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December 2013

Long Island’s Lifestyle, Arts & Entertainment Magazine

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Cover Artist


Jo-Ann Corretti

o-Ann Corretti, Long Island Full time Professional Artist for 35 years. Jo-Ann has painted "Our Favorite Places" such as the Long Island's Lighthouses, Historic Villages, Harbors, Ocean Beaches & Coastline. Commissions are her specialty and she has painted over 400 Home & Garden Portraits in all seasons. Her exhibits are Island wide, and collectors world wide. Jo-Ann's latest creative project is Painting Beautiful little Holiday scenes of each town & village...She then sprinkles them with a sparkling dust so they twinkle in home lighting. They are called "The Holiday Magic Collection" and they are a big favorite for holiday gift giving. She is becoming known as the Holiday/Christmas Artist with every year adding more Holiday paintings to her collection. The Wine Cellar on Main in Northport is exhibiting Jo-Ann's "Favorite Places Collection until Jan. 6th, and they are hosting a reception on Dec. 4th, 8pm for all. She will also be displaying & selling a large variety of Northport scenes, & holiday cards at the Northport High School Holiday Fair on Dec. 7th & 8th. 10am-5pm. To order from her website: www. or 631 786-3467

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December 2013 6 Cover Artist 12 Art Galleries 15 What’s Trending 17 Beauty 18 Featured Merchant: Carole’s Corner 20 2013 Holiday Guide 24 Community Events Calendar 26 Eye on the Arts

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Pg. 26 28 Art & Music 30 Moey’s Fairytale Adventure 35 Fitness 38 Outdoor Living 40 Kerriann’s Corner 45 Good Eats 50 Featured Holiday Cocktail 52 Live Music & Nightlife 57 Huntington Eats: Dining Guide • 9

From the Publisher

village staff Associate Publisher Jeanne Murphy Creative Director Nicole Savalli Customer Relations Sean Carroll Social Media j. murphy creative marketing Marygrace Foti Distribution Michael Savalli

We still have the holidays before us as I write my final publisher’s letter of the year. We’ve enjoyed a Fall filled with one gorgeous day after another, and we can only hope that the winter will be short and sweet. I have to start off with apologies to last months Huntington cover artist, James Miceli. After creating that amazing Billy Joel cover on a moments notice, his bio and credit were inadvertently left out of the issue. We’ve included it here, along with a look back on some of the other covers that he has created for us over the years. James has been a contributing artist since the start of Village Connection, and we always know that we are going to be thrilled with anything that he does for us. You will also read about another favorite of ours, Jo-Ann Coretti. Jo-Ann has been featured on many Village Connection covers, and has become our go to holiday cover artist on many occasions. We hope you enjoy reading about them both as well as the other artists that are featured in this issue. December is a busy month, and it’s already under way. We’ve featured some of our favorite upcoming events in this issue, along with the best places for nightlife and entertainment throughout the month. While it’s the time spent together that matters most during this time, there is something special about choosing a gift to express to someone that they are meaningful in your life. Luckily for us, we have so many unique places to choose from, and the holiday gift guide in this issue offers a few suggestions for those last minute purchases. I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all of our readers and our advertisers a very Happy Holiday Season. Regardless of the specific holiday, the common thread of celebrating the things that matter to us most, surrounded by family and friends, is something that we all share. Here’s to your old traditions and the new memories that you are going to make. Have a safe and wonderful holiday season. I’ll see you in the Village,

Jim Savalli 631.988.5465

Contributing Writers Adriana Vater, Nick Radesca, Charles H. Gamarekian, Alan Stableford, Elise Pearlman, Mary Ann Dellinger, Kathleen Tafti PT, MS, CSCS, Joanne Kois, Hillary Call, Kerriann Flanagan Brosky, Laura Curcio-Greenfield, Glenn Andreiev, Ralph Rivera, Mark Levine, Rich Rivkin Huntington Township Edition Centerport, Cold Spring Harbor, Commack, Dix Hills, East Northport, Elwood, Fort Salonga, Greenlawn, Halesite, Hauppauge, Huntington Station, Huntington, Melville, Smithtown, South Huntington, St. James Babylon Township Edition Bay Shore, Bohemia, Copiague, Deer Park, East Farmingdale, Fire Island, Gilgo, North Amityville, North Babylon, North Lindenhurst, Oak Beach– Captree, Oakdale, Savyville, West Babylon, Wheatley Heights, Wyandanch Contact Information Phone 631-988-5465 Published by: Village Connection Magazine, Inc. 93 Main Street Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724

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. ©2013 Village Connection Magazine, Inc.

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A musician’s art / an artist’s music. James Miceli is a graphic artist and musician living in Huntington Village. He has been a featured cover artist with Village Connection many times over the past eight years. Pictured below are some of his past covers where music and musicians play an important role. By day James creates websites, logos, packaging and more at his art and graphic design studio. You can see some of his work at By night James is a freelance jazz and funk saxophone player. He plays with Richard Rabatin’s Whiskey Rebellion and is a member of SwingTime, an authentic 30s and 40s style swing band. In Huntington, you’ll find James playing once a month at Porto Vivo with his trio and singer Freddy Martin. Check them out on Friday, December 13th.

James Miceli

Published art for Village Connection: First cover in 2005, Summer Guide, last month’s cover - Billy Joel, Saxophone art, Elvis Costello at the Paramount editorial, Electrified Guitar, BBKing, Dizzy Gillespie.

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laura curcio-greenfield • what’s trending

3 1 0 2 s d n e r T y a Holid The holidays are among us and along with what to buy everyone on our list…we wonder what to wear to all our holiday events. If your holiday party is in a restaurant or a neighbor’s get together, try a great going out to dinner top paired with skinny jeans, velvet skinnys or mixed media leggings. This look works great with heels, we love stilettos, they make your legs look long and lean. Your tops can be sequined or go for color. The colors of the season are jewel toned. Emerald, or amethyst. If these are out of your comfort zone, try burgundy, It’s a great seasonal color and it’s very on trend …think of it as your “new black”. Leather is everywhere this season…skirts and pants…leather blazers….it’s all on trend and so fabulous. We are loving the high waist leather skirts as well as leather and ponte leggings with a great embellished top. Another option, jeans and a graphic tee topped with a leather blazer. If you don’t want leather as the main stay of your outfit…use it in your accessories. Leather cuffs are in, cuffs with studs…even better. If you have been invited to a cocktail party, make an entrance with a great dress or flirty skirt. Lace is right on trend and you guessed it, works well with leather. Leather and lace is very fitting this season, as are dresses with sequin detail or metallic accents. Another great option is red. I have personally always loved red this time of year. Think of it as standing out in a crowd of black. Of course , black is always in. For an updated look, try to mix in an animal print accessory or a metallic stocking and you will instantly update your little black dress. If your are coming from the office…swap out tights and flats for metallic stockings and heels or booties. Change up your accessories by adding some bold colored jewelry and trade in your handbag for a great statement clutch. Party on and see you in 2014!

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adriana vater • beauty

Practical Holiday Advice for the Beauty Maven


oliday Party Season is here! So, how many fun hairstyles do you have in your beauty arsenal to wow the crowd? Here are some tips on simple can-do hairstyles to keep you looking gorgeous and fresh throughout the bustling season. There is nothing more practical and easy-to-do than all kinds of braided hairstyles. Be creative and add your own details and hair accessories. Opt for a simple braided hairstyle or go for a twin braids with a part in the middle. Milkmaid braids, waterfall and side-swept braided hairstyles are also hot this holiday season. But, if you spent your summer in a braid and are looking for something new; ballerina buns are the way to go for a romantic, feminine look. Think Audry Hepburn and try a deep-side swept, high bun style. Whether big or small, messy or sleek. . .a bun is the perfect style that will take you from work to play. And, now that you have mastered your hair, try something out of the box, instead of immediately reaching for your trusty LBD (Little Black Dress), we're indulging this season's obsession with red! That’s right: the LRD! It gives off a much more holiday-appropriate vibe that bodes well for mixing with dark opaque tights, don’t you think? So, if you have a little money left in your shopping budget, splurge on the perfect LRD.

Speaking of shopping. . . keep in mind, the holidays aren’t only a festive time to break out pretty party dresses and bold red lipstick, it's also the time of the year to think about that perfect gift for your loved ones. There are all sorts of wonderful things people can give to each other but nothing is as personal or special as giving them a gift that evokes an experience and creates a long-lasting memory. So, forget the material things -- reindeer sweaters, clunky toys and stocking stuffers. Shop practical! If you know somebody goes to a specific spa for a professional treatment, why not give them something they can use all year long, as opposed to a tchotchke. Gift cards in any denomination make the perfect gift. It gives your loved one an opportunity to unwind and totally relax on their time. Go ahead and pamper your loved one with the gift of spa. Whether as part of a hair color, hair-cut, facial or Aveda Stress-Fix™ massage treatment, gift cards allow them to choose how they want to spend their gift and day.

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. • 17

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If you want to get your sparkle back, head into Carole’s Corner Fine Jewelry Boutique located on 25A in Northport, New York. Owner Carole Singer will soon be celebrating 30 years in the jewelry business. Her boutique specializes in unique collections in gold, sterling and platinum. All fine and fashion pieces in the store are handpicked by Carole as she visits Manhattan's Diamond District every week, mining the newest designs in jewelry. Carole also attends the international jewelry trade shows every season. Customers and friends come back to Carole's again and again for the beautiful selection of jewelry, expert repairs and personalized, friendly service. “It's been my pleasure to bring new and different treasures in jewelry to my friends and customers!” she said. The holiday season is here and Carole's Corner Fine Jewelry Boutique is the go-to place for gift giving. You'll find something special for everyone, and for every budget, at Carole’s Corner. Story bracelets by Kranz & Ziegler are hot this holiday season. Colorful, playful and unique, these bracelets are an elegant addition to

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Mercedes-Benz of Huntington Celebrates

The Grandest of Grand Re-Openings! The stars were shining brightly on October 24th, as Mercedes-Benz of Huntington celebrated the grand reopening of their new luxurious multi -level showroom. Jim Buzzetta, owner of Mercedes-Benz of Huntington, and Huntington Town Supervisor Frank Petrone, kicked off the festivities with a ribbon cutting. The celebration included a night filled with culinary delights, served with a selection of Long Island wines as well as craft beer provided by Crooked Ladder Brewing in Riverhead. The redesigned showroom provided the perfect setting to display the new 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class and the new Mercedes-Benz S class; both were show stoppers. Check out the new space, and test drive them for yourself to experience the luxury first hand. Mercedes-Benz of Huntington is located at 1103 East Jericho Turnpike in Huntington. Call 1-855-677-5463 or visit online at

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Smithtown Holiday Luncheon and Boutique

Friday, December 6th • 11am - 2pm Smithtown Historical Society • 239 Middle Country Road, Smithtown, NY 631 265-6768 Start celebrating the season with good food & great company in the Frank Brush Barn. Traditional Tetrazzini lunch with all the fixings make this time honored meal a favorite. Shop the boutique with a wide selection of unique and handcrafted gift items. (Call for reservations $15.00)

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Holiday Dinner at Vanderbilt Mansion

This very popular tradition held in the elegant Vanderbilt Mansion, festively decorated for the holidays, tickets are $100 per person; members receive a 10% discount. This event sells out quickly, so early reservations are strongly recommended. Saturday, December 7th • 6:00 and 8:00 p.m 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport, NY

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Annual Reenactment of the Flying Santa

Saturday, Deccember 14th • 1:30AM - 12:30PM Fire Island Lighthouse • Robert Moses Field 5 , Fire Island, NY 631 661-4876 Relive this historic event with the Lighthouse Keeper that was here over 50 years ago. Santa arrives at the Lighthouse. Great photo op! (Free admission)

Huntington’s Annual Historic Holiday House Tour

The Huntington Historical Society’s annual Historic Holiday House Tour has become the kick-off event for the holiday season for many Long Islanders. Again this year, the tour will feature 5 private historic homes in the Town of Huntington that the public will see for the first time. As in the past, many of the houses have a historical significance. The 2013 Huntington Historical Society’s annual house tour will again give the visitors a glimpse of the houses built and the families that owned them throughout Huntington’s history. The holiday decorations add to the enjoyment of the season. Tickets are limited and should be purchased in advance. A ticket and map of the locations of this year’s houses and a brochure describing the houses will be mailed to you. Visit for more information. Sunday, December 8th • 12 - 4pm Conklin House Museum 2 High Street, Huntington Village, NY


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Eileen Ivers - An Nollaig, An Irish Christmas

Eileen Ivers captures the spirit and magic of the season in her heartwarming holiday show. The performance features traditional Irish songs, original tunes and holiday favorites specially arranged by Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul such as “The Holly Tree” and “Don Oiche Ud I mBeithil” (One Night in Bethlehem). An Nollaig is a special celebration for all ages. (Admission: Reserved Seating: $45.00 VIP • Member $40.00) Friday, December 13th • 8pm Boulton Center for the Arts of the Great South Bay-YMCA 37 West Main Street , Bay Shore, NY

Holiday Weekend at Coe Hall

Experience Coe Hall decorated in holiday style. See Santa, the Madrigal Singers, and watch Scrooge (Saturday) or Jack Frost (Sunday) by the Plaza Theater Productions in the Great Hall. Show times are at 2:30. Take time to visit the beautiful Poinsettia & Cyclamen Greenhouse Display open from 10-4. Gingerbread House making sessions will be going on from 11-4 in the servant’s dining room at Coe Hall. Please enjoy juice and cookies while you make your own gingerbread house to take home. December 14 & 15 • 11am - 4pm 1395 Planting Fields Rd, Oyster Bay, NY • 25

eye on the arts • elise pearlman

Winterfest in Northport: Holiday Decorating at its Best

Northport Village has been transformed into a storybook town for Winterfest, the month-long celebration sponsored by the Northport Chamber of Commerce which runs through December. Parking meters done up like giant candy canes, and elaborately decorated store windows are some of the wonders that visitors will enjoy throughout holiday season. For the delight of both young and old, a strolling Santa will be in town from December 16-23, and caroling school children will enliven Main Street with song during the week before Christmas. Thanks to the Chamber’s ‘Holiday Doors of Northport,’ contest, those who venture into town can expect to be particularly impressed by the gaily adorned entrances to both businesses and residences. The Robert Krueger Bandstand in Northport Village Park will be done up with lights, transforming this beloved landmark into a brightly colored holiday confection. Check out the charming Christmas vignette that has graced the window of Northport Sweet Shop for as long as I can remember. This window, which takes on a decidedly rosy glow for the holidays, features a large, welcoming plastic Santa, coupled with a vintage paper lithograph of the jolly old elf, and a wreath sporting fanciful ornaments. Miniature snow-covered cottages and bottle brush Christmas trees complete this nostalgic scene. Also worthy of admiration and delight is the window of Northport Hardware Store, where the Leg Lamp, a facsimile of the one seen in the cinematic holiday classic, ‘A Christmas Story,” will be displayed during December. If you love seasonal decorating, the Northport Historical Society’s annual holiday house tour is not to be missed. “Homes for the Holidays showcases a handful of vintage homes, including a 1905 Victorian and a circa 1860 residence, charmingly decorated for the season. Of

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particular interest is the circa 1761 Skidmore House, Northport’s oldest home, which has been restored and decorated for the holidays. The cost of the tour, which takes place on Sunday, December 8 from noon to 4 pm, is $25 for members, $30 for non-members. Call the Society at (631) 757-9859 to reserve your spot or drop by the museum, located at 215 Main Street, Northport Village. This event typically sells out so reserve your spot early.

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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Art & Music Kate Kelly is active in the arts community both as a visual artist and a poet, and was recognized as a New York State Woman of Distinction in the Arts 2005 by Senator John Flanagan. She has published her work in numerous small press magazines including Voices International, DICO, Oasis d’Neon, Humanities, Pegasus, PPA Literary Review, Xanadu, and The Long Island Quarterly, and her work has appeared in on-line publications. She is also the author of BARKING AT SUNSPOTS and other poems (Justin Books 1987, 144 pp.) and many chapbooks. She is a featured poet on the CD, inspired by Jack Kerouac, Northport Celebrates Jack, with music by David Amram Kate has presented her work in various places including the Bowery Poetry Club, Bistro Ten 18, the Poetry Barn, the Cinema Arts Centre, as well as in libraries and bookstores. Her visual work has been exhibited in both solo and group shows in Long Island and Manhattan galleries. Kate has studied and performed with the Bare Bones Theater Company in Northport. She was a founding member and first cochair of the Northport Arts Coalition and has served as a curator for numerous exhibits. Visit her website at

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Artist Candace Eaton is an award-winning artist whose paintings have been exhibited at the Hecksher Museum in Huntington, the Islip Museum in East Islip, the Silvermine Guild Arts Center in New Canaan, CT, the National Arts Club and Salmagundi Club in NYC, the Omni Centerm in Uniondale, and the Northport Historical Society in Northport. Her portraits grace many private homes as well as The Diocese of St. Louis, MO., The National Shrine of Devine Mercy in Stockbridge, MA. and St. Philip Neri Church in Northport.

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Candace Eaton As a court artist, her sketches have been aired on News12, WABC, NBC, CBS, FIOS, CNN, Univision, and Telmundo, and sketches have been published in Newsday, The Post, The Daily News and many other local papers. Her court illustrations are in the collections of numerous attorneys and judges. The Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA. has acquired 16 court illustrations of Eaton’s work. Currently the artist does commissioned portraits from her loft on Main Street in Northport. She concurrently is engaged in two major large scale painting series - The American/Icon Archtype Series and the Jazz/Horse Series, an intensely colorful expressionist series. Stephanie Yovino-Folk considers herself a classically trained artist with a modern expressionist style. Her work is rarely a blend of hues that form easily digestible imagery. Instead, SLY’s creations are uncomfortable and honest, even ugly at times. She draws her inspiration

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from emotions and deep desires. Using a linear composition and saturated colors, Stephanie creates in almost a design-like style. She has invented her own system of hieroglyphs that only she can translate and uses them in many of her paintings; symbols being an important element in her art. All of her work is extremely personal and always tells the truth of how she is feeling the moment she is creating. Stephanie has been an artist since birth. She doesn’t remember a time when art wasn’t her focus. She grew up in Lloyd Harbor and attended the Huntington School of Fine Arts, after which she went to graduate with her BFA from Syracuse University and MS in Art Administration from Drexel University. During this time she was finding her artistic style and exhibiting extensively. After graduating from her Masters program she opened a local Art Cafe called ASTA. Her vision was to bring the NYC First Friday art openings to Huntington Village. She served fondue and lite fare paired with local wines from LI vineyards while featuring only local artists with monthly exhibits and events. SLY sold that business after two years and began working as the Director of Lumas Gallery in SoHo. She considers this time to be

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The Dix Hills Performing Arts Center presents the World Premiere of “Moey’s Fairytale Adventure” An Original Musical Comedy Fable The Dix Hills Performing Arts Center presents Moey’s Fairytale Adventure, a 60-minute, fun-filled, immersive musical, ideal for children ten years old and younger. The world premiere performances will be held Saturday, Dec. 7th at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 8th at 12:00 noon and 3 p.m. Tickets are just $10, and will have the entire family dancing in the aisles. The play is the brainchild of acclaimed children’s performer Melissa Levis, also known as Moey, and was adapted from a book by authors Leah Lane and Stewart F. Lane, a Tony Award winner. The play is being produced by Bonnie Comley and Alyssa Renzi, and directed by Five Towns College professor and Broadway veteran Marie Danvers. Moey’s Fairytale Adventure introduces children to Tina, a clever young girl, who is on a quest to rescue Storyland from certain doom. Together, Tina and the children will learn to use the power of music and imagination to save Storyland and outwit the Big, Bad Wolf. Melissa Levis is an award-winning children’s songwriter who created the character of Moey in 2005. Sporting her signature pink, sparkly

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For those of us that exercise regularly and love it, it is very easy to forget that our body needs rest. Overtraining can be detrimental to your health. Training for the NYC marathon this year has taught me a lot about giving my body rest. I knew the recommendations for resting your body but never realized what an impact it made on my health and my performance. As I trained I learned that my my body performed better and recovered faster if I took time off from all exercise. When you exercise your muscles break down and you energy storage and fluids get depleted. Glycogen is stored in your muscles and your body uses it to exercise. When you rest you allow your muscles to repair and rebuild themselves and by taking in healthy nutrients allow your body to store more fuel (glycogen). Drinking fluids to replace what was lost during the activity will hydrate your muscles and make your next workout performance even better. The Mayo Clinic states working out anywhere from 75 minutes per week to 300 minutes per week depending on the intensity of the workouts. To get a great workout that causes what we can the “Afterburn” and causes your body to continue to burn calories for 2436 hours after the workout ends you want to do high intensity short duration workouts. So 5 days per week of intense 30 minute workouts will put you right in the middle of what they recommend (at 150 minutes

per week). That means taking 2 days per week off for rest. The two days can be back to back or in between work out days depending how your body feels. Now does this mean you can’t workout 6 days per week? I think that depends on what you are training for and what you are looking to achieve and how you are training. There is a lot of different information available that gives contrasting information. I believe that listening to your body is the most important way to decide if you are not giving your muscles enough rest. If your muscles are really sore and you can rest the next day and workout again the following day then do so. Or perform different exercises than you did the day before. Cross training can help your body by doing different exercises in your daily workouts therefore working the muscles differently and reducing strain on the muscle tissue. However you decide to get rest into your workout routine just make sure you do get rest and take days off and avoid injury and overtraining.

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Hardscaping: Easy Solutions Resolving For Difficult Conditions A New Year’s resolution is a promise that you make to yourself to start doing something good or stop doing something bad on the first day of the year. Resolutions can also encompass taking care of matters around the home that have been neglected or put on the back burner. More challenging chores can include a range of things from removal of storm water build up on a driveway or leveling off a sloping front or backyard to dealing with a host of other annoying and/or problematic conditions. Many times we put off negotiating projects such as these because we don’t exactly know the best solution. Your local hardscape manufacturer, supply yard or professional hardscape contractor may hold the answer you are looking for to help chip away at your list of resolutions for 2014. Weather-related problems rank high on just about any homeowner’s list. For people who reside near water or in areas with higher than normal water tables, controlling storm water is important – and it’s better to be safe than sorry. Many paver manufacturers offer different solutions by offering products that are specially designed for storm water management or have multiple purposes, one being the rapid removal of water build up that can cause flooding. Other benefits are the prevention of erosion and the pollution of local water supplies. When correctly installed, permeable paver products leave openings that allow for storm water drainage and ground water re-charge (a totally green solution). Water runoff can be reduced by as much as 100%. Today’s permeable systems are also aesthetically pleasing and have been tested to deliver a maximum degree of strength to handle both pedestrian and heavy vehicular traffic, making them ideal for walkways, patios and driveways. The pavers are laid out in a variety of patterns with gravel between them. For those living in areas prone to harsh winters, it is refreshing to know that an interlocking concrete pavement system, unlike poured or stamped concrete, is resistant to damage from deicing salts and, because of its low absorption of moisture, will not be affected by frost. By installing a heating system beneath a maintenance-free driveway of concrete pavers, customary winter care such as snow removal and the need to apply deicing salts are eliminated. And because interlocking pavements are set in sand without mortar, access to underground utilities when making repairs to heated systems and around pool decks, is easy. Patching of cracks and blacktop sealing also become maintenance tasks that will no longer be required. If you are planning to install a pool, pond or spa, you can count on the resilience and attractiveness of hardscape products when choosing a coping. Cast stone products like Ledgestone Cast Stone, which come

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in four configurations, can be used to create straight, curved, circular and serpentine designs. Cambridge Curbstone and Edgestone are two efficient solutions for other landscaping projects. The look of Belgium block can be achieved with Curbstone, an alternative to plastic edge restraints, aluminum and wood edging as well as a concrete curb. Cambridge Edgestone is an ideal edging option for mulch beds, gardens and decorative gravel in lieu of concrete, clay brick, molded plastic and wooden ties. Manufactured wallstones are more than just functional, and when properly installed, should in no way be compared to painted or texturefaced, cinderblock landscape wall units that are subject to chipping, peeling, cracking, dislodging and more importantly, structural failure. When compared to natural stone, manufactured wallstones are usually a far less costly material. Because the wallstones are designed to use in a wall system, versatility and ease of installation are also prime factors. According to Freedonia Group, a market research firm in Ohio, America’s demand for landscaping products is projected to grow 6.9 percent per year through 2017. The residential market remains the largest for the overall landscaping category, accounting for 58 percent of sales in 2012. One of the reasons may be that manufacturers here in the United States, although innovative in product development, have increasingly become solutions-based by addressing specific needs of consumers. Noteworthy hardscape product producers such as Cambridge are among the companies committed to this mission by offering educational and professional guidance to designers and installers. If you were to ask me, when it comes to keeping New Years resolutions, we can use all the help we can get.

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Angels and Miracles In this seasons of angels and miracles, do you believe in miracles? Miracles do happen. I know this because I've had one happen to me. It occurred within hours of my father's passing eight years ago. As much as I would like to reveal what that miracle was, I would spoil the ending of my novel The Medal, a work of inspirational fiction, which is based on my own true story. As for angels, they exist as well. Sometimes they may come in the most unlikely of forms, but they are there for a purpose. They're there when we least expect it. They're there to guide us, to console us, to lend a helping hand. Angels are among us, whether they be in earthly form or as celestial beings. Many people claim to have had experiences with angels because they do often take on human form. You may not know that you have encountered an angel until after the interlude. They, like spirit guides and our deceased relatives, are there to help us on our journey, and they are one of God's most precious beings. Sometimes angels appear to us in dreams. Others have reported being saved from burning buildings or terrible car wrecks by someone who appeared "not of this world". Someone I know personally believes that she and her sister were rescued by angels as teenagers when they were swept out to sea in an undertow and were on the verge of drowning. When people have an angel encounter

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they don't know it at the time. As quickly as the "person" appears in time of need, he or she quickly disappears without a trace. It truly is remarkable. As for miracles, sometimes the miracles we are hoping for or praying for, just aren't supposed to happen. Sometimes people are cured of illnesses, and sometimes they’re not. Miracles can come out of hardships. It might not be until years later when you realize or understand the deeper meaning as to why things have happened in your life. Whatever you may believe, miracles and angels are available to all of us, regardless of who we are or what religion we may be. During this season of miracles, let's try to find the good amongst all the bad in the world, and maybe we can make a difference in someone's life. Believe in angels for they are the messengers of miracles.

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It’s Holiday Party Time! What’s trending in holiday parties this year? It’s the “Get Out of the Office Party”! Restaurants are the perfect venue for holiday festivities – decked-out and decorated and lit with twinkling lights—all you have to do is get your jingle on and show-up! Mix and mingle with your friends and co-workers to celebrate and be merry this season. Make your reservations early and let’s get the parties started! Honu Kitchen and Cocktails 363 New York Avenue Huntington Village 631-421-6900 Honu, ever festive and fun, presents a special opportunity for small office/business groups to come together at their Corporate Mixer Holiday Event on Tuesday, December 10. The party (priced at $50 p/p*) begins with a premium open bar and one hour of passed hors d’oeuvres, followed by gourmet food stations and mini-desserts. Drink, eat, socialize with friends, and network with other professionals, while the DJ spins the music for a rockin’ holiday dance party. On Monday, December 23, you are invited to Honu’s Customer Appreciation Dinner Event. Enjoy $5 cocktails, complimentary bar bites from 5-7PM and your choice of 3-courses for dinner from their full seasonal menu---all for $27.95*. When all the tree trimming and gift buying is done, treat yourself to this relaxed, yet festive evening to get together with friends and family and be appreciated as the special guest that you are!

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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


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.

nch • Dinner • Sunday Bruch • Specialty Martinis • Catering

90 Deer Park Ave, Babylon • 631 321-4900 90 Deer Park Ave • Babylon • (631) 321-4900

Post Office Cafe

For over 30 years the Post Office Cafe has been at the center of Babylon Village. Excellent service and outstanding food keep the doors open, as well as a few late night get-together among friends.

130 W Main St, Babylon • 631 669-9224


Barrique is all about enjoying life with good wine and good friends. Reminiscent of a century old win cellar, Barrique Kitchen & Wine Bar, offers global foods, wines and spirits in a lively and welcoming atmosphere with attentive personal service, while letting you, the guest, set the pace. 69 Deer Park Ave, Babylon • 631 321-1175

Bulldog Grill

Bulldog Grill is a full service family restaurant, a place with a great atmosphere, excellent food and friendly staff. Their spacious and comfortable bar is the perfect spot for happy hour cocktails and late night entertainment. 292 Merrick Rd., Amityville • 631-691-1947 • 57


American Post Office Café 130 W Main St, Babylon 631 669-9224 Babylon Carriage House 21 Fire Island Ave, Babylon 631 422-5161 Argyle Grill & Tavern 90 Deer Park Ave, Babylon 631 321-4900 Park Avenue Grill 178 Park Ave, Amityville 631 598-4618 The Blue Lagoon 677 Route 109, West Babylon 631 225-7619 Cornucopia Nosery 194 Park Ave # A, Amityville, NY 11701 (631) 608-4580

Asian Fancy Lee 101 W Main St, Babylon 631 422-6505 Oriental Palace Restaurant 1159 Deer Park Ave, North Babylon 631 243-2745 Tang 903-A Montauk Hwy, Copiague 631 608-9196

Bakery Madame Butterfly Cakes 22 Fire Island Ave, Babylon 631 669-1069

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A&G Bakery Inc. 1350 Deer Park Ave, Ste 2627, North Babylon 631 242-3131 Red Riding Hood Bakery 18 William St, Copiague 631 669-6172 Salvitos Bakery 946 Montauk Hwy, Copiague 631 842-4202

Bar Food Seabreeze Café 470 Fire Island Ave, Babylon 631 669-9790 Giacomo Jack’s 248 S Ketcham Ave, Amityville 631 691-2722 Cafe 51 530 Broadway, Amityville 631 842-5080

Caribbean Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill 777 Broadway, Amityville 631 789-8777


China Buffet City 1114 Deer Park Ave, North Babylon 631 274-0888

Deli Captree Deli 462 Union Blvd, West Islip 631 669-9663 Salpino III Italian Deli 38 Deer Park Ave, Ste 4, North Babylon 631 242-5500 Spanky’s Famous Deli 345 Bay Shore Rd, Deer Park 631 586-0240

Diner Infinity Diner 663 Route 109, West Babylon 631 884-6321 Atlantis Diner 350 Montauk Hwy, West Islip 631 587-2003 Olympic Diner 1536 Deer Park Ave, Deer Park 631 242-1902


Best Kitchen 787 Udall Rd, West Islip 631 422-6919

Roots 399 Montauk Hwy, West Islip 631 587-2844

Long River Chinese Restaurant 351 Union Blvd, West Islip 631 669-4982

Ludlow Bistro 1945 Deer Park Ave, Deer Park 631 667-9595


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Ristorante Italiano Ristorante Italiano POMODORINO Ristorante Italiano


326 West Jericho Turnpike • Huntington, New York 11743

326 West Jericho Turnpike • Huntington, New York 11743


Restaurant for over 17York years! 326 Your WestNeighborhood Jericho Turnpike • Huntington, New 11743 326 West Jericho Turnpike • Huntington, New York 11743 631.425.1196 631.425.1196 • 59

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German The Village Lantern 143 N Wellwood Ave, Lindenhurst 631 225-1690

Greek Greek Garden 6 Grove Pl, Babylon 631 422-4722 Acropolis Souvlaki and Gyro 122 N Carll Ave, Babylon 631 482-8417 Athena 65A Merrick Rd, Amityville 631 691-4607

Irish Lily Flanagan’s 345 Deer Park Ave, Babylon 631 539-0816

Italian Barrique Kitchen and Wine Bar 69 Deer Park Ave, Babylon 631 321-1175 Gemelli Ristorante 175 E Main St, Babylon 631 321-6392 La Famiglia 90 West Main St, Babylon 631 661-0101 Raimo’s 45 Merrick Rd, Amityville 631 608-3260 Café Dolce Vita 1942 Deer Park Ave, Deer Park 631 254-2233

Japanese/Sushi Kabuki Japanese Cuisine 183 S Wellwood Ave, Lindenhurst 631 226-8688

Kotobuki Restaurant 86 Deer Park Ave, Babylon 631 321-8387 Monsoon 48 Deer Park Ave, Babylon 631 587-4400 Sakura 111 Deer Park Ave, Babylon 631 893-1811

Mexican Swell Taco 135 Deer Park Ave, Babylon 631 482-1299 Don Ricardo’s Restaurant 94 East Main St, Babylon 631 321-0194 Green Cactus Mexican Grill 1209 Deer Park Ave, North Babylon 631 242-2008 Tex Mex Express 360 Commack Rd, Deer Park 631 243-2469

Pizza Francesco Pizzeria 29 John St, Babylon 631 587-1340 Mulberry Street 30 E Main St, Babylon 631 321-5980 Albert’s Pizza 1642 Great Neck Rd, Copiague 631 842-6039 Tony’s Pizzeria 1829 Deer Park Ave, Deer Park 631 595-9776 Papa Joe’s Pizza 450 Commack Rd, Deer Park 631 242-8902

Polish Bozena Restaurant 485 W Montauk Hwy, Lindenhurst 631 226-3001 Zagloba Polish Bar & Restaurant 700 Montauk Hwy, Copiague 631 608-0856

Seafood Horace & Sylvia’s Publick House 100 Deer Park Ave, Babylon 631 587-5080 Captree Cove Fish House 21 Fire Island Ave, Babylon 631 376-1866 Pier 44 Restaurant 444 Fire Island Ave, Babylon 631 661-5999 B&B Fish and Clam 179 Merrick Rd, Amityville 631 608-0202 Southside Fish & Clam Restaurant 395 W Montauk Hwy, Lindenhurst 631 226-3322

Steakhouse Joe Michael’s Steak House 262 Deer Park Ave, Babylon 631 321-5580 Texas Roadhouse 502 Commack Rd, Deer Park 631 242-7472

Tapas One Main 1 West Main St, Babylon 631 620-3444

Mangia Pizza 785 Deer Park Ave, Ste C, North Babylon 631 661-6188 • 61

By Mark Levine

Brownstones Coffee in Amityville

Every town on Long Island should have a coffee spot / cafe like Brownstones. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a cup of expertly made coffee (or tea) and to indulge in some tasty breakfast foods as well. It’s a smaller cafe, so if you’re planning on staying for food on the weekends, be prepared for a short wait while the tables turn over; but it’s oh-so-worth-it. Stepping into Brownstones is akin to stepping back into the past. The decor and signage references the 1930′s and it is a cute place to sit, drink and eat. There is a dining room in the same room as the counter, with many tables while in the next room a few booths are littered against the wall to help with any overflow in the main room. Omeletes, pancakes and stuffed french toast dominate the breakfast menu and as such we indulged in the blueberry pancakes, “The Healthiest” omelete (egg whites, tomato, pepper turkey,

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spinach and swiss) and the Mickey Mouse shaped pancakes for the 5-year old with us. The shape of the Mickey Mouse pancakes was enough to get her to eat most of her meal, so we can consider that a win. Easily accessible to most parts of the island, Brownstones in Amityville should be on the list for most people to stop in and sample. A great breakfast / brunch spot is hard to come by these days and when we find one, we latch on and try to let as many people know about it as possible. This is one of those times. Endure the wait and enjoy the coffee, the food and the atmosphere. Brownstones Coffee 55 Merrick Road Amityville, NY 11701 631-608-8627

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