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A Supplement to Anton Newspapers

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Residents Enjoy Independence As Well As a Social Life at The Bristal Communities

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By Ron Scaglia hile some people enjoy the challenges of maintaining a home, others find it laborious and difficult. And for some seniors, it can be impossible. That’s where The Bristal comes in. The Bristal is a family of seven assisted living communities, with six located in Nassau County and a seventh location in East Northport. Its goal is to enhance the lives of its residents by providing exceptional services and care, compassionate attention and a host of engaging social activities. The Bristal provides its residents opportunities to take part in many enjoyable activities including fitness programs, educational speakers, computer instructional programs, card and other games as well as motor coach trips to beaches, movie theaters, museums and theatre productions. Each facility has a bistro, a card and game room and a billiard room and the North Hills and East Northport facilities have outdoor pools. Recently, there was even a cruise around the Statue of Liberty. “Socialization is the most important part of assisted living,” said Maryellen McKeon, senior vice-president of Operations for The Bristal. “You can maintain your independence. You have your own apartment but the hospitality services enable you to enjoy living here. You can come down and play cards, you can go to the theatre, and do anything you’d like to do but you have the support services, so

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Included in the rent are housekeeping, laundry, and three meals a day chosen from an extensive menu and enjoyed in elegant dining halls. If required, personal care services are also available. “I’ve been able to tap into the great talent out there,” said McKeon. “People that have worked for me over the years that I know truly care for the residents and the standards that we’ve built in the Bristal communities.”

that if you need something, there is someone here to help.” However, residents do not have to rely solely on the facility to get around as they are allowed to bring their own cars and come and go as they please. Visitors are also welcome. “We get Long Island,” said Ellen Antonucci, vice-president of Marketing for The Bristal. “We know Long Island. We understand the needs and desires of people living on Long Island.” In addition to the social and entertainment aspect, the Bristal offers its residents exceptional assistance and care.

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By Ronald J. Scaglia hile autumn can mean the end to many summer activities, it does not have to mean an end to a bright and vivid garden. Anyone who has seen New England on a crisp fall afternoon can tell you, autumn can be the most colorful season of all. So, even though the plants that bloomed so brilliantly in the spring are no longer flowering, by choosing plants that thrive in the cooler fall climate, your backyard can remain lively and vivid. “Many gardens need to be refreshed or revitalized as many plants that need lots of sun stop flowering and lose their colors and have a tired look,” said Felix Cutrone, a sales manager at Hicks Nurseries in Westbury. Cutrone says there are good choices for those who are

Plants such as ornamental grasses can keep your garden lively through the fall.

looking to decorate their homes and gardens and keep them looking attractive and lively. One suggestion he has for doing this is to use mums. Hardy mums are a popular choice for fall gardening. They can be found in a variety of autumn appropriate colors such as burgundy, orange, yellow and white and come in different sizes. Most importantly, they are perfect for fall gardening as these plants start to show their colors in September and can last through one or two frosts, which means, with the right weather conditions, they can remain a lively part of your garden until Thanksgiving or beyond. “I love working with them,” said Cutrone. “Many use them as a disposable plant but they can come back year after year. What I do is entrench them in my back yard and move them into my front yard in the fall. They can also be used very nicely in planters.’ Mums, or chrysanthemums if you prefer the scientific name, come in two varieties, hardy and florist. Hardy mums can tolerate the chilly autumn conditions which florist mums cannot, so definitely choose the hardy variety for fall planting. Pansies are another flower that flourish in cooler weather. They bloom in the spring but do not tolerate the heat of the summer so they will stop flowering in really hot conditions. However, they will flower again when temperatures dip in the fall. Pansies come in bright, cheery colors such as yellow, blue and purple so they’ll keep your spirits high during fall days when sunlight is decreasing. And even though they are considered annuals, under the right circumstances, it is possible for pansies planted in the autumn to survive a winter and be revitalized in the spring. Ornamental grasses can be another good choice for capturing the essence of fall. While green now, as the temperatures drop the ornamental grasses will turn color. This works quite well for capturing the golden color of autumn, as the ornamental grass will have a hay or strawlike look, which is very in tune with the season. Autumn Joy sedums are another popular plant for the fall. These plants are perfectly colored for the fall in a dark blush type color. A very hardy plant with very thick, fleshy leaves, these are perennials so they’ll be back next year to provide color when another summer has gone too quickly with not enough books having been read. In fact, this plant starts to bud in mid-summer, so you’ll be able to enjoy its color be-

Hardy mums are a very popular choice flower in the fall.

fore the last precious day of summer has faded away. Asters also bloom in the fall. These plants have flowers that look similar to daisies and come in blue, pink and white. They can be a bright addition to your fall garden and provide much needed vitality. Holly is another good choice for fall planting, as it is green throughout the year and therefore provides an everlasting source of color. In addition, red berries produced by holly start to emerge in autumn, which will add even more color. However, to produce berries there must be a male and a female plant in somewhat close proximity so speak with a garden specialist before purchasing if producing berries is important to you. And of course, holly goes perfectly with holiday decorating you may plan on doing in December. The beginning of fall signals a time of change. For gardens, it can also be a time of change but instead of an ending, the right horticulture choices can mean a bright new beginning.

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By Ronald J. Scaglia s autumn begins, homeowners are cautioned to take precautions to protect homes, families and loved ones from the dangers of house fires. Vincent McManus, division supervisor of the Nassau County Fire Marshal’s Office, offers some easy to follow but highly important recommendations to prevent a disaster from occurring.

3. Be Responsible When Using Portable Heaters Portable heaters can be especially dangerous. These heaters being placed too close to combustible items such as bedding create fire hazards. In addition, using long extension cords with these heaters can create a dangerous situation. McManus urges residents to make sure there is at least three feet of clearance around all portable heaters and to plug these heaters directly into outlets. “We’ve had fatalities in Nassau County because of these heaters,� said McManus. If using a portable heater indoors, it must be electric as using fuel burning heaters indoors is not only dangerous, it is illegal as well.

1. Have Your Heating System Serviced ��€œHave your heating system serviced by a licensed professional,â€? said McManus, as one recommendation for ensuring a safe fall and winter season. Heating systems should be cleaned and tuned up to make sure they are working safely. In addition to the safety factor, a clean and efficiently working heating system will help you avoid wasting money on energy costs.

4. Bag, Don’t Burn Leaves Burning leaves is also illegal as stipulated by New York State code as well as local municipalities. However that has not prevented some from doing so anyway. “It’s very dangerous,� said McManus of burning leaves.

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Turning back your clocks should be a reminder to also change the batteries in smoke detectors. “Change your clocks, change your batteries,� is a common expression used as a reminder for this. It is strongly recommended that every home have at least one smoke detector on each level. Give special attention to placing smoke detectors in close proximity to sleeping areas. It is also of great importance to have carbon monoxide detectors in your home. The same strong recommendation of at least one detector on each level a house, placed near a sleeping area also goes for carbon monoxide detectors. “Windows are open less and doors are closed more,� said McManus. “Because of this, carbon monoxide levels tend to rise in the fall.�

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Another illegal act is storing propane inside. For those who are finished barbecuing for the season, be sure to store propane tanks outside in a secure location. In addition to being illegal, it is extremely hazardous to store propane inside.

6. Practice Fireplace Safety Homeowners with fireplaces should make sure that the chimneys, flues and hearths are clean and in good condition and only burn wood in a fireplace. There have been reports of trash, paper and other items being placed in fireplaces. This overheats the hearth and creates a potential fire hazard. McManus says that a Nassau County home burned down because of a fire that started when an individual tried to burn personal papers in the fireplace, instead of using a shredder.

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utter cleaning. Weather stripping. Caulking. Deck cleaning. No matter where you live, seasonal changes in temperature and moisture levels require special maintenance tasks during the fall months. For most people, their home is the single largest investment they will ever make. Just as with your car or your health, a regular maintenance program is necessary. Unfortunately, your home doesn’t come with an owner’s manual, so how do you know its maintenance needs? Furthermore, with the busy holiday season right around the corner, how do you find the time to handle them? Phil Sattler, owner of Mr. Handyman has some helpful hints for busy homeowners. “Some homeowners have a ‘To Do list’ of fall maintenance and repair items they just never get to,” says Mr. Sattler. “Others simply don’t know what to do and this can lead to costly repairs down the road.” Providing more than a hundred services, from replacing rotted wood, caulking windows, storm doors and deck cleaning, Mr. Handyman is busy helping homeowners get ready for fall and winter. Here are some key maintenance areas that Mr. Sattler says every homeowner should consider: • Replace rotted wood: siding, soffits and facia are common exterior surfaces that are exposed to the elements and are prone to damage. • Gutter and downspout cleaning: falling leaves and needles can clog your gutter system. Rain water isn’t diverted away from you home, which can lead to wet basements or foundation problems. • Weather sealing and caulking: with energy costs on the rise, an inadequately sealed home is expensive to heat. • Deck cleaning and sealing: unprotected flat surfaces such as a deck are prone to rotting, staining and mold. • Storm doors: attractive storm doors

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The Bristal Has Much to Offer Seniors The Bristal East Northport

Continued From Page 3 Another feature of The Bristal is the memory care program. It is a special program for those seniors who are facing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, or other memory-related impairments. Called Reflections, the program is a comprehensive memory enhancement program designed to help bring out the best in each resident by providing personalized attention and individualized care. Licensed by the New York State Health Department, the Reflections program is staffed with experienced professionals who are trained and equipped to enhance the quality of life for these special-needs

residents and their families. Reflections personnel are dedicated, highly skilled, hands-on providers who are specially trained to care for the memory-impaired. They keep their skills up-to-date through ongoing in-service training. “At least one member of our administrative team visits each community daily,” said Antonucci. “We’re on-site.” In addition to the East Northport facility in Suffolk, Nassau County has six Bristal Assisted Living Communities in Massapequa, Lynbrook, East Meadow, North Hills, North Woodmere and Westbury. For more information log on to The Bristal’s website at www.thebristal.com or “like” their page on Facebook.

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der to include hidden solar panels on the roof which help provide power to heat and cool the home with geothermal heat asked why they choose to use HardieShpumps, drawing water from an open loop ingle siding, Dr. Klyce stated “with the well system. salty sea air, wind and cold winters, this is a product that will stand up to the eleThe interior of the main home is underments without needing constant maintegoing a large renovation, maintaining the nance.” It also is nonintegrity of the home’s combustible and a hurridesign, but incorporatThe exterior was clad in ing modern technolocane resistant material. It was important to gies. Some of the beautiful Arctic white preserve the historical home’s “green” features integrity of the home include foam insulated HardieShingle siding while taking advantage walls, radiant floor and trim. of modern materials heating, geothermal and systems. The main heating and air condiThis is a low house was originally tioning. A geothermal maintenance clad in beveled cedar well on the property is clapboards, battered by used to regulate the fiber-cement shingle the many brutal seasons temperature of this along Manhasset Bay. 8,000 sq ft home and manufactured by Improvements by Decarriage house. Dr. James Hardie sign recommended as Klyce stated that it was an alternative to tradiimportant to them to inBuilding Products, tional cedar clapboards clude energy efficient an alternative to Artisan Lap siding. technologies greatly reSince 1998, Improveducing the need for foshigh maintenance ments by Design has sil-based fuels. been installing James When asked about the cedar shingles. Hardie products on general impression the Long Island with neighbors had about all proven performance the renovations at the residence, Dr. against the elements. Artisan lap is 5/8” Klyce stated, “the neighbors and commuthick beveled clapboard and is an excelnity seem genuinely excited about the lent, sustainable alternative to cedar sidrenovation going on at the former Carl ing while achieving the same appearance. Fisher residence, as it is bringing back the Not only is it beautiful, Artisan Lap also historic aspect to the community.” Even resists shrinking, swelling and cracking before the renovations are completed, as well as mold, mildew and termites. To which should be sometime in the fall of bring the home back to its original de2011, Drs. Klyce and McDonald are ensign, a deck was added back to the home joying their new home. They enjoy sitting on the second story to resemble the origiout on their new porch watching the sunnal. The carport was also expanded in orset and sailboat races out on the bay.

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Continued From Page 8 this is a steelier tone, but it, too, has a timeless quality to it. Amethyst Shadow 1441 is another call out for 2012 that borders the gray scale while bridging between purple and blue. A slew of great grays are among the Benjamin Moore color suggestions for 2012. Make note of Stardust 2108-40, Nimbus Gray 2131-50, Sharkskin 213930, Storm Cloud Gray 2140-30 and Revere Pewter HC-172 as the year’s “hotties” in this color category. The perennial love affair with whites and neutrals can be fashionably sated with Benjamin Moore’s Ballet White OC-9, White Dove OC-17, Battenberg AF-70, Refined AF-75 and Pashmina AF100. These, according to Mathew, are reliable “go tos” that never go out of style. Urbanistas, said Mathew, tend to kick up the color usage a notch or two with spicier tones. For these intrepid ones who welcome color into their décor Benjamin Moore is proposing Gypsy Love 2085-30 or Persimmon 2088-40, robust, ruddy hues. Earthy tones are very much included in the 2012 palette. Those envisioned to be strongest in the coming year are Benjamin Moore’s French Press AF-170, Masada AF-220, Farm Fresh AF-360, Dunmore Cream HC-29, and Fresh Olive 2149-30. Mathew reminded that the end goal in providing an annual color forecast is to

Benjamin Moore’s color ‘French Press’ accents a wall in this office.

help inspire and fuel the imagination of individuals as they take on home decorating and painting projects. “This is meant to be a starting point in their color selection process,” she said. Additionally, according to Mathew, the company keenly offers support in helping choose color combinations. “We’ve

learned that one of the greatest challenges for consumers is deciding on color combinations, and their confidence is lacking when it comes to these choices,” said Mathew. Aiding this quandary is the 2012 Color Trends Card that can be found on display and is available free of charge at Ben-

jamin Moore paint retailers. Or, online tools also are offered, such as the Personal Color Viewer, the Benjamin Moore Color Capture app, and the Color Life ezine for iPads and Androids. All are easy to use resources for visualizing how colors will harmonize and complement one another.

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sk yourself: “What do many iconic TV sitcoms, popular over the last few decades, have in common?” Look back to the seventies at The Brady Bunch, still one of television’s all-time favorites; to the eighties for The Cosby Show; and then to the nineties at Everybody Loves Raymond, to mention just a few. In most of the episodes, the cast — immediate family members, relatives and friends — were regularly seen gathered in the kitchen where all-to-familiar events occurred. As we look back at our own family lives, how often have we heard this familiar comment: “Why is everyone congregating in the kitchen?” So if TV-land really does mimic real life, get ready for a brand new set — the open-air patio room, complete with lavish cooking, entertaining and leisure-time conveniences. As modern-day lifestyles are changing, we see entire households moving many of their activities out-of-doors while at the same time redefining the backyard patio as we once knew it. Now is a good time to start planning for outdoor living next summer. “Move over interior designers,” says Charles H. Gamarekian, Chairman/CEO of Cambridge Pavers Inc., manufacturers of a full spectrum of outdoor living products. “In today’s world, watch the landscape designer become producer and director, get a starring role, and earn rave reviews.” Leading interlocking concrete pavingstone and wallstone manufacturers such as Cambridge are dedicating entire segments of their product lines to satisfy the wish lists of homeowners who have migrated out the back door. Products run the gamut and include fire pits, outdoor fireplaces and complete kitchens, grill and bar islands, and even outdoor pizza ovens that cook pizza pies and other foods with an

Cambridge Pavers Inc. are manufacturers of a full spectrum of outdoor living products.

old world, brick oven flavor derived from authentic wood-fired ovens. No backyard gathering spot is truly upto-date without an open-air pergola or pavilion for outdoor dining, relaxing and entertaining. A pergola is typically a patio

or garden structure with an open roof such as a trellis. In contrast, a patio pavilion has open sides and a closed roof. For added convenience and value, look for the aforementioned products in prepackaged kits like those from Cambridge. So if

you think Room With A View may be an appropriate name for a modern, family-oriented television show, ask a professional landscape contractor and find that it is easier than you think to create your own family “reality” series right in your own backyard.

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