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U.S. Rep. Rice & Nassau Legis. Walker Join Gastroenterology Associates In Raising Colorectal Cancer Awareness

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U.S. Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-Garden City) (far left) and Nassau Legis. Rose Walker (R-Hicksville) (far right) join staff and patients of Gastroenterology Associates and the Long Island Center for Digestive Health (LICDH) during its grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony at its new Uniondale headquarters on March 6, 2017 to help stress the importance of colorectal cancer screenings during National Colon Cancer Awareness Month.

U.S. Rep. Kathleen Rice and Nassau County Legis. Rose Walker joined doctors, staff, and patients of Gastroenterology Associates, one of the largest gastroenterology practices on Long Island, in helping raise awareness about colorectal cancer at the grand opening of its recently relocated offices and outpatient facility, the Long Island Center for Digestive Health, in Uniondale.

March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month, and the March 6 educational event and ribbon-cutting highlighted the importance of colon cancer aka colorectal cancer screening in the battle against this highly preventable disease, which claims more than 50,000 lives each year and remains the third-most common cancer in the United States and second-leading cause of cancer death.

Several patients of Gastroenterology Associates and the Long Island Center for Digestive Health shared their personal stories of survival, with each advocating for screening. Both Legis. Walker and Rep. Rice spoke briefly as well.

“I was honored an proud to attend the ribbon cutting for Gastroenterology Associates’ new headquarters—a beautiful, spacious facility with a kind, caring staff who goes out of their way to make their patients comfortable,” Legis. Walker told the Press about the experience, explaining that for her, raising awareness about colorectal cancer is personal. “It is always a pleasure to attend all the ribbon cuttings and events I am invited to, but some have a special significance.

“In 2012, I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Colorectal Cancer,” she continued. “Thanks to the love and support of my family, friends and co-workers and the excellent care of my entire medical team, all affiliated with Winthrop Hospital, I am blessed to say I am now cancer-free. I am one of the lucky ones, and I feel that I have been given the opportunity to give back—to reach out to others and share the importance of screenings.”

“I’m grateful to Dr. [Leonard B.] Stein and Dr. [Robert S.] Bartolomeo for inviting me to tour their new facility as we commemorate Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and highlight the dangers of this disease and the potentially life-saving value of regular screenings,” Rep. Rice told the Press regarding the event.

“We know that colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer among men and women combined–this year alone, more than 135,000 people will be diagnosed and more than 50,000 will die from it,” she continued. “We also know that this is one of the most highly preventable forms of cancer–the CDC estimates that we could prevent 60 percent of all colorectal cancer deaths if all adults over age 50 were regularly screened, but just one-in-three adults between age 50 and 75 are up to date on recommended screenings.

“That has to change,” she added.

Congresswoman Rice, the U.S. Representative for New York’s 4th congressional district, has long been a proponent of increasing accessibility and affordability to these life-saving preventive screenings. She is currently a cosponsor of bipartisan legislation, titled the “Removing Barriers to Colorectal Screening Act of 2017,” which would direct Medicare not to charge co-pays for colon cancer screenings that result in the discovery and removal of polyps.

Currently, under the Affordable Care Act, Medicare and private insurers aren’t supposed to charge for co-pays for such screenings, including colonoscopies, explains her office. If a patient undergoes a screening and a polyp is detected and removed, however, the procedure gets reclassified as “Therapeutic” and not simply a screening, and they can be charged a co-pay.

This bill would eliminate that possibility, ensuring that patients can’t be charged for these important screenings, whether a polyp is found and extracted or not.

Rice, a Democrat who was elected to Congress in 2014 and previously served three terms as Nassau County District Attorney where she received national acclaim for her efforts combatting drunk driving, also cosponsored this bill in the last congressional session, and also cosponsored a resolution designating March 2017 as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in both sessions.

Health experts advocate for regular colorectal cancer screenings for those 50 and over, stressing such preventive procedures can identify polyps before they become cancerous—though some are discouraged when there’s a chance its result could cost money, explains Rice’s office.

Thus, these legislative initiatives would remove dissuading financial barriers and actually help save lives.

Gastroenterology Associates is a renowned private group gastroenterology practice in Uniondale, NY specializing in high-quality digestive healthcare for patients experiencing a wide range of disorders. Long Island Center for Digestive Health (LICDH) is a distinguished non-hospital outpatient facility providing advanced diagnostic testing and procedures including upper endoscopy, colonoscopy, and more.

Gastroenterology Associates’ new headquarters in Uniondale boasts ground-floor access for patients, plentiful parking, and is conveniently situated near Meadowbrook Parkway, Stewart Avenue and Hempstead Turnpike. LICDH, which shares the premises, is a New York State-licensed ambulatory endoscopy center that has been awarded a Certificate of Recognition from the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.

This is the second consecutive year Rep. Rice has joined Gastroenterology Associates and LICDH’s staff in publicly raising awareness during Colorectal Awareness Month about the preventable disease and the significance of screening—and she vows to continue this all-important quest in Congress.

“We need to keep raising awareness and educating the public, like we did [at Gastroenterology Associates] and will continue doing all month,” Congresswoman Rice told the Press. “And we need to make screenings more affordable so that no one can be denied or discouraged from getting a procedure that could save their life.

“I’ve cosponsored bipartisan legislation that would help eliminate copays for colon cancer screenings, and I’m going to keep working to get it passed,” she added.

Legis. Walker, a Republican, further emphasized the value of colorectal cancer screening and raising awareness, explaining it could quite literally mean the difference between life and death.

“Yes, colorectal cancer is a deadly disease, yet highly preventable,” she said. “If I had gone for screening, perhaps I would not have had to go through all I did—chemo, radiation, surgery, then more chemo and more surgery—so I need to speak out to others, share my story, thank those who saved my life, and hopefully encourage everyone to follow the advice of specialists, because prevention is our first line of defense.”

Featured Photo: U.S. Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-Garden City) (far left) and Nassau Legis. Rose Walker (R-Hicksville) (far right) join staff and patients of Gastroenterology Associates and the Long Island Center for Digestive Health (LICDH) during its grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony at its new Uniondale headquarters on March 6, 2017 to help stress the importance of colorectal cancer screenings during National Colon Cancer Awareness Month.

Gastroenterology Associates is located at 106 Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Suite B, Mitchel Field, in Uniondale, NY 11553. Long Island Center for Digestive Health shares the premises, and is located in Suite C. To talk with staff or schedule an appointment, call 516-248-3737 or 516-794-1868, respectively, or visit ligastrohealth.com.

Gastroenterology Associates is a client of Morey Publishing, the parent company of the Long Island Press.

Long Island Under Blizzard Watch: 12-18 Inches Of Snow Possible

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(Photo by Michael Damm/Long Island Press)

Long Island could get buried in 12 to 18 inches of snow Monday evening throughout Tuesday, according to forecasters.

The National Weather Service in Upton has issued a Blizzard Watch for Long Island, New York City, and other parts of the region in effect from late Monday night through Tuesday evening.

The forecast predicts heavy snow, strong, gusty winds and temperatures in the 20s.

Snow accumulations could amount to 12 to 18 inches, according to the agency, with wind gusts clocking in at 40 to 50 mph.

The National Weather Service warns of “hazardous travel and potential for power outages,” as well as low visibility.

“A Blizzard Watch means there is a potential for falling and/or blowing snow with strong winds and extremely poor visibilities,” it states. “This can lead to whiteout conditions and make travel very dangerous.”

Rock Extraterrestrials The Flaming Lips Invade The Space At Westbury

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Psychedelic experimental space rock extraterrestrials the Flaming Lips invade The Space at Westbury on March 11! (Photo: FlamingLips.com)

Psychedelic experimental space-noise rock extraterrestrials the Flaming Lips deploy their intergalactic tractor beam of kaleidoscopic aural supernovae and legendary theatrics at The Space at Westbury on Saturday, March 11 in a mesmerizing show bound for the books of must-attend Long Island concerts.

For more than three decades these sonic hellraisers hailing from Oklahoma have been re-writing the rules of rock and roll, melding the realms of music, science fiction and experimentation into the most beautifully bizarre and involuntarily contagious expressions of love and chaos created by earthlings, and continue to be one of the most exciting, electrifying, and magnetic bands in existence.

Led by founding members and martian rock masterminds Wayne Coyne on vocals and guitar, bassist Michael Ivins and multi-instrumentalist Steven Drozd, the Flaming Lips are as known for their extraordinary live performances as much as their Grammy Award-winning tunes. A Lips show, as any attendee who has ever witnessed one can attest, is anything but ordinary.

Giant costumed creatures, smoke, puppets, enigmatic video projections, balloons, copious amounts of confetti, mushrooms, rainbows, gigantic hands that shoot lasers—even a monstrous, translucent man-sized bubble, which Coyne navigates atop the audience—the Flaming Lips literally and figuratively transcend any singular art form and instead transport fans into their own unique world, one beyond comparison and free of labels, stereotypes, or really, any other “concert” experience.

Coyne and Drozd’s songwriting might as well be an interdimensional black hole, in that past one layer is an infinite amount of others, all embodying various possibilities explored and shared with audience members via this multi-sensory tapestry of theatrical amplified paint.

At the center is an exploding universe of love.

Touring in support of their latest foray into the unconventional, this year’s Oczy Mlody (Polish for “Eyes (of the) Young,” the Lips’ 14th studio drop, the band have a vast sea of releases to draw from—with the melodies, time signatures, arrangements and songs as diverse as their album and song titles. Their first, 1986’s noisy, punkish Hear It Is, includes tracks “Jesus Shootin’ Heroin,” Charlie Manson Blues” and “Godzilla Flick.” 1993’s Transmissions from the Satellite Heart contains perhaps the band’s most well-known single, as well as its biggest radio hit, “She Don’t Use Jelly.” 1997’s experimental Zaireeka features eight songs across four CDs, which ideally are to be played simultaneously on separate audio systems to create its intended harmonics. 1999’s The Soft Bulletin and 2002’s Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots both achieved critical and commercial success and remain fan favorites.

Standout tracks from The Soft Bulletin include: “The Spiderbite Song,” “What Is the Light?” (“An Untested Hypothesis Suggesting That the Chemical [In Our Brains] by Which We Are Able to Experience the Sensation of Being in Love Is the Same Chemical That Caused the “Big Bang” That Was the Birth of the Accelerating Universe”), “Waitin’ for a Superman” (“Is It Getting’ Heavy?”) and “Suddenly Everything Has Changed” (“Death Anxiety Caused by Moments of Boredom”). Those from Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots include: “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots” (Pts. 1 & 2), “It’s Summertime” and “Do You Realize??” the latter also a popular charting single, and ranked #31 on Rolling Stone magazine’s “100 Best Songs of the 2000s.”

All that being said, pretty much every single Flaming Lips tune is an amazing, otherworldly entity onto themselves, across various, multi-tiered levels, and in the intimate confines of The Space at Westbury, they and all the aforementioned elements of this mind-bending band combine to create a rock and roll experience guaranteed to be absolutely unforgettable and unquestionably one for the books of epic Long Island concerts.

Do not miss this gig. Repeat: Do Not Miss This Gig!!

Featured Photo: Psychedelic experimental space rock extraterrestrials the Flaming Lips invade The Space at Westbury on March 11! (Photo: FlamingLips.com)

The Flaming Lips destroy The Space at Westbury, at 250 Post Ave. in Westbury, on Saturday, March 11. Opening the show is Clipping. For tickets and more information, visit thespaceatwestbury.com

5 Dream Open Houses On Long Island This Weekend

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Long Island boasts some of the most gorgeous (and most expensive) homes and real estate in the country, and this weekend is loaded with open houses throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties for prospective buyers to check it all out with a tour.

You don’t have to be a multimillionaire, or even necessarily in the market for a new home, to ooh and ahh at these luxurious mansions and estates, however. Open houses enable anyone, no matter their budget or present zip code, to peruse these dream homes—and this list enables you to do so from the comfort of your laptop!

Below are five insanely breathtaking (multi-million dollar) homesteads hosting open houses this weekend, along with their corresponding listing summaries, according to real estate records on MLSLI.com. Hey, everyone can dream, right! Enjoy the tour!


long island open houses real estate

377 Cobb Rd., Water Mill NY, 11976

$8,990,000

Listing Summary:

School: Southampton
Style: Traditional
# Families: 1
Beds: 7
Baths: 9 Full/1 Half
MLS#: 2910950
Lot Sq. Ft.:36,155
Approx Year Built: 2016

Open House:

Saturday, 3/4 Noon – 2 p.m.
Sunday, 3/5 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Check Out Full Listing HERE

Questions Contact:

Nicholas Amato
Nest Seekers International LLC
631-353-3048


long island open houses real estate

172 Kings Point Rd., Great Neck NY, 11024

$8,000,000

Listing Summary:

Section: Kings Point
School: Great Neck
Style: Other
# Families: 1
Beds: 6
Baths: 7 Full/2 Half
MLS#: 2905914
Lot Sq. Ft.: 55,000

This 10,000 Sf. European-Inspired Stone Masterpiece Stands Tall On 1.3 Flat Acres. Soaring Entry Leads Directly To Spectacular Waterviews Of Manhattan Skyline. State-Of-The-Art Kit, Den, Library, Cabana W/Br, 2 Mstr Brs. French Architect Philippe Starck Inspired. Whole House Generator. Complete Reno 2016.

Open House:

Saturday, 3/4 12:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sunday, 3/5 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Check Out Full Listing HERE

Questions Contact:

Maggie Keats
Douglas Elliman Real Estate
516-883-5200


long island real estate open houses

16 Forest Dr., Sands Point NY, 11050

$6,880,000

Listing Summary:

Section: Sands Point
School: Port Washington
Style: Colonial
# Families: 1
Beds: 7
Baths: 6 Full/2 Half
MLS#: 2901782
Lot Sq. Ft.:88,340
Approx Year Built: 2017

Masterpiece Brk & Stn New Const13000Sf Majestically Sited On 2+ Acres. Entertain On Grand Scale In This Palatial Est Featuring 2 Story Barreled Ceiling In Magn Ent Foyer & Great Rm. Intricate Custom Millwork,Lg Arched Hallways.Mag Master Suite W/Balcony, Plc, Sitting Rm, Fantasy Walk-In Closet. Fin Ll W/Movie Theater,Gym,Br,Ose, 7 Brs, 6.55 Bth,Pool, 3 Garages

Open House:

Sunday, 3/5 Noon – 2 p.m.

Check Out Full Listing HERE

Questions Contact:

Maggie Keats
Douglas Elliman Real Estate
516-883-5200


long island real estate open houses

11 Sandpiper Ct, Old Westbury NY, 11568

$6,388,000

Listing Summary:

School: Jericho
Style: Colonial
# Families: 1
Beds: 6
Baths: 7 Full/1 Half
MLS#: 2841593
Status: Active
Lot Sq. Ft.: 87,120
Approx Year Built: 2017

This Elegant 2017 Chc Sits On 2 Flat Acre Property On A Cul-De-Sac In Old Westbury.It Offers 6 Br,7.5 Bth,Designed W/ Wainscot Paneling,Oversized Mbr, Hide-A-Hose Central Vac,600 Amp Underground Utilities,Copper Pipe Pluming,Hydronic Heating System,Control4 Smart Home,Basemnt W/Home Theatre,Wet Bar,Game Room,20′ By 40′ Saltwater Gunite Pool And Jacuzzi & Much More

Open House:

Saturday, 3/4 Noon – 2 p.m. By Appointment Only! Contact Dalia Elison To Show. 516-707-9022

Check Out Full Listing HERE

Questions Contact:

Dalia Elison
Douglas Elliman Real Estate
516-621-3555


long island real estate open houses

1257 Plandome Rd., Manhasset NY, 11030

$6,250,000

Listing Summary:

School: Manhasset
Style: Colonial
# Families: 1
Beds: 7
Baths: 6 Full/1 Half
MLS#: 2911417
Lot Sq. Ft.: 111,579
Approx Year Built: 2001

Magnificent 12,000 Sq Ft Mansion On The Former Estate Of Ny Mayor Matthias Nicoll. The Approach To The Home Features An Impressive Gated Entrance, Long Winding Driveway And Beautifully Landscaped Property.

Open House:

Sunday, 3/5 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Check Out Full Listing HERE

Questions Contact:

Jason Friedman
Coldwell Banker Residential
516-482-8400

Sarah Friedman
Coldwell Banker Residential
516-482-8400


Related: 5 Open Houses of Mega-Cheap Homes On Long Island This Weekend

Legends Arlo Guthrie & Taj Mahal at LIU Post’s Tilles Center

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Music legends Arlo Guthrie and Taj Mahal combine forces at LIU Post's Tilles Center for the Performing Arts on March 4!

Two musical legends are teaming up for an epic night of timeless songs on Long Island.

Legendary folk icon Arlo Guthrie and bluesman Taj Mahal combine forces at LIU Post’s Tilles Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, March 4, unleashing a kaleidoscopic barrage of music spanning a smorgasbord of genres bound to immerse all those in attendance in a veritable whirlwind of tunes that transcend the ages.

Guthrie, a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and son of Woody Guthrie—perhaps one the most influential musicians of all time—has released more than two dozen albums throughout his storied career, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Arlo follows in his father’s footsteps as a hellraiser, both musically and politically, consistently penning protest songs that put forth meaningful messages, stick up for the common man, and lash out against social injustice.

Arlo’s debut, 1967’s Alice’s Restaurant, includes the title track “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree,” a sprawling, first-person, spoken word stream of consciousness anthem about 1960s counterculture with anti-Vietnam War leanings, has evolved into a Thanksgiving Day radio mainstay for decades, and clocks in at a whopping 18 minutes and 34 seconds.

The song is perhaps too coincidentally the nearly exact length of the infamous void in President Richard Nixon’s “Watergate Tapes,” a fact Arlo mused about on the song’s 30th anniversary, stating that the disgraced president owned a copy.

Singer, songwriter, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Taj Mahal, whose career encompasses more than half a century of music, with just as many albums released, masterfully melds the worlds of blues, rock, R&B, jazz, reggae, country, soul and world music to create a musical genre entirely all his own.

1969’s Giant Step/De Ole Folks at Home, just one example of Mahal’s expansive and seemingly boundless range and pool of influences, contains a multi-genre patchwork of songs veering from near-straight-up traditional blues to country to rock, Cajun and spoken-word.

African roots, zydeco, gospel, calypso—two-time Grammy Award-winner Mahal’s musical artistry has never fit squarely into one defined box of stereotypes, in fact, he defies them all.

Together, Arlo Guthrie and Taj Mahal comprise vital threads in the still-evolving tapestry of Americana more than half a century in the making, defining critical aspects of its collective canon, and are the living, breathing embodiment of sheer musical genius.

Do whatever you have to do in order to attend this gig. It’s one for the books, indeed. Repeat: Don’t miss this gig!

Arlo Guthrie and Taj Mahal will be performing at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, LIU Post, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville. tillescenter.org $43-$78. 8 p.m. March 4.

Related: Do This: Long Island Concerts & Events March 2 – 8

5 Open Houses of Mega-Cheap Homes On Long Island This Weekend

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Recently married and now scouring Long Island for your first home? Professional house flipper looking for a dream-come-true renovation project to redo, list back on the market, and turn a nice profit? Moving? Relocating? Simply out there on the prowl for an inexpensive home on Long Island?

You’re in luck. We searched the real estate listings for you, and have come up with this quick list of bargain home buys, all welcoming would-be owners in for a tour this weekend.

There are currently 38 open houses across Long Island this weekend (Feb. 18 & Feb. 19) showcasing single-family homes for sale between $100,000 to $250,000, according to real estate records on MLSLI.com.

Here are Five Open Houses of Mega-Cheap Homes On Long Island that may be very well worth the visit this weekend (it’s supposed to be absolutely glorious out), along with their corresponding listing summaries from MLSLI.com:


Long Island real estate open houses

3117 Heather Ave., Medford, NY, 11763

$249,000

Listing Summary:

Section: Eagle Estates
School: Patchogue-Medford
Style: Split
# Families: 1
Beds: 4
Baths: 2 Full
MLS#: 2906873
Status: Active
Lot Sq. Ft.: 8,276
Approx. Year Built: 1963

Split Level With Accessory Apartment With Proper Permit Renewal. Well Maintained Home With Room For Mom Or Dad. Updated Kitchen And Baths. Ceramic Tile Kitchen Floor And Some Hardwood Floors Under Carpet. Move In Condition.

Open House:

Saturday, 2/18 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Check Out Full Listing HERE

Questions Contact:

Roberta Franzese
Better Homes Premier LLC
631-696-4500


Long Island real estate open houses

1061 Udall Rd, Bay Shore NY, 11706

$244,900

Listing Summary:

School: Brentwood
Style: Ranch
# Families: 1
Beds: 3
Baths: 1 Full
MLS#: 2906778
Status: Active
Lot Sq. Ft.: 16,553
Approx. Year Built: 1954

Super-Mint Move In Ready Home. Completely Renovated With So Much More Potential To Grow Into. New Porceilaine Floor, New Kitchen Cabinets, New Doors, Upgraded Electric, 2 Heating Zones, Wooden Back Deck On A Huge Backyard. 1 Car Garage And 3 Car Driveway. Excellent Condition. No Additional Expenses To Upgrade Lot Is Irregular Approximately 230 Feet Deep

Open House:

Saturday, 2/18 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Check Out Full Listing HERE

Questions Contact:

Richard Halloran
Signature Premier Properties
631-422-3100


Long Island real estate open houses

36 8 Ave., Huntington Station NY, 11746

$174,900

Listing Summary:

School: S. Huntington
Style: Colonial
# Families: 0
Beds: 2
Baths: 1 Full
MLS#: 2894850
Status: Active
Lot Sq. Ft.: 7,405
Approx. Year Built: 1934

Bank Owned Property, Very Nice Lot With Detached Garage. Low Taxes, Convenient To All.

Open House:

Saturday, 2/18 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Sunday, 2/19 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Check Out Full Listing HERE

Questions Contact:

Steven Pagano
Coldwell Banker Residential
516-864-8100


Long Island real estate open houses

41 Robin Rd., Rocky Point NY, 11778

$219,000

Listing Summary:

Section: North Shore Beach
School: Rocky Point
Style: Ranch
# Families: 1
Beds: 2
Baths: 2 Full
MLS#: 2909515
Status: Active
Lot Sq. Ft.: 3,920
Approx. Year Built: 1960

This Completely Updated Home Is Situated Just A Block From The Long Island Sound/North Shore Beach. Bright And Sunny Ranch Featuring A Large Country Kitchen, Cac, Hw Floors Throughout, New Bathroom, New Oil Tank And More. Basement Has An Ose, Small Kitchenette & Full Bath. Meticulously Maintained Home Inside And Out. Being Sold Furnished.

Open House:

Saturday, 2/18 12:30-2:00PM

1 Block From The Beach. Completely Renovated Home With Furniture Included!

Check Out Full Listing HERE

Questions Contact:

Jennifer Baer
Bel Breeze Real Estate Inc.
631-331-5100


Long Island real estate open houses

200 Longfellow Dr., Mastic Beach NY, 11951

$119,000

Listing Summary:

School: William Floyd
Style: Cape
# Families: 1
Beds: 1
Baths: 1 Full
MLS#: 2898748
Status: Active
Lot Sq. Ft.: 6,098
Approx. Year Built: 1951

Nestled On A Quiet Dead End Street This 1 Possibly 2 Bedroom Home Is Centrally Located To All! Minutes Away From The Marina, Smithpoint Beach, Sunrise Hwy And Lirr. It’s Within Walking Distance To Beautiful Robert Miller Park. A Perfect Starter, Vacation Or Investment Home. New Sheet Rock On Walls In Most Rooms. New Carpets In Bedroom And Loft.

Open House:

Saturday, 2/18 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Check Out Full Listing HERE

Questions Contact:

Kelly Ann Mazzio
Keller Williams Rlty Homes
631-675-0770

Last-Minute, Out-of-the-Ordinary Valentine’s Day Events On Long Island

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There are plenty of last-minute, out-of-the-ordinary Valentine's Day events taking place all across Long Island!

Been too busy to plan a show-stopping Valentine’s Day night out with your sweetheart, and now in panic mode to figure something out? Sick and tired of the typical mucho-dinero “romantic dinner” thing? Majorly screwed up in your relationship recently and it’s only now just dawned on you that a spectacular, unforgettable Valentine’s Day could be just what Cupid ordered to repair all the damage you’ve done and restore that sweet, loving bliss?

Fear not, for this list is replete with last-minute, out-of-the-ordinary Valentine’s Day Events on Long Island that are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression on your loved one! From succulent Shrimp Nibblers by candlelight at White Castle and transcendental insights about love to communal mass protests and even a brokenhearted bar crawl, there’s no doubt that participation in any of these happenings will be sure to make this year’s Valentine’s Day go down in your sweetheart’s book as truly unforgettable!

Paint & Prosecco

Prove your love with this romantic twist on “Sip & Paints” as you and your sweetheart create a shared portrait of an inviting tropical island paradise, complete with swaying palm trees and a melting setting sun! You’ll both paint one side of the overall image, titled “Paradise Cove”—creating a museum-worthy masterpiece when merged together! Dessert, as well as a complimentary glass of prosecco will be waiting for the lovebird-artistes once finished, and guests are also welcome to bring their own special feasts to enjoy during the session! Check out this Guide to Long Island “Sip & Paint” and “Paint Night” Venues for additional wine-inspired misadventures, too! Pinot’s Palette, 61 W. Main St., Bay Shore. 631-446-4777. pinotspalette.com $48. 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Editorial Cartoon Exhibit

Wait—politics? On Valentine’s Day? Please, if ever there was a day for a reprieve, it’s this one. Well these aren’t talking heads, nor dissertations about the latest executive order, by any stretch of the imagination. This exhibit exemplifies how artists can breathe life into topical subjects of the day through visual interpretations bound to inform and inspire. Romantic? Sure, especially for those out there who’ve been glued to the television since November, or those who’ve since discovered an inner thirst for public participation, organization, and perhaps, revolt (the Women’s March, anyone?).

This phenomenal exhibit features works by award-winning editorial cartoonists including Walt Handelsman, Steve Kelley, Matt Davies and Signe Wilkinson, as well as historical works from Thomas Nast. If you opt for the less-intellectual option, a candlelight dinner, perhaps, instead, know that it runs through March 12 and is titled “Political Slant II: Editorial Cartoons.” Hofstra University Museum, David Filderman Gallery, 112 Hofstra University, Hempstead. 516-463-5672. Free. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Planets & Moon Viewing

There are a constant barrage of unseen forces pushing and pulling all matter in this universe, from the immeasurable draw of our nearest star, the Sun, to the magnetic fields permeating our precious Earth’s inner core and poles. Poets and star-crossed lovers throughout the ages have, in perhaps fewer and much more eloquent worlds than these, written and spoken and sung about the all-dominating force tugging at humans since the dawn of time: love. True, the gravity of one’s own heart and eternal yearning for another, reciprocal magnetism is perhaps greater than all the forces throughout this vast universe, combined. Whoa.

This otherworldly Valentine’s Day event enables those in attendance to discover this deeper, invisible gravitation, as well as those massive orb-like spheres silently encircling our world: the planets, including Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn—and possibly, the International Space Station! It also gives couples the chance to telescopically magnify that omnipresent celestial body that’s been artists’ muse throughout the eons, too: the moon. There will also be a quick astronomy class involved!

Experience these timeless enigmatic creations together, as one, and unleash your eternal love throughout the heavens! If this Valentine’s Day is not weather-permitting, fear not, this intergalactic masterpiece of illuminating hearts continues through May 1! Northport Harbor Park, bottom end of Main Street at Woodbine Avenue, Northport. More information: sidewalktelescopeviewing 631-486-4818. 7:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Free.

Anti-Valentine’s Day Bar Crawl

Celebrate the fleeting emotions and banal insignificance of love and relationships while tossing back endless beverages and conversing with equally jaded broken-hearted vagabonds on this truly unforgettable crusade through some of Patchogue’s best bars and pubs. True, this intoxicating event perhaps belongs more so on a Valentine’s Day Events for Long Island Singles list, but couples can surely crash it to bestow the intimate knowledge of relationship bliss with the frustrated heathens crying in their beers all night throughout this trek! True love, indeed! Meet at Roast Coffee & Tea Trading Company, 41 E. Main St., Patchogue. roast.coffee 631-207-1000. $15 ADV/$20 DOS. 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Buddha’s Modern Relationship Prescription

Money? A fancy car? Lotsa bling-bling? Love permeates the materialism of this realm and radiates from our very souls. Bring your honey bear to this intimate, transcendental experience, and learn from the experts the true, deeper meaning of Valentine’s Day, as well as insights on how Buddha viewed relationships. Guaranteed to open the eyes, ears and hearts of all those star-crossed romantics in attendance, and also bring you closer to the genuine divinity of existence! Kadampa Meditation Center Long Island, 282 New York Ave., Huntington. 631-549-1000. meditationonlongisland.org $15. 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Protests For Love: ‘Protect Our Care’ & ‘Love Fights Back

Sponsored by Long Island Progressive Coalition, Long Island Activists, the New York State Nurses Association and 1199SEIU (United Healthcare Workers East), bask in the all-enveloping love derived from exercising your constitutional rights to dissent at either of three simultaneous Valentine’s Day actions to tell Reps. Lee Zeldin and Peter King to “have a heart and save our healthcare.” Dubbed “Protect Our Care,” activists and community groups will be delivering a special Valentine’s Day card to Zeldin’s Patchogue office, and those who can’t physically make the rally are encouraged to participate by either creating and emailing along your own digital Valentine, to be printed and delivered for you, or sharing your healthcare story telling the lawmakers why the Affordable Care Act is important to you and your family via a video, to be posted on groups’ Facebook pages! Congressman Lee Zeldin’s Office, 31 Oak St., Patchogue. zeldin.house.gov Noon – 1 p.m.

Following the Valentine’s Day delivery to Rep. Zeldin’s office, protestors can hop on the LIRR to join yet another demonstration in Manhattan at Foley Square dubbed “Love Fights Back: Rally For #ImmigrantNY,” the New York Immigration Coalition will stand alongside other concerned groups and New Yorkers to show their love and solidarity with “immigrant communities who are under attack!” Foley Square, 111 Worth St., New York, NY. 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Classical Ballet Class

Anyone who’s ever been in a long-term relationship knows that it takes a great deal of communication to make it all work, and that alone, we may stumble, but that together, as one, we may discover true grace. Well, relationships share some of the fundamentals of dance. This extraordinary class by instructor Nora Goodman—who’s highly trained in classical ballet, modern and Irish Step dance—will help couples not only discover the untapped talents residing within themselves, but the meticulously choreographed beauty of all relationships—as dance serves as the perfect vehicle for cooperation, collaboration and trust between partners.

Who knows—this first foray into ballet may inspire couples to return again and again, as these sessions continue throughout June 13! The Ballet Center, 1863 Pond Rd., Ronkonkoma. 631-737-1964. theballetcenter.org $20. 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

White Castle Valentine’s Day Sizzlin’ Spectacular

Forget those fancy high-end steakhouses and hosh-posh bistros serving insanely expensive snacks that have been booked up for weeks leading up to this Valentine’s Day, anyway. Head to White Castle and enjoy their addictive burgers in scintillating style, while making forever memories to be shared for a lifetime. Now in its 26th year, the popular go-to spot for those smooth, delicious sliders is yet again offering a special Valentine’s Day experience for all couples looking for romantic meat-and-cheese bliss. Tables will be draped in pink and red, with various loving decorations. Diners can share these scrumptious meals over candlelight, as tableside service takes your orders.

No Valentine’s Day would be complete without some quality photos and Shrimp Nibblers! White Castle. Multiple Locations. whitecastle.com Regular menu process. 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Who needs a bouquet of roses when you and your loved one can participate in all these extraordinary Valentine’s Day events?! Always remember: Love is eternal, so get out there and share some! Happy Valentine’s Day!

Sex Pistols’ Steve Jones Talks Punk Mayhem At Book Revue

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Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones will be signing copies of 'Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol,' at Book Revue in Huntington on January 18! (Photo: Sex Pistols Facebook profile)

Their mission was to “destroy” anything and everything in their path.

Along the way, the Sex Pistols—Steve Jones, Johnny Rotten, Paul Cook, Glen Matlock, and later, Sid Vicious—revolutionized rock and roll, stripping it down to its most primal and guttural elements and injecting rage and disharmony and purpose, consequently inspiring entire generations of future hellraisers and mutant musical genres.

Formed in London in 1975 from the mad visions of Malcolm McLaren, the Sex Pistols didn’t just rewrite musical history, they burned it down and spawned, kicking and screaming, an entirely new breed that sought to tear down and decimate any and all of the establishment and challenge pretty much any and all societal norms. This bastard hybrid was called punk rock.

They did this in merely two and a half years and with only one album, 1977’s Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols, though its four singles—“Anarchy in the U.K.,” “God Save the Queen,” “Pretty Vacant” and “Holidays in the Sun”—might have well been musical atomic bombs, the former two perceived as direct attacks to the command of the English Crown itself.

The Sex Pistols—with Rotten on vocals, Jones on guitar, Cook on drums and Matlock, later replaced by Vicious, on bass—became synonymous with chaos and controversy. Gigs that weren’t outright banned ended in absolute mayhem. So did pretty much any of their public appearances. Their songs ignited outcry, sparked radio blackouts, and literally made the band a group of outlaws.

By 1979 the Sex Pistols were broken up—Rotten infamously announcing the band’s breakup in a newspaper article in January 1978—and Sid Vicious was dead of a heroin overdose shortly after being released from Rikers Island on charges he’d killed his girlfriend Nancy Spungen at the Chelsea Hotel the previous year.

Steve Jones, the Sex Pistols’ legendary guitarist, has told interviewers he should be dead, too, and the band’s insane lightning bolt of an existence is testament to that (it’s a miracle any of them survived, actually).

The host of an incredible rock radio show called “Jonesy’s Jukebox,” on 95.5 KLOS out of Los Angeles, this punk pioneer has recently penned a book chronicling some of the band’s countless exploits, titled Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol, and its associated tour is an opportunity for fans of any musical genre to hear some of these priceless tales from the mouth of one of punk’s original fire-starters.

Here’s a quick one from Lonely Boy… about when Jones, posing as a roadie, stole a vanload of gear from David Bowie following a Ziggy Stardust gig at the Hammersmith Odeon:

I’m not sure which of the two closing nights I struck on… Either way, after the gig, I had my minivan outside and I just went in and got as much stuff off the stage as I could fit in the back: Trevor Bolder’s Sun bass amp was one of my best trophies, as well as a few cymbals and this little Electro Voice microphone that still had a smudge of Bowie’s lipstick on it.

Bizarrely, his January 18 appearance at Huntington’s Book Revue falls on the exact date, 39 years ago, that Rotten announced the band’s demise.

Somehow, fitting.

Legendary Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones will be signing copies of Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol, at Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington, on January 18 at 7 p.m. For more information, and future guests, visit bookrevue.com The event is Free with purchase of book.

‘X-Men: Apocalypse’: A Mesmerizing Mega-Mutant Masterpiece

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X-Men: Apocalypse is a mega-mutant masterpiece.

X-Men: Apocalypse is a fun, mesmerizing, mega-mutant masterpiece.

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This declaration may fly in the face of most reviews out there panning the film since its recent release, but Tirana calls it like he sees it, and it was, well, quite phenomenal, indeed. Besides mind-bending special effects that include cities across the globe obliterated as Magneto painstakingly disembowels Earth, the film is notable for its many insightful (and fascinating) scenes between the young mutants who will comprise a later incarnation of the X-Men. It’s an absolute joy to watch these burgeoning superheroes discover their powers, interact, and ultimately, bond.

Directed by Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects, X-Men, X2, Superman Returns, X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past) and set in 1983, X-Men: Apocalypse is the ninth installment in the Marvel X-Men film series and centers around the resurrection-awakening of ancient mutant supervillain Apocalypse, and the X-Men’s attempts to defeat his plans to destroy the world.

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Marvel mutants Jean Grey, Nightcrawler and Cyclops are just three of the many mesmerizing heroes in ‘X-Men: Apocalypse.’

As always, the most fascinating aspects of X-Men: Apocalypse (and biggest draw for fans) is obviously the infamous X-Men and all the various mutants, and they absolutely kill, literally and figuratively. Michael Fassbender stars as the metal-manipulating Erik Lehnsherr, Magneto; Jennifer Lawrence as the shapeshifting Raven/Mystique; James McAvoy as telepathic mastermind Professor Charles Xavier; Sophie Turner (aka Sansa Stark from Game of Thrones) as omega-telekinetic Jean Grey/Phoenix; Tye Sheridan as laser-focused Scott Summers/Cyclops; Nicholas Hoult as super-intellect Hank McCoy/Beast; Lucas Till as plasma-blaster Alex Summers/Havok; Evan Peters as supersonic Peter Maximoff/Quicksilver; and Kodi Smit-McPhee as teleporting Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler; among others.

Hugh Jackman appears in a cameo role as beloved, adamantium-clawed anti-hero Logan/Wolverine, who is discovered by Jean Grey, Nightcrawler and Cyclops in an arctic laboratory and brainwashed as Weapon X.

The very first mutant, Apocalypse—aka En Sabah Nur, portrayed masterfully by Oscar Isaac—has survived the millennia by stealing the powers of other mutants through a horrifying Egyptian ceremony enabled by his lieutenants, The Four Horsemen of Apocalypse (cue Metallica’s “The Four Horsemen;” shout out to Dave Mustaine). He enhances the powers of Psylocke (Elizabeth Braddock, played by Olivia Munn), Storm (Ororo Munroe, portrayed by Alexandra Shipp), Angel/Archangel (Warren Worthington III, played by Ben Hardy), and Magneto as his Four Horsemen.

Standouts include Magneto, who reaches into the Earth’s core to carry out Apocalypse’s plans; Nightcrawler, whose teleportation powers are just amazing to watch, as he flashes in and out of anywhere within his sight or anywhere he’s ever been; and Quicksilver, who has become an insanely popular character throughout the franchise, and who is actually Magneto’s son (though the metalhead has no clue).

The audience literally broke out into resounding applause and laughter at the end of one of Quicksilver’s key sequences saving young mutants from an attack on Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters. The diehard Rush fan (love it) downs a can of Tab, shoots darts, and even saves a bowl of goldfish while successfully evacuating everyone from sudden death! (Well, maybe not everyone, unfortunately; you’ll just have to watch to learn who.)

Flashbacks throughout the film to earlier installments are also stellar, including a not-so-veiled hit on its third, and a blatant nod to Star Wars (Isaacs did star as Poe Dameron in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, after all, and X-Men: Apocalypse does take place in 1983, when Return of the Jedi was released).

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Michael Fassbender slays (again, literally and figuratively) as the metal-manipulating Erik Lehnsherr, aka Magneto, in ‘X-Men: Apocalypse.’

[Partial Spoiler Alert!] Though mutants are for the most part tolerated in the United States, elsewhere across the planet they’re feared and hunted—in East Berlin, for example, captured mutants are forced to battle each other to the death in brutal cage matches. Magneto, who’s been living incognito in Poland until the accidental killings of his wife and daughter (whose powers include communicating with animals), is convinced to join Apocalypse and his band of mutant terrorists before recognizing that he still has family left—Professor X and his fellow mutants. There’s an insane scene where Apocalypse, by amplifying Professor X’s mind-control powers, compels soldiers from every Earthly army possessing nuclear arsenals to deploy their warheads into outer space, thus effectively disarming the entire globe. (Love that part.)

As mentioned earlier, two of X-Men: Apocalypse’s strong points are the scenes showcasing the relationships between its many mutants and their backstories, and those between Jean Grey, Cyclops, and Wolverine are moving and prescient. Fassbender absolutely slays as Magneto, and his are some of the most electrifying scenes in the movie, especially those regarding his life underground and a visit with Apocalypse and his crew to Auschwitz, where his parents were slaughtered and his powers first manifested. Witnessing the emotionally torturous psychic tug of war between Professor Xavier and Apocalypse, and apocalyptic (see what I did there) glimpse of Grey flexing her insane powers during the final scene are singularly well worth the price of admission.

Besides the kick-ass special effects on full display throughout X-Men: Apocalypse, it’s a must-see installment of the super-mutant franchise for the humanistic moments shared between its stars.

Nor’easter Welcomes Spring With Snow On Long Island

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A nor'easter will welcome the first day of spring on Long Island with several inches of snow.

Break out those hats, gloves, and ice scrapers, Long Island, because Old Man Winter is not through with us just yet.

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The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory, as well as a winter storm watch, for parts of Nassau and Suffolk counties on Sunday, the first day of spring, predicting—you guessed it—snow. You can thank Winter Storm Regis, which has been dumping snow across the Midwest on its trek east, morphing into a good, old-fashioned weekend nor’easter—just in time for the Monday morning commute.

The winter storm watch—in effect from Sunday afternoon, March 20, through Sunday night—warns of possible snow accumulations of 4 to 7 inches with wind gusts of up to 25 mph in eastern Suffolk County, and “hazardous travel due to reduced visibilities and significant snow accumulations.”

In effect from 6 p.m. Sunday till 10 a.m. Monday, March 21, the advisory forecasts accumulations of the good white stuff from 2 to 6 inches throughout Nassau and western Suffolk County. A mix of snow and light rain will develop early Sunday afternoon, the National Weather Service states, with the snow continuing through Sunday night and tapering off by Monday morning.

“Visibilities will be reduced in spots due to blowing snow,” it warns. “Travel will remain difficult due to accumulating snow.”

The snow will be accompanied by wind gusts up to 20 mph, continues the advisory, with temperatures in the lower 30s.

“Periods of snow, sleet, or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties,” it adds. “Be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.”