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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. Caldrea Tea Olive Lime Body Wash Light and sensual, this vegan, cruelty-free body wash is scented with citrus and steeped in vanilla, orchid and green tea. Free-radical fighting angelica root and linden flower extracts along with rice bran oil, a natural collagen stimulant, and chia seed oil help hydrate and prevent freeradical damage, making this body wash a must for dry skin. ($18, Caldrea, 2. Desert Essence Deodorant Spring fresh and sweet smelling, this deodorant neutralizes odor while protecting skin that is prone to irritation. Free of propylene glycol and

aluminum and certified by the Natural Products Association, it provides long-lasting protection without the harmful chemicals. ($6.25, 3. Pacifica Enlightening EyeBrightening Shadow Palette Infused with coconut oil that creates a rich, cream-like finish, this luxurious 4-color eyeshadow set with pigmented mineral satin is designed to brighten your eyes. The set includes Urchin, Golden, Coral Sand and Skinnydip and are all-natural, vegan, gluten-free and cruelty-free. Plus, portions of the proceeds go to support clean water. ($14,

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4. LaLicious Body Butter Nourish and pamper your skin with this lavish, thick-whipped all-natural cream that quickly absorbs into the skin, leaving no greasy residue behind. LaLicious Body Butter is a balm for winter-weathered skin and is loaded with shea butter, cucumber, vitamin E, safflower oil and Aloe vera. Even better, it’s paraben-free. ($25, Select Spa Retailers, 5. Desert Essence Soap Bar This rich, foaming soap bar cleanses the skin while energizing the senses. Choose from two scents: peppermint or lemongrass. Aloe vera and jojoba oil add moisture and keep your skin soft. Gluten-

free and vegan-friendly, these soaps will make you want to lather up. ($4.99, 6. Sante Bordeaux Lipgloss Infused with beeswax and jojoba oil, this petite lip gloss provides shine and a pop of color. We found this favorite in our True Beauty Box (Flirt Organically On Trend), a monthly subscription that delivers organic and vegan beauty products right to your door. ($30, BeautyBox) 7. Juice Beauty CC Cream A 12-in-1 multi-tasker, this is the ultimate color-correcting CC Cream that moisturizes and

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evens skin tone, while imparting a beautiful glow. With no artificial dyes and rich in antioxidants, this cream protects your skin with chemical-free SPF 30. Try Warm Glow for spring and summer sun-kissed skin. ($39, Whole Foods, Multiple Locations, 8. SebaMed Hand & Nail Balm This deep-moisturizing formula relieves dry, chapped hands and naturally helps maintain the strength of nails to avoid breakage. Enriched with moisturizing allantoin and vitamin B5, the balm also contains keratin that promotes natural firmness. It’s 100-percent biodegradable and cruelty-free. ($12.99, April 2013

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ON THE COVER Photo by John Vater of Spa Adriana

Our Earth issue is filled with the latest responsible fashions and trends that are eco-friendly and eco-chic. We show you how making small choices can help the environment and give you and your family a healthier and more productive lifestyle. Due to inclement weather, the location for our style photo shoot on page 24 was moved at the last minute, but luck was on our side! We called on nearby Hicks Nurseries in Westbury, which was in the throes of getting ready for their annual flower show, and they welcomed us with open arms. Karen Musgrave, horticultural information and marketing specialist, and Nelson Demarest, visual merchandising manager, were on hand to make sure that our photographer, John Vater, could get the best angles for the style shoot, and John nailed it. Our models, Trinity and Michelle from Hampton Models, were outstanding and their hair and makeup by Adriana Vater was just stunning. The experience was wonderful, and we thank Hicks for letting us into their beautiful, floral world. This entire issue is packed with ideas for you, your family, your home and garden and even your pets. As always, Milieu Magazine embraces the positive side of life, and we hope that we motivate you to do the same. If you’d like to receive your copy of Milieu mailed to your home or office free of charge, visit and we’ll add your name to our subscription list.

Hair and Makeup by Spa Adriana in Huntington, Makup: Aveda’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection, Art of Nature Models: Trinity and Michelle of Hampton Models, Fashions items courteys of Location: Hicks Nurseries, Westbury, Bloomingdale’s, Huntington and Garden City, Fox’s, Huntington and Mineola, Target, Multiple Locations, Marsh’s, Huntington, Alex and Ani,


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April is... April Fools’ Day April 1

Start the month of April on your toes with this famous day of trickery.

Autism Awareness Month

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was established on April 10, 1866, and since then has worked diligently to enact laws that keep animals safe. The ASPCA asks animal lovers to wear orange throughout the month of April to raise awareness to animal abuse.

Distracted Drivers Awareness Month

Women’s News VAWA Reauthorized

Long Islanders spend so much time behind the wheel that it may seem there’s no harm in shooting a quick text or putting on a little blush while on the road. But this is far from the truth. The Department of Transportation wants to you to PUT YOUR PHONE DOWN and has named April National Distracted Drivers Awareness Month. It just takes one phone call or text message for tragedy to strike.

This day in april April 1, 1963—General Hospital premieres on ABC-TV.

April 4, 1887—Susan Medora

Last year the CDC reported that autism affects 1 in 88 children—nearly 1 in 54 boys—in the U.S. Learn more by attending Autism Awareness Week at the ELIJA School in Levittown. Visit to view all events.

Spring Spa Week April 15 through April 21

During Spa Week hundreds of spas, yoga and Pilates studios, fitness and nutrition centers and other health and wellness practices offer big deals on treatments. Blue Sapphire Spa in Port Jefferson, one of the participating spas, is offering first-time guests 20-percent off when they mention Spa Week. At Red Hots Sun Lounge & Spa in Roslyn, all Spa Week treatments include the use of sauna, relaxation lounge and spa amenities. To see all participating Long Island businesses visit

Salter is the first woman in the US to be elected mayor in Argonia, Kansas.

April 4, 1968—Martin Luther King, Jr. is assassinated. April 16, 2012—Harriet Quimby becomes the first woman to fly across the English Channel. April 18, 1775—Paul Revere takes his famous Midnight Ride, signaling the start of the American Revolutionary War. April 28, 1993—The Ms. Foun-

All Kids Fair April 28

The All Kids Fair takes place on April 28 from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Melville Marriott, with more than 80 exhibitors, speakers and classes. There will be free activities like face painting and cookie decorating. If you’d like to attend an adults-only class, there is a free babysitting room. The Interfaith Nutrition Network will collect non-perishable food and monetary donations. (, 516-621-1446)

April 28 through May 5

Long Island Restaurant Week

dation sponsors the first “Take Our Daughters to Work Day.”

April 25, 2004—Between 500,000 and 800,000 people attend the March for Women’s Lives, a demonstration for women’s reproductive rights, held in Washington, D.C.

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was reinstated by the House and the Senate. The bill will grant more than $650 million to states and local governments to provide services like transitional housing and legal aid to domestic violence victims over the next five years. Introduced in 1994, the act expired in 2011 after Congress failed to reauthorize it. Lawmakers also added a new provision that allows Native American authorities to prosecute non-Native American offenders in tribal courts, and grants more protection for immigrants as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

Study Finds Increase in Women’s Mortality Rates A recent study published in Health Affairs, a peer-reviewed journal on health, healthcare and policy, reported that 43 percent of all U.S. counties saw an increase in female death rates, while only 3 percent saw an increase in male mortality. University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health epidemiologists David Kindig and Erika Cheng found that the women with the higher mortality rates were often located in the South and West with lower education levels, but found no reason men in those locations were not similarly affected.

April 30, 1975—The Vietnam War ends.

Clips for Clean Water April 22

On Earth Day, Monday, April 22, Spa Adriana in Huntington will donate 100 percent of its profits from haircutting services to botanical beauty brand Aveda’s fundraiser for clean water. “Spa Adriana continually strives to set an example of environmental leadership and responsibility,” owner John Vater says. “For over 25 years we have committed ourselves to the organic trend in hair and skincare. We take pride in our partnership with Aveda and look forward to helping the company in its fundraiser endeavor.” Call 631-351-155 or visit to book your Earth Day appointment.

April 9

Equal Pay Day

Equal Pay Day was created to raise awareness of the gap between men and women’s wages. This year, Equal Pay Day falls on April 9, symbolizing the date to which a woman must work to match a man’s average earnings for 2012. Enterprising & Professional Women (EPW) LI and Suffolk County Offices of Women’s Services are hosting a breakfast from 8 a.m.-10 a.m. at the Suffolk Community College Brentwood Campus. For details call 631-943-1390 or email

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The Big Wedding

This comedy about a long-divorced couple faking their marriage for a family wedding stars Robert De Niro, Katherine Heigl and Diane Keaton and hits theaters on April 26.

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Doug and Patti Wood, Founders of Port Washington Farmers’ Market.

Theory 11’s Limited Edition line of Animal Kingdom playing cards

Port Washington Organic Farmers’ Market

The Port Washington Organic Farmers’ Market is the only 100-percent organic market in New York State. Not only can Long Islanders buy a variety of fresh organic products including produce, cheese, honey and baked goods, they can also learn how the produce got there. “If we were going to have a farmers’ market, then it would truly be a local, sustainably grown organic market where people can come and be absolutely assured that what they are getting is the best of the best,” says Patti Wood, executive director of Grassroots Environmental Education. The market is a sustainable living project of Grassroots. “We are protecting our farmers as well as our health by growing organic vegetables and fruits,” Wood says. You can even meet the farmer who grew your food. “Farmers actually come so they can talk about how they grow food, what troubles they have been having with weather or with particular crops—so you actually have conversations that don’t typically happen in grocery stores,” Wood adds. The Port Washington Organic Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon, and runs June 8 through October. Visit Farm.html for more information.

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Supporting WWF’s global conservation work is one thing Theory 11 looks to do with their new deck of Animal Kingdom cards. The customized deck features artwork from Hatch Studios, with a different animal on each card. Animal Kingdom comes with a custom box, backs, pips, courts, tuck interior, and sticker seal. “This is one of the most unique and beautiful custom decks we’ve ever done. Each purchase of The Animal Kingdom deck has a real positive impact helping preserve our beautiful planet—We wanted to convey that through the fun art on each card. Each court card and all other designs are handdrawn from scratch, made in the USA on FSC-certified paper derived from sustainable forests, starch-based laminates, and vegetable-based inks, so there is very little negative impact during the manufacturing process,” explains Bryant AuCoin, VP of Operations of Theory 11 (


Not only can you hug a tree on Long Island, but now you can study it, too. At LIU Post in Old Westbury, Mark Pires, associate professor in the Earth and Environmental Science Department explains, “The MS in Environmental Sustainability is designed to focus attention on issues such as land use, energy, resource consumption, and others that affect the quality of life in the New York–Long Island metropolitan region.” Pires says students may find employment opportunities with organizations whose work touches upon promoting environmental quality, economic prosperity, and socially responsible community development. (LIU Post,

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Five-star hotel accommodations are old news. Glamping, a cool combination of glamour and camping, is the new way to camp first class. “Whether in a tent, yurt [circular tent], air stream or tree house, glamping is a way to experience the great outdoors without sacrificing luxury. The amenities found at glamping destinations far exceed anything recreational campers experience,” says Chad Taylor of Glamping. com. Glamping destinations in North America include Montana and Canada. “We have found that women are especially sensitive to the lack of amenities that come with traditional camping and are more willing to spend the extra money to stay in a comfortable place close to nature,” says David Troya, founder of “We estimate that over 2 million people will go glamping in North America in 2013.”

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The Ford Max-C Energi plug-in hybrid doesn’t make going green feel like a compromise. “Like other Ford models, this car has a design that makes it look like it’s moving even when it’s standing still. Inside there is a wrap-around cockpit, and handling and drive-wise, this car has the DNA of a Ford,” says Patricia Piedrahita, C-Max marketing manager. In addition to sleek styling, the car has a 7.6-hour battery that gives you up to 21 miles before it converts to a conventional hybrid. With speeds up to 85 mph and 188 net horse power (54 more than the Toyota Prius), a 620-mile range on a full charge and tank of gas, and priced at $29,995, the Ford Max-C is the most affordable plug-in hybrid on the market. See your Long Island Ford dealer or visit Ford. com for more information.

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If you’re a tea lover, SerendipiTea is a great place to take a sip. This certified organic boutique in Manhasset works with tea gardens, estates and specialists from around the world to bring only the very best to Long Island tea lovers. Their teas are grown using only completely natural fertilizers, insect repellents and post-consumer recycled content for their packaging and labels. “It is always best to keep chemicals out of and away from our bodies as well as our living spaces. Live as close to nature as possible, meaning consume food that is as close to its original form and know from where the ingredients originate,” says Linda Villano, owner of SerendipiTea. (73 Plandome Rd., Manhasset.


Compassion Couture Shop If you love Mother Earth and have a passion for fashion, you’re in luck! Compassion Couture (, launched in 2011 by East Meadow sisters Jill and Tracey Spiritus, only sells products that are manufactured entirely cruelty-free. “We had a really hard time finding items that are ecofriendly and fashionable at the same time,” explains Jill. “Number 1: We wanted to stop animal cruelty, and Number 2: We wanted to have a positive impact. Our mission is to prove that you don’t have to sacrifice your sense of style for your values. It’s guilt-free shopping.” You’ll find a huge selection of shoes, handbags, accessories and jewelry, including the popular Christy Robinson collection. We love the Save Wildlife Habitats Owl Necklace. Watch for the sisters’ new bath and beauty product line to debut soon!


Suvara’s Natural Tan A sexy spring tan looks terrific but basking in the sun is not a healthy option anymore. Suvara, headquartered in Northport, offers an airbrush tan that gives you a natural glow, while nourishing your skin with Vitamins A through E, CoQ10 and Hyaluronic Acid. It is free of nuts, gluten, parabens, silicones and alcohol. The 30-minute airbrush tan treatment is customized to suit your skin tone, and it lasts up to 10 days. “Our whole mission is to give people an alternative. They want that tan, they want that glow, but we try to discourage them from using tanning beds and give them a healthy alternative,” explains Lisa Hazen, Suvara’s VP of Marketing & Business Development. Try Skin Rescue Therapy, a vitamin-fortified application infused with antioxidants and vitamins targeting fine lines and wrinkles, for soft, elastic skin. (

Vacation Here Washington, D.C. Welcome the arrival of spring by visiting Washington, D.C., where the nation’s greatest springtime celebration is in full swing until April 14. More than one million people from all over the globe flock here to admire the beautiful cherry trees in bloom. Visitors can enjoy more than 200 cultural performances and 90 special events like the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade. “We have four weekends and three spectacular weeks of events and programs for families and young adults. There’s all sorts of things to do at the festival,” says Danielle Piacente, communications manager for the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Rustic Roots Emer and Jeff Moore of Calverton love the land so it was natural for them to start a business for people who care about their health and the food they eat. To get fresh, organic food to as many people as possible, they created a Web store giving all Long Islanders access to fresh, nutritious food harvested from various local farms. “Being around the farms, eating well, and getting good food to people is just something we were into,” says Jeff. The food you order is delivered directly to your home within 24 hours, and you know exactly where the food is coming from. “We’re supporting local farmers, back to the way things are supposed to be,” he says. Anything from fruits and vegetables to organic ice cream can be bought on

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Eco-FriendlyFashions Bottega Veneta Krim Intrecciato Jersey Duo Bag

Sprout Cork Strap Watch

An update on the iconic Duo Bag features not only a sleek look but is part of a new ecofriendly collection from the company. ($1,880, Bottega Veneta, Manhasset,

Lohri Bag

This is the first bag introduced by Gypsy 05, a company that specializes in unique one-of-akind green fashions, and is made totally from recycled materials. ($264, Gypsy 05,

H&M Conscious Collection Jacket

The new Conscious Collection features fun prints and bold colors all made from earth-friendly materials. ($29.95, H&M, Multiple Locations,

A stylish watch encased in biodegradable corn resin with an organic cotton-backed cork strap. ($65, Nordstrom, Garden City,

Kenneth Jay Lane Organic Drop Earrings

An up-do is the best way to show off these dangly double drop golden earrings. ($60, Kenneth Jay Lane, Bloomingdale’s, Multiple Locations, Bloomingdales. com)

Made With Love Recycled Rubber Bracelets Reminiscent of ’80s rubber band bracelets, these updated bands are made by a women’s cooperative in Djenne, Mali, West Africa, and help raise funds for L’Empire des Enfants. ($28 for set of 18,

John Hardy ‘Bamboo Silver Lava’ 3-Station Bangle

Semi-precious pavé stones sparkle on the slender silver bambooshaped bangle with an earthy message inscribed inside. ($495, Nordstrom, Garden City,

Medium GG Supreme Stars Canvas Carry-On Duffel

Organic Cotton Demi Sleeve Scoop

Spring Print Scarf

New from the famous Conscious Collection at HM, this scarf has a fun spring nature print! ($14.95, HM, Multiple Locations,

Travel in style with this canvas duffel bag featuring a pop of color and fun star prints, and is manufactured using an ecofriendly process. ($990, Gucci, Manhasset,

Made from soft, breathable organic cotton, this ribbed shirt features a slim fit and a bright, bold spring color. ($64, Athleta, Manhasset,

Cool CorC Clutch This cute clutch is made out

of cork fabric that is not only durable but stain, water and scratch resistant, and very roomy. ($79.95, Compassion Couture,

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TOMS Pink Hemp Strappy Wedges These adorable wedges are made from recycled and sustainable materials and for every pair purchased, TOMS donates a new pair of shoes to a child in need. ($69, TOMS,

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Awa Maki Lab Neili Mini

This high-waisted mini-skirt is made from 100-percent wool woven by Quechua weavers and sewn by Awamaki Lab’s sewing cooperative in Peru. ($90,


Stella McCartney Retro Cat’s Eye Sunglasses

Classic cat-eye frames are part of a new, eco-friendly collection made from natural, raw materials. ($225, Nordstrom, Garden City,

Hovey Lee 6-Point Earrings

Six gold-plated circles dangle from strands of chocolate-colored, recycled copper chain. ($48, Compassion Couture, Compassion

Handmade sterling silver blossoms and glowing pearls, made from 100 percent recycled sterling silver. ($170, Max & Chloe,

These shades feature biobased plastic composed of castor oil-based polyamides and feature the iconic Gucci logo on the temples. ($245, Gucci, Manhasset,

This all-in-one skirt-pluslegging is made from organic cotton, looks chic and feels nothing less than super comfortable. ($79, Athleta, Manhasset,

Organic By John Patrick Corset Dress

Beautiful earthfriendly loafers that became super popular in recent years take on a natural feel. ($400, StubbsAndWootton. com)

Eileen Fisher Garment Dyed Organic Cotton Stretch Twill 5-Pocket Slim Ankle Jeans

Cornelia Guest Iris Clutch

These skinny ankle jeans are sleek and have just the pop of color you need for spring. ($178, Bloomingdale’s, Multiple Locations, Bloomingdales. com)

This bright, animal-friendly clutch has a spacious interior that is revealed upon opening the flap closure. ($165, Bloomingdale’s, Multiple Locations,

Olsen Haus Spirit Vegan Pumps

Made from vegan ultra suede, these lavish heels are completely cruelty-free. ($199, CompassionCoutureShop. com)

This simple semi-sheer dress with seam details is organic and sexy! ($485, La Garconne,

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The handcrafted pair of sunglasses feature plant based acetate frame and 100-percent renewable and biodegradable frame and come from the company’s Eco Collection. ($105,

Stubbs and Wootton Cleat Natural

Organic Cotton Brahma Legging

These recycled flats are made with sustainable materials, are vegan-friendly and colorful—the perfect summer slip-ons. ($54, TOMS,

Lunar Black Polarized

Real Jewels Blossom & Pearl Earrings

Gucci Bio-Based Sunglasses

TOMS Oahu Women’s Vegan Classics


Red Fossilized Dinosaur Bone Pentagonal Necklace

Known for her eco-friendly jewelry and beautiful use of fossilized woolly mammoth in unique jewelry, Monique Pean goes even further back this spring with her K’Atun collection, using fossilized dinosaur bone from the late Jurassic age. ($7,525,

Melissa Patchuli IV Wedge Pump

This bi-color wedge was inspired by rubber flowing out of rubber trees and is 100-percent sustainable. ($145, Jildor, Multiple Locations, Jildor. com)

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Take 4 Four Runway Hair Rules Prom 2013 Here are four looks to choose from this year that have been inspired by A-listers and recommended by Long Island’s top hair professionals. John Vater of Huntington’s Spa Adriana ( hints at this year’s hair fashions, “Today’s looks are a modern take on tried and true styles. Braids are opened and a little messy. Buns are big and not too perfect. Incorporate your braids into buns—think French ballerinas. Random curls create texture and movement.”


Classic & Chic Curls

So many prom-going girls let the excitement of prom cause them to go over the top, but Tomy Biton of Old Westbury’s Tomy B Salon ( says it’s important to aim for an elegant classy look that you will be able look back on and love. “Try a timeless look like Jessica Chastain at the Oscars. This is a classy hairstyle that complements her dress rather than pulls attention away from it,” explains Biton. “To achieve this look, use hot rollers for loose curls, or a curling iron for tighter curls.” Josephine Abbatiello of Studio Novelle in Carle Place ( agrees. “The more simple and loose your hair is, the more attractive,” she says. “Don’t overdo it; you still have your dress and accessories to add on.”


Beautiful Braids

“The prom queen this year may be wearing a fantastic braid,” says Richard Calcasola of Maximus Spa and Salon in Carle Place ( “Techniques to choose from go from a very basic simple braid to more intriguing and inventive techniques.” Taylor Swift walked the red carpet wearing an updated braid ’do at the Grammys. “Braids are classic and by making them more intricate, it adds a modern twist to them,” explains Tammy Horch, of Bocu Salon and Spa in Commack (BocuSalonAndSpa. com). “They can have an urban or Bohemian look to them and are timeless. They can look romantic and soft or be structured and polished.” Taylor Swift at the 2013 Grammys (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision)

Jessica Chastain at the 2013 Oscars. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision)

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This year accessories should work as a delicate accent instead of taking center stage. “Adding hair accessories is a great way to add a little bit of glam to your prom hairstyle, but again make sure not to over accessorize or take away from your dress,” Tomy Biton of Tomy B Salon explains. Stars like Ariel Winter added a small accent piece that didn’t take away from her dress or hair but instead pulled it all together. “Accessories can add so much to help finish a look and adds a special touch. By simply adding a headband, a Swarovski clip or a flower, it can dress up any look by adding elegance without overpowering it,” Tammy Horch of Bocu Salon and Spa in Commack points out. If you do choose to accessorize your hair, Josephine Abbatiello of Carle Place’s Studio Novelle advises, “the rest of your jewelry should be kept very light.” Ariel Winter at the 2013 Golden Globe Awards. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision)

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Up-dos have always ruled at prom and this year is no different, and while up-dos have stayed a frontrunner this season and have been seen on stars like Amanda Seyfried, the style has evolved. “This season’s trend for prom is the new up-do, that combines the old and the new,” explains John Vater of Spa Adriana. Richard Calcasola of Maximus Spa and Salon sees a messy bun “that looks a little like day-after hair” as super stylish this season. “To be on trend it should not look overly contrived, not do-it-yourself DIY, but not too professionally quaffed, either,” he says. Josephine Abbatiello of Studio Novelle says you can achieve the hot look even if your hair is thin with the help of a bun maker. “They are netted so you can easily slip bobby pins in securely,” she says. Amanda Seyfried at the 2013 Oscars. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision)

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From Left: Alice & Olivia Wedge $325, Jildor Tory Burch Handbag $475, Bloomingdale’s Fendi Sunglasses $295, Saks Fifth Avenue Chloe Mint Ballet Flats $450, Jildor Ivanka Trump Heels $249, Jildor Chanel Gel Sandals $395, Saks Fifth Avenue Milly Green Bergdorf Wallet $59, Last Call by Neiman Marcus OrYANY Handbag $330, Nahla & Co. Tory Burch Weston Espadrilles $125, Jildor Gucci Floral Heels $675, Bloomingdale’s Prada Bandoliera Handbag $1,100, Saks Fifth Avenue Steve Madden Troopa Combat Boots $99, Jildor Tory Burch Handbag $447, Last Call by Neiman Marcus Chanel Sunglasses $340, Bloomingdale’s Bio-degradable Gucci Katina Jelly Sandals $165, Saks Fifth Avenue Jildor Multiple Locations, Bloomingdale’s Garden City and Huntington, Saks Fifth Avenue Huntington, Last Call by Neiman Marcus, Tanger Outlets at The Arches, Deer Park, Nahla & Co. Cold Spring Harbor, 631-367-0300

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Gold, Massapequa Park, White Gold Ring A bright white gold ring that can be worn for any occasion. ($424, Good Old Gold, Massapequa Park,

Glenn Bradford Signature Collection Floral Drop Earrings Only the sun shines brighter than these light-as-air, exquisite earrings. ($1,995, Glenn Bradford, Port Washington,

Floral Necklace with Rope This 24K white gold necklace with flower design is heirloom-quality, just right for a garden party. ($4,615, Good Old Gold, Massapequa Park, On The Soil: Eco-Pick

Stephen Dweck Green Ring Chunky and fun, this green ring with a gold flower design will complete any spring outfit. ($260, Last Call by Neiman Marcus, Tanger Outlets at The Arches, Deer Park,

White Gold Flower Pin with Pearl Center This vintage pearl-centered pin is classy and elegant. ($2,000, Good Old Gold, Massapequa Park,

Yellow Gold Floral Bracelet Bright colorful stones in this springtime floral bracelet are wrist-worthy for any occasion. ($1,880, Good Old Gold, Massapequa Park,

Coral Flower Ring This rectangular coral ring is reminiscent of the beautiful reefs found in the Caribbean. ($1,058, Good Old Gold, Massapequa Park,

Floral Estate Studs Feminine and fanciful, these flower stud earrings are blooming with beauty. ($1,750, Glenn Bradford, Port Washington,

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Ruby & Diamond Flower Ring Rubies and diamonds are glorious together and this flower ring shows the stunning contrasts. ($2,500, Glenn Bradford, Port Washington,

18K Tulip Enhancer & Strand Pay homage to spring wearing this emerald strand resplendent with a sparkling tulip enhancer. ($4,575 for enhancer, $995 for strand, Glenn Bradford, Port Washington,

White Gold Flower Ring This eye-catching ring blossoms with style and flair. ($7,500, Good Old

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Flower Eternity Band This sparkling flower silver band is an everlasting heirloom piece that is magnificent. ($6,300, Glenn Bradford, Port Washington, On The Center Plate:

White Gold Drop Earrings As light as a whisper, these 14K flower white gold earrings are in bloom. ($7,500, Good Old Gold, Massapequa Park,

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Yellow Gold Flower Pin A beautiful flower in bloom, this lovely pin is perfect for that special scarf. ($750, Good Old Gold, Massapequa Park,

Alex and Ani Water Lily Charm Bangle, Apple Blossom Charm Bangle from the Earth Sultry Collection These delicate bangles come in gold and silver and are made from recycled materials. ($28, available at Healthy Alternatives in Babylon,, and Alex and Ani, Southampton,

Emerald & Diamond Flower Necklace Designer accents adorn this diamond-encrusted necklace to impart earthy glamour. ($5,975, Glenn Bradford, Port Washington,

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Flower Pin with Diamond Center The center of this flower pin will light up a room with its brilliance. ($938, Good Old Gold, Massapequa Park,

Flower Bracelet & Enhancer A sparkling silver bracelet with an elegant flower enhancer. (Bracelet, $19,995; Enhancer, $6,850, Glenn Bradford, Port Washington, Flower Vine Ring This precious ring rests smoothly on the finger and is a stand-out this spring. ($2,995, Glenn Bradford, Port Washington,

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Style Spotlight

Bright & Blooming Main Image Left: Ted Baker Chadie Dress $375, Bloomingdale’s; Golden Disc Earrings $19, Fox’s; Prabal Gurung for Target Wedge Sandal with Ankle Strap in Apple Red $29.99, Target Right: Yigal Azrouel Lace Dress $950, Marsh’s; Loren Jewels Multi Stone Earrings $8,695, Marsh’s; Prabal Gurung for Target Ankle Strap Pump $39.99, Target Right Top Roberto Cavalli Floral Dress $1,215, Marsh’s; Alex and Ani Prism Empress of Earth Ring $88, Periwinkle Boutique; Golden Disc Earrings $19, Fox’s Right Bottom Peter Pilotti Orange Dress $935, Marsh’s; Alex and Ani Magma Empress of Water Ring, $88, Periwinkle Boutique; Alex and Ani Magma Empress of Earth Necklace, $138, Periwinkle Boutique

Cover Photo All fashions and jewelry courtesy of Marsh’s Missoni Top $645; Rag And Bone White Jeans $187; Loren Jewels Multi Stone Earrings $8,695; Missoni Dress $795; Emerald and Diamond Earrings $2,695

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Hair and Makeup by Spa Adriana, Huntington, Makup: Aveda’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection, Art of Nature Shot on Location: Hicks Nurseries, Westbury, Models: Trinity and Michelle of Hampton Models, April 2013

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WhatScentAreyou? You can’t see it or feel it but perfume is one of the most powerful accessories a girl can wear. Before you’ve said hello, or met eyes with a stranger, he or she will already have met your scent. And your scent says a whole lot. Whether it’s fun and flirty, fashion-forward

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Hanna Mori Butterfly Perfume A rare flower that stands out among the others for her beauty and poise, she dances in the sun and manages to keep her calm and composure when the tides shift. ($68, April 2013

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This literally smells just like grass. The interesting scent takes on a new meaning as it lathers and cleans your skin, plus it’s loaded with vitamins and minerals. ($9.95-$28.95)

By Licia Avelar Walking into Lush, Walt Whitman Shops’ chic new store in Huntington, I fixate on the display of brightly colored chunks of what looks like cheese, artfully displayed on a slab of wood. “What are these colorful chunks?” I wonder. There’s a green chunk called Herbalism. One called Dark Angels is black—not exactly as appetizing as a slab of Bitto. Upon closer inspection I find the description: Facial Cleansers. Next to the cleansers, there’s another colorful display of what looks like gelatos sitting in shiny silver bowls with matching spoons: Face Masks. Green Love Lettuce brightens skin, and Chocolate Cupcake is for mopping up an oily complexion. A young woman from Lush sees me investigating the different items and offers her assistance. “It looks like food,” I say to her. Lisa Kirshner introduces herself as the floor leader and explains, “These are fresh mudbased face masks—actually, it’s food for your face.” Touché. Lisa, who reminds me of an Apple genius explains, “They don’t contain preservatives, they’ll go bad, they have to be on ice.” I learn that Lush products lay naked for good reason: in their belief that unnecessary packaging would harm the environment. In fact, every Lush product is packaged as ethically as possible, and only contains ingredients that are environmentally friendly. Lisa leads me to another section of the store that looks like a gypsy’s pharmacy counter. She stops and points her arrowtattooed finger to a bowl of tiny hand-shaped moldings. “This is Handy Gurugu,” Kirshner says. “It’s actually from Ghana where the fair trade shea butter comes from.” I also learn that Angels on Bare Skin, a “facial cleanser of the gods” is made based on an ancient method of cleansing your face. Cool. Charity Pots, with deliciously scented fair trade cocoa butter from the Dominican Republic, are stacked on a table surrounded with photos that rival National Geographic magazine covers—monkeys, expansive rivers and exotic people. Lush doesn’t profit from the sale of Charity Pots. Proceeds are donated to various grassroots charities like Hug It Forward, an organization that reuses water bottles by filling them with inorganic trash. The bottles are then compacted into bricks and used to build schools in third-world countries. Talk about a lotion to learn from. Behind the Charity Pots is a shelf of brick-like products. I find Sandstone, a sandy exfoliant inspired by Brazilian sunbathers and Turkish Delight, a shower smoothie packed with real rose petals picked by women from a local commune. Fair Trade Honey Shampoo is a real keeper. Lush keeps longevity in mind when creating a product: Honey has virtually no expiration date. It will never spoil. Plus, it’s good for you. Lush is also for animal rights and currently lending a voice to animals in need through a new campaign called “Speak Out or the Bunny Gets It.” Behind the cash register area is a display of scarves with whimsical designs (a new mini Knot-Wrap released this Easter season is called Chick, which is made from three recycled plastic bottles). The cashier explains that they are used for gift wrapping, inspired by a centuries-old Japanese tradition called furoshiki: packaging gifts over and over again in the same cloth. Another cool and sustainable idea. The Lush host opens a small container of Sweet Lips and extends the jar to me. “Try it,” she says. After sticking my finger in the rough, sandy scrub of lip exfoliator and rubbing it on my lips, I give it a lick. Sweet.

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Fair Trade Honey Shampoo This creamy and moisturizing shampoo contains 50-percent Fair Trade honey and 20-percent linseed mucilage! ($9.95$29.95)

Apply this seaweed gooey green mask, and you’ll feel like the little mermaid. After rinsing, you’re left with baby-soft skin. ($6.95)

Ocean Salt Body Scrub

Like swimming in the ocean, it leaves a salty taste. The salt scrub has two types of sea salt plus lemon and lime soaked in vodka! ($21.95 for 4.2 ounces)

Pink FUN

Moldable soap that’s a fun bath or shower toy! Create bubbles or scrub away, leaving a luscious scent of citrus. ($6.95 for 250 grams)

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Honey I Washed The Kids Soap

This best-seller keeps sensitive skin super soft with Aloe vera. Honey and caramel are an added bonus. (Sold by weight; $7.95 for 3.5 ounces)

Sugar Scrub

Make no mistake, this ginger scrub is tough on cellulite and an excellent exfoliant. Plus it’s a divine mix of Fair Trade sugar and calming lavender. ($6.25)

Big Solid Conditioner

This large solid conditioner gives hair volume, while taming fly-aways with coconut oil! ($9.95 for 3.5 ounces)

Aquatic Toothy Tabs

Crunch with your teeth and brush. These tiny tabs have hints of green and Earl Grey teas, leaving your mouth feeling fresh. ($4.95)

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Big Blue Bath Bomb

Drop this in a tub of warm water, and the detoxifying sea salt and vitamin-rich seaweed takes over. Soaking in a sea of blue couldn’t be more relaxing! ($6.40)

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GOING VEGAN for a week

By Jaclyn Gallucci There are times when the lunch conversation begins at 9 a.m. Greek? Chinese? Italian? Afghani? Japanese? Mexican? There are also times when the conversation that began at 9 a.m. is debated till 3 p.m. Deli? Sushi? Pizza? Greek it is. Lunch orders are a pretty big deal in my office. Never once has “Vegan?” come up in the list of options. So, every week I hit the raw bar, grill up some veggies, pre-pack my lunch and spurn any item that comes from anything that once had a parent and a face. But then I get busy—buried under a pile of papers busy—and forget to pack lunch, don’t have time to go out, and get a headache the size of Suffolk County. At that precise moment, when stress, hunger and pain blend into chaos and/ or head banging, someone inevitably yells, “Who wants in on this souvlaki order!?!” And all of my vegan intentions come to a screeching halt. Now, I’ve never been much of a meat eater, so giving up meat isn’t very hard for me. I could easily swap out that chicken souvlaki for a Greek salad. But then I’d have to get rid of the feta cheese and find out exactly what ingredients make up the dressing. It takes a lot of time, planning and investigation to avoid animal products altogether. In a 2012 poll conducted by the Vegetarian Resource Group, only 2.5 percent of respondents claimed to be vegan, while double that amount identified as vegetarian. It’s the hidden ingredients that sneak up on you: gelatin—made from collagen extracted from the crushed hooves of farm animals—in marshmallows; the beef broth used in some French fries for flavoring. Milk and eggs seem to be in everything and most of it seems so unnecessary. So, when I decided to go vegan for a week, I knew it wouldn’t be easy.

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The biggest challenge for me today is coffee. I don’t drink milk. I don’t like it. But in coffee, I tend to have more milk than actual coffee. I try almond milk, coconut milk, soy milk—all great in cereal or on their own, not so good in coffee. But somehow Starbucks has it figured out, and a soy latte at Starbucks is just as good as the milk-based one, maybe even better. I begin day one with a Venti Hot Skinny Vanilla Soy Latte (I’ll give up artificial sugar at a later date—one step at a time). Then I whip out a container of Earth Balance, something I’ve tried before during a desperate moment with a vegan friend. Made from an oil blend, this butter substitute is surprisingly as good as the real thing, and it is all natural. Unless you eat butter with a spoon, you’ll never know the difference. Put it on toast or put it on a bagel. Bagels, made with yeast, salt, water and flour, are vegan (most of the time). But in the frozen-food section you can run into some trouble. Frozen bagels often contain L-cysteine, which is derived from animal feathers. A Bagel Boss plain bagel it is. There are many reasons for following a vegan diet, and the vegan world can be very polarized, to say the least. From the passionate animal activist who won’t eat anything that has shared the same shelf as a meat product to the health-conscious raw foodist who shuns all processed foods, there are many shades of vegan and they don’t all get along. I have been vegan before, and I think that trying to adhere so strictly to all of these beliefs had kept me from succeeding longer than six months. But this time I’m not striving for absolute perfection. I’m looking at going vegan as a process. Even the most hardcore vegan has to admit that following a vegan diet 95 percent of the time is a lot better than following it 0 percent of the time. For lunch: salad with chick peas; dinner: brown rice, roasted veggies with a dash of soy sauce; snacks: roasted almonds, fruit and a piece of milk-free dark chocolate melted over half of a banana.

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GUILTY (VEGAN) PLEASURES The Junk Food and Sweets You Think You Have to Give Up to Go Vegan—But Don’t

The reason many people don’t stick to a vegan diet or even try it in the first place is because it’s not easy to give up sweets which often contain animal products. And as much as we’d love to whip out a list of healthy snacks that starts with marinated hijiki, lentils and rosemary, and ends with watercress salad topped with glazed beets and walnuts de-shelled with love, that’s not always possible or practical for every person. This list isn’t for those who have been vegan for a decade, nor the extremely healthconscious who wouldn’t dare eat processed food. It’s for the average person trying to make the transition from the so-called “Standard American Diet” to a vegan lifestyle. With that in mind, here is the less sophisticated, I’m-lucky-I-have-time-to-eat-at-all snack list for the wanna-be vegan during those times when only a familiar cookie will do. POP TARTS (UNFROSTED) These are vegan. I could live on Pop Tarts, so theoretically I could stay vegan, too. These toaster pastries give me hope that I will one day succeed. TRADER JOE’S SOY CREAMY CHERRY CHOCOLATE CHIP ICE CREAM The chocolate and vanilla flavors of Soy Creamy are good, but I won’t lie, they are no replacement for the real thing. The cherry chocolate chip flavor on the other hand, that’s a winner that would make even the most die-hard Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia lover blush. KEEBLER VIENNA FINGERS Two vanilla cookies with a dairy-free filling. It’s not a vegan cookie. It’s a cookie that just happens to be vegan. HUNT’S LEMON MERINGUE SNACK CUPS It’s pudding without milk, and it tastes like a slice of lemon meringue pie minus the crust. But this slice is egg-free and will only cost you 120 calories. NABISCO ARROWROOT COOKIES Known as “baby’s first cookie,” these organic “butter” cookies are made without butter and can usually be found as a soggy mess in the hands of a drooling teething kid or in their original form at your local food store. TRADER JOE’S CARROT GINGER OAT BRAN MUFFINS This is a hearty muffin, similar in taste to carrot cake, but much heavier and fiber-filled—and minus the cream cheese icing. COOKIES FOR ME These dairy-free sugar cookies, brownies and iced cookies are available at Whole Foods; they aren’t just delicious, they’re beautiful, too. NABISCO OREO COOKIES Dip them in soy milk or eat them plain, Oreo cookies are surprisingly vegan.

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Today I’m going to Whole Foods in Jericho, a vegan’s dream. Whatever you are craving, chances are you’ll find the vegan version here. My favorite: Whole Foods’ Toficken Salad. Okay, it’s not really called that, but one of the best things about being vegan is that you can assume everything is made with some form of tofu and rename it accordingly, like this really amazing better-than-the-real-thing tofu ‘chicken’ salad, which can be found, ready to eat, in the refrigerated section. Whole Foods Market offers a buffet of homemade vegan meals every day. It’s all fresh, and offers drive-thru junkies a quick, healthy meal on the go. Today is one of those busy days—a Monday—so I’m stocking up on quick eats: Toficken Salad on whole wheat, vegan sushi (made with brown rice and veggies), grilled marinated vegetables, a bag of kettle-cooked potato chips and Cookies for Me homemade vegan, frosted sugar cookies. I didn’t have time for breakfast, so an early lunch it is. This all comes to about $35, which leads me to my next point. Eating vegan can be expensive—if you let it be. Buying organic produce costs more than a meal off the dollar menu. It doesn’t seem right, but that’s a story for another day. Buying premade vegan meals and special vegan foods cost more than cooking them yourself. The easiest solution to being vegan on a budget: Start cooking. There are a ton of free recipes online (more on that later), and by making your own food you’ll actually be spending less going vegan instead of more.


One of the things I’ve learned from past failed attempts at going vegan is to make sure you’re getting the right amount of protein. Living off empty carbs won’t get you very far. By eating the right foods—plenty of nuts and grains—you’ll never be hungry. Today I stock up on some basic necessities at Trader Joe’s in East Northport: raw almonds, roasted cashews, carrotginger-oat muffins, some ready-to-go cut and frozen vegetables. The menu: carrot-ginger-oat muffin and tea with lemon for breakfast; tofu and string-bean stir fry with peanuts and brown rice for lunch; whole-wheat pasta and broccoli with garlic and oil for dinner; pineapple, three Oreos and raw almonds for snacks.


This is a late night for me at work, and I’m on the road part of the day. Ideally, I would have prepared for this but I didn’t and my quickest and easiest options are fast food drive-thru’s. Breakfast: a bowl of Cheerios with almond milk and strawberries. For today, it’s going to be snacking on fruit and nuts hoarded in my desk drawer, a lot of coffee (with almond milk, unfortunately), leftover stir-fry from yesterday and Burger King for dinner. The only major fast-food chain to offer a veggie burger, BK was one of the most vegan-friendly burger joints in the area but now those veggie burgers, even when ordered without mayo, contain dairy so those are off the list. The fries, however, are safe, and so is a plain salad. The fries at Wendy’s are also vegan, but McDonald’s fries contain animal-based seasonings.

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DAY FIVE NOTHING WITH A FACE! To mimic the busy lifestyle of the average person trying to abstain from animal products, I didn’t go out of my way during the first seven days. After all, there are a lot of recipes and experiences documented by lifetime vegans that can be found online with a simple Google search. My experience was the “for dummies” version. I kept it simple and convenient. But, unless you have a private chef or an endless bank account, going vegan for the long-term is immensely easier when you know how to cook vegan food and what ingredients to keep on hand. Enter: Chef Chris Palmer. Palmer is not only Crest Hollow Country Club’s new executive chef, but an expert on vegan and organic cooking. “We always offer vegetarian options [at Crest Hollow]—usually a grilled vegetable plate with brown rice,” says Palmer. “Since I started, we now prepare the vegetarian option, vegan— meaning we don’t use any meat stock to cook the rice, butter or any dairy for that matter.” Palmer says the decision to make vegetarian options entirely vegan happened naturally. “We noticed that we were preparing vegetable plates twice when we discovered the guest was not only vegetarian, but vegan,” he says. One ingredient Palmer advises vegans to keep on hand in the kitchen is lethicin. “Lethicin is an emulsifier that would help when making dressings or mayonnaise-type sauces,” he says. “Conventionally we would use egg yolks—but a vegan wouldn’t want to consume eggs in any way.” And while I like tofu—fermented soy bean curd—because it allows me to rename my food (toficken, tofiblets, etc.), just as pork is “the other white meat,” Palmer informs me that seitan is the other vegetable protein. “Tofu is the obvious choice,” says Palmer. “But more versatile is a product called seitan, made from wheat, also called ‘wheat meat.’” He says seitan works well in Asian meals, but has lost popularity lately because of the heightened awareness of celiac disease and the fact that a lot of people are watching how much wheat they eat. One dish he especially enjoys making is Kung Pao Seitan. “In this dish I tempura fry pieces of the seitan, then toss them in a sweet spicy soy sauce with ginger, garlic and scallions,” he says. Another source of protein Palmer recommends for vegans is quinoa, a grain-like plant with seeds that are cooked and used similarly to rice. “All legumes are great forms of protein,” he says. “But quinoa contains the most amino acids of all legumes.” Executive Chef Chris Palmer of Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury

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Today I go down the aisles of the local Waldbaum’s and look for some vegan food including “regular” food that just happens to be vegan and some substitutes. Today’s menu includes Gardenburger Veggie Riblets (Tofiblets, if you will). A little crispy, but fork tender, and molded into a rack of ribs, these are close second for those whose favorite part of a rib dinner is the sauce. Zatarain’s produces a ton of rice dinners—Black-eyed Peas and Rice, Black Beans and Rice, Brown Rice Jambalaya, Dirty Rice, Dirty Brown Rice, Red Beans and Rice, Spanish Rice, White Beans and Rice, and more—and they’re all vegan. I also pick up an Amy’s Brown Rice & Veggie Bowl in the frozen food section. The whole line of Amy’s natural frozen meals are good for a quick lunch or dinner, and don’t taste like they were ever frozen or tossed in a microwave. Not all of them are vegan, but many are. The black bean enchiladas are also ones to try.


It’s Friday and the Girl Scout Cookie order I placed months ago has arrived. While I’m initially overjoyed that Thin Mints are vegan, I find out only some of them are—the ones sold in California. Not cool. I’m also headed to a local pub tonight which presents another problem: what to drink. You’d think all alcoholic beverages are vegan, but they’re not. has an extensive list of drinks in alphabetical order and tells you which ones are vegan and which are not. Wine can contain gelatin, milk proteins and egg albumin. Some vodkas are passed through bone charcoal. There are beers that have honey (also not vegan) added to them or that have been processed with something called isinglass, a fish byproduct. Isinglass is widely used in British beers while most German and Belgian beers do not and are vegan. The day consists of strawberries and cashews for breakfast, various leftovers from during the week and some popcorn. At night, I have a vegan-friendly Blue Moon Belgian White.


By day seven I realize it’s time to explore some new vegan options if I want to arm myself for Day 8 and beyond, so I pick up Appetite for Reduction by Brooklyn-based vegan chef Isa Chandra Moskowitz, co-host of public access television’s The Post Punk Kitchen and creator of vegan eats that don’t taste like they are vegan at all. With recipes rated in soybeans and sorted by titles like Riot Grrrill, the Post Punk Kitchen has a recipe for just about everything from chocolate cake to chimichangas, and it’s all dairy and meat free. The public access vegan cooking show, filmed in Brooklyn, is currently on hiatus, but you can still sort through tons of recipes on and watch instructional videos of two vegan chefs cooking to a back drop of punk music, which will make all your food come out better, or at least a little more badass. “This is not your mother’s low-fat cookbook,” she says. “Skimpy portions need not apply.” Appetite for Reduction contains 125 recipes designed by Moskowitz—author of Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, Veganomicon and Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar—and many come together in 30 minutes. Tacos, lasagna, pizza? Maybe this won’t be so hard after all.

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L i v i n g O f f the L a n d on L. I.

Her Fare Share Maggie Wood Brings

Comunity S u pp o r t e d A g r i c u lt u r e to Long Island By Jaime Franchi


Maggie Wood grew up surrounded by music, art and a keen awareness of environmental and social issues. A pioneer of the sustainability movement, Maggie has always made her choices based on the standards and values she learned from her parents, Patti and Doug Wood. Most importantly, the Woods empowered their daughter, encouraging Maggie to use her knowledge to enact change. “When you have all of this information,” Maggie says, “you feel compelled to act on it. I didn’t just want to learn about envi-

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ronmental issues, I wanted to know what I could do about it.” During her childhood in Port Washington, her parents fostered what she calls “an enlightened” atmosphere where local activism was an everyday way of life. Her mother was on the UNICEF committee and began an environmental organization when Maggie was in elementary school. That organization, Grassroots Environmental Education, is now globally recognized for children’s health advocacy including the use of safe cleaning products in schools, the elimina-

tion of pesticide usage on school grounds and the amount of time school buses can idle before they must be shut off. “It all comes down to their artistic background,” Maggie says. “The work that they do stands on its own, but it’s presented in a way that touches people. My mom writes books and together they’ve made films.” Her musician father composes the score. Maggie doesn’t remember a time when there wasn’t a garden in their backyard where they grew much of their own food. In her life’s work, Maggie has managed to

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bring all of the moving parts of her life together: her artistic background, her political activism, and her love of the Earth (and her husband) together at the Golden Earthworm farm, Long Island’s largest organic farm and CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). Maggie credits her parents for giving her the tools she would use later in life to help manage the farm, which involves a lot more than just planting seeds. She earned her bachelor’s degree in sustainable architecture from Smith College and a master’s from University of Massachusetts, Amherst,

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in one of their pioneering multi-disciplinary programs in design. “It wasn’t until college that I started to put all of these pieces together,” she says. Smith College had no sustainable architecture program. In fact, there were none in the country at that time. So Maggie forged her own path. Smith College allowed her to graduate with a degree in architecture with a concentration on sustainability and environmental science. Even during her undergraduate study, Maggie found time to plant a garden in the backyard of her campus housing. “I’ve always had a connection to the earth and the soil and to food,” she says. After college in 2002, she met her future husband, Matthew Kurek, a farmer. Although she left for a time to go to graduate school, her heart was firmly embedded in the farm, where she has been able to combine all her loves, interests, and talents. “I have a sustainable design career,” she says. “And I pretty much run the farm. And those two things overlap more than most people would think.” “Running the farm” involves more than the physical maintenance of the land, which encompasses 2,000 acres on the East End. Maggie tends more to the vision of the farm rather than in the day-to-day management. She oversees their CSA business that delivers shares of crops to thousands of families at 30 different dropoff locations in Nassau, Suffolk and Queens. Maggie starts her day at her computer. Since their CSA community is spread all over Long Island, they depend on social media to stay more connected. She personally corresponds with CSA members through email or their website, and writes the farm’s newsletter. She might spend an afternoon in the kitchen testing out recipes, and if

successful, share them online with the other members. Maggie is putting her background in graphic and web design to good use and is revamping their websiite. At any given time, she might receive a phone call from her husband, Matthew, saying, “Come down! We’re harvesting the bok choy!” Or: “We just got the potato harvester cranking!” Maggie then grabs her camera and, with their baby on her hip and their toddler in tow, she runs out to capture the moment for her family and the community. “We end our days, my son and I, picking our dinner. We go out into the fields and choose whatever we want to have for dinner that night. We do it every day. It’s like our play-date with the vegetables! But it’s good to get out there and see the progress of the crops. We meet my husband out there, and we all come back in together on the tractor.” Maggie hosts all of the events on the farm, which are mostly educational. There is strawberry picking in June, which is open to the public and other scheduled tours throughout the year. “I do all of the tours myself,” Maggie says. “It’s fun to connect with people, to take them around and tell them about the farm. I really enjoy meeting all sorts of interesting people from all walks of life, whether it’s because they’re into cooking and they want to see how we grow our vegetables or they want to grow their own garden or they have kids, and they want to show them what a farm is like.” Matthew has an artistic background as well. A classically trained musician, his artistic roots manifested themselves into cooking in adulthood. After training at a culinary school and working in several restaurants in Manhattan, he became interested in growing fresh, organic produce. With his restaurant background, Matthew came into farming as a means to sell organic produce to other restaurants. In 2000, he attended a conference on CSAs. At the time, there was only a small one on the South Fork with just 14 members. Thereafter, membership has steadily risen. The next year, the CSA grew to 120 shares, and then exponentially for the next few years to now feed more than 2,000 members and their families. “I still know everybody’s name—and I think that’s all my brain can handle!” Maggie says. The CSA, according to Maggie, was a “game changer.” She credits the sustainability of the CSA model with making farming a possibility. “Long Island is one of those places where it’s extremely expensive to

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farm here because the land is so valuable and there’s so much pressure for development.” Maggie and Matthew have long-term leases on their farmland, as it would be too expensive to purchase. “Without the steady, dependable income from the CSA there would be no farm here. It would all be development,” Maggie says. “It’s great that people have really embraced this way of supporting local farmers.” The local farm movement is a fairly recent development. Many of the Baby Boomers generation saw the invention of synthetic and processed foods as progress, born of convenience. With the farm-to-table restaurant movement that started in California and gradually made its way East, we’ve witnessed an explosion of awareness and availability of organic products. “My parents had to drive far to these small health food stores to find organic produce, but now it’s everywhere. It’s in Target,” says Maggie, who doesn’t feel threatened by industrial farmers who are opening their business up to organic production. She sees it as a large scale improvement. “Our children, their generation overall, will have shorter lifespans than we will due to obesity and other diseases. I hate to say it, but it all comes back to the food. At least in some circles, people will have access to this

information and to the food and I hope it keeps expanding.” Organic food is expensive. For a seasonal share of produce from the Golden Earthworm, there’s an upfront cost of $550. “If you break it down, it works out to about $21 per week, when the value of the food is $25 to $40. But that upfront payment is unmanageable for some families.” Maggie feels passionately that health shouldn’t be a luxury item enjoyed by a select few, so they’ve introduced a payment plan to make the cost of membership more manageable. But she doesn’t feel that’s enough. “We’re just one small farm,” Maggie says. “We only grow enough food to feed about 8,000 people. I’m passionate about getting this food into lower income communities. Through a partnership with United Way in Queens, we deliver bulk food to food pantries. I would love to do something similar on Long Island. In fact, we’re working on a program to do just that starting next year.” Maggie credits her forward-thinking sensibility by looking backward to what she learned as a child from her parents. “They live what they preach. I respect them because I see how they live. And I want to try to be like that, too.”

“We end our days, my son and I, picking our dinner. We go out into the fields and choose whatever we want to have for dinner that night.”

Fresh vegetables harvested at Golden Earthworm Organic Farm. Photos by Maggie Wood

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A PVC-free tote with multi-pocket styling, perfect for keeping your gardening goods secure. Set includes a trowel, cultivator and transplanting trowel. $44.99, Brookstone, Multiple Locations,

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Camellias Clematis And

Mulch is especially needed in the landscaped area around your home. In an undisturbed environment a tree or shrub grows naturally, receiving nutrients from decomposing plants or trees that have fallen to the ground. Mulching around the base of your trees, shrubs and plants boosts their health significantly. Long Island Compost in Yaphank produces a line of soil and compost products that are made from recycled trash collected from LI homes. “Our top-of-the-line Hamptons Estate Antique Black Mulch uses only the finest organic ingredients and is available at independent garden centers,” says Patti Monti, executive administrator at Long Island Compost.

Camellias are going to be a popular plant this year, according to Maura McGoldrick, director of horticulture at Old Westbury Gardens. The camellia sasanqua “Long Island Pink” keeps its flowers until after Thanksgiving. Any plant as beautiful as a camellia is going to catch a neighbor’s eye, especially if they are blooming at a time when little else is flowering,” she says. Clematis, a flowering showy spring, summer and fall vine is also a hot plant this spring and should be enjoying a resurgence in popularity.


Busy Bug Garden Kids can create a garden of their very own with these adorable

Shasta Daisy and Bee Balm kits. The ladybug kit contains seeds to grow Shasta Daisies, a garden flower that attracts ladybugs, and the Bumblebee box contains the perennial herb Bee Balm that attracts bees and hummingbirds. Each kit includes a growing medium, seeds and instructions. ($6.99 each, Hicks Nurseries, 100 Jericho Tpke., Westbury. 516-334-0066.


You may want to proceed with caution before you plant impatiens this spring. The popular garden flower has fallen victim to Downy Mildew, a disease caused by a fungus-like microorganism. “It’s a devastating disease that can spread by air and by the splashing of spores due to rain and overhead watering,” explains Karen Musgrave, horticultural information and marketing specialist at Hicks Nurseries, Inc. “Last year, we had a very cool wet spring and then a very hot summer, and that made it more prevalent on Long Island.” Downy Mildew does not infect New Guinea impatiens, which are highly tolerant to the disease. Musgrave says that Hicks has been working on a desirable replacement to supply customers with other plants in place of impatiens. “There are so many beautiful annuals you can use to maintain the look of your garden. If you’re used to having beautiful pink flowers in front of your house, we have a plant to cover that.”

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Celebrating 40 Years of Rescue!

ORGANIC PETS Animals can benefit from eating natural foods just as humans do, and there is a large selection of organic pet foods and products available. Here are a few of our favorites.

From the Field, Deluxe Purrfect Gift Kit This kitty goodie bag includes a Shelby the Mouse Hemp Cat Toy and refill, Catnip Spray, Bottle Cork Ball and a From the Field Catnip Leaf & Flower. These natural and biodegradable toys come in a durable, reusable vinyl bag. ($26.99,

Halo Pets Holisticlean Super Stain and Odor Remover Cat Formula

Made with natural enzymes and biodegradable cleaners, this product is safe to use in living and sleeping areas. It helps get rid of both new and old stains, and takes away strong, unpleasant odors. ($9.99,

Organic Antler Chews

These non-toxic organic antler chews have low-odor and non-splintering characteristics, are good for canine teeth and are totally animal-friendly. “Antlers are gaining popularity as an alternative to beef and ham bones among dog owners. The antlers carried at PetSmart are harvested after they have been naturally shed by deer, elk and moose. Antlers usually significantly outlast rawhide and may keep some dogs occupied for hours at a time,” explains Dr. Simon Starkey, PetSmart veterinarian. Starts at $9.99 at PetSmart stores.


Kris is a strikingly handsome, 3 year old pup, who would make someone a very happy owner if just given the chance. He’s been with us nearly a year with visitors showing little to no interest in this mighty fine fellow. Upon first meeting Kris, you’ll find his interests lie more in sniffing and investigating his surroundings than meeting impatient, potential adopters. Once satisfied, he’ll turn his attention to toys, fetching them and tossing them but never tearing them up. He is interactive and playful, mouthy when excited, but easily corrected. The real secret to Kris’ undivided attention, is right in your hands. He sits unabashedly with his head in your lap while you scratch his ears, face, neck and tush. He turns to putty, completely relaxed, totally content, almost in a trance, all the while crooning and moaning during his massage. A total marshmallow. Kris knows his sit command and has just loads of potential to master more. Add some minor some leash work and he’ll be all set. He seems to like his fellow canines but is not so fond of the feline contingent. Children over age 10 would be fine. Come down and ask to meet Kris. You may just find him to be the love of your life that you didn’t know you were missing!

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Dr. Buzby’s ToeGrips

Prevent your pooch from slipping, sliding and struggling on hardwood and linoleum floors, which can result in injuries for senior and disabled dogs, as well as those recovering from surgery. The grips are made from natural rubber latex and come with a water-based lubricant for application. ($29.99,

Super Pet Natural Bamboo Nesting Mat

A natural nesting alternative for hamsters, rabbits, guinea pigs and other small animals, the fluffy material is made from dyefree bamboo and allows the animal to create its instinctive burrowing spot. ($2.99 PetSmart, Multiple Locations,

Wellness Pet Food

Wellness Pet Food is made with high-quality meat free from steroids and growth hormones. Vegetables and fruits are also added to give your pet a well-balanced meal, complete with protein, fats and carbohydrates and the food has received high ratings from Maxx, our Milieu staff canine. (Available at most pet stores,

Just Dogs Gourmet Treats

This “barkery” uses all-natural, human-grade ingredients for their tasty treats, which are hand-decorated for birthdays and holidays. “I decorate them with carob, peanut butter and yogurt,” says owner Carol Andersen. There are also wheat-free treats for dogs with food allergies. (Just Dogs Gourmet Barkery, East Northport, April 2013

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LONG ISLAND Making healthy choices when dining out can be a real challenge. It’s much easier to control what your family eats when preparing your meals at home. Some restaurants, by law, include nutritional information on their menus, and it is sometimes disconcerting to learn just how much fat and sodium is in the food we consume. If you are committed to eating healthy when dining out or want to give it a try, we’ve done the homework for you and prepared this Long Island Healthy Restaurant Guide. Eateries are listed by town and include a symbol for what each serves: vegetarian, 100-percent organic, natural ingredients, vegan, gluten-free, raw food and/or kosher. Enjoy! Babylon

Barrique Kitchen & Wine Bar

631-321-1175. BarriqueKitchenAndWineBar. com



Grey Horse Tavern 631-472-1868


Bay shore ZenWay Natural Food Market 631-665-3050



Bare Naked Bakery & Cafe 516-809-7370



Blue Point

Blue Point Bistro and Grille



Carle Place Rialto


NI West End Cafe




Granny’s Ice Cream 1153 Jericho Tpke. 631-543-7501



Deer Park Ludlow Bistro





NI The Living Room




NI Tellers Restaurant


1601 Main Rd. 631-722-3537

Jamesport Manor Inn

East Meadow Palm Court at the Carltun 516-542-0700


NI Luce & Hawkins




East Setauket




Curry Club V


Village Lanterne NI

Garden City

Long Beach




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Massapequa Organic Corner



Bob’s Natural Foods V

glen cove


Great Neck Burton & Doyle Steakhouse


NI Bare Burger

Opening Spring 2013

NI Cafe Rustica



Hicksville House of Dosas

516- 938-7517




Oaxaca Ve

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Dave’s Grill


Stonewalls Restaurant

Mount Sinai Alexandros






Vegetarian Organic Natural  Ingredients Ve Vegan GF Gluten-Free Raw Raw Food K Kosher


Jamesport Country Kitchen



Live Island Café





Nick & Toni’s

East Hampton Café Max



New Hyde Park

Madras Woodlands 516-326-8900



Northport The Purple Elephant 631-651-5002



Strictly Gluten Free



Oyster Bay Sweet Tomato




Wild Honey Dining & Wine



Plainview Bare Burger

Opening Spring 2013


Port Jefferson The Fifth Season



Tiger Lily Café

O Pizza Bistro



Mattituck A Mano


NI Love Lane Kitchen



Montauk Backyard



NI 631-476-7080


Port Washington Wild Honey on Main 516-439-5324



Farm Country Kitchen 631-369-6311

NI Green Earth Natural Foods Market & Cafe




Rockville CentRE

3 Brothers Pizzeria




Energy Kitchen



Wading River Amarelle


NI Michael Anthony’s Food Bar 631-929-8800


Water Mill



NI Bigelow’s

79 N. Long Beach Rd 516-678-3878



Trattoria Diane




760 Montauk Hwy. 631-726-0246

NI Mirko’s


NI Robert’s



Sag Harbor




Estia’s Little Kitchen V

Massapequa Park Juice It Up


by Gabriella Ianiro


St. James

FeelGoods Café


O Vintage Prime Steakhouse



Shelter Island

Vine Street Cafe 631-749-3210



Sant Ambroeus




North Fork Table & Inn 631-765-0177



Franina Ristorante 58 W. Jericho Tpke. 516-496-9770

NI The Healthy Eatery




Galleria Ristorante NI Marco Polo Restaurant

(Inside Viana Hotel & Spa) 515-338-7777



The Health Nuts 4902 Merrick Rd. 516-541-4209



WestHampton Beach Starr Boggs



West Hempstead Witches Brew

311 Hempstead Tpke. 516-489-9482


West BabyLon All The Perks Espresso Café




Whole Foods Market (Eat-In Cafe)


V O GF Raw

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Green Getaway Long Island’s

Viana Hotel & Spa By Kristen Fortsch

If you’re looking for a green getaway, you don’t have to look far. The Viana Hotel & Spa in Westbury is the only Long Island hotel designed to achieve LEED-NC Silver certification and offers a unique experience for eco-friendly folks and those curious about what “going green” truly means. Viana is a member of the exclusive Small Luxury Hotels of the World and is overseen by Alan Mindel, managing partner of family-owned Samar Hospitality, a boutique hotel group that

includes the Inn at Great Neck, Four Points by Sheraton at Plainview and the Adria Hotel and Conference Center in Bayside. Viana’s state of the art technology, along with its soothing environment inspired by the ancient art of feng shui, makes this hotel a destination, not just a place to rest your head. In fact, in keeping with feng shui practices, you will not find items grouped together in fours, only in divisions of three and nine. Mindel even had the hotel’s address

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changed in order to remove the number “4” from it. Inspired to take action after Hurricane Katrina sent energy prices soaring, Mindel says, “We tried to create a path in our industry to have a smaller carbon footprint, and we have. “We used green technology in almost every aspect on the property,” he explains. “The hotel possesses a number of amazing eco-friendly features, from the roof that’s made entirely out of recycled soda bottles and lined with

solar panels, to the wood flooring that’s all bamboo, a fast growing and replaceable flooring alternative. The hotel’s walls are made out of recycled newspaper and blue jeans, while LED lighting illuminates the rooms throughout. The carpeting and wallpaper are also eco-friendly.” Guests experience sustainable practices as soon as they check in, which is paperless, and continues throughout their stay. “We have low-flow dual flush toilets and low flow faucets. And instead of having printed materials in the rooms, it’s all presented on TV,” he says. The batteries used in the bathroom faucet sensors are recharged continually by the flow of water used when guests wash their hands. Trash is recycled in both public and private areas. The strict green code that Viana is best known for doesn’t end with a guest check-out, “We also train our staff to recycle,” Mindel says. The hotel has a 100-percent nonsmoking policy that is strictly enforced. Guests who violate the policy are subject to a $250 fine, which is used to offset the week-long airing and cleaning of the room to remove the offending odor, according to Mindel. The hotel has a fitness center and indoor pool, plus a Zen-inspired spa and full-service salon. We like Viana’s SpaJama package, which includes overnight accommodations, a 50-minute signature facial or Swedish massage, a round of cocktails at Marco Polo’s, their in-house restaurant, a breakfast buffet and a spa gift. Hotels can have a negative reputation of harming the environment. Many hoteliers have shied away from adopting sustainable practices saying they’re expensive, complicated and offer little benefit to the bottom line. Alan Mindel cut through the “green tape” of procuring the most sustainable construction materials and supplies for his guests, and he proved to the naysayers that a green hotel can be profitable. As an added plus, he has built one of the most, if not the most, beautiful hotels on Long Island.

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Scott Chaskey

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published author and poet, Scott Chaskey is a modern-day Walt Whitman of sorts, and an avid proponent for organic farming. Chaskey serves as the director and farmer of community-supported agriculture (CSA) Quail Hill Farm in Amagansett. He was recently named 2013 Farmer of the Year by the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY). While farming is his main vocation, Chaskey still finds time to volunteer in the community. He sits on several CSA boards and teaches poetry to both children and senior citizens. He even helped his neighbor, Christie Brinkley, start an organic garden. His jovial smile is welcoming and shines through his grizzled white beard. He speaks eloquently as the conversation shifts back and forth between his love of writing and poetry to his passion for organic farming. It’s an unusual combination, but he excels at both. Growing up in the suburbs of Buffalo, Chasky didn’t have farming on his mind. He traveled to England to pursue a master’s degree in writing, and while there took a side job as a gardener to earn extra money. Then his love of the land developed. “It’s not the normal route to becoming an organic farmer,” he says with a chuckle. After graduation, Chaskey and his wife Megan—another American he met at school—moved to Mousehole, a small fishing village in Cornwall, England. The experienced locals tutored Chaskey about farming. In 1989, the Chaskeys moved back to the U.S. and settled in Sag Harbor, eager to start their own CSA, a brand new concept at the time. CSAs are made up of a community of people who financially support a farm and, in return, are able to harvest what is grown there. These shareholders are important because they cover the anticipated costs of farm operation and share the decision-making, the responsibilities and the risks with the farmer. “No one had heard of it; it was only a couple of years old,” Chaskey says. His in-laws were one of the first 10 families that started what would become the Quail Hill Farm CSA, and encouraged him to attend a CSA meeting where members decide what crops to grow by

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completing surveys. If a plant or a vegetable gets at least three votes, it will be added to the farm. Quail Hill currently grows more than 500 varieties of vegetables and flowers. Members can buy a farm share for summer or winter. After Chaskey posts what vegetables are ripe for picking, members come to the farm and pick the ripe produce for themselves. About 250 families, or 700 people, are part of Quail Hill Farm CSA. “The idea of community-supported agriculture is that a community is sharing in all of the tasks involved in running a farm,” Chaskey says. “So the success of this farm really has to do with a lot of people.” What makes Quail Hill Farm unique from other CSAs is that it is actually a project of the Peconic Land Trust. The farm started out as a 20-acre donation from Long Island conservationist Deborah Light, but once the Land Trust saw how successful it was, it grew to include 220 acres. “That was an important connection because that created a marriage between an organization that was preserving land and a group of people who wanted to grow organically on good soil,” Chaskey explains. “It was unusual for a land trust to do this. Their job is to protect land, not necessarily run a farm.” To Chaskey, deciding to grow organic produce was never a question. “I didn’t grow up in a farming family, so I didn’t have to make a decision on how I was going to do it,” he says. “When I got into farming, it was clear to me that I was going to do it organically. It’s a more sustainable method when you’re talking about long-term care for soil. It’s the method I believe in.” As the farm director, Chaskey keeps members updated through quarterly letters. He never thought much of them, and was shocked when a member, literary agent Paul Bresnick, told him that people loved the letters so much that some had saved them for 20 years. “These letters were part of the glue that held the farm together all these years, so Bresnick suggested I make the letters into a book,” Chaskey says. “It wouldn’t exist without him.” Published in 2005, This Common Ground: Seasons on an Organic Farm uses the compilation of letters to tell the story of

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life through the seasons in organic farming. Chaskey is now writing a second book, Seedtime—The History, Husbandry, Politics, and Promise of Seeds. “I have sowed seeds in the Earth all these years,” he says. “And I’m sort of tracing it back.” Chaskey began teaching poetry when he lived in England, and has taught poety and writing from elementary to the university level. His passion for teaching extends beyond the classroom. Every year he hires apprentices to help him work the farm. One of his apprentices went on to open Shelter Island CSA, Sylvester Manor, and Chaskey sits on their board. The success of Quail Hill Farm’s apprenticeship program means that they no longer have to search for applicants; they are now inundated with applications from people wanting to learn organic farming. “It’s really important what we’re doing; it’s part of the mission of educating,” he says. “Instead of hiring farm labor, we’re educating apprentices to learn the trade.” Chaskey believes that the rise in applicants is because organic food has become more mainstream over the past few years and younger people have been joining the organic community in droves. “The other news we hear is that the average age of farmers in America is climbing, but go to the organic community and you will see all of these young people getting into it,” he explains. “I think that one of the reasons people come here to learn as an apprentice is because they’re in search of meaningful work. Another factor is that the connection between food and health hasn’t been spoken of as an important issue until fairly recently.” Chaskey himself is impressed with the popularity that organic living has gained since he first got involved with farming. “Who would’ve guessed that an organic garden would be put in the White House?” he asks. ­—Lindsay Christ

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Patti Waszkiewicz

Extraordinary Women... Extraordinary Networking

Emmy Leading The Way February 28th marked Rare Disease Day, an international day of advocacy for those living with an uncommon medical malady. Patti Waszkiewicz of Holbrook spent the day at Intercontinental Capital in Huntington, where her husband, John, works. She was hosting a bake sale to raise money for research for their 4-year-old daughter, Emmy, who was diagnosed two years ago with CDKL5 disorder. Most children affected by CDKL5 disorder suffer from seizures that begin in the first few months of their life. Most cannot walk, talk or feed themselves, and many are dependent on others for everything. A few days later in New York City, Patti and two other moms from Long Island joined mothers from California, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania and some women from as far away as Canada, Ireland, United Kingdom and New Zealand to meet for the “First Annual International CDKL5 Yummy/Mummy/Mommy Weekend.” These 30 women all have something in common: a child born with CDKL5, a genetic disorder so rare that only about 600 cases are known in the world. Yet, four of these children are from Long Island, two live in the Sachem School District, and one is from New York City. Patti predicts that once doctors are more aware of CDKL5 and do more genetic testing to diagnose it, the number will increase dramatically. Although the women came from many different parts of the world, they found comfort in one another. Before meeting in person, they had only corresponded through Facebook. “There are not a lot of people who can relate to what I go through,” says Patti, the Regional Family Support Representative for the national CDKL5 organization. Coping with the unknown is really hard on a parent whose child has a rare disease. “On the Yummy Mummy/Mommy Weekend we talked, shared stories, laughed and cried,” Patti says. “The entire experience was life changing.”

Thirty moms from around the world whose children have CDKL5 disorder met for the first time in NYC for the First Annual International CDKL5 Yummy/ Mummy/Mommy Weekend.

Not only did the women get to sightsee and shop in New York City, they were able to enjoy a well-deserved break from their routine and truly bond as friends. “We have a slogan now: ‘Together We Are Stronger,’” Patti says. “It’s up to us to raise money and spread awareness.” The women did just that when they were filmed outside the Today Show studio in Manhattan, wearing their green sashes symbolizing CDKL5 awareness. The organization’s founder, Katheryn Elibri-Frame of the UK, was interviewed by a news crew about CDLK5. During their weekend get-together, the women shared therapies for their children and talked about the need for advocacy and respite care. The women compared notes on what services and benefits were offered by individual state and foreign governments. “I found that New York has a very good support system,” Patti says, “We don’t have to fight to get the services we need,” and added, “The UK has better respite care available that we don’t have here.” For Patti, the disorder means Emmy requires constant care, which she receives at home and the Developmental Disabilities Institute (DDI) in Ronkonkoma. When Emmy was first diagnosed, Patti didn’t want to talk about it with her friends who have typical children.

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“I asked, ‘Why me?’ Now I would do it differently,” she says, “and expose more of my life to bring more awareness.” Like other parents with a special needs child, the Waszkiewicz family struggles to spend quality time with their typically developed children. Payton, 6, sometimes feels left out, so Patti says she makes extra time to have one-on-one time with her older daughter. Research for a cure is of the utmost concern, but Patti believes that finding respite care is also an issue that needs to be addressed, so parents and caretakers can have an emotional and physical break from the special care these children need 24/7. Patti is convinced that her daughter will be a CDLK5 success story. “She might go to college when she’s 21, not at 18,” Patti says hopefully. “Emmy just might be the one who’s going to show us the way.” For more information visit or contact Patti by email at

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DĂŠcor a la Maison b at h r o o m

Napier Mirror This traditional mirror features a rectangular wooden frame adorned with an embossed filigree metal overlay and a bright brushed silver finish. ($229.90, Peter Andrews, Multiple Locations, PeterAndrews. com)

Gemma Orkin Wall Tiles

In a collaboration between West Elm and artist Gemma Orkin, these beautiful wall tiles create a spring feeling that will brighten any room. ($49, West Elm, Riverhead,

Organic Woodgrain Towel

bath room

Made from 100-percent cotton, this towel has a soft texture and makes a great addition to the bathroom, in any of four colors: Feather Gray, White, Ivory and Ozone Blue. (Prices vary by size: $6-$24, West Elm, Riverhead,

Logan Double Vanity Sink

This sink set is made out of white oak, creating an unfinished wood look. It is a simple addition to your home that can be customized by selecting one of three marble tops: Italian Carrara Marble, Italian Creama Marble, or Italian Pietra Grigio Marble. ($1,695.99, Restoration Hardware,

Tali Printed Shower Curtain

This African-inspired pattern is sure to take center stage in your bathroom. The curtain is made from 100-percent cotton canvas and is machine washable. ($39, West Elm, Riverhead,

Hand-Hammered Copper Bath Tub

This exclusive bath tub, which is only available for a limited time, is a great touch for the bathroom. Made out of copper, it conducts and holds heat better than the average bath tub. Adding an old school vibe to your house, this is sure to impress your guests. ($7,499, Pottery Barn, Multiple Locations,

Gold Leaf Tiny Tray

This tray comes in a variety of golden leaves and is a fabulous and earthy way to keep things organized. An excellent touch to a small area. ($16, Wildflower Organics,

Niagara Conservation Earth Soak and Soap Showerhead

This showerhead can help you save up to 7,300 gallons of water per year, not to mention the extra money in your pocket after saving on your water and heating bills. A patented pause valve lets the user control the flow. ($19, Greener Country,

Chamberlain Etagere

Apothecary Pewter Accessories Collection

Create a vintage theme in your bathroom! This set contains items from a soap dispenser, soap dish, tissue cover, and boxes ranging from small to large. Each item is carefully crafted out of cast-pewter, which is also great because silver can match a variety of different colors. Go back in time and order this wonderful set! ($69-$175, Restoration Hardware,

Tali Bath Mat

This mat is both refined and exotic. Its pattern is African-American inspired, but its simple yellow and gray pattern makes it easy to match with items around the house. It can also be used for an entry way, or in the kitchen to add a punch of color. ($29, West Elm, Riverhead,

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Made from top-notch raw materials, this narrow etagere can display all of your favorite items. ($1,252, 406 West, Huntington,

Monogrammed Oval Paperwhite Soap Set

Personalize your soap! This makes a great gift. Each bar of soap contains up to three initials. ($49 for set of 6, Pottery Barn, Multiple Locations,

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Décor a la Maison The Organic Home

Bordeaux Accent Lamp

Blueair Sense

A purifier has many advantages for your health. It is believed to alleviate headaches, coughing, allergies and hay fever. Its motion-sensor control has three settings that can be changed by just a hand motion. It uses very low energy and also removes all pollutants from the air. ($199.95, Blueair,, Purchase by calling 1-888-258-3247, or by emailing

This lamp is created from recycled glass and creates an old-fashioned antique vibe. It also comes in different sizes and shapes. ($129, Ballard Designs,

Eco Nap

It’s easy to be eco-friendly when it comes to your dog! This comfortable bed is actually made out of 85-percent recycled plastic. Recycled plastic soda bottles are carefully sewn in the inside, while the outside is a layer of soft fabric so your pooch will be comfortable at all times. (Starting at $29, West Paw Design,

Sun Jar

Voluspa Cut Glass Jar

Mason Jars have so many different uses, and this is a creative twist! This jar contains a rechargeable battery and lowenergy LED lamps. When put in the sunlight, the battery takes a few hours to fully charge. When it gets dark outside, the light absorbed from the sun during the day shines brightly. A great touch to outdoor parties! ($40, Perpetual Kid,

The ORGANIC home Cuisinart GreenGourmet Cookware

A healthier and easier way to cook! Also a great way to grill things when the weather is just too cold. This set makes cooking with oil unnecessary. Made with a non-stick ceramic, it’s great for a fast cleanup! ($249 for 12 pieces, Cuisinart,

Reclaimed Tree Stump Table

Derived from local tree rescue efforts, this unique undulating tree stump side table makes a powerful statement. The textured sides of this potential coffee table, end table or stool have been carefully cleaned, leaving some of the signature “crocodile” patterned bark in certain areas with the aged gray outer sapwood contrasting with the warm-colored top surface. The top is kiln-dried, leveled, sanded and polished. A clear coat of matte sealer protects the stump. ($389, RealWoodWorks1 on

These environmentally friendly, organic hemp love chairs feature frames made of quality hardwoods from well-managed American forests that are FSC-certified. The cushioning is made from 100percent natural latex foam rubber. ($2,500,

Made out of unfinished wood, this is a simple addition to the house and a great item to place next to your bed for storing electronic gadgets, books and other items. ($399, Crate & Barrel, Multiple Locations,

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The Source Toothbrush

The Source Toothbrush is a unique and advanced way to brush your teeth. It is made from 93-percent recycled dollar bills and wood that are combined to create a bio-plastic. It is also a great investment because the handles will last forever. All you have to do is change the brush like you would a razor blade. A great new spin on a toothbrush! ($6.95. Replacement heads are $5.49 for a 2-pack.

Organic Mattress Pad

Made 100 percent from cotton, this mattress pad offers great protection to your mattress and stretches to the size of the bed perfectly. It’s also machine-washable! (Starting at $144, The Clean Bedroom,

Organic Club Chair in Hemp

Linea 1-Drawer Night Stand

Spring is in the air—literally! This great candle has scents including orchid, white lily, spring moss, lavender, wood, vanilla and berry to spice up the air around you! ($26, Anthropologie, Multiple Locations,

Cork Wine Rack

The USA-made modular cork wine rack is made of 100 percent cork and holds nine bottles. Even better, the finish is eco-friendly, too. ($34.95, Greener Country,

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Just because he has a fur coat, doesn’t mean that he wouldn’t love a cool new sweater for the Spring!

Spring is in full bloom on our eco-friendly dog and cat collars. Nothing’s cuter than a dog with bed-head. These cozy beds are perfect for a good night’s sleep or a mid-day nap after a long walk.

Watch your dog make a rush for the plush with these squeaktoys for the busy dog on the go.

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The Holistic Workout Method

Samantha Witt, Calliope teacher and hula hoop artist demonstrates core work using the hoop for stability and alignment.

at Calliope Fitness and Arts

Blending the workout techniques of the West with the concentration and relaxation techniques of the East, results in a full mindbody training. “It’s an integrated workout,” says Rhonda Carol, founder and director of Calliope Fitness and Arts. “You get the fitness element where you’re building some muscle, or increasing your aerobic capacity. Then we incorporate breathing and release, and stretch. You’re not just lifting a weight or moving your body.” Classes that follow this method include Sculpt Absolute and No “Butts” About It. (Calliope Fitness & Arts, Roslyn,


Spring Sneakers

Spring is the perfect time to get back into the swing of working out. Here are four of the hottest sneaker styles for 2013. Nike Air Max 2013 Running Shoe Designed with Flywire technology, maximum cushioning and a notched inner sleeve for lightweight, flexible support, this sneaker is so soft and pliable, it feels like you’re gliding on air. ($179.99, Modell’s, Multiple Locations,


Nutty Carrot Cake Squares Perfect for dessert or a snack, these deliciously sweet treats are loaded with Vitamin A from butternut squash.

Ingredients: 1 box of spice cake mix, 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce, 1 large egg, 1 cup shredded carrots, 1 cup shredded butternut squash, 1-1/2 cups chopped walnuts (divided), 2 cups low-fat whipped topping. Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9-inch by 13inch baking pan. Using a mixer on medium, mix together cake mix, applesauce, egg and 1 cup water until fully combined. Stir in carrots, squash and 1 cup of walnuts. Spoon batter into prepared pan. Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool completely, then spread whipped topping over cake, and sprinkle with remaining walnuts. Yield: 16 servings, 10 grams of fat, 212 calories per serving.

Puma InCycle Basket Sneaker Part of Puma’s new InCycle Collection, these sneakers are recyclable, biodegradable and made with organic linen. Instead of throwing them in the trash after one too many runs, customers can return them as part of the Bring Me Back program for composting. ($85, Skechers Synergy Memory Sole Running Shoes A Memory Foam-cushioned comfort insole will make that 5K a little less painful on your feet. Add in the sock-fit, attached-tongue design as well as the FlexSole super-light and flexible shockabsorbing midsole design, and your feet will be the only part of your body not aching after an intense workout. ($60 Skechers, Roosevelt Field Mall, Garden City, Reebok Dance Ur Lead Inspired by the Reebok Heritage Freestyle Model, this dance sneaker with its mid-cut design and funky color scheme is definitely a throwback to the ’80s. With 3D UltraLite tooling for lightweight cushioning, Pivot Point and Turn Zone for turns and spins, and ForeFoot Grip for traction. ($84.99 Dick’s Sporting Goods, Multiple Locations,

EAT RIGHT APP Is My Food Safe?

From the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, this app should help reduce your risk of food poisoning. The app features safe internal temperatures for cooking meat plus a quiz that grades how safe your kitchen is. You can also find out how long you can keep those leftovers and ask registered dietitians about food safety. (Free,



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Is 3D better than 2D when it comes to breast imaging? A new study suggests that it is. Results of a large-scale study show that adding 3D tomography to conventional 2D mammography increases cancer detection by as much as 40 percent, while lowering false-positive results by 15 percent, resulting in more accurate diagnoses. According to researchers, the use of mammography plus tomosynthesis for breast cancer screening “resulted in a significantly higher cancer detection rate and enabled the detection of more invasive cancers.” 3D tomography improves physicians’ ability to detect very small tumors which might not show up on a regular mammogram, especially in women with dense breasts. Another study by the Yale University School of Medicine, revealed that adding 3D tomography to mammography for screening purposes decreased recall rates by at least a third, particularly in younger women and those with dense breast tissue. In fact, women with extremely dense breasts had a 57 percent reduction in recalls when 3D tomography was added to conventional mammography. The end result? For many women, especially younger women or those with dense breasts, adding 3D tomography will result in fewer falsepositives and more cancers detected. Ask your physician whether adding 3D tomography is appropriate for you.

Spa 190 Cranberry Pomegranate Detox Facial

Spa 190 uses all natural fruit and plant-derived products for this facial. Cranberry and pomegranate enzymes are used to lift dead skin cells and increase cell turnover to create a radiant glow. Natural clay is also used to detoxify and shrink pore size. “It’s meant for dull, aging skin or clogged skin. The end result is a very radiant glow,” says Stacey Kotsakis, spa director. ($95, Spa 190, Mineola,

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Cesarean Sections


tractive option to some expectant mothers. “The focus has changed. Women used to say, ‘I have to have a vaginal delivery to have the whole birth experience,’ Levine says. “Now, a C-section on request is a new trend, women don’t want to go through labor and instead elect to have their baby by C- section.” Levine stresses that the lowest risk for giving birth is the vaginal delivery. “We know that the babies do better and the complication rate for the mother is lower.” Not too long ago, many women who began labor but then required a C-section with their first baby would opt for a VBAC for their subsequent children. A VBAC has some advantages, including avoiding another uterine scar, less pain after delivery, lower risk of infection and a shorter recovery. Levine says that for many of these women, their perception of labor was that it was not a rewarding experience, and more women shied away from the VBAC, even though there’s a less than 1 percent instance of a the procedure resulting in death of the fetus or a hysterectomy. With the advent of many women delaying marriage, gaining weight and opting for the convenience of an elective C-section, these reasons will certainly skew the percentages higher. There are pros and cons to every scenario, risks and alternatives. After exploring all the merits and pitfalls of each one, ultimately it’s the expectant mother who must make the decision.

On the Rise—Trend or Foe? By Belinda Devereaux The days when expectant mothers were wheeled into the labor room while their husbands paced outside are long gone. They were replaced by women who were seeking a completely natural birth experience, ala Dr. Lamaze, which has waned in popularity, while another trend in childbirth has emerged—the cesarean or C-section. But is this new trend really trendy or is it health-related? Women have to decide what kind of birth experience they will be comfortable with: a natural childbirth, a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) or a C-section. Today, obstetricians are still by far the most popular choice for maternity care with more than 75 percent of expectant mothers choosing that option, according to a recent survey by Vaginal deliveries still outpace C-sections by 2 to 1, but the incidence of cesarean births rose 53 percent from 1996 to 2007, where it now hovers at about 30 percent, according to data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The phenomenon of increased C-sections has become a hot topic and has some asking if C-sections could eventually become a new normal for childbirth. Recent studies by the CDC suggest that women who are overweight before they become pregnant have a greater risk for complications including pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes, stillbirth and a required cesarean delivery. And, obese women require increased physician services and longer hospital stays after the birth. “The weight of some patients has skyrocketed, which also increases the size of the baby. Blood pressure, diabetes and thyroid disease all contribute to a higher instance of cesarean sections,” according to Dr. Gary Levine an OB/ GYN of Long Island Women’s Healthcare. But being overweight isn’t the only contributing factor. “Older women are having babies, the incidence of infertility is markedly increased and with advanced reproductive technology, multiple births have also increased the risk factor and the cesarean section rate,” Levine adds. Many women are also seeking a painless labor and delivery. Anesthesia used by OB’s is so advanced that the C-section has become much less dramatic than it was previously, making it an at-

Vaginal deliveries still outpace C-sections by 2 to 1, but the incidence of cesarean births rose 53 percent from 1996 to 2007, where it now hovers at about 30 percent

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KIDS KORNER Madagascar: My ABCs

Now preschoolers can learn their letters while on the go. JumpStart has released Madagascar: My ABCs, a new mobile game available through iTunes, Google Play, Amazon and Nook. Kids interact with their favorite characters from the popular movie and learn the fundamentals of the alphabet.

Dolly Adventures

A Long Island mother and grandmother created this adorable book series to teach little girls everyday life lessons. Alison Grossman and her mother Lynne came up with the concept while watching her daughter pretend to be a “mommy” to her doll. “When I noticed her play-acting with her doll, I thought, ‘What a perfect way to reach a child,’” Grossman says. “Using that role, we developed a series of storybooks,” she adds. The Dolly book series includes Dolly Goes to the Supermarket, which teaches healthy eating habits and Dolly Goes On Vacation, focusing on responsibility and sharing. Parents can download Dolly Goes to the Supermarket free of charge and the others for 99 cents. Each hard copy comes with adjustable doll clothes so that girls can use them to dress up any of their favorite dolls. All the proceeds from the book are donated to the United Way of Long Island. (


Happy Earth Playschool

Long Island Nature Scavenger Hunt

This holistic Riverhead preschool allows children to learn and play with nature. “I was greatly disappointed with childcare in our area,” says founder Nicole Nieves. The school is in a private home with no synthetic rugs or leaded paint. Students can grow organic vegetables, bake and help with the dishes. “It’s sort of like bringing back what Grandma used to do when she helped raise her grandkids back in the day,” Nieves says. “The public schools have really taken free, imaginative play out of kindergarten and they’re getting a little quick into academics.” (131 Linda Ave., Riverhead. 631-779-2643, HappyEarthPlayschool. com)

One of the best ways for a child to learn about nature is through play. Long Island has a plethora of great parks to observe Mother Nature’s bounty and what’s more fun than a scavenger hunt? Grab a brown paper bag and see who can find everything on the list first! Suggested Venues: Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park, 440 Montauk Hwy., Great River, 631-581-1002; Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park, 1395 Planting Fields Rd., Oyster Bay, 516-922-9200; Sands Point Preserve, 127 Middleneck Rd., Port Washington, 516-571-7900. (Note: All parks listed have a $5-$8 fee per car).



Fruit Wand for Kids

Coffee Filter Butterflies A fun, colorful craft to ring in

the spring and get the kids’ creative juices pumping with just a few supplies. Materials: Coffee filters, watercolor paints, paintbrushes, colored pipe cleaners Step 1: Spread a coffee filter out flat. Step 2: It’s time to get creative! Grab your favorite watercolor paints and decorate the butterfly “wings.” Step 3: After painting, allow to dry and gather the filter in the middle. Step 4: For the body, fold a pipe cleaner in half and twist the ends together at the top. Step 5: Curl the ends of the pipe cleaners with your fingertip to create antennae.

Unleash your child’s inner Harry Potter with a fruit wand. The wands are easy to make. Leave them out at a party and, like magic, watch them disappear! Ingredients: 4 Starfruit, 1 small watermelon, 1 bunch each of red and green grapes, 1 cantaloupe, 1 pineapple (cored), 40 strawberries, 40 bamboo skewers Step 1: Cut both cantaloupe and watermelon in half, remove seeds. Using a melon baller, make 40 balls of each melon. Step 2: Cut pineapple into half-inch slices and again into half-inch cubes. Step 3: Cut each Starfish into 10 quarter-inch slices. Step 4: To assemble, place fruit on each skewer in this order: 1 slice of Starfruit (for the star on top), 1 watermelon ball, 1 red grape, 1 green grape, 1 cantaloupe ball, 1 pineapple, 1 strawberry. Step 5: Keep chilled until they are ready to be served, and enjoy!

Kiwi Crate

Who doesn’t like to get a package in the mail? Subscription boxes are the latest craze, and now Kiwi Crate lets children get in on the fun. For $19.95 per month, kids receive a fun-filled crate of materials for inspiring themed projects that can range from creating dinosaur fossils to growing a window garden. This is a great tool for parents who want to find new and exciting arts and crafts. The company also offers a sibling add-on for an extra $7.95 per month. ( 58 MILIEU Exclusively for Long Island Women

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Eco-Baby Gear Guide By Licia Avelar Today, baby-proofing your home by plugging up outlets, adding corner guards and installing locks on the cabinets isn’t enough. It means educating yourself and looking further than a product’s marketing campaign and reading about what’s in the package. Unfortunately today’s toys, furniture and clothing are often loaded with parabens, formaldehyde, and dangerous colorants. While most of us aren’t scientists or experts on ingredients, the best thing to do for your baby is stay informed and opt for eco-friendly and natural baby products, now widely available. If you can’t find them at your favorite store, ask. Here are a few organic, eco-friendly and, most importantly, safe products for the baby.

Honest Shampoo

Bamboo Nature

Nature’s Baby Organics

NaturePedic Organic Cotton

& Body Wash

Baby Diapers

Organic Diaper Ointment

Classic Traditional Mattress $299, Behr’s Furniture, Mass-

Momo Baby Organic Cotton & Bamboo Rayon Blanket $12.99,

BabyBjorn’s Organic

Nuna Leaf Bouncer

Giggle Better Basics

Active Baby Carrier


Bunny Ring Teether

Honest, the all-natural product line from actress Jessica Alba, is a great investment. The company prides itself on providing the best and safest products for the baby. Honest Shampoo & Body Wash is one of the company’s popular products. The hypoallergenic and vegan wash was created with organic ingredients. It is dermatologically tested and completely free of harsh chemicals. Bamboo Nature Baby Diapers are soft, breathable and absorbent. They are free of harmful chemicals, certified non-toxic and hypoallergenic. The diapers are also environmentally-friendly and are 80-percent biodegradable and 99-percent compostable. Nature’s Baby Organics Organic Diaper Ointment is USDA-certified, 100-percent vegan and enriched with organic calendula extract, organic tamanu oil and organic chickweed extract. Even better, the ointment is free of glutens and parabens. Babies spend a good part of their day sleeping, and the nursery should be as chemical-free

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as possible. A non-toxic mattress and crib sheets are vital. Behr’s Furniture offers plenty of awesome options like the NaturePedic Organic Cotton Classic Traditional Mattress, which is made with organic cotton and filling that’s hypoallergenic. On top of that, the mattress is waterproof with non-toxic fire protection. Behr’s also carries the Young America Encore Stationary Crib, a piece of furniture that is GREENGUARD- certified, a stringent certification that measures air quality and emissions. “GREENGUARD Certified is a must at this point,” explains Jared Behr. “It’s a low-emission crib.” Wrapping baby up in a blanket is a great idea—if it’s organic. One safe option is the Momo Baby Organic Cotton & Bamboo Rayon Blanket, a blend of bamboo and organic cotton, for the ultimate in softness. The rayon from bamboo reportedly has natural characteristics that discourage the formation of bacteria,

Young America Encore Stationary Crib $699, Behr’s Furniture, Massapequa, BehrsFurni-

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fungus and odors. The blanket is also free of chlorine and formaldehyde. The little things matter, too. When taking your baby out, you may want to consider a baby carrier like BabyBjorn’s Organic Active Baby Carrier. The organic cotton version of BabyBjorn’s award-winning carrier allows you and your baby to comfortably and safely go about your day. For playtime, the Nuna Leaf Bouncer is a safe place to bounce around. It was made with 100-percent organic cotton, OEKO-TEX-certified fabric and is noise-free, not to mention it’s super sleek. A teether is another item to be cautious about when purchasing. The Giggle Better Basics Bunny Ring Teether is an adorable and super safe playmate for your baby. It’s made from 100-percent organic cotton and has no pesticides, chemicals or harmful dyes. Don’t forget the walls, typically overlooked

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j’adore a few of our favorite (eco-friendly) things

Lindsay Christ

Staff Writer Besides looking sleek, the 2013 Tesla Model S has the option of an all-glass panoramic roof so you can enjoy a convertible-like experience all year. This electric car has no tailpipe, which means zero emissions, and never having to worry about gas prices is insanely liberating. ($58,000$106,000,

Amanda Carnesi Associate Publisher Plantable greeting cards are an eco-friendly way to say thank you to your friends and family. They’re handmade with 100-percent recycled paper and embedded with wildflower seeds. A great way to preserve our beautiful Earth! (7 cards for $19.97,

Beverly Fortune

Publisher Thanks to Brasa, you can take the ambiance of a roaring fire wherever you go with their eco-friendly, not to mention extraordinary, line of portable fireplaces, fire lamps and lanterns. Your deck, living room, bedroom, even your friend’s house, can be firelit with one of these beauties. The fireplaces are spill-proof and are run on renewable denatured alcohol fuel, made from plants and vegetables. (Price varies on product,

Licia Avelar

Style Editor Spiritree is a really cool way to cherish a loved one’s memory, and let them be one with nature—be it a pet or person. After planting the biodegradable cinerary urn alongside a seed of your favorite tree, the calcium-rich cremated remains will gradually feed the plant until the decomposing biodegradable bottom shell is broken by the growing tree. ($225,

Jaclyn Gallucci

Managing Editor Depending on how you look at them, the pieces in Margaux Lange’s jewelry collection are pretty, creepy—or maybe a little bit of both. Made from upcycled old Barbie Doll parts, these necklaces, brooches, rings, bracelets and earrings blend high fashion and the macabre, into delicate, wearable works of art, while keeping old plastic out of the trash. ($80$875,


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GO WITH IT ACROSS 1 Takes without right 7 Actress Alba or Tandy 14 Fine, rare violins 20 State in Mexico 21 Newspaper sales pitch 22 Present but not active 23 Fruit tossed from a ship? 25 Batting posture 26 Manitoba Indians 27 Topic in psych 101 28 A, in Austria 30 Torch’s crime 31 Beehive State dweller 33 Always avoid mentioning muralist Rivera? 38 Gentle touch 40 Whit 42 Mauna 43 Clock or cat preceder 44 Where old freight is sold? 47 Lacking firmness 52 “- Croft: Tomb Raider” 53 “The World According to -” (1982 film) 54 G3 or G4 computer 56 Chilean child 57 Mantel, e.g. 59 “All untrue!” 61 Where some tourists in Africa travel? 66 Large ducks 68 Teachers’ union: Abbr. 70 High, wispy clouds 71 President pro -

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72 Italian cheese sold in Florida or Georgia? 77 “... man - mouse?” 80 A nephew of Donald Duck 81 Cam output 82 Battlefield docs 86 Periods spent using a batting-practice bat? 89 Part of PS 92 “Vive -!” (French cry) 93 Polar chunk 94 Livy’s 502 96 Oral history 98 Big top, e.g. 99 Málaga miss 104 Fled from Brazzaville? 107 Elvis Presley’s middle name 108 Brief slumber 109 It may be permed 110 Ending for Ecuador 111 Change the location of a North Dakota city? 117 Stiffly formal 119 Occurrence 120 11th mo. 121 ETs’ craft 123 Show shame 126 Champion 128 Being green with old cards for a numbers game? 133 Tolerate 134 Stimulates 135 Crude shed 136 Cease 137 109-Across salon worker 138 Most unusual

DOWN 1 Jarhead’s org. 2 Fly like a kite 3 Not spayed, say 4 Thesaurus author 5 Humdrum 6 - Paulo 7 PC image file format 8 - the side of caution 9 Sis, e.g. 10 - -cone 11 Give - shot 12 Concerned person 13 Steele’s collaborator 14 Yankovic and Gore 15 Bullfighter 16 1980s game console 17 Edgy 18 Wearing a disguise, for short 19 Office scribe 24 Not dorsal 29 iPod type 32 Novelist Tami 34 Building add-on 35 “Va-va- -!” 36 Really rankle 37 Appetite 38 Beat of life 39 Japanese brew 41 Prefix with culture 45 Valleys 46 Watchful 48 Political poll abbr. 49 Talent 50 Pertaining to 51 Dire destiny 55 Sprite maker 58 Tolkien hero 60 Island locale 62 Mil. enlistees 63 “... - quit!” (ultimatum ender) 64 Saroyan’s “My Name Is -” 65 Watson player Bruce

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67 Hard fat 69 Cleo’s snake 73 Start for night or light 74 Sewn edge 75 Bit of advice 76 “- Joy” 77 Rip- - (swindles) 78 Wield power 79 Partner of ever 83 Star of “I Remember Mama” 84 Dance in a winding line 85 Use as a bench 87 GM’s Prizm, once 88 West-central Italian city 90 Not yet a jr. 91 Crime of disloyalty 95 “- Three Ships” 97 Cut film, e.g. 100 Roof boards 101 Radio’s Glass 102 Ripped up 103 Silky goats 105 Tax prep expert 106 Bellyached 111 Copied a cat 112 Sheeplike 113 Hawks 114 Listlessness 115 Plain to see 116 Christmas seasons 118 Homeric epic 122 Boxer’s weapon 124 Bosses of cpls. 125 Owl’s cry 127 No longer practicing: Abbr. 129 Shy 130 Brynner of Broadway 131 Hit CBS procedural 132 Shine, in some product names

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


The Knight of Cups – A proposal of some kind is in the BY PSYCHICDEB works that may or may not be grounded in reality. This person has an intoxicating effect on you that will bring out your creative qualities which are manifested in you.

Pisces February 19 to March 20

The 8 of Cups – You may have to leave behind an emotional situation that has outlived its usefulness. Someone new is on the horizon so you have to think of your own emotional needs for a change. This change will be beneficial even though adjustments have to be made.

Aries March 21 to April 19

Temperance – The Temperance card suggests that you need to adopt a patient, calm and self-controlled approach to your situation. Use diplomacy in your dealings with your significant other to achieve a successful outcome.

Taurus April 20 to May 20

The Devil – The man in your life or someone you’re attracted to is likely to bring out the darker side of your nature. If you feel trapped, move on now and face your demons.

Gemini May 21 to June 20

The Lovers – Your choices are put to the test in areas of romance. Whether you’re in a relationship or ready to start one, you will have to choose between love and security. Choose wisely.

Cancer June 21 to July 22

The Ace of Wands – This is the beginning of something new. Don’t be in too much of a rush no matter how eager you are, for impulsive decisions could undermine your success.

Leo July 23 to August 22

The 5 of Wands – This card denotes a period of uncertainty. Nothing goes according to plan and everything seems like an uphill struggle. Keep your goals in sight and don’t lose heart.

Virgo August 23 to September 22

The 7 of Wands – You are challenged to defend your beliefs. You may have to prove you are more than capable of handling your life. The path you have chosen has led you to this point and you need to deal with the consequences of your choices.

Libra September 23 to October 22

The Ace of Swords – The suit of swords embodies strong, forceful qualities that are connected with intellect but the Ace is a double-edged sword that cuts in both a positive and negative way. Now is the time to throw an olive branch of peace to a family member.

Scorpio October 23 to November 21

The 3 of Wands – There is much work to do when it comes to relationships. You may be embarking on a fresh way of life and feel optimistic about the future although you need to bide your time temporarily to see how things develop.

Sagittarius November 22 to December 21

The 5 of Cups – During this period you may feel disappointed in a relationship, which will bring much sadness. The relationship has gone wrong and you have no choice but to let go. Not to worry; there are still new, hopeful possibilities for the future.

Capricorn December 22 to January 19

The Page of Pentacles – There is a need to take some new possibilities seriously. Money is available to you. A new job that you initially considered routine will have excellent potential. Be patient if you are to make a success of this opportunity.

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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