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Who Serves The Best Breakfast on Long Island?

February is National Hot Breakfast Month, which begs the question: Where is the best place on Long Island to order up a delicious plateful of that most-important first meal of the day?

Press readers voted C.J.’s Coffee Shop the Best Breakfast on Long Island in the 2017 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest. C.J.’s also earned the title of Best Pancakes on Long Island in the competition, while IHOP was the national winner in that category. For those who prefer brunch, Mercato Kitchen & Cocktails won Best Brunch on Long Island.

C.J.’s Coffee Shop, a family owned and operated business, offers a wide range of breakfast items to choose from and a made-to-order policy, so you will enjoy every bite of your breakfast, whether you opted for one of their Best-on-Long-Island pancakes, egg or French toast masterpieces. And since they also won Best Cup of Coffee on Long Island, you’ll have everything you need to start your day off right!

The best pancake winner in the national category, IHOP, makes flapjacks the way they were meant to be made: soft, fluffy, and delicious! From Stuffed Crepes to German-Style to Smiley-Face and Silver Dollar, IHOP has dozens of choices to choose from and an accompanying breakfast menu that can easily make a solo flapjack into an eggs-and-sausage team player! The best part: They serve pancakes All Day Long, so you can feast on some pancakes for dinner, too!

As for brunch lovers, Mercato Kitchen & Cocktails is the place to go. From cinnamon French toast and chocolate-chip pancakes to brunch burgers and veggie avocado salads, Mercato Kitchen & Cocktails offers everything you’ll need to have the Best Brunch on Long Island!

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.

C.J.’s Coffee Shop is located at 225 N. Long Beach Rd. in Rockville Centre. They can be reached at 516-766-9107 or cjscoffeeshop.com.

Mercato Kitchen & Cocktails is located at 4958 Merrick Rd. in Massapequa Park. They can be reached at 516-308-3582 or mercatokitchen.com.

IHOP has multiple locations. They can be found at ihop.com.

Nonprofit Gives Young Women Crash Course in Media Savvy

Long Island Girl Talk
Long Island Girl Talk empowers young women with leadership skills. (Photo Credit Kelly-Ann Rivera, Director of Production, Long Island Girl Talk)

Much has been written about the media’s negative impact on how young women see themselves, but one group of nonprofit visionaries is taking action by giving girls the skills to recast themselves.

The organizers of Long Island Girl Talk (LIGT) meet with Long Island middle school and high school-aged girls once a month to provide workshops that teach them how to film episodes of their own local cable TV show.

“LIGT is about more than teaching girls how to produce their own media,” said Marcia McNair, a Nassau Community College journalism professor who’s the executive director and founder of the group. “It’s about creating a generation of more thoughtful consumers of media. We want our girls to think twice about their viewing choices, recognize stereotypes, and use social media more responsibly both in terms of what they post and read.”

McNair and her team train students in male-dominated technical roles, such as camera, sound, and graphic work. They are also educated on social issues that affect them both as women and LI residents. The goal is to boost their self-esteem by allowing them to create their own media presence that celebrates the average girl. The work they do has the added benefit of helping the girls develop leadership skills.

Seven in 10 girls “believe that they are not good enough or don’t measure up in some way, including their looks, performance in school, and relationships with friends and family members,” according to dosomething.org.

Having a hand in producing media instead of just consuming it has helped young girls who are struggling with their sense of self-worth and personal empowerment.

“It’s been an opportunity of a lifetime,” says Kelly-Ann Rivera, LIGT’s director of production.

Tune in to Long Island Girl Talk on Cablevision Ch. 115 at 6 p.m. Saturdays, on Verizon Ch. 40 at 12 p.m. Mondays and 6:30 p.m. Thursdays and on YouTube. They will also be hosting their First Annual Girls Empowerment Conference at Roosevelt Public Library 9 a.m.-3 p.m. March 17. For more information, visit longislandgirltalk.org

Remodeled Dix Hills Colonial Asks $469,000

This recently renovated Colonial set on a half an acre with low, low taxes and perfect for a first-time home buyer is listed for sale at 268 Deforest Rd. in Dix Hills.

Also fit for someone looking to downsize, this three-bedroom, two-bathroom house comes complete with energy efficient appliances, including an Energy Star stove, dishwasher and refrigerator.

The home comes equipped with a kitchen, formal dining room, living room, full basement with an outside entrance and central air conditioning. Outside it has an enclosed porch and a detached one-car garage.

The property is a short walk to Dix Hills Park and Deforest Nature Park. It’s about two miles from three different Long Island Rail Road stations and is nearby downtown Huntington and Northport. It’s located in the highly regarded Half Hollow Hills School District.

The asking price is $469,000, not including the annual property taxes of $4,228.

The real estate agent listed for the property is Bobbi Feigenbaum of Signature Premier Properties. She can be reached at 631-673-3900.

Web Series Spotlights Extraordinary Jewish Woman

A Long Island entrepreneur this week launched “Extraordinary Jewish Woman,” a free online interview series that aims to spotlight how to live a purpose-filled passionate life rooted in Jewish values.

Starting on Monday, Risa Borsykowsky is releasing 21 video interviews — one per day for 21 days — that will remain online for a limited time only. Subjects include Author Faye Kellerman, Professor Phyllis Chesler and Vicki Schneps, the co-publisher of the Long Island Press.

“My vision is to inspire Jewish women by learning the attitudes and behaviors of successful Jewish women and the role that Jewish values play in their lives,” said Borsykowsky, who also runs the online Judaica gift shop jewishgiftplace.com. “This interview series will explore how these women followed their hearts into a vocation that they are passionate about, while staying grounded and helping others.”

Borsykowsky recently helped raise more than $10,000 for the Holocaust Resource Center by donating proceeds from sales of a special menorah based on a sculpture that commemorates a Holocaust hero, Janusz Korczak.

That project inspired her to launch the interview series to highlight contributions that Jewish people make in the world.

Each video goes live at 8 a.m. Viewers can register to watch the videos at extraordinaryjewishwomen.com

Code Red: Rock The Color Red All Month Long

‘Tis the season for the shade that symbolizes energy, passion, and action. Check out some of the sultry and sweet beauty finds we found for the lips, eyes, skin, and nails that represent this universal color that is all about love, romance and power.

For flawless skin try Morganna’s Brew Exfoliator. The foam cleanser is ultra-gentle and made with all natural ingredients — aloe vera, lavender, chamomile and dandelion extract, vitamin. E, sea salt and sandalwood oil, $19.99 at morgannasalchemy.com.

A roll-on perfume made from certified-organic essential oils. Goddess Garden Amber Fire offers a resiny floral and sweet citrus scent with notes of red mandarin, neroli and vetiver, $14.99 at goddessgarden.com

You’ll be smelling like roses with the Kocostar Rose Flower Mask Sheet: The Most Romantic Sheet Mask. The mask consists of 12 individual petals made from rejuvenating petals of Tencel ® fibers from the eucalyptus tree. Made from rose flower extract, which adds moisture and nourishment to the skin, $6.50 at kocostar.com

Put your skin to work while you sleep. Apply Dermelect Beautone Enlightening Facial Brightener Serum before bed. The serum lightens any skin discolorations sans any hydroquinone. $45 at dermelect.com

Goodbye, dead skin. Hello, smooth and silky. European Wax Center Reveal Me Body Exfoliating Gel eliminates dry and dull skin, accelerates cell renewal and prevents ingrown hairs. $39.50 at waxcenter.com

Dip into Pretty Nail Polish is free of chemicals including, toulene, DBP, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, and camphor. The polish that comes in two shades of red vegan friendly and cruelty-free, $6 at dipintopretty.com

Feeling fierce and edgy? Try The Caitlin Shadow, named after the LA-based makeup artist who created it. Deck of Scarlet’s $12 at deckofscarlet.com.

Look like you are blushing (even if you are not)! Revlon Insta-BlushTM Stick in Berry Kissis a cream-to-powder formula offers a pop of color whenever you need it. $10.99 at revlon.com

Lip Pencil by Osmosis is perfect not only as a lip liner but works great as a matte lip color worn all over the lips, or a base for a lip gloss. Gluton-free and vegan, $18 at osmosisskincare.com

Kiss your sweetie all day long with Oribe Lip Lust Creme Lipstick in Ruby Red. The lipstick contains ingredients including white lily, which moisturizes and gives lips a plump appearance, and myrrh extract, which contains anti-aging components, $42 at oribe.com.

Home in Heart of Bayville Asks $359,000

This Cape with all the charm of a quaint cottage, a wonderful opportunity to buy in a unique beach community, is listed for sale at 31 Jackson Ave. in the Village of Bayville.

Built in 1923, this three-bedroom, one-bathroom home is a fixer upper perfect for a do-it-yourselfer or someone looking to hire a contractor and decorator to put their stamp on it. It’s located in the narrowest part of the village, with the Long Island Sound a block to the north and Mill Neck Creek a block to the south.

The house comes equipped with an eat-in kitchen, formal finding room, den, attic storage on the third floor and an unfinished basement. Outside it has an enclosed front porch and a rear deck.

The property is located near Soundside Beach Park, West Harbor Beach Memorial Park and within walking distance of downtown Bayville shops and restaurants. It’s about three miles from the Long Island Rail Road station in downtown Oyster Bay. And it’s within the highly ranked Locust Valley School District.

The asking price is $359,000, not including the annual property taxes of $10,022.

The real estate agent listed for the property is Pamela DeNatale of Lee J. Smith Associates. She can be reached at 516-628-2600.

Bethpage Federal Credit Union: Giving Back and Getting Involved

Bethpage Federal Credit Union is the largest credit union on Long Island. Right: BFCU CEO Wayne Grossé.

One after another, donors lined up outside Bethpage Federal Credit Union headquarters the Friday before Thanksgiving to give a total of nearly 10,000 pounds worth of food in a massive outpouring of benevolence.

While the heartwarming show of support for the hungry at the 9th annual turkey drive was impressive, it’s just one of many charitable causes that the not-for-profit BFCU backs. The credit union’s employees donate a reported 8,000 volunteer hours with local charities annually. And it’s famously generous with its nearly $8 billion in assets that it uses to sponsor a host of local charities and events.

“Our vision is to enrich the lives of our members and our communities,” BFCU CEO Wayne Grossé tells the Press. “We like sponsoring programs that recognize the best of everything Long Island has to offer.”

BFCU — the largest credit union in the state and the Northeast and the 16th largest in the nation — started 77 years ago, originally serving Grumman employees at the defense manufacturer’s plants in Bethpage. Fifteen years ago, the credit union expanded its charter to serve anyone in Nassau and Suffolk and in 2016, when it acquired Montauk Credit Union, it went a step further, allowing anyone to bank with them.

Grossé became CEO in 2015 after joining the credit union as its chief operating officer in 1999. The Bayport resident has deep local roots, earning his Masters’ degree in Business Administration from Dowling College in Oakdale. Prior to BFCU, he was executive vice president at Island Federal Credit Union.

Besides its philanthropy, Bethpage also routinely scores high marks under Grossé. Money magazine named Bethpage Federal Credit Union the best bank in New York State. BFCU also ranks among the top employers statewide. And Bankrate rated it one of the Top 5 Best Credit Unions in the United States.

In addition to food drives and community programs, BFCU hosts include the Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach and four simultaneous health walks in collaboration with Northwell Health on May 21. In addition, BFCU executives serve on the boards of several local nonprofits, including the YMCA, Family Service League, Island Harvest and United Way of Long Island. It’s the credit union that genuinely wants to give back.

And the benevolence pays dividends for BFCU. Thanks in part to all that good publicity and Grossé’s leadership, deposits in its federally insured accounts continue to grow, as do branches — there are now 33 — and new accounts. It has more than 250,000 members, with another 17,000 added from a merger with Northwell Health Federal Credit Union that allowed BFCU to expand into Westchester, Staten Island and New Jersey. All that’s in addition to its sponsoring the Bethpage Best of Long Island program since 2012.

“We found that a lot of the communities we serve were also promoting the small businesses through the Best of Long Island program,” Grossé says. “We see a lot of small businesses whose customers are very passionate about what they do and they like to be involved in this program…The nominees are engaged in their communities and they come out and vote and it’s a great sign that Long Island businesses are doing well.”

Waterfront Nissequogue Estate House Asks $5.9M

This majestic brick manor waterfront estate house nestled on 3.49 acres and luxuriously appointed with the finest finishes is listed for sale at 5 Fox Point Dr. in the Village of Nissequogue.

Built in 2006, this six-bedroom Colonial with eight bathrooms and two half bathrooms has about 10,000-square-feet of living space. In addition to fine millwork, gracious rooms, and six fireplaces, amenities this exceptional residence features include a billiards room, theater, two-lane bowling alley, and an in-ground pool with a cabana.

It come equipped with an eat-in kitchen, formal dining room, office, telephone room, a fully finished basement and central air conditioning. Outside it has a four-car garage with two lifts, a porch, screened-in patio and 110 feet of water frontage.

The property is nearby Long Beach Town Park, The David Weld Sanctuary and Nissequogue Golf Club. It is also about two miles from downtown Smithtown and the St. James Long Island Rail Road station. It is in the Smithtown School District.

The asking price is $5,900,000, not including the annual property taxes of $89,401.

The real estate agent listed for the property is Marianne Koke of Daniel Gale Agency Inc. She can be reached at 631-584-6600.

City National Bank Hires New VP to Grow Business Banking on Long Island

City National Bank hired Davi Tserpelis as a senior vice president and Long Island regional business manager, the company announced Feb. 1.

America’s Premier Private and Business Bank® said the LI resident will lead and grow City National’s business banking team, serving entrepreneurs and their businesses in the area.

Davi Tserpelis

“City National Bank is committed to helping businesses achieve financial success,” said David Cameron, senior vice president and head of business banking at City National. “Davi will provide exceptional service and sophisticated solutions to businesses in Long Island.”

Tserpelis has nearly 30 years of commercial lending and banking experience. She previously served as a senior vice president with Astoria Bank’s Long Island business banking team.

City National entered New York in 2002, primarily to serve entertainment and private banking clients, and has grown to serve entrepreneurs and their families, businesses, nonprofits and professional service firms throughout the region and last year the bank added a team of experienced commercial bankers in New York. In 2015, City National merged with Royal Bank of Canada, one of North America’s leading diversified financial services companies.

“City National has a long history of serving entrepreneurs and providing the best financial solutions. I’m very pleased to join City National’s team,” said Tserpelis. “I know the Long Island business community well, and look forward to helping business owners achieve financial success.”

Active in the community, she serves as the secretary of the board of directors for the Middle Market Alliance of Long Island, an organization that promotes middle market companies, professionals and dealmakers in the region. Tserpelis is also the vice president of the board of directors of The Book Fairies, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering children’s literacy in the New York area. Tserpelis also mentors undergraduate students and young professionals in their careers.

City National has expanded in other cities as well, including Minneapolis, Boston and the Crenshaw District in Los Angeles. The bank is also opening a Washington, D.C. office in early 2018.

With $48.7 billion in assets, City National Bank provides banking, investment and trust services through 73 offices, including 18 full-service regional centers, in Southern California, the San Francisco Bay Area, Nevada, New York City, Nashville, Atlanta and Minneapolis. In addition, the company and its investment affiliates manage or administer $62.2 billion in client investment assets.

City National is a subsidiary of Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), one of North America’s leading diversified financial services companies. RBC serves more than 16 million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through offices in Canada, the United States and 35 other countries.

How To Follow The 5 Winter Olympians from Long Island

Staff Sgt. Matt Mortensen takes off from the start line during a practice run at the 2017 World Cup competition at Lake Placid, New York. Mortensen, a World Class Athlete, qualified for his third Olympics. U.S. Army photo by Joe Lacdan

Now that the 2018 Winter Olympics are underway, it’s time to buckle in for a month of icy athleticism. Among the 242 Team USA members we have to root for, Long Island has five hometown heroes going for the gold this February in Korea. Here’s how to follow them.

John Daly

This three-time Us Olympic Skelton racer from West Islip will compete 8 p.m. and 9:20 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, then 7:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 15. Follow him on Twitter at @JohnDalyUSA, his Facebook page and on Instagram at @johndalyusa

Matt Gilroy

The Team USA men’s hockey defenseman, a former New York Ranger and North Bellmore native, is making his first Olympic appearance. Team USA plays Slovenia at 7:10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, Slovakia at 10:10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15 and Olympians from Russia at 7:10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17 before the playoffs begin Tuesday, Feb. 20. Follow him on Facebook

Justin Krewson

This Eastport native is aiming for a doubles luge medal with his partner, Jayson Terdiman. Six training rounds between Sunday and Tuesday will be followed by the main event 6:20 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14. Follow him on Facebook. His Instagram handle is @krewsonusa 

Devin Logan

This former Oceanside resident won a silver medal in the slope style competition in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. This time, the freeskier is also competing in the ski halfpipe contest.

The Women’s Slopestyle Qualifying at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16 can be live streamed here and the final at 11 p.m. the same day can be live streamed here. The Women’s Ski Halfpipe Qualifying at 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18 can be live streamed here and the final at 8:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19 can be live streamed here. NBC will air the competition as well.

Follow Logan on Twitter at @dlogan, her Facebook page and on Instagram at @devinlogan

Matt Mortenson

This double Luger from Huntington Station is making his second Olympic run. Six training rounds between Sunday and Tuesday will be followed by the main event 6:20 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14. Follow him on Twitter at @MMortensenUSA, Instagram at @mmortensenusa and on Facebook.