East Patchogue School Bus Crash Injures 5 Teens

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Several teenagers were injured Monday when a dump truck driver blew a stop sign and crashed into a school bus in East Patchogue, officials said.Five teenagers—14-year-old twin boys, a 15-year-old male, a 15-year-old female and a 16 year-old female—were transported by ambulance to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center with minor injuries, a Patchogue Fire Department spokesman said.Authorities said the Holy Angels mini bus was driving east on Carman Street around 3:30 p.m. when an All County Block and Supply dump truck drove past a stop sign and struck the bus. The 36-year-old woman driving the bus wasn’t injured, police said.The 65-year-old dump truck driver, who didn’t suffer any injuries, was cited for disobeying a stop sign and for an equipment violation, police said.last_img read more

Syosset Store Owner Charged With Sex Abuse

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A convicted child molestor who owns an upholstery business in Syosset has been arrested for pulling down a male employee’s pants and grabbing his genitals last week, Nassau County police said.Alfred Balcerak, a Registered Level 3 Sex Offender and owner of Dun Rite Upholstery on West Jericho Turnpike, was charged with first-degree sexual abuse after he surrendered to police Tuesday, authorities said.The victim left the store following the May 21 incident.The 54-year-old Freeport man will be arraigned Wednesday at First District Court in Hempstead.Balcerak became a registered sex offender following his 2009 conviction for sexually abusing a boy younger than 14 years old, according to Parents for Megan’s Law. He served two years behind bars.last_img read more

Long Island Lighthouses to Visit for National Lighthouse Day

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Fire Island Lighthouse just east of Robert Moses State Park Field 5.With more than a dozen lighthouses guiding the way for boaters across Long Island, there’s no shortage of historic beacons to visit Wednesday for National Lighthouse Day, including more than a half dozen that offer tours.They include the Montauk Point and Fire Island lighthouses—arguably LI’s two most iconic—the Horton Point Lighthouse in Southold, the Huntington Harbor Lighthouse and Execution Rocks Lighthouse off Sands Point, which all offer tours. The rest are harder to reach, if not only viewable from afar, but historically significant nonetheless.“We all should recognize lighthouses for the prominent part they have played in the growth and expansion of our country,” said Donald Terras, president of the American Lighthouse Council. “Safeguarding ships and passengers along coasts and inland waterways, into and out of U.S. ports, with a network for distribution of commerce that has had a significant impact on every state in the nation.”Although the Fire Island Lighthouse tower renovations mean it will be closed for a few more weeks, tours of the grounds are being discounted to $2 Wednesday. The Montauk Point Lighthouse will be hosting special events for its “Lighthouse Weekend” Aug. 17-18.While Montauk and FI are open daily, the Horton Point Lighthouse is only open weekends and the Huntington and Execution Rocks lighthouses conduct tours on select dates. The Eaton’s Neck and Old Field lighthouses also offer tours, but by appointment only.There are a total of 19 such beacons—from tall towers to “minor aids”—in Nassau and Suffolk counties, according to the Cutchogue-based Long Island chapter of the United States Lighthouse Society, an historic preservation group.Long Island Lighthouses:The Montauk Point Lighthouse, commissioned by George Washington in 1792, is the oldest in New York State and now part of the state park system.The Fire Island Lighthouse, lit for the first time in 1858, was decommissioned in 1973 and restored a decade later before becoming part of the Fire Island National Seashore.Horton Point Lighthouse, built in 1857 in Southold, is open weekends Memorial Day through Columbus Day and is home to numerous exhibits.Stepping Stones Lighthouse, built in 1875 in the Town of North Hempstead, is named for part of the Long Island Sound where small reefs in colonial times were called the “Devil’s Stepping Stones.”The Huntington Harbor Lighthouse, built in 1910 to replace the Lloyd Harbor Lighthouse that was later destroyed by fire, opened for public tours a decade ago and is hosting a music festival Aug. 31.Execution Rocks Lighthouse between New Rochelle and Sands Point was built in 1798, dating back to the Revolutionary war, when British authorities would chain prisoners to the rocks, leaving them to drown as the tide rose.Sands Point Lighthouse, built by a Revolutionary War Veteran in 1806, was deactivated in 1922, but its brownstone foundation still stands strong as a village landmark.Cold Spring Harbor Lighthouse, established in 1889 to warn ships of the danger upon entering the harbor, was abandoned in 1965 and has since been moved to a private home on Centre Island.Eaton’s Neck Lighthouse, built in 1798, stands at the east side of the Huntington Bay entrance and serves as an active navigational aid on the active U.S. Coast Guard Station.Old Field Point Lighthouse, built in 1824 and rebuilt in 1869, sits between the entrances to Port Jefferson Harbor and Stony Brook Harbor and now serves as a government office.Stratford Shoal Lighthouse, sitting in the middle of the Long Island Sound halfway between Port Jefferson and Bridgeport, Conn., was originally created to warn boaters of the two small islands on either side that had been eroded over time.Long Beach Bar Lighthouse, first lit in 1871 at the entrance of Orient Harbor, was destroyed by fire in 1963 and replaced with a replica in 1990.Cedar Island Lighthouse, built in 1839, originally guided whaling ships through Sag Harbor until it was decommissioned in 1934 and later became part of the Suffolk County park system.Latimer Reef Lighthouse, built in 1884 in the middle of Fishers Island Sound on the border of New York and Connecticut, is named after James Latemore, a Revolutionary War patriot.Orient Point Lighthouse, built in 1899, marks the end of Oyster Point Reef on the western side of a deep gap between Orient Point and Plum Island known as “Plum Gut” and is known as the “Coffee Pot.”The Plum Island Lighthouse was built until 1827 near what is now home of the Plum Island Animal Disease Center, and although it is at risk of erosion, East End Seaport Museum and Marine Foundation is working to protect the lighthouse.Little Gull Island Lighthouse, built in 1804 northeast of Orient Point, where the Long Island Sound and Block Island sound meet, is surrounded by a protective wall after much of the island was swept away in a hurricane in the 1800s.Race Rock Lighthouse was built in 1868 to warn of a dangerous set of rocks of the coast of Fishers Island and at the mouth of The Race, where the waters of the sound rush in both directions at great speeds according to the tide.North Dumpling Lighthouse, built in 1849, on the north side of Fishers Island, was supposedly used in aiding Prohibition-era bootleggers distribute alcohol illegally before the island was sold as private property in 1986.-With Timothy Bolgerlast_img read more

Do This: Long Island Events November 6-12

first_imgDeconstructing the LandscapeArt bends the heart and opens the soul to the deepest of visions. Great photography can capture those dreams and transport the viewr to some of these truths. This reception and exhibit opening features the works of photographer Jerri A Castillo, whose collection will no doubt fascinate and inspire. Runs through Dec. 31. The Anthony Giordano Gallery, 96 Biltmore Ave., Oakdale. Dowling.edu Free. 5 p.m. Nov. 12.—Compiled by Spencer Rumsey, Timothy Bolger & Zack Tirana Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Carrot TopIt ain’t easy being orange, or adopting the persona of a vegetable, but somehow Scott “Carrot Top” Thompson has done the impossible and carved out a career in comedy that’s lasted almost three decades since he first raised his curly red hair and let funny words fly out of his mouth. Nobody has mastered the art of making an act out of a prop like Carrot Top. In fact, he says he has 35 trunks full of props, requiring a small army just to keep them all in line. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $39.50-$52. 8 p.m. Nov. 6.Jenny LewisThis indie songstress of Rilo Kiley fame hailing from Las Vegas is touring to promote her latest solo album, The Voyager, which was released in July. Fans of HBO’s Girls may have heard one of her latest tracks, “Completely Not Me,” which was in collaboration with Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij. Opening the show is Girlpool. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $25-$30. 8 p.m. Nov. 6.Gold Coast International Film FestivalThis week-long film fest continues through Nov. 9. Hosting the screenings will be cinemas in Port Washington and at Bow Tie Cinemas in Great Neck, Port Washington, Manhasset and Roslyn as well as the Gold Coast Arts Center in Great Neck. Q&As scheduled throughout the festival include those with Jim Serpico, producer of the firefighting documentary Burn, Tony Award-winning actor Phylicia Rashad, sports writer Harvey Araton for The New York Times and others. goldcoastfilmfestival.org Times, venues, prices vary. Through Nov. 9. Kathleen MadiganThis journalist-turned-comic has a style all her own. She’s been a contestant on Last Comic Standing, performed on late night TV shows, has released two albums over the past decade and was named “Best Female Comedian” of 1996 by the American Comedy Awards. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $25-$40. 8 p.m. Nov. 6.For many, many more must-see events and performances taking place across Nassau and Suffolk, check out The Island Ear!Thomas MaierNewsday reporter and author of the book Masters of Sex on which the Showtime drama is based will speak about and sign copies of his new book, When Lions Roar: The Churchills and the Kennedys, a comprehensive history of the deeply intertwined personal and public lives of the two famous families. The Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. Bookrevue.com Price of book. 7 p.m. Nov. 7.Leah LaurentiTwo-time American Idol alumni Leah Laurenti of Medford is holding an album release party, which will be live streamed by Corwood Media, in association with IndiMusicTV, whose founding chairman will be in attendance. Leah will be performing many of the original tunes she penned for the album with songwriter Frank Anselmo, including her two most recent singles “Backin’ Down” and “Mistakes.” Proceeds will go directly to the Wounded Warrior Project. Napper Tandy’s,15 East Main St., Smithtown. nappertandysirishpub.com $10. 7 p.m. Nov. 7.Jefferson Starship 40th Anniversary with Paul Kantner, featuring the return of Slick AguilarSo everybody knows that when the Jefferson Airplane shed its wings in the 1970s, the Starship took off into the pop stratosphere with a stellar overdrive fueled by arena rock blasted at full throttle. The ole hippie-dippy psychedelic sound wasn’t quite left behind in the rush from its San Francisco roots, but the band headed in a different direction that had harder metallic edges than it ever had. Going further was always the destination of this ship. And what a long strange trip it’s been on—and it’s still going strong. Climb on board and listen to the music of the stars. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $19.74-$69.50. 8 p.m. Nov. 7.Lou GrammThe former Foreigner frontman will undoubtedly be mixing his latest transcendental musical creations in Christian rock with some of the mega-hit anthems that made he and his previous band household names, among them: “I Want to Know What Love Is,” “Cold as Ice,” “I Don’t Want to Live Without You” and “Waiting for a Girl Like You,” along with, surely, his popular solo hit “Midnight Blue.” Not to be missed. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $45-$80. 8 p.m. Nov. 7.Who 2LI’s second annual Doctor Who Convention celebrating all the characters and trivia from the long-running British Sci Fi show. Clarion hotel & Conference Center, 3845 Veterans’ Memorial Hwy., Ronkonkoma. longislanddoctorwho.com Prices vary. Nov. 7-9.Long Island Gay and Lesbian Film FestivalThe best in current gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender short, documentary, and feature films, plus guest filmmakers and community groups, discussions, parties and receptions provide a chance to meet up with old friends and make new ones. The 17th Annual Long Island Gay & Lesbian Film Festival runs Friday, November 7th through Monday, November 10th, at the Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., in Huntington. This year’s lineup features the best in gay, lesbian and transgender features, shorts and documentaries from the United States as well as Israel, Germany, Finland, The Netherlands, Australia and Canada. Among the many guest appearances, both live and via Skype, are Olympics diving champion Greg Louganis (Back on Board), native Long Islander, director JC Calciano (The 10 Year Plan), Don Scime (lead actor and writer of The David Dance), and the directors of To Be Takei. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. liglff.org Cinemaaretscentre.org Prices vary. Nov. 7-10.HamletThe Round Table Theatre Company kicks off a month of performing the William Shakespeare play that has become among the most revered and famous in history. Guild Hall, 158 Main St., East Hampton. Guildhall.org $25 adults, $15 students. 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Nov. 7-23.Eric Johnson and Mike SternPlatinum-selling, Grammy-winning guitarist Eric Johnson will be joined by fellow guitar legend Mike Stern for a progressive jazz and blues concert. Johnson, an all-time guitar hero, reflects a broad range of influences: blues, country, pop, rock, jazz, fusion and more. Stern, one of the premier jazz-fusion guitarists and composers, boasts musical partnerships reaching from Blood, Sweat & Tears and Jaco Pastorious to Miles Davis and the Brecker Brothers. A dream come true, this collaboration between Johnson and Stern is an eclectic, irresistible expression of music without borders.Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach. Whbpac.org  $45-$65. 8 p.m. Nov. 7. Also at: Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. Boultoncenter.org $50-$55. 8 p.m. Nov. 12.The Best of Jethro TullIf San Francisco Giant’s right-fielder Hunter Pence had dropped his bat and glove and picked up a flute, he’d be a spitting double of Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson. Maybe he couldn’t hit all the notes but he certainly could play standing on one leg. Of course, even Anderson doesn’t look quite like himself these days, now that he’s a little grayer around the edges, but he’s got the chops and the repertoire down pat. And he’s out touring with a new album Homo Erraticus and he’s as fond of dipping into the best of Tull’s classic rock catalogue as are the fans of the band he formed more than four decades ago. Whether he’s on flute, guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, harmonica or vocals, Anderson is a consummate musician, who’s bridged many genres in his talented career. He might not play in tights and a codpiece the way he used to, but he hasn’t lost a step, nor is he “living in the past.” And no, Anderson will never be “too old to rock and roll.” The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $79.50-$179.50. 8 p.m. Nov. 8.Paul AnkaHe’s done it his way, thank you very much, and he’s even got a book, My Way, An Autobiography, to prove it. He tells stories about his personal encounters with the likes of Elizabeth Taylor, Dodi Fayed, Michael Jackson, Little Richard and Tom Jones, to name a few. His new album features duets with Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Michael Buble, Celine Dion and more. Anka’s been doing it “his way” for five decades and counting. Hard to believe this pop music legend started in Ottawa with his own vocal group, the Bobbysoxers, when he was only 13. Soon enough he had his first number one hit, “Diana,” and then he was on the road with Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly and Chuck Berry. This singer-songwriter once popped up in Sinatra’s Rat Pack and more recently as a co-writer of Michael Jackson’s posthumous worldwide hit, “This Is it,” cementing Anka’s stature as one of the most prolific and versatile songwriters of his generation. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $59.50-$96. 8 p.m. Nov. 8.For many, many more must-see events and performances taking place across Nassau and Suffolk, check out The Island Ear!Jay Leno“The hardest working man in show business” is back on the road doing his standup bit now that he’s no longer hosting The Tonight Show. The Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, LIU Post, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville. Willescenter.org $70-$250. 8:30 p.m. Nov. 8.Breakfast With Dan WeldenLearn about the artist’s work and his most recent residency at the widely renowned print facility in Guanlan, China where he delivered the keynote speech at The Guanlan Print Art Museum, the largest print museum in the world. He will offer a photographic power point presentation of his residency in Guanlan as well as an exclusive first viewing and sale of his new works just created in China. The South Street Gallery, 18 South St., Greenport. thesouthstreetgallery.com Free. 10 a.m. Nov. 9.Long Island Indie Rock and Pop FestivalLong Island has Always been an incubator for music, whether that be rock, rap, jazz, blues, indie, alt, metal or soul. Simmering right below the surface at any given time, really, are absolutely killer bands doling out absolutely crushing tunes. This insane festival offers that all-too rare chance to catch a broad spectrum of that diversity, with Two Days of songs and unforgettable performances. Trust us, You Do Not Want To Miss This. Hot damn. Sunshiner, Too Early to Tell, Carbon Thief, Monkeybite, Ruckzuck, We Take Fire, The Whitmans, Mayve, Monster Bad, Correct and Killer Wails, among many others. 89 North Music Venue, 89 North Ocean Ave., Patchogue. Check out 89northmusic.com and Planet of Sound Promotions for more information. $10 ages 16 to 20; $7 ages 21 and over. 6 p.m. Nov. 8; 3 p.m. Nov. 9.Sousa’s New Marine BandThe Atlantic Wind Symphony celebrates Veteran’s Day with “A Sousa Salute to Our Armed Forces” with another stirring concert in the tradition of John Philip Sousa, an American composer and conductor known as “The March King” for his American military and patriotic marches such as “The Star and Stripes Forever.” The Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East main St., Patchogue. Patchoguetheatre.com $9. 3 p.m. Nov. 9.Fitz and The TantrumsThese LA-based neo soul/indie pop marauders meld different genres and destroy any pre-conceived notions of either. Who the hell needs blazing guitars, anyway!? Warming up the crowd will be Big Data. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $30. 8 p.m. Nov. 11.Roger HodgsonThe former Supertramp frontman and songwriter will be ripping through the hits that have spanned the past 40-plus years, sure to include many of those he penned, including, among others: “Give a Little Bit,” “Dreamer,” “The Logical Song,” “Breakfast in America,” “It’s Raining Again” and “Take the Long Way Home.” The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $30-$65. 8 p.m. Nov. 11.last_img read more

New Cassel Man Convicted of Murder

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A gunman was convicted of fatally shooting a 31-year-old man following an argument in their hometown of New Cassel last year.A Nassau County jury found Naqunne Jackson guilty Monday of second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon following a week-long trial and 45 minutes of deliberation.“This defendant shot William Moody twice in a senseless act of violence and then tried to evade responsibility for his crimes,” Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said.Prosecutors said that Jackson shot William Moody two times on Prospect Avenue at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 22, 2013.The victim was later found dead near the scene of the shooting. Police arrested Jackson three days later.Judge David Sullivan is scheduled to sentence Jackson on Jan. 30. He faces up to 40 years to life in prison.last_img read more

Great Neck Lawyer Sentenced for Stealing $800K from Clients

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An elder law attorney from Great Neck was sentenced last month to four-to-12 years in prison after she admitted to stealing more than $797,000 from a dozen clients over a four-year span.Martha Brosius, 52, pleaded guilty to two counts of grand larceny and a charge of scheme to defraud in June before Justice Helene Gugerty at Nassau County court.Queens prosecutors handled the case due to the fact that Brosius’ husband works for the Nassau County District Attorney’s office, which requested a special prosecutor to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest.Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said Brosius breeched her fiduciary duties and unjustly enriched herself at the expense of her clients.Brosius was originally accused of stealing about $150,000 from four clients, but was later indicted on charges of stealing much more when additional victims were uncovered, the Press has reported.Her victims included a 77-year-old man deemed incapacitated and two brothers who hired Brosius to handle their father’s estate and sell his residence in order to set up a trust for their disabled sister, who was the sole inheritor of their father’s estate.As part of Brosius’ plea deal, she admitted to stealing from two additional victims that were not part of her indictment. Investigators said a total of 12 clients were victimized in the case.Her attorney has said that she retired from practicing law.last_img read more

10 Places to Celebrate Mardi Gras on Long Island

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Islanders celebrating Mardi Gras need not travel to New Orleans to join in Louisiana’s epic annual Fat Tuesday festivities because local Cajun-style restaurants and bars also host events marking the occasion.Try as they may, few establishments on LI are bound to throw parties as lively or serve food as authentic as these Cajun joints that have menus featuring crawfish, alligator and of course, jambalaya.This year, the party starts on Feb. 28, regardless of whether revelers plan on participating in the Christian observance of Lent that starts the following day.Louisiana Joe’s Sandwich Shop488 Merrick Rd., Oceanside. 516-442-9838. louisianajoes.comServing breakfast and lunch dishes both inspired by Cajun and Italian favorites, co-owners of Louisiana Joe’s Sandwich Shop Terri Hanna and Joseph LoSchiavo demonstrate their passion for the taste of New Orleans. They are known for exceptional Po’boy sandwiches (made on heros and filled with anything from corneal crusted fried shrimp to braised beef), gumbo omelet with andouille sausage, Cajun boudin (traditional smoked sausage with rice), and an incredible muffuletta (a nod to LoSchiavo’s Italian roots) which is a sandwich stuffed with cold cuts, cheese, and olive salad. And any of the exceptional sandwiches served comes with a free dessert or side on Mardi Gras.R.S. Jones 153 Merrick Ave., Merrick. 516-378-7177. rsjones.comVoted the Best Soul/Southern food on Long Island for 2017, R.S. Jones is known for its gator-andouille-black bean chili, crawfish remoulade, warm cornbread, Mama Pajamas Pork (slow roasted with cabernet orlean gravy), sweet bourbon catfish, bananas foster, and of course, king cake. In honor of Mardi Gras, the restaurant is also hosting a party with live music, face painting and specials.Blackbird’s Grill 553 Old Montauk Hwy., Sayville. 631-563-4144. blackbirdsgrille.comWith French Quarter grade gumbo, jumbalaya aplenty and a homey atmosphere, Blackbird’s Grill is upping their normal game with a special Mardi Gras menu including shrimp n’ grits, buttermilk fried chicken, double cut pork chops with caramelized apples, and much more. This menu also includes specialty cocktails.Big Daddy’s Restaurant1 Park Ln., Massapequa. 516-799-8877. bigdaddysny.comThis place takes Fat Tuesday so seriously it holds a “Mardi Gras Madness Week” celebration featuring seven nights of live music and specials, culminating in a massive feast featuring a full buffet, music and costumes. With a welcoming feel, festive atmosphere and a large menu changing daily full of Cajun comfort food, Big Daddy’s is known as the go to place for a Cajun Creole Fix. Big Daddy’s offers a variety of Cajun specialties, from seafood dishes such as Motor Mouth Stuffed Shrimp and Jambalaya to Vieux Carre Pork and Waffles and BBQ Beef Po’Boy. Patrons be warned: This restaurant goes full-on Cajun with the spices.The Bayou2823 Jerusalem Ave., Bellmore. 516-785-9263. bayou4bigfun.comThe week-long Mardis Gras party continues with Cajun eats and live music at this lively eatery with great ambiance. A go-to for the right atmosphere to “get you in the Mardi-Gras mood,” this small and quirky restaurant serves strong drinks and has a lively bar scene, catering to a less child-oriented crowd. With creative food/drink presentation and an authentic feel, this is among the most festive places to celebrate.Storyville American Table Restaurant43 Green St., Huntington. 631-351-3446. storyvilleamericantable.comStoryville is also hosting pre-“Mardi Gras Madness” celebrations culminating with a big celebration on the day itself. With an authentic and sophisticated feel, Storyville American Table Restaurant gives a true Louisiana experience. Committed to fresh food, this eatery boasts homemade pickles, authentic house sauces and house-ground meat for their burgers. This lively spot caters to all tastes with a large varied menu and is great for a night out. Dishes not to miss include the gumbo, beignets, catfish and mussels.Treme Blues and Jazz Club553 Main St., Islip. 631-277-2008. tremeislip.comOne of the few intimate upscale live music venues of its kind on LI, named for the French Quarter neighborhood where jazz was born, this Blues bar is normally open Thursday through Sunday—except for their epic annual Fat Tuesday party. Headlining this year’s show is the Gulf Coast-inspired Dave Clive’s Nawlins Funk Band. Although the club is more known for their music than their food, specials on cocktails, Gumbo and Mardis Gras King Cake are among the mouthwatering items on their menu that includes small plates and desserts. There will be beads!Biscuits and Barbeque106 East 2nd St., Mineola. 516-493-9797. biscuitsandbarbecue.comThe weekend-long Mardis Gras festivities at this diner-style eatery consist of specials on Crawfish Pie, Alligator Ribs, Louisiana Smothered Shrimp, Gator Sausage and Mardis Gras King Cake, plus too many more to list here. A casual joint housed in a converted trailer, this neighborhood haunt is a cosy spot for breakfast, lunch or dinner in a lively atmosphere. Dishes not to miss include the biscuits and gravy (but be warned, get this to share—it is huge), the brisket, the mac n cheese and the shrimp po’boy.Mara’s Homemade236 West Jericho Tpke., Syosset. 516-682-9200. marashomemade.comMara’s is a Cajun barbeque joint great for casual eats, with must-have dishes including the crawfish-stuffed baguette, lobster, gator bites (yes alligator!) and the andouille crusted tilapia. The owner herself often comes to check in on patrons, contributing to the hospitable atmosphere. Don’t forget to save room for their famous bluegrass pie, homemade beignets and fresh seasonal fruit pies as a delicious way to have an authentic Mardi Gras experience. Specials and beads are on tap for the big day!Nawlins Seafood Co.301 Woodcleft Ave., Freeport. nawlinsseafood.comSo, this place won’t give the Nautical Mile a taste of The Big Easy until they reopen for this spring. But, their sister restaurant, Rachel’s Waterside Grill, will host a Mardis Gras party featuring samples of the Nawlins Seafood Co.’s menu, including gumbo, jambalaya, catfish, hurricanes and more. Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez!–Compiled by Ellie Schoeffellast_img read more

Farmingdale Crash Leaves SUV Passenger Dead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A person was killed when a tractor trailer crashed into an SUV in Farmingdale on Wednesday afternoon.Nassau County police said the trucker hit a Toyota Rav4 on Route 109 at the corner of Main Street at 2:39 p.m.A passenger in the SUV was pronounced dead at the scene. The victim was identified Thursday as Byron Lunda, 28, of Bay Shore. Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash.last_img read more

NAFCU-backed Reg D study bill sails through House, awaits Senate

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The House, voting 422-0, on Tuesday passed H.R. 3240, a bill requiring a Government Accountability Office study of the Federal Reserve Board’s Regulation D that NAFCU believes will lead to a full repeal of the regulation’s requirements.The “Regulation D Study Act,” introduced by Reps. Robert Pittenger, R-N.C., and Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y, would require GAO to study the impact of the Fed’s Reg D reserving requirements on depository institutions, consumers and monetary policy.NAFCU Vice President of Legislative Affairs Brad Thaler wrote House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., in support of the bill prior to the House vote. He said Reg D limits a credit union member’s ability to transfer funds between savings and checking accounts to six transactions per month without triggering added reserving requirements for the credit union. He said this limit only applies to transaction accounts and not savings accounts, so it is confusing to credit union members and forces the credit union to focus more on compliance and less on member service.“Federal Reserve Regulation D is a prime example of a regulation that hasn’t been reconsidered by Congress or the agencies for far too long,” Thaler wrote. “NAFCU believes a study of whether this outdated monetary reserve requirement imposed on depository institutions and consumers is necessary and believes the study would show strong evidence for the regulation’s full repeal.” continue reading »last_img read more

Assessing emotional intelligence

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Dan BergerYou can learn the hard way or the smart way, and I’ve done both. And one of the most important lessons I’ve learned is that knowing how I react to things – and understanding how others react – is critical to succeeding as a leader. Even if you had the highest IQ in the room, success won’t come if you don’t control your emotions and understand others’.There is a business-speak term for this: emotional intelligence.Travis Bradberry, co-author of Emotional Intelligence 2.0, in a LinkedIn Pulse article, calls emotional intelligence “the foundation for a host of critical skills—it impacts most everything you do and say each day.” continue reading »last_img read more