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Hair For the Holidays 8 of our favorite hair products For the season

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From Left to Right 1 & 2. Dream Big Shampoo & Conditioner Unique Salon & Spa's specially formulated shampoo and conditioner gently cleanses and conditions hair while ensuring maximum volume. “Our unique ingredients create shine without weighing hair down. Big is always beautiful,” says owner Carolyn Devito. ($16, Unique Salon & Spa, Multiple Locations, 3. Ouidad Mediterranean Bay Leaf Exfoliating Hair & Scalp Treatment This light-textured exfoliating cream is infused with a natural AHA complex of lemon and apple extracts that helps eliminate product build-up. ($36, 4. Borne Thermal Spray Protect hair from blow-dryer and flat iron damage with this heat protecting spray. A Thomas Cole Salon exclusive product that will shield, strengthen, and smooth your cuticles and maintain hair's natural radiance. “Apply thermal spray to damp hair and two drops of Reflect then blow dry in sections for a soft bouncy style with hold,” says owner Thomas Cole. ($16, Thomas Cole Salon, Great Neck, 5. Got2B Rockin' It Encore Finish Dry Conditioner When you need a quick pick-me-up for dull hair but don't have time to shampoo, spritz this weightless, non-greasy spray on sections of dry hair to create the illusion of freshly conditioned shine in seconds. ($6.49, 6. Tru UV Primer Protect your scalp from harmful UV rays while smoothing hair follicles, and tame frizz with this luxe serum. “Apply when damp and protect hair from the sun and most heat elements. It helps prevent haircolor from fading and is paraben free,” says owner Cheryl of Tru Salon. ($36, The Tru Salon, St. James, 7. Ouidad Omega-3 Replenishing Hair Treatment This treatment rehydrates hair and restores lost moisture with a unique blend of Omega fatty acids. ($36, 8. Borne Reflect Shine Serum A Thomas Cole exclusive, this product protects, polishes and seals the cuticle while helping to prevent frizz and split ends. ($24, Thomas Cole Salon, Great Neck,

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From the Publisher


I think we were all holding a collective breath until the first anniversary of Superstorm Sandy passed before we could officially welcome the holidays. Many are still living with the constant reminder of what they lost. But we are made of strong stuff and many of those who lost their jobs have come back in a big way, some by launching their own businesses. As a community we have been privy to their enthusiasm and creativity and we will continue to showcase their talents and products.


Our new lifestyle editor, Sara Anne Fingerman, has brought her signature style to Milieu and we are thrilled to have her on board. She had me at Menurkey (page 8.)


Beverly Fortune Art Director

Jon Sasala Lifestyle Editor

Sara Anne Fingerman Style Editor

Licia Avelar Production

Jon Chim Michael Conforti Contributors

Tim Bolger Jaime Franchi Rashed Mian Spencer Rumsey Christopher Twarowski

Our Gala Girls style shoot was a blast. Working with photographer Jim Lennon is always a pleasure, he is a master behind the lens. Our models were Kathleen Stanley of Hicksville and a Senior VP of Interns Capital One Bank, who had everyone in stitches. Brittany Oelschlager She is also a mother of four who looks like a college Deanna Zeni Gabriella Ianiro student, Jenna Moglia of Glen Cove is ethereal Janine Russaw in silhouette (left). Briana Conforti of Syosset is Olivia Stephens just stunning and at only 14 years old, her beauty is not even in full bloom. We’ll be seeing more of Briana as her modeling career is officially Beauty Counter ������������������������� p. 4 launched in this issue. Holidays Are ����������������������������� p. 8

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“Yule” love our holidayinspired shopping list...MistleToes, Sweater Weather,Ho Ho Handbags and A Few of Our Favorite Rings. Our cover model, Karin Caro, is LI’s newest ingénue. Her charitable contributions continue to bring immeasurable comfort to countless Long Islanders who are struggling. She is a role model for the next generation of entrepreneurs and philanthropists.


Gala Girls

Style Photos by Jim Lennon

Jenna Moglia of Glen Cove Dress by Eva of Sayville Jewelry by Coin Galleries of Oyster Bay Hair by Jennifer Ruscillo Makeup by Josephine Abbatiello of Studio Novelle in Carle Place.

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Karin is also featured in our cover story, Jingle Belles, a compilation about two women and a pre-teen who have found their own way of giving back. There are many stories like theirs, but they make it look easy because to them, it’s second nature. Perhaps our Jingle Belles will inspire you to help someone during the holidays.

Although this is our last issue of 2013, we are busy researching and unearthing the hottest trends for 2014, so don’t miss our January issue! Have a wonderful holiday season, CUSTOM PUBLISHING Warm Regards,



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The Holidays

Holiday Movie premiere

Happy Thanksgivinguh

The Jewish Festival of Lights and Thanksgiving fall on the same day this year, and has been coined, “Thanksgivinguh.” This has opened up a realm of new cuisine including a spin on the classic Thanksgiving dinner, you’ll see sweet potato latkes with cranberry-apple sauce alongside the turkey this year.

Menorah + Turkey = Menurkey

This is the first time in history that Hanukkah and Thanksgiving will coincide. The Menurkey was conceived, designed and named by 9-year-old Asher Weintraub, a fourth grader from New York City.

18th Annual Port Jefferson Village Dickens Festival

December 6th through 8th

Photo by John Griffin

An annual Port Jeff Village celebration of “A Christmas Carol,” featuring costumed characters, decorated streets and shops, Victorian entertainment and food. (

The Invisible Woman

Premieres December 25 The story behind the clandestine 13-year love affair between Charles Dickens (Ralph Fiennes) and 18-year-old actress Nelly Ternan (Felicity Jones). With Kristen Scott Thomas and Tom Hollander.

Leg Lamp Lighting from A Christmas Story November 30th, 7 pm

Charles Dickens published “A Christmas Carol”

November 1914

The bra is patented


December 1915

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas The Musical

John W. Engeman Theater at Northport November 21st through January 5th, 2014

Frank Sinatra is born

December 1928

The clip-on tie is created

December 1932

Kenny Rogers-Christmas Show

Radio City Music Hall opens in NYC

NYCB Theatre at Westbury December 4th, 8 p.m.

December 1937

LI Comedy Festival: Holiday Comedy Bash

Snow White premieres in theatres

Suffolk Theater, Riverhead December 7th, 8 p.m.

November 1951

Avril Lavigne, Presented by 106.1 BLI The Paramount, Huntington December 11th, 8 p.m.

Direct dial telephone service is available coast to coast

November 1968

Yale University goes co-ed

Disney’s Beauty & the Beast

December 1980

The Gateway Playhouse, Patchogue December 13th through December 29th

John Lennon is assassinated in NYC

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According to the World Economic Forum’s annual report on the gender equality gap, the United States ranks first in the education category. The WEF measures women’s economic opportunity, education, health, and political empowerment. Overall, the United States came in 23rd, indicating that we have a ways to go as a society towards realizing full equality. In measuring education equality, the gap between women’s and men’s current access to education was captured through ratios of women to men in primary-, secondary- and collegelevel education. The longer-term view of education equality found that the United States’ ability to educate women and men in equal numbers is captured through the ratio of the female versus male literacy rate.

History Highlights December 1843

The secret is finally out: Northport’s Leg Lamp Lighting now draws hundreds who pay homage to the lamp found in the basement of the Northport Hardware store in 2005. Owner Bill Reichert told Milieu, “We’re carrying on a tradition that has started out as a folly and keeps growing.” (Northport Hardware Store, 90 Main St., Northport)

Women’s News: Education Equality for Women

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Malala Yousafzai, the 14-year-old Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban for protesting their anti-education laws for girls, is the face of global gender equality in education. While promoting her book “I Am Malala” on The Daily Show last month, the Nobel Peace Prize nominee told Jon Stewart, when he questioned what she might tell a Talib who might confront her again for voicing her pro-education views, “I would tell him how important education is and that I would even want education for your children as well,” the Pakistani girl said. “That’s what I want to tell you. Now do what you want.” Pakistan and Yemen ranked last in gender equality by the World Economic Forum. Yet by encouraging women to speak out all over the world, that gap gradually lessens.

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BLINGSTING Pepper Spray Gilded New York Exhibit Ignite your imagination by visiting the Museum of the City of NY (MCNY) and immerse yourself in the glamour of 19th century lavish fashions, jewelry and décor that the new American aristocracy brought to New York City. The exhibit inaugurates the MCNY Tiffany & Co. Foundation Gallery. More than 100 works are on display, all created between the mid-1870s and early 20th century, when titans like Cornelius Vanderbilt and John D. Rockefeller displayed their wealth at opulent balls and galas. This era brought New York City to the forefront where it became known worldwide. (Entrance is included in the $10 MCNY admission fee.


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Webcam Personal Training Now there’s no more excuses for not exercising. Wello provides live personal trainers via two way video, from anywhere in the world that will fit your schedule, whether it’s 2 a.m. or 2 p.m. Now if you’re in Prague on business, you can still workout with your trainer, or you can select one in the area that you’re in. You can workout in the privacy of your own home or hotel room, either with a trainer one-on-one or in a group. Different workouts are available to suit your individual need or mood. We liked the Yoga Guru, Bootcamp Boss, Pilates Pro and Circuit Training Maven. Now you can have expert guidance and the encouragement you need to achieve all of your fitness goals. (

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Bling Sting pepper spray is encased in a glitzy cylinder that looks like a fashion accessory. Pepper spray is a non-lethal form of protection and while no one can predict an assault, Blingsting can help ward off an attack. Your personal safety should always be top of mind, so while you’re out and about, clip Blingsting to your handbag, belt loop or dog leash and feel more confident if you have to go it alone. (

Israeli designer, Kobi Levi, has made shoe design into an art form. His WitchCraft collection was inspired by iconic Disney villains like Ursula from the Little Mermaid, Maleficent in Sleeping Beauty and the Evil Queen from Snow White. “Walt Disney characters represent the ultimate fantasy world. I loved them as a child and still do today. The Villains are special because they are iconic and interesting,” Levi explains in a statement to Milieu. “Maleficent is elegant, respectable, impressive and wise. Ursula is funny, amusing and cunning. The Evil Queen is cold, distant, majestic and beautiful. The main guideline for the design work was to stay true to the main features and to the essence of each character. This means that the shoe becomes a canvas on which the silhouette, lines and colors of each character are displayed. As challenging as the work was, so is the reward in seeing these iconic ladies come to life.” Levi’s shoes have been coined “wearable sculpture” and are limited to 20 pairs produced per style. (

5 Wine Sippy Cup, Vino a go-go Sip your wine in style without worrying about spilling a drop on your outfit. Perfect for the boat, beach, tailgating, or girls’ night out, this adult version of a kids’ classic allows you to enjoy a night snuggled by a fire without having to worry about spillage. (

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The 2014 Moms Who Kick Calendar gives a whole new meaning to pin-up girl. All of the models are local women, nine are cancer survivors and all live by the mission of MWK; to inspire, motivate and empower women to lead a healthy lifestyle. Founder Joanne Doyle Hutchins of Bayville told Milieu, “What an incredible experience it was putting this calendar together! All of the women involved, from the models to the production crew and the staff at Bocu Salon, brought so much talent and overall fun to the project.” Maria Polsinelli, owner of Bocu Salon and Spa, opened her home for the photo shoot and says, “I feel so very fortunate to have so much; healthy family, successful business. There is no better feeling than giving back and feeling good in the process!” (

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To the millions of faithful Keurig lovers, your coffee machine might become the cure for the common cold. Campbell’s Soup and Keurig recently partnered to create Campbell’s K-packs which makes hot delicious chicken soup with the click of a button! The chicken broth is housed in the K-Pack which dispenses from the Keurig as a coffee pod would; each K-cup also comes with a package of noodles and vegetables to add to the broth. Perfect for snacking throughout the day, convenient for work, and a staple for the kids at home, Campbells and Keurig will keep our tummies warm and the sniffles at bay this winter. (

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If you love Project Runway, check out Project DIY, a new monthly subscription of runway-inspired do-it-yourself accessories that will have you designing your own look like a pro. Every month you’ll receive a box filled with supplies and directions to create two to three trendy accessories. Let your inner fashionista come to life with your own runway-worthy pieces. (


No more worries about melted makeup with the Cool-It Caddy. Your cosmetics, medication, sunscreen and snacks will stay cool and fresh no matter the weather. Pop Cool-It Caddy in the freezer overnight and then pack with your beauty products, pop into your purse and away you go! Now your cosmetics and medication can be stored in the car without worrying about extreme heat or cold and is perfect for taking on vacation too! (


Holiday travel is stressful enough but lugging suitcases, carryons, kids and paraphanelia can bog you down. Now you can turn your car seat into a stroller and wheel your child to the boarding gate with the BRICA Roll ‘n Go Car Seat Transporter. Lightweight, with features like premium in-line skate wheels, a telescopic handle, and a locking system to keep the car seat securely attached, it also folds flat to fit into the plane’s overhead storage bin. (

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The Shopping List

Clockwise from Top Simply Vera Vera Wang Mini ($47.99, Kohl’s) Black “Studly” Mini ($38, Ooh La La Boutiques) Tory Burch Mini (Blue) ($250, Bloomingdale’s Tory Burch Mini (Purple) $250, Bloomingdale’s) Rebecca Minkoff Mini ($95, Bloomingdale’s) Marc by Marc Jacobs Leopard Mini ($248, Bloomingdale’s) Michael Kors Mini ($188, Bloomingdale’s)

Photo by Jim Lennon

Stores: Kohl’s, Multiple Locations, Bloomingdale’s, Huntington and Garden City, Ooh La La Boutiques, Multiple Locations,

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The Shopping List

Mistle-Toes From Back to Front Chinese Laundry Gadget ($136, Ooh La La Boutiques) Sauvage Underground ($98, Fox’s) Kate Spade New York Notice ($430, Nahla & Co At Rexer Parkes) Michael Kors Leopard ($178, Bloomingdale’s) Gucci Velvet ($995, Bloomingdale’s) Seychelles Scoundrel ($130, Ooh La La Boutiques)

Photo by Jim Lennon

Stores: Ooh La La Boutiques, Multiple Locations, Fox’s, Huntington and Mineola, Bloomingdale’s, Huntington and Garden City, Nahla & Co at Rexer Parkes, Huntington,

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The Shopping List

Photo by Jim Lennon

From Top Rhinestone Ring ($16, Fox’s) Triangle Ring ($16, Fox’s) Heart Ring ($19, Fox’s) Black Studded Ring ($39, Fox’s) Bow Rings ($5.50 each, Claire’s)

From Top Screw Top Midi Ring ($18, Ooh La La Boutiques) Like A Prayer Midi Ring ($14, Ooh La La Boutiques) Queen Of Everything Midi Ring ($6, Ooh La La Boutiques)

These Are a Few of Our Favorite Rings Stores: Claire’s, Multiple Locations, Ooh La La Boutiques, Multiple Locations, Fox’s, Huntington and Mineola,

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The Shopping List

Sweater Weather Animal Attraction

Parisian Inspiration Stephen Dweck Mother-of-Pearl Flower Ring Mother-of-pearl center with floral detail. ($315, Last Call by Neiman Marcus,

Kate Spade Saturday Multi-Strap Heels Moss colored leather with cork heel. ($190,

Catherine Malandrino for DesigNation Eiffel Tower Sweater Infuses Parisian style with a classic cream boatneck sweater. ($43.50, Kate Spade Saturday Large Utility Bag Multi-colored carry-all. ($245,

Kate Spade Saturday Lost-Pocket Slouch Jeans Light and dark styling. ($130,

All Tied Up

Maggie Crossbody Bag Burgundy bag with tassels. ($59.99,

Aqua Giraffe Cashmere Sweater With a unique giraffe graphic. ($138,

Rockstar CoatedWash Super Skinny Jeans With button closure and zip fly. ($29,

Alice + Olivia Delray Sequined-Tie Sweater Mens-inspired sweater stands out is chic and feminine. ($297,

Love Name Plate Necklace The hottest accessory this season ($15.90,

Pieced Leatherette Skinny Jeans With leather details in the knees and pockets. ($119,

LC Lauren Conrad Black Leopard Pumps Pointy toes ($59.99,

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Gone Boho Tassel Drop Earrings Fringe tassel with faux gemstone studs. ($6.80,

Naya Apollonia Eco-friendly Boots With lace bungee. ($239,

Mulberry Lily Micrograin Calf Shoulder Bag Emerald bag with gold chain detailing. ($1,300,

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Glissade Drops Elements of metal, glass and silk . ($188,

Fanned Botanique Necklace Multi-colored Ave Basi tassel necklace is made in New York. ($128,

Floral Briefcase A statement piece delicately shaded in two tones. ($595,

Splurge vs. Steal Winking Fox Instarsia Sweater Furry fox slyly winking. ($88,

3.1 Phillip Lim for Target Pullover Animal print with sequins. ($34.99,

Maxi Skirt Jersey skirt with elasticized waistband. ($12.95,

Jenna Boot Embellished with studded details at the heel. ($89,

Preppy Techie

3.1 Phillip Lim Wool-Blend Camouflage Sweater Wool-blend sweater with camo details. ($395,

No Filter Sweater Instagramers know this too well. (Red Boutiques,

Alice And Olivia Zebra Pouch Detailed with leather and a strap. ($225,

Siwy Denim Hannah Slip Crop Jeans Distressed rip design. ($184, Red Boutiques,

Knitted Tube Scarf Chunky-knit tube scarf gleams with glossy threads. ($9.95,

Gap Side-Zip Leggings Stretch knit and a long zip closure. ($34.95, Gap. com)

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Candie’s Kingsley Boots Stone boots are accented with stud detailing and buckles. ($99.99,

VC Signature Fonna Tassel-top wedges in blue. ($225,

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Style Spotlight

Dresses by Estelle’s Dressy Dresses Floral and Butterfly Bag by Vines And Roses Gold Bag by Paper Doll Vintage Boutique Jewelry by Coin Galleries Of Oyster Bay Shoes By Nahla & Co

Photos by Jim Lennon

Hair by Jennifer Ruscillo and Makeup by Josephine Abbatiello of Studio Novelle in Carle Place. Models from left: Kathleen Stanley of Hicksville, Briana Conforti of Syosset, Jenna Moglia of Glen Cove.

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Dresses and handbags by Eva Of Sayville Jewelry by Coin Galleries Of Oyster Bay Shoes By Nahla & Co

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Stores: Vines And Roses, Huntington; Estelle’s Dressy Dresses, Farmingdale,; Paper Doll Vintage Boutique, Sayville,; Coin Galleries Of Oyster Bay, Multiple Locations,; Nahla & Co at Rexer-Parkes, Huntington,; Eva Of Sayville, Sayville,

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...All the Way ‘Tis the season to be jolly, so read on and catch the holiday spirit with these inspiring stories. By Beverly Fortune and Sara Anne Fingerman

Amazing Grace It was organized chaos in Karin Caro’s office. The Smithtown mother of four is not only our cover model, she’s an entrepreneur, philanthropist and the president of Blu Chip Marketing. This day, her children were off from school, and she had two clients waiting for her undivided attention. She didn’t miss a beat. Karin has already integrated her children into her business and her numerous charitable endeavors. Her oldest son, Alex, 14, was tweeting, Brendan, 13, was on Instagram, daughter Brielle, 12, was posting to Facebook, and Connor, 10, was taking pictures during our interview. Brittany, her assistant, was overseeing the mad social media that was transpiring between the Caro children. It was fast and furious. “It’s easy to send them to camp,” Karin says, but she prefers to take her children with her to work and events whenever possible. “How do I motivate them? You lead by example,” she says. Karin and her husband, AJ, are among a growing number of parents who are emphasizing the benefit of giving to others, while they gain a greater awareness of the community and its needs. Many young professionals such as the Caros struggle with how their talents can be used to have a substantial impact in the community. Karin wanted to include charitable giving as part of her business plan for Blu Chip. “I feel such pride in helping people,” she says. The Caro’s community involvement runs the gamut, from special needs children to seniors, from veterans to the homeless and animals. “We usually make a trip to Target and purchase a bunch of toys that are given to the Salvation Army as part of their Angel Tree program, something we encourage all of our clients and friends to participate in,” Karin says. “The tree is filled with wishes of needy children for Christmas. When my kids see what these children are asking for, pajamas, coats, sets the tone for what the holidays mean: giving. Not just gifts, but acts of the heart. Love.” The Caros recently began collecting new sheets, blankets, pillows and towels to donate to seniors at the Catholic Charities senior housing units. Karin spearheaded the drive and has gotten other people in the community involved. “We asked the Suffolk County Girl Scouts to participate and they will be collecting donations for us as well, Karin says. “We call this project ‘Linens and Love.’”

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The Entire caro Family donates their time to deliver much-needed baby items and supplies to non profits and families across long island.

To find ways to show her children that charity is process-oriented and not product-oriented, with the support of some local families, Karin founded United Kids of America (UKA). “Kids take their individual talents and teach each other how to do a project and then work on it for charity,” Karin explains. “My daughter Brielle is artistic in fashion and design, so she helped the group make dog collars and pet wear to donate to Little Shelter.” Charitable giving makes their family time together even more valuable. For Karin, the satisfaction she receives from helping others is in the little things. Recently as the Caros were returning to their car from shopping, a stranger approached them, Karin recalls, “This woman called out to me and started to cry and said, ‘OMG, it’s you! Can I hug you? You have no idea what you have done for my family.’” Karin was moved. “There is nothing more rewarding than what my kids feel about who I am and what I represent,” she says. “My wish is for them to carry on our legacy of love and care for Long Island. To come up with their own ideas, but no matter what, to always be lending a hand and to help with the things that can change a person’s life.”

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A Lesson in Giving For some, having a birthday close to Christmas makes them feel slighted in some way. Victoria Glass of Lake Grove is only seven years old, but she felt blessed. With the support and approval of her mother, Joyce, Victoria decided to donate her birthday gifts to a charitable organization for children who were less fortunate. Victoria and Joyce looked on Facebook for places where they could donate the new toys and discovered a foundation called “Matthew’s Wish.” Matthew Allen, of Hampton Bays, was diagnosed with nephritic syndrome, a kidney disorder, when he was only two and a half years old. As a grantee of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, instead of choosing a trip to Disney World or a visit from a famous athlete, Matthew wanted to fill an 18-wheel semi-truck with toys and deliver them to the children at Cohen’s Children Medical Center in New Hyde Park, the hospital where he was a patient for almost nine years. Matthew’s family says they used to call him “Mr. Christmas” because he always received pleasure by giving. His mother AnneMarie Allen recalls what her son said about staying in the hospital: “I know how it feels to be in here and it sucks.” When Matthew was only 13 years old, he passed away from a pulmonary embolism, not living long enough to see his wish granted. His mother created a foundation in his honor and began collecting toys, games and books to deliver to the children at Cohen’s. “The first year we met the Allens,” Joyce Glass says, ”they treated Victoria like family as she delivered the toys to the organization. For the past two years she has donated more than 100 toys and hopes to get her Brownie troop involved this year.” On December 14 Victoria will lead the Matthew’s Wish Toy Parade, which begins at Brentwood’s Main Fire Station and ends with a party at Matthew’s grandparents’ house. The Allen family announced they will match any donation up to $500 made to Matthew’s Wish. Of his grandson’s legacy, Harold Allen says, “If you’re going to give, give with your heart and expect nothing in return. That’s the only way you will learn the true value of giving.” Victoria (left) and with birthday presents collected for Matthew’s Wish Foundation

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The cover of Dahna’s latest CD “A Giving of the heart “Dahna Pictured with her dog Eli dressed as a reindeer

A Voice for the Voiceless Walking into a pet shop during the holiday season can be heartwarming. It seems the puppies on display couldn’t be any cuter as they play and then, if we’re lucky, we pick the one that we believe will make the perfect pet and will become an important part of the family. While snuggling and bonding with your new forever friend, have you ever asked yourself where these animals come from? Unfortunately, some pet store owners buy their animals from puppy mills, a commercial farm where females are forced to breed every time they go into heat. These dogs could give birth to 10 litters by the time they are five years old. They are treated poorly and auctioned off for pennies after they aren’t fertile enough to continue to produce puppies. Long Island philanthropist and vocalist Dahna Bender believes that she was blessed with a beautiful voice to sing on behalf of our furry friends. Instead of capitalizing on her talent, Bender records holiday classics and uses the proceeds from CD sales to benefit the National Mill Dog Foundation (NMDF), a non-profit organization that educates the public about the plight of puppy mill dogs and also rescues, rehabilitates and re-homes them. To date, more than 8,000 dogs have been saved. Two years ago, Bender was driving to her home in Greenport when she came across protesters picketing outside a pet store. She pulled over and met the woman in charge of the demonstration, Barbara Dennihy. Bender learned she had single-handedly fought to change New York State law regarding puppy mills and pet store sales. Bender knew that this was her calling. “My goal is to educate the public about the cruel realities of the commercial dog breeding industry, ‘puppy mills,’” she says. Bender traveled to Colorado to meet Theresa Strader, the founder of NMDR, and spend time with Theresa and her volunteers. She knew that this was the organization she wanted to sing for. “I thank God for being blessed to be able to have the resources and support to accomplish this goal for the greater good,” she says. “I have believed from its inception that a completely selfless act of kindness can only be successful if its purpose is pure.”

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What kind of Holiday Hostess are YOU?

Unsure about what holiday party theme you want to host this year? Don’t worry, with this quiz Milieu will make sure you deck the halls without getting “Jingle Balled” all the way.

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1. You’re Drinking a mixed drink

B glass of wine

C soda

2. You are wearing…

D hot chocolate

a. Cocktail Dress 
 b. Sweater and Dress Pants c. Printed Top with Jeans d. Sweatpants

3. The first 4. Your favorite holiday song Holiday Appetizer we’ll find on a) Baked Brie b) Pigs in a Blanket c) Mini Grilled Cheese d) Brownie Bites your IPOD is…

a: “Santa Baby” b: “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” c: “Do You Hear What I Hear?” d: “Frosty the Snowman”


On a typical Friday night in December you are…

a) caroling through town with friends b) writing Christmas Cards to clients c) watching Televison d) relaxing at home with pets

6. What gets you into the holiday Spirit? a) A Santa Convention in the City b) The Dickens Festival in Port Jefferson


7. The holiday themed movie you can watch over and over again is? A. ”The Holiday” B. “A Christmas Story” C. “Eight Crazy Nights”

c) Girl Scouts Christmas Light Show d) Joining a cooking class

The game you play most at Holiday Parties is a Photo booth fun with Printable Props b White Elephant gift Exchange c Two truths and a lie game d What if… the game.

9. What are you looking forward to the most this season?

a Jacket Weather b Completing 2013 office deadlines D. “It’s a Wonderful Life” c Donating old clothes to a charity d Learning a new recipe

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You’re a Drama-Filled Office Party

Attendance isn’t technically mandatory, but you go for the gossip, appetizers and spirits. Remember to eat before you start drinking because these are the folks you’ll be seeing at the Monday morning meeting. If you are mostly C’s

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While looking deep in your closet, you found the most obnoxious sweater you have hidden there and wear it with pride. What a fun way to mix and mingle with your friends and family while looking ridiculous. If you are mostly D’s

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The Yule Log is playing on your DVD player while you are in your red and green flannel pajamas cozying up with the ones you love. Hot Chocolate and marshmallows are a musthave for this party.

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Having a bad day? The Dammit Doll is here to help. Simply grasp it by the legs and slam it against the wall to relieve stress. ($14.99, Four Star Variety Store, Sayville)

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The Beatles’ most famous songs emblazoned across the chest, perfect for the old school soul in your life. He’ll instantly want to “hold your hand” after he unwraps this gift. ($275 each,

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Equipped with Beats Audio, HD screen and wireless charging. ($79.99, Verizon Wireless Outlet, Tanger At the Arches, Deer Park)

St. Johns Bay Rum Cologne

Made from leaves of the bay tree and wrapped like a bottle of the famous rum, the classic is fun looking and smelling! ($42.99, Stony Brook Gift Shop, Stony Brook)

Looking Good Sunglass Mirror He will always know he’s Looking Good by checking his reflection in this spec-tacular sunglass mirror. ($318.64,

Mudpie Watch Tray

The custom metal beaded tray features a watch icon and funny phrase. ($16.99, Glen Head Pharmacy, Glen Head,

Coach Men’s Messenger Gray plaid messenger is chic for his city commute. ($348, Coach Factory, Tanger at The Arches, Deer Park)

Hush Puppies Colored Sole

Brogue Loafers made with smooth spechio leather upper and Brogue wingtips. ($99, Last Call by Neiman Marcus, Tanger Outlets At The Arches,

Peeramind Bookrest

The pillow-like book rest gives you hands-free reading enjoyment. Simply place your e-reader or book on the ledge then relax and read. ($29.99, Four Star Variety Store, Sayville)

Fire Red Soft Vinyl Necktie

Turn up the fashion furnace with this style inspired by success and power. Excellent with jeans and a blazer, headturning with a black suit and shirt. Custom made to order in the USA. Tie comes preknotted and adjustable. ($199. )

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This kit includes facial wash, moisturizer, facial scrub and after-shave. Men need pampering too. ($75,

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KIDS Furby Boom Collection

These Furby critters will remember their names if you download the Furby app and more! ($59.99,

FAO Schwarz Noah’s Ark

The plush ark is filled with six pairs of stuffed animals that fit neatly inside and peek out of their portholes. ($49.99,

TeePee Tent

Nancy Microscope

Junior aspiring scientists can zoom in on the world with the help of this 400x microscope. A journal is included that outlines experiments from scrutinizing the cells of an onion skin to comparing salt and sugar crystals. ($39.99,

Beanie Boo

Feed into the new craze with one of these cute stuffed animals. ($7.99, Go Cards & Calendars, Tanger Outlets at The Arches, Deer Park)

Kids can climb in this tent with their favorite book, friends or pet and have an enchanting time. ($39.99, )

Boogie Board LCD Writing Tablet

Go surfing with a new type of boogie board. This writing gadget has a large LCD screen that is not only cool to use, it will save paper (and trees) and it doesnt require any power source. The innovative crystal screen is pressure-sensitive so writing or drawing is easy and erasing is done by pushing a button.($29.99, M.J. Beanz, East Northport and Plainview)

Uncle Goose Presidential Blocks

Set of blocks doubles as alearning tool for studying the history of our country; each block is dedicated to a US president and includes facts. ($98, Sayville General Story, Sayville,

Blooming Cupcakes Baking Kit

Pom Pom Puppies Book

Make your own adorable puppies from a Poodle to a Pomeranian out of pom poms! ($19.99, Glen Head Pharmacy, Glen Head,

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Gucci Girl’s Micro GG Messenger Bag

This chic carryall is a mini version for your little girl. An adorable addition to your little one’s collection. Like mother, like daughter. ($395,

Bring the garden into the kitchen with silicone flowerpots. Each kit comes with 6 flowerpots, chocolate cupcake mix, vanilla frosting, daisy sprinkles, green sprinkles and an icing pen. ($14.99,

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HOME Granite Wine Rack

The Zen-inspired wine rack brings the outdoors inside! ($425, Garden Gate Gallery, Bay Shore,

Bose Mini Bluetooth Speaker

Small and portable with a loua dn pure sound when synched up to your phone or iPod. ($199.95, Bose Outlet, Tanger at The Arches, Deer Park)


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Vinyl Record Placemats

Spin your way to a fun dinner party with these Vinyl Record Dinner Placemats that will bring you back to the ‘50s and ‘60s. Dishwasher safe, they make a great gift idea for the music enthusiast. ($17.99,

Bottle Shaped Cutting Board

Fun kitchen accessory with utensils hidden inside. ($44.99, Hicks Nurseries,

Audrey Hepburn Throw

Everyone loves the little blue box with a white bow. This one is the Audrey Hepburn Breakfast at Tiffany’s Throw you can wrap yourself in. ($30, Icing, Tanger at The Arches, Deer Park)

Monte Paraiso Mirror

Large rectangular mirror is ornately decorated with open scrolls and and is finished in antique black, for a vintage Parisian look. (POR, )

Zen Bookcase

Asian fusion style displays your collectibles or favorite books. ($1,364, 406West Home Furnishings, Huntington,

Vivo Singer Sewing Machine

Perfect for the Pinterest and DIY girl, this light-weight sewing machine is perfect for a seamstress-to-be. ($80, 36 MILIEU Exclusively for Long Island Women

Fischer Desk Chair

The ultimate seating solution for the successful mogul. This five-point swivel chair has a castered base making it easy to maneuver. ($2,199, November / December 2013

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Décor a la Maison D i n n e r Ta b l e

Napa Wine Barrel Chandelier

The rustic iron barrel hoop hangs from thick rope cords. ($399,

The Giving Plate A precious quote and sketch. ($34.95, Willy Nilly, Bay Shore,

Monroe Table

Rich quartered walnut against the polished stainless steel pedestal is bold and unique. ($3,229, 406West, Huntington,

Nora Fleming Cake Tray & Charm

Caspari Turkey Place Cards

With interchangeable charms, this cake tray can be used for all occasions. ($60 for cake tray, $12.50-$15 for charms, Willy Nilly, Bay Shore,

Set each place setting with a festive turkey place card. ($4.99, Hicks Nurseries, Westbury,

DinNer Table Food Network™ Holly Beaded Table Runner

Sausalito Dinnerware

Earthenware is glazed by hand with visible brush strokes. Set includes dinner plate, salad plate, cereal bowl and mug. ($37.99, Pottery Barn,

Royal Worcester Fine Bone China

It’s not the holidays without holly. Display this beautiful runner made of glass beads for a festive holiday look. ($49.99,

This platter was designed for the Prince Regent in 1967. (POR, Alice’s Past-Present Replacements, Merrick,

Vintage Wood Drink Coasters

Rustic drink coasters bring charm to any table. ($19.50,

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Recycled Wine Punt Glassware Set

With an authentic rustic feel, these glasses are made from recycled glass. ($32, West Elm,

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Décor a la Maison Fireplace

Metal Keys

Oversized metal keys can be placed by your fireplace acting as Santa’s own spare set of key-just in case he ate too many holiday cookies and has no choice but to exit through the front door. The kids will love the thought of it. ($22, Madison’s Niche, Huntington Village,

The Stockings Were Hung Frame

Distressed wood frame with a burlap bow and festive message. ($19.99,

Electric Fireplace

Saltbox Sign

A sweet saying perfect for the mantle. ($34.95, Willy Nilly, Bay Shore,

Get warm and cozy without fumes, smoke or pollutants with this gorgeous 28’’ Antique Ivory Electric Fireplace “Gossamer” edition. With Antique Ivory finish and beaded moulding, your family won’t want to leave the living room. ($899, Peter Andrews,

Suzanne Kasler Burlap & Red Plaid Stocking

Festive and customizable stocking by Suzanne Kasler with red tartan plaid with burlap. ($24,

Fireplace Crown Top Lanterns

These elegant crown top lanterns offer a romantic space to display your favorite candles and are the perfect decorative accent for your fireplace. ($104, Lavender Fields, Port Jefferson,

Personalized Fireplace Grate

Handcrafted in heavy-gauge steel, this Personalized fireplace grate will last for seasons to come. ($149,

Antique Curio Cabinet

Light colored curio cabinet is fit to hold festive décor or collectibles. ($225, Treasure Chest, Bay Shore,

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Wood Trough

Rustic holder with metal bands and distressed pine. ($149, Pottery Barn,

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Guys Who Get It

Guys Who Get It

Genuine Long Island Men. Young or mature, married or single, white collar, blue collar, green collar, professional, student or retiree. Guys Who “Get It" are role models, leaders and a positive influence in the Long Island community.

By Jaime Franchi

Carlos Mendes

Captain, New York Cosmos

Unwrapping a Hometown Hero This Christmas, Carlos Mendes will be celebrating his 33rd birthday. Before David Beckham was a household name, Pele (no last name required) was the rock star of the professional soccer world. In 1975, Pele was drafted by the New York Cosmos and he brought them worldwide acclaim. Long Island native Carlos Mendes was the first player recruited and signed for this dream team which plays at Hofstra University and he led them to an undefeated home season. As captain of this historic team, Carlos had the assist on the first goal of the season and has started in every game. Carlos’ soccer roots are deeply ingrained. “I started playing soccer around three or four years old. My parents threw me right in,” he says. “Both my parents are from Portugal. I’m first generation here. My dad played in Portugal but never professionally. Of course, over there, it’s just in the blood.” And that blood runs deep. His parents have been instrumental in his success, making sacrifices so their son could travel around the world with his team. “From as far back as I could remember, I fell in love with the sport. They always gave me a lot of support. It’s a big commitment, a lot of travel is involved.” Although the United States isn’t the bastion of soccer that South American and European countries are, we are catching up quickly. “Long Island is a hotbed for soccer,” Carlos says. “We have such a mixed group of people. I know from experience that soccer is huge here. It’s a great place to play.” Carlos started playing as a Pee Wee in Mineola and from the age of 12 until he went to college in Virginia, Carlos played under the tutelage of Deer Park native Cordt Weinstein, a Ruff Rider soccer player who is now a renowned trainer.

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The Mineola community fostered Carlos’ love of the sport, and his commitment to his hometown is evident in his words and actions. “My brother teaches special education in Mineola High School,” he says. “This is his first year as a full-time leave replacement. He loves it and, of course, it’s special to be right there where we grew up. We had so many cousins and friends who went through that district. I love to go to my brother’s classroom and do whatever I can, whether it’s bringing in a soccer ball or just visiting.”

As a first generation American and Long Islander, Carlos is laying down his family’s roots while raising the profile of professional soccer and taking nothing for granted. “I’m so proud of my community and where I came from. Whenever I can work within the community, I will. I love to do it.” If you know a Guy Who “Gets It” and would like to nominate him for a future profile, email

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Measuring Cup

Precious measuring cup features cute detailing and colors. ($14.96, Willy Nilly, Bay Shore,

This stand-up cookbook was created especially for junior bakers. Jampacked with 20 recipes encouraging kid’s kitchen creativity as well as tips, basic techniques and more. ($12.99,

Fox Run 3-pc. Copper Gingerbread Cookie Cutter Set

Now you have the opportunity to create the whole gingerbread family with festive and durable copper plated cookie cutters. ($3.49, Le Gourmet Chef, Tanger Outlets At The Arches, Deer Park,

Gingerbread House Workshop

Take the family (up to 4 people) to A Taste of Home Bakery in North Bellmore and let your imagination run wild with gumdrops, lollipops, chocolate squares and peppermint candies as you decorate your own gingerbread house. Hot chocolate and cookies are included! (December 6 & 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m., A Taste of Home Bakery, 516-486-1670)

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Tabletop Design

Inner Elf Apron

Holiday Tower Gift Basket

Bake your holiday treats in style with this festive red and green “Find Your Inner Elf” apron. The accented green and white polka dot belt and ruffling on the bottom adds some holiday style while you’re baking. You’ll definitely be Santa’s cutest Elf in the kitchen! ($24.99, Four Star Variety and Home Store, Northport)

We at Milieu love the aroma of cookies baking in the oven. The comforting scent can take the chill out of the coolest winter day. Here are a few of our favorite baking accessories and a sugar cookie recipe, which will make even the bitterest of cold days sweet.

Mini Danish pastries and muffins, gourmet chocolate and Elegant Eating’s mouth-watering specialty cookies are nestled in this beautiful tower, an impressive gift for a hostess or a special client. (POR, Elegant Eating, Smithtown,


Cookie Exchanges are a great way to get an assortment of Christmas cookies without killing yourself in the kitchen, and hosting an exchange is easy if you plan ahead. Invite 8-12 people; if you have more, that’s fine, there’s more goodies to go around. Ask each person what kind of cookie they plan on making so there’s no duplication. Have each guest bring containers to take their cookies home in. As people arrive, set out the cookies on a long table and label each cookie tray with the recipe name. Each guest fills their container with a dozen of each kind. Ask each guest to bring copies of their recipe and give to each guest as they leave.

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1-1/2 cups butter, softened 2 cups white sugar 4 eggs 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract 5 cups flour 2 tsp. Baking Powder 1 tsp. Salt In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least 1 hr.(or overnight). Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 6 to 8 minutes. Cool completely. November / December 2013

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Almost Home for the Holidays If you find yourself without plans for Thanksgiving Day or you just want to relax and let someone else do the cooking, there are some toprated restaurants open where you can enjoy traditional fare in a cozy atmosphere. Shandon Court in East Islip is featuring an Irish Thanksgiving this year with live entertainment. “We grew up in East Islip and used to pass Barrington’s Restaurant,” Sara Finlay recalls. Her father, Gerry, thought it would be fun to own a restaurant. “On Thanksgiving Day 2002 we officially bought it and opened Shandon Court the next day.” Sara says it was the last Thanksgiving her family would spend at home. Now you can spend your Thanksgiving with the Finlay family. They prepare traditional ham and turkey, Irish-style, and serve dinner family style. Gerry is also a professional musician and as Sara says, “plays anything with a string.” His guitar skills are so accomplished he played at Natasha and Liam Neeson’s wedding. He also leads the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade televised on NBC. It’s been said that Gerry equates owning a restaurant to playing music and has made live music an integral part of Shandon Court. 46 MILIEU Exclusively for Long Island Women

Shandon Court dining room (top); Gerry Finlay serenading patrons (above).

Sara recently received an email from a guest who said, “My husband and I went to Shandon for our Sunday dinner last week and it was fabulous. There was a large table having a party. The owner came in with his guitar and sang her a beautiful song. It made me cry. No matter where I go there will never be a more personal heartfelt experience like that. Shandon Court has a great personal touch, it takes you right back home."

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Health Home-Made Hand Sanitizer

It’s cold and flu season and many of us are constantly using hand sanitizer. Most store-bought sanitizers contain more than 50 percent alcohol, which can be extremely drying to already parched skin. Our recipe contains tea tree oil, a potent anti-microbial and we’ve added essential oils, all of which have antiseptic properties and a lovely smell. Try lavender, lemon, pine or patchouli for your signature-scented sanitizer. (Vitamin E oil is used as a preservative, keeps for up to 4 months).

½ cup Aloe Vera Gel 1½ tsp. Witch Hazel 15 drops Tea Tree Oil 5+ drops Essential Oil 5 drops Vitamin E

Essential Oils for Natural Beauty Essential Oils are a chemical-free, natural alternative for your beauty routine and for some minor aches and pains. Many oils can be used to treat skin conditions because of their antibacterial and antiseptic properties, you might want to experiment to find which oil is right for you. Here are a few you might like to try before reaching for an OTC medication or treatment. Clove Oil Eases tooth and gum pain and and its antiseptic properties can treat insect bites, scrapes and muscle pain. Lavender Soothes headaches, aids in digestion and has anti-bacterial properties. Its scent helps calm your nerves and improve sleep and has been used for high blood pressure. Eucalyptus An anti-viral and anti-bacterial oil. Tie eucalyptus to your showerhead and the steam will open and disinfect your nasal passages and lungs. Geranium oil Has astringent properties and can calm inflammation due to oily skin and acne

Healthy Snack

No-Bake Banana “Cupcakes” Everyone loves cupcakes and our version is easy to do and delicious! Slice firm bananas into 1-inch slices, then top with a swirl of peanut or almond butter, a sprinkling of your favorite topping, (we like shredded coconut), but you can use cinnamon sugar, granola or crushed cereal. Top with raisins or fresh berries and enjoy!

Ginger Known for its relief of nausea, especially morning sickness in pregnant women. It’s powerful digestive properties are one of the reasons it’s served with sushi. Orange Oil A dose of Vitamin C can be used to brighten up dull skin and as an exfoliant on calluses . Peppermint Oil Freshens your breath and can be used as a decongestant, headache remedy and muscle rub. Pine Oil Antibacterial and antiseptic properties used to treat skin conditions like eczema, acne and psoriasis. It has also been used to ease the pain associated with arthritis. Sandalwood Soothe a sore throat by adding a few drops to a glass of water and gargle twice a day. Use as a moisturizer after shaving and for dry skin. Sesame Oil Moisturizer for your hair and skin Tea Tree Antiseptic for acne and other skin issues Ylang Ylang Balances the sebum glands and is effective on combination skin

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Don’t let yourself slack in the winter, here are two new unique ways to move your work out inside:

For a personalized approach to exercising, Orange Theory offers an energizing 60-minute session broken into intervals of cardiovascular and strength training. What makes Orange Theory different from a regular gym is that every class is led by a certified personal trainer. Class size is limited so that the trainer can assist with your form. You’re outfitted with a heart monitor so you can watch your progress on screen. “It’s a new way to work out,” says Jim Beumier, general manager. “It’s very motivating.” (Orange Theory, East Northport, 631-499-4500,

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No dancing experience is needed to do the low-impact workout at Pure Barre, a national franchise that recently opened its first Long Island location in Huntington. Pure Barre is one of the most effective ways to change the shape of your body without causing excessive stress on your joints. Studio Manager Brooke Naab told Milieu, “Focusing on the areas of the body women struggle with the most, Pure Barre lifts the seat, tones the thighs and upper body, and creates the long, lean muscles of a dancer through small isometric movements centered around a ballet barre.” (Pure Barre, 345 Main St., Huntington,


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Using an MRI to “See” What Man’s Best Friend Feels What if it were possible to know what a dog feels? Fascinating research made possible by MRI technology has uncovered a partial answer to this baffling question. Since man’s best friend can’t speak to us directly, we must rely on indirect information like barking or tail-wagging, for instance. But do sick or confused dogs show the same behavior? Does a dog that won’t bark or wag its tail still respond when it sees a familiar person? And is it the same thing a dog feels when it sees a familiar dog? Some of these questions have now been answered. Emory University Professor Gregory Berns believed that neuroscience could offer some clues. He reasoned that knowing more about how dogs react neurologically could affect the way we treat them. In a recent article in The New York Times, Berns describes training his dog, and others, to remain still in MRI machines to be scanned for a study. Findings are preliminary – studies are ongoing – but one part of a dog’s brain is already demonstrating a remarkable similarity to a human brain: the caudate nucleus. The caudate nucleus is a part of the human brain whose activity can, with some consistency, predict a person’s preference for food or music. So it was with dogs in the study: their caudate nuclei responded to “hand signals indicating food,” the odor of familiar humans, and perhaps the return of an owner who had just disappeared from view. A remarkable aspect of the research is that dogs are trained to remain completely still inside the MRI unit. Berns notes that vets usually anesthetize dogs for scans like this, but an anesthetized dog would not be able to display emotional reactions. The ability of dogs in the study to remain motionless when requested, made possible by positive training by investigators, allowed the MRI scanner to capture images of brain activity, and thus, to study dogs’ reactions to stimuli. The team was able to train 12 dogs to obtain MRI scans in this way. It turns out that dogs are like us in ways that we could never have “seen.” Perhaps one day Berns’ team will be able to know when dogs are impatient, worried or just wanting a little more attention.

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START A FAMILY TRADITION The Christmas tree, used as a symbol of life, is a tradition more than 1,000 years old and not exclusive to any one religion. In America, the lights and ornaments have evolved into a collection of family memories that are relived every year as the ornaments are unwrapped and placed on the tree. Choosing a real tree gives the family a chance to be outdoors and find the perfect tree together. Here is a list of some local tree farms where you can select your tree plus be entertained with traditional holiday fun like caroling and sipping hot chocolate.

You don’t have to travel far to cut your own tree, here is a list of Christmas tree farms on Long Island Nassau County Olsen Hill Farm, Carle Place Suffolk County Baiting Hollow Nursery, Calverton Carter Tree Farm, Miller lace Muller’s Tree Farm, Manorville Pau’s Lawn & Landscaping, Cutchogue Santa’s Christmas Tree Farm, Cutchogue Shamrock Christmas Tree Farm, Mattituck Tilden Lane Farm, Greenlawn Zuhoski Farms, Cutchogue

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Christmas Safety Poem By Gord Taylor

On the night before Christmas you and your spouse, Should check all the plugs and light cords through the house. Make the stockings that hang on the bricks by the fire, Safe from combustion before you retire. Inspect that old furnace that warms up your hide, For deadly leaks of carbon monoxide. Look in on your children, nestled snug in their beds, And check all the smoke detectors, fastened over their heads. These few safety items I ask you to remember, For a safe holiday season, this end of December.

Easy Advent Calendar Count down to Christmas with an Advent Calendar you can create with your children. Supplies: Mini muffin pan (for 24 muffins) 2” round stickers or construction paper and double-sided tape 24 pieces of candy 2 pieces of construction paper cut into 24 strips total (about ½” x 8.5”) Directions: Decorate the stickers or construction paper with holiday motif and number them 1 through 24. Have your child write a good deed or activity (Give mom a hug, etc.) on the construction paper and roll up and place in each recess with a piece of candy. Place each sticker or round piece of paper with tape over each hole (that also has a good deed). Starting on December 1st, your child can reveal a treat and a good deed to fulfill. As each deed is completed, staple or tape the strip of paper into a loop and create a chain of good deeds to hang on the Christmas tree or mantle on Christmas Day.

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Family Fun Trip

Girl Scouts of Suffolk County Holiday Light Show Long Island’s lightest and brightest is

back for its 10th year. Drive through a mile-long wooded trail filled with dazzling light displays and holiday vignettes. December 2 through 30, 5-9 p.m. (Closed 12/24-25) (

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ACROSS 1 Plot anew 6 Huffed and puffed 10 Droid rival 16 Letters after C 19 Puccini work 20 Lady - Chaplin 21 Actor Lon of chillers 22 Yale Bowl yeller 23 Start of a riddle 26 Actor Affleck 27 Work units, in 11-Down 28 BlackBerry device, e.g., for short 29 Floppy parts of a beagle 30 Youth’s opposite 32 Partner of neither 33 Puccini’s “O babbino caro” 34 Miss the mark 35 Adherent: Suffix 38 I’s, in Athens 39 Riddle, part 2 44 Retired female professor 45 Metropolis of Japan 46 Funny Johnson 47 Biblical song 50 One sparring 52 Rio’s car maker 54 Actor Tony 57 Riddle, part 3 64 Suffix with pay or play 65 Bread buy 67 Shoulder of a road 68 Hooting baby bird 69 Hollow between hills 71 Riddle, part 4 76 Entwined

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77 Behave theatrically 79 Feline cry 80 Kosovo resident 82 Vote “for” 83 Riddle, part 5 88 Revised, as text 90 Dove noise 91 Unbusy bee 93 Sloppy 94 Ladder part 98 Explorer - da Gama 101 Hockey great Mario 104 End of the riddle 110 Trendily dated 111 Woodcutting tool 112 “So nasty!” 113 Pindaric poem 114 A fire sign 115 Melodious 117 Actress Olin 119 Haloed Fr. woman 120 Spurt 121 Abbr. in co. names 122 Riddle’s answer 127 Leisure shirt 128 Bee or flea 129 Axel or lutz 130 Word with city or circle 131 Part of OS: Abbr. 132 Capital of Kansas 133 - terrier 134 Feats of skill DOWN 1 Ivanhoe’s ladylove 2 Screenwriter Nora 3 Scant, to a Brit 4 Part of M.A. 5 “- -Man Fever” 6 Woman’s bedroom 7 Former Vegas star Falana 8 Terminus

9 Passengertransporting motorboat 10 Champagne bucket 11 Nobel Prize category 12 - Solo 13 - scale of 1 to 10 14 Sci-fi mariner 15 It has lashes 16 Participant in an arguing contest 17 Posh 18 Savoir-faire 24 Voice a view 25 Rabbit kin 31 TV “explorer” 33 Warm-blooded one 34 Consume, Biblestyle 36 “Na Na” lead-in 37 Chicken - masala (Indian dish) 40 Fuse 41 1997 sci-fi spoof, briefly 42 Projecting window 43 Milk, in Metz 47 Innocent until guilty 48 Deli staple 49 Alternative to digital 51 Person jostling someone in jest 53 - -Z (thorough) 55 Park place? 56 “Well, - -di-dah!” 58 Hear legally 59 Medical ins. plans 60 “So nasty!” 61 Big London insurer 62 Flood zone structures 63 Unwavering

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66 U.S. disaster relief org. 70 Ordinal number ending 72 Stitch up 73 Ratted out 74 Doctor’s charge 75 It has triceps 78 List finisher: Abbr. 81 Mystify 84 Harbor inlet 85 Lion sounds 86 Attendancechecking routines 87 Skulk around 89 Subsequent 92 They precede ens 94 Narrow ship passages 95 “Laura” star Gene 96 Leads on 97 Firebug 99 Org. issuing nine-digit IDs 100 Unruly patch of hair 102 Related element form 103 Quilt stuffing 105 Small, sticky note 106 “If it - broke ...” 107 Like Swiss peaks 108 Not optional 109 High-rises 116 “How awful!” 118 Jazz singer James 119 Totter 120 Clearheaded 123 Sci-fi talent 124 Director Spike or Ang 125 “I see mice!” 126 Prefix with life or size

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What’s in the Cards Scorpio October 23 to November 21

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The 3 of Swords reversed – A separation occurs and this BY PSYCHICDEB may be for your own good. This has happened many times before so the hurt is not as bad. It’s time to move on.

Sagittarius November 22 to December 21

The 2 of Cups – Whether beginning a love affair or business partnership, this card suggests that you will be able to rely on this person and have complete trust in them. If you had a falling out with someone, a reconciliation is possible to renew the relationship with a fresh start.

Capricorn December 22 to January 19 The High Priestess reversed – A conceited selfish woman is mixed up with your situation and putting you in a disagreeable compromising position. You must change how you react or become resentful and bitter.

Aquarius January 20 to February 18

The 8 of Wands – This card warns against becoming too rigid in your outlook. You may feel hemmed in by circumstances even though they may be self-created and not as restrictive as you think. Try to think rationally in order to find a way to free yourself from your mental imprisonment.

Pisces February 19 to March 20

The 6 of Wands reversed – An advancement may go to another. You may feel like you’re playing second fiddle to your partner’s job, friends or hobby. Don’t gamble on anything now.

Aries March 21 to April 19

The 9 of Cups – You are ready to enjoy happiness and prosperity in abundance. A marriage is possible or you may be starting a sensuous love affair. You may also be about to secure a business deal or finalize a project of great value to you. Your wish will come true.

Taurus April 20 to May 20

The Moon – This card denotes that you are in a period of flux. You may feel confused or isolated and life can seem uncertain. If you can be receptive to messages from the unconscious, in time, you can learn to integrate the constructive and destructive energies within your psyche.

Gemini May 21 to June 20

The Queen of Wands – You are about to enter a more passionate and creative phase in your life. Now is the time to wonder whether you are ready to embody any of these qualities in yourself. Bask in the love and admiration of friends and family and feel the power and strength burning through you.

Cancer June 21 to July 22 The 5 of Pentacles reversed – The 5 of Pentacles is more cheerful in the reversed position. Your belief system is restored and you may find yourself in a part-time or temporary job. Your health improves and now is the time for spiritual development.

Leo July 23 to August 22

Death reversed – A standstill situation, a deadlock or dormant position brings you to an impermanent impasse. This too shall pass. Movement regarding the circumstances is still ahead.

Virgo August 23 to September 22

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

Libra September 23 to October 22

The Knight of Swords reversed – Narrow-minded people are in your way this month. Stay clear of them or you may become a victim of their misconceptions and unreasonable expectations.

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. You can find her at the Original Psychic Fair on Sundays. A listing of the Fair dates can be found on her website at:

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a few of our favorite CLassic Holiday Movies

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Production Artist Elf (2003)

Sara Anne Fingerman

“We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup.”—Buddy. I enjoy watching this movie with my family during the Holidays. Will Farrell, as Elf, is filled with fun and laughs all around. Trust me, this movie will be your all-time holiday favorite.

Courtney Wray Account Executive To Grandmother’s House we go (1992)

Lifestyle Editor The Holiday (2006)

This movie has an all-star cast including Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law and Jack Black. The premise of this chick flick: Two women who are unlucky in love swap homes at Christmas time. They each serendipitously meet the man of their dreams and fall in love. Not only is this movie romantic, it’s set in my favorite places to travel, Los Angeles and London. It’s a must-see for anyone who enjoys a holiday story coupled by a twist of fate and love.

Beverly Fortune

You can’t get much better than a cheesy made-for-TV movie with the Olsen twins. Two sisters feel like their mother is tired of them, so they run away from home to find their grandmother. On the way they have many adventures. You can’t help but fall in love with them. This is a fun holiday classic, pure genius.

Publisher March of the Wooden Soldiers/ Babes in Toyland (1934)

Jaime Franchi

staff writer When Harry Met Sally (1989)

Lissa Harris

The calendar cannot change until I’ve sat with my best girlfriends to watch our favorite film. “When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with someone, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” And when I realize that the year is drawing to a close, and the cold weather is here, a bottle of wine and my friends Harry and Sally make for the perfect end of the year.

Usher in the season with this holiday classic on WPIX/Channel 11 at 9 a.m. Thanksgiving Morning. Starring Laurel and Hardy, there is no better way to introduce the next generation to their comic genius. Nursery rhymes come to life, Santa Claus and, of course, the famous wooden soldiers make this a not-tobe-missed movie.

Account Executive National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

This movie sums up all that I love and hate about the holidays. The joy and annoyance of family, the neverending search for that “perfect” gift, and of course being the brightest house on the block! The Griswold family shines even with their imperfections, reminding us of the true spirit of Christmas.

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