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Best of Long Island Spotlight: Top Summer Spots

BBQ PICNIC TAKEOUT
Bells Kitchen and Smokehouse
Winner of Best BBQ Restaurant and Best Ribs on Long Island in the 2018 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest is this barbeque heaven at Bells Kitchen and Smokehouse. At Bells, you get a cozy rustic environment, super helpful staff, and an extensive selection of items featuring barbeque smoked to perfection. Whether you try the ribs, smoked mac and cheese, fries, bourbon glazed pork belly chunks, the Bourbon Hot Burger, or their amazing BBQ sauces, the food is flavorful and filling. Dine in or order to go. 976 Hempstead Turnpike, Franklin Square, 516-492-3557.  bellskitchenandsmokehouse.com

SUMMER FUN CLOTHES
Paper Doll Vintage Boutique
Want to channel your inner Audrey Hepburn? Admire the style of Raquel Welch? Well, with the help of Paper Doll Vintage Boutique, you won’t have to look very far for inspiration—just this winner of Best Vintage Clothing Store on Long Island in Sayville! This vintage clothing store offers an assortment of retro merchandise, from dresses and skirts to coats and jackets. You will also fall in love with the 1970s-inspired handbags and 1940s-inspired hats, making you feel as if you just traveled back in time. 23 Main St., Sayville, 631-319-1919, facebook.com/PaperDollVintageBoutique

FUN SIGNATURE COCKTAILS
Spiro’s Restaurant & Lounge
There’s a good reason this place won Best Happy Hour, Best Bartenders, Best Martini, Best Singles Spot and Best Mojitos on Long Island. Time always seems to stand still when everyone’s enjoying the high life here, thanks to owner/chef Spiro Karachopan, who has made his mark on Long Island nightlife. The delicious drinks are a bargain, that’s why the bar is packed! With a wide range of mouth-watering eats to accompany really any beverage, Spiro’s knows how to achieve happiness in the here and now. Long Islanders declare it an absolutely amazing experience. 4 Patchogue Dr., Rocky Point, 631-744-4100, spiroslounge.com

BEACH BODY HELP
Intelligent Fitness
Often voted Best Gym on Long Island since 2011, Intelligent Fitness has been changing lives since 1997. Offering a wide range of classes, life coaching, and personal training options to help you change your body and achieve your desired results, Intelligent Fitness and their trainers have one single all-encompassing goal that is to help clients improve the overall quality of their life. Intelligent Fitness’ unique and copyrighted business model of personal training allows individuals to pursue personal goals and objectives on an individualized level. Classes range from Barre, Pilates, SuperSycle, Sycle-Fit, TRX, and Body Blast, including many others. Their business is improving lives, “one body at a time!” 3012A Jericho Tpke., East Northport, 631-858-2900, intelligentfitness.net

TWEEN SUMMER FASHION
Tashi Rose Tween Boutique
Tashi Rose Tween Boutique has established itself as the trendiest and most fashion-forward store for tween Long Islanders around, which is why it won Best Tween Fashion Store on Long Island! And you won’t have to break the bank to shop here, either. Affordable prices, cool styles that come in a variety of colors and sizes, and a friendly staff who just loves helping shoppers locate the best possible outfit for the first day of school, their first school dance, or any other occasion—Tashi Rose Tween Boutique is definitely the place to be! 2882 Merrick Rd., Bellmore, 516-308-7600, facebook.com/Tashi-Rose-Tween-Boutique

NOMINATE YOUR FAVORITES TODAY
Nominate your favorite businesses and people in the 2019 Bethpage Best of Long Island program through Aug. 31.
Step 1: Visit bestoflongisland.com
Step 2: Click “Nominate Now”
Step 3: Select a category and enter the information of the person or business you wish to nominate.
Step 4: Click “submit”
Step 5: Repeat for all your favorite people and businesses

To find all the other 2018 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest winners, visit bestoflongisland.com

Charming Blue Point Dutch Colonial Asks $565,000

This lovely Dutch Colonial Revival replete with historic details is listed for sale at 179 Atlantic Ave. in Blue Point.

Built in 1906, the four-bedroom, two-bathroom home features an entry sun room, sprawling staircase, wood floors, beautiful crown mouldings and cabinetry, and a large backyard with a pond and ornamental gardens.

It comes equipped with a kitchen, large dining room, living room with a custom fireplace, office, walk-up attic and an unfinished basement. Outside it has a porch, patio, deck and two-car garage.

The property is located nearby parks, downtown Patchogue and the Patchogue Long Island Rail Road station. It is in the Bayport-Blue Point School District.

The asking price is $565,000, not including the annual property taxes of $10,866.

The real estate agents listed for the property are Gervaise Baker and Linda Walsh of Leesa Byrnes Realty, Inc. They can be reached at 631-589-2000.

Summer Food Drive Under Way on Long Island

Advocates are urging the public to donate canned goods and non-perishable items for the regional food bank at collection tables set up outside Long Island supermarkets on summer weekends July 7 through Oct. 7.

Long Island Cares – The Harry Chapin Food Bank is running the second annual “The Summer Food Drive to End Hunger” in conjunction with King Kullen and a dozen New York State Assembly members to help combat issues of hunger and food insecurity on LI.

“The issue of hunger on Long Island is real and doesn’t go away during the beautiful months of summer,” said William Gonyou, Community Events and Food Drive Manager for the nonprofit. “It is something we wrestle with every season of the year.”

Last year, the Summer Food Drive yielded more than 20,000 pounds of donations. This year, the goal is 30,000 pounds of donated food.

One food drive will be held each weekend, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at a designated King Kullen supermarket. One elected official will take the lead in asking for donations each weekend. Food donations will be distributed directly to member agencies of Long Island Cares.

For more information, visit licares.com

Historic Harborfront Centre Island Home Asks $5.2M

This stately Classic-Style Center Hall historic home offering stunning views of Oyster Bay Harbor is listed for sale at 407 Center Island Rd. in the Village of Centre Island.

Built in 1908 By Architect J. Clinton Mackenzie, the eight-bedroom stucco home with six and a half bathrooms is situated on 5.6 acres. Amenities include a grand staircase, greenhouse, spa, deepwater dock, ponds, streams, perennial gardens, an in-ground pool and a fountain. It also has a cottage, four-bedroom carriage house and professional potting shed.

The main house comes equipped with an eat-in kitchen, formal dining room, elegant living room, playroom, hitting room, music room, den. It has an partially finished basement. Outside it has an over-sized three-car detached garage with a workshop 

The property is nearby several parks, preserves and country clubs. It’s a short drive from downtown Oyster Bay and its Long Island Road station. It is located in the Oyster Bay-East Norwich School District.

The asking price is $11,200,000, not including the annual property taxes of $118,820.

The real estate agents listed for the property are  Kathryn Zoller and Lawrence Schmidlapp
of Daniel Gale Associates, Inc. They can be reached at 516-759-4800.

What Is The Best Surf Shop on Long Island?

Summer on Long Island means surfing season is back in full swing, but as with any oceanfront area, there are a number of surf shops to choose from when in need of some new gear.

Long Islanders voted Bunger Surf Shop the Best Surf Shop on Long Island in the 2018 Bethpage Best of Long Island competition, continuing the shop’s years-long winning streak.

Bunger Surfboards is not only a hang out spot with interesting memorabilia, but also a quality shop with vintage and modern boards. Bunger Surfboards has been servicing Babylon and Long Island surfboards for more than 40 years. They now offer clothing, sandals, watches, surf gear, wetsuits, beach gear, and even skateboards.

They ship within the continental U.S. same day if the order is received by 3 p.m. EST, and internationally via the USPS using PayPal.

Surf’s up!

To find all the other 2018 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest winners, visit bestoflongisland.com Nominate your favorite businesses and people in the 2019 Best of Long Island program through Oct. 1.

Bunger Surfboards is located at 50 E. Main St., Babylon. They can be reached at (800) 698-7873 or bungersurf.com

Horoscopes By PsychicDeb for July 2018

Aries – A creative opportunity is offered. You’ll do well in all fields involving sales, promotions and public contact. The key is original presentation of materials, use of color and drama. A warm-hearted associate pays a special compliment and entertains you.

Taurus – The period of watchful waiting finds you accenting security, money and joint resources. You’re tied sentimentally to conditions as they were in the past. Are you trying to recreate a situation from your family background? Don’t force issues.

Gemini – Your intellectual curiosity is spurred. You’ll delve into academic subjects such as history, world events and other topics that broaden your mind. A quest for the mysteries of life is also on the agenda. Keep your sense of humor; don’t overdo it. Another Gemini makes a good pal.

Cancer – You’ll get satisfaction from a job well done. Focus on publishing, advertising or spreading your message to many. Self-discipline helps you to create valid foundations for the future. Make lists, organize, sort out beliefs and values.

Leo – Travel plans are on the agenda. Someone you meet en route to a destination has the answers you need. There may also be romance involved here, especially if you freely express ideas and long-range plans. Gemini and Virgo will be interested.

Virgo – If you’re away from home this month, check details of routes, schedules and reservations. Your ability to read between the lines and to handle details efficiently is helpful. This is a good month for studying a subject that expands the world for you. Don’t give up!

Libra – This month’s accent is on recognition, prestige and contact with an authority figure. Communication is the key to getting ahead. You’ll be offered a variety of tasks; a valid decision will be needed. Extroverted tendencies are favored. Gemini is a big help in showing you the way.

Scorpio – You’ll be in the lime light because of your special talents. Focus on artistic, musical or diplomatic qualities. Your appreciation of beauty brings special rewards. Brighten up your working environment with soothing colors, harmonious music and love.

Sagittarius – Friends, groups and organizations are spotlighted this month. Don’t retreat from a situation that challenges your self-confidence. Your secret fears are groundless; you’ll discover that you really are liked and admired. A sensitive, compassionate Pisces type plays a key role.

Capricorn – Stop talking about what you want to do; get busy and do it – an older pal will lend solid support. Practical plans and long-range commitments have a special chance of working out well. A love relationship is satisfying now.

Aquarius – You’ll be fed up with petty matters. A close associate who continually dwells on limitations is likely to exasperate you. You deliver an ultimatum: “Shape up or ship out.” Your own mind envisions expanded horizons. An Aries shares your dream.

Pisces – A secret alliance is formed behind the scenes. Your creative, romantic plans are discussed. In spite of your current need for confidential handling of a matter, you know you’re about to create a sensation. Leo goes along with you.

IF YOU KNOW YOUR RISING SIGN, CONSULT THE HOROSCOPE FOR THAT SIGN AS WELL.
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

19-acre Beachfront Cutchogue Estate Packed With Amenities Asks $8.5M

Built for entertaining and set on more than 19 coastal acres with 490 feet of private beach offering incredible views, this estate is listed for sale at 13451 Oregon Rd. in Cutchogue.

Built in 1994, this 6-bedroom, 15-bathroom North Fork home with 7,300-square-feet of living space is packed with amenities such as a Har-Tru tennis court, indoor and outdoor pools, indoor and outdoor commercial-grade kitchens, an elevator, two wine cellars, sauna, gym and more.

The house also comes equipped with a formal dining room, fully finished basement, bar, lounge, media room, office, study, two fireplaces, central air conditioning and an attached seven-car garage.

The asking price is $8,500,000, not including the annual property taxes of $67,242.

The real estate agent listed for the property is Sheri Clarry with The Corcoran Group, who can be reached at 631-765-1300.

Who Serves The Best Sushi on Long Island?

Sushi. Even just the word is enough to inspire a hankering for a roll from a local Japanese restaurant. But which sushi bar is best?

Long Islanders voted Kotobuki Restaurant the Best Sushi on Long Island in the 2018 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest, continuing their years-long winning streak in the competition’s sushi category. 

For three decades, Kotobuki has been the go-to place for sushi lovers. With a long, impressive list of both traditional and modern Japanese dishes, three different locations on the Island—Hauppauge, Roslyn, and Babylon—and fresh ingredients presented beautifully on each plate, it’s safe to say that this restaurant has earned the top spot in this category for several good reasons.

Love Philadelphia rolls? No worries! Prefer specialty rolls with yellowtail, avocado, and scallion? They’ve got you covered! Stop by today and find out why Kotobuki continues to be named the Best Sushi on Long Island!

To find all the other 2018 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest winners, visit bestoflongisland.com Nominate your favorite businesses and people in the 2019 Best of Long Island program through Oct. 1.

Kotobuki Restaurant
Multiple Locations. kotobukinewyork.com

Historic Oyster Bay Cove 43-acre Estate Asks $19.5M

Moorelands, a grand brick Italian Renaissance-style estate house situated on 43 acres of waterfront rolling hills, was recently listed for sale at 313 McCouns Ln. in the Village of Oyster Bay Cove.

Built in 1915, the stately 14-bedroom house with eight and a half bathrooms was designed by famed architect Charles Berg. The classic Gold Coast mansion with intricate moldings and eight stunning fireplaces offers prominent views of Oyster Bay.

The house comes equipped with three eat-in kitchens, a formal dining room, den, solarium, multiple verandas and a partially finished basement. Outside it has a resort-like in-ground pool with a cabana, tennis court, stable, porch, patio, deck, pond, a large staff house with four apartments and eight bedrooms, and a three-car detached garage.

The property is located about a mile from downtown Oyster Bay, the Oyster Bay Long Island Rail Road station and about five miles from the Long Island Expressway. It is located in the Oyster Bay-East Norwich School District.

The asking price is $19,500,000, not including the annual property taxes of $265,439.

The real estate agency listing the property is Laffey Real Estate, which can be reached at 516-625-6666.

What Is The Best Marina on Long Island?

From the Long Island Sound to the Atlantic Ocean, LI is a boater’s paradise, but finding the best boat store and marina in time for boating season can be tricky.

Long Islanders voted Star Island Yacht Club & Marina the Best Boat Store on Long Island in the 2018 Bethpage Best of Long Island competition and Treasure Cove Resort Marina won the title of Best Marina on Long Island in that contest.

Come to “The End” of Long Island for the beginning of your next fishing or boating trip at Montauk Point. Star Island Yacht Club attracts a wide variety of people year-round with a passion for cruising and fishing. They host many fishing tournaments (including a famous shark tournament held every year), cruising club rendezvous, and catered events, as well as Star Island’s own planned tournaments.

Star Island offers more facilities and services than any other in the Montauk area, including a large tackle shop, marine equipment and full repair service. Hungry? You can find some great dishes at Star Island Restaurant, naturally featuring locally caught seafood. With all it has to offer, Star Island Yacht Club is an inviting club and marina for everyone.

As for the best marina on LI, there’s no better place to explore the Twin Forks than at Treasure Cove Resort Marina. Located on the Peconic River, Treasure Cove is a 20-minute boat ride from Shinnecock Locks or the natural retreat of Robins Island. You can easily access most points on the fork within a short boat ride from Treasure Cove, which is also close to many hotels, shopping outlets and restaurants in Riverhead.

Special hotel deals are available for boaters who dock at Treasure Cove, and the marina offers a variety of special events all year long — including an annual barbecue, boating safety courses and July 4 fireworks.

To find all the other 2018 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest winners, visit bestoflongisland.com Nominate your favorite businesses and people in the 2019 Best of Long Island program through Oct. 1.

Star Island Yacht Club & Marina is located at 59 Star Island Rd. in Montauk. They can be reached at 631-668-5052 or starislandyc.com

Treasure Cove Resort Marina is located at 469 East Main St. in Riverhead. They can be reached at 631-727-8386 or treasurecoveresortmarina.com