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Luxurious Hewlett Harbor Colonial Asks $3.9M

This impeccable luxury Colonial masterpiece with amenities aplenty and situated on a private waterfront is listed for sale at 966 Wateredge Pl. in the Village of Hewlett Harbor.

Built in 1960, the six-bedroom home with 6,500 square feet of living space has five and a half bathrooms, two fireplaces, multiple wine cellars, a custom Gunite in-ground pool, 18-person Jacuzzi, Smart Home technology and a deep water dock.

The house comes equipped with a designer eat-in kitchen with back-lit Onyx counter tops, formal dining room, and central air conditioning. Outside it has a backyard patio and an attached three-car garage.

This home is located right near the Seawane Golf & Country Club, Grant Park and the Bay Park Golf Course. It is also near the Gibson Long Island Rail Road station.

It is zoned for Hewlett-Woodmere School District, which includes George W. Hewlett High School, which was ranked No. 134 in the country’s best high schools in 2016, according to Newsweek.

The asking price is $3,995,000, not including the annual property taxes of $46,713.

The real estate agent listed for the property is Zachary Elliott of Nest Seekers International LLC. He can be reached at 516-922-2878.

Microblading: Eyebrows Of Your Dreams

Microblading. Anyone who has read a fashion magazine lately has likely heard of this new semipermanent esthetic treatment for enhancing eyebrows. But is there truth to the promises that the treatment will change your brow life?

The answer is yes! When you’ve tried every pencil, powder, pigment, gel, and stencil at the cosmetic counter and your brows are still thin or not shaped as you wish, microblading, a semipermanent solution to thin brows, is the way to go. Whether you like them arched and feathered or straight and bold, eyebrows are arguably one of the most important facial features.

If you are one of many women who spend hours trying to reconstruct, define, cover gaps, fill in over thin areas or just want to add a slight arch to your eyebrows, you will find that microblading results are natural and undetectable. The delicate, superfine hair strokes create a look so realistic that it may be just the solution for you.

“Microblading will give you a very natural look and better stimulate hair,” says Dr. Mark Schwartz, medical director of The North Shore Vein Center and North Shore Medical Spa.

North Shore Medical Spa specializes in this dream-come-true treatment. You will want the guidance and skillful hands of experienced aestheticians to perform the microblading. They use a superfine pen (technically a bundle of 12 to 15 needles) to deposit pigment customized for your hair color into the skin.

This goes through only superficial layers of the skin, so it’s not permanent tattooing. Depending on a number of factors, with proper routine care, results can last up to three years after a procedure.

Many people ask if the procedure hurts. Each stroke is similar to a paper cut and that can be annoying, so brow artists numb the area with a numbing cream to minimize any discomfort.

Want to learn more? Reach out to North Shore Medical Spa for a consultation!

North Shore Medical Spa is located at 1 Hollow Lane, Suite 210, in New Hyde Park. They can be reached at 516-441-5110 or NorthShoreMediSpa.com.

New Technology Promotes Healthy Aging In Place

As millions of baby boomers reach their golden years, they’re changing the world yet again, this time by driving a booming market in senior-friendly aging-in-place technologies.

From simple wearable devices to high-tech monitoring systems, the list of gadgets designed to help aging boomers stay independent is extensive and growing.

Here’s a look at a few of the innovative technologies that are revolutionizing aging, and the benefits they provide.

DIGITAL SOLUTIONS FOR STAYING IN TOUCH

It’s easy nowadays to take using smartphones or other digital technology for granted. But for many seniors, it has never been an integral part of their lives, meaning they can be left out of the family communications loop. Filling that gap are products like GrandPad, powered by Consumer Cellular. It’s a touchscreen-based tablet with simplified apps that let older users easily make voice or video calls, send and receive email, share photos, stream music and enjoy other recreational activities such as digital games.

GrandPad also offers comprehensive security, operating on a closed private network to guard against online scams, and can be managed by a designated family administrator for added personalization and protection. Plus, it’s offered by Consumer Cellular, a provider with a long history of serving the senior market.

FALL ALERTS CAN BE LIFESAVERS

Wearable devices that monitor and track health are becoming more popular among all ages. However, for seniors, especially those without a caretaker in the home, they can be lifesaving. With just the press of a button, help can be summoned for a wide range of emergency situations.

The most valuable types of these personal emergency response devices include accurate fall detection; falls are a leading cause of death for adults age 65 and older. Devices can automatically alert 911 or a close family member the moment a fall has been detected. This is especially valuable for aging-in-place situations where stairs are present.

SMARTER ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE AND MEDICATIONS

As their mobility declines, it may become more difficult for seniors to make it to the doctor’s office. In response, many providers now offer video consultation for those who cannot come in for an appointment. This technology is ideal for those suffering from minor ailments that do not necessarily require an in-person visit.

In addition, for many seniors, medication regimens can become difficult to follow, and the misuse of prescribed medications can lead to negative health consequences. One technology on the rise, especially for those without assistance in the home, is the automated pill counter designed to alert and properly dispense all medications that need to be taken.

IN-HOME TRACKING FOR SAFETY

Placing activity sensors throughout the house is becoming a more and more popular way to monitor loved ones who are living unassisted. Sensors can be placed in multiple discreet locations, like doors, cabinets, windows or beds to track movement around the house and report back to a caretaker or family member.

If the sensors haven’t tracked movement in an expected amount of time, alerts can be set up to ensure a designated family member, caretaker or friend is notified to check in on the senior. Tracking and monitoring systems run the gamut from units that are integrated with a full in-home security system, to simple free-standing versions that are less costly and more mobile, but may also be less sensitive. -BPT

How To Eat Right And Stay Healthy In Retirement

Americans are now living longer than ever before. In fact, one of the fastest growing segments is people over the age of 85 who will represent 20 percent of the population by the year 2040. Because we are living longer, certain conditions specific to seniors are also on a steady rise. Dehydration, falls, fractures, cognition loss and attention deficits are now becoming more commonplace.

In a recent paper titled “Salt Appetite Across Generations” presented at a medical conference in Switzerland, Israeli researchers from the University of Haifa indicated that among seniors, a reduced sense of thirst could increase the risk of serious dehydration. They also noted that the appetite for salt does not diminish with age, and suggested that this could be used to help sustain hydration and prevent the dangerous symptoms that result from dehydration.

Another study published in the American Journal of Hypertension identified significant risks to cardiovascular health and longevity from consuming less than 1, or more than 3 teaspoons of salt per day. Fortunately, most Americans, including seniors, when left to their own choice, consume right in the middle of this range.

Seniors in assisted living centers can be especially susceptible to the dangers of low-salt diets. In 2013 a task force of 12 professional medical, nursing and nutritional organizations assembled by the Pioneer Network published the “New Dining Practice Standards.” Their report concluded that low-salt diets were contributing to malnutrition and weight loss among a significant percentage of seniors in assisted living facilities.

Low-salt diets can also cause seniors to suffer from mild hyponatremia, an electrolyte imbalance in the blood that may not sound bad but can lead directly to walking impairment, attention deficits and a much higher frequency of falls. Several recent medical papers found a direct relationship between hyponatremia and unsteadiness, falls, bone fractures and attention deficits.

Falls are one of the most serious problems for the elderly and about a third of people over 65 fall at least once every year. Fall-related injuries in the elderly are associated with numerous psychological and physical consequences and are a leading cause of bone breakage and hip fractures, which can lead to complications and permanent disability or death. Some seniors do need a low-salt diet but many do not, and would not benefit from such a diet. -BPT

Lifespan Tip Sheet for Older Adults

Eat breakfast every day.
Select high-fiber foods like whole-grain breads and cereals, beans, vegetables, and fruits.
Have three servings of vitamin D-fortified low-fat or fat-free milk, yogurt, or cheese every day to help keep your bones strong as you age.
Drink plenty of water or water-based fluids.
Ask your health care provider about ways you can safely increase your physical activity.
Fit physical activity into your everyday life. Take short walks throughout your day
Stay connected with family, friends, and your community

Source: The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Health Information Center

What Are The Best Restaurants on Long Island?

BEST GREEK RESTAURANT
When the mood for Mediterranean cuisine strikes, there is no better place to satisfy that urge than Neraki Greek Mediterranean Grill in downtown Huntington. They take special care to present the delicacies that call your name, like feta-filled Greek salad with chicken, homemade pastichio and moussaka. And don’t you dare leave without sampling some grilled octopus. Neraki Greek Mediterranean, 273 Main St., Huntington, 631-385-3474, Neraki.com

BEST CHEF
Long Island’s favorite chef is Maliblue Oyster Bar’s Chris Seidl, the mastermind of Maliblue’s delicious lobster mac and cheese and grilled shrimp tacos. Chef Seidl’s creations feed the lively crowd at this popular Lido Beach hangout just steps from the sand. You’ll thank him when you try the crab cakes and applaud his selection of shellfish from Maliblue’s excellent raw bar. Chef Chris Seidl, Maliblue Oyster Bar, 1500 Lido Blvd., Lido Beach, 516-442-2799, maliblueoysterbar.com

BEST SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
If you want to dine at the Best Seafood Restaurant on Long Island, set sail for Anchor Down Seafood Bar and Grill in Merrick. Getting this distinction is a great catch for owner and Executive Chef Stephen Rosenbluth. Customers are hooked on the oyster selection, the mussels in Thai coconut curry, and the fried calamari and shrimp sautéed in hot peppers, basil and marinara sauce. Anchor Down Bar and Grill, 1960 Bayberry Ave., Merrick, 516-544-4334, anchordownny.com

BEST FRENCH RESTAURANT
Savor this place, mes amis! With ties to its sister Sage Bistro in Bellmore, this Oceanside venue has won acclaim for serving the finest and freshest French cuisine imaginable in a comfortably cozy, upscale environment replete with lots of dark wood, striped brocade banquettes and an inviting ambiance. The octopus salad is a special treat, the steak frites never disappoint, and the dark chocolate mousse is divine. Brasserie Persil, 2825 Long Beach Rd., Oceanside, 516-992-1742, persilrestaurant.com

BEST FISH MARKET
Having opened in 1978, The Fish Store, a family-owned business, goes above and beyond to ensure that its customers get the freshest fish. This includes shrimp, wild salmon, cod, mussels, squid, oysters, lobster tails and more. Stay a while, as The Fish Store has also opened a restaurant, allowing customers to enjoy both great seafood and great company! The Fish Store, 836 Montauk Hwy., Bayport, 631-472-3018, thefishstoreonline.com

BEST MEXICAN AND LATIN CUISINE
Maria’s Mexican and Latin Cuisine is the place to go for a divinely delicious dining experience that has consistently helped it secure the top spot in this coveted category. Yes, Maria’s has been recognized as the Best Latin American Restaurant on Long Island yet again! From terrific tapas to great guacamole, Maria’s makes meals magical as it goes beyond normal expectations to treat customers to something truly special. Maria’s Mexican and Latin Cuisine, 211 Smithtown Blvd., Nesconset, 631-979-7724, marias211.com

BEST ROMANTIC DINNER, MEDITERRANEAN RESTAURANT
As that discriminating taste-setter Virginia Woolf once put it: “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” A romantic evening fills the senses when you celebrate it with someone special as you savor a lovely meal together. And where else should a couple contemplate their precious moments as a twosome than at Sufiya’s Grill in East Meadow. Sufiya’s Grill, 2320 Hempstead Tpke., East Meadow, 516-644-2200, sufiyasgrill.com

BEST CAJUN, SOUL/SOUTHERN FOOD, TEX-MEX, MEXICAN, BEST RESTAURANT AND BEST WAIT SERVICE
The competition could not be hotter, but R.S. Jones has come out on top as the Best Restaurant on Long Island. Perhaps it’s the exceptional cuisine. Among other absolutely delicious specialties, R.S. Jones serves up electrifying dishes that include gumbo, chili, fried pickles, alligator wontons, nachos, shrimp and grits, and biscuits and gravy! Then there’s the absolutely amazing vibe: Food aficionados and music lovers alike frequently call R.S. Jones home. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable and always willing to please, too! R.S. Jones, 153 Merrick Ave., Merrick, 516-378-7177, rsjones.com

To find all the other 2018 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest winners in food and drink and other categories, visit bestoflongisland.com Vote for your favorite businesses and people in the 2019 Best of Long Island program beginning Oct. 1.

Charming Cold Spring Harbor Colonial Asks $1M

This charming, updated Colonial with a great floor plan for entertaining and situated on a picturesque property is listed for sale at 3 Erick Ct. in Cold Spring Harbor.

Build in 1969, this four-bedroom home with three and a half bathrooms is close to downtown Cold Spring Harbor, a quaint shopping district with a New England vibe. With dues, the owner gets access to Eagle Dock Community Beach and mooring rights.

The house comes equipped with an eat-in kitchen, formal dining room, den, full basement with a playroom, fireplace, and central air conditioning. Outside it has a front porch, rear brick patio, in-ground pool and an attached one-car garage. 

The property is located nearby Cold Spring Harbor State Park, the Inner Harbor and Uplands Farm Sanctuary. It’s about two miles from the Cold Spring Harbor Long Island Rail Road station. It is in the Cold Spring Harbor School District.

The asking price is $1,098,000, not including $22,344 in annual property taxes.

The real estate agent listed for the property is Peggy Moriarty of Daniel Gale Agency, Inc. She can be reached at 631-692-6770.

Anti-Gang Advocate Evelyn Rodriguez Killed At Daughter’s Brentwood Memorial

Evelyn Rodriguez (White House photo)

Evelyn Rodriguez, the mother of Kayla Cuevas, a teenager brutally murdered by the MS-13 street gang, died when she was hit by a vehicle while planning a memorial for her daughter in Brentwood on Friday, Suffolk County police said.

Rodriguez, who had become an outspoken advocate against gang violence, was fatally struck by a driver during a confrontation just before a candlelight vigil scheduled to honor the memory of her daughter, police said.

The incident occurred on Stahley Street, at 4:10 p.m. Friday, exactly two years after Nisa Mickens, 15, and Cuevas, 16, were found after being beaten and stabbed to death by MS-13 members.

In an incident that the police are investigating, a memorial to the two girls was installed near where the girl’s bodies were found, when a resident began to dismantle it.

News 12 Long Island captured footage of the incident when Rodríguez and a man confronted an SUV driver. The vehicle accelerated and fatally ran over Rodriguez, who was then taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, where she was pronounced dead.

This incident is being investigated by the Suffolk Police Department’s homicide squad.

An outpouring of condolences ensued from Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini, Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and President Donald Trump, who had invited Rodriguez to the State of the Union address.

-With Noticia

UrbanSitter: Babysitter Searching Simplified

Back-to-school season may give parents hope of life getting back to normal, but once the extracurricular activities and scheduling conflicts start to pile up, it will be an after-school babysitter to the rescue.

Here are some tips for finding the perfect helper. After deciding between a high-school-aged sitter who is free on weekends, a college-aged sitter to cover afternoons, or a nanny who can handle a more demanding schedule, narrow down the required tasks, such as driving, cooking or homework help.

“When considering a caregiver’s experience, make sure that they have experience with children your child’s age,” says Lynn Perkins, CEO and cofounder of UrbanSitter, a website and app that helps parents find, book and pay trusted sitters by tapping into their personal network of friends, neighbors and parents from school. “A nanny with 20 years of experience working with infants may not be the best fit for your preschool-aged children.”

Where is the best place to find a sitter? Depending on the kind of sitter, check local colleges, neighborhood helpers, or online job posting sites such as UrbanSitter.

UrbanSitter makes it easier than ever for parents seeking childcare for anything from date nights to full-time care. When parents need a last-minute sitter, UrbanSitter comes to the rescue with average response times under three minutes. With more than one million registered users in more than 50 cities, UrbanSitter is solving the childcare dilemma for families everywhere.

Sitter rates on Long Island depend on the number of children as well as the kind of work provided. Average hourly rates are around $16.17 for one child, $19.29 for two children, and $20.40 for three kids. When it comes down to choosing the best candidate, sites such as UrbanSitter offer interview questions to help narrow it down. Sample questions include:

“What is your childcare background?”

“Are you CPR certified?”

“What kinds of games can you play with my children?”

“How would you discipline my children?”

Perkins also suggests interviewing a potential sitter’s references.

“Ask about the age of the kids watched, day-to-day responsibilities and length of the job,” she says. “At the end of a reference call I always like to end with … ‘If you could provide one anonymous piece of feedback, what would it be?’ This is a good way to find out about any habits such as showing up late or using their phone frequently that you may not be comfortable with.”

Consider talking to potential caregivers through a phone or in-person interview, or even a paid, working interview to monitor how the sitter works with kids. To close the deal, ask what the sitter is looking for. What makes them enjoy the job?

For more information, visit urbansitter.com

Remodeled Bayfront Brookhaven Home Asks $1.3M

This newly renovated home with floor-to-ceiling windows and a rooftop deck offering stunning views of the Great South Bay and Fire Island is listed for sale at 17 Ocean Pl. in Brookhaven.

Built in 1953, this three-bedroom, two-bathroom home with an open concept layout was renovated to meet FEMA standards in 2014. It is located across the street from a sandy beach.

The house comes equipped with a kitchen, living room/dining room combo, sun room, and fireplace. Outside it has a porch, detached one-car garage and dock rights.

The property is nearby parks such as the Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge, the Model Airplane Park and the Bellport Country Club. It’s also nearby downtown Bellport and about two miles from the Mastic-Shirley Long Island Rail Road station. It’s located in the South Country School District.

The asking price is $1,395,000, not including the annual property taxes of $7,768.

The real estate agent listed for the property is Christine Schaeffer of Eileen A. Green Realty Corp. She can be reached at 631-286-3366.

Who Makes The Best Wings on Long Island?

What’s Sunday Night Football without a plate of wings to eat while you watch the game? 

Long Islanders voted Vito’s Ristorante the Best Wings on Long Island in the 2018 Bethpage Best of Long Island competition.

Long Islanders love Buffalo wings, and nobody on the island does them better than Vito’s Ristorante & Pizza. We’re talking serious heat if you order them extra spicy. If you’re not brave enough, Vito’s wings also come in medium and mild; a perfect choice for parties, game day, or dinnertime – no matter your spice tolerance!

If you’re still hungry after wings, Vito’s has a pizza with your name on it, as well as Italian-American classics from pasta to chicken, veal, and seafood. The family-friendly restaurant reflects the old-world values of the Sicilian immigrants whose son took over the family business and opened Vito’s to share these traditional recipes with you.

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

Vito’s Ristorante & Pizzeria is located at 91 Forest Ave., Glen Cove. They can be reached at 516-759-1366 or vitospizzany.com