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Best of Long Island Spotlight: Top Haunted Houses

Long Island has some of the spookiest, scariest, most creative haunted houses designed to scare the pants off of you come Halloween time, but there’s not enough time to hit them all.

Press readers narrowed down the list of must-see haunted houses. In a rare tie, Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck Spooky Walk and Joe Allocco’s Franklin Square Horror shared the title of Best Haunted House on Long Island in the 2017 Best of Long Island contest. 

The Spooky Walk has earned the adulation of Long Islanders for not only its ability to scare the bejesus out of its guests, but for its kind-hearted support of children and adults with special needs. The Spooky Walk is a fundraiser held each October to benefit Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck, a special needs camp.

For nearly three decades, the Spooky Walk has become a staple in the community, challenging even the bravest adults to maintain their wits. Not only do 100-percent of the proceeds go toward supporting the special needs camp, but members of the community are invited to volunteer by helping build and run exhibits.

And for the third year in a row, Joe Allocco’s Franklin Square Horror has claimed the prized crown of Best Haunted House on Long Island. Sure, this especially creepy haunted house is sharing the prize this year, but that does not change the fact that Allocco’s has established itself as the go-to place for a devilishly frightful time with friends and family, year after year.

Creativity abounds at this haunted house, featuring chainsaw-wielding menaces, flesh-eating zombies, and all sorts of unpleasant maniacs. You’re in for a fright, that’s for sure!

To find all the other Best of Long Island contest winners, visit bestoflongisland.com Vote now through Dec. 15 for your favorite businesses and people in the 2018 Best of Long Island program.

Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck Spooky Walk is located at 2 Chet Swezey Rd. in Center Moriches. They can be reached at 631-878-1070 or spookywalk.com

Joe Allocco’s Franklin Square Horror is located at 1148 Norbay St. in Franklin Square. They can be reached at 516-424-9555 or joea65.wix.com/franklin-square-horror

RELATED STORY: Long Island Halloween Haunted Houses 2017

Ex-Prez Bill Clinton Preaches Unity in Brookville

Bill Clinton
From left: Former President Bill Clinton and ex-U.S. Rep. Steve Israel.

Former President Bill Clinton preached unity during a speech that touched on a wide range of topics at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at LIU Post in Brookville last week.

The Democrat also critiqued the administration of Republican President Donald Trump, who beat former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton—the ex-president’s wife—in last year’s elections.

“I think the most fundamental fact of the modern world is our interconnectedness,” the 42nd president told the sold-out audience on Thursday, Oct. 5. “The rise of ethnic tribalism around the world… is a feature of modern politics in nation after nation after nation, depending often on how people get their information and how it gets communicated to them. But no matter what, in this age you can build all the walls you want, we are still connected.”

Clinton was the latest speaker to appear at LIU Post as a part of the lecture series organized by the university’s Global Institute founded and chaired by former U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington), who retired from Congress in January.

Israel, who noted the military acronym for the geopolitical climate is VUCA—short for volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous—led an hour-long Q&A with Clinton to dissect current affairs. 

Asked about gun control in the wake of last week’s massacre in Las Vegas—the deadliest mass shooting by a lone gunman in US history—Clinton suggested that the issue be put on ballots as a referendum.

“I recommend giving voters a direct voice on this,” he said. “They trust themselves more than they trust the politicians.”

On the one of the most pressing international issues of late, Clinton said Trump should work with Russia, China, South Korea and Japan in confronting North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, who “has done and said more than enough to be of grave concern.”

Regarding an issue impacting the wallets of those in the university audience, Clinton said there should be grants, tax credits and other options to help “non-rich” college students pursue their education.

“We should do whatever we can to have the maximum amount of people graduate debt-free,” he said.

And while referencing his wife winning the national popular vote by nearly 3 million ballots in November, Clinton took a shot at Trump’s Electoral College victory.

“Since I believe in democracy,” he said, “I believe the person who gets the most votes should win.” 

Danielle DeVincentis, Chris DeVincentis and Manda Kalimian of the CANA Foundation attend a cocktail party after Bill Clinton’s speech at LIU Post on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017.
Peter Klein and his wife attend a cocktail party after Bill Clinton’s speech at LIU Post on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017.
Linda Armyn of Bethpage Federal Credit Union and her son attend a cocktail party after Bill Clinton’s speech at LIU Post on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017.
Long Island Association President Kevin Law and Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas attend a cocktail party after Bill Clinton’s speech at LIU Post on Thursday, Oct. 5. 
From left: Jed Dallek; Gettry Marcus CPA, P.C., James Nazzaro; J Nazzaro Partnership, Victoria Schneps, CEO of Schneps Communications, Karen Scuttellaro, VP of Business Development at Capital One Bank and David Wenger: Wenger Construction Co. attend a cocktail party after Bill Clinton’s speech at LIU Post on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017.

Long Island Brewers to Hit Annual Queens Beer Festival This Weekend 

The Queens Beer Festival returns this weekend to Long Island City on ​Saturday, Oct. 14, and Sunday, Oct. 15. Ticket holders will enjoy unlimited beer tastings and live music. 
 
The unlimited beer tasting event will welcome​ the best local craft breweries in New York including breweries based in Queens, Brooklyn, The Bronx, Long Island and upstate New York. 
 
​Some of the selection of close to 50 beers include ​Rockaway Brewing Company​, Big aLICe, ICONYC, Bridge and Tunnel, Finback, SingleCut BeerSmiths, Brooklyn Brewery, Sixpoint, Coney Island Brewing Co., Greenport Harbor Brewing Company, Blue Point, Great South Bay Brewery, Montauk Brewing Company and many more.
 

Grab your tickets for this special event at QueensBeerFestival.com

In addition to live music, food and flea vendors will also be on hand from LIC Flea. The event is located at 5-25 46th Ave., Long Island City.

Chic Mystery Picnic Le Dîner en Blanc Debuts in Old Westbury

Le Dîner en Blanc
Revelers toast Long Island's first Le Dîner en Blanc on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017 (Photo by Bob Giglione/Long Island Press)

More than 1,200 people dressed in white celebrated Long Island’s inaugural Le Dîner en Blanc—a chic pop-up gourmet picnic and dance party held at mystery locations worldwide—Friday in Old Westbury.

As is tradition for the 30-year-old event, participants met at rendezvous points and were unaware of the party’s location until they were bused into NYIT de Seversky Mansion, where caterers, classical musicians and other performers awaited their arrival. Once revelers set up their tables on the mansion lawn, the announcer declared “bon appetite,” prompting the traditional group napkin wave that signaled it was time to dance.

“The night is all about surprises everything from the destination to guests to entertainment is a secret until it unfolds,” said Shanoy Skeete, one of three hosts of the event.

François Pasquier devised Le Dîner en Blanc, which has been held in more than 70 iconic locales worldwide such as the Eiffel Tower and in over 30 cities, including New York City, Washington, D.C., Montreal and San Juan, since starting in Paris in 1988.

Considering the number of women in white dresses, men in white suits and people wearing masks, veils, wigs, feather boas and tiaras, someone stumbling upon the event without any of the backstory could have confused the event for either a mass wedding or a masquerade party. 

“I think the mystique is what attracted me the most,” Nicole Turner, 40, of Westbury, said as the festivities were getting underway. “I didn’t know what to expect.”

Moses, who volunteered to help with the event but declined to give his last name, was equally surprised to see how it all unfolded.

“It was more extravagant than I was expecting,” he said. “It was awesome watching people set up their tables up… It’s work to eat, that’s what caught me off guard.”

Besides Skeete, the LI version of the event was also hosted by fellow publicists and event organizers Donyshia Boston-Hill and Bridget O’Brien. Sponsors included The Garden City Hotel, Discover Long Island, Lord & Taylor Manhasset, Vera Moore Cosmetics, the Nassau Museum of Art, Bethpage Polo Park, Sydney Sweets, 90.3 FM – WHPC, Banfi Wines and Long Island Press.

For future event announcements, visit longisland.dinerenblanc.com 

Le Dîner en Blanc
Revelers arrive at Long Island’s first Le Dîner en Blanc on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017 (Photo by Bob Giglione/Long Island Press)
Le Dîner en Blanc
Revelers set up their tables at Long Island’s first Le Dîner en Blanc on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017 (Photo by Bob Giglione/Long Island Press)
Le Dîner en Blanc
Revelers wine and dine at Long Island’s first Le Dîner en Blanc on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017 (Photo by Bob Giglione/Long Island Press)
Le Dîner en Blanc
The table clothes, candles and china were also white at Long Island’s first Le Dîner en Blanc on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017 (Photo by Bob Giglione/Long Island Press)
Ballet dancers were among the performers at Long Island’s first Le Dîner en Blanc on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017 (Photo by Bob Giglione/Long Island Press)

 

Evening of Tasting and Giving Raises $165K for Charity

More than 700 people attended 13th annual Evening of Tasting and Giving charity fundraiser that raised $165,000 to help fight pediatric cancer on Monday, Oct. 2 at The Carltun in East Meadow.

The fundraiser showcased Long Island’s best restaurants, bakeries and wineries. Proceeds benefited The Cancer Center for Kids at NYU Winthrop Hospital, the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Program at Stony Brook Hospital and other pediatric specialty programs.

The event was organized by the nonprofit Michael Magro Foundation, which is dedicated to the support of children with cancer and other chronic pediatric illnesses. The group is named in honor a 13-year-old Hicksville Middle School student who died of leukemia.

This year’s honorees were Mike Cave and Rich Cave from 1st Equity and PinkTie.org. They made a $50,000 donation.

The vendor sponsor was Americana Manhasset. Participating restaurants included AcQua, Anchor Down, Beginnings, Caf Sport, Cadinali Breads, Cardoon, Cirella’s Restaurant, Gran Paradisio, Jewel Restaurant, La Bottega Plainview, La Parma 11 Huntington, Lola of Great Neck, Margarita’s Caf 11, Market Bistro, Mercato Kitchen, Novita Trattoria and Wine Bar, Palm Court at The Carltun, Park Place Restaurant, Peppercorn’s, Piccola Bussola, Roast Sandwich Shop, Sea Levels Restaurant, Spuntino Wine & Tapas, Table 7 at Inn New Hype Park, The Cuban, Tocolo Cantina, Trento 110 and West End Caf.

Beachfront Asharoken Home With 2 Pools Asks $7.9M

Suiting the most discerning buyer is this premier shingle-style gated beachfront home overlooking Northport Bay that was recently listed for sale at 205 Asharoken Ave. in the Village of Asharoken.

Built in 1997 so that it’s perfectly situated on a park-like 4.2-acre lot with a pristine crescent beach, this six-bedroom home with seven and a half bathrooms and 12,000-square-feet of living space lacks no architectural detail or amenity—it even has separate indoor and outdoor in-ground pools.

The house comes equipped with two eat-in kitchens, a formal dining room, media room, two master bathrooms for the master suite, a balcony, six fireplaces and 10-zone central air conditioning. Outside it has 225 feet of beachfront, a three-car attached garage, a patio, deck and tennis court.

It is located near Hobart Beach Park, the Crab Meadow Golf Course and Makama Nature Preserve as well as the popular downtown shopping district in the neighboring Village of Northport. It’s about three miles from the Northport Long Island Rail Road station and around six miles from the Northern State Parkway. The property falls within the Northport-East Northport School District, which got an A grade from niche.com

The asking price is $7,999,000, not including the annual property taxes of $61,605.

The real estate agents listed for the property are Risa Ziegler and Jyll Kata of Douglas Elliman Real Estate. They can be reached at 516-624-9000 or 631-549-4400. 

Horoscopes by PsychicDeb for October 2017

Horoscopes 2017

Aries – Venus opposite natal Sun – you’ll be more concerned with the problems of a partner, mate or associate than with your own. A domestic arrangement has to be worked out; you can’t continue on the same path without a collision. Be ready to make concessions; to listen more than you talk.

Taurus – ruling planet in the 6th house – don’t keep your talents to yourself; display them. Your artistic and diplomatic skills are especially needed and will win you the recognition you’ve been seeking. A relative has the ability to pull strings for you. Accept this offer. Contact a Libra.

Gemini – Saturn opposite natal Sun – many changes take place in the greater world around you. You’ll contribute by offering your opinion in a career situation. A written message may be the best way to proceed. The status quo is swiftly changing; contribute your best efforts. Number 5 brings luck.

Cancer – Venus square natal Sun – romance is in the air. You’ll dream beautiful dreams, but could be oblivious to the reality of the situation. Understand the person you are dealing with – even if it takes much analysis. You’ll benefit by getting away by yourself to do some clear headed thinking.

Leo – Jupiter square natal Sun – thoughts of a vacation and travel absorb your thinking. You’ll want to be where the grass is greener or the sky bluer. Accept an invitation that takes you away from a mundane situation. You need the stimulation of contact with many people. The lucky number is 3.

Virgo – Mars conjunct natal Sun – you undergo a transformation in your physical appearance. Some new item of clothing or grooming technique adds sparkle and variety. Your social life is bound to pick up. You’ll need someone who recently returned from a long trip who want to share information with you.

Libra – Uranus opposite Natal Sun – take advantage of a chance for privacy. You’ll need time to think; to plan the future. A sensitive, understanding friend will listen if you want to talk out your feelings. But your romantic notions are likely to be unrealistic; revise them.

Scorpio – Jupiter conjunct natal Sun – you surge into a high lunar cycle. Expect variety, travel and an unexpected change in thinking. You’ll be influenced by an exciting person who is waiting to hear from you. Be ready to make the first move. Contact Gemini and Virgo people.

Sagittarius – Saturn conjunct natal Sun – someone who taught you in the past re-enters the picture. You’ll realize how much you have grown since then. A quiet relaxed time is on the agenda; don’t push matters in regard to travel. Don’t allow an emotional discussion to cause a rift now. Give logic equal time. 

Capricorn – Pluto conjunct natal Sun – an aura of secrecy surrounds your romantic partner. You’ll be intrigued, puzzled, but desirous of forming closer ties. Answers will soon be provided. The best cause is to be independent and follow your own interests. A Leo brightens your day.

Aquarius – Jupiter squared natal Sun – this month’s emphasis is on health, diet and nutrition. A program you begin now will be easy to follow especially if self-discipline is involved. You settle down to business and become a better worker. Get to the heart of matters with a loved one. The right number is 4.

Pisces – Saturn squared natal Sun – recognize limitations; this is not the month to begin something new You’ll work best behind the scenes completing a large-scale project. Your fears and doubts are founded. Forget yourself and show compassion for one less fortunate. Number 9 is your best bet.

IF YOU KNOW YOUR RISING SIGN, CONSULT THE HOROSCOPE FOR THAT SIGN AS WELL.

Psychicdeb has been a professional astrologer for over 25 yrs. She teaches Astrology for a nominal fee. Psychicdeb also uses the tarot to do psychic readings channeling her spirit guide Helen. Reiki is one of her obsessions. She is a Reiki Master and loves to teach others the benefits of Reiki. Call 516-236-7729 for an appointment in her private office. Or you can find her at the Original Psychic Fairs on Sundays. A listing of the Fair dates can be found on her website at astro-mate.org or join the Facebook page facebook.com/The-Original-Long-Island-Psychic-Fair-

Best of Long Island Spotlight: Top Vegetarian Eats

Whether you are vegan or just in the mood for a meatless meal, that doesn’t mean there aren’t any tasty options for dining out on Long Island—far from it.

Since October is Vegetarian Month, this week we’re highlighting that Press readers voted Tula Kitchen Best Vegetarian Restaurant on Long Island in the 2017 Best of Long Island competition and Bareburger Best won the title of Best Veggie Burger on Long Island in the contest.

The talented Jackie Sharlup, Tula Kitchen’s chef and owner, shows us that meat doesn’t have to be on the menu in order to serve up truly inventive and satisfying fare. She has created a destination restaurant with an extraordinary vegetarian cuisine that draws loyal diners from Montauk to Manhattan looking for sophisticated vegetarian fare and casual elegance. Live music is also regularly on the evening menu. As their motto says: “Live to eat—eat to live!”

And over at Bareburger, they specialize in using organic, fresh ingredients in all of its dishes in order to ensure that every customer receives an absolutely delicious meal bursting with flavor. Their produce is free of GMOs and pesticides, their breads are all-natural, and their sauces are gluten-free. One of their famous menu items is their veggie burger, which is a great option for vegetarians who still crave a burger now and then, and for those who would like to try this different take on a classic, American dish.

To find all the other Best of Long Island contest winners, visit bestoflongisland.com Vote now through Dec. 15 for your favorite businesses and people in the 2018 Best of Long Island program.

Tula Kitchen is located at 41 E. Main St. in Bay Shore. They can be reached at 631-539-7183 or tulakitchen.com

Bareburger has multiple Locations. They can be found at bareburger.com

RELATED STORY: Long Island Vegetarian Restaurants Guide

Bayfront Colonial in Massapequa Park Asks $1.4M

This one-of-a-kind bayfront Colonial with gorgeous views and sunsets is listed for sale at 196 Harbor Lane in the Bar Harbor section of the Village of Massapequa Park.

Built in 1968 in a quarter-acre lot, this four-bedroom, five-bathroom brick-faced home with more than 4,400-square-feet of living space features an open floor plan inside and a resort-like backyard with an in-ground pool, hot tub, outdoor kitchen, floating dock and nearly 200 feet of bulkhead.

The house comes equipped with a large eat-in kitchen, an entertainment area, grand formal dining room, a fireplace, central air conditioning, a partially finished basement and a beautiful master bedroom with a balcony and en-suite bathroom. Outside it has a two-car attached garage and a blue stone patio.

The house is minutes from the downtown Massapequa Park shopping district, the Long Island Rail Road station and the Southern State Parkway. It is located in the Massapequa School District, which had its high school ranked No. 121 in New York State this year by U.S. News & World Report.

The asking price is $1,449,000, not including the annual property taxes of $40,818.

The real estate agents listed for the property are Seth Levy and Jennie Katz or Graystone Properties, Inc. They can be reached at 516-667-0777. 

When it Came to Television, Marvin Middlemark Was All Ears

Old Westbury tinkerer Marvin Middlemark invented the “rabbit ears” TV antenna in 1953, helping millions of Americans get the fuzz, or some of it, out of their pre-cable television reception. Though not completely original – the design was based on the dipole antenna invented by Heinrich Hertz in 1886 – the update made Middlemark a wealthy man.

Middlemark was awarded 62 patents in his lifetime, but his other inventions, including a water-powered potato peeler and a technique for resuscitating gone-soft tennis balls, didn’t muster the same commercial appeal. He sold his antenna company, All Channel Products Corp., in the mid-1960s, parked the proceeds in municipal bonds, and retired to his wooded 12-acre estate, where he kept miniature horses, collected stained glass windows and housed a pet chimpanzee named Josie who liked to finish unwary guests’ drinks.

Middlemark died in 1989, leaving behind a $5 million fortune and, inexplicably, 1,000 pairs of woolen gloves. His son, second wife and her son from another marriage fought over the will for years. Highlights: Planted drugs and weapons, death threats and at least one choking attempt. And all that was by the widow. The stepson, a prominent North Hempstead political operative, pleaded guilty to perjury and was sentenced to two years in jail.

“Every lawyer has read ‘Bleak House,’ ” Neal Johnston, an attorney for Middlemark’s son said at the time. “This is as close as I’ve come to living it.”

Fittingly, perhaps, Middlemark’s set-top antenna ultimately lost its market to the advances of another prominent Long Islander – cable pioneer Charles Dolan.