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Members Choose Artists For Latest Gallery Exhibit 3

COMEDY Comic Returning To Where He Got His Showbiz Start 5

HEALTH High Schooler’s Find CouldLimitNeed For Kidney Biopsies 9

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Young Huntington artists impress at county contest

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Students Thrive In Digital Media Images provided by Kasmira Mohanty

By Janee Law

When Joseph Garetano learned that his digital media piece took first place in the Suffolk County Art Leaders Association All County & Scholarship Show he said he was surprised. “I wasn’t sure if I was going to win or not,” Garetano said. “It’s really cool to have won in something I like to do so it means a lot.” Garetano, a junior at Huntington High School, was one of four from the school selected for the All-County exhibit, which was on display at Babylon’s Old Town Hall until Feb. 13. Garetano work titled “Nature’s Illuminated” features an image of a bird, flowers, a blue sky affixed inside a light bulb. “Joseph’s work is really exceptional,” digital art teacher Kasmira Mohanty said. “He’s wide open to all of the experiences and it really comes through in his artwork because he’s willing to play with things and he’s definitely willing to make mistakes and not take it too hard and learn from it. Every time he does something, it keeps getting better and better.” His work was crafted for a surrealism project, where students selected a set of images to craft a piece. “I decided to grab some pictures that I felt will work really well together and I put them together into something that I thought looked really good,”

Emma Franznick received an honorable mention award during the Suffolk County Art Leaders Association All County & Scholarship Show.

Joseph Garetano took first place in the digital media category of the Suffolk County Art Leaders Association All County & Scholarship Show.

Garetano, 16, of Huntington, said. His mission with the piece is to reveal the imbalance between electricity and nature. Other students selected to compete included seniors Michael Bradford and Emma Franznick, and junior Roger Villatoro. The annual event is held in partnership with the Babylon Citizens Council on the Arts, and draws top student-artists who compete in the county event or scholarship show. For the county event, students across the county submitted their artwork in categories ranging from drawing, painting, 3D and photography to mixed media, digital media and scholarship divisions.

At a Feb. 3 reception, Bradford’s work went up against that of 13 others in the scholarship division, for which he submitted three untitled digital media works. Franznick, Garetano and Villatoro competed in a field of 47 in the All-County section. Along with Garetano’s win, Franznick also received an honorable mention award. Mohanty selected the four students for the exhibit and said she’s very proud to be able to work with these young artists. “A lot of my students are exceptionally talented,” she said. “I’m just really proud that they’re willing to put themselves out there because it’s very scary to show your work outside of a classroom.”

“Skate Dream” by Roger Villatoro

Untitled works by Michael Bradford

“Nature’s Illuminated” by Joseph Garetano

“Foxy” by Emma Franznick

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art Gallery Brings Artists Together By Janee Law

A Huntington gallery is bringing artists together from across Long Island with its latest annual artist’s choice exhibit. B.j. spoke gallery, located at 299 Main St. in Huntington, will be hosting the exhibit through Feb. 25. For the exhibit, gallery officials task select members with displaying their work alongside that of a partner of their choosing. The pieces parallel one another. Artist Liz Ehrlichman, of Huntington, said the annual exhibit creates a sense of community with other local artists. “It helps us understand one another’s art and gives each of us the experience of thinking about what we’re doing compared to what somebody else is doing,” she said. “So it’s both for sharing and understanding.” Ehrlichman, a gallery member for 15 years, said chose longtime friend Joyce Bressler, of Deer Park,

“Grey Gardens,” Joyce Bressler

“Wandering Rhythm,” by Liz Ehrlichman

as her partner for the exhibit. Ehrlichman’s water soluble crayon work is titled “Wandering Rhythm” and Bressler’s watercolor work is titled “Grey Gardens,” and the pieces relate to one another in that the artists’ intention is to create freedom within boundaries. “She paints all these things in watercolor directly on the canvas without drawing. It’s amazing,” Ehrlichman said. “I chose a piece that meant something similar for me because it involved freedom and direct painting.” With a total of 40 artists participating in it, the ex-

hibit will feature an array of mediums including, photography, sculptors, paintings, glasswork and more. In between each pair will be a written piece from the gallery member, stating why they’ve chosen their partner. “When an artist is chosen to be a guest, they usually feel honored, so that’s a good thing,” Ehrlichman said. She added, “We do this because it lights us up and when people walk in they love to look at these wall statements and figure out why somebody has chosen somebody else.

















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Mind your manners… When did it become an

Olympic athletes are so unique and inspiring; it is really fascinating to learn how people become acceptable, almost expected, practice to ignore all Olympians in sports that many of the other people that you are sitting with at the us have never heard of, or even dinner table? I see it every time I thought of trying. I’m wishing all go out to dinner; a table of four IN THE KNOW the best of luck to our American will be completely quiet as all of WITH AUNT ROSIE athletes, and I can’t wait to the occupants are busy searching watch more events in the coming the web or texting on their phones. This is not an atdays. tack on today’s young people either. Although not quite to the same extent, I often see people from Get ready for the playoffs… The playoffs for older generations pull out their phones at the table the high school winter sports season are upon us. as well. I’m ashamed to admit that I too find myself The Blue Devils, Colts, Cougars, Friars, Knights, watching a video or reading the news at the table Thunderbirds, Tornadoes, Seahawks, Tigers and sometimes. Even if your company is terribly boring, Wildcats are all in the midst of crunch time as big I think it’s important that we try to focus on the peogames, meets and matches unfold over the next ple in front of us, especially at the table. I know I will month. Who are you rooting for? I personally don’t be making an effort to do just that. have a favorite and hope that all of our schools become state champions — yes, I know, that’s probaThe Winter Olympics... kicked off this past bly not all that realistic, but a girl can dream. To reweekend in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and I won’t alistically keep up with all of the teams, however, lie I spent most of my weekend sitting on the couch stay locked in to our sports coverage over the next watching the games. It truly is incredible what so few weeks. many of these athletes are able to do, and the (Aunt Rosie wants to hear from you! If you have lengths to which they are able to push their bodies. comments, ideas, or tips about what’s happening in I loved watching a variety of interesting sports that your neck of the woods, write to me today and let are not often broadcasted to American audiences. me know the latest. To contact me, drop a line to Biathlon, mogul skiing, luge and figure skating are Aunt Rosie, c/o The Long-Islander, 14 Wall Street, sports that most of us only see for a month every Huntington NY 11743. Or try the e-mail at four years, and I think that makes them even more interesting. The stories about our American

A 21-year-old Huntington Station man was arrested at around 4:20 p.m., Feb. 5 for an assault that occurred at a Parmalee Court home in Huntington, Suffolk police said. The suspect punched a male victim in the face, and the victim was brought to Huntington Hospital for treatment, police said. Police have charged the aggressor with third-degree assault with intent to cause physical injuries.

Vicious Vandal At around 2:25 a.m., Feb. 5 an unknown suspect vandalized an East 9th Street home in Huntington Station, according to Suffolk police. The suspect used spray paint to deface the garage door of the residence as well as a 2016 Lincoln parked in the driveway, police said. Police have classified the incident as third-degree criminal mischief, and no arrests have been made.

Expressway Crash A 52-year-old Wheatley Heights man was arrested Feb. 6 for a hit-and-run accident that occurred around 10:15 a.m., Feb. 4 near exit 51 of the Long Island Expressway in Dix Hills, Suffolk police said. The suspect was driving a 2001 Hyundai, and failed to stop after colliding with, and causing damage to, another vehicle, according to police. The man was charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving property damage.

Jeep Immobilized Photos courtesy the Elwood Union Free School District



“This is the way that we normally eat in Greece. Everything here is fresh and cooked to order because Greek food is all about freshness.”

Elwood Middle School students Alex Zafra and Ben Fuchs competed in the fourth annual VEX IQ Robotics event held at Elwood Middle School on Jan. 27. In the competition, teams of students used robots they’ve designed and built to compete with other teams in an engineering challenge. The school welcomed 40 participating teams from 14 different schools and organizations from across the island.

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An unknown suspect damaged a car that was parked outside a Lefferts Avenue residence in Elwood at around 11 p.m., Feb. 4, according to Suffolk police. The suspect slashed all four tires on a 2016 Jeep, police said. Police have classified the incident as fourth-degree criminal mischief, and no arrests have been made.

Attacker Apprehended A 40-year-old Brooklyn man was arrested Feb. 3 for a fight that took place at around 8:45 a.m., Oct. 12 on East Deer Park Road in Dix Hills, Suffolk police said. The suspect was driving a 2016 Toyota Camry when he was involved in an accident with another car; the man then got into a confrontation with the other male driver, and punched the victim in the head, according to police. The suspect then fled the scene in his vehicle before police arrived, police said. Police charged the man with leaving the scene of an accident and third-degree assault.

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Hometown Comic Bringing Laughs SPOTLIGHT By Connor Beach

Comedian and actor Gary Valentine is scheduled to perform tomorrow night at The Paramount in Huntington.

Comedian Gary Valentine began his career as a stand-up comic at Huntington’s East Side Comedy Club during his college days. “My mother signed me up for an open mic night,” Valentine said. “I ended up doing five minutes and I killed; I was hooked.” Now 56, Valentine recently bought a house in the Huntington area, and is set to perform here once again. This time, though, he’ll be heading his

WALT’S CORNER WATCHING THE SOLAR ECLIPSE IN THE RAIN We cheer each parting of the clouds, the sun a clipped Roman coin, growing smaller, yet more significant by the minute. Eclipse Totality is partly obscured, the diamond ring, the black sun swallowed behind low clouds. Rain spatters our cheap paper glasses. A boy in a lawn chair cries that he will miss it, miss it all. I say a little prayer that the clouds will part, a gift for those who have traveled far. Even the high school band has tuned up, ready to burst with brass and drum. Laughing, my daughters dance, twirling their arms in quixotic windmills, blowing the clouds, pushing them away from the darkening sun. Their children stand ready for what may be a once in a lifetime experience with cans of silly string, glow sticks decorating their necks like ancient amulets.

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very own show at The Paramount. Born Gary Knipfing in Mineola, Valentine is the older brother of Kevin Knipfing, better known as comedian and actor Kevin James. “My brother’s really shy, and I wasn’t; so we’re really opposites,” Valentine said. “We used to put on little shows for our parents when we were kids.” Valentine is best known for his acting roles alongside his brother in sitcoms “The King of Queens” and the more recent and ongoing “Kevin Can Wait.” Valentine said he loves both acting and stand-up, but said he appreciates the immediate reaction from the live audience. “The sitcoms and stand-up are probably my favorite because you get the live reaction,” Valentine said. “With a movie you do a funny scene, and you don’t find out if people liked it or not until a year and a half later.”

Tomorrow night’s show will be the first that Valentine is headlining at The Paramount, but he and his brother are no strangers to the venue. “It’s great for music and it’s great for comedy… we’ve done a few shows there, and we love the place,” Valentine said. This time around his commute to the venue got a bit shorter. “It’s going to be very local, about five minutes away from my house,” he said. Between his role on “Kevin Can Wait” and a film he is hoping to act in this summer, Valentine said his passion for stand-up will have to take a back seat role, at least temporarily, in favor of acting career. He said, “The stand-up is kind of on the back burner right now, but I’m still doing a little bit here and there.” Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. show on Friday, Feb. 16. Tickets are $19.50-$39.50 and available at the box office or


Boating On Land And Sea In February By Henrietta Schavran info@longislandergroup

For boaters, the short month of February is one of the busiest. While vessels rest in their winter habitat, days are filled with activities, some relating to nautical venues, others relating to more varied interests. Some head for the mountains, to ski or to enjoy other winter sports. Others, to whom the sea is a necessary part of life, give up the helm of their boat and go on Caribbean Sea cruises, or head west on the Pacific Ocean along the Mexican coast. Beckoning for others are the warm sands of tropical beaches, or golfing holidays in warmer climates. Many stay home, enjoying evenings with family and friends, looking forward to reading about nautical adventures of hardy mariners. February is also the time for parties, concerts and theater, and Changes of Watch at local boating and yacht clubs. It is also a good time to plan ahead for commissioning of boats: repairs needed,

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new equipment to buy, summer cruises to plan, boat mechanics to contact, etc. This is a good time of year to review our nautical skills. Safe boating classes are offered by the Coast Guard Auxiliary, New York State and other sources, to local residents. Boating certificates are required for all persons handling a jet propelled vessel, and all persons born in or after 1996. Classes can be fun, and a nice way to learn or review basic and advanced boating skills. During the winters in Huntington’s historical, nautical past, some events took place that helped promote some safety to mariners on the waters. A landmark date is Jan. 1, 1799, when the Eatons Neck Lighthouse was completed and turned over to the U.S. Treasury Department. Soon after, the lighthouse beacon became operational and it was turned over to its first lighthouse keeper, then 19year-old John H. Gardiner. Half a century later, on March 3, 1847, the U.S. government appropriated the amount of $5,000 to furnish lighthouses along the Atlantic Coast, assisting them in obtaining the means of helping shipwrecked mariners and passengers. This was the first time federal funds were allocated to the lifesaving serv-

Northport Harbor, and the others around Huntington, have started to thaw out. ices. Within two years, in 1848, a lifesaving station was established on the site at Eatons Neck. The members of the lifesaving service were all volunteers. Their equipment was basic and primitive and each time they attempted to rescue shipwreck victims, they risked their lives as well and those funds were not only a precious gift but a necessary means of survival. It was not until two decades later, in 1869, that the U.S. Life Saving Service replaced the volunteer service. As the days become longer, and February becomes shorter, we look forward to the coming of spring and the delightful activities ahead. Meanwhile, let us enjoy the beauty of the snow-covered harbor and invigorating winter winds and temperatures.


community Grant-Funded Lectures To Discuss Clammers, Baymen, More Seafaring trades and recreation are part of what make Long Island special. Thanks to a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts, The Whaling Museum in Cold Spring Harbor will be bringing first-hand accounts of both in a series of three-hour workshops in partnership with Long Island Traditions. The “On The Water” series will explore Long Island’s maritime culture from the perspectives of those who work and play on our coastal waterways with the goal of teaching the next generation about our region’s rich heritage and traditions, and how they have changed over time. Each program takes place at the museum from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The first program, “At Work & Play” on March 18, will feature hands-on activities that reflect recreational boating and fishing traditions, with five traditional artists and recreational fishermen. They in-

clude boat builders Ben Bentley and Edmanuel Roman, boat builder and model maker Chris Hale, decoy carver George Rigby, and maritime folk artist Herb Jurist. On April 8, “Working the Waters” will shift the focus to those who harvest fish and shellfish on Long Island. Visitors will meet Oyster Bay baymen Bill Fetzer and Fred Menges, Freeport baymen Tom Jefferies and Collin Weyant, and Patchogue clammer Flo Sharkey. The final program on May 17 will feature fishermen who have been in harrowing oceanic conditions and lived to tell about it. John Aldridge and Anthony Sosinski are the authors of “A Speck in the Sea,” which describes how Aldridge survived in the ocean after falling overboard during one of their fishing trips. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. Also joining in this evening program will be

Photo courtesy Long Island Traditions


Patchogue clammer Flo Sharkey will be on hand to answer questions and do demonstrations as part of the “On The Water” series at The Whaling Museum on April 8. commercial fisherman Captain Tony Sougstad of Freeport, who once survived a powerful nor’easter near George’s Banks. The March and April programs are designed for families with lots of hands-on activities for children and teenagers. The May program is appropriate for families and adults. All events are free with museum admission.


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community School’s Out: Things To Do This Winter Recess By Haley Pereyo

With school out for President’s Day and Winter Recess, kids can run wild, and there are plenty of places across the Town of Huntington for them to keep busy, and keep parents less stressed. Creative Workshops at Vanderbilt Education Center (180 Little Neck Road, Centerport) Feb. 19-21, 10 a.m.-12 noon Cost: $20 non-members, $18 members The Vanderbilt Education Center will be hosting three creative workshops throughout the week. On Monday, Feb. 19 kids in grades K-4 can participate in the self-portrait workshop, and learn about the Vanderbilt family while touring the mansion to look at their portraits. On Tuesday, Feb. 20, kids in grades K -4 can learn about the Vanderbilt Cup and William K. Vanderbilt’s love for racing, and even get to make a model car at the Vanderbilt Cup workshop. On Wednesday, Feb. 21, preschool children ages 3-4, with an adult, can learn about birds and make a piece of art out of a repurposed water bottle in the penguins workshop. Fun, Hands-on Activities For All ages at Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium (1660 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor) Feb. 19-23, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium will host a variety of events throughout the week. On Feb. 19, make snow that won’t melt during the Winter Wonderland event from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. On Feb. 20-21, bring a

Kids can participate in several creative workshops at Vanderbilt Education Center in Centerport next week

There will be a birthday party for none other than George Washington at The Whaling Museum on Feb. 19. warm pair of mittens and make ice cream at the make-your-own homemade ice cream station. On Feb. 22-23, make slime and learn why slime is so important for animals with the slippery, slimy science station. George Washington’s Birthday at The Whaling Museum and Education Center (279 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor) Feb. 19, 1-2 p.m.; 2:30-3:30 p.m. Cost: $12 (ages 5+; includes piece of cake) Kids can come to The Whaling Museum and Education Center to celebrate George Washington’s Birthday on Feb. 19. They can also learn about the importance of Long Island’s whaling industry back in the day, see a real whale oil lamp and make a punched metal art project. And since it is a birthday party, enjoy a slice of cake! Winter Break With The Historical Society at various locations in Huntington Feb. 20-22, 9:30 a.m.-12 noon $30 per class (members), $35 (non-members); $55/$60 for two classes; $80/$85 three The Huntington Historical Society will welcome kids in grades 1-6 for a trio of activities next week. First, on Tuesday, Feb. 20, the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I will be recognized at the Soldiers & Sailors building (228 Main St.) with artifacts from the era on display, and a peak at the memorial plaque outside. Kids will also have the chance to meet local veterans, and make a gas mask, toy parachute and medal. Then, on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at Conklin Barn (2 High St.), kids can dive into the wonderful world of weaving. Using one of four shaft looms, kids will weave a doll and can take home a piece of their very own

The Seuss-ical world will come alive at John W. Engeman Theater in Northport with showings of “Dr. Seuss’ The Cat In the Hat” running through Marc 4. hand woven fabric. Lastly, on Thursday, Feb. 22, also at Conklin Barn, kids can explore the Victorian Era with some of its lesser known pastimes, such as phrenology, fortunetelling and more. Each class runs 9:30-12 noon. Space is limited. Call Rob Dickson at 631-427-7045 ext. 404 for more info, or to register. Kids’ Dreamcatcher & Tea Party at Walt Whitman Birthplace (246 Old Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station) Feb. 21, 1-4 p.m. Cost: $12 per child (age 5+) for one program; $20 for both The Walt Whitman Birthplace Historic Site will be hosting two programs for kids during winter recess. From 1-2:30 p.m. on Feb. 21, learn about how Native American children made dream catchers, and make one to take home and hang in a special place. Then, from 2:30-4 p.m., enjoy a Victorian Tea Party. During this program, kids will learn social skills, and even how to properly hold and cut with a fork and knife. Kids are encouraged to bring a stuffed animal or doll, or to just come and meet new friends. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. These are “dropoff” programs - parents are invited to stay and browse current exhibits while children are participating.

“Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat” at John W. Engeman Theater at Northport (250 Main St., Northport) Shows through March 4 Tickets start at $15 Spend the day at the theater! Head down to the John W. Engeman Theater to see the cast of “Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat” bring to life the Seuss-ical world. There will be showings on select Saturdays and Sundays through March 4. For the full schedule, or to buy tickets (starting at $15), log on to

The Victorian Era will be alive and well at the Walt Whitman Birthplace next week during an old-fashioned tea party for kids

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Top row, from left: Commack High School science teachers and mentors Jeanette Collette and Richard Kurtz and Dr. Prakash Narayan. Seated is Jake Nieto.

Commack High School senior Jake Nieto just had his second scientific research paper published. His research and manuscripts “laid the foundation for other students to continue Jake’s work,” said his mentor Dr. Prakash Narayan, vice president of preclinical research and COO at Angion Biomedica Corp. Nieto’s latest paper, “A Modified Elliptical Formula to Estimate Kidney Collagen Content in a Model of Chronic Kidney Disease,” is, according to Narayan, “An important contribution to science and medicine. She continued, “His formula will most likely lead to a decrease in the need for painful kidney biopsies.” Through the high school’s mentoring network, Nieto teamed up with Narayan in summer 2016 to work on two projects relating to kidney disease. “Jake is a precocious young man, who brought exceptionally strong skills in applied mathematics, advanced biophysics, and deep data analysis,” Narayan said. Nieto’s work during that summer resulted in two peer-reviewed first author publications. The first describes a formula for estimating the amount of cysts in a model of polycystic kidney disease, and can be viewed at ( The second, published last month, describes a novel method to evaluate the amount of scarring in kidneys based off just two linear measurements. It can be viewed at The salient features of this second body of work are a modification of the commonly used elliptical

Take These Medical Tips To Heart February marks American Heart Month By Connor Beach

Roughly 2,300 Americans die each die of cardiovascular diseases, including heart attack and stroke. With that in mind, in 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed February as American Heart Month. Dr. Lawrence Ong, chairman of cardiology at both Huntington Hospital and Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, said stress on the heart from shoveling snow after large storms and complications from the flu can make winter one of the “more active periods” for heart issues. Ong said patients who know they have certain risk factors, particularly high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes or a family history of heart problems, should be especially conscious of their heart health. Ong said that the body typically exhibits several signs and symptoms that could alert a patient that they are suffering a cardiac emergency. “Typically pain from the heart is a deep heavi-

ness or tightness in the chest, but the pain can be other places,” Ong said. Cardiac related pain can sometimes feel like severe indigestion or radiate to the left side of the jaw, arm or back, according to Ong. “There are plenty of even physicians that were having a heart attack that didn’t realize what was going on because not everyone has that typical crushing sensation in the chest,” Ong said. Those at risk for heart problems — such as those with immediate family members who suffered a heart attack early in life — can make lifestyle changes to help reduce their risk of suffering a cardiac emergency. “Things that have been scientifically proven in terms of lifestyle are the Mediterranean type of diet, regular exercise and weight loss, particularly for those with a lot of abdominal fat,” he said. For patients who have already had an actual heart problem like a heart attack or angina, Ong said the problem usually boils down to a problem with high amounts of bad cholesterol, or LDL. “So far research shows that, in people who have had a history of acute heart problems, the

formula to estimate renal dimensions, and potentially in the future, reduction in the number of painful and sometimes risky biopsies performed to determine the amount of scar tissue in the kidney. Each summer, Angion, a small business biotech engaged in developing therapeutics in areas of unmet medical needs such as kidney and liver disease, opens its doors to interested STEM students from Long Island, New York City, and New Jersey. The students spend about two months getting hands-on experience with basic and applied biomedical research conducting experiments, testing hypotheses, gathering and analyzing data while sharpening their presentation skills with the help of one of Angion’s principal investigators in a state-of-the-art research facility. Nieto spent last summer studying the biochemical processes of THC through the Simons Science Research Program at Stony Brook University, and credits his interest in physics and engineering to his grandparents. “He loves to solve problems, and his quest for answers drives him,” said science teacher and mentor Richard Kurtz. Nieto also competes on Commack High School’s Science Olympiad and Mock Trial teams; is president of the Spanish Honor Society and the Science Honor Society; and is vice president of the Gardening Club. He’s also a musician, and a tutor. The senior hasn’t yet decided where he’ll attend college this fall, but plans to study physics and engineering wherever he lands.

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Student Finds Method To Determine Scar Tissue

Dr. Lawrence Ong lower that LDL number goes, the fewer the incidents they will have in the future,” Ong said. He added that in the past doctors felt that a LDL reading of 100 was fine, but recent research has shown that that number should now be closer to 50 for patients who have suffered a heart attack. Ong said that patients who are concerned about their heart health or believe that they have risk factors for a cardiac emergency could see a cardiologist for screening. “Generally in those patients I would see what their cholesterol is, what their blood pressure is,” he said. “If they have risk factors, then maybe I’ll do a scan to see what their coronary calcium is.”


s e i d o o f e h t Greek Culture, Dishes Mix Well At Ara Kitchen By Connor Beach

An executive chef with New York City dining expertise, is also serving up decadent Greek delights on Long Island, at the recently-opened Ara in Commack. Opening in the shopping center at 2 Henry St. last October, Ara Greek Kitchen and Bar is headed up by executive chef Steve Koutsoumbaris, who hosted a dinner for members of the media last Thursday. Koutsoumbaris’ menu is full of his version of Greek food that mimics the flavors of the Greek Isles that he learned from his family. “Everyone does Greek food a little differently depending on where in Greece they’re from,” Koutsoumbaris, of Garden City, said. Ara’s décor mirrors the Mediterranean themes of Koutsoumbaris’ dishes, with blues and whites of the ocean evident on both the walls and on the plates. Along with the good looks, the delicious and hearty dishes pay tribute to traditional Greek family dinners. “This is the way that we normally eat in Greece,” Koutsoumbaris said. “Everything here is fresh and cooked to order because Greek food is all about freshness.” To start, Koutsoumbaris prepared grilled octopus ($19) served with cucumber, yogurt and ladolemono. The nicely-charred octopus together with the sauce creates lightness to the dish that combines well with the cucumber for a traditional Greek flavor. The Tri-Color Orzo ($14) features

grilled shrimp served with tomato, spinach, feta and a garlic and oil sauce. The sauce weaves together the seafood flavor of the shrimp with the earthiness of the vegetables and rice. For cheese lovers, the Saganaki ($12) is a pan-fried graviera cheese topped with lemon compote and thyme. The crunchy fried outside gives way to a firm, milky cheese on the inside that almost calls to mind a refined mozzarella stick. The dish is simple yet delicious. Koutsoumbaris called the pizza program at Ara is “a little different.” The Spanakopita Pie ($14) is a deconstructed version of the traditional Greek spinach pie. A soft and airy pizza crust is topped with spinach, scallion, mozzarella, ricotta, feta and dill for a unique modern twist on a classic dish. Koutsoumbaris said Greek food relies heavily on harvests from both the sea and surrounding rugged landscape. The salads on Ara’s menu rely less on lettuce, and more so on resilient vegetables grown in Greek soil. The beet salad ($12) is visually stunning, with pickled red and yellow beets tossed among baby arugula, red onion, ladolemono and yogurt. The harsh flavors that are often associated with beets are replaced by an almost sweet, fruity flavor that makes the salad vibrant. For entrees, the lamb chops ($38) are grilled and served with a citrus lemon sauce and a compliment of pork sausage with leeks and fennel. The citrus from the sauce brings out the flavor of the perfectly cooked lamb chops, and the pork sausage is

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The Beet Salad ($12) features visually stunning pickled red and yellow beets tossed with baby arugula, red onion, ladolemono and yogurt

The Lamb Chops ($38) are grilled and served with a citrus lemon sauce and a compliment of pork sausage. bursting with flavor that makes the dish surprisingly bright and complex. Another traditional Greek dish, the Moussaka ($18) is layered eggplant, Greek meat sauce, béchamel and graviera cheese. The dish is reminiscent of an Italian lasagna, but is instead full of Greek seasonings that add an especially traditional taste to Koutsoumbaris’ version of a Greek Bolognese sauce. Lastly, the red snapper ($40) is cooked whole and served as is or butterflied with capers and a lemon sauce. The beautiful white meat fish is served with the skin on to lock in the moisture and fresh flavor. The stunning presentation and great taste exemplifies the dedication to freshness and traditional Greek cooking at Ara.

The grilled Octopus ($19) at Ara is served with cucumber, yogurt and ladolemono.

The Red Snapper ($40) is cooked whole and served as is or butterflied with capers and a lemon sauce.

Ara Greek Kitchen and Bar 2 Henry St., Commack 631-360-8336

The Tri-Color Orzo ($14) features grilled shrimp served with tomato, spinach, feta and a garlic and oil sauce.

The Saganaki ($12) is a pan-fried graviera cheese topped with lemon compote and thyme.

The Spanakopita Pie ($14) is topped with spinach, scallion, mozzarella, ricotta, feta and dill.

Cuisine: Traditional Greek Atmosphere: Upscale Casual Prices: Mezza: $6-$19, Salads: $11-$13, Entrees: $16-$40 Hours: Monday-Wednesday, 11:30 a.m.-9:30 pm; Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday, 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.



King Kullen and its customers recently raised over $30,000 for the Long Island Cares/Harry Chapin Food Bank; on hand for the check presentation were, from left: King Kullen Co-President Brian Cullen; King Kullen Senior VP and Chief Merchandising Officer Joseph Brown, who also serves as a Long Island Cares board member; Long Island Cares Executive Director Paule Pachter; and King Kullen Co-President J. Donald Kennedy. FOOD BANK DONATION: King Kullen’s recent “Check Out Hunger” campaign has resulted in a $30,000 to the Long Island Cares/Harry Chapin Food Bank, which has been serving the hungry on Long Island since 1980. The campaign, in which customers can make a donation with a coupon when checking out at the supermarket register, ran from October through December 2017.

Photo/Facebook/Brew Cheese, Northport

NOW DELIVERING: Panera Bread now delivers. The soup and sandwich chain announced the new-to-Long Island initiative last week. There are 18 cafes on Long Island, including in East Northport, Huntington and Huntington Station, and each of the locations are planning to hire seven delivery drivers each. Hiring fairs will be held in select restaurants in the coming

Our Foodies want to dive face first into the buffalo fondue at Brew Cheese in Northport.

weeks. Once the delivery service is fully rolled out, cafes will generally deliver between the hours of 11 a.m.8 p.m., seven days a week. DID YOU KNOW: …that there’s a winter farmers’ market in Huntington each Sunday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. through March 25? Well, there is and it pops up on a weekly basis inside of Jefferson Primary School (253 Oakwood Road, Huntington). The market, which is now in its seventh season, features products of local businesses. There’s also usually live musicians and family-friendly activities. For more info, visit ANOTHER REMINDER: Can you smell it? The spring addition of DineHuntington Restaurant Week is coming. Keep your eyes locked to for updates; we promise we’ll have a list of participating restaurants and their respective menus soon. In the meantime, start clearing your schedule for Sunday, March 18-Sunday March 25, when restaurants across town will be offering three-course, prix-fixe meals for either $20, $30 or $40. BUFF-CHEESY GOODNESS: Our Foodies are drooling over the buffalo fondue at Brew Cheese (40 Woodbine Ave., Northport). The decadent dish is one of several cheesy concoctions offered up at the eat- and drink-ery, and we can’t wait to try it. To check out the rest of the menu and beer list, visit their Facebook page (@brewcheesenorthport)

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s s e n i s u b Spotlight On

Huntington Businesses

Long Islander News photos/Janee Law

Living Offers One-Stop Shopping Experience

By Janee Law

Living in Cold Spring Harbor is more than a clothing store, in fact it is a one-stop-shop for customers, also offering accessories and home décor. “We like to consider this store a one-stop-shop for women,” Jenn Cassidy, buyer and manager of Living, said. “They really don’t need to go anywhere else. We have everything for you.” Susan Tamberino, of Bay Shore, owns the 800-square-foot boutique, along with Samhal Life Design Group, which sits a floor below Living’s 123 Main St. space that spans 1,300 square feet. Living’s décor, furniture and fixture items are offered by the design group. “We’re a unique boutique located in the heart of charming Cold Spring Harbor,” Cassidy said. “You can get gifts, jewelry, clothing, accessories, and home goods, and you can also go downstairs and have your entire house redone by a professional.” A few years after its official opening five years ago, the boutique revamped to offer items for all types of customers. “We have all different levels. We have some high-end things like White and Warren, Fairchild Baldwin neck-

Susan Tamberino and Jenn Cassidy of Living in Cold Spring Harbor stand next to the businesses tree of life. laces and Miguel Ases jewelry,” Cassidy said. “We also have some more comfortable priced items in clothing like Lilla P, and in jewelry, like Nakamol.” Cassidy said Living also promotes local brands, offering Gigi from Cold Spring Harbor and cooper & ella from Huntington. “We try not to carry items that are in the mall,” Cassidy said. “We try to have unique items here and keep it with local designers.”

Living in Huntington is a one-stop-shop offering clothing, accessories and home décor.

Living also combines business and philanthropy into one by offering items that raise funds for charities. This includes selling the bracelet and necklace line Mishky. Brand products are handcrafted by Columbian women, and the proceeds help support these women to stay home with their children. Living also sells BitchStix, a face and body care company that helps raise funds for survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault. “We feel like it’s really important to give back and we have the opportunity to do that,” Cassidy said. “When we go to the shows, we look for all of the companies that have a mission and it’s important to us.” She added that the boutique is always looking for new charities to support. What makes Living stand out is its personal touch when helping customers, Tamberino said. She added what makes her job enjoyable is the customers and employees. “What’s great about the staff that’s here is that their product knowledge is so great,” she said. “They know the fit

of the clothes and they’re really great with knowing what product we have in.” In regards to popular styles within the industry, Cassidy said what’s trending are spring colors like lavender and marigold. She said, “We’re trying to bring in a lot of the trendy items but mostly we try to stay classic with a few edgy trendy pieces.” With that, Cassidy said she loves that her position gives her the opportunity to be innovative. “I love the fact that I can be creative in the job, whether it be buying the clothes or doing the merchandising or the windows,” she said. “I love dressing people and building relationships with the clients.” For the summer, Tamberino said the store will be launching items for entertaining outdoors, whether it be tumblers or colorful placemats.

Living 123 Main St., Huntington 631-659-3742


b u s in e s s Create Magnetism In Business Relationships By Mindy Wolfle

January’s column ended with this quote from Michelle Tillis Lederman in 11 Laws of Likability, “Whether they stem from business or personal situations, our relationships are what support us, connect us, and allow us to progress in all aspects of our lives. People do business with people they like.” For February’s column, Striker Corbin, a motivational speaker, certified hypnotist and success coach, elaborates on just how to accomplish meaningful relationships-building in business. Q: How do people, in today’s world of immediate communications and stress felt even by children, create energy from within? A: If you believe the world is dangerous, that it’s hard to make money, then I can’t argue with you. You will be able to find all the evidence that you need to prove your point. If you have a negative focus or beliefs, they become self-fulfilling prophecies that you literally create. The key is to know what you believe and why you believe it. Turn off the news, stay off social media, and the like, if they’re keeping you from being in a place of feeling optimistic, passionate and excited. You don’t have to be plugged in 24/7. If something is large enough in the news and it is something you really need to know about, it will come across your consciousness. Stop to really understand the concept that what you focus on expands and that through your thoughts, your emotions and the inspired actions you take (or chose not to take) create your successes and failures. Q: How does physical and emotional well-being relate to business success? A: You are in complete control over your destiny as you determine your thoughts, your emotions and the actions you take regarding your health, your abundance and the quality of your relationships. When you feel confident and radiate self-love, (don’t confuse self-love with arrogance), you have a good understanding of who you are and are comfortable in your own skin. You don’t fear

embarrassment, failure or worrying about how you’re perceived by others. That love of self creates a magnetic energy that reaches people and they, for reasons often unknown to them, want to know you personally or do business with

you professionally. They want to be near that positive energy you exude. It pulls in positive events and positive people. Q: What is your advice “in a nutshell” to turn personal connections into meaningful relationships? A: When you are in public you never know where your next client, associate or friend can come from. The key is to not be tied to an outcome. I will often try to strike up a conversation with persons near me. When I do so, it is from a position of being genuine. I don’t have any motive, except to connect and just share a nice moment. I don’t need them to like me. I don’t need their phone number. I don’t need anything from them. When you are not tied to an outcome and you

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don’t have to have their business, you are more yourself. That leads to professional success and it creates an ‘energy,’ a magnetism to which others are naturally drawn. Mindy Wolfle is the president of Neptune Marketing LLC and chief marketing officer of Vishnick McGovern Milizio LLP. She is a board member of the Social Media Association and a member of Women Economic Developers of Long Island and Public Relations Professionals of Long Island. Her LinkedIn profile describes her as a marketing/public relations/social media executive, writer, editor, educator, connection maker, semiotician and do-gooder.

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A Profe ssional’s Opinion

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Stock Markets And Their Travels By Jon L. Ten Haagen, CFP ®

Have you ever noticed that when you are driving on the highway and there is an accident ahead, virtually every driver (read: ‘investor’) slows down and stares. They do not know or understand what they are looking at, but they feel obliged to slow and stare? The same thing happened a week ago when the markets which have been behaving so well for the last nine years decided to wake up and slow down. Headlines were “DOW Plunges 1000 points;” “Stocks take another hit;” and “Stocks suffer worst week since 2016.” If investors took a step back and did not listen to the talking heads and turned off CNN they would see that the market took off like a rocket at the beginning of January 2018 and then gave back all the up gain at the beginning of February (four weeks out of 52 in a full year). Did you notice the media, in their usual fashion, yelling about the giant 1,400-1,500 point drop in the DOW? That sounds

like a really big number by itself, however, if they had talked about the DOW being down 4-5 percent that does not sound so dire. It is in the presentation and they are paid to make things sound and feel shocking and immediate. So, we were really where we started the year. Markets do not go straight up, they need to pause and absorb the ups and downs. The DOW is at record numbers, at 25,000-26,000 – an all-time high. A 1,500-point drop is not that big a deal when put into context. Look back to 1987 when in three days the DOW was down over 40 percent. Now that is something to pay attention to. That Monday in October alone the DOW was down 22 percent. Oh, by the way, the DOW was trading below 3,000 back then. People panicked and ran for the exits. Problem was the communications back then were not as good or fast as today. Investors could not get through to the brokers or funds for days to sell everything and head for the sidelines. Interestingly, on the next day, Tuesday, the market paused and on Wednesday the market starting going up. If you were invested from Jan. 1Dec. 31, 1987, your DOW portfolio

was up about 4-5 percent for the year. Markets normally have corrections fairly regularly. If you are investing in the markets to save for your future, keep in mind it is a long-term proposition. It is not timing the markets, but time in the markets. A few years ago the market was rather volatile – up and down at least 100 points on 81 trading days. Picture a man walking up a gradual hill playing with a yo-yo. The media, of course, was trying to get you to focus on the yo-yo going way up and down, while in reality you should have observed the person walking up a gradual incline. Again, the markets were positive for the year, but if you concentrated on the yo-yo you would have taken the whole bottle of Tums and probably been sitting on the sidelines out of the market by a kneejerk reaction. The S&P500 has dropped 15 percent or more on 16 occasions since the 1940s. Half of those downturns were relatively mild, lasting less than eight months. Nearly one-third of the time, the index was at a new high within 10 months of the previous peak. As for major pullbacks, the median duration was 17 months, with a drop of more than 30 percent. Most of these ‘corrections’ are

related to recessions. In recent history, on average, a 10-percent correction happens once a year; a 15-percent correction every two years; and a 20-percent correction once every three-and-a-half years. These things happen and a positive coming out of corrections is that stocks are on sale. If you liked your equity positions at the market’s top, you should really like them when they are down 10, 15, and 20 percent in price. Do not let the talking heads sway you from focusing on the longterm goal of a comfortable retirement. If your stock or fund advisor is more nervous than you in these downturns, perhaps you should look for a different advisor who can see the big picture and hold your hand thru the bumps. As always thank you for reading my articles. I hope you find then interesting and informative. If so, let the paper and me know so we can keep trying to help you thru the maze. Huntington’s Jon L. Ten Haagen, CFP is founder and CEO of Ten Haagen Financial Services, Inc. which is an independent full-service Investment and financial planning firm. In this bi-monthly column he will answer your questions on the markets and investing. Ten Haagen has 39 years of experience as an investment professional. You can learn more about Ten Haagen Financial Services at Ten Haagen is an investment advisor representative offering securities and advisory services through Royal Alliance Associates, Inc., member of FINRA/SIPC, and a registered investment advisor. Ten Haagen is a certified financial planner (CFP) since 1982. The Ten Haagen offices are located at 191 New York Ave., Huntington. Please feel comfortable to call and stop by for a cup of coffee and a chat. You can e-mail your questions to Ten Haagen is very active in the community giving back. He is on the board of a number of nonprofits and is the liaison for the Greater Huntington Council of Yacht and Boating Clubs, Inc. The boating council represents approximately 4,500 boating families helping to keep our waters safe and upgrading the water quality.

From Grief, Pair Builds Positive Community Photos courtesy Kimberly Libertini

By Connor Beach

Grieving the death of a loved one can be a difficult process, but a Huntington resident and her Georgia-based partner feel they have created a way to make the grieving process a little easier. Kimberly Libertini, a single mom and teacher, and Robynne Boyd, a single mom and writer from Decatur, Georgia, launched Goodgrief, a social network for those suffering from the death of a loved one, on Jan. 10 after the pair formed a relationship based on loss. In 2015, the man that Libertini had been seeing for three years passed away suddenly, and a mutual friend connected her with Boyd, whose mother was dying from metastatic breast cancer. Libertini said the friend told her that he thought she and Boyd “could probably help each other through whatever it is you’re going through.” Libertini agreed to send Boyd a text, and for the next year they texted back

and forth. “We started with the big stuff, and from there we worked backwards to the surface stuff.” Libertini said. After a year of texting Libertini said the two women, who have still never met in person, felt that other people would benefit from a similar grieving experience to the one they had shared, and from there, Goodgrief was born. “We tried to figure out what the best way to do this was, and that’s how we came up with the app of privacy, screen names and just being able to really speak what your feeling while still hav-

Kimberly Libertini, far left, and Robynne Boyd, left, created the app Goodgrief to provide a community where people who are grieving the loss of a loved one can share their experiences. ing that security of being behind a screen name,” Libertini said. Through the app users create a profile and can filter their matches based on age, religion, relationship to the person who passed away or the length of time since the loss. “Maybe they want to talk to someone who suffered from the same loss, but five years down the line and get some advice on how they managed to get through those last five years,” she said. Although the current community us-

ing the app is still small Libertini said the goal is to develop a large community of support within the app. “There are those moments late at night when friends or other groups aren’t available,” Libertini said. “You need someone to reach out to that gets it, that’s experiencing the same thing, and together you can kind of navigate the grief.” Goodgrief costs $4.99 per month and is available through the iOS App Store, Google Play or at


FEBRUARY 15-21, 2018 • 15 Ch am ber Sta ff Ellen O’Brien, Executive Director Courtney Bynoe, Associa te Executive Director

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Business After Hours at Heckscher Museum of Art The Huntington Chamber is excited to announce February’s Business After Hours at the Heckscher Museum of Art. The event will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 6-8 p.m. and refreshments will be served. Not only is this a great networking event, but guests will have the chance to walk around the Heckscher Museum taking in its beautiful history and what the art has to offer. The Heckscher Museum is located at 2 Prime Ave., Huntington. The event is free for Chamber members and $20 for future Chamber members. The Heckscher Museum of Art had

its beginnings in 1920 when industrialist August Heckscher had opened the museum and the park itself. The park and museum were established to benefit the people of Huntington and its greater areas. The museum offers exhibitions and educational programs and their latest upcoming Exhibitions will be held from March 17-April 15, which will highlight Long Island’s Best Young Artists. The Heckscher Museum of Art is dedicated to its mission of serving the people of the Town of Huntington, providing inspirational and educational ex-

Brian Yudewitz, Robert Scheiner, Vice Cha Chair ir Robert Bontempi, Vice Cha (Chair, 2014-2017) ir (Chair, 2009-2014) Vita Scaturro, Vice Chair Jennifer Cassidy, Treasure r Bushra Dano, Secretary www.huntingtonchamber. com

periences through its art and programs. The art of past and present lives within the museum seeking to help the Huntington area thrive and grow. We hope you can stop by the museum on the 21st and network with your fellow Chamber members and enjoy the museum exhibits. For more information about the Heckscher Museum of Art visit To inquire about more information about Business After Hours or other Chamber events please visit, or call 631423-6100.

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TH UR SDA Y Town’s Black History Month Program

The Town of Huntington will mark its 31st annual Black History Month celebration on Thursday, Feb. 15 by focusing on achievements and contributions women of color have made to scientific research, social service agencies, government and business. Program will focus on: Margaret Breland; Henrietta Lacks; and Vanessa Braxton. Program begins at 7 p.m. at Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School (152 Lowndes Ave., Huntington Station). Collation to follow program. Free. Call or email Kevin Thorbourne at 631-351-2842 or for more info.





Business After Hours

Famous Writers Visiting

G. Willow Wilson, writer of Hugo Awardwinning comic book series “Ms. Marvel,” and Tamora Pierce, a fantasy writer best known for her “The Song of the Lioness” series, will be making two appearances in Huntington on Wednesday, Feb. 21. First, at 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Main branch of the Huntington Public Library (338 Main St.), they’ll discuss crafting their believable heroes. Register for the event at Then, from 6-9 p.m. at Escape Pod Comics (302 Main St., Huntington), the writers will be signing copies of their work and meeting with fans.

Cold War Hollywood

Long before the “War on Terror,” Washington, D.C. waged a “War on Communism” with generous assistance from the Hollywood film studios. A dramatic overview of the darkest chapter in Hollywood history, when film, television and radio artists were rendered unemployable, even jailed, as anti-communist hysteria rocked the nation will be led by historian Max Alvarez on Thursday, Feb. 15. Kicks off at 7:30 p.m. at Temple Beth El of Huntington (660 Park Ave.). RSVP appreciated, but not required, to Light refreshments will be served.

Bike Law Talk

Bike laws, for both on- and off-road biking, will be the topic of discussion Thursday, Feb. 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Bicycle Playground (256 Main St., Huntington). Daniel Flanzig will lead the talk, which is sponsored by Concerned Citizens for Mountain Biking and New York Bike Lawyers. Suitable for asdults. Pizza and beverages included. Free. Call 631-6835522 for more info.

FRIDAY Rich Dad Events

Rich Dad Events, a leader in providing informative financial workshops, is hosting a workshop at Hilton Long Island (598 Broadhollow Road, Melville) on Friday, Feb. 16, 12 noon-2:30 p.m. and 68 p.m. One of the goals of the workshop is to empower the average person to take control of their financial future. Free. Call 800-473-9215 to register.

Painting Class For Beginners

An adult painting class for beginners will be held Friday, Feb. 16, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Creative Art Studio (9 Susan Terrace, Northport). Call 516-967-0058 for more info.

SATURDAY ’80s V-Day Prom

The New York Roots Music Association is presenting the first Saturday Night Social Club event of the year on Saturday, Feb. 17 at American Legion Post 360 (1 Mill Dam Road, Huntington). Take a trip back from the future and celebrate Valentine’s Day ’80s style with the ultimate ’80s tribute band, Guilty Pleasures, featuring NYRMA All-Star Michele Sivori. Admission is $45 and includes four-hour open bar, buffet dinner and show. Tickets available at

The next Business After Hours event hosted by the Huntington Chamber is Wednesday, Feb. 21, 6-8 p.m. at Heckscher Museum of Art (2 Prime Ave., Huntington). The networking program allows the host to invite fellow Chamber members to their place of business and highlight their work and company. Free for chamber members ($20 for future members). Visit for more info.

Famous Writers Visiting G. Willow Wilson, writer of Hugo Award-winning comic book series “Ms. Marvel,” and Tamora Pierce, a fantasy writer best known for her “The Song of the Lioness” series, will be making two appearances in Huntington on Wednesday, Feb. 21. First, at 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Main branch of the Huntington Public Library (338 Main St.), they’ll discuss crafting their believable heroes. Register for the event at Then, from 6-9 p.m. at Escape Pod Comics (302 Main St., Huntington), the writers will be signing copies of their work and meeting with fans.

Hypnosis Course

Take an National Guild of Hypnotistscertified hypnosis course starting Feb. 17-18, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at Long Island Healing Arts & Learning Center (868 W Jericho Turnpike, Huntington). Additionals classes are March 3-4, March 1011, April 7-8 and April 14-15 and will result in certification of a consulting hypnotist or hypnotherapist. For more information, or to register, visit or

Lifeguard Crash Course

Take a crash course in becoming at lifeguard at Suffolk Y (74 Hauppauge Road, Commack) with classes starting Feb. 17 and running through Feb. 19. The 9 a.m.3:30 p.m. classes cost $450 total and result in certifications in lifeguarding, CPR, AED and first aid through American Red Cross. For more information, or to register, visit

SUNDAY Celebrate Black History Month

Join the Mothers Club of Wheatley Heights, Concerned Fathers Association and Half Hollow Hills Community Library, to celebrate African American heritage on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2 p.m. at the 55 Vanderbilt Parkway, Dix Hills branch of the library. Learn about the rich contributions of past pioneers, present leaders and their impact on our country. This

program features song, dance, poetry and music. Tickets are not required.

Winter Farmers Market

The Huntington Winter Farmers Market continues each Sunday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. through March 25 at Jefferson Primary School (253 Oakwood Road, Huntington). There is live music, along with a selection of fresh goods. Visit for more info.

MONDAY Lunch & Learn

Meet for a bite to eat and learn about an essential oil, how it’s made, what chemical components it’s made of and how that improves our well-being on Monday, Feb. 19, 12:30-1:30 p.m. at Plant Wise (15 E Deer Park Road, Dix Hills). Meet in community room, or near it, for the discussion.

TUESDAY Winter Break Camp

The “Arctic Adventures Camp” at The Whaling Museum (301 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor) kicks off Tuesday, Feb. 20 and runs each day, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. through Friday, Feb. 23. For kids in grades K-5. There will be ‘frosty’ games, crafts and experiments. Snacks served, but bring lunch. Register online at


Pet Food Drive

Suffolk Legislator Tom Donnelly (D-Huntington Station) and Long Island Cares are hosting a pet food drive for Baxter’s Pet Pantry now through the end of April. Donations of pet food and/or supplies can be dropped off at the legislator’s 130 W Jericho Turnpike office in Huntington Station. For more info, call 631-8544433.

Book Signing, Lecture

Fr. Thomas Berg will discuss and sign copies of his “Hurting in the Church: A Way Forward for Wounded Catholics” on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2 p.m. at the library at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception (440 W Neck Road, Huntington). Books will be available for purchase. Call 631-423-0483 ext. 141 for more info.

L.I. Builders Expo

The Long Island Builders Institute’s 28th annual home, trade and remodeling expo is Thursday, March 22, 3-8 p.m. at Hilton Long Island (598 Broadhollow Road, Melville). Features over 95 exhibitors; new products and services; $10,000 remodeling giveaway; and more. Cost is $160 per person (includes lunch). For more info, visit

Poets In Port

Northport Arts Coalition presents a series of poetry readings on the fourth Friday of every month, 7:30 p.m. at Caffe Portofino (249 Main St., Northport). Each month there is a featured poet followed by an open reading. Bring your own poems and participate.

Country Line Dancing

Country style line dancing for beginners or experts, every Monday, 7:30 p.m. at the Moose Lodge, 631 Pulaski Road, Greenlawn. No partners needed. $10 per person. Info at

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LONG ISLANDER NEWS • HUNTINGTON WEEKLY Feb. 21, 1-3:30 p.m. For young adults. Register online.

Huntington Public Library

Main branch: 338 Main St., Huntington. 631-427-5165. Station branch: 1335 New York Ave., Huntington Station. 631421-5053. • “Cotton: A Musical Presentation Honoring the African American Slave” is Saturday, Feb. 17, 2 p.m. at the Main branch. Open to all. Call to register. • Meditate with Dorothy Mandrakos at the Station branch on Friday, March 9, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Bring a block or meditation pillow. For adults. Register online starting March 1.

Northport-East Northport Public Library

Northport: 151 Laurel Ave. 631-2616930. (East Northport: 185 Larkfield Road. 631-261-2313. • Kids in grades K-5 can play mini golf in the Northport branch on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 3-3:30 p.m. There are also volunteer opportunities for teens in grades 7-12. Register online. • A hands-on “Introduction to Windows 10” class will be held Wednesday, Feb. 21, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the East Northport branch. For adults. Register online.

Town’s Black History Month Program The Town of Huntington will mark its 31st annual Black History Month celebration on Thursday, Feb. 15 by focusing on achievements and contributions women of color have made to scientific research, social service agencies, government and business. Program will focus on: Margaret Breland; Henrietta Lacks; and Vanessa Braxton. Program begins at 7 p.m. at Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School (152 Lowndes Ave., Huntington Station). Collation to follow program. Free. Call or email Kevin Thorbourne at 631-351-2842 or for more info. (Continued from page 16)


Gather of Light Interspiritual Fellowship is hosting a Bingo fundraiser each Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. at 585 Broadhollow Road, Melville. Call 631-905-5688 for more info.

Do The Argentine Tango

Each Wednesday, 7-10:30 p.m. at Café Buenos Aires (23 Wall St., Huntington) is Argentine tango night. Dance, learn or just watch. Call 631-603-3600 for more info.


Library-hosted events and programs are reserved for cardholders of their respective library unless otherwise noted.

Cold Spring Harbor Library

95 Harbor Road, Cold Spring Harbor. 631-692-6820. • Meditate with Linda Cafiero on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2 p.m. The hourlong session is free and open to all. Advanced registration requested.

Commack Public Library

18 Hauppauge Road, Commack. 631499-0888. • A musical, theatrical and visual performance, “Journey From Johannesburg,” by Toby Tobias, is Sunday, Feb. 18, 2-3:15 p.m. Register online.

Deer Park Library

44 Lake Ave., Deer Park. 631-586-3000. • Kids in grades K-5 can make a huggable Emoji pillow on Thursday, Feb. 22, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Register online.

Elwood Public Library

1929 Jericho Turnpike, Elwood. 631499-3722. • Relax, restore, and rejuvenate using quartz crystal bowls and Tibetan singing bowls, frame drums and other sound instruments on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 7 p.m. Free. Registration required.

Half Hollow Hills Community Library

Dix Hills: 55 Vanderbilt Parkway. 631421-4530; Melville: 510 Sweet Hollow Road, 631-421-4535. • Children ages 3-5 can learn about simple art concepts through stories and crafts with an art academy on Wednesday, Feb. 28 10-10:45 a.m. Dix Hills branch. Dress for a mess. Register online. • A Minecraft hour of code, with programming, creativity and problem solving, will be presented by the Microsoft Store for kids in grades 3-5 on Friday, Feb. 23, 11 a.m.-12 noon at the Melville branch. Register online.

Harborfields Public Library

31 Broadway, Greenlawn. 631-7574200. • There will be pizza and drinks, and a showing of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” (Rated PG-13) on Wednesday,

South Huntington Public Library

145 Pidgeon Hill Road, Huntington Station. 631-549-4411. • There will be winter fun, including mini ski-jumping, snow shoveling races and more, for kids in grades K-4 on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Register online.


Cinema Arts Centre

423 Park Ave., Huntington. 631-423-7611. • There will be a doll making craft workshop on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 1-3 p.m. Create a beautiful doll to make, to share, to hold, to show off, and love. Refreshments included with ticket ($11 for members; $16 public). • A 35mm double feature with “Evil Dead 2” (US, 84 mins, Dir. Sam Raimi, 35mm) and “The Gate” (US, 85 mins, Dir. Tibor Takacs, 35mm) kicks off at 10 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 23. Tickets are $18 for members, $22 for public. • The 2018 Academy Awards Nigh Fundraiser is Sunday, March 4, 6:30 p.m. Watch the Academy Awards on the big screen in the Sky Room Cafe with comedian Tim Dillon serving as emcee. Tickets are $75 for members, $100 for public and include a “Taste of Long Island” dinner, wine bar and ice cream.

John W. Engeman Theater at Northport

350 Main St., Northport. 631-261-2900. • Showings of “Once” continue through March 4.


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. 631-4625400.

FEBRUARY 15-21, 2018 • 17 • The “Advanced Placement Exhibition,” which celebrates the exceptional artwork, as selected by their teachers, of AP art students in Long Island high schools, will be on display Feb. 17March 4. An artists’ reception and awards presentation will be held Sunday, March 4, 1-3 p.m.

B. J. Spoke Gallery

299 Main St., Huntington. Gallery hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. 631-549-5106. • The Artist’s Choice exhibit featuring work of artists selected by gallery members is on display through Feb. 25.

Cold Spring Harbor Firehouse Museum

84A Main St., Cold Spring Harbor. 631367-0400. Open Sat. and Sun., noon to 5 p.m., April through Dec., or for tours, group visits by special appointment at any time. • Learn about the history of Cold Spring Harbor Volunteer Fire Department through exhibits housed in this circa 1896 firehouse building.

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 ages 3-12 and seniors over 65; members and children under 3 are free. 516-692-6768. • Make a tasty ice cream treat on Feb. 20-21, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Bring warm gloves • Make gooey slime and learn why it’s important to animals with a hands-on station on Feb. 22-23, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Fun for all.

Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum

279 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor. 631367-3418. Tuesday-Friday, 12-4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 11-5 p.m. (closed Monday). Admission $6 adults, $5 children and seniors. • Exhibits: If I Were a Whaler explores a whaler’s life for family audiences. Thar She Blows: Whaling History on Long Island explores one of the region’s most important industries. • Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday on Wednesday, March 7, 9-10 a.m. with the “Little Fishies: One Fish, Two Fish!” program featuring the famous tale, a scavenger hunt, snacks and a “fishy” craft. For ages 2-4. Cost $12 adult/tot pair; $4 per sibling (members half-price).

Foto Foto Gallery

14 W. Carver St., Huntington 631-5490488. Hours: Wednesday Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 12 noon -5 p.m. • Entries in the 13th National Photography Competition will be on display through March 3.

Gallery Sixty Seven

Local artists’ studio and gallery features paintings, prints and sculptures. 67 Main St., Northport village, 631-662-6411. Hours: Thursday/Friday/Sunday: 1-6 (Continued on page 18)

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Green River Gallery

117 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor. Thursday 12 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 631-692-8188. • Ongoing exhibit of Eric Sloane oil paintings. Some new works from one of the premier Gold coast artists from the mid-20th century.

Haven Gallery

155 Main St., Suite 4 Carriage House Square Northport. 631-757-0500. • “Ghosts of the Anthropocene” by Adam Burke and “Halcyon” by Andi Soto will be on display through Feb. 18.

Heckscher Museum of Art

2 Prime Ave., Huntington. Museum hours: Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., first Fridays from 4-8:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission $6 for adults, $4-$6/seniors, and $4-$6/children; members and children under 10 get in free. 631-351-3250. • “From Frankenthaler to Warhol: Art of the ’60s and ’70s” is on display through March 11.

Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center

Welwyn Preserve, 100 Crescent Beach Road, Glen Cove. Hours: Monday-Friday. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday noon-4 p.m. 516-571-8040, ext. 100. • The permanent exhibit explains the 1930s 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.

Huntington Art Center

11 Wall St., Huntington. 631-423-6010; Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; most Mondays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. • Showing prints, paintings, jewelry and pottery, as well as local photography from the permanent collection.

Huntington Arts Council

Main Street Petite Gallery: 213 Main St., Huntington. Gallery hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday noon-4 p.m. 631-2718423. • The next monthly singer-songwriter nights at the gallery is Thursday, Feb. 15. Singer-songwriters of all skill levels, and those who wish to listen in, are welcome. No pre-registration required. $10 donation to perform ($5 suggestion for all others). Original music only. Sign-up begins at 7 p.m., mic opens at 7:30 p.m. (10 minutes per performer). Refreshments will be served.

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. 631-427-7045, ext. 401. • The next weaving with win event is Wednesday, Feb. 21, 6-8:30 p.m. at

’80s V-Day Prom The New York Roots Music Association is presenting the first Saturday Night Social Club event of the year on Saturday, Feb. 17 at American Legion Post 360 (1 Mill Dam Road, Huntington). Take a trip back from the future and celebrate Valentine’s Day ’80s style with the ultimate ’80s tribute band, Guilty Pleasures, featuring NYRMA All-Star Michele Sivori. Admission is $45 and includes four-hour open bar, buffet dinner and show. Tickets available at the Conlin Barn. Cost is $35 for members, $40 for non-members. Call to register.

Northport Arts Coalition

A non-profit coalition in support of the arts. PO Box 508, Northport.

Northport Historical Society Museum

215 Main St., Northport. Museum hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 1-4:30 p.m. 631-7579859. • From now through June visit the Monuments Men exhibit, which illuminates a few of the stories behind the heroes of Northport and East Northport whose names are listed on the 12stone monuments located along Main Street and five-stone monuments located in John Walsh Park in East Northport. They honor all the local citizens who served and those among them who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. • The next of the monthly guided walking tours through Northport’s historic Main Street business district is Sunday, Feb. 18, 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 and available the day of at the museum shop.

Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium

180 Little Neck Road, Centerport. Museum hours: 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. • Afternoon mansion tours begin in the courtyard of the historic house once owned by William K. Vanderbilt II. Tours are Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays for a $5 fee, in addition to the price of admission. Check the museum’s website for listing times.

Walt Whitman Birthplace

246 Old Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station. Winter hours: Wednesday-Friday, 1-4 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 11-4

p.m. Admission: $6 adults, $5 seniors, $4 students, and children under 5 are free. 631-427-5240. • Schedule at a group high tea and transport yourself back in time in a private gathering house at the Birthplace. $25 per person. 631-427-5240, ext. 120. • The Winter Recess Dreamcatcher & Tea Party for kids is Wednesday, Feb. 21, starting at 1 p.m. Cost is $12 per child for one program; $20 for both. Includes tour of birthplace.


673-7300. All shows begin at 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted. • The Paramount Tribute Series Presents: Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot – Celebrating the music of Billy Joel on Friday, Feb. 23. Tickets are $20-$50. • Motionless in White: “The Graveyard Shift Tour” with special guests Every Time I Die, Chelsea Grin and Ice Nine Kills is Friday, March 2, 7 p.m. Tickets are $15-$45. • The Noise Presents: Sabaton and Kreator with special guest CYHRA is Sunday, March 4, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20-$40.

Starlight Coffeehouse


Every third Friday from October to May at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 270 Main St., Northport. Doors open at 7 p.m. Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. with a brief open-mic. Ticket prices vary by artist. For information call 631.663.3038 or visit • The Levins, with special guest Annie Mark, will perform Friday, Feb. 16.

Five Towns College Performing Arts Center

305 North Service Road, Dix Hills, NY 11746. 631-656-2110. • Showings of “All My Sons” are FridaySaturday, March 16-17 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 18, 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, and $12 for seniors and students.

Folk Music Society of Huntington

First Saturdays concerts are held at Congregational Church of Huntington, 30 Washington Dr., Centerport. Other venues as noted. Tickets and info at • The next Hard Luck Café is Thursday, Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m. at the Cinema Arts Centre. Tickets are $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers. No advance tickets.

The Paramount

370 New York Ave., Huntington. 631-

Concerts at Huntington Jewish Center, 510 Park Ave., Huntington. Reservations recommended: 631-3850373 or • The “Catalogue of Birds” concert with music by Beethoven, Vaughn Williams, Arvo Part and Janacek is Sunday, Feb. 25, 4 p.m. Tickets are $12 for students; $25 for seniors; $30 for adults.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Help Seniors Learn Computer Skills

SeniorNet offers computer classes for adults 50 years and older to teach technology like Facebook and iPads. SeniorNet is seeking volunteers for teaching, coaching and assisting with computer lab maintenance. Other volunteer opportunities are available. Email, call 631470-6922, or visit

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