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Unlock The Secrets to Engaging Your Virtual Employees

Virtual Teams have been on the rise over the last decade as companies expand geographically and as telecommuting becomes more common.

Within the last two months, the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly increased the urgent need and creation for more virtual teams … and perhaps revealing a “new” normal for today’s businesses?

Dale Carnegie of Long Island will be hosting a free virtual learning webinar via Zoom meeting Wednesday afternoon, June 3 at 3 p.m. EST.

This webinar will focus on tips and strategies for virtual teams to enhance communication and to effectively engage your team regardless of where your team is working.

To register, visit us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register

For more Schneps Media webinars, visit schnepsmedia.com/webinars

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Long Island Nonprofit Events June 2020

YMCA VIRTUAL 5K
The YMCA 5K Run/Walk In Memory of Judi Shesh will raise money to help local families fight breast cancer. events.elitefeats.com/ymcarunseries June 6-13.

VIRTUAL RUN/WALK
The Spring Run Against Hunger will help Concern provide aid to 23 of the world’s countries most impacted by hunger. Race to be held virtually. give.concernusa.org/event/2020-spring-run/e263831 June 19-21.

KEITH NINTZEL MEMORIAL 5K
This virtual race includes a virtual post-race party and awards ceremony, fun prizes, and challenges for participants. It will benefit five great local organizations in a year where donations are much harder to come by. runsignup.com/Race/NY/Sayville/NintzelMemorial5K June 20-21.

VIRTUAL FOOD DRIVE
Want to donate food but don’t want to leave the house? Donating to or hosting a virtual food drive saves the hassle of carrying heavy food boxes and allows Island Harvest to save on resources and get the most-needed items to our neighbors struggling with food insecurity. islandharvest.org/ways-to-give/food-and-fund-drives/virtual-food-drive

VIRTUAL BLOOD DRIVE
In the absence of in-person blood drives and a blood shortage brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, some are hosting virtual blood drives in which donors publicly pledge to make blood donations, which can be scheduled to maintain social distancing. redcross.org

DESIGN GIVERS
A group of Long Island-based interior designers have formed DesignGivers Ltd., a new nonprofit organization coordinating design industry professionals who give back and support communities during the coronavirus pandemic. Through the DesignGivers website, a consultation is set with a designer whom the donor selects. After making a minimum donation of $150, a 30-minute video consult is scheduled. Designgivers.org

GIVE KIDS HOPE INC.
This nonprofit helps underprivileged children and families on Long Island by providing food, baby supplies, Father’s Day donations, and financial assistance during this overwhelming and difficult time. facebook.com/pg/givekidshopeinc

Related Story: 13 Ways To Donate To Help Fight The Coronavirus Pandemic

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Northwell Health To Host COVID-19 Update Webinar

Northwell Health is hosting a webinar Tuesday so the public can hear the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, the 23-hospital system’s response, and the network’s plans moving forward.

The webinar is scheduled for 7 p.m. June 2. Senior Vice President and Deputy Physician-in-Chief Northwell Health Dr. Thomas McGinn and Dr. Bruce Farber, chief of the Karin and Dayton T. Brown, Jr. Division of Infectious Diseases at Northwell Health will be joined by Dr. Stacey Rosen, senior vice president of Women’s Health at the Katz Institute for Women’s Health and Dr. Karina Davidson, senior vice president of research at Northwell Health and director of the Center for Personalized Health at Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research.

Northwell set up a site to allow the public to ask questions in advance to be addressed either as part of the presentations or during Q&A. To join the webinar, click here.

For the latest information visit the Northwell Coronavirus Digital Resource Center which has many resources to help, and the community at large, stay up to date.

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Long Island Musicians Launch Online Food Drive

Plainview Hospital Nursing Staff with Shelley Cataldo, Jack Morelli, and Mike Foschino. (Photo by Ed Shin)

A Levittown woman has launched a GoFundMe online fundraising campaign with the hashtag #NewYorkStrong to help Long Island healthcare workers and local food pantries. 

Shelley Cataldo placed an order for a delivery from Ninas Deli to Plainview Hospital to support a nurse who works there. She then called the deli’s owner, Benny Diasparra, and asked if he would be interested in helping with the effort.

We need to feed our frontline workers now right here on Long Island,” she wrote. ”Some hospital cafeterias have been closed.  Staff have been forced to bring a bag lunch, eat on the run, and many times, not eat at all.”

She joined forces with fellow musicians Jack Morelli and Mike Foschino with the goal of feeding as many frontline workers as possible at Long Island hospitals, beginning with LIJ Hospital New Hyde Park and Plainview Hospital, and the Wisdom Lane Food Pantry in Levittown .  

All donations raised will be used to send food directly to these workers and our food pantries for distribution to families in need from Nina’s Deli.  If they surpass their goal, they will add more hospitals, food pantries, and more food retailers and restaurants to the list.  

 

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Diane Wagner Nurse at Plainview Hospital – ASU Periop Unit. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Nursing staff at Plainview Hospital. (Photo by Ed Shin)
L to R) Shelley Cataldo, Mike Foschino from Live Mic Music, Diane Wagner, Jack Morelli of Jack Morelli Music. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Diane Wagner. (Photo by Ed Shin)

Who Is The Best Carpenter on Long Island?

A carpenter measures a window for hurricane shutters as dark storm clouds gather overhead. (Photo by Lisa F. Young/Shutterstock)

Nobody’s house is perfect and there is always room for home improvement. But when it’s time to hire a professional carpenter to get the job done, which one is best?

Long Islanders voted Meloni & Sons Enterprise LLC the Best Carpenter on Long Island in the 2020 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest for the second year in a row!

Meloni & Sons Enterprises LLC are custom builders with more than 40 years of experience with hundreds of carpeting projects both large and small under their belts. The family-run business strives to provide a personal touch when interacting with their clients and completing their work.

They help them in each step of the way from the ideas stage to those who already have a vision in mind and are ready to go. Their work includes custom woodwork, bathrooms, kitchens, basements, full renovations, decks, patios, and interior finishes.

They keep an open line of communication with its clients throughout the project and achieve perfection each time.

Meloni & Sons Enterprise LLC is located at 8 Meadow Ln. in Bayville. It can be reached at 516-628-0746 or meloniandsons.com

To find all the other 2020 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest winners, visit bestoflongisland.com Nominate for your favorite businesses and people in the 2021 Bethpage Best of Long Island program through Aug. 31.

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Scenes From Memorial Day Weekend 2020 on Long Island

People sit under an umbrella as a Town of Hempstead Public Safety Officer monitors beachgoers on the first day that New York beaches were opened ahead of the Memorial Day weekend following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the Town Park at Point Lookout beach on Long Island, New York, U.S., May 22, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

Beach season is back on Long Island, but this year masks are part of swimwear and social-distancing mandates endure amid continued coronavirus pandemic precautions.

A car drives through a checkpoint at the entrance to Town Park at Point Lookout as beaches were opened ahead of the Memorial Day weekend following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Long Island, New York, U.S., May 22, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
A man reads amongst a row of benches closed off to promote social distancing at Long Beach on the first day that New York beaches were opened ahead of the Memorial Day weekend following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Long Island, New York, U.S., May 22, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
A surfer catches a wave in front of a ship at Long Beach on the first day that New York beaches were opened ahead of the Memorial Day weekend following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Long Island, New York, U.S., May 22, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
Special Police Officers patrol the boardwalk at Long Beach on the first day that New York beaches were opened ahead of the Memorial Day weekend following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Long Island, New York, U.S., May 22, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
Social distance signage is posted on the first day that New York beaches were opened ahead of the Memorial Day weekend following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at Town Park at Point Lookout beach on Long Island, New York, U.S., May 22, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
A person sits on an open bench amongst others fenced-off to promote social distancing on the boardwalk at Long Beach on the first day that New York beaches were opened ahead of the Memorial Day weekend following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Long Island, New York, U.S., May 22, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
A man carrying a surfboard walks toward the water with a child at Long Beach on the first day that New York beaches were opened ahead of the Memorial Day weekend following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Long Island, New York, U.S., May 22, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
Beach patrol drives by as people sit on Long Beach on the first day that New York beaches were opened ahead of the Memorial Day weekend following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Long Island, New York, U.S., May 22, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
A person stretches amongst a row of benches blocked off to promote social distancing on the Long Beach boardwalk on the first day that New York beaches were opened ahead of the Memorial Day weekend following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Long Island, New York, U.S., May 22, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
A woman sits on Long Beach on the first day that New York beaches were opened ahead of the Memorial Day weekend following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Long Island, New York, U.S., May 22, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
Town of Hempstead Public Safety Officers monitor beachgoers on the first day that New York beaches were opened ahead of the Memorial Day weekend following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at Town Park at Point Lookout beach on Long Island, New York, U.S., May 22, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Related Story: Long Island Beaches Will Have Social Distancing Rules This Summer

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Canal-front Freeport Tudor Asks $625,000

This spectacular showcase waterfront home perfect for hosting backyard summer barbecues is listed for sale at 55 W 2nd St. in the Village of Freeport.

Built in 1920, this three-bedroom home has two and a half bathrooms and a 1,900 square feet of living space. The house boasts a spacious fenced-in backyard perfect for entertaining, including deck, heated Jacuzzi and exercise rooms, floating dock, and boat slip.

The home features an eat-in kitchen with double ovens, a large formal living room with fireplace, formal dining room, upper level bonus rooms, a partial basement, and a 2.5-car garage.

It comes equipped with central air conditioning, a new roof and windows, and an alarm system.

The property is nearby Cow Meadow Park, the Nautical Mile, and less than a mile from the Freeport Long Island Rail Road station. It falls in the Freeport School District.

The asking price is $625,000, not including the annual property taxes of $20,712.

The real estate agent listed for the property is Renee Hughes of Daniel Gale Associates Inc., who can be reached at 516-626-7600.

Related Story: A Visitor’s Guide to The Nautical Mile in Freeport

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What Is The Best Cemetery on Long Island?

While nobody ever wants to lose a loved one, it is  comforting to know that they’ll always still be just a short drive away. But when it’s time to make final arrangements, which cemetery is best?

Long Islanders voted Pinelawn Memorial Park And Arboretum the Best Cemetery on Long Island in the 2020 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest!

Pinelawn is a non-sectarian cemetery that provides a safe and tranquil environment for families to memorialize their loved ones. More than a century ago, William H. Locke founded Pinelawn with a mission to give grieving individuals inspiration and hope through beautiful landscapes and elegant architecture. Today, the park houses flowing fountains, monuments and granite displays throughout 840 acres of lush greenery.

It offers a variety of ways for families to commemorate loved ones, including memorial gardens, garden mausoleums, and cremations. As a Level I Accredited Arboretum, Pinelawn maintains a space where trees and flowers can grow, and birds and bees can prosper.

Put your loved ones to rest at Pinelawn and achieve the peace of mind you deserve.

Pinelawn Memorial Park And Arboretum is located at 2030 Wellwood Ave. in Farmingdale. It can be reached at 631-249-6100 or pinelawn.com

To find all the other 2020 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest winners, visit bestoflongisland.com Nominate for your favorite businesses and people in the 2021 Bethpage Best of Long Island program through Aug. 31.

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NBC 4 NY Helps Local Food Banks Meet Increased Demand

NBC 4 New York and Telemundo 47 are stepping up to help local food banks facing increased demand due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The public can locate and make a financial donation to their local food banks by visiting WNBC’s Feeding our Families or WNJU’s Alimentando a Nuestras Familias through May 24. Funds generated will help food banks restock shelves and supply non-perishable goods to pantries, agencies and other frontline, anti-hunger community organizations.

“This is a critical time for our food banks,” said Eric Lerner, president and general manager of WNBC. “They need our help right now. Securing these important resources will help tristate food banks meet growing demand and deliver even more nutritious food to the families who need it most.”

WNBC and WNJU’s fundraising drive has been joined by supermarket partner Stop & Shop and will support nine food banks in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. These include City Harvest, Community Food Bank of New Jersey, Connecticut Food Bank, Feeding Westchester, Food Bank of the Hudson Valley, Food Bank for New York City, Fulfill, Island Harvest Food Bank and Long Island Cares. All nine are members of Feeding America, the nationwide network of food banks. 

“The impact on the tri-state’s Spanish-speaking communities has been unprecedented and for so many, it has become harder than ever to put food on the table,” said Cristina Schwarz, president and general manager of Telemundo 47. “Funds donated through Alimentando a Nuestras Familias will stay in the community, helping many families make it through these very difficult times. It really makes a big difference.” 

For more information, visit NBCNewYork.com/fooddrive or telemundo47.com/alimentar

Related Story: 13 Ways To Donate To Help Fight The Coronavirus Pandemic

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Updated Historic Greenport Gem Asks $1.3M

This impeccably maintained century-old gem that has been expertly renovated and restored with style and comfort is listed for sale at 152 Central Ave. in the Village of Greenport.

Built in 1903, this three-bedroom, three-bathroom home has 2,342 square feet of living space and an intimate slate courtyard with a pergola that invites outdoor entertaining. 

The house features and eat-in kitchen, dining room/living room combo, den, and a fireplace in the first-floor master suite. The other two bedrooms are on the second floor. The house also has a full unfinished basement.

The property, located in the heart of the North Fork Wine Trail, is within walking distance to the Greenport Harbor waterfront, downtown Greenport, and the Greenport Long Island Rail Road station. It falls in the Greenport School District.

The asking price is $1,300,000, not including $10,591 in annual property taxes.

The real estate agent listed for the property is JoAnn Wind of Daniel Gale Sothebys International Realty, who can be reached at 631-477-0013.

Related Story: The North Fork: Farm Country Plus A Lot More

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