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NEWSLETTER


The summer of 2021 is here and all the amenities are open and available for use. Now that most snowbirds have returned, please enjoy the amenities in our community. Over the last two months, Four D completed most of the landscaping projects and will finish the remaining few this month. In addition, all driveways were seal coated which gives the community a fresh look. At some point in the future, we will begin to replace the driveways which are now approaching 15 years. Certainly, some are beginning to show their age (as we all are)! The next project will be dryer vent cleaning in the fall which as you know is a safety issue. The Board is discussing the best way to accomplish this task and will necessitate a per unit charge. We ask that all residents respect the House rules for the use of guest parking by residents and guests. The House Rules also include the rules and hours for using the Clubhouse and pools. These rules were developed as the result of some very difficult situations which occurred in the past between neighbors that caused conflict and altercations. You can review the House Rules which are on the website setauketmeadows.com in the ―Announcements‖ section or by clicking HERE. The Beautification Project is still a topic of much conversation. A summary of this project is shown below. Please read the letter below, a copy which is also on the SeauketMeadows.com web site in the ―Announcements‖ section. The next Board meeting will be on Thursday, August 19th at 10:00 AM. At this time, we are not sure if it will be an ―in person‖ meeting in the clubhouse or a Zoom meeting. In the meantime, have a safe and enjoyable summer season. Hope to see you all!

President Joe Cerullo Vice President Eileen Duffy Vice President Lou Petix Treasurer Tom Purcell Secretary Marianne Fohn

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The Beautification Project: What is it? What is the history? Where are we now? What still needs to be done? In order to keep both new and older residents informed and to further your understanding, this letter not only gives background history, but up to date information about this project, what challenges the community has had to overcome, what the current status is and how the community will achieve the final result.

Setauket Meadows Condominium Complex History of the Beautification Project 2005-2021 Objective: To beautify and improve the approach to the Setauket Meadows complex through the construction of an Estate fence and to landscape the area along the complex‘s perimeter on Comsewogue and Hulse Roads past the entrance to the property line. Background: The original plans and advertising material which were presented to the first purchasers in 2005-2007 showed drawings that included an Estate Fence along the property perimeter. However, none was ever erected. While expressing the community‘s frustration, in 2012 the Board of Directors was able to negotiate and obtain a written agreement from the developers that an Estate Fence would be constructed at their cost. This would begin when construction of the complex known as Setauket in the Woods began. Setauket in the Woods is now known as The Villas at Setauket which is adjacent to our community. The developer, The Crest Group, started the new development in 2019 and shortly thereafter, began clearing the area and constructing the Estate Fence. The fence was halted in March, 2020 due to Covid and a shortage of materials. The Crest Group promised to finish the project and clear the debris as soon as the required material arrived. Remember, our community is NOT paying for the Estate Fence. The Crest Group bears the total cost which has been represented at over $300,000. However, any and all subsequent landscaping in front and behind the fence is the responsibility of Setauket Meadows. Ergo, the Beautification Project of Setauket Meadows. Landscaping: The area to be landscaped is governed by a covenant which requires that a natural environment be maintained from the onset of the building of Setauket Meadows. Therefore, the Board of Directors had to apply to the Town of Brookhaven to obtain a relief of the covenant which culminated in a Change Of Circumstance. However, this document was limited only to a section of the perimeter. The Change of Circumstance dictates what and the types of planting that have been approved by the Town. Once the fence is complete, the Board has to have a new survey completed and then apply again to the Town for a Change of Circumstance for the entire perimeter. Both tasks are ready to commence when the fence is complete. In anticipation of the Town approving the plan, the Board has requested proposals from three landscaping companies to determine the total cost of the project including an irrigation system for the entire area. Once the Board has a better understanding of the cost, a determination regarding the assessment for each homeowner in Setauket meadows will be made. As you can see, this project has been ongoing for many years. We hope that this history will help with a better understanding of the entire project. The Board of Directors Setauket Meadows

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It feels so good to be able to let you know about several upcoming events. It‘s been a while since that was possible. Before I do that, I have tell those of you who couldn't attend our Memorial Day Continental Breakfast how wonderful it turned out to be, despite the not-toocooperative weather. Everyone was SO happy to be back with friends in the community. Those of us who've been here at Setauket Meadows for a while were delighted to meet residents who are new to the community. At the same time, new residents had an opportunity to mingle with their new neighbors. We, of course, honored our veterans. How can we adequately thank them for their dedication to our country!? Be sure to take a look at the photo with the smiling faces of members of your Social Committee. Let me mention that the photo is incomplete because Doranne Metz isn't posing with us. Let me also mention that we lucked out triple-fold. YES! We've got 3 new enthusiastic members: Jeanne Branciforte, Donna Higgins, and Joan Sandstrom. Welcome! Welcome! Welcome! Now we'll tell you what you can look forward to: Ongoing Offerings: Chair Yoga ~ Sangeeta is looking forward to returning to Setauket Meadows on Fridays from 11-12 in the Clubhouse Great Room. The cost for each class is $10. The first class will be held on July 2. Wednesday Happy Hour will resume on (Wednesday), July 14, poolside. BYOB and BYOS (snacks). As many of you know, this is a great opportunity to schmooze and simply relax. The Whatever You Want to Read Book Club will relocate from the Zoom Room to the Great Room on the last Thursday of every month, at 1PM. At these get-togethers, each of us has the opportunity to talk about books that we‘ve recently read. It‘s always helpful and fun to walk away with suggestions of books to read. As always, we have a revolving door policy. You're welcome to join us whenever you can. We hope to see you there! Book Club will resume on (Thursday), July 29.

From Left to Right Back Row: Janice Cerullo, Fran DiCecio, Donna Heller, Sherry Azoulay Klein, Ellen Silverman, Sue Connors, Eileen Duffy Front Row: Ann Razzano, Josephine Brandine

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Special Events: Fourth of July Celebration ~ MONDAY, JULY 5th at 4PM, poolside. BYOB! BYOS (snacks)! You might want to bring some cash (approx. $5 p/p) in the event that the folks who attend are in the mood for pizza. Broadway at the Gazebo ~ Wednesday, September 1 ~ 5-7 PM in the GAZEBO area. Please bring chairs or blankets and, if you'd like, beverages and snacks. Singers, we know you're out there! Don't forget to let us know ASAP if you'd like to perform a song or songs from any Broadway show(s). Please refer to our recent email for more details. Watch for emails and check in with your Setalkers for dates and other details regarding the following: Trivia Night ~ We had so much fun last time that we're going to do it again! Paint Night...and Wine, of course ~ always promises to be a good time. It's been several years since we've had a Paint Night, so here it comes again. **Important Reminder: Please refrain from bringing glass items to the pool area.

Don't hesitate to send an email or call me with questions, ideas, or because you want to say hello... Ellen Silverman, on behalf of your Social Committee Blwnklfrnd@aol.com

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By D. Bruce Lockerbie

The Local Kids Need Us! Last December, I cancelled my subscription to The New York Times—but not for reasons you might suppose. Sure, front-page political bias, instead of op-ed columns, offended me. But when sports pages were cut to less than nothing, I switched to Newsday because it covers Long Island high school sports as if they matter! And they do! I owe my entire career to a track coach at Fort Hamilton High School, Brooklyn. I enrolled in March 1951, as New York City‘s public high school coaches went on strike. No sports! But by September, labor strife was settled, Joe Kottman returned to coaching track. I was a lead-foot candidate for the team, but under his tutelage I made the one-mile relay quartet competing in the Millrose Games at the Garden; six months later, a second-place finish in the PSAL championship race earned me a scholarship at New York University. Without my coach‘s encouragement, I‘d never have had the life I‘ve enjoyed. I began coaching as an assistant to Gil Dodds, one-time indoor mile world record-holder, at Wheaton College, Illinois. At The Stony Brook School for 30+ years, I served with Marvin Goldberg, a master-coach of high school athletes. Together we mentored boys (and eventually girls) who won Suffolk County and New York State championships, and later collegiate honors—one of whom won two cross-country championship races on the same day and went on to become a world record-holder himself. Lory and I first read Newsday sports when our two sons and daughter (all coaches themselves) began winning races, mentioned in its pages. A half-century later, Newsday remains committed to covering Long Island‘s teenage athletes—whereas NYC rags don‘t even know their sports stars exist! But journalists‘ support isn‘t enough: Local high school competitors deserve more than their names spelled correctly in the daily paper. As post-COVID attendance is finally permitted, they deserve our presence at their games. Once seated on the bleachers at the schools nearest to our community—Ward Melville HS, Vandermeulen (Port Jefferson) HS, The Stony Brook School—we‘ll be sharing a long history of excellence in sports. As long ago as 1927, a Stony Brook School team won a race at the Penn Relays. In 1958, Stony Brook‘s Alan Malachuk was voted the top Long Island athlete over somebody in Bridgehampton named Carl Yastrzemski. Frank Benjamin coached a Port Jeff kid named Mike Caraftis to national prominence as a runner. In following decades, coaches Steve Goodwin and Joe Cuozzo produced winning cross-country and lacrosse teams at Ward Melville, as did John Kenney (now coach of the Scottish national lacrosse team) in the 1980s at The Stony Brook School. The winning tradition continues at these schools. All we need is community pride and a schedule of home games—plus the get-up-and-go to get up and go! Players and their coaches will welcome new faces and old voices cheering for the Patriots, the Royals, or the Bears.

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The Secret to Success Once a young man asked the wise man, Socrates, the secret to success. Socrates patiently listened to the man‘s question and told him to meet him near the river the next morning for the answer. The next morning Socrates asked the young man to walk with him towards the river. As they went in the river the water got up to their neck. But to the young man‘s surprise Socrates ducked him into the water. The young man struggled to get out of the water, but Socrates was strong and kept him there until the boy started turning blue. Socrates pulled the man‘s head out of the water. The young man gasps and took a deep breath of air. Socrates asked, ‗What did you want the most when your head was in the water?‖ The young man replied, ―Air.‖ Socrates said, ―That is the secret to success. When you want success as badly as you wanted the air while you were in the water, then you will get it. There is no other secret.‖

Moral of the short story: A burning desire is the starting point of all accomplishment. Just like a small fire cannot give much heat, a weak desire cannot produce great results

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Dinner With A Water View Looking for a relaxing meal while enjoying the beautiful spring and summer weather? Are water views enticing? Here are a few places you might enjoy. Port Washington Louie's Oyster Bar & Grille 395 Main Street - Historic NY seafood restaurant located beautiful waterfront town of Port Washington. In business for more than 100 years offering classic American seafood. Glen Cove The Cove Restaurant 74 Shore Road The Cove is a perfect place for a romantic dinner, business lunch, office party, or just a fun night out. Located in the marina, this chic, casual and comfortable restaurant charms guests with its perfectly balance menu, professional and friendly service and it's lovely ambiance. The Cove also offers a delicious Saturday & Sunday brunch with signatures such as: local oysters, custom burgers and sandwiches, a variety of eggs. Bayville Walls Wharf Restaurant 8 Greenwich Avenue - has been a family owned business since 1945. It is located on the scenic North Shore of Long Island directly across from Greenwich, Connecticut. The restaurant features outdoor dining on two large decks as well as tables set up on our private 10,000 sq ft sandy beach. Our dining room has a spectacular panoramic view of the Long Island Sound and a welcome fireplace for winter dining. Ocean at The Crescent Beach Club 333 Bayville Ave - set within one of long island‘s most spectacular waterfront venues, ocean provides guests with an unparalleled dining experience and setting. the restaurant‘s architecture, which includes floating sculptures of fish chasing squid through the dining room is bettered only by the panoramic views of the Atlantic waters as they arrive on the beach of the Long Island Sound. Cold Spring Harbor Harbor Mist 105 Harbor Road (25A) - is located within walking distance to the quaint village of Cold Spring Harbor. Fine coastal cuisine and spectacular views of the boat-filled inner harbor provide a memorable experience. Be sure to take a stroll across the street to Billy Joel Park to take a picture, particularly at sunset. Tip: Brunch is available on Saturday and Sunday. And between 4pm & 9pm on Mondays and Tuesdays you have the opportunity to get 50% off of your food bill.

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Huntington Prime 117 North New York Avenue - is a high end waterfront restaurant with docking available (reservations needed). Whether you come by boat or car, Prime is sure to impress. Hang out on the "fan tail" deck or on "the porch" for panoramic views of Huntington Harbor. Their menu includes ―primers,‖ raw bar favorites, mizu sushi, steaks and

chops, surf and turf, and home-made desserts. Tip: There is a separate dockside menu served waterside. Catch movies behind the cabana bar on Mondays during the summer. Jazz brunch is served on Sundays. Centerport Mill Pond House 427 East Main Street - nestled on the Mill Pond in Centerport offers fine dining with serene sunsets and picturesque views across to Centerport Harbor. Mill Pond's extensive lunch/dinner/ weekend brunch menu includes steaks, seafood, raw bar and delicious fresh sushi options. A table on the heated covered year-round patio is a must and worth the wait. Tip: Enjoy cocktails with a view at the newly renovated Pond Bar and don't miss Monday Night Lobster Bake. Port Jefferson Wave Seafood Kitchen in Danford‘s American Kitchen 25 E. Broadway - Our new WAVE Seafood Kitchen offers upscale seafood cuisine and a farm to table concept with fresh local produce and regional catch as the driving force. WAVEs hip lounge offers a more relaxed adaptation of the regular menu and seasonally-inspired cocktails so there's something for everyone at Danfords. Bayshore The LakeHouse 135 Maple Avenue - With stunning views, spacious and comfortable seating, two bayside dining areas, a deck overlooking the Great South Bay, and a garden fire pit, The LakeHouse is touted by many as ―one of the best restaurants on Long Island.‖ At night, the deck is illuminated with garden lights, where guests can dine in the open air with plenty of space, impeccable service, and delightful ambiance. The LakeHouse can be reached by boat as well, with guest dockage available at our gorgeous bayside locale.

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Independence Day Independence Day, Fourth of July or July 4th, commemorates the passage of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776.

John Trumbull's depiction of July 4, 1776 Declaration of Independence, oil on canvas by John Trumbull, 1818, for the rotunda of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. The members of the Continental Congress signed the declaration in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776, a day subsequently celebrated as Independence Day in the United States.

The Congress had voted in favor of independence from Great Britain on July 2 but did not actually complete the process of revising the Declaration of Independence, originally drafted by Thomas Jefferson in consultation with fellow committee members John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and William Livingston, until two days later. The celebration was initially modeled on that of the king‘s birthday, which had been marked annually by bell ringing, bonfires, solemn processions, and oratory. These festivals had long played a role in the Anglo-American political tradition, especially in the 17th and 18th centuries, when political controversies racked the British Empire (and much of the rest of Europe), the choice of which anniversaries of historic events were celebrated and which were not had clear political meanings. The ritual of toasting the king and other patriot-heroes—or of criticizing them—became an informal kind of political speech, further formalized in mid-18th century when the toasts given at taverns and banquets began to be reprinted in newspapers. The Declaration of Independence (section) The Homeowners Association Does Not Endorse Any Advertiser or Product In This Publication


In the early stages of the revolutionary movement in the colonies during the 1760s and early ‘70s, patriots used the celebrations to proclaim their resistance to Parliament‘s legislation. However, the marking of the first days of independence during the summer of 1776 actually took the form in many towns of a mock funeral for the king, whose ―death‖ symbolized the end

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of monarchy and tyranny and the rebirth of liberty. During the early years of the republic, Independence Day was commemorated with parades, speeches, and toasting in ceremonies that celebrated the existence of the new nation. These rites played an equally important role in the evolving federal political system. With the rise of informal political parties, they provided places for leaders and constituents to tie local and national contests to independence and the issues facing the national polity. By the mid-1790s the two political parties held separate Independence Day festivals in most larger towns. TWith the growth and diversification of American society, the Fourth of July commemoration became a patriotic tradition which many groups—not just political parties—sought to claim. Abolitionists, women‘s rights advocates, the temperance movement, and opponents of immigration (nativists) all seized the day and its observance. With the rise of leisure, the Fourth of July emerged as a major midsummer holiday. The prevalence of heavy drinking and the many injuries caused by setting off fireworks prompted reformers of the late 19th and the early 20th century to mount a Safe and Sane Fourth of July movement. During the later 20th century, although it remained a national holiday marked by parades, concerts of patriotic music, and fireworks displays, Independence July 4, 1911 NYC Day declined in importance as a venue for politics. It remains a potent symbol of national power and of specifically American qualities—even the freedom to stay at home and barbecue.


Flowers

July

Cut back faded perennial plants to keep borders tidy. Cutting back growth in hanging baskets can encourage new flowers and foliage and will revive the display. Make sure you feed your baskets well after doing this.

Continue to tie in and train new growth on climbing plants. Divide clumps of bearded Iris so they have time to form roots and flower buds for next year before the cold weather arrives. Take cuttings from your favorite tender plants for overwintering indoors. Cuttings can also still be taken from shrubs and border perennials. Deadhead your roses to keep them looking tidy. Leave the flowers in place if your rose produces attractive hips (seed pods). Deadhead sweet peas regularly to keep them blooming. Water daily in dry weather. Keep an eye out for pests on plants, early treatment is best. Look out for clematis wilt. Symptoms include wilting leaves and black discoloration on the leaves and stems. Cut out all affected material and dispose of it in your household waste.

Fruits and Vegetables Pepper plants will benefit from being potted on into progressively larger pots. Train cucumber stems upwards to make the most of the space available. Simply tie in their long stems to vertical wires or use cane supports to create a wigwam of poles. If you're growing eggplant, pinch out the growing tip once they have 5 or 6 fruits. Pick fruits while they are young. You can expect to start harvesting mid to late summer. Boost your tomato crop by regularly feeding plants with dilute tomato fertilizer once a week. If leaves look pale and yellow, feed more regularly. Pick, dry and freeze herbs for using later in the year. Pick runner beans regularly to prevent them becoming stringy and to make room for developing pods. Leaving mature pods on the plant can prevent further flowers forming and reduce your crop. Harvest beetroot, peas, carrots, chard, potatoes, salad leaves, lettuce, and tomatoes this month. Peg down runners on your strawberry plants to create more plants for next year. If you don't need more plants simply remove the strawberry runners completely. Maximize your fig crop by pinching out the tips of side shoots after they‘ve developed five leaves.

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Do-It-Yourself This Summer There are so many wonderful things about summer. There is the weather – warm breezes kissing your cheeks as you sit outside. Another is hearing children playing outside. A third is being able to appreciate the beauty of nature around you. All of that can inspire us to make our homes, our personal environments, even more beautiful than before. Here are a few projects that might contribute to that beautification. Make your own Pottery Barn inspired rope wrapped candle holder. You only need a glass cylinder, organic looking rope, hot glue gun and glue, sea shells or any other embellishment you might like. Get the directions here: Stone Gable

Do you find yourself outside in the dark? These are for you! Make some metal lanterns from tin cans. These are the materials you need: empty soup cans, cleaned with labels removed, water, a nail, a hammer, scrap paper, a ruler, tape, and, if you‘d like, spray paint. Find the directions at: Tin Can Luminaries | Apartment Therapy Wondering what to do with those old tires you have? Make them into beautiful ottomans for the porch or patio. You need a tire, or tires, Sisal rope (about 150' of 3/8" thick rope, or 100' of 1" thick rope),50' of 3/8" nylon rope, Hot glue gun & glue sticks, and scissors paint (if desired) and sealer.. The Homeowners Association Does Not Endorse Any Advertiser or Product In This Publication


Computer Tips and Tricks by Ray Dawson

Avoid Phishing messages, phony support calls and other scams. Phishing refers to fraudulent attempts to get personal information from you, usually by email. But scammers use any means they can to trick you into sharing information or giving them money, including: Fraudulent emails and other messages that look like they're from legitimate companies, including Apple. Misleading pop-ups and ads that say your device has a security problem. Scam phone calls or voicemails that impersonate Apple Support. Fake promotions that offer free products and prizes or offer you money for taking a survey. Unwanted Calendar invitations and subscriptions. If you're suspicious about an unexpected message, call, or request for personal information or money, it's safer to presume it's a scam and contact that company directly if you need to.

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Danger at the Beach - Rip Currents Rip currents, sometimes called rip tides, are the most hazardous beach condition a swimmer can face. They are not only found on Long Island beaches, but anywhere there are breaking waves, the Great Lakes included. Over 100 people drown in rip currents every year. The tragedy is compounded by the fact that rip currents are so very easy to avoid, and very easy to escape if you do happen to get caught up in one. Rip currents are sometimes mistakenly referred to as riptides and undertow. These names are misnomers because although rip currents pull swimmers away from shore they have nothing to do with the tides and they do not pull swimmers under. The real danger with rip currents is not that you're getting pulled away from shore, but how you react. Most swimmers will panic and try to swim against the current. They will tire quickly and soon go under. The key to surviving a rip current is to swim out of it, not against it. This is done by swimming parallel to shore. Since rip currents are fairly narrow you will be out of the ―rip‖ in no time. You can either swim back to shore or let the waves help you back in. What exactly is a rip current? A rip current is a narrow stream of water traveling swiftly away from shore. Rip currents are formed when water piles up on the beach instead of flowing sideways away from the breaking waves as it normally does. Eventually, so much water builds up that the pressure cuts a narrow path through the waves back out sea. The resulting current can be 30 to 100 feet wide and can move at speeds up to 5 miles per hour. Rip currents are common around piers and jetties so it is wise to avoid swimming near these things. Spotting rip currents A rip current looks like a small river on the water‘s surface flowing away from the beach. They are sometimes brownish and foamy and can flatten incoming waves making the sea look calm. Once past the breakers the current will disperse frequently forming a mushroom shape. Many non-swimmers are caught in rip currents when standing in shallow water. The powerful rip currents knock them off their feet and carry them away. Since they don't know how to swim they invariably drown. If you don't know how to swim but like to wade in the surf, please learn how to recognize rip currents and avoid them. Never swim where there are no life guards. Before entering the water look around to see if you can spot any rip currents. If so, stay away from those areas. If you find yourself being pulled out to sea, don‘t panic. You are caught in a rip current that you can swim out of. To get out of the rip swim parallel to shore. That is, swim so that the shore is either to your right or your left. Never swim against the current. Be careful ! The Homeowners Association Does Not Endorse Any Advertiser or Product In This Publication


Picnics, Anyone? What better way to enjoy the beauty of dining alfresco than with a picnic. There are plenty of hot spots across Long Island offering an ideal picnic experience, including green meadows, beaches, grills, and plenty of open spaces. Here are some wonderful spots to kick off your shoes and enjoy the great outdoors. Nassau Eisenhower Park — East Meadow Smack in the middle of Nassau County, Eisenhower Park features a 930-acre open space with a number of picnic areas and an array of activities to keep the family engaged, including athletic fields and courts, playgrounds, fitness trails, and more. There's also an 18-hole miniature golf course that is sure to captivate and engage children. Nassau County residents can obtain a Leisure Pass for less expensive access. Gerry Pond Park — Roslyn With picturesque views and a serene atmosphere, Gerry Pond Park provides the perfect setting for a picnic day. While there is not a designated picnic area inside the park, it is spacious and has many places within to enjoy. Benches are available for seating. A favorite attraction is the large pond surrounded by trees that provide shade on a hot day. The pond is also popular with the ducks who call it home and who are known to join in on visitor‘s lunches. Jones Beach State Park — Wantagh Jones Beach, New York's most visited state park, is a popular destination for families all summer. Why not cap off a fun day at the beach with a picnic or barbeque? Visitors have the option of using the picnic areas at Field 6 or heading over to the approved barbecue areas at Fields 5 or 10 to grill up some burgers and hot dogs. Afterward, enjoy a stroll on the boardwalk. Bathrooms are easily accessible for picnic-goers. North Hempstead Beach Park — Port Washington Formerly known as Bar Beach and Hempstead Harbor park, this location has 34 acres of sandy beach and recreational activities. In addition to picnic areas with barbecues and shelter pavilions, there is also a fishing pier, boat ramp, bathhouse, concession area, and playground, along with sports fields for basketball, softball, soccer, and more. . Old Westbury Gardens — Old Westbury There are designated areas for picnicking as well as a cafe if you don‘t want to bring in your own food. Families can enjoy a stroll through the beautiful grounds that boast 200 acres of gardens, woodlands, ponds, and lakes, and tour the magnificent mansion on their own. Guided tours are available. Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park and Coe Hall — Oyster Bay Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park is 409 acres of nature‘s beauty at its best. With grounds that are well kept and vast, it is an ideal picnic destination, and its greenhouses, gardens, and hands-on programs for children make it a great day-trip option. Be sure to take a tour inside the mansion, and if you forget your picnic basket stop by the park‘s COFFEED cafe for a bite to eat. TheThe Homeowners Homeowners Association Association Does Does NotNot Endorse Endorse AnyAny Advertiser Advertiser or Product or Product In This In This Publication Publication


Suffolk Crab Meadow Beach — Northport In addition to a beautiful beach and a large playground (with a jungle gym, see-saws, slides, and swings), there is also a picnic and pavilion area here, along with grills to use. Visitors to this Town of Huntington facility can fish, kayak, and canoe if the mood strikes. For a real treat, stay for the spectacular sunset. Heckscher State Park — East Islip The 1,600 acres of Heckscher State Park on the south shore of Long Island are used for a number of outdoor activities. The park's shady picnic groves are especially popular. Kids can play sports in one of the large open fields, as well as enjoy four miles of paved trails. There are amazing views of Great South Bay with Fire Island in the distance, and you just might spot some whitetail deer, a variety of birds, and other wildlife. Grills and concessions are available. Three of the park pavilions are available by permit only. Dogs are allowed in certain areas. Sunken Meadow State Park — Kings Park Located on Long Island Sound, this park has a range of topography, including glacial bluffs, tidal flats, salt marshes, and a brackish creek. There are also large picnic areas and pavilions available for visitors to enjoy. The calm water is perfect for a swim (or kayaking and canoeing), and families can enjoy a stroll on the boardwalk. There is also a popular 27-hole golf course for those who might want to bring their clubs. The East End Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard — Calverton What's more picturesque than a picnic at an East End vineyard? Baiting Hollow offers plenty of picnic space, a chance for mom and dad to share some relaxing time, and a one-of-a-kind horse rescue facility. After the picnic, kids can interact with former racehorses and working horses whose rescues have been funded by proceeds from wine sales. Indian Island County Park — Riverhead Where can you picnic with the peacocks? At Indian Island County Park, a Suffolk County facility. With more than 275 aces of land, this park is adjacent to a small farm where you can see peacocks, goats, and a host of other animals. Located within the park are picnic tables and grills. Campsites are available with trailer and tent sites. The park is located at the mouth of the Peconic River, which provides a beautiful waterfront picnicking experience. Martha Clara Vineyard — Riverhead Martha Clara has a well-deserved reputation as the North Fork's most family-friendly winery. It features a petting zoo, horse-and-carriage rides, and plenty of picnic space. Mom and dad can share a glass while kids enjoy vineyard walks, educational tours, and more. The Entenmann family sold the vineyard in early 2018. Wildwood State Park — Wading River You get the best of both worlds picnicking at Wildwood State Park. With more than 600 acres of land and a bluff overlooking Long Island Sound, visitors can enjoy lunch by the water or picnic within the park. Picnic table areas are shaded from the sun, and there is a playground for children, and even showers. There is also a campsite. Fishing and hiking are worth exploring while on your adventure.

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Beat the Heat with Cold-Brew Coffee Cocktails Cold brew fanatics tout its more concentrated and less bitter and acidic flavor than conventional coffee. But who says you can only drink it in your morning joe? These libations use it as a modifier, mixed with everything from rum and Scotch to hazelnut and coffee liqueurs. Ready, set, drip! Bushy Tailed "This cocktail is great all day, but it's a perfect brunch choice for someone who doesn't like Bloody Marys or Mimosas,‖ Dillan notes. ―The sweetness mellows the whiskey and the orange liqueur gives it some depth of flavor." 1 ½ oz. Cold brew coffee 1 oz. Virgil Kaine Rip Track Rye Whiskey ½ oz. Grand Marnier ½ oz. Maple syrup 1 oz. Fresh cream Orange peel to garnish Add the first four ingredients to a cocktail shaker, add ice and shake until well chilled. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice, top with cream, and garnish with the orange peel. Vietnamese Coffee Martini Vietnamese coffee can be served hot or cold, but always has sweetened condensed milk. At this Las Vegas restaurant, it‘s built in the glass for a pretty layered look, with house-infused coffee vodka, cold brew and liqueurs, and a few roasted espresso beans floated on top. 1 ½ oz. Espresso bean-infused vodka (see Note) 2 oz. Cold brew coffee ½ oz. Frangelico ½ oz. Kahlúa ½ oz. Sweetened condensed milk syrup (2:1 condensed milk to water) Roasted espresso beans to garnish Chill all ingredients. Layer in a chilled cocktail glass, starting with the condensed milk syrup, then the Frangelico and Kahlúa, then the cold brew and vodka. Garnish with a few roasted espresso beans. For the espresso bean-infused vodka: Add 2 tablespoons of espresso beans to a liter of vodka. Macerate for 48 hours, then strain out solids. The Homeowners Association Does Not Endorse Any Advertiser or Product In This Publication


Noggy Roots ½ oz. Drambuie 1 oz. Glenfiddich Bourbon Barrel Reserve 14 Year Old 1 oz. Chameleon Cold-Brew Concentrated Caramel Coffee 2 oz. Eggnog ½ oz. Root beer Freshly grated nutmeg to garnish Cinnamon stick to garnish Add the first four ingredients to a cocktail shaker, add ice, and shake until well chilled. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice, top with root beer, and stir gently. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg and a cinnamon stick. Chameleon Cold Brew Ginger and Lemongrass Cocktail 2 cups water 1⁄2 cup coconut nectar 8 – 12 inches of lemongrass, bruised with the back of a knife 4 inches ginger root, rough chop 4 teaspoons ground turmeric 2 teaspoons ground black pepper 1 cup Chameleon Cold-Brew Black Coffee Con-

centrate 1c club soda Candied ginger to garnish Bring water, nectar, lemongrass, ginger, turmeric, and black pepper to a boil. Simmer until volume is reduced by half, about 20 min. Let lemongrass ginger brew cool, then discard the ginger and lemongrass pieces. In each cup, pour 2 oz of the lemongrass ginger brew and 2 ounces of Chameleon Cold-Brew Concentrate. Fill each cup with ice and top with soda water. Garnish with candied ginger and serve.

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Grilling Basics When warm weather comes around, it’s time to start grilling! Whether you’re a grill master or just purchased your first one, there’s something so satisfying about firing up the grill and enjoying a charkissed meal. To make this the most successful grilling season yet, here is some need-to-know grilling information. Keep reading to get tips and tricks from experts. Grilling Tips & Techniques Before you throw dinner on the grill, read up on these tips so it goes off without a hitch. And whatever you do, don’t make these grilling safety mistakes! Getting Started When setting up your grill for the first time, check that it’s level. This way, your brats and hot dogs won’t roll around. As tempting as it can be to use lighter fluid to speed up charcoal grilling, don’t! Chemicals from the lighter fluid can change the flavor of your food and make it taste off. Invest in a chimney starter to get cooking more quickly. Learn how to start a charcoal grill the right way with our expert guide. Control the Heat Our number-one grilling tip is to lower the heat! While it’s tempting to add food straight to the fire, using too high of heat can dry out your food. If you can’t hold your hand over the grill for at least four Mississippis, step away from the grill and let it cool down a bit. Learn the difference between cooking with direct and indirect heat. In most cases, you’ll want to cook foods with indirect heat, where the food placed adjacent to the flame, then finished off over direct heat to get a sear. With this method, your food will have time to cook through without burning. One exception is grilling smaller foods, like fruit and veggies, which cook quickly enough to handle direct heat. Master New Skills Marinades are key to tender, flavorful grilled meats. If you’re using one, be sure to stick to the time that the recipe suggests to marinade food for. When meats are marinated for too long it can overwhelm the tasty flavors from the grill. Believe it or not, you don’t have to buy a separate smoker to enjoy smokey authentic barbecue. You can turn your grill into a smoker with just a few steps. Want deep, wood-smoked flavor? Try plank grilling. This method works by placing food on a wooden board that has been set over indirect heat on a grill. While the most common use for cedar planks is to cook salmon, you can use them to cook almost any meat. Their flavor pairs well with beef, chicken and fruits. Grill Cleaning, Care & Storage Ensure your grill lasts for years by taking proper care of it. That means keeping it clean, using the proper tools and keeping it covered when not in use. The Homeowners Association Does Not Endorse Any Advertiser or Product In This Publication


Grill Cleaning, Care & Storage Ensure your grill lasts for years by taking proper care of it. That means keeping it clean, using the proper tools and keeping it covered when not in use. While there are plenty of fun grilling gadgets and toolsets, the best instrument for cleaning a grill is a basic wire brush. They’re strong enough for scrubbing, can get into tight corners and are inexpensive. However, flimsy bristles have a small chance of ending up in your food. Eek! Wire brush alternatives include aluminum foil or tools like an affordable pumice-like grill stone. You should clean the grill grates each time you grill. Stuck-on bits will continue to burn and cause your food to stick, too. And, don’t forget to scrub the other side of the grill grate. If you grill a lot of foods that are high in fat, like sausages and burgers, you might experience grease buildup on the walls of your grill. Clean off the grease frequently to keep it from igniting. Whenever your grill is not in use, it should be covered. Grill covers last about four years and can prevent moisture from sitting on the grill. No moisture means no rust—the most common killer of grills. Before putting your grill away for the winter, give it a top-to-bottom cleaning. Not only will this help prevent rusting and staining, but it will increase the grill’s longevity and make opening it up in spring painless. Here’s more on preparing a grill for storage.

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JULY 2021

BIRTHDAYS July 1...Nancy Jenkins July 3...June Livaccari July 3…Sebastian LiVolsi July 5...Edward Southerland

ANNIVERSARIES July 5...Barbara Devilacqua & Joe DiStasi

July 8...Fred Gross

July 5...Michael & Maryellen Lubinsky

July 11...Robert Dieterich

July13...Richard & Fran DiCeccio

July 12...John Razzano

July 20...Joe & Alice Polizzi

July 12...John Suozzi

July 31...John & Josephine Suozzi

July 12...Denis Darvin July 15...Rocco Ilardi July 15...Joseph Costignola July 16...Lisa Justman July 17...Alvin Miller July 18...Dan Falcone July 23...Richard Kozlowsky July 25...Patrick Duffy July 27...Carl Furci July 30...Carolyn LiVolsi

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By Pat Dawson

Ingredients: 1 pound peeled and deveined large shrimp, tails removed 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut Zest and juice of 1 lime Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 large egg whites 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1 small clove garlic 1/2 small fresh pineapple, peeled, cored and roughly chopped.

Directions: Special equipment: seven 6-inch skewers, soaked for 30 minutes if wood or bamboo Preheat the broiler and line a baking sheet with a wire rack. Thread 3 shrimp onto each of seven 6-inch skewers and set aside. Combine the coconut, lime zest, 1 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of black pepper in a shallow bowl. Brush the shrimp with the egg whites, then press into the coconut mixture until completely coated. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet and broil, flipping halfway through, until the coconut is crispy and golden brown and the shrimp are pink and no longer opaque in the middle, 3 to 4 minutes. Meanwhile, blend the cilantro, red pepper flakes, garlic, pineapple, and lime juice in a blender until smooth and vibrant green. Serve alongside the shrimp. Coconut Crusted Shrimp With Pineapple Chili Sauce Click the link to view the video.

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It’s Raining! What Do I Do With My Kids (or Grandkids)! When rain or cold weather—or a pandemic—keeps kids inside, it can be hard to keep everyone entertained. But, staying at home can be lots of fun if you're armed with the right indoor activities. Below, we've rounded up several indoor, boredom-busting games, crafts, and other things to do with kids to turn a rainy day into a memorable one. Read on and relish this time inside. 1. Bake without losing your sanity. 2. Whip up a batch of slime or Oobleck and challenge your young scientist to define its state of matter. Find a recipe for slime at How to Make Slime With Kids (thesprucecrafts.com) 3. Let the kids raid your closet and put on a fashion show. 4. Get everyone together for an indoor scavenger hunt. Directions can be found at Clues for an Indoor Treasure Hunt for Children (thespruce.com)

5. Build, create, and invent with STEM-inspired toys. 6. Crack open those activity books you have piled up. 7. Create colorful salt paintings. Easy Salt Painting for kids {printable template images!} - totschoolresources.com

8. Gather the family to enjoy a story podcast. 9. Make instruments; then, lead a marching band parade through the living room. Find out how here: 20 DIY Musical Instruments for Kids to Make | ArtsyCraftsyMom

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10. Burn some energy with one of these 25 indoor exercise games. 25 Exercise Games and Indoor Activities to Get Kids Moving | MommyPoppins - Things to do in Anywhere with Kids

11. Pop some kernels and watch a classic movie. 12. Try these imaginative DIY sensory games for the babies and tots. 12 Easy DIY Sensory Activities to Entertain Babies | MommyPoppins - Things to do in Anywhere with Kids

13. Write letters (on actual paper with pens and pencils) to out-of-town relatives or friends. 14. Bake a mug cake. 15. Play a game of freeze dance using a playlist inspired by these kindie bands. 16. Satisfy your sweet tooth and DIY some rock candy. 17. Buy pre-made frosting (and even cupcakes) and set up a cupcake decorating station with whatever candies, nuts, and sprinkles you have on hand. 18. Blow up some balloons, toss 'em in the air, and don't let them touch the ground, or grab some paddles for balloon tennis. 19. Learn to code. 20. Keep your heart rate up with Wii Fit or Xbox One games. 21. Make a marshmallow catapult and see who can catch the most in their mouth. 22. Try these easy at-home crafts for preschoolers, or whip up a set of fairy wings for more imaginative play. 13 Simple Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers to Do at Home | MommyPoppins - Things to do in Anywhere with Kids The Homeowners Association Does Not Endorse Any Advertiser or Product In This Publication


23. Have a tie-dye party, or opt for an easier tie-dye alternative (with a built-in science lesson!). 24. Embrace your inner Einstein with cool science experiments. 25. Make a watercolor masterpiece. 26. Pull out the building blocks and Legos to create a mini city. 27. Play "I Spy" or "20 Questions." 28. Make paper-bag puppets and put on a show. Need directions? DIY - How to make Paper Bag Puppet - YouTube

29. Craft the easiest bird feeder ever. 30. Become an origami master. Simple Origami Folding Instructions - Fold Simple Origami - Easy Origami Diagrams (origami-instructions.com)

31. Grab some sheets and make a good old-fashioned fort. Perfect for playtime—and naptime! 32. Fill the kitchen sink with bath toys, give them a bottle of soap, and let them have at it. 33. Tackle a challenging puzzle as a family. 34. Play-Doh. 35. Explore NYC—in a book or the whole world with a virtual field trip or tour! 36. Bake simple salt-dough ornaments and then paint them into seasonal designs, such as Easter eggs, or use whatever cookie cutter shapes you have available. 37. Challenge your brood to a game of charades. 38. Build a sensory bin. They aren't just for toddlers! Home made granola bars 39. Make granola bars. Delicious!Granola Bars Recipe | Allrecipes 40. Use hallways for classic games like "Red Light, Green Light" and "Leapfrog." 41. Get groovy and make your own lava lamp! Instructions are found at How to make a Lava Lamp DIY Lava Lamp for Kids (science-sparks.com)

42. Go bowling at home. 43. Build an indoor obstacle course! 44. Do anything that involves bubble wrap. 45. Get all dressed up and host a fancy tea party (be sure to invite the dolls and stuffed animals). 46. Play "Simon Says" or "Follow the Leader." 47. Cuddle up with a pile of books. 48. Grab a deck of cards and teach your kids the simple joys of Rummy, Spit, or Slapjack. 49. Have an indoor "camp out" with sleeping bags, a tent, board games, and s'mores. 50. Cook dinner together.

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Home Maintenance Tasks You Should Tackle in July The summer solstice has passed, July is upon us, and the temperature outside feels like the surface of the sun. We get it—manual labor around the house might not be your top priority (especially when compared with, say, an air-conditioned, sangria popsicle–fueled TV binge on the couch). Since we know home maintenance can be one of the least appealing parts of your week, we‘re here to help. Read on for a trusted list of quick, relatively painless tasks that‘ll potentially save major repair costs down the road. Task No. 1: Seal up your home ―Using caulk to seal cracks and openings in your home is one of the most inexpensive ways you can save money on your utilities,‖ says Dave Quandt, vice president of field operations for American Home Shield. ―It can also help improve your home‘s air quality, prevent moisture problems, and prolong the life of your HVAC system.‖ Shortcut: Pay particular attention to leaks around doors, windows, attic access panels, recessed ceiling lights, electrical outlets, and switch plates. Task No. 2: Scrub the decks Prime your outdoor space for backyard barbecue blowouts by de-cluttering and deep-cleaning. Use a broom, leaf blower, or wetdry vacuum to remove debris from all patio surfaces. Next, tackle the furniture. Use a mixture of warm water and dish detergent to gently wipe down furniture cushions before leaving them out in the sun to dry. Open your patio umbrella, and use a vacuum or broom to remove any cobwebs. Wash the umbrella with soapy water and leave it open to dry. Finally, wash the patio furniture frames with soapy water, and rinse everything off with a hose. Shortcut: To really make your deck gleam, considering renting an electric pressure washer (typically $40 per day from home improvement stores such as Home Depot and Lowe‘s). Task No. 3: Freshen your pool Shortcut: Test the pH level weekly with a pool water test kit to make sure chemicals are balanced and safe. Chemical level guidelines vary depending on the season and weather conditions, but the pH level should remain between 7.2 and 7.8 for the cleanest and safest water. To destroy any contaminants, you‘ll want to shock the water—preferably at night so the sun doesn‘t burn off the chemical cocktail. Take care to never add the shock directly to your skimmer or directly to the water (which can bleach and weaken your liner). Instead, dissolve the shock in a bucket of water before adding it to your pool. The Homeowners Association Does Not Endorse Any Advertiser or Product In This Publication


Task No. 4: Inspect your windows Poorly insulated or installed windows can sap energy from your home—and let in summer‘s delightful brood of insects. Shortcut: Check for any gaps between your windows and their casings, and inspect your screens for holes. The price for new screens vary depending on a variety of factors (including the size of your window and your geographic area), but you can plan to spend between $5 and $15 per screen. Task No. 5: Give your washer and dryer some TLC In these dog days of summer, you‘re probably sweating through a few more outfits than usual. If you‘re buried in laundry, you‘ll want to make sure your washer and dryer can handle the load. Nurture those appliances now so you aren‘t schlepping to a Laundromat later. Shortcut: A bit of diluted bleach or white vinegar in the washer drum will usually take care of most cleaning needs and prevent mold from growing, according to Chris Granger, vice president and general manager of Sears Home Services. If you have a front-loading washer, make sure to clean the gasket (that circular piece of rubber that seals the door). Use a diluted vinegar or bleach solution, and wipe behind the gasket to remove any detergent buildup or debris. Leave the door open when you‘re done to allow the gasket to dry. Task No. 6: Drain your water heater Just like changing your car‘s oil, flushing your water heater improves your unit‘s efficiency and life span—and keeps your showers as scalding hot as you like them. You should drain your water heater once a year to clear out built-up sediment and minerals that could affect its performance. Shortcut: To drain your water heater, turn off the electricity or gas to the unit, close the cold water supply valve, and affix a hose to the drain valve. Snake the hose outside and open the drain valve first, followed by the pressure relief valve. This will allow water to drain from the tank. Once the tank is empty, open the cold water valve again and let the water run clear from the hose. Close the drain and pressure relief valves, allow the tank to refill, and detach the hose. You‘re now ready to turn your clean water heater back on.

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