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5 Must-have Items To Achieve A Better You

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BEAU-TEAAurum Rose’s Digestive Seed Tea features a unique blend of tea leaves and antioxidant-boosting seeds, soothing to the most upset tummies. Warm notes of spicy and sweet make this yummy blend perfect for sipping; just one hot cup before a meal may improve the body’s digestive and circulatory system functions. $36 for 30 oz. aurumrose.com or in store at Aurum Rose Clean Beauty House in Cold Spring Harbor.

LOTIONS & POTIONSAs the weather cools down, soothe drier skin with this Long Island-made Blue Chamomile Facial Serum. The chamomile and lavender extracts help reduce redness and inflammation with a calming and smooth feel, without clogging pores. Ingredients are locally sourced whenever possible. $25 for a 1 oz bottle. Available online only at northforknatural.com

ROLLIN’, ROLLIN’, ROLLIN’Treat sore and stiff muscles from workout injuries with this nifty Thera-Roll foam roller. The uniquely textured design relaxes muscle fibers to release tension and pain, providing the relief to get you back to your usual routine. $35. gymsource.com or in store at Gym Source in Manhasset.

AN APPLE A DAYWelcome fall with a wholesome apple snack. Bare Chips feature a variety of Fuji, reds, Granny Smith, and apple chips (and other dried fruits and veggies), including varieties flavored with cinnamon. No added sugar, and is gluten, dairy, and oil free (and vegan!). $12 for a 14 oz bag. Available on amazon.com or in store at Super Stop & Shop, Whole Foods, and Target.


New Restaurants: Breakfast, Burgers & Indulgence

The cinnamon roll pancakes at Hatch in Huntington are as good as they look.


Get to this cozy brunch spot bright and early to enjoy fun takes on diner staples. Downtown Huntington’s newest breakfast joint serves the most important meal of the day all day, along with lattes, cold brew coffee, and “communal” mimosa service for groups.

The inside is cute and cheery, accented with tons of yellow decor and fresh flowers. Its bright design with cozy booth seating makes it perfect for starting the day or a lazy afternoon.

Diners recommend the loaded breakfast burrito ($13.50), which stuffs their signature scrambled eggs, bacon, and hash browns into a tortilla topped with homemade pico de gallo and salsa verde. For the sweet tooth, the cinnamon roll pancakes ($8.75) are fluffy cinnamon swirl flapjacks with a butter pecan filling topped with toasted pecans. First come, first hatch, so arrive before the 11 a.m. brunch rush.

Hatch, 286 Main St., Huntington, 631-424-0780, hatchbrunch.com


This not-so-ordinary burger place, located in the heart of downtown Babylon, has rightfully attracted a fast following for its unique and limitless burger creations. Call ahead for reservations as this place can get pretty packed on weekends.

The BBB menu may seem overwhelming with nearly 30 different cheeses, sauces, and patty varieties, but servers are happy to help newbies navigate. Most diners choose to build their own sandwich with toppings like onion straws, bacon jam, or whipped goat cheese.

If DIY is not your thing, opt for the BBB mac & cheese ($16.95), which loads bacon and warm cheesy goodness on your patty of the Fire Island ($15.95), which adds a kick with Pepper Jack, fresh jalapeno, and chipotle aioli. Top it off with a super-duper milkshake ($15).

Babylon Burger Bar, 1 W Main St., Babylon, 631-620-3362, babylonburgerbar.com


Celebrating no-frills, simply tasty comfort food, this fried chicken joint hopes you can cross a craving off your bucket list. The atmosphere is warm and rustic, and promises honest and good American classics to satisfy a hankering for anything fried.

Start out with the Ferris wheel sampler ($22), a mini-Ferris wheel at your table that seats fried pickles, cornbread bites, onion rings, popcorn chicken, and funnel fries. For dinner, try the Cheetos chicken tenders ($12), your favorite food coated with your favorite snack.

Come with hungry friends and attempt the bucket list sundae ($65) for dessert (or dinner): a massive bowl of four different ice creams, sauces, candy, sprinkles, cookies, and cones. If you’re not up for the challenge, sundaes for one are also available ($12).

Bucket List, 201 Sunrise Hwy., Rockville Centre, 516-821-5478, bucketlistrvc.com

Long Island College Open Houses and Campus Tours

LIU Post in 2016.

Hurry up and get started with this handy guide to Long Island’s institutions of higher education!


A modern metropolitan university with a personalized approach to higher learning, Adelphi University is a highly awarded, nationally ranked, powerfully connected doctoral research university offering exceptional liberal arts and sciences programs and professional training with particular strength in its Core Four: Arts and Humanities, STEM and Social Sciences, the Business and Education Professions, and Health and Wellness. Adelphi is dedicated to transforming students’ lives through small classes, hands-on learning and innovative ways to support student success. Founded in Brooklyn in 1896, Adelphi is Long Island’s oldest private coeducational university. Today Adelphi serves nearly 8,000 students. Campus tours are offered Monday through Friday at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. 1 South Ave., Garden City. 800–233-5744. adelphi.edu

Dabble in the many programs and schools offered at Hofstra during their Summer Visit Days. Dates are tailored to students’ interested major or field throughout August and give an academic overview as well as degree information from department reps. Student-led tour will follow. Check the University website to register for specific dates for different programs, including Computer Science, Engineering, Business, and Communications. Fall open houses are scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 22, Oct. 21 and Nov. 10. 1000 Fulton Ave., Hempstead. 516-463-6600. hofstra.edu

Learn to achieve your aspirations at LIU Post, recently praised by Forbes as one of 10 “hot colleges” and named a “Best Northeastern” university by The Princeton Review. Recognized as a leader in experiential learning, highlighted by innovative student-run businesses and on-campus radio and TV stations, LIU Post was voted Best College or University on Long Island in the 2018 Bethpage Best of Long Island competition sponsored by the Long Island Press. Explore nearly 150 degree program options and tour the 330-acre campus Newsday called “one of our area’s top destinations.” Register for Pioneer Saturdays throughout the year for general info and tours around the scenic campus. 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville. 516-299-2900. liu.edu/CWpost

In addition to its main campus in Queens, St. John’s has Long Island Graduate Center that offers quality graduate programs for those enrolled in The Peter J. Tobin College of Business, The School of Education, and St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Call 631-218-7709 to schedule a visit. 120 Commerce Dr., Hauppauge. 718-990-7786. stjohns.edu

Throughout the summer and fall, learn about the 200-plus majors and programs offered at this university by the bay. With its science and tech programs especially, U.S. News & World Report ranks this institution in the top 100 in the country. During the academic year, student-guided campus tours and information sessions are offered on most weekdays and on Saturdays. 100 Nicolls Rd., Stony Brook. 631-632-6000. stonybrook.edu


Get to know the campus and faculty of Farmingdale with one of their tours or specialized information sessions. Every Tuesday and Thursday at 3 p.m., you can check out the new Student Activities building, as well as academic buildings, residence halls, and talk to current students and faculty. Open House 12 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5. 2350 Broadhollow Rd., Farmingdale. 631-420-2000. farmingdale.edu

Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top three best-value colleges, Molloy is one of the most affordable schools on the Island. Students have access to multiple campus resources, including the top-ranked nursing program, tutoring services, and Madison Theatre. Open House 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11. 100 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre. 516-323-3000. molloy.edu

During your visit, check out the impressive Business Technology Center and John A. Danzi Athletic Center, or inquire about the 50 different programs and majors offered at SJC. From mid-September to mid-May, tours are generally offered Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday tours are by appointment only. 155 West Roe Blvd., Patchogue. 631-687-5100. scjny.edu/long-island.

With all of its unique programs, Touro hosts more than 19,000 students across 30 schools in four countries. The School of Health Sciences as well as the Graduate School of Education are both Money Magazine ranked “Best Value” programs. Visit their website to RSVP for an upcoming open house 1700 Union Blvd., Bay Shore. 631-665-1600. touro.edu

Choose from over 90 career-focused degrees like Biotechnology, Electrical Engineering, or Digital Arts at NYIT at Old Westbury. Their new Master of Architecture Program offers a first professional degree in architecture. Campus tours are held on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays. Northern Blvd. and Valentines Lane, Old Westbury. 516-686-1000. nyit.edu

The Career Center of SUNY Old Westbury is one of the highlights of this small college. The new InternShop program matches students with potential employers, and the Interview Stream prepares students for securing the jobs they want. More than 50 different degrees are available. Check out the college website for weekly tour and information session dates led by current students and faculty. 223 Store Hill Rd., Old Westbury. 516-876-3000. oldwestbury.edu


“Stay close, go far” is the motto of this college for students wanting to stay close to home. Their flexible class times make student access easy for more than 70 fields of study, including Legal Studies, Engineering, and Criminal Justice. Email admissions at admissions@ncc.edu to schedule a tour or meet with an advisor. 1 Education Dr., Garden City. 516-572-7501. ncc.edu

Programs for this local school include the school of nursing, honors, and athletics. More than 27,000 satisfied students attend each year, with varying needs and interests. Interested in Suffolk? Walk in anytime from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. during the week for an instant decision. 533 College Rd., Seldon. 631-451-4110. sunysuffolk.edu

5 Products To Help You Achieve A Better You

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Foreo ISSA Play Toothbrush is a sonic-powered toothbrush that will leave your smile cleaner and whiter than traditional bristle brushes. Its silicone head is gentle yet effective for maintaining your pearly whites and lasts 800 uses without needing to change the batteries. $49. foreo.comCLIP AND GO
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20 Hidden Gem Beaches on Long Island

Atlantic Beach 

Sun and Surf Beach Club Boardwalk in Atlantic Beach. (Photo by Marianne O’Leary)

A quieter, sleepier beach, Atlantic hosts many beach clubs which contribute to its exclusive feel. Members are allowed up to six guests per day, so if you’re a resident, pack up the car and carpool to get the best deal. 1393 Beech St., Atlantic Beach Beach ID pass for residents only: $10.

Bay Park 

An aerial view of Bay Park (Google Earth)

Perfect for families, this beach and park along the water features a large jungle gym, pool, sprinklers, and gazebo. A picnic area is also available for a family cookout. 192 1st Ave., East Rockaway. Parking for Leisure Pass Holders: $10, Non-leisure pass holders: $32.

Cedar Beach

The main beach at Cedar Beach in Mount Sinai (Photo by Iracaz)

Featuring live music and bands daily, Cedar Beach is lively, clean and not as crowded
as neighboring beaches. The snack bar serves frozen mixed drinks as well as hot food.
There’s even a campground, playground, and plenty of volleyball courts. 244 Harbor Beach Rd., Mt Sinai Daily Entrance Fees for vehicles without Recreation Permit: $30 on weekends, $20 on weekdays.

Cupsogue Beach County Park

The Cupsogue seascape (Shutterstock)

The soft sand here is home to many unique seashells and even sea glass. Enjoy a Margarita or two at one of the many beach bars that serve drinks and food, including the catch of the day. 906 Dune Rd., Westhampton Beach. Resident Parking with Suffolk Green Key: $9, Non-resident: $18.

Gilgo Beach

Atlantic Ocean from Babylon’s Gilgo Beach (Photo by Derekakinnear)

This quaint beach is a short walk from the parking lot. Surfing classes are available here at places like the Bunger Surf Shop, and the beach environment provides for a relaxed, no pressure lesson. Ocean Pkwy, Babylon. Resident season pass: $45, Non-residents: $20 on weekdays, $30 weekends.

Hither Hills Beach

Camping at Hither Hills State Park (Shutterstock)

Described by locals as “charming” and “simple,” Hither Hills is quiet and low-key with white sands and clear water. Its neighboring state park is a popular site for campers with access to barbeques and picnic tables. 164 Old Montauk Hwy, Montauk Public Parking: $10, $35 for campers, or free with Empire Pass Card ($80).

Lido Beach

A great beach day at Lido Beach. (Photo by Michael LoCascio)

Open to the public, Lido is busier than its Atlantic counterpart, and features food on the bay like Fisherman’s Catch. 235 Lido Blvd., Lido Beach. Resident parking: $10 per car, Non-resident: $25 per car, “walk-in” fees apply.

Meschutt Beach

Meschutt Beach at sundown.

Featuring a seaside pub, Rumba, with burgers and drinks, Meschutt does not disappoint locals who swear by its relaxed vibe and occasional live music. Sunsets here are not to be missed! 90 Dunes Rd, Hampton Bays. Resident Parking with Suffolk Green Key: $9, Nonresident: $18.

Montauk Point 

Visitors at Montauk Point.

In this unique spot, visitors have a stunning view of converging tides from the Atlantic and Block Island Sound. Striped bass swim in the area which makes it a great spot for surfing or fishing. 2000 Montauk Hwy, Montauk. Parking: $8, or free with Empire Pass Card ($80).

Nickerson Beach County Park

Nickerson Beach (Photo by john581)

Ideal for families, Nickerson features a Fun Zone with a skate park and basketball courts in its cabana area, as well as two swimming pools at both ends of the park. 880 Lido Blvd., Lido Beach. Parking for Leisure Pass Holders: $13, Non-leisure pass holders: $35.

Pacific Blvd Beach

Long Beach
Sunbathers on the sand in Long Beach on a recent afternoon (Photo by Joe Abate).

This spot is one of the lesser known beaches in Long Beach, yet attracts families with its quaint amenities like snack bars and a volleyball court on the sand. Children under 12 are admitted for free, so take advantage of the jungle gym and playground. Pacific Blvd., Long Beach. Resident Daily Pass: $12 per person, Non-resident: $15 person.

Philip B. Healey Beach

Philip B. Healey Beach at Florence Avenue in Massapequa. (Photo by John Wisniewski)

A quiet beach tucked in a residential area, this hidden gem is used mainly by locals. No concessions, so bring your own lunch, but enjoy the playground, swings, sprinklers, and of course, peaceful views. 30 Florence Ave., Massapequa. Resident Parking: $20, Non-resident: $50.

Point Lookout Beach

Point Lookout Beach (Photo by Trish Hamme)

Nestled on the east end of Long Beach, this hidden gem is perfect for those trying to beat the crowds at Long Beach or Lido. Not many shops around, so pack your own lunch or get a snack from the ice cream truck that parks nearby. 1300 Lido Blvd., Lido Beach. Resident parking: $10 per car, Non-resident: $25 per car, “walk-in” fees apply.

Robert Moses State Park

Robert Moses State Park

Buy a beach getaway pass through the LIRR to avoid parking fees (around $20 round trip depending where you leave from and includes bus tickets to the beach). Notably clean and quiet, Robert Moses has umbrellas and chairs to rent and for chilling out on a lazy beach day. Robert Moses Causeway, Babylon. $10 to park from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, or free with Empire Pass Card ($80).

Shinnecock East Park

Shinnecock Park East (BIll Alves/YouTube)

This park is the ideal fishing location, with the waters bursting with blues and stripes. Lots of sand to walk along and enjoy the Hamptons sunshine. Nearby is Oaklands Restaurant and Marina which is known for its oysters, clam chowder, and more. Diners can eat while overlooking the ocean. 300 Dune Rd, Southampton. Resident Parking with Suffolk Green Key: $9, Non-resident: $25.

Smith Point Beach

The beach at Smith Point County Park, looking east. (Photo by Mr.TinDC)

Live music and snacks make this beach a popular hangout spot among locals. The Beach Bar Hut features bands and fresh seafood all summer long, and has been noted to have great fried calamari. William Floyd Parkway, Shirley. Resident Parking with Suffolk Green Key: $9, Non-resident: $18.

Sunken Meadow State Park

Promenade an the beach in the Sunken Meadow State Park (Photo by dougtone)

Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. enjoy country music at their weekly “Burgers, BBQ, and Blue Moons” night at the main beach, or have a relaxing “Sunday by the Sound” every Sunday 3 to 8 p.m. with a DJ and family friendly entertainment. State Highway 25A, Kings Park. $10 per car from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. weekdays, or free with Empire Pass Card ($80).

Tanner Park 

Tanner Park
The spray park at Tanner Park (Photo by Tim Seeberger/LongIslandPress)

Complete with splash pad, sprinklers, skatepark, and snack bar, Tanner Park has all the amenities for the perfect beach day. There’s even a fishing pier for those who want to catch their own lunch. 400 Baylawn Ave, Copiague. Resident parking: $15 per car, Non-resident: $25 per car.

Webby’s Beach
A hidden gem that’s free to visit! Younger kids will enjoy the playground in the sand but all will appreciate the beautiful sand and optimal sunset-viewing location. 19 Laura Lee Dr., Center Moriches Free! 

Zach’s Bay

Jones Beach Long Island
View of a concert at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh overlooking Zach’s Bay (Photo: Jones Beach Facebook, @JonesBeachNewYork)

Adjacent to the popular Jones Beach, Zach’s Bay is known for its shallow water and lack of waves, making it popular for parents with small children. The calm environment and serene atmosphere is ideal for those trying to escape the Jones Beach crowd. Ocean Pkwy Coastal
Greenway, Massapequa. $10 per car.

Mid-Island Y JCC Teaches Value of Volunteering

Mid-Island Y JCC CEO Rick Lewis

Since its creation in 1956, the Mid-Island Y Jewish Community Center (Y JCC), centered around Jewish identity, family, and fellowship, has been active in its Plainview location, but the Y’s community outreach has far more to offer than within the neighborhood.

Regardless of age, fitness level, ability, or interest, the Y offers something for everyone. With membership, community members have access to a fitness center, heated pool, gymnasium, babysitting services, cultural activities, afterschool programs, wellness lectures, counseling, and much more. The organization has made it its mission to accommodate the needs of anyone interested in attending, and plans on expanding accessibility in the future.

“We’re significantly expanding a new program as part of our fitness center,” says Rick Lewis, the nonprofit organization’s chief executive officer. “We offer services to adults with disabilities, Parkinson’s, or cancer. We invite everyone in, exercise with them, and provide a recreation center so people can get to know each other and talk about their struggles together as well as the positives.”

The Y’s amenities are plentiful, but they never detract from the organization’s focus on giving back. The volunteer program, which is currently seeking applications, consistently schedules events to connect with the community. On September 16, the JCC plans to host a 9/11 Day of Service to honor local police and firefighters with baked goods.

Throughout the year, volunteers can get involved by driving senior citizens to local medical appointments, food shopping, or errands. The Rudman Family Food Pantry also operates year round to provide food security to town neighbors. Adults and teens can contact the Y’s volunteer services through application, email, or phone to find out more ways to lend a hand.

“People drive by us all the time and don’t really know all we do,” says Lewis. “The best way to get involved is to walk in the front door. Have a conversation with someone.”

Interested in giving back? Apply online at miyjcc.org/y-volunteer or email gwarrack@miyjcc.org. Mid-Island Y JCC, 45 Manetto Hill Rd., Plainview, 516-822-3535, x347.

Kids Lemonade Stand Raises Thousands for First Responders

Two brothers from Massapequa have teamed up once again to benefit local first responders using the most basic of tools: a children’s lemonade stand.

The sons of an NYPD Sergeant, Sean and Kyle Griffin, ages 6 and 4, hosted their second annual lemonade stand fundraiser for the New York Police & Fire Widows’ & Children Benefit Fund, also known as Answer the Call, on Aug. 3. The charity provides financial support to families of the NYPD, FDNY, and PAPD killed in the line of duty. The boys set up shop at their grandparents’ home in Massapequa and sold snacks, raffles to Mets tickets, and ice-cold lemonade.

“These first responders leave their homes every day and no one realizes how they put their lives on the line,” says their mom, Debi Griffin. “The sacrifices that they make help keep us safe.”

According to Debi, Sean himself came up with the idea for a lemonade fundraiser. He was inspired by his father Sgt. Matthew Griffin, and wanted to help the people and families of those he looked up to most. This time last year, he put on his NYPD uniform and sold glasses of lemonade with his brother, Kyle, who donned the uniform of the FDNY. They raised $7,000.

This year, the boys teamed up again with Answer the Call and aimed to raise $10,000. Both Sean and Kyle were determined to hit their goal and collected donations, prepared raffle tickets, and doled out their signature lemonade with the help of their dad. With funds from the stand and their Facebook fundraiser combined, the family has collected nearly $9,000. They are still accepting donations online. But for Debi, she says she is most proud of her boys for wanting to help in the first place.

“It warms my heart and makes me very proud,” she says.

If you would like to donate to Answer the Call via Sean & Kyle’s Lemonade Stand, go to facebook.com/donate/1805620216203084/ or go to answerthecall.org for more information.

The Loading Dock: Patchogue’s ‘Secret’ Venue

As the backstage of a Patchogue theater by day, Long Island’s most mysterious performance venue, The Loading Dock, transforms into an exclusive speakeasy each night.

The space, run by the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, debuted in March to “secretly” host comedy shows, music acts, and of course, booze, with exclusive access to only 150 guests. Now, after one month of solely musical performances, The Loading Dock brought back their comedy nights this month.

“I think people like something that is hidden or secret, it adds intrigue,” says Bernie Fabig, spokesman for the theatre. “They enter through the backdoor of the Patchogue theater … and we bring out the bar.”

Kicking off the relaunch was a comedy night featuring Jared Sandler, Adam Sandler’s nephew and star of Netflix’s The Week Of and Sandy Wexler, as well as Sunday Night Live host Jamie Roberts and Mark Demayo of Gotham Comedy Live.

Headlining August 10 is two-time Emmy Award winner and comedian Judy Gold, delivering a hilarious routine from her experiences as a producer, actor, and mom.

The venue will also host a staged play reading of Dog Whistle later in the month, whose ticket sales will benefit Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

Originally advertised with “Come get weird with us,” the backstage turned front-of-house has an industrial cabaret feel. Metal decor with exposed elements such as stage lights set the mood for the small event space, with chairs and tables at a cozy distance from the theater action.

In its initial launch, only guests who expressed interest on the Loading Dock Facebook page were granted a ticket to opening night. The venue’s location and subsequent advertising were to be spread strictly by word of mouth. Now, theatergoers can buy tickets on The Loading Dock’s website to take part in the exclusive experience.

Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue, 631-207-1313, loadingdockpatchogue.com or facebook.com/LoadingDockPatchogue

Long Beach International Film Festival Returns

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The Long Beach International Film Festival festivities are held at multiple venues, including on the beach itself.

The Long Beach International Film Festival returns Aug. 1 to Aug. 4 for the seventh year of full-length features, short films, eats, and boardwalk fun.

The four-day film fest will team up with the Regal Lynbrook 13 to showcase 13 different feature films. Long Beach and Lynbrook have a history of supporting each other since after Hurricane Sandy, when Lynbrook helped LBIFF continue.

“People weren’t even living in their homes, and there was a lot of destruction in Long Beach, but the show must go on,” says LBIFF co-founder Craig Weintraub.

Weintraub, a filmmaker himself, was inspired to create a film festival on LI after his seeing his own films showcased nationally.

“I had my films in festivals around the country and going to these festivals and seeing what a great opportunity it was, Long Beach is the perfect spot for that,” he says. “And that was the exciting moment in 2011.”

The LBIFF committee received nearly 400 submissions from filmmakers from more than 20 countries for festival consideration; 50 of those films will be screened at the festival. All feature films will be shown at Regal Lynbrook 13 and will require tickets, but short films that screen on the beach at Long Beach are free and open to the public.

Kicking off the fest on Aug. 1 is the drama, Change in the Air, at Regal Lynbrook 13. Aug. 2 will see animation shorts at the Beach Theater (free) on the beach, as well as four different feature films in Lynbrook.

LBIFF will also team up with Devour! at the Allegria hotel for a movie-dining experience dubbed “Chefs and Shorts,” where guests watch a short film and eat a course based on the movie.

“We introduced a new event last year and reinvented the whole ‘dinner and a movie’ concept” says Weintraub. The Chefs and Shorts event is highly anticipated this year and will require tickets that can be purchased online.

The latter half of the festival will consist of a “Taste on the Beach” on Aug. 3, where guests can sample food, wine, and craft beer, and “Concerts on the Beach,” an outdoor music event featuring local artists. That night will also showcase dramatic shorts on the beach, and three feature films in Lynbrook.

The fest will close Aug. 4 with comedy shorts and four feature films, including the award-winning ROCKAWAY, a drama directed by John Budion that takes place in East Rockaway.

The coming-of-age drama tells the story of the director’s childhood growing up on Long Island and was filmed entirely in New York. It’s expected popularity added an encore showing of the film Aug. 5. The movie’s success and impressive amount of awards (Best U.S. Feature Film at the Catalina Film Festival and Audience Award for Best Feature Film at the Flickers’ Rhode Island Film Festival, to name a few) is attributed to the story’s nostalgia and brotherly chemistry between the child actors.

“All the boys I wrote about grew up going to Long Beach,” says Budion, whose film is based on his brother and childhood friends. “It’s our South Beach home.”

Tickets for the feature films as well as for Chefs and Shorts and Taste on the Beach, can be purchased at the LBIFF website, longbeachfilm.com, where moviegoers can also checkout showtimes and more info on what will be shown. For questions, contact contact@longbeachfilm.com.


Carly Rose Foundation: Helping Families In Need

Carly Rose

After twice beating juvenile cancer, Carly Rose Nieves is channeling that fighting spirit to support families that are also facing life-threatening illnesses.

Since the Middle Village native and her family founded the eponymous Carly Rose Foundation in 2016, the charity has paid $15,000 worth of medical bills for families in need. That’s in addition to related efforts, such as partnering with Carly’s high school, Christ the King High School, to host blood drives.

“It opened my eyes to everything we take for granted in our lives and has helped me look at things from a different perspective than most teens/young adults would normally view things,” she says of her overcoming cancer.

She is now one of 375,000 adult survivors of children’s cancer in the United States.

Carly was 7 years old when she was first diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2003. She beat the disease through chemotherapy and blood transfusions but relapsed at age 12. She beat cancer a second time and owes her victory to strangers who donated blood and platelets.

After graduating LaGuardia Community College with honors, Carly now works as a substitute teacher and teaching assistant at her old high school while also running events for CRF and telling her inspirational story.

This month, CRF will host their annual Christmas in July party to raise money for the charity and provide a fun afternoon for the children being treated by the Cohen Children’s Medical Center’s Hematology/Oncology unit. There will be food, face painting, characters, music, and more. Santa is also promised to make an appearance and give out gifts.

“It’s a nice, happy occasion to help them have a nice day out,” says Lisa Horner, Nieves’ mother and founder of CRF. “We try to make life a little easier For families.”

Visit “How to Help” section of carlyrose.org for an Amazon Wishlist of toys that Santa will hand out and other items requested by child cancer survivors. Christmas in July will take place from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. July 29 at Plattduetsche Park in Franklin Square. For more information, contact Lisa Horner at mom@carlyrose.com or call 917-620-8716.