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Long Island Nonprofit Fundraisers September 2020

Buy a photo shoot to support the LI Game Farm. (Photos by Lanty)

MILANA FAMILY FOUNDATION GOLF OUTING
Support Man Cave Health, a nonprofit organization focused on breaking the silence surrounding sensitive health topics for men, during the 5th annual Milana Family Foundation Golf Outing. Fresh Meadow Golf Club, 255 Lakeville Rd., Lake Success, milanafamilyfoundation.org $300-$10,000. 10 a.m. Sept. 8.

VIRTUAL ZOMBIE RUN 5K
Run or walk to benefit the Jake Koenigsdorf Foundation, which aims to reduce the barriers to recovery. Upload a picture of yourself in your finest zombie duds to its results page. The panel of undead experts will pick their favorites and award $50 Amazon gift cards to the six best costumes. glirc.org/events Sept. 11-13.

SOUTH FORK BEACH CLEANUP 
The South Fork Natural History Museum, SOFO for short, hosts an hour-long beach cleanup walk. South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center, 377 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Tpke., Bridgehampton. sofo.org Free. 6 p.m. Sept. 12.

ESOPHAGEAL CANCER AWARENESS VIRTUAL WALK/RUN
The second annual fundraiser will be held virtually. All proceeds go towards The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation. elitefeats.com/september-2020-esophageal-cancer-5k $20. Participants can upload running times and photos from Sept. 12-19.

HEART OF AN EAGLE 5K RUN/WALK 
Proceeds go towards Project 9 Line, a Long Island-based nonprofit working to empower and support veterans. Participants can also register for the Virtual Run/Walk. Heckscher State Park Field 1, 1 Heckscher Pkwy., East Islip, elitefeats.com/september-2020-heart-of-an-eagle-5k-east-islip $35. 8:30 a.m. Sept. 13.

LONG ISLAND GAME FARM CHARITY PHOTO SHOOT
Long Island Game Farm and Long Island Photo Gallery are offering a close encounters private tour, charity photo shoot, and buffet. Individuals will get the chance to take close-up shots of the animals from normally restricted enclosures while being guided by staff members. Funds raised from the event will go towards habitat upgrades for the animals. facebook.com/events/182053736557070/ 2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Sept. 19.

RAISING HOPE GOLF CLASSIC
Funds raised from this event will benefit the New York Cancer Foundation, founded by Dr. Vacirca in 2016. The Foundation’s mission is to help relieve the financial stresses experienced by cancer patients undergoing treatment including expenses such as rent, mortgage and utilities. The foundation also provides transportation to and from treatments through a partnership with UberHealth. Nissequogue Golf Club, 21 Golf Club Rd., Saint James, nycancerfoundation.org 10:30 a.m. Sept. 24.

MOTORCYCLE RUN AND PARTY FOR WILDLIFE 
STAR (Save The Animals Rescue) Foundation is hosting its annual motorcycle run. The after-party includes live music, food, raffle prizes and more. Suffolk Harley-Davidson, 4020 Sunrise Hwy., Oakdale. Register at savetheanimalsrescue.org/motorcycle-run $25 to ride, $20 to party. Sept. 26

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Long Island Fall Harvest Fairs 2020

Families pick their own pumpkins at an LI farm (Photo by Bob Giglione)

Long Islanders so love their fall harvest festivals that annual events celebrating everything from pickles to hops normally kick off right after Labor Day, weeks before the autumn equinox.

Of course, the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in many such festivities being canceled this season. But some East End farms that host their own fall festivals have fairs still scheduled as of this post.

Social distancing and mask rules apply.

17th Annual Garlic Festival 
An event celebrating an essential cooking ingredient, with garlic-inspired foods, crafts, music, hayrides, and a farm animal area. Garden of Eve Organic Farm & Market, 4558 Sound Ave., Riverhead, gardenofevefarm.com $5-$10. 10-6 p.m. Sept. 12-13, 19-20. Tickets $5 before 12 p.m. 

Hicks Nurseries Fall Activities
Although the usual hayrides and games will be cancelled, Otto the friendly ghost will be available for pictures and an animated walk-through story featuring Otto will run through the fall. Fall-themed foods will be available to-go. Nicks Nurseries, 100 Jericho Tpke,, Westbury, hicksnurseries.com Free. Sept. 12-Nov. 1. 

Fink’s Country Farm Fall Festival
This family farm offers hayrides, a corn maze, a U-pick pumpkin patch, train rides, and more activities perfect for kids. 6242 Middle Country Rd., Wading River. finksfarm.com $15-$17. 9:30-5:30 p.m. weekends and Columbus Day, Sept. 12-Nov. 1. 

Pumpkin Harvest 
The grand opening of the Barnyard Pumpkin Patch will feature live music. Families can also visit Harbes Barnyard Adventure, which includes a hayride tour, pig races, farm animals, a sports zone, and more. Harbes Family Farm, 715 Sound Ave., Mattituck, harbesfamilyfarm.com $5. 10-6 p.m. Sep. 27-29. 

Village Day Fall Festival 
Admission includes parking and entrance to a petting zoo, hayrides, pony rides, pumpkin painting, and a Green Grocer market. Sands Point Preserve, 127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point, sandspointpreserveconservancy.org $15-25. 12-4 p.m. Oct. 4. Rain date: Oct. 11.

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American Airpower Museum To Mark WWII Anniversary With Flyovers

The AAM's North American AT-6D Texan.

The American Airpower Museum’s celebration marking the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II will take flight over Farmingdale on Labor Day weekend.

Vintage aircraft will perform high-speed flyovers for aviation fans of all ages starting at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 5. Along with the flyovers will be tours of the AAM’s A-10 Warthog Fighter Jet. AAM will also be honoring two World War II veterans at the celebration. 

“Our WWII bombers and fighters are back with exciting, family-friendly flight demonstrations guaranteed to entertain aviation fans of all ages,” the museum said in a statement.

AAM is Long Island’s only flying military aviation museum. It’s located at Hangar 3 of Farmingdale’s Republic Airport, which was home to Republic Aviation, an aircraft manufacturer that produced more than 9,000 P-47 Thunderbolts to support the wartime effort. 

The WWII commemoration follows the museum’s successful Aug. 1 grand reopening from the coronavirus shutdown. The day is sure to prove both inspiring and educational.

Admission is $13 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and veterans, and $8 for children. Temperatures will be taken at the door, capacity will be limited, and masks are required to enter. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch and enjoy the day with their families.

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Apple Picking on Long Island 2020: What To Expect at The Orchards This Season

Apple pickers visit a local orchard (Photo by Benny Migs)

As the sun sets on summer and autumn approaches on Long Island, area residents flock to the East End to celebrate the change of seasons with a perennial favorite family activity: Apple picking.

So load up the car, make room for bushels of apples, and don’t forget to grab some fresh, homemade apple cider donuts and wash them down with some hard cider. Of course, don’t forget your masks and be prepared to follow social distancing mandates meant to curb the spread of coronavirus. 

Here is our annual guide to Long Island’s nine orchards where you can pick your own apples.

Hank’s Pumpkintown
The apple orchard will open September 2020 offering a deal of $25 to pick a one-peck bag of apples, maximum four people per bag every Saturday and Sunday. The orchard offers a wide variety of apples, and posts weekly updates on their Facebook page stating which kinds will be available for picking. 240 Montauk Hwy., Watermill, 631-726-4667, hankspumpkintown.com

Harbes Family Farm and Orchard 
Apple picking will open September 2020, along with the Annual Apple Harvest, from September 12 and 13 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., which features a Robin Hood corn maze, pumpkin picking, pony rides, and more. All guests (except children 2 and under and those with special needs) are required to wear masks and maintain social distancing. 5698 Sound Ave., Riverhead, 631-369-1111, harbesfamilyfarm.com

Hayden’s Peach Orchard
After reopening for U-Pick on July 29, the orchard will be open for fruit picking 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily and continually posts updates on their website regarding which days are available for orchard picking. 561 Hulse Landing County Rd. 54, Wading River, 631-929-1115, davis-peach-farm.business.site

Lewin Farms
Enjoy locally grown fresh apples starting in late August throughout October. Customers can call to find out about U-Pick date availability from day-to-day. Guests must maintain social distancing and anyone with symptoms will not be allowed to enter the fields. 812 Sound Ave., Calverton, 631-929-4327, lewinfarm.com

Milk Pail Farm
The Milk Pail Farm will be open Saturday of Labor Day weekend through October offering over twenty apple varieties for picking from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Five-pound bags are $13 cash for one person and 20 pound bags are $48 for six people. 1346 Montauk Hwy., Watermill, milk-pail.com

Seven Ponds Orchard  
The orchard is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily for U-Pick apples and berries. The farmers market also offers freshly baked goods for sale. More information about U-Pick dates can be found on their Facebook. 65 Seven Ponds Rd., Watermill, 631-726-8015, facebook.com/pages/category/Farmers-Market/Seven-Ponds-Orchard

Wickham’s Fruit Farm
Apple picking will be available throughout October, Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The farm recommends calling ahead in the morning to confirm whether or not U-Pick will be open. Masks and social distancing are required in the fields. 28700 Main Rd., Cutchogue, 631-734-6441, wickhamsfruitfarm.com

Windy Acres Farm 
The farm sells $8 apple-picking quarter peck bags at the entrance from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Kids ages 2 and under enter free. The orchard has miniature trees, perfect for children, as well as a kids play area, corn maze, hayrides, and more. 3810 Middle Country Rd., Calverton, 631-727-4554, facebook.com/WindyAcresFarm

Woodside Orchards 
The orchards open for apple picking mid-September through Columbus Day weekend. The Aquebogue location is open 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the week, while Jamesport is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Peck bags are sold for $17. Outdoor seating compliant with COVID-19 restrictions for hard cider tastings, cookies, and doughnuts is available. Masks are required. 729 Main Rd., Aquebogue and 116 Manor Lane, Jamesport, 631-722-5770, woodsideorchards.com

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Huntington Native Meg Whitman Joins Republicans Endorsing Biden in DNC Speech

Meg Whitman on Jan. 13, 2015. (Photo by Erik Hersman)

Quibi CEO, former Hewlett-Packard CEO, and Huntington native Meg Whitman made waves Monday when she was among several Republicans to endorse Joe Biden for president at the Democratic National Convention. 

Although her speech was short, Whitman made it clear that she supports the former vice president, who is slated to accept the Democratic nomination Thursday in his bid to unseat President Donald Trump, who’s seeking a second term on the Republican line in the November elections.

“I’m a longtime Republican and a longtime CEO, and let me tell you, Donald Trump has no clue how to run a business, let alone an economy,” said Whitman during her speech at the convention, which is being held virtually this week due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Three other members of the GOP who also spoke Monday at the DNC were former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman, and former U.S. Rep. Susan Molinari (R-Staten Island).

Whitman’s speech aired during a segment of the convention titled “We the People Putting Country Over Party.” It was not her first time putting political affiliation aside in favor of candidate loyalty. In the 2016 presidential election, Whitman ardently supported Democrat Hillary Clinton. 

Although Whitman is a well-known Republican fundraiser, she has publicly denounced Trump, calling him “a dishonest demagogue” during his initial run for presidency in 2016. 

While Whitman ran for governor of California in 2010, when she lost to Jerry Brown, most of her political background comes from her financial and vocal endorsements of candidates.

“Joe Biden…has a plan that will strengthen our economy for working people and small business owners,” said Whitman, who’s also the former CEO of e-Bay. 

Interestingly enough, Whitman’s appearance at the DNC as a longtime member of the Republican party was not the most newsworthy aspect of her segment. Instead, social media buzz spawned from a titular mix-up. 

The DNC initially labeled Whitman as former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, a noteworthy move considering Whitman had not served in the position since 2015. Many wondered if this decision was made because Whitman’s former position held more name recognition than her current one.

Quibi, a show-streaming service designed for smartphones with short, original programs, has not exactly taken off as planned. The company did not meet their viewership target, and has struggled to gain users. The app was looking to target bored consumers meandering through the day-to-day, such as subway riders, gym-goers, and frequent restaurant customers. With strict COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, much of Quibi’s target consumer-base has seen a drastic change in their day-to-day, lessening their need for the service. 

Quibi commented on the title mix-up, saying it was mere oversight on the part of the DNC, who quickly updated Whitman’s position. Title aside, Whitman nonetheless made sure to get her message across.

“For me, the choice is simple,” said Whitman. “I’m with Joe.”

Watch the video of her 30-second endorsement speech below:

 

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Winters Center For Autism in West Babylon Will Create Job Opportunities For Adults With Developmental Disabilities

L. to R.: Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino, Christine Ponzio, Patrick Winters, Sean Winters, Michele Winters, Joe Winters, Babylon Town Supervisor Rich Schaffer, Senator John E. Brooks, Sean Winters, Smithtown Town Supervisor Edward Wehrheim, Councilman Antonio Martinez.

With hard-hats donned and shovels in hand, local officials ceremoniously broke ground Tuesday on the nonprofit Winters Center for Autism’s new campus in West Babylon. 

The ceremony kicked off construction of the 14,000-square-foot state-of-the-art building that will provide sorely needed Long Island-based employment opportunities to adults with autism spectrum disorder. 

“People with autism want to experience purpose and fulfillment just like everyone else,” said Christine Ponzio, executive director of the Winters Center.

The need for a middleman to connect adults with autism to employers across LI is strong. While the unemployment rate in the U.S. is usually below 4 percent, the unemployment rate for people with autism can be as high as 90 percent. There is a substantial gap in the amount of services available to autistic adults compared to children’s programs. 

The nonprofit Winters Center seeks to fill this gap by making mutually beneficial connections through job creation, training, and placement programs. The nonprofit will identify the skills and talents of individuals with autism and will reach out to the business community to create new, easily incorporated jobs. 

Adults with autism will enjoy a renewed sense of independence and individualism from working, while employers will reap the benefits of taking on workers who possess valuable qualities such as honesty, problem solving skills, and a well-honed focus, the nonprofit leaders said. 

Joseph Winters, founder and president of the Winters Center and owner of Winters Bros. Waste Systems of Long Island, a West Babylon-based trash pickup company, was inspired to found the nonprofit organization following the experience he had with his own son, Sean.

“Having a job has brought Sean such a sense of pride and purpose in his life,” Winters said.

Twenty-three years ago, Winters drove all the way from his home in Vermont to Smithtown to seek treatment when his son was diagnosed with autism at age 2. After realizing that there was no better place for him to find treatment nearby, Winters returned a few weeks later, moving his entire family to Smithtown in support of his son. 

“Since that time, [Winters] has been relentless in his passion, his persistence, and his tenacity, not only for his son, but for the autism community at large,” said Ponzio. 

After implementing a highly inclusive model employment program at his trash hauling company, Winters realized that it was time for him to take the next step in aiding other businesses across LI in hiring capable adults and welcoming them into their companies. 

“My dream is that in five years from now, every company on Long Island will have a workforce that includes people with autism,” said Winters. “So please join me, Long Island, in hiring for a higher purpose.”

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Malverne’s Tony Danza Starring In Reboot of Who’s The Boss?

Tony Danza (DWNews Recent Celeb Gallery)

Who’s the Boss? has recently joined the ever-expanding list of classic family sitcoms that are confirmed for a reboot. Sony Pictures will be developing the series starring Tony Danza, a Malverne High School graduate.

Both Danza and Alyssa Milano, another of the show’s original stars, have shared their enthusiasm over returning to the cast and contributing to the continuation of the storyline. 

“Very excited to bring Who’s The Boss back to television!,” Danza shared with his Instagram followers. 

The show, which aired in the mid-80s and ran through 1992, focused on flipping the gender norms usually displayed in television at the time. Danza will be returning to his character of Tony Micelli, a former pro-baseball player who takes a job as a housekeeper in an effort to support his daughter, Samantha Micelli, played by Milano. Tony, a widowed single father, was shown working for an ambitious businesswoman named Angela. 

While both Judith Light, who played Angela, and Danny Pintauro, who played her son Jonathan, have shown support for the reboot, there is no confirmation of either being involved in the show so far.

The original series finale, which ran on April 25, 1992, left many questions unanswered about Tony and Angela’s relationship, seeing as viewers were shocked not to see a marriage between the two characters. There are also many questions surrounding the beloved character of Mona, Angela’s mother. Katherine Helmond, who played Mona, passed away in February 2019 due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease.

The new show will be centered more around the father-daughter relationship between Tony and Samantha. Taking place exactly 30 years after the original series, Samantha has now taken the place of her father, living as a single mother in the same house in which her father raised her. As the show’s theme song says, she’ll be embarking on a “Brand New Life.”

“I am so excited! #WhosTheBoss is coming back!!!” Milano tweeted of her return to playing Samantha. “I’ve wanted to share this for so long and now I can! We feel the time is right to tell the story of where these amazing characters are today. Can’t wait to share their stories with you. So happy.”

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Huntington Musician Pens New Tune To Support COVID-19 Relief Effort

Huntington musician Joe DeJesu performs. Photo by Marianne P. Stone

An up-and-coming singer-songwriter from Huntington recently wrote a moving new tune about people who have persevered through the coronavirus pandemic to help raise money for the nonprofit United Way of Long Island. 

Joe DeJesu collaborated with The United Way of Long Island on the new song, “United Together (We Will Survive),” for United Way’s most recent fundraising appeal video to show how the organization has aided people through the crisis.

“Long Island is my home,” explained DeJesu. “If there’s anything I can do to help, I’ll jump at the opportunity.”

The United Way of Long Island is the local chapter of the 133-year-old global nonprofit that partners with dozens of local businesses to fuel its many health, education, and anti-poverty projects. DeJesu credits Billy Joel’s band member Mike DelGuidice with mentoring DeJesu and helping him relaunch his music career.

“A song like this can only produce beautiful results,” said DelGuidice. “Especially when it comes from the heart of a songwriter that is channeling his deepest emotions into the lyrics.”

The lyrics capture the emotional roller coaster of the quarantine while offering a ray of hope, like so: “We will survive this crazy time; with each day, a little better. And when the sun begins to shine, we know we’ll always be united together.”

DeJesu’s song was created wholly from home while working remotely during the COVID-19 shutdown. He went through multiple edits of the song, sending different versions back and forth with his colleagues, Kenny Friedman who recorded piano and Bob Stander who produce the song.

“When we’re all stuck in the house, it’s hard to think about what others are going through,” said DeJesu. “It’s easy to forget that we need to rely on each other. What better time is there to help out than now?”

In addition to the new song, DeJesu frequently hosts Facebook livestreams during which he encourages people to donate to the United Way of Long Island through links on his page, and recently hosted a birthday fundraiser for the organization. The fundraiser exceeded his goal, raising $2,140. 

“Joe’s original song is a true gemstone of a fundraising asset for our organization,” said Theresa A. Regnante, president and CEO of United Way of Long Island. “We are pleased to collaborate with local musician Joe DeJesu, who exemplifies our motto to Live United and help uplift our neighbors.”

Watch the video here.

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The Book Fairies Hosting Virtual Read-a-Thon in August

Amy Zaslansky founded The Book Fairies.

The Book Fairies, a Freeport-based nonprofit that donates reading materials for those in need, is hosting a virtual Read-a-Thon in August to engage kids after the coronavirus pandemic interrupted their education.

The organization normally hosts its many events in person, but had to adjust its programming to align with social-distancing mandates designed to curb the spread of COVID-19.

“We have had to alter almost every aspect of how we work,” explained Eileen Minogue, executive director of The Book Fairies. 

Founded in 2012, the nonprofit dedicated to combating illiteracy celebrated its 2 millionth book donation in September and broke the Guinness World Record for the longest line of books in November. 

The idea for a Read-a-Thon came about as a way of compensating for the cancellation of an in-person scavenger hunt that was planned pre-COVID-19. 

The virtual Read-a-Thon challenges participants to read for 30 minutes for 30 days. Individuals of any age can participate in this month-long reading event and launch their own campaign. The fundraiser is especially important during this challenging time, when plenty of the organization’s usual fundraising streams have dried up and limits have had to be placed on volunteers.

“The work we used to do in a day now gets done in a week or more,” said Minogue. 

The Book Fairies used to receive a majority of their book donations from school drives, but have now had to ask individuals to host book drives from their homes. Their warehouse, which usually accommodates up to 30 volunteers, is now down to six to maintain social distancing. 

But the advocates are still pushing forward, and its determination is shown in the work that has been put into the Read-a-Thon, which will host activities like Wacky Word Wednesday and Trivia Night, and will feature some celebrity book readings. Sponsors will receive benefits such as social media promotions and being featured on T-shirts. 

“It’s all about leveling the playing field and making sure that children in low-income areas have… access to the tools they need for success,” said Minogue. “And it’s so simple because it starts with the books.”

The Book Fairies remain true to their mission to break the cycle of illiteracy. To participate in their fundraiser, visit classy.org

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Southampton Restaurant Owner Torches Table Where Epstein, Weinstein Dined

Zach Erdem, the owner of 75 Main, burns the table where Jeffrey Epstein and Harvey Weinstein dined.

A Hamptons restaurateur decided revenge is a dish best served hot when he torched a table once frequented by convicted pedophile and accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein and convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein.

Zach Erdem, the owner of 75 Main, a chic spot in Southampton, made his thoughts on the disgraced duo clear when he recently destroyed the table in front of his staff to the sound of cheering and jubilation. 

“When I thought about it, like Jeffrey Epstein used to sit at this table, all I could think was I need to burn this f****** table and make sure nothing is going to stain my restaurant,” Erdem told CNN.

Epstein and Weinstein’s crimes have been front and center during the #MeToo movement, where survivors of sexual harassment and assault have been emboldened to increasingly come forward in recent years.

Epstein, a powerful figure in the world of finance and registered sex offender, allegedly sex trafficked and abused dozens of girls who were minors over the years. He died by apparent suicide Aug. 10. in his Manhattan federal jail cell following an earlier attempted suicide.

Weinstein was a film producer whose world came tumbling down when about 100 women alleged that Weinstein sexually abused or raped them. In March, Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison after a Manhattan jury convicted him of rape and criminal sexual act. 

Erdem set fire to the table where the two sex offenders ate to make it clear where the restaurant owner stands on the issue of powerful men abusing their influence to manipulate women.

“People who abuse women are not welcome here,” Erdem said.

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