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NYC Beer Week Feb. 24-March 5: Everything You Won’t Want to Miss

NYC Beer Week
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The craft beer scene is exploding in New York City. It seems like every week there’s a new brewer in town and a new alehouse with 30 taps. The nonprofit New York City Brewers Guild, which started with just five member breweries a few years ago, has expanded to almost 30. They brew everything from single-batch beers to internationally-appreciated ales. All this diversity in the fermentation ecosystem is good news for us hop heads, but it’s easy to overlook some terrific beers. To stay on top of the burgeoning beer scene, head to the upcoming Eighth Annual NYC Beer Week.

From Feb. 24 until March 5, venues all over the city will be holding craft beer events, including parties, tastings, tap takeovers, and brewing demonstrations. We’ve highlighted the must-see feature events below, organized by the New York City Brewers Guild, with a sampling of other events to whet your palette. So let’s grab a pretzel necklace and check out what’s in store!

NYC Beer Week officially begins with a pop — many, to be exact. On Feb. 24 at 7 pm, bartenders all over New York City will be cracking open kegs for SimulTap, the official start of the merriment. And what’s flowing from those taps are the singular SMaSH brews. Fifteen brewers from the NYC area came up with their own unique brews, from Belgian Saisons to Imperial IPAs, using the Single State Malt and Single State Hop (SMaSH) sourced from upstate farms. Check out the full list of brewers and beers available at SimulTap and throughout the week.

Opening Bash Invitational
February 25, 6:30pm – 9:30pm (VIP: 5:30pm)
Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble St., Brooklyn

The official kickoff party, the Opening Bash Invitational features over 45 domestic and international breweries with UNLIMITED TASTING. With just the price of admission, you’ll get to try some of the best beers in the world. There’s also a pop-up gastro garden to pair food and beer and fun surprises in store. General admission is just $55. VIP tickets, $70, get you in the door an hour early and free food all night. DD for the night? Just $12 gets you in (though no beer).

The NYC Fermentation Festival
February 25, 11am – 3:30pm
Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble St., Brooklyn

Fermented foods have been with humanity ever since a farmer first left his wheat sitting out a little too long. 35,000 years later we are blessed with a huge selection of aged treats, from kimchi to Kombucha. These fermented foods will be celebrated at the first ever NYC Fermentation Festival. This family-friendly event will feature vendors sampling and selling fermented goods, seminars and demonstrations for the DIYer, fun educational events for kids, live music, representatives from NYC homebrewers and fermentation clubs, and more. And of course there will be beer! $20

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NYC Brewer’s Choice
March 1, 6pm – 9:30pm
Food Sciences Academy of LIU, 1 University Plaza, Brooklyn

The premier event of the NYC Beer Week, NYC Brewer’s Choice is an evening of food and beer pairing brought to you by Beer Sessions Radio™, the Good Beer Seal, and the NYC Brewers Guild. Admission gets you access to over 40 specialty beers made just for this event and poured by the brewers themselves. On top of that are over a dozen chefs’ tables and vendors with cuisine from brisket to raw oysters. Get a full lineup of brewers and beer on the Eventbrite page. $80

The Second Annual Ruppert’s Cup Awards
March 4, 12pm – 3pm
Barcade, 388 Union Ave., Williamsburg

Beer Week ends with a big blowout where just one brewery will get bragging rights and the famed Ruppert’s Cup as recognition of being this NYC Beer Week’s Favorite New York State Brewery. Guild members will also honor the best bartender, best beer, best event, and more. Come cheer the winners while enjoying special collaboration beers, food trucks, and your favorite regional brewers amidst Pac Man and Galaga cabinets. Free admission — pay as you go with a portion of the proceeds going to the NYC Brewers Guild.

These are just the big-name events. NYC Beer Week has plenty more to offer, like classes, tastings, and tours at eclectic venues around the city. We’ve named some here to give you a taste of what’s ahead.

Beer Brewing Bootcamp
February 24, 6pm – 8pm
United By Blue, 245 Elizabeth St., Manhattan

Learn how to brew beer, try your hand at it, and taste some winter beer samples. (All proceeds benefit The NYC Brewers Guild & Just Food.) $45

NY Beer Week Kickoff at Coney Island Brewery
February 26, 12pm – 6pm
Coney Island Brewery, 1904 Surf Ave., Coney Island

Tour and taste new beers before they hit the market (and some brewery-only brews) at Brooklyn’s surf suds purveyor’s headquarters. $10

Homebrew Jamboree with Joshua Bernstein
February 26, 12pm – 3pm
Jimmy’s No. 43, 43 East 7th St., Manhattan

Taste beers from 16 homebrewers, curated by beer journalist Joshua Bernstein, paired with food from the kitchen at Jimmy’s No. 43. $35

Grimm/Interboro/KCBC/Other Half/Pipeworks
February 26, 12pm – 12am
The Well – 272 Meserole St., East Williamsburg

Some of Brooklyn’s newest and coolest breweries gather together to celebrate beer and talk brewing on a panel discussion. Keep an eye out for the tap list. Free admission.

Other Half, Industrial Arts, Threes
February 28, 3pm-4am
Blind Tiger – 281 Bleecker St., Manhattan

Three NYC breweries showcase their beers at this this homey West Village craft beer bar. Free admission.

Transmitter Brewing & Cheese Pairing Class
March 3, 7pm – 8:30pm
The Wine Lab, 1000 Dean St., Brooklyn

Anthony Accardi, owner and brewer of Transmitter Brewing, will show you the wonderful world of beer and cheese pairing — with plenty tastings of both. Surprise beers and cheeses might just make an appearance. $55

NYC Beer Week runs from February 24 until March 5 at venues throughout the city. See full list on the NYC Beer Week website and download their app (iPhone and Android), with schedules, beer trail guides, and more.

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Related: Long Island Craft Beer Guide

Nominations Open For Kings of Long Island Awards & Networking Event

Kings Of Long Island
Nominations are open for Star Network's 'Kings of Long Island' Awards & Networking Event at Leonard's Palazzo in Great Neck on April 6!
Kings Of Long Island
Nominations are open for Star Network’s ‘Kings of Long Island’ Awards & Networking Event at Leonard’s Palazzo in Great Neck on April 6!

Do you know a ‘King?’

Do you know a top businessman on Long Island? Nominate them today for Star Network’s Kings of Long Island Awards and Networking event!

Join us on Thursday, April 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Leonard’s Palazzo (located at 555 Northern Blvd. in Great Neck) as we honor some of the top businessmen from Suffolk and Nassau counties for the work they do in their professions and their communities.

The event will include a cocktail hour for honorees and their guests, a business expo, dinner and award ceremony. Raffles will be sold throughout the night with the proceeds to benefit local charities.

Nominations are open for this incredible event. To nominate a King, visit starnetwork.com/nominate.

The Star Network, a division of Schneps Communications, brings the most powerful and active members of the community into one room through many targeted events. These provide face-to-face networking, as well as business building and branding opportunities.

Schneps Communications is also the proud owner of the Bethpage Best of Long Island contest. Nominations are now open.

For information on sponsorship opportunities, call Amy 718-224-5863, ext. 201, or email aamato@starnetwork.com

QUIZ: Is Your Son/Daughter Ready To Go To College?

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You’ve raised your child and taught them all you can and now it’s time for them to leave the nest and go away to school. Is your child ready to take this step? Take this quiz and find out! (Photo: Shutterstock via QNS.com)

Queensborough College Quiz

You’ve raised your child and taught them all you can and now it’s time for them to leave the nest and go away to school. Is your child ready to take this step? Take this quiz and find out!

Queensborough College Quiz

Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care Opens In Lynbrook, Expanding Long Island Footprint

GoHealth Lynbrook
Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care Lynbrook Grand Opening: Michael Hawxhurst, Lynbrook Trustee; Ann Marie Reardon, Lynbrook Trustee, daughter Grace Reardon. Dr. Robert Korn, Medical Dir.; Adam Boll, VP, Northwell Ventures Operations; Susan Fennelly, Dir. of Operations, Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care; Lynbrook Mayor William Hendrick; Sinead Shaughnessy, Brand Mgr., Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care; Todd Kaminiski; Councilman Anthony D’Esposito (Photos by Allen Ngai)

On Saturday, January 21, Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care celebrated the grand opening of its Lynbrook location surrounded by company leadership, local politicians and community leaders.

Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care offers high-quality urgent care now serving 16 communities throughout Long Island, 33 locations throughout its system, and growing, with plans to reach 45 locations by the end of 2017.

GoHealth Urgent Care is partnered with Northwell Health, New York’s largest health system. According to Adam Boll, vice president of Northwell Ventures Operations, Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care brings the best health care into the community where residents live and work, offering patients easy access and the ability to be cared for as part of their daily routines.

Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care strives to provide seamless, high-quality care, with technology supporting doctors and enhancing the patient experience. The new location was designed to provide a warm, welcoming environment, with all locations sharing a consistent look and feel.

Check-in is as easy as going online or just walking in to be cared for from best-in-class providers.

The Lynbrook Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care is located inside the Philips Plaza shopping center at 683 Sunrise Highway and can be reached at 516-441-2155. Hours of operation are Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For more information, visit www.gohealthuc.com

GoHealth Lynbrook
Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care Lynbrook Grand Opening: Michael Hawxhurst, Lynbrook Trustee; Todd Kaminski; Sinead Shaughnessy, Brand Mgr., Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care; Susan Fennelly, Dir. of Operations, Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care; Adam Boll, VP, Northwell Ventures Operations; Grace Reardon; Lynbrook Mayor William Hendrick (rear); Councilman Anthony D’Esposito; Dr. Robert Korn, Medial Dir.; Ann Marie Reardon, Lynbrook Trustee (Photos by Allen Ngai)

MPX to Host Seminar on How to Make Extra Income

MerchantPro Express, a leading credit card processing company based in Woodbury, is hosting a seminar to teach those interested in becoming strategic referral partners how to earn significant monthly residual income.

The company, which is known as MPX for short and powered by industry leader First Data, provides state of the art payment services and advanced point of sale equipment to merchants nationwide. Experts scheduled to speak include MPX Partner Joe Doyle, Vice President for Client Management Randi Meiselas and VPs for Business Development Greg Gordon, Tom Fazio and Deirdre Gordon.

Current referral partners and those interested in becoming one are welcome to attend.

The company has scheduled the two-hour session for 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 at the Holiday Inn Plainview, located at 215 Sunnyside Blvd. in Plainview. Breakfast will be provided. The attendees are required to RSVP online or by calling 516-531-2330.

Brooklyn Festival to Highlight the Borough’s Best Food & Craft Beer

Best Of Brooklyn Festival
Drink unlimited beer from Brooklyn-based breweries while tasting your way through the best restaurants and enjoying live music at the Best of Brooklyn Festival on January 28th.

Brooklyn is known for its overflowing craft beer scene as well as its outstanding restaurants and top chefs. On Saturday, January 28 you will have the opportunity to drink and eat your way through the Best of Brooklyn at one special event.

The Best of Brooklyn Festival is taking place Saturday, January 28 indoors at Industry City from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. with tickets starting at just $29. Plus Long Island Press readers are being offered a 15% discount on tickets by using the code LIPRESS at checkout. But act now—the offer expires on January 15 at 11:59 p.m.

Over 30 restaurants and all of the best breweries in the borough will be serving up mouth-watering food and drinks. The ticketed event includes access to the food purveyors and unlimited tastings of craft beer from breweries including Brooklyn Brewery, Sixpoint, Coney Island Brewing, Braven, Greenpoint Beer & Ale and others.

The festival will also include live music and guest DJs throughout the day. Plus, enjoy special exhibits from the Museum of Food & Drink and entertainment by Brooklyn Zoo!

Tickets are available online at www.bestofbrooklynfestival.com

Best of Brooklyn Food and Beer Festival
Industry City
220 26th St., Brooklyn, NY 11232
Saturday, January 28th Noon – 8 p.m.

Related: Long Island Craft Beer Guide

QUIZ: Are You Ready To Leave Home For College?

Leaving home to go away to school is a big step. Take this quiz and see if you are ready to take the leap of faith and go away to school! (Photo: Shutterstock via QNS.com)

Queensborough College Quiz

Leaving home to go away to school is a big step. Are you ready to take on that challenge? Take our quiz and see if you are ready to take the leap of faith and go away to school!

Queensborough College Quiz

Timeless Holiday Decorating Tips From Alure Home Improvements

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The holiday season is special for a reason. People go out of their way to make their homes sparkle with strings of colorful lights and beautifully decorated Christmas trees—and that’s just for starters. To get any home Hanukkah-ready, there’s an array of delightful decorating ideas at your fingertips. You can do a lot to bring the festive spirit to the forefront.

It’s something that Alure Home Improvements’ interior designer Elizabeth Clemens knows well. Not only did she decorate Alure’s showroom, this custom kitchen and bath designer has specialized in holiday decorating for almost two decades.

The principle is relatively straightforward in her eyes. You want the holiday décor to match the color palette of the interiors.

For traditional homes, she recommends traditional Christmas colors like gold, red and green—and plenty of green garlands around the main entrance. She’d also put large green ornamental balls in the planters by the door, too, if there’s room.

“You don’t want anything garish or something that will clash,” Clemens says. “You want to tie it into the theme.” If the doorknobs are gold or brushed nickel, then the colors should match the metals. The same goes with the bows and balls. “You don’t want them to clash with the furniture or the window treatments.” Kitsch and clutter are a no-no.

As Clemens points out, blue, silver and white are the predominant colors used in decorating for the Jewish Festival of Lights. Of course, the centerpiece of this holiday is the menorah, so many people place it in the front window for all to see. Window decorations could include blue and white lights, the Star of David and dreidels.

“One of my favorite decorating tips is purchasing cobalt blue stemware to set the table for when company comes,” says Clemens. “It makes a very elegant statement.”

“Just pick a focal point,” she advises. “If you’re decorating the tree, make the tree the focal point. If you have a huge mantel, make that the focal point. If you have a larger foyer area, you wouldn’t have stuffed Santas in every corner—it just gets too much.”

As for a Christmas decorating trend, she says, “Plaid is back big time!” Ribbons and little ornaments, all have a plaid theme for that traditional appearance.

Home holidays decoration tips from Alure Home Improvements.
Home holidays decoration tips from Alure Home Improvements.

She’s especially fond of the latest in LED lighting.

“They’re doing a very warm LED light, which is very, very pleasing to the eye,” Clemens says, adding that these new lights not only last much longer than the traditional Christmas tree bulbs, they also come in colors. Plus, with the new technology you can change the patterns at will. You could have the reds and the greens alternately flash. The options are tantalizing.

These days, pre-lit trees come wrapped in LED lights. All you have to do is assemble the sections—sometimes there are two or three—plug the chords in, and you’re done. Just add ornaments, and don’t forget the presents underneath. These trees also look a lot more realistic than artificial trees of old. Their branches have realistic tips at the ends and they’re bendable. On the other hand, they don’t exude that fresh pine scent, and they can be rather pricey than a natural fir.

Another trend is the flocked tree, when the branches come sprayed with white powder that looks like snow has just fallen on them. Clemens says these kinds of artificial trees are popular for non-traditional Christmases that may have a woodland creature theme or a winter theme.

“The flocked trees are great for that,” she says. “You don’t even have to put balls on them. It’s a very wintry look and the trees have minimal green underneath.”

If your home or your living room has a mid-century modern style, something from the 1950s or 1960s—or that’s the look you’re going for—then she recommends adding tinsel to the tree.

“If you wanted to be true to that time period, then tinsel would be cool,” she says. “Real trees look really good with tinsel and colored lights.”

Clemens offers special holiday advice for families with young children. It starts with a traditional look with red and green balls.

“As the children grow up and go to school, you can hang up their little art projects on the tree,” she says. “And you can collect ornaments from places you’ve visited. So, from far away, the tree looks beautiful with red and green ornaments on it, but as you approach it and look closer, there’s all these little treasures of places that you’ve been or little arts and crafts projects that your kids have done.”

It’s a traditional pretty look but with a family memories hanging on every branch.

By adding to the tree every year, Clemens says, the ornaments evoke sentiments like: “Oh, I remember when we went on this trip!” or “I remember when you were in kindergarten and you did this little craft for me!”

“That’s a really nice way to go,” she says.

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For homes celebrating the Festival of Lights, Clemens has a great suggestion.

“Since the main focal point of Hanukkah is the menorah, why not make a table-scape centerpiece?” she says. “Purchase some blue and white organza, and grab some books you are not using. Place the stacked books in the center of the table, and drape the blue and white organza over them to hide them. Next, place the beautiful menorah in the center. Then add dreidels, gold coins, and small presents wrapped in blue and silver wrapping paper. My favorite new trick is to tuck small strings of fairy lights that are battery-operated through the beautiful display.”

Too bad our homes only begin to look like the holidays once a year.

QUIZ: What Should Your College Major Be?

College Major Quiz
College Major Quiz: One of the toughest decisions to make in college is what to major in, so let us help you make that decision with this quiz! (Photo: Shutterstock via QNS.com)

Just like that the fall semester is coming to a close and everyone is ready to take a break from school. If you haven’t chosen a major yet, you might be feeling pressured to make a decision. One of the toughest decisions to make in college is what to major in, so let us help you make that decision with this quiz!

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Top Long Island Businesswomen Honored At Power Women Networking Event

Star Network Power Women in Business
Among those honored at Star Network's Power Women in Business Awards & Networking Event on Dec. 1 were Tracey Murray Kupferberg, CBR, Debra Quinn Petkanas, Gail Holman and Renee Aversa: the Ritz-Carlton Residences Sales Team at Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty. Far right is president of Schneps Communications and Star Network Victoria Schneps, who presented them with the Excellence in Real Estate Award. Photos by Allen Ngai and Arthur DeGaeta.

By Suzanne Monteverdi, Queens Courier

Close to 600 spectacular business professionals from across Nassau and Suffolk counties gathered in Great Neck for the Star Network’s Power Women in Business Awards & Networking Event on Thursday, Dec. 1.

The networking and awards gala at Leonard’s Palazzo recognized some of the most influential women in businesses in Long Island who help make a difference in their communities.

Honorees and guests gathered for a networking and cocktail hour, dinner and raffle for prizes, with thousands of dollars collected to be donated to the Michael Magro Foundation, an organization dedicated to the support of children with cancer and other pediatric illnesses and the Jason F. Gruen Research Foundation.

View Photos of the Star Network’s Dec. 1 Power Women in Business Awards & Networking Event

Victoria Schneps, co-publisher of Schneps Communications, welcomed and congratulated the honorees and invited them to attach a ceremonial gold star pin to their attire.

“You are now officially pinned as a Power Woman in the Star Network,” Schneps said. “Wear it with pride.”

“It is an honor to recognize all of you,” co-publisher Joshua Schneps said. “These are all people that try to make a difference, both in business and in their neighborhoods.”

The honorees spoke about the personal and professional significance of being honored as a Power Woman in Business.

“Personally I’m very honored to win the award,” said honoree Ellen Savino, partner at Lewis, Johs, Avallone, Aviles, LLP. “And for the business, I think its a great opportunity for the law firm to be able to network with all of the other honorees at the event.”

“There really are no words,” said Ann Weber-Hughes, Medical Forensic Investigator for the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s Office. “As a woman in this field — I was the only woman in my unit when I started back in the late-90’s. Now, my unit is half women. So it’s nice to be recognized for what we do.”

“I am now part of this very esteemed group of women,” said honoree Sarah Arora, President of the New York Market for GoHealth Urgent Care,. “I’ve been very lucky in my own career to have had really incredible female mentors, and looking at the women who have been honored, I imagine that they have provided the same for other women in the area. It’s an inspiration.”

“I’m humbled,” said Joanne Mills, broker and owner of Exit Family Realty. “I can’t wait to get to know [the honorees] better: I’ve already picked out at least five women I need to sit down with immediately.”

The Power Women Rookie of the Year Award was presented to Laura Doukas, CEO of Doukas Creative Studios.

“I’m so honored,” Doukas said. “For my business, it’s obviously a great networking opportunity; a great way to get our word out.”
The Community Activist Award was given to Debbie Levine, parent advocate for Alley Oop for Autism and Monday Night Party Event Coordinator.

The Excellence in Real Estate Awards were given to the Ritz-Carlton Residences Sales Team: Debra Quinn Petkanas, Associate Real Estate Broker for Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty; Tracey Murray Kupferberg, CBR, Associate Real Estate Broker for Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty; Gail Holman, Associate Real Estate Broker for Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty; and Renee Aversa, Associate Real Estate Broker for Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty.

Congressman-elect Tom Suozzi received the Man of the Year award, although he was not in attendance to pick up the honors.

A full list of this year’s Power Women honorees can be seen below.

Sarah Arora, President of the New York Market for GoHealth Urgent Care; Laura Camelo, Vice President & Corporate Secretary for Ridgewood Savings Bank; Katie Coleman, Financial Advisor and Managing Partner for Siena Wealth Advisory Group; Jennifer Cona, Esq., Managing Partner of Genser Dubow Genser & Cona LLP; Georgia Dandolos, General Manager, DVP of Lord & Taylor; Sari Friedman, Founding Partner of Friedman & Friedman, Attorneys at Law; Roslyn Goldmacher, CEO/President of Long Island Development Corporation; Christine Ippolito, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Principal of Compass Workforce Solutions, LLC; Stacy Jaffee Gropack PT, Ph.D., FASAHP, Dean of the School of Health Professions and Nursing at LIU Post; Melissa Kaiser, Branch Manager for Investors Bank; Dr. Corey Karlin-Zysman, Academic Hospitalist & Chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine for Long Island Jewish Medical Center & North Shore University Hospital-Northwell Health; Ashima Kapoor, President of ICS US, Inc.; Elizabeth Kase, Esq., Partner for Abrams Fensterman; Ann Kayman, CEO of New York Grant Company; Patricia Kielawa, VP Regional Sales Manager for Wells Fargo; Fenella Kim, President & CEO of Reliance Star Payment Services; Terrie Magro, RN MA, Physician Liaison for Winthrop University Hospital and Co-Founder of the Michael Magro Foundation; Lauren Mangano, Vice President of Mangano Sewer & Drain; Vivian Megala, Vice president, Mortage Loan Officer for Flushing Bank; Joanne Mills, Broker/Owner of Exit Family Realty; Brittany Musto, Executive Assistant to President for The Dover Group; Dr. Chief Chetachi Nwoga-Ecton, Founder & CEO of the When in Need Foundation; Bianca O’Brien, Managing Partner at New York Life Insurance Company; Carolyn Reinach Wolf, Esq., Executive Partner for Abrams Fensterman; Mary Ann Malack-Ragona, Executive Director/CEO of Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center, Inc.; Laurine M. Rubin, Managing Attorney at Picciano & Scahill, P.C.; Melissa Ruvio, Esq., Real Estate Lawyer for Law Firm of Ryan J. Walsh & Associates; Megan C. Ryan, Esq., Executive Vice President and Chief Compliance and Privacy and Ethics Officer for NuHealth/NUMC; Ellen Savino, Esq., Partner at Lewis, Johs, Avallone, Aviles, LLP; Victoria Scotto, Sales Manager for Scotto Brothers; Ann-Marie Scheidt, Director of Economic Development at Stony Brook University; Mary Smith, Practice Manager at Central Veterinary Associates; Carol Soman, CPA, CEO of Dashboard Enterprises, Inc.; Gail L. Trugman-Nikol President/CEO of Unique Business Solutions; Yesenia Vasquez, President/CEO of Laser Now; Ann Weber-Hughes, RPA-C, NMD, Medical Forensic Investigator for the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s Office; Janice Yao, CEO/Owner of JNJ Pharmacy Corp.

Event sponsors included Suffolk County Association of Municipal Employees Inc., GoHealth Urgent Care, Investors Bank, National Grid, Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty, NuHealth/NUMC, AgeWell New York, People’s United Bank, The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Broadway Stages, Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation, Flushing Bank, Scotto Brothers, Ridgewood Savings Bank, Wells Fargo, Mangano Plumbing Sewer & Drain, Laser Now, Abrams Fensterman, Raiche Ende and Malter, the Melville Chamber of Commerce, Godiva, Lord & Taylor, Sipp Beverage, and Georgi Vodka.

Media sponsors of the event were the Queens Courier, the Best of Long Island, the Long Island Press and the Daily News.

Featured Photo: Among those honored Dec. 1 were Tracey Murray Kupferberg, CBR, Debra Quinn Petkanas, Gail Holman and Renee Aversa: the Ritz-Carlton Residences Sales Team at Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty. Far right is president of Schneps Communications and Star Network Victoria Schneps, who presented them with the Excellence in Real Estate Award. Photos by Allen Ngai and Arthur DeGaeta.