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contents june 2012

8 Beauty 10 Happily Ever After 12 Style 14 Fitness 16 Village Connections 18 Wellness



23 Huntington History 24 Eye on the Arts 26 Northport History 28 Talk of the Town 30 Seniors 32 Art Galleries & Museums 34 Local Exposure 36 Local News - Cherry Blossom Time 49 Local News - Crabmeadow Men’s Club 50 Village-Tech-A-Holic 52 Finance

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54 Playing it Safe 59 Designer Look 60 Real Estate 62 Outdoor Living 64 Backyard & Beyond 68 Gala Girl 76 Nightlife 78 Wine Speak 80 Long Island Comedy Tweets 82 Beer



John Ellsworth

Award-winning photographer and Northport resident John Ellsworth has long been recognized for evocative images which celebrate the sea and its worthy vessels. Learn more about the artist and see more of his photos in our “Local Exposure” column on page 34.

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beauty - adriana vater

Bridal Trends

Flow and grace are this season’s biggest bridal trends. It’s a slightly bohemian look that’s reflected in fashion and beauty. Hair embraces loose, natural waves and movement. Think low chignons that are less structured and strict. Flyaways frame the face for a natural look with elegance. Braids were hot all year. Incorporate woven locks into updos for a unique twist. Another option: wear hair in one long braid, pulled to the side and slightly unraveled starting at the collarbone. Crown that look with a wreathy headpiece to compliment, or even a princess tiara for a beautiful contrast.

Highlight hair with an ombre color-melting technique for graduation of tone where darker roots slowly give way to a lighter, sunkissed shade on the ends. Makeup is natural. Skin has a mother-ofpearl sheen using our spf 15 Moisture Tint Foundation: a slightly matte, healthy shine. Eyelids whisper in seafoam greens and pastels reminiscent of pretty seashells. Bridal fashion compliments these looks: layers and texture ruled the bridal runways, as did illusion necklines (think Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton’s gorgeous wedding gown). Show some skin! Oneshoulder dresses and high leg slits are fashionable – so take care of your skin with a good moisturizer well in advance of the big day! One of our favorite tricks to tame tresses in warmer June weather: bring out natural waves while keeping them in check with an anti-humectant pomade. Massage a little on the ends after styling to hold back the humidity and keep curls in place.

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Many find it helpful to take five minutes each day to update and organize their “Wedding To Do List.” Keepings lists can help your mind from feeling as if it is on overload. They will keep you focused and better organized, allowing you to direct your time and energy more effectively, which will keep you more productive. A natural result then occurs, which one of my brides claimed: “keeping lists always makes me feel better.” To give yourself strong positive reinforcement, try this: When you’ve completed something on a list, draw a line through it and write on top of the line either the word “success” or the word “victory.” You may be surprised how this gives you a sense of accomplishment. Enjoy the process of getting married!

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style - adriene passannante


STYLE It’s festival season… that time of the year when music and sunshine go hand in hand! Whether you’re going to a major festival like Coachella or Bonnaroo or any of the numerous outdoor concerts in NY, you’ll need to feel comfy, cool and looking good. Festival dressing has become a style of its own. Lightweight, free flowing clothing is a must have to celebrate and dance the day away! Even after the music ends, it’s the epitome of laid back Summer dressing. Festival style is reminiscent of the concerts in the 60s (think Woodstock) where what was worn was all about the freedom of expression. Bold colors, tie dye, feathers and beads were in vogue. The basic idea is the same, but now it has an updated hipper bohemian look. Many designers and retailers are leading the trend, most especially Free People with their ultimate upscale boho chic styling. Peasant skirts, sun dresses, dip dye shorts, halter tops, headbands, sandals and loads of accessories are all staples of this eclectic look. Some of the best places to shop for festival clothing is at local vintage stores and online where you’ll find those unique one of a kind pieces to round our your wardrobe. Mix and match new and old pieces. Be bold, have fun…the possibilities are endless (and don’t forget the sunscreen!)

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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fitness • kathleen tafti

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I decided I needed a way to give back. I asked myself “How can I help people get healthy and fit and give back to the community at the same time?” The answer was easy: Free Bootcamp workouts in the park in exchange for non-perishable food items. A one-day food drive didn’t seem like enough, so I decided to offer a weekly bootcamp outdoor workout for free. All I ask is that clients bring a nonperishable food item that I can donate to the local food pantry at the Harry Chapin Food Bank at Long Island Cares. What is so great about working out in the park? Many things! You are outdoors with nature and fresh air. You may be wondering

what exercises can you do in a park. Here is a sample of one of our Bootcamp workouts in the park:

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homage to various teams. In one neatly arranged nook of the store, aisles of greeting cards cover the full spectrum of occasions, while a nearby wall is devoted to vibrant gift bags and wrapping paper. To make acts of selflessness even simpler, complimentary gift-wrapping is offered on all purchases. A resident of Lindenhurst herself, Hoffman Beechko finds that her customers journey to her shop from as far as the South Shore. “Once people in the community do find us, they love the store,” she said. “They come back, and they recognize what we’re trying to do.” Hoffman Beechko has been with the store since its inception in 1990, when it was located across the street and simply known as “Rx Express.” Back then, the shop offered a more modest selection of gifts, mainly functioning as a pharmacy. Having taken over ownership in 1997, she relocated her store to a nearby spot last June and completely expanded the gift

selection, giving it the name “The Corner” for its location at the junction of Jericho Turnpike and East Deer Park Road. This June marks The Corner’s oneyear anniversary since its simultaneous relocation and expansion, and to mark

this milestone, the store will be hosting a variety of special events throughout the month. Exact dates are still to be determined, but events will include instore makeovers by a representative from mineral-based make-up line, Jane Iredale; a designated night for moms to shop for Father’s

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Day or graduation with someone available at the front of the store for babysitting duty; the introduction of gluten-free and kosher vitamins; and a jewelry demonstration with DaVinci Beads. Various specials will also run to coincide with each event. Despite the new focus on fun, charming gift items, the Rx Express aspect of the store still serves as a full pharmacy and surgical supply, and even offers a basic selection of toiletries to meet most needs. Repeat customers are usually greeted by name when they come in to drop off a prescription—a concept that is practically foreign for anyone who normally sticks to shopping in big-chain pharmacies. “We know everybody in the community, and in this economy and in this world this doesn’t exist anywhere,” said Hoffman Beechko. “There is no such thing as customer service anymore.” But she is effectively working to change that with each curious shopper that wanders through her jingling doors. For updates on special events at the shop, visit: www.

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wellness • dr. stephen atkins

Sweet Dreams

Sleep is not an option. Some people can sleep but don’t get enough. Others have problems sleeping. I recently attended a major nutritional seminar and every single speaker put emphasis on the importance of getting sufficient sleep. We need sleep for a healthy immune system, better decision making abilities, and creativity. Poor sleep is associated with impaired memory and attention. Sleep is the major metabolic equalizer. It is where the body restores and repairs. Poor sleep, limited repair. Limited repair translates into increased aging. If you are not sleeping, you are headed to a state of chronic inflammation and chronic pain. For you who have trouble sleeping, let’s look at three major patterns of sleep loss: those who can’t fall asleep, those who can’t stay asleep, and the basic neurotransmitters associated with sleeplessness. What’s interesting about each of these patterns is that they are all directly or indirectly influenced by insulin and cortisol. Your Wellness clinician may recommend foods that are better to help balance insulin and cortisol. What we eat will certainly affect blood sugar levels and many hormones. So let’s look at the first pattern of sleep loss, those who can’t fall asleep. As a rule of thumb when someone has difficulty falling asleep they have hyper cortical function. Some of the other symptoms of cortisol excess are depression, bone loss, fatigue, weight gain in the waist, loss of muscle mass, and thinning skin. There are a number of botanical agents that work well to reduce cortisol. Work with your Wellness clinician. They products have a combination of adaptogenic herbs, supportive low dose vitamins, and trace minerals necessary to feed the adrenal glands and reduce hyper cortical symptoms. Let’s look at the next pattern, those who can fall asleep but can’t stay asleep. Their blood sugar gets so low that their adrenals give a

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little shot of glucocorticoids to maintain blood sugar levels and that little bit is all they need to wake up. These are the people who wake up in the middle of the night and they start thinking of all the things that they have to do during the day and that’s it, they’re up! If we can maintain healthy blood sugar, we wouldn’t need the adrenals to provide that extra boost. A protein diet with a good source of healthy oils and supplements to support functional hypoglycemia can be the solution for this kind of insomnia. The third pattern of sleep loss refers to neurotransmitter imbalances. The dance of the hormones and neurotransmitters is so elegant and so interconnected. If the excitatory neurotransmitters don’t have adequate inhibitory factors, sleep or relaxation is difficult. Serotonin is one of the main inhibitory neurotransmitters. If you have trouble sleeping or relaxing, there are natural therapies to balance serotonin levels and help you sleep. But regardless of the cause of insomnia, sometimes we have to break the sleepless cycle. The past experience of not sleeping and the fear of another sleepless night is almost enough emotional stimulation to increase the very hormones and neurotransmitters that will cause insomnia. No matter what it is keeping you from a restful and restoring night of sleep, it’s time to break the cycle. Give your Wellness clinician a call or feel free to make an appointment at my office because SLEEP is not an option.

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eye on the arts • elise pearlman


he Northport Chamber of Commerce and the Northport Arts Coalition will present their third and final ArtWalk of the season on Sunday, June 17, from 1 to 5 pm. As part of the celebrated self-guided walking tour, local artists’ work will be displayed in boutiques, shops and studios scattered throughout Northport Village. According to NAC Executive Director Daniel Paige, the picturesque village known for its quaint nineteenth and early twentieth century architecture is a bustling Cheryl Chitayat artistic hub, and guests will be treated to live musical performances and art demonstrations. NAC member and artist Mary Ahern melds her expertise in painting and digital technology to create resplendent largescale florals which resonate with eye-catching detail. Ms. Ahern, who is on the Northport Chamber of Commerce Board, has been helping to coordinate the ArtWalk since its

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Clifford Gardiner inception. She said that visitors will see a bounty of media ranging from photographs and watercolors to computer graphic designs. Northport High School has long been known for its cutting edge arts programs, and visitors will get an eyeful of the work created by new department chair Julia Lang-Shapiro and teachers John DeRosa, Anthony Klinger-Cooley, Linda Johansen, Craig Mateyunas, Peter May, Margaret Minardi, Robin O’Neill-Gonzalez, Maria Randazzo, Pamela Waldroup, Billie Westerlind and Constance Sloggatt Wolf at Bodyscape Pilates, 54 Woodbine Avenue, Northport Village. Maps for the free self-guided tour can be picked up at the ArtWalk tent near Copenhagen Bakery on Woodbine Avenue and at Caffe Portofino on Main Street. ArtWalk brochures include an insert that can be stamped at each venue. Those who visit all the venues within a given Artwalk and drop their stamped inserts off at the aforementioned locations will be entered into a raffle drawing for a grand prize celebrating “the Spirit of Northport.” For information, visit, call (631) 754-3905 or email

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In the years between 1924 and 1938 Eaton’s Neck provided campsites for boys and young men from New York City sponsored by the Lennox Hill Settlement, the YMCA, and the Boy Scouts of America. Camp Marshall Field was established in 1924 on land owned by Evelyn Field, the wife of Marshall Field III, to provide underprivileged boys with a taste of country life. The camp was run by the Lennox Hill Settlement and funded by the New York Herald Tribune. In addition to a dormitory for 96 boys and a mess hall, the camp had cottages for the staff, the director, and a year-round caretaker. Although the athletic coaches who led the camp emphasized outdoor sports and activities, there was also a social hall large enough for handball and ping pong that also housed a barber shop and a candy store. Athletic competition was the keynote however, and the boys vied for the Davis Cup, a commercial size can of Davis Baking Powder with ear-shaped handles attached to the sides, awarded to the winners of fiercely contested events. In 1927 Camp Beacon was opened by the YMCA of Flushing, Queens on property donated by Dr. Frank Babbott, Jr. in the vicinity of the lighthouse. Each

summer about 75 young men would rotate through the camp. This group had a 35-foot sloop which took campers on excursions along the North Shore and smaller watercraft for individual use. In 1929, two young men paddled a canoe across the Sound to Connecticut and back, a feat that took six hours and was reported on the front pages of the local papers. On land leased from Rosalie Jones, the Boy Scouts organized the third camp in 1930 on the site of the abandoned Valley Grove recreation area. Since the camp was sponsored by Consolidated Edison of New York, it was named Camp Edison. Although some of the Valley Grove buildings were still standing, the scouts lived in tents as they learned about nature and acquired survival skills. Naturally, the campers also engaged in athletics, but the primary pursuits were swimming, hunting, and living off the land. The camps each had a different focus, but they all provided a summer respite from the heat and noise of the city. The camps frequently challenged each other to competition in baseball, basketball, tennis, swimming, and even sailing. Unfortunately by the late 1930s, changes in ownership of the land and its use brought an end to these refuges from life in the city.

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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talk of the town • liddy yvette

When you hear the word “connection” what comes to mind? For many people, the word “connection” can signify a “bond” or “interaction” between people. Others may use the word to define the connection between objects, such as a computer and a printer. For others, “connection” may represent a bond between a human being and an object (for example, a teen being “connected” to their Ipod). I decided since I write for the “Village Connection” I would devote this month’s column to the specific word “Connection” and how it may apply to a community such as ours. Whenever I am walking through town or shopping at a local store or dining at any of the great restaurants in Huntington (or at nearby towns such as Greenlawn), I truly feel a sense of “connection” as I dine in a place where the owner can be seen greeting people at the door or I am shopping at a local gift shop where the owner may be working behind the counter. I think of the diverse business owners and the staff that help run each of these places. Many of them have become familiar faces to me and I do believe that almost all business owners (and their staff) in our town truly care about their customers and will go out of their way to make positive

connections (since naturally they also wish to keep us as customers). Whenever we are interacting with others in our small community, sometimes all we need to do is share a warm smile or a friendly hello to feel the “connection.” Think about the last time you were served at a restaurant and the waitress greeted you warmly and smiled while she took your order? Did it make a difference to you? (it does to me). This is what I mean by the importance of making a “positive connection.” We live in a small community and are fortunate to have the opportunity to interact with others on a regular basis. Whether we are walking through town, shopping at our favorite local store or having dinner at a local restaurant, we can all work together to “connect” positively with those we meet. It doesn’t take much to make this connection, but in doing so we can make this lovely community a kinder and better place for all. Liddy Yvette resides in the Harborfield’s school district with her family. She enjoys writing about all good things happening in the area.

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Help Us Celebrate 100 Years! When you dine at some of Huntington’s finest restaurants the week of June 9-16, 2012, you’ll also be supporting the restoration efforts of the Huntington Lighthouse. The following restaurants have generously offered to donate a portion of their dinner proceeds during Restaurant Week to the Huntington Lighthouse Preservation Society: Nicky’s of Centerport, Canterbury Ales, Honu Kitchen & Cocktails, Huntington Social, Neraki, Old Field Inn, Tutto Pazzo, Vitae…with more to come! Top off the evening with a Riprap nightcap (or two) during our

Lighthouse Cocktail Contest. Our local bartenders will create their version of the “Riprap” cocktail, named for the 3-5 ton granite boulders we need to the reinforce the base of the Lighthouse. Participating bars will hand out voting cards. We’re sunk without it, so we’re counting on your vote! The Huntington Lighthouse has been shedding light on our community for 100 years. Celebrate this landmark anniversary with a fun night out and help support the cause. Mark your calendars and plan to come! Visit for more information.

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Once upon a time there lived a depressed retired man. Afraid of going broke, he spent as little as possible, avoiding pleasures like going out with friends, vacations, a cell phone and premium cable TV packages. His deprivation triggered feelings of envy of others who obviously had more money. One day he noticed something odd. His savings account had inexplicably grown. Curious, he decided to investigate his finances. Not knowing anything about bookkeeping he sat down with paper and pencil and listed last year’s monthly checking account activity (without pennies). In the top section he listed each month’s deposits by income type and on a separate line he showed transfers from his savings account that were made to avoid overdrafts. He then totaled the deposits by month. His worksheet showed that last year he had deposits of $49,290 of which $2,500 came from his savings account.

In the next section he did the same for withdrawals. Here it showed that he made withdrawals of $45,025 of which a healthy $17,000 was transferred to savings. In the third section he added each month’s surplus or deficit (deposits minus withdrawals) to the previous month’s checking account balance and computed the ending balance. If the month-end balance he computed agreed to the bank’s statement balance, it showed him that he had accounted for everything. In the last section he thought to list monthly values of his major assets and debts with the year’s net change in the last column and saw that his savings had increased $14,500 last year. Having done this simple bookkeeping he could see that he had more income than expenses and decided to continue tracking his finances. With his mind at ease our hero began to cautiously enjoy life - a little more.

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Nature Interpreted - Sandra Benny June 13 through July 21 Meet the Artist Reception: Saturday - June 16, 5-7 pm

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Raynham Hall Museum 20 West Main St, Oyster Bay NY (516) 922-6808

Lamantia Gallery 127 Main St., Northport 631-754-8414

Ripe Art Gallery 67a Broadway, Greenlawn 631-239-1805

Main Street Petite Art Gallery 213 Main St., Huntington 631-271-8423 Northport Historical Museum 215 Main St., Northport 631-757-9859 Oyster Bay Railroad Museum 102 Audrey Ave, Oyster Bay, NY 11771 (516) 558-7036

The Artist Club Gallery 27 Berry Hill Rd, Oyster Bay, NY 516-280-9682 Vanderbilt Museum 180 Little Neck Rd., Centerport 631-854-5579 Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site 246 Old Walt Whitman Rd. Huntington Station 631-427-5240

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local exposure • elise pearlman

The Romance of the Sea Award-winning photographer and Northport resident John Ellsworth has long been recognized for evocative images which celebrate the sea and its worthy vessels.  The seasoned sailor holds a doctorate from Columbia University’s Teachers College. There he attained a wide range of knowledge of aesthetics and visual communication which he now uses to create stunning images that showcase the dynamic interplay between light, shadow, and reflection. John has also written extensively about sailing for “SAIL” and “Boating” magazines, and has done nautical book reviews for the New York Times. In 1994, he edited and published “Tiller and the Pen,” an anthology of stories written by sailors who have been smitten by the romance of the sea. In an effort to share what he has learned with others, John has teamed up with Berger Brothers Digital Photography and Video to offer in-class and field workshops in landscape photography. Berger Brothers, a respected name in camera equipment since 1951, was voted Long Island’s Best Camera Store three years running. John’s workshops will take place in class at Berger Brothers in Syosset and on location in scenic Cold Spring Harbor. After shooting in the “field,” the group will return to Berger Brothers to share and evaluate images. Workshop topics include composition, depth-of-field, the use of light, filters, and exposure modes, and creating panoramas. John will also offer equipment suggestions. To learn more about John’s workshops, visit or call (516) 496-1000. To appreciate the full range of John’s photographic expertise, explore his online galleries at His work is also available at Wilkes Gallery, 91 Main St., Northport Village, (631) 261-4007.

Elise Pearlman has been covering arts and leisure for seven years. Her work has appeared in Newsday and Long Island Pulse Magazine as well as in various 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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It’s Cherry Blossom Time on the Village Green Forty years ago, members of Women in Support of our Men in Vietnam dedicated a living memorial on the Village Green to pay tribute to forty Huntington men killed in combat. At that time, forty Kwanzan Cherry Trees were planted and became one of the nation’s first memorials established to honor those lost in Vietnam. In October 2010 when Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and the Town of Huntington hosted the Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall here in Huntington, additional Kwanzan Cherry Trees were added to honor those soldiers later

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killed or declared missing in action and to replace those trees that succumbed to disease and/or damage. Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and Don McKay, Director of Parks and Recreation recently went to the Village Green to see the forty-nine trees in full bloom. “The Village Green memorial is a living tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice serving our country in Vietnam,” Councilman Cuthbertson said. “These beautiful trees will ensure that the memorial never fades or loses its intended purpose of four decades ago—to honor those lost in battle.”


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Crab Meadow Men’s Club Presents Northport VA with Generous Donation from Memorial Tournament

The Crab Meadow Men’s Club was proud to present the Northport VA Medical Center with a check for $1,600 raised during the course of a two-week Memorial Tournament held in early May at the Crab Meadow Golf Club. More than 50 members participated in the annual tournament, and all enjoyed the course, the camaraderie and knowing that they were helping to support an important cause. “Our Club Members were honored to raise money for our needy Vets this year at the Crab Meadow Men’s Club Memorial Tournament. None are more deserving and the need, especially now, could not be greater. As citizens of the Town of Huntington, we are very humbled to assist our local warriors,” said James T. Powers, AIA, President of the Crab Meadow Men’s Club and Director of Operations and Business Development with Bohler Engineering. The Crab Meadow Men’s Club holds an annual Memorial Tournament that traditionally honors the memory of a member of the club who has passed away. For this year’s tournament, a unanimous decision was made to raise funds on behalf of American servicemen and women who receive help from the Northport VA Medical Center. The funds were

donated directly to the “Hero Hunger Help Project,” a gift card program that is coordinated by the VA Medical Center in conjunction with Stop and Shop. Gift cards are given to veterans in need so that they can shop for groceries, while preserving their dignity and honor. Since 2006, some 2,650 cards have been distributed by clinical social workers to more than seven hundred veterans in treatment, many of whom have families. It’s not uncommon for a veteran who has been supported through the Hero Hunger Project to come back at a later date to make a donation to the program himself/herself because they recognize the value in helping veterans through difficult financial times. “Northport VA Medical Center is grateful for the kindness and generosity of the Crab Meadow Men’s Club of Huntington, many of whom are U.S. veterans, for recognizing that we all need to respect and support in any way possible the men and women who gave us our freedom. The Hero Hunger Help Project that the Club supported through their May 12 tournament will go a long way in easing the burden veterans with financial hardships are facing,“ said Richard J. Kitson, Voluntary Service Chief at Northport VA.

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the village tech-a-holic • robert schwartz Whole House Automation - Part II Sonos: “All The Music On Earth, in every room, wirelessly.” This whole house or whole office music system is by far the most powerful, easiest to use, most cost effective way to enjoy music today. Sonos is a P based system that takes advantage of your existing home wireless network. The list of music sources available, free and low cost means never running out of music, ever! Sonos has taken listening to your iPod to a new level. The Sonos engineers have managed to give the common man what we want, an easy to use, cost effective method to have High Definition audio, utilizing your existing wiring and speakers keeping the cost down! For those who don’t have speakers, Sonos recommends wireless speakers in a price range that makes listening music to your ears! Forget the old “built in dial, analog Volume controls”, completely utilize your music from your Smartphone, IPad, computer, Droid or any Smartphone via the free Sonos App. The endless list of available music for Sonos consists of Live streaming most FM Radio Channels being broadcast in America - Sirius / XM Streaming, Pandora and even new services such as Spotify or Slacker Radio, MOG and Last.FM! Let’s not forget about the fact that Sonos is smart, Sonos will gather your existing music from any and all your computers running on the same network and make that music available for use in any and all zones via the free download from The Price point is remarkably affordable! Sonos even makes small “move it from room to room” boom boxes just like the Bose Wave Radio. If you love music your new favorite way to listen will be Sonos. Adding a NAS Drive can complement your Sonos system by making all your family music available via ITunes share feature. The addition of having a family NAS drive can be used as a backup to all of your family photos, documents, video etc. Its like having your own private Cloud in your home at a price point that is affordable.

Insteon: ( Managing and controlling any electrical devices including every desired light switch, outlet is available today! Utilizing Ethernet over Electrical lines (X10 technology) has been around for some time now, but it is the improvement of adding Wi-Fi to any outlet which helps bridge the divide and make the important improvements that make this technology reliable. Assigning an IP address to your household electrical systems has the potential of automating anything. An example of this is: Your away, a burglar looks in a window and because you have an Insteon IP addressable system, an automated scene occurs when the would be thief peaks in your window, automatically: The burglar looks in the window – the IR device detects this action – bam! 20 Seconds later the lights in the room turn on, then the lights in the hallway then the lights outside turn on all an automated predetermined scene unfolds – If I were a betting man, that burglar has moved on! Electricity is not cheap, being able to monitor the usage of devices left on in your home will only save you money in the long term. Ever get that call from your wife to see if she left the curlying iron on? Not anymore because she can login and turn the device off. Other Scenes can quickly and easily be developed such as turning the air conditioning system remotely, turning on the sprinkler system and even have a picture of the person who rang your door bell sent to you instantly! IP addressable systems are here, the limitations are only limited by our imaginations, welcome to the 21st Mr. Jetson! BETCHA U DIDN’T KNOW... • On eBay, there are an average of $680 worth of transactions each second. • “Stewardesses” is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand. • It is said that Bill Gates’ House was designed using a Mac computer! • Google estimates that the Internet today



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Common stock and preferred stock are the two main types of stocks that are sold by companies and traded among investors on the open market. Each type gives stockholders a partial ownership in the company represented by the stock.   Despite some similarities, common stock and preferred stock have some significant differences, including the risk involved with ownership. It’s important to understand the strengths and weaknesses of both types of stocks before purchasing them.   Common stock is the most common type of stock that is issued by companies. It entitles shareholders to share in the company’s profits through dividends and/or capital appreciation. Common stockholders are usually given voting rights, with the number of votes directly related to the number of shares owned. Of course, the company’s board of directors can decide whether or not to pay dividends, as well as how much is paid.  Owners of common stock have “preemptive rights” to maintain the same proportion of ownership in the company over time. If the company circulates another offering of stock, shareholders can purchase as much stock as it takes to keep their ownership comparable.  Common stock has the potential for profits through capital gains. Shareholders are not assured of receiving dividend payments. Investors should consider their tolerance for investment risk before investing in common stock.  Preferred stock is generally considered less volatile than common stock but typically has less potential for profit. Preferred

stockholders generally do not have voting rights, as common stockholders do, but they have a greater claim to the company’s assets. Preferred stock may also be “callable,” which means that the company can purchase shares back from the shareholders at any time for any reason, although usually at a favorable price. Preferred stock shareholders receive their dividends before common stockholders receive theirs, and these payments tend to be higher. Shareholders of preferred stock receive fixed, regular dividend payments for a specified period of time, unlike the variable dividend payments sometimes offered to common stockholders. Of course, it’s important to remember that fixed dividends depend on the company’s ability to pay as promised. In the event that a company declares bankruptcy, preferred stockholders are paid before common stockholders. Unlike preferred stock, though, common stock has the potential to return higher yields over time through capital growth. Remember that investments seeking to achieve higher rates of return also involve a higher degree of risk.  Both common stock and preferred stock have their advantages. When considering which type may be suitable for you, it is important to assess your financial situation, time frame, and investment goals. The return and principal value of stocks, both common and preferred, fluctuate with market conditions. Shares, when sold, may be worth more or less than their original cost.

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refreshing dessert alternative. Try grilling fruits like pineapple slices, nectarines, peaches or plums – the natural sugars caramelize with the heat and give them great flavor. Fruits are loaded with vitamins, minerals and fiber – and they’re low in calories. Oils, Dressings, Seasonings & More Multi-task with one bottle; use reduced-fat, low-fat, light or nofat salad dressings (if you need to limit your calories) on salads, for dips or as marinades. Cut back on salty seasonings and condiments like teriyaki, soy and barbecue sauce. Choose low-fat, reduced-fat or fat-free cheese for your sandwiches and hamburgers. Choose whole-grain, high-fiber breads and rolls, such as whole wheat, oats, oatmeal, whole rye, whole-grain corn and buckwheat. In addition to being good for you, they add more flavor and texture to your meal.

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designer look • barbara simons

INVESTMENT DECORATING To guarantee that anything you purchase will appreciate in value is a false promise, indeed. We all wish we had invested in Apple back in the day, but hopefully our “win some” choices outweigh our “lose some” choices in most areas of life. In the world of interior design, the only thing you can count on is that the Pantone color trend forecasting company’s “Color of the Year” will not be the same next year. We have discussed many times in this column how to be current and fresh in your interiors without dealing with the feeling that you’re living with out-of-fashion design only a couple of years after you redecorate. This goal of being ontrend can be accomplished with accent chairs or tables, lamps (or even lampshades), decorative accessories, pillows, a gallon of paint! Just don’t paint the WHOLE house tangerine, please – but your Grandma’s funky non-period antique table in that color – Wow! Have fun without design regret. Currently I am designing a bachelor pied-a-terre for a newly single gentleman whose family home I had designed seven years ago. This is a two-year sublet and will not be a permanent space for him. Since the client did not want to buy “throwaway” furniture – that was the expression he used – we had to find things that were flexible enough to eventually be placed elsewhere. The designer in a case such as this has to find items which are able to move easily to a change of location, not break the bank, arrive fairly quickly (I did say fairly) and – most important – look exactly as though they were made for this space, not any old generic location. They must look current, timeless, fresh and fine. They cannot be so designspecific as to be trendy, weird or totally “of the moment.” This is where “investment” decorating comes in. When shopping for furniture, even if a future move is not in your plans, look for beautiful pieces that can be used in a number of ways: for example, a credenza that can serve as a sideboard in the dining room or to store media components under that flat-screen television. Perhaps one day this same piece may, in a bedroom, function as a dresser. If the cabinet is great looking and finely made – and is not outrageously sized – it can

have many incarnations in the future. This piece can become part of the “shopping your home” idea we discussed in my last column. A beautiful antique style chair, such as a Louis XVI repro, will always look great and can be part of a conversation grouping in the living room, at your desk, in the bedroom next to a table, in a guest room, etc. One yard of new fabric for the seat makes this a foolproof investment (and not expensive, either). Comfortable upholstery in neutral, easy-to-keep-clean fabrics, is a good design investment. A sectional sofa can be added-to in order to change the configuration if you move someday, or just redecorate in the future. On a good piece, an arm can be removed or sometimes even added! Quality upholstery will last nearly forever. Shoddy, inexpensive upholstery (12 pieces for $799!) will fill up a room quickly, but your bottom will be hitting the frame before too long with cheap seat cushions. A good sofa in a 84” to 90” size can fit almost anywhere and can always work with a future loveseat or with lounge chairs. Purchasing a reputable manufacturer’s product in a non-exaggerated design or size is a good design investment. In the next column we will discuss window treatments – when and where to invest in the one thing, after paint, that improves the look of your home the most. If you got in on the ground floor at Apple, feel free to ignore this advice.

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ABOUT BUYER’S AGENTS By Marilyn Urso, Licensed Real Estate Broker MYTH #1: The Real Estate Salesperson that shows you the property is Your Agent. FACT: Real Estate Agents are legally bound to protect the interests of their clients, typically the Sellers, unless otherwise employed in a written agreement with a Buyer Client. MYTH #2: A traditional Real Estate Agent will keep your financial and personal information confidential. FACT: Real Estate Agents hired by the Seller have a fiduciary duty to that Seller to reveal all personal and financial information that they may have about the potential Buyer. If you work with a Buyer’s Agent, all your conversations will be confidential. You can speak freely about pricing, financing, likes, dislikes and anything else related to the purchase. The Buyer’s Agent has a fiduciary duty to you, their Client, to keep all conversations confidential and to only disclose the information that you authorize to the Seller. MYTH #3: A traditional Real Estate Agent will negotiate the LOWEST price for You. FACT: While every listing agent wants to sell all their listings, their fiduciary duty is to the Seller, their Client, and they are required to negotiate the best price, terms and conditions for their Client, (the Seller). Under Agency Law, Agents are supposed to inform you when they first show you the property if they are working for the seller and get an agency disclosure form signed by you to prove that they have disclosed this information to you.

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MYTH #4: Traditional Agents do the same thing as Buyer’s Agents. FACT: As mentioned already it is clear that they don’t. They can give you printouts of comparable sales to help you determine the value of a property, but they cannot interpret the data and tell you if the home is worth less than the asking price. Their only obligation to you is to be honest and to disclose any material defects that they are aware of such as a leaky roof, faulty plumbing, or other mechanical issues. They are working for the Seller and must do everything in their ability to get the highest price for the Seller! MYTH #5: A Buyer’s Agent costs more than a traditional Agent. FACT: In most cases, the commission is paid from the transaction, unless you choose otherwise. There are no standardized fees or commissions in real estate. Each Broker sets that fee with his Clients. Since the Buyer’s Agent is working with your best interests in mind, you will probably save money and also time in your home search process. They will help narrow down your search by previewing properties and eliminating those that really wouldn’t work for you. And when you find the perfect home, they will negotiate the price, terms and conditions that work best for You! A Buyer’s Agent doesn’t cost more, but they are certainly worth more! So if you are buying a home today, don’t you deserve the Buyer’s Advantage? Hire a Buyer’s Agent today to represent your best interests in the biggest investment of your life!

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outdoor living • charles gamarekian

HARDSCAPING A Landscapes Best Friend A full-service landscape contracting company can do more than just help you grow a greener lawn, freshen up your mulch beds and trim bushes. However, it takes a broad spectrum of knowledge and installation know-how for a well-rounded contractor to offer services that can address a wide gamut of homeowner needs. Hardscaping is an ever-expanding category of landscape design and installation preferences where homeowners will find a surplus of practical answers. For those not familiar with the term, a hardscape refers to the solid areas in an outdoor space. These “hard” areas may be made of materials like flagstone, gravel, pebbles, rocks, wood, etc. as well as manufactured materials such as concrete, interlocking concrete pavers and segmental wall blocks. As a frame of reference, planters and pots are also considered part of hardscaping, but the plants inside them are “softscape.” Applications using hardscaping procedures include driveways, walkways, ground level and raised patios, terraces, decks, verandas, arbors, pergolas, gazebos, pavilions, walls, fountains, ponds, pools, hot tubs, and a list of other things, too lengthy to point out. Although usually associated with their visual benefits, hardscaping is also solutions-based. For example, retaining walls are built in order to hold back earth that would otherwise move downwards. Their purpose is to stabilize slopes and provide useful areas at different elevations, e.g. terraces for plantings and/or to create a more level front lawn, to build an abutment adjacent to a driveway or to border a staircase, and use to shore-up a raised patio in a backyard with a grade. Unlike natural stone, manufactured wallstones are designed specifically to meet practical needs with features that assure a perfect fit in an array of wall types ranging from retaining walls to freestanding walls; short or tall walls to straight, curved and serpentine walls installed vertically or set back for added strength.

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Hardscapes For Curb Appeal And Outdoor Living In many cases, columns, staircases and bench seating can be built using the same or complementing style, color and face texture of decorative wall units used elsewhere. This advantage also applies to outdoor living components such as open-air kitchens and pizza ovens, outdoor fireplaces, fire pits, and pond-less waterfall units, which are also available as pre-cut, pre-packaged kits for easier and cost-efficient installation. It is nice to know that interlocking concrete pavements, including those of a permeable nature, are eligible for Leadership of Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) credits under the U.S. Green Building Councils Guidelines. These pavements can meet the credit eligibility under the sustainable sites requirement to reduce urban heat islands (the thermal difference between urban and rural areas), minimizing impacts on microclimates and in wildlife habitats. Unlike asphalt, a petroleum by-product, manufactured pavers and wallstones are made of natural materials — inherently 100% recyclable. Secondary benefits will include reduced care and maintenance, in addition to reduction of lawn size, which will result in less water and chemical use. Last but not least, homeowners can take pleasure in having a cohesive outdoor environment and experience an increase in home value without a rise in real estate taxes. 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

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backyard & beyond • alan stableford


Into The Woods

ne of my favorite ways to spend a day off is to get my camera, pick a hiking trail somewhere, and just enjoy the surroundings of nature with all of its wonders. I never know what I’m going to encounter that will be worth photographing along the way. There are so many great places to hike on Long Island and most of the trails are relatively easy to endure. The Greenbelt Trail is probably one of the most popular trails and it will take you through some remote areas that you probably never knew existed. The Morton Wildlife sanctuary out east in Noyac is a great place for bird lovers. Bring a little bag of sunflower seeds with you and you’ll have the chickadees eating right out of your hand as they perch their tiny feet on your finger. I even had a small woodpecker come and grab a few seeds from my hand as well. Wild turkeys can be seen walking along the trail, thinking you may have some goodies to offer them as well. My friend and I saw a huge red fox scurrying through the brush at Heckscher Park in Islip. It occasionally took a rest out in the open, offering a great view, before quietly disappearing again. Foxes are very camera shy so I was only able to get a distance shot before it trotted off again. On a recent walk through Gardiner Park in Brightwaters, my friend and I decided to take a trail off the beaten path further into the woods and discovered an amazing sight. There, hanging on a tree branch were two lunar moths mating. It was an experience that I was able to capture on camera and share the photos with you in this article. The way they were perched with the sun shining through their lime green c o l o r e d

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wings made them look iridescent. The adults apparently live for only about a week just to mate and are rarely seen by humans since they usually fly at night. Just to catch a glimpse of that moment was an awesome experience. It was one of those once in a lifetime happenings that stays with you forever. There are so many great plants growing in the wild that are like works of art. I think sometimes we take a lot of it for granted by hurrying by and not even noticing the small details that bring out natures best. Since I’m a nature lover, I guess I’ve gotten in the habit of just having my camera with me wherever I go, and I’m always happy that I do. Whether it’s an interesting insect claiming its territory or a frog waiting to leap for its next meal, there are endless ways to capture the sights that are going on around us besides the TV screen. It can be a great escape from the high tech world that we live in, even if it’s just spending some time in your backyard watching the birds. After I watched a dragonfly that landed on my patio table for several moments I decided to run inside to get my camera. When I returned it was still there waiting. Right after I took a shot it flew off as if it knew I wanted a picture. Whether you’re a photographer or not, just observing the amazing sights around us can leave an inspiring picture in our mind & memory.

Alan Stableford is a graduate of SUNY Farmingdale with a major in horticulture. He is a Certified Nursery & Landscape Professional (CNLP) with New York State. You can reach him at

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gala girl • dr. cynthia paulis

Last month, The Townwide Fund of Huntington celebrated its 50th anniversary with a black tie gala at Oheka Castle. More than 250 people gathered together to honor and recognize those individuals who have dedicated and served the community of Huntington. Started 50 years ago by a small group of civic minded individuals, the fund has grown and expanded, working with local residents and businesses to raise funds for the not for profits that serve the most vulnerable members of the community. The Townwide Fund is a non governmental agency that bridges the gap between dwindling government support for local charities and the increasing needs of the community residents. The organization has raised more than 9 million dollars over the years and is partnered with twenty charitable agencies. Guests, many of them wearing the signature red and white colors of The Townwide Fund, were greeted at the main entrance of Oheka Castle by board members and the newly installed president James Powers, looking dapper in a red silk vest and red bow tie. Powers, who also served as president from 2009-2010, has been credited with saving the Fund from closing its doors during the recent recession. During his tenure revenue rose 38%. Guests ascended the spiral staircase, past a vase of pink crabapple blossoms and a golden harp, to enter one of three grand

ballrooms. The cocktail hour was a time for people to mingle and visit the numerous serving stations of pasta, sushi, shrimp, lamb and grilled vegetables, while white-gloved waiters poured wine and champagne and passed more delectable hors d’oeuvres. In an adjoining ballroom were baskets filled with prizes for the silent auction which was part of the fundraising effort of The Townwide Fund. Some prizes included box seats to a Mets game, hockey tickets, a Webber grill, and a luxury weekend at Oheka Castle. After cocktails there was a sit-down dinner with choices of sea bass, chicken or filet mignon in a ballroom adorned

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

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with crystal chandeliers and tables set with fragrant cherry blossom branches holding red tea lights. Twenty six members of the community were honored for their services to The Townwide Fund. One of the honorees was Jo-Ann Raia, Huntington Town Clerk and Board member since 1976, who said, “This gala is like a shot in the arm that The Townwide Fund needs. Due to the economy we haven’t had a gala in over five years. Our other fundraising efforts are always the golf outings and the two runs we have through the year, but there is only so much money that can raise. The money we raise we give to the agencies we support. There were times we had over $400,000 to give away, so it’s heartbreaking to only give away a $2,000 check. If some agency had received $10,000 in the past and now you are cutting them down to $2,000 it’s really hard. I am really excited about this gala and I do hope it is financially successful.” After dessert guests danced the night away to a live band into the wee hours of the night. The gala was a smashing success raising over $100,000. Congratulations to The Townwide Fund for a fantastic night of fun and for all of the financial services they provide to the community.

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631.385.9255 65 Wall Street - Huntington

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JUNE 18, 2012


THE LONG ISLAND HOSPITALITY BALL is a night of sensory delights – light, sound, food and drink – to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. It is presented by hospitality headliners from across the region including top restaurants, wine and spirit brands, nightclubs and entertainers as well as hotels and catering halls. It was founded in 2011 by Keith Hart, a hospitality industry mainstay and cancer survivor, whose private battle with thyroid cancer, now in remission, inspired him to go public with his mission, and rally the industry to join the fight against cancer through an extraordinary evening of dining, dancing and donating.

WHAT: 2012 Long Island Hospitality Ball (


WHEN: Monday, June 18, 2012, 7-11 p.m. WHERE: Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury TICKETS: Ticket price includes: entry to the event, parking, entertainment, and all of the food and drink you can handle from 7-11 pm. Individual Ticket: $100 per person. Visit for information on sponsorship packages. For ticket or donation information, contact: Daria Carioscia, American Cancer Society, 631-300-3461, For hospitality industry sponsorship or participation, contact Keith Hart, The Hart Agency, 631-752-1053, Keith@hartagencyny.

(Far Right) Keith Hart, LI Hospitality Ball founder chairman, with this years honorees (Left to Right): Larry Romer, VP and General Manager Southern Wine & Spirits of New York; Steve Haweeli, founder and president, WordHampton PR; Anthony "Tony" Greco, hospitality veteran and owner of York Grill. (Photo courtesy of Steve Hillebrand)

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After Hours Burlesque Show

Every Other Friday, 11pm, $10 Cover Bringing NYC’s best burlesque to Huntington, Call for Details

Ladies Night Thursdays

Closed Mondays and Tuesdays WEDNESDAYS: • Social Hour: 5-7pm, Drink and Appetizer Specials THURSDAYS: • Ladies Night and Jazz and Blues Night • Specials all night long: ½ Price Appetizers, ½ Price Signature Cocktails, $5 Social Cosmos • Featuring local jazz and blues musicians during the dinner hour and later • Social Hour: 5-7pm, Drink and Appetizer Specials FRIDAYS: • Burlesque and Live Music June 1 – Burlesque, 11pm June 8 – Seven Turns Band June 15 – Burlesque, 11pm June 22 – Live Music, Band TBD June 29 – Burlesque, 11pm • Every Friday: Social Hour: 5-7pm, Drink and Appetizer Specials

1/2 Price Appetizers, 1/2 Price Signature Cocktails, $5 Social Cosmos, Live Jazz & Blues Music

Live Music Fridays

Live Music Each and Every Friday Night

Social Saturdays

WonderTwinz on the Turntables at 10pm Huntington’s Hottest Dance Party

Sunday Suppers

Family-Style Meals Served with an Entree, Fresh Salad, All the Sides and Homemade Dessert (win an optional $10 bottomless house wine or draft beer!)


SATURDAYS: • Saturday Brunch • Social Saturdays - local DJs (and brothers) the WonderTwinz on the turntables at 10pm SUNDAYS: • Jazz Brunch - 11:00am-2:30pm, featuring Huntington’s only Build Your Own Bloody Mary bar • Sunday Suppers - Generous portions served family-style; featuring on a rotating basis Prime Rib Night, Lobster and Clam Bake Night, Pasta Night, and Backyard BBQ Night

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nightlife • alex borg

Grasso’s & All That Jazz T

here’s no doubt Huntington has become a dining destination; however, sometimes the road less traveled reveals a hidden gem. Grasso’s on Main Street in Cold Spring Harbor is an intimate and cozy restaurant with a robust heart for food and music. Inspired by the jazz and entertainment era of the 1920’s and 1930’s, owner Gail Grasso has created an escape from the hustle and bustle of the 21st century. Nestled on the east side of the quaint Cold Spring Harbor village, one could easily drive right by without even noticing this local secret. Grasso’s brick veneer with slate and stone sidewalk shows off the history of the colonial whaling town. Enjoy al-fresco dining each evening while overlooking the village. Their classic torches add the perfect touch for a truly historic ambiance. Step inside and you’ll feel like you walked into the Cotton Club during the 1920’s jazz era. The dining room boasts an enormous and beautiful jazz inspired mural. The speakeasy feel is apparent as the bar and tables are focused around a piano and microphone set up for live music every Wednesday through Sunday. Theatrical lights showcase the musicians perfectly. The acoustics are flawlessly arranged so you can enjoy the great music without compromising your conversation or your meal. I listened to the musical styling

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of the Sue Childs’ Band. Accompanied with only a piano and stand up bass, Sue Childs sang popular jazz tunes with perfect harmony from her instrumental counterparts. She took requests, free-styling lyrics and riffs, and encouraged participation from patrons. I even saw some the regulars snapping their fingers along with the rhythm. Smiles were on everyone’s faces for the familiar tunes. For a more intimate dining experience, Grasso’s tiered dining room offers a more private setting away from the entertainment. This June, Grasso’s celebrates 18 years in business. Gail Grasso, along with chef, Tony Canales, have arranged a special anniversary menu. The duo has worked together for more than two decades. Their passion, realworld experience, and training in American, French, and Italian cuisines come to life with this summer menu. Some of the delights include a light, airy, and crisp strudel appetizer stuffed with asparagus, shrimp and gorgonzola. You can also start with plump figs stuffed with warm goat cheese, wrapped with prosciutto, over arugula and endive salad drizzled with raspberry vinaigrette. It’s the perfect combination of hot and cold, both refreshing and delightful. For seafood, I enjoyed the pan

Gail Grasso poses with the Long Island Food Critic Award for Restaurant of the Year which was awarded to Grasso’s for 2011

A Restaurant & All That Jazz

LIVE MUSIC Wednesday thru Saturday Nights

Dance the Night Away With the Wayne Sabella Trio & The Dancers From The Ballroom of Huntington Every Wednesday Night

Jazz Brunch Sunday CABARET NIGHT - Camille DiTrani performs

“A Musical Timeline Of Her Life Tuesday, April 24, 7:30-9pm Open Mon. thru Sat. for Lunch & Dinner • Sunday for Brunch & Dinner

seared scallops with potatoes and sautéed spinach over a porcini mushroom saffron cream sauce. Large and tender, the scallops took on the superb flavors of the saffron and spices. If turf is more your scene, I suggest their pasticcio crusted New Zealand rack of lamb with mustard rub. Cooked to the perfect temperature, you cannot help but pick up the bone to enjoy every last bite. For dessert, a unique treat is Grasso’s famous banana flambé. prepared tableside; it is certainly a head-turning show as the flames roar in the pan. Served with vanilla ice cream, the flambé is simply out of this world. Lunch and dinner is just the beginning. Grasso’s puts out an outstanding spread for Sunday brunch. As the entertainment continues on, enjoy a complementary bloody mary, mimosa, or screwdriver with a unique omelet, Belgium waffle, or pancakes with toppings piled high. There’s no better way to spend a Sunday morning. Thirty year Cold Spring Harbor residents, Carolyn and Larry, say, “It’s better than going into New York City. The food is excellent and the entertainment is unmatched. Where else can you get both on Long Island?” Best of all, you don’t have to go broke to enjoy such a wonderful combination. Grasso’s entrees are modestly priced, ranging from $20 to $35. Grasso’s in Cold Spring Harbor is unlike any other place on Long Island. It’s is where the Hampton’s sophistication, meets the history of New England, with the flair of the Harlem Renaissance. Their outstanding service, food, and entertainment cannot be surpassed. Weekend and Sunday brunch reservations are recommended. Grasso’s is located at 134 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor, (631) 367-6060.

Alex Borg is a local young professional continuing his family’s legacy at Borg & Borg Insurance. His passion for great food and an excellent atmosphere motivates him to explore Huntington’s newest and veteran night life establishments. Follow Alex as he shares remarkable local finds all over the Town of Huntington.

134 Main Street • Cold Spring Harbor 631-367-6060 •

THIS MONTH AT GRASSO’S Visit for more information Friday, June 1 Deanna Kirk & Company, 7:30 pm Tuesday, June 5 - Singer’s Night (1st Tuesday of every month) Featuring Rosemary Miller, 7:30 pm Friday, June 8 James Weidman Trio featuring James Cammack, 7:30 pm Friday, June 15 Deanna Witkowski Trio Tuesday June 19 - Cabaret Night (3rd Tuesday of every month) Featuring Tito Batista. Showtime at 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm Friday, June 29 Holli Ross Trio, 7:30 Wednesday’s Wayne Sabella Trio with Madeline Kole & Kenny Hassler Thursday’s Frank O’Brien Duo with Tim Givens Saturday’s Ernie Byrd and Friends with Dave Lalama & Noriko Ueda Sunday Brunch Featuring Joe Carter & Wayne Sabella (Sunday music outside, weather permitting)

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wine speak • laurie maniatis

The Wines of


Close your eyes and think of everything June brings to mind. The first thought that comes to MY mind is the lush floral scented very green foliage of summer. That thought is then followed by practical thoughts of weddings; graduations; picnics; boating and the beach. For this article I want to focus on things that get a little easier for us in the summer. Many of us grill when preparing dinner during this casual time of the year. Pairing wine with grilled foods is just simpler. Most grilled dishes have very little complexity. There is a main ingredient, plus often various seasonings, marinades, rubs and sauces. To choose a wine to pair with something off the grill, think about how hearty the food is, how it is prepared and what’s the strongest flavor? You have to match the wine, whether white or red, to the strongest taste element of the dish. This could be the plain grilled meat, which could be a simple red wine or, as in chicken or ribs, it might be the flavorful hot or spicy sauces slathered on which quite overshadow the original taste of what’s being grilled and call for a much

more complex wine. In the case of fish, it might be the lemon and dill or oregano which would determine an unoaked chardonnay for the simple preparation, or a buttery chard for Fra Diavolo. One of the BEST matches for cedar planked salmon is La Linda rose of Malbec. For grilled meats, zinfandel works quite well. Some zins are high in alcohol and spice; however Kenneth Volk Zinfandel from Central Coast CA. is a zinfandel which is more “food friendly” than some high alcohol zinfandels. It goes great with steaks, lamb and hamburgers too. *You can find it at Fort Salonga Wine and Spirits (1010 Fort Salonga Rd., Northport) “Summertime, and the livin’ is easy”… Celebrate in all the joys this season affords. Laurie Maniatis is a lifetime Huntington resident who has worked in the wine and spirits industry for 36 years. She says teaching people about wines is more that a job; it’s a passion.

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


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“A place where you can expect to find real Mexican food.” – Newsday

We at Oaxaca would like to thank you for making us Huntington’s favorite Mexican Restaurant. Rated Excellent Food and Service by Zagat for 2009 / 2010

385 New York Avenue • Huntington Village • Phone: 631-547-1232 • FACEBOOK: OAXACA MEXICAN FOOD TREASURE Open 7 Days A Week

Friday & Saturday: 11AM-10PM • Sunday-Thursday: 11AM-9PM • Sunday: 11AM-9PM

“You won’t mistake it for any of the local Mexican establishments — an accomplishment in itself.” – Newsday

Come delight in food from the heart of Mexico right in the heart of Huntington!

Lunch SpeciaL onLy $9.95! (Monday thru Friday)

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LIVE MUSIC: WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY & SUTURDAY HAPPY HOUR: 4-7 PM ONLY TEQUILA AND MEZCAL 296 Main Street • Huntington Village (631) 427-7834 • FACEBOOK: Quetzalcoatlquintosol Friday & Saturday: 11AM-11PM•Monday-Thursday: 11AM-10PM•Sunday: 11AM-9PM

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long island comedy tweets • paul anthony

@LIComedyFest I’m thinking about moving to Huntington. Apparently if you live here they tell you where the secret underground parking garage is located. Psyched! I heard a commercial for Heritage for the Blind, seeking car donations. Are blind people driving now? I did a comedy show recently at a 55+ community. To give you an idea of how old they were, there were veterans in the audience from the CIVIL war. I performed at Martha Clara Vineyards which is owned by the Entenmann’s family. They don’t sell Entenmann’s cakes, but they sell scented candles that SMELL like Entenmann’s cakes. That’s just wrong. Real estate agents are now putting their pictures on the FOR SALE signs outside of the properties. Are people making home buying decisions based on the looks of the real estate agents? I’m seeing a lot of advertising for tooth replacement. Apparently the toothless population is on the rise. I saw one of those cesspool company trucks with a sign: WE’RE #1 AT PICKING UP #2. I also saw a port-a-potty truck with a sign: YOU MAKE IT, WE TAKE IT. Is this really necessary?

Paul Anthony is a Long Island comedian and producer of comedy showcases all across Long Island. He is the official host of both the annual summer Long Island Comedy Festival and the new Paramount Comedy Series. His mission is to promote the art of stand-up comedy. His official website is

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

LUNCH • DINNER • TAKE OUT MENU • CATERING on or off premises

Vitae fulfills its promise of the good life.” - Joanne Starkey Follow us on Facebook at for current and upcoming specials and events.

54 New Street • Huntington, NY 11743 631-385-1919 •

•EARLY BIRD SPECIAL• Three Course Menu - Every Day $21.95 per person (+tax & gratuity) Lunch - Friday 12-2:30 pm Dinner - Tues-Thur 5-10 pm Sat 4-11pm, Sun 3-9 pm


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Belgian Triple Ale


iraat is a “living” beer, which means that after the primary fermentation in the keg, the beer continues to evolve during the secondary fermentation in the bottle or in the keg after packaging. This world-class amber colored beer scored 98 out of 100 by American beer connoisseurs. No other beer scored better. In the 17th and 18th centuries, strong ale like the Piraat was highly prized by seafaring captains for its keeping qualities and its high and healthy food value. The daily distribution of a pint of this ale kept the pirates in good health and gave them the spirit to survive the hard life on the sea. Piraat is a wickedly rich and rounded brew that packs a mighty punch. The powerful glow builds up from the inside. Deep golden with a subtle haze. Lots of hops and malt; mild sweetness. Reminiscent of bread dough, spices and tropical fruits. Piraat has a high nutritional value, keeps well for years and strengthens the body and morale of pirates and other seafarers. It is a healthy energy booster. Taste it and understand why captains like this beer so much. Nothing holds sailors (or Pirates) back after a pint of this brew.

This is just one of more than 2,000 brands of beer in stock at Shoreline Beverage


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