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Who Are The Best Entertainers on Long Island?

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BEST BAND
MOTU
Long Islanders have turned to MOTU, a popular blues enthusiast and musician, as a source for the latest in music. MOTU is the recipient of two Billboard Music Awards, and a past semifinalist of the International Blues Challenge. The singer-songwriter has a growing global fan base that can also be demonstrated from his more than 450,000 Indie CD and DVD sales, 200,000 (and growing) followers on Facebook, and 7.9 million views of his live videos on YouTube. He offers his fans a breath of fresh air with unique style and energy. With fashionable style and flashy guitars, MOTU wows crowds and is the talk of the party at any event! motu.net

BEST CELEBRITY IMPERSONATOR
Louise Bruno as Cher 
Louise Bruno is not afraid to “turn back time” while making you “believe in life after love.” Bruno and her tribute act “The CHER-iest Show on Earth” takes you on a musical journey of five decades of hits filled with the glitz and glamour from the iconic singer. Bruno’s striking resemblance to Cher continues to captivate those who have seen her throughout the island, and for the third year in a row, she has been chosen as Long Island’s Best Celebrity Impersonator. Like Cher, Bruno is not ready to relinquish her star power just yet! 631-772-5226, facebook.com/TheJerry&LouiseShow

BEST COMEDIAN
Jim Breuer 
Jim Breuer is the definition of a top New York comedian, and Long Islanders continue to think so. For the fifth consecutive year, the funnyman has been chosen as the best and has no plans to relinquish that title. Perhaps it’s his stint on Saturday Night Live in the mid-1990s that stands out. Or perhaps, it’s his roles in Half-Baked and Kevin Can Wait that keep people wanting more. Maybe it’s his memorable standups on Comedy Central that have introduced him to millennials. Or maybe, just maybe, it’s the way he keeps in touch with his roots through his passionate, New York Mets-filled video rants on Facebook that evoke the Long Island spirit among everyone. officialjimbreuer.com

BEST COVER BAND
The 90’s Band 
If you grew up in the 90s, chances are you still headbang to “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” tear up to “Don’t Speak” or lip-sync to “Baby One More Time” when no one is looking. The 90’s Band brings all the hits of the 20th century’s last decade to one stage. From Pearl Jam and NSYNC to Alanis Morissette and even Ace of Base, the group’s repertoire takes each audience back to the days of cassette tapes, plaid shirts and Game Boys. Head to their website to book them for your next party and check out show dates. You know all the words to the classics, so party like it’s 1995 and rock on with The 90’s Band! 646-397-3547, the90sband.com

BEST RADIO STATION
The Grindhouse Radio
For all things pop culture, tune into The Grindhouse Radio. The award-winning, nationally syndicated talk radio show is featured on iHeartRadio and boasts 3.5-4 million listeners weekly worldwide—with 620,000 on Long Island alone. The two-hour program features a cast of whimsical hosts giving their takes on everything from current events and sports to music, movies, comics and gaming. It’s a show designed to appeal to everyone, put on by not-so-normal people. When it comes to getting your fix of media, nerdisms and commentary on all kinds of eccentric topics, turn the dial to the best radio station on Long Island! thegrindhouseradio.com

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Cozy Northport Colonial With Harbor Views Asks $1.9M

This elegant Colonial overlooking Northport Harbor is listed for sale at 64 Mariners Ln. in the Village of Northport.

Built in 1929 on a private two-acre lot, this four-bedroom home with three and a half bathrooms, has been meticulously maintained with modern upgrades while keeping the authentic old-world charm and beautiful craftsmanship that the home commands.

This beauty also boasts a separate mother-in-law suite or first-floor master bedroom with a private entrance. The home features an eat-in kitchen, formal dining room, den, and an exercise room. It comes equipped with a three-car garage, central air conditioning, and a nature hiking trail along the perimeter of the back yard.

Besides being nearby parks and the harbor, the property is also located withint walking distance of downtown Northport’s many shops and restaurants on Main Street. It’s about two miles from the Northport Long Island Rail Road station. And it’s located in the Northport-East Northport School District.

The asking price is $1,999,999, not including the $25,161 in annual property taxes.

The real estate agents listed for the property are Christine DeJong and Denise DeJong of Signature Premier Properties, who can be reached at 631-754-3600.

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What Is The Best Air Conditioning Company on Long Island?

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During those hot summer days and nights on Long Island, an air conditioner is everyone’s best friend. But when it’s time to have an air conditioner serviced or replaced, what is the best company to call?

Long Islanders voted Varsity Home Service Company the Best Air Conditioning Company on Long Island in the 2020 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest, a title they’ve won two years in a row!

A functioning air conditioner is essential for homes and businesses and the air conditioner repair and installation technicians at Varsity Home Service Company are more than prepared to rise to the challenge.

No job is too big or too small for them. They will accommodate you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for any cooling emergencies and repairs because they know that your air conditioning could go out at any time — especially in the summer.

Varsity Home Service Company will also customize their products so that you can get the best air quality from your AC as possible. Their commitment to providing superior workmanship is why they’re the ones Long Islanders turn to most.

Varsity Home Service Company is located at 1610 Ocean Ave. in Bohemia. It can be reached at 631-567-4600 or varsityhomeservice.com

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Dime Launches Community Chest Philanthropic Outreach

Local businesses, nonprofits and communities in the New York metropolitan area are benefitting from a new “community chest” for support.

Dime Community Bank announced Monday it has made significant efforts to support neighboring communities and businesses by funding a philanthropic community chest initiative.

“In many of the neighborhoods where our branches are located, our branch managers have seen long-serving and much-loved business owners unable to conduct business,” Kenneth J. Mahon, CEO of the bank, said. “Dime wants to help assure their return to business-as-usual after the quarantine is declared over by supporting owners financially until they can once again become important quality of life cornerstones of their communities.”

He continued, “To help support our business community and the nonprofit organizations that are providing valuable resources and services to our customers and neighbors, we established this philanthropic outreach program.”

As part of Dime’s community chest, the bank has already provided 40 small business grants totaling $200,000 through a partnership with the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York.

“The response has been great,” remarked Kevin Gallagher, Senior Vice President and Group Leader, SBA Lending. “We received 291 applications and over 400 nominations from a diverse mix of businesses and community organizations,” he noted.

In addition to the grant program, Dime has coordinated the following outreach efforts:

  • Partnered with PinkTie to provide food donations through the nonprofit’s Doorstep Donation Food Drive, a no-contact food drive program. 
  • Donated a total of $30,000 to regional food banks City Harvest and Long Island Cares to assist in relief efforts.

Other Dime community chest efforts include employee volunteerism initiatives, through the Bank’s #DimeDay program, and a partnership with Heart 911 to offer volunteer construction support to help businesses repair damaged storefronts or offices.

To help raise awareness about the efforts in support of Dime community chest, the Bank has created a dedicated web page at dime.com/community-chest to feature many of these local business owners and their stories. 

Related Story: Dime Community Bank Names New President, Executive VP

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CAMPINAR: Long Island Summer Camp Webinar Will Answer Parents’ Questions

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Five Long Island-based summer camps known for sparking amusement in the lives of children and teenagers through outdoor, athletic, and educational pursuits are participating in a webinar this week discussing important procedures amid social-distancing mandates due to coronavirus.

Hofstra University Continuing Education, a versatile institution offering a variety of educational programs for children, teens, adults, and retirees, will discuss digital options for at home fun and learning for kids grades K-12. The two presenters will be Camp Director Terence Ryan and Associate Director Jessica Dease.

Ryan, a former teacher, assistant principal, coach, and current member of St. John’s University and Farmingdale State University adjunct faculty, has been a member of the summer camp since 1999. Dease serves in multiple academic departments at the university, serving as the Associate Director for Youth Programs for the Precollegiate Career Discovery Institute for Teens and Saturday Classes for Young People.

Crestwood Country Day Camp, a long-lasting establishment with top-quality education and recreational programs, will provide an understanding of in-person day camp openings, safety protocols and what can be expected of a COVID summer at camp. They will be represented by Mark Transport, a long-time owner and director with more than 25 years of experience across Crestwood, Camp Taconic, and Camp Wahnee.

Fusion Academy, a private school offering personalized one-on-one education, will discuss online summer, small-group sessions with classes designed to give children a jump on September and beyond. The speaker will be Head of School Tiffany Belferder who opened the Brooklyn school back in 2013 before shifting to the Long Island institution a year later.    

The Camp Connection, a free advisory service dedicated to helping families find the best summer programs possible for their children, will provide information on sleep away and day camps for 2020 and how to plan ahead for summer 2021. Laurel Barrie, an owner and professional camp matchmaker with over 30 years of experience, is the presenter.

SummerTech, a “have fun and learn something” tech camp for kids 10-17 with a passion for computer science, will offer online coding classes for summer fun and will discuss digital offerings for this summer. They will be represented by Steven Fink, the Founder and CEO dating back to 2001.

The “CAMPINAR” will take place at 11 a.m. Wednesday June 24. The event is presented by Schneps Media, the parent company of the Long Island Press.

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Palatial Mill Neck Mediterranean Mansion Asks $4.7M

Villa Toscana, a majestic century-old Mediterranean-style mansion, is listed for sale at 61 Private Rd. in the Village of Mill Neck.

Built in 1915 on an impressive five-acre estate, this magnificent eight-bedroom home has 10 bathrooms, two half bathrooms, and 14,000 square feet of living space. Amenities in this sophisticated entertainer’s paradise include an elevator, chauffeur’s quarter, carriage house apartment, tennis court, and poolside cabana.

The house features an eat-in kitchen, outdoor kitchen, billiard’s room, gym, office, home theater, and wine cellar. It boasts fine craftsmanship and architectural details throughout, European elegance with extensive outdoor patios, gardens and more. It comes equipped with central air conditioning, nine fireplaces, and a four-car garage.

The property is located near downtown Oyster Bay, the Oyster Bay Long Island Rail Road station and is located in the Oyster Bay School District.

The asking price is $4,750,000, not including $76,458 in annual property taxes. 

The real estate agents listed for the property are Paul Licari and Ronald Lanzillotta of Berkshire Hathaway. They can be reached at 516-224-4600.

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What Is The Best Barber Shop on Long Island?

Back view of man in barber shop. (Photo by Nenad Stojkovic)

It’s important to only let the best buzz and cut your hair for that clean, neat, and fresh look. But with so many choices, what is the top local barber shop?

Long Islanders voted Gold Coast Barbers the Best Barber Shop on Long Island in the 2020 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest, a title the shop also won in 2016 and 2018

Gold Coast Barber is Long Island’s favorite barber, the gold standard of men’s grooming. Gold Coast combines the services of a traditional barber shop with the well-appointed comfort of a modern artisan establishment.

Get your scruffy head to Gold Coast for one of their signature cuts or the luxurious warm-lather Gold Coast Shave. Or get both and leave looking like a star. The styling pros at Gold Coast are also experts at trimming up your beard and mustache.

Come with a look in mind, and let Gold Coast bring it to life. If you’re looking for a change, trust them to suggest a new look that you’ll wear with confidence.

Gold Coast Barbers is located at 41 Berry Hill Rd. Syosset. It can be reached at 516-802-3653 or goldcoastbarbers.com

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Splendid Fire Island Pines Contemporary Asks $1.8M

This gorgeous contemporary beach house with stunning views of the Great South Bay is listed for sale at 609 Shore Walk in Fire Island Pines.

Built in 1968, this four-bedroom home has three and a half bathrooms, a heated in-ground pool overlooking the bay, hot tub, and large deck in the fenced-in backyard that makes for a great entertaining space.

The house features an eat-in gourmet kitchen, dining room, open concept living area, bamboo flooring, cathedral ceilings, and secluded master suite on the second floor.

The home is within walking distance of nearby shops and restaurants in the community and nearby Cherry Grove, which together make up the island’s two LGBT resort destinations. The ferry to Fire Island Pines connects with Sayville. FI is mostly car-free, although off-road driving permits are available to residents. The home is in the Fire Island School District.

The asking price is $1,895,000, not including the annual property taxes of $8,794.

The real estate agent listed for the property is Maxwell Deyo of D Katen Fire Island Properties Ltd., who can be reached at 631-597-7000.

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New Hires, Promotions on Long Island

Virginia A. Kawochka. Photo by Rick Wenner.

Virginia A. Kawochka
Kawochka, administrator at the Uniondale-based law firm of Forchelli Deegan Terrana LLP, was named co-chair of the Nassau County Bar Association’s new Legal Administrators Committee, a forum for professionals to learn about updates to labor law.

Theodore E. Phillips

Theodore Phillips

The American Kennel Club board of directors elected Phillips, of Long Island, as the group’s new CFO. He has more than 30 years’ experience in finance and asset management, including as director of finance of Carnegie Hall.

Anne L. LaMorte

Anne L. LaMorte

LaMorte has been appointed chief financial officer of the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency. She previously was CFO of the City of Glen Cove Community and Industrial Development Agencies.

Rajah Ferrell

Rajah Ferrell

Coming to D& B Engineers and Architects , P.C . as a technician is Ferrell, who recently earned an associate of occupational studies in computer-aided drafting and design from Island Drafting and Technical Institute in Amityville.

Pamela Mastrota

Pamela Mastrota

The Girl Scouts of Suffolk County’s board of directors appointed Mastrota as the agency’s new president and chief executive officer, replacing the group’s longtime CEO, Yvonne Grant. She was president and CEO for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Long Island Chapter.

Benjamin Franquiz

Benjamin Franquiz

The Eastport-South Manor Central School District appointed Franquiz as the district’s new director of special education. Franquiz joins the district as a veteran special education administrator and teacher with more than 18 years of experience.

Nicole Gill

Nicole Gill

Gill has been appointed an administrative assistant at the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency. She is a recent graduate of the Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology in Elmhurst, where she received a bachelor of science in aeronautical science.

Jonathan Castro

Jonathan Castro

Castro joins D&B Engineers and Architects, P.C. as an electrical engineer. He is a recent graduate of Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey with a bachelor of engineering in electrical engineering.

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Lavish Bayfront Long Beach Mansion Asks $5.4M

This spectacular Hamptons-like mansion overlooking Reynolds Channel with picturesque views of the city skyline and amazing sunsets is listed for sale at 1075 West Park Ave. in the City of Long Beach.

Built in 2008 on a third of an acre, this five-bedroom craftsman style home has four bathrooms, three half bathrooms, and 8,339 square feet of living space. It boasts cathedral ceilings, a grand foyer, and a sunken living room with a wood-burning stone fireplace and bar.

The house features a gourmet chef’s kitchen with custom cabinetry, marble countertops, a butler’s pantry, and Viking and Sub Zero appliances. It also has a formal dining room, family room, office, and mahogany wood-paneled billiard room.

The second floor grand master suite has a gas fireplace, coffered ceiling, large arched shower, Jacuzzi tub, double vanity, and his and her oversized walk-in closets.

The fenced-in bayfront backyard entertaining area has a state-of-the-art dock system with three boat lifts, an in-ground heated saltwater pool, deck, built-in barbecue, bathrooms, and shower. Outside it also has a two-car garage and parking for 10 cars.

The home comes equipped with central air conditioning, Energy Star qualified appliances and doors, alarm system, built-in audio and shelving, and a central vacuum system.

The property is within walking distance of local shops and restaurants, about a mile from the Long Beach Long Island Rail Road station, and falls in the Long Beach School District.

The asking price is $5,499,000, not including the $70,739 in annual property taxes.

The real estate agent listed for the property is Tracey Johnson of Century 21 American Homes, who can be reached at 516-665-2000.

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