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3D MAMMOGRAPHY DECREASES THE NEED TO RETURN FOR ADDITIONAL VIEWS What if you were able to reduce your chances of being called back by one half? 3D mammography, performed together with your traditional 2D mammogram, provides a much clearer look through overlapping breast tissue. This enables doctors to better differentiate between breast lesions and regular tissue.

A Yale study was performed with 13,174 patients: • 6,116 received 2D mammography plus 3D mammography (breast tomosynthesis). • 7,058 received 2D mammography alone.

Stats for the 2D + 3D group: • 28% reduction in the overall recall rate. • 37.8% reduction in the recall rate for women with heterogeneously dense breasts. • 57.6% reduction in the recall rate for women with extremely dense breasts. • Increased cancer detection rate at 5.6 per 1,000 for 2D + 3D (3.4 per 1,000 for 2D). Presented by Dr. Brian Haas and his colleagues, Yale University School of Medicine, at RSNA 2012.

Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology has the most experience with 3D mammography, or tomosynthesis, in the tri-state area, utilizing eight units throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties.


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1. Sephora + Pantone Universe 2013 Color of the Year

Emerald is a sophisticated, regal color that doesn’t often stray outside the lines of clothing and jewelry. But in a collaboration between Pantone and Sephora, it does with exquisite results. Pantone—the world-renowned authority on color—has named Emerald the color of 2013. “It enhances our sense of well-being further by inspiring insight, as well as promoting balance and harmony” the company says. This limited-edition kit, available in March, comes jam-packed with emerald goodies including eye shadow, blush, eyeliner, lip gloss, mascara and nail polish. ($68, Sephora, 2. Rusk Being Sexy Glitter Hairspray As it sparkles, this shimmering hairspray will also hold, shine, condition and protect your bombshell locks. Apply as a finishing touch to dry, styled hair, and you can restyle, even hours after application. ($9, Ulta,

epitome of glamour. With this clinically tested formula you can expect to grow longer, fuller lashes and brows in weeks thanks to an exclusive triple peptide complex—boosted by vitamins, botanicals and conditioners. ($98, Elizabeth Arden,

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4. Fergie by Wet ‘n’ Wild Nail Color Singer Fergie introduced a new line of nail color that’s just as luminescent as

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twinkle to your eyes. Just swipe these radiant shades under and over your eyes, and add some glitz to each wink! ($22.95, Lush,

5. Merle Norman Lash Prep This lash prep is a primary coat with a molded applicator that makes your eyes come alive by maximizing and lengthening lashes from root to tip. It’s fragrance free, ophthalmologist tested, and safe for contact lens-wearers. This lash base coat delivers results that are just dazzling. ($22.95, Merle Norman, Medford, Carle Place & Bay Shore,

7. Elizabeth Rose Cosmetics HD Shimmer Shadow For a glamourous look, glide this black gold glitter over your lids to add extra drama to already there shadow for a night out or just a slight sparkle for a casual day look. ($18, Elizabeth Rose Cosmetics, Sayville)

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8. Too Faced Glamour Dust This brilliant, glimmering eye shadow can be used by itself or to accentuate the colors you already own. To add drama, apply dust on your cheeks, collarbone and hair for a look that’s unrivaled. ($17, Sephora, March 2013

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A New Chapter ne of the challenges I’ve faced in publishing a bi-monthly magazine is that there were too many topics to cover and not enough space to print them. In order to bring Milieu to the next level as a monthly glossy publication, our entire staff has been working almost non-stop, but we needed our readers and advertisers to support us as well. You have, and we thank you. We are proud to reintroduce you to Milieu as a monthly magazine; sleek, beautiful and glossy. What sets Milieu apart from the cluttered women’s media landscape is our high- quality editorial, beautiful design and breadth of our coverage. Our articles and features are written in-house or by trusted freelancers who bring you stories you won’t read anywhere else. Women aren’t one-dimensional, and neither is Milieu. Make sure you don’t miss an issue, go to and sign up for a complimentary subscription and we’ll mail Milieu to your home or office. No worries, we will not share your information. We hope you enjoy reading Milieu. Please let us know your thoughts, we’d love to hear from you! Warm Regards,

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Women’s News New Bill Could Subject Rape Victims to Criminal Charges

Women’s History Month Celebrate local female pioneers by picking up a copy of Women

in Long Island’s Past: A History of Eminent Ladies and Everyday Lives. Written by retired Hofstra

professor Natalie A. Naylor, the book celebrates important women with Long Island connections who made a difference—from political activists to pilots and scientists. It will make you proud to be a Long Island woman!

National Nutrition Month

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is celebrating their 40th anniversary with the theme, “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day.” Its focus is to encourage people to develop healthy eating habits that are personalized to their individual lifestyles, cultural and ethnic traditions, and food preferences.

This day in March March 10: Daylight Saving Time begins. (Spring ahead!) March 12, 1912:

One Direction

Time to Start Buying Concert Tickets for Jones Beach Theater

Superstorm Sandy may have wreaked havoc on the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, but as the saying goes, “The show must go on.” The theater is set to be back on its feet for the summer, with acts like One Direction and Fleetwood Mac already set for dates in June. The lineup usually trickles out by the end of March, but make sure you keep an eye on the calendar and get your tickets before all the good ones are gone! Visit and enter Nikon at Jones Beach Theater to find out when tickets for your favorite artists go on sale.

Girl Scouts of America is founded.

March 14, 1833: The first female

dentist, Lucy Hobbs, is born in NY.

March 17: St. Patrick’s Day March 20: First day of spring March 21, 2006: Twitter was created by Jack Dorsey.

March 25: Passover begins. March 26, 1892: Long Island

poet Walt Whitman dies.

March 31: Easter Sunday

St. Patrick’s Day Parades

Which Long Island St. Patrick’s Day parades are rumored to be the best? In Suffolk, celebrate on the actual holiday at the Miller Place/Rocky Point St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 17. On March 23, Rockville Centre will be wearin’ the green at its 17th Annual St. Patrick Day’s Parade.

Shamrock Cupcakes

Using a regular size muffin tin and cupcake liners, place three marbles between each cupcake and the tin, with one on top and one on each side. This should leave you with a “Y” shape. Add green food coloring to the cupcake mix, and pour the mix into the cupcake liners. Bake as per instructions and voilà!

The Long Island Pet Expo

Tina Fey and Paul Rudd’s rom-com Admission comes out March 22.

A new bill proposed in New Mexico would criminally charge pregnant rape victims who choose to have an abortion with “tampering with evidence.” The bill says that the women could face up to three years in prison. After the initial outcry, the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Cathrynn Brown (R-Carlsbad), says she intended to make it a crime for a rapist to force his pregnant victim to have an abortion, and it was just poorly worded. New Mexico is not one of the 31 states that allow a convicted rapist to sue for custody and visitation rights of his victim’s child.

Obama Offers Birth Control Compromise to Religious Groups President Obama has introduced a compromise to try to allay the concerns of religious-affiliated organizations regarding access to birth control under his healthcare reforms. Under the Affordable Care Act employers are required to provide full coverage for contraception. While houses of worship are exempt from the rule, religious non-profits are not. The president’s compromise would mandate that these organizations give their employees access to contraception coverage, but a separate health insurer would pay for it as opposed to the organization. While women’s rights organizations have endorsed the new rules, many religious groups still feel that it takes away their First Amendment rights. The public comment period for the new proposal is open until April 8.

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returns to the Suffolk Community College Expo Center in Brentwood on March 1 – 3. It’s the only time you can see pot-bellied pigs, alpacas and dancing dogs in the same room. Make sure to check out the schedule of events so you don’t miss out on the parrot demonstrations, rainforest reptile show or the petting zoo. The expo is sure to keep kids and animal lovers entertained for hours.

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Chris & Tony’s Designer Dining This full-service family style Italian restaurant in Syosset has a bar, lounge, outdoor seating, and can accommodate private parties. Owned by Chris Tsarsi, Chris Fichera, and Tony Ambrosio, Chris & Tony’s serves delicious dishes like Chris and Tony’s Chicken. It also has more than a dozen pasta dishes to choose from. For those on a diet, Chris & Tony’s health corner has appetizing low-cal meals on the menu. All of their meals are made fresh, nothing is pre-made. “Come here and say, ‘I want rigatoni marinara, no garlic,’ and that’s how it’s made,” says Matty Sorrentino, restaurant consultant. “It really is designer food.” (, 352 Jericho Tpke., Syosset,

Cruise-Ready Accessory The most tedious part of traveling is packing, hands down. Oceanside resident Silvia Allegrini lost her luggage while she was overseas and had to buy a new wardrobe. Allegrini decided there was a need to create the ultimate travel accessory for women. Her solution? Chick on the Go, a cosmetic-sized case that is filled with five must-have pieces of clothing and two accessories that can be mixed and matched to create combinations ranging from business casual to lounge-ready sexy. A nifty travel alternative for the fashion-forward woman. ($289,



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There’s a new group hanging out on LIRR platforms on Saturday nights—women heading into NYC for an alternative girls’ night out at the gym. Barry’s Bootcamp, located in Manhattan and the Hamptons, offers a cool setting to sweat off the calories while having a great time with your friends. Barry’s popular Saturday Night Dance Party combines club and cardio, according to Joey Gonzalez, COO of Barry’s Bootcamp. Joey says the idea came from “avid bootcampers who said they wanted to take advantage of a Saturday night when they didn’t feel like going out but still wanted to go do something fun and clubby.” The intense class offers a traditional bootcamp-style workout with a twist: a live DJ, healthy snacks, go-go dancers, a disco ball and theme nights. Manhattan’s Uplift Studio offers a similar program. Their “Raise the Bar” class begins with a 45-minute mix of cardio and strength training, followed by wine, cocktails, or a beer-tasting session at the Flatiron studio. “There are two things that create a happy healthy environment for women: physical fitness and a social life,” says Uplift co-founder Leanne Shear. “We brought those two things together under one roof.” We’ll raise our glasses to that! (


Addicted to trendy coffee drinks? Bubble tea is a drink that will put Starbucks lattes to shame. The tea-based drink usually consists of milk, sugar, tiny tapioca balls, and comes in a variety of flavors. The tapioca pearls resting at the bottom are what makes the tea so unique. They are derived from the cassava fruit and are caramelized, giving them a gummylike consistency and black color. Entre in Great Neck is one of the few places on Long Island to sell the drink delight. Their green and black tea is steeped fresh every morning, and they offer myriad flavors. Kevin Selvakumar, the drink maker at Entre, says, “Passion fruit and peach, those are very popular amongst the neighborhood. Entre also offers a variety of tapioca pearls, such as the yogurt pop pearl. You sip them up, pop them in your mouth, and get a burst of yogurt flavor.” (10 Grace Ave., Great Neck,

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Famous for its popularity with jewelers, the wonderful green color of the Emerald is unparalleled in the gem world. Emerald is described as the color of growth, renewal and prosperity. Color icon Pantone, Inc., announced Emerald as the 2013 Color of the Year and now this vibrant hue has quickly become the hottest color in the fashion world. “Green is the most abundant hue in nature—the human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum,” explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “Symbolically, Emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today’s complex world.”

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Though Lindsay Lohan received terrible reviews in the Lifetime movie Liz & Dick, this new comic book is a must-have for LIz fans! Silver screen siren Elizabeth Taylor was larger than life, and her legacy lives on through Tribute: Elizabeth Taylor, written by comedic writer Dina Gachman. Elizabeth is seen as the down-to-earth diva she was, as told from the point of view of her beloved maltese, Daisy. “Elizabeth Taylor was gorgeous, talented, and fabulous, but did you know she was also a bawdy broad who loved a good party and used to say, ‘I, along with the critics, have never taken myself too seriously.’ Liz has the Oscars to prove any critics wrong, and this book is a breezy jaunt through Taylor’s life that’s narrated by someone very near and dear to her heart,” says Gachman. “The Lifetime movie Liz & Dick that just aired depicted her as a crazy drunk for the most part, so this comic can show more sides of Taylor, and introduce her to a generation that might not have seen her films and accomplishments.” ($3.99, Comic Flea Market; $1.99 iTunes digital edition)


At Paint The Town Studio, not only can you paint, but you can enjoy a cocktail, too! Recently opened by Alison and John Hinkaty, this Huntington studio offers a wide variety of classes, instructed by Alison, along with music and good times. “We break it down into really easy-to-follow steps,” says John. “And at the end of two hours people leave with paintings they have done themselves.” The studio even has themed classes like Picasso, Van Gogh, ’80s and kids’ nights. It doesn’t matter how good of an artist you are, Paint the Town is open to painters of all skill levels. (17 Green St., Huntington,


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Second Time Around, a consignment chain established in England in the 1970s, has opened its first store on Long Island. Located in Huntington, they offer a mix of high-end and contemporary designer clothing at a steal. “The merchandise is always rotating, so you never know what you’re going to find,” says Ambria, New York District Manager. “Shoppers are thrilled that they don’t have to go all the way out into the city to pick up a designer handbag. We have the same designer items that you’d find in department stores, only for a fraction of the price.” (267 Main St., Huntington,

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Left Side from Top 1980s Avon Faux Pearl Locket Ring A bright gold locket topped with simple white pearls. ($16, Paper Doll Vintage Boutique) Colored Stackable Stone Rings Show off a daring look with these richly colored accessories. ($39 each, Fox’s) Onyx Square Ring Paired with radiant dark crystals, this onyx stone is sure to make a statement. ($175, Lotus Vintage) 1970s Milk Glass Rhinestone Adjustable Ring This ring sparkles and adds a classy touch to any look. ($10, Paper Doll Vintage Boutique) 1970s White Rhinestone Ring A truly unique ring that can stand alone or mixed in! ($10, Paper Doll Vintage Boutique) Right Side from top 1970s Amethyst Glass Jewel Ring This lavender stone is sure to turn heads and complete any outfit. ($14, Paper Doll Vintage Boutique) 3 Semi-Precious Gem Sphere Ring These three rectangular gems are complemented by a cross of silver crystals. ($80, Gorgeous The Salon) 1970s Carved Flower Pearls Adjustable Ring A melon-tinted flower lined with iridescent pearl studs. ($12, Paper Doll Vintage Boutique) 1960s Adjustable Bougher Ring A classi white pearl centered in a golden flower with adjustable band. ($15, Paper Doll Vintage Boutique) Deep Purple Ring A sparkling purple crystal set perfectly on a golden ring. ($39, Fox’s)

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Red Carpet COLORFUL BCBG Max Azria Rochelle Scallop Lace Dress A bright lace design plays off the nude detailing for one hot number. ($498, Bloomingdale’s, Huntington and Garden City,

Runway Ready Carolina Herrera This luminous orange-striped organza longuette dress has a leather skinny belt with an orange patentleather ornate motif.

18K Cosmic Turtle Amulet This necklace pays homage to the Hindu mythology that the cosmic turtle is the foundation of the universe. ($12,500, Temple St. Claire, TempleStClaire. com)

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Sue Wong Celadon Dress A fun alternative to the little black dress, this timeless zesty piece is a must for spring. ($399, Sue Wong, SueWong. com)

Lombok Pendant Necklace by Deepa Gurnani Glass, cotton, brass and acrylic comprise this superb beaded necklace, with pops of crystals and bronze detailing. ($198, Anthropologie, Greenvale and Huntington,

Call To Fashion iPhone Case Reminiscent of a designer bag—but way cheaper—this adorable quilted silicone case with a chain handle is too cute for words. ($15, Mixology,

Rebecca Minkoff Affair Bag With geometric quilting and a suedelaced chain strap, along with a convenient magnetic flap closure, this is couture meets convenience. ($425, Lonny’s,

Ila Silk Sandal Floral print and vibrant colors make these sandals a spring staple. ($358, Kate Spade,

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Belle Fleur Bangle With a beautiful mix of pearl and turquoise detailing, this bangle is a stand out. ($148, Kate Spade,

Pear Forelle Clutch This sparkling clutch is so tantalizing, you’ll want to take a bite! ($4,295, Judith Leiber,

Jimmy Choo Dream Heels Brilliant silk tassels and a vivid rope adorn these whimsical snakeskin heels. ($1,495, Jimmy Choo, March 2013

Delicate Girlfriend Crystal Collar You can take the fun island feel of this necklace anywhere. ($158, Henri Bendel, Huntington and Garden City,

Sue Wong Sapphire Dress With one-shoulder detailing and embellishments, this sleek sapphire blue dress is super sexy. ($499, Sue Wong,

Carmen Marc Valvo Snake Print Beaded Halter Gown A mix of greens and a sexy slit design make this dress extra chic. ($479, Last Call by Neiman Marcus, Tanger Outlets at the Arches, Deer Park,

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Splurge Coach Woven Block Heel This flesh-tone shoe has a woven chunky heel glimmering with metallic. ($248, Coach,

Tiffany Anniversary Kunzite Pendant This wish-list item is an oval-cut kunzite totaling just more than 175 carats nestled in a bed of diamonds and set in platinum on a diamond and platinum chain. (POR, Tiffany & Co., Manhasset, Tiffany. com)

Minaudiere by Prabal Gurung for Target This colorful evening clutch in nolita print doubles as a convenient crossbody. ($34.99, Target,

Tiffany Peacock Earrings Dripping with tanzanite and diamonds, these platinum pear-shaped earrings are spectacular. ($50,000, Tiffany & Co, Manhasset, Photo by Carlton Davis

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Larimar Nail Lacquer This limited-edition soft and stylish color is inspired by the rare blue gemstone found in the Dominican Republic. ($22, Oscar de la Renta, Manhasset,

Steal Simply Vera Vera Wang Sandals These ultraflattering nude heels feature a platform and sexy net design. ($49.99, Kohl’s,

Kardashian Kollection BodyCon Dress Trendy peplum and vibrant Palm Springs print give this dress a contemporary look. ($84, Sears,

Jerome C. Rousseau Popp These strappy suede sandals make quite the sophisticated statement in a deliciously sweet purple hue. ($595, Bloomingdale’s, Garden City and Huntington,

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In a corner room tucked away near the shoe department of Macy’s in Roosevelt Field Mall, iconic fashion designer Betsey Johnson, wearing rhinestone kitten ears, black sequined leggings, yellow ankle socks and leopardprint sneakers tries to get comfortable.

dance and art. She’s been rocking the fashion industry, bringing two-dimensional sketches to life with her over-the-top designs since the 1960s, using everything from the interior lining of automobiles to old New York Yankees uniforms in her creations. “The ’60s had fabrications

“There were a couple of places where the whole crowd of passionate, frustrated, crazy kids hung out and I was really amazingly lucky to be part of that.” “I don’t know why—I feel like I’m gonna fall off this thing,” she says, while rocking on a high stool that’s nearly half her height. Then she jumps down and points to a chair. “Do you want to sit on this one instead?” Johnson speaks with passion in every word, her largerthan-life personality uncontainable in her tiny body. “It’s really fun,” she says of her life, with big eyes. “Because I go here and see what the shoes are doing, then I go there and I can give my input to jewelry, and then I go to handbags, and then I go to luggage and then...” “Here, come on, we’ll sit up here,” she says jumping back up on the stool. Known for her punk-rockmeets-fashionista-meets-popart style, Johnson’s collections were born from her love of

Iconic fashion designer Betsey Johnson blends punk rock and pop art in her new line. Photo by Shannon Sinclair

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that were crazy: very modern, very neon, your silver, your plastic, much more far out,” she says. “We thought we were gonna be on the moon in 1980.” Back then, Johnson says she designed an A-line throwaway paper dress—that grew. “It was like a handiwipe or something but you watered it and it grew,” she says. “People were into fabrications that really did weird things—with this, you just sprinkled water and seeds were set in the fabric, and it grew into little herbs.” Taking her cues from the avant-garde London fashion scene, Johnson, a Syracuse University alum, helped pioneer what became known as the Youthquake movement—a fun, spirited subculture of art, fashion and music. Johnson soon found herself

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Line, Warhol & Long Island in circles with Youthquake poster children pop artist Andy Warhol and fashion model Edie Sedgwick. “Andy’s superstar Edie Sedgwick was my fitting model,” Betsey tells Milieu. “There were a couple of places where the whole crowd of passionate, frustrated, crazy kids hung out, and I was really amazingly lucky to be part of that, I don’t know how. But I made clothes. I was making a lot of silver clothes, stretchy silver clothes and Andy was doing the silvers.” Sedgwick, known for a tragic life filled with drug use, fell asleep several times with a cigarette in hand, and was badly burned once when candles set fire to her apartment while she slept. “When Edie set her apartment on fire,” Johnson has famously said. “She was in one of my dresses.” Despite the glamorization of that time, Johnson says it was all very unglamorous. “You know, it wasn’t about fame and money,” she says. “I mean, it was like downtown, it was no big deal. “Ever hear of the Velvet Underground?” she adds very matter of factly. “One of those guys was my husband.” Johnson was married to musician John Cale, part of Andy Warhol’s legendary art rock band, from 1968 to 1971. “I went out to the Hamptons once with Andy and the Velvets, and never went back until I rented in 2000,” she says. “We were

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treated like shit. “It was very rich, and they didn’t like to see poor coming because they saw anyone new as more poor and not family,” she adds. “You know, it’s totally understandable.” But Johnson says she’s seen all of that changed. “I have a little house in East Hampton in the woods—I love it,” she says. “And what you’ve got to remember about the Hamptons is most of the people in the la-de-da Hamptons are huge charity supporters, big givers, so it’s a good hunk of generous people, but back then it was threatening, we just simply were not accepted.” The Betsey Johnson label has since expanded to include everything from handbags and luggage to jewelry and wine stoppers. “I think one of my favorite categories are the bottle stoppers,” she says. “But I really love my new sneakers. I love the new luggage. The bags…I mean I really love a chunk of all the product lines.” Her new dress line will debut in the spring. And though she doesn’t look anywhere near her age, at 70 years old, she continues to do her trademark cartwheel at the close of every biannual fashion show. Just outside the door, thousands of f ans are lined up waiting for Johnson to come out. One of her models walks in, wearing a pink tulle tutu and black leggings. Johnson jumps up. “You look adorable!” she exclaims. “Oh, I love that.”

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Born and raised on Long Island, Penny Preville fashioned her Deco collection from her sense of the romanticized Great Gatsby period and growing up on the Gold Coast. Photo by Jim Lennon

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R CK STARS Five Top Jewelry Designers With the Midas Touch By Alex Karcev

The five fingers on the human hand are said to represent ambition, intuition, balance, creativity and will—all apt descriptions of the five renowned jewelry designers who call Long Island home. Penny Preville, the inspired romantic; Helen Ficalora, the spiritual charmer; Susan Foster, the Hollywood dreamer; Judith Ripka, the savvy visionary; and Glenn Bradford, the exuberant craftsman. Hailing from Manhasset to Montauk, with nearly 125 years of design experience among them, these artisans have created golden empires in their wake, and like King Midas, everything they touch turns to gold.

PENNY PREVILLE The Inspired Romantic

Penny Preville can recall the memory of her first jewelry sale quite vividly. “It was on Fire Island, during a summer when my then-boyfriend, now my husband, and I rented an Ocean Beach house,” she remembers. “He displayed my handmade jewelry in a red wagon, and I went into town with my girlfriend and our two Irish Setters to sell it.” Just as the Radio Flyer red wagon has become a popular fixture on Fire Island, Hollywood celebrities have chosen Penny Preville’s unique creations to adorn

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themselves when walking the red carpet. Although mum on whom she may help outfit for this year’s awards season, Amy Poehler, the Parks & Recreation star, was recently photographed sporting a pair of Preville’s elegant black diamond earrings at the Emmy Awards. Preville is often asked to create custom pieces for celebrities—hair clips for Nicole Kidman and a Sandra Bullockcommissioned request. For Jamie Foxx, Preville designed cufflinks that he wore when he received his Oscar for the movie Ray. The cufflinks were designed with his daughter’s initials on one and his grandmother’s on the other. This year marks Preville’s 35th year in business, and she is just as passionate about jewelry now as when she was a young girl in Great Neck playing with her grandmother’s baubles. “I love the history of jewelry and I like to see how people dress in paintings,” says Preville. “It’s inspirational when I’m designing.” She fashioned her Deco collection from her sense of the Gold Coast’s romanticized Great Gatsby period. For her new collection, she says, “I am drawn right now to opals, mostly blue opals and sapphires, too. Anything blue—it’s my favorite color.” Preville still lives on Long Island, where she was born and raised. “I travel all over the country,” she says. “But I’m proud to be a Long Islander.” She still frequents her favorite local businesses. She satisfies her brownie Amy Poehler, fix at Diane’s Bakery Sandra Bullock, Sophia Vergara and in Roslyn and sates Halle Berry are just her love of Northa handful of A-list ern Italian food at celebrities who have worn Preville’s Westbury’s Giulio jewelry on the Cesare Restaurant. red carpet. Photos courtesy of Her fashion fix is Penny Preville filled with finds from the Americana Manhasset, and a walk by the water at Stepping Stone Park in Great Neck is her meditative cure. She no longer frequents Fire Island, but spends as much time as she can by the water, mostly at the summer home the family rents in Amagansett. Exclusively for Long Island Women MILIEU 23

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“I love being on the beach at the end of the day,” she says. “Wrapped in a blanket and reading a book, with the water lapping at your toes.” The Preville empire is family owned, with her husband and two sons playing important roles in its success. That strong family bond created her popular bridal line. “The Bridal Collection started when my older son got engaged,” says Preville. “It was the first conscious engagement ring that I made, and I named it after my daughter-in-law,” she explained. The Mara Ring was the first ring in her Love Story collection of engagement rings, each named for a woman from an epic romance. When designing a ring, Preville prefers to collaborate with the groom and does not directly consult with the bride-to-be. Asked if there is a cut that she personally favors, she replies, “I love both the Cushion cut and the Asscher cut. The Asscher cut was what I used for my first daughterin-law’s ring.” This driven designer continues to strive for more. “We get the most hits on our bridal pieces but I feel that the bridal business is still undertapped,” she says. “It could be bigger.” Of her timeless jewelry, Preville says, “It all tells a story. I think that when I design, I try to make something that I really want to be so beautiful, yet simple and wearable. A special piece should become a part of someone’s everyday life to enjoy.” When meeting clients, Preville often hears personal stories of how her jewelry evokes a special memory. “The name of a piece is so significant to many,” she says. “Someone will tell me that she bought the Sophia Ring because it was her grandmother’s name.” When Preville was making a personal appearance a few years ago, she was greeted by a woman who told her, “I bought one of your first designs.” It turns out she was that very first Penny Preville fan from Fire Island—sans the red wagon.


Helen Ficalora’s career took off in Montauk, where she feels surrounded by the beauty of nature. Still residing in Montauk today, her roster of clients now includes Hollywood’s hottest celebrities. Photo by Doug Young

The Spiritual Charmer


When Helen Ficalora was growing up on the East End of Long Island, a jewelry-making class in high school helped her to discover that she had an affinity for metal work. But the local influences didn’t end there. Guiding her aesthetic was the work of designer Louis Comfort Tiffany, including his famed Laurel Hollow home, and his belief that everyone should have beautiful things, not just the wealthy. Finally, add in Montauk, where Ficalora currently resides, and where she feels she is “surrounded by the beauty of nature.” “If the moon is shining bright,” she says, “you’re aware of it.” Her handcrafted jewelry collection celebrates the elegance of simple organic materials and form. Since incorporating her brand in 1999, Ficalora remains committed to her mission to “inspire beauty, love and peace” and to her philosophy of harmony with the environment. Her sparkling white gold daisy ring is an offering to the flower that blooms in Montauk, the town that was instrumental in propelling her brand into the spotlight. Ficalora was managing a motel in Montauk during the “in season” when a fashion editor guest noted her monogrammed letter charm necklace, purchased one, and began wearing it on the Ditch Plains beach, leading others to inquire where to get one. Not long after, the golden discs were featured in national magazines and worn by celebrities. “My business was built on the kindness of others,” Ficalora humbly explains. “I created the pieces, but others created the sensation.” Although popular with the bridal crowd—and featured in a slew of movies about brides including 27 Dresses and Bride Wars—her roster of clients also includes celebrities and behind-the-scenes power women in Hollywood. Having designed custom pieces for the red carpet, such as Emmanuelle Chrigui’s Golden Globe moment for HBO’s Entourage, and for denizens of Long Island’s famed Gold Coast, she likens both these types of women to being “trendsetters in their own right.” “Before I had my stores, they helped me generate a lot of attention by wearing my pieces at private parties and events that helped get word of mouth about my designs out there,” she says. And catch any episode of NBC’s 30 Rock and you’ll see Liz Lemon sporting her signature Helen Ficalora necklace. She’s not as influenced by the fashion runways these days, the designer says. “In the beginning,” Ficalora says, “I was watching fashion, but now I intuit what makes sense for where we are.” Ficalora has come this far, she says, “by believing that you can make things happen, and then by putting one foot in front of the other.” This year fans can look forward to a miniature collection, with pieces feeling more modern, simple and delicate, plus more earrings added to her offerings. Currently there are six retail stores in the U.S., but her goal is to introduce her men’s collection housed in its own store by the end of the year. Her plans for 2013 are simple: “My wish is for more down time with my husband and two sons,” she says. “And, ultimately, for peace on earth.”

Catch any episode of NBC’s 30 Rock and you’ll see Liz Lemon sporting her signature Helen Ficalora necklace

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Distinguishing Designers How well do you know your Long Island designers? Answers on page 30




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SUSAN FOSTER The Hollywood Dreamer


Mila Kunis, Leslie Mann, Emma Stone and Zoe Saldana have all rocked her creations on the red carpet. With a namesake jewelry line worn by countless celebrities, and a retail store frequented by the movers and shakers in Hollywood, Susan Foster has come a long way from her childhood home in East Hampton. Growing up surrounded by the pristine beauty of the East End in the 1980s helped nurture her artistic spirit, Foster believes. “The raw beauty of the ocean and dunes, the woods, the smell of the potato fields, the horses and stables…It was a beauty that made me think, wonder, ponder, wish and dream at a very early age and it formed me, hence my creativity,” she explains. She also grew up in a family of artisans, including a stepfather who built John Steinbeck’s work studio and lived down the street from Jackson Pollock’s house. She left Long Island to study art at UCLA, went on to gemology school and completed her training with an apprenticeship under European goldsmiths. Fifteen years later, she’s unencumbered by fashion trends, designing more from what she’s feeling and “by what I think would make a woman feel beautiful,” Foster says. In addition to her signature diamond slices, delicate micro pave and distinctive craftsmanship seen in her designs, a sense of whimsy permeates throughout. Hand-engraved with the words of iconic movie stars such as Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe, her Quote bracelets are an example of her chic, yet playful, aesthetic. For the upcoming year, she says, “I’m in love with natural blue diamonds. You’ll see some surprises with those this season.” The Hollywood red carpet continues to beckon for her creations. “You’ll be seeing quite a few of my jewels on the red carpet during this award season,” Foster says, without divulging details. Fans of

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Foster can also follow her tweets and link to her blog to find out what’s next for this high-profile designer. “I think [social media] has affected the landscape of fashion for the better in the sense that everyone can now appreciate and get instant information on designs, designers, trends, what’s new, fashion houses, shows, the buzz,” she says. “It’s all inclusive.” With an ever-expanding empire that now includes her pieces being sold at Harrods, Foster currently considers both Los Angeles and London her home. But Long Island’s Gold Coast lifestyle has left an impression on her. Foster is quite passionate about polo, and even sponsored the Bridgehampton games in 2010. “I play polo on the weekends with a bunch of Brits,” she confesses. “We have a party afterwards called Pot Luck Polo, where we all bring a dish and drink champagne.” She may not be back to the Hamptons until the summer, but we’ll be watching the red carpet to see what stars are decked out in Foster’s new line!

The Hollywood red carpet continues to beckon for Susan Foster’s creations. Photo courtesy of Susan Foster March 2013

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Every Monday Glenn and Sharyn Bradford have a longstanding working lunch at Bistro Citron in Roslyn, where the two collaborate on creative design concepts and marketing plans. Photos courtesy of Glenn Bradford



Beckoning bright and blue on Main Street in Port Washington, sits the charming storefront of Glenn Bradford Jewelry. For 25 years, Bradford has been reworking estate jewels in this Gold Coast community and is renowned for his award-winning designs, including the 2013 Palladium Alliance International Design Competition. Bradford’s wife, Sharyn, designed the space in the building that now houses the retail operation where you will find countless examples of Bradford’s work and where you may also have the opportunity to meet the passionate designer himself. Bradford attributes much of his success to Sharyn, his “partner in life and in business.” Every Monday they have a longstanding working lunch at Bistro Citron in Roslyn, where the two collaborate on creative design concepts and marketing plans. “This is our life,” Sharyn says. “We live, breathe and eat the jewelry design business.” Both went to NYU, but met on the East end. “We met at a share house in the Hamptons,” says Sharyn. Married for 17 years, their life has inspired their business. “Sharyn started my engagement ring business,” says Bradford. “My first engagement ring design was hers.” Two years later, the bridal collection was born. As their life evolved, so did each collection—the Love Collection was conceived by Bradford after his then 1-year-old daughter Tayler kept pointing to his wrist. The Buddha Collection was launched to alleviate the stress of renovating their dream home in Sea Cliff, and the Word Art Collection pulled from the stream of consciousness words found in Sharyn’s artwork. “I dreamed of entrepreneurship,” says Bradford. “My mom had a clothing boutique

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Bradford attributes much of his success to his wife, Sharyn. when I was growing up and it gave me a first taste of that world.” At NYU, young Bradford enrolled in the dental program, (he still uses dental tools when crafting jewelry), before moving on to earn an MBA in finance and business. His initial foray into design began with watches and Saks Fifth Avenue placed the first significant order for his wares. When Neiman Marcus commissioned a jewelry collection, he took on the challenge and began promoting his work by hosting trunk shows. “I loved the one-on-one interaction,” says Bradford. “Now we can have a personal trunk show every day!” Clients seek out Bradford to create a better piece of jewelry for them or to unleash the spiritual quality of a precious heirloom—90 percent of his business is custom one-of-a-kind pieces. “I spend hours with each client and evaluate each piece with a deep design eye,” says Bradford. “They’ll tell me that it’s been in their family for generations, or they won’t even realize what it is. I’ll do an intensive restoration or excavate a gemstone and build something from scratch that results

in a magnificent piece. It’s a cathartic journey, more powerful than just design.” Thoughtfully naming his designs after the client, Bradford has touched many generations with his work. “A client once told me that she felt like she was holding hands with her mom and grandmother,” he says. With numerous plans in the upcoming year, including a re-launch of their wholesale business and a freshly renovated website, there is no stopping the Bradfords. The first generation is also hoping that the next generation of Bradfords, children Tayler, Ethan and Hannah, will want to take over the reins of the business. For now, their playful collaboration continues. “Stackable bangles are huge this year,” Bradford says. “Photograph the bangles for the ad the way I wear them,” Sharyn then adds. “Mix it all—sterling silver bangles and 18K gold diamond bangles!” Of his life in Sea Cliff, Bradford says, “I have a 16-minute ride back and forth along the water that I like to make in my convertible. It’s a wonderful way of life.” March 2013

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JUDITH RIPKA The Visionary


“My story is one of passion, persistence and performance, as well as a love story, a love for jewelry and my family,” says award-winning designer Judith Ripka. Today, her name is instantly recognizable, but Ripka had humble beginnings. Starting out as a young jewelry buyer, she noted a void in the market and knew she could design a better product. “My forte was in design, not production,” she remembers. “One day while I was doing some soldering work, my long hair flowing a la Cher, I smelled something burning and saw hair sizzling. Needless to say, I engaged the services of a young Armenian craftsman to manufacture my designs, and to this day, over 35 years later, I am still doing business with him.” Ripka officially marked her start with the opening of her New York City headquarters in 1977 and a few years later secured her first leased department in a Roslyn boutique. The first Judith Ripka store opened in Manhasset in 1993, and a free-standing store debuted on Madison Avenue two years later. Add the windfall of being chosen as one of Oprah’s Favorite Things in 2003 and her business was officially booming. Today, she has seven store locations across the country and her jewelry is carried in more than 100 stores in the U.S. and internationally. Her designs lend instant star power to any red carpet and stylists are always sourcing her pieces for their celebrity clients. “I am very lucky that many of my designs have been worn by the Hollywood elite on the red carpet, on the New York Fashion Week runway shows, for major magazine photo shoots and more,” says Ripka. “I have also designed many custom pieces for Judith Ripka opened her first celebrities. One of my proudest moments was store in Manhasset and closely seeing Hillary Clinton wear a custom pin I watches the fashion runways had made for her on the day of her husband’s so she can make jewelry to complement them. inauguration.”

Designing two new collections per year for her Couture Collection, she closely watches the fashion runways to see the upcoming trends so that she can make jewelry to complement them. “Statement pieces are a major trend for 2013,” she says. “I always encourage every woman to own a big and bold cocktail ring. A ring is one of the first pieces of jewelry that people notice with every handshake, gesture and wave, and it is a great way for a woman to express her personal style.”  Ripka often credits her mother as the source of her sense of style and design. In early January, @RipkaStylista tweeted, “My mother taught me to see the #beauty in all the little things in the world around us.” Ripka also utilizes social media for promoting her products. “I post, tweet and pin daily,” adds Ripka. “Today, I find social media to be the best and most efficient way to connect and interact directly and in real time with my customers.”  Now a successful businesswoman, designer, wife, mother and grandmother, Ripka has a life lesson to share. “Always believe in yourself and your dreams,” she says. “You can accomplish anything to which you put your mind to. If you have a passion for something, and combine that passion with persistence and great performance, then the sky’s the limit.” Distinguishing Designers Answers: 1. Susan Foster 2. Helen Ficalora 3. Penny Preville 4. Glenn Bradford 5. Judith Ripka

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Décor a la Maison MASter

Vintage Bust Form

A decorative and stylish way to display your favorite jewelry pieces. ($49, Pottery Barn,

Textured Linen Pillow Cover

Tawi Curtain

Pillow covers can be changed every season for a fresh, simple update. ($25, Pottery Barn,

With an alluring pattern, these drapes add glamour as well as privacy. ($208-$268, Anthropologie, Greenvale and Huntington,

Pretty Pansy Vase

Bring the beauty of nature into the room with this pop of color pansy vase. ($18, Anthropologie, Greenvale and Huntington,


Rosette Bedding

Simple and elegant, this duvet cover creates the perfect look, while still being cozy. ($58–$288, Anthropologie, Greenvale and Huntington, Anthropologie. com)

Wayside Dresser

This chest provides ample storage while looking luxurious. Traditional style with a French Country twist makes this a one-of-akind showpiece. ($1,279, 406 West Home Furnishings, Huntington,

Margaux Upholstered King Bed Could you find a more stunning bed? This neutral-colored piece will look amazing when accented by blueberry and raspberry hues. ($3,229, 406 West Home Furnishings, Huntington,

Rugs USA Tuscan Trellis A beautiful light blue rug creates a modern base for the bedroom. ($109$631, Rugs USA, Mineola,

Everett Upholstered Ottoman

Kick up your feet. The low-slung Everett Upholstered Ottoman’s clean, mid-century-inspired lines make a sophisticated spot to rest your legs, your laptop or a tray of cocktails. ($299-$499, West Elm,

Fontaine Round Mirror

The polished stainless steel frame found inspiration in the Rolls Royce jet engine. ($2,689, 406 West Home Furnishings, Huntington,

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Audrey Pearlized Gourd Bedside Lamp Base Add light and glamour with this pearlized table lamp. It’s made from hand-blown glass in a double-lobed gourd shape, with the gorgeous sheen of the finish accentuating its shapely silhouette. ($229, Pottery Barn, March 2013

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Sweet Lambie Bedding, Quilt

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Parlor Curtain Wire Jewel Flush Mount Lamp

A high-impact light fixture with a cotton/ linen shade is embellished with loops of dark wire for a look that is at once playful and sophisticated. ($149, Pottery Barn Kids,

This velvet-twill panel helps block out sunlight at naptime. ($148-$208, Anthropologie, Greenvale and Huntington,

Sweet Lambie Shade & Candlestick Base

Light up the room with this cotton canvas shade and turned-wood base. ($29-$35, Pottery Barn Kids,

Lamb Mobile

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Critter Lamb Rocker

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Munire Capri Collection Arch-Top Crib

The Arch-Top Crib takes center stage with whimsical curves and fairytale elegance. ($699.77, Behr’s Furniture, Seaford,

Tin Ivory Rug

Complete the neutral look of the nursery by adding this lowmaintenance, ivory patterned rug. (Prices vary by size, Posh Tots,

Montclair Glider

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Munire Capri Collection Double-Dresser & Arch-Top Hutch

This roomy hutch is ideal for displaying treasures and storing frequently used items atop the classically elegant double dresser. ($799.77 & $449.77, Behr’s Furniture, Seaford, BehrsFurniture. com)

Munire Capri Collection Five-Drawer Chest

This vertical dresser features a rich applied molding for an elegantly classic feel while providing lots of storage space for your growing child. ($769.77, Behr’s Furniture, Seaford,

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Guys Who Get It

Guys Who Get It

Genuine Long Island Men. Young or Mature, Married or Single, White Collar, Blue Collar, Green Collar, Professional, Student or Retiree. Guys Who “Get It" are Role Models, Leaders and a Positive Influence in the Long Island community.

Daniel R. Montellese, MD, FACC

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine Division of Cardiology for Stony Brook University School of Medicine Heart Associates of Long Island


nterventional cardiologist Daniel R. Montellese became involved in charity work through a special matter of the heart: his wife, Alyssa. In 2001, Alyssa’s younger brother, Louis Acompora, was a 14-year-old Northport freshman lacrosse goalie, playing in his first high school game, when he blocked a shot with his body. Although he was wearing a chest protector, the ball hit directly over his heart and caused a lethal abnormal rhythm. Louis passed away almost immediately. It was later determined that having an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) on the field probably would have saved Louis’ life. Montellese, who had grown up as an Acompora family friend, decided to pursue cardiology. One of the things that made cardiology so attractive to him was that he would be able to make a real impact on someone’s life. “With some parts of medicine, you’re not actually doing procedures,” he says. “But this is a procedurally oriented field. If someone’s having a heart attack, I can make a real difference, fix the problem and extend their life by 40 or 50 years.” Montellese started dating Alyssa during his residency, and was inspired by her parents’ AED initiative. “My in-laws took it upon themselves to do something and make these AEDs become more available,” Montellese says. “Over the years they had legislation passed in New York State that every public school should have an AED available if there’s a sporting event taking place.” Montellese wanted to use his medical expertise to become more involved in their work, and when he and Alyssa got married, he did just that. Montellese is now a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology for Stony Brook University School of Medicine and practices at Heart Associates of Long Island. He also sits on the board of the Louis J. Acompora Memorial Foundation and is working with the foundation to enact legislation to required AEDs in schools, not just in New York, but nationwide. Twice a year, Montellese holds free heart screenings for children and young adults, as part of another program inspired by Louis— Heart Screen New York. He first performs an echocardiogram (EKG) of the heart and goes through the patient’s medical history. If something comes up abnormal, the patient is given an ultrasound to investigate the issue further, potentially saving that person from a fatal heart event in the future. “That’s really trying to work on the problem from the other end, which means screening kids for potential cardiac conditions that predispose them to having cardiac arrest while they’re playing sports,” he explains. “Right now in the United States there’s no real set of regulations on how or if kids should be screened at all. This is a more formal way.” Montellese is continuously educating himself on children’s heart issues and recently attended a conference in Seattle to study different conditions that could predispose a child to a cardiac problem while playing sports, as well as different screening techniques. He is working toward Heart Screen New York’s ultimate goal of making pre-participation screening for youth sports a standard requirement. The fact that Montellese’s passion fits in so perfectly with his extended family’s work is serendipitous. “The whole thing is strange,” he says. “My in-laws always say that Louis made it happen in some way.” ­–Lindsay Christ

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By Beverly Fortune

Jennifer Nevadomski

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Jennifer Nevadomski is a trendsetter. For more than 10 years, she has brought together thousands of women online through her social media savvy and blogging, and now Jen is giving Long Island mothers the opportunity to meet and network with each other. Jen, a former social worker for a foster care agency in New York City, became a stay-athome mom after her twins were born in 2008. Last April Jen was featured on CNN’s Your Bottom Line in a piece called, “Meet a Mom Who Can’t Afford to Work,” after she had to quit her $45,000 full-time job because day care was costing her family almost $30,000 a year. A decade ago, when her daughter was an infant, Jen became a regular contributor to a mothers’ website called Bronx Babies. When the media giant Gannett took notice of her

“The group is not just for growing your business. Most of our members say they also enjoy the friendship and camaraderie.” following, they asked her to participate in its new online national network, MomsLikeMe. com, which was segmented into hyper-local parenting sites. Jen’s network was New York City. Eventually she became her groups’ “Ambassador/Community Correspondent” and, even more special, the “Mom-Bassador.” At its height, had more than 100 town specific sites with dedicated followings. “I ran it for three years,” Jen says. “It was the best job.” Unfortunately, Gannett decided to close the popular site in October 2011, removing all the content, and launched DealChicken instead. “All of those sites don’t exist anymore,” she says. Since then, Jen has had her hand in many different endeavors. She now owns and administers, which provides resources to interested mothers. She also operates her own social network and has published three books: “Becoming A Mother,” “Our Twins Journal” and “Mommy’s Having Twins.” Now the mother of four children—ages 10, 4

(the twins) and 3—Jen and her husband Paul recently moved to Massapequa. Jen works from home as a behavior counselor for Ableto. com, where she video-conferences with clients from across the country But it’s the social aspect of connecting with other mothers that drives her. Last August, Jen attended a BlogHer conference event in NYC. “I felt such energy,” she says. She took the momentum from the seminar, channeled it into her passion to connect women online and started Long Island Networking Moms that same month with cofounder and group advisor, Cheryl Roach. Jen announced the launch online and had no trouble finding a group of local moms interested in joining. “The first meeting we had 13 attendees; by the third we were up to 54,” Jennifer says proudly. The group now has more than 70 members in Nassau County who meet monthly. Recently Long Island Networking Moms launched a Suffolk chapter and Jen says it’s membership is growing by the day. “We are moms in business,” she says. Long Island Networking Moms has a no-competi-

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tion, business category-exclusive rule so that the members are encouraged to do business with each other. Giving women a milieu where they can share stories, vent, give or receive advice and make new friends is also Jen’s goal. “The group is not just for growing your business,” Jen explains. “Most of our members say they also enjoy the friendship and camaraderie. “I love to bring moms together and help them create a better work-life balance,” Jen says. “Being able to manage your business, family, friends and home? That’s a big thing.” For more information, go to or email info@

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Island Rock


Just because Long Island is flat doesn’t mean that you can’t go rock climbing! At Island Rock in Plainview, you can have an adventure and get in shape at the same time. According to General Manager Mark Leventhal, not only is rock climbing an aerobic workout, it also increases strength and flexibility. “In terms of health benefits, it’s a full body workout that you get while doing something extremely fun,” Leventhal says. “It’s going to work almost every single muscle in your body.” Island Rock offers everything from private instruction to safety and technique classes. Leventhal recommends the quickstart package for beginners, which includes a lesson, a day pass to climb once the class is over and harness and shoe rental for $43. (60 Skyline Dr., Plainview. 516-822-7625.

New Test to Diagnose Alzheimer’s


This tasty delight from health food blog Chocolate Covered Katie ( takes ingredients not usually found in a dessert and turns them into delicious treats that won’t expand your waistline. They’re easy to make and the lack of flour allows the Blondie to be delightfully gooey. Did we mention that one is less than 70 calories and 2 grams of fat? Ingredients: 1 ½ cups of chickpeas (1 can, drained and rinsed); 3 tbs. almond butter; ¾ tsp. baking powder; 1-2 tsps. vanilla extract; 1/8 tsp. baking soda; ¾ cup brown sugar; 1 tb. unsweetened applesauce; ¼ cup ground flax; and 2 ¼ tsps. cinnamon. Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Blend all ingredients until the mixture is very smooth and scoop into a greased 8x8 pan. Bake for 35-40 mins. The Blondies should look a little undercooked when you take them out, they’ll firm up as they cool.

Dry Brushing is one of the healthiest ways to start your day.

With a long-handled natural bristle brush, starting at your feet, begin brushing your skin upwards, always towards your heart, moving up your body and arms (don’t dry brush your face!). Not only will you get rid of dead skin cells, dry brushing also stimulates your circulation and lymph flow to decrease bloating.

Fitness fashion RUN: SWIFTLY TECH LONG SLEEVE BY LULULEMON ATHLETICA This light shirt is perfect for cool weather runs! The convenient thumbholes keep sleeves down and hands warm while the seamless silverescent fabric has anti-odor, moisture-wicking properties to keep you feeling fresh after your workout. “We designed this run top to be our constant companion whenever we lace up our sneakers,” says Amanda Casgar of Lululemon Athleta. “We made the body seamless to keep us comfortable when we get super sweaty on long runs and designed it to be lightweight so it’s easy to carry when we need to strip down.” ($68,


Until recently, the only way to conclusively diagnose Alzheimer’s disease was by an autopsy. A new test has been approved to help in the early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. The test uses Positron Emission Tomography (PET scan) in combination with a new drug called Florbetapir in order to identify a certain type of plaque (amyloid) in the brain. The presence of many amyloid plaques is an indication of Alzheimer’s disease, along with dementia. How does the test work? It is used only for patients who are showing signs of cognitive decline (the inability to remember or understand things) and are being evaluated for Alzheimer’s disease. Florbetapir is a radioactive agent which is administered intravenously. It attaches to amyloid plaques in the brain and makes them appear visible during a PET scan. If the scan shows few amyloid plaques, then Alzheimer’s is less likely to be the cause of the patient’s cognitive problems. However, if the scan shows many plaques, then it can indicate Alzheimer’s disease. If a patient does have Alzheimer’s, the earlier it is diagnosed the sooner treatment can begin. Since treatment has been shown to slow the progression of the disease, an early diagnosis may result in an improved quality of life.

Mayan-themed spa at Spa Adriana

Culturally themed spas are the new trend of 2013 and Spa Adriana’s Mayan-themed treatments are as authentic as it gets. “We decided on the Mayan spa experience because of the culture of the Mayans, the history of herbal and organic supplements and the use of plants in product,” owner John Vater says. For the past 26 years Vater has visited the Yucatan, where he meets with shamans, healers, herbalists and archeologists. Those same archeologists came to Huntington to work on the decor of the spa. “Even the stucco here was done in the traditional Mayan way and tints that were used were not paints or synthetically produced dyes but the same type of plant dyes used to paint murals in the Mayan culture,” Vater adds. Treatments like the MayaSpa Journey and the MayaSpa Signature Experience use the same holistic and balancing treatments that the shamans and healers in the Yucatan do. for balance and grounding. (266 Main St., Huntington,

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Parent Heart Watch Protecting Youth from Sudden Cardiac Arrest

By Jaime Franchi

It’s the number one killer of both men and women in the United States and, like a ticking time bomb, it can lurk silently among people of all ages. Heart disease, a broad term used to describe a range of diseases that affect the heart, comes in many forms and often goes unnoticed until it’s too late. Two Long Island mothers, Karen Acompora and Melinda Murray, both lost their sons to sudden cardiac arrest and are now trying to save others from similar tragedies. By encouraging parents to have their child screened for heart rhythm problems, abnormalities and congenital defects, they are not only protecting your kids, but they might ultimately save your life, too. Melinda lost her son Dominick when he was 17,

after he collapsed on the basketball court and died of sudden cardiac arrest. Because his father had died of heart disease, Dominick was at significant risk. Melinda joined Parent Heart Watch with the aim of educating families and

Both lost their sons to cardiac arrest and are now trying to save others from a similar experience.

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organizing free heart screenings on Long Island. Other fatal heart issues can occur spontaneously. Karen lost her son, Louis, in 2001 when he blocked a routine shot on goal with his body during a high school lacrosse game, causing him to go into sudden cardiac arrest. The school was not equipped with Continued on page 42

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a portable automated external defibrillators (AED) at the time, which probably would have saved his life. Thanks to Louis’ parents, and the support of then assemblymen Andrew Crecca and Harvey Weisenberg, AEDs are now required in New York state schools and have already saved 64 lives. Both Melinda and Karen created Heart Screen NY, a program to detect pre-existing heart conditions in children ages 12 to 24, filling the gap where mandated physical exams leave off. By setting up heart screenings across Long Island that are free and easy for the public to attend, Heart Screen NY is doing a thorough job of early detection for children. The first order of business during a screening is a heart health survey, which takes an in-depth look at family history. Then the patient is given an EKG to detect heart problems. If an abnormality shows up, the patient will be referred to one of the heart specialists on staff who have donated their time. The wealth of volunteers include doctors and medical students from North Shore Long Island Jewish Hospital, Mt. Sinai, Molloy College, and more. The events are fun so children aren’t intimidated. An upcoming screening is planned at Comsewogue High School in Port Jefferson on March 2. Of the people (both athletes and non-athletes) screened through these efforts already, 13 serious cases have been detected, requiring follow-up with a cardiologist. Not only have these lives been potentially saved, but consider the

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splinter effect. Brothers and sisters, parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents receive this news as a smoke signal to get themselves checked, knowing the high risk factors that come from family members with heart disease. Soon an entire network of people become armed with the knowledge of their bodies’ limitations. By becoming informed and taking precautions, innumerable lives are potentially saved. The American Heart Association recommends that if you have a family member who has a known heart defect, get your children screened. Likewise, if your child has a heart issue, get yourself checked. It isn’t often that a child gives life to a parent, yet this is just one of the possibilities brought forth by pre-screening.

To get involved or to find out about getting a heart screening at your school, visit

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Girls get to a certain age where carrying around a lunchbox is considered “so uncool,” so they resort to using brown bags everyday, which thins both the forests and their parents’ wallets. Sachi Lunch Bags are a stylish alternative, offering everything from trendy giraffe print and black and white polka dots to sophisticated faux ostrich and burgundy quilt. The insulated lunch bags can easily double as a purse! ($9.99-$25.99,


Oh My Girls!

This one-of-a-kind health club for girls ages 8-18 was created by two mothers who are credentialed in psychology, counseling, physical fitness, life coaching and law. Teaching girls how to live a healthy and successful life while in a fun environment is what you’ll find at OMG! Healthy cooking lessons, fitness classes, academic tutoring and a variety of workshops that includes everything from SAT prep to how to build a positive body image. It’s a great place for girls to make friends while learning life skills that they can accomplish anything they set their minds to! (140 Jericho Tpke., Syosset.



The Children’s Safari

Egg Bumble Bee Materials: Yellow craft egg;

Take a walk on the wild side at this safari-themed indoor playground. The facility boasts arcade games, multiple private party rooms and play areas, a sand pit and a multi-level climbing unit equipped with slides, tunnels and a mini rock climbing wall. There’s also a stuffing area where kids can make their own safari stuffed animal to take home with them! Whether you’re looking for open play times, mommy and me classes or a place to host a birthday party, this is a great place to have an adventure with your kids. (6 Rockaway Ave., Valley Stream,

Black and white craft foam; acrylic paint; silver glitter glue; four black pipe cleaners; pink pipe cleaner; black marker; 2” pom poms-2 hot pink and 2 white. Step 1: Paint two black stripes on egg. Step 2: Cut stinger and wings out of craft foam. Step 3: Outline wings with glitter glue. Let dry. Step 4: Make eyes with marker and white pom poms and smile out of pink pipe cleaner. Glue in place. Step 5: Fold one black pipe cleaner in half and glue hot pink pom poms on each end. Glue on as antennae. Step 6: Cut remaining black pipe cleaners in half and glue three on each side of the body for legs. Bend cleaners to make it look buggy. Step 7: Glue on wings and stinger.

KITCHEN CREATION Turn simple cupcakes into edible art!

Ingredients: Prepare cake mix as directed, add 1 cup of mashed bananas (about 2 large), bake. For decorating: 2/3 cup mini chocolate chips; 1 ½ cups chocolate chips; 18 gingersnap cookies; 18 mini Oreos; 4 ¼ oz. tube of white decorating frosting; 36 mini brown M&Ms; chocolate frosting. Ice cupcakes with chocolate frosting. To make ears, separate Oreo’s and remove filling. Use cut gingersnap to make a mouth, and brown M&M’s on top of white frosting for eyes. For nostrils and hair, stick on mini chocolate chips.

adopt A PET

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Instead of spending thousands on a purebred that is probably a product of a puppy mill, think about adopting a rescue pet. Little Shelter in Huntington is a non-profit, no-kill shelter that rescues animals whose lives are in jeopardy. “The counselors will single it down to an animal that would fit their scenario and be the best match for their family,” Executive Director David Ceely says. “It’s good to have an animal for younger children because it teaches them responsibility and how to care for something, and it also teaches them compassion for living things. (33 Warner Rd., Huntington.

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A TRIP TO THE STARS By Lindsay Christ

The Cradle of Aviation’s new state-of-the-art planetarium can only be described as out of this world. At five stories high, viewers get a realistic multidimensional peek at the stars and planets. “It’s like 3-D without the goofy glasses,” says Andrew Parton, Cradle of Aviation Museum’s Executive Director. While most have flat ceilings, the JetBlue Sky Theater Planetarium has a tilted dome ceiling and uses Uniview, a software that allows the museum to customize different programs for individual groups. The package utilizes databases from NASA and the Museum of Natural History, allowing audience members to get a realtime view of Earth and the rest of the solar system. They can also tap into different satellites to view storms and population growth and go back in time to see the before and after effects. “You can get an image of whatever’s happening around the Earth,” Kerri Kiker, the Planetarium’s Educator Coordinator says. Kiker said that the ability to go back to past dates is especially important when she wants to show viewers how the solar system or Earth looks during special occurrences like full moons. The three shows currently playing at the planetarium are One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure, We are Astronomers and the Tom Hanks narrated Passport to the Universe. Since each show is about 20 minutes long, they added a a customized presentation to make the experience an hour long. The interactive aspect of

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the presentation makes the planetarium a hit with class trips and birthday parties. With an X-Box controller, the birthday honoree can navigate different missions, including trips to the moon, craters on Mars and aerial views of Long Island. “The audience tells the person steering where to go, so everyone is involved and having fun,” Kiker says. The staff is working on a few new presentations, including Spring Skies and the effects of solar winds on the Earth. “All this is cool,” says Kiker. “But it really comes down to how this affects us.” The planetarium is located in the Cradle of Aviation Museum building, which is also connected to the Firefighter’s Museum and the Long Island Children’s Museum. Grab lunch at the Red Planet Café and make it a day-cation your family will love. For more information about show schedules, admission, group rates or class trips visit planetarium.html or call 516-572-4111.

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Gifts Your Furry Valentine Will Love! Just because he has a fur coat, doesn’t mean that he wouldn’t love a new sweater! Our stylish sweaters will keep your dog feeling warm and looking hot, all winter long.

Jackets, and raincoats, and fun puffer vests… these are a few of our favorite things!

Watch your dog make a rush for the plush! Check out these soft, fun, must have squeak-toys for the busy dog on the go. Nothing’s cuter than a dog with bedhead. These cozy beds are perfect for a good night’s sleep or a mid-day nap after a long winter walk.

Oh, my achin’ paws! A blend of healing herbs and organic shea butter, Organic Healing Cream is perfect for winter skin irritations.

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2.Riviera Catering Hall

200 E. Shore Dr., Massapequa. 516-541-5020.

1.The Inn at Fox Hollow

7725 Jericho Tpke., Woodbury. 516-921-1415.

3.Land’s End

2.Oheka Castle

80 Brown’s River Rd., Sayville. 631-5891888.

3.Viana Hotel & Spa


135 W. Gate Dr., Huntington. 631-659-1400. 3998 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. 516-338-7777.

1.Oheka Castle

135 W. Gate Dr., Huntington. 631-659-1400.


2.Carlyle on the Green

99 Quaker Meeting House Rd., Farmingdale. 516-501-9700.

1.Fire Island

3.The Inn at New Hyde Park

2.Pop’s Seafood Shack & Grill 15 Railroad Pl., Island Park. 516-4327677.

3.Gurney’s Inn Resort & Spa 290 Old Montauk Hwy., Montauk. 631-668-2345.

BEST BRIDAL DRESS STORE 1.Bridal Suite of Bay Shore

7 W. Main St., Bay Shore. 631-666-0700.

2.Princess Bridals

200 Fulton St., Farmingdale. 516-249-3005.

3.Bridal Reflections, Ltd.

3 Broadway, Massapequa. 516-795-2222.

BEST BRIDAL SALON 1.Bridal Suite of Bay Shore

7 W. Main St., Bay Shore. 631-666-0700.

2.Bridal Reflections

3 Broadway, Massapequa. 516-795-2222.

3.Princess Bridals

200 Fulton St., Farmingdale. 516-249-3005.


7725 Jericho Tpke., Woodbury. 516-921-1415.

2.Oheka Castle

135 W. Gate Dr., Huntington. 631-659-1400.

3.Shandon Court

115 E. Main St., East Islip. 631-581-5678.


7 W. Main St., 2nd Floor, Suite A, Bay Shore. 631-647-8891.

2.Cloud Nove Events

620 W. Montauk Hwy., Suite A, Lindenhurst. 646-209-7768.

3.Sincerely Yours Events

96 Old Broadway Ave., Sayville. 631-567-7970.

214 Jericho Tpke., New Hyde Park. 516-354-7797.



1.Jessica Leigh Paperie

1.Camelot Specialty Limos

2.Galleria Invitations, Favors and Tuxedos

2.All Star Limousine

7 West Main St., Bay Shore. 631-6478892.

234 Route 109, Farmingdale. 631-753-1264.

3.Platinum Affairs

605 W. Jericho Tpke., Huntington. 631383-4438.

BEST HONEYMOON TRAVEL PLANNER 1.Cruise Planners—Oyster Bay 46 Peerless Dr., Oyster Bay. 516-9227873.

2.Oyster Bay Travel

53 Audrey Ave., Oyster Bay. 516-9224700.

3.Travel Impressions

465 Smith St., Farmingdale. 631-845-8000.

National.Liberty Travel

Multiple Locations.

31 Central Dr., Farmingdale. 516-731-LIMO. 380 New Hwy., Lindenhurst. 631-756-0606.

3.Cruise Control

200 N. Strong Ave., Lindenhurst. 516-797-7454.

BEST PARTY AND EVENT RENTALS 1.Galleria Favors and Invitations 234 Route 109, Farmingdale. 800-693-2867.

2.A to Z Party & Tent Rentals

165 Price Pkwy., Farmingdale. 516-293-4192.

3.Camelot Party Rentals

734 Montauk Hwy., Bayport. 631-737-8368.

BEST PHOTO BOOTH 1.Ovation Photo Booth


185 Westbury Ave., Carle Place. 516-3349090.

1.Erica Luong

2.NY Digital Memories

2.Jennifer O’Sullivan

East Patchogue. 631-942-2984.


779 W. Park Ave., Long Beach. 886-864-3851.

BEST MEN’S FORMAL WEAR 1.Gino’s Galleria Tuxedos

234 Route 109, Farmingdale. 888-6988837.

2.Esquire Tuxedos

2156 Merrick Rd., Merrick. 516-378-6060.

3.Roger’s Tuxedos

2373 Middle Country Rd., Centereach. 631-467-1177.

National.Men’s Wearhouse Multiple Locations.

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468 Rowlinson Dr., Moriches. 631-909-4542.


82 Bridge Rd., Islandia. 631-533-9521.


249 Jericho Tpke., Mineola. 516-742-5251.

2.Oheka Castle

135 W. Gate Dr., Huntington. 631-659-1400.

3.Chateau La Mer

845 S. Wellwood Ave., Lindenhurst. 631225-0400.


445 E. Main St., Centerport. 631-261-1900.


135 W. Gate Dr., Huntington. 631-659-1400.

2.Carlyle on the Green

99 Quaker Meeting House Rd., Farmingdale. 516-501-9700.

3.NYIT de Seversky Mansion

Northern Blvd., Old Westbury. 516-686-7675.


845 S. Wellwood Ave., Lindenhurst. 631225-0400.

2.Venetian Yacht Club

494 Fire Island Ave., Babylon. 631-4222400.

3.Giorgio’s Baiting Hollow

100 Fox Hill Dr., Calverton. 631-727-6076.


199 Mills Pond Rd., St. James. 631-862-0100.

2.Old Westbury Gardens

71 Old Westbury Rd., Old Westbury. 516333-0048.

3.Carlyle on the Green

99 Quaker Meeting House Rd., Farmingdale. 516-501-9700.

BEST RECEPTION SITE— SMALL (<300) 1.Westbury Manor

1100 Jericho Tpke., Westbury. 516-3337117.

2.The View

3 Consuelo Pl., Oakdale. 631-589-2694.

3.North Ritz Club

7150 Jericho Tpke., Syosset. 516-921-4000.

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135 W. Gate Dr., Huntington. 631-659-1400.

2.Hallockville Museum Farm 6038 Sound Ave., Riverhead. 631-298-5292.

Specializing in Weddings, Bat/Bar Mitzvahs, Sweet Sixteens & Any Special Occasion Fully Insured 5 HouR WeddiNg Special ONLY


Includes DJ & MC, 1 Plasma TV Mounted on Vertical Truss or Arch Truss Over DJ Booth, Montage with up to 60 Pictures, Zap Shots on DVD At End of Event, Giveaways, Lights and Cocktail Hour.


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3.Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center

431 E. Main St., Riverhead. 631-2089200.


7725 Jericho Tpke., Woodbury. 516-9211415.

2.Oheka Castle

135 W. Gate Dr., Huntington. 631-659-1400.

3.East Wind Caterers

5720 Route 25A, Wading River. 631929-3500.


3307 Old Country Rd., Carle Place. 516-333-1718.

2.Irish Coffee Pub

131 Carleton Ave., East Islip. 631-277-0007.

3.Toro Pazzo

753 Wantagh Ave., Wantagh. 516-731-8700.

BEST SPA 1.Maximus Spa & Salon

399 Old country Rd., Carle Place. 516623-4180.

2.Fox & Company Salon and Spa

85 Covert Ave., Floral Park. 516-3550756.

3.East Wind Spa and Hotel

5720 Route 25A, Wading River. 631929-3500.

BEST WEDDING BAND 1.The Honeymooners Band

BEST WEDDING DJ 1.Digital Mix DJ Entertainment Selden. 631-736-0282. `

2.Unique Entertainment

427 Willis Ave., Williston Park. 516-248-4500.

3.Complete Wedding Package 2570 Hempstead Tpke., East Meadow. 516-304-1794.


1015 Hawkins Ave., Lake Grove. 631-467-0385.

2.Andrew Scott Events

380 New Hwy., Lindenhurst. 631-6088788.

3.Perfect Rose Floral

212 E. Main St., East Islip. 631-5810446.


119A E. Sunrise Hwy., Lindenhurst. 631888-0065.

2.Memento Photography

347 Lake Ave., St. James. 631-8131233.

3.Amanda Picone Photography;


31 Central Dr., Farmingdale. 516-731-5466.

2.All Star Limousine Service 380 New Hwy., Lindenhurst. 631-756-0606.

3.Lancelot Limousine Services 151 Denton Ave., New Hyde Park. 516-294-7102.


119A E. Sunrise Hwy., Lindenhurst. 631888-0065.

2.After Hours

2.Lunaria Productions


BEST WEDDING CAKES 1.Sweet Karma Desserts 550 East Meadow Ave., East Meadow. 516-794-4478. www.

2570 Hempstead Tpke. East Meadow. 516-304-1794.

3.Wedding Cinema

1517 Lakeland Ave., Bohemia. 631-220-4311.


2.Wonderful Wedding Cakes

1.Bridal Suite of Bay Shore

3.A Cake in Time

2.Bridal Reflections


3.Bridal Suite of Centereach

3 Pratt Blvd., Glen Cove. 516-671-6932. 29 Route 25A, Mount Sinai. 631-553-8824.

1.Long Island Sound

7 W. Main St., Bay Shore. 631-6660700. Multiple Locations.

2449 Middle Country Rd., Centereach. 631-585-6040.

234D Jericho Tpke., Mineola. 631-244-3624.

2.Janet King — Harpist


3.Musical Image


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Go Local Lace

Bridesmaid Dresses Out with the old, and in with the new. Traditionally, only the bride would walk down the aisle in a long, lacy gown, but times have changed and lace accents are popping up on bridesmaid dresses more than ever, says Rosa Fasola of Bridal Reflections in Massapequa. “Lace bridesmaid dresses are a great way to complement a lace-adorned bridal gown or even a lace-themed wedding,” she says. “These dresses are definitely becoming more popular,” says Tracy Burke of New York Bride and Groom. “Lace is a classic look, it never goes out. You will not look back in a couple of years saying, ‘Wow what was I thinking?’”

Birdcage Veil Returns

The vintage birdcage veil is a retro look, dating back to the days of the flappers, according to John Vater of Spa Adriana in Huntington, and it’s making a big-time comeback. Founder and CEO of Sincerely Yours Events Tammy Cunningham agrees that the veil is hot. “I love the vintage, yet chic and elegant look it adds to any wedding ensemble,” she says. “These days, I find that more and more brides are choosing a birdcage veil, as they are extremely light and go perfectly with long and sleek gowns, as well as with flirty short dresses. In its simplest form, the birdcage is still classic and timeless!” In order to pull off this look Vater advises brides-to-be to select hairstyles tighter to the head like finger wave sets or half-up half-down styles with a wave that have a softer look. (Photo: Jennifer Behr Bow Birdcage Veil, $295, J. Crew)

Black by Vera Wang Vera Wang has long been a driving force behind some of the most amazing wedding gowns ever created and now she’s expanding with a special line of tuxedos for the groom. The exclusive collection is available by rental with two options: the Black Super 130’s Two-Button Notch Lapel Tuxedo with grosgrain lapel coat and flat front pants and the Super 120’s Gray Tuxedo with two-button jacket with satin edge notch, lapel and side vents. (Rental price available upon request, Men’s Wearhouse, Multiple Locations,

This past summer Long Island designer Caitlin Bosso of Farmingdale introduced her first bridal collection. “This is something that, since I was very little, is all I wanted to do, all I thought about as a career,” the 27-year-old F.I.T. graduate explains. The four bridal gowns that make up her freshman collection (available at Bridal Reflections in Massapequa, for $3,400-$6,000) are aimed at satisfying every kind of bride. “I try to do something a little different with each,” she says. She describes one gown with pearl beading as classic. Another, with lace and an illusion back, as romantic. A gown with ruffles she describes as playful and one with peplum as elegant, for a trendy bride looking for a modern splash. Her next collection launches this April and Bosso hopes to complement each of these designs by adding a different flair to each. “We’re tying to make beautiful dresses,” she adds. “And make happy brides as much as we can.”

Something Old Something New Something Borrowed Something Blue

6-Strand Pearl & Diamond Bracelet This beautiful Georgian pearl and diamond bracelet features six strands of cultured pearls and four diamond-crested dividers, one of which is a sliding clasp. ($4,600, Antiques & Gems on Main, Huntington)

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Peachy Keen Gloves Lace gloves are a must-have accessory for a bride and this pair is just stunning. With nectar-hued bows stitched into the lace, these give the perfect touch without stealing the show. ($70,

Starlet Belt Reminiscent of old Hollywood, this bright white Justine M. Couture sash features a 3.75-inch wide and 8-inch long sash with a tie back. ($70 for a 4-day rental, HappilyEver

Vera Wang LOVE Diamond & Sapphire 3-Stone Engagement Ring This captivating 14K white gold ring celebrates past, present and future with a mesmerizing round diamond stone flanked on each side by a brilliant sapphire. Underneath the bezel of the center stone are two princess-cut sapphires symbolizing everlasting love. ($4,499.99, Zale’s, March 2013

Old Mine comeback We all want something uniquely ours for our wedding day and Good Old Gold (GoodOldGold. com) offers just that with their August Vintage Diamonds for customers seeking something truly special. The rings may remind you of an old miner cut diamond and are the only vintage cut diamonds that are “Ideal Cut.” This ring features a 2-carat August Vintage Cushion in the center and matching August Vintage Cushions on the side graduating from .30 carats each on the ends to .40 carats each alongside the center and costs around $31,150.

Wish List What bride doesn’t want a giant diamond ring to flash around and show off to friends and family? Well, Swiss jewelry company Shawish has taken the competition to a whole new level by creating the world’s first all-diamond ring—a 150-carat diamond, chiseled to hug a finger. The one-of-a-kind ring took a full year for the company to make, was created with laser technology and will cost you a cool $77 million. “A ring made entirely of faceted diamond has always seemed like a fantasy,” President and CEO Mohamed Shawesh explains. “It seemed impossible, so we decided to embark on the adventure of creating the perfect diamond ring that is epitome of art.” (

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Brooch Bouquets Artist Amanda Heer, owner of Vintage Brooch Bouquets ( creates meaningful custom creations, using the bride’s brooches, for around $375. Jen Rose Diehl, owner of The Ritzy Rose ( also creates a magnificent brooch bouquet starting at $350. “Miranda Lambert commissioned me to create her bouquet for her wedding with Blake Shelton last year, bringing this trend into the spotlight,” Diehl says.

Geometric Cakes The geometric-shaped wedding cake—whether in the form of off-center squares swirling up like a spiral staircase, a tower of hexagonal-shaped layers, or even a combination of squares and circles—will add a modern touch to your big day. CMNY Cakes offers an endless variety of trendy and unique options. “Some want the traditional look, but many brides are looking beyond that,” says Ro Sokhi of CMNY. “Whether it’s different sizes to the tiers or different shapes and mixing and matching.” (2945 Hempstead Tpke., Levittown, 516-513-0010,

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Classic Romance

The couple was married at St. Philip Neri in Northport with the reception following in Eastport at Trumpets at the Gate. “In searching for a venue, we wanted an intimate feel instead of a cookie-cutter experience,” she explains. “Our reception was everything we could have dreamed of and more.”

Dana and Thomas Laughlin Wedding Date: October 6, 2012. The couple was married at St. Philip Neri in Northport and the reception following was held at Trumpets at the Gate in Eastport. Inspiration: Dana and Thomas had a traditional church wedding but included their own with non-traditional elements.

“On a whim, one of my bridesmaids suggested we take a picture of all of us jumping. I was skeptical, until I saw the photo, which makes a great addition to our wedding photo album,” Dana says. was actually like, ‘let’s get a picture of all of us jumping.’ I thought it was going to be so ridiculous, and then when I saw the actual picture I was like, ‘oh my God I love it.’ It kind of just happened in the moment,” Dana says.

Dana purchased a canvas personalized with their wedding date and monogram that guests were asked to sign in lieu of a guest book. The canvas is now hanging in the Laughlin’s living room.

City Chic

Mia and D.J. Fitzharris Wedding Date: September 29, 2012. The ceremony was held at the St. Francis Xavier Church in New York City, pictures were taken in the Meatpacking District and the reception followed at Capitale in lower Manhattan.

Instead of a traditional limousine, Mia and D.J. chose a Rolls Royce Ghost so they could ride in style on their special day.

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Inspiration: The Huntington couple decided to head west for an “Old New York City Glamour” wedding.

(Above) For a pop of color and a bit of sweetness, Dana added edible hibiscus flowers from her family’s specialty store to their toasting flutes. (Left) Dana chose to buy her bridesmaids dresses off the rack from Bloomingdales. “This dress was the perfect hue and they all looked stunning in it.”

Mia prepared for her big day at The Plaza Hotel, in her last moments as a single woman, she planted a smooch on the doorman’s cheek before heading to the church.

For the first dance D.J. changed into a custom white tuxedo jacket.

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Elegant Affair Melissa and Fred Serrell

Wedding date: November 2, 2012. The couple was married at the Bourne Mansion in Oakdale. Inspiration: Melissa was looking forward to getting married at a place filled with childhood memories Her special day became even more meaningful after Superstorm Sandy which presented obstacles most couples can’t even imagine running into days before their wedding.

The Uninvited Guest

The wedding planswent smoothly until Sandy devastated the East Coast just days before their big day. “I had heard the final week before your wedding is stressful and full of last-minute changes but nothing prepared me for what I was going to face,” Melissa says. “It was several days of an emotional roller coaster of not knowing any definites. Tuesday after the storm, everything hit the fan. Anything and everything that could go wrong did. I stayed as calm and positive as I could through the days following.” When she found out that her venue still didn’t have power the afternoon before the wedding, she began to get worried. “It was the one and only time I actually cried. I still had faith that in some way it would work out. We scrambled to contact the other vendors to possibly move the wedding to another venue, even to another day. We got the call a few hours later that power was restored at the St. John’s Campus in Staten Island. They immediately relocated the generator to Long Island and were able to get it to our venue late that evening.” The generator was able to restore power 15 minutes before Melissa arrived on her wedding day.

Their first dance as husband and wife was to "At Last" by Etta James, which in the end had a greater significance than the song itself.

The jewelry pictures on the invite was the jewelry Melissa wore on her wedding day. The sapphire ring was her mother’s, Melissa used it as her something borrowed, something blue.

Michael Rosengard of North Island Photography, captures the bride and her childhood friend Lauren while they shared a laugh.

Bourne Mansion is located on St. John’s Oakdale campus, which was previously La Salle Military Academy. “Growing up, I attended La Salle for kindergarten as well as summer camp. When Fred and I began the process of looking for a venue for the wedding, it was the one and only place I could think of to host our special day,” she says. “I knew once Fred saw the Bourne Mansion; he would fall in love with it as I had so long ago.”

The bride carried a bouquet with a charm photo of her late grandfather Nicholas Lomuscio.

Guests were welcomed by a sign created by Custom Alexander & Co.

“In keeping with the old fashioned New York City glamour theme, the groomsmen wore traditional black and white spectator tuxedo shoes,” Mia explains.

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Groomsman Gift

Penny Preville 18K Diamond Tiara ($40,205, London Jewelers,

Royal Blue Lapis Lazuli Cufflinks

From Zicana’s Cala Collection,handcarved, set in Sterling Silver. ($1,000, Zicana, Westbury,

Bridesmaid Gift

Tiffany Crown Charm and Pendant

Sterling silver crown charm looks regal as it delicately dangles from a matching chain. (Crown Charm, $150; Pendant Chain, $50, Tiffany & Co., Manhasset,


Flower Girl Gift Pandora Royal Carriage Charm and Pink Leather Bracelet

Princess Bride ($130, Pandora,

Cinderella Diamond Bridal Collection by Alfred Angelo

Tiffany Blue Diamond Ring

This whimsical collection was inspired by Disney’s Cinderella and comes in a variety of blue-hued styles. (Gowns range from $1,499 to $1,899, available at select trunk shows through March,, Photo by Dan Lecca)

($10,000,000, Tiffany & Co., Manhasset,

Penny Preville 18K Diamond Anastasia Earrings

($16,040, London Jewelers,

Penny Preville 18K Diamond Tiara Cuff Bracelet

($26,095, London Jewelers,

Aruna Seth Cinderella Heel in Ivory Tulle Lace Glass slippers are so out and Swarovski- encrusted heels from a designer who is a favorite among royal fashionistas are so in. ($1,010.29, Aruna Seth,

The Bride Handbag by Debbie Brooks

($208, Carole’s Corner Fine Jewelry, Northport,

Once Upon A Time, a beautiful princess wanted to exchange vows with her prince and party the night away in royal fashion at Oheka Castle in Huntington, the perfect setting for a princess wedding. “It is no surprise that the dream of a fairytale castle wedding begins in childhood through stories told in books and depicted in movies,” says Nancy Melius, design director of Oheka Castle. “On occasion we get to experience a real-life royal wedding, such as William and Kate’s, which inspire and awaken those fantasies of a life of happily-ever-after. Uniquely, castle weddings evoke an emotional connection between the couple and the venue, whereby playing out the role of prince and princess is actually a romantic reality. For many couples, it is also the one time in their lives where they are truly the center of attention, and every bride and groom should graciously and royally embrace the moment.” (

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1. Duisdorf Tea Set This vintage mint-colored Duisdorf

Germany set embellished with real gold is a great gift to get a girlfriend when she gets her first big job. ($124 for set, Gorgeous the Salon, Cold Spring Harbor)

2. Spode Plates A great housewarming gift, the famous

pottery company offers colorful spring pieces like this elegant floral plate, part of a 4-piece set. ($89.99, Bed Bath and Beyond,

3. Royal Doulton Flute Set This “Pop in for Drinks” 4-Piece

flute set has colorful stems and makes for a great housewarming gift for a newly married couple. ($40, Dillard’s,

4. Vintage Perfume Bottle “Collecting perfume bottles is a very unique, rewarding hobby,” says Susan R. Arthur, president of the International Perfume Bottle Association. “The vast majority of perfume bottles were made to entice women. The design of the bottle itself, the graphics on the label and packaging can reflect the era in which it was made, world happenings, and specifically, what was evolving for women at the time of its production and sale.” ($90, Gorgeous Salon, Cold Spring Harbor)

5. Wee Forest Folk “The Wee Forest Folk collection is a real

labor of love!,” says Jenny Petersen of Wee Forest Folk.“Each little mouse is lovingly created and what makes them special is their sweet little expressions that make you just melt inside. Many like to get the mice that remind them of certain events in their lives and their children’s lives. (Home Kingdom, Port Jefferson)

6. Patience Brewster Cupid A hand-painted resin Cupid the reindeer is adorned with felt balls, fabrics and colorful toes! ($89, Cow Harbor Fine Gifts & Collectibles, Northport) 7. Fabergé Egg These jeweled eggs create a regal look on the shelf, and make amazing wedding gifts. (Somewhere In Time Antiques, Northport) 8. Delicate Compacts Talk about a great collection to kick off high school, college, a new job—or anything else for that matter! ($30 for fan, $25 for square, Gorgeous the Salon, Cold Spring Harbor) 9. Cameo Brooch Classicly elegant, this 14K gold cameo is vintage at its best. ($450, New World Rarities, Hauppauge,

10. Belleek Porcelain Prestigious porcelain creations characterized by iridescent surfaces and clover detailing are great housewarming gifts with Irish flair. ($75, Cow Harbor Fine Gifts, Northport) 11. Swarovski Butterflies “Butterflies evoke delicacy and poetry,” explains Swarovski global Creative Director Nathalie Colin. “I love to extend their color palette mostly playing with pastels or vivid pinks or purples. These eye-catching pieces perfectly exemplify Swarovski’s crystal expertise and sense of precision, and make great gifts, especially for Mother’s Day.” ($130 for Lavender, $240 for Amethyst, Swarovski, 12. Crabby Pillbox A quirky collectible for someone with a

small space to collect. ($39, My Favorite Place, Cold Spring Harbor,

13. Pandora Charms Start with a birthday and add an

occasion-specific charm on each holiday. (Pandora,

14. Beer Stein Turning 21 is an exciting time and a beer stein makes for a special and timely collectible gift. ($100, New World Rarities, Hauppauge, 15. Byer’s Choice Caroling Folk The whimsical nautical Northport Collection is perfect for newlyweds. ($75 for woman, $69 for man, Cow Harbor Fine Gifts & Collectibles, Northport) March 2013

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THE FATHER OF... ACROSS 1 Lets go by, as a chance 9 Like some eyeglass lenses 16 Short race 20 Emerge again 21 Medium tempo 22 Not tricked by 23 ... Nuclear Physics 25 Needle-nosed fishes 26 “Grand” instruments 27 Speak ill of, in slang 28 O.J. Simpson trial judge 29 Cuban salsa singer Cruz 30 People who may share armrests 32 ... the Symphony 35 McKellen of “Scandal” 36 Like the pope: Abbr. 37 Become laryngitic 38 ... Organized Crime 44 Wd. with the same meaning 45 Luggage screeners’ org. 46 Lobbies with glass ceilings 47 Ease off 48 Motor noise 50 Señora Perón 53 Golfer’s first stroke 56 - -jongg 58 ... Modern China 63 S&L options 64 TV actress Arthur 66 Ease off 68 “False!” 69 Tantrum 70 ... Country Music 73 Lady Liberty’s land

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74 Win by - (barely triumph) 76 Clay worker 77 Univ. e-mail ending 78 Garden of 79 ... History 81 Nestlé’s - -Caps 83 Napping audibly 85 Wear for a messy meal 86 Small inlet 88 Employer of many CPAs 90 Dorothy, to Em 91 Father’s Day honorees 94 Exam room noises 96 ... Modern Genetics 100 Tremendous 103 Actor Mischa 104 “The Raven” penner 105 ... Fitness 107 Libra 113 Shaw of jazz clarinet 114 Former Ford 115 “Either he goes - go” 116 Iroquois tribe 117 Early 16th-century year 118 ... the United States 122 Centuries on end 123 Off base with permission 124 It offers goods under a canvas shelter 125 Hong Kong’s Hang - Index 126 Dawdled 127 Playful marine mammal

DOWN 1 Readies, briefly 2 Falcon’s nest 3 Largest city in Yemen 4 Exhausted 5 Derby city 6 Leave port 7 Old Egypt-Syr. alliance 8 Wisdom 9 Cross words 10 Suffix with brilliant 11 32nd prez 12 Dumb and clumsy 13 Bill worth 100 clams 14 Waste away 15 Was ahead 16 Folded-over page corner 17 Investment firm worker 18 Long steps 19 Biblical cry of praise 24 Scale notes 29 Single dance move? 31 Fraternity “T” 32 First mo. 33 “Then again,” in a chat room 34 Darling 36 Supper club 38 Queen of rap 39 Of the womb 40 Maker 41 SWAK part 42 Slangy approval 43 Aptiva maker 44 Dirty streak 49 New no more 51 Vehicles for large families 52 - -Z (totally) 54 Kobe sash 55 Seduce 57 Toast starter 59 Essentials

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60 Hit the books 61 Very nature 62 Hardly the saintly type 65 Secret love affairs 67 More hokey, as a joke 70 “Star Wars” knight 71 “Who’s there?”reply 72 Quick trot 75 Cry out loud 78 Activist Brockovich 80 Malia or Sasha 82 The “O” of NATO: Abbr. 84 Not divided 87 “Son of -!” 89 Clever, specious reasoners 91 Crib clothes 92 Prize getter 93 Division 95 Modern Greek 97 Mr. - (old whodunit game) 98 Caviar base 99 Loggins & - (“Your Mama Don’t Dance” duo) 101 Aspen sport 102 Bullring holler 103 - Doria (ill-fated liner) 106 Bikini Island, e.g. 107 Lilt syllable 108 Italian for “hundred” 109 Neurotic worrying 110 Unleash upon 111 School, in Paris 112 More rational 115 Fell behind financially 118 Zeus or Thor 119 Ben- 120 Eden exile 121 “Te- -!”

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What’s in the Cards Aquarius January 20 to February 18

The Queen of Cups – your motherly instincts kick in this month by expressing your innermost feelings through artistic pursuits. Bring the children together for a fun time with arts and craft projects.


Pisces February 19 to March 20

The 10 of Wands – this card reflects the importance of learning the limits of what can and cannot be achieved. You may feel exhausted and not be able to continue what you’ve been doing for the past few months. Try to understand why you feel trapped so you can change your reality.

Aries March 21 to April 19

The 8 of Swords – you will be tested this month. The 8 of Swords describes a need to choose between two equally unappealing alternatives. This may be made more difficult by temporarily losing sight of the circumstances. Concentration is the key this month.

Taurus April 20 to May 20

The 2 of Wands – new opportunities are being offered to you. It is time to take stock of your situation and plan ahead. You may need to re-evaluate you career and decide where you should go from here.

Gemini May 21 to June 20

The Wheel of Fortune – this card heralds a fresh start. You are embarking on a new chapter and it is up to you to determine whether this will be a positive or negative experience. Change is good.

Cancer June 21 to July 22

The World – this card indicates the successful completion of one cycle or stage of life and the beginning of another. You may be experiencing a deepening spiritual connection and strong sense of oneness with everyone and everything.

Leo July 23 to August 22

The 3 of Cups – you will be experiencing great emotional happiness this month knowing that you are loved and valued by others. There could be a wedding, engagement or celebration of the birth of a child.

Virgo August 23 to September 22

The King of Cups – this card indicates that it is time to get in touch with your own inner feelings. Your significant other will help you become more open and access your inner world.

Libra September 23 to October 22

The 3 of Pentacles – drawing the 3 of Pentacle shows that your talents are paying off. You have a chance to show just what you can do and may gain some recognition for this.

Scorpio October 23 to November 21

Strength – the Strength card means that courage is needed this month to achieve self-mastery. By using will power you are able to overcome obstacles and learn self-control. You have the confidence to cope with the challenge and succeed.

Sagittarius November 22 to December 21

The 2 of Pentacles – you will be juggling emotional and financial security. You may need to keep several propositions going at once until you are sure which one is right for you.

Capricorn December 22 to January 19

The 10 of Swords – there is a necessity to consider circumstances carefully before making a clean break. There is a sense of inevitability, even if the change has been forced upon you.

Psychicdeb uses the tarot to do psychic readings channeling her spirit guide Helen. She is also an Astrologer and Reiki Master and loves to teach others the benefits of Reiki. Namaste. You can find her at the Original Psychic Fairs on Sundays. A listing of the Fair dates can be found on her website at:

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