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Fairy Tale Stirs Local Talent Half Hollow Hills photo/Danny Schrafel

Michael McDonald performs hits and holiday classics at The Paramount Dec. 4

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With just one day to go before opening night, the West Hollow Players are perfecting their lines, polishing their dance steps and tuning up for their presentation of “Once Upon A Mattress” on Nov. 22 and 23. Above, members of the cast of 60 put their finishing touches on “The Spanish Panic” scene at West Hollow Middle School Saturday morning. Read more on A10.


Whitman Shops Makeover Complete Grand reopening ceremony on Nov. 21 to unveil statue of poet By Jacqueline Birzon

The grand re-opening of the Walt Whitman Shops, a milestone 18 months in the making, has finally arrived. On Thursday, Nov. 21, the shops will kick off a four-day celebration that will kick off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and the unveiling of a bronze statue of Walt Whitman, the famous poet and humanist the mall is named after. The grand re-opening festivities will run from Nov. 2124, when the shops will showcase live entertainment, “prize-an-hour giveaways” and food and beverage samples for shoppers. The 70,000 square-foot renovation and expansion, according to Walt Whitman

Shops spokesman Kevin Ryan, added more than 500 jobs to the Huntington Station area, as a result of both the construction and the addition of 12 new retail stores created in the mall space. Since the project broke ground last year, more than 30 new retailers joined the 160 Walt Whitman Road shopping destination, including several restaurants and “exclusive” brands, some of which opened their first Long Island store at the newly renovated shops. Among the list of new retail destinations are Kate Spade, Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, BOSS Hugo Boss and Triumph; dining additions include Brio Tuscan Grille, Zinburger and CUPS Frozen Yogurt. (Continued on page A16)

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The first time he heard his voice on the radio, Michael McDonald was just 16 years old. A small R&B station in his hometown St. Louis played his cover of a Burt Bacharach song, “Always Something There to Remind Me.” “It was such a thrill,” said the man whose soulful voice would later dominate the airwaves as the signature sound of The Doobie Brothers. That moment in 1968 was just a small blip in the radio universe, but for a few minutes at least, McDonald was on top of the world. It would happen again – and in a much bigger way -- nearly a decade later. McDonald had traded St. Louis for Los Angeles and did time as a session

A Whitman statue is in place, but covered, at the new entrance to the Walt Whitman Shops, which celebrates its milestone on Nov. 21.


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By Jacqueline Birzon

By Jacqueline Birzon

Tensions were palpable at the Half Hollow Hills Board of Education work session and meeting Monday night when district administrators presented three potential redistricting scenarios for elementary school feeding patterns next year, when Chestnut Hill and Forest Park Elementary schools will close due to declining enrollment. District administrators estimate a decision will be made by Dec. 2, when the board of education will hold a special meeting to discuss the three redistricting scenarios for students in grades 1-5. All three scenarios maintained the number of students who would attend Otsego and Vanderbilt Elementary but varied significantly by the number of students who would attend Paumonak and Signal Hill Elementary Schools, with distribution varying by over 100 students in several of the scenarios. The maps were drawn by Flanders, NJbased Applied Data Services, a transportation consulting company hired earlier this year by the district. While district personnel did not know which map would be decided on Monday night, they were prepared to address concerns of a handful of parents over the air quality at Vanderbilt Elementary. The district asked Dr. Karl Friedman, a physician hired by the district on an asneeded basis, to study medical data in children regarding environmental exposure to pollutants. Friedman was asked by the district to attend the meeting after administrators and board members were slammed by parents—mostly of students currently attending Forest Park—alarmed by the potential threat of their child being exposed to pollutants at Vanderbilt, located on Route 231/Deer Park Avenue. According to Friedman, who examined the number of nurse visits from January to November 2013, the number of visits for Vanderbilt and Forest Park students varied by 25 children. Of total nurse visits related to respiratory or asthma problems, there

Greg Casamento, a father of a student at Forest Park, examines a map of “Scenario Two,” showing potential redistricting patterns for students in grades 1-5 next year when two Half Hollow Hills schools will close. next year. Over 200 parents stressed the importance of keeping tight-knit communities together, the impact redistricting will have on fourthgraders who will not graduate from their current school next year, and frustrations over transparency. In an effort to quell concerns over class sizes and transportation, trustees and administrators assured parents that class sizes averaging 20-24 students will be maintained at all five schools and that the duration of bus commutes will remain “very similar” for all scenarios. Board members offered a varied degree of input on the different maps, with some gravitating toward the map that would maintain the same educational experience for students. Others stressed the need to keep communities together while others discussed the importance of maximizing building efficiency. “As ugly as these lines look they are based on logical…patterns and geographical boundaries. We aren’t splitting up a box,” school board President James Ptucha said.

were 225 incidents at Vanderbilt and 260 at Forest Park. Juliette Trope, a parent of two children at Forest Park and a physician in a neonatal intensive care unit, said children ages 3-10 are in the critical stages of lung development and that exposure to pollutants can damage normal development. Trope, who researched traffic patterns along Route 231, found that Deer Park Avenue has 31,323 cars utilizing the road per day, 10,000 more than the 20,000 “danger zone,” which makes children “eight times more likely to develop leukemia.” “I’m not making this up; it’s all from medical literature. By New York State’s standards, Vanderbilt is considered safe, but it is not safer than the other school. When you have the choice it just makes sense to choose the safer school,” Trope said. Parents with students in the five remaining schools—Otsego, Paumonak, Signal Hill, Sunquam and Vanderbilt Elementary—grappled with the fact that the redistricting will also affect students currently attending one of the five schools, which many will be forced to move from


State Ed Commish Gets ‘Schooled’ Half Hollow Hills photo/Jacqueline Birzon

Child mental health advocates this week demonstrated outside the Sagamore Children’s and Pilgrim State Psychiatric Centers, where they showcased a petition of over 7,000 signatures in a call for policy makers to overturn the state’s plan to close Sagamore next July. Sagamore supporters gathered on Tuesday outside the Dix Hills facility to build support for Wednesday’s demonstration, which was to be held at Pilgrim State Psychiatric Center. At Sagamore, stakeholders displayed over 218 sheets of paper containing the name of each person who signed the petition. The New York State Office of Mental Health (NYS OMH) this summer announced a comprehensive plan to “consolidate” state-run mental health facilities throughout New York, including Sagamore and Pilgrim State, into Regional Centers of Excellence (RCE). The RCE plan means that Sagamore, according to OMH, will close by July 2014 and patients will be relocated to a RCE facility in either the Bronx or in Queens. The OMH commissioned a Long Island RCE team, tasked with formulating recommendations to submit to the RCE Steering Committee. The 15-member board, formed by co-chairs of each region’s RCE team, will submit final recommendations to the OMH by the end of 2013. The Long Island RCE was scheduled to meet for the third and final time on Wednesday, when they were expected to finalize plans to submit to the steering committee. Gretchen Penn, political and legislative outreach coordinator for CSEA Region 1 in Commack, said the “quiet demonstration” at the Central Islip facility was intended as call for action among local legislators, policy makers and specifically, the Long Island RCE team, to overturn the state’s proposal for Sagamore and reflect that message in their final recommendations. The team, selected by Governor Andrew’s Cuomo office met three times this fall, and comprised of over two dozen community stakeholders tasked with promoting the “recovery of adults with serious mental heath illness and to promote resiliency of children and youth with serious emotional disturbance.” The RCE model, rather than promoting inpatient service, instead focuses on using community integration and support networks as a resource for recovery.

Three Plans For Hills Redistricting Half Hollow Hills photo/Jacqueline Birzon

Can 7,000 Signatures Save Sagamore?

By Jacqueline Birzon

New York State Education Commissioner Dr. John King lit the fire of more than 1,500 parents at a Common Core hearing in Setauket Nov. 12, when administrators, teachers and parents from school districts across the island, including Half Hollow Hills School District, feverishly objected to the hurried implementation of the new educational standards. State Senator John Flanagan (RE.Northport) sponsored the hearing and invited the school districts he represents. Richard Hasse, Half Hollow Hills Teachers Association president and an English teacher at Candlewood Middle School, argued high-stakes testing will only widen the achievement gap. Hasse also said the state mandates related to Common Core, coupled with a lack of funding, will cause students to miss out on opportunities they are passionate about, such as pursuing studies in subjects like music and art. “If you do that, and implement a steady dose of high-states testing; and wrote instruction; and tell kids that they’re fail-

Half Hollow Hills board of Education President James Ptucha testifies. ures from beginning; [then] you’re going to create a problem that I don’t think you’re going to be able to overcome,” he said at the Nov. 12 forum. Hills Board of Education President James Ptucha, speaking only on behalf of the board and not the district itself, said that while he does not oppose raising academic standards, the rushed implementation of the Common Core, coupled with a crippling financial burden as a result of the state tax

cap and professional development mandate, is the root of the problem. The Half Hollow Hills School District, Ptucha added, has a “long history of raising the bar…not by a metric applied to elementary school age children and generalized across the state.” “The ‘all at once’ approach of the Regents Reform Agenda and the unintended uncertainty and anxiety it has produced for students, parents, teachers and the community is something that you need to be aware of,” Ptucha said. King belabored the point that curriculum is set locally on the district level while standards are set by the state. “Ultimately, much of the testing climate that we are all concerned about is bound up with a series of local decisions, and we’re working with districts now to review their APPR plans,” King said. “We will continue to work with districts to reduce those assessments…where the shoe fits.” New York State, the commissioner added, only requires two more tests – Regents history exams – than required by federal law. King underlined his dedication to successfully “phase in” of the Common Core standards.


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POLICE REPORT Compiled by Danny Schrafel

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Huntington village. They graciously accept donations which then get divvied up for several health and human services agencies in town.

the poem made famous by Long-Islander founder Walt Whitman. Not too long ago, his “Leaves of Grass” were etched onto the walls of the Walt WhitThrow in an extra can… man Mall, a nod to his birthIN THE KNOW And speaking of donating, place, maintained just across WITH AUNT ROSIE now’s the time of year where Route 110. I have to admit, food drives seem to kick into when Simon announced it high gear. Although our hungry would be revamping the Walt Whitman Mall and neighbors need food all year completely redoing the side that faces Route 110 and round, the holidays sometimes make us more aware ripping down the walls with his words, I feared that of it, given the abundance of goodies at many of our the great poet’s presence at the mall would amount to tables (thankfully). And you don’t have to donate an nothing more than just being named after him. But entire Thanksgiving dinner to a food drive (although the great folks at Simon on Nov. 21, as part of the if you can, how wonderful!)… Consider this easy Walt Whitman Shops’ official grand opening, will unstep: When you’re buying a can of soup, or beans, or veil a bronze Whitman statue, completely quelling anything in a can, buy one more than you would normy fears and proving to me that there is something to mally. Just one more. And set it aside, or keep in the be said for community investment and knowing car, and when you see a donation truck, or site, or where you came from. Thank you, Simon Malls! box, you’ll be ready. It’s so easy to do, and makes such a difference. Shop shop shop… So many places to shop this year, so little time! If you haven’t checked out the Holidays hit the road… Something bittersweet new Whitman Shops, definitely do so. I am told it is will happen on Sunday, as my motorcycle friends, the stunning! In addition, get ready for Small Business Long Island Harley Riders (that’s right – Aunt Rosie Saturday on Nov. 30, an effort by American Express is that hip), prepare for the 12th Annual Biker Holiday to keep money in the community. Huntington village Toy Ride for the children at Sagamore Children’s Psyis a great place to patronize for the holidays, and if chiatric Center in Dix Hills. I love when we publish you stick around on Small Business Saturday, there is photos from this event, because a motorcycle ride, led one heck of a lighted parade to catch! by Santa, leaves from the Nathan Hale VFW building at 210 West Pulaski Road in Huntington and heads to Closet cleaning… When my friends had little Dix Hills, with holiday gifts including toys and chilkids, they all employed a similar clean-out rule: that dren’s clothing in tow. I say it is bittersweet because right before Thanksgiving was a good time to clean this year’s run may very well be the last, as the New out the closets. It’s right at the end of fall, so while York State Office of Mental Health plans to close the you put some of it in storage, you can also get rid of facility next summer. While opinions on the closure some of it. This makes room for all the new clothes vary, I am at least glad to know that the Harley Riders and toys that will inevitably come during the holiwill make this holiday magical for those kids. days. So I ask you, as you start to move off-season clothes into storage, to consider donating some of it. (Aunt Rosie wants to hear from you! If you have comThere are so many clothing drives going on right ments, ideas, or tips about what’s happening in your now, and I bet you have a sweater, T-shirt, or skirt or neck of the woods, write to me today and let me know two that you haven’t worn in a year. As my good the latest. To contact me, drop a line to Aunt Rosie, friend Peggy says, “When in doubt, throw it out!” but c/o The Long-Islander, 145 East Main Street, Huntin this case, change “throw it out” to “donate it.” If ington NY 11743. Or try the e-mail at you can’t find a good donation drive, there’s always the Community Thrift Shop on New York Avenue in

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A burglar broke into a Woodmont Road home in Melville shortly after 10:30 p.m. Nov. 15, according to Suffolk County police. The burglar got into the home through a window and stole assorted jewelry.

Burglar Bags Suffolk County police are investigating a Nov. 8 burglary at a Dix Hills home. Police received the call on Nov. 10, two days after someone forced their way into the Capel Drive home at approximately 9:20 p.m. and stole assorted jewelry.

Smash-And-Grab At Temple A woman’s purse was stolen from her car while parked at a Bagatelle Road house of worship Nov. 13. Police said someone smashed the driver’s side window of a 2007 Ford Escape parked at Temple Beth Torah in Melville to steal the purse inside, which contained cash, a credit card and a driver’s license.

Hands Off My Bank Account! In separate incidents, two Dix Hills residents called Suffolk County police Nov. 10 to report cases of identity theft. In one, the resident called police after observing that someone made unauthorized cash withdrawals using their debit card the day before. In the second incident, the complainant called police after noticing that day that someone stole cash from their bank account by making multiple unauthorized withdrawals.

Police are investigating a Nov. 14 complaint from a Dix Hills resident who says someone just won’t leave him alone on social media. The complainant said he has received numerous texts from the person and has been tagged repeatedly on social media posts despite requests to stop.

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A Huntington Station teen was arrested Nov. 14. after attempting to abscond with a big haul of ill-begotten loot from the Kohl’s department store in Melville. Police said that at 8 p.m., the 17-year-old female stole assorted clothing, shoes, sneakers and a laptop from the Kohl’s on Walt Whitman Road in Melville, enough to rack up a fourthdegree grand larceny rap.

An Ormond Street home in Dix Hills was burglarized at 4 p.m. Nov. 16, according to police. Officials said the burglar got in through an unlocked window and took jewelry and money from the home.

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Suffolk County police arrested a 49-year-old Central Islip woman on a petit larceny charge Nov. 14. She is accused of attempting to steal assorted items from the Stop & Shop on East Jericho Turnpike in Dix Hills.


Breaking? Yes. In? Not Quite A would-be burglar ditched his plans to break into a Candlewood Path home at 11:30 p.m. Nov. 14. Police said someone kicked in the home’s basement window, breaking the window’s hinges in the process. However, the burglar never entered the home.

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Holiday Spirit Arrives By Land And Sea Fourth annual boat and village parades to light up Huntington characters. The Halesite Fire Department will have Buddy the Elf on board the actual sled used in filming the movie “Elf.” Sponsors include the Town, the Huntington Village and Huntington Station Business Improvement Districts, the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce, the Huntington Manor and Huntington Fire Departments and the Huntington Chiefs’ Council.

Whether by land or by sea, Huntington will be kicking off the holiday season next Friday and Saturday with a bang thanks to a pair of festive illuminated spectacles. By Danny Schrafel

The official kickoff to the holiday season in Huntington village is just around the corner, and organizers of two parades that have quickly become part of that tradition are preparing to wow thousands of revelers from the land and the sea. Lighted Boat Parade On Nov. 29 While savvy shoppers may know the Friday after Thanksgiving as Black Friday, Huntington boaters are hoping to make the name “Blue Friday” stick. For the fourth year, residents will flock to Huntington Harbor ahead of a 6 p.m. cannon on Nov. 29 to watch lighted vessels parade through the waterfront. “It’s becoming an event that people look forward to every year,” organizer Pam Setchell, president of the Huntington Lighthouse Preservation Society, said. “Hopefully, we’ll get bigger and bigger and hopefully our weather will hold out like it has the last three years.” Vessel owners pay $50 to enter the parade and have a chance to win one of 10 prizes – Best in Show, Best Sailboat, Best Powerboat, Best Corporate Boat, Best Club Boat, Most Creative, Most Elegant, Most Outrageous, Fleets Favorite, and Best Music and Animation. So far, Setchell said that registration is in the “high 20s,” adding that she expects a big rush as parade date nears. Now in its fourth year, Setchell said she’s hoping to raise as much as $10,000 for the


lighthouse through the event, a goal they’re hoping to accomplish with the assistance of landlubbers who pony up $50 to enter a new home and business decoration contest. Organizers are also encouraging waterfront residents and business owners who host viewing parties to use the opportunity to raise money for the lighthouse. Awards will be presented at a special reception Dec. 3 at Honu: Kitchen and Cocktails. For more information about the boat parade, visit Parade Of Lights In Village Nov. 30 Once the seafaring set is done, the focus will move from surf to turf as the parade of lights continues in downtown Huntington village during the town’s fourth annual Holiday Parade and Street Festival on Saturday, Nov. 30. “This is a special parade in a special place,” Supervisor Frank Petrone said. “I invite everyone start the day at the village’s unique shops, visit the many restaurants and then to join us to see the fantastic floats the fire departments and other groups put together, followed by an evening of family holiday fun.” After stepping off at the Big H Shopping Center at 6:30 p.m., a parade filled with floats by fire departments, scouting, veterans and civic groups will march north on New York Avenue to Main Street, then west along Main Street past Wall Street to West Neck Road. The year’s parade theme is holiday toys, and fire

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department, commercial and not-for-profit awards will be given for the best floats. Holiday trees on Wall Street, the Village Green and at Town Hall will be lighted simultaneously during a brief ceremony following the parade. Wall Street will be closed to traffic from Main Street to Gerard Street until 9 p.m. for a street fair, including performances, vendors, a Gamin Ride truck and horse and buggy rides through the village. Kids can meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, as well as some of their favorite Yuletide

Small Business Saturday A day after the big sales and rush to shop on Black Friday, Huntington’s fourth annual Holiday Parade and Street Festival on Nov. 30 coincides with Small Business Saturday. Founded by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday is dedicated to supporting small businesses across the United States. If you’re looking to spend the day in Huntington village, consider availing yourself of a special shuttle service sponsored by the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce. From 10 a.m.10 p.m. on Small Business Saturday, shuttle service will bring shoppers who park at the Huntington LIRR station back and forth to Huntington village. A new feature for this year’s event is powered by co-sponsor Twitter, and it allows residents to Tweet where they’ll “shop small” on Small Business Saturday. Visit to get the buzz started in Huntington.


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Chamber Welcomes Sony To Whitman Shops

In advance of the official grand opening this week of the newly revamped Walt Whitman Shops, Sony unveiled its new store at the mall with a Nov. 14 ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Melville Chamber of Commerce and local officials. TOWN OF HUNTINGTON

Lottery To Be Held For First Avalon Units Dec. 16 deadline to enter random drawing for chance to rent 43 affordable homes Half Hollow Hills photo/Danny Schrafel

By Danny Schrafel

Interested in being one of the first tenants in AvalonBay Communities’ Huntington Station development? If so, you’ve got until Dec. 16 to enter an upcoming lottery for 43 affordable rental units. The Town of Huntington announced last week that the Long Island Housing Partnership will conduct the January lottery for the right to rent 43 affordable rentals at Avalon Huntington Station, which will be amongst the first homes completed at the 379-unit community. Eligible lessees will be able to move in as early as February, said Chris Capece, AvalonBay Communities’ senior development director. According to the Housing Partnership, rent for the affordable units will start at $932 a month for a one-bedroom, $1,148 a month for a two-bedroom and $1,646 for a three-bedroom unit. The remaining 260 apartments and 65 townhouses in the 379-unit development will be offered at market rate. “This is a fantastic opportunity for people to become part of what will become a signature community in Huntington Station,” Supervisor Frank Petrone said. “I encourage interested persons to apply now to be part of the lottery that will be held to determine who will become the first tenants.” Jennifer Appel, general counsel and program adviser for the Housing Partnership, said they have not determined established a framework for selling the 11 affordable ownership units. Appel said that maximum gross household income levels to be eligible to buy the affordable units are: $42,400 for a one-bedroom unit; $52,950 for a two-bedroom; and $61,450 for a three-bedroom. Applicants

Development Manager Michael Adamo in front of a building along East Fifth Street at Avalon Huntington Station, which will host some of the first tenants of the 379-unit development in February. seeking to participate in the lottery have until Dec. 16 to enter, and it’s up to the applicants to ensure they are eligible before they enter. “There’s no type of preliminary review... You just need to complete the intake form and get that back to us,” she said. As plans are underway to rent the first units, dozens of workers are on site at the 26.6-acre parcel in Huntington Station, hard at work to complete the development. The nearly 3,400-square-foot clubhouse, which includes community space and a fitness center and will be framed by an outdoor swimming pool, four ponds and outdoor living room-style amenities, should be done first in January, while phases of the community will steadily open up throughout 2014 until the entire community is

developed by the fourth quarter of next year, Capece said. During a tour of the site Monday morning, Development Manager Michael Adamo explained that the olive and walnut exterior is designed to harken back to the parcel’s historic roots as a potato farm by creating a more rustic exterior appearance. Crews are now moving on to interior work in what will become the first affordable units along East Fifth Street; wooden frames for buildings near Manor Field Park and the former Huntington Station Armory have already been erected. “It’s coming together aesthetically pretty nicely,” Capece said. “We’re trying to keep it contextual to a town-home style community, trying to tie in a little bit with what’s going on in the area.”

The site’s history will also be in mind as part of a display in the clubhouse. A planned photo gallery in a clubhouse hallway leading to the pool will feature about 20 photographs of historic Huntington Station. Capece added that AvalonBay expects to have little trouble renting the units once they are complete – so far, there’s a waiting list of more than 1,000 applicants, he said. “There is probably more than that right now, but I haven’t seen the list in a few weeks,” he said. “You know there is great demand for it because there is a dearth of quality rental housing on Long Island.” Anyone interested in applying to buy or rent one of the units should call 631-4354710 or visit, where an application form is available.

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Completing A Bridge To The Future State announces growth-minded Northern State interchange overhaul is complete

Nearly 18 months after the 65-year-old bridge spanning the Northern State Parkway at exit 40 in Melville was torn down, a major project to improve traffic flow along Route 110 is just about finished, state officials announced Nov. 13. As part of the New York Route 110Northern State Parkway Interchange project, workers replaced the Northern State Parkway bridge over Route 110, reconfigured all of its ramps, installed new sidewalks along each side of Route 110 and added a travel lane on Route 110 in each direction with hopes of making it easier to traverse for 120,000 daily motorists and pedestrians on foot. “This award-winning project has transformed a major interchange, relieved a traffic bottleneck and created an efficient, state-of-the-art highway complex that serves one of Long Island’s largest and most vital business districts,” DOT Commissioner Joan McDonald said in a statement last week. The ubiquitous orange traffic cones should be off the road within the week and “punchlist” improvement items, many of them aesthetic, will be completed as needed in the coming weeks and months, said DOT spokeswoman Eileen Peters. Completion of the Exit 40 interchange overhaul is a major step toward completing a three-part, $100-million-plus overhaul of Route 110, but construction-weary

residents aren’t entirely in the clear just yet. Ongoing work between the LIE and Arlington Road and between Fletcher Place and Amityville Roads is expected to conclude by the end of 2014, state officials said. That work and the Exit 40 revamp will complement a Route 110-LIE Bridge reconstruction project that was completed in 2011. While the bridge overhaul may have made the biggest visual impact, Peters said more discreet improvements are yielding big benefits, too. New drainage systems, continuous sidewalks for pedestrians and shoulders for bicyclists, new crosswalks and pedestrian signals with countdown timers were all incorporated, as well as aesthetic improvements like reused granite from the former Robert Moses-era Route 110 bridge and new plantings. The biggest traffic-flow improvement, Peters said, may come as a result of fixing a once precarious right-hand turn near Walt Whitman Road from northbound Route 110. A “slip-ramp” on southbound Route 110, which feeds motorists onto Walt Whitman Road, has not only made it easier for drivers to turn right from 110 onto Old Country and Sweet Hollow Roads, but has cleared up a major traffic bottleneck that would frequently gobble up the right lane on Route 110 near the Old Country Road intersection. Right turns are no longer permitted from Route 110, and it also helps alleviate rush-hour “bottle-

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By Danny Schrafel

Traffic flows smoothly Friday morning at the reconstructed Exit 40 Interchange in Melville. There, state officials includeing DOT spokeswoman Eileen Peters, above, announced a $60million overhaul, including a new bridge and additional lanes, was substantially complete. necks” when motorists trying to beat the light and make it onto northbound Route 110 get stuck in the intersection. “That is totally resolved now. This separates the traffic, and there is plenty of queue if there is a lot of traffic,” Peters said.

Peters said the $60-million project, which is the largest in five years on Long Island, has the future years of the Route 110 corridor in mind. “This isn’t just for today – it’s for decades to come. And it will accommodate the growth,” Peters said.


A ‘Rumble’ On Round Swamp Road? New traffic safety feature being explored along windy stretch By Danny Schrafel

The latest road improvements being considered for a windy stretch of Round Swamp Road in Melville could play to a motorist’s ears, not eyes, to keep them driving the right way along the stretch.

Town officials told residents at the Civic Association of Sweet Hollow in late October that the town is exploring adding, along Round Swamp Road, rumble strips, or concrete imprints in the double-yellow divider line designed to create a “rumble” when tires drive over them. The strips are intended to alert inattentive and drowsy

drivers that they are drifting out of their lane. Town spokesman A.J. Carter, however, stressed that the town is still exploring the proposed upgrade and that “nothing imminent” is planned. Steve McGloin, the town’s director of transportation and traffic safety, said Oct.


West Nile Hits Huntington By Kristen Schultheiss

Four confirmed cases of the West Nile virus have been reported in Suffolk County this year, including one victim from the Town of Huntington. All four individuals were over the age of 50, and three, including the one from the Town of Huntington, were hospitalized due to virus symptoms. The virus is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. According to Suffolk County Commissioner of Health Services James Tomarken, most people who are infected with the virus experience mild symptoms or none at all. One in

five people who have been infected will break out in a fever and develop symptoms such as nausea, headache, body ache, joint pain or rash. A serious neurological illness such as encephalitis or meningitis may develop in less than one percent of those infected, and victims older than 50 are at higher risk for such illness, according to the Suffolk County Department of Health. “We encourage people to get rid of any standing water around their homes, because that’s where mosquitoes breed,” said health department spokeswoman Grace KellyMcGovern. She gave examples of standing water that has accumulated in a tire swing and even water that has accumulated in a small bottle cap.

To monitor the spread of the West Nile virus, the county takes samples of mosquitoes and sprays insecticides in areas where the virus is densely detected. “We put out spray notices all the time, but we didn’t spray for West Nile this year,” McGovern said. The number of reported West Nile cases in 2013 was low compared to the number of cases reported in Suffolk County in previous years. Last year, 14 human cases were reported. In 2010, there were 25 people infected with the disease and three of those people died from the virus. For medical questions, Suffolk County residents can call the Department of Health Services at 631854-0333.

30 that the rumble strips would have to be designed with acoustics in mind – striking a balance between jostling the inattentive driver to attention while also ensuring that any sound is not disturbing to homeowners. Should rumble strips be installed over the double-yellow line, it would be the latest in a series of upgrades installed over the last two years designed to slow down motorists along that stretch. The push to add traffic mitigating features to Round Swamp Road has been ongoing for about a decade, but intensified in the summer of 2012 following a rash of car crashes along the stretch. Residents said at the time that the most dangerous stretch is a sharp, hilly bend on Round Swamp Road – a stretch with a 20 mph speed limit, but very little shoulder, leaving few good choices for avoiding a car that breaches the double-yellow line. Following a study earlier in the year, the town installed upgraded road signs in September 2012 and also added strategic road markings, which are designed to create a visual “narrowing” effect and makes drivers think they’re going faster than they really are. Four driver feedback signs, which flash a driver’s speed to them as they pass through the area, were added along the stretch near Westvale Lane and Kingsley Road, as was a rest-on-red traffic signal at the intersection of Manetto Hill and Round Swamp Roads. Using traffic sensors, the traffic light is designed to allow smooth, unobstructed motoring along the stretch so long as drivers obey the speed limit.


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T’is The Season… The holiday shopping season launches in the some 500 jobs. It has added revenue to the Town of Huntington with the traditional “Black town’s property tax base and will generate milFriday” frenzy of department store sales the lions in sales tax revenues. day after Thanksgiving, followed by Small At the opposite end of the shopping spectrum Business Saturday, when the focus is on the are the small businesses that anchor our downmom-and-pop store and boutique retailers that towns. Unique shops and boutiques with perpopulate our downtowns. sonalities all their own also provide jobs, genBoth have their up-sides. erate tax revenues and synergistically give Black Friday and the shopping season that fol- neighboring stores and restaurants a boost. lows will be a new and exciting experience for They are equally as important to the local econvisitors at the Walt Whitman Shops, which is omy. taking the wrapping off its $68-million Keep it all in mind as the holiexpansion this week. The shopping cen- EDITORIAL day shopping season gets going. ter has undergone a top-to-bottom renoWhile there may be a convenvation, bringing a long list of upscale retailers ience factor to ordering online, there’s little and eateries to town, and giving their namesake, benefit to the community. Any jobs created are Walt Whitman, an honored place at the retail at a fulfillment center nowhere near your homemecca. As part of its grand reopening celebra- town, and the folks that hold those jobs sure tions this week, The Whitman Shops was to un- aren’t going to spend their paychecks around veil a larger-than-life statue of the Huntington- here – nor is there much in the way of commuborn poet and Long-Islander newspaper founder nity give-back. Amazon isn’t sponsoring your at their new “center court” entrance. kids’ Little League team. The Whitman Shops’ renovation and expanWhether you prefer a shopping center expesion added 70,000 square feet to the center, and rience or the charm of our downtowns, shopbetween construction and new retail, it created ping locally this holiday season has its rewards.

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The Best Is Yet To Come To All Huntington Voters: Thank you. I am gratified by the support for me you showed in this election, and promise that you will not be disappointed by the continuing faith you have placed in me and the way I have run the town for the past 20 years. I also appreciate the support you showed for my entire team, reelecting Mark Cuthbertson and electing Tracey Edwards. Together with Councilwoman Susan Berland, the four of us will ensure that you continue to have a powerful voice defending your quality of life. As I noted in the campaign, our best days are ahead of us, and I look forward to going there together with you. FRANK P. PETRONE Huntington Supervisor

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Life&Style THEATER

Minstrel Players Seek One-Act Plays By Kristen Schultheiss

The Minstrel Players of Northport are accepting submissions for their third annual original short play festival, to be performed in the summer of 2014. About seven of the top 10 to 15-minute plays will be chosen for the festival, called “Scenes from the Zone.” Minstrel Players Executive Producer Ray Palen said all plays must be completely original without production rights or copyrights. “We’re just looking for people to be creative and give us something that we haven’t done before,” Palen said. “It’s an opportunity to put something new to work and do something original and fresh.” Submitted plays should be one act, about 10 pages in length. Genres accepted will include drama, mystery/suspense/thriller, and comedy. Writers should not submit more than two works. All plays should end with a twist in the style of Rod Sterling’s “The Twilight Zone,” hence this year’s title, “Scenes

The Minstrel Players perform at their summer 2013 short play festival, “It Happened One Act II.” from the Zone.” “Scenes that seem to react best with the audience are ones that end with a twist,” Palen said. “So we thought, why don’t we go out there and have that ‘ah-hah’ ironic twist in the theme of ‘The Twilight Zone.’”

Plays should consist of no more than five characters and should not be set in more than one scene. Staging must be minimal, as seven different plays will share the same stage. “If we could do it on a bare black set,

we would,” Palen said. “I really want it to be more about the acting and the writing. We’re looking for very minimal sets.” Last year, The Minstrel Players received about 50 submissions from all over the country, from as far away as Hawaii to as close as Northport. “Scenes from the Zone” will be performed on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 3 p.m. at Houghton Hall theatre at Trinity Episcopal Church located in Northport Village at 130 Main St. Since performances will be taking place at a church, The Minstrel Players ask that all submissions be respectful with non-offensive language or subject matter. Submissions must be sent via email to in Microsoft Word format by Jan. 15, 2014. Decisions will be made by Feb. 28, 2014. “I have a feeling this one is going to be the best,” Palen said of the annual festival. “I can’t wait to see what people will come up with.” For more information, call 631-7322926 or visit The Minstrel Players at


Otto Kahn, Also Known As Mr. Monopoly By George Wallace

was resurrected in popular films, from Steve Martin’s “The Jerk” to Woody Allen in the movie “Bullets over Broadway.”

Oheka Castle in Cold Spring Hills is an impressive reminder to local residents of 2. He managed the Ballet Russe. the opulent Gold Coast era, when robber Otto Kahn was named the business barons and millionaires of all manager for the only tour by stripes populated the North Diagilev’s Ballet Russe in Shore of Long Island. 1916, which ended up as a Today it is a catering hall financial ruin despite Kahn’s of some substance and a hotel best efforts when Diagilev and – and it is recalled by longprinciple dancer Nijinksy time residents of Huntington dropped out of the tour to work “of a certain age” as Eastern on projects in Madrid and Military Academy, a forebodRome. ing institution on the hill which they were threatened 3. He supported “TR” and with if they misbehaved in trust banking. school. Kahn was not your typical Otto H. Kahn Over the decades, the castle robber baron. He supported has entered the annals of regional history, labor unions, gave money to Paul Robeson but the story of original owner Otto H. and Hart Crane, supported a stiff tax on Kahn and Oheka has a number of twists excess war profits during World War I, and and turns, and some fascinating details. befriended trust-buster Teddy Roosevelt. Here’s 10 that we’ve found: Kahn is said to have decided very early in his career that some government regulation 1. Otto Kahn wanted to be a musician. of corporations was a necessity; that a perAs a young boy, Kahn’s ambition was to son holding conspicuous financial power is be a musician, not a banker, and he learned a legitimate object of public scrutiny; and to play several instruments when he was a that the rich must guard against the insidischoolboy. But his father had set plans for ous tendency of wealth to harden them and each of his eight children, and pushed Otto isolate them from those who were not into banking instead. His artistic tempera- wealthy. He considered that the policies ment lived on in his association with musi- promoted by Roosevelt could give the councians, artists and writers as a wealthy man try prosperity, assist entrepreneurial capital– and in the lives of his children, particu- ism by appealing to the people on its behalf, larly son Roger Wolfe Kahn, a jazz musi- and promote enterprise. cian and orchestra leader who recorded for Victor and Columbia Records, and whose 4. Rube Goldberg wrote a “gag story” face appeared on the cover of Time maga- about him. zine in 1927. Many years after it was origDuring the 1920s, humorist Rube inally recorded, his song “Crazy Rhythm” Goldberg – internationally known car-

toonist and a resident of Asharoken – wrote a piece in the “The New Yorker” about a tourist who comes to New York and runs into Kahn everywhere he turns, “from the docks to the Ritz, from Wall Street to a first night on Broadway.” When Kahn finally appears on stage at two in the morning playing drums at a Harlem afterhours club, the visitor loses his mind and is carted off to Bellevue.

inating pro-Jewish and anti-Gentile propaganda, and bringing “Jewish pressure to bear against certain American ideas.” Kahn dealt with anti-Semitism in a number of arenas – from the Metropolitan Opera, which didn’t want to give him a box seat despite his donation of millions to the operation, to the New Jersey community which was “chilly” to his presence – one of the main reasons he moved to Long Island.

5. He was a character in a Marx Brothers movie. Groucho Marx, who was friends with Otto Kahn, spoofed him in the movie “Animal Crackers” in 1928. Captain Spaulding, the African explorer (played by Groucho) is at a Long Island party at the mansion of Roscoe W. Chandler (a caricature of Kahn), and tries to hit up the millionaire for financial support of an expedition. Along the way, the real Kahn’s personal habits, tastes and opinions are mercilessly satirized.

8. He wanted his house higher than anybody else’s. Because he wanted his Gold Coast mansion to be the most impressive one around, Kahn built Oheka to be the largest residence in New York State, at a higher elevation than any of his peers, and added to the hill on which it is located one horse-drawn wagon full of dirt at time so that it was higher than any other Gold Coast mansion.

6. He appeared in popular songs. Cole Porter’s song “Opera Star,” about a singer who uses her sex appeal to get jobs, declares that the secret of her success is “the roles that I portray for Otto Kahn-o.” Fanny Brice recorded a song for Victor records, portraying an aspiring opera singer, saying that she’d “get fatter for Otto Kahn if it landed her a job.” In the movie “Duck Soup,” Groucho sings a song called “Otto Kahn Story.” 7. Henry Ford targeted him. In a 1921 article published in the house journal for Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford lumped Kahn in with a laundry list of New Yorkers and accused them of dissem-

9. He paid off Robert Moses. It has become part of the Oheka story that in 1926, Robert Moses took $10,000 from Kahn – a relative of his – and changed the route of the Northern State Parkway by three miles so that it didn’t go through Kahn’s private golf course. 10. He’s the face of Mr. Monopoly. When Parker Brothers brought out the board game Monopoly, they used Kahn’s face as the character for Mr. Monopoly. With more than 275 million games sold worldwide and its available in 111 countries, in 43 languages, Kahn’s image is immediately recognizable to people worldwide. So next time you pass go and collect $200, remember – the face of the game you’re playing is none other than Ohekan’s Otto H. Kahn.


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Gearing Up For ‘Once Upon A Mattress’ Half Hollow Hills photos/Danny Schrafel

By Danny Schrafel

With just days to go before opening night, the talented group of young thespians that are the West Hollow Players are perfecting their lines, polishing their dance steps and tuning up for their presentation of “Once Upon A Mattress.” This teen-geared version of the classic Broadway adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Princess and the Pea” will be featured in the West Hollow Middle School spotlight in two 7 p.m. performances on Nov. 22 and 23. Spend a few minutes with cast of 60 and stage crew of 20, and it quickly becomes apparent that the young participants can’t wait to show off all their hard work. Eighth-grader Aidan Mallon, who plays a lead role as Prince Dauntless, earned the spot after working hard at his craft over the summer with a vocal and acting coach. Soon the fruits of his labor will be on full display, and the anticipation is palpable. “It’s definitely nerve-wracking, but you get a sense of excitement,” he said of opening day. “You just want to go out and do your best.” For Marley Jacobson, an eighth-grader who plays opposite Mallon as Princess Winnifred, her third West Hollow production will be her last before she moves up to High School East. A veteran actress at a young age, she already has “eight or nine years” under her belt. “I like to be on the stage,” she said. “The best part is to hear the audience clapping and laughing.”

The hard work of the West Hollow cast and crew will be on full display Nov. 22 and 23 during a pair of 7 p.m. performances. After signing up reluctantly, Ben Keschner, a seventh-grader who plays the Jester, has found great enjoyment in his role. “My friends wanted to do it [the play] and I didn’t really want to,” he said. “But they quit, and I ended up enjoying it.” Ensemble member Mila Hirsch, a seventh-grader in her third play at West

Hollow, is enjoying her front-row view of the production in the home stretch as the final pieces, like microphones, lighting and other technical components are incorporated. “The scenery is amazing; the stage crew has done a great job; the costumes I’ve seen are amazing… but I love the last week. Tech week is just amazing,” she said. Teachers Colleen Regan and Matt Petrucci form a seasoned team at the helm – “Once Upon A Mattress” is their sixth show together. Choosing the right show for a middle school audience and its actors is the art of striking a fine balance. “We try to find pieces that are age-appropriate and also audience-appropriate,” Petrucci explained. “We try to find content that is not only fun and exciting, but we can also challenge them [the performers], especially with vocals and acting.” As the students put the finishing touches on the play, there’s still plenty of time to support the West Hollow Drama Club. A portion of proceeds from lunch and dinner sales at Panera Bread on Thursday, Nov. 21 will be donated to the club, and a portion of proceeds from sales at Denny’s Children’s Clothing in East Northport on Friday will also go the club. After the show on Nov. 22, visit 16 Handles on Old Country Road in Plainview for frozen

Performers hone the finer points of the script ahead of opening night. yogurt, and 16 percent of sales will go to the club. Immediately following the performance, the West Hollow Players will be making a donation to the American Red Cross in support of Typhoon Haiyan relief in Southeast Asia. Tickets for the show are $5 for students and seniors and $10 for adults. Both shows begin at 7 p.m. For more information, email

A stage crew of 20 students put the finishing touches on key props for the show, including dumbbells lifted by Princess Winnifred at the end of Act 1.

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Zinburger Bar Reinvents The Bun

If the grass is always greener on the other side, burger lovers can graze their hearts out at Zinburger, a wine and burger bar that recently opened at the Walt Whitman Shops. Zinburger’s Huntington Station location is the first to open in New York, beating out a Nanuet location by two weeks. The New Jersey-based restaurant chain launched the wine and burger concept at their first restaurant three years ago, when owners took a gamble on a clever spin on comfort food. According to Michelle McGuire, vice president of emerging brands for the Briad Group, burgers and wine fit the bill when it comes to defining comfort food. Fusing them together seemed like a logical step for the owners to take, McGuire said. The emphasis on high-quality, reasonably priced comfort food — the majority of which is made in-house from scratch — coupled with eager and accommodating service distinguishes Zinburger a one-of-a-kind brand. “We’re unpretentious with our wine

and food, and the service is all about being one step ahead of the guest; bringing something to you before you realize you need it,” McGuire said, adding that the chain “hires the smile and teaches everything else.” On the night of our visit, our server, Brian, both attentive and eager to please, certainly had the smile to boot. Brian, McGuire said, was one of the 100 new hires who gained employment after the store’s Oct. 22 opening. Diving into the appetizers, referred to as “sides” on the Zinburger menu, we opted for the zucchini fries and the onion rings. While intended to be enjoyed along with your burger, the sides, McGuire explained, tend to come out before the meat of the meal when they are hot and fresh. The zucchini fries ($6), sprinkled with parmesan cheese and served with a homemade cowboy ranch dressing, are outstanding. Packed with flavor and evenly crisp, the fries arrived at our table piping hot and were anything but soggy. The onion rings ($6) are served with a homemade barbeque sauce, which at first appeared to be an unlikely marriage, but Zinburger went 2-for-2 with their freshly

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prepared appetizers. On to the burgers—Zinburger offers 14, including a turkey option, so we had a tough time narrowing down the menu to decide on our meal. We opted for the Breakfast Burger ($12), served with fried egg, avocado, American cheese, mayo and Neuske’s applewood smoked bacon. We agreed Zinburger’s reinvention of this breakfast classic puts the soggy egg sandwich to shame. We also decided to try the restaurant’s signature, the Zinburger ($10). Served with manchego cheese, zinfandel braised onions and mayonnaise, the signature burger has a bold, unique flavor much in part, we found, due to the well-seasoned, tangy flavor of the braised onions. For the non-carnivore, the Clint’s “Almost Famous” Veggie Burger ($9) was also memorable and showed that Zinburger’s chefs are consistent with the quality and presentation of all their burgers. The veggie pattie is made with an array of vegetables and comes with smoked mozzarella, avocado, pea shoots and mayonnaise. And believe it or not, we still had room for dessert. Zinburger blew us away with their consistent and creative menu through and through, and dessert was no exception. We chose the chocolate cream pie ($5), and we would do it again. One order of the cream pie is equivalent to one quarter of a whole pie, and is made using a chocolate cookie crust, a smooth and sweet-but-not-too-sweet chocolate filling, and is topped with a layer of whipped cream and drizzled in chocolate syrup. The crème burlèe shake ($6) is simple and wholesome, and the ice cream is evenly blended making it dangerously easy to guzzle down. The quality of this casual dining experience was a breath of fresh air, bringing greener pastures to foodies everywhere. If you’re feeling adventurous, and if you have an affinity for bacon and Bloody Mary’s, order the Bacon Bloody

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In addition to delicious food our waiter Brian, pictured with the breakfast, zinburger and veggie burgers, arrived at our table each time with a bigger smile than the last. ($5), made with bacon-infused Skyy vodka, Worcestershire, cracked pepper and served with a bacon strip garnish instead of celery.

Zinburger 160 Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station 631-271-3891 Atmosphere: Modern and casually sleek Cuisine: Burgers (vegetarian options available) Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat.11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.


Chef Promotes Healthy Cooking Sans Oil, Water Half Hollow Hills photo/Kristen Schultheiss

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Huntington Businesses By Kristen Schultheiss

In an age of health-consciousness, Ron Gelish shows people how to cook in a healthy, timely, and energy-efficient manner with Ronnie and Anna’s Healthy Concept LLC. Gelish, of Holbrook, has worked in Huntington for years, but now travels to homes all over Long Island, Manhattan and even Connecticut to cook and clean for parties of about six people. Amazingly, his in-home cooking demonstrations are free, because his presentations are a means of advertising the premium cooking-ware he uses to cook a meal that’s healthy and oil-free. Gelish comes to your home and provides and cooks all of the food, which serves up to six. The menu includes golden fried chicken, a vegetable medley, mashed potatoes, fresh health salad, and a veggie cake for dessert. He even cleans up

Chef Ron Gelish prepares some potatoes with a top-of-the-line cooking machine. the kitchen while you and your party are eating. “The whole point is to show that you can have a full dinner and feed the family in a healthy manner,” Gelish said. The entire meal contains only about 600 “healthy calories” and 12 grams of fat, and still tastes delicious. The key to

the bold tastes of the healthy food is the cooking method and utensils. All of Gelish’s cookware is made of 316 titanium stainless steel. Pans of this material do not leach any metal into the food, like pans made of other materials do. In addition, the 316 titanium pots will not burn. To confirm this, Gelish performs a test at the end of his presentation. Customers can literally taste the difference in something cooked in their own pot compared to something cooked in his pot. His cooking method is oil-free and water-free. Gelish tells customers that when you cook vegetables in water, most of their nutrients and flavor leech out. “Most kids don’t like vegetables because they don’t like the taste of them, and that’s because we’re cooking them wrong!” Gelish said. He even fries his chicken without adding oil to his high-end skillet. He simply rubs spices onto the chicken to give it some taste. Instead of adding dressing to his fresh health salad, Gelish includes lemon and apple shreds for flavor. There are three parts to Gelish’s demonstration. First, he tells his intimate audience about his company and asks them to fill out a short survey about their health values.

Then he begins prepping and cooking the food, and as he works he explains how his special cooking gear saves time and energy and prevents health risks that are present in using common cooking pots and skillets. When all are finished eating, Gelish educates the dinner party a little more on healthy cooking and asks what everyone thought of the meal. The entire presentation is fun and interactive. Guests of the dinner party can try using some of the cooking-ware themselves and are welcome to ask and answer any questions during the presentation. Gelish, 39, has been cooking in restaurants since he was 14. He attended the Culinary Institute of America and has been the lead chef at 5-star hotels as well as top steakhouses in the tri-state area. He began his healthy-concept cooking business about a year ago for his 17-month old son, who he wants to keep healthy by avoiding harmful foods. To host a dinner at your home, call Gelish at 516-987-1939. You can also visit the Ronnie and Anna’s Healthy Concept LLC Facebook page at The cooking equipment he uses can be purchased after contacting him, or after hosting or attending one of his dinner parties. All equipment has lifetime warranty.

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Danyell Miller is shining a new spotlight on art at her revamped Campari Art House restaurant in Northport. ART A LA CARTE – Say hello again to Cam-

pari Art House (225 Main St., Northport 631-757-6700 but this time with a decidedly more artistic flair. Owner Danyell Miller, who has always featured local artists during her first year and a half as a restaurateur in Northport, is now focusing more intently than ever in transforming her eatery into a jazzy artist’s hub, right down to the handcrafted menus and votive holders, created by Campari curator Anu Annam. With local artwork, live music on the weekends and classes with guest chefs teaching about health, nutrition, history and the art of cooking through the lens of the Mediterranean lifestyle, Danyell said she’s hoping to build “a community of

artists, musicians and chefs who want to heighten the experience of dining out.” During a soft grand-reopening Friday, we overheard folks at a neighboring table raving about the meatballs, mussels and fresh seafood.

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“prime” spot to watch the fourth annual Huntington Harbor Parade of Lights Nov. 29? Look no further than Bohlsen Restaurant Group’s newly renovated Harbor Club at Prime (95 New York Ave., Huntington 631-271-5600, where you can enjoy a premium open bar, passed hors d’oeuvres and stations with great food for the adults and kids alike. Plus, you’ll get a great indoor view of the festivities either inside through floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows or from the harbor front deck, weather permitting. $40 p.p., $10 for kids; add $5 if you buy at the door. A portion of proceed swill be donated to the Huntington Lighthouse Preservation Society.

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Whitman Grad Advances On ‘Jeopardy!’ Wins in first round of game show’s Teachers Tournament Photo/Jeopardy Productions

By Kristen Schultheiss

A 2000 Walt Whitman High School graduate is a contestant on the hit ABC game show “Jeopardy!”, competing in the two-week Teachers Tournament. Patrick Dillon, a 31-year-old music and chorus teacher at Munsey Park Elementary School in Manhasset, won the first round of the tournament, which aired on Nov. 12. “This may sound corny, but it was very much like fulfilling a childhood dream,” he said, adding that he has been watching “Jeopardy!” since he was in the first grade. He attributed his success in the competition to living “a very curious life.” The teacher prepared for the game show by reading many books on a wide range of subjects. He also believes his undergraduate education as a history major helped to do the trick. Categories included “Your Mythic ABC’s,” “Teaching the Teachers,” “Quotable Quotes,” “Volcanoes,” “Actors Playing Writers,” and “Cross Word Clues ‘F’”. When the $2,000 mythology answer, “The son of the God of fertility, he was the Sun God of the Canaanites and Phoenicians,” came up, Dillon knew the

Whitman grad Patrick Dillon pictured with “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek. question was “Who is Baal?” thanks to a religion class he took in college. The teacher had been taking the online “Jeopardy!” assessment for six or seven

years, and last spring he received a call to go into the city for an audition, which included a mock game, an interview, and a written test.

The Teachers Tournament was filmed in Los Angeles at the end of October. Dillon ended that night with $26,702 after providing the correct question to the Final Jeopardy answer, “In 1802, 3 years after it was discovered, it was moved to London under the terms of the Surrender of Alexandria.” “What is the Rosetta Stone?” he wrote. The second place winner finished with a total of $20,000 and the third took home $399. Dillon was the first to provide correct answers to many difficult questions. For example, in the “Cross Word Clues ‘F’” category for $2,000, Dillon answered “Falconer” to the clue “One Who Hawks (8) [letters].” “I now know what being a rock star is actually like,” Dillon said on Wednesday. “I was swarmed today.” He may be swarmed again after his second-round tournament appearance, which was to air on Tuesday, Nov. 19, after press time. “Being on the set and seeing all the teachers who had the same eternal burst for knowledge was fantastic,” Dillon said of his experience. This is the fourth edition of Teachers Tournament on Jeopardy!


‘Wall Of Wars’ To Unite Generations Monument at Northport VA will honor veterans from last 12 wars Half Hollow Hills photos/Kristen Schultheiss

By Kristen Schultheiss

A single, 6-foot-tall black granite stone dedicated to the Vietnam War is the first of 12 monuments to take up residence at the Northport VA Medical Center. Called the Wall of Wars, the monument project, which will honor servicemen and women from each war since the Revolutionary War, drew 200 people to the medical center’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial Garden Courtyard Nov. 8 for a ceremony that included emotional speeches from veterans and advocates. The first stone to go up was a tribute to the Vietnam War. Construction for the remainder of the Wall of Wars is expected to begin in a few weeks, according to the Northport VA Medical Center public affairs office. Vietnam Veterans of America Suffolk Chapter President Richard Kitson spoke of the importance of having memorials such as the Wall of Wars for veterans. “Never again will a woman or man come home to their country and feel like nobody cares,” he said. “This is a place to heal.” On Nov. 8, Vietnam veterans, proudly sporting their green jackets, held up cutouts to represent what the unfinished components of the wall will look like. When complete, the wall will be made up of 12 monuments to represent veterans from each war the United States has battled in, beginning with the American Revolution and ending with the Global War on Terror. Each stone is engraved with the name of the war, an illustration, and the years of the war. All together, the wall will stretch across more than 30 feet of the stone patio that was constructed in 2011. A total of $160,000 has been raised for the wall so

Soldiers of the Navy and Coast Guard represent active duty military at the event. that each piece can be donated. Kitson said the wall will unite veterans of all generations. The 12 monuments signify the American Revolution, the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Civil War, the Indian Wars, the Spanish American War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Desert War, and the Global War on Terrorism. Veterans, active duty soldiers, military supporters, and Northport High School students all listened closely to presenters at the Nov. 8 ceremony, who shared their gratitude for those who have served in the United States military. Many had tears in their eyes during speeches and poems read by speakers, and songs sung by the Northport High School Tour Choir. “With all our hearts we thank you for your service,” Northport VAMC Director Philip Moschitta said. “We express our appreciation for all that you’ve done to keep us free.” The Vietnam Memorial Garden was incorporated into the Northport VA Medical Center courtyard in the fall of 2010; a stage and patio were added in 2011. The Wall of Wars will complete the courtyard project and create a tranquil place for veterans.

Vietnam vets sit alongside the Vietnam War memorial during a Celebration on Friday.

Vietnam vets line up to form what will become the Wall of Wars.



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The only store that will not be open for business following the Nov. 21 grand reopening is P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, which is slated to open sometime in December. Beyond the significant aesthetic improvements to the mall’s exterior, particulary the side facing Route 110, the inside experienced somewhat of a trans-

formation as well. Retail anchors such as Bloomingdale’s underwent an extensive interior makeover which was completed in September, and spatial, visual improvements were made throughout the inside space. The culmination of new interior amenities – including “comfortable soft seating areas,” a new “Center Court” area (which moved the stand-alone Starbucks to a

nearby storefront), restroom improvements, accent lighting, new skylights and a new color scheme for the walls and floors – in addition to the “pedestrianfriendly” streetscaping project, marks a new era for the Walt Whitman shopping destination. “After intensive planning and construction process over the past 18 months, we are thrilled to officially recognize and cel-

ebrate the grand re-opening of the Walt Whitman Shops with the community,” said Deborah Weber, general manager at the shops. The statue featured at the mall entrance near Saks Fifth Avenue is an ode to Walt Whitman, who grew up in West Hills and whose poem “Leaves of Grass” was engraved along the mall’s exterior before the renovation began in mid-2012.

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Angeles, and there it was.” McDonald’s voice became the group’s signature sound and the hits followed. During his time with The Doobies, McDonald recorded some of his best-known songs, including “Minute by Minute,” “It Keeps You Runnin’,” and “What A Fool Believes.” After the 1982 breakup of the band, McDonald launched a solo career that produced hits like “I Keep Forgettin’,” “On My Own,” a duet with Patti LaBelle, and the Grammy-winning duet with James Ingram “Yah Mo B There.” With a five-Grammy career that includes a pair of Christmas albums, audiences can expect a little of both when the current “This Christmas,” an evening of holiday and hits, tour stops at The Paramount on Wednesday, Dec. 4. Tickets range from $49.50 to $99.50 and are available at the box office, 370 New York Ave., Huntington, or go to

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Meet the filmmakers and actress behind “Se Safando (Getting Away With It)” at the Cinema Arts Centre Dec. 5. The film is a story of love, migration and heartbreak that weaves the lives of five different people using the city of Salvador, Bahia in Brazil as the backdrop. $10 members, $15 public, includes reception. 423 Park Ave., Huntington. 631-423-7611.

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Delight in the talents of the West Hollow Players as they present “Once Upon a Mattress,” the classic Broadway adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Princess and the Pea,” on Nov. 22 and 23. Tickets $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors. Showtime is 7 p.m. at West Hollow Middle School both nights; email for more details.

AT THE LIBRARIES Cold Spring Harbor Library

95 Harbor Road, Cold Spring Harbor. 631-6926820. • Make new friends and create awesome imaginative brick designs as part of the LEGO club. Next meeting is 2 p.m. Nov. 23. • Take a defensive driving course on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $30, payable by check to instructor Ramona Tracy. RSVP deadline is Nov. 30.

SATURDAY Santaport!

The Long Island Basketry Guild presents its 39 th annual Show and Sale on Nov. 23, 10 a.m.4 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church of Sweet Hollow, 95 Old Country Road, Melville. All baskets are handmade. Day includes weaving demonstrations, Chinese auction and raffles. Email

Live Music

Live local bands take over Finley's of Greene Street, 43 Greene St., Huntington, every Saturday night at 11 p.m. Join in the fun and food!

Bluegrass Boogie

The Last Licks Café presents The Yankee Rebels with the Wolf-Cats on Nov. 23. Long considered New York’s No. 1 bluegrass band, the Yankee Rebels have reunited after a 10year hiatus. Winners of 6 Bluegrass band contests in New York City in eight years, the Rebels are back the their unique arrangements that made them one of the most popular bands in the metropolitan area for over 30 years. Tickets are $15, students/seniors $10. Concert at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Huntington, 109 Browns Road, Huntington.

Meet The Boy Scouts, Bring Your Appetite

Join Boy Scout Troop 125 Nov. 23 at their Pancake Breakfast fundraiser from 8 a.m.-noon in the Fellowship Hall of Commack United Methodist Church, 486 Townline Road. $5 p.p. Email or call 631-3683602.

An Old-Fashioned Christmas

St. John’s Church in Cold Spring Harbor hosts on Nov. 23 its annual Old-Fashioned Christmas Fair from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The Christmas Fair has something for everyone, featuring nearlynew bargains, plants, jewelry, handmades, baked goods, cheeses and coffee, books, Christmas items, a raffle and a silent auction for antiques, collectibles, fun activities and more. Call 516-692-6368 or visit

Holiday Kickoff At Tanger

Kick off the holiday season in style with friends and family from 3-6 p.m. at Tanger Outlets in Deer Park on Nov. 23. Come see the tallest holiday tree on Long Island and enjoy a day full of festive music and interactive lights. The ice skating rink opens at 6:15 p.m. with special guest appearances throughout the afternoon. Nashville-based pop-rock band Hot Chelle Rae will headline the holiday

Play your heart out at an acoustic open mic night every Wednesday at Caffe Portofino, 249 Main St., Northport, 7-10 p.m. Join business professionals at BNI Executive Referral Exchange’s breakfast networking meeting every Wednesday, 7-8:30 a.m. at the Dix Hills Diner, 1800 Jericho Turnpike, Dix Hills. 631-462-7446.

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It’s time for Christmas in Santaport. The Centerport United Methodist Church, 97 Little Neck Road, Centerport, holds its annual holiday crafts bazaar from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Nov. 23. Shop hand-crafted gifts while kids enjoy Santaland games. Admission is free. 631-2615222.

large paintings with musical and theatrical associations from the Blaue Reiter years developed into large-scale Bauhaus.

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Learn The ‘Native’ Way The Huntington Historical Society presents its sixth annual Native American Day at the Conklin Barn, 2 High St., on Sunday, Nov. 24 from 2-4 p.m. An educational, immersive experience including history, crafts and games aimed at children ages 7-12. $25 per child, pre-registration required. 631-427-7045, ext. 401. season kickoff with a 5 p.m. concert.

SUNDAY Last Chance At Farmer’s Market

Huntington Village’s Farmers Market is open in the Elm Street lot, but for just one more Sunday! The Long Island Growers Market continues its seasonal tradition in downtown Huntington, which runs through Nov. 24. The market will be open from 7 a.m.-noon each Sunday.

Hanukkah For The Whole Family

Get ready to get messy as you make and eat latkes and applesauce, create Hanukkah candles and join together to enjoy a PJ Library reading of “When Mindy Saved Hanukkah” and light the Hanukkah Menorah when you join the Suffolk Y JCC from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. for Hanukkah Family Day on Nov. 24. The Y JCC is also collecting new toiletry items for FEGS. Free admission. Call Ron Hayden at 631-4629800, ext. 120 for more information.

Great Chefs For A Great Cause

Support the Family Service League and enjoy an afternoon of cuisine like no other during the 21st annual Great Chefs of Long Island. From 2-5 p.m. Dec. 8, enjoy the fare of more than 40 of Long Island’s best restaurants and chefs as they showcase their signature dishes, paired with live music and wine from around the world. $200 p.p., RSVP at .

MONDAY A Whole Food Thanksgiving

The Peace & Plenty Community Food Outreach, based at Congregational Church of Huntington in Centerport is hosting the Good Foods Thanksgiving Food Collection. Their goal is to provide 25-50 families in need with fresh, nutritious vegetables, fruits, turkeys and pies for a bountiful Thanksgiving dinner. Donate during the Peace & Plenty meeting at Congregational Church of Huntington, 30 Washington Drive, Centerport on Monday, Nov. 25 from 6:30-7:30 p.m., or drop off at the church from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. For more information on what to donate and when, contact Anne Canadeo at or call the church at 631423-4004.

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Red Hat women are looking for new members who enjoy going places and making new friends. Their motto: Fun, Frolic and Friendship. 631-271-6470 or

TUESDAY Support For Seniors

The Suffolk County Office For the Aging sends advocates to the area to speak to seniors about financial, social and personal issues. The schedule is as follows: Tuesday, Nov. 26, Paumanack Village I & II, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Wednesday, Nov. 27, Huntington Nutrition Center, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.; Tuesday, Dec. 17, Paumanack Village I & II, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Wednesday, Dec. 18, Huntington Nutrition Center, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. 631-853-8200.

Mommy and Me Classes

The Chai Center hosts Mommy and Me classes every Tuesday. Limit of 10 students per class. Walkers: 12 months and up 9:45-11 a.m.; Crawlers: 6-12 months 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Stretch, Sing, dance and bond with your toddler, and meet other Jewish moms. Register by phone or online: Chai Tots Preschool, 501 Vanderbilt Parkway, Dix Hills. 631-351-8672.

Free Help For Vets

Every Tuesday from 12-4 p.m. is “Military Appreciation Tuesdays,” when Long Island Cares specifically assists veterans, military personnel and their families at the Hauppauge and Freeport emergency pantries. Appointments can be made by contacting

Needleworkers Wanted

The Suffolk County Chapter of The Embroiderers’ Guild of America invites you to attend its monthly meeting on Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Half Hollow Hills Community Library, 55 Vanderbilt Parkway, Dix Hills. Stitchers of all skill levels welcome. No fee to attend first meeting; yearly dues are $55. Call Pat at 631423-3738.

WEDNESDAY The Art Of History

Art Historian Mary Vabey presents “Kandinsky: From Blaue Reiter to Bauhaus,” at the Half Hollow Hills Community Library’s Dix Hills branch on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 1:30 p.m. Learn about this transformational figure in the history of modern art, and learn how the artists’

18 Hauppauge Road, Commack. 631-4990888. • Just in time for the holidays, the library will be hosting story time and will be telling stories of thanks and goodwill on Thursday Nov. 21 from 6:45-7:30 p.m. • The library will be hosting a yoga exercise class where you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your chair. On Tuesday, Nov. 26 from 12-1 p.m., classes will be held to improve your overall mobility and health.

Deer Park Public Library

44 Lake Ave., Deer Park. 631-586-3000. • Want to make something special for the person you love? The library will be hosting a walk-in craft event in which you can create a memorable craft for a loved one. The event is on Saturday, Nov. 30 at 9:30 a.m. • If you didn’t learn calligraphy in school or want to brush up on some calligraphy skills here’s your opportunity! On Sunday Dec. 1 the library will be holding a class on calligraphy at 1 p.m.

Elwood Public Library

3027 Jericho Turnpike, Elwood. 631-499-3722. • On Friday, Nov. 22, the library will be having a Crochet Club meeting from 7-8:30 p.m. • In the spirit of Thanksgiving the library will be holding a session in which your children can give thanks, decorate leaves and show what they are thankful for. The session is on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 3 p.m.

Half Hollow Hills Community Library

Dix Hills: 55 Vanderbilt Parkway. 631-4214530; Melville: 510 Sweet Hollow Road. 631421-4535. • Stanley Stock, retired music teacher, leads a group of musicians in a Chamber Music Ensemble on Mondays, Nov. 25, Dec. 9, and Dec. 23, 10 a.m.-noon in Dix Hills. For more information or to register, call 631-498-1229. • If you don’t feel like going to the stores for every single Christmas, Hanukah, or Kwanza gift, why not make some instead? On Saturday, Nov. 30 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. the library will have a session in which you can make gift for a loved one.

Harborfields Public Library

31 Broadway, Greenlawn. 631-757-4200. • Harborfields High School students will be at the library on Monday and Thursday afternoons, 4-6 p.m., when school is in session to assist with homework for kids in grades 3-8. • On Saturday Nov. 23 teens will be volunteering to help young children with their Lego creations from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. • On Tuesday Dec. 3 join John Spoltore for a session on how to better capture images on your camera. The session will start at 7 p.m.

Huntington Public Library

Main Branch: 338 Main St., Huntington. 631427-5165. Station Branch: 1335 New York

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Ave., Huntington Station. 631-421-5053. • New Horizons String Orchestra invites the public to sit in on their rehearsals on Friday mornings at 9:30 a.m. • Get the tips you need to make the perfect chocolate cornucopia centerpiece for Thanksgiving on Sunday, Nov. 24 from 23:30 p.m. and from 4-5:30 p.m. Mary Impostato will show you how to make your chocolate dreams a reality. • Try and face up to you fear of needles on Monday, Dec. 2 and donate blood for a good cause. The American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held in the library from 2-9 p.m.


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Last Chance At Farmer’s Market Huntington Village’s Farmers Market is open in the Elm Street lot, but for just one more Sunday! The Long Island Growers Market continues its seasonal tradition in downtown Huntington, which runs through Nov. 24. The market will be open from 7 a.m.-noon each Sunday.

Northport-East Northport Public Library

Northport: 151 Laurel Ave. 631-261-6930. East Northport: 185 Larkfield Road. 631-261-2313. • At this event you can just kick back, relax, and enjoy the singing of Naomi Zietlin in a nice café setting. You will be able to listen to the sounds of many famous Broadway productions such as Oklahoma, Les Miserables, and much more. The event is on Friday, Nov. 22 from 7:30-9 p.m. Part of Fireside Fridays at East Northport. • What would be a unique gift for a loved one, you might ask? How about hand engraved aluminum magnets? Artist Dona Snow will be hosting a class in the library for engraving 3x3 aluminum magnets to give as a special gift to someone you care about. The class will be on Tuesday, Dec. 3 from 2:30-4:30 p.m.

South Huntington Public Library

145 Pidgeon Hill Road, Huntington Station. 631-549-4411. • If you want to learn to be a safer driver, the library will be holding a defensive driving course from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday Nov. 30. • For the holidays, paint a gift that will last with your loved one for always. On Dec. 7 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. a session will be held in the library to lift some of the pressure of buying a holiday gift off your shoulders.

THEATER and FILM Cinema Arts Centre

423 Park Ave., Huntington. 631-423-7611. • Spike Lee is remaking ”Oldboy”, Park Chanwook’s startling masterpiece about an ordinary man who suddenly finds himself caught in a shocking cycle of punishment and vengeance, but the original in a brand-new DCP will screen in the Late Night Cinema Series on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 22 and 23, at 11 p.m. $11 public, $6 members, $7 students and seniors.

Dix Hills Performing Arts Center

Five Towns College, 305 N. Service Road, Dix Hills. Box Office: 631-656-2148. • The musical “How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying,” winner of seven Tony Awards, a New York Drama Critic’s Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, takes the stage Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 21-23 at 7:30 p.m., with a Sunday, Nov. 24 matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets are $18 ($15 for seniors and students).

John W. Engeman Theater At Northport

350 Main St., Northport. 631-261-2900. • It’s going to be a “White Christmas” in Northport when Engeman’s latest production takes the stage. Previews begin Nov. 21; opening night is 8 p.m. Nov. 23.

AUDITIONS & SUBMISSIONS “Scenes From The Zone” Short Play Festival The Minstrel Players are accepting submissions for “Scenes from the Zone,” its third annual short play festival. Deadline for submissions is Jan. 15, 2014, via email to Performances will be Saturday, July 26 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, July 27 at 3 p.m., at Houghton Hall Theatre in Northport Village. For more info, rules and specifications, call 631-732-2926 or visit the Players on Facebook or at or on Facebook.

Northport Symphony Orchestra

The Northport Symphony Orchestra seeks new members in all sections. Repertoire ranges from Baroque through classical and romantic to early 20th century. Music Director Richard Hyman is an award-winning music educator and composer. Rehearsals are on Wednesdays from 7:30-9 p.m. usually at East Northport Middle School. Email to arrange an audition. Website:

MUSEUMS & EXHIBITS Art League of Long Island

107 East Deer Park Road, Dix Hills. Gallery hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends. 631-462-5400. • The Art League of will host a free Cabaret Concert for the Holidays on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 8 p.m. Great musical entertainment, wine, cheese, and holiday cheer will be served up in the Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery. The second half of the concert will feature interactive participation.

b.j. spoke gallery

299 Main St., Huntington. Gallery hours: Monday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., until 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. 631-549-5106. • On display through Nov. 24: Stan Jorgensen and Barbara Grey solo shows plus a member show in the third gallery room.

Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery

1660 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor. Open seven days a week, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday and Sundays until 6 p.m.: $6 adults; $4 children 3-12 and seniors over 65; members and children under 3 are free. 516-692-6768. • Starting mid November, drop off your new unwrapped toy or purchase one in the gift shop. 10-percent discount for any toy donated to Toys of Tots. • Kick off the holiday season with a holiday tree lighting ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 30 at 5:30 p.m. Santa Claus will be there in person to do the honors on the hatchery lawn. Cookies, hot chocolate and tea will be served; hatchery and aquarium open until 7 p.m.

Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum

279 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor. 631-3673418. • Monday Minnows are every other Monday from 1-3 p.m. • It's almost Hanukkah! Join the Whaling Museum on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 2:30 p.m. to learn about nature's sources of oil, from olives to giant whales. See oil lamps and design your own usable menorah to light. $10 children ($8 children of members)/adults regular admission.

Gallery Thirty Seven

12b School Street, Northport. • Visit Northport’s newest gallery and check out the resident artists.

Heckscher Museum Of Art

2 Prime Ave., Huntington. Museum hours: Wednesday - Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., first Fridays from 4-8:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission $68/adults, $4-6/seniors, and $4-5/children; members and children under 10 free. 631-3513250.

• “Stan Brodsky: Retrospective” is on display until Dec. 1. It celebrates the career of one of Huntington’s most prominent contemporary artists. Celebrate the season on the last day of the exhibition with an afternoon holiday reception with food, fun and music from 3-5 p.m. • Get half-off your admission price in November and December by bringing a food donation. Proceeds will be given to Long Island Cares: The Harry Chapin Food Bank.

Holocaust Memorial And Tolerance Center

Welwyn Preserve. 100 Crescent Beach Road, Glen Cove. Hours: Mon.-Fri.: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun.: noon-4 p.m. 516-571-8040 ext. 100. • The permanent exhibit explains the 1920s increase of intolerance, the reduction of human rights, and the lack of intervention that enabled the persecution and mass murder of millions of Jews and others: people with disabilities, Roma and Sinti (Gypsies), Jehovah’s Witnesses, gays and Polish intelligentsia.

Huntington Arts Council Main Street Petite

Gallery: 213 Main St., Huntington. Gallery hours: Monday - Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Art in the Art-trium: 25 Melville Park Road, Melville. Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m. 631-271-8423. • “Still Life” is on display through Dec. 16 in the main gallery.

Huntington Historical Society

Main office/library: 209 Main St., Huntington. Museums: Conklin Barn, 2 High St.; Kissam House/Museum Shop, 434 Park Ave.; Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Building, 228 Main St. 631427-7045, ext. 401. • The Society presents its sixth annual Native American Day at the Conklin Barn on Nov. 24 from 2-4 p.m. An educational, immersive experience including history, crafts and games aimed at children ages 7-12. $25 per child, pre-registration required. • The annual Historic Holiday House tour returns for another season Dec. 8 from noon4 p.m. The tour will feature five private historic homes in the Town of Huntington that the public will see for the first time. The annual house tour will again give the visitors a glimpse of the houses built and the families that owned them throughout Huntington’s history, with holiday lights adding festive flavor. Tour headquarters will be at the Society’s Conklin house, at the corner of High Street and New York Avenue.

LaMantia Gallery

127 Main St., Northport Village. 631-754-8414. • Following the success of their display of exclusive featuring never-before-seen Dr. Seuss artwork, the gallery displays a permanent collation of estate-authorized art.

9 East Contemporary Art

9 East Carver St., Huntington. Gallery hours: Wed.-Sat., 3-8 p.m. or by appointment. 631662-9459. • In a collaborative exhibition with fotofoto gallery on West Carver Street, both host exhibitions about Italy on display through Dec. 1.

Northport Historical Society Museum

215 Main St., Northport. Museum hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 1-4:30 p.m. 631-757-9859. • The new permanent exhibit, “Our Stories: the History of a Community,” transforms half of the Society’s gallery space into a timeline,

tracing the history of the Northport-East Northport community and rarely seen photos and artifacts from the Society’s collection.

Ripe Art Gallery

1028 Park Ave., Huntington. TuesdayThursday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Friday, 2-8 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 631-239-1805. • Ripe Art Gallery welcomes Maxine Jurow and her new exhibit, “Then and Now,” a show encompassing Jurow’s long career as a painter and affords the viewer a chance to see some of her early work, large scale paintings from the 70’s and 80’s, alongside some of her newest work. Opening reception from 5-8 p.m. Nov. 23; exhibit on display until Dec. 12.


Headquarters: 161 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor. Joseph Lloyd Manor House: Lloyd Lane and Lloyd Harbor Road, Lloyd Neck. 631-692-4664. • “Long Island at Work and at Play,” early 20thcentury photographs from SPLIA’s collections, is now on display Thursdays through Sundays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium

180 Little Neck Road, Centerport. Museum hours through April 15: Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday, 12-4 p.m. Grounds admission: $7 adults, $6 students with ID and seniors 62 and older, and $3 children 12 and under. Mansion tour, add $5 per person. 631-854-5555. • The newly renovated planetarium is now open. Check the website for show times. • The Arena Players Children's Theater will present “The Toys Take Over Christmas,” opening Saturday, Nov. 23, in the Carriage House Theater. In the story, a toymaker uses his magic to make dolls that are most realistic. But he refuses to sell any of them. One Christmas Eve, they all come to life and find their way into the hearts of children. Performances are Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. through Sunday, Dec. 29. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for children, and children under 3 are free. For more information and to make reservations, call Arena Players at 516293-0674. • The Long Island Composers Alliance (LICA) presents Iktus Percussion in Winter Solstice Celebration on Sunday, Dec. 8. 6:30 p.m. at the William and Mollie Rogers Theater. $15 adults, $12 seniors and students, $10 children 12 and under.

Walt Whitman Birthplace

246 Old Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station. Hours: Wednesday-Friday, 1-4 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Admission: $6 adults, $5 seniors, $4 students, and children under 5 are free. 631-427-5240, ext. 114. • Schedule at a time convenient for your group for high tea and transport yourself back in time as your group experiences High Tea in a private gathering house at the Birthplace. $25/person. 631-427-5240, ext. 113.


Support Family Service League’s Project TOY by dropping off a new, unwrapped toy at The Life Center, 17 E. Carver St., Huntington by Dec. 13. Call Family Service League at 631427-3700 or visit to learn more.

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Skate-Swapping Fun At Dix Hills Rink

The “Skate Swap” was hosted by Councilwoman Susan Berland and her Huntington Youth Council. Tons of Town of Huntington skaters swapped helmets, padding, jerseys, skates and other ice skating equipment Nov. 9 at the Town of Huntington’s biannual Skate Swap at the Dix Hills Ice Rink. Residents were encouraged to drop off gently used hockey equipment and figure skating equipment to the ice rink and received one voucher per item donated for the “Skate Swap”. Residents who were

unable to make a donation ahead of time were permitted to shop the swap with a donation made to the Huntington Youth Council. Members of the Huntington Youth Council were on hand to assist “Skate Swap” shoppers as they browsed through the donated merchandise. “The biannual ‘Skate Swap’ is a fun event that brings the hockey and figure skating communities together,” said Councilwoman Susan Berland. “Skating

Families exchange skating equipment at the annual “Skate Swap” at the Dix Hills Ice Rink. equipment is quite expensive, so offering this equipment bazaar where families can pick up ‘new’ items while donating their ‘older’ items helps everyone. I would like

to thank the Huntington Youth Council for being the sales associates for the day and the Dix Hills Ice Rink staff for making sure everything ran smoothly.”


Townwide Fund Gears Up For Thanksgiving Run

Runners hit the pavement at last year’s Thanksgiving Day Run. A Huntington Thanksgiving Day tradition will mark its 28th year this holiday as runners take to the streets before indulging in a turkey dinner. The Townwide Fund of Huntington hosts the 28th Annual Four-Mile Thanksgiving Day Run on Thursday, Nov. 28. The run starts at the American Legion Post 360 in Halesite. A 1K Fun Run begins at 8:30 a.m., and the 4-miler begins at 9 a.m. The Townwide Fund extended its thanks to Long Island Land Rover Centres, which has supported the Townwide Fund’s

Thanksgiving Day Run for more than nine years. This year, companion dealer Jaguar is also part of the automotive sponsorship. Super Runners Shop in Huntington is the location for the pre-race registration and T-shirt pick up point. For more than 26 years, Super Runners Shop has been a dedicated sponsor, providing all of the awards. Other sponsors include Alure Home Improvement, Borg & Borg Insurance and Pure Barre. “We couldn’t do it without the support of our sponsors, volunteers and every member of the community who has made

this annual event such a part of the Huntington Thanksgiving tradition,” said Bea Hartigan, who has organized the Townwide Fund fall and St. Patrick’s runs since at least 1982. Due to reduced parking availability, runners are advised to take Wall Street/West Shore Road north from Main Street (25A) and park at the ball fields of Mill Dam Park. Registration is available online at More details are available at www.townwide- Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Visit or contact Executive Director Mary Timmons at 631-629-4950. The Townwide Fund of Huntington was founded in 1961 with a mission to keep money raised in Huntington in the community. Now over 50 years and $10 million later, The Townwide Fund continues to infuse local organizations with the support they need to provide vital health and human services to the people of Huntington.


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