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Enjoy Hours of Great, Challenging, And Free Games at Metro.us

Want something new and fun to do while in quarantine? Find hundreds of great online games to play for free at games.metro.us.

Visit the site anytime and anywhere to experience all kinds of exciting games to play, including the daily commuter crossword and sudoku published every day in amNewYork Metro.

On games.metro.us, you’ll find additional crossword and sudoku puzzles of various levels of difficulty, as well as word searches, word scrambles and other word games to challenge your vocabulary and skill.

In the mood for a great card game? The site has you covered with various versions of solitaire, blackjack and more. 

Digital versions of board games are also available for your pleasure including mahjong, backgammon, chess and 5 dice roll. 

You can also try out the newest game on the site, Pool Ball, which offers all of the excitement of billiards at your fingertips.

Visit games.metro.us now to play!

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In Memoriam: Bob Brennan, 68, COO of Schneps Media

Schneps Media Chief Operating Officer Bob Brennan

The Schneps Media family mourns the loss of our chief operating officer, Bob Brennan, who died on March 31 at the age of 68.

Bob passed away peacefully at Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip. He resided in Babylon for 20 years with his loving companion, Cathy.

Bob was the fourth oldest in a closely knit family of 10 children, born to the late Margaret and the late William Brennan of Little Neck: Mary, Bill (deceased), Tom, Sue, Terrie, Grace, Joe, Dick and Dan. Bob was a cherished brother-in-law to Roger, Rita, Glenn, John, Karsten, Mary, Marie and Jeanne. He was a dear uncle to over 20 nieces and nephews.

Beginning as a paperboy, Bob spent his entire career in the newspaper industry. As a young entrepreneur, he owned and operated newspaper franchises throughout Queens and Nassau before becoming a newspaper senior circulation executive.

For the past 15+ years, he was the chief operating officer of Schneps Media, the parent company of the Long Island Press, where he was the publishers’ cherished advisor on every aspect of the business — especially while leading their huge expansion initiatives throughout the boroughs of New York City and into Long Island, Westchester County, and Philadelphia.

Bob’s passions were running, skiing, and playing tennis, all of which he excelled at. His outgoing personality, good humor, inspirational leadership and business acumen endeared him to everyone who knew him.

The value Bob placed on the importance of family and the example he set will never be forgotten. His untimely loss is also deeply felt by many work colleagues and friends.

In 1975, he married his long-time high school girlfriend, Nancy (ex-wife), remaining her forever dear friend. During their long marriage, they resided in Manhasset, raising two cherished sons who survive him: Mike, husband of Cara, and Matt, husband of Katie. Bob also leaves behind Cathy, his loving companion, and her son Jason, husband of Molly.

A proud grandpa, he is also survived by his precious first granddaughter, Chloe, born March 12 to Mike and Cara.

Bob will be interred in Nassau Knolls Cemetery in Port Washington. In light of the current situation, there will not be a wake or burial services. Instead, a memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

To Chloe from Grandpa
I never got to kiss your face,
Or bounce you on my knee,
Or take you on the bunny slope
and teach you how to ski.
I never got to read to you,
Or play your favorite game.
I wish that Grandpa could have been
Much more than just a name.
What happened was God needed me,
I quickly had to go.
But Chloe, though I’m far away,
I’ll always love you so.

Are You A Medic on Long Island? Tell Us Your Coronavirus Story

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As the coronavirus pandemic rages on across Long Island, we want to hear from the health care workers on the front lives battling to save lives.

Our reporters want to hear about what local medical professionals have witnessed in emergency rooms, medical centers, nursing homes, and other facilities where lives hang in the balance every day. We want to tell their stories to show Long Island their courage but also the severity of the conditions they work in — and the situation they face.

We welcome submissions at any time from active Long Island physicians, nurses, lab technicians, and other health care workers who are helping to treat patients.

Click here to submit your information to us, and a reporter may contact you soon. Your information will be held confidentially; your name will be used only with your express permission, or withheld upon request.

By submitting, you understand that the content must not be false, defamatory, misleading or hateful, or infringe any copyright or any other third party rights or otherwise be unlawful.

We will use the contact details that you provide to verify your identity and answers to the questionnaire, as well as to contact you for further information on this story. If we publish your content, we may include your name and location.

Queens Courier: The No. 1 Source of Local News in The World’s Borough

The Unisphere at Flushing Meadows - Corona Park, in Queens. (Photo by Carine06)

The Long Island Press’ sister publication the Queens Courier and its online home QNS.com is a go-to destination for the top local news coverage in Queens.

The borough’s premier weekly news and lifestyle publication was founded in 1985, when it published its first edition of the Queens Courier. In 2015, the Courier launched QNS.com, the premiere news website of the borough powered by the journalists at the award-winning Courier, TimesLedger, Ridgewood Times newspapers, as well as BORO and LIC Magazines.

Recent examples of its award-winning news, business, health, and entertainment coverage includes stories about the upcoming special election for Queens Borough President, feature stories of acts of kindness from throughout the borough, and a series of stories on the proposed Queens bus redesign

The Courier is owned by Bayside-based Schneps Media, one of the largest local news chains in New York State with more than 70 newspapers and websites across Long Island, New York City, and Westchester. Besides the Long Island Press, sister publications include amNew York Metro, The Brooklyn Paper, The Bronx Times, and many more.

While the Courier’s print edition is weekly, its website, QNS.com has daily updates on the borough’s biggest news and entertainment happenings. Among its many offerings are regular roundups of upcoming local events, new restaurant openings, breaking news and crime stories, as well as human interest and business features. 

It also regularly hosts events such as its annual Power Women event in April, which celebrates the borough’s women who lead by example in their chosen fields and communities.

The Presswill be publishing a Courier story each day this week. We invite our readers to check out the Courier, like it on Facebook, follow it on Twitter and Instagram, and subscribe to its daily email newsletters.

Power Women Podcast: The Importance Of Being Authentic, According to Ann Conroy, President of the Long Island Division of Douglas Elliman Real Estate

In the latest episode of Schneps Broadcasting’s Power Women podcast, Schneps Media Publisher and President Vicki Schneps is joined by power woman Ann Conroy, the President of the Long Island Division of Douglas Elliman Real Estate. Conroy talks about her family, growing up in Brooklyn, what brought her to real estate, and gives her advice to our listeners on the importance on being authentic. To listen to the full show, visit podcasts.schnepsmedia.coms Power Women can also be heard on iTunes or Spotify, or wherever podcasts are found. 

Art of Thriving Not-for-Profit Conference To Teach Tools For Success

Portrait of Eric Gertler, co-Chairman & co-Publisher of the New York Daily News on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 in Manhattan, N.Y. (James Keivom/New York Daily News)

Investors Bank, in assistance with the Long Island Press and Schneps Media, will present their annual Art of Thriving Not-for-Profit Conference for nonprofit organizations in Queens and on Long Island next month.

Attendees will have the opportunity to network with colleagues who represent a broad mix of nonprofit organizations that serve on the local, regional and national levels. Leaders, professional staff, and volunteers from the nonprofit community in New York City as well as Nassau and Suffolk counties are invited to attend the conference.

 

The conference will be on Tuesday, Sept. 10, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the Inn at New Hyde Park, located at 214 Jericho Tpke. in New Hyde Park.

The event will begin with a catered breakfast and networking, followed by opening remarks from Investors Bank Chairman and CEO Kevin Cummings. The keynote address is scheduled for 10 a.m., with Executive Chairman Eric J. Gertler of U.S. News & World Report, as the conference’s featured speaker. Gertler serves as a trustee of both the Zuckerman Family Foundation and the Zuckerman Mind Brain and Behavior Institute at Columbia University.

Gertler’s theme will focus on the value that not-for-profits may derive by building stronger relationships with the traditional, digital and social media platforms. Ultimately, these relationships can create greater awareness of an organization’s mission and its achievements and foster a wide range of new connections and alliances.

A panel discussion will follow the keynote address, led by Investors Bank Vice President Gilbert Ricotta, an expert at helping not-for-profits secure financing for their operations, as the moderator.

A team from the Investors Foundation is also participating in the conference. The foundation is marking its 15th anniversary in 2019, and the organization has provided over $30 million in grants to nonprofits since its founding.

Admission is free, however pre-registration is required as seating is limited. To register online, visit the Art of Thriving Conference web page at www.myinvestorsbank.com/nynfp. For more details about the conference, contact Assistant Vice President and Community Development Officer Jennifer Smith at 718-330-3830 or by email at JLSmith@investorsbank.com.

There’s Still Time to Get Your Tickets for The Second Annual World’s Fare at Citi Field

Citi Field will host lots of international brews and global food for the 2nd Annual World’s Fare on May 18 and 19.

Craft beer lovers will be able to have UNLIMITED tastings of over 40 types of craft brews from around the world. Ticket buyers can choose from two 3 hour long sessions offered; the first session is from 12 to 3 p.m. and second session is from 4 to 7 p.m.

Pair your beer or cocktail with some of the most authentic food around the world. Empanada Papa, D’Abruzzo, Destination Dumplings, Antico Noe and more will be on site offering up their delicious cuisine for sale. We will also have International Cocktail bars where you can enjoy a specialty cocktail.

Don’t miss out on all of the curated international food vendors, our international beer garden, cocktail bars representing different regions of the world, live music & dance and the exciting International Shopping Pavilion.

Prices start at $19 and Unlimited Beer Tickets start at $49. Don’t wait – get your tickets to The World’s Fare 2019 today!

Citi Field is centrally located in New York City with parking and many public transportation options. Check out TheWorldsFare.nyc for more information.

Hey Trump: We Are Not The Enemy!

Nano-News

There’s nothing fake about the real threat that Donald Trump poses to the freedom of the press in this country.

President Trump took an oath to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” That same Constitution includes an amendment protecting the people’s ability to petition government, to speak freely for or against it, to worship without fear of persecution, and to report and publish on the events of the day.

Yet Trump, on an almost daily basis, attacks the Constitution and our rights, as John Adams once said, “to read, to think, to speak and to write” as people in a free society. He sees the press as threats to his power — even though the press is just doing its job reporting on what’s happening in government.

He’s not the first politician to openly dislike the press — God knows we’ve seen plenty of those in New York City through the years — but he’s the first sitting president to actively chip away at our collective credibility.

Trump can’t handle the truth, so he whips out that garbage “fake news” line every chance he can. When Trump says the news is fake, what he’s really doing is seeking to create an alternate reality to the one in which we all live.

It’s the same tactic used by strongmen throughout the ages — Mussolini, Castro, Saddam, Chavez, Duterte, Erdogan, Putin, just to name a few — to squash opposition and achieve absolute power.

And whenever he uses that “fake news” term, he’s attacking all of us in the press — including community newspapers.

Every day, we work hard to report the truth to our readers about what’s happening in their neighborhoods. Along the way, we have to clear through a torrent of bureaucratic hurdles to get the facts on everything from potholes to prison reform, homeless shelters to affordable housing, and so many other issues.

Readers call or email us every week with tips on news items, and often, they come to us having already reported their problems to the city or state governments — but without having received any response or solution to their concerns.

Who will bring attention to the problems we experience every day if the press isn’t there to report it? Who will hold government accountable for inaction, corruption and poor decisions if the press isn’t there to shed light on them?

Do you honestly believe that a state-run media would ever let you know the truth about anything?

Today, Aug. 16, we proudly stand with the more than 350 news organizations nationwide participating in an editorial campaign led by The Boston Globe, designed to deliver a message to Trump, to our readers and to the American people:

“We are not the enemy of the people.”

Trump wants you to believe otherwise because it advances his agenda, rooted in totalitarianism. It can happen here in the United States, but only if we allow Trump to get away with it. Merely dismissing or ignoring his comments isn’t good enough — they must be denied and condemned by all of us as Americans, regardless of party or political belief.

Because Twitter seems to be one of the few things to which this president pays attention, we want our readers to tweet at the president, @realDonaldTrump, the following:

“Stop attacking the press and stop dividing our country. We know the press is not our enemy, and nothing you can say or do will ever change that. #FreePress

If you aren’t on Twitter, or would simply prefer to send that message in writing, send it electronically by visiting https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact, or mail it to the President, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, D.C., 20500.

This editorial first appeared in the Press’ sister publication, the Queens Courier.

Get Ready To Indulge In Drinks And Decadent Desserts at Wine & Sweets Festival In LIC

Photos courtesy of LIC Flea and Food

If you’re looking for a weekend to savor amazing beverages and scrumptious sweets, then make plans to visit the LIC Flea & Food market the first weekend of August.

LIC Flea & Food, which offers best in global eats, unique vendors and the LIC Flea Beer Garden serving up local craft beers, will host the second-annual Wine & Sweets Festival on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 4-5, from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. each day.

Admission to the market is free, but if you want to enjoy global wines curated by a NYC wine expert, then grab a ticket for unlimited tastings of whites, rosé and reds while enjoying delectable sweets from over 20 of the best sweets vendors in the tristate area.

Wines to explore on the menu include Vino di Fratelli Prosecco, Riff Pinot Grigio, Bridge Lane Rosé, Elsa Bianchi Malbec, Francois Montand Brut Sparkling, Ponga Sauvignon Blanc, Clean Slate Riesling, Zardetto Sparkling Rosé and many more.

The wines are a perfect complement to the incredible sweets available such as Foughnut’s gourmet baked donuts. Gluten- and nut-free as well as vegan options available in wonderful flavors such as chocolate caramel (vegan & GF), a moist chocolate cake with homemade caramel, or banana coconut (vegan & GF), fresh banana with shredded coconut!

Scoops In Cahoots is offering up cream premium ice creams right here in NY using fresh, non-GMO milk and cream from local family farms in delicious flavors such as Champagne Problems and Whiskey’s Cookie Dough Crush.

Try a dulce de leche filled churro empanada from Empanada Papa; cookies galore and decadent brownies and blondies by Baked By Dawn; the most gorgeous sweets you’re ever going to eat from Little Bird Chocolate; and more.

Instead of traveling east for wine tours, let the wine tour come to you at the LIC Flea & Food! The market is located at 5-25 46th Ave. in Long Island City.

Tickets are available at LICFlea.com/special-events. Use the promo code COURIER and receive a 15 percent discount!

Bethpage Best Of Long Island Awards Nominations Are Open

Bethpage Best of Long Island

Imagine starting your own business out of your home and within just six short years being named—not once, but twice—“Best of Long Island.”

For Lauren Mangano and her husband Jonathan Mangano, Sr., owners of Mangano Sewer & Drain in Deer Park, this was their reality—and a dream come true.

Lauren explained that Mangano Sewer & Drain was launched in the couple’s laundry room after Jonathan, who had been working in the environmental industry, sustained an injury and was let go.

Inspired by his wife, then a member of the NYPD, Jonathan, whose father and grandfather had been in the business, used the couple’s wedding money to start Mangano Sewer & Drain in 2010.

“I was working nights and answering phones during the day,” Lauren explained. “We just put our noses to the ground and started pushing.”

It was at that same time the Manganos learned they were expecting their first child, she said.

Through hard work and great service, the couple was able to purchase their first pump truck within seven months—and pay it off seven months after that. Within a year and a half, Mangano Sewer & Drain had its own office space and dedicated employees.

Their recipe for success worked, as, in 2015, a satisfied customer nominated Mangano Sewer & Drain “Best Plumbing Company” in the Bethpage “Best of L.I.” competition.

“We saw it and we told our friends and family,” said Lauren. “We told our customers about it when we were onsite. People went on and started voting.”

When they won that year, Lauren said, they were “surprised.”

And when they were nominated again in 2016—this time facing tougher competition—Lauren said they didn’t expect to win for a second year in a row. But when they did, she said they felt “honored.”

“We posted it on our Facebook page and on our website,” she said.

So what does the two-time winner think of the Bethpage “Best of L.I.”?

Lauren says Mangano Sewer & Drain has seen an uptick in business of 15%—“pretty substantial, especially for a small- to medium-sized business,” she said—and even a shift in their customer base.

“I personally find it’s a great class of customers, because they actually want to hear what people on the Island think,” said Lauren.

To be a part of the Bethpage “Best of L.I.,” simply Nominate Your Business HERE!

Nominations are now open for the 2017 Bethpage “Best of L.I.” competition, now in its 12th year. The nomination period is open through August 31st. The top 15-18 nominees (depending on the category) will advance to the official ballot. Go to https://bestof.longislandpress.com/ to make sure your favorite is in it to win it!