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Melt Shop Opens First Suffolk Location

Melt Shop

Melt Shop, a New York City-based melted sandwich chain, recently opened a new eatery at Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove, marking its second location on Long Island and its first in Suffolk County.

Founded in 2011, Melt Shop is billed as “pioneers of the melted sandwich movement.” Its menu features an array of melts, house-made chicken tenders, tots, salads, shakes, and more, including its popular Fried Chicken Melt topped with pepper jack cheese, red cabbage slaw, and Melt Sauce on country white bread.

“Our brand has created a loyal following within our home state and we’re excited to keep the momentum going,” said Spencer Rubin, Melt Shop’s founding CEO. “Our melted sandwiches have become a staple in the communities we serve and we can’t wait to expand Melt Shop’s unique culinary experience to Lake Grove.”

The fast-casual eatery has 17 locations in and around New York City, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Delaware, and New Jersey. Its lone Nassau County located is at Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City.

The new Suffolk location will be open 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit meltshop.com or call 631-236-9120.

New Hires And Promotions on Long Island

Christina Mathieson

Christina Mathieso
This award-winning realtor, educator, and innovator with a focus on the impact of solar and energy upgrades on real estate transactions was named CEO/Team Leader of Keller Williams Realty of Greater Nassau, a leading regional real estate firm with offices across Long Island.

James Lentini

James Lentini

Lentini will replace Molloy College President Drew Bogner, who is stepping down in June. Lentini is senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at Oakland University in Michigan.

Elena Langan

Elena Langan

Langan was appointed dean of the Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center. She previously served as served as Interim Dean of Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad College of Law in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Dr. John Goncalves

Dr. John Goncalves

Southside Hospital has appointed Goncalves as chief of adult cardiac surgery. He will also serve as the newly created Northwell Health system director of endovascular cardiovascular surgery. He has performed more than 1,000 transcatheter aortic valve replacements.

Rebecca O’Connell

Rebecca O’Connell

United Way of Long Island recently elected Rebecca O’Connell to its board of directors. She leads the Long Island and Queens region for JPMorgan Chase’s Middle Market Banking and Specialized Industries business.

John L. Mackey

John L. Mackey

United Way of Long Island recently elected Mackey to its board of directors. He is the regional vice president of enterprise holdings where he supervises the day-to-day operations of more than 40 car rental locations across Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Kathy Russell

Kathy Russell

United Way of Long Island recently elected Russell to its board of directors. She was previously chief people officer at The Nature’s Bounty Co., a global manufacturer of vitamins and nutritional supplements based out of Ronkonkoma.

Felix Ruiz

Felix Ruiz

United Way of Long Island recently elected Ruiz to its board of directors. He has been a member of the Nassau-Suffolk HIV Health Services Planning Council with United Way of Long Island since 2016 and was recently appointed chair.

St. John’s Episcopal Hospital Welcomes New Year’s Baby Born Minutes After Midnight on January 1

Joe Caraccia of Jzanus presenting baby monitor

New parents and Rockaway residents Molly Casiano and Vincent John welcomed their newborn son, Kenzo Ezekiel John, at 12:14 am on New Year’s Day.

Baby Kenzo entered the world at 4 lbs., 13 ounces, 18 inches long, and is the first baby born at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital (SJEH) this year. Born shy of full-term and jaundice, baby Kenzo is thriving through the use of a Giraffe Incubator Carestation and a GE Healthcare Bilisoft Phototheraphy System that helps alleviate jaundice. Last year, the hospital raised $20,000 to purchase a second Giraffe Incubator, and is currently fundraising to purchase additional Bilisoft Phototheraphy systems.

The hospital showered the family with gifts to celebrate the momentous occasion including a stroller, clothing, a baby care kit, and a baby bouncer. The family also received a baby monitor courtesy of Jzanus–a Long Island-based company who is generously donating baby monitors to each baby born at SJEH in the month of January.

“As a first-time mom I knew nothing about jaundice and was nervous,” Ms. Casiano said. “The fact that he (baby Enzo) is able to be in the incubator, use the Bilisoft, and stay in my room with me at the same time makes me feel comfortable. He’s comfortable, and it’s like he’s lying on a beach.”

“The Bilisoft is what makes his (baby Enzo’s) skin go from yellowish pigment to normal,” Mr. John said. “It’s perfect that the community contributed to fundraising for this equipment just for the little ones because, at the end of the day, babies are our legacy.”

The Rockaways have a higher percentage of preterm births than New York City overall at 11.3% compared to 8.7%, a fact that has driven SJEH’s fundraising efforts for life-saving equipment for babies.

To contribute today and help make a difference in the life of a newborn, visit ehs.org/bilisoft.

What Is The Best Computer Services Provider on Long Island?

Whether it’s tech solutions, virus protection, or the ability to speak with an IT specialist 24/7 finding the right computer service professionals is essential to any business.

Long Islanders Voted AP-ITSolutions, LLC the Best Computer Services on Long Island in the 2019 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest!

AP-IT Solutions’ goal is to help individuals with their computer needs. With their passion in computers, they enjoy working with them daily and intend to assist those out who seek help. They understand that computers and technology as a whole may not be easy to use and has a huge learning curve, but that is where they step in and make the problem more intuitive for you to use.

The company can best be described in three words: Universal, reliable, and dedicated. Making it easy to work with all sorts of technology, whether it is a computer, tablet, smartphone, or another device. Assisting customers is their No. 1 priority and they will strive to make you satisfied.

Putting in a lot of time and effort into their work, not because it is a service, but also a passion. Patience is key in this industry and it is a big part of dedication.

To find all the other 2019 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest winners, visit bestoflongisland.com Voting is now closed in the 2020 contest and winners will be announced soon. Nominate for your favorite businesses and people in the 2021 Bethpage Best of Long Island program starting Jan. 1 through Aug. 31.

AP-ITSolutions, LLC is located at 1895 New York Ave. in Huntington Station. It can be reached at 516-567-1161 or ap-itsolutions.net

Bayfront Lindenhurst Contemporary Asks $1.2M

This custom-built Contemporary with stellar views of the Great South Bay is a boater’s paradise listed for sale at 65 Bayview Ave. West in the Village of Lindenhurst.

Built in 1992 on a quarter-acre lot, this five-bedroom, four-bathroom home with 5,000 square feet of living space boasts a 150-foot-long custom pier with a 55,000-pound lift that can accommodate a 60-foot yacht. Abundant windows capture amazing views of the bay, Robert Moses Causeway Bridge, and Fire Island Lighthouse from anywhere in the house.

The house features an eat-in kitchen, dining room/living room combo, den, and family room. All five bedrooms and a laundry room are on the second floor. Outside it has a porch, deck, two-car detached garage, and 80 feet of water frontage.

It comes equipped with central air conditioning, three fireplaces, in-ground sprinklers, low-flow fixtures, insulated doors, and tinted triple-pane windows.

The property is located near Shore Road Park and the village marina. It’s about a mile from Copiague Long Island Rail Road station and Sunrise Highway. It’s located in the Lindenhurst School District.

The asking price is $1,299,000, not including the $23,968 in annual property taxes.

The real estate agent listed for the property is Derek Greene of Greene Realty Group, who can be reached at 877-222-0621.

2021 Best of Long Island Contest Nominations Now Open

Those looking to nominate their favorite local businesses and people in the coveted 2021 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest can submit nominees starting Jan. 1.

The competition is fierce, as evident by the tens of thousands of nominations made in last year’s contest. Nominations are made by visiting bestof.longislandpress.com, clicking the “Nominate Now” button and entering the name and contact information for the local business or person you want to enter into the contest.

Once the nomination period closes Aug. 31, the top nominees will be advanced to the official ballot. The voting period runs from Oct. 1 through Dec. 15. Each of the dozens of categories will have one local winner and, where applicable, one national winner.

Again, the competition is tough, with more than 1.3 million votes cast in the 2019 contest. The winners of the 2020 contest will be announced soon.

Sponsored by Bethpage Federal Credit Union, the 16th annual Bethpage Best of Long Island competition has grown into the largest business awards program in the history of LI.

The contest offers participants a chance to nominate and vote on businesses in dozens of subcategories within each category, ranging from restaurants to automotive and everything in between.

Good luck!

Long Island Press Seeking Interns For 2020

The Long Island Press is seeking interns to work in the editorial department of the region’s premier news and lifestyle publication covering Nassau and Suffolk counties.

The Press, which has a history dating back nearly two centuries, has earned hundreds of honors from local, New York State, and national journalism organizations for its editorial excellence. 

The Press is owned by Bayside-based Schneps Media, one of the largest local news chains in New York State with more than 70 newspapers and websites across LI, New York City, and Westchester. Sister publications include the Queens Courier, The Brooklyn Paper, The Bronx Times, and many more.

Interns at the Press will get hands-on newsroom experience working with seasoned professionals. They will research, report, and write news and feature stories to be published in the monthly print edition as well as on the daily website. Prior Press interns have gone on to write for The New York Daily News, Newsday, and The New York Times.

Spring internships are available from late January through April, summer internships run from May to August, and fall internships are open September to December. Applicants should be college students majoring in English, journalism, or communications. Experience writing for a school newspaper is encouraged, but not required.

Applicants can email their resume, cover letter, and writing samples to Editor-In-Chief Timothy Bolger at [email protected]

Top 9 Long Island News Stories of The Decade

Montauk is the most expensive tourist destination in New York State, according to a recent survey. (Jaime Franchi/Long Island Press)

9. Bet on LI

Jake's 58 Hotel & Casino
Jake’s 58 Hotel & Casino in Islandia opened for business on Monday, Feb. 27, 2017 (Long Island Press photo)

Among the many changes that New York State lawmakers made over the past decade that impacted Long Island — from legalizing gay marriage to enacting early voting — one of the most visible and controversial moves is allowing the region’s first casino to open in Islandia in 2017.

8. Medford Massacre

David Laffer and Melinda Brady

The opioid epidemic took an especially violent turn when David Laffer murdered four people while robbing a Medford pharmacy of prescription painkillers to feed his and his wife Melinda Brady’s addiction on Father’s Day of 2011.

7. Isles Skate

Islanders Captain Anders Lee carries the puck across the blue line during the Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on April 26th, 2019. (Photo by Joe Nuzzo)

The Islanders shocked Long Island when the team’s owners announced in 2012 that it would move the NHL franchise from their original home of Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. They’ve since announced a plan to move to a new arena they’re building in Elmont.

6. Gilgo Murders

Long Island Serial Killer
Ten sets of human remains have been discovered to date along Ocean Parkway, and the killer or killers are still on the loose.

When Suffolk County police searching for a missing woman found 10 sets of human remains in 2010 and ’11 — and later, the missing woman’s dead body — it launched what’s considered the largest serial killer investigation in the county’s history.

5. Dems Flip NY Senate

The New York State Capitol in Albany. (Shutterstock)

Democrats unseated three veteran Republican New York State senators from Long Island in 2018 and won a district vacated by another. Republicans had long held that the Senate was their lone check on Democrat power in the progressive state’s capitol. It’s the Democrats first time running the chamber in a decade.

4. MS-13 Crackdown

ms-13LI chapters of the violent street gang were responsible for dozens of murders over the past decade, most notably a 2017 quadruple homicide in Central Islip that prompted visits from then-U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions and President Donald Trump. Suffolk authorities recently announced the largest crackdown on the gang in state history.

3. Shinnecock Win Recognition

A traditional blessing for the grand opening of the building is conducted by local members of the Unkechaug & Shinnecock Indian Nations. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)

The Southampton-based Shinnecock Indian Nation won federal recognition in 2010 following a decades-long push to be considered a sanctioned tribe.

2.Corruption Continues 

Former New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos was convicted of abusing his power to enrich his son, Adam, who was also convicted.

LI’s long list of public officials convicted  of corruption over the past decade includes Ex-New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, Ex-Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, and Ex-Suffolk County District Attorney Tom Spota. Mangano and Spota are appealing.

1. Sandy Strikes

Clockwise from top left: A radar image of Superstorm Sandy, an aerial view of the breach in Fire Island dubbed “New Inlet,” LIPA crews working to get the lights back on, a house on Fire Island that fell off of its pilings, one of the many felled trees, cars buried in sand in the streets of Long Beach, gas lines that extended for hours and blocks, and Red Cross volunteers helping survivors at Cedar Creek County Park in Seaford. Center from left: the splintered Long Beach boardwalk and a boat that floated onto the Long Island Rail Road tracks.

Superstorm Sandy prompted LI leaders to request $8 billion in federal aid. It caused 13 local deaths out of more than 200 nationwide. Most of LI was blacked out—in some places for weeks. Nassau’s Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant failed, flooding homes and waterways with raw sewage. Breaches tore through Fire Island and neighboring Westhampton Island. An ensuing gas crisis sparked lines blocks and hours long. Hundreds were left homeless. Some waterfront roads and boardwalks were destroyed. And its impact is still felt years later.

7 Most Ridiculous Long Island Stories of 2019

7. Chris Cuomo’s Freak Out

CNN journalist Chris Cuomo at the 2016 Democratic National Convention (Chris Coons photo)

CNN stood by anchor Chris Cuomo after a video surfaced showing him arguing with a man that the newsman said called Cuomo “Fredo” during a confrontation on Shelter Island in August. Cuomo, the younger brother of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, is heard in the video saying that being called Fredo — as in Fredo Corleone, the incompetent son of mafia don Vito Corleone in The Godfather — is “the N-word” for Italians. Debate over whether being called Fredo is in fact racist spread like wildfire.

6. Salon Deer

The buck took off with a flat iron in its antlers.

Oh deer! A buck crashed through the window of Be.you.tiful Hair Salon on Portion Road in Ronkonkoma and trashed the place before taking off with a hot iron wrapped around its antlers in October. Judging by the woman screaming in the video, the buck did not appear to have an appointment and was not welcome for a walk-in new do.

5. Ghost Cam

A still of the video Joey Nolan posted on his YouTube.

A Long Island couple believes they may have captured video footage of a ghost and its dog on their home video surveillance camera earlier in August. Joey Nolan was out with his wife when he remotely logged in to his home video feed so he could check up on their couple’s sick cat when he spotted the apparent phantom. Spirit or not, whatever it was certainly is creepy.

4. HOV Dummy

SCPD Photo

Suffolk County police summonsed a man for driving with a phony passenger in the HOV lane on the eastbound Long Island Expressway near exit 51 in May. A Highway Patrol Officer stopped the man after the officer became suspicious of the front seat passenger in a 2002 Saturn sedan traveling in the HOV lane. The officer observed that the driver had allegedly placed a mannequin wearing a sweatshirt, sunglasses, hat and jeans into the front passenger seat in an attempt to resemble a person.

3. Piano Pup

Buddy The Beagle

Oh, your dog knows how to play fetch and roll over? That’s cool. Meet Buddy Mercury, the piano dog from Ronkonkoma here to howl you a song tonight. Buddy the Beagle’s YouTube videos have gotten over a million hits, including a St. Patrick’s Day themed doggy ditty in which Buddy rocks a green bow tie. And that’s just one of the dozens of vids Buddy has on his YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram pages.

2. Daily Show Ribs The Hamptons

Michael Kosta ended his Daily Show Shinnecock segment by taking an ad out on the monument urging Hamptons-bound drivers to "relax, and enjoy your stolen land."
Michael Kosta ended his Daily Show Shinnecock segment by taking an ad out on the monument urging Hamptons-bound drivers to “relax, and enjoy your stolen land.”

It’s not often that a local news story on Long Island draws the attention of The Daily Show With Trevor Noah, but when it does, watch out. This summer, the satirical news show did a segment on a fight between the Shinnecock Indian Nation and the Town of Southampton over the tribe’s controversial construction of an electronic billboard on the side of Sunrise Highway. 

1. Bagel Boss Guy

Somebody give this man a bagel.

Chris Morgan walked into Bagel Boss in Bay Shore one fateful day in July, threw a hissy fit, got tackled, and the footage that another customer captured of the incident became Long Island’s most-viewed viral video overnight. Bagel Boss Guy, as he became known, signed up for, then flaked out of, an internet celebrity boxing match. And the clip inspired Jimmy Kimmel produced a mock Broadway musical starring Jason Alexander.

Luxurious Rockville Centre Georgian Colonial Asks $2.3M

This impressive completely renovated brick Georgian colonial is listed for sale at 121 Fountain Ave. in the Village of Rockville Centre.

Built in 1952 on a one-of-a-kind half-acre lot in the Old Canterbury section of the village, this six-bedroom home has four and a half bathrooms, and 5,153 square feet of living space. The home boasts a double-height entry foyer, high ceilings, spacious rooms overlooking private property, and incredible details throughout.

It features a newly renovated eat-in chef’s kitchen with a butler’s pantry, a formal dining room, living room, great room, office, and library. Duel staircases lead to the second floor, which has two master suites with new marble bathrooms. The fully finished basement has a recreation room, gym, and storage space.

Outside it has a heated in-ground saltwater pool, patio, and an attached 2.5-car garage. The house comes equipped with central air conditioning, four fireplaces, plenty of storage space in the third-floor walk-up attic, and in-ground sprinklers.

The house is a mile from downtown Rockville Centre, the Rockville Centre Long Island Rail Road station, and is located in the Rockville Centre School District.

The asking price is $2,378,000, not including the $42,509 in annual property taxes.

The real estate agent listed for the property is Mary Darcy of Daniel Gale Assoc., Inc. She can be reached at 516-678-1510.