Village Connection Magazine - September 2012

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North Shore’s Most Fashionable Addresses

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September 2012

10 North Shore’s Most Fashionable Addresses 27 Outdoor Living 28 Realty 34 Happily Ever After 36 Fall Fashion Forecast

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42 Fitness 40 Wellness

56 Eye on the Arts

44 Local Exposure

64 Playing it Safe

46 Seniors

66 Backyard & Beyond

48 Huntington History

68 Designer Look

50 The Village Tech-a-holic

72 Car of the Month

52 Northport History

78 Art Galleries and Museums 82 Gala Girl 86 Live at the Paramount 88 Events Calendar 93 Local Kids 94 Long Island Comedy Tweets 96 Astrology 99 Beer Page 36

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John S. Vater has been photographing fashion and beauty for more than 35 years. He began his career shooting for local Long Island press, then made his way to New York City, where he captured the fashion elite on film for top modeling agencies. His work has been featured in Cosmopolitan, Redbook, The New York Times, Studio and Esthetica. John’s work has graced the cover of Newsday and has been showcased in Modern and American Salon Magazines and National Geographic Traveler. Each season John can be seen shooting behind the scenes during New York’s Fashion Week.

Cover Fashions Cream cotton dress with belt by Brunello Cucinelli. Available at Marshs, 270 Main Street, Huntington Village. 24KT pure gold necklace and 18KT yellow gold ring. Available at Zachary’s Fine Jewelry, 264 Main Street, Huntington Village.

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From the Publisher Hey everyone...I'm back. Hopefully, you've missed seeing my Publisher's Letter in this space. I'd hate to think you didn't notice. The fact is that we have been busy here at Village Connection. Somehow the letter gets pushed to deadline day dispite my best intentions. Luckily, with the help of some recent hires, we are back on track and getting ready to grow again (although, I'm still writing this on deadline day). You're all used to seeing pictures of me out and about enjoying all of the events and nightlife around Huntington. This month's photo was taken showing another side of my life, that of a proud dad. Thanks to John Joseph Dowling, Jr., founder of weepwa. com, for capturing these family memories. Nicole, 22, recently graduated college with a degree in psychology. She is now Village Connection's resident shrink and our new designer starting with this issue. Michael, 17, a new senior at Huntington High School is in training to take my job (lol). With summer coming to an end, we look forward to some great events that we have the good fortune to be involved with. On September 1, we are a proud media sponsor of the 6th annual Huntington Lighthouse Music Festival. Then, we're expanding our reach to the South Shore with the September issue as we sponsor the 5th Annual Long Island Family Fun Festival at Tanner Park in Babylon on September 14-16. Look for the ad in this issue for more details. We will be there representing Huntington with a giant basket filled with gift cards from local merchants that will be raffled off to benefit Long Island Cares, The Harry Chapin Food Bank. We are also looking forward to our 10th year as the sponsor of the Village Connection Carnival Stage at the Annual Long Island Fall Festival at Heckscher Park in October. We get involved with all of these events to further promote the Village Connection Magazine across Long Island and further promote our advertisers. 6 • village connection • september 2012

This month, for the first time, our digital edition will be distributed to an audience of over 1,000,000 subscribers through our recent business partnership with BluChip Marketing, making the Village Connection the ONLY digital magazine on Long Island to reach such a large audience. We hope you enjoy this issue, our best one ever! Don't forget to check us out on facebook to follow Village Connection as we grow across Long Island. In the meantime, see you in the Village...


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village connection Publisher - Jim Savalli Associate Publisher - Jeanne Murphy Creative Director - Nicole Savalli Customer Relations - Sean Carroll Graphic Design j. murphy creative marketing Nicole Savalli

Contributing Writers: Adriana Vater; Dr. Stephen Atkins, PhD; David Tuohy, Jr.; Barbara Simons; Nick Radesca; Bob Little; Charles H. Gamarekian; Alex Borg Liddy Yvette; Alan Stableford; Elise Pearlman; Mary Ann Dellinger; Robert Schwartz; Kathleen Tafti PT, MS, CSCS; Danielle Kraese; Dr. Cynthia Paulis; Marilyn Urso; Dr. Janine H. Burns; Adriene Passannante; Alex Caro COVERING LONG ISLAND’S NORTH SHORE Huntington • Cold Spring Harbor • Northport • Greenlawn • Centerport East Northport • Elwood • Commack Dix Hills • Melville • South Huntington • Huntington Station Syosset • Woodbury • East Norwich • Oyster Bay CONTACT INFORMATION Phone 631-759-7590 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. ©2012 Village Connection Magazine, Inc.

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NORTH SHORE STYLE Featuring Some of Long Island’s Most Fashionable Addresses 10 • village connection • september 2012

By John and Adriana Vater, co-founders, Spa Adriana Glamour and exquisite style are the hallmarks of Long Island’s famed North Shore, which boasts some of the most fashionable addresses on the Island -- and was the set for the Fall 2012 Huntington Hot List. Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty provided access to these exclusive and beautiful homes, with lush gardens, stately wine cellars, truly unique properties. Additionally, Daniel Gale licensed associate broker Lisa Lauricella modeled for the photo shoot.

Huntington’s boutiques are where fashionable Long Islanders find the very best in beauty, style and wonderful food. This season the Hot List showed off sizzling animal prints and sultry reds courtesy of Francine’s Fashion Boutique. Jeweltones and neutrals in intricate, luxe fabrics will also be key for fall fashion, brought to you by Marshs of Huntington. Longer necklaces pair with sparkly, yet subtle, designs for the wrist from Zachary’s Fine Jewelry. Wardrobe coordinator Petagaye Powell brought it all together beautifully.

Jamie is red-hot for any season in this one-shoulder dress that is fabulous for the upcoming holidays. Designer Issue by N.Y. Collection. Available at Francine’s Fashion Boutique

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pa Adriana’s new beauty collection Gold Coast Girls is all about refined, elegant beauty. Hair is sleek, with longer lengths and sideswept bangs. For autumn, hair sports a shorter shape with lengths that show off the collarbone. Grown-out fringe is beautifully swept to the side. Honey blondes and cinnamons added to underneath layers give a peek-a-boo effect reminiscent of the colors of fall foliage. Thicker, fuller hair is key this season. Luxurious petal tones grounded by neutrals are the sophisticated palette for eyes, lips and cheeks. Be playful: enjoy color-saturated lips or richly contoured eyes – or both. Catshaped contouring elongates the eyes, while feminine colors and soft blending keep the look sophisticated.

Sam wears a cap sleeve magenta silk dress with gold ring at neck by Roberto Cavalli, available at Marsh’s. 14KT silver & 1.69CT diamond earrings, 14KT Silver & .77CT diamond ring, available at Zachary’s Fine Jewelry.

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Multi-Color Dress on Sam (left) is stunning in all of the Fall colors. Great fabric and flattering on any figure. Animal Print on Jamie (right) is still going strong for Fall 2012. Great dress for the office, or add a boot for a fun, funky look. Both dresses by designer Frank Lyman are available at Francine’s Fashion Boutique. Jewelry available at Zachary’s Fine Jewelry. Gourmet olive oil, vinegar and large selection of domestic and imported artisan cheeses from the Ideal Cheese Shop are all available at The Crushed Olive.

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Go Green Energy Savings For Your Home

“Red means stop, green means go;” we learn that axiom as children. When it comes to home energy costs, however, going green can help homeowners put a stop to runaway utility bills. And maximizing your home’s use of natural light, and “green lighting” is a great way to boost your home’s energy efficiency. Here are three ways you can put Mother Nature to work, and use natural light to lower your energy costs: Minimize use of artificial lighting Anyone who’s ever paid an electrical bill knows that the simple act of turning on a light can directly impact your monthly expenses. Homeowners looking for a long-term way to power down their lighting costs may consider Energy Star-qualified skylights a good investment. While skylights' cosmetic appeal can’t be argued, their value goes far beyond good looks. By admitting natural light into your home, skylights can help reduce use of artificial light sources and help you save on electricity costs. Pair powered venting skylights that come with automatic rain sensors with efficiency-enhancing accessories like designer blinds (available in a varied palette of colors and patterns), and you can improve energy efficiency as much as 37 percent. Reduce hot water costs Long gone are the days when solar powering your home was an idealistic, but impractical dream. Solar technology is more useful, accessible and cost-effective than ever. Solar water heating systems

are becoming mainstream, and offer homeowners a great, green way to trim energy costs. What’s more, the cost of installing these systems has been steadily declining as the technology advances, and you may find adding one makes you eligible for tax credits or incentives from your local, state or the federal governments. Make home a healthier place Every year, ill health costs the U.S. economy billions of dollars, experts say, and your own health woes can have a significant impact on your pocketbook. The health benefits of natural light are welldocumented, from reducing the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and promoting the body’s production of Vitamin D, to improving mood and even learning ability. Simply opening blinds and curtains to admit more natural light can directly affect the mood inside your home; not to mention the mental state of the people living in it. Take your green lighting efforts to a higher level by adding venting skylights, and you can also help improve the air quality inside your home. While skylights admit ample natural light, their natural chimney effect works with your windows to bring in and circulate much more healthful fresh air. They also passively vent fumes and dampness that can lead to mold and mildew. By incorporating natural light and passive ventilation into their home decor and improvements, homeowners can put the brakes on rising utility costs and give the green light to energy savings.

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The North Shore’s most fashionable addresses offer a stunning array of outdoor spaces for friend and family get-togethers, al fresco dining, and overall fun in the sun. Whether your outdoor gatherings are small and casual or formal, large-scale events, the perfect outdoor space may be as close as your own backyard.

On Sam: Bogner stripe knit top paired with white Ralph Lauren side-button cotton shorts. On Jamie: White Theory side-tie cotton blouse along with blue Theory cotton pants, all available at Marshs.

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outdoor living • charles h. gamarekian

For those who already have a fully functional outdoor living room in their backyard, the proper treatment of spills, stains and other remnants of summer outdoor get-togethers on pavers, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, outdoor pizza ovens, fire pits and fireplaces will keep everything looking and performing at optimum levels. The treatment of occasional spills, stains and other remnants of summer outdoor get-togethers, when handled quickly and correctly, will not result in unwanted residual outcomes. For stubborn stains from foods such as ketchup, mustard, candy and grease drippings, apply liquid detergent full strength and allow it to penetrate for 20 to 30 minutes. Scrub and rinse with hot water. Applying household detergent and scrubbing with a stiff bristled brush can remove stains from leaves, wood rot, or tobacco. You can also use Simple Green, a non-toxic, all-purpose cleaner-degreaser. These products are available in most supermarkets. Note that leaf stains, which normally occur in autumn, will dissipate over time. Take out rust spots with household dish detergent or if needed, Destainer, a product available at Cambridge distributors. Laying a white towel over spilled wax from insect-repellent candles and running a hot iron over them can lift the drippings. The lifted wax lift and transfer onto the towel. When considering a material for an outdoor countertop, granite is

your best bet with regard to controlling outdoor maintenance needs. It will hold up to use, abuse, and weather conditions better than other surfaces. For countertop maintenance, a sealer can be as much benefit as indoors to help prevent stains, however, when outside, a granite top has an advantage; the rain and sun have a way of eliminating stains over time, so sealing may not be necessary. To clean the surface of stainless steel appliances, rinse with warm, soapy water. For heavier cleanups, use a safe, non-abrasive sponge. Avoid exposing your appliances to strong or caustic chemicals, such as paint removers, oven cleaners, etc. Remove excess moisture on the surfaces of your grill, access doors or other outdoor kitchen appliances. For optimum results when cleaning the exterior surfaces, be sure to rub in the direction of finish lines of the grain in the stainless steel. Charles H. Gamarekian is the Chairman/CEO of Cambridge Pavers, Inc. He is recognized worldwide as an expert in his field and is a frequent speaker on the proper installation of paving stones, wall stones and many outdoor living products. Email him at

Lisa wears a burgundy one-sleeve drape dress by Helmut Lang, available at Marshs. 18KT white-gold, diamond pendant with chain and bangle available at Zachary’s Fine Jewelry.

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By Marilyn Urso, CRB,GREEN,GRI,e-PRO,SRES Lic. R.E. Broker/Owner Long Island Village Realty, Inc.


n today’s changing real estate market there are many factors to consider when pricing a home to sell. Location, property details, condition, amenities, etc. all play an integral part. Every home is someone’s “castle” and they attach a certain value to it. Buyers have a different view and, since many are looking for a “bargain,” they also have a different value. But the real value has to be calculated by comparing your home to other homes that have recently sold in your area which have similar features and amenities. This is the job of your real estate agent and, once the home is in contract, the bank’s appraiser. In the current market, we have experienced an appraisal dilemma of sorts. Homeowners have had to make a price adjustment after they are in contract due to a lower appraisal value than the actual sale price that the buyers were willing to pay. Buyers are not willing to “make up the difference,” so the seller has to compromise on his end. This is especially common when the buyers have a low down payment, 10% or less. So what’s a homeowner to do? The obvious answer is to work with a professional who will give you a true value for your home… not just the number you want to hear. Don’t let the agent “buy your listing” by telling you it’s worth more than it really is. And certainly get at least three opinions before you sign on the dotted line. How do you determine your price? Look at the data and comparable home sales information the agents provide for you. You can also do your homework and look on the web , but beware since not all of the data is 100% accurate. For home sales on Long island, is your best resource. It has the latest information on home sales and prices and lots of great pictures of the “comps” that will give you an idea regarding your home’s value. There are other sites like Zillow & Trulia that give ‘zestimates’ and property value guides, but “they’re not from here.” Long Island is a unique geographic area with several layers of towns & villages that don’t fit into the algorithms these sites use. A single zip code on Long Island can cover several diverse and very unique towns and villages with very different property values. That’s why we recommend the data from, which by the way is what your local REALTOR will be using along with their personal knowledge of the local homes that have sold. If you’re thinking about selling, start doing some of your own research. Start with the tax department of your town; what value do they have for your home? It is public information and can be searched on all the town websites by address. Compare your home’s value to your neighbors. In Nassau County, provides comprehensive property assessment data for the entire county and is a great resource & starting point for determining your home’s value. And yes, the buyers are checking out this information also.

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If you feel your home is worth more than the tax data indicates, get the documentation and information to back up your opinion. Keep any receipts for enhancements and improvements from major renovations to simple appliance replacements. Know why your home is “worth more” than your neighbor’s. And remember, not everything that costs you more adds more value. For example: if 2 identical homes had well water, but one of them had to pay$10,000 more to drill the well, that home would not have a value that is $10,000 higher because the end result is the same …water for the home. The last suggestion is to consider spending the money to have a licensed appraiser with local area knowledge come in prior to putting the home on the market to find out what value they would give your home. This will at least give you an indication of what to expect when you are in contract and the mortgage process begins for the buyer. To close on a positive note, I’m happy to report that home sales in our area are up from the same time period last year. In Huntington, there were 168 homes sold from January 1st to July 31 this year compared to 146 last year, a 15% increase. For Syosset, home sales increased by 47.5% from 82 in 2011 to 121 in 2012. According to Lawrence Yun, National Association of REALTORS chief economist, the bigger story is lower inventory and the recovery in home prices. “Despite the frictions related to obtaining mortgages, buyer interest remains solid. But inventory continues to shrink and that is limiting buying opportunities. This, in turn, is pushing up home prices in many markets,” he said. “The price improvement also results from fewer distressed homes in the sales mix.” These comments do apply to our local markets. So if you are thinking of selling, do your homework and consult your local REALTORs. Remember, no matter what the market, “incorrectly priced homes will not attract buyers.”

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This is the home that will put you on the Gold Coast map! 'Sterling Ridge,' a 1935 Colonial Revival Brick Manor Home is set on 2.37 professionally landscaped level acres. This stately Georgian Colonial offers 8 Bedrooms, including a Master Suite with his and hers baths, walk-in-closet, and balcony overlooking the plush lawns and meticulously landscaped property. The New Gourmet Kitchen has granite counters, stainless appliances, gas cooking & a true butler's pantry. The home also features a Banquet Size Dining Room, an Entertainer's Dream Living Room with fireplace and French Doors to patio and yard, as well as a Shakespearean library with rich wood paneling and a fireplace.

The home boasts a total of 6.5 completely new bathrooms as well as 5 working fireplaces. Other amenities include CAC, hardwood floors, vintage moldings & hardware, new Andersen Renewal Windows, 5,200 sqft living space plus a 1,200 sqft unfinished 3rd floor bonus room. A Swimming Pool with his & hers Cabana completes the picture. Located in the Acclaimed Syosset School District and convenient to Town, LIRR and major highways, this fine home truly offers yesterday's elegance and today's modern amenities. This amazing home is offered at $2,488,000. Call today for a private showing. Long Island Village Realty 516-921-0220 @ LIVillageRealty.

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SECTION CREDITS Photography & Editorial Concept - John Vater Creative Director, Hair & Makeup - Adriana Vater and her Creative Team Wardrobe, Fashion Stylist - Tia Powell Clothing Provided by: Marshs 270 Main Street Huntington Village 631-423-1660 Francine's Fashion Boutique 5 Green Street Huntington Village 631-629-4364 Jewelry Provided by: Zachary's Fine Jewelry 264 Main Street Huntington Village 631-673-2200

Jamie in a grey Ralph Lauren off shoulder knit top paired with grey Ralph Lauren riding pants. Available at Marsh’s, Huntington Village

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ON LOCATION Property featured on pages 1, 2, 8 (bottom), 12, 17, 18, 19 (bottom), 20 & 23 is “Shore Road” in Cold Spring Harbor, offered at $5,500,000. Contact Margy Hargraves at 516-384-4011 or Donna Scala at 516-816-7783 for more information. Property Featured on pages 9 & 10 is in Huntington Bay and is offered at $1,999,000. Contact Maria Boccard at 631-834-5713 for more information. Property featured on pages 8 (top) and 19 (top) is “Burrwood” in Lloyd Harbor, offered at $14,750,000. Contact Peggy Moriarty at 516-769-2843 or Laura Zambratto at 917-822-4360.

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happily ever after • dr. janine h. burns

Wedding Tip #14: Choosing Your Ceremony Reading A terrific way to personalize your ceremony is to choose a ceremony reading(s) that is authentic in reflecting the beauty and love of your relationship. It should also reflect the feel that you want for your ceremony. A reading can make your ceremony more secular or more spiritual depending upon your desires. And, if you want a shorter ceremony, a reading will round it out and make it appear to be longer. There are many wonderful sources to find suitable readings: song lyrics, poetry, excerpts from literature or scriptures and my favorite: greeting cards. You can do a “Google” search for such topics as wedding poetry, wedding literature, and wedding readings. If you like a particular reading that you’ve heard many times before, you can change it up by writing an introduction. Adding a sentence or two to the beginning of the reading will make it appear “fresh.” After you have made a few selections, have someone read it aloud to you. Reading or speaking something gives it a whole different feel since the spoken word has a much greater impact than merely reading it. In choosing your reader, look for someone with a good speaking voice so they can make the words come alive. They, of course, must be comfortable in front of a crowd. Many couples choose an Aunt or Uncle, or the person who introduced them to one another to present their reading. Finally, you may want to put together a Program and include your reading in it. I have a list of Poems and an additional list of Readings, which I am happy to send upon request.

Enjoy the process of getting married!

Dr. Janine H. Burns, Interfaith Chaplain, Spiritual Coach, graduated from Emerson Theological Institute. She loves to perform weddings and other ceremonies. Check out her website at

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Fall Fashion Forecast Since 1943, when the first New York Fashion week was held, the entire fashion industry comes alive in the month of September. Traditionally every major house or designer introduced their Spring/Summer collections with shows starting in New York in September and ending in Paris in October/November. Fashion weeks are held several months in advance of the season to allow the press and buyers a chance to preview fashion designs for the following season. In addition, it gives retailers time to purchase the designs to add into their retail establishments. All of the latest collections are covered in magazines such as Vogue. The long awaited September issue of every serious fashion magazine is usually the largest of the year. As a matter of fact, Vogue is holding a contest this year to guess how many pages the Sept 2012 issue will be! Most importantly, these shows let the industry know what's "in" and what's "out" for the year. That being said, here are some of the hottest forecasts for the coming season: 1. Burgundy is the new black. In shades of deep spiced wine to russet red, raspberry to rich sangria, burgundy ruled the runway. There’s a shade to flatter everyone whether it’s a bold statement piece or subtle accessory. 2. Winter white: On the complete opposite end of the spectrum, the stark all white palette also took center stage. From sheaths to minis, a thin black belt was the accessory of choice to tie it all together. 3. If it Aint Baroque: Opulence and baroque were often used to describe the heavily beaded pieces shown by Dolce & Gabbana, Lanvin and several high end designers. The use of brocade and embroidered details gave a nod to old-world techniques applied to modern pieces. 4. Military: We love a woman in a uniform, and apparently the designers do too! With the overwhelming trend being feminine and glitzy, the balance for the season is with a masculine military piece 5. Glossy Leather: High sheen, shiny, patent leather was the fabric of choice. It appeared in everything from stiff glossy pieces to monochromatic head to toe looks in colors ranging from hot pink, to yellow and grey. 6. Oversized hats: From the almost comical to the floppy boho, oversized hats are back in a big way. The 70s inspired wide brimmed wool felt hat will be the most wearable hat of choice for both warmth and style in a variety of shapes and colors.

Adriene Passannante is the owner of Lotus Vintage, an online vintage clothing boutique. She is a stylist, certified yoga teacher and admitted vintage fanatic. She has been selling vintage for close to 10 years, and recently opened a store in Huntington Village at 12 West Carver Street. Visit the store online at

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wellness • dr. stephen atkins

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Health is best defined as the optimal functioning of an organism. Disease is the body’s extraordinary effort to rid itself of all encumbrances that impede its natural functions. The miraculous healing imperative of the body will actually redirect its energies to detoxification and healing while preempting other functions. This process results in what we call the signs and symptoms of disease. The two fundamental requirements for optimal functioning: • The body must be free of waste and all other impediments • All of the raw materials required for continual repair and renewal must be available Enhancing the immune system is fundamental to eliminating cancer. Any thing or condition which would impair or obstruct the natural renewal machinery must be eliminated in order for healing to occur. The most basic metabolic waste product distributed throughout the body is acid (low pH). • It changes the structure and therefore the function of most proteins in the body • The types of proteins involved are structural, transport, receptors, hormones, enzymes, hemoglobin, etc. • Acid/pH therefore affects essentially every aspect of cellular function, organ function and organ-system function. • It thickens the blood which slows or prevents circulation to vital organs. • It uses up the oxygen. • Bone loss occurs. • Heart fibrillation (beats erratically) occurs. There are many biochemical systems within the body designed to keep the blood and the fluid that bathes the cells from becoming acidic. The elimination of impediments includes ridding the body of cells that have become abnormal in their adaptation to continued toxic assaults (cancer). Nature has provided all of the raw materials necessary for growth, repair and renewal and each organism lives within an environment that provides these materials in abundance as food, water and oxygen (or other gases). The natural diet for humans is one that supplies an abundance of food substances which upon being metabolized result in an alkaline system. From approximately 1000 to 10,000 times per day an average cell in the human body receives DNA assaults which are potentially cancer-causing breakages. The approximate 20 trillion cells of the human immune system work every second of every day to repair

the damage from these assaults as well as eliminate cells that have fallen victim. However, in spite of this onslaught of DNA damage, more than half of all Americans do not develop clinical cancer in their lifetime. Although our external environment changes continually, our bodies must maintain a dynamically balanced internal environment. In an average life span, the human heart pumps 55 million gallons of blood through approximately 60,000 miles of blood vessels. In an average day, the kidneys process 180 quarts of blood but produce only 1 to 1-1/2 quarts of urine having meticulously recycled every essential mineral, maintained total body pH, monitored and maintained blood pressure in concert with other organ systems, assisted in keeping the bones calcified, and much more. It is both halting and awe inspiring to realize that each of the approximately 60 trillion cells in our bodies are performing functions at rates in the thousands of times per minute every minute of our lives in order to carry out all of the functions of living. This is all done flawlessly as long as balance is maintained. All of these metabolic processes and the millions of others performed by the liver, lungs, skin, lymph etc are built from, fueled by, and repaired by nutrients from our diet. Although the vast majority of people choose their foods out of habit and for reasons of taste, cost, convenience and emotional satisfaction, the real purpose we or any creature eats is to provide nourishment in the form of raw materials required to replenish and rebuild cells, enzymes, and the myriad of chemicals produced every second. Our bodies are incredibly designed masterpieces of the Divine, whose imperative it is to continually renew and repair in order to maintain a vibrant, dynamic balance of optimal functioning. Healing does not come in bottles or bags but rather is the innate propensity or vital force of biological organisms. Under healthful conditions and natural diets, this vital force shines brightly and keeps the light in our eyes and the smile in our hearts. Nothing extraordinary is required. It is, after all, the gift of life. However, when a toxic system has adapted to include a large burden of cancer, the following approach, we have found, can restore the balance of health. Stop producing cancer. Selectively target and eliminate cancer cells in order to minimize any possible damage to the healthy cells. Restore and then enhance the immune system to optimal functioning.

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fitness • kathleen taft

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Obstacle Mudd Runs have become very popular and people often ask me how do you train for this type of event. These events consist of off road running with military style obstacles to conquer along the way. Strength and endurance are both components of mudd runs and the participant should be trained in both. If you have not been training this way then the best event to start with would be a 5K or 3.2 mile run. You want to work up to running this distance prior to the event date. You also want to start resistance training specifically with body weight exercises such as pushups, pull ups and squats. As you get closer to the event is recommended to combine the run with these body weight exercises in order to mimick the actual race. Common obstacles include military crawls in the mudd under barbed wire, climbing up and over walls, climbing ropes, climbing into bins filled with water then ducking under the water around walls to the other side, swinging across monkey bars.............and much much more. Start with running one day then resistance training the next day

and continue that pattern. Once you are comfortable with the distance and the strength exercises you should add body weight exercises into your run. For example: you go out for your 3.2 mile run. At the half mile mark you drop and do 2 minutes of pushups then you run another half mile then you stop and do 2 minutes of plyometric squat jumps (squat down and as you come up you jump into the air) then you run another half mile then you stop and military crawl on the ground for 2 minutes. This is just an example of how to put together the workout. You can choose different exercises and different time frames. Remember that your first obstacle mudd run will take you out of your comfort zone. You will get dirty, muddy and wet so if you can get dirty, muddy and wet while training this way you should be well prepared. The day of the run go at your own pace, if youre doing it with a friend stay together and help eachother along the way and most importantly have fun!!

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local exposure • elise pearlman

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Mike DiRenzo, a teacher in the South Huntington School district and president of the Huntington Camera Club, has made an avocation of photographing sunrises and sunsets. “It is what I enjoy the most,” said the multiple award-winning photographer and early riser who has traveled cross-country in an effort to immortalize the most resplendent moments which bracket our days. The light is best during the time period referred to as “the magic hour,” said Mike, adding that, in actuality, this window of opportunity is really only 45 minutes long. The best shots are there for the taking 20 minutes after the sun goes down, Mike indicated. “That is when the sky really changes color. Terrains are transformed in the West. Rocks go from gray to orange, red and purple,” Mike explained. “It is the low angle of the sun that brings out the color in the scenery.” The most valuable tools for sunrise or sunset chasers are a graduated neutral density filter, tripod and a cable release because “you want to keep the camera steady,” Mike indicated. Lighthouses take center stage in Mike’s most dramatic shots. In one evocative photograph taken in Michigan City, Indiana, the sky is literally ablaze with the color of the setting sun, and a pier heading to a lighthouse and the people traversing its length are showcased in silhouette. The inclusion of the human element gives a sense of scale to the lighthouse, Mike said. In “Nature’s Symphony,” the viewer’s eyes are riveted by a lightning bolt emanating from a cloud formation and the striking architecture forged by meandering rivers. The image was taken on Rowley Point, Utah, 8,000 feet above the San Juan River, as a storm whipped through Arizona’s Monument Valley. To see more of Mike’s work, visit

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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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The Grass People When we were teenagers in Brooklyn, my friends and I would meet at certain designated places – our so called hang outs. It might be someone’s front stoop, the corner luncheonette or bleachers in the nearby park. Each day I’d wander over to the latest hot spot to see who’s there. Part of our meeting up ritual was discussing where missing kids were and whether anyone had news about them. Those days were long gone and almost forgotten until recently. In the ensuing years I lived what most might consider a traditional married life, worked hard and raised two fine sons with my wife. Nearing 50 years of marriage, my wife and I have had many friends but we’d tend to seek out married couples like us to get extra close with and perhaps invite to our home or go out on dates together. These occasional meetings filled our social needs while we both worked, but since retiring they haven’t been enough. A few summers ago we discovered a beach near us had nightly live music so we went each evening with lawn chairs in tow to pass a few hours and dance. Going often as we did (and still do) we took notice of other regulars and over time smiles turned into short conversations, then sitting near each other, telling bits of our life stories, sharing first names and phone numbers and finally us becoming part of a happy diverse crowd. Since we gather on the grass rather than the sand or wooden restaurant deck we call ourselves “The Grass People.” Upon arriving and leaving we warmly greet each other and as part of our meeting up ritual, just like when I was teenager, we discuss who is and is not coming and share news about missing members. My wife and I are the oldest members of the group. Most of the others are unattached guys and gals in their 40’s. We chat, laugh and dance enjoying the setting and our time there. It’s fun hanging out again.

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the village tech-a-holic • robert schwartz

Back to school computer shopping, news you can use! First and foremost, no matter what devices you choose, we highly recommend you purchase your technology from a local supplier; a place you trust that is willing to go the extra mile to help you through a problem. We all know that high pressure Sunday night scenario when you can’t print? What you want is your local tech to provide you with multiple ways to print, or be able to contact them if you’re stuck! * News you can use! – buy a network printer! A network printer allows everyone in your home to be able to print to the same printer! Having individual printers is a poor choice and will cost you much more than a single printer for every computer. The least expensive network printer (calculated by the cost of the printer, plus toner/ink over a set number of years) is a laser color network printer. Bulk printing is a reliable cost effective method. The cost of ink and the cost of not using an inkjet printer (clogged inkjet nozzles) can get rather pricy, quickly. Remember, like many other families, you will be making the same purchases from the same places. The difference in our opinion is finding that computer company that is willing to do anything necessary in order to keep your technology running. An example of this might be Apple store. Ever see the lines in September or October? Ask around; chances are someone will be very willing to share a local computer company willing to fully support you. Is your IT professional willing to give you a loner? Let’s break it down. High School Students needs may be the easiest choice. A laptop for a student on the run may make the most sense. Your high school student will want to be able to take his/her device to school to work on projects or even a friend’s house. Expect to pay $300 to $1100 Middle School and Elementary Students will generally benefit from a desk top PC. Most all schools at this age range use PC Windows based computers. This will reinforce and get your student ready for work they will be expected to perform at school. ** News you can use! – Remember that most all software

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Today’s Factoids: 76 million The number of U.S. residents enrolled in schools -- from nursery schools to colleges. 14.2 million Number of computers available for classroom use in the nation’s 114,700 elementary and secondary schools; that comes down to 1 computer for every 4 students College Students may be the most expensive, hardest to please computer users. The Choices are varied, and they will try their best to convince you that an Apple Laptop is the best bet. While it may be a good choice, there are better, cheaper choices with all the benefits and your wallet will still feel like it has something left in it. While a Mac Book Pro may cost you up to $3000, we offer up a better choice. Welcome the “Ultrabook”. Ultrabooks are like tablet PC’s with a keyboard that act just like a laptop, at significantly less cost (and they act just like a MAC Book Pro). They are much more compatible and the battery life is greater then standard Laptops. Summation: Buy your student a device that gets the job done. Go in knowing that the life span of your purchase is 3-5 years; by then a completely new generation will be available. Most importantly is the support you receive after the sale.

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Photo courtesy of the Northport Historical Society For over half a century, Eaton’s Neck was the site of one of the most successful agricultural enterprises in Suffolk County. Begun by Cornelius Delamater in 1864, the farm occupied the entire area north of Eaton’s Neck Road. Since it circled the lighthouse property, it was aptly named Beacon farm. Delamater, a prosperous industrialist, had a talent for hiring exceptional managers for his business ventures. This talent led him to form a partnership with William Crozier who became the first superintendent of the farm. Under Crozier’s management, Beacon Farm achieved wide recognition for the quality of its livestock. To improve the herds of sheep on the farm, Crozier crossbred its Southdown ewes to a Cotswold ram, producing a new strain of sheep well adapted to Long Island pastures and the summer sun and heat. These Beacon Downs, as they were called, produced superior wool and hardy lambs that weighed as much as 150 pounds by age three. Crozier then built on this success by developing and breeding an award winning class of Jersey cows that in 1872 won the competition held at the State Fair in Elmira. An article in the American Agriculturist in November that year noted that the prize for “First Jersey Herd” had been awarded to the Beacon farm entry in spite of “competition with a herd imported directly from the farm of Queen Victoria.” In April 1876, Crozier left Eaton’s Neck, but Beacon Farm continued to function efficiently with new superintendents. After Delamater’s death in 1889, the farm passed to his son-in-law George H. Robinson. In 1891 Robinson appointed Cornelius Quinlan superintendent. Since Quinlan and his wife had worked on the farm for ten years before he was put in charge, he had a thorough knowledge of the farm. Under his management, the farm produced over 200 quarts of milk, hundreds of eggs, and 20 cans of heavy cream daily. After deliveries had been made to the homes of the family members, the remaining products were sent to market. In the winter, Quinlan’s oldest son Aleck would make a daily delivery of dairy, vegetables, eggs, and chickens to the Northport railroad station. These would then be transported to the ferry terminal in Queens for ultimate delivery to the Robinson residence on West 59th Street in Manhattan. Frequently the shipment of food was accompanied by one of flowers from a greenhouse on the farm. Although Beacon Farm left the hands of Delamater’s descendants in 1926 when it was sold to Dr. Frank L. Babbott, Jr., the farm continued operation until Babbott sold the land to Henry S. Morgan in 1936. Bob Little is a long-time resident of the Northport area who greatly enjoys delving into the community’s fascinating history and writing his column for the Northport Historical Society.

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eye on the arts • elise pearlman

“Up on the Roof” with Daniel van Benthuysen

A mystique about rooftops has long been part of popular culture. In West Side Story, a rooftop sets the stage for romance between two star-crossed lovers. The lyrics of The Drifters’ 1963 hit, “Up on the Roof,” highlight the allure and tranquility of this urban getaway from the frenetic world below. Rooftops have become a source of fascination for Huntington resident and artist Dan van Benthuysen who has rendered a whole body of oil paintings of rooftops, many of which have been inspired by strolls through his hometown. “I gravitate towards buildings which are catching the last few rays of light reflecting a sunset,” said Dan, adding that he hopes that his work will foster an appreciation for “beauty and sunlight in unexpected places.” “The geometry of it has its own poetry,” Dan said of the dance of sunlight and shadows that elevate the houses that he paints from ordinary to extraordinary. Many paintings center on a small portion of a building or home and its distinctive architecture. “Sunset on the Second Floor” focuses on three shuttered windows that grace a house across from Heckscher Park. The ebbing light from a windowpane at the front of the home is reflected on an interior wall. “It is the pattern of sunlight that draws you in,” Dan said of the visual invitation implicit in this painting. Similarly, the soft pastel tones of “38 Goose Hill Road” celebrate the wonderful architectural details of an old sea captain’s home in Cold Spring Harbor that was being restored at the time that Dan painted it. While the side of the house is bathed in shadow, one window catches the light, Dan explained of the dynamics that drew his eye to this vista. In “September Sunset” a telephone pole is silhouetted by the waning light and casts a perfect shadow on the former Aboff Building in Huntington Village. In one especially enchanting nod to nostalgia, “Green Shingles on 25A,” Dan shines his artistic spotlight on an old home in Southold which sports a striped green, white and red awning mellowed by the waltz of time. “That awning recalls an era,” Dan said of the days before air conditioning when exterior w i n d o w coverings were used to keep out the sun. Now an assistant professor at Hofstra University, Dan shares with journalism students what he gleaned during his years at Newsday as a graphic designer, editorial art director and finally, director of design. Visitors can see Dan in action at the Northport Arts Coalition’s sixth annual Plein Air Painting Event in Northport Village which runs from October 26 to 28. Dan has exhibited widely across the greater New York area and will be part of a two-person show at the Front Street Gallery in Patterson, New York in October. The artist will ring in 2013 with a solo exhibit at the Upstream Gallery in Dobbs Ferry, New York from Feb. 28 through March 24. To see more of Dan’s work, including landscapes, whimsical portraits and still lifes, visit or to go

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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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“There’s No Place Like Northport” 2013 Calendar Makes its Debut! “There’s No Place Like Northport” calendar, created by Our Town Calendars, is devoted to the unique slice of American life that is Northport. This month we’ll mark our fifth anniversary with the publication of our 2013 calendar which will arrive in stores on Friday, September 14. Our irresistibly quaint seaside village, known for its narrow streets lined with nineteenth and early twentieth century buildings and pastel-tinted Victorian homes, abounds with history. The theme of the 2013 calendar-Memory Lane- salutes this legacy with images from outstanding local photographers and artists. You’ll see Northport’s best-loved landmarks as never before. Our Town Calendars is doing some special things in honor of its banner year. You’ll see our first winter cover, based on an image by the extraordinarily talented Jo-Ann Corretti. Jo-Ann was voted Long Island’s Best Artist and when you see the 2013 calendar, you’ll know why. The calendar also showcases our first black and white image, taken by award-winning photographer, John Ellsworth. Also new is our “There’s No Place Like Northport Calendar” Facebook page which will give you a behind-the- scenes look at our dream team of photographers and artists, including graphic artist John DeRosa. John, a Northport High School media arts teacher, is himself a talented artist, and you’ll get a peek at his cutting edge computer-generated ‘still lifes’. We will be hosting contests on our Facebook page so you can share your fondest Northport memories or test your knowledge of Village life. The calendar lists the dates of more than 20 organizations which we post as a community service. As a community endeavor, we contribute to local charities, which last year included the Ecumenical Lay Food Pantry, Northport High School’s Relay for Life and the Midwinter Night’s Dream. Many organizations use our calendar as a fundraiser and we’re happy to partner. The calendar is the perfect gift for anyone who loves Northport,

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playing it safe • david tuohy

Back To School Safety Tips This September parents and children will once again begin their daily commutes to and from school. A new school year always brings new distractions and activities, so it's easy to become preoccupied. That's why it's crucial for all road users to avoid distractions and use extra caution when traveling through neighborhoods and near schools. As children head back to the classroom, we would like to offer ways to keep children safe: • Blaze a trail: If they are walking, map out a route to school or the bus stop and walk the route with your child ahead of time. Choose a direct route with the fewest street crossings or intersections that have crossing guards. Avoid walking by vacant lots and other sparsely populated places. • Stranger danger: Teach kids never to accept rides or gifts from strangers. • Buddy system: Have kids walk to school with a relative, friend or neighbor. • Heady behavior: The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety states that a helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by 85 percent. • Law and order: Drive no faster than 15 miles per hour in or near a school zone. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, as few as 10 mph can be the difference between life and death, as a pedestrian struck by a vehicle traveling at 15 mph is nearly two-thirds less likely to be killed as compared to a pedestrian struck by a vehicle traveling 25 mph. Remember that fines double when "STOP WHEN CHILDREN IN CROSSWALK" signs are present.

• Reduce distractions: Research from The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that taking your eyes off the road for just two seconds doubles your chances of crashing. Avoid engaging in distracting behavior in order to be a safer driver and set a good example for young passengers. • By the numbers: Teach your child his home phone number and address, your work phone number and how to dial 911 for emergencies. In addition, remember that school zones are non-passing zones. Always stop for school buses that are loading or unloading students. It is illegal to pass a school bus -- regardless of what side of the street you're on -- with flashing red lights or the "stop" arm extended. In addition, if your child will be walking or bicycling to school, parents and caregivers to review these safety precautions with them, even if you've already done so: • Walk only on the sidewalk, and cross the street only at crosswalks. • Avoid walking in front of, behind or between parked cars. Even though they can see the vehicle, the driver might not see them. • Always obey the crossing guard. Follow instructions, remain a safe distance from the curb and do not cross until the guard indicates that it's safe. • Avoid walking or bicycling with headphones or ear buds. Listening to music is distracting, and may make it more difficult for children to hear approaching vehicles.

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Complement Your Garden with Winning Color Combinations

One plant color that seems to be called many different names when it comes to describing it in the landscape is burgundy. Some may call it crimson, others wine, purple or plum. I will refer to it as “burgundy” in this article. Besides its rich color, there are many uses for this color plant to enhance your garden. For design purposes, it will add depth and weight to your color scheme. One of the best ways is as an accent plant that will bring out the colors of other surrounding plants while still adding its own special interest. For example, I have a Euphorbia ‘Bonfire’ that works well by my patio since it is a very sunny area. I needed something low growing that would also add color when it was not in bloom. The burgundy leaves and compact growth habit make it the perfect plant for this location. I try to use smaller, more compact growing plants in my landscape since the yard is small and I don’t want it to look too overgrown and crowded. I especially prefer to keep the maintenance to a minimum so there will not be a lot of trimming or pruning involved. This particular euphorbia has interesting yellow bracts that appear in the spring against the burgundy foliage and forms a low mound of about 10 inches. It contrasts well in the garden and breaks up the redundancy of green foliage from other plants. One of my favorites is the shrub Weigela ‘Midnight Wine’ which only grows 1 foot and gets rosy pink trumpet shaped flowers that look outstanding against the burgundy leaves. I recently introduced it in to my landscape to fill in a little space by my patio where I used to plant annuals every year. For background accent shrubs you can use Purple Smokebush, Physocarpus ‘Diablo’ or ‘Summer Wine’ or Barberry ‘Rosy Glow’. Low border shrubs such as Barberry ‘Concord’, ‘Royal Burgundy’, ‘Crimson Pygmy’ or ‘Bagatelle’ are excellent to use in front of taller evergreens. There is also a narrow, upright variety of barberry called ‘Helmond Pillar’. I always liked the look of burgundy when used in conjunction with gold and blue foliage shrubs or perennials. These colors complement each

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other well in the landscape; however, they should be used more subtly as an accent or highlight planting where they will make a nicer statement. You can have a landscape of color without flowers by choosing a great combination of perennials & shrubs that have outstanding foliage color. You can’t beat some of the perennial heuchera’s that are available today with an endless array of colored foliage that will highlight any plant border or container. Heuchera ‘Blackout’ and ‘Plum Pudding’ are excellent for holding their color well in sun or shade. Bergenia ‘Bressingham Ruby’ is an outstanding perennial that is probably at the top of my list of “All Time Favorites”. The shiny burgundy leaves are also evergreen, which is an added bonus, and the pink flowers in spring make a spectacular show against the foliage. This plant should be on every gardeners “Have To Have It List”! The following is a list of some other fine burgundy color plants to consider for your landscape: Perennials: Astilbe ‘Delft Lace’, Eupatorium ‘Chocolate’, Gaura ’Crimson Butterflies’, Hibiscus ‘Cranberry Crush’, Lysimachia ‘Firecracker’ Ajuga ‘Black Scallop’, ‘Chocolate Chip’ and ‘Caitlin’s Giant’. Annuals: Purple Oxalis, Ipomea ‘Blackie’, Coleus(which include too many varieties to list), Pennisetum ‘Rubrum’ or ‘Vertigo’, Alternanthera, Hibiscus ‘Jungle Red’ & the red leaf Canna Lillies. Shrubs: Sambucus ‘Black Lace’, Crape Myrtle ‘Plum Magic’, Loropetalum (needs winter protection). Trees: Cercis ‘Forest Pansy’ (Redbud), ‘Thundercloud’ Plum, Albizzia ‘Summer Chocolate’ (one my favorite trees!) and Red Japanese Maples, particularly ‘Bloodgood’, and the Red Cutleaf varieties in which there are so many to choose from.

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That Went Fast!

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Time moves at a pace that we are rarely able to grasp. Summer is gone, and we look forward to the unofficial start of the New Year. The Hebrew calendar seems to have it right--we really do feel that a new year is beginning as the young ones go back to school. The change of temperature that sometimes brings a dramatic end to the much anticipated summer vacation, also brings what most people believe is the loveliest time of the year--Autumn. Being lucky enough to live in a climate with four distinct seasons, even as the weather has become stranger of late, we have reminders all around us of the inevitable holidays that will be here in no time at all I am being a Scrooge, I know, in reminding you of the responsibilities that accompany holiday preparations. No doubt there are many beautiful Indian summer weekends and harvest-time country fairs ahead. But just as surely as back-to-school ads start by the end of July, and Christmas season starts the day after Halloween, preparing for any decorating that you may wish to undertake before Thanksgiving or Christmas can’t happen too soon. In the interior design industry, there is an abundance of product available to the consumer. What is shocking to many people is how long the “lead times” are for many items that people think are just sitting on shelves waiting to be delivered as soon as your credit card is swiped. It is a mixed blessing, as we all know, that so much comes from overseas. We wish everything was made in the U.S.A., but want to pay the least amount possible for the things we want. People assume, I have found, that because the economy is not great, that if

you’ve got the money to spend, manufacturers and service providers should be beating the proverbial path to your door to provide you with the goods and services of your choice. However, even if an item is “in stock,” it may be stocked in a warehouse in Texas and will take two weeks to be shipped to somewhere in New Jersey, and another several days for it to be delivered to your home on Long Island. This is “the norm.” Many items take 10-12 weeks or more to be manufactured before being put on a container and then on a cargo ship to cross the Pacific Ocean. Upon arrival in port there’s Customs to clear, followed by shipping to the warehouse in Texas, or California, or North Carolina, etc. (Then see “in stock,” above). Why am I giving you such potentially depressing news? Because I like people and hate when they are disappointed! You need to start thinking about ordering items for your home and scheduling services as soon as possible if you want then “for the holidays.” There are still stores that have furniture in a warehouse that they would love for you to have. There are stores that deliver anything in three days! Just don’t ask if you can pick a different fabric! And don’t use the word “custom”! Don’t settle because of quick turn-arounds! No buyer’s remorse allowed! Please remember, as I said at the beginning of this column, time moves fast. Those lead times go by quickly, and the table you didn’t want to wait twelve weeks for will be in your house before you know it. And you’ll be loving it for many years to come.

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gala girl • cynthia paulis

Sailing the Sound for Deafness On a sultry August evening the historic Mill Neck Manor held its first “Sailing the Sound for Deafness” as a fundraiser for the organization services for the deaf. Nancy Leghart, Director of Advancement for the Mill Neck Family of organizations was excited about the event, “We’re having a classic regatta and cocktail party in the historic mansion which is all benefiting children who are deaf, hard of hearing and who have other special needs.” Close to 100 people attended the event and were treated to gourmet delicacies, wines, and desserts all donated. While people milled around bidding on the silent auction items, music was provided by The Golden Tone Orchestra. The Mill Family of Organizations which is housed on 86 acres surrounding the gold coast mansion of Mill Neck Manor, has a school for the deaf, an early childhood center for children with speech and language difficulties and on the autistic spectrum as well as services for adults and an audiology center for the community. According to Leghart , “ Sixty years ago the organization was started by Lutheran Friends of the deaf and the school was opened in 1951. The mansion, built in 1926, and the property was purchased for $216,000 from Lillian Seftin Dodge, who owned a cosmetic company.” The beautiful Tudor mansion was originally used as a residential program, a day program and then left vacant for ten years as schools were built on the sprawling property overlooking the Long Island Sound. Leghart said, “We used to have designer showcases in the house but now we do low impact events for the community. We have tours once a month on Sunday for 25 people and we serve tea and scones. The Greenport Tea Company made us our own special blend of tea and Sweet Tomato from Oyster Bay restaurant makes our homemade scones. We have a lot of community involvement,” Each classic regatta raced raised money for their boats to see who would take the Mill Neck Cup in their building for the year. The racing started in Oyster Bay and finished on Center Island.

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The winner was Nautilus, a l00 year old wooden boat, whose skipper Donald Street is deaf. Dawn Riley, the executive diqwwwwwwwwrector of Oak Cliff Sailing Center partnered with Mill Neck for the event. “D3 the skipper of Nautilus is deaf, my cousin is deaf, and our program director has hearing in only one ear so there are many personal connections. When you are sailing hearing is only one the senses you use. A lot of hearing impaired people can sail at a very high level.” CEO of PBI Payroll, Joseph Giacinto and his wife Valerie attended the event and discussed how their company has hired many deaf people over the years. Valerie commented, “Having deaf people work for us is a great experience and we try to encourage other companies to hire deaf employees.” Joseph commented that “Deafness is not a disability. They are phenomenal people, extremely patient and extremely dedicated beyond belief and they are inspirational. It’s been a great experience, It adds to the family nature of our company which is what we push and it gives us a different flavor, It’s nice, emotionally, spiritually, it really changes things for us.”

Nancy Leghart Director of Advancement at Mill Neck

Each classic regatta raced raised money for their boats to see who would take the Mill Neck Cup in their building for the year. The racing started in Oyster Bay and finished on Center Island. The winner was Nautilus, a l00 year old wooden boat, whose skipper Donald Street is deaf. Dawn Riley, the executive diqwwwwwwwwrector of Oak Cliff Sailing Center partnered with Mill Neck for the event. “D3 the skipper of Nautilus is deaf, my cousin is deaf, and our program director has hearing in only one ear so there are many personal connections. When you are sailing hearing is only one the senses you use. A lot of hearing impaired people can sail at a very high level.” CEO of PBI Payroll, Joseph Giacinto and his wife Valerie attended the event and discussed how their company has hired many deaf people over the years. Valerie commented, “Having deaf people work for us is a great experience and we try to encourage other companies to hire deaf employees.” Joseph

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Gloria Estefan at The Paramount When I think Gloria Estefan, I think BIG! She has done unbelievable things since her career started 30 years ago with The Miami Sound Machine. Since that time, she has won three Grammy Awards, four Latin Grammys and is widely known as the most successful crossover performer in Latin Music to date. When you meet Gloria Estefan, you think BIG! Village Connection had the chance to sit down with the star for forty five minutes while she was taping her new reality series, The Next, at the beautiful Paramount Theater in Huntington. The not so big star, she's only 5'2", sat calmly and spoke candidly about her life, her fans and her marriage. When asked if she thought her time was now to give back she responded, "I'm at a point now that I can really share, I have had a lot of experience so anything that can happen, has happened. I have been in three Super Bowls, two Olympics, live shows all over and international audiences and have had the good fortune of having hits all over the world and no matter what, I still have fun! This show gives me the chance to share those experiences." A unique aspect of The Next is that all of the mentors, like Gloria, get to live alongside their mentors. She traveled to all the homes and workplaces of her mentees to really get involved in their lives. "It's important to teach some lessons on this show and get a little deep. I'm not religious in a dogmatic way. I was raised Catholic, but I totally believe in the power of prayer because I felt it! When tragedy struck, with my bus accident, I could feel the energy! It was

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an amazing energy when I knew people all of world were thinking of me in a positive way. It was real and it helped me. At this point, on this show and in life, I want teach about that and I want to have fun with it." Gloria gave some one-on-one advice for anyone that’s on camera. "Connect with people. If you have a camera in front of you, you're looking through it, relax and be you. You're really bringing something to life that you can talk to people and you should use that to connect. No fake stuff." So what does the star have going on after she leaves The Paramount and after completing The Next? "I'm working and I have a lot going on. I have a lot of restaurants and we are really hands on, you have to be. I also have a CD that came out last September and it's still out there in Latin America. I am doing this project that I have wanted to do for many years, an American Standards Record with Shelly Berg, who is an amazing jazz pianist and the head of the Miami Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, my Alma Mater, and we are already working on that. Our wedding song, which was a 1920's song, and was never written in English, I rewrote it and I hope it is the next big wedding song. It will be out soon and I'm having a lot of fun working on it. I hope I have all of your support," she chuckled. Gloria's episode of The Next at The Paramount is on August 30th on the CW-11.


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Huntington Hoe-Down September 15; 6-11pm Huntington Fire Department, 1 Leverich Place, Huntington Grab your cowboy hat and boots and head down to the Huntington fire department for a hoe-down. There will be live music from the Joe Bayer Band, and raffles from local restaurants and merchants. Tickets are available at Rookies Sports Club, and Southdown Pizza. Admission: 35, Tickets includes BBQ and Beer.

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The Womens Center of Huntington 125 Main Street, Huntington 631-549-0485 September 24; 7- 9 pm - Personality Types in Relationships September 18; 7-9pm. - Training Your Brain: How to Achieve Flow and Stay in the Zone Mondays and Wednesdays; 9:15-10:15am Gentle Bends: Shape up with other friendly ladies of a certain age!

The Long Island Naturally Annual Environmental Fair September 25; 10 to 4pm Manor Farm, 210 Manor Road, Huntington, NY Learn how you can help the environment and go “green” at home. There will be activities, games, and demonstrations

Beethoven Weekend September 18; 2:30 to 3:30pm Coe Hall, Planting Fields Arboretum, 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay Admission $15 per ticket, call 516-922-8676 for tickets and information

The 3rd Annual Over 50 Fair September 30; 10-4:30pm Melville Marriott, 1350 Old Walt Whitman Road, Melville The 3rd Annual Over 50 Fair will include a full day of 30 classes and over 80 exhibitors. You can spend the day learning about great products and service relevant to people age 50 and older. Admission: $6 in Advance, $8 at the door, free for U.S. Veterans.

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LI KIDding Around I bet you had no idea how many cool things there are to do for kids on Long Island! This summer I got to go to a few places that made me appreciate just how good it is to be a kid on Long Island. On a hot, humid summer day in August, I took a trip to Splish Splash in Calverton. It's the perfect place for a kid to go on rides, slides and wave pools! Splish Splash was rated by the Travel Channel as one of the top ten water parks in the country! We have one of the greatest water parks right in our backyard! My mom always has a few things that she makes us go to, educationally, every summer. One of them is Sagamore Hill which was Theodore Roosevelt's "Summer White House" located in Oyster Bay. I'm really lucky to go here every year because it's not that far away and I really do like history. Going every year really helps me absorb all the information about one of the greatest presidents this country has had. Not too far away, we have enjoyed the streets of Huntington and Hecksher Park. When my mom says, "We're going to Huntington" I know there's lots to do including exploring historical sites and buildings, going to parks, and my favorite, eating delicious homemade ice cream!

Going to a baseball game, as a kid, is another thing that I really love to do every summer. Located in Central Islip is the New York Ducks. I think it's an amazing thing to have a professional baseball team here! This year, I went to The Cradle of Aviation. Because I love history, this is one place I can stay all day. It's exciting to see the planes hanging over your head and learn how Long Island played such a huge part in World War I and II. This amazing museum is located in Garden City. Being on an island, water is everywhere. That means that there are countless beaches! There's no better family outing than spending the day at the beach! From riding the waves at Fire Island to walking on Jones Beach, being on Long Island is amazing! I also enjoy that we can spend time just going to watch the boats, while eating a sandwich in Port Jefferson Harbor. It's great to be a kid on Long Island! Next I’ll have to try Station Sports Family Fun Center for mini golf, batting cages and paintball!

Alex Caro is 13 years old and lives in Smithtown. Plays the piano and the tenor saxophone. He plays lacrosse and likes to sleep. He uses a lot of hair gel and likes to wear Abercrombie.

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Couldn’t sleep. Stayed up all night listening to Katy Perry’s new song, Wide Awake. Hyundai has a car called the Entourage. Are car companies now naming their cars after popular HBO shows? Can’t wait for the new Honda Big Love to come out. Why do rappers get credit for rhyming words that don’t even rhyme? Or worse, getting credit for rhyming the SAME word. I’m talking about you Jay-Z.

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I’m sure a lot of you have figured out by now that I’m actually a hipster. Thank you. How much larger are men’s watches and women’s sunglasses going to get? Jennifer Aniston was voted the top celebrity people would invite to their homes. Of course! Who the hell wants Angelina Jolie and her 12 kids trashing up the house? What does it mean when newscasters say “Here are some of the stories we’re working on”. ? What exactly are they working on? Are they making #@!$% up ? Heard on the news that they predict this election will get ugly. That’s the biggest understatement since Lindsay Lohan said “Let’s go out for a drink.”


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