051 or eastendtrees.com

Horoscopes By PsychicDeb for April 2019

Aries: Jupiter in the 9th house. This is a good time for travel or making gains in spiritual growth, higher education, sales, and advertising. Drama and art should be on your schedule. You’re going to have to mix the old with the new if you want to maintain a true balance in present circumstances; others are preparing their work for you. 

Taurus: Jupiter in the 8th house. A father or father-figure has a strong influence on you. You’ll gain a long-sought-after position if you endeavor to understand and use this influence. This is a good month for enjoying traditional pleasures and long-time friends. You’ll be able to use the benefits of past experiences to form a solid alliance.   

Gemini: Jupiter in the 7th house. Opportunities for growth and expansion are opening up around you. All you have to do is take advantage of them. Don’t wait for things to come to you. Go find them. This is a good month to make friends which will not only result in success now, but will play an important role in future success. Save vacation time for later. 

Cancer: Jupiter the 6th house. Before starting new training or a new enterprise, don’t commit to anything before checking other locations and prices. The first choice you’re given may not be the best one. Those who are younger or more into socializing may view you as too old or restricted to join in the fun. The thing is, you might agree. Make your own good time. 

Leo: Jupiter in the 5th house. Prepare the ground work for new endeavors very carefully. Get the knowledge and training you need now because the opportunity to put it to good use is coming up soon. Some who were recently opposed to your way of doing things gradually, give in or move onto other things. By next month you can proceed as planned. 

Virgo: Jupiter in the 4th house. A new member of the family or a surge of energy in your household may inspire you to finish old business and take the first step toward new accomplishments this month. Others will listen to you if you give them a chance to entertain and charm you. If you dismiss them as too young or foolish, you will end up the loser.

Libra: Jupiter in the 3rd house. You may wish you could stop but you need to keep adding to what you’ve done and the gains you’ve made or you will lose ground. The good news is that you can do it. Don’t be stuck in a rut while everyone else makes progress. It’s time for new methods or ideas. Follow the direction of energy and enthusiasm that surrounds you.

Scorpio: Jupiter the 2nd house. Take time to share your knowledge or good fortune with others this month and your generosity will come back to you many times over, perhaps in unexpected ways. A lot is going on around you that may seem chaotic, but if it does not threaten the tradition and structure of your principles or life style, feel free to go along with it. 

Sagittarius: Jupiter in the 1st house. Life can be pretty much what you want it to be this month. Capacity for enjoyment is high so make an effort to add some romance, culture or spirituality. Use this month to organize and prepare your work By next month you are apt to be given a very profitable opportunity to talk, write, or travel. 

Capricorn: Jupiter in the 12th house. This is a good month for photography, sports, clearing credit and making abstract ideas understood. Someone who speaks a different language will be grateful. Others are attracted to your experience or maturity, so use these assets. those who previously lacked interest are taking a second look.

Aquarius: Jupiter in the 11th house. You may get back what you’ve given to others in the past. Be gracious enough to accept it. Be open to new ways that work within existing structures. Your advice and experience may be eagerly sought after. This month whether you give it as a favor or charge a fee for your service, you will benefit from favorable publicity.

Pisces: Jupiter the 10th house. Social events, speaking engagement, or political activities can keep you stimulated and busy. Helping a fund raiser or charity benefit brings dividends. Be willing to accept that the end of the cycle is here. Looking back does little good. It only wastes time you could spend on taking some positive steps.   

Psychicdeb has been a professional astrologer for over 25 yrs. She teaches Astrology for a nominal fee. Psychicdeb also uses the tarot to do psychic readings channeling her spirit guide Helen. Reiki is one of her obsessions. She is a Reiki Master and loves to teach others the benefits of Reiki. Call 516-236-7729 for an appointment in her private office. Or you can find her at the Original Psychic Fairs on Sundays. A listing of the Fair dates can be found on her website at astro-mate.org or join the Facebook page facebook.com/The-Original-Long-Island-Psychic-Fair

Medical Marijuana Dispensary Opens in East Farmingdale

The fourth medical marijuana dispensary on Long Island debuted Friday with a new facility called The Botanist in East Farmingdale.

Acreage Holdings, Inc., a Manhattan-based cannabis operator with a presence in 19 states, opened the new location at 2365 Broadhollow Road, making it the company’s fourth such dispensary in New York State.

“The Botanist will sell a selection of the best cannabis products available across every category that New York State regulations allow, including vape cartridges, tinctures, capsules and more,” the company said in a news release.

LI’s three other medical marijuana dispensaries are in Riverhead, Lake Success, and, most recently, Carle Place. Two more are expected to open on the Island — one in Nassau County, the other in Suffolk.

A doctor must certify that a patient is eligible to use medical marijuana in New York State. Conditions that qualify under state law include Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, cancer, AIDS, and others.

For more information on The Botanist in Farmingdale, visit shopbotanist.com, call 917-810-4540, or e-mail farmingdale@shopbotanist.com.

Long Island Easter Egg Hunts, Parades 2019

Children on an Easter Egg hunt on a meadow in spring, in the foreground a living Easter bunny is waiting and a girl finds Easter eggs

Whether it’s an egg hunt or a heartwarming day spent with the Easter Bunny, hop on over to these family friendly events to make Easter season truly eggcellent.

Easter Party
Take a picture with the Easter Bunny, do crafts with Suffolk County police officers, and participate in an egg hunt! Registration required. Call 631-854-8250 to RSVP. Second Precinct, 1071 Park Ave., Huntington Free. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. April 6.

Easter Eggstravaganza
Pictures with the Easter Bunny, egg hunt, crafts, and snacks in the lobby. Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre, molloy.edu $5. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. April 6.

Easter Egg Hunt at Sagamore Hill
Games, prizes, and a craft at the home of Theodore Roosevelt. We intend to honor their tradition of a non-competitive egg-roll while reviving Theodore Roosevelt’s love for nature with bird-egg craft bags filled with goodies. Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, 20 Sagamore Hill Road, Oyster Bay, RSVP at eventbrite.com Free. 9:30, 10:30 a.m. April 13.

Spring Egg Hunt
Hunts will occur at 15 minute intervals and will be divided into three age categories:
ages 4 & under; ages 5 & 6 and ages 7-9. There will also be a petting zoo, bounce house, pony rides, and bunny photos. Belmont Lake State Park, Southern State Parkway, West Babylon, parks.ny.gov Free. 12-2 p.m. April 13.

Spring Eggstravaganza
Starting with a meet and greet with Peter Rabbit and ending with carrot-themed bag decorating, this seasonally themed family fun night will make for many big smiles! Long Island Children’s Museum. 11 Davis Ave., Garden City. licm.org. $10-12. 6-9 p.m. April 13.

Easter Egg Hunt
All proceeds donated to Birthday Wishes of Long Island. More than 10,000 eggs and toys will be spread out in Center Court of the mall for lucky kids to find. Meet our special guest… the Easter Bunny and his wife! Walt Whitman Shops, 160 Walt Whitman Rd., Huntington Station, eventbrite.com $5. 9-9:30 a.m. April 14.

Spring Egg Hunt
Children of all ages are welcome to participate in the egg hunt which will be held in the picnic area. The children who find the “special eggs” will be awarded prizes. There will also be an appearance by the Spring Bunny! Orient Beach State Park, Orient Point, parks.ny.gov 11 a.m.-1 p.m. April 14.

Easter Egg Hunt Eggs-Travaganza
Children aged 9 and under will be given a map of Stew Leonard’s and a bag to collect eggs throughout the store. Each egg contains prizes ranging from candy and board games to toys and gift cards. In East Meadow, one lucky child will win the Egg Hunt’s top prize: a $200 gift card to Amazon! Stew Leonard’s, 1897 Front St., East Meadow, RSVP at eventbrite.com 4-5 p.m. April 16

Bunny Fest at Eagle’s Nest
Families can enjoy coffee, cakes, and juice boxes and see one of three showings (9, 10, 11 a.m.) of the Planetarium show Earth, Moon, and Sun. Activities in the Rose Garden: Easter egg hunt, petting zoo, bubble machine, and photos with the Easter Bunny and Li’l Chick. The Vanderbilt Museum, 180 Little Neck Rd., Centerport, vanderbiltmuseum.org 9 a.m.-12 p.m. April 20.

Riverhead Spring Egg Hunt
Music, mini-golf, face painting, crafts, and more. Bring non-perishable goods for the food drive. Bubble Palooza, 149 Edwards Ave., Calverton, longislandsportspark.com $5. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. April 20.

Spring Egg Hunt
Kids can gather spring eggs on the Hatchery grounds. Bring a basket or other container. Ages 3-6; Tot Garden for ages 0-2, Limited tickets, last admission at 10:30 a.m., parking fills up fast. Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium, 1660 Rt. 25A, Cold Spring Harbor, cshfishhatchery.org $4-$6. 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. April 20.

Caumsett Foundation Members Annual Egg Hunt
Open to members of The Caumsett Foundation and their families, this Annual Egg Hunt will have refreshments, crafts, petting zoos, and a special guest appearance by Mr. Bunny and photos after the hunt! 25 Lloyd Harbor Rd., Lloyd Harbor. caumsettfoundation.org. $8 for parking. 10:30 a.m. April 20.

Decorate ‘nests’ and color and decorate hard-boiled eggs to take home. A program for children ages 5-12. Reservations required, as space and supplies are limited. Reservations required. Quogue Wildlife Refuge, 3 Old Country Rd., Quogue. quoguewildliferefuge.org $10 per child. 11 a.m., 2 p.m. April 20. Egg hunt 9:30 a.m. April 21.

Egg Hunt and Spring Festival
A day filled with events, fun, and a lot of wonderful animals. Egg hunts throughout the day with prizes, as well as a separate egg hunt for 2-4 year olds to do with their parents. A special long-eared guest will be available for photo opportunities. Food, refreshments and Easter plants will be available for additional purchase. Sweetbriar Nature Center. 62 Eckernkamp Dr., Smithtown. sweetbriarnc.org $15 for child, $5 for adults. 12-4 p.m. April 20.

Easter Bonnet Parade
Can you design the best bonnet? Calling all bonnet enthusiasts and Easter lovers alike, this Easter Bonnet Parade will meet in front of Muse Restaurant and follow the Easter Bunny down Main Street! Open to all. Main St., Sag Harbor. sagharborchamber.com. Free. 1 p.m. April 20.

Easter Egg Hunt at The Farm
With a different field for each age group participating, all your little ones will be able to egg hunt at their own pace! Craft vendors each day and frequent Easter Bunny sightings make the pastoral setting of Benner’s farm an ideal place for Easter festivities! No registration required. Benner’s Farm. 56 Gnarled Hollow Rd., East Setauket. bennersfarm.com. $8 for adults and $6 for children and seniors. 1, 2:30 and 3:34 p.m. April 20, 21.

Sapphire Princess Easter Egg Hunt
With eggs hidden starboard and portside, this egg hunt is rumored to be a splash! What better place to bring in Easter than a brunch aboard one of Long Island’s finest yachts? Captain Lou Fleet & Sapphire Princess, 11 Richmond St., Freeport. captloufleet.com. $45-$65. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 2-5 p.m. April 21.

Easter Parade and Egg Hunt
A lovely Easter Parade in Port Jefferson’s scenic village will be followed by an egg hunt extravaganza for the whole family! Port Jefferson Village, 101 East Bway., Port Jefferson. portjeff.com. Free. 12-1:30 p.m. April 21.

Tudor-esque Waterfront Patchogue Cape Asks $495,000

From views overlooking West Lake to charming details and convenience, this house that has it all is listed for sale at 61 Lakeland Ave. in the Village of Patchogue.

Built in 1945 on a quarter-acre lot in the Democrat Hill section of the village, this move-in ready three-bedroom home has two and a half bathrooms and was recently upgraded.

It comes equipped with a new eat-in kitchen with an open floor plan joining the adjacent family room featuring a wood-burning fireplace, all new bathrooms, radiant floor heating, a new roof, and new windows. 

The house also has two master bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, second floor office space, central air conditioning, and a full basement. Outside is has a one-car attached garage and a backyard patio.

The house is a short walk from artsy downtown Patchogue’s lively shopping and dining district, the Patchogue Long Island Rail Road station, and ferries to the Fire Island communities of Davis Park and Watch Hill. It falls within the Patchogue-Medford School District.

The asking price is $495,000, not including the annual property taxes of $11,482.

The real estate agents listed for the property are Debra Krawczyk and Rose Marie Maher of Douglas Elliman Real Estate. They can be reached at 631-758-2552.

What Is The Best Seafood Restaurant on Long Island?

Being that Long Island is shaped like a fish and seafood was once the region’s chief export, it’s no wonder there are so many restaurants dedicated to serving up delicacies from the sea.

Long Islanders voted Neraki Greek Mediterranean Best Seafood Restaurant on Long Island in the 2019 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest.

When it comes to amazing, fresh seafood dishes, there’s no place better than Neraki Greek Mediterranean Grill. A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and this restaurant has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal as well.

Youngsters don’t need to sit out a trip to this restaurant, it’s super family-friendly and perfect for little diners and their folks.

No time to sit down? No worries! This restaurant offers a takeout option so you can grab your food on the go.

To find all the other 2019 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest winners, visit bestoflongisland.com Nominate your favorite businesses and people in the 2020 Best of Long Island program through Aug. 31.

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

Open Concept Long Beach Home Asks $665,000

This brand new home with an open concept and located in a tranquil part of town just two block from the beach is listed for sale at 5 November Walk in the City of Long Beach.

Built in 2016, this move-in ready, FEMA-compliant, three-bedroom home has two and a half bathrooms, a beautiful 20-foot vaulted ceiling, bay windows that allow in tons of natural light, and a catwalk balcony overlooking the family area.

The house comes equipped with a custom eat-in kitchen, living room/dining room combo, central air conditioning, and solar panels. Outside it has a front porch and cement patio.

It’s located six blocks from the Long Beach Long Island Rail Road station and is nearby Long Beach Boulevard, which links the Long Beach Island—a barrier island protecting the South Shore of Long Island from the ocean—and its eponymous city to mainland Long Island.

As for the other two bridges off the island, the house is three miles from the Loop Parkway to the east and three miles from Nassau Boulevard to the west. And it’s within walking distance of downtown LBC, a lively seaside community that is the closest thing to California found on LI.

The house is in the Long Beach School District, which had its high school ranked No. 22 on The Washington Post‘s list of the Most Challenging High Schools on LI last year.

The asking price is $665,000, not including the $12,983 in annual property taxes that come to $11,214 with the Star Exemption.

The real estate agent listed for the property is Adam Butter of Engel & Volkers Long Beach NY. He can be reached at 516-442-3388.

Camp W: Where Kids Can Be Kids This Summer

Kids of all ages will soon be celebrating carefree days of summer fun and adventure.

With so many summer camps to choose from right here on Long Island, a program that offers healthy activities to help make the season one the kids will never forget is indeed a treasure worth discovering. The ultimate camp experience provides opportunities for kids to make new friends, reconnect with old ones and learn and play in a safe, interactive environment, according to Camp W founder/owner, Evan Wofsy.

“Camp is so important. The experience of being outside playing, even inside playing … you’re taking away the distractions of the outside world. It’scompletely different from the ten months during the year,” says Wofsy. “At camp, their only job is to get as dirty as possible and be as tired as possible by the end of the day. That’s how you know the kids had a great day.”

Camp W opened in the summer of 2015 as a 8-week day camp offeringprograms for children in grades pre-Kindergarten through 9th grade. Activities include sports, swimming, creative and performing arts, computers, rocketry, robotics, a game room (X-Box, PlayStation, foosball, air hockey, darts, and so on)—all under the supervision of experienced, caring attentive counselors who truly enjoy their jobs. Early and late care is also offered.

Camp should feel like a home away from home, according to Wofsy, who attended camp for 14 summers as a camper and counselor and worked at another camp for 22 years thereafter. Wofsy says those were some of the best days of his life; being able to create that experience for Long Island campers is “a dream come true. At Camp W, campers and counselors embrace a family-like atmosphere; each camper receives five Camp W t-shirts with their name on it, and there is a small camper to staff ratio. Campers participate in weeklyteam building exercises, practicing and performing creative skits, songs or dances together. “It’s a lot like American Idol,” says Wofsy.

When kids are able to share their passion or learn new skills with their peers, their self-esteem and confidence improve, says Wofsy. Camp W’s “choice program” enables campers to choose from a variety of sports, creative arts and other activities. Each camper in grades 2,3,4 have two choice periods; grades 5,6,7 and 8 have three choice periods.

Camp W also offers events specific to each age group. Pre-K to 1st Grade enjoy three professional shows per week, including juggling, acrobatics or magic. Campers in grades 2 – 4 spend one latenight at camp and feast on a barbeque dinner with their parents. Every Wednesday, campers in grades 5-8 take a day trip—rock climbing, Lazer tag, etc. They also experience an overnight withfun-filled activities, a movie and breakfast. C.I.T.s get the best of both worlds, assisting counselors for half of the day and enjoying camper-inspired activities for the remainder.

Campers can bring lunch on Monday or Tuesday or participate in a pre-order lunch program from Suburban Eats; Wednesday is pasta; Thursday is pizza and Friday is barbeque.

Camp W is located at 121 Wolf Hill Rd., Huntington Station. Season: July1 – August 23. Sign up for 2 – 6 weeks. 631-692-6223 campwdaycamp.com



Kiss Rocks Nassau Coliseum All Night

Kiss rocked NYCB Live, Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale on Friday, March 22, 2019. Photos by Joe Nuzzo.

Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Famers Kiss wowed fans with their arena-ready anthems and over-the-top pyrotechnics when the band’s End of The Road tour stopped Friday at NYCB Live, Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

As the name of the tour suggests, this is the last time Kiss is taking their show on the road. After the tour takes them to Madison Square Garden on Wednesday and then around the world, they’ll play Newark and the Barclays Center in Brooklyn in August before heading overseas again.

“This is the End of the Road tour, but we got so much to be thankful for, so much to celebrate,” Kiss frontman Paul Stanley told fans while getting nostalgic between songs. “We got our first gold album given to us in Nassau Coliseum. First time we ever came out to Long Island we played The Daisy, which was on Route 110 in Amityville, in 1973.”

Kiss started off the set with “Detroit Rock City,” “Shout It Loud,” and “Duece.” Bassist Gene Simmons did his  fire-breathing bit during “War Machine.”  For the encore, they played “Beth,” “Do You Love Me,” and, of course, “Rock And Roll All Night.”

Fans cheered as Stanley touted his local ties.

“My dad used to live at exit 36, so I know my way around here,” he said. “It feels awesome on this End of the Road to be up on stage for y’all.”

There was no shortage of pyrotechnics during the concert. Photo by Joe Nuzzo
The concert got tongues wagging. Photo by Joe Nuzzo
Kiss did not leave their fans disappointed. Photo by Joe Nuzzo
This Kiss concert lit up like the Forth of July. Photo by Joe Nuzzo
Drummer Eric Singer Photo by Joe Nuzzo
Classic Gene Simmons. Photo by Joe Nuzzo
Paul Stanley addresses the fans. Photo by Joe Nuzzo
Kiss rocked NYCB Live, Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale on Friday, March 22, 2019. Photos by Joe Nuzzo.