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WEBINAR: Building a Roadmap for Senior Care Decision Making

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When planning for the future of elder family members, necessary information provides confidence and a sound mind which is crucial to make tough, time-sensitive decisions. 

To help make informed decisions, three experts will discuss how to handle such challenges in a webinar titled “Building a Roadmap for Senior Care Decision Making” hosted by Schneps Media, the parent company of the Long Island Press.

Julie Wexler, MPA, director of business development at The Bristal Assisted Living, will speak to viewers to ease the stress about the living situation of elder family members. She will explain everything necessary to make the big-time decisions easy with the information provided here.

Gina Aiello, LMSW, president and geriatric consultant with Caring From The Heart, will go through possible variables to think about when caring for senior loved ones. Personal resources such as in-home care, or transportation options as well as concerns like insurance or Medicare and medical resources will be covered.

And Marcy Einhorn, Esq. of Conflict Resolution for Elders will share tips on how to communicate and resolve conflict within families if it comes down to it. The occasional disagreement or confusion can cause tension between seniors and their families. There is no room for superficial stress when dealing with important matters such as senior care decisions.

This webinar will be held on March 23, at 11 a.m. REGISTER HERE to get all the information needed to make the right decisions.

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Picture-perfect Centre Island Home on the Harbor Asks $3.4M

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“High Tide,” a pristinely renovated house on a picturesque, harborside 2-acre property, is listed for sale at 510 Centre Island Road in Centre Island.

The polished estate includes an outdoor, inground swimming pool, tennis court, two-car garage, and private access to the beach on the Oyster Bay Harbor. The property is secluded with trees and shrubbery surrounding the house and grounds, and the lawn, plants, and trees are all well-manicured.

Built in 1922 and recently renovated, the home is charming yet sleek and modern. There are wood floors and white and cream-colored walls throughout, giving the entire house a unified aesthetic. Tall windows let in plenty of natural light and allow for beautiful views of the harbor in almost every room.

The house has four bedrooms, four bathrooms, and a half bathroom. It also has a spacious living room with a fireplace and wall of French doors leading to the outdoor stone patio. There is also a library room, first-floor guest suite, and a dining room.

The home’s large kitchen, which sports stainless steel appliances and marble countertops, opens to a family room and dining area. The house also has an office space with French-style windows looking out to the greenery of the yard, as well as a spa bath in the master suite.

The asking price for the property is $3,450,000, not including the annual property tax of $41,180.

The real estate agents listed for the property are Kimberly Bancroft and Cottie Maxwell Pournaras, of Daniel Gale Assoc., Inc., who can be reached at 516-759-4800.

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State’s 3 New Vaccine Sites on Long Island to Open Friday

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Three new New York State-run Covid-19 vaccine sites on Long Island will begin taking appointments Wednesday and will start vaccinating eligible members of the public on Friday, officials announced Monday.

Appointments at the site can start being booked starting at 8 a.m. Wednesday and the site will be open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

“We’ll continue expanding our distribution network and vaccinating more New Yorkers as the state receives more supply, and those efforts will help us ensure the state moves through this challenging time together,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

The three sites will be at the Stony Brook University campus in Southampton, SUNY College at Old Westbury, and the Suffolk County Community College campus in Brentwood. State-run sites previously opened at Jones Beach State Park and Stony Brook University. 

The sites are located at:

SUNY Old Westbury, Clark Athletic Center, 223 Store Hill Rd, Old Westbury, NY 11568

Suffolk County Community College – Grant Campus, Crooked Hill Rd, Brentwood, NY 11717

Stony Brook University – Southampton Campus, 70 Tuckahoe Rd, Southampton, NY 11968

Eligible New Yorkers will be able to schedule appointments by utilizing New York’s ‘Am I Eligible’ website or by calling the state’s COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline at 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829).

The state has so far opened eligibility for residents who fall in groups 1a and 1b, which includes teachers, first responders, public transit workers, public-facing grocery store workers, people in homeless shelters, anyone older than age 60, and people with certain comorbidities. The state has not yet announced when the general public will become eligible.

For a list of Long Island vaccine sites, click here.

Related Story: NY-run Vaccine Site in Southampton to Open Friday

Related Story: New Yorkers 60+ Are Eligible for Covid-19 Vaccine Starting Wednesday

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New Hires, Promotions on Long Island

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New Hires, Promotions on Long Island

Erika Hill

Erika Hill
Hill, the owner and principal consultant of Vision Street Research, has been named to the board of directors for the nonprofit United Way of Long Island. She brings a great deal of
expertise, having begun her career with United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta.

 

 

 

Jermaine Williams

Jermaine F. Williams
Williams, president of Nassau Community College, has been named to the board of directors for the nonprofit United Way of Long Island. Throughout his career, he has focused his impact on improving access, retention, graduation and other measures of student success.

 

 

 

 

Janet A. Lenaghan (Photo by Jonathan Heisler/Hofstra University)

Janet A. Lenaghan
Lenaghan, dean of the Frank G. Zarb School of Business at Hofstra University, has been named to the board of directors for the nonprofit United Way of Long Island. Under her leadership as the first woman dean, the school has earned top rankings for its programs.

 

 

 

 

 

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Michael Caplice

Michael Patrick Caplice
Caplice, the Long Island regional director for New York State comptroller, has been named to the board of directors for the nonprofit United Way of Long Island. He previously worked
for Suffolk County, the state Assembly, and the U.S. House of Representatives.

 

 

Riem Badr

Riem Badr

Port Jefferson Station-based New York Cancer & Blood Specialists named Dr. Badr, a board-certified hematopathologist, as the chief of pathology and laboratory services. She continues to lead the pathology department, Core Medical Laboratory, and the lab’s
operations.

 

 

 

Jeffrey A. Cohen

Jeffrey A. Cohen
A recently retired New York State Appellate Division Justice, Cohen joined the Lake Success-based law firm of Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara, Wolf & Carone, LLP in its appellate, litigation, municipal, and white-collar criminal law practice groups.

 

 

 

Christina Berardi Tuohy

Christina Berardi Tuohy
Tuohy is a water supply senior associate with Woodbury-based D&B Engineers and Architects. The graduate of Villanova University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering previously worked as a senior engineer at Arcadis of New York, Inc. in Melville.

 

 

 

 

Jeffrey Lebowitz

Jeffrey Lebowitz
Lebowitz, a recently retired New York State Supreme Court justice, is now of counsel at Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara, Wolf & Carone, LLP, where he
focuses on matrimonial and family law, commercial litigation, and alternative dispute resolution.

 

 

 

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VIDEO: How Financial Planning Can Empower Women

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Donna Stefans, president of Summit Tax Advisors and founder of Stefans Law Group, explained how women can be empowered to secure their financial future during the webinar “Invest in Yourself! A Financial Workshop for Women” hosted by Schneps Media, the parent company of the Long Island Press. 

Managing finances can end up on the back burner for many women. Knowledge is empowering whether that is for day-to-day finances, savings, retirement, or taxes.

Donna Stefans, president of Summit Tax Advisors and founder of Stefans Law Group, explained how women can be empowered to secure their financial future during the webinar “Invest in Yourself! A Financial Workshop for Women” hosted by Schneps Media, the parent company of the Long Island Press. 

“People don’t plan to fail, we all want this great retirement … but they just fail to plan,” Stefans said. 

Taking the time to understand how one’s financial situation can change due to life’s uncertainties can help women provide themselves with a safety net. The detailed female-focused discussion explained how to make a successful retirement checklist, starting from planning based on part-time or full-time work, first-time parenthood, divorce, health care costs, and much more. 

Social security benefits, understanding the market, keeping up to date on changes to tax laws are all topics that Stefans lent her expertise to in this well-rounded presentation for women’s financial empowerment. The different types of market investment opportunities, as well as understanding the ups and downs of the market are all hugely important topics that play a huge part in retirement planning. 

Tax season for 2021 was also covered in detail. All the proper forms to look for regarding insurance and Covid-19 and unemployment changes in New York. 

Watch here for more important information.

This webinar is sponsored by Stefans Law Group. 

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Long Island Winterfest Brings Musical Acts to Riverhead Breweries

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Pete Chekijian, co-owner of Twin Fork Beer Company; Christiaan Padavan; Dan Chekijian, co-Owner of Twin Fork Beer Company, and Megan Hill. (Photo by Ed Shin)

Long Island Winterfest, in its 15th year, welcomes live music to its calendar for 2021.

On Sunday, March 7, at Long Ireland Beer Co. in Riverhead, Fred Maloney (aka the Human iPod) played music from 2 to 6 p.m. under the heated tent. He performs an array of music ranging from Andrea Bocelli to Drake to Aretha Franklin and everything in between.

Food was provided by the Island Time Catering Company.

At Twin Forks Beer Co. in Riverhead, Christiaan Padavan, singer-songwriter from Hampton Bays and former American Idol Season 17 contestant who progressed to group rounds, performed.

Music provided by Fred Maloney AKA The Human iPod at Long Ireland Beer Company. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Live music provided by Christiaan Padavan, singer-songwriter from Hampton Bays, and former American Idol Season 17 contestant. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Long Island Winterfest at Twin Fork Beer Company (Photo by Ed Shin)
Long Island Winterfest at Twin Fork Beer Company (Photo by Ed Shin)
Long Island Winterfest at Long Ireland Beer Company. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Long Island Winterfest at Long Ireland Beer Company. (Photo by Ed Shin)

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What is The Best Distillery on Long Island?

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An increasing number of craft distilleries have opened up shop on Long Island in recent years, but which one is best?

Long Islanders voted Liv Vodka the Best Distillery on Long Island in the 2021 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest!

It seems that craft distilleries may be the next evolution of the craft beer boom that has seen dozens of breweries pop up on Long Island over the past decade.

The distillers at Long Island Spirits may not have quite as much competition—there are still only a handful of craft distilleries on the island—but that doesn’t stop them from putting their heart and soul into every sustainably distilled bottle of LiV vodka.

Owners and childhood friends Rich Stabile and Dan Pollicino use 100 percent locally grown russet potatoes to triple distill the award-winning gluten-free spirit. Mix it with orange juice, tonic, club soda, or have it on the rocks.

No matter how it’s served, the spirit of Long Island lives in every sip.

Liv Vodka is located at 2182 Sound Ave. in Baiting Hollow. It can be reached at 631-630-9322 or lispirits.com

To find all the other 2021 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest winners, visit bestoflongisland.com Nominate your favorite businesses and people in the 2022 Bethpage Best of Long Island program now through Aug. 31.

To read more Best of Long Island Spotlights, visit longislandpress.com/category/boli-spotlight

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LIRR Restores Cuts to Train Service After Backlash

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Long Island Rail Road trains (Photo by Joe Abate)

By Briana Bonfiglio and Drashti Mehta

The Long Island Rail Road plans to reverse its controversial service cuts following backlash from riders and officials who said the fewer number of trains resulted in crowding that risked the spread of Covid-19.

“We heard our customers’ concerns about our new schedule loud and clear,” LIRR President Phil Eng said in a statement Tuesday. “As a result, we will restore our previous timetable on March 29. In the meantime, we will continue to strategically add additional trains and lengthen trains to meet evolving ridership levels.”

Officials had been calling on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to restore regular service on the LIRR after schedule cuts led to crowding of trains on Monday.

During a phone call with reporters on Tuesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that the limited LIRR service “certainly didn’t work well” and expressed concern about overcrowding of the trains.

“It’s smarter to have fewer people on a train during this period,” he said, referring to the Covid-19 pandemic, “even if it’s not cost-effective.”

The MTA scaled back train times starting Monday in hopes of saving about $15 million amid a 75 percent decline in ridership, according to MTA data. However, when train cars became packed on Monday, it raised worry among riders about being able to social distance.

Officials cheered the LIRR’s decision to reverse the cuts.

“Reducing train service as our economy reopens makes no sense, as the LIRR must accommodate for social distancing as more residents get back to work,” Nassau County Executive Laura Curran said. “I will continue to push the MTA as necessary to ensure Nassau residents have the safe, reliable commute they deserve.”

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Daniela Conte Foundation Hosts Inaugural Blood Drive in Dix Hills

Bryan Perez donating double whole blood. (Photo by Ed Shin)

Members of the Daniela Conte Foundation hosted their first blood drive event on March 6 at St. Matthew’s Church in Dix Hills.

The Daniela Conte Foundation was founded by Daniela’s parents, Anthony and Katia Conte, of Dix Hills, to honor the life of their daughter, Daniela Marie Conte, who passed away in March 2020 at the age of 8 from Embryonal Rhabdomyosarcoma (ERMS) after battling the disease for four years.

“We had an amazing turnout for our First Annual Blood Drive,” Katia said. “We collected 65 units of blood and 195 local lives saved. Thank you to all the donors, the NY Blood Center staff, and all the local businesses who donated snacks and raffle items. We couldn’t think of a more powerful way to honor Daniela’s life.“

Daniela was diagnosed in the fall of 2016 with Embryonal Rhabdomyosarcoma (ERMS).  Rhabdomyosarcoma is the most common soft tissue tumor in childhood cancer, accounting for 300 to 400 cases each year. Despite the intensification of aggressive combination therapies including surgery, multi-agent cytoreductive chemotherapy, and radiation, improvement in the five-year survival rates for ERMS has seen one of the smallest increases in all childhood cancers over the past four decades. The statistics are especially dire in therapy-refractory, recurrent or metastatic ERMS.

The foundation’s mission is dedicated to raising awareness, funding research to develop less toxic, more targeted treatments for childhood cancers with a specific focus on Embryonal Rhabdomyosarcoma (ERMS), and financially assisting pediatric patients and their families going through treatments.

Katia is frustrated by the small amount of money that is spent on childhood cancer. She said cancer patients are the number one recipients of blood products. Donating blood is one of the easiest ways to make an impact for a child that is fighting cancer.

Katia explained that during Daniela’s treatment with chemotherapy, over the course of four years, she received countless blood products which helped her avoid infections, treat anemia, and helped her stay strong during chemo treatments. In essence, the chemotherapy essentially destroys the bone marrow that manufactures red blood cells and platelets. The red blood cells are necessary to transport oxygen while the platelets help control blood clotting and ultimately prevent the child from uncontrollable bleeding and possible death.

“Imagine the outcome of more childhood cancers if more were devoted to it,” she said.  “Providing funding for research is monumental. Discovering new treatments for metastatic disease will give parents hope that their child may survive.”

To learn more about the foundation, visit DanielaConteFoundation.org.

Katia Conte, President and Co-Founder of the Daniela Conte Foundation. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Diane Gandolfi donating whole blood & Zaib Iftikhar, New York Blood Center Donor Specialist 2-1. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Chris Felice donating double red cells. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Katia Conte donating whole blood. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Katia Conte & Giovanna Perez. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Anthony Conte & Camille Conte. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Nancy & Roy DiMarco, President of RGD Marketing. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Katia & Anthony Conte, founders of the Daniela Conte Foundation. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Steve Pavony, New York Blood Center Donor Relations Associate. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Hug boxes, one of the programs that the Daniela Conte Foundation created, are special surprises delivered at homes, the clinics, or distributed at public events to children who are currently diagnosed with and receiving treatment for any form of childhood cancer. Hug boxes were based on Daniela’s list of favorite things to do while she was battling cancer herself. (Photo by Ed Shin)

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The World’s Fare Returns With Second Whiskey Virtual Experience

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Miss being able to have a night out, or in, with friends? The World’s Fare is back with a way to enjoy a night in enjoying tastings of assorted whiskeys.

Following the success of their first sold-out virtual whiskey tasting, The World’s Fare will be hosting a second Whiskey Virtual Experience via Zoom on March 25 at 8:30 p.m.

The virtual one-hour masterclass will be led by 10 whiskey experts spanning from distilleries around the world. Virtual attendees will have 10, 1 oz. samples of a variety of whiskey, a World’s Fare branded souvenir tasting glass, and a tasting mat in a souvenir box delivered to their home prior to the event.

The whiskey brands featured in this tasting are

10th Mountain Rye Whiskey

Whipper Snapper-Oregon Spirit Whiskey

Tincup Original

Tincup Straight Rye

Amirut Fusion Indian Single Malt Whiskey

Bruichladdich Classic Laddie

Port Charlotte Islay Barley

Bushmills 10-Year-Old Single Malt

Garrison Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey

Ragtime Rye

Virtual attendees will get to hear about the whiskey making process, tasting details and have the opportunity to ask questions during the Zoom event. A recording of the tasting will be made available to anyone unable to join live.

Buy tickets at theworldsfare.nyc

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