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contents august 2012

10 Beauty

42 Real Estate

12 Local News

46 Playing it Safe

14 Happily Ever After

49 Summer Entertaining

16 Style

55 Outdoor Living

21 Men’s Style

59 Backyard & Beyond

22 Fitness 24 Wellness 26 Local Exposure


32 Northport History


34 Huntington History 36 Seniors

67 LIVE Music

38 Village Tech-a-holic

68 Village Connection LIVE at The Paramount 70 Eye on the Arts 72 Gala Girl - Huntington Has Taste 74 Summer Fun - Things to Do 78 Summer Arts Festival Calendar 81 Gala Girl - Huntington Lighthouse Birthday Bash 82 Art Galleries 84 Nightlife - Huntington Social 86 Astrology 88 Wine 92 Long Island Comedy Tweets 94 Village Connections - Station Sports



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The Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual “Luau at Sunset” on Wednesday, July 11 at Crab Meadow Beach in Northport. This unique event brought Honolulu here to the shores of Long Island, featuring live tropical music, authentic Hawaiian dancers, great food and beverages. Huntington’s business leaders, elected officials, residents and community members walked barefoot on our own tropical beach, participating in the fun festivities while networking and conducting business with colleagues and new friends. “Our Luau has continued to be one of the most enjoyable and anticipated events of the year,” said Robert Bontempi, Huntington Chamber of Commerce Chairman.

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happily ever after - dr. janine h. burns

"A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues." - Cicero "We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction." Harry A. Ironside

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Wedding Tip #13: Look For The Good and Be Grateful

"No longer forward nor behind do I look with hope or fear; But, grateful, take the good I find; the best of now and here." John Greenleaf Whittier

Giving thanks begins a process of transformation that strengthens, energizes, empowers and invigorates our minds. It re-generates our emotional nature and our physical body. An actual surge of energy seems to permeate the atmosphere and can be felt as an energizing activity in both our mind and body. We’ve been so oriented to be externally motivated that we have not developed our capacity and ability to be grateful in every moment for whatever it is that is happening in our lives. Often, our negative judgments have locked us into a very limited way of seeing life. We can choose to either live a vital and fulfilling life or be victimized by the events of life. Everyone experiences the highs and lows of life. Those who live as victims get mentally stuck in negative judgment. Those who live as victors have practiced being grateful in all things and can more quickly move out of negative feelings such as disappointment and despair. As we persistently give thanks, we create an Attitude of Gratitude. This is a self-developed attitude where we see the inherent good in and through all things. You can start practicing this by having an Attitude of Gratitude for your Wedding Day Celebration! Be grateful in advance for all the expected and unexpected good of your special day. Be energized by this process of transformation.

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another trend that was showing up everywhere this season is color blocking. Striking combinations of mixed solids are playful, chic and fun!. Pastels & Neutrals: Is your style more subtle? The most popular color trend for summer 2012 is mint green, as well as creamy neutrals and soft pink. From Louis Vuitton’s collection, the look was all about layering pastel shades together to create a very feminine feel. Pastels give an air of sophistication and elegance and help to bring the temperature down. Airy Maxi Dresses: Maxi dresses are always in style but during the summer, when comfort is key, it’s airy maxis that will be your go to dress. Made of chiffon, taffeta, cotton, organza and other lightweight fabrics, maxi dresses come in colorful prints, solids and a variety of styles to fit every woman. Flattering to all figures, the maxi is always a classic.

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And the Mini: The other extreme for hem lengths this season is the mini. If maxis aren’t your style, a sweet mini is your ultimate ticket for cool summer dressing. Again, bold solids, bright florals and light feminine prints are top choices. Florals: Florals are always so big for the summer. You will see the racks of every store and boutique filled with pretty bouquets of floral prints this time of year. From soft subtle pastels, to bright and exotic Island inspired patterns in every possible shade, there’s something for everyone. There’s nothing more romantic and timeless than a sun dress filled with blooms!

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fitness • kathleen tafti

WORKOUT I want to share with you one of my favorite workout tools - The Battling Rope Workout. I believe that using many different types of workouts and various workout tools and equipment is the best way to stay fit and healthy. Battling ropes are one of the many “toys” we use at Fit Body Bootcamp Huntington. Why are battling ropes beneficial? One word.......VELOCITY. Velocity is the combination of speed and strength together. When you work with the rope you must maintain speed and use your muscle strength to keep the rope moving. Another great benefit is that your body is not able to use momentum to help or cheat with the exercise.  Dumbells and kettlebells are great

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and we use them at Fit Body too; in this case however, momentum - the force or speed of movement moving forward - assists the exercise without having to use your muscles or endurance to do so. Momentum can take over with these tools unless the person using them works really hard to avoid it. If you use momentum you will not get the full benefit of the exercise. One quick example of a battling rope exercise you can do with a partner: Double the 50’ long rope and have one partner hold the looped end and secure it by holding it tightly; the other partner holds the two ends of the rope. Keeping shoulders back and elbows close to the body, use your arms to make waves, working every muscle in your body to stabilize your body weight while you make

the rope wave up and down continuously. You can add squats while you are doing the waves for a more intense workout. The partner works every muscle in their body to resists the waves and force of the rope. Count to 30 then the partners switch positions. I am a big believer in using many different types of workouts and many different types of equipment to keep exercise fun, exciting and beneficial!!

Kathleen Tafti PT, MS, CSCS, is the owner of Fit Body Bootcamp in Huntington Village

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wellness • dr. stephen atkins

Is Cholesterol Really The Villain? If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with high cholesterol, the first thing you may hear is to cut out foods that are high in saturated fat and cholesterol. After all, saturated fat raises blood cholesterol levels and high blood cholesterol levels cause heart disease, right? Actually, this thought process is only a theory and not a fact. It is known, even in mainstream medicine, as the lipid hypothesis. So it is what we think, not what we know or have proven. High cholesterol levels are certainly something to be concerned about. They are associated with an increase risk of heart disease and a sign that something has gone awry in the body. But are they the cause of heart disease or the result of an underlying insult the body is experiencing from the real cause? Maybe inflammation? Where did the lipid hypothesis come from? The lipid hypothesis originated in the 1950′s from the seven countries study that was the work of American scientist Ancel Keys, who studied the effect of diet on health. Keys concluded that as saturated fat consumption and serum cholesterol rose in these seven countries, so did the incidence of heart disease. There is just one problem with Keys’ work. Keys collected data on deaths from coronary heart disease and fat consumption from 22 countries, but only used seven. He conveniently excluded any of the countries that did not fit into his theory. Keys left out countries where people ate a lot of fat, but had very little heart disease like Holland and Norway. He also left out countries like Chile, where people did not eat a lot of fat, but had high levels of heart disease. Keys threw out the data that did not fit his theory and published his results that have since been adopted by the

medical community. We now run from butter and eggs because of their cholesterol content, but is this wise advice? After all, how can we say that high cholesterol is the cause of heart disease when 50% of people who have a heart attack have cholesterol levels in the normal range? There are many financial reasons for cholesterol to be the villain that causes heart disease. The multi-billion dollar statin drug industry certainly want you to think it is the cause. The truth is there is more than one cause of heart disease. These include chronic stress, nutrient deficiencies, environmental toxins and air pollution, infectious bacteria, lack of exercise and a pro-inflammatory diet. When arterial walls are damaged by inflammation, the body uses cholesterol to repair the damage. Blaming cholesterol deposits as the cause of heart disease is like blaming a scab as the cause of a cut. By reducing chronic inflammation with a healthy lifestyle you can reduce your cholesterol levels naturally. Elevated cholesterol levels are a concern, but they are symptom of an underlying problem, not the problem. Reducing inflammation, stress and toxins will lower your risk of heart disease and many other diseases far better than a pill that just reduces cholesterol Dr. Stephen Atkins, PhD is the owner of Atkins Wellness Solutions, Nutritional Consultants located at 75 Prospect Street, Suite 114 in Huntington. Visit his website at or call 631-470-2499.

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local exposure - elise pearlman

Mesmerized by

Monet In 2008, Holly Gordon, a longtime member of Huntington’s Fotofoto Gallery and the Huntington Arts Council, traveled to France in the company of a select group of photographers. As she gazed with wonder on Claude Monet’s lush gardens in Giverny, Holly had what she described as “the ultimate spiritual experience” of her life. This pivotal moment and subsequent visits to Giverny provided the inspiration for a body of work entitled “Monet and Me.” Holly considers her images showcasing the beauty of nature to be a “contemporary continuation of the Impressionist Movement” of which Monet was considered the grand master. Prior to embarking on her journey as a photographer, Holly was a painter and student of art history. Like Monet, she is Elise Pearlman, an arts and leisure journalist, has been reviewing photography and art exhibits, theater and restaurants for nine years. Her work has appeared in Newsday, Dan’s Papers and Long Island Pulse Magazine as well as local newspapers. She creates the popular ‘There’s No Place Like Northport’ calendar with her husband. She can be reached at

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also an avid gardener. Looking back on previous work, she found remarkable correspondences between her images and Monet’s in terms of subject matter, and the delight in the fleeting dance of colors and forms that is perception. “The camera is both my paintbrush and my canvas. Color and light tease and dazzle my senses and sensibilities,” Holly said of her painterly images which celebrate the waltz of light across a lily pond or the diminutive beauty of a trio of three parasol-like mushrooms. More remarkably still, after reading Monet’s journals and seeing his work in French museums, Holly realized that she had taken

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photographs at the same spots which inspired some of Monet’s greatest artistic triumphs. Holly’s images have been exhibited in the American Museum of Natural History and have graced the pages of Shutterbug and National Wildlife Magazines. Her newest body of photographic work, “Holly Meets Hokusai,” draws its inspiration from Japanese wood block prints, which also intrigued Monet. The show takes place at FotoFoto Gallery, 14 West Carver St., Huntington Village from October 4 to 27, with an opening reception on October 5 from 5 to 7 pm. Visit

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Hulks in the Harbor Northport Harbor has always been the central focus of life in the Village. The beauty and charm of the harbor, noted first by Dutch explorers, still attracts many visitors and boaters. The harbor for many years was also the center of the Village’s economic life. Once Ebenezer Bryant had built a dock at the end of the log road leading to the harbor, a brisk shipping trade developed. Among other businesses that depended on the harbor was the coal business of George E. Huntley. In 1914 Huntley bought six retired barges and brought them to his dock in the harbor. He then removed all the salvageable equipment and left the cannibalized hulks in the harbor. By late October, the U.S. Corps of Engineers declared them a hazard to

navigation and ordered Huntley to remove them. A year later Huntley was charged in federal court with obstructing navigable waterways. He was paroled in the custody of his attorney. By June 1916 when another representative of the War Department returned, Huntley had disposed of one of the hulks, but had added two others which were grounded on mud flats on the west side the harbor. Then one Sunday in September, Huntley took action – he dynamited the derelicts at the dock. The Long Islander on October 6 reported, “The blasting was continued during the afternoon with apparently little effect on the barges, but the flying pieces did some damage to adjoining buildings.” In the weeks that followed, Huntley made two more unsuccessful attempts to blow

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up the hulks. In November 1918, Huntley sent workers to burn the barges grounded on the mud flats. On January 11, 1919, the Long Islander reported that the two steamers high and dry on the west side of the harbor had “burned to the water’s edge.” The five other hulks still floated at the foot of Main Street. The saga continued with Huntley ignoring court orders until the barges broke loose during a storm in January 1928. At that point Village residents launched an all out campaign to force Huntley to remove the hulks. The U.S. Attorney ordered Huntley to act or face prosecution. To this ultimatum, Huntley responded by demanding $2,000 to cover the cost of removing the hulks. After this request was denied, in August 1929 Huntley applied to the court for an extension on the grounds that the 15 hulks, 3 barges, and several scows he now had in the harbor were not “wrecks” since they were afloat at high tide. The extension was granted. The derelict hulks marring the beauty of the harbor were finally removed once the combined force of the state legislature and both the Huntington Town and Northport Village boards were brought to bear. In December 1931, the Steers Sand and Gravel Co. contracted with the Town to remove the hulks by January 1, 1932.

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Thoroughly Modern SeniorNet There’s no doubt about it, the tech scene has undergone a major shift, again. In a blink of the eye all the talk changed from computers, software programs and email, to dazzling gadgets, 4g smartphones, slick apps and Facebook. Taken together with super refined search engines plus the explosion of online retailers, these phenomena have transformed the way modern-day people act before doing or buying anything. For those who’ve not bitten the latest tech Apple, all this hoopla may seem overdone, however, to function effectively in today’s connected world, everyone, including seniors, needs to adopt the central changes or be condemned to everincreasing confusion. Of all the education organizations on Long Island, SeniorNet is the lone standout in the effort to help seniors keep up with the times. SeniorNet is a not-for-profit, volunteer-

based organization that began operation on Long Island in 1999, offering computer training to people 50 years and older. In the early years, its program of study consisted primarily of traditional multi-session computer courses. Now, in addition to fewer basic computer courses, the 2012 curriculum includes the following singlesession class titles: Gadget classes: iPad, iPhone 3, Digital Camera Facebook: classes: Basics, Functions and Features, Advanced Workshop Internet classes: Google, Shopping, Vacation Planning, Researching Health Issues Computer Lite classes: Social Networks, iTunes, Computer Security Ideas for these class topics came

Nick Radesca is a volunteer at SeniorNet FSL, a not-for-profit learning center dedicated to training seniors in computer technology ( He can be reached at 631-427-3700, x268 or

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from two important SeniorNet community outreach programs: Free Seminar Series: On the third Tuesday of each month, SeniorNet volunteers present a free 2 1/2 hour seminar on current tech topics and issues. Due to increased turnout, these sessions were moved to a large community room at the Harborfield Public Library, where 100 or so people regularly attend. The most popular seminar topics were converted into training classes. Mobile Learning Center: To assist seniors who cannot travel to its two Learning Centers in Huntington and East Yaphank, SeniorNet volunteers created a mobile classroom (that just completed on-site training at the VA Hospital in Northport, Huntington Senior Center and a Section 8 housing complex). During the planning phase, its creators reasoned that SeniorNet’s traditional multi-class course offerings with prerequisites would not work well when each session could have a different mix of students, therefore they designed group classes that require no preconditions, naming them “Computer Lite” - some of which made their way into the regular class schedule. SeniorNet’s continued success comes from its determination to remain relevant. As Mahatma Gandhi once said “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”

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Maybe the answer to the question is, does a Smartphone combine the functions of a personal digital assistant (PDA) and a mobile phone along with a camera? It actually does, and a lot more. I am one of those people who “need” a Smartphone. I don’t want one, I need one. This is why I feel it necessary to provide you with this information. Maybe you will need one too, or you just might not know it yet. You should also know that owning a Smartphone, one must carry a 2 year contract with the knowledge and understanding that the monthly cost will set you back anywhere from $60 $100 Plus dollars per month! (Who is smart now?) Smartphones require you to have a data plan. Today’s Smartphone’s are a Cellular phone with either Apple or Android software (blackberry is all but old news). Top of the line Smartphone’s are either an iPhone 4s or Samsung Galaxy s3. The real reasons why I use a Smartphone is because I am a Working Professional, and using a Smartphone keeps me in touch with my home and office worlds. I am able to check a calendar my office uses to schedule various jobs in progress, log in to my computer to retrieve documents, watch a little TV, and if your carrier is Sprint, you can utilize your phone to pay for ordinary everyday purchases by waving the phone over a “paypass” symbol located at many local 7-11’s and other retailers once your Google wallet is setup; no need to carry cash, amazing! I can even view my security

cameras live on my Samsung S3 Smartphone, and you can too! Do we need to even talk about music? As of now, you are able to add memory (more capacity, if you run short) on the new Samsung S3, and NOT on a iPhone! I actually just switched from an Apple 4s (Apple’s latest Cellular phone) to a Samsung Galaxy-S3 (Androids best release to date). Hands down, the Samsung Galaxy S3 out performs the iPhone 4s technically on every level, battery life, screen size, memory, upgradability and even camera performance! I loved the iPhone, but love the Samsung Galaxy S3 even more! I didn’t think I could possibly love a cell phone more then the iPhone, but that’s changed now! (Until of course the iPhone 5 is released, rumored sometime in September!) Keeping in touch, a Smartphone offers you so many options, l i m i t e d only by the applications (known as app’s) released by either

supporting Operating System. As far as simplicity, either Smartphone will do exactly what you need it to do, if your smart enough to download the right app. Essentially, a Smartphone operates just like a tablet computer. I prefer the larger screen, my eyesight is not like it once was. Having the option to increase the text size, change keyboard styles and eliminate your pocket camera leads me to the Samsung Galaxy S3. This Smartphone is actually smart. An example of the Galaxy being so smart is, the unit will sense that you are looking at it’s screen, and will not let it power down as long as it senses your eyes staring at it, once you stop looking at the screen, it will in fact power off! The Facts are and I have seen both worlds for Apple and Android

- specifically the Galaxy 3S is the best phone on the market, right now, the battle will continue, a smart choice is of course a Smartphone.

Today’s Factoid: About 65 percent of the U.S. population, or over 200 million people, will have a Smartphone and/or a tablet by the year 2015 Betcha u didn’t know... 90% of the apps downloaded today aren’t used more then 10 time total! Smartphone Market share – 24% iPhone, 35% Android, 24% Blackberry (balance Palm and windows) It cost $187.51 to manufacture an iPhone Over 62% of 25-34 year olds who owned mobile phones owned Smartphone’s in 2011, up from 41% in 2010. Following behind, 54% of 18-24 year olds owned Smartphone’s in 2011 (study by Nielsen). Only 1 in 5 Cellular phones are Smartphone’s! A prediction of $11.6 billion will be spent on mobile application development by 2012. Robert Schwartz, a native Long Islander the owner of IMS Online Inc., is a Technology Integrator with a Shop located in the Village of Huntington. Robert offers technology integration services of Audio, Video and Computer Systems – "If it's in, on or around a computer, call IMS for the best service anywhere, anytime...  We are integrating the world!".

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still murky economy and uncertain real estate market may have you wondering if buying a home is a good idea. Whether you're thinking about buying, or already have and just need some affirmation, you may find it comforting to know there are still plenty of good reasons for financially stable people to buy a house. Here are a few:


- Homeownership can help make good credit even better. If your credit is in poor shape, you'll want to monitor it before seeking a mortgage. But if you have good credit, live within your means, and consistently make good financial decisions, a mortgage can be the kind of "good debt" that helps your overall financial health. Making regular payments on a mortgage shows potential lenders that you're a less risky candidate for a home loan. Before you begin home shopping, it's a good idea to check your credit.


- A mortgage can function like an automatic savings plan. By now, you've read the news reports about how little we Americans save these days. Well, every year you pay on your fixed-rate mortgage, is a year of building equity, and equity is like money in the bank. When it's time to sell whether you've stayed in your home seven years or the full 30 year term - you'll have created equity and should be able to sell your house for more than you owe.


- Homeownership comes with plenty of financial perks, including an income tax credit for property taxes you pay on your home. For detailed information on tax breaks check out Buying a home also affords you the opportunity to halt your housing costs. Rent will always go up from year to year, but if you have a fixedrate mortgage your biggest annual expense - housing costs - will be locked-in.


- Mortgage interest is a good deal when stacked up against other types of interest that don't do much for you - such as high credit card interest rates or low rates on savings accounts and CDs. Mortgage rates are low right now, meaning you can pay less over the life of a loan than at practically any other time in recent history. Plus, it's the only kind of interest that you can deduct from your taxes.


- Prices are still relatively low and inventory is high. It's been a buyer's market for a long time, but that's going to change. The question is: when will the market start to improve in your area, taking home prices with it? You'll have to do some legwork and astute research to determine when is the best time for you to buy. If you monitor your credit and are on a sound financial footing, buying a home can still be a good idea. And now is as good a time as any to make your purchase.


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llstate recommends creating a home inventory. It’s one of the most important things you can do to get organized and, in addition to having proper homeowners’ or renters’ insurance coverage, protect your possessions. In the blink of an eye, your home and all of your belongings could disappear. Do you know what you have? Could you list and describe your possessions so they could be replaced? Tools, such as the Allstate® Digital Locker application for iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, can help you check off each of these recommended steps in the home inventory process: Categorize your list. Organize your catalog of personal property by room, category or in item lists to make your list more manageable and help make sure your list is inclusive of all your important items. Include photos and videos of your items. Whenever possible, make sure your home inventory list includes photographs

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or video of your belongings. Take periodic videos of each room in your house, and focus on individual items in each room. Take additional photos or video of smaller items like jewelry, silver and related valuables or keepsakes. Attribute notes, cost and quantity to each item. It’s helpful if you can include make, model, serial numbers, receipts, cost, and date of purchase for all items in your home inventory. Secure your information. Whether you store your information on paper or electronically, make sure your information is locked away with a key or password. You wouldn’t want a complete list of valuable items in your home to fall into the wrong hands. Store your home inventory in a smart place. Wherever you store your home inventory list, it’s best that the location is far enough away from your home that it won’t be lost in the same event that may destroy your house, yet close enough that it’s easily accessible in a time of need. Consider storing in a safe deposit box, your

workplace or with a friend or relative. Include your insurance and agency information for quick reference. Particularly after experiencing a loss, you may have a hard time finding the information you need about your insurance policy and to contact your agency as quickly as you’d like. Including this with your list will help to make sure you have everything you need, when you need it. Update after a significant purchase or gift. While you should be updating your home inventory periodically, make a special effort to do so after any major purchase, holidays or birthdays.

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Summer is in full swing, and that means more time for friend and family get-togethers, outdoor dining, and overall fun in the sun. Whether your outdoor gatherings are small and casual or formal, large-scale events, here are some tips to make your summer celebrations a big hit

1. Plan it out. Prepare some dishes that can be made early,

so event day set-up is quick and easy. Consider asking guests to bring their own signature dishes to increase the options and decrease your workload.

2. Put a new spin on entertaining. Make recipes that are full

of wholesome ingredients, yet are simple to create.


Stretch the attendee list. Have enough ingredients for more dishes than you think you'll need; this will prevent the worry of running out of food and drinks mid-gathering. If you make too much, be prepared to send guests home with delicious party favors by creatively packaging leftovers in

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summer entertaining made easy

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Make it fun and festive. Utilize bold, complementing color schemes for tableware and decorations, such as summer yellows mixed with chic blue and purple hues. Illuminate the area with candles and hanging lights for the perfect atmosphere during evening gatherings. Mix citronella candles with tea lights and bring in large, decorative fans to keep guests comfortable and unwelcomed pests at bay.


Add some shelter. Consider placing your outdoor dining area under a large umbrella, pergola, or shady tree to keep your guests out of direct sunlight - and prepare for any unexpected showers.

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Gazpacho Ingredients: 3 cups tomato juice, fresh or canned 1/3 cup red wine vinegar 1 pound ripe tomatoes (four to five large), quartered 2 1/2 cups cucumber, peeled, cut into chunks 1/4 cup olive oil 2 ounces chopped onion (about 1 small) 8 ounces sweet green bell pepper, seeded, quartered (about 1 medium) Dash hot sauce Salt and black pepper to taste Directions: Place all ingredients into blender container in the order listed and secure lid. Blend until desired consistency. Season soup and serve immediately. Makes 8 cups. Nutritional information - Per 1 cup serving: Calories: 105, Total Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Protein: 2g, Fiber: 2g, Carbohydrates: 9g, Sodium: 262mg, Cholesterol: 0mg

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outdoor living • charles gamarekian


eality television programs such as House Hunters, take viewers behind the scenes as individuals, couples and families learn what buyers look for in selecting a new home. On the long-running cable TV show, open floor plan home layouts are becoming more and more popular. In the same way that an open layout is a great way to maximize smaller spaces indoors, the open footprint in an outdoor living space accomplishes similar results when casual seating areas are brought together with cooking and serving areas. This open relationship of spaces accounts for the rising interest in outdoor fireplaces, pizza ovens and grill islands that are designed to be placed in close proximity to each other while providing three-to-four season functionality. For those who

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outdoor living

In the same way that an open layout is a great way to maximize smaller spaces indoors, the open footprint in an outdoor living space accomplishes similar results when casual seating areas are brought together with cooking and serving areas. are under the notion that to accomplish this requires a great deal of design/build time, think again. All three of the aforementioned, best-selling patio components comprise the new Fully Assembled Outdoor Living Room Products Group from Cambridge — components that can be delivered right to your backyard in only 2 or 3 sections. After a concrete pad has been poured, each element can be set-up by your contractor, ready to enjoy, in less than an hour. And the deluxe features rival those found on the best of their indoor counterparts. There is nothing else to buy. Hence, the time window and labor costs from start-tofinish are cut dramatically. Developed to be sold independently, you can choose one, two or all three to complete your open-air room. As mentioned, homes with open indoor floor plans often combine the kitchen and adjacent living areas into a single, large gathering space where family members and guests can interact during the entire course of a visit, not just during the sit-down meal. The result is a home that encourages a more modern relationship between the kitchen — traditionally considered a working zone — and formal spaces such as the living room and dining room. In

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fact, open floor plans elevate the kitchen to the heart and functional center of the home, frequently featuring a cooking and food prep and serving island that provides extra counter space and a snack bar with casual seating. These same three “key” components provide an ideal centerpiece for an outdoor, multi-purpose setting — an outdoor fireplace for fireside chats, a grill island that keeps food prep and cooking nearby, and a pizza oven (a conversation piece in and of itself) as a means to prepare food groups that are normally reserved for restaurant take-outs and/or inside cooking away from the patio.

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backyard & beyond • alan stableford


n a recent trip to the New York Botanical Gardens, they had a display of Monet’s painting palette that he used for so many of his works of art. It was interesting to see the amazing color combinations that he worked with to transform his paintings and bring them to life. His water lilies and irises are just a few of the subjects in his more famous works that he eventually used as an inspiration for designing his actual gardens in Giverny, France. With gardening, it can be the same. It is like “painting” your own landscape to suit your taste as well as using the right colors and combinations of plants that complement each other. Many times it can take several years to find the right combinations that

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Trying something new each year allows you to see the potential that a plant may have in your garden.

work for you, but that is also one of the joys and challenges about gardening. Trying something new each year allows you to see the potential that a plant may have in your garden. Experimenting with different annuals or perennials each season is a great way to see what will perform well and provide that splash of color that you’re looking for through the summer or fall. This can be accomplished not only with flowers, but foliage as well. In my backyard, by the patio, I’ve alternated the background annual planting each year with Red Fountain Grass (Pennisetum rubrum), then Canna Lilies with burgundy leaves, and now this year I’m trying Cape Plumbago with

Mexican Feather Grass (Stipa or Nesella). They all worked well for me and I’ve also enjoyed a new look each year. The bold foliage of the Cannas made a dramatic statement last year. This year, the Mexican Feather Grass, along with the light blue flowers of the plumbago, brings a cool, breezy effect that serves as a back drop to the Mexican Heather (cuphea) and annual vinca, in the foreground. Yes, you did read that correctly, one is Mexican Feather & the other is Mexican Heather. Planting newer varieties or combining them with older existing plants can bring years of satisfaction, whether it’s with annuals, perennials or shrubs. For container planters and annual beds, you may want to take some photos or keep a garden journal of the plants you used in case you want to try them again the following year. “Painting” a garden that is unique to your own taste can be fun when you see what colors and textures work well together. You can be your own artist, so dare to be different. Paint the look in your mind and then turn that imaginary garden portrait into reality.

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Here is a beautiful home for those fortunate few to whom luxury and elegance are but status quo. Step through the front door of this majestic 12-room center hall estate home and you step into a bygone age of gracious living. 6 bedrooms, 6.5 baths, formal dining room, a huge eat-in-kitchen with separate breakfast room and a family room with working fireplace are just some of the spectacular luxury features you will find. There are Sherle Wagner sinks, Ludvicci tiled roof in the formal living room which also features a large stone fireplace, built-in bar, stereo cabinet and a ceiling hand sculptured by European craftsmen. The luxurious amenities are in abundance throughout. You will stroll through 2 acres of estate gardens equipped with bubbling fountains, refreshing pool and park-like property. One of the grandest homes in the area, this brick estate is located on a private road near the harbor. Truly a unique opportunity that should not be missed.

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“Brokenhearted” and “I Told You So”

Live Music at Grassos

Live Music Margaritaville Saturdays”

Prime Restaurant Every Saturday July thru August 3-7pm Young Rebel Goombas “Enjoy the sounds of Key West on the Docks of Huntington Harbor” Half Priced Margaritas at the Cabana bar from 3-7

Wednesday Nights - Dancing with The Wayne Sabella Trio Thursday Nights - Frank O’Brien Duo Saturday Nights - Ernie Bryd & Friends Sunday Brunch - Joe Carter and Wayne Sabella August 7: Singer’s Night Featuring Joanna Durante ; 8:00pm August 10: Alexia Cole Trio August 17: Pheobe Austin & Company August 24: Daniel Bennett Group August 31: Jerry Weldon Trio

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Free Summer Concert Series

Jones Beach Boardwalk Bandshell All shows start at 7:30 p.m. at the Jones Beach Boardwalk Bandshell, Field 4. August 3: Reckoning - Tribute to The Grateful Dead August 10: Bottoms Up - Tribute to Van Halen August 17: Theatre of Pain - Tribute to Motley Crue August 24: The Glimmer Twins - Tribute to Aerosmith August 31: Songs in the Attic - Tribute to Billy Joel

Summer Music Festival

Morgan Park - Glen Cove Free Concerts in the Park at 7:30 August 4: The National Circus Project August 5: String of Pearls August 12: BeatleMania Stage Show August 19: The Polezhayev Family August 26: United States Air Force Band of Liberty

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When I hear Chris Isaak's name I immediately think of his hit song, Wicked Game. After going to The Paramount to see him live, I realized he was so much more. The Village Connection along with some local friends got to have some one on one time with the artist. Chris opened with his newest album, Beyond the Sun which is his personal homage to the music of the fifties. The seemingly ageless singer/guitarist/actor/ TV Host looked sharp as ever as his suit sparkled and he sang Johnny Cash's Ring of Fire and Roy Orbison's Pretty Woman. After the concert, Chris entered the room with his hair still slicked back holding his little white dog, Rodney. He was personable and gregarious but comfortable and confessed where he got his suits, why he chose the songs on his new album and about surfing. He was holding a light blue fishing hat. Donna Drake, host of Live it Up asked him if he was still surfing. He said, "Well, yes, but its not like it use to be." Donna was extremely excited when he told her about his new song called, "Live it Up!" She gave him her logo pin

and he seemed genuinely appreciative and said, "I'm gonna put this right on my hat!" I asked Chris why he chose to pay tribute to the songs on this new album. "When I was a kid my parents would play that music and I really took it to heart. I thought it was great that everyone liked Johnny Cash. This album reminded me of my childhood. I wasn't thinking about selling the album I was thinking it was going to be fun making it" He said. We talked a bit about where he got his suits and he wrote down the name of his suit maker and handed it to me. I thought, "Wow, this guys pretty cool."

____________________________ Jim Savalli rockstar publisher Village Connection Magazine.

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Live Music and Burlesque

Huntington Social August 3: Live Music - Acoustic Killjoy August 10: Burlesque After Dark! August 17: Live Music - The Ripple Effect August 24: Burlesque After Dark! Every Saturday - Dj Wonder Twins

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Eye On The Arts

Live Art Fusion rocks Huntington, Northport and Centerport

Crowds will experience the synergy of music and art as never before at several waterfront festivals that promise to rock the greater Huntington area, and the name of the game is “live art fusion.” According to the series’ producer, Rich Rivkin, who plays conga drums as part of the band, Fusion Collective, he and his son, Eric, were brainstorming about coupling entertainment with live jazz to “make the whole more than the sum of its parts.” The result? Live art fusion (LAF) whereby artists paint to live groove-based jazz fusion music. It all began at 841 East Lounge in Huntington Station, with 70 artists turning out for more than 30 events since LAF’s inception last November. “The music directly inspires the brushstrokes,” Rivkin said of the vibe which vitalizes artists’ work and takes it to new heights. “Painters dance along with the music while they paint. It amazes me what the artists can create in an hour’s time. Most create two pieces during the course of the evening. It’s an opportunity to paint alongside other artists with music in an energizing venue. It’s a source of new inspiration.” Susan Silkowitz, a gifted photographer whose images accompany this story, happened on LAF at 841 East Lounge, and was immediately impressed.

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“It’s very retro. Everyone is doing their own thing, and it has that creative, laid-back atmosphere,” said Silkowitz who was reminded of the Village in Manhattan. Michael Krasowitz, a Huntington Station-based artist who paints in acrylics at LAF events, uses the music to direct his creative process. “I try to create an abstract visual language which is equivalent to the sounds they create. The painting can take many directions based on where the music goes, and I try to interpret the sounds through color and form,” Krasowitz explained. Emily Eisen, a Northport artist who recently had a one-woman show at Campari Ristorante in East Northport, has painted images of artists as well as musicians. LAF is ongoing at 841 East Lounge each Wednesday night from 7:30 to 11:30 pm. In addition, Rivkin is taking the area by storm with large-scale waterfront festivals with music by alternating bands. The first festival took place at the Vanderbilt Museum in Centerport on June 24, and was attended by over a thousand people. “Fifty artists took part and there were six bands,” Mr. Rivkin said of 7-hour extravaganza. LAF will be touching down at the Vanderbilt again on August 12 from 2 to 6 pm with a Live Art Drum and Dance Fest, and then again on September 9 from noon to 7 pm with a “Grateful Fest.” The latter is a tribute to the Grateful Dead and four bands will be playing, Rivkin indicated. Admission is $7 for these events. The Northport Arts Coalition will be sponsoring a free Live Art Fusion Festival in Northport Village Park on Sunday, August 26 from 1 to 6 pm. A free Live Art Fusion Festival will also take place at Huntington’s Heckscher Park on September 23 from noon to 4 pm. Rivkin expects LAF to be raised to the nth degree as more than 100 artists draw inspiration from each other, the music, the audience and picturesque waterviews offered up by each of these very different venues. “The combination of live painting and live music has emerged as new genre of entertainment,” Rivkin said of his mission to foster this “new cultural tradition which has been taking root within our community since 2011.” All are welcome to attend, and guests should bring a blanket or a chair. Rivkin invites artist participation and paintings will be available for sale. To learn more visit liveartfusion. com, or contact Rivkin at (631) 261-2941 or rich@jazzfusion. tv.







___________________________________________ Elise Pearlman, an arts and leisure journalist, has been reviewing photography and art exhibits, theater and restaurants for nine years. Her work has appeared in Newsday, Dan’s Papers and Long Island Pulse Magazine as well as local newspapers. She creates the popular ‘There’s No Place Like Northport’ calendar with her husband. She can be reached at

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Gala Girl

Huntington Has Taste Throws Bash at Prime

The 5th Annual Huntington Has Taste Event was held in June at the beautiful Prime restaurant; it was a celebration of fashion, food and fun to benefit Long Island Cares, the Harry Chapin Food Bank. Three hundred people enjoyed hors d’oeuvres by Prime’s Executive Chef Gregg Lauletta, while admiring the views of the magnificent sunset over Huntington Harbor from the restaurant’s elegant deck. The fashion show was kicked off by the arrival of a sleek 72 foot Azimut Yacht courtesy of Marine Max with models wearing bathing suits from Skyfish Swimwear, a luxury swimwear line created by Huntington designer Lauren Pratt. Following the swimwear show, local Huntington residents walked down Prime’s waterfront boardwalk modeling fashion forward designs from local boutiques including Rexer-Parkes, Francine’s Fashion and Veronica Rayne Boutique. After the fashion show, guests drank and danced until 10 pm, when the winners of the silent auction and raffle were announced. All proceeds will benefit Long Island Cares, The Harry Chapin Food Bank whose mission is to have a hunger free Long Island. Kurt Bohlsen, one of the owners of Prime, was on hand for the

event. “It’s a beautiful night and I’m so happy to see everyone here. I hope we raise a lot of money for Long Island Cares.” Guests were given gift bags with coupons from many of the local merchants, cosmetic goodies, and a beautiful wine glass

from Prime. Unfortunately mine didn’t have the keys to either the Ferrari or the Maserati that was parked by the tents as part of the backdrop for the fashion show. Oh well.

_________________________________________________________ Dr. Cynthia Paulis, a medical correspondent and international lecturer, is board certified in both Emergency Medicine and Family Practice. A native of Long Island she spent four years as Lt. Commander with the USPHS working with Native Americans in Oklahoma and 18 years working border towns in Texas before returning to NY. She was a medical correspondent for CBS in Texas. Many of her articles are seen in Manhattan and Long Island papers. She is currently working on her memoir as an emergency room physician on the night shift.

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Summer Fun! I Love You, Youre Perfect, Now Change! This laugh-inducing, award-winning musical comedy about love in the suburbs, is a touching and insightful look at love and relationships. Through August 19 2012 250 Main Street, Northport, NY 11768 631-261-9700 ext. 23 Admission: $60

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Huntington Village Farmers Market Sundays 7am-Noon Through November 18th Veggies, Fruits, All kinds of baked goods and more. Main Street Rte. 25A, Huntington 631-323-3653 Free Admission

Seafood Fest at the Beach”

Sunken Meadow Every Wednesday 6-9pm throughout the summer Food, Live Music and Entertainment, Free giveaways for the children Cost is $25. Food selections include 1/2 lobster, Steamed Mussels, Clams, Corn, Peel & Eat Shrimp and Potatoes. Drinks are available. 631-269-6850 – Reservations are recommended

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Performances are FREE and open to the public at the Chapin Rainbow Stage in Huntington’s Heckscher Park. Bring a blanket! The Tuesday Night “It’s Showtime” Family Series performances begin at 7:30 p.m.; all other performances begin at 8:30 p.m.


riday, August 3 Sean Bones (nee Sullivan) is a multi-instrumentalist, singer songwriter whose music can’t be pigeonholed.


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ednesday, August 8 The Long Island Dance Consortium No. 2 Long Island Dance Consortium’s second evening brings you the Long Island Dance Company, Long Island Ballet Theatre, American Dance Theatre of Long Island, and Variations, a Dancer’s Studio.

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rounded him as a boy growing up in Jerusalem. Through his music, Mendilow also explores timely, universal questions of the ways we change and integrate when we land in new homes.


hursday, August 9 Guy Mendilow Ensemble From early childhood, most aspects of Mendilow’s life were a cultural, linguistic and musical mix. Ladino music sur-

riday, August 10 “Guys & Dolls” - Broadhollow Theatre Enjoy all the colorful Damon Runyon New York characters & the fantastic adventures of Nathan Detroit, Sky Masterson, Adelaide and Sarah Brown in this classic, alltime favorite Frank Loesser/Abe Burrows Broadway Musical. aturday, August 11 The Long Island Philharmonic Join us as the Long Island Philharmonic, with Music Director David Stewart Wiley, provides for a musical experience that will entertain, excite and inspire.

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Gala Girl

Huntington’s Lighthouse has a Birthday On a glorious June evening framed by a cobalt blue sky and a gentle breeze, 100 people boarded boats bound for a castle in the harbor, the beautiful Huntington Lighthouse, which was celebrating its 100 birthday. As our skiff neared the beaux arts historic landmark, we disembarked on a floating dock and were greeted with cold champagne and hors d’oeuvres; nice. On the first level of the castle, bartenders mixed up the signature drink, called “Rip Rap” which was served in a mason jar with the ingredients labeled on the front. One level up, guests entered the two-room castle which was filled with a lavish spread of clams on the half shell, shrimp, cheeses, and fruits. Climbing another level brought you to the first balcony, where guests took in the fantastic view of the harbor while dining on lobster rolls and sausage links prepared on site by chefs. The next level up was the DJ spinning his lyrical notes across the bay. Pam Setchell, President of Huntington Lighthouse Preservation Society for the past 14 years, was thrilled with the turnout and the help she has received from the community in their efforts to save the lighthouse. “All of the food, liquor and entertainment was donated generously.This is the first time a party of this magnitude was given at the Lighthouse.” David Tunney from Old Field Inn in Greenlawn was on a boat preparing food with a dozen of his staff. Pam explained that, “The Lighthouse is sinking and needs 650 tons of Rip Rap.” The granite boulders that surround the lighthouse were mined from the NYC subways when they were built. The restoration of the Lighthouse has truly been a labor of love with an all-volunteer group of dedicated people who took a crumbling building and sanded, painted and restored the beautiful castle. Jackie Tarturo, a volunteer for 14 years, commented, “I care about the Lighthouse because I believe it’s important to preserve this part of history. It’s a part of this town and it is so much a part of this community.” Monica Stoller, the Vice President of the Lighthouse Preservation Society, mused, “We don’t have a lot of buildings this old that we can treasure.

This is a beacon for the Huntington Community. It’s beloved to everyone. It’s important to save anything historical like this lighthouse.” As the sun melted into the bay, a bell was rung, the light was lit, and ships surrounding the lighthouse sounded their horns. A cake in the shape of the lighthouse was brought out and guests

sang happy birthday, while the moon cast a silvery glow on the water and stars twinkled above. It was truly a magical night. To donate to the preservation of the lighthouse and for event schedules go to . Don’t miss the 6th annual music fest Labor Day weekend with all day bands and fireworks.

_________________________________________________ Dr. Cynthia Paulis, a medical correspondent and international lecturer, is board certified in both Emergency Medicine and Family Practice. A native of Long Island she spent four years as Lt. Commander with the USPHS working with Native Americans in Oklahoma and 18 years working border towns in Texas before returning to NY. She was a medical correspondent for CBS in Texas. Many of her articles are seen in Manhattan and Long Island papers. She is currently working on her memoir as an emergency room physician on the night shift.

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Art Galleries Live Art Fusion – A Live Painting/Live Music Event Every Wednesday “Featuring 10 artists simultaneously speed-painting while inspired by live jazz fusion and audience interaction. Witness the live creation of amazing works of art (Pieces will be available)” 7:30-11:30pm 841 East Lounge (841 East Jericho Tpke.) 631-351-6030 The Heckscher Museum of Art 2 Prime Ave Huntington, NY 631-351-3250 Ripe Art Gallery 67A Broadway Greenlawn, NY 631-239-1805 Main Street Petite Art Gallery 213 Main Street Huntington, NY 631-271-8423 The Firefly Artists 127 Main Street Northport, NY 631-974-2508 Art League of Long Island 107 East Deer Park Rd, Melville 631462-5400

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Heckscher Museum

Alfred van Loen Gallery South Huntington Public Library 145 Pidgeon Hill Roaf Huntington Station, NY 631-549-4411 B.J Spoke Gallery

299 Main Street Huntington, NY 631-549-5106

Foto Foto Gallery 14 West Carver St Huntington, NY 631-549-0448

Alfred van Loen Gallery 9 East Contemporary Art 9 East Carver St Huntington, NY 631-662-9459 The Artist Club Gallery 27 Berry HIll Raod, Oyster Bay 516-280-9682

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The Huntington As you walk on New York Ave near Main Street in Huntington Village, red velvet ropes and matching curtains catch your eye. Curious, you head inside and upstairs, passing framed pictures of dancing and toasting monkeys. Greeted by a friendly host, you have arrived at Huntington Social, our local speakeasy. When you first walk in, you’ll pass the club liquor lockers, each with brass name plates, a tradition of the secret saloons during the prohibition era. Moving into the dining room, you can’t help notice the spectacular view over the crossroads of Huntington Village. Windows across the entire corner fill the room with the buzz of town. The exposed brick and open ceiling struts provide the dining room with an authentic rustic look. With genuine curled filament bulbs and sweeping glass chandeliers over head, there is not a bad seat in the house. Owner/Chef Christopher Lee presents the most diverse menu of any restaurant in the village. “I enjoy creating American cuisine because it’s a melting pot for food of all nations.” Being on the coast with fresh fish in abundance, Chef Lee made sure to incorporate plenty of fish into his new summer menu, which I am sure you will find as varied and refreshing as I did. For appetizers, forget the mozzarella sticks. Try the Soft Shell Blue Crab, flaked with yellow corn and caramelized onions. The “Market” Ceviche is out of this world. This Peruvian style dish is citrus cooked with lime, lemongrass, and coconut. Both dishes are enriched with natural and healthy dressings for a savory beginning. At dinner, the Miso Marinated Salmon with shitake mushrooms over a yuzu butter sauce was light and incredibly flavorful. I also suggest the Grilled Yellow Fin Tuna with white asparagus, pea greens, smothered with an orange sake sauce. Chef Lee only uses sushi grade tuna #1 and is meticulous about the freshness of his dishes. “You can taste the difference between frozen and caught-this-morning freshness. That’s why I get fresh-caught fish every day.” For something from the land, the Crispy Korean Chicken Wings are plump, tempura battered and coated with spicy Korean barbeque sauce after the

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wings are cooked. These wings are deserving of the expression, “gourmet wings.” The Long Island Duck Breast over English pea puree, with lentils, and dressed with a honey apricot jus, combine the incredible taste of local fare with European complements. The Aged NY Strip Loin served with local corn, swiss chard, and bordelaise sauce was tender and rich with flavor. It’s another superb blend of Chef Lee’s inspiration for the summer. Lee mentioned he cannot take all the credit though. Chef de Cuisine Luke Omarzu is Lee’s right hand man and responsible for preparing and creating many of the dishes on the summer menu. What is better than s’mores for dessert in the summer? The Social’s S’mores Cupcakes! Topped with an oversized melting marshmallow and surrounded by crumbled graham crackers, it is generously portioned and can easily be shared or wrapped for a late night treat. If you prefer not to split your sweets, the Black Forest Panna Cotta was outstanding. Topped with cherry compote and Chantilly crème, this dessert is certainly my favorite. The night is not over yet; a speakeasy isn’t complete without music and dancing. Every other Friday, stay for The Social’s burlesque show. “Burlesque dancing was a big part of the prohibition club lifestyle. The show and dance is a lost art form.” says Lee. “I want to bring back the history as well as the art”. Live music is commonly heard on the corner of Main and New York Ave on several nights throughout the week. Be sure to stop in to enjoy the musical stylings of local musicians and bands. On Saturday nights, The Wonder TwinZ get behind the turn tables and fire up the dance floor. This DJ pumps the room as the Social transforms into Huntington’s hottest dance club. With a mixed crowd, the Social hits home with a wide variety of people. Similar to the speakeasies of the 1920’s, Huntington Social is for those in the know. Join Chef Lee, Chef Omarzu, and their attentive staff any night of the week (closed on Monday and Tuesday.) Huntington Social is located on the southeast corner of New York Avenue and Main Street in Huntington Village above Cactus Salon.

Sunday Brunch and Bloody Mary Bar ________________________________ Alex Borg is a local young professional continuing his family legacy at Borg & Borg Insurance. His passion for great food and excellent atmosphere motivates him to explore Huntington’s newest and veteran nightlife establishments. Follow Alex as he shares remarkable local finds all over the town of Huntington.

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3 Stars says the New York Times. “Vitae’s menu hews to 21st century tastes. The dining room is elegant… restaurant is attractive & the staff attentive.

We hope everyone is having a great summer so far! As we approach the halfway mark, and your schedule becomes a little more crazed, give yourself a break and order from our NEW TAKEOUT MENU (of course, our regular menu is available too). Both can be found online at Call in your order on the way home from camp, shopping, or whatever the kids have you doing. We even offer curbside service for your convenience.

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Pairing 101: Why care about the pair? Food experts know that the right wine or spirit can enhance the enjoyment of any dish. The perfect marriage of the right wine and a flavorful meal creates a combination that celebrates and enhances the experience of both. Navigating an extensive wine list or cocktail menu should be a journey in experimentation to find your favorite flavors - and never a daunting feat at the table. With a few basics and simple tips, you can ensure that you enjoy your meal to the fullest. Whether you’re dining out or cooking at home, the trick to a satisfying pairing comes from understanding the fundamentals and understanding your personal palate. Keep in mind that pairing isn’t an exact science, and personal preference is always most important. When you drink what you enjoy, the entire meal comes together. Here are some top tips to consider when creating a great pairing:

takes on a different profile that can taste great with a richer, deeper wine.

Three factors influence the taste of wines: the type of grape, where that grape is grown, and how the wine is processed and handled will affect the flavor notes. The same species of grape grown in California will have different characteristics than one grown in Chile. Grapes fermented in oak will differ from wine in stainless steel. Don’t be afraid to ask questions when purchasing spirits or ordering drinks at a restaurant, and enjoy learning about the flavors you like.

Wine can also have a cleansing effect on your palate, and using contrasting flavors can make a meal very exciting. To create a good contrast, remember that opposites attract, and pair foods and wines that have divergent traits, such as a crisp sauvignon blanc and a fresh Grilled Grouper with a Lemon Butter sauce. The crisp acidity of the wine cuts through the creaminess of the sauce and gives a different, refreshing sensation for the palate. Several restaurants will even let you sample wines or explore half-pours to expand your oenophile experiences. Remember to have fun and experiment with your food and drink pairings to find your own personal preference. You may be surprised by the different flavors of food and wines that work well for your palate, creating a great experience every time.

Understand wine flavors

Assess the whole dish

In general, light-styled wines do pair better with lighter styles of food such as shrimp or scallops, as their delicate flavors harmonize better. However, it’s important to pay attention to all the ingredients on the plate. For instance, grilled shrimp may have a subtle flavor by itself, but when served with the bold flavors of a Chimichurri sauce, the dish

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Why care about the pair?

A good wine and food pairing will work together to bring out the best flavors in each. The wine shouldn’t overpower the food, nor should the food overpower the wine. This delicate balance can be achieved by using either complementary or contrasting flavors.

Complementary flavors

Some pairs come naturally, like fresh seafood and lemon, or fresh sashimi and wasabi. The similar flavors work together to create a classic duo. When dealing with libations, complementary flavors similarly yield a symbiotic, balanced result. This strategy brings wines together with dishes that share similar notes, such as an earthy pinot noir and robust Chicken Marsala or Fontina Chop. The combination of tastes has a lot of synergy and smooth transition from food to drink.

Contrasting flavors

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Station Sports Shows Residents Sometimes It Is All Fun And Games

In an area once recognized as a run-down hot spot for mischief, Huntington Station’s Depot Road has ditched its bad reputation and acquired a new symphony of playful sounds: the periodic splattering of paintballs, the hollow metal clinking of baseball bats, and the unbridled laughter of children and adults alike.

Since opening its doors earlier this year, Station Sports, the town’s mint family game center, has been drawing attendees from all over the area with its assortment of games and sports. “From when we opened, in the second week of January, consistently every week and every weekend the business has grown,” said owner Brad Rosen, who has been at the same spot on Depot Road since 1981. Before introducing Station Sports to the community, Rosen maintained his family’s clothing business, Aerobic Wear Inc, at that same location. A life-long resident of Huntington, Rosen maintains an active role in the community, serving on the board of the Huntington Station Business Improvement District as well as a member of the Huntington Station Action Now Committee. Rosen took his inspiration for Station Sports from a similar family fun park that he visited with his two children while in Florida in December of 2010. That next week, Rosen was in Town Hall outlining his proposal, which was met with unanimous enthusiasm. From the point of inception to execution, Rosen’s entire effort took just under 10 months—a time frame that is almost unheard with matters of business ventures.

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Now open more than six months, the game center infuses beauty and light-hearted fun into an area that has developed an unfavorable association in recent years. “I think I’ve made a huge impact on Huntington Station,” said Rosen. “I am drawing people in from all the surrounding towns of Huntington right now.” On the outside property, frequenters can take on the challenge of 18-holes of miniature golf, all woven throughout streams, waterfalls, and even a cave through which putters must venture. “It is gorgeous,” said Rosen. “It’s like an oasis—it’s beautiful.” Nearby is a target paintball set-up that boasts a Western theme, so instead of shooting at friends, players get to take aim at cowboys, vultures, and Wild West outlaws. Outdoor batting cages offer the option of hardball or softball, with a Wiffle Ball cage just around the corner for miniature Major Leaguers. For those who lack the necessary coordination for athletic endeavors or are just looking to escape summer’s relentless heat, Station Sports has an indoor game room located right across the street, equipped with everything from miniature bowling to a variation of Skee-Ball dubbed “Ice Ball.” The arcade is adorned with bright primary colors and confetti-inspired

carpeting. A designated crosswalk provides a secure pathway between the two areas.

Once armed with a handful of tokens, patrons young and old can enjoy childhood or just take a temporary trip back to it, playing a mix of modern games as well as plenty of classics— like pinball and Indy 500 racing.

All around the sports center, children can delight in the discovery of gumball machines filled with all kinds of quirky finds, like fast food themed erasers and fuzzy stick-on mustaches. “It’s great to see the smiles on all the kids’ faces when they come in here,” said Rosen. “And the parents as well.” For when hunger heightens, a medley of snacks are available on site at the “Harbor Snack Shack,” which offers hot dogs,

popcorn, ice cream, candy, and beverages. Station Sports also has designated party rooms for hosting children’s birthday celebrations. During operating hours, Station Sports fills with attendees of every age-bracket who all share one common interest: taking time out of their day to indulge in a little carefree, leisure time. “What I mostly get is families,” said Rosen. “Their response is: Thank you for bringing this to Huntington Station—this is what we needed.” In a rather short time, Rosen has succeeded in creating a safe enclave for residents of Huntington and neighboring towns to gather and play—something which had been noticeably amiss prior to the opening of Station Sports. “I get the people here, they feel safe, and these are the people that I see keep coming back” ---------------------------------------------------------Danielle Kraese has been a Huntington resident since back in the days when nobody could beat The Wiz. She graduated from the University at Albany with a degree in Journalism and has since enjoyed learning more abou ther lively hometown through writing about it. More of her work can be seen at:

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