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New LIRR President Makes The Rounds

LIRR President Phil Eng

Newly appointed Long Island Rail Road President Phillip Eng last week landed at an airport hotel in his latest stop on his continuing local meet-and-greet tour to introduce himself to the public.

Eng, who was appointed as president of LIRR in April, shared updates on various major transit projects and gave insights into his priorities Friday during a Long Island Metro Business Action meeting at the Courtyard by Marriott Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma.

“Any feedback, constructive or positive, is important to us,” he told the crowd. “We’re trying to make the ride a little better for everybody … It’s about being a safe, seamless, and comfortable ride.”

Eng’s tenure begins just as the The Double Track Project, which will add a second track to the Ronkonkoma Branch between Ronkonkoma and Farmingdale, is slated for completion later this year. It also comes as work has begun on the LIRR Expansion Project, which will bring a third track to the Main Line between Floral Park and Hicksville, while crews continue to make progress on the East Side Access project. Eng also oversees the LIRR Forward innitiative, which aims to improve service reliability, seasonal preparedness and customer communications.

“Customers need clear and consistent information,” he said.

The LIRR president said he is creating a “fix-it-now” attitude that “protects and prevents” problems from occurring on the nation’s busiest railroad. For example, in the next six months the LIRR will upgrade 10 switches that caused 44 percent of track failures.

He is also increasing inspections, installing high visibility safety delineators at all 296 grade crossings, partnering with Waze to prevent accidents, clearing 180 miles of vegetation along tracks to reduce the number of trees that fall on tracks and replacing 80 utility poles along tracks.

That’s in addition to his plans for upgrading GPS systems on trains that will update train schedules/countdown clocks at stations, increasing the frequency of station cleaning by 30 percent and increasing communication with local stations to address parking issues.

3 New Al Fresco Dining Spots on Long Island

2 Spring serves up upscale, locally sourced cuisine.

INDIGO

This upscale restaurant and bar is in tune with the newest American dining trends. The metropolitan vibes carry throughout the restaurant, inside and outside, especially when local DJs play at night.

With its industrial tin decor and indigo lighting, this steakhouse easily turns into a nightlife bar after 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Food is modern and pleasing to any steak-loving carnivore.

Popular on the menu are the Lobster Fries ($15), juicy lobster and béchamel sauce served over a bed of shoestrings. Many recommend the Hanger Steak served with a peppercorn gravy ($29) for a romantic, sophisticated meal. Get the S’mores Brownie for dessert.

Indigo, 32 W Main St., Patchogue, 631-730-7555,indigopatchogue.com

THE BEER GARDEN

Overlooking the water on The Nautical Mile is The Beer Garden, an outdoor bar and grill that serves fresh seafood, varied entrees, and local brews.

Picnic-style tables create a cozy, friendly atmosphere while guests dine looking at an attractive canal view. The Garden is open Thursday through Sunday and hosts a variety of music acts, perfect for summer weekends. On the menu, the full bar also offers lighter fare as well as seaside classics.

Eats include a Lobster Bao Bun Duo ($14), which presents a generous amount of buttery lobster, and Jalapeño Corn Fritters ($8), your classic, no-frills fried goodness with a spicy kick. The menu is small and streamlined, but as with the Bacon Cheesy Tots and Horseradish Aioli ($11), it delivers big, satisfying flavors.

The Beer Garden, 43 Woodcleft Ave., Freeport, 516-665-2585.

2 SPRING

The clean and cozy yet upscale 2 Spring of Oyster Bay makes fine dining local.

Executive Chef Jesse Schenker prepares sophisticated but timeless eats with locally sourced ingredients and is committed to freshness, simplicity, and elegance. Guests can choose to sit on an outdoor patio garden or one of the two levels inside. The ambience is trendy but comforting, with rustic touches like firefly lamps and cushioned booth seats. For after dinner plans, the restaurant is just a short walk from the sound.

The menu is small but curated, with appetizers like Chicken Liver Toast ($10), served with summery apricot jam and fresh herbs. The popular Crispy Branzino ($32) is noted for its generous portion and freshness, served with quinoa tabbouleh, eggplant, pistachio, and chilis.

2 Spring, 2 Spring St., Oyster Bay, 516-624-2411, 2springstreet.com

7 Questions With Comic Gilbert Gottfried

Gilbert Gottfried

We chatted with funnyman Gilbert Gottfried before his next stand-up gig on Long Island. He shared his thoughts on his new documentary, hecklers and which of his voice-over characters would win in a fight. Here is an excerpt of our conversation.

You regularly work the comedy clubs on Long Island. What’s your funniest memory from your time here? I don’t remember from minute to minute, because I’m always grappling some place, so I wind up getting all the places confused. And there are places I swear I’ve never been to, and then I show up and I see a sign on the wall of the club and so I don’t know. But no memories are good memories.

Many comics have complained that heckling seems to be on the rise. Is this true for you and how do you handle them? I tend to ignore them whenever I can because what happens is hecklers, they’re like, drunk and maybe not that smart to begin with, and if you say something, and you insult them, it gets a big laugh, and they hear the laugh, and then they go, “gee I’m really funny!” and that encourages them.

Critics were pleasantly surprised at your revealing your personal life in your recent documentary. What was the reaction like for you? Oh God. That was pretty scary and uncomfortable because, I mention it in the movie, it’s kinda like that scene in Wizard of Oz where he goes “Ignore that man behind the curtain,” and this, to me, was pulling back the curtain. I mean, the funny thing about it is, I’ve seen it a few times, and I’m always uncomfortable watching it, because it’s kinda like the first time you hear your voice recorded or see yourself on any kind of video and you go, “No, no, I don’t sound that way, I don’t act that way.” But reviews have been good! I haven’t seen one bad review.

Where does your stand-up persona come from when you perform live? It’s funny when people ask me that. I feel like it’s like going up to someone on the street and going, “Hey, you know the way you’re holding that cup of coffee and how you sip from it and how you swing your arms when you walk? Where does that all come from?” It’s like I’ve been performing so long that just somewhere along the way, it happened. There was no moment, there was no conscious decision ever. You just, one day wake up and go, “Wow, this is my delivery.” And people always say, “Is that like a relative or something?” And I don’t know.

Given our political climate, have you found it more difficult to push the envelope as far as you have in the past? Wow, I mean, nowadays, I’ve discovered before that I’ve gotten in trouble for stuff I’ve said, but now I feel like wherever you look there’s “someone.” For a while, it was every week there was someone in trouble, some villain of the week amongst celebrities. And now it’s like, every half hour. So it’s a scary time.

Who would win in a bird fight: Iago from Aladdin or the Aflac duck? Iago. In a second. And the duck would be hanging in a Chinese restaurant.

What’s the next big thing you’re working on that should fans be on the lookout for? I don’t know. People ask me, “What’s your next movie.” Well, I can tell you what my next movie is, but I can’t tell you what movie they’ll actually see out there. So I never really know. Most people answer the phone “hello,” I answer the phone, “I’ll take it.” Just recently, the exact second I thought I had the business figured out, it changed. And now the business changes at an incredible rate where it’s like, just recently, I booked something and I said, “What is this, a movie, a TV show?” and just even terms like movies and TV shows seem old-fashioned. There’s all these different ways of watching, and I don’t know. Just as long as the check clears.

Gilbert Gottfried, The Brokerage, 2797 Merrick Rd., Bellmore, brokerage.govs.com. $25. 9 p.m. July 14.

Xtreme Treats Ice Cream Shop Debuts in Hicksville

Xtreme Treats debuted in Hicksville last month. Photo by Jennifer A. Uihlein.

Just in time for summer, Xtreme Treats opened for business in Hicksville, but this is no ordinary ice cream shop.

Their claim to frozen fame is their Big Dippers, a vanilla ice cream bar dipped in chocolate and served with a variety of sprinkles, candy, and other toppings. The sweet shop had its grand opening Saturday June 16, celebrating with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and plenty of treats for new customers.

“We have more than just ice cream,” says Tara Nawroth, one of the shop’s owners. “There’s candy, novelty gifts and coffee and espresso by Lavazza, an amazing Italian coffee company. It’s a place for adults and kids, no matter what your guilty pleasure is.”

The shop also serves Whipps, ice cream infused with cereal, and Xtreme Milkshakes.

“We put so much thought and love into the concept and couldn’t wait to share it with the community,” says Nawroth.

Their instagram, xtremetreats11801, features their signature sweets as well as happy customers. Get your own Big Dipper at their shop at 259 West Old Country Rd. in Hicksville, or call 516-931-0485 for more info.

Long Island Outdoor Movie Nights Summer 2018

Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Crab Meadow Beach, Waterview St. W., Fort Salonga. *Drive-in. 8:15 p.m. Thursday, July 5.

Despicable Me 3
Jones Beach Bandshell, Jones Beach State Park, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. 9 p.m. Thursday, July 5.

Raiders of the Lost Ark
Southampton Arts Center, 25 Jobs Ln., Southampton. Sunset. Friday, July 6.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Ellsworth W. Allen Town Park, 45 Motor Ave., Farmingdale. Movie begins at dusk, but seating opens at 6 p.m, Saturday, July 7.

Jaws
Grand Beach, Grand Blvd., Long Beach. 8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 7.

Wonder
Sunset Park, Main St., Port Washington. 8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 7.

Tangled
Tanner Park, 400 Baylawn Ave., Copiague. 8 p.m. Monday, July 9.

Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory
Mayor Jeanne Garant Harborfront Park, Port Jefferson. Dusk. Tuesday, July 10.

Despicable Me
Cedar Creek Park, Merrick Rd., Seaford. 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 10.

Captain Underpants
Eisenhower Park, Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, Merrick Ave., Westbury. Dusk. Thursday, July 12.

Independence Day
Good Ground Park, Hampton Bays. 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 12.

Cars 3
Jones Beach Bandshell, Jones Beach State Park, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. 9 p.m. Thursday, July 12.

Despicable Me 3
Fifth Street Park, 5th St., Greenport. Dusk. Friday, July 13.

Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom
Southampton Arts Center, 25 Jobs Ln., Southampton. Sunset. Friday, July 13.

Moana
Nickerson Beach, West Terrace, Lido Blvd., Lido Beach. Dusk. Sunday, July 15.

Wonder
Mayor Jeanne Garant Harborfront Park, Port Jefferson. Dusk. Tuesday, July 17.

Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds
Geiger Lake, Grand Blvd., Wyandanch. Sunset. Tuesday, July 17.

Minions
North Woodmere Park, Hungry Harbor Rd., North Woodmere. 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 17.

Despicable Me 3
Eisenhower Park, Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, Merrick Ave., Westbury. Dusk. Thursday, July 19.

Cars 3
Farmingdale Village Green, 361 Main St, Farmingdale. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 19.

The Little Mermaid
Crab Meadow Beach, Waterview St. W., Fort Salonga. *Drive-in. 8:15 p.m. Thursday, July 19.

Peter Rabbit
Jones Beach Bandshell, Jones Beach State Park, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. 9 p.m. Thursday, July 19.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Southampton Arts Center, 25 Jobs Ln., Southampton. Sunset. Friday, July 20.

Lego Ninjago Movie
South Bay Bible Church 578 Montauk Hwy., East Moriches. 8 p.m. Friday, July 20.

Paddington 2
Majorie R. Post Park, Unqua Rd., Massapequa. 6 p.m. Saturday, July 21.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Lincoln Beach, Lincoln Blvd., Long Beach. 8:15 p.m. Saturday, July 21.

Ghostbusters  
Sunset Park, Main St., Port Washington. 8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 21.

Holes
Tanner Park, 400 Baylawn Ave., Copiague. 8 p.m. Monday, July 23.

Sing
Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium, Stony Brook University. Online reservations required. 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 24.

Storks
Cedar Creek Park, Merrick Rd., Seaford. 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 24.

The Boss Baby
Eisenhower Park, Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, Merrick Ave., Westbury. Dusk. Thursday, July 26.

Coco
Syosset-Woodbury Park, 7800 Jericho Turnpike. Dusk. Thursday, July 26.

Coco
Farmingdale Village Green, 361 Main St, Farmingdale. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 26.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Jones Beach Bandshell, Jones Beach State Park, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. 9 p.m. Thursday, July 26.

Hook
Southampton Arts Center, 25 Jobs Ln., Southampton. Sunset. Friday, July 27.

Trolls
Nickerson Beach, West Terrace, Lido Blvd., Lido Beach. Dusk. Friday, July 27.

The Lego Movie
Nickerson Beach, West Terrace, Lido Blvd., Lido Beach. Dusk. Sunday, July 29.

Secret Life of Pets
Baldwin Park, Grand Avenue, Baldwin. Movie begins at 8:45 p.m, but seating opens at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 29.

Cars 3
Mayor Jeanne Garant Harborfront Park, Port Jefferson. Dusk. Tuesday, July 31.

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
Geiger Lake, Grand Blvd., Wyandanch. Sunset. Tuesday, July 31.

Lego Batman
North Woodmere Park, Hungry Harbor Rd., North Woodmere. 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 31.

Cars 3
Syosset-Woodbury Park, 7800 Jericho Turnpike. Dusk. Thursday, August 2.

Lego Ninjago  
Eisenhower Park, Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, Merrick Ave., Westbury. Dusk. Thursday, August 2.

Despicable Me 3
Farmingdale Village Green, 361 Main St, Farmingdale. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, August 2.

Cars 3
Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park & Beach, West End Ave., Oyster Bay. 8 p.m. Thursday, August 2.

The Lion King  
Jones Beach Bandshell, Jones Beach State Park, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. 9 p.m. Thursday, August 2.

Poltergeist  
Southampton Arts Center, 25 Jobs Ln., Southampton. Sunset. Friday, August 3.

Beauty and the Beast (2017)
Hoyt Farm Park Preserve, 200 New Highway, Commack. 8:30 p.m. Friday, August 3

Top Gun
Grumman Memorial Park, NY-25, Calverton. 8:30 p.m. Friday, August 3.

Weekend at Bernie’s
Lafayette Beach, Lafayette Blvd., Long Beach. 8:15 p.m. Saturday, August 4.

Coco
Tanner Park, 400 Baylawn Ave., Copiague. 8 p.m. Monday, August 6.

Coco
Mayor Jeanne Garant Harborfront Park, Port Jefferson. Dusk. Tuesday, August 7.

Maleficent
Cedar Creek Park, Merrick Rd., Seaford. 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 7.

Ferdinand   
Eisenhower Park, Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, Merrick Ave., Westbury. Dusk. Thursday, August 9.

Moana
Plainview-Old Bethpage Community Park, Washington Ave., Plainview. Movie begins at dusk, but free popcorn and seating opens at 6 p.m. Thursday, August 9.

Wonder Woman
Farmingdale Village Green, 361 Main St, Farmingdale. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, August 9.

Shrek
Good Ground Park, Hampton Bays. 8 p.m. Thursday, August 9.

The Incredibles   
Jones Beach Bandshell, Jones Beach State Park, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. 9 p.m. Thursday, August 9.

Beauty & the Beast
Nickerson Beach, West Terrace, Lido Blvd., Lido Beach. Dusk. Friday, August 10.

Coco
Jean Cochran Park, Peconic Ln., Peconic. Dusk. Friday, August 10.

Ready Player One
Southampton Arts Center, 25 Jobs Ln., Southampton. Sunset. Friday, August 10.

Sing  
Sunset Park, Main St., Port Washington. 8 p.m. Saturday, August 11.

Despicable Me 3
Peter Nelson Park, Oakwood Rd., Huntington Station. 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13.

Daddy’s
North Woodmere Park, Hungry Harbor Rd., North Woodmere. 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 14.

Jumanji (original)
Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 1303 Round Swamp Rd, Old Bethpage. 8 p.m. Wednesday, August 15.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle   
Eisenhower Park, Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, Merrick Ave., Westbury. Dusk. Thursday, August 16.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Farmingdale Village Green, 361 Main St, Farmingdale. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, August 16.

A Wrinkle in Time    
Jones Beach Bandshell, Jones Beach State Park, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. 9 p.m. Thursday, August 16.

Nut Job 2
South Bay Bible Church 578 Montauk Hwy., East Moriches. 8 p.m. Friday, August 17.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Grand Beach, Grand Blvd., Long Beach. 7:45 p.m. Saturday, August 18.

Daddy’s Home 2   
Eisenhower Park, Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, Merrick Ave., Westbury. Dusk. Thursday, August 23.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi  
Jones Beach Bandshell, Jones Beach State Park, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. 9 p.m. Thursday, August 23.

E.T., the Extra-Terrestrial  
Southampton Arts Center, 25 Jobs Ln., Southampton. Sunset. Friday, August 24.

The Greatest Showman  
Eisenhower Park, Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, Merrick Ave., Westbury. Dusk. Thursday, August 30.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2
Jones Beach Bandshell, Jones Beach State Park, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. 9 p.m. Thursday, August 30.

Jaws
Southampton Arts Center, 25 Jobs Ln., Southampton. Sunset. Friday, August 31.

3 Nassau Cops Accused in Drug Ring, Casino Robbery Plot

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

Three Nassau County police officers were among 11 people arrested in four indictments alleging a local drug dealing ring and a thwarted Long Island casino robbery plot, Suffolk County prosecutors said.

Officers Eric Skoglund and Karen Ernst were charged with misdemeanor charges of criminal facilitation for allegedly allowing hundreds of pounds of marijuana to be shipped to their homes from California at the request of an accused drug kingpin. And in the course of that investigation, authorities said they learned that Officer Bruce Moeller and his wife, Christina Moeller, were allegedly planning to rob her employer, Jake’s 58 casino in Islandia. Both were charged with felony counts of conspiracy.

“I can’t explain to you why a police officer who works in Nassau County who has a good job, high-paying job, an important job, someone who swears to uphold the law, enforce the law, decides to violate public trust,” Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini told reporters Wednesday during a news conference in Riverhead. “The message here is no one is above the law.”

Prosecutors said wiretaps were used in the joint investigation with Suffolk police, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Three of the indictments involved the drug ring and the fourth involved the robbery plot. Search warrants uncovered 10 firearms, more than a dozen pounds of marijuana, 15 ounces of cocaine and various pills, according to investigators.

The alleged drug ring leader was identified as Daniel Caceres, age 29, of Port Jefferson Station, who’s accused of distributing steroids, cocaine, and Xanax in addition to marijuana on LI since 2016. After the packages of marijuana were delivered to the officers’ homes, Skoglund brought it to Caceres, or Caceres picked them up from Skoglund’s residence in Suffolk County or Ernst’s residence in Nassau County, authorities said. Post Inspectors said they intercepted two packages addressed to Eric Skoglund containing more than 10 pounds of marijuana this month.

In the alleged Jake’s 58 plot, the Moellers planned to rob a high-roller and a Rapid Armour truck that contained cash from the casino. Christina, who was a cash-cage employee until recently, used her knowledge to identify armored truck delivery times and individuals who won a lot of money, authorities said. On May 11, she texted her husband about a targeted gambler she dubbed “cupcake,” but Bruce and Caceres were seen on surveillance video unsuccessfully searching for the potential victim, according to investigators.

Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said that all three officers have been suspended without pay pending the results of an Internal Affairs investigation and that if found guilty, they will be terminated.

“Any accusation and arrest of this kind is considered extremely serious by the department and has been met with swift action,” Ryder said. “Although all defendants are entitled to due process, it is extremely disappointing and disheartening to the department. We hold our members to an exceptionally high standard and these individuals do not represent the professionalism and honesty exhibited by the men and woman of the Nassau County Police Department.”

-With Timothy Bolger

Thousands Pack Star-studded PinkTie.org Fundraiser

Wrestler Hulk Hogan, Miss Long Island Teen 2018Alexa Cox and boxer Gerry Cooney were among the big names that came to PinkTie.org's fundraiser June 11, 2018. Photos by Joe Abate.

Knicks legend John Starks, wrestler Hulk Hogan and American Idol finalist Constantine Maroulis were among more than 2,000 people that turned out for a must-attend PinkTie.org fundraiser Monday in East Meadow.

Benevolent local business leaders packed The Carltun in Eisenhower Park for the star-studded event, billed as LI’s largest business charity networking group and fastest-growing philanthropic movement. Proceeds were donated to the Stony Brook Children’s Hospital.

“I’m here to support my good friend Jim,” said Starks, referring to wrestler Jimmy Hart. “He’s been an incredible celebrity for getting guys to come out and support the PinkTie event year after year. He’s done so much for charities and I want to come out and lend a helping hand too.”

The event featured live music, a wine lounge, open bar, casino games, and plenty of food provided by the Carltun and supporting businesses. Celebrities and athletes mingled with the crowd of business owners and volunteers and voiced their reasons for donating.

“I think it’s important to donate to PinkTie because it all goes back to charity, the Stony Brook Children’s Hospital, and I think that’s a really great cause,” said Alexa Cox, Miss Long Island Teen 2018. “My mother used to work there so I love being here.”

PinkTie.org was founded more than five years ago by Mike Cave and Rich Cave as an effort to raise money for a family member battling breast cancer. Since then, the organization has raised millions of dollars for local Long Island charities such as the Don Monti Memorial Research Foundation and the Carol M. Baldwin Research Fund.

“I’m a father myself and when I see what these young families go through it breaks my heart,” said Maroulis, who recently toured in Detroit and came to LI just for the event. “Anything we can do to lend support, I’m blessed to be in a position to help out and bring some excitement to a gala like this. I’m just happy to be here and to lend a little support to an awesome organization.”

The 2018 PinkTie gala was estimated to have raised nearly half a million dollars for charity, and the organization continues to get 1,000 professionals to commit to contributing $100 per quarter. For information on how to get involved, go to pinktie.org or call 516-986-PINK.

Long Island Fourth of July Events and Fireworks Shows 2018

Long Island Fun Fest and Fireworks
Suffolk Community College, Brentwood. $5 per person. 9:45 p.m. June 14-24.

Glen Cove Concert and Fireworks
Morgan Memorial Park, Landing Road, Glen Cove. Free. Concert at 7:30 p.m., Northwinds Band, Fireworks at 9 p.m. June 15.

John A. Ward Independence Day Fireworks
27 Bay St., Sag Harbor Yacht Club. Free. 9:30 p.m. June 30.

Firecracker 8K Run and 3M Walk
Agawam Park, 25 Pond Lane, Southampton. $30 before June 30, $35 day of race. 8 a.m. July 1.

TD Banks Celebrate America Fireworks and Show
Eisenhower Park, Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow. Free. 5-10 p.m. July 2.

Connetquot River Fireworks
Connetquot River, Oakdale. Free. 9:15 p.m. July 3.

East Hills Fourth of July Fireworks Show
Great Lawn, East Hills. Time TBD. July 3. Rain date: July 4.

Bellmore Striders Independence Day 4 Mile Run
Pettit Avenue, Bellmore. 1 mile youth run 8 a.m., 4 mile adult race 8:30 a.m. July 4.

Annual Port Jefferson 4th of July Parade
Main Street, Port Jefferson. Free. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. July 4.

Sapphire Princess Jones Beach Fireworks Show Dinner Cruise
End of the Nautical Mile, Freeport. $150 per adult 21+. Reservations Required. 8 p.m.-12:15 a.m. July 4.

Fireworks Show by Boat
Woodcleft Avenue Nautical Mile, Freeport. $40/Adults, $25/Children. 8:30-11 p.m. July 4.

Stars Over Montauk, Grucci Fireworks
Umbrella Beach, Montauk. Free. 9:15-9:45 p.m. July 4.

Village of Asharoken Fireworks
Sound Side of Asharoken Avenue, Asharoken. Free. 9:20 p.m. July 4.

Fireworks at Jones Beach
Jones Beach, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. $10 parking. 9:30 p.m. July 4.

Alive on 25 Fireworks Show
Main Street, Riverhead. Free. July 5. Time TBD.

Shelter Island Fireworks
Crescent Beach, Shelter Island. Free. 9-9:45 p.m. July 7.

Town of Oyster Bay’s Salute to America
John J Burns Park, Massapequa. Free. 9:45 p.m. July 10.

Clam Shell Foundation Annual Great Bonac Fireworks by Grucci
Three Mile Harbor, East Hampton. 9:30 p.m. July 14.

Environmentally Friendly Long Island Developer, Vincent Albanese, Dies at 92

From left: Wyandanch Village, Vincent Albanese.

Vincent Michael Albanese, Co-Founder and Vice Chairman of the environmentally conscious developer and real estate firm, The Albanese Organization, died May 26. He was 92.

Mr. Albanese began his career as a lawyer in 1949 and became an active member of the New York metropolitan real estate community. He was a graduate of Wesleyan University, St. John’s University School of Law, and undertook graduate studies at Columbia University to pursue politics. Together, with his brother, Anthony, he formed The Albanese Organization based in Garden City in 1949.

The company currently stands as one of the leading green developers on Long Island. Mr. Albanese made it his mission to build with environmentally conscious building materials in his projects. His real estate development, planning and design company prides itself on running 5 million square feet of space while also using energy saving methods. The company has been praised by The Long Island Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council for accomplishments in implementing green-friendly values in its work.

Most notably, Albanese recently broke ground on a third apartment building in the transformative Wyandanch Village, a $500 million, 40-acre mixed-use neighborhood in one of the most deserving communities on Long Island. The project has served as a model for other developments in the region. 

Mr. Albanese is survived by his wife, Niki. He is father to Marisa, James, Christopher, Anthony, and his late daughter, Kathryn. He was also a beloved grandfather, father in law, and brother. He was interred at the Nassau Knolls Cemetery on Wednesday. In lieu of flowers, his family asks for donations to the Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation or the Northwell Health Hospice Care Network.