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Long Island’s Lifestyle, Arts & Entertainment Magazine March 2014 • 9

Cover Artist

Steve Zolin

Zolin’s artistic recipe includes gestural explorations into cityscapes, abstraction, and curved perspective. His creative experiments are inspired by a belief in the “unstraightness” of reality. Raised in West Orange, NJ, Steve Zolin earned his BFA cum laud in 1994 and won an MFA Fellowship, graduating in 2005. Between degrees he spent nine years in Santa Fe, New Mexico enmeshed in the art scene there. Married to photographer Robin Noble-Zolin, he now resides in Manhattan where he exhibits regularly. See both their work March 7th-9th at the iArt4 booth at Fountain Art Fair during Armory Week. Zolin was a featured solo artist at the (E)merge Art Fair in DC in 2012. His work has also been seen at the 24th International Juried

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Show at the Visual Arts Center of NJ, curated by Susan Kismaric of the Museum of Modern Art, NY. Zolin has exhibited widely including New York, Florida, Santa Fe, and Toronto. His most recent installation, sponsored by Chashama and The National Endowment for the Arts, explored space, gesture, and movement, and was entitled “Unstraightness.” Career highlights include a 15’ mural for Senator Joseph Lieberman’s home synagogue in CT and a 35’ musical mural for Santa Fe High School. Zolin has also executed a 60’ backdrop of Emerald City for a theatrical production of the Wizard of Oz, 13’ and 16’ paintings for restaurants in Santa Fe, and three large mobiles for Florida State University. His work is also represented in numerous private collections.


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From the Publisher

village staff Associate Publisher Jeanne Murphy Creative Director Nicole Savalli Social Media j. murphy creative marketing

A light snow falls outside my window as I write this month’s publisher’s letter, but my mind is still on thoughts of Spring. It’s only a few weeks away, and like most of my fellow Long Islander’s, I’ve had enough of this winter! I’m also anxious for the new season because we’ve got some exciting things going on at Village Connection as we continue to grow our reach and readership to new villages across the Island. This March issue is now being distributed throughout Huntington Township and Babylon Township and just as soon as we’ve approved the final copy at the printer, we will be heading full force into our new areas as we expand into Islip and Smithtown in time for April. Our advertisers now have the option of reaching the audience that makes the most sense for their business, whether it’s their local community or the towns beyond. People often think of Spring as a time of renewal. Anyone who has seen me in the past couple of weeks knows that I’ve taken that to a personal level as well. While visiting my friend John Vater at Spa Adriana recently, I decided to spruce up for the new season myself and put myself in the hands of Ricchia and Nicole Gomez, hair style and color artists from Spa Adriana, who touched up my gray (just a little) and gave me a new, professional-looking haircut. It was time for a little bit of a change and so far the feedback has been all positive (as soon as people get over the shock of my long locks being cut off) One last thing I wanted to mention for March is that there are lots of great parades going on all over Long Island, including the largest in Huntington Village. Some consider the parades to be the unofficial start of Spring as everyone is excited to get out in their villages and enjoy a fun day with family and friends. We’ve listed a few in this issue for you to choose from. We hope you enjoy our March issue of Village Connection Magazine. I’ll see you in the Village...

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Contributing Writers Adriana Vater, Nick Radesca, Charles H. Gamarekian, Alan Stableford, Mary Ann Dellinger, Kathleen Tafti PT, MS, CSCS, Joanne Kois, Hillary Call, Kerriann Flanagan Brosky, Glenn Andreiev, Rich Rivkin Huntington Township Edition Centerport, Cold Spring Harbor, Commack, Dix Hills, East Northport, Elwood, Fort Salonga, Greenlawn, Halesite, Huntington Station, Huntington, Melville, Northport, South Huntington, Babylon Township Edition Copiague, Deer Park, East Farmingdale, Fire Island, Gilgo, North Amityville, North Babylon, North Lindenhurst, West Babylon, Coming in April: Smithown Township Edition Hauppauge, Kings Park, Smithtown, St. James Islip Township Editions Bay Shore, Bohemia, Oakdale, Sayville Contact Information Phone 631-988-5465 Published by: Village Connection Magazine, Inc. 93 Main Street Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724

Ricchia and Nicole Gomez of Spa Adriana All artwork, design & layout by Village Connection Magazine, Inc. is sole property of the publisher and may not be reproduced in whole or part. The publisher will not be responsible for errors in advertising beyond the cost of the space occupied by the error, and such responsibility, if any, shall be limited only to the first use of advertising in the case of repeated use. The publisher reserves the right to edit or reject any advertising at its sole discretion. Position requests can not be guaranteed. The advertiser shall represent that all artwork and copy provided by the advertiser is owned by the advertiser and it has the right to utilize such in this publication. ©2014 Village Connection Magazine, Inc.

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Spring’s Fashion And Beauty Report It might still be cold outside but fashionistas and beauty mavens everywhere, the time is upon us to start look at the upcomgin Spring 2014 trends. And, what better place to look then the runways of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week! What a privelage it is to once again be front-and-center at a bevy of shows, from obscure designers like Fashion Shenzhen to mainstays like Falguni and Shane Peacock and Carolina Herrera. So for your convenience, I have compiled a comprehensive report of spring’s hottest looks. One of my favorite designers, Joanna Mastroianni marries fashion and art in colorful harmony. The concept of color theory, patterning, and emergence is shown in her detailed fabric weavings.  The designer’s ability to create a coexistence of  art and design in her collection is simply amazing. Plus, fashionistas will be happy; her bright and beaming floral patterns this season will save you from having to throw out last season’s floral outfits. Also, inspired by art – the Kinetic art movement to be exact, Carolina Herrera took a cue from the multidimensional optical illusion of geometric abstract paintings to create gowns and flowing skirts by layering geometric motifs on fabrics like chiffon, organza and voile.

Patterns of black and white in thin stripes and spiral designs moved gracefully with the prints in crimson, sienna and smoky umber. The whole collection had a soft color scheme with hues ranging from tea green, porcelain and mauve. There were silk and georgette gowns with embellished necklines, kinetic motif print silk organza skirts, and sleek tops paired with pleated pants. Hair styles were elegant updos and chignons. Make up was kept natural. When you think of Custo Barcelona’s Spring 2014 collection, think chic, contemporary and color. The international designer showcased delicate pieces juxtaposed through a play in subtle transparencies, woven patterns and tribal prints. Custo Barcelona focused on the sophistication of a feminine collection featuring soft exteriors over strong, bold pieces with high waistlines. Prints created and customized specifically by Custo Barcelona range from silk and chiffon to printed leather. The collection color scheme surprisingly ranges from white to black yet include the signature Custo trademark of color in every look. From tribal prints with metallic Lurex to laser cut dresses ranging from hues of pink to blue. CZAR by Cesar Galindo created a highly polished luxury look filled with chartreuse, pale blues, opaque black and vibrant red. The show opened with a soft cornflower blue coat, shown over a body conscious jersey dress.  Classic CZAR, this collection mixed impeccable tailoring with luxurious knitwear. The 41-look curated show had something for day and night, with a fluid jersey jumpsuit being a standout look. For their Spring 2014 collection, married designer duo Falguni and Shane Peacock decided to take fashion into the sci-fi future sending glamorous Martians robotically strutting down the runway. They started their show with models in clear space helmets adorned in an embellished sequined cat suit, a deep V-neck printed body suit and plastic transparent light up dress with fire red details. Known for their audacious, theatrical aesthetics and body conscious silhouettes, Falguni and Shane Peacock kept to this tradition for spring 2014. The collection, somewhat similar to past season designs, was full of embellishments; hand beading, feather accents, original prints, and laser cut detailing. The bright colors of the collection were a pleasant surprise from the nude subdued tones of other collections. The colors shimmered and sparkled radiantly on the runway. Vera Wang showcased geometrics in bright and true colors. Headbands kept hair pulled back. Concept Korea had a dark 90’s grunge punk meets gypsy feeling. Hair was teased up and away in big messy top knot buns. The other half of the show featured bold black and white geometric lines with natural make up and sleek long hair with a clean center part. All photos © John S. Vater of A. Vater Inc. Adriana Vater is the Creative Director and co-founder of Spa Adriana at 266 Main Street in Huntington Village. Visit her website, or call 631-351-1555.

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community calendar Saint Patrick’s Day Parades Around Long Island 2014


Kings Park

Thousands of Kings Parkers and people from surrounding communities turn out on Main Street to see Irish eyes smiling with Kings Park Pride! Join us on March 1, 2014 at noon for a grand ‘ol time! The Parade steps off at the corner of Lou Avenue and Pulaski Road, continues down Main Street, turns onto Church Street, and ends down Old Dock Road at the William T. Rogers Middle School.



The Mineola St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be heald March 2, 2014 at 12 PM. Line up is at 12 noon at Court Houes Drive & County Seat Drive, Garden City. The Post-Parade Party will begin at 2pm and is $10 per person. (Center Opens at 2:00 PM with Food, Fun, Music & Dancing)

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The Huntington Parade will take place on March, 9th at 2pm Over the past 79 years, the parade has grown to become the oldest and largest on Long Island. While there are only a few folks around who remember that first St. Patrick’s day parade, they will tell you that it is the day Huntington puts her best face forward and everyone has a wee bit of Irish in them. Each year up to 50,000 current and former residents jam Huntington Village for this wonderful family and community event. More important than ever, the Parade is also a tremendous catalyst to the local Huntington economy, with spectators packing the local restaurants, shops, and pubs. The Parade Route will start just north of the Huntington Train Station along New York Avenue before turning west onto Main Street ending at Saint Patrick’s Church.



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The St. James St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place March 15, 2014 at 1 PM. The parade route is long Lake Avenue from Woodlawn to Railroad Avenue. Piper bands, marching bands, Scout troops, dance groups, floats, fire trucks, antique cars and more.


The 51st Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 11:30 on March 23rd. The parade runs up Edgemere Road and then turns on to Main Street passed the reviewing stand on the green, and finishes at the end of Main Street by the IGA. Come early to get a good vantage point to see New York’s second largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Starting at 10:00 am on the green, the Montauk Chamber of Commerce will be serving hot clam chowder in your very own St. Patrick’s Day Parade souvenir mug. Montauk’s finest clam chowder is made and donated by local restaurants.



The Parade is be to held on March 30, 2014 at 12:30 PM.Sponsored for the 18th year by the Cultural Heritage Committee of the Greater Patchogue Foundation. Grand Marshall Patrick Moore (born and bred in Dublin) will lead the parade. • 17

fitness • kathy tafti

How to Get a Beautiful Butt!

I have learned that both men and women are conscious of their buttock muscles (as well as each others.) Not a day goes by where one of my clients doesn’t mention wanting a more toned and tighter “butt”. The scientific name for you buttock muscles (AKA your butt) is your gluteals. We have 3 gluteal muscles: gluteus maximus, gluteus medius and gluteus minimus. More importantly, we need to know what actions these muscles do so that we know how to exercise them appropriately. Gluteus Maximus is the largest of the three and works to extend our hip by moving our leg behind our body. Gluteus Medius and Minimus do the same action. The minimus muscle also internally rotates the hip joint, meaning it turns your hip joint (your femur bone located in your thigh) inward toward the middle of your body. The medius muscle externally rotates the hip joint, meaning it turns your hip joint outward away from the middle of your body. Minimus and Medius contract at the same time to keep your leg facing straight ahead for example when you push off of your back leg while walking. So how are we going to work this muscle group to get a lean, tight, strong butt? By doing these exercises 2-3 times per week. You can vary the number of repetitions by using light weights or

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no weights and doing higher reps of 30-50. You can use heavier weights and do lower repetitions of 10-20. Or you can do as many as you can for time for example 30 or 60 seconds. Mixing it up and doing these varieties on different days will give you an overall workout for you butt! 1. Squats: You can increase the intensity by jumping up when you return to the upright position. 2. Lunge Walks: Do a lunge forward and bring the back leg to the front leg to move forward. Repeat on the other side and lunge walk around the room. 3. Butt Blasters: Get down on the floor on your knees and forearms. Lift your right leg up in the air with your knee bent and gently lift your leg about 10 degrees past hip level then lower it back down. Repeat on the other side. Always consult with your doctor prior to starting an exercise program and if you experience pain, discomfort, shortness of breath or any symptoms of distress stop exercising and call you doctor immediately. Kathleen Tafti PT, MS, CSCS, is the owner of Fit Body Bootcamp in Huntington Village - - LIKE us on facebook: Huntington Fit Body Bootcamp

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Manhattan Dolls Vocal Swing Trio Long Island veterans of all ages will be honored in a star-spangled show on Sunday, March 16 at 2 pm, when The Manhattan Dolls make their triumphant return to Five Towns College. “Manhattan Dolls Through the Decades at the Dix Hills Performing Arts Center” features the popular swing/jazz style female trio, who perform regularly at Manhattan clubs. Originally founded by real USO Girls, the group has performed all over the United States in parades, national television broadcasts, air shows, hospitals for U.S. veterans, VIP dinners, large “hangar dances,” award ceremonies and major jazz and supper clubs. They have been featured on BBC Radio London, Fox and Friends, LX4NY, The Tucson Morning Blend and The Rachael Ray Show to name just a few. The women have also appeared on stage with top-name acts and have just returned from successful bookings on both the Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II cruise ships. The group is known for retrospective performances recreating specific periods of the classic Jazz era, ‘50s and ‘60s “Rockin’ with the Dolls,” and an “All Dolled-Up Roaring ‘20s” review. “Manhattan Dolls Through The Decades” is a rousing Best of the Best of all their shows. They regularly perform to sell-out crowds in Manhattan who come for the high energy, incredible harmonies and pure nostalgia (comparisons to the iconic Andrews Sisters is inevitable). Long Island fans will only

have to go as far as Dix Hills to see this critically-acclaimed show that will take its audience on a musical trip through the decades in tribute to Long Island Veterans. “We are so thrilled that ‘The Dolls’ are making their way back to our stage right here in Dix Hills,” said Sandy Hinden, Executive Director of the Center. “Their last two shows at DHPAC were among the most well-received we have offered. The group truly is in high demand worldwide and they have been busy touring the US and abroad. This is the perfect opportunity for fans and supporters of local veterans to come out for an amazing afternoon of entertainment and nostalgia.” Visit the classy cantresses’ new website at www.themanhattandolls. com for photos, bios, audio and video clips of the young women who comprise The Manhattan Dolls. Tickets are just $25 to $35, and are available through the Dix Hills Performing Arts Center box office at or phone at 631-656-2148.

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Art & Music Beth Wallach/Drucker is a graduate of the High School of Art & Design as well as a Gold Medal Award Winner/Graduate from Parsons The New School for Design. She has illustrated commercially for companies such as Gucci, Michelle Roth, Fox Run International, and many NYC and LI Boutiques.

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Iris Apfel in Roslyn, The Jeannie Tengelson Gallery at The Art League of Long Island, The Firehouse Gallery at Nassau CC, A solo show at The Gallery of The Metropolitan Institute of Design in Syosset and The Ripe Art Gallery in Huntington. She has been published in: The New York Times, Newsday, Entrepreneur Magazine, Belle Armoire Magazine, and House Magazine. She was featured on ABC TV, VH1, and My Long Island TV (Viacom), The Bethpage Restoration Village and www. Ms. Drucker was also the designer/owner and editor for New York, the first area specific weddings website and magazine in the United States. Jo Ann Zambito received a B.S. in Art Therapy/Fine Arts from C.W Post followed by Graduate Studies in Art Education at Dowling College. She studied Fine Arts under the Direction of Grandville Fairchild and Alfred Van Loen Gallery. Juried exhibits include the Depot Gallery in Montauk, EEAC in Riverhead and the Phoenix Gallery in Bellport. Jo Ann teaches art at the Montauk Art Association and the Patchogue Medford Library,

Beth is currently an Adjunct Professor of Fashion Design at Nassau Community College, and The Art League of Long Island. She has been an Instructor at The Metropolitan Institute of Design, The Fashion Institute of Technology, Parsons The New School for Design, and BOCES The Long Island HS for The Arts. Many of her students have been published in major recent books on Fashion. She is currently a well-known lecturer and instructor on “The Art of Felting” on Long Island. Beth's fashion illustrations and design work have been shown at Parsons The New School for Design, The Nassau County Museum of Art for “The “Art of Fashion Show” featuring

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Longwood Library and the Mastic Shirley Library Systems. Painting and creating works of art have been a part of her life since childhood. She enjoys working in all mediums. She received Honorable Mention for two of her works, “Rocks on the Bay” and “Suprized” Jo Ann finds that she is most at peace when painting seascapes and landscapes on site and she chooses to focus on the moment with objectivity and purpose. Nicole Crescimanno is a climate change activist by day and a painter by night. She has a B.A. in Studio Arts & Environmental Studies from Stonehill College and an M.A. in Climate & Society from Columbia University. She loves using vibrant colors and expressive gestures when painting her landscapes. She draws most of her inspiration from her time spent in the outdoors, whether it is in the National Parks, hiking a mountain, or camping in Iceland. Her work has previously been on display at The Fuller Craft Museum’s Art in the Windows, Cushing Martin Gallery at Stonehill College, Live Art Fusion events, and the DenArt Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. Nicole’s paintings can be found on her website

Rich Rivkin produces ongoing Art/Music events on Long Island, including Live Art Fusion, ArtMOSPHERE, and the 2013 Summer Arts Festival Series (40 Bands + 100 Artists), featuring the bands and artists listed in this month’s Spotlight.


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A Taste of the Good Life

“The Argyle Grill is a snap, crackle and pop kind of place that looks like yesterday but is very much today” JOANNE STARKEY

La Villini


La Villini Family Style Italian Restaurant welcomes you and your family to an enjoyable meal of regional Italian Cuisine. The spacious restaurant in nestled in the heart of East Northport. 286 Larkfield Rd, East Northport • 631 261-6344


An acclaimed piece of Huntington's rich culinary history, The Clubhouse has offered a thoroughly delightful and memorable dining experience for over fifty years and has been labeled as one of Long Island's finest steakhouses. 320 Jericho Tpke, Huntington • 631 423-1155


Staying true to Huntington's diverse food choices, Storyville American Table offers plenty of what is considered standard New Orleans food, such as jambalaya, barbecue shrimp and veal grillades. 43 Green St. Huntington • 631 351-3446

The Argyle Grill has established itself as an old-time family run business catering to the locals with fine food and spirits. In keeping with the tradition of Babylon, The Argyle Grill & Tavern was created as a tribute to the once grand Argyle Hotel.

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Samurai features the classic hibachi cooking tables with private party rooms. Their skilled hibachi chefs freshly prepare your meal right before your eyes. Samurai is dedicated to serve you with the utmost freshness and an entertaining Japanese hibachi experience. 46a Gerard St, Unit 6. Huntington • 631 271-2588

Post Office Cafe

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American Post Office Café 130 W Main St, Babylon 631 669-9224 Babylon Carriage House 21 Fire Island Ave, Babylon 631 422-5161 Café Red 107 Main St, Kings Park 631-544-4500 Argyle Grill & Tavern 90 Deer Park Ave, Babylon 631 321-4900 Cornucopia Nosery 194 Park Ave # A, Amityville 631 608-4580 Lily Flanagan’s 528 Main St. Islip 631-581-1550 Prime Restaurant 117 New York Ave. Huntington 631 385-1515 Old Street Restaurant & Bar 92 E Main St, Smithtown 631 979-9073 Grasso’s 134 Main St. Cold Spring Harbor 631 367-6060 Sapsuckers Hops & Grub 287 Main St. Huntington 631 683-4945 Long Island Cooking 454 Main St. Islip 631-581-8200

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Four Food Studio 515 Broadhollow Rd, Melville 631 577-4444 Garden Grill 64 N Country Rd, Smithtown 631 265-8771

Bar Bites Seabreeze Café 470 Fire Island Ave, Babylon 631 669-9790 Giacomo Jack’s 248 S Ketcham Ave, Amityville 631 691-2722 Napper Tandy’s Irish Pub 15 E Main St, Smithtown 631 360-0606 Cafe 51 530 Broadway, Amityville 631 842-5080 The Cortland 27 W Main St. Bay Shore 631 206-2220 F. H. Riley’s 400 New York Ave. Huntington 631 271-7600 Healy’s Inn 54 Broadway, Ste 1. Greenlawn 631 754-2700 Napper Tandy’s 229 Laurel Ave, Northport 631 757-4141 Changing Times Ale House 526B Larkfield Rd, East Northport 631 368-3255

Tap and Barrel 550 Smithtown Bypass, Smithtown 631 780-5474

Cajun & Creole Storyville American Table 43 Green St. Huntington 631 351-3446 Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill 777 Broadway, Amityville 631 789-8777 Blackbird Grille 553 Old Montauk Hwy. Sayville 631 563-4144

French Cassis 55 Wall St Ste B, Huntington 631 421-4122 Le Soir 825 Montauk Hwy. Bayport 631 472-9090 Bistro 44 44 Main St. Northport 631 262-9744 Bistro 49 1350 Walt Whitman Rd, Melville 631 423-1600 Mirabelle Restaurant 404 Route 25A, St. James 631 584-5999 Voila The Bistro 244 Lake Ave, St. James 631 584-5686

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Tellers Chophouse in Islip


ery few restaurants on the island can match the decor and the cuisine of Tellers Chophouse in Islip. Among the world class cuisine that they’re grilling up, the location is like no other on the island. Housed in an old bank, this is the perfect go-to spot for a power-lunch or romantic night out. Everything about Tellers is sophisticated. Before moving on to your table, you can set up for a drink at their bar area, called The Gold Bar. The bar is paneled in dark woods with comfortable lounge chairs in the back and a long, sophisticated bar for you to pull up to and have a seat at. The location; an old bank, still has the bank vault in the back of the restaurant. Instead of housing stocks, bonds and cash, it is now taking care of the restaurant’s long wine list. We’ve ventured inside and it’s quite impressive and filled with liquid treasures. The Bohlsen Restaurant Group owns and manages the restaurant. In the past few years they’ve expanded their Islip empire by opening

Verace in the building directly next door. You can cross between the two quite quickly and enjoy drinks at one and dinner at the other. While we’ve had occasion to visit Tellers two times over the past two years, we’ve always been impressed with the decor, the staff and the cuisine that we have sampled. The bone-in filet mignon was a first for us and was full of flavor and cooked to perfection. We’d recommend Tellers for a variety of different meals. Whether it’s an after-work drink at The Gold Bar, a romantic dinner in the main dining room or a larger get together in the upstairs semi-private area, we’re pretty sure that you can’t go wrong dining here. 605 Main Street Islip, NY 11751 631-277-7070

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Greek Sayville Aegean Café 35 Main St. Sayville 631 589-5529 Greek Grill 1151 E. Jericho Tpke, Huntington 631 421-3031 Mykonos Greek Café 45 Rt 111, Smithtown 631 979-2000 Scorpios Restaurant 340 New York Ave. Huntington 631 549-8887 Akropolis Greek Restaurant 127 Smithtown Blvd, Nesconset 631 979-0924 Athena 65A Merrick Rd, Amityville 631 691-4607

Opa Greek Restaurant 260 Islip Ave. Islip 631 650-0620

Ciao Baby 204 Jericho Tpke, Commack 631 543-1400

Neraki 273 Main St. Huntington 631 385-3474

Pomodorino 326 W. Jericho Tpke. Huntington 631 425-1196

Gyro Time 354 Larkfield Rd, E. Northport 631 266-3300

Mannino’s Italian Restaurant 169 Commack Rd, Commack 631 462-0909

Souvlaki Palace 57 Commack Rd, Commack 631-858-1482

La Villini 286 Larkfield Rd, East Northport 631 261-6344 Ruvo Restaurant 63 Broadway, Greenlawn 631 261-7700

Italian Porto Vivo 7 Gerard St. Huntington 631 385-8486

Barrique Kitchen and Wine Bar 69 Deer Park Ave, Babylon 631 321-1175

Jonathan’s Ristorante 15 Wall St. Huntington 631-549-0055

Gemelli Ristorante 175 E Main St, Babylon 631 321-6392

“Very Good...filet mignon was super tender...with a splendid bearnaise...succulent pork porterhouse...” JOANNE STARKEY


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The Ghost of Abraham Lincoln

There are many rumors as to the White House being haunted by former presidents. None seem to be as popular as those surrounding President Lincoln. President Theodore Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover and Harry Truman all claimed to have heard knocking on their bedroom doors when no one was there. They all believed it to be the ghost of Lincoln. Calvin Coolidge's wife reported seeing Lincoln in the Oval office staring out the window with his hands folded behind his back. Lincoln's biographer, Carl Sandburg, claimed to 'feel a strong presence' of Lincoln in this same area. During Franklin D. Roosevelt's administration the ghost of Lincoln seemed to be most active. Lincoln's former bedroom had been turned into a study for first lady Eleanor, who reported having the feeling that someone was watching her. A maid saw Lincoln sitting on a bed pulling off his shoes. Queen Wilhelmina was a guest at the White House and was awakened by a knock at her bedroom door. When she got up and opened it she saw the ghost of Lincoln standing before her, and fainted from the site. Sir Winston Churchill saw Lincoln after climbing out of the bath. Churchill responded, "Good evening Mr. President. You seem to have me at a disadvantage." The ghost smiled, looked away and then disappeared. Since the Truman administration there have been less reports. Lyndon B. Johnson claimed to have spoken to Lincoln's ghost,

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and Ronald Reagan's daughter Maureen and her husband saw 'a transparent figure' several times in Lincoln's old bedroom. At Lincoln’s gravesite many have claimed to hear weeping, footsteps and voices. At the homestead in Springfield, visitors have seen the figure of a tall, thin man holding the hand of a little boy, which is believed to be Lincoln’s young son Willie. Others have felt cold spots, while some have been touched by an invisible person. There have been reports of objects moving around, music being played from unknown sources, and mysterious voices. At Ford's Theatre footsteps have been heard, as well as strange sounds, laughter, and crying. Apparitions of Lincoln and Booth have appeared. During performances many actors have reported seeing lights mysteriously flashing in Lincoln's box. A ghostly funeral train carrying the body of Lincoln has been seen by hundreds every April, which marks the anniversary of his death. Interestingly enough, Abe Lincoln himself was 'sensitive' to the spirit world and he often had visions and premonitions including that of his own death, just ten days before his assassination. Six-time, award winning author Kerriann Flanagan Brosky, best known for her Ghosts of Long Island books, has been featured in a number of publications, and has appeared on radio and television. She is the co-host of the blogtalk radio show, “The Kerriann & Joe Show – Spirit Connection.” Her debut novel, The Medal, a work of inspirational fiction is her latest book.

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Spring Renovation Time Whenever we think of renovating our homes or landscape, it can seem like an overwhelming task facing us. If you desire to have a fresh new look but dread putting it together, there are several considerations that can make the job easier and even enjoyable. You will also add value to your home and may inspire your neighbors to spruce up their property as well. When I decided to renovate the front foundation planting of my home, I found the easiest thing for me to do was to remove all the existing plant material from the bed and start with a brand new planting. You can try to visualize the final look you may want but sometimes it can be difficult to achieve it when you have to work around existing plants. Many factors may determine whether you want to keep some of what is planted there already or whether you want to transplant or remove them entirely. For example, if you have a favorite specimen tree or shrub, then you may choose to incorporate other plants around it. You may encounter roots that need to be removed if they interfere with preparing the new area. The benefit of keeping some of the existing plants is that they can add a more established look and enhance the appearance of a new planting bed. You may want to consider having a landscape designer or professional nursery person either create a design for you or recommend what may be best. The small front planting at my house would be easy to renovate because I decided to keep it simple. I wanted the landscape to complement the Cape Cod style home and since I would be doing

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the job myself I made sure the task at hand was manageable for me. For maintenance purposes, I usually recommend to use shrubs and other plant material that will not demand a lot of pruning or become too overgrown.The area on one side of the front entrance of my house is only 2 ft. wide by 10 ft. long so I did not have much choice but to do a very minimal and simple planting. The other side is 4 foot wide by 15 ft. long, which allowed for me to be a little more creative, but I was still pretty limited. The plants I used needed to be fairly shade tolerant since it is a north facing location. I wanted to be able to work in some perennials that would give some foliage color and contrast well with the shrubs. Keep in mind that you can be your own artist when it comes to what you like personally for your landscape. Adding some large stones for structure or using a trellis with a vine for a vertical effect can enhance some of the problematic areas where you may not know what else to plant. It can be like putting a puzzle together where you may need to shift or rearrange some things along the way. Go ahead and be creative and daring. Once you decide to move forward with renovating, it will be fun and exciting when anticipating the final result. Have a great spring everyone! Alan Stableford is a Certified Nursery and Landscape Professional with New York State (CNLP) and is employed at Atlantic Nurseries in Dix Hills. His interest in wildlife & nature photography has helped to add an extra dimension to the Backyard and Beyond column. Alan can be reached at

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outdoor living • charles h gamarekian

Hardscaping Can Turn a Drive-By Into a Stop and Buy The front of the house is a term associated with restaurant operations outside of the kitchen. It can refer to matters from décor and patron amenities to the attitude and service of a hostess or wait staff. What makes it important to the success of an eatery also likens to the successful sale of a home by making a good first impression. The term commonly used by real estate professionals, sellers and buyers is curb appeal. Upkeep to the exterior of your home and surrounding landscaping creates a positive first impression for potential buyers. When planning actions that can influence curb appeal, homeowners look to painting or siding, planting trees or bushes, spiffing up front entrances, replacing garage doors and updating windows. If you plan to stay in your home for a few more years, then adding a paver driveway and walkway could be the way to go. You’ll not only increase your home’s curb appeal and appraised resale value but also get to enjoy the many added, low-

maintenance benefits associated with pavers. An Interlocking concrete pavement system does not require sealants and other time-consuming treatments as do asphalt driveways; and because of their low absorption rate, pavers are resistant to cracking, spalling, and damage from frost, snow plowing and deicing salts. Concrete pavers are twice as strong as poured concrete and pavers such as those from Cambridge with ArmorTec®, have a broad spectrum of colors that are guaranteed not to fade. They are slip and skid resistant as well. Cambridge buyers get the added value of a fully-transferrable lifetime warranty — a bonus when the time comes to sell your home. The rise in the popularity of interlocking concrete pavements has been attributed to their visual appeal and design flexibility. Focus groups conducted by leading manufacturers bear out that homeowners prefer pavers over poured concrete because of the limitless pattern designs as well as the color and texture possibilities that are available to them. The ability to complete a well-coordinated landscape design also plays a role in final decisions. Depending on specific characteristics of your property, you may also want to consider a wall system with decorative columns for added visual appeal. Wall systems can be applied to properties with unattractive or sloping front yards, around trees and garden beds, and to build steps. The colors, styles and textures, when selected from the same manufacturer as the pavers, will assure a matching or distinctly coordinated result. Whether in front of your home or in the backyard, hardscaped exterior living spaces are the hottest trend going right now. More and more homeowners are considering their options. The great thing about a hardscaping project is that you can get it done in phases with cutoff points, so that the project is done within your budget and doesn’t look incomplete in the process. For example, this year you could add a paver driveway and next year have a front or side walkway installed. Whatever you decide, enlist the help of a contractor or landscape designer, be sure to do your homework first, and become familiar with the brands that are in the marketplace in addition to the reputation of the installer whose services you plan to engage. Be sure to ask for references and check into the company’s past work especially with the pavingstone manufacturer you choose.

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