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Shana Tova: Jewish High Holidays Are Upon Us

A Yemenite Jew blowing the shofar to signal the start of Rosh Hashanah.

The month of September marks the High Holidays, a very meaningful period for the Jewish people.

Rosh Hashanah, meaning “beginning of the year,” starts at sundown on Sunday, September 9 and ends at sundown on September 11. One of the main observances of the holiday is hearing the sounds of the shofar (a ram’s horn). The piercing sound of the shofar has been described as an alarm, a call to repentance, a time to look back at the mistakes of the past year and make changes in the new year.

“Rosh Hashana is not just the Jewish New Year, but we believe the turning point in the year for the entire world,” says Rabbi Charles Klein, the head rabbi and spiritual leader of the Merrick Jewish Centre, a conservative synagogue, and former president of the New York Board of Rabbis. “On Rosh Hashana we really understand that we are citizens of a world and have a responsibility that we are in this together.”

Rosh Hashanah is also a time that commemorates the creation of the world and marks the beginning of the Days of Awe, a 10-day period of introspection and repentance that culminates in the Yom Kippur holiday.

On Sept. 18 at sundown begins Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year for the Jewish people; it ends on the eve of September 19 and is referred to as “The Day of Atonement.” This solemn religious day is a time of prayer, reflection, and fasting. Rabbi Klein, who has delivered hundreds of sermons spanning four decades, explains that on Yom Kippur “the focus is on us.”

“We turn the spotlight on our own lives,” says Klein, who has more than 2,500 worshippers who fill his synagogue during the High Holidays. “I know it is very popular to take selfies. I spoke last year about Yom Kippur and about taking a SOUL-fie, a picture of our soul and asking ourselves if we are fulfilling what our souls could do.

“Are we acting morally and ethically as we should in our human relations in what we say and what we do?” he asks. “Are we being honest in our self-evaluation? Are we really facing up to our wrongdoings and our faults or are we just camouflaging them and looking away from things we have done wrong that really need to be done differently and better?”

Other religious holidays this month are Sukkot (Sept. 23) and Simchat Torah (Oct. 1)

Starr Boggs: Legendary Hamptons Chef

Chef-Owner Starr Boggs in the kitchen, left, and one of his popular desserts, the Black Bottom Pecan Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream and Caramel Sauce.

For Starr Boggs, the chef/proprietor of his popular, eponymous Westhampton restaurant, love is all he needs to keep going after more than 40 years in the business.

“It’s like the Kevin Costner film, For Love of the Game,” he says. “You really have to love it to do this business and to do it well.”

His passion stems from his childhood growing up on a 1,000-acre working farm in Chesapeake, Virginia.

“When I was a kid, everything we ate was raised in the gardens or on the farm,” says Boggs. “The chickens, cows, hogs. We ate well.”

He learned at a young age how to make sausage, scrapple, and the different cuts of meats his family cured.

“I loved the gathering of people and eating food,” he says. “I think that is when my love of food started.”

Now, at age 67, Boggs draws on that experience.

“You don’t want to be in this business if you don’t have a passion for it,” he says. “Everyone sees the glamour, but it is tough work and hard to be successful.”

Success is something Boggs has worked tirelessly to attain. Since he opened his restaurant 15 years ago on Parlato Drive, it’s been a Hamptons destination. The menu changes daily with the season and accommodates a variety of palates and budgets — gluten-free, vegetarian, and prix-fixe.

Executive Chef Frank Lucas, who has been working with Boggs for the last 30 years, describes him as “the force behind everything.”

Fresh ingredients, personal service, and a team that goes the extra step are what Starr Boggs delivers daily to its patrons.

“We go out of our way to get the best products,” says Lucas. “We source our fish and fruits and vegetables. We don’t take shortcuts.”

And people notice. Out of the 42 restaurants in Westhampton Beach, Starr Boggs was rated number one by Trip Advisor. Saturday night easily draws up to 400 patrons, says Lucas.

Their Monday Lobster Bake — a Starr Boggs tradition that’s been going on for more than two decades — is downright festive. Regulars and newcomers alike gather to listen to live music and eat a buffet feast of seafood, salads, duck, steaks, and sausages to their heart’s content. The restaurant is also known for its annual Kentucky Derby Parties.

One of the biggest sellers for the past 35 years that’s still going strong is the almond-crusted flounder with sweet potatoes, a banana, and a green vegetable.

“Right now, the fish is unbelievable,” says Boggs. “We have striped bass, blackfish. They closed the fluke season down for a couple of weeks, so we are getting it from the surrounding states. And, the soft-shell crabs are coming up from my home in the Chesapeake.”

The restaurant features two bars, a dining area, and landscaped patio with waterfall. It is Boggs’ sixth location.

“It is my favorite one, and it will be my last one,” says Boggs, who joked that his “dance card has been pretty much punched.”

Boggs’ culinary career on Long Island started in 1981, when he landed at The Inn at Quogue, and The Patio Restaurant, which he co-owned. After running a few other establishments, in 1986 he launched Starr Boggs, a small restaurant that grew when he moved it to the beach and then to its current location.

Boggs gets choked up reflecting on his success.

“Right now I am as proud as my staff as I have ever been,” he says. “They work hard. If you don’t love serving and making people happy, then you don’t need to be in this business. All my kids, the busboy to the chef, they all love making people happy, and I love that about them.

“I have one of the best managers [Joshua Benedict] I’ve ever had,” he continues. “A great line chef. A great sous chef. Between Joshua and Frank, you have to have a lot of right arms in this business.”

He stops for a moment to collect himself.

“Right now it’s a happy place,” he says. “Next year, if something happens, if someone can’t get back, then we have to start all over again.”

Starr Boggs is located at 6 Parlato Drive in Westhampton Beach. They can be reached at 631-288-3500.

East/West Industries: Top-Flight Manufacturer

Joe Spinosa, VP of Business Development at East/West Industries inspects a CH-47 helicopter Crashworthy Crew Chief seat.

Countless Long Islanders have seen the U.S. Navy’s elite flying squadron, the Blue Angels, perform aerobatic stunts at the annual Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach State Park.

But most spectators are likely unaware that those F/A-18 Hornets are equipped with emergency oxygen systems made on Long Island. Ronkonkoma-based East/West Industries is an award-winning designer and manufacturer of aircraft seats, ground support equipment, and other lifesaving products.

“I love what I do,” says Teresa Ferraro, president of East/West Industries. “Saving aircrew lives is our first concern.”

Ferraro runs the company with her brother, Joe Spinosa, vice president of business development. The family business, which started as a small store in Bellmore in 1968, has grown to become one of the leading providers of high-performance products for the military and commercial customers in the aerospace industry today, serving Sikorsky Aircraft, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed, Bell Helicopter and all branches of the U,S, Department of Defense.

The woman-owned company is celebrating its 50th year in business. Ferraro says its founders, her father Dom Spinosa, a mechanical engineer in the aerospace industry, and mother, Mary Spinosa, whose background was in finance, were “true visionaries and entrepreneurs.”

The company has more than 28 patents and has manufactured more than 3,500 types of seats for helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft since its inception.

Over the last 16 months, East/West Industries has gone through a growth spurt, moving its operations to a 50,000-square-foot building, nearly twice the size of their prior facility.

“We have long-term employees and very low turnover because we have created those values of being a family business,” says Ferraro.

Mentoring young people and supporting veterans is also important to the company. Fifteen percent of its workforce are veterans. The company has 82 employees, up from 55 three years ago.

The Industrial Development Agency featured it as a model manufacturing company. Earlier this year, The Boeing Company recognized East/West Industries as Supplier of the Year in the Global Supplier Diversity category.

“Our quick response to our clients’ needs, our performance, quality of products, on-time delivery, affordable price and product diversity keep our customers coming back,” says Ferraro.

Roslyn Retreat: Ex-CIA Director’s Compound On The Market

The exterior of the Grand Manor-style estate built in the 1850s features 8.2 acres of land with a statue garden, pool and three guest cottages. (Photo by Matthew Kropp)

The Tudor-style mansion known as Mayknoll that was owned by a former director of the Central Intelligence Agency is on the market with bids now being accepted on the entire compound or a portion.

The private Glenwood Road estate, set on 8.2 acres with views of Hempstead Bay, was built in the 1850s by a steamship captain. The property includes three guest cottages, a statue garden, and pool. Bernadette Casey Smith, the daughter of the late William J. Casey, who served as CIA director during the administration of Ronald Reagan, has fond memories of the home that has been in the family for 70 years.

“It’s a wonderful place to grow up,” says Smith. “I was an only child, but I never felt like I was an only child because I had all these people around.”

The manor, which was initially a Victorian, had five different owners before the Caseys acquired it. In 1919, the current occupants redesigned it and turned the home into a Renaissance-esque Tudor-style design. Some of the original features are the etched glass pocket doors and tile flooring located in the main foyer.

“The story was that the steamship captain hand selected the tile when he was in Italy,” says Smith. “He told his wife he was sending her the floor. There’s also a secret passage that would make a great wine cellar.”

Treasures from overseas and personal mementos fill the house. In the foyer hangs an Asian wall panel from Japan, a Cuzco school oil painting of the Madonna purchased in Peru, and a sculpture of Alexander the Great conquering the world. In the living room are two paintings by John Sloan, an influential turn-of-the-century realist.

“It is a very formal house and a house that is great for entertaining,” says Smith. “We used to have parties at Christmas with 250 people, and it never felt crowded.”

In the adjacent room is the Casey Cold War library, once an enclosed porch, which holds a vast collection of books on espionage, photos, and maps. The area was also used by the CIA security team.

“That was Dad’s desk from the SEC [Securities and Exchange Commission] and that was his cabinet chair,” she recalls.

In the formal dining area hangs a chandelier, ornate in design and massive in size.

“Mom and a friend went to an auction at Columbia Theater and purchased the smallest chandelier,” she recalls. “It took five people to get it up.”

The family updated the home in 2000 with modern amenities that include central air conditioning, plumbing and electricity. Additional standout features are a solarium, a spa with an endless swim pool and an elevator.

“It’s been lovingly kept up,” says Smith while walking the grounds.

Pointing to a mighty tree in the distance, she says, “We even have an eagle that stays on the property. You can see the nest from my office.”

During the private tour, James Connelly, director of government relations and the principal for Washington D.C.- based Summit Commercial Real Estate, and representative of the sale of the estate as administered by Hollywood Real Estate Services LLC and Helmsley Spear LLC, explains that the residence can be subdivided and developed with proper approvals.

“The home is one of the larger waterfront assemblages in the county,” he says. “The asking price has not been set, and the property will be sold in a sealed bid format on the full compound or portions of the property.

“It may not be a family,” he continues. “It could be a sovereign nation, or it could be a foundation.”

For more information text James Connelly, Summit Commercial Real Estate, LLC; 202-491-5300 or jconnelly@summitcre.com. Tours are by appointment only.

 

Impish Lee: Inspiring Women Designers

Left to right are Kali Ventresca Owner/CCO and Noelle Ventresca Owner/CEO.

Meet the Ventresca sisters of Sea Cliff. Noelle is the visionary. Kali is the perfectionist. And  their intimate apparel brand, Impish Lee, is taking lingerie and loungewear to a whole new level.

Their online customization tool that is user-friendly, convenient and fun to use, enables women of all shapes and sizes to design lingerie based on their body measurements to reflect their individualized style and taste. Sizes range from size 0 to 30 and bra sizes are 28A up to 44J with custom sizing available, all at a ready-to-wear price point.

“We offer the largest size range of a single brand in our industry,” says Kali. “We have trillions of possible designs that can be created, with 50-plus fabrics to customize so you can be true to your own aesthetic. No other brands are allowing you to do the same thing, in a store or otherwise.”

In addition to getting a perfect fit, women can choose from an assortment of different lining colors to match their skin tone and luxurious fabrics, trims, and finishes.

“We believe that since our customers know themselves better than we do, it is imperative to include them in the design process,” says Noelle.

The sisters, who enjoy working together so much that have been described as “inseparable,” stay on the pulse of the ever-changing industry. Two to three times a year they release a new collection that features unique designs, color combinations, and fabrics.

“While every design is customizable, we like to inspire so that the process of designing their own apparel is easier,” says Kali. “We hope to encourage women to design garments they will love forever.”

Being environmentally conscious is very important to the duo. Their company focuses on sustainability and ethical practices. They support the local economy by having their manufacturing facility in Sea Cliff.

Currently, the pair is gearing up for their next venture, a custom swimwear line that will launch in 2019 — not too shabby for a company that grew organically in 2012, when they started building their boutique lingerie brand on Etsy.

Their handmade designs caught the attention of retailer Urban Outfitters. In 2015, they moved from Etsy to their own site that later evolved into a fully customizable intimate apparel brand.

Their initial investment was $45,000, including a $15,000 Kick- starter campaign that included investments from family and friends that went toward the purchase of equipment and software development tools. Today, Impish Lee continues to thrive.

For the last year, they have been working with Consortium, a specialized retailer for customer fashion brands for men and women featuring bespoke shirts, accessories, shoes, watches, fragrance, jewelry and more. Impish Lee has been participating in their 12-city pop-up tour.

Their first stops were Las Vegas and Chicago and now they are in New York with a pop-up store in Soho that is open through Sept. 1.

“Bringing fashion and accessory brands together to showcase a different way of shopping that is sustainable, ethical, with each product made exclusively for the consumer, is a huge feat, and so greatly needed in our current world of fashion,” says Kali. “We had to be involved.”

Currently, Impish Lee is sold exclusively on their website at ImpishLee.com or with Custom Consortium, with no plans of opening up a retail location just yet.

“We want to remain lean in our early growth,” says Kali, “though we are certainly not opposed to a physical location at some point down the line.”

The Amara Long Slip in wine mesh.
The Lena Long Robe (peach mesh) with the Aïssata Jumper (coral mesh)
From left to right: The Claudia Long Slip (black bohemian lace), Antoinette Strappy Sweetheart Bralette (white bohemian lace) with Antoinette Thong Panty (white bohemian lace), Svana Triangle Bralette (black bohemian lace) with Svana Highwaist Garter Belt (black bohemian lace) and Svana Highwaist Panty (coral mesh).

Posh Pools: Dive Into These Modern Designs

Geronimo!

Swimming pools are as popular as ever with more homeowners adding them to their outdoor living spaces. Compared to years ago, there are many more options available for the in-ground pool of your dreams: gunite, fiberglass, and vinyl-lined concrete are offered in a variety of unique designs, shapes, and sizes.

And it doesn’t end there. With today’s technology, you can enjoy your pool with just the push of a button on your mobile device, from setting the temperature so the water is just right when you are ready for a swim to turning the underwater lights on to create the perfect ambiance for a night swim.

Many pool owners are even extending the use of their pools by selecting a heater for early and late-season swimming so they can take an off-season dip.SPORTS POOL

The family in this East Islip home wanted a pool for entertaining that was built to last. Giuseppe Abbrancati, owner/designer of Smithtown-based Gappsi, Inc., suggested a gunite salt-water pool in a sports pool-style design where both sides of the pool are shallow and the deep end is in the middle.

“Gunite pools make a statement,” he says. “They are a very customizable pool. That is why you see a sundeck, round steps, free falls, spas inside the pool. You can shape the cement any way you want it and apply any finish. They are also highly durable.”

Abbrancati should know: He has been building pools for the last 30 years.

“The deepest part of this pool is six feet,” he says. “It’s built like that so you can play volleyball in the pool and it’s fair ground.”

Abbrancati designed a classic rectangular-shaped pool that is 16-by-32 feet in size and has that sleek modern look.

“Everyone in the Hamptons has the gunite rectangular shape,” he says. “It is the most elegant.”

The pool, he explains, is a cobalt blue diamond bright with quartz finish. Before the installation, the house, which is close to 100 years old, had a simple concrete patio. In order to keep the character of the home, Abrrancati chose a brick-looking veneer that would blend in with the existing bricks to make it look like the pool was always there.

“I didn’t want the pool to look like it was an addition,” he says. “I wanted it to look like it was built with the house 100 years ago.”

Travertine pavers were added throughout. Additional features of the property that Abbrancati built were a sunken natural firepit made from rocks and lava and an L-shaped bench for seating.THE MOUNTAIN LAKE POOL

The homeowners of this Miller Place home chose the Mountain Lake Pool, also called a Free-Form Pool, for its beauty.

Their home sits on a little more than an acre and features a gazebo, firepit, a patio and plenty of additional space for entertaining. Their property size allowed the homeowners to get a little more creative with their options when it came to the pool’s shape and size.

“Geometric pools have more room for swimming, but may not suit the landscape and clients’ design expectations,” says Swim King Pools Marketing Director Beth Pranzo. “When you build a Mountain Lake Pool you want the pool to be as big as it can be so there is swimming room.”

The salt-water pool that is 24 feet by 42 feet was an ideal size for the property.

“Some people want something artistic in their yard while others prefer the classic rectangular shape,” she says. “The client liked the shape and thought it was a beautiful feature to enhance her landscaping.”

Swim King Pools, located in Rocky Point, has built thousands of in-ground pools since opening in 1974.

“We build as soon as the ground thaws, often February, and our last just before Thanksgiving,” says Pranzo.

This pool is a poured concrete vinyl-lined pool which is very durable, explains Pranzo, adding that her company offers a lifetime guarantee on its concrete walls.

“Pools can also be built with steel walls, composite walls or a one-piece fiberglass wall pool,” she says.

Typically, fiberglass pools are delivered as one unit and not built onsite. They are just as durable, explains Pranzo, but more expensive and there are usually limits on where they can be built due to delivery access.

Jerry Seinfeld: King of Comedy Keeps Us Laughing

Jerry Seinfeld

On a balmy June night at the Classic Car Club in Manhattan, hot-rod lovers congregated to talk engines, horsepower, carburetors and more. Amid the fleet of supercars — a 2015 Lamborghini Huracan, 1963 Corvette Stingray, and a ’66 Mustang convertible — stands comic icon Jerry Seinfeld.

Dressed in a dark suit and dress shoes and looking effervescently cool, Seinfeld was clearly in his element. He was at the car club to celebrate the new season of his popular web series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, since Netflix picked up the show from Crackle in January. The tenth season premiered on July 6.

As the creator, executive producer, and host, Seinfeld takes the viewer on a ride, literally, as he picks up a new guest comedian in a vintage car he selects. During the trip, there are lots of funny stories, lots of laughs and lots of caffeine. Guests on the new season are the late Jerry Lewis, Kate McKinnon, Ellen DeGeneres, Hasan Minhaj, Dana Carvey, Neil Brennan, Tracy Morgan, Brian Regan, Alec Baldwin, Zach Galifianakis, John Mulaney, and Dave Chappelle.

As the crowd buzzed about, checking out some of the sleek automobiles and enjoying the sunset views of the Hudson River, Seinfeld was talking with the media. The Press was there too, ready to chat with the man who made talking about nothing so much fun.

At a youthful 64, Seinfeld is still delivering the laughs and getting it right, traveling to different stages across the country for his Jerry Seinfeld Comedy Tour. During our interview, Seinfeld shared some of his fondest memories growing on Long Island’s South Shore and even revealed his nickname that many still call him today. There were moments when I wasn’t sure if he was kidding or not. And I wanted to be the one to say to Seinfeld himself: Are you kidding me?

Jerry Seinfeld, the legendary comic from Massapequa, continues to do his stand-up act while producing his Netflix show, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.

How does it feel now that your show is on Netflix? Being picked up by Netflix I guess is like being put on the Yankees. You are on the team that is going to win. It is very exciting for me. At this point in my career, it is very hard in show business to get a second hit. A lot of people are lucky enough to get one hit; to get two hits is really hard. It feels pretty good.

As a car enthusiast, what would you say is your ultimate set of wheels? I love a minimalist car. I love a car that is almost like a motorcycle with four wheels. The 1958 Porsche 356 Speedster I think is the greatest model you can drive. It is very little. I love the openness and sleekness of it. It is not that fast, but it is just an incredible feeling of freedom.

With the name of the show being Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, I need to ask how you like your coffee. Black? Light and sweet? I actually started drinking coffee a couple of years before I did the show. It is so fun to have coffee with people I figured I gotta do a show about this. Now, I love coffee. I drink coffee all day everyday. I like any type of coffee: latte, espresso, cappuccino, cream and sugar.

Was the character of George, Elaine or Kramer based on any friends or anyone you knew growing up on Long Island? No. Me and Larry David had a wonderful staff of writers. We were cooking up ideas all day every day; that is all we did.

Of all the episodes, which was was your favorite that still makes you laugh? I really loved the marine biologist one when Kramer hit the golf ball in the blowhole of the whale and George found it trying to save the whale pretending to be a marine biologist. I thought that was the best bit we ever came up with. That was a funny bit.

Changing gears, how was it growing up in Massapequa? I wish I had realized how great it was at the time. Now that I am a parent I see that I had the greatest possible childhood in Massapequa. Just being able to jump on my Schwinn Stingray and ride all day long and visit my friends and hang out and go up and down the streets. Nobody knew where I was. It was total freedom and safety. I didn’t realize how great that was because kids don’t do that anymore.

Michael Richards, Julia Lous-Dreyfus, Jason Alexander and Jerry Seinfeld are Kramer, Elaine, George and Jerry in ths hit sitcom Seinfeld.

When you were a student at Massapequa High School were you known for being funny? Yes, I was very funny, but I didn’t think I was funny enough to be a comedian. I remember everybody was funny.

Do you still have family on Long Island? No, just me. I am out on the East End of Long Island now. I love it. Everyday, I remember the sound of those birds and those trees. There is just a light on Long Island that is unique and I have been all over the world, but there is just something about the light on Long Island. I love to hear those birds and I remember those birds and I am like, there are those birds again that I remember when I was a kid. And I get kind of lost, as I guess a lot of people do when reminiscing about their childhood.

Are there any favorite places you went to as a kid? Mister Donut was the place we used to go to on Sunrise Highway. They don’t exist anymore. Massapequa Diner and Pizza Supreme in the Bar Harbour Shopping Center and their snack bar.

Do you ever go back to the old neighborhood to visit? When you do, how is it? Sometimes I will drive around to my old stops. Alec Baldwin and I did our new episode, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, in Massapequa. It was fantastic. We were like the heroes. We walked into the same Massapequa Diner that was there when I was a kid.

Did you have a nickname growing up? Seiny. I didn’t like it. People still call me that even today.

Everyone knows you as Jerry, but your formal name is Jerome. You don’t look like a Jerome. Does anyone call you that? George Wallace, the comedian, calls me Jerome.

What is next for Jerry Seinfeld? I love doing Comedians in Cars and I want to be doing this  for a while.

Seinfeld wrote and starred in Bee Movie.

SEINFELD’S MILESTONES

1954: Born April 29 in Brooklyn.
1972: Graduates Massapequa High School.
1976: Graduates Queens College with a degree in theater and communications.
1979: Plays Frankie, a mail delivery boy on the ABC sitcom Benson.
1981: Appears on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and Late Night with David Letterman.
1988: Creates The Seinfeld Chronicles with Larry David for NBC. The show is later renamed Seinfeld. By the fourth season, the show was rated most popular sitcom on American television.
1992-1993: American Comedy Award for Funniest Male Performer in a TV Series.
1993: The book Seinlanguage comes out and is listed on The New York Times Best Seller list.
1993: Recipient of the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy.
1993: Wins Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy series
1994: Wins Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.
1998: The last Seinfeld airs, running for a total of nine seasons with 180 episodes.
2000: Appears as Comp-U-Comp in an animated television series, Dilbert. The series won the Primetime Emmy.
2004: Makes a cameo appearance as himself in the improvised American comedy series, Curb Your Enthusiasm.
2005: Comedy Central names Seinfeld the 12th Greatest Stand-up Comedian of All Time.
2007: Produced and co-wrote the script for the computer animated film the Bee Movie, and played the voice role of Barry B. Benson.
2009: Appears on the reunion episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm.
2010: Executive producer of the TV reality show and panel game The Marriage Ref.
2012: Creator and host of the web series comedy Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.

Summer Survival: Beating The Heat

Hot and humid weather can wreak havoc on skin and hair. In humidity, the pores of the skin are more sensitive and may cause skin to be more prone to acne breakouts, blemishes, and eczema. In summer, hair can also pose a challenge, especially when dry strands come in contact with steamy temperatures that can lead to a mane full of frizz. To keep your skin and hair from having a meltdown, try these new and award-winning products that will keep you looking refreshed and relaxed all summer long.

AN EXOTIC EXFOLIATOR
Exfoliate with the Gommage Sucre Jasmine by Yon-Ka Paris, a sugar scrub that turns into milk when in contact with water that leaves skin soft with hints of a subtle floral fragrance. The French skincare brand, used in many spas worldwide, is now available, $52 at yonka.com

A WINNING SUNSCREEN
Drunk Elephant’s Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30 is loaded with potent antioxidants including astaxanthin, grape juice and sunflower shoot extracts, raspberry seed, marula oils and 20 percent zinc oxide. Suitable for all skin types including the most sensitive skin, $34 at Sephora, 160 Walt Whitman Rd., Huntington Station, 631-425-1488, sephora.comPROTECT THOSE PUCKERERS
Lips can get chapped and sunburned too. Try the Sea Salt Exfoliator & Marine Lip Repair by MAKE, a lip duo that delivers smooth, hydrated lips. First, exfoliate with the fine sea salt granules (they are non-abrasive), then apply the protective lip balm that is made with shea butter and peppermint oil, $40 at makebeauty.com

STRESSED-OUT TRESSES NO MORE
White Sands UnderCover Styling Spray is packed with Pro-Vitamin B5, aloe vera and UV protectants that keep your hair healthy and frizz-free on or off the beach, $21 at Merit Beauty Supply, 560 Hempstead Ave., West Hempstead, 516-481-0606, meritbeautysupply.comHAIR THAT SPEAKS TO YOU
The Kiss Ionic Smoothing Brush releases ions that instantly smooth hair and will keep your frizz at bay all summer long. The brush is portable and lightweight, $12.99 at amazon.com 

A FACIAL STICK THAT COOLS
ILIA Cucumber Water Stick cooling toner gives skin a quick boost of hydration. Apply the water-based toner before moisturizing and applying sunscreen. The blend of cucumber pulp (for de-puffing), aloe extract (to hydrate), and chicory root (stimulates collagen production) are cooling and soothing, perfect for those long summer days, $42 at iliabeauty.com

Bathrooms Lead Home Renovation Projects

Bathrooms reign over kitchens as the most popular renovation taking place, according to a new survey by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

Michelle and Nate Able had a few projects on their to-do list for their Riverhead home. For one, they wanted to add a bathroom in a space that was initially an oddly shaped alcove that the former owners had used as a hallway/storage closet. They also wanted to update an existing bathroom to match the modern farmhouse vibe in the rest of their home.

To help eliminate some of the uncertainty and stress that goes along with a home renovation project, the couple didn’t waste any time and contacted Sweeten, a free service that matches homeowners with vetted general contractors and provides support until project completion.

“We like that an actual person is reviewing your job and matching you with contractors, not just an algorithm matching keywords,” says Nate. “It’s also nice to see the contractor’s previous jobs right on the site.”

The Ables, who were out of town a good part of the time during the work, appreciated the fact that they were still able to keep in touch with their contractor and see the photos that were sent showing the progress taking place.

“The pictures helped make sure things came together the way we imagined them,” says Nate.

Sweeten Founder and CEO Jean N. Brownhill, a trained architect who started the company in 2011 after a bad experience with her own renovation, has expanded the service across Long Island. Since launching, the company has grown to nearly $1 billion in construction projects in the pipeline, with the support of venture capital.

Brownhill adds, “One of the things that helped this North Fork renovation go so smoothly was that the homeowners made sure to have all the materials delivered before starting, and set up a regular communication check-in with their general contractor, since they were living in Brooklyn.”

MOODY-BLUE BATHROOM 

“During the renovation, one bathroom was being built above the other, and the rooms were not perfectly aligned,” says Brownhill. “Their Sweeten contractor had to figure out the best way to run pipes from the downstairs space to the new bathroom upstairs. The solution was to create a tray ceiling to conceal the pipes in the downstairs bathroom…it solved a problem while also adding an architectural element.”

THE RESULT: “The deep blue hue continued the classic look and added a pop of contrast with the warm brass hardware and white subway tile.”

FARMHOUSE BATHROOM ADDITION

“Michelle and Nate wanted to add an ensuite bath to their guest bedroom,” says Brownhill. “They identified an alcove conveniently located above the downstairs bathroom, which is ideal to easily extend the plumbing. Because the angled room affected one of the walls, they worked with their Sweeten team on a creative layout.”

THE RESULT: “The oddly shaped space became a charming triangular storage nook. For those considering adding a second bathroom, choose a shared wall that already has plumbing running through it, which makes the project significantly easier,” advises Brownhill. “Owners often opt to turn a closet into a bathroom, taking advantage of having the space already carved out.”

A Historic Home’s First Time on The Market

The nineteenth century Victorian home at 144 South Jamesport Avenue in Jamesport has a unique story to share. Listed for $1,149,000, the five-bedroom, three-bathroom home has never been on the market in its 100-plus year history.

Built in 1845, the home was acquired by Captain William H. Corwin in1850. A shipbuilder and a prominent figure in the community, Corwin was an esteemed member of the church and son of Matthias Corwin, an original settler of the Town of Southold.

According to the home’s current owners, Edward and Nancy (Rolle) Meier, the house has stayed in the family for more than a century. In 1853, William H. Corwin married Hannah Jones and they had five daughters. In the 1860s, Corwin modified the house similar to how it exists today. When Corwin died in 1904, he passed the house to his daughter, M. Louisa Corwin.

When M. Louisa Corwin died in 1922 the house was passed to sister Winifred Corwin Doe. In 1961, when Winnifred passed, the house was then given to Howard Van Cleaf, the son from first husband David Van Cleaf. When Howard Van Cleaf died in 1969, the house went to his second cousin, Edwina Rolle. In 1980, John and Edwina sold the house to their daughter Nancy (Rolle) Meier and Edward Meier.

“We lived in the house for 38 years and raised our three children there,” says Edward Meier. “We are the first ones to put it out in the open market since William H. Corwin purchased the property.”

For the last few years, Meier and his son have been renovating the property room by room. Their goal was to keep the home’s integrity while updating it with today’s amenities.

Today, the 2,800-square-foot property features a spacious eat-in kitchen, formal dining room and living room that each has its original fireplace, three full baths, five bedrooms, wood plank floors, new roof, and updated electrical. It also has a front porch, private driveway, and a two-car garage.

For Meier, the restoration has been a labor of love.

“It took a long time,” he says. “We didn’t have a big crew. It was one other person, besides me and my son. We took it down to the studs and got rid of all the old beams. The house had no heating or electric. We put in all new insulation, subfloors, central air conditioning.”

“We saved as much as we could,” he continues. “The two stairwells are all original, the wide plank flooring, the old doors, and windows. We rebuilt the porches and put in all new siding. I hope whoever moves into the house appreciates what the house is and the history of it and the fact that it has been there for over 170 years.”

The nine-room home sits on .75 acres in a historic district, explains realtor Diane Mollica of Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International.

“It is hard to come across a property that large,” she says. “It is twice the size of a normal lot in the area.”

Mollica adds that the area is charming and quaint and a beautiful place to live.

“South Jamesport has a certain flavor to it that people like,” she says. “It is a very intimate setting. There is a great sense of community. People are always gathering outdoors walking their dogs, pushing their baby strollers, conversing with their neighbors. We also have boating, the marina, fine dining, the beaches and some of the region’s best wineries.”

Although ready to turn the house over to a new owner, Meier admits he is still so attached to the house and the location that he built his new home right across the street.

“We only moved 300 feet,” he laughs. “Our new house is smaller and very beachy, so it feels like we are on vacation all the time. It’s a whole different feel than the old house.”

The listing agents are Diane Mollica, Licensed Real Estate Broker, Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International, mobile 917-803-1915; office 631-298-4130 at dianemollica@danielgale.com and Mary Lentini, Licensed Real Estate Broker, mobile 516-994-0158; office 631-298-4130 at marylentini@danielgale.com.