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‘Alley Oop For Autism’ To Raise Awareness & Funds At Jericho High School

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"Alley Oop For Autism" features a "3-on-3" basketball tournament at Jericho High School on March 25, 2017 to raise awareness and much-needed funds about autism and nonprofit Life’s WORC Family Center for Autism!

Approximately 1,000 people from the greater Jericho/Syosset community will be attending and/or participating in the eleventh annual “Alley Oop For Autism” fundraiser at Jericho High School on Saturday, March 25th.

This extraordinary charity event features a “3-on-3” basketball tournament centered on raising awareness and much-needed funds for a rotating array of various organizations offering specialized education for children with autism.

This year, proceeds will benefit the Life’s WORC Family Center for Autism (FCA), a not-for-profit agency that provides programs and services to people with autism. The FCA is located in Garden City and offers services throughout Long Island.

“Alley Oop For Autism” was created by Justin Resnick when he was a Jericho High School student. He played on the Jericho High basketball team and also for Emory University. Today, Justin is an investment banker with Houlihan Lokey.

This annual event has raised almost $900,000 since its inception. In addition to the contributions by spectators and competitors, there is an impressive list of over 20 corporate and family sponsors. Sports celebs such as Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton have participated in past events. This year, Jay Bromley, a defensive tackle for the New York Giants and a former starter at Syracuse University, will be in attendance.

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Justin Resnick
Although Justin is the architect of “Alley Oop for Autism,” the event has become a family affair. Peter Resnick—Justin’s father and president of Interboro Insurance—is instrumental in securing event sponsors and in helping to promote the event. And Justin’s sister, Marissa, is another family member who has helped to grow “Alley Oop for Autism.” Similar to Justin, Marissa graduated from Jericho High School. She played basketball at Queens College, and today is a special education teacher.

Joel Levine, a partner at the law firm of Levine & Wiss and a good friend of Peter Resnick, has become instrumental in helping to expand “Alley Oop for Autism.” Joel and his wife Debbie are active supporters of the FCA. And their daughter Emily, who participates at the FCA, was the agency’s gala honoree in December 2016. Joel is a champion of events that raise both money and awareness for programs that support people with autism.

Matt Zebatto, Assistant Executive Director for Life’s WORC/Family Center For Autism, explains:

“The dynamics of this grassroots Jericho/Syosset effort is an excellent model for the way in which charity and giving can ignite and gain momentum to benefit many. Justin Resnick deserves recognition for the unique legacy he has provided through Jericho High School.”

Featured Photos: “Alley Oop For Autism” features a “3-on-3” basketball tournament at Jericho High School on March 25, 2017 to raise awareness and much-needed funds about autism and nonprofit Life’s WORC Family Center for Autism! (Photos: alleyoopforautism.org)

The eleventh annual “Alley Oop For Autism” fundraiser will be held at Jericho High School in Nassau County, located at 99 Cedar Swamp Road, just north of the Long Island Expressway, Northern State Parkway, Route 107 exit, on Saturday, March 25th, from noon to 6:30 p.m. For more information about “Alley Oop For Autism,” call 516-741-9000 x15000 or visit alleyoopforautism.org. For more about Life’s WORC Family Center for Autism, visit familycenterforautism.org.

Alure Home Improvements’ ’60 Second Fix:’ How To Clean Grout

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Alure Home Improvements’ Chief Operating Officer Doug Cornwell teaches how to properly clean grout in a recent installment of its "60 Second Fix."
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Who doesn’t want their bathroom to be sparkling clean? But as everybody knows, sometimes you have to deal with some nasty tile issues.

In this installment of Alure Home Improvements’ “60 Second Fix,” we’re going to show you how simple it is to make your tile look as good as new, thanks to a quick tip for cleaning grout from Doug Cornwell, Alure Home Improvements’ Chief Operating Officer.

Grout is the mortar or paste used for filling the gaps between floor and wall tiles. After a while, just like anything in your house, it gets pretty dirty.

But maintaining it doesn’t have to be so daunting.

Believe it or not, the preferred cleaning ingredient comes right out of your kitchen cabinet. That’s right: All you need is a bottle of white vinegar.

“If the tile and the grout are really dirty, then use it full-strength,” recommends Cornwell. “But if it’s not so bad, then you can cut it.”

You dilute the vinegar with some clean water, perhaps in proportions of three to one or two to one.

But Cornwell wants to warn you in case you’re skeptical. Don’t use bleach or any caustic chemicals to clean grout or tile. It’s dangerous for your lungs and your skin.

“White vinegar smells like Easter egg time!” says Cornwell, evoking memories of childhood. “The smell is acrid, but it’s not caustic!”

So the steps are very simple. Get a white rag, dip it in a cup filled with a little bit of the white vinegar and water solution—if that’s enough to cut through the grime—and go to work on the grout lines.

With the damp cloth, Cornwell simply rubs along the grout line between the tile squares, being methodical as he moves it back and forth, until the grout starts to come clean. Pressing the cloth into the grout gets the job done. You’ll be surprised by what a difference a little elbow grease can make.

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If you intend to clean the tile as well, you may find that a bigger tool may be called for to make it easier to handle. Cornwell suggests you pour the vinegar solution into a pail and grab a mop. The same strategy applies. Swipe over the tiles with the mop and then let it dry.

So, in a nutshell, you just need white vinegar, clean water, and a clean white cloth. The result may put a smile on your face!

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

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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

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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)

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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!

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

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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

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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?

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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!

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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.